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21 May 2019

How to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer Fun

As the warm weather arrives your family many be anticipating a long pleasurable summer of swimming, pool parties and other recreation in your backyard pool. Before you start splashing around, schedule some time for pool maintenance. Clean up, check your equipment and make sure everything is safe before you and your loved ones dive in. How to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer Fun!

Clean the Area

The first thing to do is to clean up and around the pool so you can see what needs work. Sweep up dead leaves and remove dead branches or other debris from the area. Use a leaf blower to clean the top of the pool cover while it is still in place so dead vegetation doesn’t fall into the water when you remove it. After you have the pool cover off, clean it well with soap and water and allow it to dry thoroughly to prevent mildew. Once it is dry, fold it and place it in a plastic bin to prevent insects or rodents from damaging it.

Check your Equipment

Next, review the manufacturer’s instructions for your filtration system. To keep your pool in top condition you should not empty it once the weather turns cold, but if the water is low in the spring add more water. Plan to run your filtration system for several days before you use the pool. The water needs to be completely clear.

After the circulation has been running for about 12 hours do a Ph test by simply following the directions on a home test kit. However if you are not comfortable testing it on your own call your pool retailer. Many offer professional testing services.

Ensure Safety

As your filtration system runs, check all handrails, diving boards, ladders and any other attached parts to make sure they are stable and secure. If items are loose or wobbly, fix them before you allow others to climb on them. Make sure that a fully stocked first aid kit is within quick and easy access to the pool.

Once you have completed these tasks, your pool should be ready for recreation and fun. If you need some help getting your pool ready for summer, or you are shopping for a new pool, please contact us.

08 May 2019

New Design Trends for Pools 2019

Small space and dual-purpose swimming pools continue to gain in popularity. Plunge pools, spools, and lap pools are leading the pack. Some offer both relaxation and exercise, heat and cold, and both salt and mineral chlorine options. House-centric designs include indoor to outdoor and curvilinear pools.

New Design Trends for Pools 2019

Plunge Pools

A plunge pool is smaller and shallow compared to a regular inground swimming pool. They are popular options for relaxing and cooling off, and can provide for limited exercise. Many plunge pools are located with hot tubs, so a person can experience the therapeutic benefits of moving from hot to cold water.

Some plunge polls are ready-made fiberglass, or they can be designed and made to fit a particular space. Since they are smaller, less outdoor areas is needed. They can also be made deep, like the Japanese soaking tubs. Plunge pools are one of the least expensive options for inground outdoor pools.

Spools

Spools is a word that combines pool and spa, and these inground swimming pools combine some of the elements of both. This hybrid pool can be enjoyed both cold and hot, and can incorporate powerful jets to provide resistance for exercise. Swimming in place is an option in the smaller spools.

These pools tend to be smaller than inground pools, but larger than plunge pools. They are usually less expensive than typical inground swimming pools that are full-sized, but having options for both hot and cold water can be more expensive. They also come with both salt water and mineral or chlorine options.

Indoor to Outdoor Pools

Several exciting trends in pool design are incorporating pools into the home space. The indoor to outdoor pool has a design that extends the pool both inside the house and out; this design allows views of the pool and access from both areas. The use of glass walls and colorful and brilliant LED lighting is giving the home a focal point of brilliant blue visible from multiple levels.

Another trend is the curvilinear pool that encircles the house, and allows views and access to the pool from several rooms. The organic forms of these pools provide a focal point for outdoor landscaping.

Infinity and zero-edge pools remain popular.

Can we help you design your dream pool? Please contact us for more information.