Naturally, making sure a building is in good condition is essential to keeping costs down. Nobody needs a major system failure or structural issue on their hands, especially when it could be a danger to building users. However, generally speaking, any good building manager will see these major upsets coming – the pipes will start creaking, cracks in the plaster will appear, and so on.
But if we can take preventative action, what’s the case for routine maintenance surveys? How can you justify this regular outgoing? The answer is, in fact, simple: it will save you money in the long run. Often, it will take a professional to truly take preemptive action on a maintenance issue, before said crack or creak even appears.
What’s more, they can also advise you as to how new technology can help you get the most value from your premises. Let’s look closer.
The unique challenges of building maintenance
Construction isn’t the only part of a building’s life cycle that requires expertise. In fact, maintaining a building can come with its own unique challenges that demand highly technical insight. Equally, improving space or enhancing environmental performance requires an expert eye.
Take damp for instance; it’s the scourge of buildings up and down the United Kingdom. While a little extra moisture might not seem like a big deal, damp is an issue that can lead to other serious problems including wet or dry rot and woodworm infestation. In some cases, these conditions could lead to a building being condemned. Catching it before it develops is essential.
This is but one example; other key structural assessments include:
- Condition of the HVAC services.
- State of the other building services such as electrical services, plumbing, drainage, etc.
- Legal issues that may require an additional investigation or guidance.
- Energy performance and sustainability recommendations.
Energy performance is a particularly interesting one. Making your building more environmentally friendly is a key imperative for businesses and homeowners alike. However, it isn’t a completely selfless act – it can also save you serious money on energy bills. A good surveyor will hold the keys to innovative solutions that you might not be familiar with.
How maintenance survey techniques are modernising
Traditionally, a maintenance survey would have been conducted via a visual examination. The surveyor would also use tools such as a camera, damp meter, and a good old-fashioned pair of binoculars to check the building’s condition. Of course, their expertise would be the key tool in identifying any problems.
Today, maintenance and building surveying are rapidly modernising. This makes the case for their use as a regular preventative measure even stronger. For example, DJHC now uses advanced drone technology to assess buildings from above. Whereas once this technology would have been inaccessible, it’s now much more financially viable – and can reveal crucial insights about the building’s condition without the need for expensive and time-consuming scaffolding. Equally, 3D laser surveys can give unique insights into the building’s structural condition beyond what you can see.
Cutting edge techniques are also extremely useful for environmental assessments. Thermographic surveys can show precisely where a building is losing heat, thus identifying areas for insulation. Another factor is the operation of your HVAC system – which if not properly maintained, can do building users more harm than good. Not every building maintenance team has the skills to intervene in these systems, so it’s essential to draft in the professionals.
How DJHC can help
Ultimately, it’s about unlocking the value in your building. Preemptive maintenance is always cheaper than dealing with an incident after the fact. Equally, technologies are always advancing. In any business, there’s a case for staying ahead of the curve and looking after your premises is no different in regard to the gains.
DJHC provides cutting-edge services at prices businesses can afford. Our experts will identify problems before they happen, recommend new technologies, and help you extract as much value from your property as possible – not just when it’s occupied, but also when the time comes to sell.