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You Can’t Beat Us On Cost!!!

YOU CAN’T BEAT US ON COST!!!

 

Are you making your service provider decisions based on Price or Cost?  Are you getting what you pay for? Do you know your company’s maintenance costs?  Do you know the services that are being provided?

In this blog, we will reveal why a preventive maintenance program may seem pricey, but we will explain why it is important to focus on how a preventative maintenance will cost you less down the road.

 

TO BE THOROUGH TAKES TIME!

When you review a preventative maintenance proposal always look for the task list.  The task list may be different depending on the age, condition, and type of equipment that is at your facility.  For example, if you have a water- cooled system, a chiller and/or cooling tower that require maintenance.  This equipment requires its own task list for maintenance.

According to ASHRE, below is the minimum of what you should look for in a basic task list.

  • Replace filters on all equipment quarterly
  • Check conditions of belts and pulleys and replace as needed
  • Clean condenser coils
  • Check refrigerant charge and inspect for leaks if charge is low
  • Clean drain lines and pans
  • Check electrical connections
  • Check operation of fan and blower motors
  • Check operations of thermostats and other controls
  • Check for adequate air flow
  • Lubricate motor and moving parts
  • Inspect ignition and burner assembly

The bottom line is this, performing these tasks takes TIME!  If you cut corners to get a “better price”, it is likely to cost you more down the road.

Hardy Services has a Proven Process that places emphasis on less cost for the customer over the life of the equipment.

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Look Mom! No Hands!

Have you ever washed your hands and then touched the handles to turn off the water or pulled/pushed a flush valve on a toilet or urinal?  If so, how clean can your hands your hands actually be?  If you have not thought about it before, let’s start thinking about it now!

How can a “no-hands” solution work for you and others?

PROMOTE SANITATION WITH HANDS-FREE FAUCETS

Because you do not have to touch a handle or knob, hands-free/touchless devices can minimize the exposure to germs or bacteria. Even though these devices do not accumulate as many germs or bacteria as traditional faucets you should still clean touchless bathroom faucets to minimize exposure and create a healthy environment.

To minimize the cross-contamination in your restrooms, a switch to hands-free/touchless devices should be considered.

TOUCHLESS DEVICES ARE EASY TO USE AND MINIMUM MAINTENACE

There are many types of hands-free faucets and touchless flush kits for toilets available.  Options range from simple wave models to hands-free faucets with advanced temperature controls.

Depending on the model that you select, most touchless devices will be power by either low-voltage AC or by a dry-cell battery installed directly into the touchless faucet or flush kit.

SAVE MONEY BY USING TOUCHLESS BATHROOM FAUCETS

Because touchless faucets and flush kits only deliver water when activated by the user, you could see additional savings on your water bill.

 

DOES YOUR COMMERCIAL FACILITY NEED HANDS-FREE FAUCETS OR FLUSH KITS?  HARDY SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP!  

 

 

Give us a call at 205-591-5678, visit us at hardyserv.com, or click on one of the icons below to connect with us!

 

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LET’S TRY A MECHANICAL RESOLUTION!

Happy New Year to ALL!  Every year we celebrate the beginning of a new year with traditions, parties, football and of course, resolutions.  We set our goals and what we hope to accomplish in the upcoming year.  However, due to COVID there may be some new resolutions to consider.  Let’s find out why it is important to have a “Mechanical Resolution”!

Any resolution requires a plan of action.  Below are some steps of action you can take:

KNOW YOUR MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR

It sounds obvious but it is very important to know your mechanical contractor and have an ongoing relationship.  A healthy relationship with a mechanical contractor should provide:

  • Specific Maintenance Plan For Your Facility
  • Proven Process For Success
  • Service Technician Consistency – Service Technician’s that are Familiar with Your Facility
  • Annual Reviews at a Minimum
  • Updates on Aging Equipment (How to Determine the Age of Your Equipment)
  • Latest Technology and Solutions in the HVAC Industry
  • Solutions to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 (Air Purification Options Info)

BEGINNING THE RESOLUTION

The first step is to do a little research.  Find out more about the company you are using or considering.  A qualified mechanical contractor should:

  • Provide commercial service primarily (if not exclusively)
  • Established Business
  • Provide References
  • Require Standards of Excellence
  • Low Service Technician Turnover rate
  • Have Core Values

If you are interested in a “Mechanical Resolution”, let Hardy Services help!  We are here for all of your HVAC, Plumbing, and Controls needs!

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Need Your Backflow Tested

Have you received a notice from Birmingham Water Works to have your backflow preventer tested?

 

If so, Hardy Services can help! We will test the backflow and submit all paperwork to Birmingham Water Works for you!

 

Backflow occurs when clean water reverses direction and suctions dirty water into the drinking water supply.  A properly operating backflow devise prevents hazardous substances from entering into the drinking water system, contaminating the water.  To prevent serious code violations and health issues backflow testing is required by the Birmingham Water Works.

 

Hardy Services is a preferred vendor with The Birmingham Water Works to perform the backflow testing that is required by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.  Requirements for backflow testing and additional information from Birmingham Water Works can be found HERE.

 

If you would like to set up a time for your Backflow to be inspected, please call us at 591-5678 or visit us at hardyserv.com

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“Bennie and the Jetter”

Just as Sir Elton John had a hit with a similar name, jetting can hit the clogs and low flow issues that your system may be experiencing with the power of water to shake it loose.  So……

 WHAT IS COMMERCIAL JETTING 

Commercial high-pressure jetting is a simple, effective, and eco-friendly way to clean your sewer line and drainage system.  Jetting uses the power of water through high pressure hoses with specialized nozzles to clean the inside of your system and remove any build-up that may exist.  This could include grease, sludge, sand, hardened scale, and can even remove roots that have penetrated your system.

BENEFITS OF COMMERCIAL JETTING

It’s EFFECTIVE 

Jetting is one the most effective and efficient ways to remove clogs and blockages from your plumbing system.  The high-pressure water reaches every inch of your drainpipes, ensuring a clean system from beginning to end.

It’s ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Jetting uses water to clean your system in place of harsh chemicals that can harm the environment.  Most jetting machines will use a small amount of fuel.  But we also have jetting machines that are electric and are safe for indoor use.

It’s GOOD PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE

Have you experienced a system clog at the most inopportune time? A quarterly or annual jetting maintenance program is the best way to ensure that your plumbing system remains effective for years to come.

 

If you have experienced constant clogging or slow draining issues in your system, perhaps our team can resolve your issues with our jetting service.

 

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BUDGETING? Why you should BUDGET for PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

It is that time of year! No, not the holidays, but it’s budget planning time!

This process is usually a challenging time for the leaders of companies. Then you throw in a pandemic and well……. things just go awry!

Nothing will blow a budget quicker than an unexpected repair bill or a large unplanned expense. As a budget planner you know that most issues are avoidable if planned for ahead of time and you are not a person that believes “things just happen”. So, here is how a Preventative Maintenance program can help your budget:

REASONS TO KEEP OR ADD PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TO YOUR BUDGET!

#1 – Reduction in HVAC downtime

A routine Preventative Maintenance program is designed to help keep your HVAC equipment running at optimal condition. It is designed to help prevent deterioration of parts and keep a small problem from becoming a big problem. System failures can make your work environment uncomfortable and be catastrophic to your budget.
Tasks such as filter changing, cleaning of condenser coils, and checking the electrical system and connections are vital to your HVAC. Example: Over time coils build a layer of dirt, grime, and dust over the coils that prevents the system from releasing heat. Eventually the system overheats and could cause the compressor to fail. Therefore, resulting in a Huge Expense!!

#2 – Energy Savings

Equipment that runs at optimal performance saves in Energy expenses. When your HVAC system is not running at optimal performance; such as the coils getting clogged the system then must work harder and run longer to reach set temperature. This means you are using more electricity, creating higher electricity bills, and the HVAC system is wearing down which could result in an unexpected repair or replacement.

When your system is working at maximum efficiency and being maintained regularly the small problems will be taken care of and there should be at a minimum no Big Problems and No Big Expenses!

#3 – Budget Planning & Expense Forecasting

Another important reason to keep your maintenance plan in the budget is for HVAC replacement. When you have a preventive maintenance program in place, you will be updated on the condition of your HVAC equipment. And when the time comes to replace that equipment you will be prepared for that replacement. Equipment replacement is a transition that we will all be involved in due to the recent changes in R22 coolant.  Prior planning is always better for the budget than a rushed emergency equipment replacement.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO BUDGET FOR A PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PLAN PLEASE GIVE HARDY SERVICES A CALL AT 205.591.5678
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Benefits of UV Lighting and Bipolar Ionization

As you gradually re-enter the “traditional” work environment, there are many ways to improve the air quality in your workplace.  Here are two options that Hardy Services can install for you and your employees.

UV Lighting:

UV lights are effective and work in a specific range. They are known to kill organic growth, such as mold or bacteria. In most cases, the UV light will be installed near the coils to help prevent mold or bacterial growth as air passes through your unit. Since the air passes through the coils, this also kills growth in the air. UV lights are particularly effective in humid climates, where evaporator coils can easily get wet.

Benefits of UV Lighting:

  • Destroys airborne microorganisms
  • Restores airflow levels to original specifications
  • Improves indoor air quality

Bipolar Ionization:

Bipo­lar Ion­iza­tion is a process in which the decom­po­si­tion of gas mol­e­cules into atoms is affected by the aid of high energy sources. The nat­ural source for this high energy is UV solar radi­a­tion and soil radioac­tiv­ity. This decom­po­si­tion process assures that there will always be bipo­lar Air Ions (AI) within the breath­able atmos­phere in our nat­ural envi­ron­ment. Unfortunately, in an enclosed, indoor envi­ron­ment, ions may not exist at all.

Benefits of Bipolar Ionization:

  • Reduce dust and mold particles
  • Reduces odors
  • Reduces bacteria and viruses
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduces static electricity
  • Reduces filter changes
  • Safe and environmentally friendly

For more information on UV Lighting, Bipolar Ionization and other air quality options contact a member of our Hardy Services Team at 205-591-5687 or www.hardyserv.com

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R22 Phase Out: What you need to know

What is R22?

R22, commonly known as “Freon”, is the refrigerant that was widely used in residential and commercial air conditioning systems that are more than 10 years old.  R22 has been classified by the EPA as a Class 2 controlled substance.  Class 2 substances are all hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are transitional substitutes for many Class 1 substances.  R22 is the most common HCFC in use today.

When will I be affected?

The phaseout of Ozone-depleting substances, such as R22, began decades ago.  As a result, the pricing of R22 has slowly risen as the availability of R22 declines.

What are my options?

  1. Budget, budget, and budget:

If your units are currently utilizing R22, know that not if, but when, your unit needs additional R22 refrigerant that the costs associated with obtaining reclaimed R22 refrigerant will only increase.

  1. Retrofit current equipment:

In some cases, you can retrofit your older HVAC equipment to use some of the newer refrigerant which could save you downtime and money.  If you need assistance in determining if your system can be retrofitted, contact your current HVAC Service provider or Hardy Services to assist.

  1. New Equipment:

Whoa!  I know, new equipment can be costly, especially upfront.  However, this may be the most cost-efficient approach.  There are some tax breaks and incentives available for HVAC equipment and installation that may be available to you.  Talk to your current HVAC Service provider, or give Hardy Services a call, to help you assess which units need to be replaced.

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Plumbing Tips For Maintaining Healthy Work Environment

As we gradually move back to our work environments, Hardy Services would like to offer a few plumbing tips to help maintain a safe and sanitized environment for you, your employees, and guests.

BACKFLOW TESTING

A backflow is a device that is required on all in-ground irrigation systems. A properly operating backflow device prevents hazardous substances from contaminating the clean water supply. Hardy Services is an approved vendor for Backflow testing by the Birmingham Water Works Board.

LEAKS

When was the last time you checked for leaks? Leaks are not only a wasteful nuisance, but they can lead to costly expenses, as well as an unhealthy environment.

INSTALL “HANDS FREE” FAUCETS AND TOILET FLUSHERS

The less we touch in public restrooms, the less likely germs and bacteria are passed around. Installing a hands-free faucet and/or toilet is a simple change that will have an immediate impact on the health of employees. An additional benefit of “Hands Free” faucets, urinals, and toilet flushers are the potential savings on water consumption.

DRAIN/SEWER MAINTENANCE

If your system has become overloaded, blocked, or clogged; waste can be pushed back into your facility. This can lead to unpleasant odors, damage, and/or illness to those within your facility. If you have encountered any of these Drain/Sewer issues, Hardy Services can assist with a diagnosis by utilizing a camera system to identify the issue(s), and provide you with an action plan to resolve/repair the issue.

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Pump Up the Grind!

Do you have issues with your septic tank or sewage line backing up? If so, you may want to consider a Grinder Pump for your system.

What is a grinder pump?

A grinder pump station contains the pump, the tank, and an alarm panel. A cutting mechanism macerates waste and grinds any items that might get flushed down the toilet. Included in the pump housing or as an external device are level sensors to alert the pump when to activate. If the sensors or pump malfunction, there should be an alarm buzzer and an indicator light to alert the property owner of the problem.

The tank is generally made from fiberglass, high-density polyethylene, or fiberglass-reinforced polyester. It has an inlet opening and a discharge opening. Pipes from the building are connected to the inlet; the pipe that leads to the sewer main is connected to the discharge. Often more than one building or restroom can be connected to a grinder station. In this case, more than one inlet can be installed. It is always good to consult the manufacturer first. There is a lid on the tank that is made from heavy-duty plastic or metal and is bolted or padlocked shut to prevent unauthorized entry.

What type of Preventative Maintenance is needed for a Grinder Pump?

Generally, grinder pumps do not require preventive maintenance. However, if the tank utilizes a float switch, grease build-up on the float may cause it not to make contact, therefore, not turning the pump on. For this reason, grinder pumps may need to be hosed down occasionally.

What can I grind?

Property owners are generally not limited by what they can or cannot pour down their drains because they have a grinder pump. However, certain things should never be flushed or poured down any drain, whether it has a grinder pump connected or not. Some of the items include diapers, feminine hygiene products, kitty litter, paint, or any kind of oil.
Disposable wipes used for personal use or cleaning, etc., are causing problems in areas all around the United States. They cause problems with clogs, as well as with grinder pumps, lift stations, and sewage treatment plants. Some wipes say they are safe for sewers, some say to flush one at a time, or sometimes they say not for pump systems. Consumer Reports recommend that all wipes should be put in a garbage can.

My Grinder Pump isn’t working! Who do I call?

If you are having any type of sewage or septic tank issues, please trust a professional commercial plumber.

Hardy Services is here to help with all of your Plumbing and HVAC needs. Let Hardy Services “Pump UP the Grind” and solve your plumbing issues. We promise not to dance!.. at least while someone is looking.

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