How to Enjoy Your Mississippi Backyard

Your backyard is wonderful retreat. It is an amazing amenity to your house and your favorite place for the family to get together and hang out. It is the focal point around which your family will gather together and enjoy each other’s time. Your backyard is so important that it deserves to have the coolest and most up-to-date amenities that will have the whole neighborhood talking. All of the things listed below will make sure that you enjoy your Mississippi backyard to the fullest extent for many, many years to come.

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Why Hot Tubs Make the Perfect Holiday Gift

The holiday season is upon us. Decorations are going up, trees are being adorned with ornaments, and presents are being bought. This holiday season, buy your family one of the most luxurious and healthiest gift you can buy, a spa or hot tub. There are a plethora of reasons to purchase a hot tub this year, and Aqua Pool Co. wants to help you get the perfect tub this holiday season for you and the entire family to enjoy and to help make lasting holiday memories for you and your family.

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Winterizing Your Mississippi Pool the Right Way

Winter is on the way. The holiday season is in full gear, and with it comes all of the amazing traditions of fall. However, there are some things lingering from summer that you must do to prepare for the cold weather. For instance, you need to get your pool ready for the freezing temperatures.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Above Ground Pool

Above ground pool

Your yard is an extension of your home. You decorate it, you cut it and you maintain it, and you and your family spend time on it. If you are in the market to get an above ground pool for your yard and property, then there are some things you should probably look into first. Above ground pools are a cheaper alternative to ground based pools and can fit in different sized yards more effectively.

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Five Benefits of Above Ground Pools

Above ground pools do not deserve their second-class reputation. Nearly all homeowners can get just as much out of an above ground pool as they would an in-ground one. In fact, particular property situations can make above ground pools much more useful and appealing than an in-ground pool for many homeowners.

To set the record straight and emphasize why anyone should be proud to own an above ground pool, here are the benefits they offer compared to their in-ground cousins:

Lower Cost

First and foremost, above ground pools are more affordable. The materials used to build them are sturdy, yet inexpensive. They also tend to have less hidden costs over time that can arise from unintended installation complications or maintenance problems. In general, an above ground pool will save you thousands both immediately and in the long run over its lifespan.

Easier to Install

In-ground pool installation usually means several different crews. You have excavators, concrete pourers, liner installers, electricians, specialty equipment needs and several other different jobs to take care of before the pool is complete. The time from groundbreaking to the first day you get to use the pool can be weeks or longer.

Above ground pools install rapidly using kits. The process usually takes one to three days, but in some instances homeowners can be swimming in their pool that very same night. On top of all this, above ground pools have many more options for installation in terms of placement because their footprint is not as large or permanent.

No Disruption to Your Yard

An in ground pool is about as permanent of a property decision as adding an addition to your house. Removing and filling in the pool is not usually a practical option, so homeowners that need flexibility will have to consider an above ground pool instead.

Removing an above ground pool is just as quick as installing it. Aside from a temporary bare patch, your property will be back to the way it was. This flexibility encourages some homeowners to move their above ground pool when an opportunity for better outdoor area design.

Warmer Water

The vast majority of people do not look forward to jumping in a chilly pool. Above ground pools usually receive more sunlight, and their exposure to the air means that they change temperatures quicker to match the temperature outside. In ground pools are constantly cooled by the lower soil temperatures, which take far longer to adjust.

Less Red Tape

Many counties do not require homeowners to file a permit for above ground pool installation unless they are going to be partially buried. Even counties that do will generally have a less intensive inspection and certification process than is required of an in-ground installation.

Even better, above ground pools do not change your property values, so your property taxes are not raised as a consequence of wanting to have a little fun.

Clearly, there are plenty of reasons to consider whether an above ground pool installation is right for your personal needs. They do not work for everyone, but countless people can attest to their satisfaction and enjoyment of their above ground pool. Take a look at our models available to get an idea of what above ground pool you could be splashing around in next summer.

 

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Five Reasons to Add a Hot Tub to Your Outdoor Space

The allure of hot tubs pretty much speaks for itself, but some people still need extra persuading to push them over the edge and convince them that a hot tub installation will be the right choice for them. What these people might not know is the level of utility and enjoyment hot tubs can add to an outdoor space.

To help push them in the right direction, here are five great reasons to install a hot tub in your outdoor space:

1. Hot Tubs Add Fun

The roar of the jets. The soft, enveloping sensation of the fervid water immersing you in comfort like a big, warm hug. The playful splashing or deep sighs of relief. All of these sensations are a natural part of entering a hot tub and enjoying what it has to offer. You can look forward to enjoying the hot tub with your friends and family and anticipate using the hot tub time and time again.

2. A Hot Tub Can Create a Focal Point

Outdoor spaces are quite a project, but even after all that toiling you can still feel like something is missing. The problem is that pretty landscaping and even a gorgeous deck often feel like pathways to something else, not a destination unto itself.

A hot tub can anchor the focus of your outdoor space and give outdoor areas new meaning and purpose. Patio designs and even landscaping can subordinate to the hot tub, helping you achieve a nice, balanced look in your yard with a showpiece to top it all off.

3. A Hot Tub Can Add Outdoor Enjoyment

Even with a great-looking yard or outdoor space, you may find yourself as well as your family or visiting friends hardly venturing out there. Now, that investment is largely underused and underappreciated.

Hot tubs give you a reason to look forward to going outside and help you stay there longer. Alternating hot tub sessions and breaks can mean long afternoons or nights enjoying nature and your landscaping efforts along with it.

4. A Hot Tub Is Therapeutic

Melt away stress, muscle tension and even problems like arthritis or joint pain just by jumping in a hot tub. A long day of working out or just a sore back after cleaning the garage can be remedied by a soothing dip in your own personal, bubbling therapy equipment.

5. Hot Tubs Add Useful Days to Your Outdoor Space

Even if you live in the Deep South, there comes a time every year where swimming in a pool or even hanging out on the patio is too cold to be appealing. With a hot tub, you can ignore old man winter’s icy gales and simply weather out the weather in a comfortable setting. The bracing contrast of the frigid outdoors and roasty hot tub waters can even help loosen up stiff muscles and release free radicals for invigorating relaxation.

As you can see, hot tubs add so much more to your home and its outdoor space. Take a look at our hot tub installations page to find the model with the size and features that is perfect for your home.

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Smart Pool Heating for a Longer Pool Season

Family of four posing on a float in the pool.

If you are like many pool owners, you may probably dread the approach of the fall as it signifies the end of pool season. Those carefree days and fun-filled evenings in the pool don’t have to be over until next summer! For those that want more time to enjoy their pool this year, check out these great pool heating ideas.

One of These Options Maybe Right for You:

  • Solar Pool Covers
  • Energy Efficient Heaters
  • Solar Pool Heaters

A rectangular pool with automatic solar cover.

Solar Pool Covers

The first great option is to use a solar pool cover. Available in shapes and sizes to fit any pool, a solar pool cover uses the heat of the sun to warm pool water during the day and traps that heat in overnight. With a minimal initial expense and no recurring energy cost, solar pool covers provide a simple and affordable way to extend your pool season. Simply keep the pool covered when not in use, and enjoy the benefits of a warmer pool when you swim!

Energy Efficient Heaters

Traditional pool heaters increase the temperature of your pool’s water, but can create an unwelcome surprise on your energy bill. The new breed of energy efficient heaters offer the same pool heating capabilities at a fraction of the energy cost. Easily installed by a professional pool company, energy efficient pool heaters keep your pool at the perfect temperature for family enjoyment even when the temperature drops below swimming weather! Who’s up for another few weeks of swimming fun?!

Solar Pool Heaters

By utilizing the heat of the sun, solar pool heaters bring your pool water to comfortable temperatures. Imagine, with just one investment, you can enjoy a heated pool anytime without paying a dime on your energy bill! The perfect addition to any pool, solar pool heating can typically keep your pool’s water in the low to mid 80’s. Use your pool year round, or at least for a longer period than you are used to.

Using these cost effective pool heating methods, you can enjoy your pool  longer while being ecologically responsible! So squeeze a few extra weeks (or longer!) out of the season and get more use out of your pool. Install a solar cover, energy efficient heater, or solar pool heater today!

For more great ways to live the pool and spa life, visit the experts at AquaPoolCo! Our friendly staff can help you choose the pool, spa, or accessories you need to enjoy life in the water!

 

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Keeping Up With Debris: Fall Pool Maintenance

Autumn! At long last, the sizzling days of summer are relenting, giving way to shorter days and cooler temperatures. While the Mississippi gulf coast area may not experience fall as soon as much of the rest of the country, eventually leaves do begin to fall. Many plants die back for the winter and grass passes into its dormant stage. Unfortunately, this welcome break from the heat can wreak havoc on your pool. Whether you are a new pool owner or you have had your pool for years, here are some pool maintenance tips you need to know to keep your pool clean, safe and functioning well through the fall and winter months.

A leaf skimmer full of fall leaves.

The Problems

In addition to being outright unsightly, plant matter in the pool can cause a host of problems. Chief among these is that as plant matter decays, it releases nitrogen. What is the primary thing that algae needs to grow and thrive? You guessed it. Nitrogen. Don’t feed algae! Starve it by redoubling your efforts to keep your pool consistently debris-free.

Second, plant matter left in the water will eventually settle to the bottom where, in very little time, it can cause staining of your pool’s liner. (Some of the worst staining culprits are acorns. Remove these immediately!) Finally, greater amounts of debris mean that your skimmer baskets are filling up much more quickly, making your filter pump strain to suck water through this accumulated muck. This can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the motor and shorten the lifespan of this vital piece of equipment.

The Solutions

Daily Debris Removal

While effective fall pool maintenance may require a little more time, it doesn’t have to be difficult. We recommend starting the day with a clean slate. Since most of us run our pool filters during the day, emptying skimmer baskets every morning literally clears the path, allowing the filter pump to easily and efficiently do it its job free from obstructions. (Always be sure to stop the filter before emptying skimmer baskets to prevent debris from being sucked into the filter lines while baskets are out of place.) Next, give the water a quick skim with a leaf net to remove as much surface detritus as possible.

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Weekly Water Testing

Aim to test pool water every 4-5 days to ensure that the chlorine level and pH balance are correctly maintained. Add chemicals as needed. As you become more familiar with your pool’s chemistry and the frequency with which it requires chemical adjustments, you should be able to decrease this to just once a week.

Long-Term Solutions

Now may be a good time to perform a cleaning of your pool’s filter. After a season of pool use, everything from dead algae to skin cells, body oils, sunscreen and debris particulates can gunk up a filter, making it less effective at cleaning pool water. Give it a leg up on dealing with fall debris by performing a good cleaning. This is done through various methods depending on the type of your filter, and the manufacturer’s instructions must be carefully followed.

You may benefit from covering your pool while it is not in use. If your pool has trees growing nearby, or if you have a number of trees on your property, it may be worthwhile to purchase a pool cover. Covers are available in a wide variety of styles and price points. The simplest (and cheapest) are those designed just to keep the pool clean. Others are made of more specialized materials such as solar covers that help keep pool water warmer (useful for extending your pool season), or safety covers that help prevent drowning accidents!

pool cleaner

Finally, invest in a good pool cleaner. There are a variety of options to choose between from those that use your pool’s filter pump to suck up debris, to robotic pool cleaners powered by electricity. The experts here at AquaPoolCo can help explain the differences and benefits of each and recommend the cleaner that is right for you. We can even teach you how to use it!

For other useful information on caring for your above-ground pool and spa, follow our blog, like us on Facebook, or stop by AquaPoolCo anytime. You won’t find a friendlier or more knowledgeable staff anywhere else!

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Enjoying Pool Time All By Yourself!

 

Having a pool in your backyard can be a huge advantage for the whole family. While splashing around the pool with the kids is great fun, many pool owners are missing out on some of the best ways to enjoy their pools and spas. All alone! Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps it is time to enjoy having the pool to yourself.

Overhead view of woman in large sunhat lounging on pool steps.

Relaxation and Well-Being

Let your worries drift away and release pent up stress as you enjoy some time to yourself in the pool. Simply floating in the pool and taking in the soothing sounds and weightless caress of water can be a great way to clear your mind and clarify your thoughts. You may discover that the pool is the perfect place to spend quiet time in prayer or meditation.

Some people enjoy daily pool time as scheduled sun therapy. Many nutritionists and naturopathic practitioners advise a 20-30 minute daily sun soak as a strategic means of boosting the body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is known for a wide range of health benefits such as preventing cancer and type 1 diabetes, fighting colds and flu, assisting in weight loss, relieving pain and fatigue, and even helping to regulate a positive mental outlook. It is also nearly impossible to get enough of from diet alone.

A New Exercise Routine

Water exercises in the pool can provide additional resistance for a number of different workouts. In addition to the incredible workout provided by swimming itself, exercises such as water walking or jogging can be a fabulous, low-impact way to work leg muscles. Practicing an exercise routine that requires you to be in the pool gives you two benefits – you get to enjoy more time in the pool while strengthening all major muscle groups and even your heart!

Try water yoga or pilates! A quick search online should uncover some great water poses and movements, or you could simply incorporate one of your favorite routines into water exercises. Obviously, some of the exercises will be unsuitable for the pool, but the many can easily be performed in the comfort of the pool without the risk of falls or over extension.

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Spa Therapy

Taking a few minutes out of your day for some spa therapy will lower your stress level and put you in a better mood. Everyone from professional athletic trainers to physical therapists extol the value of a warm soak and the gentle massage of water jets in easing muscle and joint pain and relieving inflammation. Consider adding some spa therapy to your day after the kids head to school or just before they get home. Having the pool to yourself, you do not need to worry about any distractions.

These are some great ways to enjoy your pool all by yourself. Of course, you should always follow common sense and pool safety guidelines when swimming alone. Be aware of your surroundings, make sure your pool area is secure against intruders, and consider keeping a cell phone or other means of communication nearby. Remember, never swim alone when under the influence of alcohol or if taking certain prescription drugs that can cause drowsiness or impair your reaction time.

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life it can be easy to forget why you built the pool in the first place. Discover these or your own new ways to find enjoyment in your pool and spa. It just may become the best part of your day!

If you are missing out on the relaxation benefits of having your own backyard pool and spa, AquaPoolCo can help. We carry an extensive selection of top-of-the-line above-ground pools and the finest spas on the market. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you pick the pool or spa that’s right for you and fits your budget. Come see us today!

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Great Outdoor Grilling Recipes

Fun times around the pool call for some fabulous grilling recipes! The combination of fresh grilled foods, cold drinks, and a backyard pool is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. Take a look at some of these recipes, bring your grill out by the pool, and start cooking.

Yummy! Restaurant Style Prime Rib

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Restaurant Style Prime Rib

  • 4 to 10 lbs of prime rib roast
  • 3 tbsp of sea salt
  • 4 tbsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp dry thyme
  • a little bit of olive oil

The roast will have to sit with the rub overnight, so plan accordingly. To start cooking some restaurant style prime ribs, rinse the roast and then pat it dry using a paper towel. Rub the rib roast with a little bit of olive oil. In a small bowl, mix the sea salt, black pepper and thyme. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the prime roast. Wrap the roast in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Heat your grill up to 500 degrees. Grill the top and the bottom of the roast for 3 minutes on each side. Remove the roast from the the grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Bring the temperature down to 325 degrees. Place the roast in a roasting pan and add beef broth to the bottom of the roasting pan. If you would like, you can add onion, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic to the broth. Roast the prime ribs until they have reached the correct temperature. Remove from the pan and let sit for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Canadian Pork Rack

Brine Ingredients:

  • 8 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water ‘
  • 2 cups of apple cider

Seasoning Blend Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of paprika

Red Pepper Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of spicy red pepper jelly

You will need to plan ahead with this recipe as it requires letting ingredients sit over night. Combine all of the ingredients for the brine and place in sauce pan. Bring the combination to a boil, remove from the heat, and let cool for at least 8 hours.

Place your pork in a reseal-able plastic bag. Add the brine combination. Close the plastic bag and place in the fridge for about six hours.

Bring your grill to a temperature of 250 degrees. Combine the seasoning blend ingredients in a small bowl. Remove the pork from the plastic bag, pat dry, and sprinkle the seasoning blend over the pork. Cook the pork on your grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees. This should take about an hour and a half.

Remove the pork from the grill and brush the red pepper glaze over the pork. Place the pork back on the grill and cook until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Remove the pork from the grill and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Photo of Dino Bones, tasty unshortened beef short ribs!

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Dino Bones

  • Beef short ribs
  • Beef rub

This is a simple recipe for ribs that your kids will love. Trim excess fat from the ribs and any silver skin. Slather the ribs with your favorite beef rub. Smoke the beef at 250 degrees for 3 to 4 hours. Peel off the outer membrane on the bone side of the ribs. Separate each of the bones and wrap in foil. Cook for another 3 to 4 hours. Drizzle some liquid from the wrapped foil pieces into some bbq sauce and mix. Pour this mixture on to the ribs and then serve.

Use these recipes and spice up the evening and make your family and friends some great meals. With tasty food and refreshing drinks by the pool, you can make it a night that no one will forget. There is nothing batter on a warm day than grilling by the pool.

For all your pool accessory needs, visit us at AquaPoolCo! Here you can learn about the amazing lines of above-ground pools and tempting spas that we carry and install, as well as browse our extensive selection of grilling and outdoor living products. Come see us today!

 

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