A Great Day In Tacoma Property Management

Our Doors Are Open To Property Owners And Tenants

All County® Evergreen Property Management is now open and serving the Tacoma, Washington area. We're so proud of all we have accomplished in the past week in preparing our office for its big opening. There were plenty of pieces to put in place so that we could provide our owners and tenants with great service, but we're happy to announce we've opened our doors to Tacoma area residents. It's an exciting time for us here at All County® Evergreen.

Our First Staff Member Joins The Evergreen Team

We also hired our first employee this week; so, a big welcome to Jennie Brons our Office Administrator. Doug and I first met Jennie about a year ago and we were very excited that she applied for the position. While we had some great candidates, ultimately we chose Jennie because we knew she was someone we could count on to help us run our office efficiently. Jennie has a great personality when it comes to customer service and is always a ray of sunshine. We're confident our property investors and tenants will enjoy working with her as much as we do. She'll be great at helping the Tacoma area community find property management solutions.

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Start simple and adopt that old Great Depression fixture -- the draft snake, which you can easily make yourself. Just place a rolled bath towel under a drafty door, or make a more attractive DIY draft snake with googly eyes, felt tongues and the like. You can use any scraps of fabric -- even neckties -- and fill with sand or kitty litter for heft.

Make sure drafts aren't giving your thermostat a false reading too, and read on for more advanced solutions.
Yes it's easy to forget
Most people think of fans only when they want to be cool, but many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space - cutting your heating costs as much as 10%
1.) Water Lines – to prevent water lines from freezing and bursting during cold weather:
Allow water to trickle, especially at night when the temperatures drop.
Disconnect and drain all garden hoses from outside faucet.
Always know where your water main is located in case you need to shut it off in emergencies.
If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
Open up all cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
2.) Gutters and Downspout:
Make sure that these are clear with no leaves or debris.
Wet leaves and debris remaining in the gutter over winter adds a significant weight and volume to the gutter when frozen and increases water build-up on the roof.Please take care cleaning your gutter is at your own risk
Inspect the fireplace damper for the proper opening and closing.if applicable
3.) Heating and Cooling Systems:
Replace the a/c and furnace filters EVERY 45-60 days.
This ensures the most efficient economical operation of your system. Clogged filters can inhibit the operation of the system and cause costly repairs.
Clear obstacles from the vents so air can flow freely.
4.)Prepare an Emergency Kit:
Buy flashlight or battery operated lanterns for use during power shortages.

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Crime Prevention During the Holidays.
This may be the season of good will, but, sadly, criminals don’t rest during the Holidays. There have been reports of mail theft in the local news is already reporting package thefts. Please take steps to make life as difficult as possible for criminals. Here are some suggestions:
• Keep your back and front porch lights on at night.
• Lock fence gates.
• Check your mail daily. Do not leave mail in your box.
• Have packages held at the UPS or FEDEX store if you won't be home at time of delivery.
• Report ALL suspicious activity. Make “See something, say something.” your motto.
• If you will be traveling, have a neighbor keep an eye on your property, have your mail and newspaper delivery held, and put lights on timers.
• Do not leave any valuables or bags in cars and keep car doors locked.

Best Regards and Happy Holidays!

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Posted on: December 9, 2015
Emergency Operations Center open

In response to flooding on multiple rivers, isolated landslides, and road closures in Pierce County, the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center opened today at a Level 2 at 9 a.m.

Officials are working with jurisdictions and partners across Pierce County to gather information and provide assistance to residents. Evacuation notifications have been issued in the McKenna area.

Visit Pierce County’s Emergency Information Blog for up-to-date emergency information at http://blog.piercecountywa.org/emergency.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sarah Foster, Public Information Officer
(253) 798-7470
sfoster@co.pierce.wa.us

Ronald Klein, Pierce County Communications Director
(253) 798-6606
rklein@co.pierce.wa.us

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Know what to do with fats, oils and grease
Many of us do more cooking for gatherings and events during the holidays. The excess fat, oils, and grease (fog) can coat and clog pipes and cause your sewer line to back up into your home. If you are on a septic system, cooking oils can clog your pipes or drainfield. These backups and clogs can result in expensive clean up and repair costs.

Fats, oils, and grease get into sewer pipes from dishwashers, garbage disposals, washing pots and pans and from being poured directly down the sink. Rinsing fats down the drain with hot water and detergent doesn’t really work—the grease just moves a little farther down the pipe. Then it cools and coats the inside of your plumbing. Common FOG sources are:
cooking oil
meat fats
sauces & gravies
shortening & lard
butter & margarine
salad dressing
mayonnaise
dairy products
food scraps
To prevent any or all of these problems, dispose of your leftover cooking oils, fats, and greases properly. A little bit of grease from plates and cooking utensils can’t be avoided, but you can reduce the amount of grease going into your sewer pipes by following these simple guidelines:
Never pour oil or grease down the drain.
Scrape grease into a disposable container and put it in the garbage (hint: freezing will make it mostly solid).
After scraping, wipe out pans with a paper towel to remove the last of the grease and put the paper towel in the garbage.
Scrape plates and put greasy food scraps in the garbage instead of running them down the garbage disposal.
Throw coffee grounds into your compost or the kitchen trash.
Keep strainers in your sink to catch solids before they go down the drain.
Pierce County and City of Tacoma residents can dispose of used cooking oil free of charge, even large amounts from deep-fat turkey fryers, at the city’s hazardous waste center.
information obtained from www.co.pierce.wa.us