Pool Maintenance


Pool Maintenance

Pool Maintenance

Winter may give pool owners a bit of relief when it comes to swimming pool maintenance, but that doesn’t mean that pool cleaning should be completely forgotten. Some  of our clients may opt to hire a pool service  company  to perform their pool maintenance. By learning to do it yourself, you can save hundreds of dollars per year. The following information will help keep your pool water healthy and clear year round.

POOL MAINTENANCE CHEAT SHEET

Twice  A  Week

  • Use a water testing kit to check and maintain pH levels at  7.2  –7.6.
  • Monitor and maintain chlorine levels  at  1.0 – 3.0  ppm.
  • Empty skimmer baskets, skim leaves, insects and other debris from pool source.
  • Empty debris canister (if  applicable) This will contain large debris from main drain circulation.
  • Check schedules (make sure all schedules & settings are as desired) If applicable-Check salt cell lights (4  green  lights) and Ozone light (1 green  light)

Once  a  Month

Take a water sample to your local pool retailer, for a complete water analysis. Be sure to test these levels:

  • Alkalinity
  • Calcium  hardness
  • Stabilizer

Quarterly

  • Clean your cartridge filter with a cleaner to remove any oils and grease that may have accumulated in your filter. (NOTE:During monsoon season,  you will need to clean your filter more frequently)
  • Adjusts schedules for pump / circulation /  *** times appropriately for the season.
  • Clean salt cell (if  applicable)
  • Always seek the advice of a pool professional, your local pool retailer, regarding any special or unusual problems.

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Unique Landscapes by Griffin of Phoenix, AZ. Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award


Best of Houzz 2015

Best of Houzz 2015

Unique Landscapes by Griffin of Phoenix, AZ. Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

 Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

 Phoenix, USA January 21, 2015Unique Companies of Phoenix, Arizona has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The BEST of the BEST swimming pool and landscape company was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Read more…

Unique Glass Tile Designs


Copper Penny Glass Tile

Copper Penny Glass Tile

One of the hottest trends in pools and home décor these past few years has been glass tile.  Glass tile is a beautiful product that comes in so many shapes, colors and textures.  It can change a pool from a basic backyard oasis to an elegant, stunning work of art. It can run from affordable to the extremely expensive and everything in between.  But one thing that remains is the ability to transform any poolscape from bland to fabulous! Glass tile not only adds beauty and allure to swimming pools, but also, when installed properly, most types of glass tile represent the most durable of all swimming pool and spa surfaces. Take a look at the countless ways glass tile finishes can be used in pool and spa designs. Read more…

3 Popular Outdoor Additions


Unique Outdoor Living Area

Unique Outdoor Room

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Outdoor Kitchen in Anthem

Outdoor kitchens have increased dramatically in popularity in recent years. These facilities can be as simple as a space for a barbecue or elaborate enough to support large professionally catered events. The selection of appliances, overall layout, and material selections are almost infinite in scope and “flavor.” If you are dreaming of a kitchen that totally mimics your indoor setup, contact a licensed architect and builder so that the proper permits are filed and the correct appliances are chosen. Read more…

Unique Fire Features


Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Still looking to spice up your outdoor life? Whether your backyard dreams involve bundling up for a chat with a couple of close pals, nestled on a cushioned outdoor love seat, or invite the whole gang over for s’mores and ghost stories, the solution is the same: Just add fire!

Built-In Fireplace

Unique Corner Fireplace

Unique Corner Fireplace

Fireplaces create an intimate warm feeling and can invite fun conversations and a romantic setting among family and friends.
One advantage to built-in fireplaces is that they’re protected from the elements – namely wind, which can kick up embers and shift the direction of the smoke – and direct smoke upward and away from your guests’ faces. That protection will also make it much easier to light.
As far as materials go, Unique Companies build out your fireplace in a material that matches or coordinates with the other materials in your outdoor space: brick, stone, marble, tile, you name it. Aesthetically, the sky’s the limit. Some are wood fueled, and others are hooked into your home’s natural gas line just like any indoor fireplace would be.
Built-in fireplaces definitely offer an extra boost of aesthetic appeal that a free-standing fire pit won’t. Installing one will also add value to your outdoor living space if you keep it in top shape; that kind of high-end extension to your indoors makes the patio livable for more months out of the year. Read more…

Iron Age Designs


Iron Age Designs

Iron Age Designs

Founded in 2005, Iron Age Designs create superior metal castings for landscapes.

These products work beautifully with existing drainage systems and add design and beauty to what would typically be a dull looking drain system.

Iron Age Designs

Iron Age Designs

Iron Age Designs provides decorative drain grates, tree grates, and other architectural castings, both standard and custom, for public and residential use. Iron age trench grates can be retro fitted into existing installations or be purchased at the time of the original installation. They offer custom architectural castings in cast iron, aluminum, ductile iron and silicone bronze. All castings are made from recycled product and are ADA compliant. Read more…

Outdoor Kitchens And Winterization


Unique Outdoor Kitchen

Unique Outdoor Kitchen

When it comes to wintertime, every area of the country has its challenges. With a few, it is the snow and the ice. Wind, rain, and hail are problems in some other areas. Your outdoor kitchen requires some special care, even though you might use it in of the wintertime.

You must plan ahead even if you don’t live in a region which has a great deal of snow. Being sure that your outdoor kitchen has some cover plus some extra care is going to be good for keeping it in good shape. Read more…

Get Your Garden Ready for Winter


Unique Garden

Unique Garden

Higher temperatures of summertime keep a lot of us inside, going out only during the later part of the day or early in the morning. As fall rolls around there are increasingly more gardeners out enjoying the day along with getting their plants back into the pre-summer heat condition.

Granted, we are not as afflicted with frosty weather and snow fall as other climates may be in the wintertime. That does not imply that we don’t have our very own garden tasks to complete when fall comes around. There’s several things you have to do for the garden in order to prepare for winter, even in Arizona. This is doubly true if you’re keen on being sure that it comes back at its lush, full, best during the early spring.

Within the desert, there are a few sure signs that fall is arriving and the summer time is fading away. While rain and hail may fall and winds blow the sand and dust around, temperatures only dip slightly. Read more…

Unique Pool Grottos


Unique Custom Grotto

Unique Custom Grotto

You may see a large waterfall on many pools and not even realize a grotto is hidden behind it.

A swim­ming pool grotto or cave is basi­cally a con­crete room attached to the pool. The walls and the roof are con­structed of gunite or shot-crete. There are special engi­neer­ing require­ments for con­struc­tion of a swim­ming pool cave. Grottos may include a bench or loveseat where you can sit and view the water falling in front of you. They can also feature fiber-optic lighting, a sound system, and hydrotherapy jets. Read more…

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Backyard Putting Green


Unique Putting Green

Unique Putting Green

Is golf your game? What could be better than walking out your backdoor and right onto the 18th hole, complete with everything you need to improve your putting skills? Backyard putting greens are a fantastic way of bringing together friends and family to enjoy the outdoors.

Many golfers find that working on their handicaps in the privacy of their own home takes strokes off their game—plus, when paired with an amazing outdoor kitchen and a fabulous pool that features a swim-up bar or tanning shelf, a putting green becomes part of the ideal secluded, all-inclusive recreational center. Read more…


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