Pitfalls of Pool Closing
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It’s pool closing time. You sigh just thinking about it don’t you? Winterizing your pool can be a pain in the rumpus and very expensive if done incorrectly. If you want to save yourself the stress, the alternative is hiring a professional pool company to winterize your pool. However, the average winterizing price is north of $400. For those who take the Ice Pool Challenge of winterizing your pool, here are some pitfalls to avoid that will preven…

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Winterizing Kits: Swimming Pool Closing Kits
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Time to winterize the pool! These words either bring you sadness or joy. For those who have been relaxing in the pool, and enjoying the time swimming, splashing, and lounging around, you are saddened this time of year as the weather will soon be getting colder. On the contrary, those who have been maintaining the pool all season, this is a welcome time of year. Soon, there will be one less item on the “to-do” list! Now Please, before you sta…

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Off-Season Care for the Sunbelt Pool
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If you live in an area where you don’t winterize the pool, but don’t use the pool during winter – you are by my estimate, about 35% of the pool owners in the U.S…. You still need to run the filter everyday, and maintain good pH and chlorine levels. Black  algae can grow in a winter pool, taking advantage of the situation (dirty pool, low chlorine, little filtering). Salt Chlorinators in Winter If you didn’t know, yo…

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Aboveground Pool Steps: a Buyer’s Guide
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One of the most vital pieces of accessory equipment for your aboveground pool, your step or ladder system serves as a means of entering and exiting the pool, but also should be a deterrent to unauthorized use. If you’ve been using the small, wobbly A-frame ladder that came with your pool several years ago, perhaps it’s time to step-up to a newer model. An aboveground step that’s more stable and sturdy; one that meets pool safet…

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Above Ground Swimming Pools: A Buyer’s Guide
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The arena of above ground pools has many options and may be a bit overwhelming when considering buying their first above ground swimming pool. All things said and done there are only three categories to align with your desired use of an aboveground pool. I’ll quickly take you through these considerations and get you many steps closer to a beautiful addition to your backyard; a pool that perfectly fits your family lifestyle and budget. The Need L…

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How to Blow Out Pool Lines for Winter
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Back when I had a pool service company, we had a few customers we saw only once per year. These were very hands-on, DIY clients, who would have their pool completely closed, and called us out for our blow-only service, to winterize the underground lines. Blowing out the lines is not so complicated, anyone can do it, with the right equipment. The right equipment for the job, in this instance, is the Cyclone pool blower, shown right. A suitable su…

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Top 5 Winter Pool Accessories
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When old man winter comes howling down your street, make sure that your pool is well protected. Winter can create all sorts of problems if you’re not prepared. Today’s blog post is a Buyer’s Guide – to aid your awareness of the various winter pool accessory items, and present some Hot! New! products for your review. Enjoy! Above Ground Pool Winter Accessories We have 3 pages of winter accessories for above ground pools &…

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Install a Solar Pool Heater this Weekend!
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If you are looking to add a solar heating system to your swimming pool and have questions about how to install solar panels, read on. From simple, single on ground panels for easy set pools to multi-panel roof mounted systems for in ground pools, I’ll explain the differences and how to get them up and heating your pool in a weekend! To quickly qualify myself, I have 4 – 2’ x 20’ panels on my garage roof and have helped install 12 – 2…

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Aboveground Pool Winterizing Procedures
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Labor Day has come and gone, and for many it will soon be time to close the pool. If you are like me, this is one day I tend to dread. Gather your family or willing friend, and schedule a Saturday to properly close your pool – so depressing! Today’s blog is going to help you close an above ground pool the proper way, to make for an easier spring opening. How to Winterize Aboveground Pools It is good advice to wait until your pool water is…

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