Maintaining A Safe Plant Room
For any property developer or business owner operating a commercial or industrial enterprise, maintaining a safe plant room is the heart of their operation. Often housing everything from boilers and chillers to air conditioners and electric generators, plant rooms are the engine that keeps a property up and running.
The Engine of Your Building
The size and contents of a plant room will depend on the size of the property and the services it requires.
Types of Plant Rooms
A small retirement home may have a modest plant room with a boiler and an air conditioning unit. Whereas a large factory may contain a much bigger plant room with things such as backup generators, sprinkler distribution valves and elevator machinery.
One thing that all plant rooms have in common, despite their size and contents, is the necessity to be carefully maintained and looked after.
Your entire property is reliant on its plant room and your business cannot run smoothly if you’re regularly experiencing faults.
We’ve put together a list of suggestions for maintaining a safe and efficient plant room, along with the benefits that come with it.
The Importance of regular planned maintenance
If you have just finished a new development project and everything in your property is brand new, it’s easy to assume that you don’t have to worry about maintenance for a very long time.
This is a trap that many developers and business owners fall into and it can end up costing more money in the long run.
Regular maintenance checks for the mechanical and electrical equipment in your plant room are essential for ensuring efficiency and reducing long-term repair costs from day one.
Hiring the right professional service
Although it’s important to make sure your plant room is receiving regular checks, it’s equally as important to make sure the people carrying out those checks know what they are doing.
Hiring CSCS certified contractors is an essential to maintain quality and guarantees.
If your property is running complex industry-specific equipment it’s vital that you seek help from professionals who have experience in dealing with that type of machinery.
If the correct level of maintenance isn’t carried out, you may find that your plant room experiences issues a lot sooner and more often than it should.
Health and Safety Essentials
All of the equipment and machinery inside a plant room can make it potentially very dangerous for people who work or live within your property. The HSE have specific guidelines for plant rooms and equipment, Read the HSE Guidance Here.
This means it’s important that you have a strict set of guidelines and rules set in place regarding entry into the plant room and the correct procedure once inside.
It’s a good idea to make sure your plant room is always kept clean, tidy and free from exposed machinery or electrical components.
Ensuring that the room is kept locked and anyone entering is wearing necessary protective equipment is the best way to ensure safety.
Proactive approach saves money
Perhaps the biggest advantage to performing regular professional maintenance checks in your plant room is how much money you can save in the long run.
Proactive planned maintenance on electronics and mechanical systems should not be an afterthought or an option, it should be a budgeted expense and allocated to either an internal competent workforce or outsourced to the professionals.
By ensuring that all your mechanical and electrical equipment is kept up to date and running smoothly, you will reduce the risk of breakdowns or accidents.
This will reduce the amount of money needed for repairs and replacements, bringing down total overheads.
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