Common Commercial Healthcare Building Maintenance Problems

Updated on January 7, 2024
Common Commercial Building Maintenance Problems

Whether they are medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical practices, or medical supply companies, healthcare businesses face many common commercial building maintenance problems. Building owners who know what to look for and what to expect can prepare for some of these issues; whether through stocking up on grit and metal snow scoops to prevent accidents in winter, or ensuring regular safety drills and inspections to help keep people safe and prove compliance. 

HVAC Malfunctions

Someone is always too hot, while others complain of the air conditioning’s arctic blast. But no one will be happy if there is no heat or AC at all. Regular maintenance is the key to keeping building systems operational. Building owners cannot expect to make everyone happy at once, but employees and tenants will stick around longer in a comfortable work environment.

Common commercial building problems come with the territory of owning commercial property. Proactive, preventative maintenance will help building owners protect their property, retain tenants, and avoid costly repairs.

Electrical Problems

As businesses grow, they add workers and equipment. Make sure the electrical systems in your building can keep up. Electrical issues can range from lights burning out to overloaded circuits. Facility managers should conduct regular audits and inspections to ensure electrical systems are sound. Occupants should not add more coffeepots, dishwashers, microwaves, commercial refrigerators, servers, and computers than the system can handle.

Plumbing Issues

Leaks can cause significant property damage to your building and your tenant’s property. Consult a licensed, professional plumbing contractor who specializes in commercial plumbing to inspect your building and fix small problems before they become big ones. Have a plan and know what to do if a pipe bursts in your building.

Regulatory Compliance

Emergency drills, alarm systems, and safety regulations are all part of the commercial building landscape for healthcare businesses. Make sure to keep smoke and carbon monoxide detectors functioning, and conduct the required number of fire drills for workers and tenants. You must also ensure your tenants comply with the standards for cleanliness and sanitation for healthcare-related businesses. All require attention and good recordkeeping to prove compliance.


Bugs and vermin take advantage of overflowing dumpsters and convenient entry points that provide access to warmth and food. Fix cracks and seal openings where pipes enter or exit the building. contacting trash removal companies and pest control is a must.

Some waste management facilities offer dumpster rentals to many households and businesses. We recommend renting a dumpster for temporary use when you have too much waste to manage. Visit RedBoxPlus for more information on dumpster rentals.

Energy Costs

Aim for making your building as energy efficient as possible. Good lighting and windows can help reduce costs, as can adding solar panels or shade trees. Consider smart technology that monitors and regulates energy use throughout the building.


The roof hosts a lot of equipment vital to the smooth operation of a commercial building, including HVAC equipment, and sometimes satellite and internet connection equipment. Regular professional inspections will find problems like failing seals around vents, surface issues, and areas where water accumulates instead of running off. Clean gutters regularly and make sure downspouts send water away from the building’s foundation.