The winter season in Edmonton can be a cold one. With the cold weather, The New Cambridge Lofts becomes more succeptible to damage from water loss. Here are some things to look out for to lessen the chances that you will experience water damage.
Water damage can be caused by faulty supply lines, fill valve assemblies, toilet flanges, or toilets that backed up and overflowed. If the bowl or tank begins to overﬂow after use, turn off the water at the supply valve (under or behind toilet in most of your lofts)
Every 6 months you should inspect:
- the ﬂushing mechanism inside the tank; the fill valve should shut off when the float inside the tank reaches the proper water level.
- the water supply line for damage or any source of leaks; that the connections are all secure
Replace the ﬂapper or ﬁll valve assembly if you notice intermittent reﬁlling when the toilet is not in use.
Switch the valve off and back on to make sure the water to the toilet will shut off. Replace if needed.
Turn supply valves off when you plan to be away for long periods.
Try not to run the washing machine when no one is home
Make sure that there is enough of a gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to prevent kinking the hose. Check the hoses for cracks and kinks.
Try to Inspect the water supply line every 6 months. Ensure all connections are tight.
If your loft has an icemaker
Make sure the icemaker supply hose is properly installed and check for kinks. You should inspect the hose every 6 months. If you see any kinks please replace the hose.
Much like the washing machine, there should be enough of a gap between the fridge and wall to prevent the hose from crimping.
You should know where the water shut-off valve is. It should be inspected every 6 months to make it works. Replace the valve is necessary.
Inspect plumbing beneath sinks every 6 months.
Ensure connections are secure and there is no evidence of corrosion on the pipes.
Locate the water shut-off valve.
Inspect the valve every 6 months to make sure the water supply will shut off. Replace the valve if needed.
If your loft has a shower stall, you should:
Inspect tile and grout every 6 months, paying attention to loose or cracked tiles and cracked or crumbling grout lines. Repair as needed.
Test the shower pan annually:
Block the ﬂoor drain.
- Fill the shower stall with approximately 1 inch of water.
- Use a pencil to mark the water line.
- Leave the water standing in the shower pan for 8 hours.
- If the water level decreases, contact a plumbing professional.
Every loft at NCL has its own hot water tank. Owners are responsible to maintain, repair and replace the tank if necessary. Have a plumber inspect the anode rod at least once every 2 years and annually once the warranty has expired. The rod will eventually corrode and leave the tank vulnerable to damage.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR WINDOWS OPEN DURING THE COLD SEASON!