5 Pool Mistakes You Don't Want To Make

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jul 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whoever said "What you don't know can't hurt you" never had a pool.

What you don't know actually can hurt you — and not only you, but also your wallet... that backyard pool wasn't exactly cheap!

Don't find yourself thinking "If only I had known..." when you're in the middle of an expensive repair. We want you to know the things that harm your pool before you make the mistake of doing them.

So, listen up! Avoiding these 5 pool mistakes could save you a lot of time and money this summer.

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Topics: Maintenance

What To Do If There's A Crack In Your Pool Tile

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jul 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

So you have a crack in your pool. While this is certainly not a good thing, don't get too distraught quite yet. A crack in your tile does not necessarily mark the end of your pool's life.

However, it does mean you have a little work to do. The amount of work ahead depends on the severity of the crack (or cracks) in your tile. Your approach to fixing a minor crack will be drastically different from your approach to repairing a major crack. 

We'll walk you through the steps based on the tile damage that exists in your pool. Let's take a look.

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Topics: Maintenance

What Do I Do If I Have Mold In My Pool?

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jul 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What's that black stuff in your pool? A shadow? As you take a closer look, you can see it's definitely not a shadow—though you wish it was.

Is that...mold?

Yes, it is. It's called black algae, and it's not something you should be swimming with.

Not to discourage you, but before you tackle this algae problem, you should know that black algae is the most resilient of the algae found in pools. It has a protective layer and strong roots that make it difficult to get rid of. However, with a little persistence, it's possible.

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Topics: Maintenance

4 Fun Pool Games For The Entire family

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It's nice to relax in your pool, but if you have kids, you probably spend more time swimming than sunbathing.

We see it all the time. Families enjoy their pools to the fullest playing games and splashing around, but then they find themselves playing the same games over and over.

If you're too breathless to have one more underwater breath-holding contest, too exhausted to play one more round of chicken, and too hoarse to yell "Marco" or "Polo" for another minute, then we have a solution. Actually, we have 4 solutions.

Here are 4 fun pool games the entire family can enjoy:

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Topics: Fun & Games

Tips For A Smooth Pool Installation

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Once you make the decision to install a pool in your backyard, we know you don't want to waste any time. The sooner you dive into this project, the sooner you can jump into that pool!

But before you even look at a shovel, you should start planning.

Planning is what makes the difference between a rocky pool installation experience and a smooth one. While getting a pool is a major commitment, we're all about making sure it's not complex.

Here are our best tips for a smooth pool installation:

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Topics: Installation

4 Signs That Your Pool Is Chemically Imbalanced

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A chemical imbalance—it happens to humans, and it can happen to your pool, too.

Really, it can! And it does. And it's really not something to play around with.

If your pool is chemically imbalanced, you'll know. There are some hard-to-miss signs that show up if a pool's chlorine, alkalinity, and pH levels are off. Let's look at four of these signs, so you'll know what to do if you notice your pool isn't looking or feeling quite as great as it used to.

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Topics: Maintenance, Safety

DIY Pool Accents

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Maybe you're pretty good at accessorizing your wardrobe or your car or your home — but how is your pool looking?

Whether you've been meaning to add accessories to your pool or you've never given it much thought, we have some great ideas for you.

Here's the best part: These accents are do-it-yourself projects that are both easy and affordable. So even if you don't have a surplus of creativity or cash, keep reading! We're giving you the tips and tools you need to turn your pool into a fun and attractive place you love to spend your time.

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Topics: Pool Design

Easy Pool Cleaning Tips

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you've found yourself spending more time cleaning your pool than actually enjoying it, that's a problem that we want to help you solve.

Pools are meant to provide a fun, relaxing escape from life's routine activities. But if pool-cleaning responsibilities are starting to overshadow the delight you once had in your pool, then it's time to make some changes.

Here are a few easy tips that will simplify your approach to cleaning your pool and hopefully give you more time to jump in and go for a swim.

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Topics: Maintenance

Gadgets And Equipment For A Safer Pool

Posted by Jim Riggs on May 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

We've all heard that before. So, let's avoid the "hurt stage" altogether by making your pool a safe place.

No, that doesn't mean you have to hire a lifeguard. But it does mean you should have some safety equipment designed to protect you, your family and your friends from potential poolside accidents.

We've identified some popular pool gadgets that can ensure your pool stays a safe place all summer long.

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Topics: Safety

How To Throw the Perfect Memorial Day Pool Party

Posted by Jim Riggs on May 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It's one week until Memorial Day weekend, and if you have a pool, it's quite possible your friends are hoping you'll decide to throw a party.

So why not indulge them?

We realize party planning isn't necessarily everyone's passion or talent. That's why we're going to try to make this very easy for you.

From invitations to party favors, our how-to guide will help you throw such a successful Memorial Day pool party that your guests will leave asking how soon they can come back.

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Topics: Fun & Games