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Keep the Heat on with After Hours Maintenance from BMM

If you rent out residential property to tenants, it’s your legal responsibility to ensure that the facilities are inhabitable. Making sure the heat works in the winter, fixing plumbing and keeping it structurally sound are all essential to a safe and comfortable space for your tenants. Heating and plumbing problems should be addressed within 24 hours. But, as a busy building manager, you likely have a lot on your plate and don’t have time to monitor your property 24/7. It may also not be possible to expect your employee or employees to be available all hours of the night. That’s where we come in. Our after hours maintenance serving Roseville can provide a maintenance person to rely on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can still have your own in-house maintenance staff to handle ordinary tasks and any emergencies during their working hours. However, once they go home, you can relax knowing our team can take care of it. If the heat ever stops working in the middle of the night, we will be available to take that call and work to get things back up and running as quickly as possible.

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How does it work? Our call center will answer all of your after hours maintenance calls, send a notice to our technicians in the area and then the closest one will respond to the call. This provides a quick response time and ensures all shifts, every day are covered. As you know, when a landlord fails to make the necessary repairs or maintenance after receiving a request from a tenant, there could be a number of consequences. Depending upon your state’s laws, your tenant could elect to withhold all rent until the repair is made adequately. The faster you have any issues corrected, the faster your tenant will be warm and satisfied.

Our staff will communicate with your in-house maintenance crew so they know what’s going on and can follow up with any needed repairs. Think of us as an extension of your property’s maintenance staff. We are here to support you! We are proud to offer this service, and we hope it will fill the void in the property maintenance industry for around-the-clock service all winter winter long.

Interested in learning more about after hours maintenance for your Roseville area property? Please give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Winter Maintenance for Your Business Property

Thanksgiving was last week and that means winter is just around the corner. Is your property ready for the dropping temperatures, ice and snow? There are some pretty essential tasks that should be taken care of before the big freeze here in Minnesota. As the trusted name in property maintenance for Minnetonka and the surrounding areas, we would like to tell you more about what can be done to help your property function properly throughout the winter.

Outside Tasks

Cleaning Gutters

One of the first things homeowners and business owners alike do to prepare for the winter is prepare their property’s pipes. As soon as freezing temperatures loom, it’s important to turn off water to any outside faucets, disconnect and drain garden hoses and cover with insulating foam covers. It is also important to turn off your sprinkler system and winterize them by performing a fall blowout.

You should also ensure your property maintenance team takes care of some other important outdoor tasks before the next big snow. You should caulk and cracks or holes on the outside, drain fountains and birdbaths, clean gutters and downspouts, rake and clean up leaves and debris among other tasks.

Indoor Tasks

Is your heating system ready for the Minnesota winter? Your tenants, employees and visitors require comfort in the form of reliable heat! That is why it is also important to prepare your heating system as well as perform other essential tasks to keep things warm indoors. You should have your furnace inspected, install a clean air filter and check to make sure the thermostat is working. Also, cover or remove any window air conditioning units if you haven’t already. Also be sure to:

  • Repair or replace weather stripping
  • Purchase a water heater blanket if needed
  • Flush your water heater to prevent sediment build-up
  • Install plastic sheet installation on your windows if they are drafty
  • Ensure your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working
  • And more

These are just some of the property maintenance tasks you should be sure are taken care of before the winter hits. And, our professional property maintenance team can take care of these for you! Simply don’t have the time to do these all yourself? Contact the experts at Building Maintenance Management and we can schedule time to come out.

We will custom tailor a property maintenance schedule to fit your unique needs and the needs of your property. Our property maintenance experts can help on a scheduled, temporary or as-needed basis. And, we can customize all of our property maintenance services to meet your specific needs. So whether you need temporary help, on an as-needed help every once in awhile or long-term help on a scheduled basis, you can rely on BMM.

Ready to learn more about property maintenance for your Minnetonka business? Call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

Don’t Forget To Include Essential Maintenance for Your Multi-Housing Property’s 2020 Budget

As you know, owning a multi-unit housing property requires a little more work than simply collecting rent. There is a lot that goes into the budgeting each year and one thing that should never be left out is maintenance costs. From routine maintenance to emergency repairs to renovations, each deserves a spot on your yearly budget. As the trusted name in multi-housing maintenance for St Louis Park, we’ve put together a list of the important services to remember in your budget. And, when you’re looking for a service that can help with all of your maintenance needs, give us a call at Building Maintenance Management; we can help with all of these services and more.

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Apartment Turns & Renovations

You will likely have tenants moving out and new tenants moving in this year so don’t forget to include apartment turns in your budget. First impressions are everything in this competitive market and with old outdated cabinetry or dingy walls; it can be difficult to attract new tenants. An empty unit is a loss of revenue and this can become especially true with older or outdated buildings. With new housing popping up daily, multi housing renovations can give your building a more competitive edge in the housing market.

On-Call Emergency Service

Multi-housing properties require constant maintenance, but no matter how you try to prevent problems, it is inevitable that an emergency issue will arise and usually during the night or weekend. With our on-call emergency service, your maintenance staff can work during their scheduled hours, but when they go home for the evening or weekend, they don’t have to be on-call for emergencies. Instead, BMM will be available to handle any issues that arise when your maintenance staff are off.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Over time, lint and other debris can build up in the dryer vents and ignite, causing a fire. One of the best ways to ensure this does not happen is by scheduling dryer vent cleaning. Not only is it a great way to help prevent a fire, but regular dryer vent cleaning helps all of your dryers to run at peak performance. Your tenants could enjoy a lower electric bill, and you could see an increase in your dryers’ life spans.

Magic Pak Maintenance

A Magic Pak unit is a heating and cooling unit, and like any HVAC unit, it will work only as well as it’s serviced. You should have your Magic Pak(s) cleaned out on a regular basis, as cleaning will help to increase the unit’s air flow, thereby increasing system effectiveness and lifespan. Thorough maintenance will help to reduce the risk of premature failure. Our Magic-Pak maintenance professionals know what to look for; we will look for rust and cracks, check for carbon monoxide leaks, change filters, clean condensate pan and drain lines, clean and check coils, insert tablets to prevent buildup, and ensure all equipment is properly maintained. 

General Multi-Housing Maintenance

No multi-housing property can take care of itself; that’s where our multi-housing maintenance services come in. We provide full time and part-time preventative and general maintenance services to multi-housing properties throughout Minnesota. Our multi-housing maintenance staff is composed of licensed boiler engineers, and we are experienced in all aspects of building maintenance. We provide back up and supervision for our maintenance staff. This eliminates your time and expense involved in hiring, training and supervising in-house maintenance employees.

These are just some of the maintenance tasks every multi-housing property should budget for in the upcoming year. Call us at 763-541-4886 to find out more about our multi-housing maintenance services in the St Louis Park area or Contact Us.

The Importance of After Hours Maintenance in Multi-Unit Housing

Multi-family housing environments and businesses alike pose some unique challenges that can’t always be addressed during routine maintenance. As we all know, sometimes maintenance issues happen, and it’s important to understand what constitutes a maintenance emergency and who to call when one occurs. One of the main reasons people choose a multi-family living environment is the aspect of maintenance-free living. Our after-hours maintenance services are there to address the issues that require immediate attention for the safety of the occupants, the property and their belongings. Rather than require your maintenance staff to be on-call at all times, you can simply call us when an after-hours emergency occurs. We are the trusted professionals in after hours maintenance for Apple Valley and the surrounding areas and are here to tell you all about this much-needed service. 

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With our after hours emergency maintenance service, property managers will have a maintenance person they can rely on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They can still have their own in-house maintenance staff to handle ordinary tasks and any emergencies during their working hours. However, once they go home, they can relax knowing our team can take care of it.

Our call center will answer all of your after hours maintenance calls, send a notice to our technicians in the area and then the closest one will respond to the call. This provides a quick response time and ensures all shifts, every day are covered.

We can help with a wide variety of after-hours maintenance tasks, including:

  • Clogged toilets
  • No air conditioning
  • Flooding
  • Lock malfunctions
  • Fire 
  • And much more

And, these are just some of the after-hours maintenance tasks we can help remedy. Unsure if your issue constitutes an after hours emergency? Give us a call and we can give you the best plan of action.

Our staff will communicate with your in-house maintenance crew so they know what’s going on and can follow up with any needed repairs. Think of us as an extension of your property’s maintenance staff. We are here to support you! We are proud to offer this service, and we hope it will fill the void in the property maintenance industry for around-the-clock service.

Interested in learning more about after hours maintenance for your Apple Valley area property? Please give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Importance of Deck Repair and Maintenance

Many multi-housing facilities and commercial buildings have decks and patios, whether as a shared space or individual ones for each unit. Decks are a wonderful space to sit outside, grill and entertain, especially during the summer months. As with any part of a building, decks do require ongoing maintenance and occasional repair. At Building Maintenance Management, we provide deck repair for Twin Cities commercial buildings. We want to discuss why it’s important to keep your deck in top shape and things to look for that may indicate repair is needed.

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The main reason for deck repair and maintenance is safety. Decks that are rotted or in disrepair can cause injury. Loose boards or nails sticking up can cause someone to trip and fall, a rotted railing can give way when someone leans on it, and the scariest of all scenarios is if a raised deck suddenly collapses when people are on it. This happens more often than you may think. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 33,000 people per year are injured because of the structural failure or collapse of a deck, porch, railing or staircase. To reduce the risk of personal injury and a lawsuit, regular deck maintenance is necessary.

Decks take a beating from the environment. They are constantly exposed to sunlight, rain, snow or other elements. Therefore, deterioration is to be expected. Regular inspections can spot problems that can be fixed before causing an accident.

Here are some things we will check and repair as needed for decks:

Rotted Wood

If the wood on the deck is beginning to deteriorate, it needs to be addressed right away. Depending on the extent of the damage, individual boards or the entire deck may need to be replaced.

Loose Railing

The deck railing is obviously there for safety and to define the border of the deck. Most railings can withstand someone leaning on it, but they are not meant for sitting or pushing against. If a railing moves when you push on it, it likely needs some repair. The same goes for stair railing; if it’s wobbling, work should be done.

Mold & Mildew

If there is mold and mildew growth on the deck, it can eat away at the structure. Stairs are particularly susceptible to becoming slick from mold or mildew.

Rusted Fasteners

The metal parts that hold a deck together can also deteriorate with time. If there is rust on fasteners, connectors, screws, bolts, etc., it should be investigated further and parts replaced as needed.

Cracks

Wood tends to split some with wear, but certain kinds of cracks signal problems. If it’s a large crack or if it’s around fasteners, it can be a sign of weakness.

These are the main things we will look for on any deck to determine if it needs repairs. Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary to ensure a deck remains safe to use.

If you need help with deck maintenance and repair at your commercial or multi-housing facility, don’t hesitate to call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or contact us.