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Sewer System

Tips for Successful Sewer System Maintenance

A sewer system maintenance program works against the age-old mantra “out of sight, out of mind” by requiring watchful eyes on piping and drainage systems. These vital systems stay hidden from plain sight, as you maneuver through daily tasks. More often than not, a malfunction occurs due to a lack of awareness of underlying issues, disrupting the efficiency of your plumbing system.



How Technology Can Address Health & Safety Concerns

As the Omicron variant surges, it’s important that facilities consider revamping their health and safety plans to best protect their employees, property, and buildings. During these times it’s important to ensure the health and safety of your employees while on-premises and to also equip them with the right technology so they can more effectively complete their jobs.



Boost IAQ With Your Commercial Carpets

IAQ has become a major point of discussion when it comes to preventing the spread and intensity of aerosol transmissible diseases. For facility managers, this means it’s time to take IAQ improvement measures into their own hands. Though it may sound like a daunting task, quickly improving IAQ doesn’t have to be complicated. It can start at the ground level with a focus on carpets.


Insider Threats

Beware of Insider Threats

According to a 2017 report by TransUnion, the consumer credit company, ninety-five percent of property management companies experience some form of fraud each year, including ways to work around credit checks. Further, “those committing fraud are becoming more clever and sneakier by the day. If they come after your company, your reputation and revenue could be on the line.”


Waste Disposal

Campuses Can Improve Safe Waste Disposal

One key lesson we have learned from this past year is how critical it is to put health and safety initiatives in place for students. As we look ahead to what college life will look like for campuses across the nation following the pandemic, it is important for university leaders to understand all aspects of what a safe campus looks like, and that includes proper waste disposal.



How IoT is Taking Over the Cleaning Industry

Most of us are already familiar with IoT and rely on it more than we may realize. For instance, IoT systems can connect sensors, alarms, cameras and lights to smartphones, and those same smartphones can control them. Where will we see interconnected technology in professional cleaning systems, and how will facility managers and the cleaning contractors maintaining their facilities benefit from these advancements?



Re-evaluating Headlamp Specifications

For workers at industrial plants and processors one of the most critical tools of the trade have been headlamps. In low light conditions, these essential tools enable technicians to clearly view the task and surroundings under bright light while freeing up both hands. Unfortunately, industrial workers are often restricted to purchasing products through distributors based on specifications that were established many years ago.


Project Management

Why Project Management Skills Are Essential

Project Management (PM) and Facility Management (FM) are professions that have certain similarities. Both career paths are demanding disciplines with a keen focus on improving performance and productivity within budget and time constraints. Keep reading if you are an FM and you’ve ever wondered whether acquiring some PM skills will help make you more successful.



How to Keep Elevators Clean: COVID-19 Edition

Did you know that you’re more likely to come into contact with bacteria on commercial elevator buttons than on a public toilet seat? While elevators may be the most convenient ways for tenants, employees and guests to travel up and down multi-story buildings, the small enclosure and heavy traffic allows for a quick buildup of illness-causing pathogens and germs.



Cybersecurity Prevention Is the Cure

We live in a world where technology is continually changing the way we manage our businesses. Technology brings the interaction of computing devices with the ability to transfer data over a network, which has introduced new possibilities for cybersecurity threats. The consequences of cyberattacks can severely affect an organization’s business operations.