Whether you’re the new owner of a condo or just moving in as a new tenant, there are a few important locational things to know about inside your unit to help make your home experience a positive one. Beyond the glamour of stone counters and hardwood flooring, there are very real practical considerations to be familiar with in the operation of your condo and for basic condo maintenance so that you can easily navigate around your space. Here are a few to note:
Main water shut-off valve
Every condo in Toronto has a main water shut off that is accessible for emergencies, ie. a flood in the unit. Knowing where this valve is located without delay can allow you to quickly shut off water in the event of an appliance or mechanism malfunction or other water disaster where time is ticking and water churning out can completely destroy your unit and/or dozens of units below you. For most condos, you’ll find the main water shut off valve within a tiny door that’s located under the sink of a bathroom in the condo.
Laundry water shut-off valve
When speaking with a licensed plumber on a recent job I was part of, he mentioned it’s ideal for residents to turn off the water valve to the washing machine in between your laundry loads. He mentioned it as a good-to-know practice, since it’s just an extra step to ensure that your unit never accidentally has a flow of water that shouldn’t occur. Just don’t forget to turn the water valve back on again after starting your washer, otherwise you’ll have done a full cycle in “dry mode”!
Lint trap door
All dryers have a lint trap built into the machine that requires cleaning after each load of laundry, however, there is also a lesser known lint trap usually found in the ceiling above the dryer that requires maintenance too. All of the lint that passes through the dryer’s own lint trap ends up at this secondly trap, and with time, it can build up into a thick carpet of lint. Why is this notable? Because with added heat from the dryer, all of that lint built-up can become enflamed and catch on fire! It is generally recommended to check on this lint trap door once per month to fully clean it out to prevent fires and ensure that your dryer is working at maximum effeciency.
Though only a license electrician should be the only person poking around in an electrical panel, it’s important to know the location of this component so that you can switch the breaker in the event it’s overloaded and shuts off power to an area of your condo, or in the event you want to turn off power to an area of the condo for any reason.
Knowing the location of all of these items is important to maintaining and securing your condo. Make a mental note to yourself of all of these locations if you’ve never thought about them before! It’s all part of good condo maintenance and awareness!
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