10 Useful Commercial & Residential Repair Tips | Guest Post

This article is a guest post by Hicklin Doors, a dealer of garage doors in Des Moines.
Five Residential Maintenance and Repair Tips
Your home is practically a full-time job to maintain and repair. Consider these quick solutions to common problems that focus on safety, comfort and cosmetics. 
Two places in your home can develop blisters in surfaces: 
  • Your bathroom ceiling—Your bathroom paint job gets a frequent workout from heat and humidity. Scrape the blistered paint off the ceiling, gently sand the surface to clean and roughen it, then wash with tri-sodium-phosphate (TSP) diluted in water. After drying, paint with an oil-based primer, then put down a finish coat of exterior latex or acrylic paint. 
  • Wallpaper—Usually wallpaper blisters and bubble form during hanging, but sometimes you overlook them in the rush of the job. Weeks later, you notice the blister. Use a new blade in your utility knife to slit the bubble. Use a syringe to squirt glue behind the wallpaper, then use a wallpaper roller to flatten the area, cleaning up with a damp sponge. 
  • Seal and paint your garage floor—Use a high-grade, two-part epoxy paint to rejuvenate your garage floor. This protects the concrete from developing efflorescence (mineral deposits), can improve traction during wet seasons, and can add beautiful color to an otherwise-drab floor. 
  • Squeaky laminate or hardwood flooring—Sprinkle talcum powder, brush back and forth to drive it into the area, then vacuum. 
  • Hinges—pull the hinge pins one at a time, give each a shot of spray lubricant, and return the pin. 
  • Shutoff valves—Under sinks, spray each valve stem with spray lubricant and turn the valve back and forth to prevent it from rusting in place. When you need to close the valve for a real emergency, this foresight can prevent a flood. 
  • Detectors—Replace all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with fresh batteries, and stick a dated sticker on each as a reminder. 
  • Dryer vent—To prevent a dryer fire, clean out the dryer vent hose, filter and exterior vent. Laundry lint is easily combustible. 
Five Commercial Maintenance and Repair Tips
Whether you are operating a store on Main Street or a 500-bay truck terminal, organization, customer and employee comfort, and safety are your keys to success. 
Divide your entire plant or facility into areas that see service in rotation, by fiscal quarters or monthly. Ensure that each area gets attention at least once a year:
  1. Code compliance
  2. Electrical
  3. Exterior doors
  4. Floors
  5. Heating, ventilation, filtration and air conditioning
  6. Interior decor and finishes
  7. Parking lots, pavement and grounds
  8. Plumbing
  9. Roofing, parapets, downspouts and drainage
  10. Safety
  11. Solid waste, deliveries and warehousing
  12. Windows and interior doors
GFCI outlets
Verify that all bathrooms, custodial closets, kitchens, laundry facilities and exterior outlets are ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. Workplace electrocutions are sadly too common, and easily preventable with these safety devices. 
Overhead Doors
Inspect and repair overhead doors to ensure their safety interlocks work. Check that the doors automatically reverse when encountering an obstacle. Clean (kerosene to remove grease and grim) and lubricate (light oil) tracks, being careful to keep oil off plastic rollers. 
Common Areas
Employee lounges, building entrances, reception areas, cafeterias and break rooms are all high-traffic areas that will show wear and tear faster than other square footage. Look for, and repair, damage to door kickplates, door handles, floor tiles near ashtrays and waste receptacles, and signage. Ensure proper ventilation in these areas, too, and replace filters that ventilate these common spaces. 
ADA Conformity
Keeping your building in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations means constantly examining handicap ramps, elevator access, parking facilities and restrooms. These areas may get hard use and need quick repair to keep them ADA compliant. 
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