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Swimming pool tips for 2022

While the economy has been in a mostly stop-start position for the last two years during the pandemic, the swimming pool industry has been doing fairly well. With people realizing that COVID is mostly here to stay, folks have been spending and investing more in at-home entertainment, opting to have more to do in their homes than going out and spending it elsewhere. 

But how can you get more out of your swimming pool? How can you get as much enjoyment out of it as possible? That’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here are some great new year’s resolutions that you can make in order to get the most out of your swimming pool in 2022. Let’s jump right in!

Start small!

Small swimming pool upgrades can go a long way and as such – finding those ‘pennies in the couch cushions’ ways to improve your pool can be a big deal. If you have equipment that is showing wear and tear like a skimmer, ladder or drain cover – you might want to consider and upgrade. 

Other components like your heaters ,filters , chlorinators, pumps and filters are all vital in order to keep your pool in good, working order. Perhaps it’s time to invest in an ongoing maintenance plan to get the most out of these components as possible and spend less time sweating the small stuff and more time enjoying your pool.

Getting more exercise

One of the single, best benefits of owning a pool is the health benefits that come with it. One of the most common new years’ resolutions is…? Losing weight. Bringing the two together can be a great way to get a little bit more out of your pool this coming year.

Swimming is one of the best weight loss activities you can benefit from, period. It works out everything in your body – from your cardio, strength, endurance, etc. It’s a true, full-body workout. Want to lose weight? Start in your swimming pool.

Shore up your safety

There’s never a bad time to upgrade your swimming pool’s safety features. New gate latches, fencing, safety equipment – all of them can come in handy and take the worry away from owning a swimming pool. And if you’re unsure of where to start – just call your local Oldsmar pool contractor and have a talk. They’ll be able to help you put a more definitive safety plan in place and give you some guidance as to some of the things you might need to prioritize. 

Hopefully, you found many of today’s tips useful. If you’re thinking of getting more out of your pool, give your local Oldsmar pool contractor a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck in the new year!

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Why your swimming pool needs a cover

If there’s one area where we find that pool owners like to scrimp and cut costs – it’s usually by avoiding adding a pool cover. This is a huge mistake. Pool covers are a valuable addition to any backyard oasis – and for a variety of reasons. 

Today, we’re going to share with you some of the reasons why we think that if you haven’t made the investment in a pool cover – that you should. Let’s jump right in!

Keeps water loss at a minimum

Pools evaporate water – even in places where you get colder winters up north. Your pool must maintain a minimum amount of water to properly function so if you’re finding that your pool is regularly losing water – it’ll cause strain on other aspects of your pool. A well-fitted cover helps reduce that water loss. 

Retaining heat

Pool covers help to maintain your water temperature. This isn’t just important for your aesthetic enjoyment of the pool, but it can add up in your monthly bills. Pool covers will help maintain all the work done by any heater – meaning the heater will have to work less to keep your pool warm. This means lower energy bills. It also means less wear and tear on your pool’s heater. 

Time and maintenance 

Skimming your pool is always something that our customers universally dislike, but is just part of the day to day responsibilities that come with owning a pool. Keeping and maintaining a cover will allow you to cut down on the amount of debris inside the pool itself, meaning you’ll be spending less time cleaning your pool and more time enjoying it

Reducing chemical usage

When you use chemicals in pools, they will inevitably degrade over time just by virtue of being exposed to UV light. When your pool is covered when not in use will help substantially increase the lifespan of the chemicals you use in the water. This will also add up in the enjoyment area as well – as you’ll be spending significantly less time testing your water, adding chemicals and adjusting PH levels. If you want to spend a little less money on your pool and spend more time enjoying it – pool covers can be a boon. 

As you can see, there are a number of reasons to invest in a pool cover. Whatever your choice, be sure to consult your Oldsmar pool contractor to learn what options are available and best suited to you. Whenever you undergo a project like this, it’s always good to have a professional by your side. Until then, we hope you found this month’s blog helpful and good luck

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Why the fall is such a great time to build a swimming pool

Lots of homeowners have the dream of having an in-ground swimming pool on their property. But bringing that dream to life can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many things and factors to consider that it’s hard to figure out where to start – quite literally. 

One of those questions is usually when the best time of year is to build your pool and the truth is – the best time is right now. The fall. So if you’re ready to take the plunge, today is for you. Here are some reasons you should consider the fall season for building your swimming pool. Let’s jump right in!

Dry terrain

The ground is a little bit drier and harder during the fall months than it is during the wetter summer months. The wind has a great deal to do with this – as it’ll dry up a lot of excess moisture. Dry soil always makes for easier, cleaner and faster construction projects – and also translates into less potential damage. The dry terrain of the fall is ideal for construction.

Permits

Everyone is always getting their stuff done in the summer – and as such, a lot of the nuts and bolts stuff gets more difficult to do. In the fall, there’s significantly less traffic in a permitting office so getting your documents faster is a real life thing. Every local community is different, but going through town hall in the fall almost always makes for a faster process. 

Fewer weather delays

Especially here in Florida, the Spring and Summer can be really wet. In the fall, you’re really on the other end of the wet season – and that goes for many other places in the country as well. That means fewer delays and less lost time due to weather events. 

Start it now, have it by summer

If you get your pool done now, you’ll have it by the time summer rolls around next year. That gives you plenty of time to complete the project, learn how to care for and maintain your pool as well as to get to know it’s quirks and any potential challenges you’ll have. That way when its prime pool season, you’ll already be in a routine and have a crystal clear idea of what needs to be done and when. 

Landscaping

Some folks really like to put a lot of time and effort into landscaping the area in and around their pool and the fall is a great time of year to do that. Planting bulbs, growing plants and shrubs in the fall will mean they’re ready for showtime in the summer and any and all adjustments you want to make can be made. 

Hopefully today’s blog helps you give a little bit more consideration to building your pool in the fall. If you’re looking to take the plunge, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out. Until then, good luck!

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How to keep animals out of your swimming pool

One of the more amusing problems you’ll encounter as the owner of a swimming pool is the issue of keeping bugs, frogs and other sorts of creepy crawlies out of your pool. You’ll see a few struggling amphibians in your pool filter, scoop a mouse out with your net, or find small armies of bugs in your skimmer bucket. 

The long and short of it is that these animals – like all other animals – are attracted to water. But these animals can be bad for the health of your pool’s water, so keeping them out is going to be a priority. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the things you can do to make sure you keep them out as much as possible. Let’s jump right in.

Trim trees and foliage

Animals need places to hide from predators and they usually do so in places like trees and shrubs. If branches are reaching out over your pool or bushes are located in close proximity to your swimming pool, then chances are larger critters may lose their balance and fall in or make their way in that way. 

That’s why it’s important to make sure your pool landscaping is well away from the pool perimeter. The simple fact of the matter is that animals will be less likely to jump into your pool if there’s large stretches of open space between the pool and any potential cover. Make sure your shrubs and trees are consistently trimmed. 

Barrier fencing

It’s pretty much the law of the land that you need to have some form of fencing around your pool. But some fences do a better job of keeping critters out than others. Standard slat-style or chain link fences won’t do a great job. Go with fencing that doesn’t have gaps or at the very least, has a solid barrier at the base of the fence so that nothing can crawl under. 

Keep your pool covered

Pool covers can disguise and hide the water in your pool, which makes it look less attractive to animals. Simply covering your pool each night can go a long way towards keeping animals out of it.

Scary looking floats

If you’re in a rush and can’t cover your pool at night, feel free to leave a big scary looking animal-like float in the water. Their instincts may convince them that it’s a predator and to steer clear of the pool altogether. In essence, your float is serving as a scarecrow of sorts. Just be careful to not do this too often. Covering your pool is always the best option.

Hopefully today’s blog was helpful and gave you some ideas as to how to keep animals out of your pool. If you’re looking for more advice or have needs for your specific pool, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out. Until then, good luck!

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Cool, new trends in swimming pool design

There has been a ton of advancement in not only the design and creativity in the swimming pool industry, but also a lot of new, exciting innovations in technology as well. Today, we’re going to discuss a few of the more interesting trends that have emerged in recent years and how they might be of some interest for your pool area.

Let’s jump right in!

Dark interiors

Let’s just say that aqua and lighter pool interiors have been the standard issue design for as long as pools have been a thing. There’s a reason for this, too – as at one point in time, darker pools were more difficult to maintain and didn’t really do well when it came to fighting off the long-term effects of chlorine and sunlight.

Nowadays with UV resistant coatings, these surfaces are as reliable as they’ve ever been. Choosing a darker color can give you a more natural looking, bold lagoon look. And with the right landscaping around it, it can look incredible. 

Fire features

Yeah, you read that right! Everyone likes fire! Nothing makes the mood more dramatic than combining the two elements of fire and water. When combined with water features, they can help mask the sound of traffic and increase your sense of privacy. You can get really creative with the designs, too – as there’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking for that old world charm, or something ultra-modern and sophisticated. 

Lighting features

Pool lighting systems are essential for those after-hours experiences but nowadays they’re more than the usual light under the water. You can preprogram color sequences, set the mood for a dinner party or change up angles. Best of all? You can control almost all of it from an app on your phone now. If you really want to take your pool game to the next level – ask your service pro about lighting. 

Water features

There wasn’t much in terms of water features back in the day.  In fact, you’d get water jets in jacuzzis and well, that was it. Nowadays you can get rain curtains, conces, scuppers, mists and streams to give your pool an even more natural feel than usual. By combining them with some of the other elements we mentioned before, you can create an incredible experience near your pool – all in your backyard. 

If you’re looking for some cool new options for your pool or feel the tug of inspiration from reading this blog, then give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!

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Unusual things you can do to make maintaining your swimming pool easier

If you own a pool then we’re sure you’re familiar with the usual routine when it comes to keeping it clean. Things like vacuuming, skimming, maintaining water and pH levels are all things that are very familiar to people who own swimming pools. And you’re probably well acquainted with the fact that keeping up with routine maintenance isn’t easy – especially when all you really want to do is relax and enjoy your pool. 

Today, we’re going to give away some unconventional swimming pool hacks that you can use to keep your pool clean while making your time with your pool significantly more relaxing. Now as a disclaimer – these can’t be used for every pool – but they DO work and will help you spend a little bit more time enjoying your pool and a little less time maintaining it. Let’s jump right in!

Supercharged skimmers

Everyone knows that skimmer baskets can do a great job at filtering out all the bad stuff in your swimming pool. They also leave some stuff behind. So if you want to get a little bit more out of your basket then we have an unorthodox trick: pantyhose. Take an old pair and wrap them around the baskets and watch the show. Things like hair, sand and dirt are no match for pantyhose and so long as you clean your baskets once a week and keep up with your usual skimming you’ll notice a big difference in the quality of your pool water. Pantyhose have obviously small holes all over and they’ll be able to strain out a lot of things a regular skimmer basket won’t. Just be aware – they WILL catch everything so just make sure you take a quick peak every day to check on the accumulation. 

Bug busting

We’ve all been there. You’re hanging out at the pool late at night and wham-o; you and your friends are accosted by hordes of mosquitoes and other bugs. There are things like Tiki Torches and bug spray, but the reality is there’s a great trick you can pull off – and that’s simply planting lemon grass in the vicinity of your pool. It looks great, it’s a durable grass but more importantly, they contain high levels of citronella – which naturally wards off mosquitos. We’re not suggesting you need to uproot your entire yard, but a nice, long strip of citronella will reduce bug traffic by well over 75%.

Tennis balls

Even though pools have a swath of chemicals that can help keep things clean, there’s still a lot of gross stuff that ends up in a pool – from sunscreen and makeup runoff to hair products and body oil. Grime inevitably builds up in the pool as a result and that grime can turn into some pretty gross stuff. But if you toss a half dozen tennis balls into the pool, they’ll actually absorb the oil, leaving you with crystal-clear water. If you don’t want to look at them floating around your pool, stick them in the skimmers so they’re out of sight. Now mind you – don’t overload your skimmer with a basket full of Tennis balls. A few should do the trick. But this will help gather up some of that excess film that tends to build up over time. 

Hopefully these tips can inspire you to think a little bit more outside the box when it comes to saving time without compromising quality when it comes to maintaining your pool. And of course, if you have questions, give us a call and we’ll be happy to share some other tips with you. Until then, good luck!

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Affordable accessories for your pool

When you install a swimming pool, you’ll get more than your money’s worth when it comes to overall enjoyment and experience. That being said, as time goes by, you may find yourself pondering whether you want to add something more to the pool to not only add value, but add some more elements of fun, utility and the like. Or even perhaps up front, you want to make sure your pool has a few added extras to enhance the experience. Whichever way you cut it, you want a little extra bang for your buck.

So today, we’re going to discuss a few things you can add to your pool that will make it more enjoyable, function at a higher level and allow you to get more value out of your experience. Let’s jump right in. 

Pool bubblers

Pool bubblers are essentially mini-fountains that you can install in your pool. You’ll find them built into steps or tanning ledges and not only do they create a calming atmosphere in your pool, but they also make for a more exciting place for your kids. 

You can fully adjust the height that the water comes out, which will also help you regulate the amount of noise and splash. Certain models even have LED color-changing lights, too. That being said – if you’re looking to add this feature to your pool, you’ll have to do it during construction as water lines will have to be run in order to accommodate them. But you’re in luck – this should only run you in the $500-$700 range. 

UV sanitation systems

While UV Sanitation systems won’t replace the need for you to have to manage your pool’s chlorine or salt – it can dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals you have to use in your pool while simultaneously boosting the protection of your pool water. These systems are easy to set up and can be added to your pool at any time. 

Fire pit

OK, so we recognize that this isn’t exactly an addition to your pool, it’s most certainly a worthwhile addition to the area around your pool. There’s no better way to warm up and dry off than by a nice, glowing fire. Fire pits are enormously popular additions and if you live in more seasonal areas of the country, they can help extend the use of your pool space earlier in the spring and later into the fall. There are plenty of fire pits out there that aren’t budget friendly, but most are; particularly the prefab versions. You can get yourself a quality fire pit for around $400.00.

Automatic pool cleaner

If there’s anything you’ll spend a decent hunk of time doing with your pool, it’ll be cleaning it. If you have a robotic vacuum in your house, then we say why not get one for your pool, too? Skimming and cleaning out dirt and debris on your own can be arduous and time consuming. Automatic pool cleaners won’t take care of all of your maintenance issues, but it’ll certainly carve out a substantial hunk of time that would otherwise be spent cleaning your pool. 

Hopefully these accessories give you a little inspiration or an idea of some of the affordable options you have at your disposal. If you’d like to learn more about how you can enhance your pool space, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!

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Summer cleaning tips for your swimming pool

Summer is upon us and here’s to long days in the sun and enjoying your pool! While swimming pools are the best way to beat the heat and stay cool, they need to be cared for just like anything else.

With COVID winding down, you can bet we’re all going to want to be a little bit more social in the coming months and as such, your pool will get as much use as it ever has – making it more important than ever for you to make sure it stays nice and clean! And that’s what today’s blog is all about. Here are some of the ways that you can help keep your pool clean this summer.

Let’s jump right in!

Skimming out the debris

As a matter of ritual, try to get in the habit of doing a brief skim of your pool before you swim. Try to remove the leaves, dirt, flower petals and anything else that may have accidentally made its way into your pool. Not only will it just help save you the laborious time it takes to do more of a deep clean, but it’ll also help water circulation and reduce the amount of chemicals you’ll have to use in your water. 

Clean your filter

Everyone’s pool filters are different, but make sure you’re cleaning it regularly at least once every week or two weeks. Make sure you check your vacuum filter too – to make sure that it’s free of debris so that it’s working properly. Keeping a clean filter is vital to your pool’s overall cleanliness – but just as importantly – it’s overall health. 

Maintain your chemical levels

Make sure that every week you are testing your chemical levels. Make sure pH levels are between the usual 7.2 and 7.8 and make sure that you follow directions to make sure that your water is properly balanced. If you’re more of a beginner and feel a little bit overwhelmed, take a sample of your water to your nearest pool store and they’ll help teach you how to test it. 

The extras

Make sure you keep your pool toys and noodles outside your pool until it’s time to use them. Believe it or not, it’s not uncommon for ‘guests’ to make themselves at home or on these things and then they end up in your pool. Be sure you have an adequate place to store these items and always make sure you rinse your pool toys when you’re done with them. 

Whether you’re maintaining your pool on your own or paying someone else to do it, make sure your pool is clean, healthy and ready for this summer. Summer is such a fun time of the year, especially when you’ve got a gorgeous backyard oasis to play in and stay cool. Keep your pool looking good!

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4 things to consider when remodeling your pool

Eventually you’ll come to the point as a pool owner where it’s going to be time to shake things up. As time moves along, your pool will begin to show signs of age, wear and tear – and the style might even begin to be a little bit outdated. Ultimately it’s going to be time to consider a remodel. 

But where do you start? What are some of the things that you’re going to have to take into consideration? That’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here are some of the things that you’ll have to think about when it comes to your next swimming pool remodel. Let’s jump right in!

Safety features

The old saying ‘safety first’ certainly applies in the case of a remodel. Over time, safety guidelines and codes will have evolved and changed and your space might be out of date in that regard. You may have to add ladders, railings or even upgrade your fence in order to make sure you’re up to code. Speak with your pool contractor and have them do a walkthrough of your swimming pool area and they’ll be able to make the proper recommendations. 

Powering your pool

Depending on how aggressive you want to be about your remodel, you might want to consider overhauling your filtration and electrical systems. While this might seem expensive up front- technology has made some incredible leaps in recent years, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency. That can mean significant cost savings for you over time. 

Aesthetic

Customizing your pool is a great way to make it both look and feel brand new. And even more significant -there’s many design themes and templates that can blend seamlessly into your backyard space – so what might feel like a swimming pool remodel can be a totally new way to consider your deck or outdoor dining space. And for people who want to take things to the next level, you have plenty of options at your disposal. Waterfalls, oasis, fountains, natural stones and plants can help take your otherwise drab poolscape from bland to looking like something out of a magazine. 

Financing

The biggest thing you’ll have to think about with a pool remodel is the actual cost of the remodel itself and how you’re going to pay for it. The price tag will depend on a lot of things – specifically what you want to get done and how – but cost can also vary according to where you live. Most of us don’t have the spare funds for a remodel just casually laying around, so you’ll want to start looking for ways to finance the project. Some companies offer financing of their own while in some other cases, you might want to go to your bank to explore your options. 

Hopefully, these things get your mind churning a bit about your remodel. While there’s much that needs to be done, remember that the end product will most certainly be worth it. If you’re in the Largo, FL area and you’re looking to revamp your pool – give us a call today and we’ll give you a free consultation. Good luck!

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What to consider when purchasing a home with a swimming pool

House hunting can be a simultaneously exhilarating and frightening time. For one, the idea of making a big change can be a lot for some people while the thrill of new adventures awaits and excites others. For some though, they’ll be looking for a few added amenities and perhaps one of the ‘like to haves’ on your list is a swimming pool. 

But what are some things you should keep in mind? Are there downsides to buying a home with a pool? Is it something you should avoid altogether? Hopefully today’s blog will help answer some of those questions. Here are some tips for every house hunter out there who may be interested in purchasing a home with a pool. Let’s jump right in!

The pool might need work

If there’s one thing you can likely count on when it comes to purchasing a home with a pool – it’s that said swimming pool probably has some wear and tear. It could be old, could have severe, functional issues, there could be problems in the pumps, drains, you name it. 

Vinyl liner pools may need liner replacements. Concrete pools might have issues with its plaster surface. Either way – you’ll want to hire an inspector to come look at the pool and give you an idea of its overall condition. And it should come with fair warning- the pool could be in the kind of condition that it might make it cost prohibitive to purchase the home. Make sure you do your homework!

Is there a warranty?

The last thing you’d want to do is purchase a home with a gorgeous pool and then all of a sudden watch something malfunction; forcing you to dig deep into pockets that might not be very deep at the moment in order to cover the cost. Make sure any home that has a pool has a genuine warranty that’s guaranteed by the owner of the pool. If it doesn’t, pass on the home altogether. 

Is it the right pool for you?

You’d be surprised if you learned about the number of people who call pool companies after the fact, realizing that a particular pool isn’t for them. Make sure that whether it’s vinyl, concrete, fiberglass or whatever – that it’s your kind of pool. Make sure you like the depth, the shape and the design as well. Make sure that you’re buying the home you want first, but also make sure that you’re getting a swimming pool you want. After all, it costs more to replace an existing pool than to build a new one. 

It’s all about safety

If you have children, you should be prepared to make the necessary investments in order to secure your pool area – and that can get expensive. This could mean upgrading a fence or investing in a new kind of pool cover and that can mean a significant expense on your part. In extreme cases, you may even want to invest in alarms, sensors and cameras. Either way – it’s a lot to think about and something that you’ll be responsible for.

Understand what you’re getting into

Safety isn’t cheap and maintenance isn’t either. Some pool shoppers get turned off when they learn how much time and money owning a pool can cost them. It isn’t always this way, but be sure that you’re ready to make this kind of a commitment. It’s all a great dream until the bill comes due. 

Now, so that we’re clear, here – swimming pools are awesome. But if you’re buying someone else’s swimming pool, it’s critical that you go in with a clear idea of what’s involved and what comes along with the responsibility. The good always far outweighs the bad, but in this kind of a situation, we don’t want you to step into that 1 in 10 bad situation.

Hopefully these tips give you something to think about. We love swimming pools and we’re obviously confident that you will, too – but we’re doing you a disservice if we’re not first giving you a clear-eyed idea of what could potentially come along with purchasing a home with a swimming pool. Think it through and hopefully, you’ll find a new home (and pool) that’s perfect for you. Good luck!

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