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Tips on Buying a Swimming Pool

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Everyone dreams of having a swimming pool. But when the time comes, most people do not have enough information about what it takes to buy one. Some want a portable pool, others prefer an in-ground oasis. It’s no fun to travel into the unknown when it comes to buying a swimming pool. Before you do, here is what you should …

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What is a Pier and When are They Needed?

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If you plan to have a swimming pool in your home, a reputable contractor will check the soil components before starting any pool construction project. There are many cases where a pool requires support.  Not only is it gunite and the iron rods, but also adding a pier to provide additional support for an in-ground concrete pool. It may require …

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Avoid Critters Getting in Your Pool

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Who likes critters? No one! So why do they appear in our pool? Although a swimming pool is a great place to cool off in the summertime, it can be deadly for animals so we will talk about how to keep snakes out of swimming pools. In the past few years, we see how these critters appear in a backyard …

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Chlorine Tab Shortage – Other Ways to Sanitize Your Pool

In Ask the Pool Experts, Pool Maintenance How To by Swimming Pool Expert

In August 2020, Louisiana’s large chlorine production facility burned down, causing a Chlorine tab shortage of a prevalent form of chlorine in tabs for use in swimming pools.  For many homeowners, the challenge once again comes down to: How do I use less chlorine? Many pool owners have always been uncomfortable with chlorine, and for obvious reasons — it kills …

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MythBusters – Swimming Pool Edition

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We are not strangers to fables, urban legends, or mythical stories. It surprises the number of people who believe in such tall tales. Myths can be rational, functional, structural, and psychological.   Myths can go everywhere, even when it comes to swimming pools. We heard one too many to make us laugh. But behind the funny side of the myth, there …

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Ideal Pool Decks For Your Bare Feet

In Ask the Pool Experts, Pool Features by Swimming Pool Expert

There is nothing more satisfying than having a swimming pool in a backyard. The water is refreshing, but the pool decks determines how fitting it is into the landscape and how safe it is for swimmers.   A pool deck must secure an area to walk between pool ladders, slides, and diving boards. It should also provide a place for outdoor …

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Pool Chillers and its Advantages

In Ask the Pool Experts, Pool Tips by Swimming Pool Expert

We are in the hottest month of the year. If you have a pool, you already know to expect the water to be cool and refreshing. However, the days are longer, and the oasis gets more exposure to sun rays. So, did you ever jump into a pool and discover the water is hot? Then your swimming pool needs pool chillers.  …

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Pool Deck: Why is it Beneficial to Have One?

In Ask the Pool Experts by Swimming Pool Expert

Not so long ago, a client told us a story of how his in-laws didn’t bother to add a pool deck to their swimming pool. It seemed that they spent more time to cleaning it rather than enjoying it. When you invest in a swimming pool, you’ll want to bring your vision to life. You want to make sure your …

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COVID-19 and the Swimming Pool Industry – A Year Later

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In the last decade, the swimming pool industry has been consistent; a slight increase or decrease, same problems, and change; then came 2020.  The Pandemic brought the world to a halt.  It generated unprecedented demands for backyard pools, and at the same time, created major supply problems in the industry.  Clients asked for more heaters, filters, spas, accessories, and outdoor …

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What Pool Owners Can Learn From Lifeguards

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Congratulations! You are now the owner of a swimming pool. Of course, you want to create memories to last a lifetime. However, having an oasis means responsibility; it is not just about keeping it clean and safe, but it is a better idea to have safety supervision skills like a lifeguard. Safety is foremost essential, regardless of how young or …

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Can Rain Affect the Water in Your Swimming Pool?

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Sun, warm weather, swimming in a pool with friends and family is what summertime is all about. Unfortunately, it also means rainfalls from time to time. Some people believe that rain will not affect a swimming pool; some facts present the contrary. Rainwater is acidic. It involves the chemicals in the pool’s water and can change the pH balance and …

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Freeform or Geometric? – Know the Facts

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When designing a swimming pool, the choices are many, like materials, colors, and pool shapes.  The first step in designing a swimming pool is in selecting a shape. There are many available, but if a homeowner has no idea which shape is suitable for their backyard, we can help you by studying two options; geometric and freeform.  Many refer to …

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DOE’s New Pool Pump Regulations

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Everyone wants to have an energy-saving, environmentally friendly swimming pool.  It is a fact that homeowners want to get an estimate of energy and cost savings before buying a pool pump.  Get ready! The Department of Energy will enforce the weighted energy factor regulations, making it easier to do just that in 2021.  What is Weighted Energy Factor? A weighted …

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Pool Steps – An Essential Part of the Oasis

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Swimming is one of the most recommended aerobic activities for adults since there is less impact on the joints while in the water. Diving into a swimming pool is great especially during the hottest days of summer.  It allows doing exercise and having fun. Exercise and fun are perfect together; perfect, except when entering or exiting a pool. The reality is …

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Amidst COVID-19, Get the Pool Ready for Hurricane Season

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While the weather reports about the Sahara dust, the hurricane season is now in full swing. The summer of 2020 is recording extremely high temperatures, and, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, every pool owner must think ahead. After all, Mother Nature is unpredictable. So far, there is no cyclone or hurricane formation for now. *    * NOAA’s hurricane season outlook …

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Selecting the Best Spot for a Swimming Pool

In Ask the Pool Experts by Swimming Pool Expert

When a homeowner decides to have a swimming pool, they often think about the size, shape, material selections, or different features they want to include.  But where should you place the pool? The placement of a pool in your yard is an extremely important factor to consider. Placing the pool in an idyllic way depends on the time a homeowner …

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Purifying Pool Water the UV Way

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In the 1960s, neon posters were the rage in college dorms, apartments, and local bars.  Blacklight lamps help these decorations glow, giving a psychedelic feel to any area.  But that was then, and this is now. Blacklight is a UV ultraviolet bulb that anyone can see. Of course, if someone is digging retro style, they may have it in a …

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Pool Calculators and the Basics on Chemicals

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Water treatment is essential when it comes to enjoying a swimming pool. In addition to treating pool water, it is necessary to know how to analyze chemicals it thoroughly. There are many different reasons why pool water is very susceptible to change.  For example, on rainy days, water enters the pool with a high concentration of particles found in the …

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What it Takes to Build a Tropical Oasis

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When people think about tropical oasis, one thing that comes to mind is the warm weather.  Then again, the state of Texas is usually hot for most of the year. To go tropical is a state of mind; it has to do with the landscaping surrounding the pool, relaxation, sand, and more.  The idea of having a tropical designed swimming …

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How to Calculate the Amount of Water in your Swimming Pool

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It is essential to know the total amount of water in your swimming pool, to ensure you have the correct equipment and needed chemical amounts.  When a pool owner knows the amount of water in their pool, it will be easier to do the proper maintenance. Knowing how many gallons of water are in your pool will help you to …

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Suggestions on How to Select Colors for a Swimming Pool

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When a homeowner decides to add a swimming pool, an important step is selecting colors that will go with their style and surrounding.  We all know that water is transparent and selecting a color for the pool plaster may give a more dramatic look. Your pool plaster is not the only part of a swimming pool that will that has …

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What Makes a Swimming Pool Perfect for You?

In Ask the Pool Experts by Swimming Pool Expert

Every pool has a unique personality, with a design adapted to the functionality required by the owner of each one of them.  There are many different design styles and features to choose from to create a pool that is perfect for you. Some popular types of pool options to choose from include. • Cocktail pools • Large pools • Infinity …

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Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean During The COVID-19 Pandemic

In Ask the Pool Experts by Swimming Pool Expert

COVID-19 is taking the world by storm, and not in a good way.  Many small businesses and large corporations are opting to have their employees work from their homes.  World leaders are taking drastic measures on placing a curfew to avoid the spread of the virus.  While schools are closing, kids and teenage students are staying at home.  If you …

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How Often Should You Resurface Your Pool?

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A swimming pool is an investment that will increase the value of your home.  It also provides years of bringing the family together and creates memories that will last a lifetime. In our past blogs, we emphasized that an oasis needs upgrading, just like a house.  There may be some items you may want to add, such as a waterfall …

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Swimming Pool Building in The Woodlands – Learn the Facts

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The Woodlands is a 28,000-acre town with a variety of stores, restaurants, entertainment and luxury homes.  Located within thirty minutes from Central Houston, it is a township that feels like a home away from home.  Since its foundation in 1974, The Woodlands is known by an extensive forestall area.  It is no wonder why the residents take pride in preserving …

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Everyone Can Have a Swimming Pool

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Recently, a customer gave us a 5-Star review.  She commented that she thought her backyard was too small and inaccessible to add an in-ground pool to her backyard.  After hearing great things about Platinum Pools, they proceeded to set up an appointment to see what the possibilities of adding a pool to their home in Houston, TX were.  The rest …

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The Advantages of a Freeform-Shaped Swimming Pool

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Are you one of the homeowners who have a unique landscape and dream of having a swimming pool?  Great news!  Freeform swimming pools are the best swimming pool shape to take advantage of the available space and work within the whole terrain.  A freeform swimming pool has a naturalistic or irregular style and shape, with curves or flowing lines. Contemporary …

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Have Your New Swimming Pool Before Summer

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For most of America, outdoor swimming isn’t very a practical option throughout part of the year.  Even in states as far south as Florida and Texas, some areas get too cold for swimming without some kind of pool heating source during the winter months.  Even many heated and insulated pools have to be closed as late fall turns into winter. …

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It’s a Process – Building a Swimming Pool

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The process of building a swimming pool is complex and delicate to carry out.  Therefore, when someone wants a residential oasis, there are multiple pool construction phases to go through, from the initial design all the way to the finished product.  Of course, there are many other steps and details in between. The time frame to complete each pool construction …

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Best Ways To Heat Your Newly Built Pool

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As Houstonians, we enjoy our oasis, and often don’t bother to cover our pools during the fall and winter months.  We also find ways to extend that “summer sensation” by installing heaters to warm up the water.  If you are evaluating what type of heater you want to have for your pool, take into consideration the cost and energy of …

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How to Identify the Stains in Your Oasis and How to Remove Them?

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Calcium stains are not the only spots that you can find in your swimming pool.  Any kind of organic or metallic ingredient is subject to mess up the walls of your oasis if you don’t follow routine maintenance. The Source of Spots in Your Swimming Pool There are stains of various colors that commonly appear in swimming pools and identifying …

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Get Your Swimming Pool Inspected

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Are you looking for an appraisal or looking to sell your property?  What about having your pool inspected for properly functioning equipment, overall safety or a leakage?  Many pool owners are looking for a professional to conduct a pool inspection.  Believe us, pool inspections are more beneficial than you probably think they are.  Here are some of the facts about …

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Efficient Ways to Heat Up Your Swimming Pool

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One of the most important things for many customers is ways they can save money and make their swimming pool energy efficient.  When they first purchase a custom-made swimming pool, they think about fun and parties.  Eventually, they realize that the oasis deserves as much care as the rest of their home; this is why our company, Platinum Pools, gives …

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How to Prevent and Eliminate Calcium in Your Swimming Pool

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Let’s talk about calcium. Calcium is an essential mineral that helps maintain healthy bones and teeth.  You can find this mineral in most dairy foods. Calcium can also be dangerous when it has an exothermic reaction with water and acids.  When in contact with body moisture it can cause severe irritation of the skin. And, if swallowed, it can have …

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Preserving the Water in Your Swimming Pool

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It is a fact that anyone who owns a pool knows that there is a decrease in water due to high temperatures or too much splashing.  But, when the problem persists over brief periods of time, there may be an indication of leakage.  Leakage can bring many problems such an increase in your water bill, and land saturation. Within the …

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10 Tips Before Buying a House with a Swimming Pool

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When you look to buying a house, try to find the most significant advantages and comforts available, especially when it comes to an already-existing house.  You want the attic, the garden, the backyard; but, of course, a property becomes increasingly attractive when it has a swimming pool. Here are ten tips you should take into consideration if you are looking …

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Private Swimming Pool vs. Public Swimming Pool – Know the Difference

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Imagine Shakespeare was alive today, saying: “A private pool or a public pool?  That is the question.”  Texas ranks number three as the state with most swimming pools nationwide, preceded by California and Arizona.  The amount of pools in the Lone Star State is increasing every day.  For those who may not want to buy a pool, the chances are …

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How to Maintain Swimming Pool Decking

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If you think that skimming out debris and balancing the chemical levels in your pool’s water is enough, then you are forgetting a very integral part of maintaining your backyard oasis. Pool Decking is as important as the pool itself.  It gives beauty and character to your oasis.  And, like any other part of your home, it also needs maintenance. …

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Rain Can Affect the Water in Your Swimming Pool – Know the Facts

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Summertime represents the sun, warm weather, swimming in your pool with friends and family.  Summer also represents rainfalls.  In some states, summer can provide rainstorms almost every day. If you think the rain does not damage your swimming pool, then here are some facts that you should have present at all time. First, the problem with rainfalls in the United …

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The Most Used Chemicals for Your Swimming Pool

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There are a lot of different products and brands to choose from when it comes to swimming pool maintenance, making it hard to know where to begin.  Maintenance is a fundamental aspect of owning a pool that you must stay on top of to enjoy your oasis.  Regular maintenance will not only help to extend the life of your pool …

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Fitbit Versa vs. Apple Watch – Which One is Best?

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Congratulations!  You just bought yourself a smart watch and you wear it daily.  Is your smartwatch submersible or waterproof? Who can be constantly aware of if something so close to your hand gets wet? What does smartwatch IP68 mean? Do you wonder if your Apple Watch is water resistant or if your Fitbit wristband can get wet? First of all, water …

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How to Make Your Swimming Pool Eco-Friendlier

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April 22nd marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day.  Many people around the world will celebrate Earth Day by creating a consciousness of saving energy to make the earth a better place. Energy efficiency is an important subject these days. Many of us are looking to save on gas, water, and the use of other natural resources.  By limiting the …

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Getting Financing for a Swimming Pool

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Many homeowners dream of having a custom-made swimming pool, but they may have no idea on how to go through the process of getting financing for a swimming pool.  Like with any home improvement, money plays a crucial role when deciding on building a swimming pool.  Adding a backyard oasis is a significant housing improvement that will cost thousands of dollars. …

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The Benefits of Using a Variable Speed Pump to Run Your Swimming Pool System

In Ask the Pool Experts, Featured Post by Swimming Pool Expert

We at Platinum Pools have the goal to provide our clients with a way to create beautiful lasting memories.  When a customer visits one of our offices, we provide them with vital information about pool design and durability based on their ideas, the available space in the backyard, and how often they may be using their future custom pool.  Some …

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Change the Color of Your Lights and Change the Ambiance in Your Pool

In Ask the Pool Experts, Pool Features by celement

Let’s face it.  We are creatures of change.  Our homes have to be up to date with the latest trends in decoration.  But when it comes to changing your swimming pool lighting, it’s another dilemma.  The process of changing out your pool’s lights isn’t easy but it’s also not impossible. The most significant change is going from traditional incandescent pool lighting …

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Aquatic Physical Therapy at Home

In Ask the Pool Experts, Pool Tips by celement

When a Swimming Pool Becomes Your Best Medicine A swimming pool in your home gives you immediate access to many ways to keep in shape, invite people to have a great time or create memories. It can also increase the value of your property.  And you may know the benefits of having a hot tub to release stress after a …