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Halloween Fun in Sarasota & Bradenton

It’s October in Florida!  The license plates are changing colors; the weather is turning mild; pumpkin decorations are popping up everywhere; and we’re reluctantly leaving our pool-side lifestyles behind for the mild Florida winter.  While it’s still warm enough to spend some quality time at the pool, October is such an exciting time that our pools may just start to feel neglected.  Here’s a list

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Heavy Rain and Your Pool

In the Suncoast, heavy rain is a fact of life.  It’s as much a part of life as the crystal blue pools we lounge around during the hottest months of a Florida summer.  While a gentle summer rain is a great thing for our plants, did you know that rain can also wreak havoc on your pool?  Here are some important tips to save your

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Can Toxic Algae Grow in my Pool?

Many parts of the Unites States are currently experiencing higher than normal amounts of algae growth. These toxic algae blooms are prominent in many water bodies around the coasts of Florida. They are a threat to human life, animal life, and even local economies. With toxic algae blooms on the rise, many are worried about their pools. Why? Well, in Florida, the warm weather and

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Facts about Natural Sunscreen

Fun in the sun can sometimes be a burden on your skin.  For those of us who love to spend time around our pools, at the beach, or in our gardens, we know that escaping the sun’s effects is not easy.  The sun can damage our skin, lead to cancer, and age us prematurely.  By avoiding the sun, we can also do harm to our

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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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