Clear the air with HEPA and ULPA filters

July 24, 2019


In health care facilities, cleaning instruments and surfaces may not be enough to achieve maximum cleanliness and maintain patient health. It is a good idea to focus on indoor air quality to keep facilities free of contaminants. Air that contains …

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The importance of preventative concrete maintenance

April 17, 2019


Modern concrete is an incredibly useful and highly durable material. If properly proportioned and laid, it will endure for many years. However, many facilities are older and were built with older concrete formulas that weren’t as structurally sound. Older concrete …

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What should you do if a pipe freezes?

January 16, 2019


Earlier we discussed how to keep your pipes from freezing, but sometimes pipes freeze despite preventative measures. It’s vital to quickly get the water flowing through the pipe again—otherwise, the pipe will burst and damage your facility. Here’s how to …

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Find trouble before it finds you with thermal imaging cameras

April 25, 2018


Thermal imaging cameras have been around since the Korean War. But in recent years, thanks to technological breakthroughs and cost savings, facility managers have found ways to use this technology to detect early signs of building deficiencies, troubleshoot electrical and …

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The problems of scale

February 28, 2018


Facility managers (FM) in charge of maintaining chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers, compressors or condensers know it’s not a matter of if they’ll have to deal with scale buildup, but when. Scale is the buildup of minerals (calcium, iron, …

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Facility Condition Index

February 21, 2018


This is part two in a series on preventative maintenance.   Last month we looked at conducting a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) as part of your larger preventative maintenance program. One outcome of conducting an FCA is it allows you …

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It’s time for a facility condition assessment

January 24, 2018


This is part one in a series on preventative maintenance.   Although you can never totally prevent all emergency repairs, a preventative maintenance program is a good way to head off most danger. The first step is to run a …

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Is it time to repair or replace your HVAC?

January 3, 2018


According to the EPA, HVAC systems make up approximately 38 percent of facilities’ energy use. Another statistic states replacing an HVAC system that is more than 10 years old can save a facility as much as 20 percent or more …

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The Real Value of Preventative Maintenance

The Real Value of Preventative Maintenance

March 23, 2015


You may recall our recent blog post about how important it is for facilities managers to stay ahead of OSHA at their healthcare facilities by investing time and effort into preventing slips and falls and stopping the spread of drug-resistant …

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