How to stop reacting to problems and start a proactive preventative maintenance plan
A preventative maintenance program is essential to protecting your critical equipment
The old adage was simple, if it breaks, fix it. But a maintenance plan that reacts to problems is not only short-sighted, but it can also cost you a great deal of time and resources in the long run. When you only spend to fix your major plumbing problems, you will find that you are hemorrhaging money in maintenance costs as repairs become more common and your plumbing doesn’t last as long as it could.
The alternative is to be proactive with maintenance. The key is perspective. Money that is spent to maintain your plumbing systems shouldn’t be considered a loss. Instead, it is an investment in the performance of a system that is critical to your operations, no matter what they are. The systems that deliver clean water to important processes and safely remove used, contaminated water and dispose of it responsibly are very complicated and they require regular professional inspections and maintenance.
Here are some other reasons why regular proactive maintenance and inspections are essential to your business:
- Save big on energy costs – When your plumbing equipment is properly maintained, they take less energy to run.
- Save on component replacement – Inspections reduce the potential for components to fail and lead to more expensive costs.
- Reduce the risk for shutdowns – The real costs when your plumbing systems fail is the money lost when your doors are closed or when your machines are idle.
- Preventative maintenance plans are easier to implement than reactive – They are also more flexible, especially if you have the right plumbing maintenance partner.
What to consider when developing a preventative maintenance plan for your plumbing system
What are your major maintenance needs?
Different companies have different priorities and before you determine processes, you must first create a hierarchy of plumbing needs. How does your company use water? Primary considerations should be systems that are used for production, safety, fire control, pressurized lines and any system that should they fail, would present considerable damage or downtime.
Create a schedule
It’s important to inspect and maintain these systems regularly. While the prioritization will determine what will be checked, the schedule will determine where and when this happens. This plan can include your maintenance team but other plumbing issues will require more specialized personnel.
Find a knowledgeable partner
Your existing maintenance staff may handle some of these tasks, but when it comes to maintaining the plumbing for your mission critical systems, you need a professional, experienced technician that knows what to look for. Small issues can give way to larger ones such as corrosion, leaks, pressure issues, rusted fittings, or any myriad of potential issues.
Call A&G Piping
Our company is a trusted industrial plumbing authority in the Dallas Fort Worth area. We offer thorough preventative maintenance schedules for any type of water system or any piece of equipment that is critical to your operations. Call us today and we can help you implement a preventative maintenance program that will start extending the life of your plumbing systems.