A survey of facility managers across the United States deemed routine upkeep as one of the top twelve methods to reduce expenses. Maximizing the life of equipment with regular checkups, cleanings, and repairs will prevent earlier than expected replacements. As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 begins, it is common to look back on the past year to see if one’s 2016 resolutions were achieved and to plan for the year ahead. For business owners and facility managers, it is time to determine how 2017 can be less costly, more efficient, and better organized.
Preventative maintenance exists to catch small issues while they are easy to fix and avoid catastrophic, expensive problems later on. A study of schools and universities conducted by Private University Products and News found that preventative maintenance is worth the extra expenses in the long run. The amount of emergency work being performed was reduced by 50-65%, the cost of work orders went down by 28.6-39.3%, and the number of repairs decreased by 16%. Time, money, and stress were all saved when these establishments implemented preventative practices into their schedules. Public restrooms, and especially their fixtures, endure heavy use and are often abused when inappropriate items are flushed, there are times of high traffic, or they are simply not cleaned appropriately. Over the course of one year, facility managers can experience a variety of issues pertaining to the restrooms and plumbing:
- Around 540,000 slip-and-fall accidents occur in the United States each year
- One leaking toilet can waste up to 1,080,000 gallons of water
- One dripping faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water, each
- Urine stains can irreversibly damage the dyes within tile grout, leaving permanent damage.
- 2/3 of clogged public toilets are caused by flushed sanitary products
The lesson here is a commonly heard one, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Installing the right products with scheduled services is a convenient and cost-efficient way to maintain hygienic and economic restrooms without having to give your cleaners even more work to do on top of their current duties. Workplace Essentials regularly scheduled services will ensure that leaks from faucets and flush systems are caught before hundreds of gallons of water are lost. Floors will also be protected by urinal and toilet mats that are consistently replaced. On average, facility managers are prepared to replace 2% of the entire plumbing system each year; however, when greater problems unexpectedly arise, managers may have to go over-budget to replace a broken vending machine, a vandalized soap dispenser, or a non-working hand dryer.
As a new year approaches and new budgets are negotiated, consider making your restrooms one of your top priorities!