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Tips to follow  to ensure it’s done properly

The in- ground pools should only partially be drained to stabilize the total dissolved solids  or if a repair is required. Check your pool chemistry. Drain only if it exceeds 1,500 pars per million (ppm), or the calcium hardness exceeds 350.

1. Drain your pool or spa directly to the sewer  system, which allows the water to be recycled and reused.

2. Locate your sewer clean out port.

3. Shut off the power to the filtration system at the circuit – breaker and turn off the automatic water fill valve.

4. run a drain hose from the sewer clan -out port to the pool or spa, and connect it to a submersible pump. Lower the pump into the deepest water. Don’t allow the hose to obstruct other flows from your home from passing through the sewer pipe.

5. Make sure the pump capacity does not exceed the sewer line capacity.

6. If the water backs up stop draining call a professional plumber.

7. Refill your pool or spa as soon possible. Direct sun light can damage the plaster. Empty pools can be cracked or damaged by the pressure of surrounding soil.

8. Check the levels everyday for a week and adjust chemicals as needed.

A pool drain in Johannesburg, South Africa, in...

Find your clean out port

It could be hidden by landscaping and may be visible

The port usually located at ground level in the landscaped area of the front yard close to the home. Some sewer ports may be embedded in the driveway or garage floor.

Check beneath and around landscaping, which may be concealing the port.

The sewer clean-out port will likely be 3-4 inches in diameter and have a clamped, rubber cover or threaded cap.

Some sewer ports may be within a wall. These ports may be smaller and don’t have a straight path to the sewer, increasing the potential for a backup.

If there are two ports in the ground this may indicate a “U” fitting. Use the one near your home.

I hope this was helpful

Energy Advice – Saver

In the cold months, set your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re at home. At night, or when your home is unoccupied turn down your thermostats to 58 degrees. A programmable thermostat is ideal if you are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week – According to the Environmental Protection Agency, through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $200.00 a year.

Top 10 Holiday Lighting Tips

1. Switch to safe, long- lasting, – efficient LED ( light emitting diode ) holiday lights whenever possible. Use a timer to reliably turn off lights during daylight hours and other specified times. 

2. Don’t overload your electric circuits.

An extension lead/multiplug.

An extension lead/multiplug. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Check fuses or circuit breaker panel to see what your home can handle, and stay well within the limits.

4. Adhere to manufacture’s destinations to use (indoor vs outdoor). Outdoor lighting should have insulated electrical cords and be plugged into ground fault interrupter-protected receptacle only.

5. Don’t run extension cords under rugs, around furniture legs, or around furniture legs, or across doorways.

6. Keep all plugs and connectors off the ground, away from puddles and sprinklers.

7. Avoid stringing more than three sets of lights together and plugging into a single outlet.

8. Make sure there’s a bulb in each socket of a light string even if in burned out.

9. Keep your natural trees well- watered to prevent bulbs from igniting dry branches.

10. Never use electrical decorations on metal trees.


1.  A design plan

2. The right plants and trees with climate.

3. Plants need to be grouped in the same irrigation zone.

4. The plants need to be spaced from one another.

5. Exposures that reduce unneeded maintenance.

6. Use  Larger growing spaces for small, plants and trees.

7. Drip irrigation for plants and trees.

8. A spray system that covers the entire lawn efficiently and uniformly, and a low volume drip system for deep-rooted plants.

9. An irrigation clock with multiple programs that allows watering in 1 – minute increments.

10. Make sure you meet all local codes and ordinances.

English: Drip irrigation uses a series of pipe...

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