Preventative Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance
'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'  This old adage is a cornerstone principle at Cardinal Property Management.  Minor damage can worsen rapidly under the extremes of weather we experience in the suburban Chicago area.  A proper maintenance program will reduce the exposure to larger scale repairs.

The benefits include:

  • Repairing minor maintenance items before larger costs are incurred.
  • Identifying major items in need of maintenance/repair.
  • Consolidation of smaller jobs that can be done on the same day will lower costs charged to the association on a per call basis.
  • Regular on-site property inspections.

Caulking Windows and Doors

Routine inspections allow us to easily spot such repair items as caulking damage. If not fixed, this allows insects an easy access point into your home, as well as wind that can lower window and door efficiency, and water seepage that can lead to mold.

Damaged Roof

Older shingles begin to curl, leading to interior unit damages due to water leaks.

Satellite Dishes

Here we see improperly installed satellite dishes with wires left to run along rooflines. This can effect roofing warrantees as well as shorten the life of the roofing products.

Damaged Roof and Gutter

This bent gutter will most likely accumulate water in the damaged area. Once the water freezes, this is the first place icicles will form, causing an extremely dangerous situation for persons or property on the ground below.

Broken Downspouts

Broken downspouts can mean serious damage to roofing and gutters in the winter months, causing water and ultimately, ice accumulation (also known as 'ice dams'.) In summer, improper drainage caused by damaged downspouts can lead to water build-up near foundation walls resulting in seepage and interior property damage.


Improper drainage can cause erosion. In this case, serious injury can occur due to the steep drop-off at the edge of the sidewalk.

Curb Appeal

The aesthetic value of the landscaping is also compromised, ultimately losing much of the property's 'curb appeal' for potential buyers.

Unwanted Pests

If not maintained, this type of erosion can become the perfect shelter and breeding ground for a variety of rodents or other unwanted pests.


As a building ages, maintenance needs increase. Proper tuck pointing ensures that water cannot penetrate bricks and the top edges of the foundation. As seen here, tuck-pointing repairs are needed to maintain the integrity of the surrounding brickwork. Ignoring these repairs will inevitably shorten the life span of the materials in the structure.