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Costs Vs. Long-Term Value

A swimming pool can be a good investment if it is of the right size and you live in the right place — and if you’re willing to put in the time and maintenance effort to keep it in good shape. It’s important to carefully weigh the costs of installation and maintenance of a pool against the actual utility/value of the pool — which could be assessed in terms of how many months per year you get to use it. Here is more information to consider before you invest in this expensive addition to your home. Resale Value Swimming pools […]

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Gas/Propane vs Heat Pump vs Solar?

 Are you looking for a way to utilize your swimming pool for as much of the year as possible?  Today  we’re going to discuss the benefits of heating your pool, different heating options, and how much  each option costs initially and on a monthly basis. Without a pool heater your swim season may only last three or four months, while the addition of a  heater will typically extend your swim season about two months depending on location and climate.   We all know how much kids enjoy the swimming pool and closing time can be kind of a bummer  but […]

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Tips to Keep a Sparkling Clean Pool !!!

Cloudy water?
There are several things that you can easily do to discover why your pool has cloudy water

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Swimming Pool Plaster Repairs

Swimming Pool Plaster Repairs Concrete swimming pools are the best pools that money can buy but when it comes to repairs, like to the interior surface of the pool, the repair costs can get very heavy, very quickly. The interior surface of a concrete pool is a very dense mortar that is troweled to a water resistant smooth finish. The base layer, or structure of a concrete pool, is made from concrete and steel reinforcing. Concrete however is porous which means that water would leak out constantly. In order to limit this problem, a very dense mortar layer, called plaster, […]

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Pool Closing Supply Checklist

Today we present a helpful checklist of everything you need to close your pool like a professional, and ensure an easy and inexpensive pool opening in the spring. Pool Anti-Freeze: There is one thing that all pools have in common from Intex pools to elaborate custom inground pools: After you blow the water out of your pool’s plumbing it is always better to be safe than sorry and protect the lines with Non-Toxic Pool Anti-freeze. Pour it into the skimmer, or use a funnel and hose to drain it into return lines or pool cleaner lines. Do Not use in […]

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What Makes the Woodlands Pool Contractors Great?

Admit it: you have heard at least one horror story from a friend about people who have gone through horrible experiences during swimming pool installation. Maybe the contractors didn’t show on time or the work ended up being too expensive or the quality was poor – the stories have no end. While some of them might be true, most of them are probably just tall tales. If you want to create your very own backyard paradise in your home in the Woodlands, you can stay away from such horrors by learning what to look for in the Woodlands pool contractors […]

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Stabilizer Levels

 Understanding chlorine stabilizer is important. Chlorine stabilizer or conditioner (cyanuric acid) is used in the maintenance of outdoor chlorine-maintained swimming pools. The stabilizer helps act against the UV rays. The purpose of the stabilizer is to help the chlorine last longer and prevent consumption of the chlorine. This helps the chlorine last longer and reduces consumption. A chemical test determines the cyanuric acid level. The typical cyanuric range is 20-40 PPM in northern areas, where southern areas are typically higher, 40-50 PPM. This difference occurs from the amount of sun exposure, with the southern areas receiving more sun. If the levels of […]

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Pool Caulk Damage—Replace or Repair?

  If you live in an area of the country that reaches freezing temperatures, pool caulking can help prevent freezing water cycles (or extreme heat) that can damage the foundation of your pool. But when and why should you replace it, and how often do you need to repair it? Why and When Pool Caulking Needs Your Attention  As a rule of thumb, you should plan on repairing your pool caulk about every five years. Some areas of your pool caulk can wait until about ten years, but you want to keep an eye on it—neglecting fractured pool calking can […]

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Protect Your Pool from Freeze Damage

Inground Swimming Pools If your area is subject to frequent hard freezes…make sure the pool is clean and clear prior to closing. Properly balance pool water. Also add shock treatment (chlorinated or non-chlorinated). Lower the water level to below the skimmer. Clear pipes and equipment of water using a blower or compressor and plug the pipes at the pool. Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines to prevent freezing. Place a Gizzmo* (or similar device) in the skimmer to seal it and absorb pressure from ice. Ask your local Pool Retailer for more details on the Gizzmo for your skimmer. […]

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Give on Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving Day as many people celebrate with their loved ones, fully enjoy the day and take it all in. This day is traditionally a time to be with families, friends, and loved ones. It focuses around sharing a meal and enjoying precious time together. Live each day with Gratitude Appreciate the things you have in your life everyday, and not just on Thanksgiving Day. Value all the goodness, beauty, and love around you. Notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong, and begin to see every “problem” as an opportunity for growth and development. Be thankful for a gift from a friend, a child’s smile, […]

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