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Save Energy and Money with Extra Insulation

We all know that insulation helps save energy and lowers energy bills as well, but do you know how much? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 50-70 percent of the energy used in the average American home. If you want to substantially reduce energy costs, decreasing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling your home is a good place to start. Insulation reduces the average home heating and cooling cost by about 20 percent.

We provide contract maintenance for Bloomington and surrounding areas, and we know how much of a difference added insulation can benefit a home, business or multi-housing complex. So, we want to share some interesting facts about insulation.

Insulation Never Stops Working
No matter the type of insulation (fiberglass, wool, cellulose, spray foam), once it’s installed, it will save energy from being wasted. It also lasts for the life of the building, and will never need to be replaced unless it’s damaged. Some settling can occur over the years with loose-fill insulation and supplemental insulation may be needed to fill in gaps, but the original insulation will still be working and won’t need to be removed or replaced.

Installing Insulation is Simple and Cost Effective
For both residential and commercial buildings, insulation is the simplest and most cost effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Understanding R-Value
R-value is the measure of how well a material resists heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density. The effectiveness of insulation’s resistance to heat flow also depends on how and where the insulation is installed. For example, insulation that’s compressed will not provide its full rated R-value.

Amount of Insulation Needed
The amount of insulation or R-value needed depends largely on the climate, type of heating and cooling system, and the part of the building being insulated. In addition to adding insulation, sealing air leaks and controlling moisture are also important factors to increase energy efficiency.

BMM Insulation Project

Contract Maintenance - Attic Insulation Bloomington

Insulation Before – R12

Contract Maintenance - Attic Insulation Bloomington

Insulation After – R39

We have helped some buildings lower their heating and cooling costs by adding insulation. We used blown-in cellulose to take one building’s attic insulation value from R12 to R39. That will make a huge difference on their energy bills!



If you’re heating bills are through the roof this winter, consider adding insulation. It will pay for itself in a matter of years with the amount of energy savings you’ll receive. We can help you know what type, how much and where to add insulation for the best benefit.


To learn more about adding insulation to an existing building, contact our contract maintenance team serving Bloomington and the surrounding Twin Cities area. We will be happy to help you! Give Building Maintenance Management a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us today!

Keep Ahead of Old Man Winter with Proper Maintenance

We are in the midst of winter. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice all present unique problems this time of year. As you manage your property, we want to provide some tips on things to watch and monitor during the winter months. For commercial property maintenance in Apple Valley, you can count on Building Maintenance Management. We can handle all seasonal maintenance tasks for your property.

Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are a hazard since they can often burst, leading to extensive water damage and costly repairs. Prevention is the best way to keep this from happening. Insulate pipes, at least those by windows and doors or in unheated areas of the building. If pipes are prone to freezing, let them drip slightly. Keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you are away.

If preventative measures do not keep a pipe from freezing, you will need to take action as soon as you notice a pipe is frozen. You can safely warm the pipe using electric heating pads, blow dryers or space heaters if accessible. Prompt action is necessary to prevent the pipe from bursting.

Ice Dams
Ice dams form because the edges of the building’s roof is colder than the upper regions (where more insulation is). This causes ice to form around the eaves. Snow melts above and the melted snow then backs up behind the “dam” of ice potentially causing leaks and permanent damage to the roof and building.

Again, prevention is key. Be sure to remove any debris from gutters and use a roof rake to remove snow as quickly as possible from the roof after storms. You also need to inspect and upgrade attic insulation and ventilation.

If you notice an ice dam forming on your roof, carefully remove snow and ice if possible without damaging the roof or gutters. If you have heat cables, turn them on. Heat cables cannot prevent or fully remove ice dams, but they can melt enough of the ice to create a channel for water to flow out, preventing some damage.

Snow & Ice
Winter Commercial Property Maintenance Apple ValleyYou don’t only have to worry about snow on the rooftop. It’s also a task to handle on the ground. Be sure to keep walkways, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks free from snow and ice. This requires regular shoveling, snow blowing or plowing. Ice melt or sand should also be used to provide traction on stairs and other slippery areas. It’s also wise to mark the edges of driveways and sidewalks so you’ll know where to shovel and clear snow when it gets deep.

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
Check batteries in all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. This is especially important in the winter when windows are kept closed and wood burning stoves or fireplaces are often in use. Make sure each apartment has a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen, each bedroom and each floor if multiple levels. Detectors should be checked monthly and batteries changed as needed.

These are just a few commercial property maintenance tasks you’ll want to stay on top of this winter. If you need a property maintenance team you can rely on in Apple Valley or surrounding areas, give Building Maintenance Management a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from BMM

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to have served the Twin Cities metro with our commercial building and multi-housing maintenance services for 30 years. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning client. We hope you will trust us for all your future property maintenance needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Holiday Safety Tips

The 2017 holiday season has begun! It’s time to deck the halls, bake goodies and attend holiday events. With all the hustle and bustle, many safety issues arise. While providing building maintenance for Roseville and surrounding areas, we’ve seen our fair share of holiday mishaps. To make sure you and your tenants have a safe holiday season, we want to offer some tips.

Decorating Tips

  • Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet from any heat source, such as heat vents, radiators and fireplaces.
  • Keep the tree well hydrated throughout the season
  • Holiday Safety Tips - Building Maintenance RosevilleMove ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top of the tree, out of reach from small children and pets.
  • Check the lights to be sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors.
  • Angel hair, made from spun glass, can irritate your eyes and skin; always wear gloves when handling or substitute non-flammable cotton.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains or other flammable item.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended or within reach of children.
  • When spraying artificial snow, be sure to follow directions carefully. These sprays can irritate your lungs if inhaled.
  • Some holiday plants can be poisonous to people and animals. Some to keep out of reach include mistletoe, holly berries, amaryllis and certain poinsettias.
  • For outdoor lights, be sure to fasten them securely with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights. Also keep plugs off the ground, away from snow and puddles.

Ladder Safety

  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or furniture.
  • If using a step ladder near a doorway, lock or barricade the door and post signs so no one will open it and knock you off.
  • A straight or extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it rests against for every four feet of ladder height.
  • Always climb a ladder facing it and gripping the rungs, not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder: two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.
  • Do not lean too far away from the ladder. Reposition the ladder closer instead.
  • If using a ladder outdoors, get down immediately if high winds, rain or snow begins.

Travel Tips

  • Prepare your car for the winter by checking brakes, spark plugs, battery and tires.
  • Be prepared for an emergency on the road with a “survival kit.” Some things to include are working flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, first aid kit, ice scraper, snow brush, blankets, drinking water and high-energy, nonperishable food.

These are just a few tips to help make your holiday season a safe and enjoyable one. If you are looking for building maintenance in Roseville or the surrounding Twin Cities area, give BMM a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us. Have a wonderful holiday season!

15 Energy Saving Tips for the Fall

Fall is in full swing bringing cooler temperatures, shorter daylight hours and warmer jackets. As we transition into winter, it’s a good time to think about energy savings. We all know Minnesota winters can be brutal, both as you walk outside and on your pocket book as you pay for heating. We can’t control the weather, but we can provide some energy saving tips to make this winter not so difficult on your bank account, whether for your home, your multi housing property or your commercial building.

The average U.S. household consumes tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and much of it is completely unnecessary. Making a few simple changes can save a significant amount of money while also reducing your carbon footprint. Here are some tips to help.

  • Programmable ThermostatUnplug electronics, gaming consoles and chargers when not in use.
  • Insulate your water heater with a blanket and turn the temperature down to at least 120 degrees.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs or compact fluorescent lamps and turn them off anytime you leave a room.
  • Replace your thermostat with a programmable one that can be adjusted for times when you aren’t home.
  • Use energy saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
  • Check the age and condition of your major appliances, specifically the refrigerator. It may be time to replace it with a more energy-efficient model.
  • Clean or replace furnace, air conditioner and heat pump filters
  • Insulate hot water pipes and ducts whenever they run through unheated areas.
  • Find and seal air leaks. Check doors, windows and pipes then use weatherstripping or caulk to stop cool air from seeping in.
  • Consider replacing old, drafty windows with newer, energy-efficient ones.
  • Close fireplace dampers when not in use. If you no longer use your fireplace, you can have the flume completely sealed off.
  • Open shades and blinds during the day to let in natural heat from the sun.
  • Use insulating drapes to diffuse winter chill at night or on cloudy days.
  • Add extra insulation to walls and attic spaces.
  • Schedule an energy audit for more expert advice on your particular home or facility. You can contact your utility company or state energy office for this.

Making just a few lifestyle changes can make an impact on your energy bill. In addition, spending some money on more energy-efficient appliances or added insulation now will save you money down the road.

If your commercial building or multi housing facility in the Twin Cities area could use some energy upgrades, let our team handle it! Building Maintenance Management specializes in making buildings more efficient. Give us a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us to get started!