Above Ground Pool Maintenance

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above-ground-pool-maintenance-guide-for-texansAbove ground pool care and maintenance is just as much work as cleaning your in-ground pool. Tools are all the same as are the steps.  You will need to do some brushing, skimming and vacuuming. Your wall skimmer will catch most of the floating debris. A bag type of leaf rake will work best if you have lots of leaves.  It can also handle scooping debris from the pool floor.

Step 1

The pump and filter is the most important piece of equipment. Pumps provide the force to circulate the water and push it through the filter. The pump should circulate all the water within an eight hour time period. The best time to run your pump is during the day, usually for 8 - 12 hours at a time. Water in motion makes it harder for bacteria and algae to take hold and also directs more debris to your skimmer where it can be captured by your filter.

Indoor VS Outdoor Hot Tubs

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Both indoor and outdoor settings have benefits.  Most importantly are the health benefits and comaraderie a new hot tub brings to the family.  But there are some other things to consider that will help you get the most out of your new hot tub

Indoor Pros

  • Privacy - depending on who is planning to use the hot tub the most this may be the very first consideration

  • No worries about the weather with an indoor tub. Your enviroment and temperature is completely under your control

  • Create your own paradise getaway in a spare room of the house with an indoor tub without worrying about getting things put away quickly to avoid rain or wind damage

Outdoor Pros

  • Ventilation can be a huge probelem with indoor hot tubs but not so outdoors. The wind and weather will naturally help regulate moisture levels which helps with mildew and mold

  • It's much easier to have an outside hot tub installed and run electric and water sources

  • If you have a beautiful natural setting out the back door then an outside paradise may be for you

Indoor OR Outdoor

Hot tubs provide relaxation and fun for the whole family!


Hot Tub Party Ideas

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Hot tubs provide the perfect excuse to have a party for no real reason..Who doesn't love a good hot tub party?

Of course any good party starts with a clean slate to work with so don't forget your normal hot tub maintenance and cleaning beforehand.

Then check off these basic party must haves

Decorations - Decide if you will be hosting a theme party such as Hot Tub Tiki Bar or an Open For Interpretation party (decorating with whatever seems to work together). Either way, there's some majors in this category to consider. Possibly the biggest being lighting. Since hot tub parties are often at night you'll want to consider the weather and the durability of the lighting you choose. For example: party lights can be a closed string of LED lights or an open strand with decorative lanterns hanging throughout. Another way to add color and fun is adding illuminated floaties.

Everyone's Included - Make sure to stock up on a variety of types and sizes of swimsuits and towels. Take a look at your invite list and try to get a few that will work if someone forgets their suit. Speaking of invite list, be mindful of how many people can be in the tub at once and how much in and out traffic you'll get with a bigger crowd.

Fun Outside the Tub - Offer some fun things to do on dry land too. Games, music, snacks (including plenty of water and non alcoholic beverages).

Most Important: Chill Out and Have Fun!


Keep Rodents and Animals Out of Your Spa

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Many rodents such as mice, squirrels, and snakes like to cozy up to the heat of your hot tub. There are some simple steps to curb them from intruding your personal soaking space.

1) Do not feed squirrels and other small animals near your hot tub area. The food may attract larger animals as well which could be more than a nuisance and cause serious damage.

2) Make sure to seal all small cracks in the siding. Many new hot tubs are vinyl siding but some of the wood plank spas can get small open areas. These are perfect for little mice to warm up and build nests in. A simple solution is some inexpensive spray foam.

3) It's amazing how medium size critters like racoons, deer, and even the family dog can get hot tub covers completely off. Not only does this cause damage to the cover it creates an unsafe enviroment- especially if small children are close by. The solution is as easy as investing in a heavy duty cover that small animals will not be able to nudge off and some solid wind straps.

Stress free soaking is what it's all about!

Opening your pool after winter.

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franks-pool-outdoorSo after this cold Winter, you can expect to spend in the range $175-$300. 

You can save money by doing some of the work yourself or by contacting us (use our Get a Quote form).

Call HydroCare Pools and we can help open your pool.

1. Remove the Winter Cover. Make sure there isn't dirt or debris on the pool cover. Drain the water sleeves and remove them. Once the water sleeves are clear, untie and remove the tie-downs, then the cover itself.