Updates + Reminders
Posted By kdub on October 27, 2016
Dear Eastern Resident,
Here are a few updates and reminders:
As you may know the card readers on the washing machines continue to go offline. We are working closely with WASH to get this issue resolved ASAP. We understand that it is a huge inconvenience when the machines are down and appreciate your patience.
Please ensure you notify Management if you ever have a plumbing backup, even if you call out your own plumber. If there is a backup in the line it may be causing issues with other units as well. We recently had an incident where a sink backed up on one floor but it was also affecting the unit below. Unfortunately the owner of the unit below was not home at the time and the sink overflowed into the kitchen. Please notify us so that we may contact the units above or below.
Also, as a reminder, please be mindful of what you put in your sink/garbage disposal. Here is a list of items that should never be placed in the garbage disposal that are notorious for causing clogs:
2 Celery. The fibrous strings tend to tangle around your disposal’s blades.
3 Coffee grounds
4 Egg shells
5 Fruit pits
8 Potato peels
Management received feedback that the pool wifi was extremely slow. We contacted Bel Air Internet and they upgraded our speed at no cost since we are a long time customer. As a reminder the pool wifi is Eastern Columbia Pool.
****Board Meeting Reminder****
The next Board Meeting will be next Thursday November 3rd at 7pm in the lobby.
As you know we are still in a drought and utility costs are on the rise. Here are some items you can do to help conserve water and water costs down.
Water is essential to our everyday lives. And, our supplies are limited…so please use water wisely. Cutting water use inside our homes is really important. If each of us changed our water-use habits, we could save billions of gallons of water. Here’s how you can help:
What you can do: How much you can save:
*Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes Saves up to 50 gallons per week
*Fix household leaks promptly Saves up to 20 gallons per day
*Spend only 5 minutes in the shower Saves up to 8 gallons each time
*Turn off the water while you brush your teeth Saves up to 2.5 gallons per minute
*Buy water-saving devices like high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers. Some of these clothes washers are eligible for rebates!
****HVAC Unit Service Reminder****
Are you properly maintaining your HVAC unit? Lack of maintenance has caused significant damage to several unit interiors and the common area in the past. Repairs have cost the homeowners thousands of dollars, and caused the Association to file claims on the master insurance policy. New claims will likely increase insurance premiums for the Association which will cause assessments to rise.
To prevent this from happening to you, please be sure to check your filters monthly and replace as needed. At least annually, a licensed service technician should check for leaks, make sure the condensate drain isn’t clogged, and flush the system if needed.
(Shai Trabelsi of Creative Construction has performed the above noted maintenance for several homeowners who have been extremely pleased. For information or to schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Do you have a back-draining toilet? Many units in the building were originally equipped with the back-draining toilets. Unlike traditional toilets which drain from the bottom of the toilet, back-draining toilets connect to the waste lines from the back of the toilet.
If you have a back-draining toilet and have never replaced the wax ring, Management recommends that you replace it as soon as possible. The wax rings, which are now over nine years old, have to fight gravity more than traditional installations and are more likely to develop leaks.
Please check around your toilets at the drywall near the floor and notify Management immediately if any moisture is observed.
Brandon Patterson, CCAM-HR