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Preventive Maintenance:
A program of scheduled inspection activities to extend the life of a building component or equipment and reduce service disruptions. This includes a system of monitoring and analysis of conditions on a regular basis. The inspections are intended to trigger required reactive and corrective maintenance. Academic facility PM's are currently limited to regulatory and some critical due to funding limitations.

  • Regulatory: Compliance is mandated by some regulatory agency.
    Examples include: backflow prevention devices, fire alarms, confidence testing of fire suppression systems and portable fire extinguishers.
  • Mandatory: All labor and materials to inspect and ensure equipment that must be functional for the operation of campus. This equipment cannot be shut down without significant notification procedures due to the impacts to campus operations.
    Examples include: Standby generators, the air conditioning for the campus servers at the 32nd Street Administrative Services Building, air handlers in the Chemistry Building and high pressure steam lines.
  • Operational: All labor and materials to inspect and ensure equipment required for routine campus operations. This equipment can be shut down or out of service without significant notification or impact to campus operations.
    Examples include: Painting or staining of all university components, vandalism repair/replacement, regular checks for leaks in all equipment, appliances, piping, steam lines, solenoid valves and related connections, fans and pumps.
  • Economy and efficiency measures: All other PM work.
    Examples include: The maintenance of insulation on hot water pipes to minimize heat loss. The selection of water efficient models when purchasing new equipment, appliance, fixtures, and irrigation systems.

Reactive Maintenance: Unscheduled repairs or replacements of a building component or equipment because of unforeseen failure. This usually requires immediate action to restore service.

Corrective Maintenance: Scheduled repairs or replacements of a building component or equipment.

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