No matter where a property is located in the US, it can be affected by seasonal changes. That’s why it’s critically important to perform proper seasonal preparation. APOGEE VP of Construction Management, Joe Druskis, is here to tell us the most important steps that a property can take to ensure preservation through winter months in the latest “Not So Average Joe”.
- In vacant homes, make sure the heat is turned on and each apartment is walked and checked throughout the winter. Also, keep cabinet doors open under the sinks. This keeps heat on the water lines and avoids freezing.
- Check the status of the heating systems in common areas, hallways, as well as utility and sprinkler rooms in the building.
- Residents that are out of town need to be reminded to leave their heating and air ON. Many will turn this off to save money while traveling and this can cause frozen pipes.
- Maintenance teams will need to make sure that electric wall heaters are in working condition. It is important to avoid having maintenance using a portable heater with an extension cord.
- Winterize the swimming pools and backflow preventers, and blow out irrigation systems.
- Make sure heat tapes are in working order and plugged in for water pipes, roof drains, etc.
- Check that exterior door seals and weather strips are in good shape.
- In extreme cold weather (depending on the region), leave the faucet on to drip. This is especially true for our properties in Texas, when weather changes feel more significant.
- Make sure hoses are disconnected from outside hydrants. If your hydrant isn’t frostless, shut off the water inside the building.
Whether the winter months are mild or severe, the proper preparation for seasonal changes can not only preserve the asset, but also save valuable time and money down the road. These tips will give you and your property peace of mind, no matter the winter ahead of you.