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 Saturday, January 14th & Sunday, January 15th

Due to the icy weather conditions this weekend, not all of our new home communities are opening their models. Please click on "Find Your Home" and  then "Communities" to locate the phone number of the community you are interested in visiting. Call first to be sure they are open!  We are also available to assist you by phone or email.  Thank you for your understanding ~ your safety is important to us!
 
Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze 

With extreme cold weather conditions, your pipes may run the risk of freezing up and even bursting. You can help protect your pipes by simply letting them drip lightly throughout the night when the temperatures are the coldest.  Leave cabinet doors open under your sink to allow warm air to reach the pipes (kitchen, bathrooms, basement bars, etc).

Remember to keep your garage doors closed.  Don’t leave the garage door open while running an errand, picking up carpool, or just by accident.  Exposure to the extreme cold will contribute to pipes freezing adjacent to your garage walls or ceiling.

Unhook Your Garden Hoses

Another way to protect your pipes this winter is by unhooking any garden hoses you have from outdoor faucets. This allows your outdoor faucets to drain of any leftover water, and it will help prevent them from freezing up and putting your house at risk of any damage they can cause.

Keep Your Outdoor Walkways Free of Slippery Conditions

If you know that your driveway, steps or sidewalks run the risk of icing over, remember to use sand for traction.  Do not use salt or chemicals and do not chip the ice with a shovel. 

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  Saturday, December 17th, 2016
ICY CONDITIONS
Due to the inclement weather today, some subdivisions may not open their furnished models.  If you were planning to tour one of our models, please contact that subdivision to see if they are open.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but appreciate your understanding.
 
 
 
 Fall Homeowner Maintenance Tips

Saturday, October 15, 2016  

 

Seal the exterior of your home ~ Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior and make a journey around  your home’s exterior, sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house.  Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy.

De-Gunk your gutters~ Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.  Ensure your downspouts extensions are installed and guide water away from the foundation.

Eyeball Your Roof~ Stay safe and use binoculars to inspect your roof from the ground.  Look for warning signs: Shingles that are buckled, cracked, or missing; rust spots on flashing. Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately.  Black algae stains are just cosmetic.  A plumbing vent stack usually is flashed with a rubber collar — called a boot — that may crack or loosen over time. They’ll wear out before your roof does, so make sure they’re in good shape.

 Direct Your Drainage~ Take a close look at the soil around your foundation and make sure it slopes away from your house at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet. That way, you’ll keep water from soaking the soils around your foundation, which could lead to cracks and leaks.  Be sure soil doesn’t touch your siding.

 Check Your Furnace~ Schedule an appointment with Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling or other professional to get your heating system checked and tuned up for the coming heating season. Change your furnace filters, too. This is a job you should do every two months anyway, but if you haven’t, now’s the time. If your HVAC includes a built-in humidifier, make sure the contractor replaces that filter. Monitor the humidity in your house and start thinking about when you want to operate the humidifier.  The water valve, (usually found high on the water heater), will need to be in the open position and the humidifier damper turned to the winter position.  Make sure you keep the humidity in the proper range, as recommended by the HVAC contractor. 

 Prune Plants~ Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees — when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won’t drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.


    Disconnect outside faucets

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It is very important to remove hoses, splitters or connections from your outside spigots during the winter. Not removing hoses or any other connections from the hose bib can trap water and will cause the fixture to freeze. If it freezes, the pipe will likely burst inside your home, causing water damage. It’s best to beat the cold weather by disconnecting hoses early since even one night of freezing weather can cause a break in a the pipes.
 

           Winterizing your irrigation system

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

It’s that time of year again…. Freezing temperatures, which damage your lawn irrigation system are forecasted for the very near future. It’s time to winterize your lawn irrigation system. Thankfully, your JECH home offers you the ability to do this without paying someone to come and do it for you.

Below, we have provided step by step instructions. These instructions are also installed near the shutoffs on homes built with us since 2012. You should be able to find them near the shutoff, which is located near the main water shut off in the basement. If it is missing, follow the detailed instructions below.

1. Turn the blue sprinkler shut off valve in the basement to the "OFF" position (90 degrees out away from in line with the water pipe). 

2. With sprinkler control box in the garage in the "RUN" position, press and hold the right arrow (with the little hand on it) until the system starts running the first zone.

3. Let the system run through all zones (at least 10 minutes per zone).

4. After all zones have been run through, turn the sprinkler control dial to the "OFF" position.

Your sprinkler system is now winterized! If this doesn’t work or you have questions, please contact Organic Warehouse. 913-681-2667

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONS WITH PICTURES:  /uploads/WINTERIZING YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM.pdf
    
 

1st annual JECH employee BBQ contest

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of our first annual employee barbecue contest!

  1. Gregg Rizzotto won 1st Place for his pulled pork! 
  2. Gregg Rizzotto won 2nd Place for his burnt ends!
  3. Brian Standley took 3rd Place for his St. Louis style ribs!
Everyone's barbecue and side dishes were DELISH!

Employees and their families also enjoyed a few "friendly" games of kickball (we may be just a little competitive).  
    
 

Thank you to Mark Crouse, James Craddock and the Brown siblings for the amazing live music! We were happy to donate to the Hayes Harvest 5K Run in exchange for the entertainment!