Importance of crucial property maintenance
Different buildings have different types of equipment, which are designed to protect residents’ health and safety and also protect the buildings.
At lpm our responsibility is to ensure that all equipment is maintained and working correctly. For example......
- Emergency lighting is designed to illuminate the common areas in the event of a power cut. These lights are normally within the stairwell but can also be within car park areas. The lights have a back-up battery, which activates when there is no mains power to the lighting. If your building has these then they must be tested, normally once every 6 months.
- Smoke vent systems are designed to automatically open windows and/or doors when smoke is detected within the building. The system is normally installed within stairwells. The purpose is to allow smoke to exit the building and can provide an emergency exit. The testing is normally completed once every 6 months.
- Dry riser is a main vertical pipe, normally found within the stairwell, which allows the distribution of water to all levels within the building. It normally consists of an inlet valve at ground level and outlets at each floor level. The system is used by the Fire Service to distribute water to each level of the building in the event of a fire. The riser pipe is filled with compressed air, which is released in an emergency, to let water flow through the pipes. Dry riser testing is compulsory once every 12 months.
- Lightning Protection System is designed to protect a building and contents from damage caused by the intensely high voltage currents of a lightning strike. The system is designed to direct the lightning strike to the ground where the energy is then safely dispersed. The system is inspected annually to ensure it is fit for purpose.
- Water tanks must be inspected on a regular basis to check for any build-up of sediment. If there is a build-up of sediment, the tanks need to be cleaned out. In addition to checking the condition of the tank, it is important to check the temperature of the water, to ensure there is no risk of Legionella. Water tank inspections are normally completed once every 6 months.
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