Preventing Clogged Drains
- Be careful what you put down the sink
- Grease, rice and pastas are the most common causes of kitchen sink plugs
- Handy wipes, hygiene products and too much paper are the most common causes of toilet backups
- Solid foods should go in the trash, not in the garbage disposal or the sink
Preventing Mold, Mildew and Other Water Damage
- Open a bathroom window during showers to get good ventilation.
- If you don’t have a bathroom window, use the exhaust fan.
- Regular cleaning using household products that can be purchased at most stores will keep mold and mildew down.
- Periodically check under sink cabinets for dripping or leaking plumbing fixtures.
- If the mold and mildew persists, you should contact a professional.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Make sure all safety devices have working batteries.
- Test the equipment monthly.
- Replace batteries as needed.
- Report non working devices to the property manager.
Keeping Allergies Down
- Vacuum carpets regularly.
- Sweep floors regularly.
- Change your air filters every 1 to 2 months. This can save you up to $30/month in gas & electric bills.
- Pets are a major contributor to allergies, know which pets to have and maintain their cleanliness.
- Clean air filters mean fewer allergies and illnesses.
- Clean air filters mean a cooler more comfortable home.
How to Keep Pests Away From Your Home
- Don’t invite outside pests into your home for dinner.
- These unwanted pests do live in the outdoors, do your best to keep them in their home and not yours. Periodically inspect your home for broken vent screens and other openings.
- Pack open areas with steel wool.
- Food and water attract these unwanted pests into your home, so keep your home clean and food properly stored.
- Your pets food left out often attracts unwanted pests.
- Minor infestations can be dealt with household products that can be purchased at most stores.
- Major infestations need to be dealt with professionally.
Keeping Pests Outside
- Often times bugs and pests are brought into a home from furniture purchased at a garage sale.
- Do a thorough inspection prior to purchasing.
- Pet food on the patio also attracts unwanted pests
Know the Shutoffs
- It is important to know where the water, gas and electric shutoffs are in the event of an emergency.
- Electric - Know where you main panel box is and know how to shut off a breaker if needed.
- Gas - Know where the gas meter is and how to shut off the gas if needed.
- Individual gas shutoffs are usually at each gas appliance if only that appliance needs to be shut down.
- Water - Know where the water shutoff valve is for the entire home and how to shut it off if needed.
- Individual water shutoffs are usually at each plumbing fixture if only that fixture needs to be shut down.
- Clogged dryer vents can be a fire hazard.
- Proper maintenance would call for a periodic clearing of the vents.
Make Your Neighborhood a Nice Place To Live
- Keep all personal property including inoperative vehicles, unused furniture and personal belongings out of sight of your neighbors and the street.
- These items, if left visible, attract blight, crime and even unwanted pests.
- This shows respect for your neighbors and they will return that respect and your neighborhood will become better.
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