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July 4th Holiday hours: Our office will be closed on Thursday (7/4/19) and Friday (7/5/19) for the 4th of July Holiday. If you need to make payment or drop documents off you can place them through our drop slot next to our office front door; be sure your name and address is on the payment. We will resume normal business hours on Monday (7/8/19).
Recycle Bags: If you live in Boise, you should have recently received a Hefty Energy Bag Voucher in the mail. The City of Boise has sent these to you so that you can redeem the voucher at all Boise Albertsons, Target or Boise Coop locations to get your replacement supply of orange bags for recycling.
1) It’s barbecue season and the sun isn’t setting until almost 10pm. It’s easy to lose track of time when you have friends over, and noise levels can rise as the evening progresses. Please be considerate of your neighbors.
2) If your community has a pool, please be sure you are aware of the pool/clubhouse rules and abide by them.
3) Speaking of pools…… please remember that inflateable pools, trampolines or other recreational yard equipment requires the permission of your landlord to be erected in your back yard. Anything that covers the lawn will kill it, and there are also liability concerns that would need to be addressed.
4) A monthly reminder to please keep your lawn mowed weekly and weed the planter beds.
5) Another monthly reminder - have you changed filters recently? Your lease requires you to change them every two months. Clean filters improves the performance of your furnace and air conditioner and keeps your air quality free of allergens and dust. If you don’t know where to find your filters, or how to change them, please call your property manager.
6) Some of our property owners have scheduled some of the following services: crawl space/attic/roof inspections, dryer vent cleaning, hot water heater service. If your home is scheduled for one of these services your property manager will reach out to you to let you know, and to facilitate scheduling. For security reasons, please do not allow any vendor to enter your home unless you have heard from us first!
If you have any maintenance concerns for your yard or home please CONTACT US! All maintenance concerns should be submitted through property meld, accessed on our website, under the Tenant Tab – Maintenance Request – Submit Work Order.
Dryer Vents – Preventing a Fire Hazard
By Athena Savoglou
Dryer vents. While this is not the most exciting of topics, there is a lot at stake when it comes to keeping them clean. As a tenant (or simply as a human being), your main priorities undoubtedly include your safety and financial well-being. Properly maintaining your dryer vents is crucial to both!
Every year, there are countless house fires related to dryer vent blockages. A dryer vent works by increasing the flow of hot air to dry your wet clothes. When it becomes clogged with too much lint build up, the combination of lint and hot air causes a major fire hazard. This is especially dangerous if you (like many of us), turn the dryer on and go to bed for the night.
In addition, even a slight blockage causes your dryer to be less efficient. In other words, it needs to use more energy and time to dry your clothes, which requires more electricity; hence, money out of your pocket.
Maintaining Your Dryer Vent
Your dryer should be cleaned annually, and you should inspect your vents every few months. The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists guidelines to follow in properly maintaining your dryer vents:
- Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each kind of clothes (Tenant responsibility)
- Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. (Owner responsibility)
- Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up. (Tenant responsibility)
- Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct (Tenant responsibility - ONLY if tenant owns dryer)
- Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals (Tenant responsibility)
*Note: The bullet points above are directly quoted from CPSC. For safety reasons, wording was not changed. Learn more at: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/5022.pdf
*RMA Notations in parenthesis in italics indicate if owner or tenant responsibility.
Finally, if you notice it is taking longer for your clothes to dry or you smell something burning, you should immediately inspect your vent for blockages, even if you have been following time guidelines. If you follow these safety rules, you will be good to go. Happy drying!
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