Fall has arrived across the country and, with it, changing leaves, shorter days and colder air. It also means the first frost of the season is looming, and it can sneak up faster than you expect. When the weather turns erratic, an unprepared-for frost will wreak havoc on your building’s mechanicals, namely plumbing, and especially your budget.

Be sure you’re ready for whatever the elements throw at you by properly winterizing your pipes and plumbing. Keep operations and the water running, plus avoid emergency situations and repairs with these essential steps.

  • Check to ensure the space heaters in your unconditioned mechanical room, fire system rooms and water heater rooms are functioning properly
  • If you have a dry fire system, drain as many low points as possible to prevent freeze breaks that would activate the system
  • Inspect your domestic hot water and heating water circulating pumps to ensure they are running and in good working condition
  • If you have any piping where there is heat trace tape installed, make sure the tape is still wrapped around the pipe and touching and that the heat trace system is working
  • Find a resident room, shower room or janitor’s closet at the end of your domestic water branch line for each corridor and leave the hot and cold side on the faucet dripping
  • Turn the heat on in any unoccupied resident rooms to keep the interior temperature above freezing
  • Make sure the insulation on any of your exterior piping or piping that is located in the attic is in good condition and installed correctly
  • Cover all hose bibbs and frost-proof faucets with insulated boxes

Additionally, if you have any above-ground exterior double-check or RPZ valves, make sure they are wrapped and covered with insulated boxes. For any below-ground valves, make sure the lids are in place on the valve and meter boxes, and that the boxes are not full of water.

We understand that time is tight, staffs are short and budgets are stretched, but essential steps like these are important to protecting your equipment, assets and, most importantly, your residents. If you’re unsure how or unable to manage these tasks, it’s probably a good idea to contact a reliable service technician to come out and perform a cold-weather inspection for you. Or, take a look at all that TELS can offer.

TELS Platform lets you manage and schedule proactive or preventive maintenance your way. So say good-bye to post-it notes or causal verbal reminders (or augment them, if that’s what works best for you). You can load ongoing events just like what’s outlined above as maintenance tasks or seasonal, weather-related events as work orders. And for those times when, despite it all, Mother Nature wins out, TELS Building Services has your back – 24/7/365. Call 888-433-3224 anytime for emergency service or for assistance completing the tasks above.