This list is some basic maintenance items managers need to check on in the fall for commercial properties. Every property is different and has its own specific requirements and will need tweaks to this list, but these are what every property manager should do at the minimum during 3rd quarter and before winter comes.
A roof inspection is important during all seasons, but with fall bringing inclement weather, including hurricanes, it’s important to give them another check. Check for loose titles, boards, or shingles and have them repaired in a timely manner. You want to ensure they’re less likely to blow off in a storm and minimize any risk of leaks or water damage to your commercial property.
Gutters & Downpipes
Routinely cleaning the gutters and drainage ensures the water disposes as it’s supposed to, and reduces the risk of flooding or overflow. During the fall, tree leaves and other debris can cause blockage in the gutters and pipes. Like the roof inspection, you also want to make sure gutters and piping are in good condition, and securely attached to prevent blowing around in a storm.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems should be checked seasonally, but having the system properly serviced before the cold weather will ensure happy tenants. Filters should be cleaned, thermostats correctly calibrated, and supply registers adjusted. Routine servicing of HVAC systems prolongs their efficiency and durability.
All exterior water pipes require inspection for leaks and damage. Also, remember to properly insulate the pipes for the winter. In freezing temperatures, proper insulation will prevent the pipes from freezing, then expanding and bursting.
Building Exterior & Surfaces
Small chips, holes, or cracks in a building exterior may not be alarming to you. As the holes or cracks remain for an extended period during the winter weather, the problem may likely get worse. Moisture can seep in and get absorbed by the brick and mortar, and with the freezing temperatures – expand. This will result in larger holes and cracks. The same applies to sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots surfaces. Small ripples or holes can transform into larger hazards during the winter season, especially factoring in the snow plowing efforts.
Backup Generators & Electrical Circuits
At times with inclement weather, power outages are inevitable. It’s important that your commercial building continues to function, and your tenants continue with their daily business. It is recommended to test your backup generators to ensure they continue working as designed. If you don’t have backup generators for your property, consider making the investment because you never know when you may need it. Here’s more information on generators for commercial buildings. Additionally, reviewing the electrical circuits routinely is a good measure. The winter means more usage of appliances such as space heaters. Faulty circuits can lead to a blown fuse or fire hazard.