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How to Clean Your Pool Floats or Toys

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Adding a few (or lots) of fantastic pool floats to accompany you and your friends in a pool is exciting.  Inflatable floats can liven up your water fun and add to the summer experience, remember your pool needs regular cleaning and maintenance – and so do your floats. Not sure how to clean your inflatable floats?  We are here to …

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Do You Want a Swimming Pool? The Time is Now!

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If you want to swim in your swimming pool sooner rather than later, you need to act now. Due to the high demand over the last couple of years, paired with supply chain issues and material shortages the amount of time from when you sign a contract for your pool and when you are swimming has increased. How to Get …

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May is National Water Safety Month

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Now that Summer is upon us, let’s look at National Water Safety Month.  It is a yearly campaign created by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance with support from the World Waterpark Association, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the American Red Cross. History In June 2003, the World Waterpark Association established the National Water Safety Week.  Later in …

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Is Your Pool Ready for Summer?

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Let’s be clear.  We live in South Texas.  We don’t cover our pools for the winter.  We may have a water heater or use the spa during the winter season.  However, the warmer days will make your swimming pool even more inviting, especially if your pool is clean and well equipped.  Yes, even in wintertime, your oasis is not exempt …

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How Long Should You Run the Pool Pump Each Day?

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The pool pump is essential to help keep your pool water clear. That’s because moving water is less susceptible to contaminants commonly found in stagnant water. Circulation is key to preventing algae growth and keeping your water buoyant. Your pool’s filtering system and pump help create water circulation. The pump draws the water in and then pushes it back through …

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Outdoor vs Indoor Swimming Pools

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Pools are beautiful, fun, and give your home a luxurious look.  Depending on your space and needs, you can install them indoors or outdoors.  There are many options to consider when deciding where to place your pool.  It is essential so you can decide which pool is right for you.  Let us provide you with information on the differences between …

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The Skimmer – An Important Part of the Swimming Pool (Part 1)

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A swimming pool requires many moving parts and devices to keep it running optimally.  Understanding the basic parts of a pool and how it works will help protect your investment in the long run.  Amongst these parts, the skimmer plays an important role when it comes to filtering your pool’s water. What is the Purpose of Having Pool Skimmers? Pool …

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PebbleTec’s Unique Pool Finishing – The Choice is Yours

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Whether you are building a pool from scratch or remodeling a pool, the finish you pick will significantly impact the aesthetics of your design.  PebbleTec offers four unique surface finishes for pools in various colors, giving homeowners plenty of choices.  It continues to be a popular pool plaster choice for the custom-built oasis, and it has less maintenance than your …

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Your Pool Equipment and Space; How Much Does It Need?

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Often homeowners save on pool maintenance costs by taking good care of their pool equipment. Think about it. If your pool filter, pump, and heater are in good shape, you will not spend much on pool repairs. They will work efficiently, and you will not have to worry about common pool problems. One way to ensure that the equipment is …

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Right Now Is the Best Time to Buy a Swimming Pool

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When clients ask when the best time is to build a swimming pool, the answer is always the same: right now!  There are many reasons why the idyllic moment is always now to get an oasis: Investment: Seeing your loved ones happy is the best return on your investment.  Purchasing a swimming pool not only increases the value of your …

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Create the Perfect Pool Environment

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As we start a new year, the request for a new backyard increases; a new variant of COVID-19 is taking the world by storm. Additional entertainment at home comes to play. In the case of swimming pools, the project can turn the area into a resort conveniently located in your backyard.  The home converts into a canvas, and your mind …

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Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022

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A new year is around the corner, and it is time to recap the events of 2021. From material and labor shortages to waiting lists, winter freeze, and a takeover, we also had wonderful events that keep us going and looking forward to 2022. The Pandemic Continues, and Remote Work Too The pandemic of 2020 continued through 2021 with fewer …

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How to Keep Your Spa Clean

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If your pool has a spa, you need to watch for cloudy, milky, or foamy water. But don’t worry, as these are easy to resolve by using the proper care. Let us instruct you about the methods you need to get your spa water sparkling again! Cloudy Spa Water Cloudy spa water means that there appear to be small particles …

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Why Does it Take Longer to Build a Pool Now?

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Building a swimming pool is an exciting process, and if you are like many homeowners, you want to complete it quickly to enjoy your new outdoor oasis. While construction time used to average a few months, today’s “new normal” caused longer construction times, leaving homeowners wondering how long it will take to build their pool. Why have pool construction times …

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To Winterize Your Pool or Not?

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Pools in Southeast Texas should be designed and built so they are easy to maintain through the off-season without the winterizing process. Pipes and the equipment do not blow out, and there is little to no worry about frost damage in normal weather conditions.  Then it happened. An abnormal winter freeze rolled into Texas, and drove temperatures to shocking lows …

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Changes in the Virginia Graeme Baker Act

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Introduction In 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Act sent waves to the pool and spa industry to eliminate the danger of drain entrapment. The implementation of the law caused controversy at the time. Since then, the law drastically helped to reduce the number of entrapments, avoiding injuries and saving lives.  The Backbone of the VGBA The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool …

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Swimming Pool Cleaning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Most homeowners choose to have a swimming pool in their home to enjoy family gatherings, parties, or just pure relaxation. There are even more positive reasons than these to own a pool, but the key is keeping the oasis in such a way as to minimize the pool maintenance burden and amount of daily pool cleaning needed. Like all parts, they will eventually need …

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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 …