Condominium VII – Board of Managers

Condo VII  – December 2021

DATES TO REMEMBER

• December 7 – Pearl Harbor Day
• December 21 – First Day of Winter
• December 25 – Christmas Day
• December 26 – Kwanzaa Begins
• December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Blockages and Clogs
An incident in one of our buildings makes it necessary to once again remind you that water from your faucets should be the only thing going down the drains and water, human waste, and toilet paper (preferably single-ply) are the only items that should be flushed down the toilet. The blockage in the building’s pipe turned out to be a massive hardened clump of grease that closed up the entire pipe. The plumbers also pulled out additional clumps of grease, plastic straws, and other items.

Examples of what should NOT be poured down the drains or flushed down toilets are:

 Grease
 Cloth rags or towels
 Baby wipes, toilet wipes, towelettes, disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind (even if the container indicates they are “flushable”
 Paper (other than toilet paper)
 Feminine hygiene products of any kind
 Beauty products, Q-tips, dental floss
 Plastics of any kind
 Medications (prescription and/or over-the-counter medication and sharps should be disposed of properly)

Disposing of any of the above items down the drain or the toilet will eventually cause clogs and blockages that will result in water and/or sewage backing up into your home and potentially causing damage not only to your property but possibly your neighbors as well. The resolution of these issues is also costly. Every time we have to call in a plumber to find the cause of a backup and clear a clog, it is money out of everyone’s pocket since it comes out of the common charges. However, if it is determined that the backup/clog/blockage is the result of negligence by a specific homeowner, they will be billed for the expense. So be conscious of what you are doing as it is everyone’s responsibility to properly maintain their residence.

Harbor Hills will be in to clean the gutters in early December.

Olsen Brothers Landscaping will be finishing the fall clean-up.

Winter will be here before we know it and it brings with it the possibility of snow. Here are some of the usual reminders of what to do when the white stuff starts to fall.

 Park your car in one of the plazas so the HOA can safely clear the roads.
 Once the roads are clear, move your car to the roadway so the HOA can clear the plazas.
 Back-in parking is permitted during a substantial snowstorm.
 Snow will not be removed until there is at least two inches on the ground.
 Pick up your doormats so they don’t get caught in the snow blowers.
 Although our landscapers will put down ice melt once the snow is cleared, melting and refreezing (especially overnight) can make the walkways icy again. It is a good idea to fill up a container from the bags in the basement and keep it on hand.
 Upper Lamont owners – clear your balcony of snow to avoid a potential leak to the lower unit

For your safety, please use the walkways and not the grass when going between your home and your car, the dumpster, the mailbox, etc. as the grass can be slippery when it’s wet.

The preferred method to submit Work Orders is online at http://brettonwoodshoa.org/work-orders. Note Condo VII and your phone # on the work order form. No computer? No problem. You can still obtain a paper work order at the Clubhouse.

Merry Christmas!
Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New Year!

Whatever holiday you celebrate, may it be joyous and happy! We sincerely hope that we can all spend this Holiday Season in the company of our loved ones!

Be safe! See you in 2022!

The Condo VII Board of Managers

Thoughts for the month:

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope