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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Keep Your Kids Entertained This Summer By Installing A Pool

Ross Stewart

Kids that are out of school for the summer eventually start getting bored. When this happens, they turn to you. Instead of spending money for entertainment, there are things you can do right at home to keep them happy and entertained. A pool party is a great activity for kids. They can get some vitamin D and enjoy the great outdoors. Below is information about installing a new pool, as well as two common problems you may have.

Pool Installation

Installing a pool can seem expense in the beginning, but over time, it more than pays for itself. For instance, figure in the costs of taking your children to the local pool a few times each summer, or taking them to a hotel so they can swim.

Hire an experienced company to install the pool for you. They can help you choose the best location in your yard, the size of the pool, materials to construct it with, the type of liner, etc.

You should also check the zoning regulations and apply for a building permit. The zoning and building rules vary from town to town. In most cases, you will have rules in how far you can install the pool from your property line, sewer line, septic tank, etc. There will also be codes, such as the gate and hardware used, and the pool barriers.

Common Pool Problems

Once you get your pool installed, it can be helpful to know some of the common repairs you may have.

One common problem is a clogged pump impeller. This is caused by small debris, such as small leaves, grass clippings, hair, etc. These things first go into a basket that is designed to keep the debris out of the impeller. If the basket is not installed correctly, or it has holes in it, this debris can reach the pump impeller and clog it. Once this happens, you will notice the pressure drop and a reduced flow.  

To fix this problem, clear out the debris. Before you do this, turn the power off. You may be able to put your hands up into the pump to dislodge the debris, or you can use a long wire.

The second problem is the pool water is no longer warm. This is a problem with the heater, and usually caused by a dirty filter.  Look in the owner's manual on how to replace the filter for your swimming pool. If this does not fix the problem, it could be a bad thermostat that needs to be replaced.

If you are not able to fix these problems yourself, you should call Pool Service Co. to do them for you.