Winterize Your Condo

  

o       Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

o       When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe--even at a trickle--helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

o       Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

o       Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.

o       If you will be going away during the cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55°F.

IF YOU KNOW OF ANY UNOCCUPLIED CONDOS
Please notify us through a work order on this web site, and give the address of the unit. Management will then send a certified letter to the owner, notifying them to winterize the unit. This will help to prevent damage from frozen/burst pipes this winter.

Homeowner check list from Access Management:
Listed below are some items for you as responsible home owners to consider. Not only will reviewing of the items below save you money they can preclude any potentials to cause damage to your neighbors. 

1                    Check all weatherstripping on doors and windows.

A major source of conditioned air loss is through the doors and windows of your unit. Inspect the weather stripping around doors and windows for breaks or mis alighnment. When the door is closed the weather stripping should touch the entire outside of the door. Windows should have weather stripping when closed that should touch the entire length of the window against the window seal.       

2                    Check thresholds on all doors - Thresholds are the section of the door you have to slightly step over to come in from the outside. It either has a rubber surface that is stationary or a rubber sweep that attaches to the bottom of the door. This is a critical part of the door system that not only keeps out rain and keeps in conditioned air but it also keeps unwanted pest from being able to crawl into your unit.

3                    Check your Heating ventilation and Air Conditioning unit (HVAC)

The best time to do a sytem check is just prior to a change in the season. Have a maintence professional check your furnace portion of your HVAC to make sure it is functioning propertlky and not a potential fire hazard. Service contract are aavalible to check these systems twice a year (spring and fall). Make sure your filters are changed and air is flowing freely through these. This can boost your unit’s performance significantly.

4                    Check your condensate drain and pour a cup of bleach down the condensate drain pipe. This will eleiminate the mold that can grow all winter and eleiminate the issues this spring with your condensation overflowing form A/C useage

5                    Flush your water heater – Water heaters are holding tanks where sediment can build up and never get out. Sediment build up can cause premature failure of the water heater componenets. Flushing the sytem can make sure your system is at its optimum performance.

6                    Check your pop off valve on your water heater for correct operation. This is located at the side top of the water heater. It has a small handle and is there to automatically release hot water if the internal pressure builds to dangerous levels. When activated it should start a small flow of water and stop when released. If it is not working call a professional immidiatly to have it replaced.

7                    If you travel in the winter remember to turn your water heater to the lowest setting and to set your HVAC thermostat to a low setting but not off. You are part of a larger community and your system being off and severe weather in your absence could allow pipes to freeze. This could cause thousands of dollars of property damage to you and your neighbors.

Other good options to consider is turning off your water to your toilets, sinks, washing machines, icemakers and dishwashers. These items are served with a supply line that is the weakest component and is where we find most of the water leaks occur. A small icemaker line running continuously for days or weeks on end can cause major water damage not only to your unit but the units around you.

If you need a qualified technician to assist you with these items you may contact In Home Services at inhomeservices@accessmgt.com for a quote or repairs.