It’s Pool Season – 5 Things to Get Your Pool Ready

Summer is in full force. School is out, the sun is shining, people are packing their beach bags, and you’re getting your backyard ready for your first pool party of the year. Have you done everything you need to get your pool ready for guests? Every year you’ll have certain steps you need to take to get your pool ready for the first swim. From the chemicals to keep it clean to checking that the pump is working properly, it’s essential that you have a safe pool for everyone to enjoy. If you’re getting ready to open your pool, we have a guide to help you out. Here are five steps to take to get your pool ready this summer.   Clean Up the Perimeter It’s not just the inside of the pool you have to worry about; it is also the perimeter of the pool as well. The area around the pool is a common ground for collecting unwanted debris like rocks, leaves, and garbage. If anything is lying around that you wouldn’t want in your pool, it’s best to clean it up. Inspect the Pool Pump The pool pump is an essential part of having a clean and healthy pool. It’s what helps circulate the water and keep it clean. If the pump isn’t working, the water in the pool will stand still and turn stale. Take a moment to inspect the pool pump. Look for any missing or loose parts, any rust, and if there is dirt build up anywhere. Also, clean the area around the pump to prevent any debris from getting caught in the...

6 Items in Your House You Should Hire a Professional For

Do it yourself or hire a professional – that is the big question many homeowners face. On the one hand, hiring a professional ensures that the job gets completed correctly and efficiently the first time, but at a price. On the other hand, taking charge and going for a DIY project is fun and exciting, but could be disastrous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s important to know what projects around the house you can tackle on your own, and when you need to stop and hire a professional. Many appliances and features in our homes can cause serious damage if they are not installed properly. Then, there are other projects that you and the family could tackle yourself after reading up on it. If you’re unsure of whether or not you should hire a professional, we have six items around your house that you should definitely get help with.   Anything Plumbing, Gas, and Electrical Related Unless you’re a licensed plumber, electrician, or trained to work with gas appliances, you should hire a professional. These items can put you and your family’s safety at risk if you don’t know what you’re doing. Not only that, many provincial regulations require that these types of items must be handled by a licensed contractor. Mould and Asbestos Removal If you find mould in your home, you’re best to leave it to the professional to remove it. Mould is dangerous to our health, especially for anyone with breathing conditions like asthma. If you don’t eradicate the mould, you run the risk of it coming back. Professionals know how to properly,...

Here’s Why You Should Hire a Professional for Electric Motors

There are certain things that anyone can easily learn to repair and maintain. Then, there are items in which you should leave to the professionals to manage. Electric motors are one of those things. Because of how tricky every part of a motor is, mixed in with how important they are for many machinery equipment to function, electric motors are not something you want to fiddle with if you don’t have the proper training. Professionals go through all of the training and requirements to successfully work on electric motors. Why wouldn’t you want someone qualified to do the job? If you’re unsure about whether or not you should hire a professional to look at your electric motor, here are a few reasons to help you decide.   Safety Concerns Electric motors deal with electricity. Each wire and moving part in the motor works to power everything up that the motor is attached to. If you don’t know what you’re doing and connect the wrong wire or clip something, it could cause serious injury to yourself. It’s easy to hurt yourself when fixing any kind of motor. From pinches to cuts to electrical shocks, your safety is important. Instead of testing out how safe your skills are, have a professional look after the job. Safety concerns extend beyond the actual repair and maintenance routine itself. It also includes when you use the motor later on. If the electric motor isn’t properly built, maintained, and repaired, it could put other people at risk that are in the vicinity of the motor. It doesn’t take make for something to damage an electrical...

What Are Brake Motors?

Brake motors are used all of the time, whether you notice them or not. These motors are what allows equipment and vehicles to slow down or completely stop. Without them, there would be nothing that allows you to stop your vehicle at a red light, stop sign, or slow down when you’re turning. The brake contains either a DC or AC unit that is mounted to the non-drive end of the motor. In a DC brake, there is a brake coil that is fed in the motor and will automatically switch to the AC motor supply. Let’s look a bit closer into how a brake motor works. Different Types of Brakes There are multiple types of brakes one may have, from single face to power off to a particle brake. A single face brake uses one friction surface. It will engage with the input and output parts of the clutch. These are some of the most common brakes out there. A power off brake can both stop and hold a load when power is disconnected. Another name for these brakes is “fail-safe brakes.” You would find these brakes likely on an electric motor. There is a spring type brake that functions when no electricity is used for the brake. Instead, a spring pushes against a pressure plate. This creates friction. Brakes in a Motor Vehicle The braking system in a motor vehicle must work to slow down an entire vehicle. Without it, the vehicle would keep running, and wouldn’t stop until it ran into something. For a modern car, there will be a brake on every wheel. Typically, though,...

How to Prevent a Disaster From a Failing Sewage Pump

Although we never want appliances in our homes to fail, the sewage pump is one part you especially do not want to fail. If the sewage pump goes, you could be left with a terrible mess to deal with that could cause a lot of damage to your home. The sewage pump is there to move solids and liquids between two locations – from the house and into the sewage basin. The sewage pump goes in the lowest part of the basin. Now, if that sewage pump failed, you could be left with sewage overflowing the basin and coming back into your home. That is why it is crucial to have a maintenance plan in place to prevent the pump from failing. Let’s take a look at a maintenance routine to keep your sewage pump in top shape, and what to do to prevent a disaster from occurring.   Common Problems Unfortunately, one of the most common issues with a sewage pump is when the power goes out. When the power goes out, typically it is out of our control. So, how do you prevent the pump from failing if the power goes out? By installing a backup battery to the pump. Getting a professional to install a battery pack will ensure your sewage pump continues to operate even if the power went out. Another common issue stems from improper installation. That is why when you are dealing with a sewage pump, it is essential that you have a professional do the work. You need to have a sewage pump that is suitable for the size of your home,...
5 Types of Frequently Used Motors

5 Types of Frequently Used Motors

Motors are all around us, and we can take for granted who necessary they are. Whether they are in your home, back yard, or a commercial facility, without motors our life would be a lot harder and a lot less comfortable. If you ever wanted to know what some of the most frequently used motors are, read on. AC/DC Motors AC and DC motors covert electrical energy into mechanical energy. While their purpose is the same, they are actually quite different motors. AC motors use alternating current whereas DC motors use direct current. AC motors have a long life expectancy because they are not constructed with brushes. DC motors are constructed with brushes and a commutator. This means that there is more maintenance and a reduction in life expectancy. Brake Motors Brake motors usually combine a brake and motor package. They are used to stop and hold action, but they can also produce motion. For their construction, brake motors have an electromagnetic disc on an AC motor. Together, this causes the motor to be blocked, in effect braking it.  Any solidly constructed brake motor will come with a high safety margin to ensure that it always works. Swimming Pool Motors There is a lot that needs to happen behind the scenes of a swimming pool for it to be fully enjoyed. And a swimming pool motor is at the heart of this operation. One of the most frequently used motors in the summer, swimming pool motors sucks water in through suction ports. It then sends the water through the filter to be cleaned, and then returns the water to...