The Power of Preventative Maintenance: Safeguarding Your Investment

True Property Inspections goes beyond addressing just the visible damage.  

Keeping your property in prime shape is not just about reacting to problems as they arise, but proactively addressing issues. No matter how small issues may seem at first glance, it is important to address them regardless.

1.      Keep It Small: Solving Problems at the Root

Regular inspections are the cornerstone of preventative maintenance. Even a small crack in a building component can reveal signs of a bigger structural deficiency, so it’s important to address problems while they’re still in their infancy. Proactively assessing the condition of your property allows you to properly address any concerns, saving your community time and money.

A true preventative maintenance inspection should review all aspects of the building envelope, which are the exterior components that protect the inside of your building. This includes the roof, siding and windows, all of which are exposed to the elements.

Common defects we often find include:

  • Roof materials that have worn over time or were improperly installed. This allows for channeling water to travel beneath the shingles.
  • Stucco cracks that allow water to seep into the building can be a sign of further structural issues and damage.
  • Improperly installed windows can cause water to flow into the building materials and/or the interior of your home.

It’s essential that all of these components are properly waterproofed to protect against water intrusion, a precursor to structural damage.

2.      Proper Landscaping Protects Your Property

Maintaining a well-manicured exterior is not just about curb appeal; it’s a crucial aspect of preventative maintenance. Landscaping too close to your buildings poses a significant risk of future water damage and pest infestation, as this contact can create pathways for moisture and critters to infiltrate your structure.

The simplest way to combat these risks is to maintain a buffer between your landscaping and walls.

  • Keep small or medium shrubs two to three feet away from buildings and tall shrubs or trees four to five feet away. Ensure the weep holes at the bottom of your buildings are left exposed so moisture can escape from within the wall system.
  • Regularly trim trees and bushes to eliminate contact with the building. Trees hanging over any buildings should also be trimmed to avoid roof damage and allow roofs to dry.
  • Ensure proper drainage around your buildings. For instance, slope flower beds away from buildings to draw water away from your buildings, instead of toward them.

3.      Keep Your Roofs Clean

Regular roof maintenance is crucial for preserving the longevity and integrity of your buildings. Keeping your roofs clean is vital to preventing future damage.

  • Clean gutters regularly to prevent debris buildup.
  • Ensure downspouts are properly angled to drain water away from the building to reduce the risk of water damage.
  • Do not pressure wash your roof. By pressure washing your roof, you risk eroding the granules on the shingles, exposing your roofing materials to the sun’s damaging rays.  
  • Be proactive and get regular roof inspections before hurricane season.
  • If there is an issue, do not climb on the roof yourself to fix it. This not only poses a safety issue but can void your warranty. Contact a roofing expert to fix any issues covered under warranty.

Preventative maintenance practices such as regular roof protection, strategic landscaping and thorough building inspections are essential for safeguarding your property. We urge you to make proactive maintenance a priority in your property management routine—it's an investment that pays in the long run.