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Cold-weather tips for area homeowners
by Tribune Staff
Oct 05, 2010 | 1122 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Remember that notice from the community association last spring about the dead plants in your front yard?  The result of your irrigation pipes freezing the winter before?  Or the spike in your heating bill last winter because the air filter was not changed?

Fortunately for the homeowners they serve, the experts at RMI Management, LLC (RMI) are always thinking about these things. As Nevada’s largest and leading community association management company, RMI employs engineers and maintenance experts who help homeowners and their communities winterize their properties.

RIM offers the following tips for homeowners:

• Cover your outdoor pipes in the winter.  It can freeze at night early in the season, and pipes can burst — especially in the higher elevations.

• Before you turn your heater on, make sure the filters are changed and vent covers are clean.

• When you turn your heater on, do it in the middle of the day.  Once you turn it on, know that it may smell dirty, dusty and even have a slight burning smell.  Don’t panic, most heating units have a build-up of dust and dirt and it will burn off in the first few minutes that the heater is on.

• Be sure to check for any loose roof tiles and shingles. Loose tiles and shingles can lead to leaks as snow melts.

• It can snow in the Truckee Meadows in the fall, especially at higher elevations around Reno. When it does, be sure to remove snow from driveways and sidewalks to help prevent accidents from occurring.

• Before using a wood-burning fireplace, make sure the flue is open and the chimney is clear. Many times birds use these areas for nests and they can quickly catch fire or trap smoke in the house.

• Make sure that you are checking the caulking around your windows and doors regularly.  Especially in Nevada’s desert climate, the caulking tends to crack and peel.

• Check all your windows and doors to make sure they are sealing properly.  This can cost you not only in the winter but with summer air conditioning.

• Test all smoke detectors to ensure they work and replace batteries if necessary.

Homeowners often do not realize what damage is covered by their homeowners association and what damage is the homeowner’s responsibility. The codes, covenants and restrictions provided by the community association explain this information.

“Sometimes homeowners think damage to anything on the outside of the home is the association’s responsibility,” said Randy Walker, president of RMI’s Northern Nevada operations. “But unless this is clearly spelled out in the CC&Rs, the homeowner is responsible for the cost of repairs.”
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