FALL AND WINTER
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS
If you change furnace filters, make sure this gets done before the cold weather hits. Also use this time to inspect and clean the furnace. Make sure flue pipes are in good condition and connected properly, check the heat exchanger for cracks.
Remind Residents to change their smoke alarm and CO2 detector batteries when Daylight Savings Time changes.
Have boilers inspected and cleaned before they are fired up for the season.
Winterize pool systems. Sprinkler systems need to be shut down and winterized as well.
Don't forget to have your final lawn fertilization of the year performed.
Make sure gutters and downspouts get cleaned well after the leaves fall. Clogged gutters and downspouts in the winter are the major cause of ice damning and interior leaks and water damage.
If you contract out your snow removal, you should either have your contract in place or be very close to finalizing it at this point.
Orders for ice melt, calcium chloride, salt, or whatever chemical you use for ice removal should be ordered and in stock by mid October.
All of your winter equipment should get a good "check up" and have any necessary repairs done now. This would include but should not be limited to: shovels, snow blowers, bobcats, trucks, tractors, etc. Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a snow storm and find out the snow blower wont start.
Be sure to communicate to your entire staff the winter weather policies of your property. Make sure everyone is aware of what part they are to play in the way of maintaining the property during this time of year. This would include providing them with the training necessary to complete snow logs, incident reports etc.
Some locations are required to mark the locations of fire hydrants throughout your property so that they can be detected even under the snow. This should be done by the first of November at the latest.
Be sure to communicate your snow removal and plowing procedures to your residents. Detail what is expected in the way of moving vehicles, any areas they are responsible for snow removal on etc.
Make sure hoses are disconnected from outdoor sill cocks. Some properties even shut off their sill cocks all together. If that is the case this should be done by the first of November.
An ounce of prevention is worth much more than a pound of cure.
Reprinted with permission from
Tailor Made Property Services Inc., AMO