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Home Living : March 31st 2009
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, March 31, 2009 1 Get rid of nasties » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Pool owners concerned about contamination following a recent cryptosporidium outbreak in public pools can regain peace of mind with regular maintenance. PoolWerx chief executive officer John O'Brien says pool owners who are worried about contamination can take action to safeguard their family. ''Anyone seriously concerned that their home pool may have been infected can have professional tests and treatments carried out to treat any latent bugs or nasties,'' he says. ''All it takes is to have one person who is infected to go swimming in your pool.'' Cryptosporidium is caused by a parasitic infection of the intestine, often transmitted in pool water by faecal accidents by small children already infected by the parasite. It is a resilient germ and can make people very ill with diarrhoea. It is important a pool is treated properly if the germ is to be eradicated. Mr O'Brien says to kill harmful nasties, the pool needs to be super chlorinated for many hours at a very high rate, which is best left to the experts. ''This is a very nasty bug that once contracted can be extremely difficult to get rid of,'' he says. ''Contaminated water needs to be sent to a laboratory to ensure the full realm of testing is carried out and the correct chemical levels . . . are administered to the pool.'' Heat is on thinking greener » ADVERTISING FEATURE New heating options will help keep homes warm and comfortable as well as greener and cheaper to run. Mitre 10 heating expert Alicea Zarb says more heaters are featuring aqueous (water heating) solutions instead of oil, making heating quicker, greener and running costs down. ''Bathrooms are also being decked out with heater lights to take the chill off those cold mornings,'' she says. ''And while heating your home is important, keeping the warmth in is also critical.'' There's no use warming your place up if you're not taking steps to keep the heat in, Mitre 10 national category manager timber and building supplies Mark Phillips says. ''You need to ensure that you have installed insulation in your home before the cool weather hits,'' he says. ''The government rebate on insulation is an added incentive this year. Just make sure you choose the right size fat batts for your home and living requirements.'' Insulating the house helps you be more energy efficient, which reduces greenhouse gases. 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