When we go to the doctor, we need a specific treatment for an illness. Leading up to that appointment however, are often many days of time and money wasted
treating illusive symptoms. I have personally missed several days of work and spent impulsively at the drug store, before getting to the root of my
ailment with a proper diagnosis and treatment. So, I’ve learned through this journey to take the relationship with my doctor seriously and I have the
highest level of trust in my provider that they will be proactive and preventative. They are able to analyze my illness and provide the proper “prescription”
to restore my health.
When your facility is sick, whether from poor construction, aging materials, asbestos, mold, or some other malady, it seems we universally and perhaps
subconsciously try to fix the cause and treat the symptoms with an easy “cheaper” fix. Now consider the amount of time you spend indoors (home, work,
school, etc.…), it only makes sense to treat the health of a building as seriously you would treat your our own heath.
Buildings and people share things in common: they both breathe, they both have a life span, and there are similarities in maintaining the health of each.
To keep a body healthy, a patient looks for an experienced physician – one he or she can trust. After honestly and openly describing the symptoms, the
doctor analyzes the problem, and determines a course of treatment. At that point, it’s up to the patient to follow the doctor’s orders. Honesty and
cooperation are the keys to the ultimate success.
The same holds true for buildings that need to either maintain or improve their health. The starting point is to find a reputable restoration company with the necessary resources and experience. You need to openly and honestly describe the problem, and then let the professional take the necessary steps to analyze the cause and provide you with the best solution.
The key, of course, is finding the right doctor or the right contractor. Budgets and bottom lines are always a factor, but there is still a lot more to
be said. Remember the old British adage that says: “be careful not to be penny wise and pound foolish.”
So….if good health is your goal, it only makes sense to go to find an experienced doctor that you trust , go for regular for check-ups and preventative care, and follow his or her advice.
If keeping your building healthy is your goal, research and find an experienced and trustworthy restoration contractor. Let the pros check your facility
to see what preventative maintenance is in the cards, and act proactively (rather than re-actively) with its care.
There is much truth in the phrase that Benjamin Franklin coined when he said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure”. Ignoring the cause of your symptoms and relying on quick fixes are not consistent with good health in people or in buildings, and either or both can result in very unpleasant and visible consequences. And that doesn’t even begin to take into account long term affects on productivity, performance, and financial efficiency.
Please, take a moment and weigh in on this, and let us know what you think. This is a conversation of great value because it’s our responsibility to create a culture of value, not cheap fixes, both for yourself, your family, and the buildings of your environment is comprised.
Take good care of both and may you (both) live long and prosper.