Archives for April 19, 2019

How to select the best pool pump?

Go on any pump sale website, and you`ll be amazed at the diversity that you`ll see there. Nowadays there are so many different pumps on the market. So, on the one hand, this means that even the most fastidious customer will be able to find the right product. But on the other hand, such diversity increases the risk of getting confused and buying something that is not at all suitable for your pool and your goals. After all, the freshness of water, cleanliness of the pool, its service life, and maintenance cost depend on the pump itself. Let’s find out together how to choose the best pump for your pool and what to pay attention to.

Information

Take this process seriously, you should prepare yourself in advance for the purchase of the pump and find as much useful information as possible on this issue. And you won`t necessarily have to contact a professional company for advice – read special articles on the Internet, find stories of people in the forums. As a rule, articles are written either by specialists in this field or by people who have already had experience in buying and installing equipment for swimming pools. So you can learn about all the nuances in advance and avoid other people’s mistakes.

Purpose

First of all, the pump should correspond to its purpose. Therefore, you`d better clearly decide for yourself for what purpose you buy a pump and familiarize yourself with existing pump types. If you need a pump for pumping out water, this is one thing, filtration and purification is quite another. In fact, the variety is enormous – from heat to circulation pumps. If you want to achieve a few goals, then maybe you need to buy several separate devices. Also pay attention to your pool itself, its size and construction. The acquisition of a very powerful pump for a shallow pool will entail extra electricity costs, and a cheap weak device won`t be able to cope with the volume of water in the hundred-meter pool. Ultimately, the service life of both the pump and the pool depends on the correct setting of the purpose. So the pump must respond to your requests.

Producer

Once you have understood which type of the pump you need, pay attention to the manufacturer. We don`t have to choose pumps every day, so before you buy, find some reviews about the manufacturer and its history. Don`t choose the cheapest or suspiciously profitable option. Since the pump is a rather complicated device, it just cannot cost less than a certain average market amount. Cheaper alternatives may be either of very poor quality or just a fake.

Mind Filter

If the pool water isn`t filtered, then it`s not safe. That`s why often the pumps are produced either with an already built-in filtration system or are connected to separate cleaning equipment. When selecting a pump for a pool filtration system, you should take into account that the pump performance must exactly match the performance or the throughput of the filter. If the pump is more powerful than the filter, it will incredibly quickly supply water into the filter, causing continuous overloads. As a result, the quality of cleaning work will decrease, and the filtering equipment will instantly fail. The pump you choose should work along with the filter. You can also buy a variable speed pool pump which will become a good way out. According to the sanitary rules, the time of complete water exchange in the water cleaning system is 6 hours. During this estimated time, the pump must pump all the volume of water in your pool. Knowing this rule, you can calculate the desired pump performance – you need to divide the entire volume of water in the pool by 6 hours.

Noise Level

While choosing a pump, people often don`t pay attention to this aspect. However, an overly roaring pump can become a real challenge for you after a couple of days of service and just spoil the rest. So it`s better to give preference to quieter models. As a rule, manufacturers indicate the noise level of their pump in decibels so that consumers know what to expect. Even a 10-decibel difference will significantly reduce the discomfort of your ears. But keep in mind that the noise also depends on how and where the pump was installed. In order to avoid the spread of sound vibrations, you should follow the installation recommendations (the pump should not touch the wall, an anti-vibration base is needed, the necessary distances between fixings should be observed). The size and shape of the room, as well as the type of flooring also significantly affect the noise level.

Heating

Water heating system allows you to reach the ideal water temperature and use the pool in any weather throughout the year. If you want to heat the water, think about it in advance. In such a case, you should pay attention to heat pumps, which already have the heating mechanism in their construction. Otherwise, after installing a conventional pump, you will have to buy an additional heater, which will significantly increase energy consumption and financial costs.

So, if you decided to install an outdoor pool in the yard, you`d better choose a pump and a filter for it. Otherwise, the water doesn`t circulate and sooner or later the reservoir turns into a swamp with algae, insects, and dangerous bacteria. Take the purchase of a pump for the pool seriously as you buy rather expensive equipment. A good pump, selected with all the features of your pool, can significantly extend the life of the artificial reservoir and will delight you for more than just one season.

Last minute Sweets and Treats for the Easter Basket!

Easter is almost here but it is not too late to buy Treats and Sweets at the local stores for Easter Baskets! Here are a few of my favorites!

  1. Welch’s Easter Fruit Snacks

The limited-edition Welch’s Easter Fruit Snacks box and pouch have custom Easter-themed graphics with festive egg, bunny, and chick shaped pieces – perfect for egg stuffing, egg hunts or to simply snack on all season long!Welch’sMixed Fruit Easter Fruit Snacks are available online at the welch’sfruitsnacks.com as well as in-store at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar General, Family Dollar, BJ’s, and other local retailers.Key Product Features:

  • Made with REAL Fruit
  • Fruit is our first ingredient
  • Gluten-free
  • No preservatives
  • Fat-free
  1. OREO THINS BITES

OREO THINS BITES cookies, a 2019 Product of the Year award winner, are thin and crispy bite-sized OREO THINS cookies made with OREO cookie’s distinctive rich cocoa and signature crème that are covered in a smooth, thin coating of fudge. The delicious combination of a thin crispy cookie, signature OREO crème and a thin coating of fudge make OREO THINS BITES cookies the perfect bite-sized treat to munch on and enjoy. They are available in delicious varieties like fudge dipped Original and Mint. ($3.30)

  1. Kinder Joy

KINDER JOY™, a 2019 Product of the Year award winner, is all about creating special bonding moments between parents and children through the elements of surprise and joyful play. Our mission is to inspire parents to spark, share, and celebrate the simple joys of childhood with their kids, every day. KINDER JOY™ is a two-in-one treat: half smooth cocoa and sweet cream topped with crispy wafer bites, half mystery toy. To enjoy, simply pop, peel, scoop, and play! ($1.59)

  1. Butterfinger

You’ve gotta get your fingers on the better Butterfinger – a 2019 Product of the Year award-winner! It’s true – we’ve improved the recipe for one of America’s most iconic candy brands, Butterfinger… and it’s BETTER! A richer, chocolatey coating with more real milk provides a creamier mouth feel, better quality Georgia Jumbo peanuts deliver robust flavor, and new packaging to provide improved freshness. It’s the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery Butterfinger beloved by consumers, now even better! ($1.10)

I’ve never been able to refuse a Butterfinger candy bar!


Tic Tac Gums would also be a hit with the older kids this Easter!

Gold Emblem abound White Cheddar Flavored Bite-sized Quinoa & Rice Cakes -Can be found at CVS and is delicious and an healthy option!
I have admit the Welch’s Fruit Snacks were my families favorite!

Look for all of these at local stores near you!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. The top image was provided.

How Do You Find Out If a Deceased Loved One Had a Life Insurance Policy?

Individuals can write the names of their children, spouses or other relatives as beneficiaries for their life insurance policies. There are times when relatives have no idea who was named as a beneficiary or even if a person had a life insurance policy at all. Are there ways of how to find out if a deceased person had life insurance? And if you are named as a beneficiary, how do you get to know if you were named as one? Here are a few ways you can find out if you have been named as a beneficiary.

1.    Collect Every Important Document

First and foremost, gather all the documents for the deceased person. These documents include all their bank, work, and medical documents. Collect the deceased will if in case they had written one, their death certificate and others related to the person’s death. The will may have a lot of information including the names of life insurance beneficiaries. A court of law usually probates the deceased person’s assets to ensure that they are distributed according to that person’s wishes. It is important that you look through this process to see if life insurance was part of the assets.

2.    Look for The Policy Document

Among the documents you gather, you can start by trying to find any insurance document before taking any other measure. If you are lucky enough to identify this document, then you will not need to go through the cumbersome process of going through the other documents. This document will contain all the information including the name of the beneficiary and the amount to be claimed.

3.    Check Through Accounts for Payments

If the deceased had an insurance policy, they obviously were making premium payments. Checking through their accounts will show you what kind of payments they were making. Go through their bank statement, cheques, and other bank documents. Any sign on insurance premiums payments can direct you to that individual’s policies.

4.    Check-in Digital Storage

Apart from the physical documents, you can check for evidence on an individual’s email, Dropbox or any other cloud storage. Some individuals store their sensitive documents in their hard drives and encrypt them. You may need to find their passwords or have a computer company retrieve the data. Information stored in cloud storage can be retrieved by issuing a court order to such companies to avail the required data.

5.    Ask the Company

If you are unable to find the insurance document, but you know the name of the company the deceased was insured with, then go directly to the company and ask. The company will have the policy among their files. You will need some basic information and some identifying documents to get through this process. It is important, therefore, that you have the deceased identification documents, as well as their death certificate for the company to verify and process your claim. With these documents, the company will easily take you through the process.