We spend a lot of time talking about the condo market, stats, and data for buyers and sellers, but with recent news articles talking about potential heavy rains, snow and the like this winter, we were prompted to do some research on condo winter readiness to protect your investment if you are a condo owner.
Recently, the Seattle Times had an article about keeping storm drains clear. Well guess what? This isn’t just for single-family house owners; your condo building is also surrounded by storm drains. On your next trip to walk the doggie, or to the local coffee shop or bar, take a look around your building and pay attention to the storm drains. Do you have an alley around back? How about a rooftop deck or courtyard? Check there too. In heavy rains or even snow, if these drains are blocked by leaves or debris, they won't drain water and flooding could result. Take a few minutes to clear those drains and compost those leaves or throw away the debris. Or if it’s within your building, bring it to the attention of your building staff. If you see a big build up in the street or alley drains, Seattle Public Utilities says to give them a call and they will have crews come out and remove that heavy grate covering the drain to remove the blockage (don’t try to lift it yourself).
Acting now can save you a big headache during a rain storm by preventing flooding into you building or lakes of water blocking your access and exit to and from your building.