Daylight Saving Ends

Daylight savings time ends this Sunday Morning. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

Irrigation Systems

It’s  spring and the weather is getting warmer.  Make sure your contractors have turned your systems on and checked them for proper operation. If you would like our irrigation crew to do this for you give us a call.   We can also put you on a list for monthly or bi-monthly checks. These help to catch broken heads and the wasting of water.

Vacancies and Mechanical Room Heat

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During the winter months Vacant spaces and Mechanical Rooms are susceptible to pipes freezing from the lack of heat. The vacancy heating units should be tested from the thermostats inside the space to make sure everything is working properly. The mechanical room heaters should be checked for proper operation to keep water pipes from freezing.

Fall HVAC QPM

HVAC-equipmentThe fall is the time to test your HVAC equipment for proper operation in the heat mode before the cold winter weather arrives. Along with that here is a list of other inspections that should be done on each quarterly check.

  • Inspect unit for proper refrigerant level and adjust if necessary
  • Remove dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet
  • Inspect base pan for restricted drain openings—remove obstructions as necessary
  • Inspect coil and cabinet—remove dirt and debris as needed
  • Inspect fan motor and fan blades for wear and damage—on older models lubricate as needed
  • Inspect control box, associated controls/accessories, wiring and connections. Controls may include contactors, relays, circuit boards, capacitors, sump heat and other accessories. All control box and electrical parts should be checked for wear or damage.
  • Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage
  • Replace filter or filters

If you do not have a QPM contract feel free to contact us for a quote.

Heat Illness

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We have a heat wave going on this week and August tends to be a hot month also. So a reminder about a couple of conditions you may run into yourself or someone you are with.

When the body is unable to cool off by sweating, heat induced illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur. These are very serious and can sometimes result in death. A person may not even know they are suffering from one of these illnesses, so be aware of the condition of those you are with also.

Symptoms for Heat Exhaustion are: Headaches, Dizziness, lightheadedness, Extreme weakness, profuse sweating, irritability, nausea or vomiting, cramps.

Symptoms for Heat Stroke are: Dry, hot skin with no sweating, rapid pulse, Dizziness, confusion or irrational behavior, seizures or convulsions, loss of consciousness.

To help protect against these drink plenty of fluids especially water. Take breaks in the shade or an air conditioned space. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothes.

Have a fun and safe summer.

Mechanical Room Clean Up And Safety

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We are getting to the end of August and fall is approaching. Now would be a good time to get a head start on some fall clean up. Mechanical and Electrical rooms tend to be a catch all for items from summer projects. There are many city codes about work space in these rooms. You have to maintain safe working clearances around electrical panels and fire sprinkler equipment. For instance you must keep a 3′ foot clearance in front of electrical panels.

Items that tend to accumulate are paint cans, lumber, pipes, garbage and tenants storing their product or supplies. Cleaning these rooms help to maintain and safe working environment for sub-contractors and fire department personnel.

Power Outages and Backup Power

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We have had a few storms come through the Twin cities recently. Occasionally these storms take out the power in various areas.

This can affect your building in a couple of areas. One of those could be the access systems that keep your doors locked after hours. Having the system on a battery backup will keep the doors locked on systems with magnetic locks. It will also allow the system to continue to run and allow the card readers to continue operated and let your tenants into the building if needed. The second item would be EMS systems that control the HVAC systems in a building. Once power is restored the EMS system will should bring the building back to the temperatures it has programmed into it. These backup batteries should be checked yearly at the very least. I would recommend twice a year.

Some larger buildings and certain companies have large backup generators that power the entire building. These should be tested and ran once year.

Air Conditioning Units and Cottonwood Trees

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As you have noticed over the past couple of months the cottonwood trees have been releasing their seeds into the air. In some areas it is almost impossible to walk around the block without inhaling a couple of these cotton paratroopers.

With the air conditioner running they are constantly pulling air across the coils. Along with the air comes the cottonwood which eventually plugs up the condenser and reduces the cooling capabilities of the unit. This also creates extra wear on the fan and other parts of your air conditioner, reducing the life expectancy. Your coils should be cleaned at least once a year and more if you have a lot of cottonwood trees around.

If you have a Quarterly Preventive Maintenance (QPM) contract with United Operations, Inc, we included one cleaning of coils in the spring. If you do not have a contract we would be happy to give you a quote.

Extra Policing

Sometimes the snow melting causes extra debris to show up. If you need a little extra clean up let us know.

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Roof Drains, Downspouts & Summer Rains

Are your roof drains and downspouts ready to carry water away from building foundations?

Roof drain grates should be cleaned of debris and damaged downspouts should be repaired. Adding a splash block in a lawn area will help move water away from the building.