One of the benefits of living in Texas is getting to enjoy mild winters. While we don’t have to worry about shoveling our driveways or salting our walkways, there is some winter maintenance your HOA should be doing and reminding homeowners about.
Check Your Furnace
While our mild winters usually keep us from seeing snow, the temperatures drop enough that many will turn on their heater this winter. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure that the furnaces are cleaned, aren’t leaking, and are operating efficiently. Taking the precautions to keep your furnace well-maintained can prolong the lifespan of your furnace and keep you from making costly repairs or replacements.
Have Your Roof Inspected
With blazing summers, the best time to take care of roof repairs is in the winter months. Roof inspectors look for cracks, leaks, insufficient insulation, and damage to shingles. The inspectors can make sure that your roof is ready for any weather conditions coming in and give you insight into any repairs that need to be made or when you’ll need to replace your roof.
Remove Leaves from Gutters and Lawns
Leaves can pile up fast, and left unattended, they can clog gutters and drains — leading to flooding and substantial damage to properties. Leaves that sit on lawns can also carry fungi that is harmful to plants and lawns.
Prevent Pipes from Freezing
For those nights when the temperatures drop below freezing, it’s important to take steps to ensure the pipes don’t freeze. A few steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing include:
- Keep a faucet dripping – it allows the water to move freely and continuously, preventing it from freezing.
- Maintain a heating source inside the building to protect pipes against cold.
- Seal visible cracks with caulk or spray foam to fill the voids.
- Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves, wrapping, or using slip-on foam pipe insulation.
If you’re in need of more HOA winter maintenance tips, or you’re wondering how Prism Realty Management can help you manage your association, give us a call at 512-676-5842. We’d be happy to talk to you about who we are, the services we offer, and our process.