The weather is getting colder and the leaves are starting to change. Fall is certainly on its way. If you have a pool, you know exactly what that means. It’s time to close your pool for winter. Before you begin this process, here’s How to Close Your Pool for Winter.
Start this process one week before actually closing it by using chemicals to prevent algae.
A functioning garage is one of the many great aspects of a welcoming and efficient home. From extra storage to simple car maintenance, a garage is a unique space that any homeowner can take full advantage of to get the most from the space. While many use their garage to store their vehicle overnight, some homeowners are deciding on a different look. While everyone knows the conventional use for a garage, some homeowners are beginning to use garages as true extension of their homes. Some homeowners are converting their garages into family or game rooms. This is a viable option for any homeowner who wants an extension of their home but don’t necessarily want to pay for constructing a new addition. If converting your garage interests you, here are some tips to consider to make your new space its best.
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Clean Out Your Garage
It may seem like a no-brainer, but the first step in converting your garage is to completely clean it out. Take everything out of your garage to start the conversion with a blank slate. This will also give you a good idea of exactly how much space you have to work with. (more…)
Nothing is more enjoyable than relaxing out by the pool on a hot summer day. A pool is an enjoyable addition to any backyard, but they do require some work to keep them in pristine condition. One of your responsibilities as an owner is opening your pool for the season so you can enjoy those hot summer days later on. Unfortunately, opening a pool for the season isn’t as easy as removing the cover and diving in, it requires a little more than that. But once you open your pool, and you do it right, you’ll enjoy your pool all summer long.
Step 1: Don’t Empty Your Swimming Pool
Unless you need to do major structural work, there’s no need to empty it. Even in cold winter months, water in a pool can be useful. Sometimes draining it can cause big problems in areas with a high water, as the outside water pressure can actually push on the walls and dislodge it from its placement. This could lead to your entire pool needing reinstalled. It’s best to keep it filled during the winter and just put a cover over top of it. If you pool was damaged over the winter and you have found cracks SANI-TRED® waterproofing products are perfect for swimming pool repair. The best part about The SANI-TRED® System is that you can do it yourself, as soon as this weekend!
When researching a pool, what’s very obvious is the wide variety of materials you have to choose from. Two of the most popular pool options are fiberglass and Gunite (concrete). This article is a comparison between these two popular pool materials.
Fiberglass pools are large, single-piece inserts that are dropped in to a hole dug on your property. They are less expensive than Gunite, but require more property to allow installation.
- Easy to Clean and Maintain– smooth surface makes cleaning dirt and grime easy.
- Easier on Pumps and Filters– A fiberglass pool’s surface makes it easier for pumps and filters to keep it clean.
- No Liner– Fiberglass inserts are one continuous waterproof surface that doesn’t require a liner that needs replacing.
- More Affordable– Fiberglass pools are the less expensive of the two options, usually costing between $9,000 and $15,000, depending on pool shape and size.
- Prefabricated– Fiberglass pools are prefabricated inserts, so they can’t be customized beyond the shapes and sizes commonly available.
- Difficult Installation– The fiberglass insert is large and has to be dropped in place. Installation of a fiberglass pool requires enough space for a flatbed truck and a crane.
Gunite (or concrete) pools are made of a concrete/sand mix with an underlying rebar structure. They are the most stable and permanent type of pool, but are also the most expensive.
- Customizable– Poured concrete can be customized to endless possibilities. This is the best pool option for those looking for a truly unique pool that is truly them.
- Durable– Gunite pools are made of concrete, one of the sturdiest materials on the planet. When properly installed and maintained, a Gunite pool will last a lot longer than other materials.
- More Expensive– Gunite pools require professional installation and run on average between $15,000 and $40,000 with prices going up depending on size, depth, and shape.
- Installation Time– A properly installed Gunite pool takes about 8-12 weeks to complete. During this time, be prepared for your yard to be a disaster area until the installer is done and cleaned up.
- Concrete Maintenance– Gunite pools are made of concrete and can withstand a lot of pressure, but in the event of a leak, you’ll need to drain the pool and fix the crack before you can continue swimming in it.
For any and all cracks, use SANI-TRED® to seal and waterproof your pool permanently. SANI-TRED® can repair any crack, hole, or other issue as well as adhere to the concrete surface, protecting your pool and keeping it open for years to come.
Regardless of what type of pool you end up installing, remember to choose the pool that’s right for you. And also remember that whatever waterproofing issue that may arise, SANI-TRED® can handle it.
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Tiny houses are a relatively new alternative to traditional housing that use less space while providing just as much living. A tiny house, which refers to a house of less than 1,000 sq. ft., has many advantages over traditional housing and is a viable option for someone looking for a house that takes up less space yet still feels like a home.
If this kind of house sounds good to you, here are some tips to help you make your tiny house the best it can be. For more information on waterproofing, visit SANI-TRED.
Plan It Out
One of the advantages of a tiny house is its small footprint and easily manageable floor plan. One thing you can do with a tiny house that you can’t with traditional housing is taping out a floor design. Simply use painters tape and place it on the floor in the design of your proposed floor plan so you can walk around and get the feel of the floor design before building it. Finding out whether your floor plan is comfortable or not is something you’ll want to find out early in the construction process. (more…)
When wanting to install a swimming pool, you quickly realize there are a lot of options. From pool style to shape, size, and materials, you truly have many options for your pool. One pool option that is growing in popularity in recent years is saltwater pools. Saltwater pools are in-ground pools that use chlorine generators that react with salt to clean it instead of relying on high chlorine levels to accomplish the same goal. But, as with all types of pools, saltwater pools have their positive and negative aspects.
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Despite its name, saltwater pools actually aren’t that salty. Saltwater pools use a chemical reaction between chlorine generators and salt to clean a pool, but the resulting water has 1/10 the salt of ocean water. So there’s no worry about swimming in a saltwater pool if you’re worried about the salt content. (more…)
An Evaporative Cooler (or Swamp Cooler) is a household device that cools air using the evaporation of water. Swamp coolers are usually found in the American Southwest, an area with high temperatures and low humidity. They can be useful if installed correctly and used in the right environment.
Are They Air Conditioners?
Yes and no. Evaporative Coolers are air conditioners, but don’t cool air in the exact same way.
Conventional air conditioners use vapor compression or absorption to refrigerate air while swamp coolers use the process of water evaporation to cool air. Evaporative Coolers are air conditioners, but they condition the air in a different way than a standard air conditioner.
Every type of swimming pool comes with its own problems. No matter what material you choose, you’ll be faced with some kind of repair eventually. Concrete pools are the strongest, most durable, and longest-lasting style of pool, but they have their own share of problems and concerns. From installation to maintenance, concrete pools do have their own problems do deal with. Here is a list of common problems that concrete pools face.
Concrete pool installations will take more than a few weeks. The final product will be stable, strong, and durable, but installation itself can run into a whole host of issues, from harsh weather to contractor problems. Make sure to only hire contractors with experience in installing concrete pools and try and get something in writing how long the installation should take.
A leaking gutter is a common household problem that can cause a surprising amount of damage. Let alone the physical damage to the gutters themselves, but the potential water damage to your home is also a serious threat. Rain water that isn’t diverted away from the house with gutters and downspouts can cause serious damage to your house and even flood your basement or seep into your foundation. To avoid these problems for you and your home, it’s best to keep your gutters free of leaks and operational. For those reasons, here are some guidelines on how to fix a leaking gutter.
How to Repair Downspouts for Metal Gutters
What You’ll Need: Wire brush, SANI-TRED® PermaFlex™, LRB (Liquid Rubber Base), TAV™ (Thickening Activator)
Rain water is a resource that many people overlook. All too often, people see rain as either a personal nuisance or something “good for the farmers”, but not many think of how they can use rainwater for their own purposes. By installing a rain catcher, you can store and use free rainwater to water plants, yards, and gardens. Rain catchers are connected to existing gutters and downspouts to catch and store rainwater before it can drain into sewers and become contaminated. If you’re considering installing one for yourself, here’s a post to help you do just that.
NOTE: You can purchase rain catchers from most home improvement stores, with prices as low as $35 for collapsible units to upwards of $500 for larger, more ornate models.
Choose the best spot to place your rain catcher. It should be on a level surface next to a downspout that is near the area you want to water. Choose an area that can handle water overflow if the rain is just too much to handle. (more…)