FacilityDude: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Nationwide, government institutions have been facing fiscal crises year after year. With scant budgets comes the troubling and exacerbating problem of justifying needed staff versus performing proper facility maintenance. In this light, preventive maintenance (PM) has become a “nice to have” not a “must have”. And as a result, many buildings are in threat of failing, new buildings are not well maintained, and your capital investment is compromised.

Studies indicate that 70% to 85% of equipment failures are self-induced, meaning the cause can be linked to improper maintenance procedures. Preventive maintenance is the practice of pre-scheduling work on equipment to inspect, lubricate, re-calibrate and replace parts in order to ensure minor problems don’t become major (and expensive) ones. Best practices say that overall 30% of work performed should be preventive maintenance and 90% of your work orders should be generated from PM inspections. How does your government stack up?

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