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Home Living : January 8th 2013
POOL CARE CLEAN SUMMER SWIM KEEPING YOUR POOL BLUE Special care is needed when caring for your pool during the hotter months. MAINTENANCE Swimart Australasian manager Chris Fitzmaurice says it's easy to look after swimming pools with adequate tools, equipment and basic knowledge of water chemistry. Regular maintenance will ensure it's always working at optimum level and allows you to correct or repair parts failing before the whole unit requires replacement,'' he says. Mr Fitzmaurice says pool-water conditions constantly change due to chemicals, debris, heat and storms, contaminates and swimmers. He says untreated water is the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, so suggests regularly adding a sanitiser (usually chlorine), then filtering the water. Janita Singh Tips: waterco.com.au; swimart.com.au; bunnings.com.au SWIMMING-POOL mainten- ance is a constant process all year around, but special care is needed in summer. ''Ensure pool and spa pH levels are balanced. Always check before adding chemicals -- some can be harmful,'' says Bunnings National Leisure buyer Cameron Rist. Keep water circulating to avoid build-up of algae or bac- teria and buy a high-quality pump for proper water move- ment. Always use a sturdy cover to prevent debris clogging the fil- ter system. This can also save water by reducing evaporation. Clean pool and spa filters. Waterco's group marketing director Bryan Goh says many products on the market today make pool cleaning easy, such as a robotic cleaner. ''Suction cleaners require pool pump to operate at medium speed, which impedes pool turn- over. A robotic cleaner is self- powered which means the pool skimmer is left free to skim the pool surface while the robotic cleaner cleans the pool's bot- tom,'' he says. Make sure skimmer and fil- ters are clean to avoid straining the pump. If building a pool, make sure your builder under- stands hydraulics. ''Properly sized piping circu- lates water in a way that re- duces pump wear-and-tear.'' N Decks N Pergolas N Stainless steel wire handrail N Lattice N Privacy Screens N DIY pergola and deck kits N FREE DESIGN & QUOTE N FREE LOCAL DELIVERY N SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S 12242-01 27/11 Lic No: 170944C *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only while stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers and is valid for a limited time only. 33637 SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) www.sydneyblinds.com.au 30 Years of local manufacturing. Best quality and price guaranteed. 60% OFF* BLINDS LET THAT SUMMER BREEZE IN UP TO ON ALL SECURITY DOORS PROMO CODE: NORTH SUMMER SELLOUT! FREE quotes ALL suburbs FREE CLOSER & BUG SEAL CARPORTS - PERGOLAS - AWNINGS - TIMBER DECKS A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU QUALITY AND PERSONALISED SERVICE. FREE DESIGN & QUOTE Master Builder Lic. No. 176377c PH: 1300 765 895 www.austekhomeimprovements.com.au 2177118 8/1 PTY. LTD HOME IMPROVEMENTS Sail & Awning Lic# 140327C Sails • External Blinds • Clear PVC Blinds Outdoor Heaters • Folding Arm Awnings Wind-rated Umbrellas • Factory Showroom CREATIVE CANVAS PTY LTD Unit 33, 5 Ponderosa Parade, Warriewood 9979 6477 www.creativecanvas.com.au 2046728 2/5 CUSTOM AWNINGS & BLINDS Solutions to suit your Lifestyle ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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