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

    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

    The Importance of Disaster Training: How to Handle the Unexpected

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

    We all wish we could live in a world where disasters do not exist, but the reality is that a wide range of different types of disasters can strike at anytime, endangering the safety of your building's occupants and causing damage to the building itself.

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

    Building a Snow-Site Engineering Plan For Your Facility

    Posted by Ryan Williams on Dec 22, 2015 4:30:00 AM

    Snow removal at your facility requires detailed planning to be optimally effective. A "snow-site engineering plan" refers to a plan that maps out in advance where to plow and pile snow, what areas to always keep snow-free, where the loading and supply zones are located, and what aspects of the snow removal task to prioritize.

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    Topics: Snow Removal, Property Maintenance, 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