Category: Maintenance Services

Power washing a brick wall

In most regions across the Southeastern United States, pollen levels reach their peak in April and May. If you live in this region, chances are you’ve already noticed. Even if you’re not particularly allergic to the plant-produced powder, you’ll often see it cover cars and buildings with its yellow-green haze. While the pollen-filled air is essential for plant reproduction, it’s not so kind to our lungs, eyes, or skin. As the school year winds down, the presence of pollen can greatly dim...

Dorm room

Dormitories are among the most important facilities on university campuses. A significant percentage of new college students spend their first year or two living in a dorm. The quality of these spaces has a major impact on student success, morale, and well-being. If incoming students are met with filthy, worn-down rooms, they’ll have a harder time sleeping, studying, and socializing. Conversely, well-kempt dorms facilitate a more pleasant college experience overall. Of course, dorms are tempor...

Door with pollen on the windows

Every season comes with a catch or two. Summer’s warmth can quickly become oppressive; winter’s gentle beauty is also frigid and slick; autumn’s splendor is met with shorter days and cooler temperatures. As for spring, the season of renewal is only made possible by the sticky substance known as pollen, which is necessary for plant reproduction. When spring is in full force, pollen is virtually everywhere and can be seen when amassed in large quantities on the surfaces on which they land, i...

Close-up of an irrigation system pipe

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. While spring certainly has a natural way of restoring life to the landscape, you can’t solely rely on the weather to keep your green spaces healthy and thriving. There’s no telling whether this season will bring steady rainfall or feature a fair share of dry days, which is why irrigation systems are so important. When fully functional, an irrigation system provides lawns and gardens with the right amount of water at key intervals – if it...

Disinfecting an elevator

It’s been almost exactly two years since the COVID-19 pandemic began its first wave in the U.S. Since that time, many lessons have been learned. Most notably, individuals and institutions have gained a renewed appreciation for the importance of proper hygiene, health, and safety. Cleaner facilities cultivate healthier, happier employees, reduce the number of illness-related absences, and function more productively on the whole. Simply put, prioritizing cleaning and disinfection protocols in yo...

Robot carpet cleaner

Robots are all around us these days – they might not look, sound, or function quite like the most iconic androids in popular culture, but there’s no denying that artificial intelligence, high-tech software, and robotic technologies are becoming more and more integrated with every part of our lives. We recently explored this increasing prevalence of robotics across all industries in our blog, “The Rise of Robotics – What to Consider.” In that article, we discussed how automation enhance...

Fake robot cleaning things

For decades now, science fiction writers have been eagerly awaiting (and in some cases, warning against) the rise of robots and artificial intelligence (AI). While these technologies still have a long way to go, we’re now beginning to actualize some of the concepts and pipe dreams conjured up 50 years ago. No matter how you feel about it, our lives are becoming more and more integrated with machines. The Budd Group has begun to pursue more robotic equipment to augment and assist our various te...

Employee cleaning a floor

Hard flooring can be hard to care for, no pun intended. Durable coatings such as epoxy and wax protect your floors from various threats, but they don'’t last forever. As these coatings wear down, the time grows closer to when they need to be replaced. Before applying a new seal, however, the previous one must be completely removed – a process known as floor stripping. Not too long ago, floor care professionals used a number of abrasive chemicals to aid with this process, such as the solvents...

Inside of a recently-cleaned facility

After what for many has felt like both the longest and shortest year of all time, a brand new year has finally arrived. No one knows for certain what 2022 has in store for all of us, but a new year always presents a prime opportunity for making a fresh start. Even if you’re not personally interested in making any resolutions, it’s important to think of ways to improve your facility so you can enjoy a successful year to come. Of course, building maintenance involves many moving parts, so it...

Most of us look forward to the holidays, but the rest of winter can be a real drag (especially in colder climates). It’s too soon to accurately predict just how severe this cold season will be on the whole, but even mild winters will take their toll on properties. Exterior concrete surfaces are especially vulnerable to the snow and cold -- despite their overall durability, these features are porous, allowing moisture to enter, freeze, and thaw within their various crevices. Without the proper ...

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