As a condo owner, you do have the luxury of living a nearly worry-free lifestyle, as the condo corporation takes care of most repairs for the building complex. In return, you as the owner pay a monthly “condo fee”, also known as “maintenance fee”. Typically speaking, the condo corporation takes care of maintaining the common areas, whereas you have the responsibility of maintaining everything inside your condo unit. Although there are not many things to maintain inside a condo, owners often forget about the few items which are part of their responsibility.
In this short blog post, I want to cover three of the most overlooked, and often neglected, responsibilities of being a condo owner.
Cleaning Clothes Dryer Vents
All condos in Square One come equipped with ensuite laundry. This means the installed dryers do require ventilation. Most of the ventilation systems have two lint traps; one inside the dryer and one in the ceiling above the dryer. The lint trap inside the dryer should be cleaned every laundry load and the one above the dryer should be changed every 2-3 months. Failing to do this, could result in an overheated dryer or even worse a house fire. In fact, in America clothes dryers are responsible for over 15,000 fires every single year!
Changing Air Filters
This is also referred to as fan coil maintenance. It may be a shock to some condo owners, but typically speaking the owner of the condo, not the condo corporation, is responsible for maintaining the AC / Heating unit within the condo. The system is relatively simple, as it works on re-circulating air that is already in the room. For it to work properly, it requires that a) there are no objects (such as furniture) blocking the in-vent at the bottom, and 2) for the air filters inside the in-take vent to be changed at least 3 times a year. Improper maintenance of fan coils can result in weak AC/Heat, poor air quality or even worse mold.
Cleaning Bathroom Exhausts
The Ontario building code requires every bathroom to have a ventilation system installed. It’s not uncommon for two bathrooms to share one fan or to be installed on a three-way switch. Every time you use the bathroom the exhaust fan should be turned on to ensure the humidity levels are controlled. Over time, the dust ends up getting build up which can clog the grill (of the fan) and even worse prevent the fan from operating properly. The easiest way to see if your bathroom exhaust system is working properly is to do the tissue paper test. Improper maintenance of bathroom ventilation systems can result in poor air quality and mold.
Maintaining the above will not only improve your quality of life inside your unit but will also help with the resale value of your unit should you ever decide to sell it!
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