When hosting a pool party, it's often best to keep things simple. For food, a great way to do this is to create grab-and-go options that minimize the mess. In other words, serve it on a stick! You can skewer every course from the appetizer all the way to dessert and as the options are endless, it can be as kid-friendly or as fancy pants as you desire. Check out these great ideas to get inspired!
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This month's newsletter is full of tips for throwing the perfect pool party! We're going to follow along on the blog with ideas for fun-in-the-sun snacks! For example, if you haven't been on Pinterest recently (or ever) you may not know that there are 101 ways to serve fruit and hardly any of them involve plates or bowls. Check it out...
It's that time of year again - pool noodle season! The deceptively simple foam tubes can be found in just about any store and they can do so much more than keep you afloat! This month we'll be bringing you suggestions both surprising and fun for new ways to make the noodle work for you!
We're kicking it off with some truly ingenious life hacks! Check these out...
In recent years, the cream-vs-spray debate has surfaced every summer, creating confusion for parents who are just trying to get their squirming kids protected the best they can. So what IS the right answer?
Creams may be safer, but most of us don't use enough to get the advertised protection. We are also less likely to reapply creams as often as we should. Sprays are more convenient and therefore more likely to be applied, but dermatologists have concerns over their safety, and again we're likely not using enough to get the proper protection.
From a practical standpoint, the best sunscreen is the one you'll use. Whichever one you go with, make sure you apply it early and often and take care to follow the application instructions to achieve the recommended coverage.
It's been 11 years since the VGB act was signed into law and public pools were required to replace old drain covers with new covers designed to prevent entrapment. Many private pool owners followed suit, but if you have moved into an older home with a pool, you'll want to make sure that your drain cover is up to date. How can you tell? Old drain covers are flat and create a powerful suction force that can snag hair or other body parts and trap children at the bottom of the pool, unable to escape. VBG compliant covers are rounded, unable to be fully blocked, therefore preventing that entrapment danger.
If you find that your drain cover is unsafe, we are happy to assist you with the replacement. Call our office to schedule the installation!
When considering what upgrades to make to your pool each year, safety should always be priority number one. If you've had any recent additions to the family, perhaps a new child or grandchild or even a new pet, it may be time to consider adding a pool fence.
Aaron's Leak Detection can help you with that! We are an officially licensed dealer for Protect-A-Child pool fences, a company that fully aligns with our high standards for service and quality.
With the return of warm weather, the cool of the swimming pool beckons. And no one hears that call sooner or with more enthusiasm than the kids! It's never to early to think about swim lessons and the benefits they provide for all young swimmers - from infants to teens. Infants as young as six-months old can learn water survival skills, young children can learn to float and swim, and older children can begin to master different strokes and build speed and endurance. Check with your favorite swim instructor to set up lessons, or check out Thumbtack for a list of qualified instructors in your area.
Winter is over (whew, that was a rough two weeks!) and the temperatures are already creeping back up into the 80's which means it's almost swim season again! If your house is like mine, the kids have already taken the plunge! And, if your house is like mine, you may have been a little lax with the pool maintenance over the winter. Here are a few steps for getting everything back in order.
- If your pool is not screened in, you may have some debris accumulated on the bottom of the pool. Put your skimmer and vacuum to work!
- Check your water level and add or remove until the top of the water sits at the midway point of your skimmer.
- Analyze your pool water with an at-home kit or by taking a sample down to your local pool store. Take recommended steps to return your water to optimum swimming levels.
- Check your deck drains and clear out any weeds or debris that have accumulated over the winter.
- Inspect your pool toys for damage or mildew and discard those that aren't up for another season.
- Dive in!
For the sentimental romantic, there is nothing more fun than finding hearts in nature...and they can be found just about anywhere! For the romantic swimmer, these naturally-formed, heart-shaped pools and lakes might just be the ultimate find!
Our newsletter this month is full of fun date ideas for your Valentine's Day, but you don't have to leave home for romance! Luxury Life Design has a gallery full of ideas for using your swimming pool to create that special ambiance. They range from simple to extravagant, but all of them are elegant. Take a look, get inspired, and then invest in some candles and flowers to surprise that special someone!
We're wrapping up our month of pool upgrade chatter with a little more design inspiration. Check out the 2017 Florida Swimming Pool Association design awards. Most of the looks are completely achievable in the average backyard and any of them would be a stunning place to spend the summer.
One of the recommended upgrades in this month's newsletter was the practical purchase of a more efficient pool pump. If you're still considering your options, Swim University has some great information that might help push you over the edge. Want to save money, filter faster, and reduce the noise? What are you waiting for?
If resurfacing your pool is on the agenda for this year, you may have considered doing it yourself to save some money. Check out this article from doityourself.com to get a glimpse of all the details you'll need to consider before making your final decision.
This month's newsletter was all about making minor upgrades for massive impact in your backyard pool. To get further inspired, check out this before and after montage of pools that have utilized many of the suggestions we put forward. Here are a few of our favorites...
The team at Aaron's Leak Detection wishes you the very best for the new year. Happy 2018!