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​Ahern’s experts possess a wide range of knowledge that extends beyond system design, build, and maintenance. Our blog features a number of technical articles written by Ahern employees that range in topics from industry trends, maintenance tools and tips, to service information, and more.


Troubleshooting Issues With Your HVAC System

Tuesday, June 14, 2022
You can have top-rated HVAC units and still experience issues. Here are five top HVAC issues and how to approach them. Indoor Air Quality Issues No smog allowed. When you’re breathing the same recycled air day in and day out, you want it to be good quality, clean and clear. Letting a little fresh...
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Tips for Valve Maintenance

Friday, June 10, 2022
Valve maintenance is important. The lifespan of a valve depends on its ability to function as intended. If not cared for properly, there can be many undesirable, costly, and potentially dangerous consequences. Despite the wide variety of valves that exist, there are some simple, general,...

Industrial Pressure Vessels

Friday, March 25, 2022
ASME Code Compliant Capabilities Pressure vessels and boilers are widely used across industries for many purposes. They are available in varied specifications and an array of materials, with temperature and pressure limitations. There are many factors to consider when it comes to setting vessel...

Is Your Sump Pump or Sanitary Lift Station Ready for the Spring Thaw?

Monday, February 14, 2022
Ten things to check make sure you’re ready: 1. Make sure your sump pump discharge piping is not frozen if it discharges outside. 2. If your sump pump system has a battery back-up, the battery should be tested annually. The battery back-up pump is only as good as the battery that is powering it. 3...

How Building Owners Can Benefit from PMA and ITM Programs

Thursday, February 10, 2022
How does performing regular inspection, testing, and preventive maintenance affect your building systems? Mechanical Systems Planned maintenance will reduce a system’s energy consumption and extend its useful life. Well-maintained equipment also improves indoor air quality and comfort. When you are...

What is The Compliance Engine?

Friday, December 03, 2021
By Pat Galvin, Service Manager The Compliance Engine (TCE) is a third–party inspection process which notifies building owners of the need for inspection, testing, or maintenance. They also notify the sprinkler contractor of record for that building, who completes the necessary work to attain...

The Importance of Fire Pump Testing

Friday, December 03, 2021
What is a Fire Pump? Some fire protection sprinkler systems include a fire pump. The fire pump is used to increase the pressure when the water supply will not adequately support the hydraulic design for the fire protection system. To ensure the fire pump is performing as it was designed, fire pump...

What’s Going On with Antifreeze in Fire Protection Systems?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Having been in the sprinkler fire protection industry for almost 40 years now, I have seen many changes as products and installation methods change and improve. One of the biggest changes in our industry would be the use of antifreeze but let’s step back before we move forward. Antifreeze in Fire...

Plumbing Maintenance Tips Before Winter

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
The onset of a hard freeze can really put your plumbing systems' integrity to the test. Instead of leaving your plumbing system to chance, using these plumbing preventative tips can help ensure you’ll get through the winter without having to make a frantic call to an emergency plumbing contractor...

Celebrate National Water Quality Month

Friday, August 06, 2021
Did you know August is National Water Quality Month? Whether your drinking from a water bottle, swimming, taking a shower or watering your plants, water plays a vital role in our lives. The history of National Water Quality Month can be dated back to the early 1970s. The Clean Water Act, passed in...

Types of Standpipe Systems

Thursday, July 22, 2021
NFPA 14 identifies three classes of standpipe systems: Class I systems are designed for use by fire departments with 2½” hose connections. Class II systems are designed for use by trained personnel or fire departments with 1½” hose connections. Class III systems are designed for use by trained...

Standpipe Systems – What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
The standpipe system requirements are contained in the adopted building code and the installation requirements are contained within the referenced edition of NFPA 14, Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems. There is often disagreement between the responsible design professional...

AHJ’s: Who has the final say?

Monday, July 12, 2021
When a client needs to install new life safety systems or modify their existing systems, it is important to understand who, besides the client, has input on the system requirements. Everyone can avoid challenges late in their project by addressing all concerned parties early. In contracting...

Four Safety Apps Worth Sharing and Worth Using

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Smartphones and tablets are a part of everyday life - both personal and work-related. Safety-focused mobile apps can enhance employee protection by providing instant access to information that could reduce or eliminate a number of hazards we face on the jobsite. Below are a few worth sharing and...
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Extended-Interval Inspection and Testing Requirements

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Did you know that NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems (2011 edition) includes inspection and testing requirements beyond the more common monthly, quarterly and annual procedures? These extended-interval inspection and testing...
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Two Industry Leaders Partner in Fire Alarms

Monday, May 24, 2021
Ahern is a NOTIFIER Premier Distributor for the state of Wisconsin. NOTIFIER® by Honeywell has been in a leadership position in the fire alarm industry for over 60 years and is the largest manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems. The Premier program is only offered to NOTIFIER distributors...

How to Ensure Your Air Conditioner is Ready for Summer

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Whether you have a small office building, or an expansive logistics facility to cool down in the summertime, don’t make your HVAC system work harder than it should. Performing air conditioner preventive maintenance can help keep your equipment running at maximum efficiency. Follow these air...

Dry Sprinkler Systems: Is It Time to Update?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Dry sprinkler systems are specifically designed to work in areas that are susceptible to freezing (under 40° F). An air or nitrogen compressor maintains pressure in the system until a head activates, causing the system pressure to drop and activate the valve to flow water and suppress/extinguish a...

Storage Sprinklers, is One Size Fit All?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Common to warehouse applications, ESFR sprinklers offer comprehensive fire protection among various applications, making them an ideal choice for storage scenarios. How big of a deal are they? NFPA 13 has a subsection on ESFR sprinklers in 7 of 27 chapters. Early suppression fast response...

Fire Sprinkler Requirement to Resume in Multi-Family Dwellings

Monday, March 01, 2021
Beginning April 19, 2021, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) will resume enforcing a code provision that requires fire sprinkler systems in certain multi-family dwellings. Any building plans submitted to the department (or municipalities with delegated authority to review...