What is M&E maintenance?

 

M&E (mechanical and electrical) maintenance covers the set of planned tasks, inspections, repairs and replacements that are required to ensure that machines or equipment continue to operate at their highest possible efficiency within the built environment. 

M&E work can include a wide range of services such as plumbing, electrics and heating systems. M&E maintenance also typically encompasses servicing items such as boilers, pumps and refrigeration units so long as they are used for heating or cooling purposes.

 

Inspections 

The frequency of an M&E inspection will vary depending on the type of machine/equipment in use and its age. For instance a heating boiler may only need a service every 2 years, whereas an air conditioning unit could require annual M&E maintenance. 

M&E inspection reports should detail any issues with individual components and general wear and tear so that early warnings can be identified before problems escalate.

M&E inspection records could also prove invaluable in cases where litigation arises relating to equipment failure, injury due to poor M&E conditions, etc.

 

The key benefits of M&E maintenance:

– Reduced breakdowns

– Reduced costs through M&E breakdown prevention

– M&E equipment life increased through M&E inspection reporting

– M&E service life extended through M&E servicing by trained engineers

 

Troubleshooting

In M&E Maintenance, technicians utilize their expertise to analyze problems with M&E assets and determine the cause of failure.

Typical M&E issues include: circuit breaker tripping, outages due to electric overload, broken fan belts on HVAC units, faulty systems controls that prevent a piece of equipment from starting up properly; and water leaks inside a facility’s building infrastructure, such as a cooling tower or air handler located in a mechanical room.

 

M&E maintenance in facilities management 

M&E maintenance frequently falls under the remit of facilities management services, which is an umbrella term that covers a number of building services including HVAC, gas, drainage, compliance, roofing and other building work. 

Facilities managers are M&E technicians who are responsible for all aspects of the buildings’ M&Es. They are tasked with documenting the condition M&E equipment, managing the procurement schedule, budgeting for purchases of new units, and ensuring maximum uptime for a commercial or residential facility, without disruption to tenants/employees. 

M&E technicians often set up M&E service contracts to coordinate preventative M&E maintenance programs that help avoid costly failures in the future, and support other members of the facilities team in planning for new additional equipment needs based on facility growth.

 

Learn more with hebs Group 

M&E maintenance is vital at all stages of a building’s life cycle; from planning to designing M&E facilities, through construction work during the build itself, into commissioning M&E installations and then execution of M&E planned or ad hoc repairs/maintenance after completion. 

Hebs Group are leading building maintenance contractors, providing a wide range of facility management services to private and public companies throughout the UK. Call 0151 2360707 for more information. 



The benefits of commercial pressure washing

Commercial pressure washing has become an increasingly popular commercial building maintenance technique in recent years.

A commercial pressure washer is a powerful and versatile tool that can be used to clean surfaces in factories, warehouses and other industrial settings by removing dirt, paint and rust from building equipment and exterior surfaces such as brick walls, steel structures and commercial vehicles. 

However all commercial pressure cleaners are not the same. There are various commercial grade power washers on the market. On average, commercial grade power washers provide water at 2,500 to 4,000 psi (pounds per square inch) with nozzles that can be adjusted to create different spray patterns for specific applications.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the benefits of commercial pressure washing so you can keep your commercial property well maintained and clean all year round. 

 

1.) Kerb appeal 

Advertising is expensive; however, commercial pressure washing is an affordable way to get your business on the map. 

Your building’s exterior will be like new after a thorough wash and any dirt or grime buildup will be removed quickly and easily with commercial-grade equipment – making it easier to stand out in a sea of competitors. Plus, if customers notice how clean your establishment is before they even walk inside, they’ll feel more inclined to check it out which creates a positive image for your business. 

 

2.) Saves you time and money 

If you have commercial pressure washing equipment at your disposal, maintenance can become a breeze because you’ll spend less time scrubbing to get stubborn dirt off – making it easier to tackle commercial pressure washing in a timely manner. 

Likewise, commercial power washers are more powerful than traditional garden hose attachments, reducing the need for harsh chemicals and sparing your hands from days of stains and odors.

 

3.) A healthier environment for employees and customers

Creating a safe work environment can be difficult when there is dust or mold around that irritates eyes, throats, noses – and even skin. 

One of the main benefits of commercial pressure washing for commercial facilities is to remove these harmful irritants that can make employees sick or adversely affect their attention span, which results in less productivity.

 

4.) Free flowing drains

Using the commercial pressures cleaner helps with drainage projects too. These work by unblocking and descaling any surface, pipeline, or sewer system, including root cutting and concrete demolition. 

Using a commercial grade high pressure water jetting unit can allow even stubborn debris to be taken out while still making sure that nothing gets damaged in the process.

 

So it’s easy to see why many businesses invest in professional commercial maintenance companies like hebs Group to keep their premises in good condition. If you’re in need of our commercial cleaning services call us now on 0151 2360707 for more information. 

 

Commercial property maintenance for Autumn

Commercial property maintenance can be very complex and facilities managers often don’t realise what is required until they get into it. 

Now as the weather starts to take a turn for the worse, facilities management companies are seeing an increase in work as commercial buildings need preparing for autumn.

It’s important that facilities managers are aware of what needs doing to ensure that building owners are complying with health and safety legislation, reduce downtime, costs and risks of injury or damage.

Facilities managers who have planned ahead benefit from operational excellence, cost reduction initiatives and compliance which reduces risk for their business. It can also enhance brand reputation which is increasingly important when trying to attract new clients. 

Having a robust facilities management plan means you know exactly what needs doing and when. Here is a list of essential autumn maintenance tasks to ensure your commercial property is fully functional during the colder seasons. 

 

Roof inspections 

Inspecting the roofs for potential damage which may require repair before heavy rainfall comes through leaves them at risk of leaks and further damages. Their replacement could be very expensive and put a building out of action for a few weeks if it’s not done correctly due to the fragile state of some older commercial properties roofs.

 

Guttering and drainage maintenance 

Checking gutters and drains on top floors is important as they quickly fill up with leaves, sticks and debris. If left unchecked, this can result in water damage, mould and – the worst case scenario – infestations which are costly to fix and could halt productivity. 

Cleaning them regularly means that the water can flow freely when it pours down and prevents build ups or clogs before they happen. 

 

Inspecting windows

Investigating window seals for wear and tear is another essential commercial property maintenance task for Autumn. If the seals are worn, this can lead to draughts, which can be expensive to repair and replace as commercial facilities managers need to ensure that no dirt gets into the building during installation.

 

Checking fire alarms 

This should be done twice a year, but facilities managers often find they look ten years older than their age due to dust build up. Therefore, hiring a professional facilities management company ensures it’s brought back up to date with new batteries and looks as good as new again.

 

Checking air conditioning units 

Examining your HVAC unit for any damage is a worthwhile investment during Autumn. With the change in climate, this can have a major effect on your systems and employees/customers. 

If commercial facilities cannot control the temperature in buildings all of the time, they can end up with expensive, costly bills and an even colder building. Remember, you can always hire HVAC specialists to come over for a quarterly check up to meet your individual needs. 

 

Damp

Damp caused by the outside elements can be a problem for commercial properties, so you will need to combat this as soon as the seasons change. One simple method is making sure that those facilities on site that are likely to suffer from dampness have been checked and serviced if necessary – such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry facilities. 

Once you’ve done this, it’s also a good idea to try and identify where damp could potentially enter your building. 

 

Call in the commercial property maintenance experts 

Are you prepared this Autumn? Don’t hesitate and get in touch now with hebs Group on 0151 2360707 where we offer fully proven and established maintenance services to clients across Liverpool and the UK. 

We help to support a building’s operational requirements, ensuring the longevity of your commercial premises no matter the season.