GET A SPRINGTIME STEP AHEAD OF PESTS!

Springtime Checklist

by: Dan Leland from CAI journal

There are some pest issues that require professional help, such as termites, bed bugs, rodents and ants. By going through this springtime checklist you can reduce the likelihood of having pests in and around your home, and take the “sting” out of spring!

  • Go through your pantries, cupboards and closets. Check to ensure food containers are tightly sealed. Discard cardboard boxes when possible.
  • Avoid leaving pet food out for extended periods of time (especially over night). Bird seed should be stored in airtight canisters, preferably with a locking lid, and the spilled seed should be swept up.
  • Remove pest-conductive kitchen conditions by wiping down all counters, eliminating dirty dishes and trash daily. Crumbs and scraps can attract ants and other pests.
  • Consider the outside of the home as well as the inside during spring cleaning. Branches overhanging the roof should be cut back five feet; rake back any bark or soil that has moved up against the siding, and remove any ivy or foliage that is touching the house.
  • Keeping your gutters cleaned out will reduce the risk of any leaking into your roof and attic, as well as eliminate a breeding ground for mosquitos and a water source for all kinds of pests.
  • When the weather is warmer, move any woodpiles that may have been placed next to the house. These can be an area of infestation for carpenter ants, spiders, wasps and rodents.
  • Periodically look up at the eaves and roof to check for wasps nests. Keep a sharp eye out for signs of pest activity. Whether you treat the pests yourself or contact a professional, immediate action can save you both aggravation and expense. untitled

MODEL BOARD MEMBERS

MODEL BOARD MEMBERS

A Code of Ethics for the Board of Directors

Developed by CAI- www.caionline.org/boardmemberethics

Board members SHOULD:

1. Strive at all times to serve the best interests of the Association as a whole regardless of your personal interests.

2. Use sound judgment to make the best possible business decisions for the Association, taking in to consideration all available information, circumstances and resources.

3. Act within the boundaries of your authority as defined by law and the governing documents of the Association.

4. Provide opportunities for residents to comment on decisions facing the Association.

5. Perform your duties without bias for or against any individual or group of owners or non-owner residents.

6. Disclose personal or professional relationships with any company or individual who has or is seeking to have a business relationship with the Association.

7. Conduct open, fair and well-publicized elections.

8. Always speak with one voice, supporting all duly adopted board decisions- even if the you are in the minority regarding actions that may not have obtained unanimous consent.

Board members SHOULD NOT:

1. Reveal confidential information provided by contractors or share information with those bidding for Association contracts unless specifically authorized by the Board.

2. Make unauthorized promises to a contractor or bidder.

3. Advocate or support any action or activity that violates a law or regulatory requirement.

4. Use your position or decision-making authority for personal gain or to seek advantage over another owner or non-owner resident.

5. Spend unauthorized Association funds for your own personal use or benefit.

6. Accept any gifts-directly or indirectly- from owns, residents, contractors or suppliers.

7. Misrepresent known facts in any issue involving Association business.

8. Divulge personal information about any Association owner, resident or employee that was obtained in the performance of Board duties.

9. Make personal attacks on colleagues, staff or residents.

10. Harass, threaten or attempt through any means to control or instill fear in any Board member, owner, resident, employee or contractor.

11. Reveal to any owner, resident or other third party the discussions, decisions, and comments made at any meeting of the Board properly closed or held in executive session.

Protect your pipes this Winter!

The freezing season is upon us! We have experienced several large water losses from burst pipes at some of the Associations manage. It is now the time of year where all owners need to be aware of the temperature of their home and how it affects pipes. Without heat water in the fire suppression line a home’s attic can expand and cause a rupture in the CPVC pipe. If left unheated water starts to expand at approximately 39 degrees until it reaches the freezing point, at which time it expands by approximately nine percent. Freezing water results in broken water lines (potable or non-potable)!

 When homes are heated, warm air rises into the attic and keeps the fire suppression line above freezing temperatures.

 It is crucial to maintain power and heat in all homes, whether they are vacant or occupied. Thermostats should be set to a level adequate to keep the inside temperature above freezing - 50 degrees should suffice.

Have a warm and dry Winter season!

Preparing your condo for the Winter

There are plenty of tasks that need to be done to prepare yourself and your condo for the winter. Please take a few minutes to read over the information below.

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Exterior:

  • Unit Decks and Patios:

Remove items from exterior patios and decks.  High winds can blow unsecured items such as planters, patio furniture and barbeque covers from exterior patios and decks.  This can be particularly dangerous in mid-rise and high-rise buildings, as wind speeds increase at higher elevations.

  • Tool: Make sure you have a good snow shovel or two. shovel
  • Your facilities manager will provide ice melt for the common areas of the community during a snow/ice event. However, it is important that you keep your patio/deck, entry and stairs clear of any snow or ice to further avoid slipping injuries.

Interior:

  • Temperature:

The temperature inside your condo should remain no lower than 65 degrees in the winter months. The pipes that feed your sink are exposed to the cold before they reach the sink, so it’s important to keep the temperature up to prevent freezing and, therefore, bursting.  Be sure to set your thermostat to 65 degrees or higher.

  • Heating:

Heaters:

Portable electric heaters are safe to use as long as they are UL Certified. Make sure they have a safety “tip over” shut-off mechanism.

Fireplaces:

Do not use anything except for wood or composite fire logs  in the fire place.  Use of any other materials is a fire hazard.

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  • Things NOT to do:

Do NOT, under any circumstance, use charcoal or charcoal grills inside any condo unit. Besides the obvious fire hazard, burning charcoal releases DEADLY fumes. Some people around the country lost their lives with this dangerous action a few years ago.

 

  • Front Door/thresholds:

Make sure there is no gap (can see outside) under your front door that can let in cold air and/or water. If there is a gap, your door sweep is probably worn out or broken, and will make your unit colder, increasing your electric bill. The door sweep is replaceable and can be found at any hardware store.

  • Tools:
    • Lay out a mat or rug at the exterior and interior of the entrances to your home to protect the floors of your house from mud, snow, and salt stains. You may also want to place a boot tray by the door for people to place their wet boots and shoes before they enter the home.

Personal:

            We are all responsible for our own safety, but here are a few things to remember:

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    • Have  a couple of flashlights, a radio, and flameless candles in case of an extended power outage. Regular wax candles are OK, but not as safe as flameless.
    • Stock up on batteries for the battery-powered accessories above.
    • Have extra blankets on hand.
    • Have enough Bottled water to last a few days, if not a week. Cold weather can be drying to the body.

 

Vehicles:

It is important that your vehicle(s) is/are fully operational while on the property. Stalled or stuck vehicles can impede snow removal operations and general flow of community traffic. Here are some tips:

  • Routine Maintenance:
  • Tools:
    • Cooling System – Have system tested, flushed if necessary. Prevents overheating  when stuck in snow/ice patch.
    • Tires – Have enough tread to drive around on packed snow. Bald tires on snow are dangerous.
    • Battery - Have battery checked for cold-cranking power at a local shop.
    • Get   your ice scrapers for car windows ready.
    • Chains for your vehicle (if not 4-wheel drive).
    • Good set of Jumper Cables.
    • De-icer for frozen locks and windows.

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Winter Tips

Take WINTER by STORM!

brrrmainimagetips from TakeWinterByStorm.org

  • Clear leaves and debris away from street drains in your neighborhood with a rake or broom (only if it’s safe). Don’t put grass clippings, leaves, or other debris into drains, ditches, creeks, culverts, gutters or ravines.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts twice a year.
  • Build a family emergency kit. Keep enough water, food and other supplies (flashlights, crank or battery-operated radio, blankets) in your home to meet your needs for at least 3 days.
  • Have a family disaster plan.
  • Stay out of flooding basements.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) by wrapping with tape and insulating materials.