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7 Spring Maintenance Tips for Safer Commercial Properties

Kimberly Khoury | February 25, 2021 | Spring Maintenance

The safety of your commercial property is an important responsibility, especially when it comes to your outdoor environment. 

As the chill of winter slowly melts away over the next few weeks, it is crucial for commercial property managers to uphold their commitment to safe, reliable grounds that meet the needs of every season.

After a harsh Canadian winter, taking proper care of your commercial property will not only protect your staff, clients and communities from potential hazards, but it will also safeguard your landscaping investments by reducing the risk of emergency maintenance fees.

At Clintar Commercial Outdoor Services, our industry-leading professionals are dedicated to delivering safe and essential spring maintenance services that ensure quality and consistency all year around.

To help you carefully prepare for the warmer months ahead, here are 7 spring cleaning tips for maintaining safer commercial properties in 2021:

1. Assess the Property for Signs of Winter Damage

After a long season of snowfall and ice, it is not uncommon for Canadian property owners to find evidence of corrosion in the spring.

From potholes and debris to rotting trees and deterioration, it is important to take some time to carefully evaluate the physical conditions of your entire property each spring and fall season.

In the event of any repair requirements, seasonal maintenance routines will not only ensure that your property looks as professional as possible to the public, but it will most importantly eliminate any risk to further property damage or personal injury. 

2. Remove Any Hazardous Branches, Litter or Debris

From tree branches and litter to hazardous materials such as PPE’s and/or disposable gloves, our WHMIS-trained professionals are committed to keeping commercial properties safe from potential hazards.

By proactively removing any dangerous materials from the premises, commercial businesses not only provide a safer public space for their communities, but they can also maintain a professional, trustworthy image to prospective clients.

While an unkept environment may give off the impression of a neglected business, it is important for commercial property managers to consider the impact their property can have on safety and overall business reputation.

3. Repair Cracked/Unsafe Parking Lots

As you might imagine, a neglected parking lot can present a variety of safety risks to local drivers and pedestrians.

From potholes to deterioration, it only requires one small oversight for disaster to occur!

In an effort to best protect your staff, clients and communities, it is very important for commercial property owners to uphold a high standard of safety when it comes to the quality of their outdoor parking spaces.

4. Remove Any Rotting/Dead Trees

Each winter, the weight of heavy snow and ice can often wreak havoc on our outdoor environments. As heavy ice accumulates, it is not uncommon to see split, dead and/or rotting trees impacted by the harsh seasonal conditions.

Until removed, these damaged trees will continue to be a risk, falling on a person, building or vehicle, presenting a very serious safety concern.

As these problems can also be caused by harmful infestations and diseases that may cause the trees to die, it is very important for commercial property owners to maintain their properties with seasonal maintenance and routine tree/shrub care.

5. Water Drainage / Irrigation System Maintenance

With a focus on health and safety, it is essential for commercial property owners to understand the risks related to poor water drainage and irrigation failures.

From tripping hazards and flooding to underwatering and/or hardscape damage, stagnant water can also present a severe risk to virus and disease control as it provides ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes carrying vector-borne diseases.

To maintain the safety and integrity of your commercial property, it is very important to schedule routine irrigation inspections to avoid the cumulative risk of any drainage issues overtime.  

6. Turf Maintenance

While the end of winter can often leave your commercial property looking lifeless and neglected, the importance of a well-maintained lawn benefits more than just curb appeal!

Mismanaged turf can provide shelter and hiding places to mice, mosquitoes and other potentially harmful pests or vermin, creating a high risk to health and safety.

To best protect your property and community, it is essential to include routine turf maintenance including fertilization care, leaf blowing and raking, branch clearing and turf aeration to your commercial property management protocols.

7. Have a Plan for Noxious Weeds & Invasive Species Control

At Clintar Commercial Outdoor Services, our extermination professionals are well-equipped to protect commercial properties from noxious weeds, poison ivy, invasive phragmites and other predatory species.

Licensed by the Ministry of the Environment, our specialists provide an ecosystem-based approach that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and invasive species.

Using eco-friendly techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation and commercial property maintenance, we can safely play our part in reducing the risk of viruses and diseases while simultaneously protecting the environment.   Protect Your Staff, Clients & Communities with Commercial Spring Cleaning Services

Clintar continues to remain focused on the health and safety of our employees, clients and communities.

From sustainable turf maintenance protocols to preventative parking lot maintenance and clean-up, we are here to play our part in ensuring a safe and reliable environment for the spring season ahead!

If you would like to learn more about our spring maintenance services for commercial properties, please feel free to contact us for more details.