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Page 6 - Fall Bulletin

Air conditioning / heating, dryer and exhaust vents are the unit owner's responsibility.
Damage to common property and to vents has resulted from cleaning vents, from the outside. Better to maintain dryer  and vent from within unit, call appliance service provider.
You are responsible for  vents and repairs to any damage done to Association property.
The following is a list of contractors that specialize in the cleaning of vents and ducts:

Systematic Cleaning

Clean it All, Inc.

Industrial Power Clean

A dryer's venting system conveys warm, moist air,  that may contain lint and dust particles, from the appliance to the exterior of the building through a duct. Dryers and their vents require on-going maintenance to insure  they will perform as designed and will not produce conditions that could damage association and unit owner property.
To Avoid Fire Damage:

  1. Make sure your dryer vent hose (between the appliance and the vent duct) is the flexible metal  hose now required by law. Replace any older plastic hoses.
  2. Maintain your dryer filter by replacing a damaged or missing filter, cleaning the filter screen after each use. And have your service contractor periodically disconnect the dryer vent hose from the duct, vacuum clean it, and the inside of the appliance.
This is where fires start in the dryer systems. Rely on your appliance service provider to properly clean and maintain your dryer.

To Avoid Damage to Association Property:
  1. Have any lint accumulating at the vent on the exterior of the building removed. If allowed to accumulate this could cause moisture damage to the area immediately adjacent to the vent.
  2. Do not allow contractors to clean your dryer duct by snaking a vacuum hose (or anything else) through the duct, this is unnecessary and could cause separation of duct components, leading to the exhaust air from the dryer being trapped in the ceiling or sub floor areas above or below your unit. This could result in moisture accumulation and damage to wood and plasterboard components of the building.
Any repair costs for ducts, vents and damaged Association property would be the unit owner's  responsibility.

Hoses often dry out: they should be replaced every 4 to 5 years. Check existing hoses for cracks or any other sign of wear. Torn hoses have resulted in flooding. Superior type hoses which will last 20 years (guaranteed by manufacturer) can be purchased at a local Home Depot.

Residents are reminded that damage resulting from a leaking washing machine or water heater is the unit owner's responsibility.

Make sure that your water heater is in good condition. If you have one of the original water heaters installed 20 + years ago, it has exceeded its life expectancy and should be replaced.  As a rule water heaters should be replaced after 7 to 10 years.
If you are having a new water heater installed, there is no reason to change the outside vent, all new units can be retro-fitted to the existing vents. If you choose to replace the outside  vent, use the style which has been approved by the Board.
Check with Management office for details.

Who is responsible for what and why? In an effort to clarify some questions on responsibility the following applies:
A unit owner whose sink, washing machine, water heater, toilet or Heating/Air conditioner, leaks and causes damage to any unit including their own or Association property such as a carport or store room ceiling) is responsible for the cost of repairs.

Renters MUST directly notify Unit Owner of any emergency affecting the unit.

Residents and their contractors must adhere to Harmon Cove Regulations and time restrictions regarding work being performed in Harmon Cove I

Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

No work is permitted.

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