The Best Time for Industrial and Commercial Businesses to Do Maintenance Work
Posted Oct 18, 2021 by Dave Scaturro
The condition of a space can make or break a business, leaving it feeling crisp and put together, or lifeless and run down. A great paint job can help create a more productive environment where staff members feel at home and customers feel welcomed. Before an employee has had the opportunity to speak to a single customer, if the walls have stains and surfaces are untidy, the customer will already have had a bad impression.
While business owners already understand the many reasons to conduct regular upkeep of their equipment and facility, many are left asking themselves when can the maintenance work actually get done. For both commercial and industrial businesses, it can be tricky figuring out when to schedule maintenance jobs because of the ongoing presence of employees or the need for continuous use of equipment to keep operations going. There are, however, ways a business can take advantage of existing downtime, either through limiting business hours, taking advantage of long weekends, or even capitalizing on holiday breaks to get maintenance work done.
Taking Advantage of Available Downtime
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented businesses with an advantage when it comes to creating downtime. As employees have become accustomed to working remotely for long periods of time, taking advantage of the new rules of engagement needed to keep a business running is one of the easiest ways to create time for maintenance work.
For example, a company can have its employees work remotely for a couple of weeks during which a business can get multiple painting jobs and surface coatings done.
Having a vacant commercial space is ideal for getting these types of jobs done as it helps prevent confusion and accidental injuries for painting crews. Crews will be more at ease moving furniture and navigating the space, making it possible for the job to get done quicker with minimal interruptions.
Opportunities for downtime can vary from business to business and these should be taken advantage of if working remotely is not possible for employees. As an example, a seasonal business, such as an outdoor pool company, will have the winter months as the ideal time to get maintenance work completed. Additionally, the holiday season between Christmas and New Years can be a good time for some companies to get maintenance work done as the office thins down to a skeleton staff. There are, however, businesses where the holidays are their busiest season, so more effort will need to be dedicated to identifying a quieter time of the year to conduct maintenance work.
Planning for Maintenance Work
At the end of the day, the more lead time a business gives itself to schedule maintenance work, the more organized it will be going into it and the less time the business will be disrupted. Alpine Painting and Sandblasting has many years of experience helping clients identify their ideal downtime for maintenance and has undertaken multiple jobs at once within a short period of time, such as exterior and interior painting, microbicidal coating, floor treatments and more.