Here's an overview of this week's 3 hour homeowner radio broadcast
Outdoor Living Hour
Everything is fine and dandy in your yard - then BOOM! MONSOON STORM BABY!! Joins us as we chat about action items needed in our yards as a result of the recent monsoon that finally hit Arizona!
While you're at it, don't forget to check out some of our gardening #BookReviews and recommendations!
Homeowner Topic: Why & How To Hire A Professional Pool Service
Owning a pool can be great fun! However, it can also be a great deal of work. To keep it clean and the equipment working properly, it needs regular maintenance. You may be tempted to do this yourself, and you totally can, but if you don't want to be bothered with taking samples of your water to be tested or brushing down the pool, weekly service may make sense for you. At the very least, hire a professional service company for annual maintenance and summertime upkeep...
Homeowner Topic: Open Lines!
Got a question? Call In! Chat with Rosie & Romey!
Weekly To-Do Topic: #ShowerHeads | We're sure you're aware that showering has come a long way since the days of the ol’ bucket of water. Today, you’ll find a downpour of options when it comes to showerheads. There are hundreds of options depending on the style, features, finish, and manufacturer. Join us and discover something different!
Discussion of action items needed in the yard or landscape after monsoon rain. July posted some record breaking rainfall around the state.
We talk with Ray Lopez of Scottsdale Weed Control about how to keep weeds from sprouting before and after it rains. He explains applying pre-emergent.
Ray discusses lawn care. More rain can bring weeds, insects and fungus to lawns. He explains why turf management is an art.
Talking with Curtis Whalen of Blue Sky Pest Control about the increased activity of bugs and insects after monsoon rainfall. In particular ants, termites, crickets and mosquitos. Why its important to clear standing water especially with mosquitos.
Discussion of recent monsoon storms and running washes.
We go over some hypothetical numbers of what we all can contribute to water conservation and harvesting for reuse.
Romey explains an alternative to a swimming pool called a living pond. It has more stacking functions than a traditional pool. From swimming to irrigation.
Some more responsible options to save water below:
CALLER: Lack of bermuda grass lawn the past two summers. Rain has brought up lots of weeds and a few yards of grass. What can they do to get rid of the weeds or get the lawn ready for fall?
CALLER: Collects rainwater in a 55 gallon barrel in the backyard. Thinking of getting 10 more barrels with connecting pipes to collect more water and use less tap water. Thoughts?
Rosie talks about a source of water you may have never thought about. Condensate from your air conditioner! During monsoon season with high dewpoints, you can collect gallons and gallons of free water for plants, trees and animals.
Rosie's story about lack of condensate coming out of an A/C unit explaining how the automatic shut off valve works.
Keeping your A/C fan on auto to help condensate form. Why its not a good idea to keep it running all the time.
Explains a catagory of licensees that is exempt from having a qualifying party. Plus a program that sends an inspector to your home about any code questions they might find for $150!
Tips and tricks on taking care of your own pool during monsoon season. Pool water can turn bad rather fast. The key is staying on top of its maintenance. Jennifer explains some of the things she does to maintain the Romero pool.
Discussion of surface drainage/water management. Meaning rainwater collecting on your property with no place to go or drain to. In some cases water from your neighbors property that wasn't properly designed or account for how much water could fall.
Discussion of burying a sump pump in the yard to discharge water to the street. In some cases, its not legal. Rosie explains....however.
Rosie explains a project where a drywell was excavated to solve a small yard that flooded everytime it rained.
Surface drainage can be a problem you inheret but not even know its a problem.
CALLER: Drainage problem on the side of a house. Neighbor's rainwater is coming thru the base of the wall that separates the property. Neighbor's property is higher when a pool was installed. Neighbor won't cooporate as well as the HOA (which is surprising). Any suggestions for next step?
Romey's story of a toilet that turns deposits into methane gas?
With recent rains, calls came in for drywall ceiling damage from roof leaks. Rosie focuses on the brownish drywall stains from leaks and how to repair it.
CALLER: Listener has persistant air in the hot water line. Doesn't use the hot water from the heater during the summer. Plumbing is outside the block house with a pressure reduction valve.
CALLER: Has water leaking from somewhere around the home. Water bill has increase over 4 months. No slab leak or landscape leaks. Thinks it could be the pool. Plus some sinkholes have developed.
Continue with the caller with a mystery water leak. Concering the pool, Rosie has an easy way to check an issue with the pool. Its involves a 5 gallon bucket filled with enough water to sink it to the second step in the pool. Rosie explains further.
NASA explains a 'moon warble' could be the cause of flooding in parts of the worlkd.
Weekly To Do on Showerheads! More that just water thru some small holes. They play music, cool lighting, aroma therapy and more.
Jennifer discusses shower designs for 'Aging In Place'. Including a coating for slick floors that keeps you from slipping by Slip Doctors
Phoenix home prices are tops in the nation for 23 months in a row
TEXT: Why is there dye in weed killer products? Romey gives the simple answer.
Takeaways from today's show!