Home Maintenance


It is the owners’ responsibility to remove cobwebs from the exteriors of their homes.


Homeowners are responsible for pest control in and around their homes. Baiting for ants, snails, etc. is permitted in the common area immediately adjacent to your home. A professional pest control service may be hired for this purpose.

Homeowners are responsible for the prevention and/or eradication of termites on their property. Do not allow soil to touch siding or the bottoms of fences, as it provides a path for termites into the building. For the same reason, do not stack firewood or other wooden material against siding or fences. Periodic professional termite inspections are advised. If termites are found in your home, call an exterminator and notify your immediate neighbors, who might want to have their homes inspected. Also notify the office at (916) 929-8380 or utilize the easy-to-fill out form found here.


Leftover paint, pesticides, petroleum products, etc. should not be placed in garbage cans or poured into drains. Instead, take them to the county dump at 8491 Fruitridge Rd. The same goes for electronic equipment such as computers, television sets, etc. Call city information at 311 for hours and fees. The dump is approximately 3.6 miles from Nepenthe. Go south on Howe Ave. (which becomes Power Inn Rd.), to Fruitridge and turn left.


Plumbing is owned and maintained by the homeowner. If you experience a leak, call a plumber immediately. You are responsible for any damage caused to your property, a neighbor’s property or the common area by leaks in your plumbing. Do not pour cooking oils or fats into sink drains, as they will eventually clog the pipes. You are responsible for the maintenance and replacement of hose bibs (faucets) in the exterior walls of your home. There is usually one bib in the front wall, one in the patio, and one in the garage wall. It is wise to insulate them if a hard freeze is expected.


Service panels are owned and maintained by the homeowner. Your electrical service panel contains circuit breakers that protect your home and garage from fire and your electrical fixtures and equipment from damage. The breakers can also be used to manually cut off power to circuits if someone is working on wiring or fixtures. It is helpful, especially in emergencies, to know the circuit that is controlled by each numbered breaker, so it is advisable to make a list. Most panels are on walls in patios, but some are located outside the patios. All should be secured with a padlock to keep burglars from turning off your power.


Smoke alarms are owned and maintained by the homeowner. Whether hard-wired or battery-powered, check periodically to make sure they are functioning.


The sprinklers in the common area are controlled by timers which run at night. If sprinklers are striking walls or fences, causing flooding, or otherwise appear to be malfunctioning, call the office at (916) 929-8380 or utilize the easy-to-fill out form found here. If you own patio sprinklers, see that they do not leak or strike walls and fences. You are liable for the cost of repairing damage caused by your sprinklers, including dry rot and mold in walls, doors and fences. This includes damage to neighboring homes or to the common area.