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
--by Wes Gohlke-- One very common question we receive is how long will it take to build an in-ground swimming pool? This is a very loaded question, being that there is much more to the process than excavating the pool and proceeding from there. Much like building a home, there is a considerable amount of planning that takes place before clearing the lot, setting foundation forms, … [Read more...] about How Long Does it Really Take to Build a Pool?
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
Where did fall go? It seems that we went from extremely hot weather to freezing temperatures almost overnight — I guess that is just the weather that we have here in north Texas! The average date of our first freeze is November 22nd, and this year our first freeze was on October 31st. We do not know what this means for the rest of fall/winter, but we do know that we will have … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Freeze Damage
The combination over the past few weeks of the lower temperatures and the high winds have definitely changed the lives for pool owners who have trees — as the leaves are now falling! 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 … [Read more...] about 5 Alternatives for Dealing with the Leaves Falling into your Pool
Two years ago, we purchased our first stand-alone hot tub. We have had swimming pools that had spas attached to them, and we have even had a jetted bathtub, but we had never had a stand-alone hot tub until recently. It is the first time in 30 years that we have not had a swimming pool, but thus far our family is really enjoying having a hot tub. Hot tubs have continued to increase … [Read more...] about Hot Tub Purchasing Tips
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 … [Read more...] about Poolside Landscaping