The purpose of a pool cartridge filter is to clean your pool water by capturing debris and decontaminates in the folds of the filter. With time these folds will become clogged, water will not flow thru the filter as easily, and pressure within the filter will increase. Operationally, with water flow down, you will not be turning your pool water as frequently and your pool decontaminates will start to build up. It’s time to clean your filter. As a general rule of thumb, your filter should be clean at least once a month during the summer and every other month if your pool is operational during the winter.
Instead of spending countless hours and hundreds of gallons of water to clean your pool filters -visit FilterClean. Bring your pool filter cartridges directly to them and in about 30 minutes they will clean them for you! They will also replace any broken bands, which will help extend the life of your filters for no additional fee. Best of all their entire service is a fraction of the cost, plus it saves you tons of water and your precious time. You can even drop off your filters and pick them up later to save you even more time. They are centrally located in Tempe for your convenience. They also sell New Filters. Next time your filters need replacing call or visit their online store at FilterClean.
Conveniently located in Tempe- Simply bring in your pool filter cartridges and we will have them cleaned and rebanded in 45 minutes or less using our Unique Deep-Cleaning System.
FilterClean’s one-of-a-kind, unique, computer controlled filter cleaning system was three years in development. FilterClean uses no chemicals, other than water balancing chemicals (the same chemicals you use to keep your pool water sparkling clean and free of algae), to clean your filters. FilterClean recycles all of the water used in the process.
All you need to do is remove your pool filter cartridges from your pool filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the filter cartridges in plastic bags to keep them from leaking water all over your vehicle. Bring the filter cartridges to FilterClean and we will do the rest in as little as 15 to 45 minutes.
Unique Landscapes by Griffin is proud to announce that “Ranking Arizona” has named it the #1 in Real Estate-Residential Landscape, Design/Build in the state for the 2014 opinion poll.
Ranking Arizona’s The Best of Arizona Business is the outcome of the largest business opinion poll in Arizona and identifies more than 200 different business and leisure categories based on quality of product, service and customer satisfaction. Arizona Business Magazine publishes the ranking yearly with polling from the previous year.
“We are honored to be recognized one of Arizona’s number ONE landscape and pool design companies by Arizona Business Magazine,” said the owner Chris Griffin. “We believe that the success of our company is due to our commitment to our customers, our reliable service and our quality team.”Arizona businesses have great respect for ‘Ranking Arizona’ and know that it’s a huge honor to be voted ‘best of the best’ among businesses throughout our state, “We are grateful for the continued support of our clients and our employees,” said Griffin.
You probably already know that Unique Landscapes and Custom Pools is one of the best Arizona-based pool and landscaping company, with a heritage of more than 11 years of providing beautiful backyard landscaping environments to thousands of residential homes in Phoenix and other surrounding cities.
Unique Companies build everything from swimming pools to complete backyard environments, allowing you to enjoy ‘Outdoor Living’ in Arizona to the fullest! Our experienced, friendly pool designers and staff are well-versed in all facets of Arizona landscaping, new pool construction, custom spas, outdoor kitchens, ramadas & pergolas, fireplaces & stone travertine patios and pavers installation. We take pride in designing beautiful and functional swimming pools & landscape environments to fit your needs. We then build them to meet your “detail-oriented” expectations and our high professional standards and specifications. Unique Companies continues to rank among the top landscape companies in the Phoenix area. Read more…
Travertine is a natural stone such as Marble, Granite, Onyx, Limestone, Slate etc. The key difference between Travertine and other natural stones lies in the formation of the rock, the hardness of the stone and the appearance. Travertine is formed in hot springs and/or limestone caves. Travertine is not the same as Marble or Limestone which falls in the metamorphic rock category. Key characteristics of Travertine stone are the holes within the stone which are caused by carbon dioxide evasion.
Travertine Tiles are used for indoor projects such as floors and walls while Travertine pavers are primarily used for outdoors such as driveways, pool decks, patio areas and walk ways. Travertine tiles are 0.5” thick while the standard thickness for Travertine pavers is 1 1/4”. Read more…
Swim-up bars make it easy and fun to entertain friends and family, while soaking up the Arizona sun at the same time. Swim-up bars are typically found at tropical resorts but have recently become popular to have in residential backyards.
A swim-up bar can be a great place to relax and lounge in your own backyard while enjoying a frozen drink or barbecue dinner sitting in your pool. One of the major benefits that many people might not be aware of is that swim-up bar can save space, since it connects the two features of an outdoor kitchen/cook area and seating. Since seating is placed in the pool itself, it eliminates the need to mark off space for additional patio furniture or circulation between the two areas.
Our swim up bars and pool bars are truly unique and custom designed for each of our projects. Our professional tile settings and outdoor kitchen builders are standing by to develop and build some of our kitchen quality counter tops, tables and bars for the bar area of our projects. The sunken area requires retaining walls, and masonry work – who better to do this than a landscape contractor & masonry company (UNIQUE!). Most of our swim up bars have some of our barbecues and outdoor kitchens – which are designed and constructed along with the swimming pool.
In today’s homes, the backyard has truly become an extension of your living space and there’s nothing like dining outside and enjoying the beautiful weather while taking in a pretty view. But cooking outside is even better. Unique Companies have created fabulous outdoor kitchens with outdoor-ready kitchen appliances, including stainless steel grills, sinks, refrigerators, warming drawers, space heaters, pizza ovens and even kitchen cabinets. We’re talking way more than the standard barbecue setup, with a range of amazing appliances and tons of prep space. These spaces would make even professional chefs super jealous.
Like your indoor kitchen, make sure that you have sufficient counter spaces for preparation and serving. You will most likely end up doing a reasonable amount of food prep outside, near the grill, and it is never fun having to juggle pans and cutting boards to find an open spot to work.
Also, invest some time in ensuring that you have an efficient work triangle (or however you foresee actually using your equipment) — just as you would for your indoor kitchen. It’s no fun having to walk around an island to get from your oven to the refrigerator, just as it isn’t fun having to walk from one end of the outdoor kitchen to another to carry food to the table. Read more…
You’ve finally decided it’s time to revamp your back yard, front yard or maybe even both. Thinking of adding a pool? Maybe you have an old pool that needs a facelift? Where do you begin? Meeting with a professional landscape designer, pool designer or landscape architect to help you out with your project is the best place to start. Here are six things that you should know before you go into that meeting that will help the designers master plan your dream environment!
Your family members are the ones that will be using the space most often so bring a list of all family members including their ages (don’t forget the pets, they are family too). Make sure to include a list of hobbies they may have, especially if they relate to the outdoors! Designs can vary greatly depending on the age range of all family members that could be using the spaces.
2) Existing Conditions
Know what your problems are and maybe some opportunities about your current site. Every persons taste is different. You may hate the way a row of evergreen trees blocks a view from your house but your designer may love the way they sit on your site. Unless they know you don’t like it may not get changed in the design. Bring a list of current front yard and back yard problems that you think should be minimized or overcome in the design. Also, bring a list of all the positive elements and qualities of the yards that should be retained or enhanced in the design. Read more…
In most cases, in ground pools are going to cost, on average, between $40-65k. Although this is a very big range, it’s an honest and realistic one.
You may have seen an in ground pool advertised for “$14,999!” in your local paper, but we can assure you that anyone doing this is being very dishonest in giving you a true picture as to what to expect. In other words, although the pool body itself may just cost $14,999 to be installed, the following are not included:
Want a great way to enhance the beauty of your Arizona property? Then have fireplaces or fire pits installed. Customized or pre-built, these fire features can definitely transform any landscape from beautiful to magical, especially during the cold winter nights.
Benefits of Adding a Fireplace
Fireplaces are wonderful additions to your home or landscape. They can provide you with:
The intent is to create a warm and inviting outdoor space for entertaining and casual conversation. The fireplace might be the main focal point or be part of a more expansive outdoor area that includes a kitchen and hot tub.
With a fireplace or fire pit installed in your landscape, you’ll never have to spend another cold, winter night indoors again. The heat from these fire features can give you a warm, comfy feeling come winter time.
Even hot summer nights can be turned to delightful nighttime, as you and your family play games outdoors. Don’t worry about missing out on the fun, because you can even cook your meals on top of your fire pits. Let the air be filled with the delicious aroma of your sumptuous cooking. Read more…
One of the most explosively popular swimming pool features over the last couple of decades has been the salt water chlorination system for swimming pools. Utilizing sodium chloride and the process of electroylsis, the salt water chlorine generator manufacturers chlorine inside the swimming pool vessel, precluding the need to add chlorine. However, it is not as simple as it sounds. Without properly considering the differing chemistry profiles of these types of pools versus other types, the homeowner and swimming pool professional can end up in some hot water (pun intended). In this article from Hayward, some of the common misconceptions about salt chlorination are addressed and discussed so the homeowner can begin to make an educated decision about the sanitizing system in their swimming pools.
Without a doubt, plants are the foundation of our outdoor environment. The diversity of plant species and the multitude of cultivars, hybrids and varieties make for creative and appealing landscape compositions. There are a number of reasons for choosing plants for the landscape. We may be attracted to their ornamental appeal or call upon them to serve a specific function or purpose in the landscape, such as providing a screen, blocking unwanted views, or stabilizing a soil bank. Others may be selected because of their ability to adapt to poor soils or simply for the ease of subsequent care. Generally, when horticulturists are asked about plants, responding is not as simple as blurting out a few names. Plant selection is an organized process that examines several factors: function, aesthetics, site adaptability and management. The priority placed on each category varies with the individual. The freedom to choose from a wide variety of plants depends on the flexibility or restrictions imposed by the individual, the site, or in some cases the local availability of plants. Read more…