It has been a very wet and cold autumn so far and leaves are starting to fall. What can a pool owner do to combat the leaf problem? Short of cutting the trees down (please don’t do this), following are some suggestions to help: Mesh covers Mesh covers have become increasingly popular in recent years. Mesh covers allow water to pass through but catch the leaves. Although the leaves will … [Read more...] about 4 Alternatives on How to Deal with the Leaves Falling Into Your Pool
What a difference landscaping can make! 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 … [Read more...] about Poolside Landscaping
Most pool builders are asked two questions more than they hear other questions—and those questions are: “What is the best time of year to build a swimming pool?” “How do I begin the planning process for a swimming pool?” Following are the answers to these very common questions: What is the best time of year to build a swimming pool? The answer will probably not surprise you—it is … [Read more...] about Now is the Time to Begin Planning a Pool
Wow--What is with this Weather? As can be expected, 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 … [Read more...] about The Clean Up After the Heavy Rain
Over the past year or two, it seems that we have had several record or near-record weather events take place. This past weekend we experienced another one. According to Brian James, meteorologist of NBC 5, said that we had the third highest 24 hour rainfall total that we have had since records have been kept (1898). DFW Airport measured 8.12” of rain in a 24 hour period beginning Friday at 6pm and … [Read more...] about Your Pool Flooded with the Recent Rain… Now What?
With October 3rd (occurred in 1951) being the latest 100 degree day that we have ever experienced (since records have been kept in 1898), it is likely that the 100 degree days are over for this year. Our average first freeze is November 22nd, but our earliest freeze ever was on October 22nd (occurred in 1898), therefore, cold weather is just around the corner. What kind of winter do we have … [Read more...] about Top 3 Winter Pool Care Options for the Denton Area
Approximately 18 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
Although there might be a few more hot days, for the most part the hottest weather is behind us. With the first average freeze date for the DFW area still over two months away (November 22nd), we are entering the time of year when weather for outdoor activities is optimal. Many who like spending time outdoors are aware that fall in the north Texas area is hard to beat for weather. The average … [Read more...] about Fall is a Great Time of Year to Enjoy Your Swimming Pool