Connectivity: There are many options. AT&T can provide “plain old telephone service” (POTS) landlines and mobile coverage. Spectrum service is also available. BroadbandSearch.Net ranks internet providers by the amount of coverage they provide in the area. Other TV options include the DISH satellite network.
Power: Electrical outages must be handled by individual owners, who, if they need medical equipment support, will need either their own generator or transport to another location for support. These outages may include Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS, see SCE site) in which the SCE preemptively shuts off power in high fire risk areas to reduce fire risk during extreme and potentially dangerous weather conditions.
To shut off utilities
- Gas – If you suspect a natural gas leak, call SoCalGas at 1-800-427-2200. For more information, see How to Recognize and Respond to a Natural Gas Leak and SoCalGas Emergency Shutoff Information. Our gas lines are in the front of our homes. SoCalGas must always turn gas lines back on after shutoff. Consider having an Earthquake natural gas shut-off valve installed to automatically shut off your gas service when an earthquake of a sufficient magnitude occurs at your home. Hiring a licensed and insured plumbing contractor is recommended, and a permit is required. See SoCal Gas for more information.
- Electricity – see Southern California Edison Electric (SCE) > Circuit Breaker Tips. The grey boxes at the front of our homes are the electricity meters.
- Water – Most water meters are equipped with a customer valve that looks like a brass handle or red lever located on the houseline side of the meter. Often this has an arrow on it indicating the direction of flow. To turn off the water, turn the handle or lever as indicated on the instructions, a quarter or half of a turn. To restore the water supply to your home, turn it back to the position you found it.
Things to know
- Monitor your water heater to avoid expensive failure. Many of the newer manufactured homes in our community are anywhere from ten to fifteen years old and approaching the age where water heaters, furnaces, laundry machines and other major household appliances have reached the twilight of their useful lives. Some of these will expire peacefully, but others could fail catastrophically. Water heaters are especially prone to creating spectacular and expensive departures. Over time, the tank rusts out and small leaks occur that can go unnoticed for weeks or months. Then suddenly, it’s a gusher! Carpets are ruined, wood floors are irreparably warped; walls are soggy beyond repair. Expensive remediation is the result. This potential for disaster might be avoided by regular monthly or weekly inspection of the heater and the floor around it. Regular flushing and maintenance will prolong useful life. But failure is inevitable. Contact your plumber, service person or other qualified source and prevent an expensive disaster. If you have an appliance that requires replacement, DO NOT dump or leave it at the community trash bins. Please leave it on your property and call the office (see Management) for a special item pickup.