Springtime has arrived and all across the south, tree pollen and dead growth are falling like snow covering parking lots, cars, roofs and lawn furniture. It is the signal for property managers to break out the blowers and move the pollen along its merry way. However, blowing pollen from one location to the next is only cosmetic and may often result in additional maintenance and repair expense.

The Laws of Physics

As my old friend Joe once said “the stuff has to go somewhere.” This is consistent with some of the laws of physics, most notably The Law of Gravity and theconservation of mass and energy. A walk around any apartment complex show how right he was. For example, although the wind may blow pollen around, it still has to come down somewhere and using blowers only relocates the dust, it does not make it disappear. Pollen may resettle on coils in HVAC units, roofs, pools or even cluster around drains.

The Answer Is Not Blowing In The Wind

Some maintenance options are obvious such as making sure air and pool filters are checked and cleaned regularly or making sure the storm drains are not obstructed. Other tasks may require specialists or specialty tools. This may include

  • Removing debris from HVAC coils. Debris and dust can interfere with heat exchange or absorb moisture and begin to corrode critical parts.
  • Clearing rain gutters. Pollen, leaves and other debris can prevent rain gutters from flowing smoothly resulting in water draining down the sides of building or possibly back flowing into cracks and crevices. Debris collection areas are a natural habitat for many insects.
  • Pressure washing roofs. It is not difficult for pollen to collect under the corners of shingles. As it collects this pollen will absorb moisture and attract insects. In addition many pollens have a tendency to stain roofing materials which may result in additional cleanup costs as well as affect property image.

Schedule a Solution using a CMMS

The key point is pollen is a form of dust. It may be very fine or thick in nature. Regardless of the size, pollen, dust, and debris removal should be should be scheduled in accordance with local spring growth cycles. Property managers can better manage this issue by making use of a CMMS to schedule inspections and preventive maintenance. Using a CMMS will ensure that both in-house staff and vendors are on top of the situation as well reduce the likelihood of

  • Higher energy bills due to inefficient HVAC units
  • Premature roof replacement as a result of discoloration or corrosion
  • Water damage as a result of drainage issues.
  • Insect infestation

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