Veterans Day

Vetrans DayUnited Operations, Inc. thanks all armed services men, women and their families for their service to our country.

Sump Pump Surprises

The end of winter is in sight. All this snow will eventually melt.

Where will all this water go? Most of it will soak into the ground or run off into the storm drains and some will find it’s way into your buildings. If you have sump pumps in your buildings now would be a good time to make sure they are working properly and that the outlet tube is not frozen if it runs outside. This could save you hundreds of dollars in clean up and water damage repairs.

Don’t wait for the pump to tell you it’s not working. Let us find and repair the problem.

United Operations’ Services

Some times a client will hire us to do one thing and doesn’t know all the other services we provide. This is the last of the series. Although we do much more than what I have covered over the past few months. If your not sure if we handle some kind of service please call and ask.

Policing

We have a crew of employees who pick up litter on the grounds of buildings. This service is usually done on a weekly basis of more for some retail complexes.

Construction

Our construction crew is able to handle any job from small repairs to  full tenant improvements including demolition, build outs, and remodeling of spaces.

United Operations’ Services

Some times a client will hire us to do one thing and doesn’t know all the other services we provide. So I  will outline some of them over the next few months .

HVAC Repair and Preventive Maintenance

Troubleshoot and repair all brands of heating and cooling units.

Knowledge of various Energy Management Systems

Daily and weekly boiler inspections with service logs.

Quarterly Preventive Maintenance: filter replacement, check belts, coil leaning, heat exchanger inspection, clean condensate pans.

Contact us at 763-551-0101 or by email at service@unitedoperations.com .

United Operations’ Services

Some times a client will hire us to do one thing and doesn’t know all the other services we provide. So I  will outline some of them over the next few months .

Building Services Continued.

Interior Lighting: Re-lamp and repair of fixtures, emergency/exit light inspection and repair, recycling of lamps and ballast.

Mold Abatement: Removal and cleanup of mold from water leaks

Metal and Welding: Repair of damaged railings, stairs and dock bumpers

Interior Roof Protection: Installation of interior plastic protection during roof replacements. This catches dirt and debris that may fall during the roofing process.

Contact us at 763-551-0101 or by email at service@unitedoperations.com .

United Operations’ Services

Some times a client will hire us to do one thing and doesn’t know all the other services we provide. So I  will outline some of them over the next few months .

Let’s start with Building Services.

Locksmithing: Install locks, re-key lock, duplicate keys, install keyless entry systems, repair/replace file cabinet locks.

Plumbing: Repair leaks, unclog drains, repair/replace fixtures, general troubleshooting.

Boom Truck Service: Light pole replacement, exterior sign repair, Parking lot lighting repair/replacement, exterior building lighting repair/replacement, Holiday decoration install and take down.

Irrigation: Start ups and winterization of systems, repair/replacement of broken water lines and heads, preventive maintenance.

Contact us at 763-551-0101 or by email at service@unitedoperations.com .

Are Your heating systems ready for Winter?

Winter is not too far off and now is the time to start checking your building heating systems and to be sure they are ready for the first cold snap.

If you have a boiler it should have the burners cleaned and inspected for clogs or cracks. Clean burners are more efficient and don’t force the boiler to work as hard to heat water. Along with this all gauges and site glass’ should be checked for proper operation.

If you have roof  top units (RTU’s) or warehouse unit heaters they should be inspected to make sure the burners are clean and not cracked. A cracked burner or heat exchanger could possibly cause a flame spill back which is a fire hazard. These units should also have any belts or filters inspected and changed. These two items should actually be done on a quarterly basis.

If you have a Quarterly Preventive Maintenance (QPM) contract with us these things will be taken care of as part of the contract. If you do not have a contract with us please call and allow us to give you a quote for your unit or building. Please contact us at 763-551-0101 or send us an email at service@unitedoperations.com .

Building Rounds

To keep a building properly maintained requires regular inspection. Many buildings are too small to justify a full time maintenance person.  This means either the property manager inspects the building or waiting for tenants to call with complaints.

A better solution is to have a maintenance contractor perform Building Rounds. This means the building gets inspected on a regular basis, minor service items can be put on a to do list for the next scheduled visit of the Building Rounds personnel. This reduces the number of trips made to the building for service calls. United Operations assigns the same person to perform the Building Rounds at a specific building so that tenants become comfortable working with them. This solution frees the property manager to perform many of their other duties.

Many times Building Rounds are done on a weekly basis at the multi-story office buildings and monthly at the smaller retail and industrial buildings. The interval can be made to accommodate whatever the property manager feels necessary.

If you are interested in this service please call us at 763-551-0101 or send us an email at service@unitedoperations.com .

Irrigation Systems

With the temperatures in the 90’s and no rain in sight, keeping the lawn, trees and other plants alive requires the irrigation systems be operating properly.

 

The best thing to do is start the system up and let it run through the zones while you check to make sure there are no broken heads or underground pipes and that there is even coverage for everything. If you can’t do this look for some tell-tale signs. Either dry patches or soggy areas could be signs that something is not working properly. Remember to also make sure your time clock is set to water per the city’s odd/even rules.

If you would like our irrigation crew to check your system  contact us to send up a time.

Please call 763-551-0101 or email service@unitedoperations.com .

Mold: Microscopic Mayhem

Mold can grow on most organic materials if moisture and oxygen are present.. Mold spores will begin to grow if the excessive moisture condition is not corrected. It will gradually destroy whatever it is growing on.

 

Mold growth happens when roof leaks, broken pipes or high humidity levels in vacancies, mechanical rooms or other spaces that are left unattended. In short there are four stages for addressing mold.: 1.  Correct the condition that allowed the growth to start. 2. Remove all excess moisture from the area. 3.  Abate and remediate the mold problem. (tear out and cleaning). 4. Maintain proper conditions so mold will not re-grow. The abatement may be avoided if the conditions are caught and the area dried out within 48 hours.

 

We have personnel who have completed courses in mold identification and abatement from the University of Minnesota. We would be happy to investigate any problems you may have at your building or set up a monthly inspection for building vacancies and mechanical rooms.

 

Please call 763-551-0101 or email service@unitedoperations.com .