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Pool Algae: What It Is and How to Handle It

Your pool may be out of use during the winter months, but perhaps you’re already dreaming of summer and all the fun that you’ll have outdoors. However, even if the weather cooperates this summer, you still won’t be able to enjoy your pool if algae takes over it.

To protect your pool and get the most use out of it, you need to know more about algae. Learn what it is, how algae blooms happen, and what you can do about them.

What Is Algae?

Though its definition is broad, algae found in pools is predominately plant or plantlike. Sharing similarities with land plants, it feeds on nutrients from its environment and uses photosynthesis to convert sunlight into energy.

Cut Energy Costs on Your Swimming Pool Heater

However, heating a pool costs money. If you are concerned about how much energy it costs to heat your pool, reduce the amount of energy required to keep your pool comfortable with these steps.

Reach the Right Temperature With Your Pool

Figure out the range of temperatures that feels comfortable to you and pick the lowest end of that range. For most people, that’s around 78 degrees Fahrenheit, though if you have small children or elderly loved ones, your pool may need to be 80 to 82 degrees. Once you’ve decided what temperature is best, make sure your heater is set to automatically heat the pool only to that temperature, and no higher.

By being mindful about when you run your pool heater and how high you set your pool’s temperature, you can start saving money now.

How to Start Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

When you are a swimming pool owner, you likely look forward to summer with great anticipation as this is the time that you can use your swimming pool again. However, if this is your first time getting your swimming pool ready for use after the off-season, you may wonder what you can or should do to get your swimming pool up and running.

Here are some of the steps that you should take so that your swimming pool is up and running sooner rather than later.

Uncover and Inspect Your Pool

The first step that you will want to take when you are getting your pool ready for use in the summer is to uncover and inspect your pool. You want to be sure that storms or the winter cold did not damage the overall structure of your pool.

5 Maintenance Tips for Your Pool This Fall

As the weather starts to cool off and the leaves begin to fall, you may think it is time to call it quits for your swimming pool. While it is true that there is plenty of maintenance to be done to your swimming pool, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy it for a little while longer.

In fact, fall maintenance is essential to ensuring that you are able to continue enjoying your pool for as long as you can. After all, you are going to be dealing with decreased temperatures, less sunlight and a whole lot more debris.

With that being said, here are five maintenance tasks that you will want to perform on your pool this fall.

From Water Slides To Caves — A Short Guide To Spicing Up Your Pool With A Grotto

Installing a backyard pool is a great way to take a yard from drab to fab. But, if you’re going to invest in such a prominent feature, you surely want to create a real centerpiece attraction.

When a simple and basic pool just doesn’t add enough pizzazz for you, adding a grotto can be just what the doctor ordered.

What is a pool grotto, and how can you design the perfect one? Here’s a quick guide to these luxurious add-ons.

Making a Real Splash: 5 Luxurious Additions to Liven Up Any Pool

Adding a pool to your property is the perfect way to create a true destination space that you and your guests will love using again and again. However, including the right custom pool addition will take your space to the next level of comfort and luxury. So, what can you do to make your pool really stand out? Here are five fantastic ideas for any style of pool

Beyond Marco Polo: Fun Family Games For Your Custom Pool

swimYou’ve had a new custom pool designed to fit your landscape. Or maybe you’ve renovated your pool and added new safety features. You’ve had the water tested to make sure it’s chemically balanced. Now it’s time for the most important step: enjoying your pool. To ensure your entire family spends time together, you want to find a fun swimming game that all ages can enjoy. You’re probably tired of the old staples, like Sharks and Minnows and Marco Polo. Your whole family can have a great time in your new pool with the following lesser-known (but just as fun) pool games.

Anything is Possible with a Custom Concrete Pool

customconcretepoolAt KrisCo Aquatech Pools and Spas we design and build Free-form Natural style Swimming Pools and Spas as well as linear/geometric swimming pools in traditional styles as well as stunning “vanishing edge” styles. Linear or geometric pools provide a sharp, clean look that may be accomplished with some combination of the following design styles and features:
  • Clean straight lines
  • A basic or combination of geometric shapes (squares, rectangles etc.)
  • Concrete, brick, bluestone, flagstone decking
  • Bull-nose pavers or tumbled edge coping at the pool edge
  • Simple, clean, classic water features, deck jets and/or waterfalls
  • Ceramic, glass or mosaic tile at the water-line

The Small Backyard: Designing Your Pool to Fit Limited Space

90319b38-6180-4cf9-bc87-d246a780808cIf you have a small or oddly-shaped yard, you might feel that a pool just isn’t possible. However, many tiny yards can house a beautiful pool that is not only functional but also the visual focal point of the space. Don’t feel like choosing a small pool means you are settling for less than the best. Large sprawling pools are not always the best solution for your lifestyle. Pools don’t need to be large to provide a good time. Keep in mind that, unless you are frequently hosting large parties with avid swimmers, a small pool can easily meet your daily needs for a cool, calming swim. Smaller pools are easier to maintain, simply because there is less water to filter and less surface area to clean. A small pool can also be great for a tight budget—it costs less to build, chemically treat, and heat a small pool. For the average family, a well-designed pool will provide hours of enjoyment, even if the size is reduced. Here are some design ideas to consider when you only have a small space to work with.