08 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Spring Maintenance Tips for Landlords in Ottawa

‘Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”’, Robin Williams once said. It’s a nice thought but, on a more practical note, the arrival of Spring, in Ottawa and elsewhere, is also a wake-up call to landlords to do some essential maintenance before the onset of the summer heat!

spring maintenance tips, spring cleaning, landlords in ottawa, landlord tipsHere’s a useful check-list of 10 important jobs to keep your Ottawa property in good repair.

  1. Check your roof. The hot summer sun can quickly damage a roof’s shingles, so you may want to call a contractor if you haven’t inspected the roof in several years.
  2.  Make sure the gutters are safely attached and free of dead leaves.
  3. Clean the downspouts and check that they are directing water away from the foundations of your Ottawa property to prevent the possibility of a basement flood.
  4. Examine faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside the property when the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that requires replacement.
  5. Check for bird’s nests in plumbing vent pipes.
  6. Pour a gallon of water into seldom-used drains to fill the trap and prevent bad smells from entering the house.
  7. Go up into the attic of your Ottawa property. If it smells at all musty, then check for roof leaks. Examine the underside of the roof and the insulation carefully for any discoloration or dirty stains, which can be clues to water leaks.
  8. Clean the yard drains. Look for low areas in the yard near the foundations of your Ottawa property that might collect water during a heavy shower. Level these depressions by filling them in with soil. Also flatten out any other hollows because they may develop pools of water after rain. Puddles of stagnant water can form a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  9. Inspect the foundations around your house before the spring rains. Look for cracks and seal them yourself or call a contractor if necessary.
  10. Go down into the basement of your Ottawa property. Check the walls and floor for water stains or any signs of seepage through the foundation.
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