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  • Prepare Before the Crisis

    I woke up at 1 a.m. last week to the strobe light and alarm going off over my bed. After getting dressed and running down the stairs, I found the rest of the hotel guests gathered outside.As I continued to wake up, the fire marshal’s response vehicle arrived. In the distance I could see the flashing lights of two other fire trucks. The fire department looked ready to go as they leapt off of their...
  • Step Away From the Bottle

    A common call for Maintenance comes from a clogged or slow drain. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of commercials telling our residents that such irritants can be easily removed by using a bottle of chemicals. “The commercial says “safe for all plumbing,” so that means it’s OK for us to use it as well, right?” residents think. No! First of all, every service request that involves standing...
  • Maintenance Day at 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition

    Maintenance Training at the NAA Education ConferenceNew this year - Maintenance Day! Join us on June 20 at the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition for maintenance training.This all-day event seeks to honor and educate the sometimes unsung heroes of our communities: The Maintenance Technician.$99 for a day PACKED with maintenance learning opportunities!Starting at 9:00 a.m. the day...
  • Maintenance Department Promotions or New Employee: How's that Candidate Pool Looking?

    Ask any maintenance technician how they ended up in their current position and inevitably there will be a statement similar to: “I kind of fell into it”. In other words, this job is not one that often lends itself to being a “destination” type career. How often is there a booth at a Career Fair advertising the apartment maintenance field? Similar to the upkeep required on a swimming pool, a...

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