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The Magazine of Santa Clarita July 2015 : Page 146

H OM E & GAR D E N H ow to r educe your P ool w ater e vaPoration by Ben Honadel When you look at your pool it seems like it must need tons of water. Not true. Pools and spas are not water wasters. In fact, a well-maintained pool or spa uses less water per day than an irrigated lawn. Most pool designs include more than just the pool itself; the surrounding decks also replace traditional landscaping and the need for water. How much less? Pools and surrounding decks use less than half the water of an irrigated lawn. Even building and filling a new pool requires less water than a lawn. The average water use, including filling, in the first year a pool is installed is 26,250 gallons. An 800 square-foot lawn uses approximately 30,000 gallons per year. Average water savings for first year (including filling the pool): 3,750 gallons. Average water savings for subsequent years: 18,000 gallons. Now that you know your pool is not a water waster you may want a cover for your pool to slow down the evaporation. A traditional blue bubble cover (they look like packaging material) can cut evaporation up to 90 percent. The drawback of this kind of cover is that it is hard to remove and put back on, dumps leaves and dirt into the pool when removed, looks ugly, is a potential safety hazard, and costs about $300 to $400 in -stalled. We prefer liquid covers. A quart bottle costs $35 and your pool service will add about four ounces each week, so a bottle will last two months. Liquid covers are not quite as good at stopping evaporation, about 75 percent as good as a bubble cover, but they are more practical to use. An added benefit of covers is that they will keep the water about five degrees warmer. Using a liquid cover is a simple and affordable way to save water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more! • Shut off the water on waterfalls, fountains, and other water features to reduce water loss and evaporation. Or use your energy efficient variable speed pump to slow down the water. • Check the pool for leaks. Contact your pool service professional for guidance. • Plug the overflow line when the pool is in use. • Replace sand filters with DE or cartridge filters that do not require backwashing. • Never, never, never backwash a DE filter. Backwashing wastes water, makes a mess, and only cleans the filter about 20 percent. The correct way is to take the filter apart to clean it, about every six months. For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com. M aterial t rends by Felicia Hain Today’s consumers have a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes to choose from when it comes time for a remodeling project. A lot of factors have contributed to these varieties, especially when it comes to choosing countertops. It can get a bit overwhelming, but K+BB has come out with countertop material trends to help make the process a little easier for you! Natural stone continues to be a popular choice for most, but quartzite is emerging as a new favorite. Quartzite has similarities to granite such as being durable, scratch and heat resistant and being dense. Unlike granite however, it requires less TLC and maintenance, plus it has more varieties in color. Quartz is a more popular item in 2015 because it gives the con-sumer more control over the look of their countertops. The new quieter stones that look very modern, including small scale quartz looks, are more popular now compared to popping colors. An increase in pure white countertops, grays, and even blacks are popping up more in today’s kitchens. Color is still a trend, but it is used more frequently for accent walls and backsplashes. Also, these countertop colors and styles have a cleaner aesthetic look which is a huge trend in 2015. When it comes to countertops in contemporary style kitchens, thin is in. Inlaid countertops are also becoming more popular. It’s important to stay up to date with up and coming trends now that the real estate market is picking back up and remodeling always adds value to your home. In addition to colors and designs, performance remains a priority among homeown-ers. Integrating features in countertops has been seen more often along with energy efficient and water conserving appliances. High functionality and easily accessible cabinetry is a trend that will be around for a long time. Also, creating rooms that have an “age at home” appeal is another huge factor. With 20 years of experience, a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association with five star ratings online, Dannick Design is a trustworthy company. We always promise a beautiful and time efficient remodel. We are licensed, bonded and insured and we can be reached at 661-775-7430 call us today for a complimentary consultation. Our showroom is located at 24730 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite 160 in Valencia. Please contact us with any questions you may have and have a beautiful summer! 146 The Magazine of Santa Clarita 661-294-4444

How To Reduce Your Pool Water Evaporation

Ben Honadel

When you look at your pool it seems like it must need tons of water. Not true. Pools and spas are not water wasters. In fact, a well-maintained pool or spa uses less water per day than an irrigated lawn. Most pool designs include more than just the pool itself; the surrounding decks also replace traditional landscaping and the need for water. How much less? Pools and surrounding decks use less than half the water of an irrigated lawn. Even building and filling a new pool requires less water than a lawn. The average water use, including filling, in the first year a pool is installed is 26,250 gallons. An 800 square-foot lawn uses approximately 30,000 gallons per year. Average water savings for first year (including filling the pool): 3,750 gallons. Average water savings for subsequent years: 18,000 gallons.

Now that you know your pool is not a water waster you may want a cover for your pool to slow down the evaporation. A traditional blue bubble cover (they look like packaging material) can cut evaporation up to 90 percent. The drawback of this kind of cover is that it is hard to remove and put back on, dumps leaves and dirt into the pool when removed, looks ugly, is a potential safety hazard, and costs about $300 to $400 installed. We prefer liquid covers. A quart bottle costs $35 and your pool service will add about four ounces each week, so a bottle will last two months. Liquid covers are not quite as good at stopping evaporation, about 75 percent as good as a bubble cover, but they are more practical to use. An added benefit of covers is that they will keep the water about five degrees warmer.

Using a liquid cover is a simple and affordable way to save water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more!

• Shut off the water on waterfalls, fountains, and other water features to reduce water loss and evaporation. Or use your energy efficient variable speed pump to slow down the water.

• Check the pool for leaks. Contact your pool service professional for guidance.

• Plug the overflow line when the pool is in use.

• Replace sand filters with DE or cartridge filters that do not require backwashing.

• Never, never, never backwash a DE filter. Backwashing wastes water, makes a mess, and only cleans the filter about 20 percent. The correct way is to take the filter apart to clean it, about every six months.

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

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/How+To+Reduce+Your+Pool+Water+Evaporation/2039497/263343/article.html.

Material Trends

Felicia Hain

Today’s consumers have a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes to choose from when it comes time for a remodeling project. A lot of factors have contributed to these varieties, especially when it comes to choosing countertops. It can get a bit overwhelming, but K+BB has come out with countertop material trends to help make the process a little easier for you!

Natural stone continues to be a popular choice for most, but quartzite is emerging as a new favorite. Quartzite has similarities to granite such as being durable, scratch and heat resistant and being dense. Unlike granite however, it requires less TLC and maintenance, plus it has more varieties in color. Quartz is a more popular item in 2015 because it gives the consumer more control over the look of their countertops. The new quieter stones that look very modern, including small scale quartz looks, are more popular now compared to popping colors. An increase in pure white countertops, grays, and even blacks are popping up more in today’s kitchens. Color is still a trend, but it is used more frequently for accent walls and backsplashes. Also, these countertop colors and styles have a cleaner aesthetic look which is a huge trend in 2015. When it comes to countertops in contemporary style kitchens, thin is in. Inlaid countertops are also becoming more popular. It’s important to stay up to date with up and coming trends now that the real estate market is picking back up and remodeling always adds value to your home.

In addition to colors and designs, performance remains a priority among homeowners.Integrating features in countertops has been seen more often along with energy efficient and water conserving appliances. High functionality and easily accessible cabinetry is a trend that will be around for a long time. Also, creating rooms that have an “age at home” appeal is another huge factor.

With 20 years of experience, a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association with five star ratings online, Dannick Design is a trustworthy company. We always promise a beautiful and time efficient remodel. We are licensed, bonded and insured and we can be reached at 661-775-7430 call us today for a complimentary consultation. Our showroom is located at 24730 Avenue Tibbitts, Suite 160 in Valencia. Please contact us with any questions you may have and have a beautiful summer!

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Material+Trends/2039501/263343/article.html.

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