Approximately 20 years ago, when my sons were much younger, something happened that made me realize that I am a dog lover. Our yellow Labrador retriever, Ellie, died suddenly after 10 years of providing our family with constant joy and me with a running partner. I remember it like it was yesterday—as it was very difficult on our family. Our youngest son, who was responsible for feeding Ellie, kept … [Read more...] about Swimming Pools & Dogs
Several times over the years I had a building project at my house that had nothing to do with a swimming pool. This project involved hiring multiple contractors, and it reminded me how complicated the process of hiring contractors can be. There are many very good building contractors in the area, but there are others who are not reputable and likely do not have the financial resources … [Read more...] about How to Select a Contractor
Much like the last two years, 2020 has gotten off to a really wet start. Although we are unlikely to get to February 2018 rainfall totals (the wettest on record — a whopping 11.31 inches of rain measured at DFW airport), it is extremely wet and the ground is saturated. It seems that every yard that we work in is muddy. As can be expected, heavy rain can wreak havoc on swimming … [Read more...] about Swimming Pool Care Tips after the Rainfall
Most pool contractors in the area are busier than normal for this time of year. Although the mild winter that we are experiencing might be a factor, I would imagine that the strong economy, low interest rates, and the growth that the DFW Metroplex is experiencing are the primary drivers. While many people in the area already have pools, others are trying to decide whether or not they … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Pool Ownership
Thus far we have seen a mild winter, but most likely we will see another significant freeze or two before spring. Extreme cold for us and pool equipment is low 20’s and below and prolonged freezes where we don’t get above freezing for 24 hours or longer. Damage due to freezes can be very expensive, so please take the following precautions before any significant freeze: Make sure the … [Read more...] about Be Prepared for Freezing Weather
Denton based Gohlke Pools has been selected by Pool and Spa News as one of the top 10 Pool Service Companies in the country. The list is based on a comprehensive criterion that included customer satisfaction surveys. There are an estimated 67,000 pool service companies in the United States. After compiling the data, Pool and Spa News ranked the top 50 pool service companies and … [Read more...] about Gohlke Pools One of The Top 10 Pool Service Companies In The United States… AGAIN!
Are you having trouble deciding on a gift for that person that is difficult to buy for? You know, the person who has everything. One special way to honor that person is to make a contribution in their name to a worthwhile charity. Denton has many excellent non-profit agencies that could use and are worthy of your help. Another gift idea for the “hard to buy for” is to think … [Read more...] about Christmas Gift Ideas for the Pool Owner
We really do not know much about what type of winter that we will be experiencing. The Old Farmer’s 2020 Almanac says the following about what will happen in what they call Region 11, which includes north Texas: Winter will be milder and drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall in places that normally receives snow. The coldest periods will be in mid-to-late November and early … [Read more...] about DFW Freezing Weather Information