If you are lucky enough to own or even rent a house in Pattaya that comes complete with a pool and garden you will be more than aware that they can cause quite a few headaches. However, if you follow a few simple rules and do the basics often you can minimise your stress and get the full enjoyment out of your outside area rather than just viewing it as a burden. Here are our tips for looking after your garden and pool.
Prevention is better than cure
As with all things, prevention is better than cure and this is definitely the case when it comes to pools and gardens. Make sure that you have a regular routine for doing this, it might be doing it yourself or employing a gardener but if you don’t carry out frequent checks it can cost you money in the long term.
Plants grow quickly
Thanks to the wonderful climate that we enjoy here, plants can grow very quickly – assuming that they are watered. This is great as you can quickly have mature looking gardens but if the plants aren’t controlled they can become out of problematic, hard to managed and quite frankly an eyesore. Frequently cut plants back, mow your lawns and weed flower beds to stay on top of things.
Frequently check equipment
It should go without saying but equipment needs to be monitored. If you have automatic watering systems, check that all are functioning as they should but when it comes to your pool it is slightly more complex. Luckily, most of the equipment is easily located. Perhaps most importantly, you need to ensure that the pump and motor is functioning correctly and if possible has an automatic cut-out should there be a problem – this prevents the motor burning out.
After this, it is important that you check skimmer baskets and filters to ensure that they are clearly. Where possible this should be done daily as part of your cleaning process. Debris not only pollutes the water it can get into the pump causing damage that could potentially prove to be expensive. It is only a small job but one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Obviously, equipment such as ladders should be frequently checked to ensure that they aren’t suffering from erosion which could be dangerous.
Check the sanitising and pH of the pool
This is another important task that should be carried out daily. Heavy rain is a common culprit for altering pH levels but for safety, this should be done frequently as bacteria build up is dangerous and algae could cause damage to the pump.
Cleaning will make your pool look much better whilst also making it a healthy environment. The activities that you should carry out include skimming the surface with a net to remove debris, vacuuming the bottom, brushing the walls, emptying the basket around the edges and carrying out backwashing. This is essentially reversing the pool’s circulation system, forcing water backwards and completely out of the system while carrying small particles with it.
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