The Carolinas have experienced a fairly mild winter thus far, but colder weather is beginning to set in. Although snowstorms aren’t frequent aside from the mountainous areas, they can still occur. It’s important that homeowners associations are prepared for the cold as well as for potentially icy or snowy weather as well. Kuester Management Group has released a new statement to the press revealing safety precautions HOAs can take to protect homeowners and property.
“Winter weather can be brutal,” says Bryan Kuester, President of Kuester Management Group. “HOAs want to ensure that they have taken steps to protect against potential disaster such as pipes freezing, roofs leaking, and residents slipping and falling. Being proactive can mean a safer, more enjoyable winter season and less risk of damage.”
Kuester recommends that HOAs do a walk-through of the community before winter weather strikes. Check roofs to make sure they are not worn or damaged. Freezing and thawing can make small problems even worse and lead to leaky spots where water gets into the building. Another area to check is gutters. Clean out any leaves, sticks, or other debris that may have gotten lodged in there during the autumn months. A clean gutter will allow water to run freely and drain out away from the building. It can also help prevent the formation of icicles from overflow of water due to blockages in the gutter.
Have salt readily available near any community buildings, walkways, and parking lots. If there is a chance of icing, spread salt preemptively to promote melting. Ensure that maintenance or landscaping crews are on call to quickly and efficiently clear away snow and spread salt following storms. Kuester also encourages HOAs to place doormats inside all entry ways of community buildings to help prevent slippery floors when weather is damp.
“When members head to the gym or clubhouse, chances are they’re walking outside and their shoes will be wet or snowy,” says Kuester. “Something as simple as a doormat or floor fan can keep wet floors to a minimum and reduce risk of slip and fall accidents.”
It’s also a good idea to double-check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and have heating systems checked to ensure they’re in proper working order. A malfunctioning system can not only be hazardous but also expensive to replace. Regular maintenance can help catch problems early on.
“Send helpful reminders and notices out to homeowners as well,” says Kuester. “Let them know how they can be proactive. Encourage them to have their fireplace, heating system, roof, and gutters inspected as well. If there is a chance of pipes freezing, they should leave sinks dripping overnight. Increased communication can keep everyone safer and more alert.”
Kuester Management Group, a division of Kuester Companies, works to protect property values and enhance the quality of life in each of its managed communities. Providing a full range of association management services, Kuester Management Group has worked to foster strong, resilient, and unified communities across North and South Carolina. The company is proud to offer on-site property managers, all zealous for building strong communities meant to stand the test of time.
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