How to Use Spas and Hot Tubs Safely in Winter

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 23, 2015 7:50:00 PM

3 Tips for When it’s Cold Outside

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Topics: Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Spas, Health & Safety

How to Throw a Fall/Winter Backyard Pool Party

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 16, 2015 7:33:00 PM

7 Tips to Help Keep Your Guests Warm in a Cozy, Festive Setting

With smart planning, a fall or winter pool party in and around your swimming pool can be a great option for entertaining—especially if you live in a mild climate. However, even if it’s chilly outside, you can make a backyard holiday party a warm, appealing activity for friends and family.

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Topics: Spas, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining

How winter pool covers, heaters, and enclosures make swimming possible when it’s cold outside

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 9, 2015 8:41:00 PM

Can you use your swimming pool year-round or virtually year-round? Depending on where you live in the U.S. and some strategies you take, the answer is “yes”.

While some pool owners close up their backyard resorts when weather cools in the fall or the winter—subject to the area of the country they reside—there are ways to use you swimming pool beyond what we traditionally think of as “swim season.”

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

Why Fall is the Best Time to Remodel Swimming Pools

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 2, 2015 5:49:00 PM

5 Potential Benefits to Upgrading your Backyard Resort this Autumn

As the warm days of summer transform into the crisp days of fall, you may notice that your in-ground pool needs some TLC: Fall is the perfect season for starting your swimming pool renovation. 
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Topics: Remodeling, Equipment/Technology, Construction, Buyer Tips, Maintenance

How to Prepare Inground Pools for Rain and Windstorms

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 26, 2015 5:41:00 PM

Godzilla. That's what weather forecasters are calling the powerful El Niño weather pattern that has been building in the Pacific Ocean since summer. Its impact on your swimming pool depends not only on where you live, but also how well you prepare your pool and patio area for an onslaught of wind and rain.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), El Niño means more rain than usual in many areas of the country. However, even without monster-type deluges, wintertime typically brings unfriendly weather to most areas of the country.

You don’t have to live in an El Nino zone to appreciate that it’s always good to have your pool and backyard ready for an episode of heavy wind and rain; doing so helps minimize any damage in the first place and the amount of needed cleanup and maintenance later.

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Topics: Maintenance

How to Winterize Inground Pools in 12 Basic Steps

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 19, 2015 5:53:00 PM

Winterizing in-ground pools is necessary in areas of the country where the temperature drops into the low thirties for an extended amount of time during the fall and winter months—cold enough for water and the ground to freeze.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

Ten affordable swimming pool grotto designs—in pictures—for your backyard

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 12, 2015 6:36:00 PM

No longer limited to lavish swimming pools at resort hotels and homes of the ultra-wealthy, waterfall grottos are now common in backyards across America and can be the perfect complement to a lagoon-type pool.

A grotto typically is defined as a large rock waterfall with a nook or cavern-like space beneath it that’s large enough to swim into. Depending on the size, style, and configuration, a grotto can contain features like seating areas, lighting, or a therapy spa. They provide privacy and shade for swimmers, and kids can use them for imaginative play scenarios.

Large, elaborate installations are similar to actual sea caves from which swimmers can fully exit the water to lounge, have cocktails at the grotto bar, or get snacks from a built-in kitchen!

While that kind of ultra-deluxe grotto requires an ultra-deluxe budget, there are plenty of dramatic, beautiful grotto designs that an upper-end—yet realistic—pool budget can accommodate.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips