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    How to heat a pool (without a heater)!

    By Spencer
    Ahhhh, a heated pool. There’s nothing quite as glorious as taking confidence in knowing that when you plunge into your pool you’re not transforming into a polar bear. What? You mean that jumping into an unexpectedly cold pool wasn’t the experience you were going for? How about spending oh-too-long easing your way into liquid frost on a hot summer day. Wouldn’t it be nice to not only be able to enter your pool immediately, without the shock of the instant temperature change to your body, but also extend the swim season year after year? Sure would! While a pool heater is the most efficient method for scoring a warm watered pool, there are other routes you can take to help heat up your pool and keep it open for a longer season.
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    Pool Steps: The Detailed Basics

    By Laci
    There are several ways to get into a swimming pool; for inground pools with deeper depths especially- slide, dive, or belly flop, the choice is yours! But you have to allow swimmers a safe and easy way to exist the pool. For that you need at least one step (or a ladder). This will also be appreciated by those who prefer to ease into the pool instead of testing their cannonball skills.
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    Top 3 Tips For an Epic New Year's Eve Poolside Party!

    By Laci
    There are popular party topics like what to serve for sips and nibbles and what theme to shower your guests with (NYE is all about the confetti btw so think bio-degradable if outside); but here we want to focus on utilizing your backyard space (especially your pool) to add some WOW-factor to your abidance and decorate like a master!
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    What is the most durable swimming pool finish?

    By Kathy
    When shopping for a new pool, there are several types of pools out there, with different surfaces.  To narrow down the field, the 3 most popular are gunite (plaster/concrete), vinyl-lined, and fiberglass pools and they each have their pros and cons. For example, Gunite pools have the most durable finish (pro) but the cost with both the initial set up/installation and resurfacing when (not if) needed is vastly higher than the other two common pool types (con). Compared to vinyl-lined pools, the liner normally lasts from 7 to 10 years depending on how well you keep your water chemistry and costs significantly less both upfront and down the road.
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    Vinyl Pool vs. Fiberglass Pool vs. Concrete Pool: Advantages and Disadvantages

    By Blake
    If you are thinking about getting an in-ground swimming pool, the question "which pool is the best for me?" has already come up. While the choices may seem vast, there are three popular categories that most people considering making a pool purchase will lean towards. 
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    Chlorine vs. Saltwater vs. Mineral System Pool Sanitizers: The Best Path to a Crystal-Clear Pool

    By Kathy
    When it comes to pool sanitation systems, there are quite a few options available. The most popular are traditional chlorine and saltwater systems, and mineral systems. But what are the differences between chlorine, saltwater and mineral swimming pools? Does one keep the water cleaner than another? What's better for your pool? What's better for your skin and hair? Which is the most cost-effective? Of course, if there were just one perfect pool sanitizing system, there wouldn't be so many to choose from. But, like most aspects in building a pool, saltwater, chlorine and mineral systems all have their own sets of pros and cons - and which you choose will ultimately be up to what you value as most important.
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    How to Choose a Swimming Pool Builder?

    By Meagan
    Finding a reliable pool builder is a huge concern for anyone looking to transform their backyard into their favorite stay-cation destination. The last thing you want is someone who cuts corners, or worse, never finishes the job once they're paid. Unfortunately, this is the reality some people face. We'll cover a few pointers and questions you should ask to help you hire a pool builder with confidence.
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    When is a safety cover no longer safe?

    By Kathy
    Safety covers are proven to be one of the safest and family friendly covers in the industry, whether traditional for seasonal safety or automatic for daily safety. Even though the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) sets performance specifications for pool safety covers how can you tell when your safety cover... is no longer safe? 
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    Is a Swimming Pool a Good Investment?

    By Bill
    It's a question anyone who has ever considered building a pool in their backyard has had: Is a swimming pool a good investment? After all, building a pool isn't cheap (though we try to make it as cost-effective as possible). So when it comes time to determine if you should take the plunge and add a private oasis you want to know... will a pool affect the resale value of your home? If so, how so? Let's dive in!
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    Can I Let My Pool Freeze Over in the Winter?

    By Bill
    It's winter. It's cold and the last thing you want to do is go outside and work on your pool. Letting it freeze over is sounding like a better idea with every degree the temperature drops. But should you let your pool freeze? Or will freezing water damage your pool?
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