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
Labor Day weekend is typically a big weekend for swimming pool parties, probably the second most popular pool use weekend after the July 4th. With the relatively mild weather that we have been experiencing as of late, pools and backyards will be a great place to be this Labor Day Weekend! Following is a checklist to assure that your Labor Day weekend pool party goes as planned: Be sure that your … [Read more...] about Plan Now for a Great Labor Day Party
If you have been watching local news stations over the past week or two, you have likely seen stories about foundation problems occurring on area houses. Two remarks that I remember from the reports are: From the owner of a foundation repair company—“We are receiving at least twice as many calls as we typically receive this time of year.” From a homeowner—“My wife and I built this house 41 … [Read more...] about Water Your Yard – Prevent Pool Damage
As you can imagine, 100+ degree 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 or high pH levels (above 7.6) can cause … [Read more...] about Hot Weather Pool Care Tips