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Pool Safety, Pets, and You

Pool safety for your pets is just as important as pool safety for children. With many factors, and many specific concerns, the basics are usually the best place to start. Many common concerns regarding pool safety and pets have to do with pool chemicals and animal behavior around pools. This brief overview of pool safety for your pets will cover these two main areas and

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Pool Deck Pavers vs. Wood Decking

When designing the environment around a pool, it often comes down to question of pool deck pavers versus wood decking. Wood decking and wood-based patios have a specific look and feel that is not easy to copy. Pool deck pavers, on the other hand, offer versatility through a wide selection of colors, textures, and patterns.  However, they are more common than wood patios or decks. 

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Spring-Cleaning

Spring Cleaning is More than a Tradition

Spring cleaning is more than a tradition; it is an essential part of transitioning between the seasons. While we typically think of spring cleaning as something that happens inside the house, those of us with pools, patios, and outdoor gardens know that it’s time to break out the gloves and sunscreen. In Florida, it also means that we’re racing to stay ahead of the pollen.

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Pools, Plants, and Pebbles: Pool Landscaping Choices

A pool that is cluttered with debris can be a nuisance. A plain pool can be a bore. So when it comes to pool landscaping, it is very important that you strike the right balance. Consider choosing the right plants, choosing the right bedding or mulch, and methods to keep the plants and pool from cross contaminating. The best type of plants for pool landscaping will have

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Pumpkin-Carving

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

You probably have fond memories of carving pumpkins as a kid. But every year at this time, emergency room physicians and hand surgeons see a rise in injuries related to this Halloween tradition. So we complied some tips to help keep this activity safe for the whole family. Gather the right tools for the job. Pumpkin-carving kits are your best bet. They typically include small saws

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Splash Away Summer Blues: Fun Activities for Kids

Every child looks forward to summer, but when temperatures soar, even happy kids can start to feel oppressed by the heat and humidity. Boredom sets in. Their physical activity levels decline as TV and computer time goes up. Break that cycle and splash away the blues with fun and games in the pool! We scoured the Internet for exciting pool games and chose 10 that

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Right-Balance

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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