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Winterizing Your Swimming Pool: A Beginner’s Guide

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We will explain to you how to make your pool really winter-proof, provided it is a so-called winterproof pool – i.e. a model that can be wintered outside. Our instructions show you step by step on how to winterize the pool and what is important. There are lots of tips from us that have proven themselves in practice.

When it rains acorns and chestnuts from the trees, autumn has come. Not long now and he will be driven away from winter. The bathing season is over for normal bathers. For your pool, which you may even have bought in our online shop, this means: It’s time to make it winter-proof so that you can splash and swim in it again in the coming summer.

What is the difference: winterized pool vs. summer pool?

When you buy a garden pool, you decide whether you want to leave your pool in the garden all year round or just set it up for the bathing season and then spend the winter in a sheltered place. Winter-proof pools are designed, for example, thanks to robust steel walls, so that temperature changes, frost and winter precipitation do not affect them.

The rule is: only the hardy pools remain in the garden in winter. Non-winter-proof garden pools (pure summer pools), on the other hand, which usually only have steel frames, must be stored dry and frost-free in winter, for example in the storage room in your garden house or in the winter-proof garage.

When is the right time to winterize the pool?

Your garden pool should definitely be winterized before the first frost. This ensures that it does not suffer any frost damage. The best time to winterize your pool is when the swimming season is over and you are sure that it will now be cooler and that autumn will slowly come in.

Leaving water in the pool: yes or no?

For winter-proof pools (also called outdoor pools), it is generally the case that they always overwinter with water in the pool. Because the water present in the pool protects the lining of the pool not only from winter weather but also from pollution. But: If you leave the water in the pool over the winter, you have to prepare it for its protective function as well as possible. And it works like this:

Winterizing the pool – instructions and practical tips

In the following, we will show you step-by-step instructions that you should take to heart when preparing your pool for the winter. Otherwise, there is a risk of damage to the pool, and in the worst case, the pool will become unusable.

Winterizing the pool – step 1: cleaning the pool

The pool water should be clean for the winter. For you, it means thoroughly cleaning the pool (walls and floor). In the simplest case, this can be done with a special pool sponge and the appropriate cleaning agents against lime and dirt. Are you the owner of a cleaning robot? Then use it to winterize the pool! Our guide to pool cleaning shows you exactly how it’s done.

Winterizing the pool – step 2: cleaning the pool water

Clean the pool water as you normally would. Leaves and branches can be fished out of the water with a landing net.

Our tip: get water toys, ladders, hoses, mobile pool lights, filters and pumps out of the water, clean and dry them and store your accessories in winter-proof storage.

Winterizing the pool – Step 3: Winterizing the water

The water in the pool should be chemically prepared for wintering in order to prevent unwanted calcium deposits and algae formation. Three values ​​are particularly important:

Set the correct TA value

Determine the current TA value (TA stands for the English expression “Total Alkalinity”, in German: “Total alkalinity”). This can be done with standard test strips or electronic measuring devices. The TA value provides information about the ability of the pool water to compensate for a varying pH value. At best it is between 100 and 150 ppm. To reach this target value, you can increase or decrease the current TA value.

Our tip: The former can be achieved with sodium hydrogen carbonate or a special pH plus agent. For the latter, reach for dilute hydrochloric acid or sodium bisulfate. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging!

Set the correct pH

Next, measure the pH of the pool water. For example with control strips that you can get at the pharmacy. The pH should be between 7.0 and 7.4 at best. Higher pH values ​​quickly lead to limescale deposits, while water with a lower pH value attacks metallic pool parts and mortar in joints.

You can set the pH target value with commercially available pH value reducers and increases, which are available in granulated, powdered or liquid form.

Set the correct chlorine value

The third in the league is the chlorine value. The target value is 0.3 to 0.6 mg / l for so-called free chlorine and a maximum of 0.2 mg / l for combined chlorine. Higher chlorine values ​​can lead to corrosion of stainless steel pool components. Lower ones are not effective enough against bacteria and layers that the pool water tips over The obviously deteriorated water quality quickly becomes noticeable with a very bad smell.

Our tip: In stores, you will also find special additives, also called winter agents, that you can add to the water in your pool in addition to the chemicals mentioned above. They suppress the growth of algae and reduce limescale loss. Attention: The winter agents are not antifreeze agents!

Winterizing the pool – step 4: lowering the water level

When there is frost, the pool water in your pool freezes to ice. The volume expands in the process. If there is not enough space in the pool for this, the ice presses on the pool walls and also into pipes, which can be damaged in the process. Therefore, you should definitely drain some pool water. You can do this with a vacuum cleaner or a submersible pump. At best, the water is then 10 cm below the deepest nozzle or the skimmer (dirt collecting device).

Our tip: In stores, you can also get so-called ice pressure pads, which are supposed to prevent pressure damage. They come either to the pool walls or once in the middle like a diameter through the pool. In addition, the pads help the ice to thaw faster in spring. An inexpensive alternative to the commercially available ice pressure pads made from home remedies is presented in the video:

Winterizing the pool – Step 5: Cover the pool

Finally, you should cover the pool. Not only to keep dirt off but above all: extra water. The protective cover, available for sale as a very inexpensive pool tarpaulin or pool cover or more expensive inflatable pool tarpaulin, fits best when it fits your pool exactly. More luxurious covers, such as sliding halls or roll protection, add additional functions to cover, for example, child safety at the pool.

Therefore, ask for a custom-fit protective cover when purchasing the pool. This should be easy to attach to the pool. Otherwise, the autumn and winter storms would blow them away. Or the hood would be under the weight of rainwater; Snow or meltwater slide into the pool.

Our tip: check the winterized pool regularly. So you can intervene in good time if the protective coverslips and the pool water level rises undesirably as a result.

You will thus know the procedure for winterizing the pool. And should, if possible, take action before the first frost sets in. I wish you success!

Are you looking for additional inspiration around swimming pools in the garden? Then take a look at our Pinterest board about the garden house and pond. On Pinterest we have also put together a large number of beautiful boards on the subject of houses, gardens and garden shed for you.

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Would you like to have your kitchen as the first day for years? No, it is not a dream. Having your kitchen like new is very easy if you follow these 10 tricks to take care of your countertop. The future of your kitchen is in your hands!

The countertop is one of the most used parts on a day-to-day basis and is exposed to continuous actions that can deteriorate it, so taking care of your countertop is essential. A correct choice of the material from which our countertop is made is a key point in its maintenance.

Choice of countertop

There are many options that we have today for our kitchen countertops, but your choice depends on whether you have to change it in 2 years or many more.

We bet on the best for your kitchen, where quality, safety, and design are the main points on your kitchen countertop.

When choosing a countertop for your kitchen, reason, and emotion have to go hand in hand, since it is so important that the countertop be able to last 20 years in perfect condition, as that in 20 years you will still be in love with it. A sure hit? The Silestone Helix model in the image.

Tricks to take care of your countertop and make it look like the first day

Countertops

Countertops

And, if in addition to making a perfect choice, do we take care of our countertop in a few small steps? The result is to enjoy the kitchen of your dreams for many years.

1. Daily cleaning, easy and fast!

A thorough cleaning of the countertop is not necessary, but keeping it clean will help keep it in perfect condition over the years.

2. Dry and shiny, so yeah!

Drying it after cleaning contributes to its maintenance, lengthens its optimal state and, in addition, we prevent watermarks from leaving any streaks on the surface.

3. If we have a stain, let’s go for it!

If we remove the stains when they have been in a short time, we avoid that grease can become embedded in our countertop and that the material can become contaminated and deteriorate.

4. Avoid extreme heat sources

Using protectors when we place very hot pans is a small action that our countertop will thank us for.

5. Say yes to cutting boards

Cutting into the countertop may seem like a good idea to us, but even if the material is scratch-resistant, continued use can cause erosion of the countertop.

6. Use products that are not aggressive for daily cleaning.

The granite or quartz from which Silestone, Sensa, or Dekton countertops are made, are very resistant materials, but the continuous use of very strong degreasers can end up damaging the countertop. The same happens with steel, we will have to choose cleaners for this material.

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7- Avoid the use of bleaches or chlorine disinfectants.

Bleach is a product that, used continuously, can damage our countertop. In the case of specific cleaning, it is important to rinse afterward with water to minimize the aggressiveness of this cleaner.

8. Beware of chemicals.

If we use ammonia it is very important not to mix it with chlorine because it can damage the material and, also, give off very harmful gases.

9- Do not polish our countertop!

The materials are manufactured in such a way that they have protection against stains and heat and, if we polish it, we will lose that layer on the countertop.

10. Clean in circles, said by the experts!

Brands such as Silestone, recommend cleaning stains by making circles, as it helps the material suffer less from friction.

These are just a few tricks to take care of your kitchen countertop, and you don’t just have to make the right choice in the materials. This decision, although complicated, is very important. Request your budget, we will make your kitchen like one of your dreams.

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Today we are going to prepare fresh pasta at home, it seems very cumbersome but it really is not. Today we show you it and we are going to make it very easy, without using any device, so no one will have an excuse to say that you cannot make fresh pasta at home.

The paste always triumphs among the smallest, so if we make fresh pasta at home with them, we will spend a delightful day in every way. Pasta is a staple food and like all cereals form the basis of our diet, it is healthy and nutritious food.

The problem with making fresh pasta at home is that once you try it, you get hooked because everything you make has a special flavor. Do you remember the meat lasagna that we prepared the other day? Be sure to try it with this fresh pasta recipe and you will see how delicious it is.

How to make fresh pasta

Ingredients

  • 300 gr of strength flour
  • 100 gr of common flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Preparation of fresh pasta

make fresh pasta at home

Make fresh pasta at home

In a large bowl. or on the counter directly, we put the two types of flour, we make a hole in the center in which we put the eggs, salt, and oil. Mix a little with the help of a fork, then knead with our hands until we obtain a homogeneous dough that does not stick to our hands.

If you have Thermomix or any other mixer, you just have to put the ingredients and knead.

Once the dough is ready, we wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for a couple of hours. We put flour on the hob, divide the dough into several pieces. With a roller, we stretch each piece very well, if we are going to make lasagna we cut a sheet the size of the mold.

If we prefer to make noodles, we roll the pasta very stretched and floured on both sides. We cut the cylinder into thin slices, unroll and we have a noodle. We let them dry a bit, I use a roller between two doors of a kitchen cupboard.

Once we have cut all the noodles, we put a saucepan with water to boil and we cook them. Once cooked, drain and add to the sauce that we like the most.

Let’s go! Today everyone to prepare fresh pasta at home … Then remember to prepare for example some spaghetti carbonara and tell us how are you …

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Our healthy recipe book “Smoothie Recipes Challenge” is not just any ebook; it is the beginning of a new lifestyle. It is a free book where you will find 7 irresistible smoothie recipes, so you can make, every day of the week.

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In this way, every day, you will be able to discover a new option to incorporate shakes and smoothies into your life, in an easy and fun way.

In addition, to know a “little” more, how to make smoothies and shakes together with their main benefits, Also learn the steps you must follow, to make your weekly shopping healthier.

Free Ebook: Smoothie Recipes Challenge

In the following link, you can download our FREE healthy recipe book with the best smoothie and shake recipes, along with the most effective tips and tricks to stay in shape.

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What can I find in the Smoothies Ebook?

In our e-book you will find:

  • 28 pages full of ideas and recipes to incorporate smoothies and shakes into your daily life.
  • Basic indications to indicate you to a healthy life.
  • Tips and tricks for making smoothies and shakes.
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  • Complete guide to getting started with the “Smoothie Recipes Challenge”
  • 7 original smoothie recipes, and many more surprises 😉

Why should I download the “Smoothie Recipes Challenge” e-book?

From Smoothie Recipes we have been in charge of making a selection of the best smoothies for those who want to start a healthy lifestyle and incorporate these types of recipes into your diet.

We have lovingly designed a 7-day plan/challenge. The idea is that at least once a day, you incorporate a smoothie or smoothie naturally in your weekly menu.

Each of the recipes, which you will find in this e-book, will detail the necessary ingredients and the procedure, step by step, so that you can enjoy a delicious recipe, without having to be an expert Chef.

We promise you that none of them will take you more than 5 minutes!

With this challenge, our goal is to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle, and make everything easier.

What should I do to download it?

The e-book “Smoothie Recipes Challenge” is in PDF format, so you can read it with practically any device such as your computer, mobile phone, or on your tablet. In addition, there is the option to print it if you wish, in order to have more hand, the recipes that we propose.

To obtain it, you just have to leave us your email next to your name in the box above that you will find on this page. In just a few minutes, you will receive an email from Smoothie Recipe s in your email.

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