Dear Homeowner/ Resident

National Property Management Group (NPMG) would like to share with you a few helpful tips to help save water which in turn can keep your direct costs down or your Associations.

  • If your sink or shower will not stop dripping water you should have it repaired because a dripping faucet can waste over a thousand gallons of water per month.
  • If your toilet is constantly running, have it checked out to keep your water bill down as this is an indication that the tank is constantly trying to fill.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s completely full.
  • Only wash clothes when you have a full load or use a setting that will send less water to the machine.
  • While waiting for the shower to warm up, catch the cold water in a container or bucket and this water could be used for watering plants.
  • When taking a bath fill the tub only half way up.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or while shaving.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket, and replace and old toilet with a more efficient model.
  • Don’t water your lawn or landscaping when it’s raining. Many times automatic timers can be fitted with rain shut off devices, or if you notice rain in the forecast make a conscious effort to turn off your automatic timer.
  • If you are curious about your lawn needing to be watered step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it does not need watering at that time.
  • Clean your sidewalk and driveways off with a broom versus hosing it off.
  • If you wash your car at home use a bucket and a hose with a self- closing nozzle.
  • If you have a pool use an insulated cover to cut down on evaporation. Repair leaks around the pool and/or spa pumps.
  • Don’t defrost food under water. Put the item in the refrigerator to thaw out.
  • Check ANY and ALL plumbing components that have water flowing to it for any leaks whether they be large or small.
  • If your sink or shower will not stop dripping water, please have it repaired immediately because in many HOA’s, the Association pays for water. Thus all of your neighbors are sharing the cost of your leaking water.  Keep in mind that a dripping faucet can waste over a thousand gallons of water per month.
  • If your toilet is constantly running, have it checked out to keep your Associations water bill down as this is an indication that the tank is constantly trying to fill. As stated previously your neighbors more than likely all share the bill for this wasted water.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it’s completely full.
  • Only wash clothes when you have a full load or use a setting that will send less water to the machine.
  • While waiting for the shower to warm up, catch the cold water in a container or bucket and this water could be used for watering plants.
  • When taking a bath fill the tub only half way up.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or while shaving.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket, and replace and old toilet with a more efficient model.
  • Don’t defrost food under water. Put the item in the refrigerator to thaw out.
  • Check ANY and ALL plumbing components that have water flowing to it for any leaks whether they are large or small.
  • Know where your homes water shut off valve is located and how to turn it off.
  • Know where your breaker box is located to cut power and restore power to individual areas or even your entire home.
  • Know where your gas meter is located and how the earthquake shut off valve works. If you know how to reset this valve in the event of it tripping from high winds or even if it’s just bumped, that could save you a lot of money by avoiding the gas company to come out. You will also have to re-light the pilot light to your water heater should this valve be tripped so it’s also helpful to know how to do this on your own as well.
  • Know where and how to locally shut water off to sinks and toilets (under the sink and behind the toilet there is a valve that can be used to shut off water to that specific component).  
  • Check under your sink(s) for leaks on a regular basis. Many times it’s too late when a leak is noticed. Also if you have rusted pipes or fittings, it would be wise to have a licensed and insured plumber to come in and changed those out to avoid any potential future leaks.
  • Make sure your bathroom vent is working properly and use it anytime you take a hot shower. This can keep surface mold from growing on your ceiling and walls.
  • If your shower handle is leaking water when it’s turned on, that may be an indication that your shower valve is leaking which in turn can cause water to leak behind the wall and even down into a below floor or adjacent room.
  • Make sure to clean up any hair that may collect in sinks and showers or tubs as that can clog your sink and over time cause a back-up.
  • Make sure all caulking around showers, tubs, & sinks are maintained on a regular basis to avoid any water from traveling behind walls.
  • If you have an old shower it would be wise to start budgeting towards remodeling it as shower pans (the waterproof membrane below the tiles) often can be the source of water leakage and they deteriorate over time.
  • If you have a water supply line feeding water to your refrigerator, on a regular basis check to make sure there is no water dripping and that the connection is tight. If there is a leak from this line, it can cause major water damage to your home. This is a problem that many mangers see on a regular basis and due to the size of a refrigerator it can often go unnoticed.
  •  Your kitchen garbage disposal should only be used for scraps and when cleaning a plate off.  Its use is not intended as a garbage can.
  • Starchy items and grease should never be placed down the kitchen drain. These items can clog the drain line. Starchy items like potatoes, pasta, and rice can expand and stick to the drain line causing the thickness of the drain line to constrict over time and can even cause backups over time.
  • Keep your dryer vent clean to avoid any fires caused by lint built up and collected in the vent line
  • Check the connections to your washing machine to ensure that there are no drips and that all connections are in good shape and tightly connected.
  • Every fall prior to the rain season, have your gutters cleaned so they allow rain water to flow away from your home properly.
  • If your paint has deteriorated it would be a good idea to have the home painted which in turn can help with maintaining any wood for longer periods of time and for stucco a paint job can fill in minor cracks.
  • Check your irrigation system regularly for broken sprinkler heads or leaks in the sprinkler lines. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • If your condo or townhome has its own shut off valve, know where it is located and how to operate it in case of a leak. Being in a stacked or shared wall unit it’s essential that you help to minimize any water intrusion into an adjacent unit.
  • Know where your breaker box is located to cut power and restore power.
  • Know where and how to locally shut water off to sinks and toilets (under the sink and behind the toilet there is a valve that can be used to shut off water).
  • Check under your sink(s) for leaks on a regular basis. Many times it’s too late when a leak is noticed. Also if you have rusted pipes or fittings, it would be wise to have a licensed and insured plumber to come in and changed those out to avoid any potential future leaks.
  • Make sure your bathroom vent is working properly and use it anytime you take a hot shower. This can keep surface mold from growing on your ceiling and walls.
  • If your shower handle is leaking water when it’s turned on, that may be an indication that your shower valve is leaking behind the walls, which in turn can cause water to leak into adjacent units as well as waste water.
  • Make sure all caulking around showers and tubs are maintained on a regular basis to avoid any water from traveling behind walls, which can cause damage to adjacent units.
  • If you have an old shower it would be wise to start budgeting towards replacing it as shower pans (the waterproof membrane below the tiles) often can be the source of water leakage.
  • If you have a water supply line feeding water to your refrigerator, on a regular basis check to make sure there is no water dripping and that the connection is tight. If there is a leak from this line it can cause major water damage to your unit as well as adjacent units and common area. This is a problem that many mangers see on a regular basis and due to the size of a refrigerator it can often go unnoticed.
  • If you have a dyer in your unit keep your dryer vent clean to avoid any fires caused by lint built up and collected in the vent line.
  • If you have a washing machine in your unit, check the connections to ensure the no water is leaking out.
  • Make sure to clean up any hair that may collect in sinks and showers or tubs as that can clog your sink and over time cause a back-up.
  • Your kitchen garbage disposal should only be used for scraps and when cleaning a plate off.  It’s use is not intended as a garbage can.
  • Starchy items and grease should never be placed down the kitchen drain. These items can clog the drain line. Starchy items like potatoes, pasta, and rice can expand and stick to the drain line causing the thickness of the drain line to constrict over time and can even cause backups over time.
  • If you are going to install hard surface flooring, it is essential that you check your Association’s CC&R’s to confirm if you can in fact install this type of flooring, and more than likely you will need prior Board approval and there will be guidelines to follow with underlayment, specific materials that can be used, etc.
  • If you have a balcony or patio with either wood or a waterproofing surface it’s very important when having plants to place those plants of footers. These “footers” allow air to flow under the plants and you can avoid a ring of water collecting around the bottom of the pot which can deteriorate the surface it’s on much quicker.