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
These last few weeks have been very difficult weather wise. Although some in the Denton area received rain in mid-July, many of us did not get a drop of rain. That combined with the recent 100 degree temperatures, which we have been experiencing, is really drying out area soils. The north Texas area tends to have pockets of fairly expansive soil—soil that contracts when is gets dry and expands … [Read more...] about Water Your Yard to Prevent Damage to Your Pool
One of the most common questions that pool builders get is—“How much does it cost to build a swimming pool?” As with many other purchases, prices vary greatly depending on what the prospective buyer is desiring. We all have different tastes. Following are a few examples of why it is so difficult to answer the simple question—“How much does _____________ cost?” Restaurants When selecting a … [Read more...] about How Much Does it Cost to Build a Swimming Pool?
The July 4th weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday this year, pool parties will likely be planned for anywhere from June 30th thru July 8th. Following are five tips to assure that your July 4th pool party will be one to be remembered. Be sure that your pool is ready To avoid last minute water problems such as … [Read more...] about 5 Tips to Help Ensure a Great July 4th Weekend