In a previous post, we talked a bit about preventative maintenance – about the importance of establishing and following a proper maintenance checklist. Today, I’d like to examine that topic a little more in-depth. See, there’s a pretty well-established guideline related to proper preventative maintenance.
Complying with it can make all the difference in the world.
I’m talking about the 10% rule, which provides what I feel is an excellent rule of thumb for maintenance cycles. Basically, it holds that if you’re performing a preventative maintenance action, it must be completed within 10% of the scheduled date. That means, for example, if you’ve a task that’s scheduled for completion every three days, you need to finish it within three days of the due date.
Otherwise, you’re failing at PM compliance.
The 10% rule ensures that you’ve a proper maintenance cycle that you’re following. It ensures that, if you’ve a critical task or set of tasks you need to complete, you and your staff won’t put them off or neglect them. In short, it ensures that whatever happens, your systems will be properly managed and maintained – because having the concept of PM compliance as a constant reminder means you’ll be far less likely to cut corners.
Let’s say you don’t ascribe a great deal of importance to preventative maintenance. Let’s say PM compliance isn’t even on your radar. Here’s a play-by-play of what could potentially happen:
- A component of your building’s HVAC systems is getting worn out and starting to fail. The system is on a 90-day maintenance cycle along with the fire suppression system, and – preoccupied with other matters – you and your staff neglect to examine it.
- As time goes on, the component becomes more and more damaged, until eventually, it fails altogether. The HVAC system malfunctions, and your staff are suddenly unable to effectively control the environment in the server room.
- The failure gets progressively worse, until eventually, the HVAC system releases a chemical gas into the facility. This gas triggers the fire suppression system.
- The fire suppression system was also improperly maintained, and creates a shockwave which completely destroys the discs in your facility.
We already covered several situations like this in a previous post on fire suppression systems, and the precedent for gas release causing damage to servers is well-established.
In short, you need to establish regular maintenance cycles, and implement PM compliance to ensure that you follow those cycles closely. Otherwise, you’ll have only yourself to blame when something fails. And it will.
Of course, if you’d rather not have to deal with the stresses of maintenance cycles and component repair, you could simply host with Liberty Center One. We’ll handle all the heavy lifting, and you’ll be free to focus on your business. Contact us to learn more.