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The Magazine of Santa Clarita May 2015 : Page 172

H ard S urFaCe m ania by Dawn Rudio H OM E & GAR D E N month. This has definitely become a hot topic issue since the airing of 60 minutes last After almost two decades of selling and designing flooring I remember the seri -ous effects of flooring after Hurricane Katrina when fuel reached its all time high and when anything petroleum based was too expensive to ship and had terrible effects to all consumers that even just wanted a single room of carpet. Harwood flooring costs were similar to those of carpeting. So there it begins. The demands of hardwood and laminate became the decade of Hard Surface Mania. Most distributers have begun to manufacture in China and California Implemented the Carb compliance law in January of 2009. So the 60-minute report is very old news to us retailers. When it is too cheap there is a reason. I say it over and over again and day after day as I do my very best to ensure all my clients are given the opportunity to feel completely knowledgeable about their purchases and that together we pick the appropriate flooring for your application and lifestyle. Be as -sured that Rudio Designz not only has been voted Santa Clarita’s best flooring contractor three years in a row now and features first quality laminate and wood products, some featured in Houzz. We hold certifications of emissions that are done here in the states and are one of the only flooring stores in Santa Clarita with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bu -reau. Where else can you shop on a dime in a boutique like setting with a designer and educator at your fingertips? Only at Rudio Designz! Rudio Designz is located next to Fresh Works at 23340 Cinema Drive in Valencia. For more information, please call 661-799-5868 and visit www.rudiodesignz.com.v t HingS tO l OOk FOr w Hen i nterviewing yOur new p OOl S erviCe C Ompany by Ben Honadel Now that you’ve done all your research (see our article in April’s issue) and you have the pool service company in your back yard, here are some things you should look for. First, do they have a test kit and can they test your wa-ter? They should have a test kit and use it to test total hard-ness, total chlorine, free chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, and cy-anuric acid. Then they need to know how to use the test data to calculate the Saturation Index. This will tell them if the wa-ter is balanced or corrosive or scaling. Having balanced water is not only better for the swimmers but will prevent damage to your pool surface and equipment. Second, can they understand and explain how your equipment works? Can they explain how to put the equipment into spa mode, set sched-ules, turn on water features, turn on the lights, program the variable speed pump, etc.? It is 100 % necessary to understand how the equipment works in order to maintain the it correctly and safely. Do they know how and when to clean the filter and salt cell? Third, can they explain how they will keep your pool water balanced, how the pool surface, plaster, fiberglass or paint will affect the type of chemicals they will use? Fourth, do they keep a chemical testing log? This is required for all commercial pools but it is a good habit for residential pools also. Fifth, can they point out items that are safety issues and provide a solution to protect the safety of your family? Items like broken drain covers, missing cleaner vac-lock doors, gfi for the lights, loose or broken coping, old rusted diving board or slides, broken gates, pool heaters venting into a window, leaking equipment, broken electrical conduit etc. Sixth, do they know how to add the chemicals? The most expensive and most common chemical damage is from putting chlorine tablets in the skimmer basket. Never put tablets in the skimmer. They should also never put tablets in a floater and then let the floater sit right in front of the skimmer. Use a floater but tie it away from the skimmer so the chlorine will dilute before it gets sucked into the skimmer. Your new pool service company should be comfortable answering all your ques-tions, in fact they should volunteer information and demonstrate their knowledge of pools. If the price for pool service is about the same you might as well pick a pool service company that has taken the time and effort to learn their trade. It is the uneducated pool service that cost the most, saving a few dollars each month will never make up for the very expensive future repairs caused by their ignorance. For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com. 172 The Magazine of Santa Clarita 661-294-4444

Things To Look For When Interviewing Your New Pool Service Company

Ben Honadel

Now that you’ve done all your research (see our article in April’s issue) and you have the pool service company in your back yard, here are some things you should look for.

First, do they have a test kit and can they test your water?They should have a test kit and use it to test total hardness, total chlorine, free chlorine, pH, total alkalinity, and cyanuric acid. Then they need to know how to use the test data to calculate the Saturation Index. This will tell them if the water is balanced or corrosive or scaling. Having balanced water is not only better for the swimmers but will prevent damage to your pool surface and equipment.

Second, can they understand and explain how your equipment works? Can they explain how to put the equipment into spa mode, set schedules, turn on water features, turn on the lights, program the variable speed pump, etc.? It is 100 % necessary to understand how the equipment works in order to maintain the it correctly and safely. Do they know how and when to clean the filter and salt cell?

Third, can they explain how they will keep your pool water balanced, how the pool surface, plaster, fiberglass or paint will affect the type of chemicals they will use?

Fourth, do they keep a chemical testing log? This is required for all commercial pools but it is a good habit for residential pools also.

Fifth, can they point out items that are safety issues and provide a solution to protect the safety of your family? Items like broken drain covers, missing cleaner vac-lock doors, gfifor the lights, loose or broken coping, old rusted diving board or slides, broken gates, pool heaters venting into a window, leaking equipment, broken electrical conduit etc.

Sixth, do they know how to add the chemicals? The most expensive and most common chemical damage is from putting chlorine tablets in the skimmer basket. Never put tablets in the skimmer. They should also never put tablets in a floater and then let the floater sit right in front of the skimmer. Use a floater but tie it away from the skimmer so the chlorine will dilute before it gets sucked into the skimmer.

Your new pool service company should be comfortable answering all your questions, in fact they should volunteer information and demonstrate their knowledge of pools. If the price for pool service is about the same you might as well pick a pool service company that has taken the time and effort to learn their trade. It is the uneducated pool service that cost the most, saving a few dollars each month will never make up for the very expensive future repairs caused by their ignorance.

For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Things+To+Look+For+When+Interviewing+Your+New+Pool+Service+Company/1994890/256624/article.html.

Hard Surface Mania

Dawn Rudio

This has definitely become a hot topic issue since the airing of 60 minutes last month.

After almost two decades of selling and designing flooring I remember the serious effects of flooring after Hurricane Katrina when fuel reached its all time high and when anything petroleum based was too expensive to ship and had terrible effects to all consumers that even just wanted a single room of carpet. Harwood flooring costs were similar to those of carpeting. So there it begins. The demands of hardwood and laminate became the decade of Hard Surface Mania. Most distributers have begun to manufacture in China and California Implemented the Carb compliance law in January of 2009. So the 60-minute report is very old news to us retailers. When it is too cheap there is a reason. I say it over and over again and day after day as I do my very best to ensure all my clients are given the opportunity to feel completely knowledgeable about their purchases and that together we pick the appropriate flooring for your application and lifestyle. Be assured that Rudio Designz not only has been voted Santa Clarita’s best flooring contractor three years in a row now and features first quality laminate and wood products, some featured in Houzz.

We hold certifications of emissions that are done here in the states and are one of the only flooring stores in Santa Clarita with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.Where else can you shop on a dime in a boutique like setting with a designer and educator at your fingertips? Only at Rudio Designz!

Rudio Designz is located next to Fresh Works at 23340 Cinema Drive in Valencia. For more information, please call 661-799-5868 and visit www.rudiodesignz.com.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Hard+Surface+Mania/1994898/256624/article.html.

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