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Pumps: Daily, Quarterly, and Annual Preventative Maintenance

Pumps are designed to accomplish two tasks: overcome friction and move fluids by changing the pressure of a fluid or gas. To have pumps running efficiently for years, operators should perform routine inspections of its equipment. Daily MaintenanceOperators should record the following items in a daily log:
Suction and discharge pressure.Suction and discharge temperature.Makeup water in Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM).Pressure drop across the strainer.Using these finding as a benchmark will come in handy when evaluating additional items in quarterly and annual maintenance checks.
Quarterly MaintenanceA quarterly inspection of pumps is essential in detection of the following items:
Leaks: Damaging leaks will most likely occur around the mechanical seal. If there is any leakage, investigate the cause and fix the problem right away as this can lead to greater issues later.Lubrication: All pumps require proper lubrication of the pump bearings, motor bearings, and the shaft seals. It is e…

4 Ways to Show Professionalism in Facilities Services

The quality of facilities operations and maintenance services is the primary criteria by which customers judge the entire facilities management department. While the facilities manager can measure the performance of operations and maintenance services, corporate executives may gauge your success by the customers’ perception of those services.

Facilities management employees and contractors can enhance the customers’ perception of facilities services personnel by adhering to: proper identificationproper attireappropriate demeanor and conductethical standardsProper IdentificationAll personnel should wear some form of identification, such as a name tag or photo identification card. Proper identification contributes to customers’ confidence and comfort level with the service delivery staff.
Proper AttireThe professional image of workers who deliver services is important. Grooming and dress code policies should be defined in writing and explained to personnel when they are hired. Typically, s…

5 Weather Conditions That Influence a Building's Energy Use

As you work to manage energy costs by paying attention to the systems in your facility, keep in mind that a number of factors beyond your control will affect the amount of energy you use. 

These 5 climatic conditions will influence a building designer’s choice of building orientation, configuration, and envelope, as well as a building’s energy requirements for heating, cooling, and ventilation.
1. Temperature VariationsDaily or seasonal temperature variations will affect the size and selection of mechanical and electrical equipment. Daytime variations are often a result of the topography of a specific building site. For example, a building located at the base of a mountain is likely to have a large range of temperature variations due to different temperature air masses moving up and down the mountainside.

Large variations also occur in desert regions and other areas that have a high percentage of clear skies and sunshine. During the day, the ground heats up from the large quantity of sun…