Property Maintenance During the Rainy Season in Southern California

by Paul Murphy Owner

               The first rains of winter have arrived in Los Angeles, Orange County, and throughout Southern California, which is good news for your landscape but bad news for your windows and parking lot.  In today’s blog, we’d like to propose three measures that every property manager should consider when the rainy season arrives:

  • Window cleaning: The most immediate change that tenants are likely to notice from the rain is the array of drops on windows.  If your property features many such surfaces, be sure to schedule your window cleaning shortly after the rain so that these drops don’t dry and leave a layer of residue behind; in addition, a window cleaner can inspect for possible leaks and cracks that the rain may have caused or worsened.  If left uncleaned, the residue of dirt and grime on windows can be difficult to remove; over longer periods of time, it can also cause permanent marks.  As a rule of thumb, consider having your window washing and inspection scheduled within forty-eight hours of the last rains to avoid long-term damage.
  • Parking lot power sweeping: Another measure to take after the rains is to inspect the quality of your parking areas pavement, since storms can loosen sediment and debris that is trapped within cracks and potholes. Once the surface dries, this loosened debris is kicked up and churned by passing cars, which sullies the appearance of your lot.  It is subsequently carried away by water into drains, where it clogs their passages and eventually pollutes the environment (for more about stormwater drainage, see our blog entry “Everything You Need to Know About Stormwater Runoff”).  A second source of loosened debris is landscape borders and planters, which can overfill with water and spill their sediment onto the pavement.  The solution in both of these cases is to regularly schedule parking lot sweeping, which uses backpack blowers to remove the debris from corners and other areas so that it may be vacuumed by a passing power sweeper truck.  Finally, it is important to ensure that your landscaping is properly bounded so that its contents remain within their borders.
  • Pressure washing/steam cleaning: Rains can also loosen oil, grease, bird excrement, and food and beverage spills from tables, trash cans, sidewalks, parking lots, planters, and trash bin enclosures (for more on avoiding messy enclosures, see our blog entry “Three Ways to Get a Handle on Unruly Trash Bin Enclosures”). Much like sediment and pavement debris, these items are then spread about your property or carried away into contaminated drains.  If parking lot sweeping is insufficient for removing these other items, we recommend either pressure washing or steam cleaning to get the job done.

               Feeling overwhelmed by all this advice?  Crown is here to help!  We can assess the post-rain condition of your property and provide affordable, sensible recommendations to keep it looking new.  Click on the “Request a Quote” button on our website or phone us at 800-953-0019, and we’ll be happy to help.  We have decades of experience working with property managers in Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties.  We hope to hear from you soon.