Dear Maintenance Men

Will 2016 Be a Super El Niño Year?

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We have been living with drought in the Western United States for a long time now. So the prediction of a strong, wet El Niño year is quite appealing. Will it fill our reservoirs, recharge our aquafers and bring us back to normal? Hard to tell; many experts say we may need multiple years of El Niño to be back to pre-drought conditions.

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Aging, Kitchen Design, Roof Leak,

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Dear Maintenance Men:

Being part of the Baby Boom generation and staying active means I should know a bit more about “Aging in Place”. Can you explain this term and how it might affect my apartment community?

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Winterizing California

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“When it comes to your building, “winterizing” California style is simple.”

Dear Maintenance Men:

Because of the drought, we have left our yards to dry out and the grass to die. One issue I have is the mature trees on the property. Grass and plants are easy to replace; however, the trees are another thing altogether. How do we maintain our trees and still conserve water?

Margaret

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Drains, Communications, & Hot Water

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Dear Maintenance Men:

I have a bathroom sink that is slow draining. I have already snaked the drain and found no stoppage. When I remove the pop-up assembly and have an open drain, water whooshes down with no problem. However, with the pop-up in place, water backs up into the sink and drains very slowly. Paul

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Landscape, exterior lighting, & flooring

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Dear Maintenance Men:

I am finally getting around to making my landscape drought tolerant. Can you provide me a list of plants and materials I can use? I am concerned about conserving water but do not want to create the Mojave Desert either.

Rick

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(562) 426-8341

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