PCRI Offers Fall Maintenance Reminders

October 15, 2014 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Fall is here! It’s the time of year when we take steps to protect our homes from cold weather. Follow these basic steps to ensure your home is winterized:

  • Splash BlockMake sure your gutters are clear of debris and that downspout outflow is directed away from the house. Usually moisture entering basements and crawlspaces is due to downspouts dumping water near the foundation. If your gutters look clogged please call the office to place a maintenance request.
  • Check your furnace filters monthly. Dirty filters increase heating costs as your furnace works harder to pull heated air into your home. In some houses, if the furnace isn’t coming on, the thermostat batteries may need to be replaced. Make sure to check yours before calling the office to place a maintenance request.
  • If you have a crawlspace install foam blocks in your crawlspace vents. Inexpensive and available at any hardware store, these covers reduce the amount of cold air entering from underneath your home which reduces heating costs and helps protect your water pipes.
  • Install foam hose bib covers on all outside spigots. If there is an interior valve that turns the water off to the hose bib, it is good practice to shut the water off at that valve as well.
  • Keep walkways and steps clear of snow and ice to prevent slip hazards. Ice-melt, sand, or kitty litter are good items to sprinkle on walkways and porch steps to provide some traction on icy surfaces. Do not use products that contain rock salt—they may damage carpets and other types of flooring.

Tenant Responsibilities:

Just as a reminder, the following items are the responsibility of the resident/tenant to repair or replace. If you need assistance performing any of these repairs you will be charged on a time/material basis, but you are welcome to call with any questions or concerns.

  • Batteries (smoke detector, thermostat, etc.)Phone
  • Light bulbs
  • Window blinds
  • Filters
  • Drip pans
  • Shower rods
  • Refrigerator condiment bars, drawers, shelves
  • Any items broken due to your use
  • Cleaning all areas of your home including areas that are prone to mold/mildew build up  

Please be aware that we are continuing our Preventative Maintenance Inspections and will be coming to your unit on a yearly basis to inspect for damages and overall conditions of the unit. If you have items that need to be addressed between inspections, please remember to call or stop by our office to report these issues or fill out a maintenance request form.

Have a safe and warmer winter season!

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