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Preparing Your Home for Heavy Rainfall

August 6, 2013

If you have not received your electric utility bill, be prepared for higher bills. The combination of extreme temperatures this summer, coupled with high humidity, caused A/C units to work harder. In addition, the Mountain Fire (which burned approximately 27,000 acres) has just been officially contained. The fire and wind direction brought significant amounts of smoke and ash to the valley floor for about 10 days. While the temperatures and humidity have moderated slightly this week, the chance for hot and humid weather to return is predicted. This weather pattern often causes late day thunderstorms, which typically bring a significant amount of rain that falls quickly. Therefore, we highly recommend that you have us clean your roof, gutter and downspouts to insure that accumulated water drains properly.

If you have solar panels in your desert home, it is recommended that you have our General Services Department clean the panels regularly to obtain peak energy efficiency from the panels (particularly in light of the amount of ash that was deposited by the Mountain Fire).

As we do in each of our monthly posts, we are pleased to offer several timely service suggestions for your consideration:

  1. Bedspread & Duvet Cover Cleaning – Now is an ideal time to have your bedspreads, duvet covers, mattress covers and blankets dry cleaned or laundered. Premier Residential Services will arrange for cleaning and insure that items are placed in plastic bags (so that they will be ready for use when needed).
  2. Aerator Cleaning – The high mineral content of the valley’s water supply is the reason why sinks, faucets, showerheads and mister system nozzles become clogged, impeding the water flow, and may cause the discoloring of the hardware. Our maintenance department can clean the screens, as well as remove the built up mineral deposits from these items, allowing the fixtures to look and act as new.
  3. Vehicle and Golf Car Batteries – Extreme weather conditions in the valley often result in a limited life span for vehicle and golf cart batteries and can cause rapid build up of corrosion on the battery terminals and cables. Distributors have informed us that if a battery is 4-6 years old, the likelihood is that it will begin to fail and/or not be able to hold a charge. We can replace the 6 or 8 volt batteries for you, as well as clean the terminals from built up corrosion and replace cables if needed. Any golf car that operates with a 12-volt system requires replacement from the distributor. Contact the office if you feel that your golf car requires battery replacement and Premier Residential Services will have it ready for your return in the fall.