As a building owner, you have the unique responsibility of making sure your structures are kept clean, up-to-date, and safe. Whether you just own the building your business is located in, you own an investment property that houses other businesses or you have multiple buildings you own and manage, you have a responsibility to those who work in your buildings and a responsibility to yourself to keep your investment in the best shape possible. Since it’s impossible to do all the maintenance yourself, working with the right professionals is the key to successful building maintenance.
Check out these useful tips below:
- Carry out regular inspection and maintenance on your property; get experts to handle it for you if you cannot handle it yourself.
- Don’t allow serious defects to remain untreated or unattended to. Be it defects as minor as Mild Condensation or as serious as Rising Dampness; cultivate the habit of attending to any noticeable defects.
- Look for blocked downpipes (best done during heavy rain to see water coming from any leaky joints – in dry weather look for stained brickwork).
- Check ground level gullies and drains to make sure they are clear of debris like leaves, twigs and even things like balls and toys – and have them cleaned out if necessary.
- Remove potentially damaging vegetation from behind downpipes by cutting back or removing the plant altogether.
- Fit bird/leaf guards to the tops of soil pipes and rainwater outlets to prevent blockages
- Have gutters fixed if they are sloping the wrong way or discharging water onto the wall.
- Take the issue of waterproofing seriously.