WALLINGTON, NJ—Sewage ejector systemsthat are chronically clogged and HVAC systems that give out inextreme weather are issues that rank high on a list of growingconcerns among commercial and industrial facility managers in agingindustrial areas of New York and New Jersey.

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Pump Express Services,the service division of New Jersey-based pump retailer,Pump Products, is shifting its focus from pumprepairs and maintenance to addressing these and other growing jobsite challenges with innovative pumping equipment characterized byheavy-duty design, high performance and versatility.

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"Some systems we're called in to service are so old, they'vestarted to collapse," says Ed Drejman, who heads the division."Even pump systems in newer buildings installed in the 1970s and'80s, are showing signs of wear. Upgrades can prevent continuingbreakdowns that increase the damage to an aging infrastructure, andin some cases, threaten public health. We are focused on addressingthese issues with a staff trained in the installation and operationof a new generation of pumps suited to current demands."

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The improper disposal of synthetic wipes, gloves, swabs andother sanitary products has led to a rise in the clogging ofcommercial and industrial sewage disposal systems. Drejman and histeam respond to chronically clogged systems with a variety ofcommercial-grade grinder pumps, including Liberty Omnivore GrinderPumps and BJM Shredder Pumps, which provide maximum efficiency andshredding power in a compact, easy-to-install unit.

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"Commercial property managers are constantly looking forsolutions to chronic clogging in their restrooms," says Drejman."My suggestion is usually to replace the existing sewage ejectorpump with a BJM Shredder Pump. Maintaining the old pump willgenerally cost more than replacing it with a BJM Shredder Pumpspecifically designed to shear down tough synthetic debris. Two ofour trained technicians can usually upgrade a mid-sized systemwithin a day or two, often with no downtime to the system."

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The same economic shifts that led business owners to neglectaging buildings and focus on bottom line growth a couple of yearsago are now leading company heads to seek out maintenance solutionsthat are long-lasting and versatile. Trained service staff areinstalling increasing numbers of pumps that combine qualityconstruction with design efficiency, such as the Armstrong's Astro2 series 3-speed wet rotor circulator pump which provides unmatchedperformance over a wide range of head and flow requirements and canaccommodate a fluctuating number of zones.

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"Armstrong's Astro 2 series wet rotor circulator pumps moveliquids through closed hydronic and solar heating systemsefficiently and with minimal maintenance, allowing users to match awide range of application requirements," says Drejman. "And onceinstalled, these units will grow with a home or business becausethey can be adjusted to accommodate an increased number of zones.That's an added value more and more of our clients appreciate."

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Aging infrastructure and rising energy costs are leading growingnumbers of metro-area building managers to address annual spikes incooling system demands by adding variable frequency drives to theirHVAC pump systems. Standard motors start abruptly with a highstarting torque and current surges up to 10 times the normalrunning current resulting in wear and tear on the system andintense energy demands. Variable speed drives gradually ramp themotor up to operating speed and thereby conserve energy, lessenmechanical stress, reduce repair costs and extend equipmentlife.

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“Everybody from corporations to homeowners are looking to savemoney,” says Drejman. "Our guys are installingmore VFDs and other energy efficient equipment which is paying foritself in savings within a few years."

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New Jersey's SmartStart Buildings program, established in 2009to provide financial incentives for using energy efficient heatingand cooling equipment, provides an added incentive for maintenancemanagers across New Jersey to install VFDs and other energy savingequipment in their buildings.

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"It's better to be safe than sorry with an aging system," saysDrejman. "We're making it our business to toprovide the trained techs and high performance equipment that areable to meet the changing needs of Tristate area building ownersand facilities managers. The cost of fixing New York and NewJersey's ailing systems pales in comparison to the cost of doingnothing."

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Steve Lubetkin

Steve Lubetkin is the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com. He is currently filling in covering Chicago and Midwest markets until a new permanent editor is named. He previously filled in covering Atlanta. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. His audio and video work for GlobeSt.com has been honored by the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at [email protected].