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Decorate A Pool And Patio With A Tropical Theme For Your Spouse’s Birthday Party

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Decorate A Pool And Patio With A Tropical Theme For Your Spouse’s Birthday Party

If you are holding an evening pool party to celebrate your spouse’s birthday, the following tips will help you decorate the pool and patio that surrounds it with a an attractive tropical theme. Once you have finished decorating, plan some festive activities for your guests to enjoy. Materials plastic patio furniture disposable tablecloths and dinnerware (floral print) bamboo place mats bamboo torches (with citronella oil) barbecue lighter ceramic flower pots dirt balloons light sticks floating candle bowls waterproof tape artificial flowers portable hammock chaise lounge chairs  utility cart radio PVC pipe prize cooler (filled with ice) beverages  Dining Section Set up some plastic tables and chairs in one corner of the deck. Cover the tables with disposable tablecloths that have a floral print on them. Create a place setting for each person that includes a bamboo mat and disposable dinnerware that has a pattern printed on each piece that complements the tablecloths. Insert a couple bamboo torches that contain citronella oil into ceramic flower pots that are filled with dirt. Place the pots near the tables. When it is time to serve dinner, light the torches so that your guests can eat their meals without being bothered by mosquitoes. Your guests will also appreciate the soft, inviting glow that each torch produces.  Pool Area Activate several, short light sticks. Blow up balloons and place one of the sticks inside of each one before tying it. Place the balloons in various parts of the pool’s interior. Use waterproof tape to attach artificial flowers to floating candle holders. Set the holders up inside of the pool. The guests will enjoy the unique decorations while it is light outside. As it grows darker, the glowing light inside of each balloon will enhance the beauty of the pool as the guests swim and enjoy themselves. Recreation And Relaxation Spot Set up a hammock that is supported by a frame and some chaise lounge chairs near the edge of the pool. Place a battery operated radio on a utility cart so that your guests can listen to music as they relax. Fill a cooler with a variety of tropical beverages for your guests to drink while they are resting. Invite your guests to play the limbo if they are not resting on the hammock or one of the chairs. Two people can each hold one end of a PVC pipe so that it is straight. As the other guests who are participating in the game successfully go under the PVC pipe, the  people who are holding it can lower it. Give a prize to the person who is able to pass under the pipe the most amount of times.  Your spouse and all of the guests will appreciate the tropical atmosphere that you have created for the birthday celebration and will enjoy themselves as they swim, play, and unwind. To learn more, contact a patio furniture company like Eastgate...

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Four Things You Can Expect When Installing A Custom Above-Ground Pool

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things You Can Expect When Installing A Custom Above-Ground Pool

If you do not want to invest in an inground pool, an above-ground pool is a great alternative. It can be just as good as an inground pool, and depending on your property, it may be a better solution for your home. You can also have custom above-ground pools installed. When installing a custom above-ground pool, there are a lot of decisions that you will have to make. Here are some of the things that you can expect when installing a custom above-ground pool: 1. Deciding Where To Install The Pool The first decision that you will have to make is the location of your pool. If you already decks on your home, you may want the pool located in an area where future decks can easily be added to your pool.  If you do not have decks, you may want to locate the pool in a fenced-in area or where people and children cannot get to the pool and fall in. 2. Finding The Location Of Any Barrier Utilities Before you start building the pool, you will want to know where all the utilities are. You do not want to have the pool installed over any utility lines. In addition, if you have a septic system, you will want to make sure that the pool is not located near or over the drainfield because the weight of the pool and water can cause it to collapse. Have your property surveyed and the utilities marked before you start your project. 3. Dealing With Drainage Around The Pool Location Drainage around your pool is also important. You do not want to have any water draining to the pool area because this erode the sand and cause other problems.  If you have things like gutter downspouts that drain towards your pool location, you may want to consider relocating them.  If your pool is located in an area with a lot of runoff, you can also add a gravel drainage bed to keep runoff from draining near the pool. 4. Adding Decks Or Fencing Around The Pool Area Finally, you will want to have a fence or decks around your pool. Many areas have building codes for inground and above-ground pool installations. This means that you may need to have a fence around the pool to keep unauthorized people out. If you are going to add a deck to the pool, you may need to have an access gate with a latch to keep people out of the pool area. These are some things that you can expect when installing a custom above-ground pool. If you need help with the installation of your new pool, contact pool contractor such as Bellar Pools Inc and ask them about the best solutions for the needs of your...

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Maintaining The Community Pool

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining The Community Pool

Summertime is coming, and it’s time to open the community pool. Children, parents, and grandparents are all excited about the opportunity to swim, chat, and sun at the true local watering hole. These outdoor swimming pools are an asset to the community, but they are also a liability if they are not managed properly. For safety purposes, local governments and municipalities need to arrange for professional aquatic management services. PROPER WATER MAINTENANCE pH Keeping the water at the proper pH and chlorine levels is essential for comfortable and safe swimming. The pH level needs to be kept between 7.4 and 7.6. Below 7.2, the water is too acidic, and above 7.8 the water has too much alkalinity. The water needs to be checked daily in order to keep it in balance. Chlorine The proper chlorine level is necessary to keep pathogens, algae, and bacteria from growing in the pool.  The level should be between 1.0 and 3.0. If bromine tablets are used, the level should be between 2.0 and 4.0 ppm (parts per million). These levels must also be measured daily so that corrective action can be taken if necessary.   Cyanuric Acid Cyanuric acid, a chlorine stabilizer, must also be used and monitored. This reading should stay between 20 and 30 ppm. This substance hinders the evaporation of chlorine, which is necessary to keep the pool water safe.  Unfortunately, it also affects the pH and alkaline levels, which makes them more difficult to maintain. SICKNESS Pools are a huge liability issue due to all the accidents that can occur there, but the water itself can cause illness if it becomes a haven for bacteria. Swallowing a little pool water isn’t harmful, but ingesting a large amount of water that has not been properly treated may cause illness due to the presence of E.coli and parasites. The following symptoms may occur: Vomiting and upset stomach Continuous coughing Trouble breathing Excessive fatigue Maintaining healthy water balance is only one of the necessary tasks for aquatic facility management.  Safety training, facility maintenance, inspections, and pool openings and closings are also necessary to keep pools running smoothly. Professionals can handle the complexities of these jobs while ensuring public safety and protecting the community from liability issues.  Aquatic management is not a job for amateurs. When the community pool is run by experts, everyone else is able to enjoy a summer of worry-free swimming fun.    ...

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Clean That Green: Four Tips To Help You Get The Slime Out Of Your Pool In A Few Days

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clean That Green: Four Tips To Help You Get The Slime Out Of Your Pool In A Few Days

With the temperatures warming up, and swimming season here, opening your pool may be a challenging task. Warm weather and untreated pool water also creates the perfect combination for green algae to grow in your pool. It may seem like an impossible task to get the green out of your pool, but it can be much easier than you think. Here are some things you can do that will get the green out in just a few days: 1. Fishing Out Any Large Debris In The Pool Before you start with your cleaning, you will want to get a net and remove any large debris from your pool. The more you can remove with a net, the less work your filter will have to do to remove the green. You may also want to drain some of the water out and add clean water to make the process of cleaning the slime out easier, especially if it is really bad. 2. Preparing And Backwashing Your Pool Filter You will also want to prepare your filter by backwashing it to remove any debris in it. You may also want to change the cartridge or sand in your filter before you get started. This will ensure that the filter is clean before it starts filtering the green water in your pool. You will also want to check to make sure that everything is working and that no repairs are needed. 3. Shock The Green Slime In Your Pool Once you have the filter working, shock your pool with a chlorine treatment. This is the process of raising the level of chlorine to kill off any algae and bacteria in your pool. When doing this, set your filter to filter out the dead growth from your pool and clean the water. 4. Vacuum And Backwash The Filter Until The Water Is Clear Once you have shocked your pool, vacuum any debris that is left in the bottom of your pool. This is the dead algae and debris that has fallen into your pool. When doing this, you will also have to backwash your filter many times to remove all the debris from it. Repeat this process until the water in your pool is crystal clear. These are some things that you can do to get the green out of your pool in just a few days. If you want to keep the green out of your pool, contact a swimming pool maintenance service, like Shawnee Pools, to help you with the regular maintenance to ensure that the green never comes...

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Maintaining A Vinyl Pool Liner

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vinyl liners are commonly used in both in-ground and above-ground pools because they’re a relatively inexpensive yet durable option. If you have a vinyl pool liner, however, there are still some special steps that you should be taking to keep it looking like new and to ensure that it lasts for many years to come without the need for repair or replacement. DO Use Liquid Chlorine When it comes to chlorinating your pool, stick with liquid chlorine rather than solid chlorine tablets or “pucks.” While liquid chlorine does cost a bit more and needs to be added to the pool more frequently, it’s better for your liner and will distribute more evenly in the water. If you use chlorine tablets, which are tossed into the pool and sink to the bottom, you run the risk of discoloring your vinyl liner at the point where the tablet lands. If you must use a chlorine puck (such as to maintain chlorine levels while you’re out of town), try setting it in a chlorine dispensing device, which will float at the top of the water and protect your liner. DO Scrub the Water Line Another important aspect of keeping your vinyl pool liner in great shape is taking the time to scrub along the pool’s waterline on a regular basis. This will prevent the buildup of minerals and other debris along the line, which can stain and discolor the liner. Maintaining the waterline is simple; all you need is a sponge and a little bit of elbow grease. No soap or other cleaners should be necessary, so long as you do this regularly. DON’T Drain More Than Necessary Finally, if you ever need to drain water from your pool (such as when closing it for the winter), never drain it more than recommended in your pool’s owner manual. If you drain your pool too much, the vinyl liner can easily shrink (especially if exposed to sunlight). This will make it much more prone to cracking and peeling away once it comes time to refill your pool. In most cases, you should never drain your pool’s water level more than a few inches below the skimmer line. If for any reason you do need to drain your pool completely, contact a pool professional to make sure that it’s done right and that any damage to your vinyl liner is minimized as much as possible. One company to contact for more information is Aquatic...

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4 Ways to Guarantee a Swimming Pool Will Add Value to Your Home

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are thinking about adding a swimming pool to your yard, you want to be sure that you think about how you can choose the right pool that will actually increase the value of your home. Unfortunately, the wrong style of pool and  the wrong size can lead to a decrease in your home’s value. Here are four ways to guarantee that this won’t happen to you: You Have Yard Left Over: Potential homebuyers aren’t going to be attracted to a home that has a swimming pool that takes over the entire backyard. If you are going to add a swimming pool, you must be sure that there is some yard left for the kids to play, the dogs to urinate, the adults to garden, and more. Landscaping even increases the appeal of the way that a swimming pool looks in the yard.  The Style: When a potential homebuyer is looking to purchase a home in a specific neighborhood, they probably want a home that matches the style of all the other homes that surround it. If you choose a pool style that doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood, it could decrease the value of your home. For example, if many homes that surround yours have more extravagant swimming pools that have water slides or under water bars, and then you install a basic pool with no features, a potential buyer looking in that neighborhood probably won’t be attracted to your home. The Efficiency: When you install a swimming pool in your backyard, you want to be sure that you consider energy efficiency. Having a home that is as energy efficient as possible is much more appealing, therefore increasing your home’s value. The filtration pump is the biggest factor when it comes to how energy efficient your swimming pool is. Be sure that you choose a variable filtration pump, which cuts down on 80% of energy costs over single filtration pumps.  Add Safety Features: One problem some potential homebuyers face when they are deciding between a home with no pool and a home with a pool is what the cost of homeowners insurance is going to be like. If you add safety features to the swimming pool, it can help guarantee that you and a potential buyer aren’t going to be paying as much in insurance costs. You should consider adding a pool gate to keep children and pets out, as well as a drain cover that will prevent small children from getting caught in it while swimming.  Overall, a swimming pool can increase the value of your home so long as you carefully plan and choose a swimming pool that is going to be attractive to potential homebuyers in the future and not just yourself. For more information, visit sites like...

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Four Things You Will Want To Know When Replastering Your Pool

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have an old pool with a plaster finish, eventually it can become worn and cracked. This can cause leaks in your pool, affect the water quality and be an overall eyesore for your pool. Remodeling your pool is a difficult project for you to take on, so there are some things that you may want to consider before you get start, such as replacing and improving filtration and plumbing systems. You may want to have newer drain systems installed that can make you pool safer too. Here are some of the things that you may want to do when replastering your pool: 1. Adding Safety With Improved Drains Older pools have a hidden danger in their drainage systems. This is because these drains have covers that can easily come loose. This can cause a danger for people being caught in the drains. To solve this problem, you can have your drainage systems renovated with safety covers and different designs to prevent this from happening. This is a good idea if you have children that will be using the pool. 2. Natural Colors With A Darker Finish When renovating your pool, today there are more choices for the color of the plastering. If you want to have a more natural color to your pool, using darker blues and greens will give it this look. This is a great idea if you are remodeling your pool and want it to have more of a natural appearance that blends into the surrounding landscaping. 3. Replacing Coping And Installing New Decking Coping and decking of your pool are another area that you may want to consider renovating. If you want to have a more comfortable pool, rubber composites can be a great solution for pool decking. You can also get the coping made from these materials, which will also make your pool area safer. These materials will reduce slipping and are much more forgiving than concrete alternatives. 4. Improvements To Filtration Systems The filtration system is another area where you may want to add improvements during renovations. While you are replastering your pool, this is an ideal time to replace lines and add new filtration. This is a great idea if you want to change the filtration systems to a chemical free pool pump. These are some of the things that you may want to consider when remodeling your pool. If you want to improve your pool and make it look like new again, contact a replastering contractor, such as those found at Contemporary Pools Inc, to get help doing some of these improvements to your...

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The Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Pool Builder

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have finally decided that you are going to get the pool of your dreams, you need to think about hiring a professional pool builder to assist you. Should you find that you are on the fence about hiring someone, read on to learn all of the benefits that will come from bringing in an expert to do it for you. Consideration Of Space You might have dreamed of a particular style of size of pool. However, a professional pool builder is going to be the one who can tell you whether that is something that is truly feasible for your property. There might be a retaining wall in the way, which means that you do not actually have as much space as you need for the specific style of pool that you want. You might accidentally build your pool too close to the road according to the specific codes in your town, which could result in fines or put other people in danger of falling into your pool. There might be some underground pipes and wires that will prevent you from building the inground pool of your dreams. Less Chance Of Malfunctions The last thing you want is to have a leak in your pool, a new pump motor that fails, or a crack in the concrete. Therefore, if the person building the pool is inexperienced, it might not last too long before issues surface. For example, it is vital that the concrete for an in-ground pool is smoothed out properly and has plenty of time to dry before taking any further steps. You also need to make sure that the pump is properly installed so that does not run dry, which could cause it to quickly lock up and completely break. You will also be able to make sure that the entire pool area is safe and secure so that small children are not able to break through improperly installed gates meant to protect them from harm when the pool is not in use. As you can see, there are many reasons why you might want to make sure that you are hiring the best possible pool builder once you are ready to take the plunge. With help from the right professionals, you will finally be able to cool off on those hot summer days or simply enjoy the company of your friends and family while sitting on the pool deck. Contact a pool building company like Blue Haven KC...

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Swimming Pool Maintenance: What Should Be Done To Prevent Safety Hazards

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you had your inground swimming pool for a long time without any maintenance being done? You may want to get the drains inspected and water cleaned to make sure you are safe when enjoying the pool. Below, learn about the importance of making sure your pool is properly maintained to prevent safety hazards from not getting timely repairs. How Should a Swimming Pool Be Maintained to Prevent Safety Hazards? The drain covers in your swimming pool should be inspected on occasion to make sure they are not out of place. There are several types of drains in the pool, including the main drains and skimmers. Poor maintenance of the covers can lead to someone getting injured due to the high amount of pressure in the drains. High drain pressure is necessary for removing debris out of the water. However, the pressure can lead to body parts getting sucked into the drains, drowning or even disembowelment (especially for small children). It is also important for the water in your pool to be clean and balanced. Failing to make sure the water is sanitary can lead to an infection or other health problems from bacteria. A specialist must be hired to remove debris out of the water and add chlorine to clean it. He or she must also balance the water by making sure the stabilizers, alkalinity, pH, dissolved solids and hardness of calcium levels are right. Chlorine and the pH levels work together, so they are the most vital aspects of cleaning and balancing the water. Damaged swimming pool lights can also pose a safety hazard. Make sure the lights are inspected in case they are broken. You don’t want to swim in water with damaged lights because it can lead to electrocution. How Much Does a Specialist Charge to Maintain a Swimming Pool? If you want your swimming pool cleaned and balanced on a weekly basis, you are looking to spend at least an average of $75 plus per month. The price will be higher based on any additional services, such as inspecting the drain covers. Investing in regular maintenance is worth it because you can prevent having to invest in costly repairs and swim without your body getting harmed. Never get in a swimming pool that is in need of being repaired, as you may regret it. Keep your pool safe by contacting a specialist like one from All-American Pools to maintain the water and drains in a safe...

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How To Clean Your Hot Tub With Non-Toxic Chemicals

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you concerned about the sanitation of your hot tub, but worried about using harsh chemicals? Harsh chemicals such as bleach and chlorine may clean your hot tub out, but they may also irritate your skin. If your children use your hot tub, you may also be concerned that the chemicals could harm them. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can clean out your hot tub without using dangerous chemicals. Hydrogen Peroxide A hydrogen peroxide solution is commonly used to disinfect cuts and can also be used to both clean and disinfect a hot tub. Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased at virtually any store. Be careful — it can lighten hair and clothes, though it does not do so as quickly as bleach. Hydrogen peroxide has an advantage over bleach and chlorine, because it is not harsh enough to hurt anyone upon skin contact. Skin and eyes should still be flushed in the event that it comes into contact with them.  Vinegar Washes If your hot tub has had mold growth or any similar bacterial issues, you can drain it and then wipe it off thoroughly with vinegar. Keep in mind that vinegar is acidic, so it should not remain on the surface of the hot tub. Instead, wipe the hot tub down completely (saturating all surfaces) and then rinse it off. Vinegar also has the advantage of removing odors, so if you have a musty or moldy odor associated with your hot tub it should help. Salt Water A certain level of salt water in a hot tub can sanitize it, but there are a few things you should know. Salt water does build up eventually if it is placed into a tub in too high concentrations. The amount of salt that needs to be introduced to keep water clean is quite low. You should always check with your manufacturer to ensure that the hot tub jets and other features will not be damaged by salt water. However, it’s a great way to create a completely natural system of water sanitation. The water should still be drained and replaced frequently.  You may want to check with your hot tub’s manufacturer to find out more about these methods. Certain types of hot tub may prove a little more difficult to clean. If your hot tub has a soft interior, it may also be more susceptible to damage with acidic solutions. Always double check before trying out a new cleaning method. To learn more, visit a website...

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