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July 23, 2019

Who Do You Call When a Water Pipe Bursts?

Who Do You Call When Your Pipe Burst?

 

A burst water pipe is no laughing matter. Depending on the size of the damaged area, a large pipe can lose a gallon or more per second. Even smaller pipes can cause a significant amount of water loss, not only driving up the water bill but also potentially causing a lot of water damage. When you’re dealing with a burst pipe, it’s important to take action quickly to stop excessive water loss and get the pipe fixed as soon as possible.

 

Depending on the pipe that bursts, though, do you even know who to call? If a pipe is in your home then you obviously need to call a plumber, but do you know who’s responsible for maintenance if the rupture happens outside of your home? As it turns out, the responsible party depends on where the pipe is located.

 

Is a Pipe Really Broken?

Before you pick up the phone, make sure that you know that a burst pipe is the problem. If you’re simply experiencing a drop in water pressure, it’s possible that you don’t have a burst pipe at all. Look for some of the signs of burst pipes, including:

  • Water spraying from the ground or visible section of pipe
  • Puddles forming despite a lack of rain
  • Odd colors or smells coming from tap water, or debris in the water
  • Sounds of running water even when visible water isn’t present
  • Significant increases in your water bill despite not using more water

If the pipe is located in your house, then you may also notice damp spots on the walls, blistering paint, an increase in mildew or even water stains appearing on your walls or ceiling.

 

Burst Water Mains

If a water main bursts, the responsibility for the pipe falls on the city or water district you get your water from. That means you need to contact them and let them know that there’s a damaged pipe near your home. Provide as much information as possible about the break, including the location and how much water seems to be coming from the pipe. If there were extenuating circumstances surrounding the break such as an accident or a worker driving a post down into the pipe, be sure to provide this information as well.

Pipes in Your Yard

In most cases, if the pipe that breaks is in your yard then it’s considered your responsibility. Even if it’s the pipe that connects your home to the water main, there will likely be very little that your water district will be able to do about it. This means that you’re going to need to call a plumber and let them know what’s going on. Provide as much detail about the problem as you can so they’ll have a better idea of what equipment is needed to fix the burst pipe.

 

Household Plumbing

If you have a broken pipe inside your home, then you’ll definitely need a plumber. Some household pipe problems are easy to spot, such as a pipe that’s spraying water in your basement. Others are hidden in walls or only have small cracks and may require some work to get to. As with pipes in your yard, provide the plumber with as much information as you can so they can take care of the problem quickly.

 

What to Do When a Pipe Breaks

In addition to calling the appropriate party to get the leak fixed, there are other things you should do when you discover a broken pipe. If the pipe is in your yard or home, locate the water shutoff valve in your yard (usually hidden under a black or metal cover) and turn it to shut off the water flow. Clear out any affected areas, removing or relocating items that could be damaged by the water and placing them in areas where they can dry. At your first convenience, head to the store and pick up a few gallons of bottled water to serve as drinking water until the problem is fixed. Make sure that you have enough to last a few days if you had a ruptured water main, as there will likely be a boil water order to follow.

 

Finding the Right Plumber

If you have a desperate need for a plumber, HomeKeepr can help you find one who will get the job done right, without breaking the bank. Because we focus on referrals instead of easy-to-manipulate ratings systems, you’ll know that your plumber comes highly recommended from people just like you.

 

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July 18, 2019

Pros and Cons of Filling in Your Pool

Pros and Cons of Filling in Your Pool                                                         

 

In time, you might decide that it’s just not worth keeping the pool around. The good news is that there are specialists who are experienced in pool removal that can get the job done for you. Before you rush into getting your pool filled in, though, there are a few things that you should consider.

 

Insurance Premiums

One big benefit of filling in your pool is that your home insurance premiums can go down. Swimming pools are considered a potential hazard by insurance companies, so removing the pool makes your home safer as far as your insurance provider is concerned. The amount that you’ll save depends on your insurer and how much they charged for pool risk, but in some cases, it could result in a substantial savings.

 

Removal Costs

Of course, a big con of having a pool removed is that you’ll have to pay someone to remove it. The cost of pool removal depends both on the contractor you hire to fill in the pool and the pool’s size, as well as any additional structures surrounding the pool that may be removed in the process. Depending on where you live, there may be additional costs for permits and inspections as well, as will be determined by city zoning ordinances.

 

Pool Safety Issues

If you’ve been concerned about accidents around your pool, another benefit of removing the pool is that pool-related accidents are no longer possible. With the pool filled in, pool-related falls, drowning risk and other possible safety issues are completely removed. Just make sure that small children and pets are kept away from the area until the removal is finished and it’s deemed safe by the removal contractor.

 

Land Use Restrictions

One potential con to pool removal is that some cities restrict what can be done with areas that once housed a pool. In some cases it may depend on exactly how the pool was removed, and whether it was what’s known as a partial removal (in which only part of the pool is actually removed and the rest is collapsed and filled in) or a full removal (in which everything is removed and the entire hole is filled.) If there are restrictions in your area, you may be limited to just basic landscaping and won’t be allowed to build on the area or do anything that would require digging deep in the soil.

 

Maintenance Cost Elimination

On the plus side, removing a pool removes all of the maintenance costs associated with pool ownership. This isn’t just the obvious things like maintaining pipes, fixing leaks and buying new chemicals each year, either. Just think about how much you’ll save on your water bill now that you don’t have to replace all of the water that’s lost to evaporation each week!

 

Property Value Effects

There are effects to your property value that are difficult to classify as a pro or a con because they depend so much on where you live and whether the pool was present when you bought your home. Getting rid of a pool changes your property value, but whether it’s an increase or a decrease depends on how much you paid and whether you were the one who installed the pool. It also depends on the type of removal that you choose; partial removals have to be disclosed to new buyers and may pull your resale value down. Full removals usually don’t have to be disclosed, but they can still affect your home’s value.

 

Ready to Remove Your Pool?

After you’ve weighted your options, if you’re still ready to remove your pool then HomeKeepr can help you find the pool removal specialist that will get the job done right. Because we use recommendations instead of ratings, you’ll know that your pool removal team comes highly recommended from people that you trust.

And that’s not even getting into the legal issues, child safety concerns and home insurance rates that go along with pool ownership.

Posted in Home Maintenance
July 17, 2019

Kitchen Fires 101

 

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Several of the biggest fire hazards in your home all live in your kitchen. The oven, the stovetop, your toaster… when you think of all of the heat sources your kitchen contains, it’s almost a wonder that it doesn’t burst into flames on the regular. Joking aside, the kitchen is usually a pretty safe place so long as you keep an eye on things. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore fire safety rules when in the kitchen, of course – knowing how to handle a kitchen fire can mean the difference between a scare and a tragedy.

 

Kitchen Fire Safety

There are a number of potential causes of kitchen fires. There are the usual fire hazards such as electrical shorts, but you also have kitchen-specific risks such as splashing oil or something falling onto a heating element. Because there are so many potential causes of a kitchen fire, your fire safety measures need to be a bit wider reaching than what you might use for other rooms in your house.

A smoke detector is important in the kitchen, as is a fire extinguisher that you can access easily. Make sure you choose the right fire extinguisher, though; opt for an ABC fire extinguisher if possible. These can be used on Class A (trash/wood/paper), Class B (oil and liquids) and Class C (electrical equipment) fires. Establish an area where you can put oven mitts, cookbooks and similar materials far enough away from the stovetop to prevent any of them from falling onto a hot surface. Inspect kitchen appliances regularly for damaged cords or other fire hazards and replace anything that could present a danger.

 

Oven Fires

If a fire breaks out in your oven, your first instinct is likely to open the oven and try to put the fire out. That’s one of the worst things that you can do, though; opening the oven provides much-needed air to the fire and can make it significantly worse. Just opening the oven door can cause the fire to explode outward, potentially burning you and spreading to surrounding surfaces.

Instead, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. This will limit the availability of oxygen, causing the fire to die down and eventually go out on its own. Keep an eye on the fire, though, since if it doesn’t start dying out or seems to be getting stronger, you’ll likely need to call the fire department to deal with it.

 

Fires on the Stovetop

Stovetop fires come in several forms. If something falls onto a hot burner, that can cause a fire. If oil or other flammable liquids get too hot or splash out of a pan, that can also cause a fire. Even letting a pan boil dry can cause a fire. Fortunately, the majority of stovetop fires are preventable by keeping an eye on the stove whenever there’s at least one hot burner.

If a fire breaks out on the stovetop, there are a few things that you can do. If it’s a very small fire such as a grease fire in a pan, simply putting a metal lid on the pan may be enough to put the fire out. Slightly larger fires can be doused using baking soda, but do NOT use flour… though you may have heard that flour is okay to use, flour is finely ground dried plant material and is actually very flammable. Your fire extinguisher is also an option, as is calling the fire department before things get too far out of control.

 

Keeping Your Kitchen Safe

One key part of fire safety is making sure that your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment stays in good working order in case you need them. HomeKeepr can help you find the pros you need for preventative maintenance, fire extinguisher inspections and more essential fire prevention services.

July 16, 2019

Why is downtown Columbia getting so many new hotels? Here’s why

Why is downtown Columbia getting so many new hotels? Here’s why:

 

A new full-service Holiday Inn will go inside the former office building located on 1233 Washington St. beside the Sheraton. The Holiday Inn will feature 90 rooms, a restaurant and bar. 

A new full-service hotel is opening in downtown Columbia that promises to pump more energy into a revitalized downtown.

The Holiday Inn is going into the former office building on 1223 Washington St., a half block from Main Street next to the Sheraton. It will feature 90 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.

“All the floor (plans) are the same, but all the rooms are unique and different,” said Lee Mashburn, of Mashburn Construction, whose company also renovated a building a few blocks away into the popular boutique Hotel Trundle. “A lot of beautiful vistas and views. It’s right in the heart of the city. You’ll be able to walk to all of the restaurants.”

But the new Holiday Inn, developed by Lexington Hospitality, is just one of four new hotels that will be opening soon in downtown Columbia. And more will likely be coming, according to Columbia tourism and development leaders.

“I continue to have discussions with others,” said Fred Delk, executive director of the Columbia Development Corp., which encourages and guides investment in the Vista and other areas of the city. “In at least two cases people are talking large, full-service hotels — 250 rooms and up.”

Jason Outman, head of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a growing University of South Carolina, more tourists, and the steady influx of business people, state and federal workers, lobbyists and Fort Jackson parents are maxing out occupancy rates and driving up room rates.

Through the end of May, the 11 hotels in the downtown area — roughly from Blossom Street to Elmwood Avenue and Gregg Street to the Congaree River — had a 75.7 percent occupancy rate. That’s up from 70 percent last May.

“That’s a golden number,” he said. “That makes it tough to get a room.”

And he noted that it’s not uncommon for occupancy rates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — the optimum days for business travel — to reach 90 percent.

“It’s the quick business trip,” he said. “And we’ve always got government travel.”

The full-service Holiday Inn is one of four new properties being built downtown.

Two of them — the duel Home2Suites and Hilton Garden property at 1615 Gervais St — are expected to open in September. The Home2Suites has 100 rooms, and the Hilton Garden Inn has 123.

 

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The project is a renovation of the former Clarion Townhouse, which has been ongoing for about five years. Developer Seraj Patel of CN Hotels of Greensboro, N.C., said turning a existing hotel into two separate hotel proved challenging.


“Sometimes is easier to go from the ground up than to do a renovation,” he said.

Patel said that in addition to downtown Columbia’s attractive occupancy rates, the average daily room rate is also high, drawing the attention of more developers.

“If you have 80 percent occupancy at $50 a night it’s not worth it,” he said. “But at $150 a night that’s worth looking at.”

Outman of the CVB said the average daily room rate for the 11 downtown hotels in May was $159. That’s up 5 percent from May 2018’s $151. In 2013, when he began segregating the downtown hotel market from those in the region, the rate was $122.

“We’ve gone up every year in the nine years that I’ve been here,” he said.

And construction is just underway on a new five-story, 105-room Holiday Inn Express at the corner of Washington and Lincoln streets adjacent to the Columbia Police Department. The hotel, being built by Sumter developer K.C. Udani, is expected to be completed in May or June of next year, according to architect Craig Otto.

Otto said that the site was attractive because it’s only three blocks from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena.

And talk of an expansion of the undersized convention center could draw more interest from hoteliers.

“The highest occupancies are always closest to the corner of Gervais and Lincoln,” the nearest main intersection to the convention center, Delk said.

Posted in Commerce, Hotels
July 14, 2019

New Bill Slashes FHA Mortgage Insurance for first-time Homebuyers

New bill slashes FHA mortgage insurance for first-time homebuyers

 

Borrowers who undergo counseling can get a discount on their upfront mortgage insurance

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The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that slashes the cost of upfront mortgage insurance for first-time homebuyers using mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

The Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019, or H.R. 2162, stipulates that first-time homebuyers who complete a housing counseling program to learn about sustaining homeownership can get a 25-basis-point discount (0.25%) on their upfront mortgage insurance for an FHA loan.

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The Mortgage Bankers Association applauded the bill’s passage.

"MBA has long advocated for increased access to housing counseling as a means to provide a more positive experience for first-time homebuyers unfamiliar with the homeownership process, as well as for other underserved communities," the MBA said in a statement.

But the association also warned that adjustments to insurance premiums should be made carefully at HUD’s discretion so as not negatively impact the FHA’s insurance fund.

"While MBA conceptually supports the goals of this bill, including improving financial literacy and making homeownership more attainable, MBA also recommends that any legislative change to FHA's premium structure maintain HUD's discretion to set insurance premiums that are consistent with actuarial evidence accepted by HUD,” it stated.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-OH, who presented the bill alongside Rep. Steve Stivers, R-OH, said enhanced financial literacy has proven to be effective.

“Whether you are managing your credit, creating a budget, saving for retirement, or purchasing a home, understanding the basic principles of planning, saving, and investing for the future is vitally important,” Beatty said. “Studies show that pre-purchase housing counseling equips first-time homebuyers with the much-needed financial skills and tools to make informed financial decisions that ultimately benefit not only their families, but also the surrounding neighborhood and our entire economy.”

The bill will now move on to the Senate for a vote before it can make it to the president’s desk.

“I urge the Senate to support this common-sense bill that incentivizes first-time homebuyers to take greater control of their financial futures and provides greater opportunity for more Americans to realize the dream of homeownership in a financially responsible way,” Beatty continued.

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July 12, 2019

What Do I Need to Know About Mold

There are few things that homeowners dread more than mold in the house. You’ve likely heard horror stories about people living with mold infestations that made them seriously ill. Is this just hype, or is there a real danger to having mold in your home? More importantly, what can you do if you find mold growing somewhere in the house?

What Is Mold?

Mold is a broad group of fungi, with thousands of species and subspecies around the world that typically prefer dark and damp habitats. Often fuzzy in appearance (though occasionally slimy or cottony), molds spread across materials and break them down to get the nutrients the mold needs to survive and thrive. Instead of seeds, molds release single-celled spores that in many cases are too small to see with the naked eye; these spores float through the air to land on a variety of surfaces, beginning growth once they find themselves in a suitable habitat. Though molds are made up of a number of individual stalks fibers, a connected clump of mold is considered to be a single living entity.

Types of Mold

There are several common types of mold that you might see around the house. While some of these may not be inherently dangerous, any mold can trigger reactions in anyone with an allergy or sensitivity. The five most common of these molds are:

  • Aspergillus: One of the most common indoor molds, it often appears green, blue-green or gray but can also appear white or even yellow.
  • Cladosporium: A black or green mold that has an appearance like ground pepper, it commonly grows on smooth surfaces like toilets and painted walls but can also grow in fabrics and rugs.
  • Ulocladium: A black mold that grows in wet areas, especially in cracks and corners; it is most common in homes with water damage and active leaks.
  • Aureobasidium: Varying in color from pink to brown or black, this mold most commonly grows behind wallpaper, on painted surfaces and on wood.
  • Stachybortrys: The infamous “black mold”, it features a slimy dark green or black color and thrives in areas that are damp and maintain high humidity for weeks.

Is Mold Actually Dangerous?

While many molds are allergens, most will not cause severe reactions unless you have a mold sensitivity or have other health problems that make you more prone to infection. However, some molds (such as black mold) actually are toxic and can make you very sick if you’re around them for too long. Symptoms of a mold allergy or toxic mold exposure can include a chronic cough, skin rashes, fatigue, difficulty focusing and even pain or infection in your sinuses, eyes and ears.

Mold Testing and Removal

If you suspect that you have mold problems, there are home tests available to help you identify the type of mold in your home. These should only be a first step, however, as they often aren’t enough to definitively show you the scope of your mold problem. Call in an expert to confirm the results of your test or take a scraping of the mold and have it analyzed. Be sure to wear a dust mask or other breathing protection if you aren’t sure what type of mold you’re dealing with until the problem is taken care of.

For many mold infestations, getting rid of leaks or other sources of humidity is a great way to slow or even stop mold growth. Mold can cause serious damage over time, however, so you may need professional mold removal and repair services if you can’t get the problem under control early.

Is your home in need of some serious mold removal? HomeKeepr can help you find a mold remediator to get the mold out quickly and at a price you can afford. Because we utilize references instead of reviews, you’ll be able to rest assured that the expert you choose can really get the job done.

Posted in Mold
July 11, 2019

What To Know About HVAC Air Filters

 

Air filtration is an important part of your home’s ventilation system. Without an air filter in place, dust and other airborne particles would be distributed throughout your ductwork. This could aggravate allergies, build up on your vents to reduce airflow and possibly even create bigger problems over time.

This doesn’t mean that you can just grab any air filter and slap it in place, of course. Choosing the right air filter for your home is important if you want to get the most life out of your heating and cooling system. Stop for a moment and think about your HVAC system; do you really know what sort of air filter you need to keep things running in top condition? If you don’t, here’s what you need to know.

 

Where Is My Air Filter?

The first thing that you need to know about your air filter is exactly where in your house it’s located. This may seem kind of obvious, but some air filters are difficult to find. While the most common air filter location is behind a grate on one of the walls, some of these grates are in odd locations or are designed to somewhat blend in with the look of the surrounding wall. Filters may also be placed in the air handler unit (AHU) or rooftop unit (RTU). Buildings with split ventilation systems may even have multiple intakes that each have their own air filter. Depending on how your system is designed, it may take a bit of hunting to locate your filter.

 

Choosing an Air Filter

 

Once you’ve located your filter, it’s important that you choose the right one for your needs. Part of this involves finding the right size filter; different HVAC units are designed for different filters, and if you get one that doesn’t fit then you’re going to have trouble getting it (or keeping it) in place. Measure the dimensions of the area where the filter is mounted or look at the old filter and find the dimensions listed on it. Choosing an air filter is about more than just finding the right size, however; one other big consideration is the MERV rating (which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.)

The MERV is a number that tells how good of a filter you’re buying. A low MERV of around 6 provides you with 35 to 50 percent efficiency at capturing large particles like dust, mold and pet dander. A MERV of 8 increases this to over 70 percent efficiency, capturing those particles as well as slightly smaller particles like pollen and dust mites. A MERV of 11 captures large particles with a greater than 85 percent efficiency, as well as medium particles like those found in auto exhaust with 65 to 80 percent efficiency. You can even go higher than that, with a MERV of 13 capturing large and medium particles with over 90 percent efficiency and small particles like smoke, bacteria and even odors with up to 75 percent efficiency.

There are other options available as well, such as HEPA filters (which you might hear referred to as high-efficiency particulate arrestance filters or high-efficiency particular air filters) that have an even higher standard of particle removal. HEPA filters must remove either 99.95 percent (in Europe) or 99.97 percent (in the United States) of all particles of size “small” or larger. Depending on the filter, this translates to a MERV value of around 17 to 20.

 

Air Filter Maintenance

 

There’s more to keeping your system running well than just installing a filter, of course. Most air filters should be changed monthly, though some may have different recommended use periods that should be listed on the packaging. Periodic cleaning of grates and vents may also be required to keep the filters clean and the system running efficiently. Failing to change your filters can reduce airflow and system efficiency, and over time, it can even reduce the life of your unit.

 

Posted in HVAC, Real Estate News
July 10, 2019

New homes to be built in West Columbia’s River District

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New homes to be built in West Columbia’s River District

 

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Things are happening in West Columbia.

There are two new parks being built in The River District, and the Brookland project, at the base of the Gervais Street Bridge, is almost complete.

With the construction of the Interactive Art Park on Meeting Street, and the Enabling Park, near Riverwalk, developers are moving forward with plans for more.

The West Columbia City Council, last Tuesday, approved project plans to develop about four acres of property in The River District.

The development will include 34 single-family homes. The residences will have one or two parking spaces, depending on the number of bedrooms, and there will be a pocket park on Herman Street.

Joe Taylor, former South Carolina Commerce Secretary, is the developer.

According to the plans, drawn by Allison Ramsey Architects, and submitted to the West Columbia Planning Commission: “The recent office and hospitality announcements in the immediate River District) area clearly demonstrate the viability and demand for a class A space with C-3 zoning as proposed on Center Street.

Interactive Art Park.

These announcements and openings include a craft brewery and beer garden on Center Street (Salvage Craft Ale Works) a new jazz club on Meeting Street (Chayz Lounge)  and several restaurants (Cafe Strudel, Terra, Al’s Upstairs, and Black Rooster)  adjacent or near the new West Columbia municipal parking lot, (Interactive Art Park) all of which are only a short walk from the site.

“These are single-family homes, which will invite small kids,” said West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. “The new homes will be affordable and adjacent to all the activity in the River District. You’ll be in walking distance of everything.”

The parcel of land is now zoned as Planned Urban Developed, or PUD to be used for a mix of single-family residences and neighborhood commercial uses.  It is bounded by Center Street, Herman Street, Augusta Street, Shuler Street, just off of State Street.

The stipulations for the PUD are: creative site design; improved appearance; compatibility of uses; optimum service by community facilities; and better functioning of vehicular access and circulation.
The development will also contain a commercial building.

“I think this a a wonderful addition to the River District,” said Bill Mooneyhan, a member of the West Columbia Planning Commission. “These houses will attract families and give us a calling card to bring in younger people. They will grow up in West Columbia, like I did. And find out how special our community is. I feel these homes are an investment that will pay off for us for generations to come.”

Horton said: “The homes are an example of the momentum that is encompassing West Columbia, and generating excitement, and that is drawing development.”

 

Nov. 27, 2017

Columbia SC Real Estate Owners Run for Charity

Run for charity on Columbia SC real estate.Strictly Running provides a wealth of information to runners looking for local runs in the beautiful area around Columbia SC real estate. On the 2nd of December there will be two separate events for all the runners who call Columbia SC home. The First Annual Red Ribbon Run/Walk has been organized by the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina, and on Saturday the 2nd at the Maxcy Gregg Park this 5k race will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race, with only a $25 fee to register, and the necessary packets can be picked up the day before at Strictly Running from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Awards will be given for the top three overall male and female participants. Those looking for more information can contact Daniel Casillas at dancas27@gmail.com or (210)264-9327. Visit Strictly Running to register online. 

Enjoy Holiday Fun and Exercise Near Your Columbia SC Home

The other runs planned for the day are the Deck The Hall Family Holiday Events. There will be a 5k and 2k race, as well as the Kid’s Reindeer Games and 400 Meter Run. The fun all begins in the morning at 8:30 a.m. on the lovely piece of Columbia SC real estate belonging to Heathwood Hall Episcopal School located at 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. Columbia, SC. The 5k Trail Run will be the first event and is open to everyone 6 years old and up for a $30 fee. There will be prize money awarded to the top male and female runners! Then at 9:30 a.m. the 2k Trail Run begins for everyone 7 to 14 years old who pays the $25 fee. There will also be 5k and 2k Team Races with teams made of three members of any age for a $50 fee, and these runners are requested to indicate which race they will be competing in as well as their team name when they register. A special Family of Four fee of $95 is offered but a separate registration form is necessary for each member.

At 9 a.m. the Kid’s Reindeer Games and 400m Run begins with its different age group races through the 4th grade and both events cost $20. At 10 a.m. the Awards Ceremony will begin with awards going to the top 3 male and female racers in each category, as well as the top three teams. There will even be prizes for the top three best costumes for adults, youth, and children! T-shirts in adult and youth sizes will be available but can only be guaranteed for those who register before November 27th. Registration can be done online at Strictly Running, or on the day of the race people can register for a $35 adult fee or $25 youth fee beginning at 6:45 a.m. The necessary packets can be picked up at Strictly Running on December 1st, the day before the race. To learn more contact Willis Ware at warew@heathwood.org, or call him at (803)765-2309.

 

Posted in News
Nov. 22, 2017

Everyone from Columbia SC Homes Will Enjoy Ice Skating at Boyd Plaza

Go ice skaing near Columbia SC homes.Holiday fun is coming to Columbia SC homes. Main Street Ice will open Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd at Boyd Plaza, at the intersection of Main Street and Hampton Street. After the turkey and pies, come for ice skating any time between 5 and 10 p.m. On opening day, admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the skating rink will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. The rink will stay open for skating through January 15th. Regular open hours will be Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday hours are 4 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, everyone is invited for skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays the rink will be open from 1 to 9 p.m.

Ring in the New Year on Columbia SC Real Estate at the Skating Rink

Hours will be extended from December 18th to January 1st. Kids and adults from Columbia SC homes can have a blast Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours will stay the same. The rink will close on Christmas Day. Ring in the new year by ice skating until midnight on New Year’s Eve! The rink will re-open on January 1st at noon and stay open until 9 p.m.

Admission Monday through Wednesday is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. From Thursday through Sunday, admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Active military personnel with identification and seniors 55 and older get in for $8 any day of the week.

If you are planning to host a group or party at your Columbia SC real estate, consider making it a skating party. The rink is available for group reservations. Just call Columbia Parks and Recreation at 803.545.3100. Get more details about Main Street ICE

 

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