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What are the Different Types of Maintenance Procedures?

By Patti Kate
Updated May 17, 2024
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Maintenance procedures typically refer to inspection and repairs of various machines or buildings to ensure there are no problems that might halt production or use. There are various types of these procedures, including preventative maintenance, that ensure equipment and machinery continue to operate smoothly and efficiently. Other procedures may include maintenance management, during which supervisors organize repairs for a company.

Several common maintenance procedures involve the work of a team of maintenance workers. These crews are responsible for daily repairs in apartment buildings, restaurants, businesses, or other facilities. Some of this work might include remodeling procedures and renovations.

Maintenance for a software company might involve procedures such as run-throughs and checks on computer software and programs. These procedures may also be performed on computers. Good examples might be computer registry scans or computer back-up.

Equipment maintenance may be performed on office equipment, manufacturing equipment, and even exercise equipment used in a fitness center. Trained maintenance workers typically inspect each piece of equipment for damage or do maintenance work to keep the equipment operating with no difficulty. Dirt and oil may be wiped away from crucial equipment parts, and loose pieces may need to be tightened or replaced.

Plant operations maintenance procedures are an essential part of how a plant operates efficiently and safely. The plant may be a large facility with many electrical functions. Routine maintenance in the plant might be done on electrical wiring as well as generators and machinery.

Automobile maintenance is typically initiated by a car owner to keep his vehicle running efficiently and safely. Various auto maintenance routines include oil changes and car tune-ups. An automobile tune-up generally involves checking for dirty or worn spark plugs, changing the oil, inspecting filters, and replacing parts if necessary. Hoses, nozzles, and coils will also be checked to determine what maintenance needs to be performed as part of the service.

Maintenance procedures on commercial airliners are an integral part of airline safety regulation to keep passengers and crew safe. These inspections of engines and other vital aspects of the aircraft are performed at set times. Similar public transportation maintenance is performed on passenger trains and buses.

Corrective maintenance on city streets is a common, routine procedure. This may include paving and sweeping, as well as asphalt painting. Damage to roads, such as cracks and potholes, may require maintenance procedures performed by township or city workers.

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Discussion Comments

By Viktor13 — On Jul 16, 2011

@Szapper - I am the same way as your grandparents. I buy cars that have a reputation for quality and I take care of them. It's amazing how many miles you get out of a car if you do the required maintenance.

I never understood those people who get a new car every year or two, often rolling over thousands of dollars from their previous loan into the new loan. I'm not talking about well-off people either, just normal working folks who never stop having a car payment. They often site not having to do maintenance as a reason for what they do, but there is no way on Earth the maintenance could cost anywhere near what they are losing in depreciation and interest.

To each their own, I suppose, but I prefer to buy new and drive it until it falls apart. I've had my current car almost 7 years and it's still going strong.

By KLR650 — On Jul 15, 2011

@Monika - You are so right. The difference between a well-maintained building and a neglected one is night and day. Ignore maintenance and the whole place goes downhill, and you lose your good tenants. Which only leaves the bad ones.

And it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle until it ends up a nightmare for the landlord and the good tenants who are unwilling or unable to move.

The other thing is, it just speaks to the attitude of the management. Owners who let a place get dumpy give the impression that they don't care. And that makes tenants not care. So you get a place that nobody with any choice wants to live.

By SZapper — On Jul 14, 2011

@Monika - You're right, regular maintenance can help avoid costly problems down the road. This is true of apartment and especially true about cars!

My grandparents are a prime example. They had their last two cars for about 15 years and the cars ran great almost the whole time. I think the main reason is because my grandparents were meticulous about maintaining those cars. The cars got tune-ups, regular oil changes, scheduled maintenance and more. This allowed my grandparents to go many years between vehicle purchases.

I'm sure we've also all known someone who is the complete opposite too. You know who I'm talking about: that person who runs their car into the ground after a few years because they refuse to do any of the necessary upkeep. There are worlds of difference between cars that get no maintenance and cars that get all the procedures done that they need.

By Monika — On Jul 13, 2011

My last two renting experiences really highlight how important regular maintenance is. The last place I lived rarely did any maintenance on the building. I rarely saw any cleaning or repair crews around the building the whole time I lived there. Well guess what? Without regular maintenance the quality of the building went way downhill and a lot of people, myself included, moved out.

The difference between my old place and my new place are like night and day. My new building looks fantastic because the management company is meticulous about cleaning and maintaining it. I see cleaning crews in my hallways every single day vacuuming the carpet and cleaning the mirrors.

A lot of the other tenants at my place have lived there for years and I can see why!

By anon133318 — On Dec 10, 2010

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