Winterizing your vacant property

winter buildingNot all properties can hold up well during the winter. It’s possible a property may get vandalized, pipes may freeze up and water or ice damage may occur if not properly maintained. Review the CAP winterization service checklist to better prepare your property before winter begins.

 To Do

  • Consider if the geographic location of the property is subject to freezing temperatures
  • Protect the property from outside intrusion. Consider changing locks, boarding, fencing, security lighting.
  • Base the level of service upon whether or not the property has been winterized previously
  •  Turn off or install an interior shut-off valve in the property to protect against the risk of the main water line to the building being turned on.
  • Consider whether or not to maintain heat in the building
  • After the winterization is complete, conduct follow up inspections to check on the property (very important)

 To Avoid

  •  Winterizing a property that has not been secured
  •  Shutting down a boiler unless absolutely necessary
  •  Winterizing a fire suppression (sprinkler) system
  •  Shutting off the water supply to a fire suppression system
  •  Winterizing a property with shared water and occupied units
  •  Leaving damaged plumbing unrepaired
  •  A delay in winterizing the property

Read more of Marc Insul’s, president and COO of Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC., winterization advice here: http://www.retailfacilitybusiness.com/industry-voices/405-left-out-in-the-cold-industry-voices.html.

Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC. wants to make sure you’re making the right decisions for your vacant property. We offer efficient means of protecting your investment in a cost-effective manner. We’ll take necessary cost saving actions to preserve and protect the asset. Visit our website for more information.

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