The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

The old adage, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a great phrase to live by until something goes wrong.  For building owners and facility managers, this way of thinking can be a costly concept to hold dear.

They say the most expensive pipe to fix is a broken one, and the same can be said for all of the critical systems within your building.  Reactive maintenance is the most costly way to handle a building’s operations, and instead one should establish a preventative maintenance plan to keep their systems running efficiently at all times.  Implementing a preventative maintenance strategy will lower operating costs, extend equipment life, allow for higher efficiency, and keep employees happy throughout the cold and warm seasons.  At Brandt, we offer preventative maintenance plans for a variety of industries:


When it comes to HVAC systems, studies show time and again how preventative maintenance will save building owner’s money and energy input.  In fact, The New Buildings Institute found that energy is reduced by 10 to 20 percent in buildings across the US when they use smart building maintenance practices. Moreover, poor maintenance practices result in increased energy by 30 to 60 percent.  Regularly changing filters and inspecting for damaged machinery are things that your maintenance team can do without the help of trained professionals.


Being proactive with your plumbing system is also a way to avoid costly fixes.  Ultimately, the first step to take when developing a plumbing preventative maintenance plan is to understand everything that Is included in your water system. From here, diagnose each appliance and figure out what potential problems you may run into.  For example, leaking faucets and toilets waste a lot of water and dramatically increase utility bills.  Faulty pipes or a damaged water heater can be extremely dangerous and very costly to repair or replace.

Electrical Systems

Finally, preventative maintenance for a building’s electrical systems will enhance the reliability of power systems and lower the risk of unexpected downtime.  According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., the risk of an unscheduled power outage is reduced by as much as 66 percent with effective electrical preventative maintenance programs.  More importantly, electrical malfunctions are the leading cause of fires in commercial buildings.  Taking a proactive approach will not only save money but could also save your employees and assets from disaster.

Looking for help?

At Brandt, we have decades of experience in the plumbing, HVAC, and electrical services industries.  Our experts understand the risks of neglecting a building’s inner machinations and can support your company with the professionalism and knowledge it needs.  When it comes to your critical systems, choosing the path of reactive maintenance is a sure way to experience downtime, unpleasant conditions, and disgruntled employees.  Taking a path of preventative maintenance will ensure that potential faults will be detected before they become problems.  Contact our team today to learn more about our extensive preventative maintenance plans!

5 Steps to Prepare your HVAC for Warmer Seasons

Songbirds whistling tunes, trees blooming with color, and HVAC systems switching back to A/C.

The warmer seasons are finally right around the corner.  As a building owner, are you ready for the effects that the changing weather will have on your critical systems? Although your heating system may be working fine, it’s probably been a few months since you’ve cranked on the A/C.  Now is the time to check up on your cooling system, because nothing is worse than turning on your air conditioning on the first hot day only to discover that cool air isn’t ventilating through your building.

These 5 tips will get your HVAC system ready for spring and summer.

  1. Call a Professional – We’ll get this out of the way first, as it’s the most obvious and quintessential way to ensure your A/C is operating efficiently. Certified HVAC technicians have the training and expertise to inspect your system appropriately and will be able to diagnose problems and prevent them before they occur.
  2. Replace your Air Filter – Before you even turn on the A/C, inspect your air filters to see what condition they’re in. It’s recommended that you change disposable air filters at least once per month, and to thoroughly clean permanent filters at the same rate.  If you notice an abundance of dust or dirt, cool air will be restricted from flowing effectively throughout your building.
  3. Maintain the Outdoor Units – If you have rooftop units, safely go up on your roof to make sure they’re free of debris, such as plants, branches, or other organic items. If the insides of your units are collecting material and debris, call a professional to properly clean them.
  4. Cover the Windows- Sun shining through windows is a wonderful compliment to your heating system, but it has the exact opposite effect for the air conditioning. Penetrating sunlight can significantly raise indoor temperatures, making your A/C kick into overdrive to keep up.  To combat this, invest in tinted window treatments, or make sure that each window has blinds or drapes.
  5. Consider Updating Units – Take a moment to reflect on the age of your units, and how many times they’ve been repaired or experienced downtime. Newer models of air conditioners are made to be significantly more energy-efficient than older models and could save you lots of money on utility bills.

Summer-Proof Your HVAC System

As you prepare your HVAC system for the warm seasons, consider calling a professional team to take care of it for you. At Brandt, we help you proactively manage HVAC and building systems to enhance performance, minimize downtime and reduce operating costs. Our teams offer customized service designed for your unique needs and requirements. Give us a call or reach us online today!

A Look Back – Brandt’s Community Outreach in 2017

Brandt helps build Texas communities in more ways than you’re probably thinking.  Sure, we pride ourselves in having 60 years as industry leaders, but when it comes down to our core values, we are most proud of the reputation we’ve built as charitable leaders in the great state of Texas.  Our mission is to give back to groups that strengthen our social and cultural foundations, and we’re excited to share some of the initiatives we were involved with in 2017.

Special Olympics of Texas

Brandt is a proud Blue Ribbon Sponsor of the Special Olympics of Texas competitions.  In January ‘17, our Sr. VP, Steve Hayes was elected to the Special Olympics Texas’ board of directors! Throughout the year, our team volunteered multiple times to help their cause.

Brandt Employee Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

The hurricane and subsequent flooding devastated the Houston area and seriously affected more than 150 employees within the Brandt family.  So, we begat The Brandt Employee Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to raise money that would go directly to those employees that were impacted.  Our goal was to raise $25,000, but the overwhelming support that followed was awe-inspiring: $83,376 in cash donations.  Further, Brandt contributed $270,694 in donations, and MCAA contributed an additional $30,000.  In all, $400,254 in aid was provided through Brandt’s efforts.  If you’d like to contribute, follow this link.

Dallas Blood Drive

In April, our Dallas employees donated 19 units of blood to the Dallas Blood Drive.

San Antonio CAP 10K Race

Last April, many of our Brandt employees participate in the San Antonio CAP 10K Race, which raises money for the Austin Parks Foundation.  The foundation receives $1 from every Cap10K registration, and the Statesman matches every additional donation up to $10,000!

Boys & Girls Club

In April, we were Road King Sponsors of Boys & Girls Club of Bartlesville.  For over 60 years, this location has been reaching out to young people with positive, life-changing programs.  We’re excited to find sponsorship opportunities again in 2018! 

Bike MS

Bike MS is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National MS Society. Their mission is to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. For years, we’ve participated in their frequent biking events, and in May our team participated in the MS150. Our long -partnership made us want to see how we could help even more. So, representatives from Bike MS were kind enough to stop by our Dallas office in October to share the many ways we could help.  We are excited to implement these initiatives in 2018, so stay tuned for more details!

Back-to-School Drives

In August, Brandt employees participated in multiple back-to-school drives to help the impoverished youth receive school supplies.  We partnered with the Community Partner of Dallas, the YMCA of Houston, and Foster Angles of Central Texas to help the impoverished youth receive back-to-school supplies. Between cash and supply donations, Brandt employees donated 642 backpacks at one event and $1,750 worth of school supplies at another.

Houston Food Bank

Some of Brandt’s Houston employees took time out of their busy holiday schedules to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. The team put together more than 1,500 meals for local senior citizens!

Houston Toy Drive

In early December, Brandt employees in Houston collected nearly 100 items for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

Spring 2018 College Recruiting Events

Brandt is looking for the best and brightest to join our team! We offer opportunity for advancement at every level, and our multi-discipline approach means there’s a place for anyone with the drive to learn and the determination to succeed. Find out when we will be at a career fair near you:


Texas A&M University SEC Engineering Career Fair

College Station, TX

Southern Methodist University Engineering Career Fair
Dallas, TX

Texas Christian University Career & Intern Expo
Fort Worth, TX

University of Oklahoma Construction Science Career Fair
Norman, OK

Texas Tech University Engineering Job Fair
Lubbock, TX

Texas A&M University Construction Science Career Fair
College Station, TX

Colorado State University Construction Management Career Fair
Fort Collins, CO

Baylor University Business & STEM Career Fair
Waco, TX


Keep up-to-date with our recruiting team and events by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.


Providing Texan Hospitality

Earlier last year, the New York Times reported that a hotel boom was coming to Texas, specifically in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.  We’ve witnessed this come to fruition, and at Brandt, we’ve played our part in the initiative.  For decades, companies in the hospitality industry have trusted Brandt for overall construction, maintenance, and repair services.

Give your Guests Peace of Mind

People always remember a bad hotel experience. Ineffective a/c units, bathroom plumbing issues, or a poorly lit room will keep customers from returning and can harm your hotel’s reputation.  Our industry experts take a proactive approach to ensure that common hotel problems are avoided or promptly fixed.  The Brandt crew offers 24/7 service and maintenance, so if you have a guest complaint at 4am, you can let them know that help is on the way.

Smart Renovation Solutions

To excel in the hospitality industry, it’s imperative to operate with modern technology.  We utilize cutting-edge technology to enhance both the guest and employee experience.  Our high efficiency LEED and Energy Star solutions create quiet and energy efficient building systems, so your guests can focus on enjoying their stay, and you can focus on enjoying higher ROI and productivity.

Here at Brandt, we believe that Texas will always be a tourist capital.  We’ll do everything we can to continue the tradition of great Texan hospitality, so if you’re in the hospitality industry, let us prove how great an asset Brandt can be for you.  Give us a call, stop by one of our 6 locations, or contact us online to learn more.

Consider Brandt for Your Next Career Move

Brandt is hiring Mechanical Field Supervisors. If you are a Foreman or Superintendent specialized in Plumbing/Pipefitting or Sheet Metal, consider Brandt for your next career move!

Brandt is the largest MEP commercial and industrial sub-contractor in Texas. Our privately owned company specializes in mechanical and electrical systems that serve healthcare facilities, higher education, corporate campuses, mission critical, and industrial facilities. As our company and project workload continues to grow, we are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Our Foremen oversee project schedules, job site safety, and crew productivity. Individuals will also act as liaison between management and our clients. Brandt encourages our Foremen to be hands-on working leaders.

Brandt’s Superintendents provide overall direction and guidance to field supervision and skilled personnel. Superintendents monitor the quality, safety, and cost-efficiency guidelines on our commercial and industrial job sites.

Brandt offers opportunity for advancement at every level. Our flexible, multi-discipline approach means there’s a place for anyone with the drive to learn and the determination to succeed.

If you are seeking to be a part of an organization that is committed to your growth, we invite you to apply at:

HVAC Service Technician and Service Journeyman Plumbing Careers with Brandt

HVAC Service Technicians and Service Journeyman Plumbers, Brandt understands that you need to be appreciated and compensated for your unique skills. Furthermore, we know the hard work and study it takes to become a Journeymen in these skilled trades. While many jobs in other industries are being phased out, outsourced and eliminated, on-site commercial/industrial construction and service positions will never go away.

Don’t put your career in the hands of just anyone. Now is the opportune time to have that stable career in Commercial/Industrial HVAC and plumbing as a Journeyman Service Technician that you have been looking and hoping for with Brandt!

Prepare your Plumbing for Winter

Even here in Texas, the winter season can bring tough environmental conditions onto a building. As the temperature continues to drop, the ground loses its heat and your underground plumbing system becomes exposed to a changing environment. As the winds pick up and the atmosphere becomes colder, unprotected indoor pipes are susceptible to severe drops in temperature. The colder weather can cause frozen pipes or blocked drains, which could lead to pipes bursting or flooding within the office. This is the last thing you need to halt your company’s productivity as the new year comes around. So, here are a few tips to help you avoid any plumbing issues that the winter throws your way.

Prevent your Pipes from Freezing

The best way to combat frozen pipes is to make sure that they are properly insulated with the right material. Heat tape is a great DIY option for minor threats, but we urge that the average, unskilled person call their local plumber to inspect their pipes. Otherwise, preventing frozen pipes can be as easy as making sure that all pipes near the exterior walls are protected from outdoor conditions like drafts, or to keep the indoor temperature above 50 degrees at all times.

Inspect your Water Heater

This is often an overlooked task, but inspecting your commercial water heater is vital to preventing winter plumbing issues. Check your boiler room or water heater closet regularly, and look out for any leaks, unusual temperatures, or poor conditions of the water heater vent.

Unclog your Drains

Make sure your employees understand proper drain usage, including what can and cannot be flushed down a toilet or poured down a sink. If your employees work in warehouse conditions, grease and oil can easily be exposed to a pipe as they wash their hands. If you’re in the restaurant industry, grease from food needs to be properly disposed of and not poured down a sink. Simply put, grease may look like it’s going down a pipe freely, but only a few feet down it will cool and harden. Invest in drain guards to prevent accidental clogging, and search for high-quality drain cleaner liquids if a stoppage does occur. If the problem is serious, be sure to call in a professional.

As a business owner, your safest bet is to always call the professionals in to help. At Brandt, we offer 24/7 service for maintenance and repairs, and have decades of experience in treating frozen and clogged pipes. Now’s the time to make sure your pipes are ready for winter, so contact Brandt today for an inspection!

Fall 2017 College Recruiting Events

Brandt is looking for the best and brightest to join our team! We offer opportunity for advancement at every level, and our multi-discipline approach means there’s a place for anyone with the drive to learn and the determination to succeed. Find out when we will be at a career fair near you:

Texas A&M University SEC Engineering Career Fair

College Station, TX



University of Houston College of Technology Career Fair
Houston, TX



Texas A&M University Construction Career Fair
College Station, TX



Oklahoma State University Engineering, Architecture & Technology Career Fair
Stillwater, OK



Rice University Career & Internship Expo
Houston, TX




Pittsburgh State Construction Company Days
Pittsburg, KS


University of Texas San Antonio STEM Career Fair
San Antonio, TX


Texas Tech University Engineering Job Fair
Lubbock, TX




University of Oklahoma Construction Science Career Fair
Norman, OK


Baylor University Business & STEM Career Fair
Waco, TX


Southern Methodist University Engineering Connections Fair
Dallas, TX


University of North Texas Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair
Denton, TX


Tarelton State University Career Fair
Stephenville, TX

The Benefits of Pre-construction Services

Because Brandt offers solutions at every stage of your building’s lifecycle, we understand how the design of your project can affect everything else—including your budget. This is why we provide our customers with preconstruction services to help you achieve more productive, energy-efficient operations.

No matter what the project may be, there are many benefits that come with preconstruction services including:

A Clear Plan

Every new construction project begins with an idea. However, to make it a reality you need to have the proper plan set in place by your contractor or construction company. The pre-construction process will define the scope, scheduling, and other factors that will help create a clear and concise plan that is easy for everyone involved in the project to follow.

A Budget Estimate

Pre-construction services also include a full estimation on the cost requirements of completing the project. This allows companies to plan and budget the funds needed to ensure a successful project outcome. Identifying any potential fund shortages in the beginning stages of a project allows the team to make necessary adjustments without downtime.

Problem Reductions

When it comes to construction projects, problems are bound to occur. However, pre-construction consulting allows you to streamline the process, resulting in a more successful project execution. It also locates the potential risks and issues in the beginning by addressing concerns such as permit requirements, site evaluation, building material and equipment requirements, and scheduling.

With our reputation for providing safe and effective service to all of our customers, you can be confident that your project will have the successful outcome you’ve been waiting for when you partner with Brandt. From our pre-construction services to coordination, procurement, and logistics, we have the professional team needed to tackle even the most difficult projects. Contact us today to get started!