Community Insider Summer 2017 - Page 20

Dee Waite is the San Diego Regional Manager with Packard Management Group (858) 277-4305; YOU SURVIVED SUMMER “POOL SEASON” Did Your Outdoor Furniture? By Dee Waite Interestingly, the most misused and hazardous outdoor furniture item is the patio umbrella. Most commercial manufacturers do not recommend crank or tilt umbrellas in any location with public access as they often break from improper use or children playing with them, and can cause eye and head injuries. Instead, opt for a manual lift or fiberglass rib arm umbrella for community use. H ere in sunny San Diego, arguably the most popular amenity in a community association is the pool/spa area. Cooling off in a body of water is made more enjoyable if there are outdoor furnishings to lounge on while drying off in the summer sun, so pool furnishings tend to get a lot of use during peak pool season. However, pool furniture can be costly to replace. So, how does a community extend the useful life of pool furnishings so a community can get the most “bang for their buck?” Todd Chism, with CAI business partner, Patio Shoppers, Inc. has provided some expert tips to help managers and boards plan for after-summer pool furniture maintenance. 20 | SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY INSIDER | 1) INSPECT: Inspecting furnishings regularly is the most effective way to reduce hazards and community association liability. It is recommended that all pool and patio furniture be inspected and cleaned four times per year; once per quarter. At the minimum, inspection should occur annually. Pool service providers will often do this as an extra to a pool maintenance contract and patio furnishing vendors will sometimes provide free inspections. Items to look for include broken welds, loose screws, broken straps, tears in fabric, broken umbrella cracks, etc. (Pro Tip: Make sure to include pool furnishing liability in the Association’s insurance policy. Many times, it is not included unless specifically requested!). 2) CLEAN: All sling, strap, cushion, and metal furnishings should be cleaned quarterly with a solution made of mild detergent solution (Chism recommends Dawn dish soap) made by mixing ¼ cup of detergent to 5 gallons of clean water. For staining caused by buildup of oils and tanning lotions, up to ½ cup of detergent can be used per 5 gallons of water. On vinyl straps, up to ½ cup of white vinegar can be added to the solution. Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach, acetone, etc. as this could void the warranty on the furnishings. 3) REPAIR: Repairing issues noted during inspection can significantly reduce the potential for injury to residents and guests. Many commercial outdoor furnishing suppliers will conduct the inspection as a complimentary or low-cost service, and will make repair recommendations. If addressed early on, most furnishings can be repaired -and their useful life extended- several times before replacement of the furnishing is needed. SUMMER 2017 WWW.CAI-SD.ORG Gain an HOA banking team that’s been around the block With over 25 years of experience in the community association industry, our team delivers the solutions and the support to meet your unique needs. From accelerated payment processing to the latest in fraud protection, we help simplify the overall management of your associations’ banking on our easy-to-use 24/7 online platform. Learn how we can help streamline your financial operations at Financing subject to credit and collateral approval. Other restrictions may apply. Terms and conditions subject to change. ©2016 MUFG Union Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. Union Bank is a registered trademark and brand name of MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Jolen Zeroski, CMCA® Sr. Regional Account Executive 800-669-8659