Your Guide to August Home Maintenance

Posted on 07/31

Unfortunately, summer is soon coming to an end and with only one month left, it is best to begin prepping your house for the fall. Proper maintenance ensures a healthy living environment and prevents any surprise breakdowns throughout the house. We have outlined a few of the major areas you should attend to before the end of summer.

  1. Air out damp basements on dry sunny days
    Humidity in a closed off area can become unbearable after a long period of time. The heat may even cause mould and begin to ruin the paint on walls and floor, creating an awful odour to arise. Open all windows and doors for the entire day to allow air circulation throughout the basement.
  2. Clean air conditioner
    During the summer months, your air conditioning is most likely on full blast all day, and working on over drive, so, it is a good idea to clean out all the excess build up. The cleaning process is fairly easy - first, turn off the power to avoid injury. Then, wipe or vacuum away any debris on the outer surface. After the outside is clean, remove the top lid and begin cleaning the inside of the unit. Finally, change the filter. Inspect for damages before reassembling and you are done!
  3. Check smoke alarms
    Consistently checking the smoke alarms in your home is a good habit to get into because it is comforting knowing the devices are successfully working in case of an emergency. For a proper check, press and hold the button (usually in the center of the system) until you hear a loud siren. If the noise is very faint or non-existent, change the batteries immediately. Most smoke alarms have a life-span of 10 years and need to be replaced accordingly.
  4. Check ground slopes
    Measuring the ground slopes away from the home establishes proper drainage. Initially, the slope should be 6” downhill. For a more detailed description on how to measure your ground slopes, visit this link.
  5. Inspect driveways and walkways
    Carefully inspect your walkway and driveway for visible cracks or holes and repair accordingly. By doing so, you can avoid accidents like tripping or falling that may lead to serious injuries. This can also save you the hassle of any major repairs down the road.
  6. Inspect doors and locks
    The warm weather can certainly have an impact on your door’s locks. Due to the radiating heat, the bolts inside can compress making it difficult for you to turn the key and successfully lock your door. This is more likely to happen if you leave for vacation in the summer and your lock is being unused for an extended amount of time; however, still possible if you are home. If you find yourself struggling to unlock your door, try lubricating both the key and keyhole with a penetrating lubricant such as WD-40. Then slide the key in and out of the lock several times to spread the lubricant. Should you need more assistance, call your local locksmith.

Hopefully, this guide will help you keep your home up-to-date and transition seamlessly into the fall season! Stay tuned for LIV’s next home maintenance guide.

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As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, please be advised that LIV Communities’ priority is ensuring the well-being of our customers, employees, trades, suppliers, as well as our communities.   As we continue to closely monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, we are taking all necessary precautions as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support the well-being of our team members, we have adjusted to remote work schedules, remote and virtual meetings, as well as implemented social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure that our environments remain as safe as possible across our organization and within communities.

We have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, so rest assured, your phone calls and emails will be attended to. We are communicating regularly with homeowners on an individual and departmental basis.

Please see below for department updates made the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  As always, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or 289.245.1300 for any general inquiries.

Head Office:  Although we have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, we are currently operating with rotating, minimal staff in the office. Our Head Office doors are locked and potential visitors are asked to email [email protected] or call 289.245.1300

Sales Centres:  Our Nature’s Grand sales centre is open by appointment only beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020. Please note that there is a 2 purchaser maximum allowed to each appointment time (and no children). We are also still accepting virtual appointments via video or phone call. To book an in-person or virtual appointment, please call us at 226.922.0354 or email [email protected].

Service Department: All service is temporarily suspended.  Emergency situations must be directed to [email protected], or by contacting 905.971.0786.

Site Construction Teams: All necessary safety precautions are being taken as we mitigate with an essential and limited crew.  As information and policies are rapidly changing, our site staff is working and communicating continuously with municipalities and trades as well as our homeowners to provide the most current information. For more specific information, please contact [email protected] or 289.245.1300.

Décor Centre: As of April 27th, our Décor Studio will be available for appointments for our homeowners. The Décor Studio continues to be closed for all browsing and visitors.

The wellbeing of our clients and staff are paramount and we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards surrounding health and safety. We have implemented the following increased preventative measures:

  • Up to 2 adult visitors per home who are on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, per appointment. No children under the age of 18.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at work stations.
  • Ample hand-sanitizer will be provided and increased frequency of disinfecting areas has been implemented.
  • Vigilant hygiene practices will be enforced during appointments.
  • Employees have also been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of illness and to stay home if they are sick.

Our décor staff will also be screening clients when booking appointments, as well as prior to entry into the building. Individuals will be asked a series of health questions, as well as travel history.

If you are a homeowner with questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected], or phone 905.304.0471.

Thank you for your understanding and wishing everyone the best of health,

The LIV Communities Team