Short Course on Repairs – Covering The Basics

Building Repairs And Maintenance

To improve or restore every facility in every part of the building, its surroundings and services to an acceptable standard and to sustain utility values of the said facility at the same time is the simplest definition for maintenance. To preserve good condition services and buildings, make improvements when required and sustain utility value is the objective of maintenance. Any good maintenance team has to be capable to ensure efficiency, reliability and safety.

There are several facets of maintenance operations such as condition based maintenance, fixed time maintenance, preventive maintenance, day to day maintenance, opportunity maintenance as well as shutdown maintenance. A few of the common examples of maintenance works done in buildings are maintenance surveys for sanitary system and water supply, periodic surveys which are necessary in order to observe how the system works. As for the inspection, it should start from top to bottom. Drawings indicating different services as what laid have to be acquired in order to facilitate the survey.

With regards to maintenance of electrical installations, it could be made safe only by having it installed and maintained by licensed and professional electrician. It is crucial that the installation is checked on a periodic basis and that there is a proper record of such work. The recommended periodicity of checking the electrical system of a building depend on the test that has to be done like for earthing test, insulation and polarity, it ought to be done once, twice and once in 5 years respectively.

In multistoried buildings, the maintenance of elevators are extremely important service that can’t be taken for granted. The vertical transportation is affected by lifts which can come from different types like goods lifts, passenger lifts, special lifts in hospitals and so on. Without adequate vertical transportation in the building, the entire activity in multistoried building will likely come to a standstill.

As for this type of building repairs and maintenance, it has to cover all mechanical equipment similar to buffer door closers, sheaves, door hangers, limit switches, floor sections and everything in between. In regards to the interlocks, the mechanical fastenings to the base as well as latching head must be securely locked when the door is closed. Electrical contact should not get made unless the elevator door is locked and fully closed. For the governor ropes and hoist, there should be no signs of rust and wear while the traveling cables have to be hung properly and the outer wrapping shouldn’t be worn out to avoid short circuit.

There are still lots of other building repairs and maintenance that should be done but these are what been done oftentimes.


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Construction: Repairing Cracked Lintel

By definition, a lintel is a a block of horizontal in structure spanning a space or opening between two vertical structural supports, that is often found over doors, windows, portals and fireplaces. The common problem among houses or buildings of all ages is lintel failure, especially common in old or historical properties posing a safety serious threats. Lintels among these old properties often fail causing sagging and crackings which becomes worse overtime and potentially leading to structural collapse. Lintels crack and eventually causing lintel failure caused by window replacement as a result of removal of the window load bearings with a non-load bearing window. In historical lintel settlements, serious defects may not be entirely evident that may lead to potential lintel collapse overtime.

Majority of cases lintel repairs are straight forward using pinning ties and bed joint
reinforcement in combination with resin injection systems to restore the lintel’s structural integrity, thereby retaining its facade aesthetics.

The best lintel repair is resetting the lintel and repointing or rebuilding the brickwork above, refitting the window. Poor lintel repairs are caused by repointing cracks when brick works rest in a new frame, however may cause a potential collapse above the opening when the window will be replaced the next time. Some lintels from older properties may pass the test of time even with a two-inch bearing, but most often, insufficient bearings may cause the lintel to likely drop and cracks may appear. Replacing the lintel is highly recommended for insufficient bearings, but most often, repointing the lintel may be sufficient until the window or door is eventually replaced. Too much load by the lintel’s downward pressure may result to cracking and lintel failure, due to roof purlins that are directly installed above window openings. The decision whether lintel replacement is necessary or simply repointing of cracks, is usually based on the age and severity of the cracks.

We can definitely help you with lintel failure problems through our professional partnership with contractors to carry out window schemes for replacements among private and social houses at a very reasonable cost, allowing safe door and window removal. As we are one of the leading specialists in lintel repair, we do offer insurance so we can guarantee all restoration lintel design schemes. Our team of lintel repair and replacement experts, can provide a detailed cost estimate and we work together in providing recommendations if the lintel problem requires a structural plan. We have very helpful and accommodating staff, and from the initial bid, follow-up, scheduling, actual work and clean up, we always provide an excellent job. We would be very happy to work with you and we promise that our project mangers and the entire crew will help you every step of the way.