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    A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Facility Maintenance

     

    Commercial Snow Removal 101: How and Why to Pretreat Your Parking Lots

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Nov 14, 2017 7:14:00 AM

    Wisely managing your parking lot during the winter season is crucial to your facility's productivity, safety of those driving and walking on the parking lot surface, and keeping snow and ice management costs as low as possible. One thing you can do to manage your parking lot is to pretreat it with anti-icers before a big storm hits.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Comparing Commercial Snow Removal Options: Buy, Rent, or Hire?

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 14, 2017 7:28:00 AM

    Removing snow from your parking lot each winter is no small task. Back-to-back storms can dump snow in uninterrupted accumulations. Facility managers must have a reliable plan in place to ensure that parking lots and walkways remain clear so that, to the extent possible, business can carry on as usual.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Four Habits Facility Managers Should Develop When It Comes To Snow Removal

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 7, 2017 2:02:00 AM

     Four habits facility managers should develop when it comes to snow removal

    Every snow season brings with it new challenges. If you want to stay on top of your facility’s snow removal plan, here are four key habits you should develop.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Commercial Property Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Caring for and Maintaining your Business’s Entrance Mats

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Sep 5, 2017 7:02:00 AM

    An entrance mat (placed inside or outside an entryway) helps keep your building free of outdoor elements that can get tracked indoors by wet or dirty feet. However, a poorly maintained entrance mat is worse than using none at all.  Follow this advice for the care and maintenance of your entrance mats and you’ll get years of use out of them, not to mention reduce the occurrence of slip-and-fall injuries on your premises due to tracked-in water, mud, and dirt.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Facilities Maintenance

    Tree and Landscaping Precautions to Take Before Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Aug 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Your facility trees and carefully manicured landscaping enter the "danger zone" with every approaching winter season. Unless you take the proper precautions, and in a timely manner, you run the risk of losing the money you have already invested, spending more than you should on "post-winter recovery," and allowing your trees and landscaping to become a danger to those present on the property.

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    Topics: Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance, Winterkill

    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

    How to Cut Your Facility's Energy Costs in Winter Without Skimping on the Essentials

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jul 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

    Facility managers are well aware of the need to keep energy costs low during winter, which is the most expensive season of the year in terms of energy costs, but they cannot afford to "skimp on the essentials" in order to accomplish energy efficiency.

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    Topics: Facility Management, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    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