Looking after a swimming pool is rather like looking after the lawn back in the UK and the work required is as regular but in this sunshine not as tedious.
The actual work involved in looking after a swimming pool is not hard at all you just have to understand what is happening to the water.
Take for instance a nice new swimming pool just filled with water its Perfect! Leave it three or four days and three things will happen. 1, The water level goes down with evaporation 2, The water starts to go green and cloudy because the chlorine level is reduced by the sun light. 3, Dust ,leaves and bits of rubbish will have blown in floating on the surface and settling on the bottom.
Add adults and children using the pool and 3 additional things will happen 4, Sun cream, sweat, pee and other human related residues will make the pool water cloudy. 5, There will be more dirt added to the pool from peoples feet. 6, The water level will go down due to jumping in and splashing and the water we take out on our bodies when we leave the pool.
So as you can see in three days the water balance and pool cleanliness has turned bad rapidly. What to do? Correct the chlorine level with a “chlorine shock” granulated chlorine application scattered across the water.
Check the PH level and make it higher or lower to get the correct level by adding PH+ or PH-
Clean the surface of the pool of any floating insects, toys, paper or leaves with the pool net on the end of the long pole.
Use the underwater hoover attachment on the long pole to hoover very slowly the entire floor area of the pool this is when it is really like cutting the grass.
If you don’t do it slowly the debris on the bottom of the pool will just swirl up in the water and settle on the pool bottom again. I always think of a Jamaican pool cleaner who looked like he had died standing up when he was cleaning the hotel pool he was so slow. Empty the rubbish baskets in the skimmers. Add a slow release pool tablet to the basket and put the pool pump timer back on.
If I had a pound for every person that I have talked to or overheard other people talking about this subject “Insulation & Portuguese homes ” I would be a very rich man.
Summertime heat – it could be that we simply are not accustomed to having to control the summer temperatures in our home country. It’s important to understand why and how your flat, apartment, house or Quinta gets too hot. On a summers day when the sun starts shining in the morning it very slowly heats up the walls of your home and as the day progresses the sun rays heat up the roof tiles and then the other side of the house. The walls and roofs store the energy in the form of heat and as the outside temperature gets lower at night this high temperate stored in the fabric of the building is radiated (like an electric fire) back into the internal living spaces.
To get rid of this unwanted hot air all you have to do is open your windows at the back and the front of the house and let the wind blow through. If you do this for an hour before you go to bed your room will be much cooler and healthier to sleep in. If you are going to keep your windows opened you may want to invest in mosquito blinds for your external windows and possibly some window bars. Then you can relax completely in your newly cool home. www.casteloconstruction.com Castelo Construction work across Portugal so give us a call or email us. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are searching Portugal for a property to buy you will have no doubt studied many websites in your own language. Found a region that suites your taste & pocket and then started a thorough search to find a house in Portugal.
Over the next twelve months you will no doubt take a couple of trips out to Portugal when the air fare prices are lower and the weather not too hot so that you can see whats available and experience life in the local area.
Most people will find their Portuguese property through an estate agents website or a property owner like http://www.casteloconstruction.com/property/index.htm This helps because there are people on hand who can tell you what its like living in the area and transport you around the properties.
If you are looking for a real bargain and have time to spare you could look at the Portuguese Tax (Finances) notices when they are selling off people property to raise money to cover tax debts. If you go this route or buy from a bank that is reselling property expect the properties to be in poor condition, often vandalized and if its in a village you may have unhappy family members as neighbors.
If you want to buy your ideal cheep house in Portugal you will have to be flexible in terms of timescales, money and the number of visits that you will have to make out here to take the purchase to conclusion.
Rushing into things is one of the best ways to buy a “money pit” as the heart usually rules the head.
If you want a smart buy that is a good investment then you need time to compare this ideal house with others of the same size and condition, location and layout.
Remember that if a property has problems such as woodworm or damp get them fixed before you move in otherwise it will be more difficult to do when you are living there and the damp in particular will prevent the house from truly becoming a home. For solutions to damp problems and property condition appraisals contact email@example.com