4 Commercial Maintenance Tips

Conducting routine building maintenance can seem overwhelming and even stressful at times, especially as a small, growing business. Many larger corporations spend considerable amounts of money and devote an entire team to keeping up with facility maintenance. Considering this, how can small businesses with lower funds and fewer employees accomplish this task? For this month’s blog, we will be diving into four tips for commercial building maintenance that can help protect your business from financial setbacks.

Start From the Outside

The outside of your facility will be the first impression for any new visitors coming into or simply passing by your business. That said, the plants, lawn, walkways, outer walls, parking lots, and other outside aesthetics need to be well maintained in order to create the right first impression. This includes mowing the lawn regularly, making sure plants stay watered and healthy, sweeping walkways, and cleaning the outside doors/windows. Although this might seem like a lot of work, minimal periodic maintenance is necessary to maintain a professional curb appeal. Failing to keep up with outside maintenance can ultimately snowball and create time-consuming projects. It’s easy to clean if it’s well kept. If you would like to schedule recurring power washing services for your storefront, contact Omni Facility Maintenance.

Conduct Roofing Repairs Immediately

When it comes to having a small team, you might not have the resources or training to get up on the roof and conduct inspection or repairs. In fact, if you do not have this training, do not try to do this! Safety should always be your number one priority. That said, it is still important to keep a lookout for any visual damage to your roof and conduct routine inspections, especially after season changes or harsh weather. To stay safe, you can partner with a team like Omni Facility Maintenance Services to schedule preventative maintenance visits and keep your roof intact. This will ultimately save your business time, money, and resources. As we’ve said in our previous blogs, proactive maintenance is key.

Maintain HVAC Quality

Similar to roofing, HVAC specialists are required for most of the work that is done within HVAC systems. With the complex technology and electronic systems, it can be difficult for a business to maintain their HVAC systems without properly trained individuals. This is why we recommend partnering with a professional team like Omni Facility Maintenance to take care of all of your HVAC systems proactively which will save you money in the long run. A professional team will conduct routine inspections so that parts can be examined or replaced, and the system can be checked for major issues. This prevents any possibility of costly downtime due to a faulty system.

Upgrade Your Light Bulbs

Although LED and CFL light bulbs come with a hefty start-up cost, they can end up saving you money down the road. First, you will save time and money on future installations due to LED and CFL light bulbs lasting much longer. Also, you will begin to see savings in your electricity bill because they consume less energy. Setting up an automatic system so that lights will turn off during downtime will also save you money on your electricity bill. Ultimately, switching to energy-saving light bulbs comes with a variety of different benefits for your building maintenance.

We understand the workload and stress that can come with building maintenance, especially as a small business. Applying preventative care tactics is the best way to maximize your building maintenance efforts, ultimately saving you and your team time and money. This applies to all aspects of your facility including the outside aesthetics, roofing, HVAC system, light bulbs, and much more. Whether you choose to tackle maintenance privately or outsource the work to a professional team like Omni Facility Maintenance Services, these four tips are guaranteed to save your resources.

Tips to Save Money on Commercial Maintenance Services

Since the start of the pandemic, cost reduction initiatives have been a big trend. The pandemic has had a drastic impact on building operations and maintenance, leaving many owners struggling to make ends meet. For this month’s blog, we will be discussing a list of strategies to help you save money on your facility maintenance services.

Facility maintenance and repairs will always be an inevitable aspect of caring for a facility. That said, the costs that are associated with maintenance and repairs can be unpredictable and will vary depending on a variety of factors. For example, you might be well under your maintenance budget for the year when *BOOM* a pipe breaks, flooding happens, and you have to replace an entire floor’s worth of carpet (at least). A situation like this can be extremely stressful and costly for a business.

Before diving into some of the specific strategies to save money on facility maintenance services, we want to quickly discuss the difference between preventative and reactive maintenance.

  • Proactive (or Preventative) Maintenance
    • Repairing and maintaining equipment before breakage occurs
    • Can prevent costly issues, like the one mentioned above, from occurring
  • Reactive Maintenance
    • Fixing after breakage occurs
    • Can create costly issues, like the one mentioned above

Omni Facility Maintenance Services strongly recommends taking on a proactive maintenance strategy. Although the visits will be more frequent, preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your equipment running efficiently and to help avoid the costly devastation of reactive maintenance. The cost to replace/repair broken equipment can add up to thousands of dollars and cause extensive production downtime. The best way to take on a preventative maintenance strategy is to retain a professional team like Omni Facility Maintenance. With our property inspection services, proactive maintenance becomes a breeze.

While preventative maintenance is one way to passively save money on repairs for your facility, there are other proactive actions to take to help reduce costs.

Lighting

You may find that you are often changing light bulbs in your facility, which can take a lot of time, especially in a large building with many bulbs. It may not seem like much, but the cost of the light bulbs combined with the time it takes to install them adds up over time. One of the best investments you can make is to make the switch to LED lighting. Many LED light bulbs have an estimated life of 50,000 hours. This is about 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, 10 times longer than CFL bulbs, and 25 times longer than halogen bulbs. Although LED light bulbs are more expensive, you will have lower maintenance costs and less frequent purchases, ultimately saving you money in the long run.

Carpet/Flooring

The two most common mistakes that facility managers make with carpet:

  • Not cleaning it the right way (each carpet has different fabrics and, thus, different cleaning needs)
  • Only cleaning when visibly dirty/not frequently enough

Oftentimes, the flooring or carpet in a facility can be overlooked or deemed not important for maintenance. This is always the case until the cost of replacing the flooring or carpet is presented. The best case of action is to take a preventative maintenance approach to your carpet and flooring. Taking care of your flooring can result in over a 10-year lifespan and save your business thousands.

Maintenance Procedures

Our last tip to help save you money on your facility maintenance services is to create an organized, repeatable maintenance schedule. This might also include eliminating unneeded maintenance procedures. By having a simple and easy-to-follow schedule, you can boost productivity and lower labor costs. If you partner with Omni Facility Maintenance Services, we will take care of all this for you.

Overall, there is no way to avoid facility maintenance services. So, why wouldn’t you want to save the most money possible? With cost-saving initiatives becoming increasingly popular, strategies for saving money have never been easier. With simple concepts like preventative maintenance, you can save thousands on your facility maintenance costs.

Remember: Having a team like Omni Facility Maintenance on your side to perform facility inspections is one of the best ways to keep your facility in the best condition possible while saving you money. If you have questions about our services, check out our website or just call Paul: (630) 465-4074

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

In recent years, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board has consistently ranked indoor air quality (IAQ) within the top five environmental risks to public health. These comparative studies have also found that indoor air can potentially be 2 – 5 times more toxic than outdoor air, sometimes even reaching upwards of 100 times more toxic. Poor IAQ can be one of the silent leading causes of negative health symptoms in the workplace. This makes tackling poor indoor air quality a top priority for facility managers to protect themselves and their employees.

What is indoor air quality and why is it important?

Indoor air quality is a relatively simple concept. IAQ helps us understand the toxicity level of the air found within buildings. This relates to and affects health, comfort, and, for commercial facilities, work productivity. Since poor indoor air quality can affect employee health, morale, and productivity, indoor air quality is a top priority for facility and building managers. According to a 1989 EPA report to Congress, “… improved indoor air quality can result in higher productivity and fewer lost workdays.” The report also estimated that billions of dollars are lost each year due to poor IAQ. That said, it’s extremely important to keep IAQ high of mind. One way you can do this is through proactive facility maintenance.

What factors contribute to indoor air quality?

Aside from hiring Omni Facility Maintenance Services to ensure your commercial building remains safe, healthy, and compliant through proactive maintenance, one of the best ways you can understand the IAQ of your commercial facility is to learn about the contributing factors. Some of these factors are outlined and defined below:

Pollutant Source

  • Biological: Bacteria, fungi/mold, viruses, animal dander, dust mite allergens, and pollen.
  • Chemical: Emissions from office/building equipment, cleaning supplies, tobacco smoke, gasses (eg. carbon monoxide & nitrogen dioxide), and chemical spills.
  • Particles (solid or liquid substances that are light enough to float in the air with other particles): Dust, dirt, sand, and moisture.

Building Design

  • Equipment Maintenance: Proactive maintenance of your HVAC system is extremely important to maintaining proper IAQ. Preventative maintenance is strongly recommended to ensure proper ventilation. If you need help keeping on top of preventative maintenance, make sure to reach out to our team at Omni Facility Maintenance!
  • Ventilation: The quality and productivity of an HVAC system are partly based on building occupancy and the other equipment inside your facility. If these factors change, the HVAC system might not provide you with the proper ventilation and may require modifications.
  • Outside Air Supply: Outside air must be properly filtered by the HVAC system in order to trap pollutants such as dust, pollen, and gasses. If this isn’t done properly, it can negatively affect your IAQ.
  • Space Planning: The way you align your equipment and furniture could be impacting your IAQ. For example, if office furniture is restricting airflow by blocking a vent.

Moisture & Humidity

  • The excessive presence of moisture mixed with dirt and pollutants allows mold and other biological agents to grow. Overly high humidity levels can also lead to moisture damage to property and equipment.
  • On the contrary, too low humidity levels can also cause negative effects such as dry eyes/skin, sinus issues, and other minor health effects. Optimal humidity is between 30 – 50%.

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Commercial Facility

If you’re looking to improve your indoor air quality, below are Omni Facility Maintenance Services’ top tips!

Keep Your Facility Clean

When your workplace is consistently clean, it lowers the levels of allergens, dust, mold, and other contaminants. Additionally, avoiding cleaning materials with harsh chemicals will help prevent the release of chemical compounds.

Clean Your Air

Devices such as dehumidifiers/humidifiers and air purifiers/scrubbers can help keep your IAQ at proper levels. Another product you can use is photocatalytic paint; Activa Coating uses the power of photocatalysis to help clean the air of pollutants of any air that passes by its painted surface.

Maintain Proper Ventilation

HVAC systems and their filters should be cleaned regularly and checked to ensure they are in proper working condition. A dirty HVAC system with old filters has the potential to continuously spread pollutants back into your facility. Make sure that air vents are uncovered to allow air to flow freely throughout your facility. Opening windows and adding circulation fans can also contribute to increased ventilation. Lastly, having plants in your facility is a great way to have a consistent supply of fresh air.

Conclusion

Overall, the indoor air quality of your commercial facility should be among one of your top priorities. With the potential to negatively affect the health, productivity, and comfort of everyone within the facility, it’s important to treat IAQ as any other workplace hazard. While maintaining good IAQ may seem like an uphill battle at times, there are some quick and easy implementations that will get you on the right track. Partnering with a preventative maintenance partner like Omni Facility Maintenance Services to maintain proper HVAC functionality should be your first step.

Prepare Your Commercial Facility for Winter

Winter is coming to the Chicagoland area and it’s time for building managers to prepare their commercial properties. Ensuring your property is ready for winter will help protect your building and tenants. Without properly preparing your facility, the harsh Chicago winter can conjure steep repair bills should you have a pipe break due to freezing, a draft that causes your heat bill to run too high, salt that can deteriorate floors, and even increased sick days due to flu and covid season. Omni Facility Maintenance Services will help you prepare your commercial facility for winter.

Property Inspections

First and foremost, your property will need a full inspection prior to understanding what is needed to winterize it. Omni Facility Maintenance can provide this preventative maintenance inspection to locate all the areas in which your commercial property may be compromised this winter. We will also check all your exit signs and look for code violations to ensure you aren’t hit with hefty fines. During this inspection, we will review your plumbing, electrical, HVAC, rooftop, doors, windows, floors, and parking lots and sidewalks if you have them. Should we identify anything that may be of risk, we will promptly inform you and either perform the maintenance work ourselves or help you find someone who can.

Eliminate Drafts

During the inspection process, it’s possible to find leaks in doors and windows that can let in the cold, Chicago, winter air. While drafts aren’t as dire in the summer months, during the winter, a draft can escalate your heating bill immensely. With a draft coming in, the building will be much colder, forcing your HVAC to work harder and for longer periods of time to keep it nice and comfortable. Should this occur and your HVAC system not be prepared, your HVAC can cause a variety of issues, including having blocked systems, uneven airflow, broken thermostat, or carbon monoxide leaks. Don’t let this happen to your commercial property! Omni Facility Maintenance can caulk your doors and windows before the cold air comes to ensure your commercial property is ready for winter.

Flooring

With winter coming, you know what else is coming: Water and salt. To protect residents, tenants, customers, and employees, salt will most certainly be placed outside around your commercial property and most likely in the parking lot as well. This helps snow not freeze in those areas, but it can also be tracked in on people’s shoes. Depending on the amount of foot traffic your commercial property has, you will want to ensure your floors are ready and can handle this type of abrasion. Salt is abrasive, and depending on your foot traffic, you will want to make sure you have the right flooring installed or that you are prepared to either clean or protect your floors with a covering. Omni Facility Maintenance can inspect your floors and help you decide how to best care for them this winter.

Sanitation

With covid still prevailing, we are also coming into flu season. With two illnesses dominating this winter, you will want to schedule regular sanitations of your commercial property. This will help remove any viruses and bacteria that land on your floors, walls, and furniture. Protecting your tenants, clients, and team members should remain a top priority, but don’t wait to schedule these sanitations until someone is sick. Be proactive about sanitation by scheduling with Omni Facility Maintenance to come out and sanitize your facility this winter. We recommend at least weekly and at most monthly.

Winters are harsh here in Chicagoland, but that harshness doesn’t have to follow you inside. Omni Facility Maintenance can help you winterize your commercial property so that you and your tenants remain as comfortable as all the other seasons. As with all things, preventative maintenance is key. Don’t wait until it’s too late, costing you more money than if you had just followed a preventative maintenance program. Call us today and get on our schedule. We would love to help ensure your property is properly winterized.

The Case for Proactive Facility Maintenance

Omni Facility Maintenance Services knows that in order to keep equipment running safely, smoothly, and productively, you need to perform proactive facility maintenance. With more organizations going back into the office, many rely on their team to keep up with facility maintenance tasks, which can be dangerous for team members. Additionally, many business owners tend to wait for damage to occur to call for help from a facility maintenance team. Is this in the best interest of your facility? NO! Deferred maintenance can end up wasting employee’s time and thousands of dollars. For this month’s blog, we will be diving further into the dangers of deferred maintenance and how proactive facility maintenance, or preventative maintenance, can provide many benefits to your employees and organization.

Safety Hazards

When maintenance is deferred until the last minute, employee’s safety can be compromised. Dysfunctional equipment can sometimes lead to physical harm of your employees and ultimately cause extensive downtime. All aspects of this situation can be extremely expensive to handle.  The cost of handling an injured employee, extensive downtime, and broken equipment is significantly more expensive than routine preventative maintenance.

Health Risks

Broken or inefficient equipment can also lead to a variety of indirect health risks. Considering that employee health is a top priority in many organizations, this can be very scary. Improper maintenance and cleaning can lead to a buildup of dust, mold, and mildew. This can also lead to a decrease in air quality, making it an unsafe working environment for your employees. With preventative maintenance and regular cleanings, many of these health risks can be avoided.

Compliance Issues

Deferred maintenance can also lead to a variety of fines for failing to comply with safety standards. Over the last 20 years, many organizations have had to take safety more seriously due to an increase in codes and regulations. That said, if your organization is caught violating these safety regulations, you could be facing expensive fines or worse. Proactive facility maintenance eliminates this threat by ensuring employee and equipment safety. Regular property inspection by a team like Omni Facility Maintenance is the best way to keep your facility up to code and running correctly.

Costly Emergency Repair

The cost of repairing broken equipment or making repairs to your building which equipment can severely damage is much more expensive than preventative maintenance. When compared to the cost of new equipment or repairing flooring, ceiling, dry wall, bathrooms, plumbing, and more, preventative maintenance is pennies on the dollar. This doesn’t include the expenses of long-term production downtime. When your equipment is broken, you have to add up the costs of new equipment, maintenance, and downtime. So, which do you think is easier? Replacing or repairing your equipment and facility, or scheduling proactive facility maintenance?

Conclusion

Many facility managers know the importance of proactive maintenance but fail to partner with a facility maintenance company to perform this routine task. As discussed, there are a variety of issues that come with deferred maintenance, ranging from health concerns to costly repair/downtime. In order to ensure that your facility is productive and healthy for employees, facility managers should be practicing proactive facility maintenance. Start saving time and money by keeping up with your facility’s needs. Remember, one of the best ways to perform preventative maintenance is to partner with a professional team like Omni Facility Maintenance. Not only will this keep your equipment healthy, but it will also keep you up to date on codes and regulations.

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4 Benefits of Outsourcing Facility Maintenance Services

There are many benefits that come with outsourcing your facility maintenance services. Some of which include reduced cost and risk, increased productivity, 24/7/365 care, and a large scope of services to take care of everything in your commercial building. For this month’s blog, we dive further into these benefits, explaining why many organizations are making the switch to outsourcing their facility maintenance services.

Reduced Cost

When you partner with a team like Omni Facility Maintenance, your company will save money. As your facility maintenance partner, we have immediate availability to parts which allows us to service your facility more quickly, ultimately preventing extended downtime cost. Additionally, these parts are available to us at a reduced cost, adding to your savings. Outsourcing these services also eliminates the need for training your employees to complete facility maintenance tasks, which saves expensive labor hours and keeps your employees safe. This way, you and your team can focus on the jobs that they do best and you can leave the facility maintenance to the Omni professionals.

Preventative maintenance is guaranteed to save your business time and money. This extends the life of equipment and materials, removing the cost of repair and/or replacement by a specialist. Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance takes preventative maintenance extremely seriously, making sure that your company’s equipment is in optimal condition.

Increased Productivity

A strong facility maintenance team is knowledgeable on current environmental and comfort trends. Enhanced indoor air quality, environmental initiatives, and remodeling can all help increase employee productivity. Whether it’s a small adjustment of lighting or a complete remodel, your employees’ productivity will increase. Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance also has extensive knowledge on technological advances for your facility. With many companies switching to “smart offices” for increased organization and efficiency, it’s important to have a strong team on your side to reduce costs and complete changes in a timely manner.

24/7/365 Care

When you partner with a team like Omni Facility Maintenance, you get access to quick and easy care, no matter the time or date. This eliminates the stress that can come with a sudden facility accident or disaster. Oftentimes, these disasters come unexpectedly and can cause safety issues and expensive downtime costs. The best way to avoid these issues is to have rapid access to a repair team like ours!

Large Scope of Services

When you outsource your facility maintenance services, you gain access to a variety of services that would normally require extensive employee training to complete in house. Also, a team like Omni Facility Maintenance has knowledge on the latest industry standards and trends, including technological upgrades. Having a team like this on your side eliminates the need for training, research, and labor costs. Keeping up with the equipment needed for service can also become expensive. With a facility maintenance team, you do not have to worry about updating your servicing materials. If you want to view a full list of our services, click here.

Conclusion

Overall, outsourcing facility maintenance services to a professional, well-equipped team comes with several benefits. The hassle of facility maintenance is best left for the professionals so you can spend more time focusing on what your business does best. Remember, our team at Omni Facility Maintenance can take care of all the services and benefits mentioned in this blog and more. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team!

Questions to Ask Your Facilities Maintenance Partner

6 Questions to Ask Your Facilities Maintenance Partner

Partnering with a facility maintenance company can come with a variety of benefits. When it comes to your business, you need to focus on what you do best. Without a facility maintenance partner, you and your employees will have to take responsibility for your commercial building. Considering the time, money, and effort that goes into facility maintenance projects, wouldn’t you feel safer with a professional team? For this month’s blog, we dive into the six questions you should ask before deciding on a facility maintenance partner. Check them out below!  

What services do you provide?

Omni Facility Maintenance has a variety of services to accommodate all of your building maintenance needs. Check out the list below to see our provided services:

Interior & Exterior Caulking

Having a professional seal off the spaces in your facility’s windows and doors is an easy way to save your business money each month. Sealing the gaps will ensure you are getting the most out of your heating and cooling systems. We also recommend sealing off your facility’s sidewalk cracks to prevent further damage.

Interior & Exterior Painting

Our team provides all of your painting needs, whether that’s the interior or exterior of your building. Painting is expensive and time consuming, so having a professional with the highest quality materials and skills will ensure an amazing job.

Power Washing

Power washing is an easy and affordable way to effectively disinfect and clean the exterior of your building. This includes cleaning sidewalks, walls, parking lots, drive thrus, and even dumpsters.

Property Inspection

One of the best investments you can make for your business is to have a professional routinely inspect your building for needed maintenance and code violations. Remember our team at Omni Facility Maintenance can provide you with general and preventive inspection services!

Flooring

Commercial flooring requires special planning, installation, and maintenance compared to residential flooring. Having a professional help through this process will ensure that you get the right flooring for your commercial needs with great quality materials.

Plumbing

Whether it’s installing the proper plumbing for your business or simply repairing plumbing issues, Omni Facility Maintenance has your back! Our team provides the highest quality plumbing expertise to ensure that you aren’t losing money each month or damaging your building.

Electrical

The electrical system of a building is the lifeline of any business. Many cannot afford the time or money that is spent on complex electrical issues. Having a professional inspect your electrical system for any issues or damages can help prevent future issues and ultimately save your business time and money.

What are the benefits of partnering with a facilities maintenance provider?

There are many benefits that come with outsourcing your facility maintenance services, including cost reduction to time efficiency. Other benefits can include professional expertise and keeping your team safer. When employees are assigned to facility maintenance tasks, it often leads to wasted time and money, improper installation and maintenance, and could even lead to injury. Outsourcing these services will ultimately leave you feeling more comfortable about your commercial property.

Will you help me plan for the future?

Of course! One of Omni Facility Maintenance’s goals is to help our clients with preventative maintenance. This means that routine maintenance checks are performed in order to keep equipment running, prevent damage, and avoid unexpected equipment failure.

What happens if I have an emergency?

Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance provides you with care year-round! Yes, this means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year! With our team, emergencies become significantly less stressful. Call us 24/7/365 at 1-877-863-4948

How do you handle small repairs?

There is no job that is too small for Omni Facility Maintenance. From simply replacing a faulty light switch, switching out some burnt out bulbs, or fixing that leaky faucet, we are more than happy to help!

Why is regularly scheduled maintenance beneficial? 

Performing scheduled monthly maintenance and regular inspections on your facility will help to avoid any surprise breakdowns and/or mechanical issues. By being diligent in prevention, you will save money in the long run by not incurring emergency repair costs on items that could have been serviced before failure.

Conclusion

Overall, partnering with a facility maintenance team is a great investment for your employees and your business. Delegating the variety of maintenance tasks will ultimately help your business focus on whatever it does best, leaving the hard work to the professionals that will get it done right! The last question you should ask yourself is, “Am I spending my company’s time and money wisely?” If you partner with a team like Omni Facility Maintenance, the simple answer is yes.

Prepare Your Facility for Summer

With the change of seasons, now is a great time to prepare your facility for summer. Just like many other aspects of your business, your facilities require constant care. Making sure that your building is ready to handle the heat and humidity of the summer will ensure that long term damage is avoided. Additionally, staying on top of season changes and fixing past issues will ultimately save you and your business money. Check out these four great services to help get your facility ready for anything that summer has to offer.

Property Inspection

The best way to start any season change is with a professional property inspection. Hiring a professional to inspect your property for any damages or regulation changes in equipment is a great investment. Omni Facility Maintenance Services can perform general and preventative maintenance inspections, due diligence walk-throughs, exit signs, code violations, and more. Start the summer feeling good knowing that your facility has been thoroughly inspected.

Interior & Exterior Caulking

Facility Windows & Doors

Sealing off the tiny gaps in your windows and doors is the best way to ensure that your conditioned air does not escape. When facilities are not well insulated, it can cause the air conditioner to perform poorly, ultimately costing your business more money each month. Sealing these cracks before summer will ensure that everyone stays cool and that your business is not losing money.

Walkways

Oftentimes the walkways of facilities are overlooked, but these can be a contributing factor to your business’s curb appeal. Sealing the cracks on your walkway will help keep water out and protect from future erosion. Make sure you reach out to our team at Omni Facility Maintenance to help seal all aspects of your facility, getting it prepared for summer heat and storms.

Plumbing

The last thing you want for your business is to start off the summer with a plumbing issue. Whether it is the need for new equipment, repairing a leak, or cleaning out a clogged drain, your facility will benefit from taking care of your plumbing sooner rather than later. Taking care of these issues will make your business more cost effective. Remember that Omni Facility Maintenance provides the highest-quality commercial plumbing expertise for your business needs this summer!

Electrical

Your business cannot afford to wait on electrical issues, regardless of the season! There are many issues that can arise over time, ranging from wire and outlet issues to surge protection issues. Most businesses heavily rely on their electrical systems, and it can be extremely costly to replace at the last minute. Start off any season the right way by having a professional from Omni Facility Maintenance inspect your electrical systems.

Conclusion

Overall, owning and maintaining any facility can be a huge task. Just like every aspect of your business, your facility needs to be well kept on a regular basis. With the harsh heat and storms of the Chicago summer coming soon, now is the best time to prepare your facility for summer! Not only will this ensure an issue free summer, but it will also save your business money. Make sure you reach out to our team at Omni Facility Maintenance for all of your seasonal change needs. If you have any questions about our other services, check out our services on our website.

Increase Your Curb Appeal

Your business’s exterior appearance is one deciding factor on whether a client or customer wants to do business or purchase from you. It may also affect if they want to return to your business. The term “curb appeal” actually comes from residential real estate; better curb appeal equals a faster sale. First impressions are powerful, and this applies to your business daily. When the front of your business has visible issues, such as being dirty, moldy, rusty, unsanitary, and overall unappealing, it can drive potential clients and customers away from your business. For this month’s blog, we explore some great ways to improve your business’s curb appeal as well as some of the benefits.

Power Washing

Power washing your commercial property is one of the biggest and easiest ways to boost your curb appeal. Omni Facility Maintenance Services offers premium hot-water power washing to completely clean your property’s sidewalks, parking lots, dumpsters, and walls. We can remove gum, oil stains, graffiti, dirt, grime, mold, and more. Power washing comes with several other benefits outside of boosting curb appeal.

Fewer Repairs

When dirt and grime accumulate on the surface of your building for a long time without being cleaned, you begin to risk long term damage. Unwanted moisture and mold can compromise the structural integrity of your building. This is why regularly scheduled power washing is strongly recommended.

Makes Cleaning Easier

After a power washing session, it becomes much easier to maintain the clean look of your building. Normal cleaning involves a lot of time-consuming scrubbing and scrapping but maintaining an already clean building is much easier. This means that you can keep up with your perfect curb appeal.

Increase the Value of Your Building

One of the many benefits of maintaining great curb appeal is boosting the value of your property. When trying to sell a property, the buyer can tell if the building was well maintained and might be hesitant to pay if it was not. Keeping a regular power washing schedule and maintaining curb appeal is a great financial investment, especially if you plan to sell. Contact us today to schedule your commercial property power washing service.

Exterior Painting

Painting your exterior property could be the missing link to truly boosting your curb appeal. Not only does it make your building, warehouse, industrial facility, or retail storefront look clean and new, but it also grabs the attention of new customers and clients. Omni Facility Maintenance Services can accomplish making your commercial space look more visually appealing with exterior painting.

Cost Effective

Repainting the exterior of your building is a great investment. Whether you are trying to sell your business or drive in customers, giving the building a new and clean look is sure to help. If you can make your business stand out, they may be more willing to give your business a chance. Additionally, property buyers can be influenced to buy or pay more for the building if the outside is professionally painted.

Done by A Professional

The best tip we can give for painting your building is having a professional team do the job for you. With the cost and amount of time that goes into painting, you want it to look professional. Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance Services can perform your commercial painting service in a timely and professional manner.

Environmentally Friendly Paint

One of the best paints that you can use to protect and maintain your building’s look is Activa Coating. With the ability to protect your walls and others surfaces from stains, as well as ridding the air of pollution through the process of photocatalysis, it is a great investment for someone wanting to protect the interior or exterior of their business. If your interested in learning more about painting with this environmentally friendly paint, contact our team.

Conclusion

Increasing your commercial property’s curb appeal is a breeze when you partner with Omni Facility Maintenance Services. Doing so comes with a variety of benefits, including increasing the value of your building and driving in more customers and clients. Power washing and repainting the exterior of your building are two of the best ways to improve your curb appeal quickly and easily. If you have any questions about these services or other services, reach out to our team!

Switch to Energy Saving Bulbs

Making the switch to energy efficient light bulbs is something many businesses overlook when evaluating their electricity bill each month. There are several benefits that come with investing in energy efficient light bulbs, but most importantly it will save you money. For this month’s blog, we are going to explore energy efficient light bulbs and the benefits that can come from making a companywide switch. Omni Facility Maintenance Services is Chicagoland’s trusted partner in facility maintenance. Contact us before making the switch to energy efficient light bulbs, our team will make the process fast and hassle free.

What Are Energy Efficient Light Bulbs?

Before we can fully understand the benefits of energy saving light bulbs, we must understand what an energy saving light bulb is. Typically, energy saving light bulbs last around 5-25 times longer than a traditional light bulb while still emitting the same amount of light as a normal bulb. The most common types of energy efficient light that are on the market today are compact fluorescent light (CFL), light-emitting diode (LED), and halogen incandescent lights. All of these lights have their own unique qualities that may or may not fit your specific needs. That is why it is important to choose the right lights for your business before making any purchases. Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance can help you pick out the right bulbs for your specific business needs, contact us to get the most and best quality out of your lights.

How Much Money Do Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Save?

Although the amount of money you could be saving depends on the type of light you choose, all of the energy efficient lighting options are guaranteed to save you money each year. On average, if a typical 75w incandescent bulb runs for only six hours a day every day for a year, it uses between 150,000-200,000 watts of energy. Annually, this could cost you anywhere from $12.00-$15.00 per light bulb. On the other hand, a 20w or 30w CFL bulb consumes around 40,000-50,000 watts of energy in the same time period as the traditional bulb. However, the energy efficient bulb would cost you between $3.00-$5.00 annually and will give off the same amount of light as a traditional bulb. Considering most commercial businesses have several hundred bulbs, it’s easy to imagine the money you could be saving each year by making the switch to energy efficient light bulbs.

Will Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Lower Your Carbon Footprint?

The short answer is yes. Anytime that you and your business make strides to lower energy consumption, you are lowering your overall carbon footprint. With many modern-day companies moving towards becoming more carbon neutral, it’s beneficial for your company to follow their positive influence. Not only is it better for the environment, but it also saves your business time and money.

Conclusion

Overall, making the switch to energy saving bulbs seems like a no brainer for most businesses. With benefits ranging from saving your business a considerable amount of money each year to lowering your company’s overall carbon footprint, are you ready to make the switch? Remember, replacing the lighting in your business can be a very tedious task. Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance Services will not only help you pick out the right type of lighting for your commercial building, but we will also perform the installation. Don’t waste money by having it done incorrectly or with the incorrect bulb. Contact us today!