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We are currently in a hotter, drier trend than we typically experience in June. We average less than two days of 100 degrees in June, but by the end of this June it now appears that we will have somewhere between 6-8 days of 100 degrees or more. Plus there have been quite a few days of 95-99 degree days. In addition, there has been very little rain as of late. The north Texas area tends to have … [Read more...] about Water Your Yard to Prevent Damage to Your Pool
As of this writing (July 21st), we have not yet experienced our first 100 degree day of 2021, but the weather forecasters are expecting that to change in the next week or two. Our average date of our first 100 degree day is July 1st, therefore we are a bit behind schedule this year. We average eighteen 100 degree days per year, therefore we likely have quite a few of them ahead of us. Since … [Read more...] about Weekly Pool Maintenance Tips
Inflation in the Pool Industry You have all heard about and experienced the inflation that we have been experiencing over the past two years, especially in 2021 and thus far in 2022. Bloomberg reports that the inflation rate for 2021 was 7%. Obviously, some sectors did not experience 7% inflation rate, while other sectors experienced much more than 7%. One of the sectors that experienced much … [Read more...] about Why Are Prices Now Higher?
Here we are again; it is getting hot. As you can imagine, these high temperatures can create problems for swimming pools even when a routine swimming pool maintenance program is followed. Two of the most common pool problems that pool owners experience this time of year due to the heat are cloudy water and algae. Cloudy water due to water chemistry imbalance Low sanitizer (chlorine) levels … [Read more...] about Hot Weather Pool Care
Heavy rain can wreak havoc on swimming pools—by exposing problems such as poor drainage and also by creating problems such as debris in the pool and water chemistry issues. Poor drainage If you have drainage issues, heavy rain can really expose them. The best way to determine if poor drainage exists is to observe the pool area during heavy rain. If poor drainage is an issue which causes rain … [Read more...] about Your Pool Flooded with the Recent Rain… Now What?
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
One of the trends that we have seen over the past couple of years is string lights, also referred to as bistro lighting or market lighting. While most agree that they are a very good look and provide just enough accent lighting in most situations, most of these lights are 120 volts, which should never be used over a swimming pool due to electrocution dangers. Obviously, electricity and water are … [Read more...] about Water & Electricity Do Not Mix
How we got here. Over the weekend a lot of the major news outlets decided to report on the pool chlorine shortage our country is facing for this summer. This problem goes back to August 27th, 2020 when Hurricane Laura made landfall in the Lake Charles, LA area. It just so happens that roughly 60% of the nation’s chlorine tablets are manufactured there. The hurricane caused a fire at that … [Read more...] about How to Deal with the Chlorine Shortage