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    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

    Breaking Down SIMA's Snow and Ice Glossary

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 26, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    There’s one resource that you’ll notice continually popping up in our blog posts and articles--SIMA, the Snow and Ice Management Association.

    We’ve shared their Key Performance Indicator checklist for snow removal with you, we’ve recommended them as a resource for training your team for snow removal, and we consistently turn to them to stay up to date on new trends and great information in the snow and ice world.

    Recently, they’ve released another such great resources--a Standard Glossary of Terms for snow and ice professionals.

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    Topics: Insider, Snow Removal, Facility Management, Snow Melting, Winter, Facilities Maintenance

    How to Choose a Commercial Snow Removal Contractor

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 20, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Winter is officially upon us, many parts of the country have already been blanketed in snow, and your facility’s commercial snow removal plan has likely gone into effect already--or else is primed to do so at any moment.

    We know that often, that plan involves outsourcing snow removal to hired contractors. At this point you’ve likely weighed the pros and cons of hiring a third party vs. using an in-house crew, and decided the extent to which you’ll use a commercial snow removal contractor--whether for all of your facility’s snow and ice needs, just after heavier storms, only in certain areas, etc.

    But who should you choose for the job?

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

    Power Problems: Electricity Concerns That Facilities Face in Winter

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Jan 13, 2016 4:30:00 AM

    Facility managers may experience electrical problems at anytime throughout the year, but winter brings with it an increase in both the number and severity of power problems. During cold weather, electricity becomes more critical than ever since building occupants must be kept warm and, in northern climates, pipes must be kept from freezing.

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

    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