Maintenance Committee Operating Guidelines

Maintenance Committee Operating Guidelines

The purpose of the maintenance committee is to oversee maintenance, repairs, and general upkeep of the coop’s buildings, property, common areas and grounds. The committee advises, supports, and makes recommendations to the board of directors on all matters of facilities management and maintenance.

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Approved by the Board of Directors, June 2017

Why is patio drainage important (Wilton Street units)

Information for Wilton Street members with patios:

Without proper drainage, that is, surface drainage and subsurface drainage, the following may occur:
–  water may soak into the building foundations;
–  the patio itself may settle/subside, throwing it off-level;
–  general flooding may occur;
–  landscaping may be ruined;
–  and insects and bacteria may breed in standing water causing health issues, etc.

Descriptor and remedies –
Our midrise patios use 2’×2′ cement tiles, with gravel underneath.

Between these tiles there are gaps which are needed for drainage. They should be filled only with sand and kept free of soil, clay, and weeds ;

To avoid /prevent clogging with in the gaps and into the gravel, a geotextile layer (landscape fabric) can be useful. This would also prevent the drain pipe from becoming clogged with weeds, soil, dirt, debris, and gravel ;

There should be a gradient (pitch, slope, fall) towards the drain, of at least one percent ( 1 %) — or better still — two percent ( 2% ) . This would represent the equivalent of a quarter inch (¼ ” ) for every foot (1.0’) or three and a  quarter inches (3 ¼”) for thirteen feet (13 .0 ‘) .

If you have any questions, please drop us a line or send us an e-mail (address below) .

Maintenance Committee

** For future reference only : — the so-called “French drain” might also be used for patio drainage. This drain is a lined ditch, filled with gravel, sloping towards the drain.

Addendum to the Maintenance Committee minutes of September 13, 2017.

A downloadable copy of the memo:

City of Toronto ‘apartment building management’ by-law, Chapter 354 Toronto Municipal Code

On March 29, 2017, Toronto’s City Council passed a new Apartment Building Management bylaw that will impact all multi-residential buildings three stories or more and 10 or more units in Toronto. This regulatory bylaw came into effect on July 1st, 2017.

This was discussed at the October 2017 meeting of the Woodsworth Maintenance Committee.