Are you wondering if it’s time to replace your commercial boiler and thinking about replacing your boiler pipes along with the unit? Building owners and facility managers often choose boilers because they are extremely energy efficient when compared to other types of heating, and the boilers can be multi-functional, also providing reliable hot water to the residents and employees of your building. Of course, there’s a good chance that your boiler’s plumbing pipes were installed at the same time as your current boiler system. The good news is that you can determine if it’s time to replace the entire system, including the pipes, or just the boiler unit.
Are you concerned about the efficiency and reliability of your commercial HVAC system in Chicago? If you haven’t had your system inspected and repaired recently, now may be a good time to call for preventative maintenance. This is because HVAC systems can wear out over time, leading to a loss of energy-efficiency and unexpected breakdowns that could leave your building without heat for several hours or even several days, depending on the complexity of the needed repairs. Here at Althoff, we want you to be aware of the common problems commercial HVAC systems experience in the winter so that you can take steps to avoid these scenarios.
Does your business or multi-unit tenant building in Chicago need a water softener or a water conditioner? If you or your residents or employees have noticed white stains around water faucets and showerheads, it’s a good indication that you have hard water, which is water with 3.5 grains or more of calcium and/or magnesium per gallon of water, or water that contains more than 60ppm of calcium and magnesium.
When is the last time you had the plumbing system in your Chicago building inspected for water leaks? For most commercial and large residential buildings the answer may be months or years ago minus a few repairs for obvious water leaks. The truth is that large buildings in Chicago should have their plumbing systems inspected for leaks and partial or full clogs at least once a year and preferably twice a year for buildings that have heavy water usage. Having your Chicago building’s plumbing system inspected twice a year can catch common problems, including, pinhole leaks, running toilets, leaking faucets and problems with drain and sewer lines before they cause a catastrophe. Here are some of the common water problems we diagnose and repair in the commercial and multi-story residential buildings in the greater Chicago area.
Are the mechanical systems in your building functioning correctly? When we talk about mechanical systems in a building, we are talking about the machines and systems that help the building operate smoothly. Common mechanical systems include the HVAC system, electrical wiring, plumbing, ventilation, escalators and elevators. Basically, if it has moving components or helps something move, like water, gas or electricity, it’s probably a mechanical system. Below are the various types of mechanical systems that can be found in buildings.
With the outdoor temperatures warming, it’s time to think about spring cleaning your Chicago property. For most superintendents, maintenance teams and property managers, this often means checking the building envelope for leaks, visually inspecting facades for winter weather damage, scheduling roof and HVAC inspections and cleaning up the exterior of the property. However, you shouldn’t forget about your plumbing system. Cold weather can cause damage to your plumbing pipes, and as everything begins to thaw, you may notice water spots appearing on walls and ceilings.