The following are some frequently asked questions.
Which items in my home
require periodic maintenance?
Every other year beginning in 2006 fireplaces must be inspected and if necessary they must be cleaned. Proof of inspection must be provide to the Association office.
Washing Machine Hoses
Washing machine hoses can fail catastrophically even if when inspected they show no signs of wear. They should be replaced every 2 years with braided, reinforced, hoses. They are less likely to burst.
Dryer vents and hoses are to be cleaned every other year beginning in 2007 and proof submitted to the Association office. When lint builds up in dryer vents, the dryer motor has to labor harder and can overheat, igniting the lint. Clean your lint trap often as well. Failure to provide proof of cleaning will result in fines.
Your furnace filter should be replaced monthly. Replacing your filter not only keeps the air in your home cleaner but also protects the blower, heating coils, and cooling coils from dirt. If these heating components get dirty, they are difficult and expensive to clean. Changing or cleaning your filters helps protect this critical equipment.
A leaking water heater can not just cause problems for you but also for your neighbors. Although most water heaters last 10-12 years, it’s best to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.
The smoke detectors that came with each unit when built in 1990 are old and not up to current code. It is highly recommended that you replace the hard wired units with ones that are hard wired with a battery back-up system. Any replacement units MUST be both hard wired and battery back-up by law. During any power outage, your existing smoke detectors will not function. All residences must also have a battery operated carbon monoxide detector installed by law. Some newer units are a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and are hard wired with a battery back up. A licensed electrician must perform the installation of any replacement smoke detectors.
For more information about smoke alarms visit the National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org/catalog/home/index.asp
Carbon Monoxide Detector
All residences are required by law to have a battery operated carbon monoxide detector installed by law. If the home is to be sold or rented it MUST have a CO detector. They should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.