Summer days are gone and the colder months are coming. It’s time to perform some quick and easy maintenance and cleaning before winter gets here. Giving your building attention can help you save money during winter and keep residents happy.
Get ready for winter in Chicago with these useful tips:
HVAC System Overhaul
Make sure that the HVAC system is thoroughly and professionally inspected and serviced. Having your heating system serviced before your residents actually need to use it is a smart move. This can ensure energy saving and avoid emergency situations due to loss of heating.
While you’re at it, turn on and test the heating in common areas of the building to be sure it works.
Check Safety Devices
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if needed. Check the expiration date of fire extinguishers as well and replace them if needed.
Don’t forget about building security as well. Confirm all doors are closing properly, and adjust light timers to make sure everything is working as it should be for the winter season.
Check for Mold
Humid summers can cause mold to grow and flourish. Check areas that don’t get enough ventilation and if you find any mold, remove it as soon as possible—ideally, call a professional.
End of Season Landscaping
Remove leaves, twigs, and anything else that might cause the gutters to clog during the winter to avoid water damage to your building. If your building has them, it’s also time to turn on the gutter heat cables that will keep building drainage working smoothly.
To keep pipes from freezing and bursting, shut off all water spigots and install freeze guards. Store garden hoses inside the building, and put away common outdoor furniture until spring. If your building’s landscaping has an irrigation system, winterize it appropriately.
Figure Out Snow Removal
This is Chicago, so you can count on several disruptive snowstorms per season. If your building uses professional snow removal contractors, make sure that your contract is renewed for the season ahead. Additionally, put out shovels and salt for resident use near front lobby/vestibule areas.
A professional property management company can help with maintenance and with finding reliable vendors. We know how overwhelming property management can be, and we’re here to make it easy by taking the stress off your shoulders.
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