Closing Down Your Pool for the Season

It’s that time of year again! Cooler temps are bringing an end to summer here in North Texas, and fall will be here before you know it. So how will you welcome autumn?

Hot Summers, Mild Winters

As summer draws to a close, I don’t need to remind you that summers here in the Metroplex are hotter than a habanero. It’s blazing, humid, and when you go outside you seriously question why the hell you live like this. Well, we live here because winters are generally extremely mild (and also tacos, but I digress). Sure it might snow every now and then, but mostly you can expect cool and rainy days. Because of this relaxed weather, you don’t really need to “close” your pool, at least not in the same sense as our East Coast friends do. The main thing you want to remember to do is to put up your toys, and keep your pool clean and free of debris. All the falling leaves are attracted to your pool like a moth to a flame and they can really gunk up your pool filter if you don’t stay on top of it. Also, winters here tend to bring plenty of rain, so make sure to check that pH balance to keep algae from growing over the winter.

Use Your Time Wisely

Since your pool isn’t in use right now, it’s the best time to plan any remodeling or repairs that you might need to have done. Coping tiles popped off? Let’s take a look at your expansion joints, and make adjustments as we find necessary. Cracks in the plaster? Let’s drain it and see about getting those repaired. Maybe you’re sick to death of your plain old plaster anyway, and it’s time we laid down some mosaic tiles or a fresh color. What about maybe a new deck to go around your swimmin’ hole? All of these can give your backyard a little facelift without breaking the bank, and we should get that planned out now while the weather is fine and the kids are occupied with school and football.

Convert to a Heated Pool and Just Keep Swimming!

Maybe this is the year that you splurge and buy a pool heat pump! For just a few grand, you can convert your pool from a summer-only playground to a year-round amenity. Just imagine- swimming on Christmas Day and not because of global warming! Heated pool pumps really help you get the most out of your pool all year long!

Just because fall is here doesn’t mean you should ignore your pool until June. Spruce it up, heat it up, or whatever you decide to prioritize. It’s your backyard oasis, so let’s make the most of it and take the best care that we can! If you live in the DFW Metroplex and want some ideas for how to change things up this season, give us a call! We service Dallas, McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Fairview, Prosper, Lucas, Richardson, Allen, and much more!

Happy Fall, everyone!

Is That Fall I See?

Whoa.  What happened?  Suddenly, the kids are in school and it's a balmy 97 degrees out there.  Could it be...is that...fall I see?!?  

Kick Off Fall with a Labor Day Weekend Blowout!

Next weekend is Labor Day, and what better way to say a bittersweet goodbye to summer and a reluctant hello to autumn than with one last killer pool party?!  Take advantage of the warm North Texas weather and spend the weekend with your friends and family soaking up the sun from your awesome NSP pool.  Not sure what to serve your guests?  Check out these tasty ideas from Bon Appétit for some inspiration.  Peaches, tomatoes, zukes and cukes...mmmmm, I will miss you, summer.  

Be Prepared

The Boy Scouts sure are right about that one.  Preparation really makes everything run a bit more smoothly, and closing down your pool for the season is no exception.  Even though summer in North Texas can last until October, End of Summer sales do not, so it's a great idea to stock up now!  Leslie's Pool Supply is currently having a fab EoS sale, and there's no better time to get all the maintenance chemicals you'll need going into fall and winter, as well as some fresh toys for next year.  Just make sure you store your new toys correctly, as well as your old toys, so that they aren't damaged or degraded in any way by the unpredictable North Texas winter.  

Don't Fret- Summer's Not Quite Gone Yet

As we all know, summer in DFW doesn't really end on Labor Day, like it does elsewhere.  Temps in the 90s last long into September, and you can still use your pool almost until Halloween.  In fact, this might be the best part of summer- with the kids at school all day, you have that sweet pool all to yourself!  Nude sunbathing, anyone?  It's cool, we don't judge.  Just remember your sunscreen! LOL

If all of this sounds fantastic, but you don't have a pool of your own, give us a call.  We service North Texas, including, but not limited to, Allen, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Lucas, Fairview, Prosper, Dallas, and more!  

 

Oh, and here's a recipe for homemade ice cream sandwiches.  You're welcome.  Happy (early) Labor Day!

It's Getting Hot, Hot, Hot

No way around it- it's just plain hot.  It's been hot for weeks and there's no real relief in sight.  It's times like these when it seems like even your swimming pool isn't going to cool you off.  So how are you supposed to cope with this hot, muggy weather?  

Just Add Ice

Depending on the size of your pool, tossing in some bags of ice can drastically lower the temperature.  Just stop by the grocery store, Water n' Ice, or gas station on the way home and grab some ice.  Obviously you'll know how many you need, but a respectable start would be at least 10 bags.  Toss them in the pool and then dive in!  Of course, once the ice melts, you will want to double check your pH balance and make adjustments as needed.  

Make It a Party!

Nothing helps ease misery than being around your favorite people!  Grab some beers (and waters!), invite your friends over, and let the good times roll!  Grilling, chilling, and messing around in the pool are basically the definition of summer, and it's always more fun together.  After a few games of pool volleyball, you won't care about the heat... you'll just be looking to perfect your epic spike!  

Can You Feel It In the Air Tonight?

Sure, with the high humidity that is a cornerstone of July weather in North Texas, it may not feel like it, but nighttime temps are usually much cooler than day temps.  Try running your equipment at night to circulate the water and take advantage of the "cool" air.  It won't make your pool 60 degrees, but it will definitely help lower the temperature.  

Adjust Your Schedule

I mean, as much as your work schedule allows, try doing your outdoor activities at night.  No one hates a late-night swim, so get those laps in after The Late Show.  Any yard work and gardening that can be done after sundown, do it.  Finally gonna dig that moat around your property to fend off advancing armies?  WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO THAT IN THE SUN ANYWAY???

 

Countdown to Fall

Y'all.  It's already July 26th.  We've made it this far... we can do this.  Hang in there!