Advantages of Screen Enclosures for Your Pool

Pool enclosures need not be expensive. While other companies charge you exorbitant rates to give the opportunity to be the proud owner of a pool enclosure, we are actually doing the opposite. Our company (http://www.southernaluminuminc.com/) has been in the screen enclosure and outdoor home improvement business for almost 30 years. In that span of time we have developed manufacturing techniques that keep the quality of our products up while keeping the costs down. If you are raring to have that dream pool enclosure to protect your loved ones, then now is your chance to have a custom-built one without breaking the bank.

Pool Enclosure Advantages

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If you have a pool in your house that would mean that you are someone who loves to entertain. However, people wouldn’t have a great time in your pool party if they are at the mercy of the elements or under duress from the sting of bugs and insects. No one wants to dive into a dirty pool, either. Well, if you have our pool enclosure, you won’t have to worry about all these things anymore.

A key feature of a pool enclosure in Tampa is that it protects your pool (and you) from the elements. For one, the sun could turn a perfect pool party into a nightmare when everybody’s starting to suffer from sunburn. Worst of all, chronic long exposure to the sun’s rays could metastasize into melanoma or other forms of skin cancer. That would be a real bummer, right? With our pool enclosure’s roof, you can avoid the damaging effects of the sun, creating a shade that would be perfect for your pool party. No more sunburn, and goodbye to melanoma. Aside from the sun, the occasional rain would not stop you from enjoying the pool party, too, since you are shaded from any downpour as well.

Another advantage of pool enclosures is that it keeps bugs and insects at bay (and the occasional stray rodent who would want nothing better than your ham and cheese sandwich). We wouldn’t want our guests and family being peppered with insect bites while they are trying to enjoy themselves in your swimming pool. Also, some bugs are not only irritating, they could also be potentially dangerous, as some have the capabilities to give you diseases. So to avoid these possible problems a screen enclosure is a must.

Finally, a pool enclosure keeps your pool clean and dirt-free. How often did you experience having to skim the pool surface after a gentle whiff of a breeze suddenly stirred a bunch of leaves and twigs into your swimming pool? Imagine the horror and the agony it must have been for you when a strong wind comes up… But if you have a pool enclosure, it acts like a sieve, allowing air to circulate freely while keeping leaves and other matter where it belongs: outdoors.

Custom-Made Just for You

Our company takes pride in their work, and so we will customize your pool enclosure to suit your exact needs and budget. We will precisely measure your pool area and will work with you to give you the design that you want. We have various styles that would suit every taste and budget. You could even choose the color of your roof to match the color of your house.

From Pool Enclosures and Beyond

We are a leading company when it comes to outdoor home improvement. That is why aside from pool enclosures we also have other outdoor products such as Patio Lanais, Vinyl Sliding Doors, Windows, Floors, Decks, Patios and Awnings. Visit our website to see our full complement of outdoor improvement products.

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Preparations one has to undertake before building fences

The security of people and property within a compound is one of the major concerns of property owners. It is for this reason that the selection of the best appropriate gates and security enclosures is given a lot of consideration, regardless of whether the property enclosed is a residential or a commercial area. Property owners make significant investments in choosing a fence or gate enclosure, and it is for this reason that they often choose only companies who have built a reputation in the construction and installation of fences and gates.

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Before engaging any company or contractor for the building of your fences or walls, property owners need to make preparations themselves before the fences and gates are installed. These minor preparations can significantly help in ensuring that everything will run smoothly until construction. Property owners must first ensure their property lines so that by the time the fences are built, these structures will not in any way encroach upon the property of other people. Having your neighboring property owners informed of your intentions will also help because you will never know that they are also considering a similar project and this in turn can save you money by collaborating with them.

Contacting the local authorities to secure the necessary building permits is also important because this will somehow inform you of whether or not there are restrictions in the installation of fences. Some areas may have limits as to height and design and these restriction, if any, must be taken into consideration when selecting the final design of your fences. Contacting the providers of local utilities will also help so that you will be aware of where the utility lines pass and in that way, the fences will not impede or damage these utility lines.

One more thing that one has to prepare prior to the installation of the fence is to know the requirements of the owner. Is the fence merely for aesthetic or primarily for security? The way the commercial fence in Tampa will be designed and be made of will usually depend on the purpose for which the fence is to be built. Hence, it is better to know in advance the purpose to save time and money on the part of the property owner.

These are some preparations that one has to consider before building an enclosure. They may be considered minor but in the end may turn out to be critical.

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Controlling and preventing the spread of cockroaches

Studies conducted showed that cockroaches are the most usual pests that infest homes. There are various kinds of cockroaches with German cockroaches being the most common in the United States. These roaches breed so fast to the point that their population can soon be beyond your control. Making your house cockroach free is very difficult but controlling the spread and increase of these pests is very much possible.

There are several strategies that can be undertaken for indoor pest control of cockroaches. One important strategy is preventive strategy or actions that have to be undertaken to prevent cockroaches from entering your homes. One should always inspect any item brought to the home and ensure that the same is free from cockroach. Sealants are also important to keep away cockroaches from your homes. Use sealants to cover any cracks in bathrooms, outside doors, windows, kitchens or any orifice that can be the passageway of cockroaches from the outside. Preventing cockroaches from moving to your place is important because once cockroaches enter your place and start to breed, then eco pest control becomes an issue.

cockroachCockroaches thrive well in places where there are food, shelter and water. By denying them these things, you can effectively keep away from cockroaches. Make sure that all foods are properly stored so as to prevent any leakages. Checking regularly the plumbing and drains for any leaks will also be very helpful in preventing cockroaches to thrive in your place. Equally important is to always keep your house clean.

Trapping of cockroaches can also be done to control these pests. Cockroach traps can be bought at various home stores. The cockroach trap is also an effective way of knowing the degree of infestation that your place is subjected to.

The hiring of a Tampa pest control company can particularly helpful in severe cases of infestations. It is usually the last remedy availed of particularly if all efforts to get rid of cockroaches had failed. Most Florida pest control companies use chemical control in getting rid of cockroaches. There are chemicals for pest control that are available for homeowner’s use but what professionals use are the stronger and more powerful chemicals. Homeowners are advised to keep away from strong chemicals which are usually used by professionals because of the extra precautions that have to be undertaken in handling the substances.  Insecticides are poisonous even to humans hence extra care should always be undertaken and these chemicals should always be kept out of children’s reach.

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General Pool Maintenance

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Swimming pools could be tricky to maintain if you don’t have the proper information on how to go about it. If you are too busy to take care of your pool, let a professional pool service company like Bay Area Pool Services or pool maintenance agency do the hard work for you. However, if you want to save money, then it would be a great idea to do the pool maintenance and pool service yourself.

The key to proper maintenance is clean water that has a balanced chemistry. To do this, you should at least have a weekly routine in cleaning your pool and maintaining its chemical balance.

Step 1: Chemically balance your pool
Your pool water is chemically balanced if it has the right pH level, alkalinity and calcium hardness quantities. If you maintain proper levels then your pool should be doing alright. It is important to have a proper chemical balance because it keeps your metal equipment and accessories from prematurely oxidizing and plastic surfaces from etching. It also helps prevent surface stains, water cloudiness and formation of scales in pool equipment. The best part is that it prevents skin and eye irritation.

Step 2: Chlorinate your pool
Chlorinating your swimming pool water is also important because this prevents unwanted bacterial and algal growth. A murky water would be unwelcoming to guests, and it could be potentially unhealthy for swimmers. You can choose from a variety of options:

Liquid Chlorine – similar to the bleach you use in your house, but this one is two to three times as potent and is especially formulated for swimming pools. Though easy to use and a very effective sanitizer, it has a short shelf life compared to other chlorine products, as it is only potent for a few weeks after being opened.

Chlorinating Granules – Multifunctional granular chlorine products can help you perform several tasks at once by chlorinating, shocking and killing algae with a single, daily application.

Chlorinating Tabs – Many varieties of chlorine sanitizers offer a multifunctional approach to pool care. There are a variety of chlorinating tabs available to sanitize your pool and keep it in great shape for swimming, while shocking your pool to remove contaminants. Other varieties kill bacteria and control algae, while softening your water and protect pool equipment.

Step 3: Shock Your Swimming Pool

Shocking is a procedure wherein you put chemicals in the water to get rid of bacteria and contaminants that foul the water. There are two types: Basic and Multi-functional Shock Products. Basic Shock products work by killing bacteria as well as breaking down swimmer wastes such as suntan lotions, cosmetics, perspiration and other impurities that could not be filtered out of a pool. Basic shock products reduce odor and eye irritation, as well as helping in keeping your water clear.

Multifunctional shock products not only eliminates bacteria and swimmer wastes, it also balances pH levels, enhances filtration and adds algal protection.

Step 4: Add Algaecide to Your Pool
As the name implies, it kills and retards the growth and proliferation of microscopic plants known as algae. We don’t want to bathe in green water, do we? That is why adding algaecide to your pool water will keep it sparkling clear.

Step 5: Clean the pool
Remove any debris from the surface of your swimming pool. Always check if there is fallen materials that sank to the bottom of your pool and make sure to get it.

With these simple steps, you are on your way to maintaining a healthy and clean swimming facility. However, if there are major problems that need professional care, better call pool repair specialists or pool service companies to get the job done right. If you’re looking for pool service in Naples, Florida, you know who to contact.

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Do-it-Yourself Pool Maintenance

If you want to maintain your swimming pool yourself, there is a way to do it. If you follow the checklist below you are on your way to becoming your very own pool maintenance personnel courtesy of Advanced Pool & Spa in Lakeland, Florida. This allows you to do the job by yourself, affording you freedom and will save you money at the same time. However, be forewarned that if you see any major problems with your swimming pool such as a leak or equipment that is in disrepair, don’t try to fix these yourself, as these are big jobs already. Better call your local pool service or pool repair company to look at your pool.

Below is the checklist on how to maintain a healthy and hygienic pool:

Opening Your Pool

Remove, clean and store the pool cover

Thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool

Add water to the desired height at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour

Test water balance, pH levels, Calcium Hardness and Total Alkalinity levels

Inspect electrical service, filters, skimmers, drains, ladders, diving boards, plugs, gauges, and other important components of the system

Lubricate fittings, valves, O-rings, and plugs

Inspect tile and grout installations, and clean tiles and skimmer with cleanser

Take a sample of pool water to a pool water expert for analysis

Clean and inspect pool deck

Skim pool water surface and vacuum pool bottom

Backwash filter if necessary

Shock pool water to breakpoint levels

Adopt a routine maintenance program for the season

Add algaecide as required

Pool Maintenance 2-3 times a week:

Empty skimmer and pump basket (may require more frequent cleaning)

Vacuum the pool two to three times a week. Brush the sides and bottom of your pool, even if you have an automatic pool cleaner as this will loosen dirt and other particles that may adhere to pool finish.

Weekly Pool Maintenance:

Remove any large accumulation of debris on the bottom with a leaf scoop.

Feed the pool with chlorine or other sanitizer to satisfy its requirements either manually or automatically.

Check that the water level is high enough for the pump to operate correctly.

Test and adjust sanitizer level (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)

Visually inspect pool water for clarity, color and visible contaminants

Remove floating leaves

Test and adjust pH (may require more frequent testing depending upon bather load and environmental conditions)

The pH should be in the range 7.4 – 7.7 if the pool has a vinyl or tile finish. The range should be 7.3 -7.5 if the pool has a fiberglass finish. The range should be 7.4-7.6 for a gunite swimming pool. If the level is too high, then adjust it down using pH decreaser. The correct dosage is located on the label.

If the pH is too low, then add pH increaser. Again see labels for dosage. If the pH has dropped possibly so has your total alkalinity.

Don’t correct your pH more than once a week.

Test chlorine levels in the pool water:

Free chlorine levels should be between 1-3 ppm

Free bromine levels should be between 3-5 ppm

Test and adjust Alkalinity

Test and adjust Oxidizer and Stabilizer levels

Clean the tile at the water line

Check filter pressure and backwash only if required

Check water level and adjust as necessary at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour

Add a preventative dose of algaecide as necessary

Shock the pool as per label instructions. This treatment restores the sparkle to the pool water and destroys germs and organic contaminants (can be done once every 2 weeks)

Monthly Pool Service:

Test and adjust Calcium Hardness

Test and adjust for Total Dissolved Solids

* Avoid having to resurface your pool by following these tips

Test the total alkalinity, which should be in the range of 120-150 ppm.

Chemically clean the filter

Visually inspect tile, grout, sealant, and other exposed elements of pool

Conduct Langelier Saturation Index evaluation and adjust as necessary

Test your salt levels if you have a saltwater pool.

If you have a vinyl liner – check for holes and tears and make any needed repairs as soon as possible.

If you have a concrete, gunite pool or fiberglass pool, check for cracks.

Check the seals in your motor and pump.

Check all handrails, steps and other safety equipment to be sure that it’s in proper working order.

Closing a Pool:

Balance the pool water chemistry, typically to the following levels:

pH: 7.2 – 7.6

Total Alkalinity: 80 – 120 parts per million (ppm)

Calcium Hardness: 180 – 220 ppm

Run the filter continuously for 24 – 48 hours

Remove skimmer baskets, cleaners, ladders, wall fittings, and solar blankets from the pool

Lower the water level in the pool to 6” (150mm) below the skimmer level at the prescribed rate of 1” (25mm) per hour

Drain all pumping, filtering, heating, and sanitizing equipment to prevent damage caused by freezing, otherwise you might have serious pool repair

Lubricate O-rings, valves and plugs to make opening the pool in the spring easier

Thoroughly clean and vacuum the pool

Winterize the plumbing by blowing out the lines and plug the lines with expansion plugs

Add winterizing algaecide

Cover the pool with a tight fitting cover

Remember that you can do the abovementioned maintenance by yourself. However if there are more complicated problems that arise such as leaks and equipment breakdown do not even attempt at fixing these yourself. Better call a pool repair expert or a pool service provider who will repair your swimming pool in the best and most professional manner. 

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What Are The Most Common Plumbing Problems?

Even the best plumbing maintenance doesn’t prevent the occasional plumbing problem. Older homes are especially prone to plumbing problems. Newer apartments and homes have newer pipes and plumbing systems that don’t malfunction as much. Let’s look at some of the most common plumbing problems from our favorite plumbing St. Petersburg company, Mills & Water.

Dripping Faucet

If you’ve ever tried to go to sleep with a dripping bathroom faucet, you know how annoying this problem can be. A dripping faucet will also shoot up your water bill. Hundreds of gallons of water could get sent down your drain, one drop at a time.

Low Water Pressure

When water that should stream out just trickles out from the tap, then you’ve got low water pressure. There is a chance this problem isn’t related to the plumbing system in your house, but to the city water supply. A main line break can reduce your water pressure for a short time. A more common reason for this problem is a deposit or sediment build-up.

Running Toilet

If you’re tired of hitting the handle down over and over again on your toilet after flushing, it could be time to replace the inner workings of your toilet.

Leaky Pipes

Leaks can be a very expensive problem. Leaks often happen at joints, and that is why commercial joint fillers and compounds are sold in abundance at your average hardware store. These products offer a temporary solution. However, you might want to replace some of the piping for a better solution. Find out more about water leak problems commonly encountered in your home.

Clogged Drains

When the water that’s supposed to come into your sink, bathtub, or toilet won’t come out, you might have a partial or total clog. A plunger can usually fix the problem. Commercial clog removers can also help.

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Why Should You Install A Fence At Your Home?

Installing a fence around your home is one more way to cement your security, privacy, and peace of mind in a new neighborhood. Even if you’ve been living in a neighborhood for years – and trust all your neighbors – there are lots of good reasons to install a fence at your home or business. Working with a Tampa commercial fence company let’s me experience the benefits of helping both types of costumers. Let’s summarize some of the best reasons to put up a fence at your home.

#1. Enhanced Security

A tall and locked fence makes it harder for burglars to get in. Even if they can scale the fence, it makes noise, and a lot of burglars want to avoid noise, fearing that you might be awoken and get your gun to take them out. Furthermore, criminals are lazy. Otherwise, why would they be stealing instead of working? The majority of criminals are just your average street thugs that don’t want to get their new threads dirty or work up a sweat scaling your fence. A fence could mean the difference between your house getting broken into or not.

#2. Say Goodbye to Nosy Neighbors

No one likes nosy neighbors. It’s not just you that you need to think about. Your wife and children want their privacy in your backyard. If you have nosy neighbors seeing into your private life, they could start to gossip to the rest of the neighborhood. They might mistake what they see, and it could get you a bad reputation.

#3. Less Noise In Your Backyard

It’s impossible to silence the noise around a house, but you can reduce and dampen the sound waves with a fence. Just knowing that passerby aren’t looking at you can make you feel more comfortable too. Less noise and less distraction means a happier time in your backyard.

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Smart Remodeling Tips

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There’s no guarantee that the money you invest in home remodeling will return you when you have to sell your home in later years. Check out these tips for spending your money wisely on any project.

Choose Materials That Match The Neighborhood

If you pick low-end materials to remodel or refinish your home with, and you live in a high-end neighborhood, then that is going to hurt the resale value of your house. On the same note, using high-end materials in a lower-priced neighborhood is going to drive out buyers that can’t afford your home. Plus, it won’t do much to push your sale price up. There’s an upper limit to what people can afford if they’re shopping for a home in a poor neighborhood.

Make Sure That The Job Is Done Right

If you are unable to do professional quality remodeling work on your own, then you need to hire someone who can. No buyer is going to pay through the nose for amateur-quality work.

Don’t Make Your House Look Too Different From The Neighbors’ Houses

Your goal is not to stand out when you’re improving your home. If you improve your home too much, you’ll get less money when you try to sell it. Would you pay a ton of money for a mansion if it were located in a shabby part of town? Be sensible with your home improvements and don’t think you can improve the home to such an extent that it will make buyers forget about the neighborhood it is located in. Instead, try to make your home look as polished, clean, and put together as possible – but still within the bounds of what the neighborhood as a whole looks like.

Strive For Timeless Design

If you invest in a lot in a certain home design trend, it could cost you later. When that trend goes out of style, buyers aren’t going to want to see it anymore. Today’s new remodeling finish choices are tomorrow’s junk décor. Even a flawlessly executed remodeling project will fade in value with the passage of enough time. You probably remember brass bathroom fixtures? Those are no longer in style. Some unfortunate people did invest a lot in them though. Bathroom remodeling can be really expensive, so it was a double whammy of a bad decision for those people.

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Easy Home Repair Tips And Tricks

home repairHome repair can be costly, which is why we’ve come up with this short list that will help you save some money. Why call a handyman to fix something, when you can make use of DIY tips and tricks? These tips will help with mold remediation and removal in Tampa, along with saving money over the course of the year.

Easy Home Repair Tips

This short list of tips will save you money – guaranteed.

Door Hinges That Squeak: Spray some WD-40 on the door hinges, and move the door in a slow motion so that the lubricant gets worked in. You might even rub the hinges with some petroleum jelly. If these tips don’t work, you can try lifting the pins up a little and try lubricating them with oil. Be sure to use a cloth to soak up all the oil drips.

A Floor That Squeaks: You can try to sprinkle talcum powder over a problem area of the floor, and you can also sweep it into the cracks. If you plan on refinishing the floor, be sure to remove any bits of powder first.

Wallpaper That Is Peeling Off: Take a knife and put wallpaper paste all over a piece of clean white writing paper. You can use printer paper if you wish. Then, rub the paper against the underside of the bit of wallpaper that is peeling away. Next, press the wallpaper back to the wall. Slide the printer paper out and smooth away the bubbles with a white cloth. It couldn’t be any simpler.

Your Chair Has Worn Caning: Some caning is normal, and any chair will experience sagging over time. To tighten the caning up again, take a sponge to wet the underside of the chair with warm water. Let the chair dry slowly overnight. Repeat it you have to. I bet you never thought water could save you the cost of a new chair.

Checking for Leaks: Always check for leaks before you purchase a home, and while your remodeling. I’ve had many Tampa mold remediation inspection projects pop out of nowhere after not checking for water damage before remodeling a home. It costs extra money, and isn’t something you want to do.

A Tub That Is Stained: Combine baking soda and cream of tartar in equal parts with enough lemon juice so that you get a paste. Rub it all into the stain with a soft cloth or your fingers. Let the mixture site for about 30 minutes, then rinse it off well with warm water. You can use these basic household chemicals to make your own perfect tub-cleaning solution. Most people don’t know about it, but there was once a time when most people made their cleaning chemicals at the time.

For more advice on detecting leaks and keeping your home in proper shape – contact me for any specific questions.

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