CLEANING POOL TIPS

From Pentair Pool

The ice is gone, and it is time to open your swimming pool for the summer.  Whether you are one who has a DIY inclination, or you hire a professional maintenance company to open your swimming pool, there are certain things that you can do to mitigate your cost, as well as to increase the effective life of your swimming pool and equipment.  This post from Pentair Pool gives a succinct,  handy guide to swimming pool cleaning and maintenance tips that apply to every swimming owner.

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Heater Hazards

From Pool & Spa News

Improper care can mean serious danger — but regular checkups should prevent most problems before they start.

The Internet has revolutionized the world, and there is really no arguing that point.  Goods and Services are able to be purchased cheaper, quicker, and more efficiently than before the advent of the WWW, and this is unquestionably a good thing.  Unfortunately, some fallout and unintended consequences of these actions are outlined in this article.  Do-it-yourselfers have long used the Internet to purchase goods cheaply and install them on their own, utilizing no more than a You Tube Video as their guide, in some cases.  This post illustrates that with certain goods and services, namely one's own inground swimming pool, it is more prudent to leave these complicated entities to the licensed professionals, lest one could be courting disaster.

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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR POOL CARE

From SwimmingPool.com

Even the most intrepid and handy DIY'er gets cold sweats from having to solve common swimming pool problems.  Cloudy Pool, Algae (in its many forms), Mold, Pool Circulation, Scale, Etching, Chlorine Demand, Etc. will all test the knowledge and capabilities of even the most seasoned swimming pool professionals, let alone a weekend warrior trying to save money on swimming pool service.  This post from Swimmingpool.com provides a guide to the most common swimming pool issues that one can encounter, and gives some handy tips on the remedies.  If you are willing and able to tackle the swimming pool care, this post is definitely for you.

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TIPS AND IDEAS FOR DESIGNING A SUNROOM

From Pool and Spa Outdoor

Sunrooms, sometimes called three season rooms, provide benefits to the homeowner that other rooms simply cannot provide.  The ability to feel the outdoor air, even when the weather conditions aren't quite ideal, are just one of the characteristics of a sunroom that can improve the life of the homeowner.  Designing a sunroom is a different exercise than other forms of interior design, as this post from Pool and Spa Outdoor explains.  In this post, Pool and Spa Outdoor explores the design process starting with needs, then moving to sizing, material choices, roofing, etc.  

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7 Ways to Design a Garden That Flows and Intrigues

From Houzz

Transform a staccato yard into a smooth and relaxing delight by mastering the art of garden transitions

One of the main principles of landscape design is to make the space orderly and direct traffic patterns as well as to direct the eye of the beholder.  When executed properly, a well-designed space will have order, rhythm, and usefullness that relates to the homeowner's lifestyle.  When not executed optimally, the backyard can feel stunted, compartmentalized, and separate.  This post from Houzz presents 7 tips to re-visualize one's backyard with these flowing and uniting principles in mind.

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Tragic Tally: More Than 200 Reported Child Drownings In Pools and Spas This Summer

From Pool Safely

According to this post from The CPSC's Pool Safely campaign, at least 202 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in a swimming pool or spa in the United States in 2013.  Of those, 143 of the victims were children younger than age 5.  These senseless deaths are virtually completely preventable, by utilizing vigilance and being informed about pool safety.  The CPSC campaign emphasizes fencing all pools, and staying close and attentive to children at all times while around water.  These are simple steps, but they will save lives.

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How to Cool Your Pool

From Malibu Pool Service and Repair

Swimming pool owners that live in the Sunbelt are intimately familiar with this problem, but pool owner's in the midwest not so much.  However, with summers getting hotter and hotter every year, the ability to cool down a pool will become a more relevant issue all over the country.  This post from Malibu Pool Service and Repair talks about the different methods that can be used to cool down a pool that has overheated.

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Questions Every Pool Owner Should Ask the Pros

From Pool FYI

Having a pool professional take care of one's pool can give one a tremendous sense of calmness.  Owning a swimming pool is a complicated endeavor, and there are many things that a professional can handle that one has neither the time nor the inclination to worry about.  However, being an informed consumer is always the best option to protect one and one's significant investment, and that's where this post from Pool FYI comes into play.  

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