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 has 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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Best’s Best: No limits

The Suntrust Center in downtown Richmond, Va. blends into a skyline of high-rises that soar into the sky on the water’s edge. A towering structure like the Suntrust Center has “no limits” to what can be fixed, according to Building Engineer, Christopher Alston. While spending most days tending to different HVAC jobs in the building, […]

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Reopening: Here’s what you forgot to consider

So you’ve finally gotten the green light to let people come in through your building’s doors once again. Your first thought is to make sure everything is disinfected. Like, really disinfected. You’re using disposable products wherever possible, all of the surfaces have been wiped down so many times that you can see your reflection in […]

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Best’s Best: Small town, big goals

Poquoson is an independent city in Virginia, home to over 12,000 people. In southern Virginia, Poquoson rests on the coast, looking out to stretches of glimmering water. Though the city is small, it is in close proximity to larger cities, military bases, and NASA. Because the city is almost entirely surrounded by water, boating has […]

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How to prepare your building for reopening

Buildings will begin reopening after a long period of vacancy. Some parts of the country are actually beginning to reopen already, and that means your building will return to its full occupancy. Even in my own workplace, I have passed through rooms filled with cubicles and only one or two people sat in any of […]

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