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Winter is almost over. Time to check for damages.

Winter is almost over, but that doesn’t mean we can stop thinking about snow and ice just yet.

Retail and commercial properties can take on a lot of damage during winter, both interior and exterior. It is important to identify where your property damage has occurred so you can get it fixed immediately. Below are four common areas property managers see the most winter damage.

Parking lot

This is the No. 1 area for winter damage, especially if you received a heavy dose of snow and ice. Freezing water, salt and heavy vehicles are all factors that will lead to potholes and pavement cracks.

Debris also tends to pile up throughout winter, especially along curbs and drains, so be sure to walk your entire lot to identify areas that need to be cleaned.

Check out this article for more information on spring parking lot maintenance.

Interior floor

Floors take a beating during winter with customers dragging in snow, slush and salt. The snow and slush leave marks on your floor, whereas the salt can cause real damage. Salt crystals can scratch the surface and potentially even cut through the top layer of your flooring.

When winter is over, be sure to extensively clean your floor and repair any damage. Left unattended, scratches and small blemishes can turn into larger problems that are much more difficult and expensive to repair.

To avoid these issues next winter, look into these tips on how to prevent winter salt from damaging your floor.

Gutters

Spring brings heavy rain to many areas of the country, so it is essential to make sure your gutters are ready to go. But the melting and refreezing of snow can lead to separation between the gutters and your building.

Separation happens when the weight of ice breaks the brackets or pipe cleats that hold your gutters to the building. This can lead to leaking and a costly repair down the line, so it is important to take a look at your gutters once winter is over.

Landscaping

It is common for snow to weigh down branches on your trees, causing a few of them to split or even break completely. Be sure to walk the tree lines of your property to clean up debris. Our field representatives also walk the property verify that the job was completed to our customer’s expectations. 

Salt from snowplows can also spill over from the pavement to the planting beds, causing damage to the landscape. But with some routine recovery techniques, lawns will be able to bounce back when the weather is nicer.

Many of these damage issues are unavoidable throughout the winter months, so it is important to have an attack plan to recover once the weather warms. This is where DMG has you covered. For more information, visit our website.

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