Expert Tips for Proper Pool Closing

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You might not think about your pool too much after the end of summer, but what you do at the end of swimming season will determine your workload come spring. Properly winterizing your pool will make opening it easier, not to mention help prevent damage.

Poorly winterized pools may sustain freeze-thaw damage, broken equipment, underground drain damage and poor water quality in the spring. Every year, Americans spend thousands of dollars repairing pools that were not closed properly.

BioGuard, a company that supplies water treatment products for recreational and industrial use, offers the following tips for pool owners looking to properly close their pools:

* Conduct a final pool water test. Bring a water sample to your local BioGuard dealer to receive a quick, computerized water analysis. The water analysis will ensure that the water in your pool is balanced. After the dealer tests your water, he or she can recommend and provide the exact materials you need to close your pool for the winter, including information on protecting your pool surfaces and equipment.

* Brush the walls and floor of your pool and vacuum it thoroughly. Clean the skimmer basket and lint trap.

* Use a special filter cleaner to thoroughly clean the filter. A dirty filter can cake and harden over the winter, leaving a messy and difficult clean-up job.

* With the pump and filter on, add the appropriate amount of winter shock around the edges of the pool. Wait an hour, then add winter algaecide. Keep the pump and filter on for another hour.

* If you completely cover and close your pool, drain it to just below the return water lines. Also, drain your equipment and then add pool-winterizing anti-freeze to pipes and equipment. In colder climates, it may be advisable to remove the pump and filter, and store them in an enclosed structure. Consult your local BioGuard dealer for specific instructions.

* Finally, cover your pool to protect from winter winds, leaves, dirt and debris.

For more information, visit www.BioGuard.com or visit your local BioGuard dealer.

Are Laundry Costs Leaving You High and Dry?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Depending on the size of your household and the number of laundry loads you do each week, cleaning clothes can put a huge strain on your budget.

According to EnergyStar.gov, the average American family washes about 400 loads of laundry a year. Since many households often have to dry the same load of laundry twice, families might dry as many as 800 loads. This might explain why dryers are the second most expensive appliance after refrigerators — over its lifetime, the average dryer costs its owner $1,530.

All well-maintained dryers use about the same amount of energy, but homeowners can take steps to make drying clothes less expensive. Reducing the amount of clogged lint in a dryer can reduce drying times by 50 percent, giving many people one-cycle-per-load efficiency while extending the life of their dryer. Dryer Vent Wizard says that clogged lint can cost homeowners an extra $18 to $24 each month in electric bills, not to mention pose a considerable fire hazard. In 2006, 17,700 home fires started in washers or dryers, causing $194 million in property damage.

Dryer Vent Wizard professionally inspects and cleans clothing dryers for homeowners as well as apartment and condo complexes. Aside from a professional annual inspection, Dryer Vent Wizard offers the following tips so that homeowners can reduce their dryer costs:

– Always clean out your lint trap. A clogged lint trap will reduce air flow, making your dryer use more energy to do the same work. Additionally, lint is highly flammable and can easily cause a fire.

– Don’t overload your dryer. You don’t want to dry only a few items at a time, but neither do you want to overload your dryer. Dryers work by circulating air around tumbling clothes. If your dryer’s packed too tightly, air won’t circulate, and you’ll have to run the dryer an extra cycle.

– If you’re doing several loads of laundry at once, reload the dryer right away. The dryer will already be warm, so it will use less energy to dry that second or third batch of clothes.

Dryer Vent Wizard recently partnered with Brand Source, the fourth-largest distributor of appliances and electronics for the home. For more information, visit www.dryerventwizard.com.