Winter Maintenance Tips
Winter is coming. Prepare for and conquer colder weather's impact to your property with these helpful tips.
- Stock up on ice melt and traction control products.
- Make sure all furnaces and boilers are operational. Clean units and replace parts and filters as needed.
- Inspect building exteriors, including the roof, walls, door, and window frames. Caulk any damaged, leaking, or drafty spots to keep weather out and heat in.
- Add more insulation in common areas, especially around windows and doors. Install weather stripping and door sweeps on exterior doors.
- Protect your pool during the off-season with these easy-to-follow pool closing instructions. Don't close your pool? We've got the supplies you need to keep your pools clean year-round.
Three Steps to Reducing Winter Energy Bills*
- Regularly inspect hot water heaters. Create a schedule for draining hot water heaters, as sediment will reduce their efficiency. Make sure the temperature setting provides residents with water that is comfortably hot but not wastefully so. Also ensure that pipes run along insulated walls, and don’t be afraid to let faucets drip when necessary to prevent frozen (and burst) pipes.
- Listen to your water heater. If it is making a lot of noise, it probably needs to be drained. If that doesn’t solve the problem, it might be time to invest in a new water heater.
- Teach residents about conservation. Ask higher-income residents to help do their part to conserve resources. Educate lower-income residents that higher utility costs will eventually result in higher rent.
Give Winter Hazards the Cold Shoulder
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, two out of three residential fatalities from fires happened in homes that did not have working smoke alarms or any alarms at all. Reduce the risk and severity of fires with these fire safety tips.
Icy or snow-covered pathways, driveways, and parking lots increase the risk of slips and falls or even vehicle accidents. Keep walkways, driveways, and other areas clear as promptly as possible. Minimize the chance of ice-related accidents with ice melt. Place ample-sized floor mats and "Wet Floor" signs at entrances and in other known slippery areas to reduce the tracking of ice and snow into the building. Monitor for puddles beyond the mats and mop them up immediately.
Mark potentially highly vulnerable areas with a highly visible pole or similar marker. Fix downspouts or other drainage spots that can cause water to well on walkways or in parking lots.
*Source: David Schwartz, "3 Strategies for Reducing Tenants’ Hot Water Usage in the Winter”, Multifamily Insiders