Fall brings shorter days, cooler weather and even snow and ice to some areas. It is a good time to check the condition of a home or commercial property and perform some preventive maintenance tasks to help ensure it is in good condition to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable place for building occupants.
Preparing a residential or commercial property for the fall and the upcoming winter now could help prevent costly repairs and increase the building’s energy efficiency. Equally important, some of these tasks could help prevent indoor environmental issues associated with mold and moisture, carbon monoxide and other health and safety concerns.
Recommendations for preparing a property for the fall season include the following:
• Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors and change out the batteries
• Change filters for the HVAC system and consider having the furnace checked by a qualified professional. Also inspect the air ducts for the buildup of dust and debris.
• Properties with chimneys should have them inspected each year and cleaned if necessary
• Remove leaves and obstructions from gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams and ensure water is draining away from the building
• Check the siding for any damage or areas that moisture could enter
• Check for any damage to the roof and be sure any skylights are properly sealed
• Check windows for drafts and be sure they are properly sealed
• Inspect and replace any worn weather stripping
• Add insulation to any exposed pipes
• In places with freezing weather when the time comes don’t forget to shut off and drain any exterior sprinkler systems. Also check outdoor faucets for any leaks.
• Trim trees that could cause damage to the property with broken limbs
• Consider having any asphalt driveways or parking lots sealed
• Clean and cover outdoor air conditioning components
• When cold weather arrives and the property is sealed, consider having it checked for the presence of radon.
These are just a few things to check and do to help ensure a healthy indoor environment and a property that is ready for the fall season and the winter temperatures to come. To learn more about this or other property damage, indoor air quality, health and safety, occupational or environmental issues, please visit the websites shown below.
Clark Seif Clark http://www.csceng.com
EMSL Analytical, Inc. http://www.emsl.com
Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. http://www.iecinc.net
LA Testing http://www.latesting.com
Zimmetry Environmental http://www.zimmetry.com
Healthy Indoors Magazine http://www.iaq.net
Hudson Douglas Public Adjusters http://HudsonDouglasPublicAdjusters.com