Every product or service, needs periodic maintenance for its efficient performance. The maintenance carried out in a scheduled time avoids the total failure of a service. This helps to create discipline, peacefulness and harmony in the people, related to that product or service.
Generally maintenance can be classified as:-
If the preventive maintenance is carried out efficiently then the corrective maintenance is rarely required.
Therefore the maintenance manager shall concentrate more on the Preventive maintenance.
Many times it happens that, on failure of a specific service, people create chaos, till the corrective measures are taken. Public memory being weak; the necessary suggestions for the preventive measures are forgotten till the next failure.. During a crisis, the affected people are expecting some ‘Immediate Relief’ and also a long-term solution to a problem. Therefore it is a very critical duty of a maintenance manager to achieve the Golden-mean during crisis.
To achieve this, Golden mean between Preventive and Corrective maintenance some suggestions are given herewith.
1. Maintain a log-book of all the services pertaining to a project. The log-book of each machine, equipment, service shall be maintained separately. The log-book contains the following information, in the following format. Name of the Project:……………………………………………….
Name of the Machine / service:……………………………………
Name of the supplier/ contractor/ erector with address:…………..
Date of commissioning of the machine:……………………………
Recommended special Precautions, if any:………………………..
Recommended frequency of maintenance: Daily/Weekly / fortnightly / Monthly / Quarterly / Half-yearly / Yearly.
Date of commissioning
Due date of maintenance &
These due dates of maintenance shall be displayed near the machine prominently. This helps to remind the servicemen to carry out the maintenance in scheduled time.
The description of maintenance will help to decide about the ‘Actual Health’ of the concerned machine and its probable life. This helps to arrange the standby machine to avoid the total failure and its consequences. Inspite of, carrying out the preventive maintenance carefully: some failures in the machine may occur, but the severity of the failure will be restricted.
In case of failures on some occasions, the corrective maintenance shall be carried out immediately. A simple Log-book shall be maintained to record the description of the failure and the measures taken for rectification.
This record helps to learn about the ‘ Continual Improvement’ in the ‘Preventive Maintenance’ in the future. Accordingly the focus of ‘Preventive maintenance’ shall be widened in the future.
So far as, the Construction Industry is concerned and especially the ‘Housing construction Industry’ is concerned; the same point-of-view shall be adopted as discussed above, for the maintenance of a flat, bunglow, shop, the related services and the project as a whole.
Considering the smallest unit, a flat, as the starting point, let us try to resolve the problems related to maintenance, as follows:
POSSIBLE PROBLEMS THAT MAY ARISE IN A UNIT( FLAT) AND THE SOLUTIONS THEREOF :
A study report indicates very high percentage of cracks in Pune region, due to temperature variation in day and night time.
Do not panic. The process of cracks may continue for couple of years. After that you can simply fill cracks with primer putty and repaint the walls and see them without cracks for at least of 2-3 years.
DOORS: Hinges of doors should be oiled regularly, at least once in three months.
DOOR AND LATCHES: – After a period of time you may find the doors in your unit do not shut properly and the latches no longer seem to work perfectly.
This happens because self-weight of the door combined with temperature fluctuations and expansion and contraction of wood causes a shift in the original position of the doors. Just wait till the season changes
and see things fall back into place. Or of required you can call a carpenter, who will rectify the problem.
Monsoon season can be made safer for your new building, if little care is taken prior to monsoon, as explained below: –
Check this once in 7 days in monsoon season and every fortnightly in other seasons and then the problem of leakage can be minimized.
In the first 2 to 3 monsoons, damp patches and resulting cracks may appear in the walls due to
seepage. But this is not a construction fault. Just wait for 2 to 3 summer and then do the patching of damp spots, filling the cracks and repainting the walls, and you should not see the problem again.
After a period of time due to regular usages; leading to leaky taps washers in the taps may get worn out, leading to leaky taps. You can solve it by replacing the washers, even by yourselves.
In case of any electrical faults or problems, please call Electricity Board complaint center. If the problem does not involve the Electricity Board then please call licensed electrical contractor to set the things right.
Think of anti termite treatment as an insurance against termites. No home whatever old or new, concrete, wood, brick, slab type is safe from termite as thereis no such thing available as termite proof constructions. Though we have taken precaution to avoid termite attack, but costly furniture, clothes, books, documents, plastic insulation provide a convenient substitute for natural food of termite. Hence, it is advisable to have anti termite treatment (Pest control) to your furniture may be new or old after every couple of years. Hence instead of hoping, Termites do not attack, make sure that they can’t attack and be protected.
Following are the few tips to be kept in mind by the society members for proper and smooth running of the common services.
Important telephone numbers shall be maintained at easily visible place.
Telephone numbers of Emergency services shall also be maintained: