With the fall season comes the cooler weather, the falling leaves, and in most places, wetter days. It’s important to make sure your property is ready for the increased downpours. In this article, we’ll include some maintenance steps for your property’s drainage systems. If you’re part of a homeowners association, they may be able to give recommendations as well.
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To be sure there aren’t any draining issues on your decks, check that they are free from debris, such as leaves. Since the drains on patio decks are usually pretty small, larger leaves may get caught in them and lead to water buildup.
Doors and Windows
Always vacuum the tracks of any sliding doors and windows on your property. Debris can often get lodged there and lead to leaking in the bottom corners, so keeping them clean helps you monitor them. Knowing when you need to replace old sliding doors and windows can saves you hundreds in water damage.
Twice a year or more, have a professional remove the leaves and debris out of your gutters and off your roofs. (Homeowners association management can help you choose a qualified and recommended service provider.)
Also, make sure the water that falls on your roof—and all other areas it travels when there is heavy rain—is draining properly. And don’t forget to have the downspouts and gutters checked for clogs and determine if they need to be replaced or adjusted.
Ensure any light fixtures, hose bibs, windows, fireplace flashings, and doors are properly sealed at wall openings. Also check that the release flashing is not disturbed.
It’s also recommended you do a walkthrough of your property with your HOA manager for each problem area. This will help you set up a list of anything that needs to be worked on so you can be prepared for any water-related problems this season. You can also use a commercial maintenance company to help you with all of your needs.