Fall Colors and Cooler Temperatures                                                                                                        October 2018

What a hot summer.  I sincerely hope the heat is behind us.

I just wanted to pass along a couple of reminders, before the temperature really drops.

The sprinkler systems have been winterized, so there will be no more lawn watering.

Make sure that the areas around the furnace and hot water heaters are clear of all materials, including boxes and storage bins.  This will eliminate any chance of accidental combustion, and also allows me access, in case I need to check or adjust any appliance.  Now is the time to check your furnace filter.  Contact me if you have any issues

A recent event demonstrated that water vigilance is constant.  I had a home blow out a connection under a sink, dumping 123,000 gallons of water in the home, and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

When you leave your home for an extended period of time, feel free to turn the water off and/or let me know that you will be gone.  In all the years I have been managing income property, this is the first serious water flooding situation, and I sincerely hope it is the last.  Remember, that if you have a basement, keep any valuable items off the floor.  Your only recovery for water damage is your own renters insurance, so keep those valuables out of harms way.  Hundred year rain storms and broken water heaters have and will continue to happen. 

Finally, with the coming Fall, so do the mice.  We do our best to block all entrances for pests, but usually in the fall when the weather gets cooler, they look for warmer homes.  If they find food, they will stay and multiply like you won’t believe.  At the first sign of mice, put out traps baited with peanut butter.  It works the best.  DO NOT use the poison traps.  When a mouse dies inside a wall, the smell is not pleasant for several weeks.  If you trap more than a couple, please let me know, but three to five  is what we typically have seen in the past.  This year I have trapped 6 at my residence….I hope this is not an indicator of what’s to come

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Be safe.

 

Ken