• As the weather gets colder, pest sightings increase. Take full advantage of the
exterminating service programs in place in your building: Speak to your resident
manager/super for details.
• Daylight Savings Time ended Sunday, November 5th. This is a good annual reminder to change your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector batteries!
• Starting this year, Local Law 86/2017 changes the City’s Heat Season temps.
From October 1 through May 31, nighttime interior temps must be a minimum of
62 degrees, regardless of the outdoor temperature. Daytime indoor temps remain
unchanged, at 68 degrees when outdoor temps drop below 55.
• Schedule year-end service for central AC and pre-season inspection of heat systems.
• Close, service and install insulation covers on through-wall and window A/C units.
• Secure all items on roofs and balconies to immobilize them in the event of a
• Inspect all-weather carpets and runners to ensure good condition.
• Check supplies of calcium chloride and snow shovels.
• Tune up snow blowers, check/insulate sections of plumbing that could be prone to freezing.
As temps drop, it’s time to take action to get your building ready for winter.
Keeping your building running smoothly throughout the cold winter months is always a challenge. By preparing early, your property can save money, reduce fuel consumption, and increase the comfort and convenience of residents. By following these strategies for winter preparation, your building can batten down the hatches against the coming cold, maintain clear and safe common areas, and keep fuel costs down this winter. It’s best to start preparations early before the first winter weather hits.
• Review and restock your inventory of snow/storm related items, including Ice and Snow Melt, which were in short supply last winter
• Service the snow blower
• Check the supply and condition of snow shovels
• Clean and prepare winter uniforms, including work gloves and winter gear
• Close off automatic irrigation systems and drain lines
• Schedule year-end service for central air systems
• Schedule pre-season inspection of heating systems
• Close, service and install insulation covers on through-wall and window A/C units
• Secure all items on roofs and balconies to immobilize them in the event of a wind storm
• Move all planters away from walls to allow snow removal around perimeter
• Inspect all-weather carpets and runners to ensure good condition
• Review emergency procedures for residents and staff, and update as needed
• Review and update list of residents with special needs in case they need assistance
• Review and update telephone call list for staff in case there is a problem with public transportation
• Be sure list of staff cell phone numbers is accurate and up to date.
• Prepare a list of staff members who are available to come in early in case of emergency or storm
• Have petty cash available for coffee and food pizza for staff if there is an extended work period
• Have trees on the property trimmed to remove dead or broken limbs
• Call 311 for street trees that need pruning
• Have working thermometers on hand to check heat levels in apartments and public areas
• Check areas where pipes have frozen before to make sure they are well insulated and or protected
• Check exterior doors for weather stripping
• Clean out problem drains that may have backed up before
• Call 311 if there are public drains that need to be attended