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Protect Your Home from Burst Pipes – Post-Cold Weather Care Tips by Emerald Management

As we transition from the extreme cold spell, a critical concern for homeowners and renters alike is the risk of frozen pipes bursting. At Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., we understand the potential havoc this can cause, including significant water damage. Our goal is to arm you with essential knowledge to prevent these incidents.

Understanding the Risk: Why Do Pipes Burst?

  • Pipe Maintenance – Water expands when it freezes, creating immense pressure inside pipes. This pressure can cause pipes to crack or burst as the ice thaws, leading to water leaks.

Proactive Measures to Prevent Burst Pipes:

  1. Maintain Consistent Heat

    • Home Heating Tips – Keeping your home’s temperature steady, even when unoccupied, can prevent pipes from freezing. A slightly higher thermostat setting is advisable. Weather can be unpredictable in Alberta and you should always leave your thermostat set at least to 18’C.
  2. Open Cabinet Doors

    • Efficient Home Heating – Facilitating warm air circulation around plumbing, particularly under sinks, can prevent freezing.
  3. Let Faucets Drip

    • Plumbing Care – A slight drip in faucets can relieve pressure in the plumbing system, reducing the risk of burst pipes. If you have an area in your home that is cooler than others, you may consider letting the faucet slightly drip to keep the water flowing (don’t forget to take out the sink stopper!).
  4. Regular Pipe Inspections

    • Home Maintenance Look for signs of frost or unusual bulging on pipes, indicating potential freezing.

Emergency Response: Acting Fast if a Pipe Bursts

  • Know where the water shut offs in your home are.
  • Immediately shut off the main water supply in your home or unit.
  • Contact our Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. at 403-237-8600 without delay.

Stay Informed and Prepared We urge our community at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. to take these preventive measures to heart. Your safety and the integrity of your home are paramount to us.

Essential Winter Maintenance Tips for Single Family Homes – Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.

With Alberta in the midst of a record winter deep-freeze, as your committed Alberta property management team, we are keenly aware of the discomfort and inconvenience weather can cause, especially during the colder months. The following are some essential tips to help you prevent cold weather related frustrations, with a particular focus on a common winter challenge: ice buildup on fresh air intakes.

Why is Ice Buildup a Problem?

  • Furnace Maintenance Your home’s furnace and hot water tanks play a crucial role in your comfort. They require a consistent flow of fresh air to function efficiently. In the winter months, ice can form around air intakes, blocking this essential airflow. Such obstructions can significantly reduce heating efficiency and, in extreme cases, lead to complete system shutdowns.

Preventive Measures:

  1. Regular Checks

    • Winter Home Care — Regularly inspect the exterior air intakes for ice accumulation, particularly after snowfall or freezing rain and snow-fall events.
  2. Gentle De-icing

    • Safe Home Heating — If ice buildup is observed, carefully remove it. It’s crucial to avoid using sharp objects that could damage the intake vents.  And it may seem like common sense, but you also do not want to pour hot water into the air intakes.  Safety first.  
  3. Keep Vents Clear

    • Efficient Heating Systems Ensure that snow or other debris does not obstruct the vents. Clear pathways can significantly enhance the efficiency of your heating system.
  4. Report Issues Promptly

Bonus Tip: Regularly Change Your Furnace Filters

An often overlooked but crucial aspect of maintaining your heating system in top condition is the regular changing of furnace filters. Dirty or clogged filters can significantly hamper the efficiency of your furnace, leading to higher energy bills and reduced indoor air quality. For residents of single-family homes, we recommend checking your furnace filters at least once a month during the winter season and replacing them as needed. This simple yet effective step not only enhances the performance of your heating system but also contributes to a healthier living environment. Remember, a clean filter means a happier, warmer home! 

Remember, taking these simple steps can greatly contribute to maintaining a warm and comfortable environment in your home during winter. At Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., we prioritize your comfort and safety. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your home remains a cozy haven throughout the colder months.

For any assistance or inquiries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team. Stay warm, stay safe, and remember, we’re here to help!

Embrace the Chill: Your Ultimate Condo Living Guide for Fall & Winter

Hello, Emerald Community!

The season of transformation is upon us, with fall painting Alberta in vibrant colors and winter’s whisper promising snowy adventures. We’re excited to present our Fall/Winter 2023 Condo Emerald Insights, a curated collection of resources for the discerning condo dweller.

What’s Inside the Guide?

Our latest issue is more than just a newsletter; it’s a comprehensive guide for thriving in your condo during the cooler months. It’s SEO-optimized with keywords such as “Calgary condo living,” “winterizing your condo,” and “tenant insurance essentials” to ensure you find the best advice with a simple search.

Inside, you’ll discover:

  • Practical Home Maintenance Checklists: Prepare your space for the chilly weather with our easy-to-follow steps.
  • Winter and Emergency Tips: Elevate your condo’s ambiance and stay warm this winter with our condominium living tips.
  • Insights on Condo Owners Insurance: Understand why it’s crucial for your peace of mind and compliance with lease agreements.
  • Community Spotlights: Connect with your neighbors and local events that make condo living in Calgary a unique experience.
  • …. and MORE!

Why This Guide is a Must-Read

This guide goes beyond the basics of condo maintenance. We delve into the lifestyle of condo living, highlighting the community spirit and the convenience it offers. No matter how long you’ve called your condo home, our newsletter is here to enhance your living experience.

Engage with Our Interactive Digital Format

In our commitment to sustainability and modern convenience, the guide is presented in a digital format that’s perfect for reading on-the-go. Click through interactive elements and access valuable content with ease.

View the newsletter by clicking the interactive link above.

We Value Your Feedback

After exploring the guide, share your thoughts with us. What topics do you enjoy? What do you want to see more of? Your feedback is a crucial part of our community and helps us tailor future content to your needs.

Join the Conversation

Don’t forget, the conversation doesn’t end here. Engage with us on social media and keep up to date with the latest updates and exclusive content.

Stay warm!

The Team at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.

Have suggestions for articles you would like to see included in a future edition of Emerald Insights? Contact us today!

Enhancing Mental Health in Condominium Communities: Join Our Upcoming Webinar

Mental Health in Condominiums

The conversation around mental health in condominium environments is more critical now than ever. Following our recent Part 1 blog post, we delve deeper into this subject with the upcoming webinar hosted by Field Law. Designed for property managers, condominium boards, and residents, this session is a must-attend for anyone involved in community living.

The Growing Importance of Mental Health in Condo Management

In our fast-evolving society, mental health issues in community settings have become a pressing concern, especially in condominiums. Property managers and condo boards can help to play a pivotal role in fostering environments that support mental wellness. Understanding and addressing these challenges is not just compassionate but also essential for harmonious community living.

Insights from the Experts: What to Expect in the Webinar

We are excited to join Field Law’s Erin Berney and Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.’s Lauretta Enders, BA, CPM addressing how this issue impacts property management and legal aspects of condominium living. The FREE webinar scheduled for December 8, 2023 will cover critical topics, including:

  • The extent of accommodation duties within condo corporations.
  • Early disclosure strategies for mental health issues.
  • Effective response strategies for condominium boards.
  • Lessons from recent legal cases involving mental health in condominiums.
  • Legal counsel in complex mental health-related disputes.

Who Should Attend and Why

This webinar is tailored for Property Managers, condo board members, unit owners, and those involved in condominium rentals. It’s an opportunity to gain essential insights into managing sensitive situations and understanding the legalities involved. Your participation could be pivotal in making a positive difference in your condominium community.

Event Details and Registration Information

Mark your calendars for this informative session:

  • Date: Friday, December 8
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MT Registration is easy – just click here.
  • Stay updated and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more information.

Understanding and addressing mental health in condominium environments is crucial. We invite you to join this conversation by attending our webinar and participating in the Q+A session. Let’s work together to create supportive and understanding communities.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills. Contact Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. today for more information, or visit our website for additional resources. Together, we can make a difference in community mental health.

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