Taking a little effort to create a beautiful outdoor pool area will give you months of pleasure this summer. The pool is not only a place to have fun, it is also a place to entertain. Family and friends will gravitate to your pool naturally with the summertime heat. You can be prepared for this by taking steps to set up the space, to add decor, to ensure safety measures, and most importantly, to clean. Here are four things you can do to turn your pool area into something worthy of Martha Stewart.
Dirty water is a huge no-no. A clean pool is a beautiful pool, and we all know that Martha Stewart is a stickler for cleanliness. Tools like debris nets, robotic pool cleaners, and a good pool cover can help you accomplish that. It might be a bit of a chore, but take the time and energy it needs to make sure your pool water is inviting. Your guests will appreciate the effort you put into it, otherwise they might not even go near it.
Gardens are always a welcome sight for your guests. Everyone loves flowers (well, mostly everyone), and they can add a welcoming vibe to the space. Add potted plants around your space to bring splashes of color, as the luxurious green of potted plants will always compliment the blue of your pool. You can use a shepherd’s staff to hang potted plants, or find some cool pots. This will bring height and dimension into the area.
If you haven’t added any furniture outside, this might be the perfect time. Consider making the space you have outdoor as an extra room that you can do so much with – if you do it correctly. From couches to hammocks, the possibilities here are endless. Just be sure to protect some of your furniture if it’s going to be outside or cover them so chairs yourself that you don’t mind having out in the summer sun and night – such as old dining chairs. This will provide you with some extra space to seat guests at parties and create a summer party atmosphere almost effortlessly. Especially if you’ve got the grill going.
For more ambiance, add music speakers. Selecting the best source of music is essential with any good pool party. Choose a safe set up without electrical cords near your pool. Being able to provide music safely while swimming will enhance the atmosphere and fun.
After completing these four steps, your pool space will be pretty inviting. The main cleaning and set up are completed. This space will only need regular maintenance to last through all the entertaining this summer. The only two ingredients missing are your guests and some good food. Make your pool area the hub of activity for your family and friends this summer with these tips.
Your plumbing system moves fresh water to your faucets while removing wastewater through drain pipes. This system is often overlooked because it operates so quietly in the average household. However, plumbing issues can arise if you neglect the system’s maintenance over time. Take a look at the top reasons why you should keep up with repairs. You will have a trouble-free system as a result of your efforts.
An excellent motivator to schedule regular service calls is leak prevention. Although your pipes are secure and correctly attached, age and wear will set in. There might be a leak that’s hidden away in the ground or within a wall, yet, the majority of leaks happen under your sink or because of end of life internal toilet seals. Without regular maintenance, you’d find out about the leak when your water bill reaches a huge number. Your local plumber will find that leak with a careful evaluation during the next appointment. The water bill shouldn’t be impacted at all.
An emergency plumbing issue can cost hundreds of dollars to fix. There might be extensive damages to your home and pipes. Avoid almost every emergency by keeping up with plumbing repairs. Regular visits by the professionals will include small repairs. Finding cracks and potential problems solves your repair issues before they even begin. Plumbing emergencies can add up in price, from drywall repair to damaged flooring. If you’ve been putting off repairs in order to save money, know that this could lead to financial stress later on. It would be better to get a cash advance (a.k.a. a short-term loan) and make repairs, than to spend significant amounts replacing all the damage caused by your faulty plumbing system later on.
Frequent, plumbing appointments fit within most budgets, especially if you’re already budgeting for emergencies. You pay standard labor and parts prices. If you forgo the regular maintenance, an emergency might occur in the middle of the night or on the weekend. You’ll end up paying for expensive labor and parts at that point. Certain parts can become damaged just from sheer, water forces during an emergency. Maintenance visits will always cost less than impromptu appointments.
An aspect of maintenance calls that are typically passed over is keeping your indoor air clean. Mold and mildew will grow out of control if you have a leaky pipe. Regular visits allow the professionals to protect all of the pipes from leaks. The microbes never get the chance to replicate. Your entire household will breathe easier with fewer bacteria in the air.
Once you find a plumber who you feel comfortable with during appointments, ask about regular visits. He or she might have a contract for loyal customers too. Discounted or grandfathered rates are typically found in these contracts. Be proactive with your system care to see a positive difference in your plumbing’s operations.
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If you have ever climbed under a kitchen sink or replaced a sump pump, you are well aware of the inherent health risks associated with DIY plumbing. Before you begin your next project, take some steps to prepare safety equipment appropriate to the task at hand. Equipment such as goggles and gloves protect you from potential injury and help make clean up more manageable.
There are many types of glove options. To determine the best type of glove for the job, try to identify the tasks you will need to accomplish.
For surface level jobs involving smaller parts and less exposure to hazardous fluids or materials, thinner gloves may be a better option. Thinner vinyl or latex-based gloves afford the user increased dexterity, making it easier to tighten knobs or valves and use tools in tight spaces. Thinner gloves may be the best option for DIY plumbers interested in making relatively minor repairs to exterior components of toilets or kitchen sinks.
For dirtier and more expansive jobs, thicker gloves are recommended. Thicker gloves help not only to protect against exposure to potentially harmful materials, but provide additional insulation in encounters with sharp or rusty objects.
Purchase gloves with longer sleeves, especially for jobs where the gloves will be submerged.
One of the more important safety considerations in plumbing is eye protection. Clogged pipes can require the use of cleaning agents that are harmful to the eye. There are additional concerns about contamination related to waste matter.
Plumbing projects may require you to crawl under pipes, which increases risks of potential exposure to harmful substances. Safety goggles should cover the eyes completely, creating an impermeable seal around the surface of the eye. Try also to purchase safety goggles that are certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI label can often be found on packaging.
Wearing safety goggles will help prepare you for unanticipated problems in the DIY process and may save you from a nasty case of plumber’s regret.
When you work on plumbing issues, you will want to dress in clothing that covers the arms and legs. Longer and thicker clothing options help to protect against exposure to rust, chemicals and water, and provide additional protection against sharp objects and surfaces. When possible, try to wear water resistant or waterproof clothing as an additional layer of protection.
If you’re feeling unsure of yourself, don’t hesitate to call the Drain Brothers for help on your project. It’s better to get it done right the first time than to accidentally damage your home’s plumbing.