Bulk Trash Pickup: Not Just For The Holidays Anymore.

Most cities and towns set aside one day each year for free municipal bulk pickups. Out go the past-their-prime mattresses, rugs and long-dead appliances; in comes newfound space in the basement and garage. But in the commercial world, one bulk pickup day each year wouldn’t be nearly enough, especially in the autumn.  Fall is when […]

PUTTING A SHATTERED BUSINESS BACK TOGETHER

Let’s face it, no matter what kind of business you have, sooner or later someone will drive right off the street and right into your shop…through the big display window. Speaking of smashing things, if you’re a retailer featuring a Black Friday stampede—um, sale, you’ll have some massive cleanup to do on Saturday. It’s situations […]

YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT WE DIDN’T FIND IN THE DUMPSTER

It’s a cop-movie cliché: the big fight scene in a warehouse area, surrounded by trucks and trash, where, amidst the flying bullets, a scavenger is climbing into a dumpster, presumably in search of food. Chances are, that scavenger will come up empty. Edible food, leftover or otherwise, takes up very little space in a dumpster. […]

Hurricane Irma: Your Preparation Checklist

We at SLM are dedicated to the well-being and stability of your facilities and your business.  Our mission is to ensure that your business and day-to-day operations run seamlessly with or without the threat of an impending emergency.  Unfortunately, this is a time of emergency, and we want to do everything in our power to […]

How Important Sustainable Lawn Care can be

It’s hard to know if a landscaper shares your commitment to sustainability, because once they haul away the lawn waste from your facility, what happens to it is a mystery. It’s important for your sustainability-minded company to properly vet its lawn maintenance vendor, as proper lawn care has a lot of implications on the environment. […]

Maintaining New-Generation Plumbing

There’s a new generation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures — including flush valves, urinals, and faucets — being installed in commercial and institutional facilities at an ever-increasing rate. These fixtures curtail water use by plumbing systems, reduce utility costs and improve the organization’s overall sustainability. Maintenance and engineering managers who are making product selections need to […]

How Proactive Contracting Saved A Major Restaurant Chain $33,000

A chain restaurant had been experiencing something distinctly unappetizing: constant main line backups. They were told that their sewer lateral leading up to the city main about 30 feet away had collapsed.  And the city main was under a busy major highway. Another vendor had given the restaurant a quote of $60,000, which would include […]

The Case of the Banging Fan

The Problem: “We can barely hear ourselves eating over here.” “What is that BANGING?” “We didn’t come here for the noise.” But noise was the dominant theme in one restaurant.  Customers described it as like eating in a metal shop, on a submarine or in a very old Pontiac. The Restaurant’s store manager called SLM […]

Identify Landscape Challenges in Advance

The exterior appearance of your facilities is vital in communicating the image of your business. Well-designed and properly maintained grounds can greet both visitors and occupants with a pleasing appearance, minimize the time and resources needed to keep your landscapes looking their best, and contribute to your organization’s sustainability efforts. The role of facility managers […]

Prevent Introduction of FOG through Regular Maintenance

To prevent the introduction of fats, oils and grease (FOG) into the local sewer and water systems, it’s imperative that you follow recommended maintenance practices for your grease traps and interceptors. The grease traps and interceptor systems must be inspected to insure proper functionality during each pump out occurrence. For an interceptor, (750 gallons or […]

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