Disclaimer 😊: I have always been a dog lover. As a child, we always had dogs—several dogs. In my adult life, I have owned four dogs: Ellie—a yellow Labrador Retriever who passed away approximately 20 years ago. Sweetie—a black Labrador Retriever who passed away in July of 2015. Bogey—a Dachshund that we got as a puppy in July of 2017. Dawson—a Pug mix that we rescued in March of … [Read more...] about Swimming Pools & Dogs
Are you having trouble deciding on a gift for that person that is difficult to buy for? You know, the person who already 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 nonprofit agencies that could use, and are worthy of, your help, especially in this pandemic year. Another gift idea for the “hard … [Read more...] about Christmas Gift Ideas for the Pool Owner
Pool designers and landscape designers definitely agree on the importance of properly landscaping a pool area—it can really transform a backyard pool area. Oftentimes the only difference between a swimming pool that looks good and one that looks great comes down to the landscaping. As we enter the fall and a prime time to landscape (especially for trees & shrubs), now is a great time to plan … [Read more...] about Poolside Landscaping
What a great September / October we have had thus far—the weather has just been phenomenal! We have had some warm days followed by cool days and even cooler nights, which has resulted in lower pool water temperatures. Average pool water temperatures in the Denton area are now in the low 70’s—of course this depends on if the pool is shaded, if it has a dark surface, etc. According to the … [Read more...] about Pool Heaters: Heat that Cool Water!
A few years ago, my wife and I purchased our first stand-alone hot tub. We have had swimming pools that had spas attached to them, and have had jetted bathtubs, but we had never had a stand-alone hot tub until then. It was the first time in 30 years that we had not had a swimming pool, but we have really enjoyed having a hot tub. Hot tubs have continued to increase in popularity in recent … [Read more...] about Hot Tub Purchasing Tips
Most pool contractors in the area are considerably busier than normal right now. The main driver is the pandemic and the desire to improve their home, which is where most people are spending their time. There are also other reasons: fairly mild winter, low interest rates, and the growth of the DFW Metroplex. While many people in the area already have pools, others are trying to decide whether … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Pool Ownership
I think that it goes without saying that our lives have been changed forever due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is something that none of us have ever been through, and there are many things about the future that we do not know: When will this pandemic end? When can we go see our aging parents? When can we go back to church? When will public gatherings (sporting … [Read more...] about Home Sweet Home
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