When spring arrives in Ohio, it’s a good time to do some maintenance on public housing properties and look around the premises for any issues. It’s a smart strategy for ensuring you’re living up to your section 8 landlord responsibilities and the property remains clean and sanitary. Plus, it’s also a way to identify any new problems that could jeopardize health and safety—or interfere with inspections that ensure your property meets Section 8 housing quality standards.
Importance of Clean Public Housing
The importance of a clean home can’t be underestimated. Everyone deserves a safe, clean, and healthy place to live because it’s vital for people of all ages, especially children and seniors. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, occupants can be impacted by pest problems, environmental contaminants, or other health and safety issues.
A solid spring cleaning and maintenance regime can help reveal any hidden hazards and keep your occupants safe. Here are some spring cleaning ideas and maintenance tasks to consider adding to your checklist.
Section 8 Spring Cleaning & Maintenance Checklist
Stock Up on Supplies
Stocking up on cleaning supplies such as all-purpose cleaners, floor and bathroom cleaners, furniture and glass cleaner is a great way to begin your spring cleaning process. Other items to consider adding to the supply closet include a vacuum cleaner with attachments, a mop and bucket, brooms, and microfiber cloths.
Service the HVAC System
Check to make sure the HVAC system is functioning properly and replace the air filter. If you haven’t already, hire a qualified technician for routine service and maintenance of the HVAC system to ensure it works properly throughout the year.
Clean Exterior Vents
Exterior vents allow for proper airflow and temperature regulation in a home. Clear away any overgrown foliage or debris to ensure they function properly and prevent fire hazards.
Inspect Window Screens
Replace or repair damaged or missing window screens. Properly functioning screens allow your tenant to get some fresh air into the home, while also preventing insects from entering and causing an infestation.
Secure Entry Points
Safety and security are essential to everyone—double-check that all windows and doors shut and lock properly. Locking doors and windows are a primary defense against home invasion.
Clean the Gutters
Ensure the gutters are free from debris and any blockages. Also, make sure water flows away from the home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can cause water to flow into the basement and potentially damage the foundation.
Inspect the Roof
Remove any debris and check for missing shingles or damage. A roof acts as a layer of defense that’s important for maintaining the overall structure and contents of the home. Consult a roofing professional for any repairs needed.
Test Emergency Systems
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in good working order and the batteries are fully charged. Without these essential systems, your occupants can face serious health and safety risks if a fire occurs or the HVAC system has an issue.
Check the Thermostat
Test the HVAC thermostat to ensure accurate readings and that the batteries are fully charged. A properly functioning thermostat is important for proper temperature regulation and efficient energy use.
Inspect the Attic
Check for signs of leaks, mold, and pests, and ensure it’s adequately insulated. This not only helps protect the overall structure but also helps ensure any of your tenant’s belongings stored in the attic aren’t damaged.
Check Pipes for Damage
Inspect exposed plumbing pipes and exterior spigots for damage. Again, any water leaks can cause damage to the home’s structure or foundation. Water leaks and excessive moisture can also create a breeding ground for contaminants like mold and mildew. Consult a plumbing professional for any repairs needed.
Inspect the Basement
Check to make sure the basement is properly ventilated. Add a dehumidifier if needed to help control excess moisture. This helps with that unpleasant musty smell in the basement and the health hazards that come with mold issues.
Spring Housing Improvements with PMHA’s Capital Fund Program
Each year, PMHA’s Capital Fund program supports the development, financing, and modernization of public housing. Contact our team to learn more about the program and see if you qualify for funds to renovate your public housing property located in Portage County.