In the blog this week I would like to discuss repair vs replace. Something that has, once again, come up at Park West. This week I was cleaning and doing light repair on our tools and it got me thinking about repair vs replace. I find myself all too often looking for the quick fix, looking to throw out and buy something new to replace instead of taking the time to fix what might be salvageable. I find this issue is not only relevant to this instance but across many facets of my life professionally and personally.
In my most recent incident of repair vs replace, I was looking to figure out why our steam mop was leaking every time I turned it off. Sounds like a non issue, and most of the time I would agree, but the issue here is that when a steam mop leaks, it leaks super hot water that will burn and scald you! So I had to get to the bottom of it. I went online, found the replacement part to what I deemed the issue to be and went to click buy. Luckily for me the part was not available in the United States. I say lucky, but that was not my first thought. I had to dig a little deeper. I had to figure out why this was broken as there was no option to replace. After some research online, a couple of Youtube videos later and I had diagnosed the issue. One tiny valve had lost it’s rubber seal. Yep, that’s it. Problem solved. The only fix that was needed was to replace a $0.02 piece of rubber.
I guess the moral of the story here is, taking a few minutes to think through my issue, not only saved me time, but saved me from burning my hand! When cleaning homes, at Park West we pride ourselves on following a game plan. Walking into a home or apartment, we know what will need attention, the layout of the home, the last time it was cleaned, etc. We are fairly rigid in following procedure. Today however has me reconsidering how religiously we follow this dogma. Sometimes, we need to adapt after thinking about an issue for a minute.
In terms of taking a minute to think critically, this time it saved me about $18, no big deal, but I wonder how many opportunities I missed, by simply throwing away what I deemed to be broken, for no reason other than laziness. At Park West we will be altering some of our policies regarding sticking to a routine for routines sake. I encourage all of you to find something in your life that you can potentially fix instead of replace. I will say a little elbow grease and research leading to a job well done feels a lot more satisfying than another $18 on the credit card.
Thank you again as always for reading along. Please reach out to us with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding todays post at Jack@ParkWestCleaning.com. Thank you again, and see you next week!