A slight chill in the evenings, the grumble of school buses in the mornings, and afternoons we’re never quite sure how to dress for, that’s right, it’s fall already! Fall is a great time to reassess your commercial property needs and to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Doing so will not only ensure your property looks its best but will save you money in the long run. And with our expert team ready to help you with anything you need, it’s an investment you can’t afford to ignore.
Fall means nice weather but ever decreasing amounts of day light leads to a rush of outdoor activity in the autumn months. More people means more litter, but consistent sweeping and cleaning can help cut down on long term costs.
Only 11% of people tend to litter in a clean environment. This means that there will always be something that has to get picked up. In an earlier blog, we provide research showing that 41% of people tend to litter in an environment that already contains litter.
Courtesy of John Cameron.
Without a consistent cleaning schedule of debris removal and power sweeping, your property will accumulate the regular 11%, plus an additional 30%.
A standard item of litter is a coffee cup, so imagine people litter 11 coffee cups on your property every day. It’s a hassle, but perfectly manageable with daily cleaning. Now imagine you only clean once a week. Instead of cleaning up 77 cups each week, this number could increase to 287! Planning a consistent debris removal and power sweeping schedule is the most effective way to keep costs to a minimum.
Both detention and retention basins help manage flooding and storm runoff water, keeping your property both safer and drier. Investing in a basin can improve the overall quality of a property and prevent costly repairs.
While these basins have their limits, investing in the maintenance and management of your basin can help prevent damage and offset the cost of future repairs, as flooding is expected to increase over the next several years.
It’s important to winterize sprinkler systems as well as beds and grass. If you fail to winterize your sprinkler system in the fall, you may be dealing with burst pipes in the winter. Winterizing beds and grass fortifies them for the long, cold winter. The results of this work will bloom in the springtime as your grass comes back healthy and green.
Courtesy of Paula Robinson.
Neglecting to remove fallen leaves is a liability to your property. As we covered in an earlier blog, if someone slips and falls on your property due to a tripping hazard, and they can prove that you were aware of the hazard prior to the accident, you could be held liable. Fallen leaves on smooth tarmac or wet grass can be a serious tripping hazard and put you at risk.
Before you know it, we’ll be sending you a blog on winter maintenance, and you will have missed your chance to prep your property and save in the long run. Click the link below to get your quote today!
The photograph of pumpkins in the feature image is courtesy of Kristin Wrba.