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Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast Episode 231: What Proactive Maintenance Should I Be Doing To My Building?

Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast Episode 231: What Proactive Maintenance Should I Be Doing To My Building?

Maintaining a brick building in the vibrant city of Chicago can be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. To help brick building owners navigate this journey, the Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast recently featured a fascinating episode with a guest who has valuable insights to share. In the episode titled What Proactive Maintenance Should I Be Doing To My Building? Les O'Hara from North Shore Brickwork, delves into the importance of adopting a proactive maintenance program for brick buildings in the Windy City.

Proactive Maintenance: A Recipe for Success

Les O'Hara, a seasoned expert in the field of brick building maintenance, begins the podcast by emphasizing the critical importance of proactive maintenance. He highlights the significance of regular inspections of various building components, including roofs, parapets, windows, doors, HVAC units, and masonry work. Les's advice is clear: waiting for visible issues to emerge can be a costly mistake. By inspecting these elements routinely, you can identify and address potential problems before they escalate.

Key Maintenance Areas: A Comprehensive Approach

One of the standout takeaways from the podcast is Les O'Hara's emphasis on roof inspections. He suggests conducting roof inspections at least twice a year to ensure your building is protected from the elements. During these inspections, Les recommends paying close attention to flashings, counter flashings, caulking, gutter systems, and downspouts. By maintaining these key components, you can prevent water damage, leaks, and other issues that can jeopardize the integrity of your brick building.

The Cost of Neglect vs. the Value of Maintenance

Les underlines the importance of considering the expenses associated with maintenance compared to the potential financial burden of neglecting your building. As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and this principle certainly applies to brick building maintenance.

In the "What Proactive Maintenance Should I Be Doing To My Building?" episode of the Straight Up Chicago Investor Podcast, Les O'Hara from North Shore Brickwork delivers a treasure trove of insights for brick building owners in Chicago. His emphasis on proactive maintenance, regular inspections, and efficient repair techniques offers a roadmap for maintaining the charm and integrity of brick buildings in the city.

So, if you're a brick building owner in Chicago, or simply passionate about preserving the city's architectural heritage, this podcast episode is a must-listen. By embracing proactive maintenance, you can protect your investment, enhance the longevity of your building, and continue to contribute to the beauty and character of the Windy City.

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Guests: Les O'Hara, North Shore Brickwork

Sponsors: North Shore Brickwork

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