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Critical Maintenance Checklists

Every facility manager knows which systems are critical and must be operational at all times. Many facilities have established preventative maintenance schedules to keep critical systems running and plan for upcoming repairs and maintenance. But changing the basic operations of a building changes all of those plans. What happens if the building has been closed for an extended period?

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Celebrating Our Veterans

Veterans Day holds a special place for me, it’s a time to thank those who do the often-thankless job of defending our values, our ideals, and our families. It’s a day to celebrate the people who willingly put on the uniform, putting themselves in danger, committing to get their hands dirty in order to protect and serve.

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Antimicrobial Plumbing Solutions

With the spread of COVID-19, many individuals and organizations are evaluating options for limiting the spread of pathogens and bacteria in their places of work, play, and residence. Because our team supplies and advises facilities across a range of industries, including healthcare facilities, we’re able to apply leading edge solutions from one industry to another. In this series, we’ll explore some of the standards and protocols implemented in the medical facilities we work with which may be applied in schools, office facilities, or residential buildings to reduce the spread of pathogens.

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Keeping Facilities Running Since 1980

Over the past 40 years, we’ve worked alongside partners in maintenance and procurement to keep their facilities running smoothly. Now, with leading-edge technology, we’re able to offer additional tools and resources to help you save money and minimize downtime. Read our blog about innovation and growth here at The Part Works for the full story.

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Backflow Prevention

You should have more than a bot or digital matrix that determines how to prevent or solve your backflow failure.

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*NEW* C19 Emergency $$ Available to Schools in WA & OR

The Oregon and Washington K12 education departments have issued guidelines for federal emergency funding related to Covid 19

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Critical Kitchen Maintenance

Kitchens, like restrooms require flushing and checking each system. Ice machines can be a source for growing microbes if left to sit. Dried out floor drain traps can create odors. Janitorial closet faucets and service sinks need to be run and flushed as well.

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Critical Maintenance for Restrooms

Some of the biggest risk for transmission of infection is in the restrooms. A regular flow of users, touching the same handles on toilets, faucets, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, and entry doors can spread infection. Touch points can be addressed with touch-less solutions, or antimicrobial treated handles and touch-less surfaces.

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Critical Maintenance Checklists

Every facility manager knows which systems are critical and must be operational at all times. Many facilities have established preventative maintenance schedules to keep critical systems running and plan for upcoming repairs and maintenance. But changing the basic operations of a building changes all of those plans. What happens if the building has been closed for an extended period?

Read More

Celebrating Our Veterans

Veterans Day holds a special place for me, it’s a time to thank those who do the often-thankless job of defending our values, our ideals, and our families. It’s a day to celebrate the people who willingly put on the uniform, putting themselves in danger, committing to get their hands dirty in order to protect and serve.

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Schools Opening: Faucet Technology and Hand Hygiene

With a new academic year starting, schools are consulting ever-changing guidelines as they prepare for the return of students. What is clear is that handwashing and hygiene will play a critical role in the ability of schools to reopen and stay open. As the preferred choice of schools for more than 100 years, Chicago Faucets is committed to helping building managers equip their schools for the safe return of students.

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Meet Our Sales Team

Last year, as we approached our 40th Anniversary, we detailed the account of who we are, and where we came from as a company. This year as we continue to celebrate that anniversary, we sat down with some of our amazing staff members to learn more about them, and who THEY are as individuals. Who do you think has the best plumbing joke?

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Providing Cleaner, Healthier Water

For more than 100 years, Elkay Manufacturing has been making innovative products and providing exceptional customer care. Family owned since 1920, Elkay began by making residential butler and pantry sinks. Elkay began in a small 2,100 square foot space on the North side of Chicago. It was 1920, a time when the quality of a business was solely measured by customer service, integrity and, above all, craftsmanship.

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Sloan Valve Company is “Made in America” with a Vision for the Future

As an American company, Sloan is proud to provide restroom solutions with products made right here in the USA. Sustainable, smart, and stylish, our product are designed with a vision towards the future.

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Touch-Free Restroom Shopping Guide

As buildings prepare for re-opening, we’re seeing an increased investment in touch-free and sensor solutions.In this blog, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard from our clients about upgrading to touch-free parts in facility restrooms. We hope to help you avoid some of the common setbacks that cost time and money, and to identify the right solutions for your specific restrooms and budget.

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Healthcare Plumbing Specialties

Healthcare presents unique challenges when it comes to maintaining extremely high levels of sanitation within a complex environment. To meet this challenge

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Upgrading Your Facility with Anti-Microbial

Upgrading your facility with anti-microbial solutions can take anywhere from a few months -- when property managers and engineers are in agreement on which solutions to apply -- to a few years.

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Standing Water and Air Quality

Often overlooked areas in the plumbing system where microbes can grow are places where air can enter the plumbing system, and standing or stagnant water. These situations can be addressed.

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Faucet Outlets: Aerators vs Laminar-Flow

Air carries microbes, and the use of faucet aerators pulls these microbes into the water you drink and wash your hands with. An aerator draws air into the water stream to make the water feel softer. Lucky for you, aerators are not the only way to make your water soft and attractive. Consider a laminar flow, which doesn’t allow any air into the stream but provides the same, soft water effect.

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Water Filtration

When it comes to filters, it’s all about how the filter is rated. “A 5 micron filter is a 5 micron filter,” says Chris, “so it’s not a brand choice.” Instead of considering which brand to use in your facility, decide first what you want to filter out, and what you want to let through. This is going to be specific to the application point of use in the facility.

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Water Temperature and Antimicrobials

Hot water at 140 degrees or higher kills bacteria, but code requires that water coming out of a source cannot be hotter than 110 degrees, for safety reasons. Still, water temperature in hospitals is often higher than other non-medical facilities. In many hospitals, boilers are set to 140 degrees, then the temperature is reduced at the faucet or point of use through a thermostatic mixing valve.

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Establishing a Performance & Maintenance Plan

Once you’ve identified the solutions you’ll use for your facility, establish a performance and maintenance plan, or a “P&M Plan.” This ensures that your facility is maintained to the agreed upon standard beyond any near-term COVID-19 concerns.

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Identifying Touch Points in Your Facility

To reduce the spread of pathogens including bacteria and viruses, keeping surfaces clean and washing hands are essential. However, those physical surfaces people touch in your facility can be made to either play host to pathogens, or help fight it.

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Antimicrobial Plumbing Solutions

With the spread of COVID-19, many individuals and organizations are evaluating options for limiting the spread of pathogens and bacteria in their places of work, play, and residence. Because our team supplies and advises facilities across a range of industries, including healthcare facilities, we’re able to apply leading edge solutions from one industry to another. In this series, we’ll explore some of the standards and protocols implemented in the medical facilities we work with which may be applied in schools, office facilities, or residential buildings to reduce the spread of pathogens.

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