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Tips on Preparing Multi-Unit Buildings for the Winter Chill With Winter weather right around the corner, weaknesses in multi-unit buildings often get exposed. The below article from Sulema Vela with the Home Depot gives great advice on a few ways to winterize your buildings. Winter weather often exposes vulnerabilities in multi-unit buildings that can both strain maintenance teams and raise costs and frustrations for residents. As the season approaches, now is the perfect time to

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Jack-o’-lanterns, wispy spider webs, paper ghosts, dried cornstalks, and hay bales are staples of Halloween porch decor. Unfortunately, these common decorations also present potential fire risks. In addition to festive decorations, costumes made with flowing fabric can also catch fire very quickly. When jack-o’-lanterns and other open-flame candle decorations come in contact with these materials, a fast-spreading fire can occur instantly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred

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This week is National Fire Prevention Week! The theme this week is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out”, and it reminds us all that seconds can mean the difference between escaping a fire safely or having it end in tragedy. Escape plans are extremely important, yet many businesses and families don’t have a plan in place. How do you prepare for a potential fire in your commercial space or home? The most important piece

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Are you looking to make some upgrades to your home or commercial property? Has your home or business recently suffered from storm or flood damage and needs to be repaired? These are both very common scenarios in everyday life, and one issue that people often run into once they get started on renovations or repairs is that some portions of the structure are not up to the current building codes. Building code upgrades are repairs

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Most governing jurisdictions abide by codes as set forth by the International Code Council (ICC). Code requirements are in place and enforced for the public protection ,safety, and health. Each jurisdiction may adopt and amend codes to conform with each community. Municipal and County code requirements can have great impact on both commercial and residential construction projects. Code compliance items can be as minimal as adding a few smoke detectors in a residence, to as

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  Construction Defect- Meeting of Dissimilar Materials A construction defect is defined as a building flaw or design mistake that reduces the value of the structure or causes a dangerous condition. The most dangerous construction defects have the possibility of complete structural failure, resulting in physical injury or damage to people or property. However, countless defects present no increased risk of injury or damage to other property, but still cause harm to the property owner

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  Have you ever experienced a large emergency water loss event at your property or workplace? If you haven’t, chances are that when such a disaster strikes you aren’t sure of what to do. Whether the water loss is a result of a broken pipe, a broken water heater, or storm flooding, there are actions you can take to ensure quick action and prevent further damage to your business.   What to do after a Water

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Facts There are on average of 3,340 office fires per year, amounting to $112,000,000 in property damage annually. The cause of most office fires are cooking equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, heating equipment, arson, and smoking materials. Office fires start mostly in kitchen areas, but do start in other places of the building as well.   Safety Tips Keep all work areas of commercial spaces clean and clear of clutter and trash, especially paper materials.

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