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Summer Maintenance Projects

A comprehensive overview of the unique challenges and strategic planning required for maintaining school plumbing systems, along with insights into funding options and practical advice for future projects.

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Meet Our Portland Team

If you're a facility maintenance professional in Portland, Oregon, specializing in plumbing repair and replacement, don't miss the chance to meet the exceptional team at The Part Works' new Portland Branch. Our knowledgeable staff is here to cater to your needs, offering top-tier expertise and a wide range of high-quality products. Stop by and discover why The Part Works is your ultimate partner in plumbing solutions.

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Don't Drink The Water...

PFAS pose a serious problem as they do not naturally degrade. These chemicals tend to accumulate in the body, and high levels of PFAS are known to cause numerous types of cancers such as kidney, thyroid, and testicular.

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Delany TruStop Solves A Real Plumber Problem

With accessible components and a user-friendly design, maintenance tasks can be completed quickly and efficiently, reducing overall lifecycle costs and ensuring continued reliability. The Delany TruStop is designed to excel in a wide range of commercial applications, making this valve the ultimate solution for optimizing performance and maximizing efficiency.

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LED Lighting Meets New Regulation Requirements

The new MRO regulations are an opportunity to embrace a brighter, more sustainable future. By navigating the LED labyrinth thoughtfully, we can light up our businesses with efficient, eco-friendly brilliance. Get informed, ask questions, and make informed choices. Together, we can illuminate the path towards cleaner, brighter facilities!

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Back To School: 2023

Back to School season is all about parents, students, and teachers. But the Facilities Maintenance teams have a crucial role in reopening school buildings for the commencement of classes in the fall. Properly maintained buildings are essential for creating a conducive learning environment. Our school facilities maintenance customers have the critical responsibility of reopening partially or fully closed school buildings after the summer months. This article presents a roundup of the common plumbing and mechanical inspections and repairs required.

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Megapro-A Plumbers Best Friend

I recently returned from the NAPSD show in Austin, TX full of excitement about the plumbing industry! The reason? I discovered that Megapro is THE best screwdriver for plumbers! This became obvious to me day one, when we learned Megapro Tools was the only tool company at the show (I mean, the best plumbers in the world deserve the best screwdrivers in the world…right?)

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Spotlight on Plumberex

Enter Plumberex. A specialty manufacturer that designs and manufactures 3 different ADA covers, for various installation scenarios. Plumberex calls them; Slim Fit Trap Gear, Pro-Extreme, and Handy-Shield Maxx.

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Why Sloan Sensors in 2023?

During the heightened health concerns of the Covid pandemic, The Part Works helped a major sports stadium in our region install over 1,000 Sloan Side Mount retrofit kits in anticipation of both the heightened sanitary standards and the perception of a safe space to congregate (the stadium, not the restroom!). With over 65,000 potential users at a given event, the cleanliness of the restrooms really matters.

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Emergency Eye Wash and Showers

While the hope may be that you’ll never have to use your emergency equipment, you should maintain the mindset that an emergency could happen at any moment. When a victim needs an eyewash or shower, you and the victim must have confidence that your eye or face wash is working properly to provide the care that is needed.

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Training and Service with T&S Brass:

Like T&S Brass, The Part Works is committed to training. Included in our Portland Live Learning Lab series is our October 2022 T&S Brass class with Eric Isenbarger. We believe it’s important for our factory representative to share best practices, tips and tricks, general product knowledge directly with our customer. Equally, to give our customers a chance to ask questions and to share real world challenges back to the factory. It’s what we do, bridging the relationship between the manufacturers and the crews that support and maintain their products in facilities. The Part Works provides the product, the knowledge and the customer service. Working with great partners like T&S Brass makes our job easier.

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American Made, Professional Grade

Klein Tools might be best known in the HVAC, Telecom, and Municipal industries, but commercial plumbers well regard its tools. These professional-grade tools have helped plumbers at every phase of a repair or installation. From transporting tools and equipment to the job site to assessing potential leaks in water and gases, opening walls, loosening joints, measuring repair placement distances, and lighting otherwise unlit workspaces, Klein Tools have helped get the job done.

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The Part Works & Chicago Faucets

After 42 years together, providing Chicago Faucets to the Pacific Northwest, The Part Works and Chicago Faucets are still aligned and working together to meet customers’ needs for commercial quality products. Today, Chicago Faucets continues to provide innovative products to every commercial facility specification.

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Announcing: Our Training Program

The Part Works, like so many, have watched several company legends retire over the past ten-plus years. People with multiple decades in plumbing, some with multiple decades at The Part Works. In response, we have taken intentional steps to bolster our knowledge base.

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Facility Specifications

When facilities are planned, a tremendous amount of effort goes into designing the look, the feel, and the functionality of the space. There are the under the hood questions, such as “what sort of plumbing and electrical systems does this building need, over the potential 50+ year lifespan of the facility? How many people will use each space, and how many restrooms will be required? How high will we need to pump the water, in order to maintain pressure in upper floors? There are also the customer facing decisions, such as what type of flush valves, faucets, and partitions would best serve this specific audience? The answers to all of these questions become the standard building specifications.

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Sloan Connected Restrooms

The Internet of Things (IoT) has made its way to the modern commercial restroom. Sloan is at the forefront of this revolution with advanced, IoT-capable technology gathering real-time information that helps facilities better manage their resources.

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What type of Vandalism should you prepare for?

“how awful will this bathroom be?” It’s an important question to ask yourself as a customer. If this restroom is clean and functional, chances are you’ll make a point to stop here in the future. And maybe while you’re here you’ll buy a pack of gum and a gallon or 2 of gas, almost as a thank you to the station for taking such good care of the facility. This is called customer loyalty.

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Bariatric Healthcare Solutions

Bariatric is a clinical term describing the control and treatment of clinically overweight patients, covering a wide range of varying sizes and abilities. This medical branch typically applies to patients with a BMI of 40 or more.

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Washington State New Flow Regulations

With few exceptions, this new code went in to effect on January 1, 2021, requiring that products manufactured on or after January 1, 2021 that are sold, offered for sale, or installed in the State of Washington must comply, or face a potential $250 per day penalty.

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Durable, Sustainable, Attractive

Stainless Steel is far stronger than porcelain china, shatterproof, able to handle heavy weight, and is vandal resistant. With advances in design aesthetics, Schools, Hospitals, Parks, and other facilities are switching from porcelain china, to heavy duty stainless steel for their plumbing applications.

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