Pros And Cons of Buying A House With A Pool

Posted by Jim Riggs on Apr 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When you buy a new house, you get a lot more than just a house. You get new neighbors, a new trash pickup schedule, a new lawn, and possibly even a new swimming pool!

For some, getting a swimming pool with a newly purchased home might seem like a dream come true, but others may prefer life without a pool. Whether you have mixed emotions or strong opinions about buying a house with a pool, it's wise to do a little pro-con evaluating before you do it. Let's take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages.  

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Topics: Maintenance, Pool Design

5 Ways To Lower Your Pool Energy Bill

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

There's no way around the fact that swimming pools increase your monthly energy bill. However, the cost doesn't have to astronomical; in fact, it shouldn't be.

We've offered some great energy-saving tips for pool owners in the past, and those certainly still hold true, but they're not your only options! Here are 5 great energy-efficient tricks to try. 

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Topics: Maintenance

11 Grill Safety Tips for a Worry-Free Summer

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

What's better after a long day of swimming than your favorite food hot off the grill? We certainly can't think of anything!

As the weather warms up and you and your family start spending more time in the backyard, you need the peace of mind knowing that everyone is safe. Between the gas fuel and open flame, grilling can be just as risky as it is fun. To help you solidify the safety of your family, here are 11 grill safety tips to give you a worry-free summer:

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Topics: Health & Safety

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: Maintenance, 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: Fun & Games, 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