6 Things to Watch For in Winter

winter roofsBecause winter weather can “wreak havoc” on pipes, roofs and electrical bills, it is important to protect investment properties throughout the winter months.  Having a plan and preparing now can help ease the pain of this process.

6 things to watch for throughout the winter months:

  • Pipes-on exposed pipes check for obvious cracks and weak spots.
  • Roofs– Every roof has a snow load rating, pay attention to the amount of snow piling up on the roof tops and remove it on flat roofs.
  • Vacant properties-drain all water pipes and turn off main water supply before the first freeze.  Visit property frequently throughout the coldest months.
  • Windows and doors– use weather stripping or caulking to prevent cold outside air from seeping in through the cracks.
  • Rain Gutters and drain pipes– Keep these free of debris.  Check for leaves after a big storm.
  • Monitor weather- Anticipate problems before they arise, as suggested by the weather reports.

It is also important to have a good relationship with an emergency response restoration company previous to the winter months.  Make sure they are familiar with the properties and can locate them quickly.  Get agreed pricing before a winter storm event occurs.

By having a plan and being prepared throughout the winter, investment properties can become less of a problem and more of an asset.

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