As soon as a building is constructed it begins to degrade due to the effects of weather and wear and tear. When parts of a building cease to function the area at fault can directly lead to damage to other parts.
If maintenance is not carried out, the buildings main function which is to offer protection from the elements will break down. A regularly maintained building which deals with minor problems as they occur is the most cost effective way to save the building and reduce costs.
The life span of a building can be extended by hundreds of years if it's well maintained. Failure to maintain can also result in a poor working environment affecting productivity and employees morale. A well maintained building projects a positive image to the public.
Lack of maintenance is often due to those responsible not being aware of of the monetary impact of failing to carry out works regularly. Generally maintenance can take 3 forms:
1. Emergency works which need to be caried out urgently in order to prevent major problems.
2. Condition based, part of an overall strategy where work is carried out as a result of regular inspections.
3. Corrective work done after a problem has arisen.
Buildings are vulnerable sometimes as a consequence of their environmental situation which exposes them to extreme natural forces of the weather. Water is a main cause of damage whether from floods or leaks. Some parts of a building can be severely affected on contact with water, such as polished wood surfaces, soft boards and electrics.
In short, it makes sense to regularly maintain your building as it costs less in the long run.
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