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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.

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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Buster Summer: Common Indications That You Have A Swimming Pool Leak

by Kelly Simmons

After the pool is cleaned, pristine, and filled with water, there is no doubt you are ready for summer fun in the sun. However, just one little inkling that you have a leak in your prized pool can be a real mood deflating realization. A leak in your pool itself or the swimming pool plumbing can sometimes mean that you have to miss out on several weeks of poolside fun or swimming while you wait for repairs to be complete. Thankfully, the easiest way to avoid major leaks is to spot them early on.

Here are four indicators that every pool owner should be looking to find.

1. Unusually Murky Water - The first thing you will likely look for if you suspect a leak is a change in water level. However, a leak could actually change how the water still inside of your pool appears. For example, if the pool liner has a seeping leak, dirt and contaminants can make their way into the pool. If you notice your water looking more murky than usual and the filtration pump is working good, you should look for a hidden leak.

2. Higher Than Usual Water Usage - After a pool is filled, the water is consistently recycled through a filtering pump to prevent having to refill the pool every time the water gets a bit dirty. If you have a leak, the water line that supplies your in-ground pool will be kicking in to refill water more often. You may not notice a leak, but you will notice a difference in your monthly water bill.

3. Soggy, Saturated Ground - The ground around the pool may be wet and soggy after a lot of heavy play and splashing, but this much water should dry out quickly. If the ground remains soggy and wet for several hours or you see water seeping out of the ground, you most likely have a leak. This could be coming from the pool liner if you are losing water in the pool, but may also be related to the water lines beneath the ground.

4. Excessive Ground Sinking - In some cases, the underground plumbing to your pool can leak several feet below the ground where it will not imminently make its way to the ground's surface. What you will notice, however, is that the ground around your pool starts to sink. Unfortunately, this can take several days of leaking before showing up. If you see changes in the height of the ground surrounding your pool, you should call a professional immediately.

Do not let a pool leak spoil all of your summer fun. Make sure you know how to spot a leak, even when it may not be in plain sight. The faster you find a leak, the more likely it will be the the problem will not be such a big deal that completely interrupts your summer plans. To learn more, contact a company like Sunset Pools with any questions you have.

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