How to Take Care of Your Custom Pool During the Winter

We live in Central Florida, where, most times, you can still swim in the pool in the middle of “winter”. But I know not all of the lovely readers here on this blog can enjoy that kind of weather year round! So let’s talk about taking care of pools for those who actually get to enjoy “a white Christmas”.

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With a great pool comes great responsibility, and true heroes shine when summer’s end approaches and it’s time to make preparations for upcoming cold months of winter. Being a responsible owner includes constant care throughout the whole year, and especially during winter when temperatures can be harmful if the pool is not attended to properly.

Pool protected by a pool cover during winter months

Don’t worry, the experts at SoCal have been very helpful and shared some advice on how to best preserve your custom pool when warm days are over!

Get your systems ready

The time has come to end the swimming season and close the pool off, but before you do that you need to make sure that all the systems inside are completely ready. Water from heater, filter and pipes needs to be drained and the water level should be maintained to around 5 inches below the skimmer. The reason why you need to keep all the motorized parts dry is the danger of water freezing within and causing all sorts of problems. Don’t forget to keep the cover dry as well to avoid any freezing from above.

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Get Your House Ready for Summer with These Home Maintenance Tips

Summer is just a few weeks away and during the winter and spring seasons, your home’s interior and exterior have taken a beating. From dingy and damaged siding to dusty windows and an overworked HVAC system, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Now that the temperatures are right, it’s time to get up and restore your home. (And if you’re in Florida, like we are, that means getting it all done and squared away before a hurricane bears down upon us!) So, when it comes to  tackling a long list of home maintenance projects, here are a few you don’t want to overlook:

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Have Your HVAC System Serviced

With the summer comes hot and hazy days. If you have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don’t want to wait until the temperatures are high to find out that your system isn’t working properly. Checking hoses and fans, as well as cleaning vents and hoses, is crucial to ensuring your air conditioner is as efficient as possible when you need it most.

Get Your House Ready for Summer

Call the Exterminator

Insects and pests tend to go into hiding when the weather is cold and unpredictable. The warm weather, however, will draw them back out. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot ants, spiders, mice, or cockroaches in the summer. To prevent an infestation, you’ll need to hire local pest control services. Companies like Moxie Pest Control, an exterminator Tucson residents love, offers safe methods for getting rid of and preventing the common household pest from entering your house.

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5 Masterful Ideas to Maintain Your Home Like a Pro!

I guess the one thing I didn’t realize about home ownership was how much CONSTANT work it is. I mean, seriously! I hate to be behind on things, so if I want to stay on top of stuff, there’s literally something to do every single day, and the weekends are taken up with larger projects! That’s only because the minute you fall behind…it takes SO much more work to catch back up! 

Nevertheless, I always want our home to be at its best. So I’ll put in the work, for sure. But when Nick Stoyanov sent me over a guest post on the best ways to maintain a home, I figured it was fate. I needed it, for sure! Here’s Nick!

Homeowners know how hard it is to maintain your house. It is a constant work that never ends! Fortunately, there are some small tricks that can make it easier. Instead of doing things the hard way, why don’t you try these more efficient solutions?

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Here is a list of 5 masterful ideas to maintain your home like a pro.

Taking care of your pool

There are a lot of homeowners who do not have a pool. One of the main reasons for this is that pools require a lot of money and time. Luckily, there is a way to address both of these problems. Most of the pool work (including pool pump maintenance, chlorination, cleaning, etc.) can be done without outside assistance. These are menial jobs that do not require any prior experience. Furthermore, pool maintenance is crucial not only because it protects your pool but it also safeguards the health of your whole family.

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How to Properly Maintain Your Refrigerator

Did any of my momma-readers out there crave ICE when you were pregnant? It’s the weirdest thing! I don’t know if I want it because I need to be better at staying hydrated or I like the crunch or I like the cold, but ice is at the top of my cravings these days. You’d think that would be pretty easy to come by, except that our ice from our refrigerator/freezer does NOT taste good.

Am I really being this picky, I asked myself. Seriously, you have ice right here in the kitchen, just eat that! Why do you have to GO GET ice?! And then I realized why it wasn’t tasting so hot – our water filter needed to be replaced. Which got me thinking about making sure various household appliances are maintained…especially the refrigerator. 

A refrigerator is a very expensive piece of machinery. Therefore, you must be sure to take special care of it. This will ensure that it lasts for many years so you will not need to buy a new one. There are a number of ways you can go about doing this. The most important thing is to understand all of the details about the refrigerator you have purchased. Read through the owner’s manual. It is amazing how many people spend well over $1,000 on a fridge and have no idea how to properly take care of it because they are too lazy to read the owner’s manual (I’m pointing fingers at myself here!). Here are some of the best ways to keep your refrigerator running perfectly.

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1. Have the refrigerator serviced regularly

You most likely take your car to a professional mechanic on a regular basis to have the oil changed, the tires rotated and other various maintenance tasks performed. You do this to ensure that your car does not have any serious mechanical problems. The same logic should be applied to your refrigerator. It is similar to your car in that it is a machine that will break down if it is not properly cared for. Therefore, regular maintenance must be performed to ensure this does not happen. It would be wise to hire a professional refrigerator technician to take a look at your machine and make sure it is performing exactly as it should. The money that you will need to pay the technician will be a fraction of what it will cost to repair the fridge if it breaks down.

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Best Gardening Tips for 2016

Most of you know that I’m what I like to call an “experimenting gardener”. When it comes to gardening, I love to see what I can grow…and I what I simply CANNOT. Living in Central Florida, I’ve been doing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement! For instance…

I’ve been purchasing lots of my seeds from Amazon, when I can’t find them in my local area. My October sowing was no different – I purchased some spinach seeds from Amazon, because I LOVE spinach, and I was excited about having a bunch of it on hand! 

You can see it here in the background of this pic…

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Except this was about the same time that my parents were down for Thanksgiving, and my mom, while studying my garden, pointed to my spinach and said, “What’s that?”

“It’s spinach!” I exclaimed, a little taken aback that she didn’t know.

“That’s not spinach,” she said firmly.

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