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Home Living : August 2nd 2011
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, August 2, 2011 1 Getting back into swim of things Keep up the good work ... your car needs regular servicing and so 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 pool if you have adequate tools, equipment and a basic knowledge of water chemistry, the biggest challenge is that most people think clear water is clean water -- and that's not always the case. ''Most pool owners don't realise that, on a sunny day, up to 95 per cent of chlorine in the pool can be lost into the atmosphere in as little as three and a half hours.'' 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 saltwater 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. HOMELIVING How to keep the sparkle in your pool water Swimart's top tips for spring: Thoroughly clean the pool, vacuum walls and floor; Ensure the pump is working and get a licensed technician to do a pool equipment service; Check fittings; check for leaks; check chlorine and pH levels; Empty the skimmer basket when full and occasionally check that the water level is halfway up the skimmer box opening; Turn on pool lights at least 30 minutes a week to stop moisture in the lights and wiring. Summer: Operate filtration system six to eight hours a day and check sanitiser levels regularly; Check pH every two days and total alkalinity weekly; Clean skimmer basket and hair and lint pot basket weekly; Take a water sample to a pool shop for checking every fortnight. Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2247034i 12/4 Come and see a life-sized granny flat display at our showroom 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains See our designs at: www.classichomeimprovements.com.au For a free information pack call us on 1300 721 150
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