Typically, a properly designed and built plumbing system in a commercial building won't freeze during the winter although there are exceptions to the rule should the heating system fail due to power outage or if damage allows colder air inside than the building plans originally anticipated. With that said, every mechanical system in your building was designed with the intent of undergoing routine service and problems are likely to arise if you don't take care of the systems according to what is required for maintenance and preemptive warranty service.
Routine Maintenance Man Duties
Although annual inspections and ongoing system upgrades should be conducted by a contractor, there are routine maintenance services which can be conducted by a building handyman. Toilets get clogged, faucets wear out, light bulbs need to be replaced. A new employee may want their office to be painted. Filters in the HVAC system need to be routinely replaced. A licensed contractor can easily accommodate your needs with such small projects, but typically a building maintenance person can conduct such repairs as part of a daily job before it causes an issue rather than hiring a contractor each time a problem arises.
Scheduled Warranty Service
Scheduled warranty service may seem similar to routine maintenance, but is actually a bit different for legal reasons. Such work has to be conducted by someone who is properly licensed by the state and by the equipment manufacturer in order for the warranty to remain valid. Some parts of any system wear out over time and cause damage to other aspects of the system. Because of this, there are scheduled warranty services which have to be conducted so those pieces can be replaced before damaging anything else in the system.
Assuring Your Systems Work Properly
Essentially, your plumbing and HVAC systems will take care of you as long as you take care of them. That isn't just a colloquialism but a fact of life. With proper maintenance, scheduled warranty service as recommended by the manufacturer of the system, and minor repairs as they arise, your mechanical systems will continue to function as designed for as long if not longer than you originally planned. If for some reason your system hasn't been maintained and does fail, contact your contractor about installing a replacement and be sure to follow their advice concerning the new system.
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