Tips For Cleaning And Storing Your Pool Cover

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We dedicate much of our blog to topics about pool water and your pool itself, but there's another part to your swimming pool that doesn't get much "media time" -- your pool cover!

That hardly seems fair for an accessory that keeps dirt, leaves, sticks, pollen and other unwanted debris out of your pool. Based on the level of protection your pool cover provides on a daily basis, it deserves a little credit and plenty of care. 

So let's talk about pool covers and find out how to do a better job of caring for them when it comes to cleaning and storing.

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Topics: Maintenance

How And Why To Get A Pool Inspection Before Closing On A New Home

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Owning and maintaining a home requires a lot of time, money and organization. Buying a home requires even more of all of the above -- especially if that house has a swimming pool.

Nevertheless, if you approve the house buying process the right way, the work you put into it pays off. What's the right way? Well, it's starts with a proper inspection. Here's what you need to know about home inspections when a swimming pool is involved...

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Topics: Maintenance

Is It Too Early To Open My Swimming Pool?

Posted by Jim Riggs on Feb 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We get it -- you're ready for summer. You're really ready. Actually, you've been ready since summer ended last year, but now that it's February and you heard a bird chirp this morning, you can practically feel spring in the air.

Is it wishful thinking, or is it time to open your pool?

Most people will tell you that February is too early to open a swimming pool -- even if you do live in the Carolinas. But we don't necessarily think the calendar should determine when you open your pool. Instead, a better approach is to ask yourself three questions, and use your answers to help you decide when it's time to open your swimming pool and officially declare the season of summer (even if it's technically not even spring).

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Topics: Maintenance

Spa Covers: Who Needs 'Em?

Posted by Jim Riggs on Feb 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Upon installing a hot tub or spa, one of the most important steps toward proper care is purchasing a hot tub cover.

Obviously, you want to take proper care of an investment that's as significant as a hot tub, but before you spend another $400+ on a cover, we're guessing you need to know it's really necessary.

No problem. We'd love to tell you!

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Topics: Spas (Hot Tubs)

Treat Your Spa (And Yourself) To Aromatherapy This Valentines Day

Posted by Jim Riggs on Feb 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

What do you need this Valentines Day? If you've decided a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers is overrated, we're with you.

What you really need is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy a mineral extract that can be added to your hot tub or spa in the form of crystals or a liquid. These extracts are available in various scents, each serving a different purpose for physical, mental and emotional wellness.

Now back to our original question: What do you need?

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Topics: Spas (Hot Tubs)

4 Pool Questions To Ask At A Home Show

Posted by Jim Riggs on Feb 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you're in the market for a new pool, you may be planning to check out some home shows this spring.

Home shows are fun to window shop as you dream big and collect little free giveaways from vendors trying to win you over. But as you browse, make sure you're also taking advantage of this unique opportunity. Ask questions that help you really get to know your potential pool builder and determine if they're the best company to work with.

Think of your interactions as informal yet very essential interviews. We have some great questions to ask pool vendors at the next home show you attend.

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Topics: Installation, Pool Design

How To Choose the Right Pool Pump for Your Inground Pool

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jan 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Not only is your pool pump is a vital piece of equipment to your swimming pooI, but it's also vitally important that your pool pump is the appropriate size for your pool. Too big and it will soak up more energy than necessary, resulting in higher energy bills each month. Too small though, and it will fail to sufficiently filter your pool.

When determining what type of pool pump is right for your inground swimming pool, follow this rule: You need a pump that can filter all of the water in your pool within eight hours.

How do you figure that out? It's as easy as following a few equations, and taking some measurements. Let us help!

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Topics: Maintenance

Take A Closer Look At ALEX PRO Water Testing

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jan 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Your pool water's appearance and feel is a direct reflection on the quality of its testing. You can't expect to have the clearest pool water in your neighborhood if you're taking shortcuts on your testing methods. 

Maybe it's time to upgrade.

Luckily, this upgrade doesn't come with a price tag attached! The ALEX PRO approach to water analysis is arguably the most advanced water testing method out there, and when you go through Hot Springs Pools & Spas, it's free!

Let's talk about three unique aspects of the ALEX PRO water testing method that make this upgraded approach better than the rest. 

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How Your Pool Can Help You With Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jan 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

About 21% of Americans resolved to lose weight last year. If you were among them, and your attempts were unsuccessful, you may be looking for ways to do a better job this year.

Did you ever think about letting your pool help? Your gunite pool, Endless Pool and even your hot tub are great places to improve your physique. We have some practical suggestions as well as some outside-the-box ideas for helping you achieve your fitness goals in 2018. Start right here!

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Topics: Fun & Games

How To Repair Your Hot Tub Cover

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jan 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Maybe it's time for a repair.

That's a sentence that causes many people to cringe. Why? Because time is something we can rarely get enough of, and repairs often require know-how we lack.

But when it comes to repairing your hot tub cover, there's good news. This project is likely a DIY job that won't take much time at all. Learn how to quickly repair your own hot tub cover when there's an obvious problem.

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Topics: Maintenance