Building Maintenance - Care & Maintenance of Your Walters' Building

SUMMER

Inspect locks on doors and windows

Oil any locks that stick and clean drain channels on the bottom of your windows.

Inspect for termites and other pests

Inspect the columns, splashboards, eaves, and attic for termites, carpenter ants, and other wood pests. If you see signs of wood damage, call a professional exterminator. Look under the eaves for wasp or hornet nests. Handle wasp or hornet nests with care and call in a professional if necessary.

Inspect siding

Check siding and trim around windows and doors for holes, dents, and gaps. Repair with appropriate sealants according to manufacturer's instructions.

FALL

Inspect the roof

Hire a licensed roofer to replace missing or broken shingles, shake pieces, tiles and steel panels. Make sure the flashing around vent pipes, skylights, and the chimney is secure.

Unclog the gutters

Clean the gutter channels, and clear downspouts of debris. Make sure that the downspouts funnel water away from the building. Replace broken or deteriorating gutters or downspouts.

Inspect the foundation

Look for signs of water damage. Make sure that dirt around the building is graded to drain water away from the building.

Check the vegetation

Walk around your building and trim back any vegetation that is rubbing on your building. Don't spray any weed killers on or close to any steel panels.

Insulate

Replace or add caulk or weather stripping around doors or windows, between the foundation and siding, and wherever bricks and wood make contact. Both of these flexible sealants degrade over time. Make sure you have sufficient attic insulation. Most areas require at least twelve inches of insulation material.

Lubricate hinges

Apply oil to door and window hinges. Don't forget garage doors.

WINTER

Protect pipes from freezing

Insulate any water pipes that are exposed to extreme cold (especially check pipes on the north side of building). Cover outdoor water faucets.

SPRING

Check the vegetation

Walk around your building and trim back any vegetation that is rubbing on your building. Don't spray any weed killers on or close to any steel panels.

Repair winter damage

Look for sagging gutters, loose window frames or siding, deteriorating concrete or brickwork, missing roof shingles, or water damage under eaves or soffits. Schedule repairs promptly.

Patch and paint

Check exterior walls for holes or cracks; patch and paint as necessary.

Fans and air conditioners

Clean fan blades using mild soapy water. Check the central air-conditioning unit for debris and obstructions; vacuum the main condenser coil on top of the unit. Check the operating condition of window air-conditioning units; remove and wash filters in mild soapy water.

Clean windows

Wash windows, screens, and windowsills; repair any winter damage.

Check exhaust fans and vents

Make sure all exhaust fans and vents are clean and clear.

Clean dirt from exterior surfaces

Inspect the walls of your building and wash off any dirt that may have accumulated over winter with a mild soap and warm water.

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