We’ve experienced so much snow in Seattle and surrounding areas in the last week that now we have slush and melting snow. This is a reminder to be aware and keep drains clear and shovel the snow away from your house. Consider where you want that snow to melt. Do not climb on your roof to remove the snow because this will add more weight to the roof. Also, check your pipes for leaks and damage.
Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener
These are great for making laundry smell fresh and reducing static, but not so great for your dryer. Dryer sheets and fabric softener leave a residue which, over time, can create a waxy build-up on the lint trap/filter. If there is too much residue on the lint trap, the air flow in the dryer will be cut off, and the machine will overheat—possibly blowing a thermal fuse. To check your filter, run water over it, and if water puddles, there is waxy build-up. Cleaning is simple: use a de-greasing detergent (such as Dawn) and scrub with a brush or scratchy sponge. Make sure the filter is completely dry before putting it back into the dryer.
And while we’re talking about dryers, if your dryer is in a small space, like a closet, please make sure to have the closet door open while using the dryer. Dryers require sufficient “makeup air” in the room, or they will overheat. And always, always clean out the lint trap after every use: both for the life of the dryer and for safety as lint is highly flammable.
Mail and Packages Reminder!
If you leave town, please always put your mail on hold! This can be done online at the USPS website. Accumulated mail and packages not only welcome theft but also indicate a vacant property.
If you are expecting packages and have unsecured mailboxes (front porches, etc) consider requesting the packages are signed for or have them delivered to a place of business (ie your workplace)
There is also something called Informed Delivery that I highly recommend. Again, you can sign up online at USPS. It is a free service. You will get a daily email with gray scale photo of what mail the carrier delivered that day so you will know if anything is missing. You will also be notified when packages are delivered.
It’s that time of year, please take care of your gutters!
Gutters – Rain and Leaves!
Keep gutters clear to help move moisture away from the house. Inform your property manager if they are clogged. One of the most common problems is when gutters are clogged, the water pools around the foundation and can flood basements or crawl spaces.Please keep all outdoor drains clear of leaves so water does not pool up in the yard. Keep an eye on drains on the street to help keep them clear also.
We would like to remind you of several things you can do to protect your home during this time of year when we often travel “home for the holidays” or even just leave town for a few days.
- Let your neighbors know and ask them to keep an eye our to any unusual activity. Make sure they know how to contact you if necessary.
- Have packages and mail held at the post office until you return.
- Use timers on your lights, both inside and outside so it looks like your home is occupied.
- Although it’s fun to share photos and check ins on social media, save those until your return. It’s hard to know just who will see or have access to the information that tells them your away.
- Remember your winter weatherization with hose bib covers and leave the heat inside your house at a reasonable temperature so if it does get cold, your pipes will not freeze.
Enjoy your holidays and time with family and friends.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Maple Leaf Property Management