Skip to content Sitemap

Blog

FROZEN PIPES

The weather change is here! The low temperatures can cause issues to pipes. It is imperative that you take the proper precautions to properly winterize your unit. Here are some precautions that you can take to avoid frozen pipes and the subsequent expense and inconvenience that could follow.

Winterizing is the process that everyone should undertake to make your home ready for winter. Freezing temperatures, ice, snow and wind can cause severe damage to your home.

Why do pipes freeze?
Your pipes can freeze for any combination of reasons:

A. Quick drops in temperature to 20 degrees F or below
B. Extended hours below 32 degrees F
C. Poor insulation
D. Setting thermostats too low

How do I keep my pipes from freezing?
You can’t keep the temperature from dropping, but you can protect your pipes.

A. Insulating unfinished areas, such as garages, where pipes may be exposed.
B. Draining and shutting off pipes flowing to the outside faucets.
C. Leaving faucets slowly dripping and cabinets open to expose pipes to warmer air.
D. Having someone check your home regularly while you are away.
E. Disconnecting all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
F. Keeping your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher at all times.

When a hard freeze is coming:

A. Let warm water trickle from faucets overnight, particularly on an exterior wall or at the end of a long stretch of unprotected pipe.
B. Open cabinet doors, especially near exterior walls, to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks, etc. (Make sure harmful cleaners or other household chemicals are out of the reach of children.)
C. Don’t turn your thermostat down below 65 degrees during extreme cold. Further drops in temperature could be enough to cause a problem, especially inside walls where pipes are located. Your heating bill may go up a little, but that’s better than an expensive repair job if a pipe freezes and bursts.

My pipes froze…now what?
Don’t assume your pipes will automatically burst if they’ve frozen. No reason to panic yet.

 A. Turn on your faucets and leave them on. As the frozen area starts to melt, water will start moving again and help more ice to melt.

B. Try to locate the frozen area of the pipe.
 C. Apply heat to the frozen area if possible. You can use an electric heating pad, electric hair dryer, a portable space heater, or wrap the pipes in towels soaked in hot water.

CAUTION: never use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater or other open flame that could create a fire hazard. Such a device could also boil the water, causing the pipe to explode.

 

What if a pipe bursts?

Turn the water off at the main shutoff valve and leave the faucets on. Take a moment to locate where this is before it becomes an emergency.
It is important that heat is left on in vacant homes. If damage occurs due to heat being turned off, insurance companies may deem this as negligence and refuse to pay a claim.

 

Stay Safe and Warm!!

Flow Free

Did you know cooking grease, fats, and oils being poured down drains are a major cause of residential sanitary sewer spills resulting in unsightly, smelly, and costly messes?

Oils and grease are wastes that the city’s sewer system cannot handle and should not be discarded down the drain. Grease, fats, and oils will clog sewer lines (the same way bad cholesterol can clog heart arteries), causing sewage back-ups and flooding. Sewage back-ups can damage personal and public property.

Spills also affect your water bill. Charlotte Water responds to more than 200 spills a year caused by grease clogging sewer pipes. Charlotte Water inspects and clears sewer pipes to prevent spills but we can’t do this without your help.

Drain excess grease or cooking oil into a can, cool and toss. Wipe any leftover grease from the pan with a paper towel and throw the paper towel away.

The same goes for our toilets. If you flush items down the toilet that don’t belong there, you are inviting clogs and overflows. Even products labeled as “flushable” do not decompose in the sewer system and can contribute to clogging. Don’t flush paper towels, wipes, hair, cotton swabs, feminine products or dental floss. Only put toilet paper down the toilet. ​​​​​

Please call 311 or 704-336-7600 to request free Flow Free collateral including posters, doorhangers, can lids, sponges, and grease scrapers

Copyrighted by Charlotte Water and for more information, please visit: http://charlottenc.gov/Water/Pages/ProtectOurPipes.aspx

Watches vs. Warnings

Watches vs. Warnings:

A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions are possible within the specified area.

A tropical storm warning is an announcement that tropical storm conditions are expected within the specified area.

A flood advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance and flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning.

A flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur and conditions are favorable to occur.

A flood warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening and flooding is imminent or occurring.

A hurricane watch is an announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.

A hurricane warning is an announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.

Say NO to Mosquitoes

Say No To Mosquitoes!!

Destroy or dispose of containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots or in pet dishes for more than two days.

Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs. Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or eliminate puddles that remain for several days.

Change the water in birdbaths and stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious minnows. Known as mosquito fish, these minnows are about an inch-and-a-half long and can be purchased or native fish can be seined from streams and creeks locally.

Treat ornamental pools with biorational larvicides under certain circumstances. Commercial products “Mosquito Dunks” and “Mosquito Bits” can be purchased at many hardware/garden stores. Pre-Strike Mosquito Torpedo that kills developing mosquitoes using insect growth regulator technology is available at many home/garden and pet specialty stores.

Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas, and either remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar. These areas may be treated with Bti or methoprene products, also.

Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.

Many garden centers and hardware stores offer a number of repellants, foggers and other mosquito treatments and traps.

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season 2016?

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center expects the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season to be near normal. What that suggests is that this season, which began on June 1 and extends through November 30, will bring 10-16 named storms. Of those, 4-8 could become hurricanes, with 1-4 growing to major hurricane status (winds of 111 mph or stronger).

Already this year we’ve seen 4 named storms, including Colin and Danielle in June – the earliest third and fourth storms on record in the Atlantic. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a more active season, but it does remind us that we need to be prepared at all times. Read More Here

It’t Time to FALL Back on November 1, 2015

(Info Provided by Apply Connect)

A little reminder with a Poem!

The end of Daylight savings will cause all of our clocks to fall back on November 1st this year (unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii). Use this handy checklist in printable form and fun poem to remind your staff, coworkers and even your residents of the things they should take care of to prepare for this winter season.

Spring forward, Fall Back” both require you to act!
As days get shorter and darkness glooms, check the batteries in all the rooms:
Smoke alarms and security feeds – both are vital safety needs.
Make sure they work, do a test. Protect those you love the very best.

Check the clocks, be sure they’re right to catch what lurks in the deepest night.
Not all clocks are on your phone, some must be set all on your own!
Touch the button, wind the dial (depending on your artistic style).
DVR and microwaves (remember when VCRs were all the rave?).

Auto timers on sprinklers and lights? Adjust them for the changing nights.
In autumn you can water less and save your plants from frost duress.
Illuminate your parking lots and help defend your precious tots.
Clubhouse, vacancies and laundry rooms? Make sure they’re lit – not dark as tombs.

Safety and security needs now done, settle in and have some fun!
Pop some corn and read a book, comfy and cozy in your private nook.
Or play a game of hide-and-seek, watch a movie cheek to cheek.
Don’t forget our two cents worth, to get you ready for November 1st.

Sign up for a free energy kit from Duke Energy!!

Sign up for a free energy kit from Duke Energy!!

Go to MyEnergyKit.org

    Duke Energy provides one Energy Efficiency Starter Kit per household over a 36-month period and you will receive:

      • Energy Efficient Bulbs (Energy Star Approved)
      • Energy Efficient Showerhead
      • Energy Efficient Night Light
      • Kitchen Faucet Aerator with Swivel and Flip Valve
      • Bathroom Faucet Aerator
      • Water Flow Meter Bag
      • Combination Pack of Switch/Outlet Gasket Insulators
      • Teflon Tape Used for Installing the Showerhead/Faucet Aerator
      • Hot Water Gauge Card
      • Duke Energy Labeled DOE Energy Saver Booklet
      • Duke Energy Supplied Product Information/Instruction Sheet
      • Glow Ring Toy

      Due to the recent news on Hurricane Joaquin being upgraded to a category 3 hurricane, Disaster One and PG Management Group, LLC bring you the following:
       
      Watches vs. Warnings:


      flood advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance and flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning.

      A flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur and conditions are favorable to occur.

      A flood warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening and flooding is imminent or occurring.

      A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions are possible within the specified area.


      A tropical storm warning is an announcement that tropical storm conditions are expected within the specified area.


      A hurricane watch is an announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area.


      A hurricane warning is an announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area.
       
       

      October is Fire Prevention Month

      October is Fire Prevention Month

      Prior to your move in, or shortly after your lease was executed, your home was properly installed with
      smoke alarms and/or your home’s existing smoke alarms were tested and determined to be in working
      order*. If you have concerns that your smoke alarms were not properly installed, are missing, or are not
      functioning properly (after you have changed the battery), please immediately contact us by email pamela@pgmanagementgroup.com, and your concerns will be addressed promptly.
       
      Fire Safety Tips for your Home:
      Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and outside of all sleeping
      areas.
      Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as
      instructed. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your
      clocks, as a reminder.
      Smoke alarms should be installed away from air vents.
      Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or wall, at least 4 inches from corners or
      according to manufacturer’s instructions.
      If a smoke alarm sounds during normal cooking or when bathing, press the hush button if the
      smoke alarm has one. Open the door or window or fan the area with a towel to get the air
      moving. Do not disable the smoke alarm or take out the batteries. If this happens often, the
      smoke alarm will need to be relocated
      Prepare and practice an escape route with all residents in the home, including children.
      Know two ways to exit from every room in your home.
      Make sure safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home.
      Keep clothes, blankets, curtains, towels and other flammable items at least three feet from
      space heaters, and away from stove burners.
      Place space heaters where they will not tip over easily.
      Clear away trash, flammables and decorative materials.
      Never leave cooking unattended.
      Be sure your stove and small appliances are off before going to bed.
      Check for worn wires and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
      Never overload electrical sockets.
      Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
      Never leave cigarettes unattended. Never smoke in bed and make sure cigarette ashes are out.

      For more fire prevention information, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms.

      The above information was brought to you today by Carrington Property Services, LLC and PG Management Group, LLC

      New and Improved Move In, Mid Lease, and Move Out walk thru reports!!

      EFFECTIVE August 8, 2015, PGMG is pleased and excited to provide New and Improved Move In, Mid Lease, and Move Out walk thru reports!! Owners and tenants will receive the same photos as always, but in a nicer, more friendly layout!! These reports will now be added to the Owner Portal and will be emailed to the Tenants!
      If you are a current owner, stay tuned because the next report you receive, whether it be a move in , mid lease, or move out, will now be in the new layout and published to your Owner Portal!
      I love it when a plan comes together!!

      Next Page »