Old Man Winter's Coming Now is the Time to Prepare for Winter's Arrival!

A cold, wet spring turned quickly into a hot, humid summer rife with thunderstorms and localized flooding throughout the northeast. As autumn starts to paint the region’s foliage, building community and association boards and managers are looking at long-range forecasts and, in their annual ritual, wondering what winter will hold this year.

Will conditions be just right for those nasty ice dams that wreak havoc on flat roofs and top floor apartment units? Will a long, deep freeze put stress on heating systems and lead to burst pipes? Will snow and thaw-freeze cycles create slip-and-fall hazards throughout New York streets?

Whatever Mother Nature is getting ready to throw at New York City during the upcoming season, the time has come for co-ops and condos to pull out their winterizing checklists and get busy on buttoning up their properties.

With winter on the way, we asked experienced industry professionals what items on are on their to-do lists—and should be on your building community’s list, too.

Winterizing Windows

When there’s water penetration or water migration coming into a building around window frames, those areas have to be maintained before winter and should be looked at before fall ends.

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