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Recycle your pool water

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

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.


Did you know?

Natural gas dryers provide instant heat that’s

much gentler on laundry than the dry heat of

electric dryers. and clean burning  natural gas

is gentler on the environment, allowing you to

leave behind a smaller carbon footprint with each load.

Faster than electric dryers, natural gas models

allow clothes to tumble less and last longer. many

models have sensors that measure the amount of

moisture inside the dryer and automatically shuts

it off when the load is drying. This saves energy and

reduces wear and tear on fabrics.

Because natural gas cost half as much

per load as electric does, it’s gentler on your

budget throughout the lifetime of your appliance.

English: modern front load tumble dryer, pictu...

Shopping tip:

When shopping for a natural gas water heater,

be sure to consider both the purchase price of

the unit as well as the operating cost.

Natural gas not only assures you of your comfort that’s affordable and reliable, it’s preferred by homeowners who want to help save energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment.

Did you know?

You can get your old fridge picked up and get some cash.

Your old refrigerator uses up to four times the electricity of a new one. So, why not recycle it?

This could save you up to $140 a year on your energy bill plus the company will  haul it away free of charge.

Call 1877 289-8260

to schedule a pick up time.

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