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REPAIR WINTER LEAK DAMAGE

Leaks Damage Repair

Sure, water can be a creative medium (as in the watercolor illustration above), but it’s a destructive force in building structures. The pros at Carasso specialize in detecting and repairing unseen leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings (not roofs).   These hidden leaks lead to dangerous mold, dry rot, insulation damage, structural damage, and other forms of expensive property damage. Fa ...[Read More]

UNPLEASANT CLOWNS INCLUDED?

UNPLEASANT CLOWNS INCLUDED?

Debris, trash and … Seriously, it’s annual maintenance time for storm drain inlets & catch basins. Debris/trash accumulate quickly in out-of-view, underground storm drains and compromise your community’s water-runoff systems. Some O.C. cities even require documented compliance of this best management practice (BMP). Carasso’s helpful crew doesn’t mind climbing dow ...[Read More]

MINIMIZE DAMAGES NOW

Leak Damage Repair

We’ve finally received some much-needed rain… and some calls about “recently appeared drywall stains.” Water intrusion is tricky. It can run along structural framing or piping before dribbling onto drywall, obscuring the true source of the problem. Even tiny seepage breaches can proceed dangerous mold, dry rot, insulation damage and structural destruction. Carasso’s m ...[Read More]

SPORT COURT LOVE

SPORT COURT LOVE

No, we don’t mean athletic amore – we mean showing your property’s sport courts some care and attention.  Whether you have a single court or are responsible for 20 courts, they represent a significant outlay of capital.  Intelligent maintenance can protect and preserve the investment. The sporty pros at Carasso can help by repairing and replacing tennis court windscreens, net pos ...[Read More]

STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE

STORM DRAIN MAINTENANCE

“Storm drain cleaning, how exciting!” said no one ever.   Remember rain?  Yeah that wet stuff we never get.  It’s well overdue – and when it finally arrives, the water runoff will be fast & furious.  Now is the time for storm drain cleaning to prevent blockages and expensive clean-ups. A storm drain basin needs to be working at 100% capacity at all times.  When the ...[Read More]

$8 BILLION IN DAMAGES

$8 BILLION IN DAMAGES

Don’t be shocked.  Dry rot fungi and termites cause over $8 billion in damages per year.  Your property is literally being eaten alive. Annual repairs and replacement of damaged wood saves money while protecting your investment. We can help.  Wood damage repair and replacement is one of our specialties.  Depending on the location and extent of the damage, and the building materials required ...[Read More]

RELAX – THE PROS ARE HERE

Handyman Services

FACT: You need reliable, trusted, and professional handyman services. Carasso’s experienced Handyman Services division to the rescue!  No project is too small and our work is guaranteed. Every community has a history of recurring repair items that need to be completed in a timely fashion.  No need to keep hearing the same complaints from board members or residents – with one call we ca ...[Read More]

INJURY LIABILTY

INJURY LIABILTY

Americans love to celebrate..  We eat, we drink and we make memories. Your residents gather outdoors to enjoy these festivities, and pro-active property managers make sure their communities are ready while also reducing injury liability for unsafe property amenities. Carasso maintenance pros can help you repair or replace: Broken /damaged pool gates & latches – keep the kids safe! Patio ...[Read More]

S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SHOES!

S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SHOES!

Lana says “I take 2 things VERY seriously – the approach of rainy season and my favorite pair of shoes.” She adds “If you also are the kind of property manager that loves her heels – I’ll let you in on a little secret: good construction maintenance companies will walk your property’s V-ditches for you, photograph any issues that need attention and offer an ...[Read More]

GRILLS READY?

GRILLS READY?

Every Property Manager knows how much residents look forward to this time of the year. Nothing beats gathering everyone together to enjoy a bold, delicious grilled meal. So in order to get your common area grills summer-ready – it’s time to call the Carasso BBQ Crew. Our maintenance pros will remove and clean the cooking grates, scrape and brush out the inside, clean out or replace the ...[Read More]

MASTIC EXPANSION JOINTS

MASTIC EXPANSION JOINTS

Mastic expansion joints are located wherever large amounts of concrete are poured – driveways, sidewalks and pool decks.  Their purpose is to isolate segments of concrete from each other allowing them to expand and contract with summer sun, ground settlement and earthquakes. Your property’s once good-looking mastic gets ugly and separates.  As the sun’s heat laterally expands you ...[Read More]

PEOPLE vs. CONCRETE = HOA LOSS

Concrete Grinding

Statistics show that slips, trips and falls are the most frequent accidents leading to personal injury.  Many accidents occur each year because of poorly maintained sidewalks.  This includes raised sidewalks and cracked or broken concrete.  Property owners can be held liable for injuries caused by poorly maintained walkways and cost HOAs big dollars in damage awards for past and future medical exp ...[Read More]

WHAT THE DECK?!?

WHAT THE DECK?!?

As a Property Manager, deck repair and maintenance is usually one of the many items that fall into your responsibility.  Now that rainy season is over it’s time for a deck check. Decks, stairs, balconies & walkways are all subject to the devastation of water, sunlight & weather.  Additional stresses like BBQ heat, pet urine, leaking plant pots & chemical decay will also take thei ...[Read More]

YOU + PLUS1 = DONE

YOU + PLUS1 = DONE

Have you tried our Plus1® Property Walks yet? It’s one of the best time-savers a busy property manager has!  Bill or Dave will join you and your landscaper for your scheduled monthly property/landscape inspection.  Then you get to experience how we simplify property maintenance.   Call us with the date of your next property walk (+ your Starbucks order) We meet you with beverages, a Plu ...[Read More]

HOA MINUTE ESSENTIALS

HOA MINUTE ESSENTIALS

Meeting minutes are one of the most important of all corporate documents for a homeowners association. Minutes that are vague or fail to accurately record board action are a detriment to the association. These issues often come to light only after copies of minutes have been requested in the discovery process of pending litigation.  These suggestions are valuable: Minutes should describe the meeti ...[Read More]