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The Stay-at-Home Picnic

Stay at Home Picnic Valentine’s Day may be over, but that’s no excuse to end the romance. It’s easy to blame the kids, the busy work schedule, or even school. One quick, do-it-yourself option is the stay-at-home picnic by your garden or pool. The key to making this a success is preparation. Don’t break the mood by having to run inside for supplies that you

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Allergy Alert! Why are allergies so bad right now?

Anyone who suffers from allergies knows the drill. Flowers start blooming and the air begins to thicken with pollen. Warm spring air gently caresses us and paints our cars all the same shade of yellow. The weather service starts promoting its newest “pollen alert” banner, and we can’t help but watch it as closely as we watch the weather. All-in-all, spring can mean a major

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The Best Springtime Activity in Florida

Springtime in Florida Spring has officially landed here in Florida, and our residents couldn’t be happier. Our winters may be mild, but that doesn’t change the impact of spring. Warmer weather, the bright colors and aroma of blooming flowers, and the chirping of newly hatched birds are all part of what makes the spring in Florida memorable. So, it is no surprise that many Floridians

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El Niño 2016: How to Prepare your Pool

El Niño 2016: Bad News for Florida? In October, 2015, forecasters warned that this year’s El Niño event has the potential to spawn a higher than average amount of tornadoes from November – April. While central and south Florida is not a stranger to severe weather events, winter storms of this nature are not normal. In light of the tornado-spawning storms of the past few weeks,

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Why It’s Important to get the Right Balance

It may seem complex — all the testing and measuring to get the swimming pool water balance just right — but anyone can do it. Besides, it’s not optional. It’s crucial to the safety, enjoyment and longevity of your Waterscapes pool. Don’t rely on your senses to tell you the balance is out of whack. Who wants to experience burning eyes or skin, or that

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Understanding UV Ratings and Index

We hear the phrase “UV ratings” all the time — more often in summer months when we’re reminded to slather on the sunscreen — but how many of us really know what that means?  UV is short for ultraviolet radiation, which comes from the sun. Hence the association of UV rays with sunburns and skin cancer. But there’s so much more! The health consequences of too much

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Memorial Day Party Menu Ideas

Though summer doesn’t actually begin until June 21, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of or the season — and a mighty fine reason to throw a party. Whether you’re the type to go all-out when entertaining or prefer to keep things simple, kick off summer with a spread that leaves guest satiated and impressed. Easier said than done? Not if you put a twist

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How to Conserve Pool Water

Conserving water is not only good for the planet, it also helps keep pool expenses down. An average-size pool can loose an inch of water per week, which translates to roughly 7000 gallons a year for an 18’ x 36’ pool. Even more water is lost through leaks, backwashing and splash out. No wonder your parents warned you to quite splashing so much as a

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How to Keep Your Pool Clean During Rainy Summer Months

Green is good when it comes to currency, gemstones and veggies, but not so much as it pertains to your swimming pool. And yet, many pool owners will battle the green invasion at some point. We’re talking about algae — those pesky spores most commonly introduced through rain, wind and debris. There are actually several types of algae that pose risk to pools: green, yellow,

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