A stuck lever on a cistern, a blocked overflow pipe. You get the picture. That’s what a disaster is – an unforeseen incident it wouldn’t even occur to you might happen, brought on by a coincidence of small events that lead to it, with nothing to herald its arrival.
In the overall scheme of things, my disaster was strictly minor. My cistern was on the first floor of my house. I also knew where the water mains valve was and could reach it easily to stop the water supply had I needed to.
Nobody wants to find it raining in their hall, no matter how much they enjoy a surreal experience.
The fact that I could act quickly minimised the damaged.
However, if it had been on the 40th floor of a building with offices underneath, it would have been a different story. 40 floors worth of water damage to offices, electrics… you get the picture. In a large building, where’s the valve to stop that?
Think of all the complex systems that get damaged. Think of all the things you need to repair and replace. Everything from wiring to wall paint, carpets to air con.
How prepared are you for that? How quickly can you have your clients back up and running in the event of an incident of this nature?
Do you know how to re-route your electrics, your air con, to avoid damaged areas and keep everywhere else going? If you have the documents readily available that tell you how to control your systems, you can minimise the damage to your clients and the cost to both them and yourself.
But can you access them quickly? Or do you have to shut down the whole system, just to stop the one damaged part?
If you do that, then even people not affected by the immediate problem will have their businesses disrupted while you wait for a specialist engineer to arrive on-site to re-route for you.
You can’t stop accidents happening in a building.
What you can do is make sure to have access to all the drawings and documentation that you’ll need to help fix the problem with the minimal fuss. Drawings and documents that you almost certainly have but which are currently scattered to the four winds, united in one place, electronically scanned and stored to be instantly searchable.
We can do that for you and a lot more, too.
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If you are responsible for the running and operation of just one or several hundred buildings, then you should be talking to us. We have a range of services than can not only help you maintain statutory compliance and maintenance standards but can also help you prepare and budget for potentially unforeseen circumstances.
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