Deferred maintenance is the practice of postponing maintenance activities such as repairs on both real property and personal property in order to save costs, meet budget funding levels, or realign available budget monies. The failure to perform needed repairs could lead to asset deterioration and ultimately asset impairment.Generally, a policy of continued deferred maintenance may result in higher costs, asset failure, and in some cases, health and safety implications.
Those who live in the coastal bay area really need to be especially aware of this.
The weather plays havoc on our homes much more so than living say, in the East Bay but still homeowners put off doing what needs to be done. With winter around the corner there are certain parts of your home which need looking into.
Clean window wells and check drainage Are shingles in good condition?Are your gutters clear of debris?Check for signs of leaks at doors and windows Is your paint chipping?Are any pipes in your home leaking?These are just a few examples of what you need to check. If you need help in any of these areas, please don’t hesitate to call us. That’s what we’re here for
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As of July 1,2011, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act will require all single family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide alarms within the homes. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1,2013 to comply with the law.Because of this, I thought I would take a moment and answer some often asked questions regarding carbon monoxide.
1) What is carbon monoxide?Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces as well as many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced by vehicles that are idling.
2) Where should CO devices be installed in the home? They should be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home including the basement.
3) How many types of CO devices are available?There are three types:1) Carbon Monoxide alarms 2) Carbon Monoxide detectors and 3) Combination smoke/Carbon Monoxide detectors.Now, I know some people think they won’t need these even though it is now law. I wonder if they know that theConsumer Product Safety Commission says approximately 170 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.
While you can’t see or smell Carbon Monoxide , it can kill a person in minutes. Even at moderate levels, you will become extremely sick and usually require hospitalization.
I urge everyone to install a Carbon Monoxide detector in their homes
For more information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or the State Fire Marshall in your area
Well we finally entered the 21st century with the launching of our new website and blog. So stay tuned to find out how a old school building contractor adapts to this new enviroment.
Happy new Year