Even though temperatures are still well into the 90’s, property managers should be thinking about fall maintenance. The structural and mechanical systems of commercial properties will continue operating efficiently for longer if maintenance is performed regularly and deterioration or problems are caught early.
Here are a few things you can do now in preparation for fall:
- Check gutters and downspouts: Remove dirt and debris to ensure proper drainage of water away from the building to prevent damage. Also, ensure gutters and downspouts are securely attached to the building for proper function.
- Inspect HVAC system: It’s best to make sure the heating system is in working order before the first cold snap. Utilizing a professional will ensure filters are cleaned, supply registers are adjusted and thermostats are calibrated for optimal performance – further decreasing your risk of malfunction or costly repairs.
- Check water pipes: Exposed water pipes should be checked regularly for leaks, but fall is also a good time to make sure the insulation is prepared for colder weather to prevent frozen and burst pipes in the winter.
- Assess landscape needs: Fall is a good time to inspect the landscape for dead trees or shrubs and also limbs that could be a fall hazard. Proper removal will prevent any property damage or safety concerns and also give you a head start on planning your spring planting requirements. A fresh layer of pine straw or mulch will spruce up your property and help insulate the plants for winter.