An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Benjamin Franklin famously advised fire-threatened Philadelphians in 1736 that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Clearly, preventing fires is better than fighting them, but to what extent can we protect ourselves from massive costs in repairing damages to facilities and buildings from regular every-day wear and tear?

Although sometimes last minute repairs are unavoidable, it’s almost always smarter to maintain something than to wait until it breaks.

Prevention beats cure.

The old adage is pure truth. As it applies to your building, no small piece of wisdom is more valuable. It can be helpful to think of your facility, and its health, in the same way as you might about your body and your health, except for one difference: your building doesn’t possess the ability to heal itself.

The good news, however, is that this is NOT a daunting task.

A little preventative management can save time and huge sums of money, just like taking care of one’s self in small ways (think of brushing your teeth, getting enough rest, staying hydrated and eating a nutritious diet) will usually ward off huge health problems for a comparatively low cost.

Commercial facilities – from retail environments to offices and warehouses – are in a constant state of disrepair and use. A small amount of judiciously applied prevention keeps these problems small and greatly decreases the chances they mushroom into something huge and expensive. This is one of the ways operations and facilities managers protect what is likely one of their biggest, most important investments.

Downtime is expensive. But a routine preventive maintenance is at the heart of every successful operation. Our decades of experience have proven that a committed and strategic preventive maintenance program is the best insurance against downtime, waste and prolonging the life of a building or facility.

As a business community many people tend to focus on spending as little as possible, particularly when everything is working and in good order. This is understandable: What we are trying to do in our work is to transform the way companies think about their facilities. Get a jump on potential problems, and avoid big problems before they happen.

If you’re looking for reactive repairs or regularly scheduled maintenance, we can help. Learn more about how we save our customers time, money and a lot of headaches.