In the Pacific Northwest, winter can bring harsh weather conditions including wind, freezing rain, snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Condo property management teams need to be prepared to prevent common winter issues such slip and fall accidents on icy walkways, excessive heating costs from poorly functioning furnaces, and exterior damage from falling trees and branches. The following winterization tips will help keep the property in good condition and prevent avoidable expenses and crises through the coldest months of the year.
Condo Property Management Winterization Tips
- Sidewalk upkeep: Damaged sidewalks should be repaired by the end of October – before winter weather sets in. While not impossible to do in the winter, the cold can affect the way the cement sets and lower the overall quality of the work. Lay salt down on sidewalks and walkways to prevent ice from building up.
- Window upkeep: do a thorough window inspection each fall to check for drafts coming from damaged window seals, framework or the steel lintel. In addition to windows, seals on doors should also be checked and repaired as needed. Ideally, single-paned windows would be replaced with double-paned windows. By fixing these issues early, drafts that drive up energy costs and fuel usage can be prevented.
- Keeping the heat working: in the winter heat is one of the most important aspects of building management. System check and maintenance should be performed on the HVAC or broiler systems each fall. Regular cleaning, upkeep, and repairs can keep heating systems running efficiently and reduce usage costs.
- Water and ice hazards: the buildup of moisture, snow, and ice can be a hazard for roofing in the winter. If a property has a flat roof an ultraviolet reflective coating should be applied no later than October to help resist snow and ice build-up. Drainage systems should also be examined to make sure that ice and water have somewhere to run off the roof. Snow and ice trapped on the roof can lead to leaks and other damage.
- Don’t wait: one of the most important parts of winterization is making needed repairs well in advance. Mid-fall is the best time to handle winterization tasks. By having repairs finished early, property owners avoid the cold they are trying to protect against. Also, many of these repairs are difficult to do in colder weather making for a longer and more difficult process.
Winter can be harsh on the exterior of condos and other properties. By being aware of any needed upkeep, repairs, or maintenance property owners can protect their investment from the winter by being prepared for the temperatures and weather patterns it brings. Getting needed repairs done early is not only easier it can also be more cost effective and results in happier residents.
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