Before cold temperatures, freezing rain and snow arrive, preparing for the change in weather can minimize damage to your property and unanticipated expenses.
Extend the life of your roof and ensure no water seeps through to units, common areas or hidden portions of the building.
- If your roof is flat, ensure there are no areas where water, ice or heavy snow will pile up and sit. Ensure drains remain clear all winter.
- If your roof is slanted, inspect roof vents, shingles and waterproofing seals, and make necessary repairs.
- Prune overhanging trees to avoid damage to shingles, and to keep leaves and debris off the roof.
Gutters, Downspouts and Catch Basins
Prevent unnecessary interior leaks from water backups.
- Ensure gutters and downspouts are clear so water can drain away. Test for internal blockages by running water down from gutters through downspouts and ensure it all drains at the bottom.
- Divert water away from foundations, driveways, steps and walkways by adding downspout extensions.
- Ensure catch basins are clean and clear including those located in underground garages.
Ensure chimneys and fireplaces are safe.
- Have chimneys inspected and swept.
- Ensure caps are secure to prevent animals from entering.
- Repair exterior brickwork and liner as needed.
Heating Systems, Gas Lines, Gas Exhaust Vents
Keep heat running all winter.
- Have heating systems inspected prior to use.
- Replace filters and undertake repairs.
- Keep gas lines and gas exhaust vents clear of snow.
- Check the meter, gas line and connections for corrosion, wear and tear.
- For heated garage ramps, turn on heating system and test controls.
- Check for heat in the elevator room, sprinkler room and mechanical room to protect plumbing systems from freezing.
- Adjust temperature settings for common areas, corridors and entry areas.
Additional Indoor Preparations
Ensure safety and comfort.
- Place carpet runners and mats along heavy traffic areas to reduce slip and falls, and minimize damage by snow and salt.
- Replace missing or worn out weatherstripping and caulking around doors and windows.
Winterize Outdoor Equipment, Amenities, Systems
Get equipment ready for winter and protect water lines.
- Clean and store outdoor furniture, garden hoses and barbecues.
- Have outdoor equipment such as snow blowers serviced.
- Winterize irrigation system and drain exterior hose faucets.
- Have water to irrigation lines turned off and blown so it doesn’t build up, freeze and cause damage. Remove, drain and store outdoor garden hoses.
- Turn off plumbing lines in unheated areas where they may freeze such as underground garages. Where water must continue to flow, lines can be wrapped in insulation and heated with electrical cables.
- If you have an outdoor fountain or swimming pool, have it drained and winterized.
- Repair damaged sidewalks and areas that may direct water toward building foundations. Seal cracks where water can accumulate and freeze.
- Repair potholes and damaged asphalt.
Snow Removal and Landscaping
Don’t allow snow and ice to cause problems.
- Have a snow removal plan or contract in place including where to place excess snow.
- Ensure catch basins are clean and clear including those in the underground garage so water can run-off without being obstructed.
- Install stakes to identify the location of curbs that may be hidden once snow falls.
- Place salt bins at appropriate and accessible areas.
- Remove or prune dead wood or dangerous branches that may break during winter storms and damage buildings.
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