High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

How To Enclose Your Outdoor Spa So You Can Enjoy It All Year Long

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If you have an outdoor spa, or jacuzzi tub, you probably use it as often as you can. If you also reside in an area of the country where winter weather gets especially cold and not conducive to enjoying your spa during this season, there is a way around this conundrum. You can enclose your spa through the assistance of a spa service from a licensed pool contractor, and here is how to do it.

After You Hire a Pool Contractor

After you hire a pool contractor, have him or her construct a one- to two-foot deck around the bottom edge of your above-ground spa. If you have an in-ground spa, then the contractor will have to remove some concrete from around the edge of the spa so that he or she can inset a lipped-edge deck. Either type of deck is the foundation around which your spa enclosure will be constructed. (The deck also provides a place to put your clothing, robes and towels while you are in the tub.)

Once the Deck Is in Place

Now your contractor can attach four posts to the corners of the deck. (Regardless of the shape of your spa (e.g., round or square), your deck should be square or rectangular so that the enclosure is easily constructed.) From the four posts, paneling and additional, vertical stud boards can be attached. It is also a good idea to insulate the structure so that the heat of the spa stays within and keeps the winter cold and weather out. Be sure your contractor uses a waterproof sealant on all of the boards so that the moisture that builds up inside the enclosure does not cause mold or warp the wood. (He or she may also use pretreated outdoor lumber.)

Adding the Roof, a Ventilation Fan and/or Lighting

The final touches on your spa enclosure should include a roof and a ventilation fan. The roof will help keep your spa clean and free of falling debris while the ventilation fan will allow the enclosure to "breathe" and release humidity. While electricity is not necessary for some ventilation fans to work, if you do request an electric ventilation fan, then you can also install lighting inside and/or outside your spa enclosure. This will allow you to enjoy your spa not only during the early evening hours in winter when it gets dark sooner, but also during the late evening and nighttime hours.

If you're looking for a spa service in your area, visit Anchor Pools & Spas.

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4 December 2015