When the pool is an eco-friendly natural pool! Natural pools are a new trend in sustainable living, eschewing chemicals in favor of a self-cleaning, plant based ecosystem. Designers and proponents claim that maintenance costs are much lower and that the cost of installing the pool itself is not much higher than that of installing a standard swimming pool. HGTV has a gallery of this fascinating concept in action. Here are a few of our favorites…
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In our August newsletter we shared the craziest private pools that we could find…but not all of them! Fortunately, as there is no shortage of human creativity in this world, so there is no shortage of crazy pools. Check out this incredible offering, housed inside a New York townhouse…
Unfortunately, such a unique decorating style has proven difficult to move on the market and so while the pool garnered plenty of interest in the style pages, it does appear to have been updated along with the rest of the apartment in order to appeal to the masses. Check out the after and tell us which you would have chosen.
The kids are splashing merrily in the pool. You are supervising nearby with a cold beverage in hand, when the ominous sound rumbles overhead. Everyone stops and looks at you, hoping maybe you didn’t hear. Or that it was just a plane. But it’s definitely thunder and you issue the dreaded command, “Everyone out of the pool.” The kids groan and complain as they clamber out. It seems so silly. It’s not even raining yet! Why can’t they swim just a little longer? Is lightning really such a threat?
In case you are ever tempted to give in to the pleas, the true answer is that YES, lightning is absolutely a threat. Direct strikes on in ground pools are rare because there are so many taller targets surrounding the pool, but they do happen. Even a nearby strike can be dangerous if the current is channeled into the water through the pool’s plumbing system. Lightning can travel up to ten miles ahead of or behind the main body of the storm, so the lack of rain is not an indication that you can swim a little longer. If you can hear the thunder, don’t be in the pool. If the kids still don’t believe you, here’s a video clip you can offer up as proof that your pool really can be hit by lightning!
Going green is all fine and well for the environment, but when it comes to your pool it can be very problematic. Unfortunately, Florida’s summer rains and the occasional hurricane can wreak havoc on your pool water’s chemical levels. You may glance out your window one day to notice the water is slightly less blue than it was. Wait another day or two (because life) and the frogs may be eyeing your new pond with envy! What’s the quickest way back from green to blue?
First, vacuum and skim out any debris. Next, brush every surface within your pool. Then shock your pool. (Use pool shock or a few gallons of chlorine - whatever your local pool store recommends.) Finally, run your pool filter. Be prepared to brush the surfaces and clean your filter daily until your pool is back to normal.
If a hurricane knocks your power out, it can be days before you get it back. Even if you are a prepared Floridian with a generator and plenty of gasoline, the pool pump is not usually the first priority for a power up. Unless you have a very powerful generator, chances are your pool may be without a pump for a few days, possibly up to a week. With school cancelled and the AC on the fritz, the kids (and you too) are likely looking to the pool for some relief. But is it safe?
The answer? It can be. Once you’ve cleared out the debris and treated the initial chemical imbalance, it is safe to swim. However without the pump to circulate, problems can develop more quickly, so you’ll want to keep an exceptionally close eye on your water chemistry. Use an at home kit or make frequent trips to your local pool store for water testing and treat any imbalances immediately to keep your pool the perfect oasis after a storm.
You may have noticed that it’s been a bit wet lately - like Florida has decided to catch up on six months of rain in the space of three days. That amount of rainwater can quickly have an impact on your pool. Here’s Jason with some tips on what to expect…
Take the traditional Easter Egg Hunt in a new direction this year and hide your eggs in the pool! Float them on top for a quick and easy hunt or weight them so they sink or float somewhere in the middle for a slightly more challenging experience. Either way it will be good, splashy fun!
Expert tip: It’s probably a good idea not to put the candy IN the eggs before submerging them. Have the kids trade them in for goodies after the hunt!
Even if you hate cleaning, you can’t help but love pressure washing. There is something so instantly gratifying about old dirt being blasted away to reveal the shiny clean beneath. It’s cathartic! Plus, after you spend an hour or two having a blast making and erasing patterns in the dirt, you have a clean patio and and the satisfaction of a job well done.
The only downside to pressure washing around the pool is that some of that dirt inevitably ends up in your pool and your shiny clean deck joy is marred by the now-grimy pool. Never fear! Skim any large debris off the top and let your pool pump run for a few hours and you’ll be back in business with a clean pool AND a sparkling deck!
As the weather warms out, the backyard beckons! The kids are ready to swim and even if you’re not quite ready to jump in, you’re happy to settle in to enjoy the breeze while you supervise. Except you’re not, because as you go to sit, you realize the furniture is filthy after a winter of neglect. What to do, what to do?
As it turns out, what to do depends entirely upon the type of furniture you have! But never fear, Clean and Scentsible has a clear and concise guide to spring cleaning every type of backyard furniture - from wicker to plastic, and everything in between. Check it out, get to work, and tomorrow you can sit back and enjoy that breeze while the kids splash and play!
If your house is anything like mine, the warmer temperatures have your kids jumping into a pool most afternoons. The pool toys are coming out of storage and everyone is looking for their favorite pair of goggles! And if you’re like me, that pool water is still a touch cold for your taste, so you’re still on the pool deck supervising from a safe distance - which presents the perfect opportunity for a little pool toy maintenance! After a winter in storage (okay, after a winter piled in the lesser used side of the patio) the toys could all use a good scrub down. Here’s the 411 on getting them back in good shape for another summer of fun!
Give everything a good scrub down with a disinfecting solution. Mix two cups of bleach with a gallon of water OR create a half and half vinegar/water solution. The bleach will be more effective, but the vinegar is easier on the nose and skin. Wipe down the entirety of all pool toys. Use a soft brush on stubborn stains.
Inspect squirt toys. You can suck up some of your disinfecting solution for good measure, but know that these toys are best for single season use as it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate mildew growth inside.
Check that your inflatables hold air and that any plastic toys are still intact. Plastic may become brittle over time, especially when stored in the harsh Florida sun. Discard anything cracked or broken edges.
Inventory your goggles - look over the lenses, nose pieces, and straps and seals. Toss what is deteriorated beyond use and then order whatever you need to to avoid the inevitable tussles over the one pair that everyone likes best.
At least this pool saved the life of this deer, when the mountain lion chasing it was shocked by the splash! The water-adverse feline climbs out immediately, leaving the deer to paddle to safety on the other side. Reason number 687 to own a swimming pool.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Aaron’s Leak Detection!
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If your pool needs a makeover, but you aren’t ready to splurge on a full blown renovation, consider these small, budget friendly ideas that can make a big difference in your space.
Research low-maintenance plants and purchase from your local nursery.
Find low-cost furniture and planters on Craigslist or OfferUp and rehab with a coat of paint.
Build your own firepit and add some comfy chairs.
Rent or borrow a pressure washer to scour your backyard surfaces.
Create your own hammock for the perfect relaxation spot.
Welcome to 2019, friends! And for many of us, welcome back to work…
From all of us at Aaron’s Leak Detection to all of you - we pray that you have a wonderful Christmas full of family, friends, and memories!
It’s still not too late to mail your Christmas cards. Per the U.S. Postal Service, the deadline for mailing First Class to arrive by Christmas is:
Don’t be late!
A recent article on Runner’s World shares why runners should look no further than their backyard pool to boost their skills. Swimming provides an excellent low-impact cardio alternative both as a supplement to your regular running regimen and as an fill-in when recovering from an injury. Swimming also builds the muscles you need for running, has almost no risk of injury, and adds a little variety to your training routine. Plus it’s just plain fun and just about the only way you can work out without working up a sweat! What’s not to love?