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Welcome to Gilbert's Maintenance Corner!

Welcome to Property Management Services of Columbia! We're glad you're here! We appreciate your business. We have designed this page to assist in common household practices that can preserve the life of your home.

Here's another update from Kay's Plumbing:


Noisy Pipes

Pipe noises range from loud hammering sounds to high-pitched squeaks. The causes may be loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or water pressure that's too high. Anchoring exposed pipes is a simple solution; other remedies such as anchoring pipes concealed inside walls, floors or ceilings, may call for a professional.


Banging

Pipes are usually anchored with pipe straps every 6 to 8 feet for horizontal runs, 8 to 10 feet for vertical.

  • If your pipes bang when you turn on the water, you may need to add straps, cushion the pipes with a rubber blanket, or both.
  • When you anchor a pipe-especially a plastic one-leave room for expansion.
  • Don't use galvanized straps on copper pipes.


Squeaking

Only hot water pipes squeak. As the pipe expands, it moves in its strap, and friction causes the squeak.

Solution: Cushion it as you would a banging pipe.


Water Hammer

This noise occurs when you turn off the water at a faucet or an appliance quickly. The water flowing through the pipes slams to a stop, causing a hammering noise.

Check for:

  • Loose Pipes

Remedy: Anchor the pipes.

  • Faulty air chambers. These lengths of pipe, installed behind fixtures and appliances, hold air that cushions the shock when flowing water is shut off. They can get filled with water and lose their effectiveness.

Remedy: To restore air to the chambers, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. Open all the faucets to drain the system. Close the faucets and turn the water on again. The air chambers should fill with air.

  • Water pressure that's above 80 psi (pounds per square inch).

Remedy: To lower the pressure, install a pressure-reducing valve (you can call in a plumber to do the work if this is a job you don't want to do yourself).


For more information about Kay's Plumbing and their useful tips, you may visit their website at www.kayplumbing.com.


SCE&G recommends the following:


Be energy wise year round!


  1. Set your thermostat to 68°F or lower in the winter & 78° or higher in the summer. Each degree higher or lower can significantly increase your heating costs in winter and cooling costs in summer.
  2. Programmable thermostats (when programmed properly) can allow you to conveniently maintain the comfort of your home when you’re there and reduce energy costs when you’re not. Buy a programmable thermostat specifically designed for your HVAC unit.
  3. Check air filters monthly and change when dirty. Leave interior doors open and don’t close vents to allow adequate air flow through your HVAC system.
  4. Periodically check your ducts for leaks or tears. Repair fallen or crushed duct work and use mastic (a plaster-like substance found at your local hardware store) to seal leaks.
  5. Have your central heating and cooling system serviced annually by a professional. This can extend the life of the system while maintaining optimum efficiency.
  6. Upgrade your attic insulation to a minimum of R-38 (12-14 inches), which can help save on heating and cooling costs.
  7. Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors.
  8. Set your water heater to 120°F and periodically visually inspect the unit for leaks.
  9. Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), which use up to 75% less energy.


Signs of a Gas Leak

Natural gas is non-toxic, colorless, odorless and lighter than air. An odor is added to help you detect a potential gas leak. Signs include:

  • A rotten egg odor.
  • Discolored or dead vegetation over or near the pipeline.
  • A hissing, whistling or roaring sound near a gas appliance or pipeline.
  • Dirt/debris blowing into air; persistent bubbles in water-covered areas.
  • Flames (if a leak has ignited).

If a Leak Occurs

  • Leave the area immediately and warn others to stay away.
  • From a safe place, call SCE&G at 1-800-815-0083 and 911.

What NOT to Do If You Suspect a Leak

  • Do not try to turn natural gas valves on or off.
  • Do not smoke, use a lighter or strike a match.
  • Do not use any electric switch, telephone or cell phone, garage door opener or flashlight as they can cause sparks and ignite gas.
  • Do not start or stop nearby vehicles, machinery, or things that may spark.

Pipeline Safety

State laws require that you call 811 at least three full working days before digging, and wait for technicians to mark utility lines on your property at no cost to you. If you hit an SCE&G pipeline, call 1-800-815-0083 right away.

If a pipeline is located on or near your property:


  • It is illegal to tamper with or remove SCE&G's pipeline markers.
  • Permanent structures such as storage buildings, sheds, swimming pools, or bodies of water may not be built within the right-of-way.
  • Trees may not be planted within the right-of-way.
  • Changing the ground elevation by either adding or removing soil from the right-of-way is not permitted.


For more information about SCE&G and their useful tips, you may visit their website at www.sceg.com.