Garden Lights

One of the frustrating thing that an estate can experience is the constant tripping of garden lights especially along walkways which are heavily used. Architects often design with the ambience in mind when placing these garden lights. However, being exposed to rain and shine wears out these lights faster than those in the shade.

When a garden light trips, one could check if it were due to the light bulb fusing. If it were, a quick replacement would solve the problem. Often when an estate is already 4-5 years old, these trips are due to water / condensation getting into the light itself. The seals would have hardened and broken, unable to do its job of keeping the moisture out of the inside of the light. Electrical contacts when in touch with moisture would result in a trip. Another culprit would be the underground cable buried in the soil. If moisture were to get in, it would result in a trip too.

An inexpensive way to solve the tripping may be to replace the seal of the garden light. However, if that does not work, replacement of the whole garden light may be necessary. Issue is when 1 garden light is replaced, often it is different in design compared to the earlier installed garden lights. Since the other garden lights may also be near the end of their lives too, it may make sense to replace all at one go. The underground cables may need to be replaced too. A judgement call by Council is needed on the replacement of the garden lights and cables then.

Swimming pool cleaning

Most condominiums have a swimming as part of the facilities planned and offered by the developer to sell the project.

Maintaining a swimming pool is a lot of work. To achieve “sparkling” waters, it takes even more effort. Most estates would engage a swimming pool cleaner to maintain the swimming pool and the associated equipment – the pumping system,  filtration,  chemical injection and electrical control systems.

For an optimal cleanliness, big swimming pools should be cleaned at least twice a week. For some of the smaller estates, the cleaning is done once a week. During the cleaning process, the cleaner actually “scrubs” the bottom of the pool and the sides of the pool to remove the algae. The water surface is also skimmed to remove floating particles like leaves and toys left behind by children. The cleaning is tiring and time consuming.

At the pump room, the cleaner has to do a backwash to remove the dirt in the filters. In addition, he has to top-up the chlorine into the tank feeding the injector. Once in a while, the cleaner would rest a pump and switch the spare pump on so that the spare pump is working. All of us know that electrical equipment not used may not work after some time. So the alternating use of the pumps is necessary to ensure each of the pump is given a run to ensure a longer life.

Once a month, the cleaner has to take samples from each pool and submit them for lab analysis to check for a few parameters. Principally it is to determine the amount of bacteria in the water and also the murkiness of the water. National Environment Agency (NEA) now requires all estates to pin the lab report on the notice board for all to see. This is part of the accountability required of the pool cleaner.