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    25 Ways to Maintain your Facility this Winter!

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Oct 1, 2016 2:35:00 PM

    Even if the snow hasn't started falling where you are, it still pays to be prepared!

    Here are 25 things to keep in mind when planning your facility's winter maintenance checklist: 

    1. Keep walkways, doorways, stairways and high-traffic areas free of clutter and debris.

    2. Keep sidewalks, walkways and rooftops free of ice and snow. Snow melting mats are an efficient and convenient way to prevent snow and ice accumulation around a facility and help reduce slip-and-fall accidents. Look for products that are portable and designed to be left outside for the entire winter season.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management

    Tree and Landscaping Hazards Caused by Snow and Ice

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Trees, shrubs, plants, turf, and other landscaping elements at commercial/industrial facilities routinely "take a beating" every winter as prolonged snow and ice cover, dry, dehydrating winds, and relentless freeze-thaw cycles lead to "winter kill."

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    Topics: Commercial Property Management, Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    Prevent the Effects of Snow and Ice on your Facility’s Turf and Trees

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Your facility's turf, trees, and greenery serve to make it attractive and to prevent excessive mud and erosion, but "winterkill" is notorious for turning beautiful landscaping into a veritable "death zone." Learning how to care for your turf and trees during winter can help protect them from such unsightly damage.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Gardening, Winterkill

    The Importance of Building Resilience To Your Facility This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 4, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    During the winter, day-to-day wear and tear and expected seasonal challenges like heavy snowfall on the facility roof or the effects of salt and the freeze/thaw cycle on pavements, certainly do most of the damage to facilities. However, winter is also a time when unexpected disasters, both natural and manmade are more common than at other times of the year. Thus, it behooves facility managers to include in their winter preparations an attempt to bolster property resilience against the impacts of such disasters.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Winter Safety

    What the New OSHA Penalty Maximums Mean for Your Facility This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Feb 2, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers have many reasons to keep a close eye on the safety level of their grounds, particularly during the accident-prone winter months. Humanitarian concern for their employees and clients, the need to maintain a positive reputation in the community, the negative impacts of losing a valuable employee to injury for weeks on end, and the high costs of personal injury lawsuits are all motivations for a safe and well-maintained property.

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    Topics: Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance, Liability

    Communication is Critical: Making Sure Snow Removal Runs Smoothly

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 6, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    When it comes to fast, efficient snow and ice removal on facility grounds, effective communication is critical to achieving success. Even with all the necessary equipment and a fully trained staff, snow removal efforts will hit snags and miss deadlines when the communication structure is slow, confusing, or completely absent.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Prepare Your Facility For Snow and Ice Melt Flooding & Water Damage

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 10, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Three-quarters of the water supply in the western parts of the United States are derived from the annual snow and ice melt at winter's end. While this is a natural process that is vital to the ecosystem, the flooding it causes can wreak havoc at commercial or industrial facilities. Any facility situated at elevations of less than 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), and especially in areas near lakes and streams, is in real danger of flooding and water damage from snow melt-off.

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Ice

    ASCA Industry Standards for Snow and Ice Management

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 1, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    One major tool that facility managers can avail themselves of is the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and their "legal defense mechanism" known as the System Requirements for Snow and Ice Management Services, or more simply- the Industry Standards. These standards were developed by the ASCA in response to the heavy litigation that facility management teams and other snow and ice managers face, for the purpose of helping them reduce and manage the risks associated with winter weather and snow and ice removal tasks.

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    Topics: Insider, Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    4 Ways to Prepare Your Commercial Snow Removal for A Salt Shortage

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 17, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    When facilities under-prepared for a wintertime rock salt shortage are suddenly faced with an unusually snowy and long-lasting winter, the results can be disastrous. Building access, ADA compliance, parking lot and walkway safety levels, and more can suffer greatly as over-tasked crews attempt to tackle commercial snow removal with insufficient supplies.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Salt, Ice

    The Other Winter Concerns: What to Prepare for Besides Snow and Ice

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 11, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Dealing with snow and ice removal may be the number one challenge that facility managers face every season, but there are other dangers and concerns that winter brings. Low temperatures, cold rains, and high winds are the main sources of trouble outside of snowfall and ice formation. Below, we look at four major concerns that such factors produce, two of them health-related and two building-related, and how facility managers can best address them:

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    Topics: Property Maintenance, Commercial Property Management, Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance, Health, Winter Safety