Best’s Best: Working hands-free

At the beginning of the pandemic, my office quickly began using hinge doorstoppers to help stop the spread of disease over surfaces. The doorstoppers are still in place, keeping doors all throughout the office open to pass through easily. The doorstoppers were already on-hand well before the pandemic began, and before many people in this […]

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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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Best’s Best: The right tool for the job

Every tradesperson knows a good tool will pay for itself. The right tool will make a job easier, faster, and safer and more powerful, reliable tools are becoming available so quickly that if you blink you could miss something. Projects that would be made so much easier with better tools are so far and few […]

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5 battery-powered tools that will make your next job so much easier

In recent years battery-powered tools have gained more popularity as they have become more widely available, and more people have begun to learn the large number of benefits that battery-operated tools have to offer. Battery-powered tools are preferred by those headed towards a more environmentally friendly direction. They are more sustainable, as these tools do […]

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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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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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