Gas station repairs are inevitable and a vital ingredient to the safety and functionality of a healthy, thriving service station environment. While there are plenty of local, state and federal regulations keeping Susanville owners on their toes, here’s some basic but helpful reminders.
Protect Your Pumps and Fight Vandalism
Gas stations and convenience stores spend hundreds of dollars per month repairing vandalized equipment. It is expensive and time consuming, but taking care to clean up dispensers, cover up graffiti and perhaps invest in protective display screen covers will improve your customers’ experience and save you money. In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, studies indicate that cleaning up graffiti within 24 to 48 hours of its appearance greatly reduces the risk of recurrence! Thus, staying on top of it will keep it from coming back.
Check State & Federal Requirements on a Regular Basis
Nothing is more costly to any small business than being dinged for state and federal regulation violations. As one of the most profitable parts of the US economy, oil, gas and fuel industry regulations are constantly changing, from the top to the bottom. Sources like the US Small Business Administration (SBA) will assist you in staying current, but make sure you are checking in regularly. It is also a good idea to make sure you are consulting with a human resources associate who is well-versed on OSHA and the ever-changing Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
Build a Strong Relationship with the Experts
Gas station repairs will be needed, and it is best to seek out a service station equipment provider with whom you can establish a long-term relationship. Top caliber contracting and engineering firms know and understand the stringent regulations and standards that go hand-in-hand with developing and growing a high quality gas station. Involving them in your business early and often will benefit you, beyond getting excellent repair work.
Take Inventory Regularly
Establishing a routine of checking every piece of equipment periodically will help you catch issues early. While regulations clearly establish maintenance and inspection guidelines, building them into a daily, weekly and monthly routine ensures safety and compliance. Taking regular inventory will give you an accurate read on your profit margins and allow you to understand how much theft is taking place.
Damage and normal wear and tear will happen, but regular maintenance and upkeep will save you thousands of dollars in your Susanville gas station repairs and profit/loss every year.