Don’t Ignore These Commercial Building Issues!
Commercial buildings need to be structurally sound. They need to house several people at once. Moreover, these buildings need to withstand weather elements such as snowfall, strong winds, and rain.
Unfortunately, all these can lead to many structural issues that can cause significant problems for business owners. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common structural issues and how you can address them.
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This is a common problem among older buildings. The sagging floors create uneven surfaces that make it hard for people to traverse these areas quickly or go up and down (stairs). This can even result in accidents if the floors are uneven.
How to fix: Supply your facility staff with a jack and a leveling compound. These two things can help fix your sagging floors in no time.
1) Jack: Lift the floor with jacks to level with the rest of the floor inside your building.
2) Leveling compound: Your facility staff can apply on the surface of the new floor. Once it dries, your floor should be back in business!
Cracks on the Exterior Walls of Your Building
There are many reasons why cracks can appear on your exterior walls. Some common causes are shifting of the soil, ground erosion, and foundation cracks.
How to fix: The first thing your facility staff can do is determine what caused the crack on your exterior wall. Once they know the cause, there are usually two things they can try to solve this problem:
- Exterior Wall Repair if it is not structural
- Exterior Wall Replacement if it is structural.
Regular commercial property maintenance can also keep such issues at bay.
Cracks on Your Interior Walls
This is a similar problem to exterior wall cracks, but these cracks are typically smaller in size and do not go through the entire wall. These interior wall cracks can be caused by moisture movement or foundation un-settling.
A malfunctioning HVAC unit can lead to fires, power outages, and even electrical shocks for people working in the building.
Common reasons for malfunctioning HVAC units include:
- Faulty or iced-up evaporator coils that need to be replaced.
- A broken air conditioning compressor that needs replacement.
- A malfunctioning fan that needs to have its capacitor replaced.
- Clogged condenser coils that need to be cleaned.
Ensure your maintenance staff and employees report any issues with the HVAC unit as soon as possible if they see any.
A lot of factors can cause these problems. One common reason is corrosion from years of use. Other issues include extreme temperatures that cause ruptures or leaks in pipes and other plumbing fixtures. Clogged or broken pipes are also common causes of problems.
Just because you don’t see any bugs or pests does not mean they are not there. Pests like rodents and cockroaches can hide very well, especially if your facility is near a forest, field, or wetland area. They will then reproduce inside your building and cause a lot of damage to the structure, and spread disease and bacteria.
How to fix: Call a pest control company and schedule regular pest control services. Your facility staff can also do the preventative pest control by diligently cleaning the outside of your building. They can also cover inside areas like restrooms, hallways, break rooms, and loading docks.
Properly maintaining your commercial property can ensure that you won’t face the problems mentioned above. If you find yourself in need of help, don’t hesitate to contact a professional service provider. They can help maintain and fix your commercial building, so it is safe for everyone inside the premises.
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