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Introduction to Hospital Facilities Maintenance
Healthcare Facilities Maintenance
Healthcare facilities maintenance is constantly needed to create a clean and healthy environment. It is important for medical facilities to ensure service requests are responded to quickly and efficiently and preventive maintenance schedules are set up in order to maintain operations without interruption.
Often, repairs in hospitals must be done with no to minimal downtime and with no interruption to the operation of the facility.
Healthcare Facilities Maintenance Areas
Healthcare facilities, whether large or small, present a lot of challenges for maintenance crews. Roofs, floors, HVAC, pipework, walls, waste disposal areas, water storage, are just a few areas where companies like Belzona can provide solutions for. In this post we talk about the most common repair and maintenance healthcare facilities experience, and the most typical solutions that Belzona offers.
Roofs and roofing elements
Weathering and/or physical damage to roofs and roof parts: joints, seams, edges, glazing sections, gutters, flashings, skylights, parapet walls and copings, pipes and pipe supports. The damage is typically caused by weather and freeze-thaw cycles, failure of roof materials, substrate movement or impact. In our post “Roofing Problem Areas: the Troublesome 10%” we talk in more detail which roof types and roof areas are the most susceptible to damage, how roofing problems arise and how they can be categorized.
Belzona 3000 series fluid-grade membranes for weatherproofing, waterproofing, repair and protection of all roof types and roof parts.
Internal and external walls
Depending on the geographical location, the healthcare facilities structural integrity might be compromised by a number of factors. Typically, deterioration of concrete, stonework, and construction joints failure is caused by weather, erosion-corrosion, chemical attack, physical impact, and structural movement. Weatherproofing and waterproofing of external walls, repair or replacement of construction joints, concrete restoration and reinforcement are some of the methods that help preserve the walls and structural integrity.
Belzona 2000, 4000 and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials may be used for waterproofing, concrete and stonework rebuilding and protection of the external and internal walls, and for the repair, replacement or installation of construction joints.
Floors, stairs and expansion joints
Damage of concrete floors and structures due to weather fluctuations, chemical attack or physical impact, slippery transit areas, expansion joints failure.
Floors and Expansion Joints
Belzona 1000, 2000, 4000, and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for floor slip resistance, safety markings, concrete restoration and leveling, expansion joints repairs, replacement and installment of new “smooth ride” joints, new floor installation in kitchens, dining halls, patient waiting rooms, operation rooms, entryways, parking lots, laundry facilities, mechanical rooms, loading docks, waste and water management facilities.
In our blog post “HVAC Maintenance: Corrosion in Heating and Cooling Systems” we talk about what damage erosion-corrosion and chemical attack cause to components of HVAC units. HVAC is big part of healthcare facilities maintenance plans. If corrosion is left untreated, the overall efficiency and longevity of the equipment can be affected, leading to an increase in operating costs and expensive replacement in the event of equipment failure. Most importantly, it may disrupt the functions of some of the vital departments within a healthcare facility.
Belzona 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for the metal rebuilding, concrete restoration and erosion-corrosion protection of boilers, air handlers, diesel engines, fans, pumps, condensers, generators, compressors, basins of cooling towers and basins
Plumbing, Water Filtration and Purification
In healthcare facilities pipes, pipework, pumps, filtration systems and water storage tanks severely suffer from erosion-corrosion and chemical attack related to the use of water filtration chemicals: chlorine, charcoal, water softeners.
Belzona 1000 series 100% solids paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for metal rebuild and corrosion protection of the pipes, pipework and storage tanks. Belzona 5000 series fluid grade materials for the chemical resistance in chemical containment areas and corrosion protection of (non) potable water storage tanks and pipes, and RO water bunds.
Corrosion, physical impact from patient and medical equipment transport, heavy foot traffic, and movement.
Belzona 1000, 2000, 4000, and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade for metal rebuilding, leak sealing, concrete damage restoration, corrosion, floor and elevator pit protection.
Data storage facilities
Corrosion-erosion damage to the components of air-conditioning units and power generators, concrete floors and expansion joints.
Belzona 1000 series 100% solids paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for metal rebuilding and erosion-corrosion protection of the air-conditioning units and power generators, and chilled water pipes. Belzona 4000 and 5000 series for the repairs to concrete, floors, expansion joints and steps, and for the floor protection and installation of non-skid flooring.
Data centers also frequently require concrete and expansion joint repairs, step repairs, non-skid floor coatings, safety grips systems, sidewalk, entry concrete repairs, fountain leak sealing and protective lining, floor coatings, uneven threshold transition repairs. The pipes that carry chilled water may need repair and erosion-corrosion protection to prevent leakage and stairs may need grip systems for safety.
Waste management facilities
Erosion-corrosion to metal structures, and concrete damage due to freeze-thaw cycle, physical impact, chemical attack and bio-hazard waste disposal.
Belzona 1000, 4000 and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for the metal rebuild and corrosion protection of metal railings, tracks, platforms, lifts, and trucks, and concrete restoration, leveling, and protection of trash pads, floors and secondary containment areas in bio-hazard waste storage.
POWER GENERATION (IF APPLICABLE)
Mostly corrosion problems related to elevated pressure and temperature on boilers, steam turbines, heat exchangers, pipework and generators.
Belzona 1000 and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for metal rebuild and erosion-cor-rosion protection on solar panels, transformers, generators. Belzona 6111 fluid-grade material for the cathodic protection on solar panels supports and other metal screens.
WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT (IF APPLICABLE)
Erosion-corrosion on sedimentation and flotation clarifiers, aeration tanks, holding tanks, pipework, pumps, and centrifuges. For more information on problems that the wastewater industry may experience and solutions that Belzona may offer, read our post “Polymeric Solutions for Water and Wastewater Industries”.
Belzona 1000, 2000, and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials may be used for the metal rebuilding and erosion-corrosion protection. Belzona 4000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials can assist with the concrete rebuilding and protection of concrete under immersion, thus adding corrosion and chemical attack resistance to clarifiers and other tanks. Belzona 3111 fluid-grade flexible membrane may be used for the sealing of tank bases suffering from water ingress.
A curbside appeal of any business creates the customers’ first impression. Airports are no different. Decorative structures located outdoors often suffer from concrete and metal damage due to erosion-corrosion, weathering, freeze-thaw cycle and physical impact. To maintain the curbside appeal pleasant-looking, inviting and safe, the decorative structures, floors and areas need to be repaired and/or provided with preventative maintenance.
Belzona 4000 and 5000 series paste-grade and fluid-grade materials for the concrete restoration and protection on decorative structures and bases (fountains, waterfalls and monuments) concrete leveling, floor protection and slip-resistance on pedestrian walkways and at the base and around stop bollards and other safety structures.