Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Natural Stone Pools!  We hope that 2015 is a knockout year for you!

New Year's is a time for fresh starts, new ideas, and of course, the New Year's resolutions!  New Year's resolutions are as American as apple pie, and funnily enough, they crumble just as easily.   Many people take this special time of year to resolve to quitting vices, getting healthier, enriching their lives through education, achieving economic freedom, etc.  And just like our apple pie analogy, they last for a few days, maybe a week, and before you know it, you're right back to where you were before your grand proclamations.  How do you avoid this?  Some people eschew the resolutions altogether.  The few successful NYE resolvers tend to have one thing in common- attainable goals.  Well, we may not be able to help you with losing weight or quitting smoking, but setting an attainable goal?  Yeah, we got that.

Here's a goal for you to set this year- taking better care of your pool!  No one has to go on a diet, have nicotine withdrawals, or buy time with a pricey personal trainer.  All you have to do is commit to taking a few minutes out of your day or week or even year to make sure that that beautiful investment of yours stays beautiful.  How can we do this?

Plaster

If your plaster is starting to look a little shabby, try using an acid wash on it.  Acid washes can bring back the brilliance of your plaster without the need to replace.  It also can clean up scum, chemical build-up, and algae.  Acid washes do require draining your pool, so be aware of this. You also must dispose of the waste water/acid-water mixture properly (per EPA regulations), and neutralize the acid with soda ash prior to disposal.  Another way to be better to your plaster in 2015 is to make sure that your equipment timers have been reset for winter.  Running during the day is unnecessary and can cause extra wear and tear on your plaster and pool equipment.  Instead, adjust your timers to run only at night, to protect from freezing.  This will save you money on your energy costs in the short-term, and on pool repair in the long-term.

Expansion Joints

One of the things that Jerry always recommends to our clients is to replace your expansion joints at least every 3-5 years.  This joint keeps water from seeping in between your pool and decking.  We cannot stress enough how important this is, because if water gets in there, it can freeze and thaw and the change will cause your coping, tiles, decking, etc., to come loose or pop off altogether.  Hiring a professional is highly recommended, especially if you use Deck-o-Seal, as it can be hard to clean up if you make a mistake.  As always, we recommend our pal Shane Price to help out with this.  Shane services most of North Texas, and he is the best!  Give us a call for a referral!

Well, we hope this helped you set at least one goal for the New Year that you feel confident you can absolutely achieve!  Once again, Happy New Year!  Be safe tonight and here's to a brand new start for 2015!