Reactive Maintenance: How to spot issues before they impact on your business

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When it comes to reactive maintenance, problems can sneak up on you and, if left unresolved, those seemingly small issues, can quickly escalate into something much more serious.

Unresolved issues can become very costly and have potential to bring your entire business to a standstill – affecting your valued customers and profit margin. So, knowing what to look for is of paramount importance, click here or continue reading to identify and solve any issues before they escalate.

Facilities Management provider, MSL have listed their most common maintenance issues for businesses to be on the lookout for:

Mould, Mildew and Rot

These can be key indicators of long running leaks, which will not only cause visible issues, such as mould, but can also start to impact on the internal structure of your building.


Leaks are a huge red flag that there is an issue within your building – this should be investigated and dealt with immediately.

Visible Pipe Rust

Monitor any rusting on pipes within your building. If you spot rust, ensure that those pipes are replaced immediately. Rusting pipes will soon start to erode, causing the pipe to burst, which can cause chaos in the workplace, forcing you to replace items damaged by the flood, as well as costly clean up fees.

Cracks in Walls or Ceilings

Whilst some cracks may just be cosmetic in nature, others might indicate that there is a structural problem with the building. Any areas that start to show cracks should be investigated immediately.

Unusual Noises from AC Unit

Most AC units should be relatively quiet, so be aware of any odd noises, such as whirring or clunking. These can indicate that the system is not running optimally, and a full inspection is necessary.

Slow Draining Water

Whether the sink is slow to empty, or you notice the external gutters are struggling to drain, any issues of this nature should be inspected immediately to check for blockages. Specialised drain cameras may be needed to fully investigate as the blockage may be deep in the pipes. Obstructions should be cleared quickly, failure to do so can cause pipes to flood or burst.

MSL advise businesses to take action immediately if any of the above issues occur – for further information on facilities management MSL operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, right across the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe: