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It's that time of year again - leaves are falling, the smell of campfires and apple cider is in the air, and our favorite teams are making a run for the playoffs. The holiday season brings its own set of safety challenges so here are my top 3 safety tips for the holidays this year. If you are anything like me, the day before Thanksgiving will be a mad rush to get the house and yard cleaned up along with getting all of your food prepared for cooking. While I do believe it is important to impress...

A healthy landscape relies on functional, efficient irrigation. During winter, however, your green spaces lie dormant, getting rid of the need for regular watering. It’s not enough to merely turn off certain aspects of your irrigation system. However, you must perform a complete shutdown of all system components. Failing to properly shut down your irrigation system in time for winter can result in numerous headaches, repairs, and costly replacement jobs down the line. Let’s explore what an i...

You can’t afford to neglect your facility’s flooring. Dirty, deteriorating floors don’t just become major eyesores -- they also become health and safety hazards for employees, customers, and all other occupants. Of course, staying on top of commercial floor maintenance is often easier said than done. Certain processes require the right expertise and equipment to accomplish correctly, and not all businesses have the resources to dedicate to these important tasks day in and day out -- this i...

A school is only as successful as its students. Many factors impact student retention and learning outcomes, but few are more potent than the quality of campus facilities, especially for resident students. Reports from the US General Accounting Office (GAO) show that about 1 out of every 3 schools built prior to 1970 requires significant repairs, and the other two-thirds features one or more building feature that needs renewal (i.e., electrical, plumbing, lighting, etc.). This research also foun...

What’s the most important room inside your building? Is it your conference room, lobby, warehouse, main office, or something else? It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the right answer is, “your restrooms.” You might not think about your building’s bathrooms all the time, but they’re used by everyone inside your building. Moreover, restrooms are potential havens for all sorts of germs (i.e., viruses, bacteria), which is why it’s so important to keep them clean and sanitary day in a...

There’s a reason concrete floors can be found in a wide range of facilities across many industries. Concrete floors are durable, versatile, and relatively easy to maintain with the proper processes. That said, even the strongest concrete floor is susceptible to wear and tear, especially in a highly active setting. Proper commercial floor maintenance and repair are essential for keeping your concrete floors sturdy, safe, and beautiful. Beyond regular cleaning, your floors will need more thoroug...

We wouldn’t be able to live in a world without trees, nor would we want to. While some regions are more wooded than others, trees are all around us, beautifying property exteriors, providing shade, oxygen, and nutrients, storing carbon, and more. You’d be hard pressed to find a home or business without at least a tree or two on the premises, and it can be easy to take these natural structures for granted. However, failing to maintain your trees (and landscape as a whole) can create a host of...

Maintaining clean and comfortable indoor air is essential for occupant health, safety, and happiness. These days, indoor air quality (IAQ) has become a hotter topic than usual as property owners look for ways to keep SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and other transmissible pathogens at bay. Indeed, air disinfection for coronavirus has proven to be a worthwhile endeavor for facilities everywhere, considering the sheer amount of airborne and aerosolized particles floating around. The to...

Over the past year and a half, we’ve all become more conscious of the air we breathe. Many of us have found comfort gathering outdoors, breathing in the fresh air. As temperatures drop, however, most people will have little choice but to spend most of their time indoors once more. Spending long periods inside can cause illness and discomfort if the indoor air becomes stale. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), namely through different methods of air purificatio...

Homes and commercial properties of all kinds require regular maintenance to maximize occupant health and safety. After all, several environmental factors threaten the stability of your facility and the well-being of everyone inside, including pests, extreme weather conditions, bacteria, and more. Water damage is a major concern for facilities, gradually eroding structural integrity and allowing fungi such as mold and mildew to thrive. Most of us know that mold doesn’t belong inside homes and b...

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Facilities rely on adept, regular maintenance to remain safe, efficient, and valuable. Every area and component must be accounted for in these efforts. Failing to keep up with maintenance tasks will eventually result in inefficient operations, compliance failures, costly repairs, and other liabilities. The challenge for businesses across all industries is hiring and training reliable maintenance workers for their specific needs. Handling all of this in-house can become yet another burden on your...

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot over this past year-and-a-half. Not only have we learned more about the nature of the virus SARS-CoV-2 and its variants -- we’ve also gained a renewed perspective on the importance of community. Spending extended periods of time away from loved ones hasn’t been easy for anyone. Fortunately, outdoor gatherings have offered some respite from this isolation. For several months now, health experts have encouraged people to get outside during the ...

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