Gutter and downspout cleaning
Dirt, leaves, twigs, and other debris can still be clogged in your gutters and downspouts from last fall. As the snow melts and heavy rainfall occurs, clogged gutters can cause water to pour down the sides of the building, and creep inside from the windows, siding, and foundation. By cleaning out the gutters and blowing debris out the downspouts ensure that rain and water flow freely through your gutter system down and away from the building, avoiding possible water damage.
Check for signs of wood damaging insects
With the number of mosquito-borne illnesses that occur each year, like West Nile and Zika, it’s important to prevent mosquitoes from nesting on your property. Make sure there is no standing water at the end of downspouts or near your foundation. Spray for other bugs like termites, who threaten to literally eat away at your building’s wooden features, slowly damaging siding, the foundation, and wood trim.
Signs of roof damage
Ice dams, heavy snowfall, and fallen trees can damage your roof during the winter. That damage can sometimes seem small, like a ripped or cracked shingle or a tiny hole in the tar. But that damage can lead to leaks that affect your insulation, building structure, and can allow for critters like squirrels to enter and hide in the walls. Check for missing or damaged shingles (warped, blistered, or curled) and replace them. Check for cracks in the caulk or the rubber boot around the vent pipe. Also check for chimney cap damage. Repair or replace all, as necessary.
Do a siding inspection
Winter weather, fast winds, and flying debris can damage the siding on a building, no matter what it’s made out of. If any cracks, tears, or broken pieces of siding are on your building, there is a chance moisture from rain or melting snow can slip into the drywall. This can lead to mold and mildew, structural damage, and rot. Check for gaps, cracks, and holes in the side of the building, as well as buckled, warped, or missing siding or trim. Also fix improperly secured pieces of siding, and paint and seal the siding, if necessary.
Sealing exterior wood trim
You take a lot of pride in the outside of your building, and want that curb appeal to stay appealing. In order to do this, it’s important to regularly maintain your building’s outdoor wooden areas. Decks, porches, railings, pergolas, trellises, window trim, and door trim all need to be sealed once a year in a commercial setting to keep it like new with all the foot traffic. This upkeep may seem like a pain (to both yourself and your wallet) in the moment, but in the long run it will save you money than having to replace each of those things every few years from weathered warping or wood rot.
Do an HVAC check up
Before summer’s hot temperatures come your way, have a professional come out and do a maintenance check on your building’s HVAC system. The earlier you schedule them, the better it will be for your bottom line. In the early spring specialists aren’t as booked, so they’ll be able to take their time checking your system (to see if it’s running properly or suffering from any leaks) and replacing your parts faster. Plus, having a professional look at the system prior to all of your tenants using it at full capacity will prevent any major breakdowns when your tenants will need it most.