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How to Protect Your Property and Some Things That Each Homeowner Can Do Each Year
In living in a multi-family building, there are several things that each homeowner can do to reduce property damage and increase personal safety for the property and individuals alike. The top three national insurance companies make 60% of all claims for water damage concerning hot water tanks, dishwashers, washer machine and toilets due to spillage, breaks in supply lines, back-ups or out dated warranty equipment that fail and frozen pipes. Here are a few things to look for each year:
Inside Your Unit
Washing machine hoses need to be checked to see if they will spring a leak. Replace old hoses with a stainless steel flex hose to have a long term life for this product.
The dishwasher may need its supply side hose replaced, which may require to have the floor panel cover removed to see the underside of the machine. Also check monthly, the drain in the inside to make sure that nothing is blocking the drain.
Clean under the refrigerator to reduce dust bunnies on the floor. Cleaning the backside of this equipment and keeping the coils free of dust increases the efficiency of the refrigerator and reduces the energy use which extends the life of the equipment. (be mindful of the ice makers water line)
Hot water tanks need attention whether it is gas or electric. Since the late 1990's, all tanks have a warranty, which the homeowner should hand print in large letters the information on the front of the tank stating the date of installation and who installed it, warranty time period and how many gallons of water in this tank. Currently, all hot water tanks need an expansion tank, have earthquake strapping, have an over-flow pan and/or over flow drain and have a working pressure reducing valve. ( a visual yearly inspection by a qualified individual is strongly recommended)
Toilets need to be checked for leaks in the tank, around the base seeping water and any supply line regularly.
Clogged drains can be clogged due to hair, body oils, garbage disposals, grease and sewage backups. Do not use Drano or any similar product because this type of product will erode the piping and any seals. Please try a plunger (funnel-shaped or heavy duty professional) first to clear the drain line. A product called Hair-away has been effective for hair clogs. It is best not to put any grease down a drain for any time of the year. If the building has a sewage back-up the entire drain must be cleaned to the City main line before the plumbing system can work properly again.
Visually inspect your windows and exterior doors and sliding doors for any and all water intrusions and address initially.
Know where you r main water shut off is located in your unit and for the main of the building.
Smoke detectors need to be vacuumed each year to remove dust, check and change out the batteries and make sure that the detector does work by using the test button. (Change the battery yearly when you set your clock for the time change)
Electrical outlet that are visually burned must be replace by a qualified person, breakers that have been tripped multiple times must be replace they will not work when needed otherwise, baseboard and wall heater should be vacuumed inside and around the elements at least once a year at least by the fall, and visually inspect all electrical cords for drying, cracking and replace when needed.
When you are away from your home or your home is vacant for any reason during the fall, winter and early spring time it is of paramount importance to leave you r heat on at no lower than 60 degrees to keep the popes from freezing and water condensation form forming inside.
Outside the Building
Remove all hoses and store for the Winter in a warm/dry location
Cover all hose bibs with a cover from all freezing temperatures to prevent the pipe from bursting. (Including enclosed deck)
Wash off and remove any algae and mold (slimy stuff) from your deck. Keep your deck s clean at all times.
Please notify us, and give the address of the unit should you need any help or you see any damage beginning to occur immediately.
Appliances' average life expectancy
- Dishwashers: 9 years
- Dryers: 13 years
- Freezers: 11 years
- Refrigerators: 13 years
- Ranges (gas): 15 years
- Washing machines: 10 years
Should I repair it?
When determining the answer, consider the following:
- Yes. If the appliance is still under warranty, call a factory-authorized repair shop.
- Yes. If the appliance is an antique or a favorite high-end model you would like to continue to use. Make sure the repairs restore the appliance to current safety standards.
- Yes. If the repairs are minor and will extend the life of the appliance for at least three to four years.
- Maybe. If the product is not under warranty, call several qualified independent contractors to receive quotes on the cost of repairing. A reputable provider will help you assess your options, including the pros and cons of repairing versus buying.
- No. If the repairs are extensive and add up to more than half of the product’s original cost.
Recycle - What is Accepted
What's Accepted - Top Recycling Questions Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about recycling. If you donâ€™t find your item on this page, try using our Lookup Tool. Still have questions? Email Ask Evelyn or follow her on Facebook. Aluminum foil and pie pans Clean aluminum foil and food pans can be placed in your recycling cart. Reuse foil whenever possible. Caps and lids Lids larger than three inches in diameter can be recycled. Tin can lids must stay hooked to the can and be pushed down inside. Lids smaller than three inches in diameter, and detached metal lids go in the garbage. CD cases CD cases go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Search King County's Reuse and Recycling website for private recyclers. Compostable food ware Compostable food ware cannot go in your recycling cart. Plain uncoated (non-shiny) paper plates and approved Cedar Grove compostable food ware (pdf) is accepted in your food and yard waste cart. All other food ware labeled compostable or biodegradable goes in your garbage. Computers and electronics You can request a home pickup for your computer, monitor, or television by calling (206) 684-3000. There is a $20 collection fee. Limit: three items. These materials will be recycled safely. For free recycling dropoff of computers, monitors, and TVs, visit E-Cycle Washington or call 1(800) RECYCLE. For cell phones, stereo systems, VCRs, printers, computer keyboards and mice, use the Take It Back Network to find out where to take them. Packing materials Styrofoam â€śpeanutsâ€ť and Styrofoam blocks go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Styrofoam can be recycled for free at: â€˘V&G Styro Recycle Bubble wrap can go in your recycle cart. Bundle it together in a plastic grocery bag and place it in your cart. Bubble envelopes cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage. Reuse these materials at home or some mailing and shipping businesses may accept â€śpeanutsâ€ť for reuse (call 1-800-RECYCLE). Plant pots Clean plant pots go in your recycling cart. An alternative is to reuse them for your own plant starts and house plants or check the King County Materials Exchange to find nurseries that may reuse the pots. Plastic food bags Produce bags, bread bags, frozen food and Ziploc pouches go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Plastic food bags often contain food residue and moisture that contaminate the rest of the plastic material. An alternative is to reuse them for storing food at home and for shopping. Plastic shopping, newspaper and dry cleaning bags They can be placed in your recycling cart. Stuff into one bag for recycling. Do not recycle plastic food bags because of contamination issues. An alternative is to avoid the need for plastic shopping bags by taking your own bags to the store. Prescription containers Empty prescription medicine containers go in the garbage and cannot go in your recycling cart. Cylindrical prescription vials are not recyclable. The plastic is too brittle to be re-manufactured into products. For information about safe disposal of unwanted medications, call the King County Household Hazards Line, (206) 296-4692 or visit takebackyourmeds.org. Shredded paper Only long shreds (at least 8 Â˝ inches long and ÂĽ inch wide) can be recycled. Put them in a clear plastic bag and tie off. Confetti or crosscut shreds cannot be recycled, as they have no useful fibers for recycling. They can also be bagged and placed in the garbage. As an alternative, all shredded paper can be layered in food and yard waste carts with organics. Seattle
"Annual Cold Reminders"
It is that time of year again and the weather is starting to dip down into the 30â€™s. I wanted to remind you all about a few things you should consider doing to battle the weather: 1. Very important: For those of you that have hose bibs, remove any attachments and install a hose bib cover. If you leave an attachment on the bib, the water inside can freeze and cause the pipe to break. 2. Stock up on ice melt (they have pet-friendly versions available) and keep it in a dry place. You can also just get a big can of Mortonâ€™s salt, though that can take a bit longer to go into effect. You can use these products on decks (for the most part, be sure to check the label) and concrete surfaces. Be sure to check to make sure the ice melt wonâ€™t damage the surface you intend to use it on. 3. Be sure that your emergency kits are stocked and up-to-date. These kits are crucial for power outages and snow storms. For those of you that donâ€™t have a kit, you can find a lot of information here to help you build one: http://www.ready.gov/publications. 4. If you run into a building-related non-life-threatening emergency (leak, elevator is down, garage door is stuck, etc.), call our office 206-729-3540. If after hours or on the weekend, follow the prompt and you will reach our emergency on-call manager. 5. The Thanksgiving holiday always tends to come with drain issues after the festivities have passed. It is very important that you use your garbage disposals appropriately and remember that disposals are only meant for small, degradable food items and not for large quantities. Personally, my rule is that the only solid thing that should purposefully go into a garbage disposal is an ice cube. If you have a lot of items to dispose of, please take it down to the food and yard waste bin located at your property. This includes stringy and starchy vegetables, meats, grease, etc. The King County Office of Emergency Management offers the following tips for staying safe during cold weather: 6. When the snow begins to fall, road conditions can deteriorate very quickly. Drive only if necessary and limit travel to daylight hours if at all possible. Keep others informed of your schedule and route, and stay on main roads. Register for King County road alerts. 7. If you ride the bus, register for transit alerts and check our timetable for snow routes. 8. Protect your pets by keeping them warm, dry and sheltered. 9. Insulate pipes and wrap outdoor faucets with towels and plastic bags to keep them from freezing. 10. Be aware that power failures and other service disruptions may occur. Keep a battery operated radio, flashlights and extra batteries on hand. 11. Never use charcoal grills, gas grills, or generators indoors, because they can cause a buildup of dangerous carbon monoxide gas which can lead to poisoning or even death. 12. When leaving the house, dress in layers and wear warm clothing, including a hat, gloves and sturdy footwear, even if just running a quick errand.
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