Apartment Systems

April 2020

Fire Alarms

  • Each unit has alarms in the hallway & master bedroom near the top of the wall
  • Building alarms are on each floor, on the catwalk near the elevator lobby and at each end of the building near the stairwells.
  • For procedures to follow when the alarm sounds, follow this link to Fire Safety Instructions

Smoke Alarm

  • All apartment units have at least one hard-wired 10-year smoke detector with a battery back-up. Batteries are replaced annually at Mutual expense.
  • All plaza home units have at least one hard-wired CO2/smoke detector with 10-year sealed-in lithium back-up battery installed at Mutual expense.

Baseboard Heating

  • To turn on the heat and adjust the temperature, thermostats may be found in each bedroom and in the living and dining areas.
  • Switch to ‘on’, turn the dial to the desired temperature, listen for a click, and turn it back slightly. These older thermostats are inaccurate and need to be adjusted individually in each room.
  • Owners may replace them with energy efficient digital thermostats, installed at their own expense.
  • Furniture and draperies should not be placed close enough to touch the heating units.

Air Conditioners

  • During winter months, enclose the filter in a plastic bag and replace it in the unit to keep cold outside air from flowing into the home.
  • Turn the heat OFF in every room before turning ON your air conditioner.
  • There is only one thermostat for air conditioners, on the wall by your patio or balcony slider.
  • Check Filter before starting – be sure it’s clean and not in a plastic bag

 Hot Water Heater

  • Be certain to check the pan under the water heater frequently for leaks.
  • Look for the installation date. The average water heater should be replaced after about 10 years.

Master Water Valve

  • A single valve, it is located in the laundry area behind the dryer
  • Make sure the valve is easy to turn off/on in case of an emergency.

Dryer Filters

  • It is important to clean the dryer screen after every use. Lint accumulation is a fire hazard.
  • Dryer vents and hoses are cleaned every other year at Mutual expense. The date of the last cleaning is on a tag hanging from the master water valve.

Garbage Disposals

  • Unclogging drains is an all too common event, with considerable costs to residents and the Mutual.
  • Regular running and flushing of the garbage disposal (whether you use it or not) is the simplest way to avoid a clog and cure a slow-draining sink, and is the responsibility of all residents
  • Run the COLD water for 15 seconds before introducing waste, while the unit is running, and 15 seconds afterward to clear the unit.
  • Maintain your disposal by regularly grinding up pieces of lemon or orange peel and ice cubes.
  • We do not recommend that you use the garbage disposal for any reason. But if you do, do not put the following items into your garbage disposal: grease or oil, onion skins, celery, bones, fruit pits, corncobs, nut shells or other hard or stringy materials.