Preventative maintenance is one of the most basic and important things you can do for your community. With good preventative maintenance, you may have to spend a little time and money here and there, but as a result, you avoid the money and headache that comes with major repairs that could have been avoided. Check out these four tips that every community manager should follow.
Check the Roof
It’s best to inspect roofs about twice a year and whenever there is a severe storm. When checking the roof, make sure the gutters are working, and aren’t filled with debris. Examine flashings, connections and shingles for any damage. Shingles that are curled or cracked are damaged and should be repaired, or else they can lead to leaks and water damage. You may want to climb up to the roof to do the inspection, but make sure to walk on it as little as possible, as that can cause additional damage.
Inspect the Plumbing
When plumbing problems arise, it can create serious issues, such as flooding and water damage, which is why checking the plumbing for strange noises or leaks is a must. Depending on what systems you have, some routine maintenance is necessary, such as fire-testing boilers and lubricating exposed sump and sewage pumps.
Examine Safety Systems
It’s also important to maintain any safety systems within your community, such as fire extinguishers, sprinklers and fire alarms. You’ll want to hire a professional to inspect life-safety systems, but there are some things you can do on your own, such as ensuring certificates are up to date and checking fire extinguishers to determine if they are expired.
If your community has a parking lot, you also need to routinely inspect the pavement. Cleaning should be done about twice a year, and can be done with a pressure washer. You should have a new coating applied about once every ten years, but seal-coating should be done once every few years. Whenever cracks or holes appear, have them filled and repaired immediately to prevent further damage.
Don’t let expensive repairs pile up. With a bit of preventative maintenance here and there, you can keep your community in good condition longer, so you can avoid sudden, expensive repairs. Get started today by checking the roof, plumbing, safety systems and pavement.
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