Pool Safety in New Zealand – A Summertime Guide

Swimming during summer is a favourite pastime of New Zealanders, big and small. Keeping safe around the pool is therefore a top priority. Not only is drowning the most serious hazard around swimming pools, but it is also one of the most preventable ones too. Other hazards include drains, uneven surfaces, ladders, pool equipment, hand rails and fences. To help keep you and your family safe and having fun in the water this summer, we’ve got five top pool safety tips for you.

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Read up on the latest New Zealand swimming pool regulations…

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There’s nothing like taking a dip in your own swimming pool. Kiwi summers and the backyard swimming pool go hand in hand. But do you know what essential swimming pool maintenance it will require? Never fear, Builderscrack are here!

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Make the most of the remainder of the summer holidays by enjoying a backyard that’s clean and comfortable.  Over the next two weeks we’ll bring you 10 summer backyard and garden maintenance ideas to help you prevent weeds and mossies, and tips on keeping the garden watered while you put your feet up!  Hire tradespeople from Builderscrack to get these jobs done professionally while you relax with friends and family.

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renovation ideasWith the promise of sun, we often start collecting house renovation ideas. A new bathroom, replacing wooden window frames or adding on another storey, there are so many options.  Now is the right time to start considering what renovation could be done at your house. We’ve put together a list of four essential renovation ideas to help make your home your castle.

4 home renovation ideas to do before summer

This summer, your home will be ready and so will you. Get stuck into these jobs now because summer is too good to spend renovating.

  1. Home Insulation – Did you know that early summer is the perfect time to get home insulation installed? Insulating your home at the start of summer helps you achieve a cooler home. Furthermore, it also reduces air-conditioning bills and often can be installed cheaper at off-peak times.
  2. Air Conditioning – If you already have air-con installed, get it serviced now. Or you could get a unit installed now because the peak season is coming and installers will be fully booked.
  3. Indoor-Outdoor Flow – With daylight savings, we’re all loving being outside after work. Fold back your freshly painted french doors and open your home onto the deck. You deserve to enjoy a BBQ outdoors with a fine NZ wine in your hand. This summer, it’s your chance to embrace the dream, enjoy your yard and modern el fresco living.
  4. Get a Swimming Pool – Turn your home into a resort with your very own swimming pool. It provides a sparkling backdrop whilst you enjoy your BBQ dinner. Then you can chill off with a dip or two.

This summer it’s time to start enjoying your home and lifestyle. List your job today here on Builderscrack and enjoy the tradies chasing you for a change. With plenty of renovation ideas up their sleeves, you’ll have the home of your dreams within a flash.

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Swimming PoolA swimming pool specialist is a tradesperson skilled in the installation, maintenance, repair and removal of swimming pools.

Swimming pools come in many different shapes and sizes, and can often be tailored to a specific location and area.

A swimming pool contractor will have a great knowledge of the ins and outs of different types of pools.Some pools are built into the ground, whilst others are above ground.

A Swimming Pool specialist will initially consult with the homeowner to make sure that the swimming pools dimensions and locations meet with council regulations and your requirements.

They will then use a backhoe dig, contour and grade the walls of an in ground swimming pool. Next the wall panels are assembled and aligned using sections, nuts, bolts, transit and an electric air gun. The next step is for premixed concrete to be poured between the dirt wall and wall panels to enable the anchoring of the bottoms of wall panels and cross braces.

Gravel will then be spread into the hollow foundations to make a drain field and then trenches will be dug and drain tiles will be laid uphill of the pool site to divert ground water.  Pipes will then be laid out and connected for water inlets, filters and return valves.

Swimming PoolCement is then mixed and poured into the foundations, then the swimming pool contractor will spread and smooth it evenly throughout the foundations allowing it to set.  Heater parts are next to be assembled, connecting the gas, oil or electrical lines and the heater is started to check it is working. The liner is installed into the pool and the pump is started to fill the pool with water.

A concrete deck is then built around the pool and it is fenced off in accordance with local council regulations.  Then any parts of the above-ground pool are laid out and assembled and the pump is checked again and the pool is checked for leaks.

When hiring a Swimming pool specialist check if they also maintain and repair the pool and other related equipment, advise home owners and sell chemicals to prevent problems with pool water.

 A swimming pool specialist may offer services such as:

  • Pool installation
  • Pool maintenance
  • Swimming pool repair
  • Pool removal
  • Filter installation
  • Filter repair
  • Pool heating
  • Installing Spa pools and  Jacuzzis

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