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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.

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Warehouse

Fire Protection Equipment & Systems to Improve Safety of Cold Storage, Warehouse & Distribution Facilities

Cold storage, warehouse, & distribution facilities present unique challenges when planning for fire protection equipment and systems. Learn how Ahern can help.

Career Fair Events- Fall 2022

You may have already seen the job fair advertisements on social media, in your local newspaper, or even heard them on the radio. Our Ahern employees will be at many different career fairs throughout this fall, and it is imperative that we get the word out as much as possible! Our...

Options Besides a FM-200 System

Clean agent fire suppression systems are commonly used in areas with heavy use of electronics, such as data centers, power plants, IT centers, record keeping, and office buildings. The main advantages of these systems are their ability to react quickly and extinguish fires before they...
HVAC Seating Systems

The Importance of Combustion Analysis

Our team of HVAC technicians encourages equipment maintenance practices, such as combustion analysis for HVAC. These equipment maintenance practices verify equipment operating specifications are met for safe and efficient operations.

The Transition from Traditional Hard Hats to Safety Helmets

Traditionally, construction workers wear hard hats, a symbol of safety. As one of the oldest and most widely used pieces of personal protective equipment on the job, the traditional hard hat is the first line of defense when preventing...

Which Fire Extinguisher Should I Use?

Fire extinguishers are a first aid tool that should be kept within businesses for small first-response situations. Before purchasing an extinguisher, make sure you have a proper smoke alarm system set up and an evacuation plan in place; then you are ready to start looking....

Fire Protection Sprinkler System Training

Your company is ready to move into a new building – the painting is complete, windows are clean, and furniture is in place. What about your fire protection sprinkler system - is it in service and operational? These systems are commonly overlooked. What do you need to know about fire...

Elevators and Fire Sprinkler Suppression

The requirements for elevator sprinkler protection are located in NFPA 13, Chapter 8, The Standard for the Installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems. Although as a designer for over three decades I would recommend not stopping there. There is often disagreement between the responsible...

Troubleshooting Issues With Your HVAC System

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.
Plumbing Safety and Implementation

Tips for Valve Maintenance

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...

Industrial Pressure Vessels

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 specs and choosing the...

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

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...

How Building Owners Can Benefit from PMA and ITM Programs

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...

What is The Compliance Engine?

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...

The Importance of Fire Pump Testing

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...

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

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.

Plumbing Maintenance Tips Before Winter

Regular commercial plumbing maintenance can reduce the risk of major property damage caused by pipe bursts and prevent loss of production time. A comprehensive plumbing system inspection should be performed at least on an annual basis. Although plumbing issues can occur at any time,

Celebrate National Water Quality Month

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...

Types of Standpipe Systems

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...

Standpipe Systems – What You Need to Know

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...