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Frugal Findings: Money Saving Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties

Frugal Findings: Money Saving Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties

When you own a commercial property, the best plan is to try to prevent huge, expensive repairs from being needed. This is done by doing a little preventative maintenance from time to time. By preventing large scale problems from occurring, this will undoubtedly cause you to save thousands upon thousands of dollars over the life of your commercial property holdings. The following are a few money saving property maintenance tips you can use to reduce the risk of needing expensive repairs down the road.

Plumbing Inspection

You should have a regular plumbing inspection done on your commercial building to make sure everything is operating as it should. The state of your pipes will help to determine if you need to fix underlying plumbing issues or if everything is okay. It is better to replace old pipes now, rather than have backflow or water damage issues to contend with that could have been prevented with preventative maintenance and inspections. Hiring a plumbing professional to come to your property regularly to inspect and maintain your system will not only help prevent disasters, but also help them to be familiar with your system. The more familiar they are with your system, the quicker emergency repairs will be.

The Roof

A roof inspection is a big part of finding out the state the roof on your commercial building happens to be in. Aside from leaks, your roof may have long standing damage that needs to be repaired before it leads to a significant and expensive roofing problem you have to fix. You may have deteriorating underlayment, the coating on materials may have burned away or other signs of wear and tear may be prevalent. The last thing you want is your roof collapsing on your employees or clients—especially when it is easy to have the roof of your building examined and repaired for any structural weaknesses. Find a company that specializes in commercial roof services in your area so you can get repairs and advice specific to your roof type and location.

The Electrical Work

A common problem with older commercial buildings is that the electric work may not be in good repair. Faulty wires and electric problems could lead to sparks when trying to use the electrical outlets, the breaker being tripped all the time, or your building might be gearing up for producing a major fire hazard due to faulty or aged wiring. Doing needed maintenance, or even replacements, on the electrical system now could prevent a major catastrophe down the road, and save you tons of money in the process. If you are not a qualified electrician yourself, finding the best in your area to inspect your building can help you get a feel for where your building is as far as its electrical work integrity and what upgrades and work need to be done.

Owning a commercial building can require a little more maintenance than you may initially realize. However, by engaging in regular inspections of the building’s various systems and components, you will become aware of any serious problems that need your attention, and where potential problems could surface. Fixing these problems, sooner rather than later, will help to eliminate problems and major building catastrophes down the road. In turn, the proper maintenance of your building will help you to be familiar with the health of your building and continue to avoid expensive repairs in the future.

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by Dixie Somers // Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

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