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Tackle Fall Maintenance Now

Labor Day has come and gone, so it won’t be long before the leaves start falling and cooler weather arrives. Early autumn is also the time to set aside time for tackling maintenance tasks that will improve the performance, safety and efficiency of your natural gas appliances.

Tackle fall maintenance to improve the performance,
safety and efficiency of your natural gas appliances.

Walton Gas has prepared this to-do list to help natural gas customers prepare their homes for chilly weather. Ready. Set. Tackle!

  • Schedule a FURNACE checkup.

Make an appointment to have your furnace serviced by a qualified technician. Without this yearly cleaning and inspection, a system can wear itself out quickly, pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home, or simply stop working. Energystar.com says a typical checkup should include inspecting thermostat settings, controls, gas line connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and the heat exchanger.

  • Change the FILTER.

Inspecting, cleaning or changing the air filter is also the easiest task you can complete to help your furnace operating at peak efficiency. Change your air filter before turning the heater on, and remember to check it once a month through the winter. Remember: While some filters are advertised to last several months, people with pets or old houses with a lot of dust should change filters monthly.

  • Flush the WATER HEATER.

It’s an easy, do-it-yourself project to flush your water heater’s tank each fall. This prevents the build-up of mineral sediment deposits that can rust through its steel shell. This Old House offers good step-by-step instructions for routine water heater maintenance. 

  • Clean the FIREPLACE.

Although gas fireplaces are known for efficient clean burning fuel, they do need to be regularly maintained just like any other type of heating appliance. There are a variety of components including the burner, logs and grate, that can become damaged, clogged or worn from normal use. Also, soot can build up on the surfaces inside the firebox, on the doors and on the burner, which will reduce the fireplace’s efficiency. Have your fireplace and chimney professionally cleaned and inspected prior to using it. If you make an appointment now, you’ll get ahead of the busy fall season and possibly score an early-bird discount.

  • Upgrade the THERMOSTAT.

Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat for improved energy efficiency and comfort. This type of thermostat offers lots of new features that out-perform traditional thermostats. See this month’s Walton Gas blog for more information.  

  • Check DETECTORS.

While it doesn’t save you energy, checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life. It’s smart to test the devices and replace the batteries every six months, making this a chore for fall and spring. Learn about carbon monoxide.

  • Winterize the GRILL.

If you close the grill for winter, first give it a thorough cleaning to remove grease and food scraps so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises next spring. After shutting off the gas, remove and clean the burners and other metal parts with cooking oil to prevent rust. Then wrap the unit in a plastic bag to keep out spiders and insects that might try to nest in it. Put a protective cover over the entire grill after you’ve finishing cleaning it.

  • Adjust CEILING FANS.

Adjust ceiling fans to turn clockwise. This will create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling to the lower portions of the room.

  • Clean VENTS.

Atlanta Gas Light advises natural gas consumers to keep natural gas vents unobstructed and free of debris. Be aware that some direct-vent and high-efficiency appliances have direct side wall outdoor vents and air intakes that could become obstructed in the event of an unusually heavy snowfall or ice storm.

  • Inspect CLOTHES DRYER ducts.

Clean the dryer’s exhaust duct and space under and behind the appliance. Inspect the duct to ensure it hasn't become crushed, kinked or otherwise restricted. Remove lint and dust that may have accumulated inside the dryer in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation. Periodically have a qualified professional clear the interior of the exhaust duct.

  • Seal WINDOWS and DOORS.

Keep your natural gas heat inside where it belongs by checking windows and doors for gaps and drafts. Caulk or install self-adhesive rubber foam weatherstripping as needed. Remember: Caulking and weatherstripping wear out over time, so replace as needed. Check out this handy tutorial on do-it-yourself weatherstripping installation

  • Note RECALLS.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) occasionally announces safety recall programs for certain natural gas appliances and equipment. Information about product recalls that may affect your appliances is available at the CPSC website or by calling the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772. TDD/TTY 1-800-638-8270.

MORE

See the Home Maintenance Checklist prepared especially for Georgia homeowners by University of Georgia Extension.

10 Ways to Secure Your Home While on Vacation

Summer is here and it’s time for that long-awaited vacation is on the horizon. It’s also prime time for home burglaries. Every 15 seconds, a home is burglarized in the U.S. — mostly in July and August when many families go on vacation.

So, how do you keep your house safe and sound while you’re away? Walton Gas has compiled the following tips to help you secure your house. Some require a little investment and planning, but taking these steps now could ensure a happy homecoming.

Multiple studies show burglars tend to
avoid homes with security systems.

1. Get a professionally monitored home security system.

Multiple studies show burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. Locally owned and operated EMC Security offers affordable, professional security system monitoring with no contract required. Starting at $16.95 a month, EMC Security costs nearly half as much as most home security systems. Monitoring is available for landline, broadband and cellular. Also offered as add-ons are home automation features such as lighting, climate, door-lock control and video monitoring. Through a mobile app, users can control these features and view video streams remotely at their convenience. This small investment is well worth your peace of mind while on vacation — or even when away at work.

Already have a security provider? Remember to always alert your security monitoring provider when you will be away for an extended period.

2. Light up.

A dark house — inside and out — announces you aren’t home and provides opportunity for burglars. Keep things illuminated inside by installing smart plugs that can turn any electronic device into one that can be controlled remotely or put on a schedule to create the illusion that someone’s home. Outside, install security lights in burglary-prone areas such as the back door or sides of the house. Most security light models are either motion activated or come on only at night, so you don’t have to worry about them wasting a lot of energy.

Keeping spare keys stashed outside
your house is never a great idea.

3. Add a smart lock.

Keeping spare keys stashed outside your house is never a great idea. Your hiding spots aren’t as clever as you think. Instead, install a smart door lock that lets you unlock your door remotely from your smartphone and grant temporary access with expiring codes. If you have a neighbor checking in on the house or a pet sitter coming to take care of the dogs, you can keep track of exactly who goes in and out of your house and terminate access once you’re home again.

4. Use a video doorbell.

A video doorbell offers a first line of defense for homeowners, allowing you to see and speak with whoever is outside — even if you are on a beach or a continent away. Look for a doorbell model that records and stores video of visitors that approach your door while you're away or unable to answer.

5. Schedule the HVAC.

Cooling an empty house is a waste of energy and money. With a programmable thermostat, you can minimize air conditioning while you’re away and schedule it to return to a cooler temperature just before you arrive home. If you invest in a smart thermostat, you can check in on your home’s temperature from afar and make adjustments if needed.

Property damage from water leaks is the
second most common home insurance claim.

6. Install leak sensors.

Most professional security monitoring services include fire protection, but don’t forget to protect your home from costly flood damage, too. Property damage from water leaks is the second most common home insurance claim, with each claim averaging $8,000. Ask your security service if water leak sensors are an add-on option, or self-install a monitor that will send an alert to your mobile device if a leak occurs.

7. Plan ahead.

Nothing says “I’m not home” like tall grass and a stack of newspapers in the driveway. Arrange to have someone mow the lawn. And don’t forget to do a thorough shrubbery trimming around the house exterior to eliminate convenient hiding places for burglars. Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or have them regularly picked up by a neighbor. You can sign up online to have the USPS hold your mail at your local post office for free for 30 days.

8. Unplug electronics.

Unplugging nonessential electronics — TVs, computers, coffee makers, fans, lamps —can reduce the risk of fire and save energy. Unplugging devices protects them against electrical surges, which can short out expensive equipment or cause fires. Electrical fires account for 13 percent of total residential fires in the United States.

9. Lock up.

Yes, you’re eager to go, but before you head out the door take the time to perform a final security check. Make sure all doors (including garage doors) and windows are shut and locked. Close curtains or blinds to obscure a would-be thief’s view of televisions or other valuables displayed in rooms. Lock hand-held electronics, small valuables and money in a safe or hide them well. Check to be certain the security system is armed, timers are set and smart devices are correctly programmed.

Resist the temptation to broadcast your travel plans.

10. Don’t announce you are away.

Sure, you’d love to brag to everyone that you’re on vacation, but don’t. Resist the temptation to broadcast your travel plans on your voicemail, email autoreply or social media. Warn those traveling with you not to post photos (until after you return) or communicate your travel itinerary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Can You Dig It? For Projects Big or Small, First Make the Call

Springtime is here, bringing with it the urge to get your hands dirty. From planting a new tree to “planting” a mailbox, it seems we Georgians will welcome pretty much any excuse to dig. By all means, don’t fight the urge, BUT be sure that whether your digging project is big or small, you don’t forget to first make the call — to 811, that is.

Before you squeeze your eyes shut and start humming loudly to block out this service message, consider this: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. homeowners who plan to dig this year will put themselves and others at risk by not calling 811 before starting.

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. homeowners who plan to dig this year will put themselves and others at risk by not calling 811 before starting.

April is National Safe Digging Month (It’s a real thing; you can look it up.). In observance, Walton Gas is sharing the results of a national survey conducted by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA).

The results revealed that 36 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck, pond or patio and other DIY projects, will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 a few days beforehand to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.

Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged. This includes Walton Gas lines that serve your neighborhood and home.

The CGA survey also revealed that 47 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year have no experience with the 811 process. The most popular planned projects cited among surveyed homeowners include:

  • Planting a tree or shrub (63 percent)
  • Building a fence (35 percent)
  • Building a patio or deck (28 percent)
  • Installing a mailbox (16 percent)

Always call

National Safe Digging Month is an opportunity to bring extra attention to the issue of underground utility line safety and reduce the risk of unnecessary infrastructure damage.

Walton Gas customers are urged to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:

  1. Always call 811 or 1-800-282-7411a few days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property.
  2. Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
  3. Confirm that all lines have been marked.
  4. Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
  5. If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
  6. For more information, visit Georgia811.com.

An underground utility line in the U.S. is damaged once every nine minutes because someone decided to dig without first calling 811.

An underground utility line in the U.S. is damaged once every nine minutes because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, according to industry data collected by CGA. There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States. That figure equates to more than one football field’s length (105 yards) of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the U.S.

Any Georgian who calls 811 a few days before digging is connected to a local notification center that will take the caller’s information and communicate it to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both. Once a site has been accurately marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas.

Dig it

Have the urge to plant something? Go ahead. Dig up a storm this spring. Just be sure to pick up the phone first.

Besides, if you are “that guy” who damaged a line and caused every home in the neighborhood to lose power or gas, you probably won’t be invited to any backyard barbecues this summer. And nobody wants that.

Show your Love with Safety and Security

Protect your valentine from carbon monoxide poisoning

This Valentine’s Day, think outside the (candy) box to show you really care. Along with the traditional card or candy, give a gift of safety. Protect your loved one — and yourself — from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, which occurs most often during the cold winter months.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “silent killer.” At low levels, it can make you sick. At high levels, it is deadly.

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based here in Georgia. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless and nonirritating. It is produced from when fuels such as natural gas, propane, gasoline, heating oil or wood burn incompletely, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.

This Valentine’s Day, Walton Gas encourages you to surprise your sweetie with a true gift of love by taking steps to protect your household from CO poisoning. To help, we’ve rounded up these 10 most-asked questions about CO poisoning and prevention.

1. What causes CO to accumulate?

Common sources of carbon monoxide gas include heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking devices, including charcoal grills or barbecues. Idling vehicles also produce carbon monoxide gas. When indoors, the gas can build up to dangerous levels — especially in modern eco-conscious homes.

2. What are CO poisoning symptoms?

CO poisoning mimics flu-like symptoms including headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, confusion and breathing difficulty. Higher concentrations of CO can cause vomiting, loss of consciousness, brain damage and sometimes death.

3. What should I do if CO poisoning is suspected?

Act quickly. Leave your home immediately and seek medical attention.

4. How can I prevent CO leaks?

Conduct regular heating and cooling system maintenance and be sure ducts are properly sealed. Have a licensed professional inspect your fuel-burning appliances before every heating season. Make sure the appliances are running properly and are correctly vented to the outside of your home.

5. What should I know when buying a CO detector?

It’s important to note a couple of options exist on the market, each with their own advantages:

Plug-in and battery-operated. These models are less expensive and convenient. They are available in a range of price points and are ready to plug in straight from the box.

Hard-wired. These detectors are powered by the same wiring for a home’s outlets and light fixtures to provide reliable detection. Some even come with a display panel so you can monitor your home’s current CO concentration in parts per million (ppm).

Note: You can also purchase combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that will monitor for both threats simultaneously.

6. How many CO detectors do I need?

Per the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), you should have at least one detector for each level of your home and additional ones outside bedrooms. Skip attics or basements unless they house a gas-fueled appliance.

7. Where should I install the detectors?

No matter what type of carbon monoxide detector you choose, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and requirements for installation. While some work best at levels five feet from the ground and below, you must install others on or near the ceiling.

8. Where should I avoid installing a detector?

Avoid these locations:

-Areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms.
-Areas with temperatures below 40°F or above 100°F.
-Near areas with heavy ventilation.
-Within five feet of cooking appliances.
-Within 20 feet of combustion appliances.
-In direct sunlight.

9. How often should I test a CO detector?

The CPSC recommends monthly tests. Here’s an idea: Check your CO and smoke detectors on the 14th of every month as a sign of love for your family. Also remember to keep other equipment, like gas furnaces, in check with seasonal tune-ups.

10. What does that annoying chirping sound mean?

If you have a CO alarm that is emitting random chirping or beeping, it needs your immediate attention. It means your alarm is no longer offering the protection it should. It may signal that it’s time to replace the batteries. Or it could be time to replace the entire device. Most CO alarms have a usable lifespan of about seven years.

There is nothing more important than keeping your loved one safe. On Valentine’s Day — and every day — be proactive in protecting against CO poisoning. Your sweetie will love you for it, but it still won’t hurt to throw in some chocolate and flowers, too!

MORE: Customers of EMC Secur-ity, a sister company of Walton Gas, can add fire and carbon monoxide protection at no additional cost. Learn more at https://emcsecurity.com/fire-alarm-systems or call 770-963-0305.

Do I Really Need a Furnace Inspection Every Fall?

4 Good Reasons You Should Say ‘YES’ to an Annual Checkup

Most Walton Gas customers know that an annual furnace checkup is recommended, but very few actually take it seriously. Most put off calling a professional Georgia heating and air conditioning contractor until they wake up in a cold house one morning.

Natural gas furnace maintenance is necessary — and now is the time to do it. Before the cold weather hits, have your furnace serviced to keep it in good running order so it won’t conk out when you need it most.

Fall inspections are recommended during the months of October, November and December.

Fall Inspections are recommended during the months of October, November and December. Right now, many contractors are providing incentive pricing to encourage you to get an affordable tune-up instead of waiting until your furnace needs (yikes!) costly repairs.

A well-maintained furnace lasts much longer, which means you’ll get the most out of your investment. Still not convinced? Walton Gas provides these 4 additional good reasons for making an annual furnace checkup part of your fall routine.

1. Save money on repairs and replacements.

Would you operate your car without ever changing the oil? Of course not! The car would break down, and you’d likely pay dearly to get it fixed. After doing this a few times, you’d definitely need a new car since the number of breakdowns would quickly reduce the car’s lifespan.

That’s what it’s like when you fail to properly maintain your furnace. Not only will you be paying more on repairs, but you’ll need a furnace far sooner than you expected—and furnaces aren’t cheap!

2. Save money through energy efficiency.

Heating makes up about 29% of your energy bill, according to ENERGY STAR. That adds up, especially if we have a particularly long cold snap in Georgia this winter.

Your furnace has dozens of crucial parts that need to be professionally tuned-up and cleaned. This proactive step ensures your furnace is working at optimum efficiency, providing you with the most heat for the least cost.

3. Protect against health and safety risks.

Annual furnace maintenance helps to keep you and your family safe. Technicians say a furnace inspection can reveal carbon monoxide leaks, which are hard to detect because the gas is colorless and odorless. Carbon monoxide can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and even death. In the U.S., nearly 500 people die each year, and 15,000 people are taken to emergency rooms, because of exposure.

4. Maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

Check your furnace’s warranty to see what the manufacturer requires to honor it. It’s likely that professional preventative maintenance is expected.

If there’s ever a day when you do need to cash in on that warranty, the manufacturer is going to ask for service records to prove that you’ve been taking care of it. If you haven’t, expect to pay out of your own pocket for costly repairs.

Don’t let a furnace failure leave you in the cold this winter. Along with raking leaves, putting away lawn furniture and stocking up on Halloween candy, make furnace maintenance a part of your fall routine.


Do you know a low-income senior who needs help
to repair a natural gas furnace?

When a gas furnace stops working, it’s a crisis for some elderly Walton Gas customers. HopeWorks Emergency Low-Income Program for Seniors  (H.E.L.P.S.), sponsored by Walton EMC and Atlanta Gas Light, provides a way to repair furnaces at no cost to qualifying low-income senior homeowners.

To qualify for assistance, individuals must be at least 65 years old and living in a home they own. Other program and financial guidelines also apply. 

For information or to apply: Visit www.hopeworks4us.org or call 404-872-0167.

10 Home Security Facts that Burglars Hope You Won’t Read

What are the odds you will be a victim of a home burglary this year? Better than you might think.

A few weeks ago, the FBI released its latest crime statistics (from 2016 records), which reveal that a home burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S. In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, about 10 homes will have been burglarized somewhere.

We’re sharing this startling statistic with Walton Gas customers because burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. EMC Security, another Walton EMC company and one of Georgia’s most trusted service providers, offers these facts every homeowner should know to protect your precious valuables and home from thieves.

1. Burglars Tend to Avoid homes with Security Systems

Multiple studies show that a home without a security system is three times more likely to be broken into. Sorry, that beautiful privacy fence around your yard or that cute puppy your son received for Christmas doesn’t count as reliable security.

Prevention: Get a monitored home security system, such as those offered by EMC Security (link https://emcsecurity.com/). Use the yard signs and window stickers you’re provided to alert potential intruders to your security system. Good to know: EMC Security is currently offering two free months of monitoring to new customers. Use the code WALTONEMCSECURITY when ordering.

2. Most Burglaries Occur Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. Burglars tend to strike when most people are at work or school.

Prevention: A monitored security system will automatically alert police if a burglar enters your home when you are away.

3. The Highest Percentage of Burglaries Occur During the Summer Months

A report from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that from 1993 to 2010, on average, burglary rates were highest when homeowners were away on vacation and on hot days when windows and doors are most often left open or unlocked.

Prevention: Alert trusted neighbors and your security company when you plan to be out of town. Ask someone to bring in the mail and pick up newspapers out of the driveway. Arrange to keep the lawn mowed.

4. The Majority of Break-Ins are Committed by Someone Living Nearby

The typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home.

Prevention: Vary your routine as much as possible. Set timers or use your smartphone to turn on lights in the evening. 

5. About 30% of Burglars Enter a Home Through an Unlocked Door or Window

First floor windows and doors, especially those concealed behind overgrown vegetation, are especially attractive to would-be intruders.

Prevention: Keep all entry points closed, locked and alarmed, even when you’re at home. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed back.

6. An Astonishing 34% of Burglars Enter Through the Front Door

Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Prevention: Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. Never give your house key to workers or hide a key outside your home.

7. The Master Bedroom is the First Thing Burglars Target

This is a jackpot room for the burglar because items like jewelry, collectibles, safes and cash can be found here. Next on the burglar’s list is the home office, living room and dining room where valuables are often openly displayed.

Prevention: Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor, or hide them in unlikely locations.

8. Money, Electronics, and Weapons are the First Things Stolen

Intruders are looking for items that are easy to sell at a pawn shop. Insurance claims indicate the items most often appealing to burglars are cash, electronics, gold, guns, jewelry and silver.

9. Most Criminals can Burglarize a Home in 8 to 10 Minutes

Burglars look for homes they can easily enter, get what they want and take off before being noticed.

Prevention: Strengthen your home’s defense by getting a monitored home security system, keeping all entrances closed and locked and installing a high-quality front door.

10. On Average, a Burglary Results in a Dollar Loss of About $2,361

The FBI reports that burglary victims in 2016 lost a total of $3.6 billion, and nearly 70% of the burgled locations were residential properties.

Prevention: A basic security system will cost you far less than what the average burglary will. EMC Security offers monitoring for as little as $16.95 per month. Additionally, most homeowners insurance companies reduce premiums by up to 20% with proof of having a security system installed in the home. 

ABOUT EMC SECURITY

EMC Security is the only company in the market that gives customers the freedom to choose how they want to purchase and pay for home security, including their popular no-contract option. Using the most advanced technology, EMC Security strives to provide the best security systems and monitoring service available, as well as additional features, such as remote system control, home automation, video monitoring and other connected services to protect life, property and peace of mind. Learn more at emcsecurity com.

3 Ways to Prevent a Gas Leak

Gas leaks are frightening and dangerous, knowing how to prevent one is imperative. First off these are just a few examples of how to prevent a gas leak. If you smell gas which has a “rotten egg” odor, hear a hissing or blowing sound, have dead or discolored vegetation in otherwise green areas, leave the area immediately. As you leave avoid anything that may cause a spark such as lighters matches, cigarettes, flashlights, light switches, and telephones. Wait until you are a safe distance away and then contact your local gas provider and 911 emergency responders. Do not go and find the leak yourself!

Gas Leak Prevention

Inspections

Have monthly inspections from your local natural gas provider on your gas lines and monitors. This will help ensure safety and give you peace of mind.

Natural Gas Flame

Check the pilot lights and burners and if they have a steady blue flame that is an indication they are operating correctly.

Ventilation

Make sure to keep all areas around appliances and equipment clean and unblocked, to allow the proper air flow.  

Protect your family from gas leaks, because this is a preventable situation. Again, if you smell gas, hear a hissing sound, and have dead or discolored vegetation leave the area immediately and call 911 and your current provider. 

3 Ways to Help with Disaster Relief

At Walton Gas we encourage our employees to give back, and as a company we’re actively involved in supporting causes that help people struggling to recover from sudden disasters. We are a community and we help one another. Here are a few ways you can help out with disaster relief.

Red Cross

American Red Cross

When disaster strikes, the Red Cross stands ready to immediately mobilize and respond. They’ve been on the frontlines of disaster relief since 1881, and few organizations do it better than they do. After Irma, the Red Cross is in desperate need of volunteers. By helping out the Red Cross you are helping thousands who have been affected. Come and make a difference today.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps and serves hundreds of thousands of people every year, providing necessities to those who need it most. They offer hot meals to the starving, housing to the homeless, emergency financial relief, and so much more. To accomplish this mission, the Salvation Army relies on volunteers like you. Just last year the Salvation Army was able to reach 1.75 million people because of those who volunteered! The Shield of the Salvation Army is one of the most recognized symbols of charity in the world. It gives hope, reassurance and comfort to people during their darkest times. And it starts with people like you. Click here to volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity: Repair with Kindness

The Repair with Kindness program helps qualified homeowners make repairs that are critical to their health and safety, including improved weatherization efforts to better withstand the power of Mother Nature. Repairs include: accessibility improvements, carpentry, roof repair or replacement, storm windows and doors. To learn more about the Repair with Kindness Program click here.

Irma has affected the lives of many of our families, friends, and neighbors. Here at Walton Gas, we want you to know we support you and we, along with our partners at these great charitable organizations, are here for you. If you can afford to offer either your time or financial support to any or all of these ongoing causes, we encourage you to join our support. We’re all Georgia Proud, and there is no storm we cannot overcome together.  

Call Before You Dig

Spring is around the corner so you probably have an outdoor project planned. Maybe you are planting a tree, adding onto your deck or even putting in that new fence.

BUT, before you start digging away on your land, you need to remember to call before you dig.

Georgia state law requires that you call 811 to have your utility lines professionally marked before you do any digging on your property. This is a statewide, toll-free number and your underground utilities will be marked free of charge. When you call the Utilities Protection Center at 811 or 1-800-282-7411, all you have to do is ask for an underground locator service.

This is not a step to be overlooked in your project because if you just start digging without this knowledge, you could run into gas lines, electric lines or even water pipes, which could have some serious consequences.

Call or visit georgia811.com if you have any additional questions or concerns about digging on your property. As long as you call before you dig, you should be safe to start on your outdoor spring projects. Happy spring digging! 

Natural Gas Alarms

Natural gas, while a great source of energy for your house, is also highly combustible. That is why some people add a natural gas alarm to their house as an added precaution in case they would have a natural gas leak.

Why use a natural gas alarm?

In its natural state, natural gas is odorless, so natural gas companies add mercaptan to give it a smell. This odor is often compared to the smell of rotten eggs. If you do smell this smell in your home, it is an indication that you may have some sort of natural gas leak.

Some people also like to add a natural gas alarm to their house as an added precaution. The alarm is meant to detect a natural gas leak before the amount gets too harmful, so it may alert you before you smell anything in your house.

What do you do if your natural gas alarm goes off?

Like previously stated, this alarm will go off before you are in any great danger, so don’t panic. The first step would be to open your windows to allow the natural gas to dissipate if possible. You will then want to turn off your natural gas and leave your house. Next you will want to contact your gas company to have someone come check your house for a gas leak.

Natural gas is overall a very safe source of energy and about half the households in the United States use it to heat their homes. However, it is good to be prepared and ready so you can prevent potential problems from happening. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!