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Home Living : August 2nd 2011
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 HOMELIVING Start now on your pool Just like your car needs regular servicing, so too does your swimming pool. Getting your pool in shape for the warmer months is crucial and it is easier than you think. Swimart's national manager Chris Fitzmaurice says having a pristine pool now means you can be ready for fun times on the first warm day without eating into relaxation time. ''Just like your car needs regular servicing, so too does your swimming pool,'' he said. ''While it's easy to look after your swimming pool if you have adequate tools, equipment and a basic knowledge of water chemistry, the biggest challenge is that most think clear water is clean water -- and that's not always the case.'' Chris said chemicals, windblown debris, heat and storms, contaminants and usage constantly changed water conditions. When properly maintained, the pool water should be fresh, clear and sparkling. The primary reason pool and spa water needs sanitising is to stop swimmers being sick. Untreated water is perfect for bacteria to grow in. Bacteria comes mainly from swimmers but also via top-up water and debris such as leaves and grass. However, bacteria are easily treated by regularly adding a sanitiser -- usually chlorine -- then filtering to remove dead bacteria. Regularly monitor water quality, including chlorine, even if you have an automatic dosing system or a salt-water chlorinator. Other things to check are water clarity, pH, total alkalinity and balance. Details: Swimart is a pool and spa specialist group with 64 franchise stores across Australia and New Zealand. Visit www.swimart.com.au. Add a sparkle to the water Swimart's top tips for spring: Thoroughly clean the pool and vacuum walls and floor; Ensure the pump is working properly and have a licensed technician do a full pool equipment service; Check or replace fittings and check for leaks; Check chlorine and pH levels; Empty skimmer basket when full; Turn pool lights on at least 30 minutes a week to stop moisture in the light and wiring Summer: Operate the filtration system six to eight hours a day; Regularly check sanitiser levels, ideally on a daily basis; Check pH every two days; Check pool total alkalinity weekly; Check and clean skimmer basket and hair and lint pot basket weekly; Have your pool water checked at your local pool shop every two weeks. SHUTTER SPECIALISTS PH: 9868 5373 ONLY hln BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTE ALL SHUTTER REPAIRS SLIDING • BI-FOLD • HINGED • FIXED Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c P 9868 3222 M 0412 822 608 www.binethomes.com.au > 45 years experience > Excellent value for money > Great resale value > Multi award winning builder Specialising in > New homes > Knock down & rebuild service > House & land packages > Duplex & dual occupancy developments > Full brick & brick veneer construction > In-law accommodation homes Turn your dreams into reality. 2186525 21/6 FREE QUOTE & SITE INSPECTION Love where you live, but need a new home? DUPLEX Solatube® Premier Dealer Unique Daylighting 210/354 Eastern Valley Way, Chatswood Ph 1300 995 881 www.uniquedaylighting.com.au S2089AW Electricity costs to rise 17%! USES NO ELECTRICITY s 7ORLD S BEST TUBULAR DAYLIGHTING DEVICE s 0ROVIDES EXCEPTIONAL LIGHTING s (IGHEST PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our qua lity never b efore offered a t thes e prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB
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