How To Reduce Electrical Downtime In Your Commercial Building

Posted on: 27 July 2017

If you have lots of tenant office space, lots of people are counting on you and your property to provide a few things; electrical power happens to be one of the most important. So, to try and reduce the risk of very unhappy tenants, it's wise to follow these steps for proper electrical maintenance and management in commercial buildings.

Do Incremental Repairs

Step number one is to speak with your commercial electrician about a practical electrical maintenance schedule. Whether electrical inspections happen at the end of each lease or altogether at a certain time of year, make sure your electrician gets enough work time to find and repair wiring and voltage issues.

Provide Plenty of Power

Also ensure that, from the beginning, tenants have enough separate power outlets to meet their needs; overloading a single circuit would be an outage waiting to happen.

Monitor and Control Energy Usage

Another factor will be how well you manage energy usage in the building. Doing so, will keep your electrical bills low and prevent a short circuit.

Have energy usage monitors installed in all office spaces. They will tell you when one area of the building is using much more energy than others. That might tell you about an electrical problem in that area, or it might tell you that a tenant is clustering a lot of power-hungry electrical equipment into one or two outlets. Either way, it's a time to intervene and make sure your commercial building is safe from power shortages.

Mitigate External Hazards

Not all of the hazard for electrical outage comes from inside of the building. Also consider how your landscaping efforts are affecting building safety. Are you cutting away all branches that could fall on electrical outlets during a storm, for instance? How are power boxes protected from an errant car that runs into an electrical pole?

Offer to Compensate Tenants

If there are electrical outages in your building that become significant, it makes sense to compensate your tenants in some way. They could be losing hundreds or thousands of dollars per hour while your maintenance team works on electrical issues. You might, for example, give tenants a rebate off of rent for the following month. While it may not fully compensate tenants for a loss of business, it's still an appropriate gesture that builds trust in tenants that you take building maintenance seriously. And with clients who need a reliable space, that means a lot.