Kirkland Village Bulletin Board

 

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Tips and tricks to prevent frozen pipes
Greetings Everyone,
When we have a couple nights of below freezing temperatures there's usually no worry; however when the temps are at freezing for the highs and downright frigid for the lows for an extended period of time, we need to do a few things to prevent pipes from freezing. In our community, every condo's downstairs bathroom has water lines on an outside wall and every three bedroom unit has their kitchen sink water lines on an outside wall.
In order to prevent frozen pipes, leave your downstairs bathroom doors open and, as applicable, leave your bathroom cabinet doors open. In the three bedroom units, also leave your kitchen sink cabinet doors open. If the temps remain below freezing for more than a couple days, also consider letting your faucet drip overnight in the bathroom/kitchen. Moving water takes longer to freeze and allows for the expansion from ice to prevent a burst pipe.
As a wise man recently stated, "A closed cabinet becomes a refrigerator".

Thanks,
KVC Board

Dealing with Raccoons
Greetings Everyone,
Well, it seems the raccoons are getting a bit more pesky and less afraid of people.
Things to do:
Place ammonia soaked rags around your patio/deck/walkway, refresh as needed.
Place helium filled mylar balloons (ones with minimal designs and maximum reflective area) in similar spots as the ammonia rags.
Sprinkle cayenne pepper around (be generous).
Make loud noises and use flashing lights (costco usually has very good deals on high power LED flashlights that will do the trick, look for one with a strobe feature).
Things to NOT do:
Do NOT feed the raccoons.
Do NOT feed your pets outside.
Do NOT leave pet food outside.
Do NOT leave human food outside.
Do NOT corner raccoons.
Raccoons are very intelligent and agile, and have a keen sense of smell, they will follow their nose. If they find food on your deck/patio, they will return looking for more. If a raccoon feels threatened, it will attack. Rabies is generally not an issue, however, roundworm is a very serious matter as it easily transferred to humans through their excrement and most raccoons are infected with it. Relocation is a last ditch effort as it is usually a death sentence for the animal; more often, a call to relocate a raccoon will result in onsite/offsite euthanasia.

Thanks,
KVC Board

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