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Bring The Extraordinary Environment To Your Backyard

Bring The Extraordinary Environment To Your Backyard

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  This summer why waste the time and money to head to the lake when we can bring the outdoor experience to your backyard. Liquid FX is your premier pool and spa builder for all of California. We can design the right look and fit for any yard. For more information call 209-869-6067 or 855-394-3041 and see how we can start you on your next adventure in your yard. You can also visit us at www.liquidfxpools.com 24 hours a day.

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Swimming pool maintenance 10 Tips To Get Your Swimming Pool Ready For The Summer with Liquid FX Pools

Swimming pool maintenance 10 Tips To Get Your Swimming Pool Ready For The Summer with Liquid FX Pools

 Swimming pool maintenance is one of the big chores of the spring is opening the pool. Most people don’t have a 10 Tips To Get Your Swimming Pool Ready For The Summer with Liquid FX Poolsproblem getting the cover off and starting the system, the real problem occurs when they see the color of the swimming pool. It’s going to need some chemicals (and a little elbow grease) to make it clear again.

Have no fear! Here are 10 tips to help you open your pool and get ready for another fantastic summer.

  1. You’ve Gotta Friend

    Opening up a swimming pool can be done by only one person, but Swimming pool maintenance is much easier with two, and you can turn it into a good time.

    Invite a friend over to help you get your pool ready. You might have to give them an incentive. Perhaps dinner or access to your swimming pool whenever they want…ok, maybe just stick with dinner.

  2. Open Your Pool Early

    If you have seen any of my pool care YouTube videos, you might be able to tell that I’m a sweater. I know it’s gross, but if you’re anything like me, then you’ll want to open your pool earlier while it’s cooler outside.

    Also, you can take advantage of the early buys deals at your local pool store or online (if they are running any). You’ll also have your pool open in case you have an early summer 😉

    Opening your pool early even helps with algae. Algae loves warm and dark places, which is why it grows so well when you have the winter cover on your pool until the middle of June!

  3. Be Prepared

    Before you get started, make sure you have everything you need to open your pool. You don’t want to be running to the pool store every time you forget something. Create a checklist and lay everything out. Here is what you’ll need:

    • Spring Opening Kit or Chemicals To Open With (shock, chlorine, pH alkalinity, chlorine stabilizer)
    • Telescopic Pole
    • Skimmer Head
    • Vacuum Head
    • Vacuum Hose
    • Pool Brush
    • Test Kit or Test Strips
  4. Get Your Filter and Pump Running and Keep It Running

    Once you open your pool, you could be in for a surprise. It may be dark green, light green, cloudy, or crystal clear. I really hope everyone opens up to a crystal clear pool, but it’s not always the case.

    Make sure that once you get the cover off your pool that you focus on getting your filter system up and running. Then, make sure it keep it running until your pool is clear. After that, you can start running your filter system between 10 and 12 hours a day.

  5. Test Your Water Right Away

    You should have test strips or a test kit already on deck and ready to use, if you followed my checklist.

    Take a sample of your pool water by using a cup, holding it upside down, and putting it in the water elbow deep. Then, turn the cup upright to take the sample. Make sure you take a sample away from your return line.

    Use your test kit or test strips to check your pH and chlorine levels. For a more accurate reading (which I highly recommend when you first open your pool), take a sample to your local pool supply store and have them check for:

    • Total and Free Chlorine (or the type of sanitizer you use)
    • pH and Alkalinity
    • Cyanuric Acid or Chlorine Stabilizer
    • Calcium Hardness
  6. Stick To One Source

    When it comes to pool care, it’s a good idea to get all your information from one source. Take it from me, this industry cannot agree on anything.

    You could go to your local pool store to get some information on how to change the sand in your filter, and then go to the pool store down the street and they’ll tell you you never have to change your sand. Point is, if you stick to one source, you won’t have any problems. Hopefully, it’s right here at Swim University.

  7. Shock Is Your Best Friend

    If you have a chlorine pool, then shock is your best friend. Shocking your pool jacks up the chlorine level which helps to kill bacteria and get rid of dead chlorine that has done its job and needs to leave.

    If you open up to a green mess this year, then shock will not only be your best friend, but your soul mate.

  8. Clean Your Winter Cover Before Storing It.

    I recommend you take your winter cover and lay it out next to your pool to clean it. You can use car wash soap and a brush to scrub the whole thing down. Or, I recommend using a winter cover cleaner that you don’t have to dry before you store it. Yes, you can store the cover wet with this cover cleaner.

  9. Use A Plastic Container To Store Your Winter Cover

    Go to Home Depot, Lowes, or your favorite local hardware store, and buy yourself a giant, plastic container. You can even use a large plastic garbage container with a seal-able lid.

    Whether you have a safety cover or a disposable tarp cover, you should use this to protect the cover from being eaten by bugs, mice, or other pest while it’s in storage. Your winter cover will last a lot longer.

  10. Relax

    As a homebrewer (of beer), we have a little saying…

    Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew. – Charlie Papazian: The Godfather of Homebrewing

    Pick a nice day, grab a friend (and some beer if you’d like), open up the pool and enjoy the rest of your day knowing that you accomplished a chore that will set you up for the rest of the summer

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Liquid FX Pools – Landscape Design

 Liquid FX Pools – Landscape Design

Landscape Design scope

Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. The practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability components merit Landscape design inclusion. It is often divided into hardscape design and softscape design. Landscape designers often collaborate with related disciplines such as architecture and geography, soils and civil engineering, surveying, landscape contracting, botany, and artisan specialties. Design project focus can tend towards: in landscape design – artistic composition and artisanship, horticultural finesse and expertise, and a detailed site involvement emphasis from concepts through construction; whereas in landscape architecture – focus of urban planning, city and regional parks, civic and corporate landscapes, large scale interdisciplinary projects, and delegation to contractors after completing designs. There can be significant overlap of talents and skills, depending on the education, licensing, and experience of the professional. Both landscape designers and landscape architects practice landscape design.

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Landscape Design approach

Factors in designing include objective qualities; such as the climate and microclimates; topography and orientation, site drainage and groundwater recharge; municipal and resource building codes, soils and irrigation, human and vehicular access and circulation, recreational amenities (i.e.: sports and water), furnishings and lighting, native plant habitat botany when present, property safety and security, construction detailing, and other measurable considerations. Factors in designing also include subjective qualities such as: genius loci (the special site qualities to emphasize); client’s needs and preferences; desirable plants and elements to retain on site, modify, or replace, and available to use as borrowed scenery from beyond; artistic composition from perspectives of both looking upon and being in the *gardens; spatial development and definition; plant palettes in designed layouts, and artistic focal points for enjoyment. There are innumerable other design factors and considerations brought to the complex process of designing a garden that is beautiful, well functioning, and thrives over time. The up-and-coming practice of online landscape design allows professional landscapers to remotely design and plan sites through manipulation of two-dimensional images without ever physically visiting the location. Due to the frequent lack of non-visual, supplementary data such as soil assessments and pH tests, online landscaping necessarily must focus on incorporating only plants which are tolerant across many diverse soil conditions

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March 29, 2014