WATER DAMAGE PREVENTION
To minimize the occurrence of water damage, Owners should consider doing the following items:
- Turn off water to the property at main valve when leaving for an extended period of time.
- Turn off water heater electric breaker when leaving for an extended period of time.
- Hire a responsible individual to inspect your unit when you are leaving for an extended period of time.
- Remain in the unit while using the washing machine so as to be able to detect any over-flows; or if you must leave while the machine is in a washing cycle, the machine should be checked within a reasonable period of time to avoid excessive damage from an overflow.
- Replace washing machine hoses with reinforced braded metal jacketed hoses.
- Replace dishwasher and ice-make lines with reinforced braded metal jacketed hoses.
- Replace sink and toilet water supply lines with reinforced braded metal jacketed hoses.
- Replace deteriorated toilet tank/bowl connecting bolts and rubber seal as needed.
- Clean and inspect the toilet tank flapper valve every few months and replace it as needed.
- Adjust the flow of water into toilet tanks to a level that doesn’t permit tanks to overflow.
- Install clean-out port in air conditioning condensate line and clean at least biannually.
- Install an emergency switch to turn off the air conditioner if the condensation line becomes clogged.
- Install an emergency over-flow line for the air conditioner that drains to a visible location.
- Replace water heaters that are over ten years old.
- Connect drip pan under water heater so it drains to a visible location or install a drip pan and appropriate drain if none exists.
- Add or replace main shut-off gate valve inside unit with a ball valve in order to turn off water effectively; often a gate valve will leak when it is turned off.
- It is recommended that all water valve connections under sinks and toilets be replaced with ball valves.
To minimize the occurrence and growth of mold in units, Owners should consider doing the following:
- Replace air conditioner filter (or clean if a permanent filter) monthly to maintain proper air flow and operation.
- Clean cloths dryer vent annually to maintain proper exhaust air flow and operation.
- Hire a home watch person if away from your unit for an extended period of time. Leave the name and telephone number of the responsible person with management when you leave.
- Keep air conditioner on and running while not in residence at a temperature no higher than 78-80 degrees.
- Owners should remove any visible moisture accumulation in the unit, including on walls, windows, floors, ceilings, and bathroom fixtures; mop up spills and thoroughly dry affected area as soon as possible after occurrence; and keep climate and moisture in the unit at reasonable levels.
- Owners should promptly notify Association management in writing of the presence of the following conditions:
- A water leak, excessive moisture, or standing water inside their unit;
- A water leak, excessive moisture, or standing water in any community common area;
- Mold growth in their unit that persists after Owner has tried several times to remove it with household cleaning solution such as Lysol or Pine-Sol disinfectants, Tilex Mildew Remover, or Clorox bleach.