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!

Making Your Office “Smart”

When it comes to your employee’s productivity and wellbeing, the environment they work in has a tremendous influence. When your employees are comfortable and working efficiently in the office, they will not only work better as a team but also individually. Many offices are currently old and outdated. With new technology, these offices can potentially create unneeded obstacles for your employees, ultimately slowing down the productivity of your entire team. The best way to fix this problem is by upgrading to a smart office!

What Is A Smart Office?

Before we can dive into the many aspects of a smart office, we must first understand what a smart office really is. A smart office uses technology to benefit employees all over the office. By removing unneeded obstacles, adding helpful technology, and creating more time for employees, a smart office helps everyone work more productively and efficiently. Overall, a smart office is simply an upgrade of technology that keeps the infrastructure of your building and the productivity of your employees in mind. Now that we understand the basics of the smart office, let’s dive into how you can upgrade your office to be smart.

Upgrading to Smart

Smart Conference Room & Desks

Smart desks have the ability to boost employee’s creativity and productivity. A smart desk is able to gather and contain valuable information that employees can utilize. For example, a smart desk is able to improve the relationships with your co-workers by helping promote and boost internal communication among employees. This can be done by a variety of different file sharing, chatting, and collaborative tools. This makes internal communication so much easier!

Intelligent Lighting & Climate Control

Sometimes, different members will perform more efficiently in optimal climates with proficient lighting for their workspace. With a traditional office, you have to compromise and set one overall temperature and usually have no control over lighting. With a smart office, you can install a smart hub and you have the ability to accommodate everyone’s lighting and climate preferences! Contact Omni Facility Maintenance to discuss upgrading to intelligent lighting and climate control.

Scheduling Meetings

With a smart office, you are able to schedule meeting times and locations all electronically! This helps save employees time and it also makes sure that all of your office space is being utilized correctly. This can also be translated into a phone app, so that your employees can schedule meetings via their phone.

Smart Electrical Outlets

If you install a smart hub, chances are it can also connect to your electrical outlets if you install smart electrical sockets. Smart electrical outlets can be useful to your smart hub because they help regulate how much electricity is being used from the hub to the outlet and other devices. The smart hub controls the amount of electricity going to outlets that are on or off, conserving the energy of the off outlets for other devices. When you have Omni Facility Maintenance install your smart hub, lighting, and climate control, ask us about smart electrical outlets! They can help your whole system save energy and ultimately save you money.

Benefits of A Smart Office

Boost Collaboration

A smart office allows there to be a plethora of meeting spaces for your employees, whether this is a physical space or a virtual space. This makes it easier for employees to have unscheduled meetings whenever needed. If your company thrives off collaboration, this could be extremely beneficial to your team. Control meeting times, location, and who will attend will help you fully utilize your office space so that no one’s space or time is wasted.

Increase Productivity

Possibly one of the biggest reasons why companies choose to switch to a smart office is the boost in employee productivity. When you upgrade your equipment to make daily tasks easier, it will ultimately give your employees more time for important tasks by interrupting them less and allowing them to focus.

Save Money

As mentioned above, by installing a smart hub and utilizing technology in your building’s infrastructure, you can save money. Smart hubs help to regulate energy use, which saves you money on electricity and potentially on gas as well. While installing the equipment does cost money upfront, these installations can save you hundreds each year.

Conclusion

Overall, there are many benefits that come with upgrading your old office to a smart office. With the ability to boost employee’s creativity and productivity, and save everyone time and you money, why wouldn’t you switch? Remember that upgrading your office doesn’t have to happen immediately or all at once; it can be done gradually and over time. Also, accomplishing a job like this is no easy task. We at Omni Facility Maintenance can help you with your smart office renovations and more! Make sure to reach out to our team with any questions or concerns.

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The Importance of Proactive Plumbing

When it comes to maintaining the internal integrity of the building, plumbing is often pushed aside or even forgotten about. Having a proactive plan for plumbing maintenance is important for not only the health of your building but also those who spend time inside it. Plumbing that is left unchecked can lead to further damages in the future that can typically be more expensive than yearly maintenance. Most plumbers agree that you should have the plumbing in your home or business checked every two years. Our team at Omni Facility Maintenance is ready to provide the highest quality plumbing knowledge and services for any commercial building. Make sure to give us a call for all your plumbing needs: 1-877-863-4948! Now, let’s dive into some of the benefits of having a proactive plumbing schedule.

Proactive Plumbing vs Reactive Plumbing

When it comes to the differences between proactive and reactive plumbing, the biggest is cost. Having to call in a team on the spot in order to fix an immediate problem not only costs more time but potentially more materials to fix than having regularly scheduled maintenance. Developing a proactive plumbing maintenance schedule can also save you money on your water bill. For example, with an unchecked and unmaintained plumbing system, you could potentially have an unseen leak that would ultimately be driving up your water bills. These leaks can also begin to damage the integrity of your building if left unattended for a long period of time. Unwanted leaks can lead to mold formation that compromises the health of your employees and clients/customers while also damaging your building. Some problems, like a leaky faucet, may seem underwhelming but attending to plumbing issues sooner rather than later will save you money and protect the health of those inside.

Odor Control & Air Quality

Because plumbing is often overlooked and thought of as only one minor factor to buildings, the cleanliness and integrity of the plumbing can affect the air quality and smell. Many times, if left unchecked, plumbing systems can have breaks, clogs, and leaks. Most of these problems lead to water reaching unwanted places inside your building. This can cause an outbreak of bacteria and even insects that thrive in this environment. This, along with blockage in your drains, can have a negative effect on your air quality and smell.

Water Quality

Having a proactive plumbing maintenance schedule not only helps prevent potential breaks and leaks but also helps keep inside of your pipes clean and safe for use. It’s very common for people inside your building to use water for hand washing, cooking, and drinking. However, without a proactive plumbing maintenance schedule, these pipes could become contaminated. Checking your water regularly for high percentages of magnesium and calcium can help prevent mineral buildup in your pipes. Without the knowledge of these buildups or the maintenance to fix it, your pipes may break and leak without warning. Hiring a reliable team like Omni Facility Maintenance for your plumbing maintenance and repair will help avoid costly and more severe plumbing issues in the future.

Conclusion

While the plumbing in your building might seem like something you can put off, don’t skip this important facility maintenance task. Having a proactive plumbing maintenance schedule comes with many benefits that include saving money, improving air quality, and preserving the health of the people within the building. Checking your plumbing system regularly can be much cheaper and more convenient than a hasty emergency repair. Remember, our team at Omni Facility Maintenance can take care of all of your plumbing maintenance and repair needs. Give us a call to start a proactive plumbing maintenance schedule today: 1-877-863-4948

power washing your business

Benefits of Power Washing Your Business

Looking for a quick and easy way to drastically improve your business’s curb appeal? A power washing session could be what you’re looking for. With several benefits ranging from sanitation to an overall better-looking business, power washing is the best solution for anyone looking to enhance their business without renovation. Transforming your business with a power washing clean is one of the best ways to drive in new business and boost staff’s morale. When it comes to dirty jobs like this, not many products come close to the effectiveness of Omni Facility Maintenance Services’ truck mounted 3200 psi hot water pressure washer. If you decide power washing is right for your business, make sure to contact us!

Power Washing for Sanitation

The first and perhaps most important benefit of power washing your business is sanitation. Deadly diseases have the potential to stick to the exterior of your business if not properly cleaned regularly, as San Diego learned in 2017 during a Hepatitis A outbreak. San Diego’s homeless population and community were severely affected by the lack of sanitation and power washing of businesses. No matter if you are part of a shopping mall or a standalone business, make sure that your building’s exterior isn’t putting you, your employees, or your community at risk. We at Omni Facility Maintenance can protect your business and community by sanitizing your building, parking lot, sidewalks, dumpsters, shopping carts, and more.

Increase Your Curb Appeal

The second and more obvious benefit of power washing your business is to improve the overall curb appeal. Throughout the winter, your business can have an excess buildup of ice, salt, and just overall grime. This buildup will continue to increase until it starts to affect the structural integrity of your business. This can be extremely costly as your walls, sidewalks, and parking lots begin to erode. Erosion is negative for your curb appeal! Having an unappealing business building can drive away customers. Visual first impressions are everything, and many businesses could be losing customers due to the aesthetics of a building. Omni Facility Maintenance’s power washing service will not only save you money down the road, but it could potentially bring in more business than before. Make sure to contact us if this sounds right for your business.

Improve Your Business’s Value

The last benefit of power washing your business is to improve the value. If you are planning on selling your building, it’s a great idea to have it power washed before showing. Making your property shine before selling could be the deciding factor in landing the sale and receiving your asking price. Regular power washing is what we at Omni Facility Maintenance recommend in order to keep your business value as high as possible. Our professional cleaning teams can do the job!

Conclusion

Overall, there are many benefits that come with power washing your business. These benefits include sanitizing your business from harmful diseases, increasing curb appeal, preventing damage, and improving overall property value. We believe that with regular power washing sessions you will begin to see your business thrive more than ever. Remember that Omni Facility Maintenance wants to make your building look its best. We offer many cleaning services including, hot water pressure washing and sanitation. Don’t wait, make your appointment with us today!

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Best Flooring for Your Business

Are you looking for a way to increase your property value while also improving the overall look of your building? This blog is for you! Omni Facility Maintenance Services is the best company for helping you choose and install the best flooring for your facility. Improving the flooring in your facility could give your business and building the refresher it needs. Below are some of our top flooring choices for businesses.

Commercial Carpeting

Omni Facility Maintenance Services offers some of the best options for commercial carpeting. If you’re trying to give your office space a warm, new feel, commercial carpeting is the option for you. Did you know that carpet actually doubles as an insulator for heat? This makes it great for cold Chicago weather! There is no doubt that our commercial carpeting will bring a comforting presence to your office.

This said, carpet is much harder to clean than other flooring. It traps dust, dirt, germs, spills, and everything in between in its fibers. Carpet Restorations Plus states, “Ideally, you should schedule a professional carpet cleaner every six to 12 months for light to normal traffic, every three to six months for heavy traffic and every two to three months for carpets exposed to extreme foot traffic.” This is something to consider when selecting the best floor for your facility.

Luxury Vinyl Planks or Tiles

Luxury vinyl planks and tiles have become increasingly popular. They have several advantages over traditional hardwood or tile floors. First, maintenance is much easier. With a protective, smooth outside layer it is easy to clean and has stronger defenses against scratches and chips. Vinyl also comes with extreme design flexibility. It allows you to get the look of wood or natural stone at a significantly lower price than real hardwood or stone. One disadvantage of luxury vinyl is that is can be slippery and cold. Be sure to keep the health and wellbeing of your employees and customers/clients in mind when considering this flooring.

Vinyl Composite Tile

If you’re looking for a reflection in your flooring, this is the one for you! This particular flooring is similar to what you would find in a school or hospital. This flooring is extremely flexible in design and has a high resistance to damage and noise. Vinyl composite tile has the same disadvantages as luxury vinyl planks or tiles. Remember to keep this in mind when choosing your flooring. With a lifespan of around 15-20 years, this could be a great investment for your facility long term.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile

This beautiful flooring will turn any room into a complete luxury. Ceramic and porcelain tile have amazing stain resisting qualities, durability, and a long lifespan. While this may sound great, it might not be your best option. This type of flooring is pricier than most other flooring options. It also has considerably more weight than other flooring. This is something you must keep in mind to keep your facility healthy.

Commercial Laminate Flooring

Commercial laminate flooring is one of the easiest and cheapest options on this list and a great one to keep in mind. Laminate is damage-resistant and easy to clean for a great cost. Unfortunately, laminate flooring does come with its disadvantages, as all floorings do. One of the most notable disadvantages is laminate lacks in water resistance. If your facility were to have a light flood, it could affect the flooring. Plus, with Chicago winters, it might not be the best fit if you have high foot traffic.

Conclusion

Choosing the best flooring option for your facility can be difficult and we want to help. Omni Facility Maintenance Services offers a variety of flooring options to meet the needs of any facility. Whether it’s creating a warm, playful vibe in your office with high quality commercial carpet or adding a bit of luxury with ceramic and porcelain tile, Omni FM can provide that for you. If you have any questions about your flooring, contact us!

Year End Improvements

Starting off the year with a clean, safe, and improved facility that passes inspections can improve the overall functionality of your building and can boost the morale of your employees. Even something as simple as replacing your floor mats can bring new life into your building. Or, perhaps something big, like repainting the interior and exterior of your building, can show employees and customers/clients how much you care about your company. There are several ways to improve your building for the new year and make your business shine.

Property Inspections

Making sure that your building passes all codes and laws is vital to maintaining the safety of your employees, the integrity of your building, and the financial stability of your company. Hiring a professional who knows exactly what to look for to inspect your property is the best way to complete a thorough inspection. We at Omni Facility Maintenance provide professional property inspection services and can make sure that your building is safe, code compliant, and ready for the new year. Our inspections include, but are not limited to, checking lighting and exit signs, identifying maintenance opportunities, and documenting code violations with suggestions to fix them.

Interior

There are many ways to improve the interior of your building, but one of the best options is to hire a team to deep clean. Deep cleaning your building before the new year will give your building the fresh start it deserves. Cleaning your floors, windows, doors, walls, bathrooms, kitchen, and offices can make the building cleaner and safer for your employees and clients/customers. This will boost overall morale and help protect from harmful dust and germs. That being said, there is a lot more that comes with improving the interior of your building. Make sure that your heater or boiler is clean and in working condition (this can be identified during the property inspection!). Also, replace your vent filters to provide everyone with good quality air.

Exterior

Starting off the new year with a roof leak or even a cave-in due to a faulty roof wouldn’t be ideal. Making sure that a professional staff checks out the exterior of your building can prevent many issues from arising in the upcoming year. Be sure to do this before the first snowfall! It is also important to plow your parking lot and lay down salt. You don’t want employees or customers/clients getting stuck, let alone injured. Additionally, cleaning the exterior of your building with power washing can have many of the same benefits as cleaning the interior. Even if it’s as simple as assigning an outdoor cleanup crew responsible for picking up trash and ensuring the outside is spic and span, making your building look clean and presentable will make customers/clients and employees happy.

Conclusion

Overall, we all want to start off the year in the best possible way. Making sure that your building passes all inspections and codes will help employees feel more comfortable with their work (not to mention all the money you’ll save from not having to pay code violation fines). Also, having a clean and presentable building will not only improve the morale of your employees but also drive in new business. Taking care of your building increases profits. Whether it’s hiring a professional staff like Omni Facility Maintenance to take care of your facility maintenance, or simply assigning people to clean, there are many ways to improve your building for the new year.

Winterize Your Facility

Winter is right around the corner which means snow and bitter cold for the Chicagoland area. While many of us wish the warm weather could stay for longer, it is time to start thinking about the well-being of your building and the health and safety of your team. Have you considered what your facility might need to prepare itself for winter? As your commercial handyman, Omni Facility Maintenance will take care of all that for you so you can focus on your core business.

Act Now

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a business owner is considering your facility’s winterizing needs too late. Especially in the Chicagoland area, having all parts of your building winterized before the bitter cold hits will ensure that your building and team are prepared for winter, no matter when it comes. Getting this process started earlier rather than later will ensure a fast and smooth transition to protect your building for the entire season. We at Omni Facility Maintenance can ensure your building is winterized well before the cold hits.

What’s needed?

If you’re not into facility maintenance, you might be wondering what goes into a facility’s winterization process. There are several aspects of your building that require special care during the colder months:

Interior

Winterizing your floors, doors, windows, heaters, boilers, and vents is vital to keeping your building and team healthy this winter. On your floors, place matts at every entrance where your employees can wipe their feet off before fully entering the building. Wet floors are a hazard. Your windows should be well sealed and in good condition to ensure heat doesn’t escape the building. This will also save you a ton of money. The building’s heaters, boilers, and vents should be clean and working properly before winter starts. When the heat comes on, you don’t want any dust and buildup in there. At best, it can burn and make your building smell. At worst, it can catch fire.

Exterior

Your exterior building will need to be winterized as well. Having a professional check the integrity of your roof will help prevent issues from snow accumulation; for example, the weight of the snow could cause the roof to cave in if it is not sound. In addition to checking your roof, you will want to ensure your parking lot is clear of major cracks and is properly paved. During the winter, salt the ground before it snows to help prevent slips and falls outside.

One of the best ways you can prepare and maintain your winterized facility is simply to clean. Cleaning your building (or having your building cleaned) on a regular basis in the winter will aid in maintaining the winterization process. Whether it’s a cleaning crew or your employees, cleaning and watching the building through the winter will help prevent any serious damage. When a building is not properly winterized, problems can occur such as physical damage to employees and customers, loss of power and heat, and damage to the overall integrity of your building.

New/Under Construction Facilities

Winterizing new/under construction facilities is vital to maintaining a long-term, healthy infrastructure. Keeping your building healthy from the beginning is the best way to avoid costly repairs down the line. For new buildings, the first winter could potentially be the worst if it is not winterized properly. In addition, any building that isn’t properly winterized can face the same consequences as listed above. To keep your new building new, contact us about preparing it for the winter.

Conclusion

Ensuring your building is properly winterized before winter hits will give you, your team, and your building safety and security. It may seem like a stressful process, but with the right timing and facility maintenance partner, it’s really simple! We here at Omni Facility Maintenance can assure that your building will be ready for whatever winter has to throw at it. Don’t put off this important facility maintenance step, give us a call today! 1-877-863-4948