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Your Weekly Pool Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Jim Riggs on Apr 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While Mother Nature is great at caring for lakes, oceans, and rivers, she's not so good at maintaining your swimming pool. (She is pretty busy, after all.) 

Of course, you're busy, too, but keeping up with your pool's weekly maintenance is still your job.

If you're wondering what that job entails, we have a checklist for you. As long as you're referencing this list on a weekly basis, your pool will stay looking great all summer long! Let's get started...

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Topics: Maintenance

4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before A Pool Renovation

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

Maybe you've been planning a pool renovation for years—or maybe you've been watching a little too much HGTV lately.

Either way, you're ready to have your swimming pool renovated, and you're ready for it to happen this spring.

We get that you're eager, but before you pick up a shovel and begin aimlessly moving dirt around your backyard, ask yourself these few questions.

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Topics: Pool Design

How Salt Water Pools Benefit Your Health

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

No matter the day you had or the day you're going to have, you always feel better after a swim in your pool. For many pool owners, their backyard pools are one of the few places where they can forget about to-dos, quiet their minds, and leave feeling refreshed.

Of course, pools also come with physical benefits by offering a means to exercise. But if you have a salt water pool, physical benefits take on a whole new look.

Here's what we mean...

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Topics: Insider

How To Open Your Pool In The Spring

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

We've sprung our clocks forward. The sun is staying up later and shining brighter. The kids have their new swimsuits. And you reached your summer body goal a month early! Okay, maybe not that last one.

Nevertheless, spring is here, and one thing you are ready for is to finally let your pool see the light of day.

But wait... How does this pool opening process work again?

We're glad you asked!

The last thing you want to do is rush into opening your pool without a clear grasp on the process. Lucky for you, we've created a step-by-step guide for a smooth pool opening this spring.

Let's get started!

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Topics: Maintenance

Salt Water Pools Vs. Chlorine Pools: The Pros and Cons

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

"Should I get a salt water pool or a chlorine pool?"

If you're asking yourself this question, the first thing you should know is that salt water pools do technically contain chlorine. The main difference between the two pool types is the process by which chlorine is added to the water. We'll explain this more later.

For now, you can keep asking yourself the salt water pools vs. chlorine pools question because we want to answer it.

However, since we can't honestly say one pool is better than the other on every level, we'll break down this dilemma with some pros and cons for both the salt water pool and the chlorine pool.

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Topics: Maintenance

4 Original Pool Party Themes To Try This Summer

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A pool party is a just pool party, right? Who needs a theme? Wrong.

Just because people go from one pool party to the next all summer doesn't mean your party can't stand out. In fact, it means yours SHOULD stand out.

Instead of settling for common themes like the Hawaiian luau, try something original. Here are four pool party themes we're pretty sure your friends haven't used—you don't even have to tell them we gave you the idea!

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Topics: Fun & Games

Plan A Top-Notch Hot Tub Party

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As much as you love having your solo hot tub time, sometimes you want to share your spa with your friends. That sounds like a good reason for a hot tub party.

But where do you start? What's the best way to pull this party off? If you're hosting a hot tub party, the hot tub should take center stage, influencing who you invite and how you plan.

Here are some tips to help you pick a theme, prepare additional entertainment, plan a menu, and cultivate an all-around relaxing atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression:

 

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Topics: Fun & Games, Spas (Hot Tubs)

Start Your Day With A Soak In Your Spa

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Everyone has their ideal lazy morning routine -- reading a good book in bed, sipping coffee while scanning the newpaper, making pancakes while the kids watch cartoons. Can you think of a better way to spend your morning? We can.

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Topics: Spas (Hot Tubs)

How Long Can I Soak In My Hot Tub?

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You have this beautiful hot tub that has been one of your more significant investments over the years. Naturally, you want to make your purchase worthwhile by using the spa as much as possible -- as often and as long as you can.

But how long is too long when you're soaking in a hot tub? While some may be content after a 15-minute soak, others may want to sit longer. Maybe 30 minutes? An hour? Can you overdo it? The answer to that question depends on varrious factors. 

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Topics: Safety, Spas (Hot Tubs)

How To Keep Your Hot Tub's Water Clean

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

Your hot tub is just like any other part of your home: it needs cleaning in order to sustain its life for many years. When it comes to cleaning your hot tub and the water inside it, you don't just need to clean it, but you need to sanitize it. Spa water is like bath water, except you don't reuse your bath water over and over. Let's look at how you can keep your hot tub's water healthy and sanitized so you can soak time and time again.

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