Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away
By: Nicholas A. Dunlap, CPM

As property managers, we grow accustomed to many things: excuses around the first of the month, maintenance requests as the result of a rental increase and in weeks like this, a number of urgent and random phone calls as a result of the rain. Although leaks are bound to appear with rains as heavy as those currently punishing Southern California on any type or class of property, knowing your property is the best way to prevent these problems from happening. At our properties, we most frequently experience roof/window leaks and courtyard flooding as a result of the rain. Knowing this has enabled us to establish a quick and effective way to mitigate the problems most frequently brought on by the rain.

Please find below a “top three” of sorts to illustrate to you our methods of handling the issues we most frequently face.

1. Roof Leaks- The ability to quickly and safely locate the roof leak is key. Whether it is a temporary solution by way of tar or tarp, have your maintenance staff address the issue as soon as you receive the complaint. You can potentially save yourself money on exterior and interior repairs and any damages caused to the tenant’s property.

2. Window Leaks- Older, metal-framed windows are the most problematic but can be easily and inexpensively fixed. Leaky windows often require little more than a sealant or weather-stripping around where the glass meets the frame that can be applied in a matter of minutes. You may want to consider replacing the windows over time, but this quick fix should suffice for the time being.

3. Water Pooling- The third and most common occurrence is the pooling of water. Pooling occurs often as a result of clogged drains or flooded flowerbeds and planters. That said, having a sump pump on hand and ready to use can help, as can having a snake to clear a clogged drain or simply sweeping water away with a push broom.