Crack in a Wall

When it comes to reactive maintenance, problems can sneak up on you and, if left unresolved, what initially seemed a small issue, can escalate into something much larger. Issues left unchecked can not only be more costly but can actually bring your entire business to a standstill, affecting your customers and your profit margin. So, knowing what to look for is of paramount importance, as it can help nip any issues in the bud quickly.

Here are some of the top potential maintenance issues to be on the lookout for:

Mould, Mildew and Rot

These can be indicators of long running leaks, which will not only cause visible issues, such as mould, but can also start to affect the internal structure of your building.


Leaks are a huge red flag that there is an issue within your building, and should be investigated and dealt with immediately.

Visible Pipe Rust

Be aware of any rusting on pipes within your building. If you spot any, ensure that those pipes are replaced immediately. Rusting pipes will soon start to erode, causing the pipe to burst, which can cause chaos in the workplace, forcing you to replace items effected by the flood, as well as costly clean up fees.

Cracks in Walls or Ceilings

Whilst some cracks may just be cosmetic in nature, others might indicate that there is a structural problem. Any areas that start to show cracks should be investigated immediately.

Unusual Noises from AC Unit

Most AC units should be relatively quiet, so be aware of any odd noises, such as whirring or clunking. These can indicate that the system is not running optimally, and a full inspection is necessary.

Slow Draining Water

Whether the sink is slow to empty, or you notice the external gutters are struggling to drain, any issues of this nature should be inspected immediately to check for blockages. Specialised drain cameras may be needed to fully investigate as the blockage may be deep in the pipes. Obstructions should be cleared quickly, failure to do so can cause pipes to flood or burst.

Don’t let these issues lie, if you notice any of them take action immediately, and MSL are on hand to help. Our reactive maintenance program operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, right across the UK, Ireland and parts of Europe. Our rates are both competitive and fully transparent – you pay only for the time spent onsite and materials, with no hidden extras.