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We Handle it All: Including the Dryer Vents! Learn What Makes Dryer Vent Cleaning So Essential

At Building Maintenance Management, we handle a variety of tasks to help keep your commercial property running as it should. And, that includes everything, from your A/C to the gutters to your dryer vents! That’s right, dryer vents! Dryer vent cleaning is the maintenance task that can often be overlooked for multi-housing complexes. But we’ve got you covered.

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When you are responsible for a multi-housing property, you want to be sure the residents are safe and that safety hazards are kept to a minimum. One thing that can often be overlooked is dryer vent cleaning. St Paul apartment complexes can easily start fire by neglecting this very important task. Whether you have a common area for laundry or each unit has their own washer and dryer, you will want to be sure the vents are cleaned for everyone’s safety. Still not sure? Here are some facts taken from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean them.
  • 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.

So, what is there to do? Our team of property maintenance technicians can perform dryer vent cleaning to greatly reduce the risk of a fire starting from a dryer. A few of the steps we take when we come out to your business include:

  • Removal of lint in ducts to ensure air can flow properly.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Check to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Add a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt if one is not already in place.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct that is less likely to trap lint.

Until your professional dryer vent cleaning, here are a few things you can do to prevent dryer fires:

  • Ensure tenants don’t overload the dryer
  • Remind tenants to clean the lint filter before or after each load
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that could burn.

With proper and routine maintenance done by you and the residents at your property, the chance of a fire starting from dryer vents is greatly reduced.

If you would like to learn more about dryer vent cleaning in St Paul, call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.

How an Apartment Turnover Company Can Help Attract New Tenants

If you own an apartment or multi-housing complex, you know how important it is to keep each unit looking its best. Trying to rent a dirty apartment or business unit simply won’t get you the amount in rent or quality of renter you deserve. To keep quality tenants coming to your complex, you need to keep the units as clean and up-to-date as possible. That’s where we can come in. At BMM, we are an apartment turnover company serving Golden Valley and can provide a fresh coat of paint and thorough cleaning for your commercial property in-between tenants.

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New buildings seem to be going up constantly. And, in order to compete with these new places, some important maintenance and updates must be performed. With the growth of renters in the Twin Cities area, we have seen the increased need for an apartment turnover company to help get units ready for renting. Sometimes, depending on your previous tenant, the cleaning and maintenance needed could be a huge undertaking. An apartment turnover is often not something you can do on your own; even with all the elbow crease in Minnesota. But, don’t stress. The experts at BMM are ready and willing to provide you with excellent cleaning, painting, plumbing, repairs and maintenance when you need it. Our apartment turnover company can provide many forms of unit renovation from small repairs and paint to a complete overhaul. Here are some examples of the services we can provide:

  • Comprehensive cleaning
  • Interior painting
  • Flooring repair and installation
  • Lighting repair and installation
  • Kitchen and bathroom updates
  • Concrete work
  • Exterior painting and signage repair
  • And more

It is also important to keep common areas up-to-date and looking fresh. This can include the entryways, laundry room, lobby and any other shared areas. The outside of the apartment complex is important as well. Shrubbery, signage and landscaping can often be the first thing a potential tenant sees when coming to view the unit. So, our job as an apartment turnover company is to make sure you make the best first impression possible.

We can clean and repair units that are empty between tenants or even while the unit is occupied. Most tenants will be willing to put up with some minor inconvenience in order to get new flooring, cabinets or lighting.

So, when you’re ready to learn more about our apartment turnover company serving Golden Valley, call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.

Springtime Property Maintenance Tasks

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days and more property maintenance tasks! Although the first two sound inviting, the extra work usually isn’t. That’s why we are here. We can help with your spring property maintenance needs in St Paul. From routine maintenance to major upgrades, don’t get bogged down with a long to-do list. Simply, call on us. Here are some things we can help with this season.

Commercial Property Maintenance

Roof and Gutters
After a long winter, it’s necessary to inspect the roof of your buildings for wear and tear. Ice and snow can cause damage that needs to be fixed before causing more issues like leaks and water damage. A thorough gutter cleaning is also needed to clear dirt and debris that can clog the gutters and prevent proper drainage. Clear gutters are especially important with heavy spring rains. Along with checking gutters for proper drainage, you should check the ground around your buildings as well. Soil should slope away from foundation walls at least six vertical inches over 10 feet. That will help move rain far enough away to prevent problems like mold, mildew and basement leaks.

HVAC Maintenance
It’s time to turn of the heater and prep the air conditioner. No matter what type of system you use at your property, it’s important to make sure proper maintenance is performed. This will save you time and money in the long run. Units may need a thorough cleaning, filters changed and vents cleared.

Parking Lots and Sidewalks
Again, winter likes to leave it’s destruction behind. Damage from ice and equipment used to move snow can often leave your parking lots and sidewalks in need of repair. Pot holes should be filled, asphalt sealed and severe sidewalk damage fixed.

Landscaping
Now is the time to freshen up the landscape around your property! Flower beds will need some TLC after the dormant season. Plant new flowers, trim shrubs and trees, add fresh mulch and prepare the yard for growing season. In addition to the living parts of your landscaping, other aspects like stone walls and water features may need some cleaning or repair work.

Painting and Sealing
If the outside of your building needs some touching up or a full exterior paint job, now is a good time to do it. Paint the trim or the entire facade as needed. Wood decks may also need to be stained or sealed to keep them looking nice and in good condition for outdoor activities.

Swimming Pool
It’s still early to be thinking of jumping in a pool, but it’s not too soon to take a look at your pool and see if any major repairs need to be done. If the pool took an extra hard beating over the winter months, it’s best to get those problems fixed now so it will be ready for pool season.

Outdoor Lighting
Are outdoor lights still working? Do you need more lighting for walking paths or other areas around your property? Instead of replacing incandescent bulbs, why not update to LED? Changing to LED lights can save you money in the long run. They will last longer and don’t attract as many insects as regular bulbs! That’s a huge plus in the summer! Learn more about LED lighting, including rebates and incentives that are available.

These are just a few tasks we can help you with this spring to make your to-do list shorter. To learn more about the property maintenance services we offer in St Paul and surrounding areas, give us a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

Get Ready for Spring with Magic Pak Cleaning from BMM

March 20th marked the first day of spring. And after spring comes summer and all of the cooling needs that come along with it. Don’t let dirt, sludge or other external elements affect the operation of the Magic Pak cooling systems at your commercial properties. After all, the last thing you want to worry about on a hot summer day is having to send someone out to clean of even fix one of your building’s Magic Pak units. One of the more popular services we offer at Building Maintenance Management (BMM) is Magic Pak cleaning. And, spring is the best time of year to look into Magic Pak cleaning for your Twin Cities business or commercial building.

Magic Pak Cleaning

Preventative maintenance is always better than costly repairs. With regular Magic-Pak cleaning, you will keep your residents comfortable and eliminate most last-minute service calls for leaks or other issues caused by an unclean unit. Here are some of the cleaning processes we provide:

  • Thorough cleaning of the coils
  • Combining of fin tubing if needed
  • Insertion of tablets to prevent sludge buildup
  • Change the filters
  • Clean the condensate pan
  • And more

A/C Coils and How They Become Dirty

Your air conditioning system has both evaporation coils and condensing coils. Both the evaporator and condenser coils have a tendency to attract dirt and debris. A physical Magic Pak cleaning can remove this dirt and debris, increasing indoor air quality and help your unit run more efficiently.

More about Magic Pak

Magic Pak heating and cooling units are compact machines that operate through a wall duct, providing homeowners, apartment dwellers, and building occupants with a lot of comfort control in a small package. And, there are many benefits to having them cleaned before the warmer months hit, including:

  • Better air flow
  • Eliminating overflows, water damage and odor caused by plugged, slimy or rusted condensate pans
  • More effective operation for years to come
  • Any nests left by mice, wasps or other pests will be removed

Your Magic Pak unit will work only as well as it’s serviced. Thorough cleaning will also help to reduce the risk of premature failure.

When you call BMM, we will send one of our trusted, friendly technicians to perform a Magic Pak cleaning, taking care of the internal coils and whatever else is necessary.

Have questions about Magic Pak cleaning in Twin Cities? Give us a call now at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us to Request a Work Order.

Don’t Forget to Clean those Dryer Vents

A maintenance task that can often be overlooked for multi-housing complexes is dryer vent cleaning. Whether you have a central location with washers and dryers or each unit has their own appliances, this is a task that should not be overlooked. For dryer vent cleaning in Minneapolis, you can count on Building Maintenance Management. We have the tools and experience needed to get this job done for your property.

Winter is a prime time for dryer fires. More dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months than any other time of year. This is probably due to more people using their dryers during the cold months, rather than hanging their clothes out to dry. Also, heavy sweaters and blankets produce more lint in the dryer. The thicker the clothing or bedding, the more lint it produces.

To prevent a fire starting from excess lint in the dryer vents, it’s important to have them professionally cleaned every few months, or at least once a year. Our crew can handle this task for you. In the meantime, here are some tips to follow to prevent a dryer fire at your property:

  • Have all dryers professionally installed.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and the dryer is connected properly.
  • Routinely clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Add a covering to outside wall dampers to keep out rain, dirt and snow.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of insects or small animals are not blocking the outside vent.
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Here are some extra tips residents can follow to help prevent dryer fires:

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Clean the filter with a nylon brush every six months or more often if it gets clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that could burn.
  • Don’t leave clothes dryer running unattended.

With proper and routine maintenance done by you and the residents at your property, the chance of a fire starting from dryer vents is greatly reduced.

If you would like to learn more about dryer vent cleaning in Minneapolis, call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.