If you reside in a rural area or have holiday residential property in the middle of no place, you're no question accustomed to the type and also function of a septic system. Briefly, a septic system is your personal onsite sewage treatment establishment. It's utilized primarily where accessibility to a corporate drain and sewer system is neither readily available nor economically useful. A septic system runs out view as well as is unsmelling (when correctly sustained).
A septic system is reasonably maintenance-free. A sound, effectively kept storage tank might last indefinitely. The leach field (the underground location where all of the sewage drains are located) will certainly most likely need some therapy or probably replacement after regarding 15 to 20 years of solution.
Following a few simple policies-- like not making use of way too much water as well as not transferring materials in the septic system that germs can't decompose-- must aid to create a septic tank trouble-free for several years. Yet remember that the septic system does should be cleaned when way too many solids accumulate.
Be mindful concerning exactly what you and also your family put into your septic system. It doesn't take much to upset the fragile biological balance within the storage tank. You could prolong the life of a septic system by seeing everything that's introduced to the system.
Remember the following referrals:
Way too much water can disturb the fragile organic balance within the container, hence defeating its capacity to job marvels. Discharging even more water right into the system than it could take care of can trigger it to support up-- not a desirable event.
Don't make use of extreme quantities of any sort of household chemicals. You can utilize regular amounts of home cleaning agents, bleaches, drain cleaners, and other family chemicals without stopping the microbial action in the sewage-disposal tank. For example, don't discard cleansing water for latex paintbrushes and also containers right into the home sewer.
Do not deposit coffee grounds, cooking fats, wet-strength towels (paper towels that do not dissolve conveniently, like the heavy-duty kind), disposable diapers, face cells, cigarette butts, as well as other non-decomposable materials right into your house drain. These products will not decompose, will certainly fill up the sewage-disposal tank as well as will plug the system.
Use a high-grade bathroom tissue that separates quickly when damp. One way to learn if your toilet tissue suits this description is to put a handful of toilet paper in a fruit jar half-full of water. Shake the jar, as well as if the cells breaks up easily, the product is suitable for the septic tank.
Avoid unloading grease away. It might plug drain water pipes or develop in the septic system as well as connect the inlet. Keep a separate container for waste oil as well as toss it out with the garbage.
Baseding on the Epa, due to the existence of significant numbers and also types of microorganisms, enzymes, yeasts, and other fungis as well as bacteria in typical property and also business wastewaters, making use of septic-system additives including these or other components is not advised.
You have to have your septic system pumped and cleaned up by a professional each to 3 years. A septic tank in a north environment will certainly need to have the solids got rid of more often than a storage tank further south. (This geographic variance is largely since cooler temperature levels hinder bacterial action and also supply less decomposition of the sewage solids.) Exactly how typically you should have your sewage-disposal tank pumped additionally relies on the dimension of the container, the volume of wastewater, and the number of solids enter it. Constant foul odor, slow drains, as well as drains that back up are all indications that your septic system needs pumping. When unsure, call a septic pro.
Most people arent happy when they talk to Mike Haugen.
As the property maintenance manager for the city of Topeka, he fields a lot of angry calls. Someone has been fined for an overgrown yard, and they want to know why. Another person is complaining about a neighbor with garbage on the their lawn.
I could sit here all day with people yelling at me and say thats the way it is, he said. Im not going to do that. I want to use my creativity to help solve their problems.
Haugen, just over 50, has been active in the Topeka community since he moved here at 18. After 30 years with the Topeka Police Department, he retired, but still wanted to have an impact on the city. With a smile and an occasional joke, he now oversees the nine inspectors that make sure yards are mowed and sanitary and houses are repaired and safe. Haugen has been the department manager for two months, and he already has some ideas on how to improve.
I love Topeka and I want to make it better, he said.
First, Haugen said, his department needs to focus on customer service.
With property issues, there are two groups of people: those who are concerned about the condition of the property and those whose property may be in question. Both sides tend to point blame at the other, but it is important to treat each equally, he said.
We need to treat everyone with dignity and respect, he said.
Teamwork is second, Haugen said. Departments at any organization can focus too closely on their own business. Haugen would like to see the property maintenance, police, fire and public works departments work together as often as possible and build an understanding of how they can help each other.
We all have our own responsibilities, but when thats all we focus on, were not serving the whole community, he said.
Property maintenance is responsible for citing violations and making sure properties are up to code.
Besides being violations, unmowed lawns, trash in yards and aging homes can be safety and sanitation issues. Haugen said it is important for residents to be aware of those issues and keep their properties up to code. Information about city codes and the status of maintenance violations can be found in the citys e311 system at http://www.topeka.org/e311/.
I dont want Topeka to look run down or have the image of an unclean city, he said.
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The decline in the twelve months through June was the biggest in 56 mainstream residential markets and larger than the 12pc fall in real estate prices in Ukraine, which has been hit by almost two years of protests, a separatist insurgency, and political upheaval, Knight Frank said in a report. Prices in Dubai fell 2.8pc in the second quarter. Hong Kong was the best performing residential market, with prices up by 20.7pc.
Over the past decade, Dubai's property market has swung from boom to bust and back again.
Price gains in the two years through 2014 recouped much of the losses incurred in a 2008 collapse that pushed the city to the brink of bankruptcy before a recovery.
Then, prices started falling again this year amid oil's slump and weaker currencies in Russia and Europe. (Bloomberg)
This warehouse/office/showroom at Wiri in South Auckland sold for $480,000.
Many commercial properties in Auckland are now selling for considerably less than most residential properties in the region, making them a viable alternative to traditional residential propertiesfor many investors.
Among thesales recently completed by Knight Frank were a commercial unit at Mangere which sold for $360,000, and a light industrial unit with mezzanine office and showroom at Wiri thatwent for $480,000.
Investors may be hard pressed to find suitable residential investment properties at those prices, and commercial properties have an added advantage in that they usually offer more attractive yields than residential units for investors seekingan income stream.
Even larger industrial units are now comparably priced with many residential properties.
The days are long gone when $1 million would buy a mansion in Auckland, butColliers recently sold an 830 square metre industrial building for $1.01 million, which is not much more than developers are paying for homes on subdividable sections around the city.
See below for details of recent commercial propertysales by Knight Frank and Colliers International.
Commercial properties sold recently by Knight Frank:255N Browns Rd, Wiri, Auckland. A 141 square metre warehouse with a 106 square metre mezzanine office and 76 square metre showroom. Vacant.Sold for $480,000. The agent was David Wards.Unit F, 203 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere, Auckland. A 144 square metre commercial unit. Partly tenanted. Sold for $360,000.The agent was Damon Wyllie.Commercial properties sold recently by Colliers International:408-410 Don Buck Rd, Massey, Auckland.A 13,750 square metre, freehold, vacant development site. Sold for $2.25 million. The agents were Andrew Hooper and Craig Smith.113 Mays Rd, Onehunga, Auckland. A two level,830 square metre industrial building on a 737 square metre site. Sold for $1.01 million. The agent was Ben Cockram.
The property market in West Oakland is booming, but from the corner of West Grand Avenue and Market Street you cant tell that.
We looked at that site. That one. That one. The one thats now been demolished, says Brahm Ahmadi. There are seven sites he points to, all of which hes failed to purchase. The cost is just too high, he says.
Ahmadihas worked for years to bring a full-service grocery store to West Oakland where most food sales in the neighborhood are apparently at liquor and corner stores. Meanwhile, wealthier people are moving in, causing rents and property prices to rise.
Brahm Ahmadi says he will not be able to develop a grocery store at his first-choice location at West Grand Avenue and Market Street in Oakland. (Devin Katayama/KQED)
Ahmadi says West Grand and Market would be ideal for the market he envisions.Its one of West Oaklands major intersections, is served by public transportation and already has plenty of potential customers living nearby. But Ahmadi hasnt been able to swing a deal with potential sellers.
We were almost every time floored by the counteroffer and how dramatically more they were asking for their properties, he says.
Opening afull-service grocery store looked like a promising venture in 2011.
Some land in the area is going for three times the amount he offered well above its assessed value, he says.
Ahmadis offers were sad, says George Kim, who helps manage the West Grand Shopping Center owned by his parents one of the seven properties Ahmadi tried and failed to purchase.
Kim sympathizes with Ahmadi and agrees that the neighborhood needs a grocery store, but Ahmadis offers werent even close to what Kim wanted, he says. Recently, he says he was offered more than $9 million for the land. Ahmadi couldnt offer even half of that.
A housing development is going up across the street from his shopping center, and Kim says he will probably wait until its finished before deciding whether to sell.
Ahmadi says he doesnt blame property owners for holding out for more cash.He says thats the American way.
The problem is, it has a greater negative impact on the community, he says.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
The idea for Ahmadis Peoples Community Market spun off of a West Oakland community food organization he founded called Peoples Grocery. The organization focuses on food justice programs and has brought cooking classes, produce deliveries and a community garden to West Oakland.
Peoples Grocery has offered West Oakland food justice programs, including this community garden. Ahmadi says the next obvious step, to him, was to open a full-service grocery store. (Devin Katayama/KQED)
Opening afull-service grocery store looked like a promising venture in 2011. Ahmadi raised $1.2 million from nearly 400 Californians, most of whom were East Bay residents, he says. His efforts were even featured in theNew York Times.
The Times article was written in the summer of 2013. Ahmadis fundraising campaign successfully ended later that year, around the time West Oakland property prices and rents were just taking off. Ahmadi has been trying for the last 18 months to find property to buy or lease, but he has failed. Itwas just bad timing, he says.
What we did was shift to accepting that were going to have to pay an exorbitant price to get a piece of land in this neighborhood, he says.
The Citys Role
The city could help pay for a site. But that would be controversial, says Renee Roy Elias, a volunteer with the Oakland Food Policy Council.
Do we want taxpayer dollars to go towards this very, very overpriced piece of land? she asked.
Elias would like to see the city get creative with how it supports equitable access to food and possibly offer more incentives, like tax breaks, to local healthy food projects.
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That would set an amazing precedent for future projects like Brahms project, she says.
The city could also assume a stronger role as mediator between entrepreneurs and property owners, says Elias.A few years ago the city worked aggressively to get a large Foods Co. store to move into West Oakland. The City Council even voted to useeminent domainto secure property from owners who wouldnt sell.The deal never panned out. But Ahmadi says he would like the city to work just as hard to help his project.
If Not the Government, Then Who?
Thecity has to be careful about what steps it takes to help local businesses and cant take too many risks, says Ben Mangan, who teaches at UC Berkeleys Haas School of Business.
Thats good sometimes and thats deeply frustrating at other times, he says.
Manganhas researched the types of people who do take these risks. Theyre called impact investors, and theyre usually philanthropists or others willing to put their money on the line for the public good, even though it could involve making a risky investment.
Youre often competing in a marketplace where you may be the only one seeking that extra bottom line, and you have to work harder to achieve social impact while your competitors are just looking for a return on investment, says Mangan.
Ahmadi says he thinks hes found his impact investor a former Oakland resident who went to Wall Street, made some cash, retired young and now is back and wants to help.Ahmadi wont name him, but he says this potential partner, who would act as landlord until hes repaid, is willing to pay well above market rate for land the grocery store needs. But it would be in a cheaper location than Ahmadis dream spot at West Grand and Market.
About a half-mile from that ideal location, atSan Pablo Avenue and 32nd Street, Ahmadi is looking at a couple of properties where his market might be built.
But the area comes withmore risk. Across the street, theres St. Andrews Plaza, a compact concrete triangle sporting a few eucalyptus trees.Ahmadi says there is drug use, prostitution and violence around the park. Community groups have been trying to work with the city to find a solution to clean up the area, he says.
Ifeel if this problem is here and we try to open our doors, the sense of a lack of safety will be a major deterrent to a lot of people shopping here, he says.
Still, this is his best shot, he says. There aretwo property owners he needs to convince to sell in order to have enough space for his grocery store. One deal may be signed this week, he says.
The second property hasnt been easy. Hes had no luck contacting the owner, and the city isnt helping out, he says. If he fails tosecure the second property, Ahmadi says, his longtime campaign to bring a full-service grocery to a community that badly needs one could be over.