Here’s why you should start working outside

Facilities managers are given every new idea to help stop the spread of infection in commercial buildings, installing new fixtures, testing social distance solutions, filling the air around themselves with disinfectants, etc. At every turn, COVID-19 has transformed the role of facilities personnel. Don’t get me wrong, it is absolutely necessary to take precautions and […]

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Understanding drain cleaning equipment

Plumbing systems are largely out-of-sight, out-of-mind for those who occupy commercial buildings, and many facilities personnel who have fished soda bottles, t-shirts, cigarette butts, and everything in-between out of drains know the importance of drain maintenance. Drain cleaning is essential for keeping building plumbing systems functioning and free from clogs. It is important to first […]

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Keep pests out of your empty school building this fall

So many schools across the U.S. have made the move to a fully virtual curriculum for the fall semester, leaving school buildings largely unoccupied for additional months after the summer break. The extended break in foot traffic through schools presents pests, such as rats, with the opportunity to get into the building undetected. Facilities managers […]

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3 ways to combat Legionella in dormant water systems

Buildings across the U.S. that have remained closed due to COVID-19 related concerns are urged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider the potential risk of legionella bacteria developing in stagnant water in plumbing systems—the bacteria was even found in the CDC’s own water systems, prompting several of its Atlanta buildings […]

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Safety for handling power tools

There are more power tools available today that will work efficiently on the job, travel easily to job sites with portability in mind with compact designs, and handle tougher or more compact situations than ever before. None of the benefits that power tools can offer to you are going to be worthwhile if the proper […]

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Diagnosing and fixing your power tools

Facilities managers, plumbers, and maintenance workers will recognize when tools are no longer preforming as they should be, but before replacing consider if it is time to invest in a better, longer-lasting tool or if the tools just need some TLC to get back to the job. When tools stop functioning the way we expect […]

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4 tips for managing an empty school this fall

As we head into autumn, the time to make the difficult decision is here: Will students return to school campuses or not? Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network in Ohio published a new study stating that “school closure may have been associated […]

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Your vigorous disinfecting could be hurting occupant health

Returning to the new normal leaves many anxious occupants concerned with the potential for their own workplace making them sick. Well-intentioned cleaning crews, facilities managers, and occupants fill buildings with disinfectants to stop the spread of infection. While viruses are on the top of these individuals’ minds, it goes largely unrealized that filling commercial buildings […]

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What facilities managers can do to prevent crime

The impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. has created a struggling economy, which historically leads to rising crime. There is still much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and its impact on the economy as it has not yet fully ended. However, it has already brought massive disruption to many aspects of life including employment, housing, and […]

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Could flushing a toilet spread COVID-19?

Another new behavior to stay on top of to prevent coronavirus transmission: closing the toilet lid when you flush. Scientists found that flushing a toilet can create a cloud of droplets containing coronavirus that will linger long enough to be inhaled. Aerosol droplets rise nearly three feet and can land on other surfaces in the […]

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