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Pet Screening

Effective immediately, we will now be able to screen the “fur babies” of our applicants! We will have an application specific link that will be sent to our applicants that have pets, so that we can enhance our application screening process. We are excited to add this service to our application process and another piece of mind for our property owners. Thanks to PetScreening.com

 

25 Tips to Rapidly Improve Your Life

by Lachlan Brown

When it comes to achieving your goals and living the life you want, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about “positive thinking” or “positive visualization” for one lifetime.  But if you’re looking for some practical strategies you can use, then check out the below 25 tips. It’s a simple list of practical ideas and habits you can implement in your life today. Let’s dive right in.

 

  • Try rising early. This might not be for everyone, but many people find benefits to waking up early. Not only does it give you more time to exercise or focus on what’s important to you, but you’ll be more likely to get into a fixed routine.

  • Do less. So many of us are rushing around in a great panic trying to get as many things as we can done. But what if you decided you’re going to do less? You’ll be less stressed and more mindful. You might get fewer tasks done but I bet you’ll be more effective.

  • Slow down. Instead of rushing around, try to slow down when you walk, slow down when you drive, and eat slower. You’ll be so much more relaxed and willing to bask in the glory of the present moment.

  • Practice patience. Patience truly is a virtue. When you notice yourself getting edgy or losing your temper, just acknowledge that whatever you’re doing is going to take longer than expected. Patience is all about acceptance and willingness to be with yourself.

  • Practice compassion. According to the Dalai Lama, a life worth living is a life that helps others. If you make helping others a priority in your life, you’ll forget about your own problems and help people with theirs. Win-win!

  • Find a hobby you’re passionate about. Find something you love to do and your life will be immensely improved.

  • Set long-term goals. We all have our day-to-day lives but we won’t be going anywhere if we don’t have goals. Pick a goal you want to accomplish within a year and stick to it. If it’s learning a language, aim to learn 10 words a day. By the end of the year, that will 3650 words!

  • Meditate. Despite what you’re led to believe, meditation isn’t some new age hippie practice with no practical benefit. It’s been around for thousands of years for a reason. It’s a great way to de-stress, clear your mind and learn about yourself.

  • Get organized. Sometimes it can be tough to figure out what you want to do with your life when you’re messy and disorganized. So, instead, organize your goals, your belongings and remove the clutter.

  • Simplify your life. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Only keep what’s essential. De-clutter, simplify your commitments, simplify your workspace and simplify your wardrobe.

  • Appreciate what you have right now. One of the main reasons we aren’t happy is when we don’t appreciate what we have right now. But there’s always something to be grateful for. Simply acknowledging what you’re happy for every day can rewire your brain in fantastic ways.

  • Simplify your finances. Cut down the number of subscriptions you’re paying for, cut down your credit cards, spend less, reduce your bills. Knowing what goes in to your account and what goes out will greatly reduce your stress.

  • Constantly review your goals. Setting goals is important but making sure you’re actually on the way to achieving them is just as important.

  • Understand your life mission. It’s important to think about how you would like to be remembered when you die – so you can start living the life that leads you to that now. Live with an ultimate purpose in your life.

  • Plan your big tasks for the week and day. Have purpose about your day and work out what you want to achieve. Do the same for the week as well. You’ll get more done and live life with more positive intent.

  • Maintain focus. One important step to living the life you want is to maintain focus. It’s tough in this highly distracted world but if you have your purpose and goals in mind, you’ll be fine.

  • Enjoy the present moment. Goals are important and perhaps essential to live a fulfilling life. But you also need to enjoy the journey. Whenever you find yourself ruminating about the past, or being worried about the future, try to tether your mind to the present moment. By being clear on your goals and what you want out of life, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the tasks that you want to achieve.

  • Spend time on your relationships. Relationships are crucial when it comes to happiness. After all, we are social beings.  Make sure you actually spend time on cultivating your relationships. Try to look out for your close ones and understand what they’re going through.

  • Eliminate debt. This is a huge way to relieve stress and make yourself feel secure. It make take a couple of years, but with a plan, you can get out of debt.
  • Enjoy the simple pleasures. There’s so much to be grateful for in life. Food, sunsets, sand on your toes, reading…take the time to enjoy them!

  • Keep a journal. You could write about days, your feelings, whatever you like. It’s a great way to clear your mind and bring clarity to your thoughts.

  • Read more. Reading is one of the best ways to gain wisdom and insights about life. Nobody ever feels worse by becoming more knowledgeable.

  • Limit your social media use. Social media is great way to connect with people, however spending too much time on it can become a bit of waste. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling your Facebook feed, it might be time to pick up a more productive habit.

  • Take time every day to just be with yourself. Being comfortable with alone time is crucial to happiness. Learn to sit in silence and appreciate the downtime for your brain.

  • Stop comparing yourself to others. This is hard to do, but it can be a great way to accept who you are and what you have. Realize that we’re all unique with incredibly different circumstances. It’s really impossible to compare.

 

 

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.