When you are a property manager, the last thing you want is to get a phone call from a renter late at night in which you find out that the basement is flooding, there's a major leak in the roof, or a fire has swept through the building. While accidents will always happen, you can take some steps to reduce the risk of such occurrences. It all comes down to these preventative maintenance tasks.

Roof Inspections

Renters are unlikely to keep an eye on the roof, so you probably won't find out about roofing problems until they are severe enough to cause noticeable damage to the inside of the building. A good way around this is to have a roofing company come inspect your roof once a year. This way, they can detect peeling shingles and other minor issues early on—and address them before your rental suffers water damage.

Hot Water Heater Draining

Once a year, make plans to visit the rental unit to drain and flush the hot water heater. Not only will flushing deposits out of the water heater make it more efficient and less prone to break downs, but this will also give you a chance to look over the unit for any small leaks or loose valves. 

Furnace Tune-Ups

A furnace tune-up will help prevent the heat from failing in the middle of winter. But it will also make sure any conditions that could lead to a gas or carbon monoxide leak don't go undetected. This is vitally important since a renter could name you in a lawsuit if a poorly maintained furnace exposes them to dangerous fumes. Most HVAC companies offer affordable tune-up packages. It should only take them an hour or two to look over and adjust your system.

Clean the Gutters

Either clean the gutters yourself or hire someone to do this for you twice a year. When the gutters are clear, they will direct water away from the home's foundation, so you're less likely to get leaks in the basement. Clear gutters also prevent water accumulation and ice formation on the roof. 

Trim the Trees

Trimming the trees is not just good for the trees. It also makes sure that any dead or dying branches are removed before they blow off in a storm and cause damage to the home or related structures. Most trees need to be trimmed once a year. 

For more information, contact companies like Choice  Maintenance Group LLC.