MaintenX Gives Back to the Community with Donation of Over 700 Gifts for Disadvantaged Kids

It included 134 kids, over 700 gifts, and almost $15,000, but the number of ways it will brighten the holidays for many people in the Tampa Bay area could be incalculable.

On Dec. 2, we continued our company’s holiday tradition by making a huge drop-off of toys and gifts at the Salvation Army center in South St. Petersburg to help kids that we “adopted” for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The donation continues our holiday tradition that also includes programs with Habitat for Humanity and Metropolitan Ministries, and a tradition that perfectly complements our company’s legacy of improving people’s lives through quick, cost-efficient, and expert repair solutions.

Angel Tree Program

For the fourth year in a row, we participated in the Angel Tree program. To do it, we organized a company campaign to encourage employees to “adopt” a child of a needy family, buy gifts for the child that included both “needs” and “wants” specified in wish lists by the child’s family, and bring the gifts to the office to be collected for a mass delivery to the South St. Petersburg Salvation Army center.

The big day was on Dec. 2, when a team of about 10 MaintenX employees traveled in a convoy from our South Tampa office to the Salvation Army center in South St. Petersburg to drop off all the toys and gifts. It was truly a team effort that we needed everyone’s help with to assemble, transport, and drop off hundreds of gifts, including everything from toys to craft kits to tablets to bikes to scooters.

And one of the best parts of our effort is that MaintenX made a company match for each child adopted by an employee to double the total amount of adopted children. With this match, we were able to adopt a total of 134 children and donate more than 700 toys and gifts that amounted to about $100 to $150 for each child!

Bill Schaphorst, Vice President, New Business Development, summed up our effort well: “It’s a privilege and a pleasure for our company to take part in this program each year and help brighten the holidays for a number of disadvantaged children and their families across the Tampa Bay area. Thanks to an excellent partnership with and careful organization by the Salvation Army, we’re able to have a direct impact on how some of those less fortunate celebrate the holidays. To say that we helped 134 children and donated over 700 toys and gifts will be one of our company’s proudest results for 2022.”

 

Habitat for Humanity Program

Another program that is part of our holiday tradition is sponsoring the building of and assisting in the construction of one house a year for a needy family through Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties.

Starting in 2019, we’ve provided company financial support and employee volunteer construction service to build one Habitat for Humanity house a year for a disadvantaged family needing a home.

We continued with this effort in December when, on Dec. 3, at our annual holiday party, we announced a new Habitat house we would sponsor. The new Habitat homeowners were on hand to celebrate the news with us as well as some of the homeowners of completed houses from our previous Habitat projects. We’re looking forward to beginning the construction of the new home next spring!

Plus, besides helping build new homes, we’re also a regular sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s annual Golfing Fore Habitat tournament, and we recently took part in that on Oct. 31.

 

Metropolitan Ministries Program

A third program that has become a part of MaintenX’s annual charitable tradition is the contributing of tens of employee volunteer service hours helping hungry families pick up food supplies at the holiday tent of Metropolitan Ministries.

There, we help distribute food to needy families by stocking food items at distribution centers, loading them on carts for recipients, and assisting recipients with the transport of food items to their vehicles, among other activities.

This year, about 10 employees completed volunteer shifts on Nov. 18 and 22, and about 10 more have registered to complete shifts on Dec. 16 and 22.

We also participate in Metropolitan Ministries’ Backpacks of Hope program, which provides backpacks, uniforms, and school supplies to disadvantaged children in late summer, at the beginning of each school year.

 

Special Thank-You

A special thanks goes to – everyone at MaintenX!

From our senior executives, who sponsored the matching gift offer for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, to everyone who adopted a child and bought gifts amounting to $75 to $150 for each one, to everyone who helped assemble, load, and transport gifts to the Salvation Army center, to everyone who volunteered for a shift at Metropolitan Ministries, to everyone who has lent a hand on our previous Habitat for Humanity projects and everyone who is planning to lend one on our next one, thank you!

We couldn’t have done it without you, and we look forward to everyone’s participation in the future so we can continue our company’s proud holiday charitable tradition for many years to come.

ADA Compliance for your Plumbing and Restrooms

ADA compliance is not only required for most business types, but ensures you create a welcoming space for everyone who walks through your doors. ADA compliance covers not only entrances and exits, but a great deal of your bathroom design and the subsequent plumbing installations required to fulfill them.

Below are the general guidelines you must follow for ADA compliant bathrooms, as well as the considerations you’ll need to make for your plumbing installation and maintenance:

Bathroom dimensions for ADA compliance

Bathrooms must be large enough for a wheelchair to complete a 180 degree turn easily within the accessible stall and the common space. This is generally considered 60+ inches.

ADA compliant toilets

An accessible toilet stall must meet a certain height and stall capacity size to ensure a wheelchair can fit and that the toilet is easily used. ADA compliance requires:

  • Each appliance must have a minimum width of 60 inches and enough space around to accommodate a wheelchair.
  • Seat height must be between 17 and 19 inches above the floor.
  • Flush controls must be placed no higher than 44 inches above the ground and placed on the open side of the toilet
  • Grab bars must be placed behind the toilet and on the nearest wall or partition
  • Toilet paper dispensers must be between seven and nine inches in front of the water closet.
  • Dispensers should allow for continuous paper flow rather than control flow.

ADA compliant sinks and mirrors

In addition to stall requirements, The ADA requires certain sink, soap dispenser, and mirror heights and design elements to ensure accessibility:

  • Sink or counter height must not exceed 34 inches above the floor.
  • If hand soap and/or towel dispensers are available, they must be between 15 and 48 inches above the ground and not be obstructed by other design elements.
  • Hand dryers must either be motion-activated or touch-free devices and not protrude more than four inches from where they are installed.
  • Mirrors should be installed 40 inches maximum above the ground if located near a sink or countertop; stand-alone mirrors should be installed 35 inches maximum above the floor.

ADA compliant drinking fountains 

While drinking fountains are not required for most businesses, they can be integral to public buildings, schools, playgrounds, and recreational facilities. If your facility has drinking fountains, they must be between 38 and 43 inches above the ground, and provide a stream of water that is between four and five inches from the spout. This is to ensure that a cup can be used under the stream.

To meet these standards, you must ensure that your plumbing system is set up to meet height and space requirements and provide the correct water pressure for water fountains. If you are upgrading your facility to meet ADA compliance, talk to your MaintenX team to learn more!

Three Tips to Improve Retail Communications

Most retail outlets are either small brick-and-mortar counterparts to a larger corporate chain, or are run by a sole proprietor who manages all operational needs of their boutique. While it may seem as though these two business models would have vastly different operational styles, they both have the same Achilles’ heel: communication breakdowns

Whether you’re a major retail chain or a local mom-and-pop shop, communication is essential to effective operations and marketing. Communication issues often arise when the corporate liaison or owner is unaware of issues on the floor, and store employees are not informed of marketing, operational, and other directives from higher up, impacting your bottom line. 

If you want to improve your retail store’s performance, follow these simple communication tips:

Centralize communications. 

Retail employees are often much more active than office workers, which means that email communications are not your most effective option. You don’t want to have too many options either, as some stores will prioritize certain types of communication over others. A mobile-friendly communication system that is used by in-store employees, as well as the corporate team or ownership, will make sure everyone is on the same page at all times. 

Skip meetings for virtual connections. 

In-person meetings are becoming somewhat old-fashioned as more businesses are embracing virtual communication more and more. Online meetings and group chats can save you time and ensure that everyone remembers important details of discussions by providing a written log of meeting notes in real-time. 

Integrate communications with partners and vendors. 

How you communicate with the outside world is just as important as how you communicate with each other. By investing in a communication platform with vendors, service providers, and partners, you can ensure that important information is relayed and your ground floor employees aren’t left without proper resources to perform at their best. 

MaintenX offers a streamlined communication platform to help you manage service requests and preventative maintenance with ease. We make it simple for your employees to put in requests for service and for you to schedule upgrades, renovations, and annual maintenance on a schedule that works for you. To learn more about how we manage communications using our automated work order management system, contact your local MaintenX today. 

 

Core MaintenX Values That Make Our Service Stand Out

MaintenX is one of the nation’s top total facility repair companies. With over 40 years in business, we’ve built a reputation for excellence that stems from our contractors and their skilled technical work. However, it’s more than a job well done that makes MaintenX the top preventative and corrective repair team across the U.S. Our brand is about integrity, and about keeping your business afloat in times of struggle. 

 

MaintenX trains each of our employees to follow these company principles, and through this we are able to create a cohesive, positive work environment. This is what we’re all about, and what makes MaintenX so popular among customers in retail, restaurant, medical, manufacturing, and all other industries: 

 

Empowerment to Improve

MaintenX is built from a nationwide network of self-performing technicians, subcontractors, and strategic partnerships in key areas. We believe in empowering this network with all of the tools and resources they need to improve upon their work every day, while enjoying the freedom and meaning that comes with subcontractor work. Our teams are highly trained and valued within the MaintenX network, which makes them even more enthusiastic to be your service providers.

 

Customer Service First

At MaintenX, we prioritize work order and account management because that’s what makes the customer service experience a pleasure. From the moment you call us, we track your work order request and dispatch to ensure your service is facilitated by the MaintenX team with ease. If you have issues, the customer service support is here to help you resolve them with your MaintenX technician onsite or with another MaintenX representative. And, we take in all of your feedback to ensure that the technicians who do a stellar job are rewarded, and service improvements can happen when needed. We go the extra mile to ensure our customers never have to look elsewhere for quality commercial repairs. 

 

Thinking Ahead

During an emergency repair, all you think about as the facility manager is right now. You want your A/C mixed, your plumbing backup resolved, or your roofing repaired so you can go back to business. However, our MaintenX technicians are trained to think about your future as well. We fix your immediate problems, but also work on preventative strategies to ensure breakdowns and accidents happen less frequently. With the help of your MaintenX team, you can improve your building’s operation capacity, and therefore your business’ good name, for years to come. 

 

Find out how the MaintenX brand stands out by working with us for your next repair. To schedule a consultation or talk to your local MaintenX team, contact us.

Will The Delta Variant Cause Another Chaotic Holiday Season For Retail?

In 2020, retail outlets faced a variety of challenges to accommodate holiday shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the economic issues faced throughout the country, there was a record-breaking 8.3% year-over-year increase in holiday season retail sales. The seamless transition to online sales helped many companies come out of the COVID slump stronger than ever. And while it seems like life is going back to normal in many states, consumers are faced with a new dilemma: how scared should they be of the Delta variant?

 

Over 65% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and over 50% are fully vaccinated. This means for many consumers that the risk of illness is reduced to a safe level for retail shopping, even in-store. However, there are several challenges that retail outlets will face other than a potential shortage of in-store shoppers: 

 

  • Staff shortages – Also known as the Great Reassessment, many retail, restaurant, and other industries are facing massive labor shortages. This is caused in many ways by the reevaluation of individuals on the careers they wish to pursue, along with the fear of being exposed to the Delta variant while at work. 

 

  • Supply chain disruptions – Many manufacturers are still not running at full capacity or catching up from extended closures in 2020. This is especially problematic for international supply chains, as many countries outside the US are experiencing second waves of closures. 

 

  • Extended shipping times – With online sales skyrocketing across the U.S. and internationally, many retail outlets will need to prepare customers for extended shipping times and higher shipping costs for rush orders. As the holiday shopping season comes closer, there will be several issues your customers have to contend with to get their packages on time, which can cause many upset customers and lost sales if you’re not careful. 

 

Retailers also have to resolve the practical matters of retail shopping during the pandemic. State guidelines, if any, must be followed and employees need to have safe options available to minimize exposure risk. This can be difficult depending on the size of your facility, but should be at the forefront of your mind before the holiday rush begins. 

 

While retail outlets are under stress this year, they are also given a prime opportunity to capitalize on a growing economy and consumers’ enthusiasm for a return to normalcy during the holidays. If facility managers are able to keep a close eye on operational issues and put safety first for both consumers and employees, they can expect to have a very successful holiday season. 

 

To learn ways you can prepare your retail facility with proper preventative care before the holidays, contact us. 

Investing in New Infrastructure vs. Maintenance for School Campuses

School districts are facing a multitude of problems across the country in the wake of COVID-19. Mask requirements, online learning, and an ever-increasingly smaller budget are putting pressure on many school boards to cut costs wherever possible. And, far too often those funds are being cut from maintenance and new infrastructure budgets to fund seemingly more urgent programs. 

 

This is understandable from the school board and taxpayer’s perspective. Maintenance is already a low priority, and even more so when many parents are opting to do online learning while the school structure remains uncertain. However, this poses a critical opportunity for schools to renovate and maintain the buildings that desperately need the extra TLC.

 

In 2013, a study of U.S. K-12 schools suggested that it would take over $270B to renovate existing schools across the country to their original condition, or up to $542B to rebuild and modernize these same buildings. Unfortunately, not even the $270B benchmarks were met, as school maintenance budgets are typically slashed rather than raised each year. Now, nearly 10 years later, our schools are struggling to introduce new technologies to their classrooms, let alone find the budgets for modernizing classrooms to meet educational standards. The problem only gets worse with each passing year, and the schools are running out of time to change. 

 

However, we believe now is a prime opportunity for many schools to start rebuilding and investing in modern infrastructure for their campuses. As online earning increases its reach and efficiency, more students are able to take a break from campus and continue with their studies. With fewer students on campus and fewer resources needed for lessons and assignments (as even in-class learning has an integral online component in most cases), there is a golden opportunity for school districts to take advantage. 

 

The question now is whether or not the school districts will do so, or if their hard-pressed budget will remain locked down with lower maintenance budgets each year. At MaintenX, we encourage preventative maintenance services for school campuses to help reduce long-term costs. These preventative care services, coupled with new construction projects, can help schools turn this decade into one of incredible progress. 

 

There is no question that campuses, teachers, and students are struggling right now. However, MaintenX has faith in our communities to take these challenges and turn them into opportunities for the future. 

The Importance of Infrastructure Maintenance

For the most part, we take infrastructure for granted. The structures that support our livelihoods and lifestyles are expected to run, but very rarely do we think about the maintenance that is required to do so. MaintenX understands this better than most. We see so many buildings that are on the edge of disaster because the infrastructures are not cared for on a regular basis. 

 

Your business’ facility is essential to your long-term success. By investing in the maintenance of your building (or in public works as it relates to local governing agencies), you can improve your own business and the community at large. Here’s why:

 

Infrastructure provides economic opportunities for rural areas. 

Increasing access to urban communities from rural areas can increase economic development in those areas. Good roads and new buildings can make it easier for smaller communities to attract economic opportunities, as well as bolster existing ones. Infrastructure that provides reliable electricity and internet can also improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for those in rural areas.

 

Infrastructure maintenance lowers costs for facility owners and renters.

By failing to provide adequate maintenance to existing infrastructure, the costs only surmount. Costlier repairs and complete rebuilds will eventually become necessary, and the costs trickle down to facility renters. This is equally problematic for public works, where the cost of poor maintenance is passed onto residents.

 

Infrastructure maintenance leads to increased productivity. 

When infrastructures such as electricity, fiber optics, and buildings themselves are not maintained, they often put the burden on facility renters to come up with temporary solutions. Investing in temporary solutions such as backup generators and waste disposal takes away capital that could be used for innovation. By keeping up with infrastructure maintenance, businesses can invest greater into the future rather than cleaning up the past. 

 

Public and private infrastructure is key to economic development for communities large and small. To learn more about what you can do to improve public or private infrastructure, contact us for preventative maintenance service details. 

Four Things You Didn’t Know About The MaintenX Team

If you’ve called MaintenX in the past, it’s likely because you had an emergency repair that needed attendance immediately. We are known for our emergency repair and preventative care services, but what makes us stand out from other contractor networks is our exceptional customer service. We build genuine relationships with our clients to provide them not just great service, but peace of mind whenever they call. It is through these relationships that we are able to achieve long-lasting savings through preventative care.

 

What goes on behind the scenes is the key to our superior reputation in facility maintenance. Here’s what you can come to expect when you work with the MaintenX team:

 

We serve over 20 states and have partnerships from coast to coast. 

MaintenX is a self-performing contractor network, which means we provide connections to top licensed technicians across each city and state. Our advanced dispatch service ensures that among our network of thousands, you’ll be matched with the closest and most experienced contractor in the area to provide your preventative care or emergency services. This network extends into every state within the continental U.S. through strategic partnerships and sub-contractor networks. When you call MaintenX, you can guarantee you’re getting the best!

 

We are there when our communities need it most. 

MaintenX specializes in emergency repairs and natural disaster relief including commercial repairs for hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and more. If your commercial facility has been damaged, we provide fast and reliable service to your location ASAP. We also volunteer in the community to provide preparation services such as sand bagging and window boarding before major hurricanes. Our technicians are by your side no matter what.

 

We offer all-inclusive maintenance services. 

Typically when you work with a commercial maintenance team, you’ll be offered a short menu of services. Sometimes you may have to find a specialist for every type of repair, from roofing to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. But not with MaintenX! We provide total facility repair including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roofing, refrigeration, and handyman repairs. With one call you can schedule any service — it’s that easy!

 

We offer the best customer service in the industry.

What separates us apart is our advanced work-order management system, safety procedures, and dispatch team that make your experience a breeze. From the moment you put in a work order request to the time the technicians arrive, we can tell you what to expect and facilitate a quick and seamless service. Our technicians are also trained in the highest standards of safety training (SafetyX), which ensures your work will be done effectively and without any onsite accidents. Our goal is excellence in every service — that’s why MaintenX is the place to call for all of your facility repairs! 

 

Curb to roof and coast to coast, MaintenX is the place for all of your commercial maintenance needs. Contact us today to learn more!

How To Plan A Safe Company Fourth of July Celebration

Independence Day is one of the most important holidays we celebrate in America. It is a day to commemorate the lives that we lost in honor of freedom, and to celebrate everything that makes our country a great place to live. However, with COVID-19 precautions still in place, you may want to celebrate a little differently this year. 

 

Whether you’re planning a customer appreciation celebration or a company picnic, the Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate while social distancing, but you have to be safe. Below are some tips from the MaintenX team to make this Fourth of July fun and safe at your company: 

 

Celebrate outdoors to encourage safe social distancing

While the CDC has lifted many of the precautionary advisements for indoor gatherings, it is still best to celebrate outside when in large groups. This gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate safely while social distancing. If you live in a particularly hot climate, be sure to provide plenty of shade and water for the comfort of attendees. 

 

Schedule a landscaping service before the big party.

If you do decide to celebrate outdoors for the Fourth of July, it’s important to make sure your outdoor facilities can handle the party. Schedule a landscaping maintenance service a week or so in advance to ensure your facility is in tip-top shape. Your MaintenX technicians can trim the foliage, inspect hardscape, and even perform checks on your outdoor HVAC units to ensure you can stay cool and have fun outside this Independence Day. 

 

Skip the DIY fireworks

In some states, you are allowed to purchase small fireworks for residential use. However, the use of these products varies from state to state on commercial property, and are typically not safe in large group settings. Instead, schedule your celebration for the evening so you can watch the city fireworks from your location. 

 

MaintenX is proud to serve American businesses with quality preventative maintenance and installation services. We wish you a happy Fourth of July, and hope you’ll choose us for all of your commercial maintenance needs!

Practical Father’s Day Gifts For The At-Home Mechanic

At MaintenX, we appreciate all of the staff who work hard to help our clients keep their doors open. From curb to roof, we maintain commercial facilities with the help of a stellar technician crew spanning 13 states and hundreds of cities across the U.S. Many of us are fathers and mothers, and we’d like to give special thanks to all the Dads who are a part of making MaintenX a great place to work. 

 

If your father or husband is an electrician, plumber, HVAC technician, roofer, or repairman, consider these four gifts for Father’s Day 2021: 

 

A repairman’s tumbler

Maintenance technicians are often up before everyone else and go home after everyone else to get the job done. MaintenX covers emergency repairs, which can happen at any time of the day, and we depend on our faithful technicians to answer the call whenever it comes. If you want to help your Dad stay caffeinated and happy throughout the day, consider getting him a custom mechanic’s tumbler or to-go coffee mug for his daily commute. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

Wire stripping multi-tool knife

Pocket knives are a must-have for electricians. Most of our electricians carry one on their toolbelt, but your Dad would love a custom one that has a special engraving or print. Many online retailers sell special knives for electricians that come in a variety of designs. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

Flashlight gloves

Whether you’re climbing under a building to fix plumbing or inspecting an air vent, our maintenance techs need plenty of light to see in these tight, cramped spaces. Flashlight gloves are a great solution for these circumstances and can also help protect your dad’s hands while he’s working.  It’s a go-to gift for any plumber or HVAC technician. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

T-shirts for the HVAC tech, plumber, or electrician

Everyone appreciates a good Dad joke, especially when in t-shirt form. If your Dad is the type to look for things to fix around the house, it might seem like he never leaves work behind. Help him feel proud of his handiwork with a t-shirt that shows how much he loves his job because he is making a difference every day. 

 

Try this one on Amazon

 

A Message to the MaintenX Dads

We want to thank all of the Dads who work at MaintenX for giving their all to our mission to help businesses thrive. Every day you show up to work, you’re making a difference in the lives of business owners in your community, and for that, we appreciate you! Happy Father’s Day from your MaintenX family, and thank you for all that you do.