Although we did have two cold spells (Dec. 17-20 and Jan. 5-8), overall we have had a very mild winter. As a matter of fact, we have had a record-breaking winter (since Dec. 21) with the most number of 80-degree days (13).
I recently started a building project at my house that had nothing to do with a swimming pool. This project involved hiring multiple contractors, and it reminded me how complicated the process of hiring contractors can be.
Before we know it, warm weather will arrive and pool owners will be enjoying their pool. Believe it or not, now is the time to start planning that backyard project.
Are you having trouble deciding on a gift for that person who is difficult to buy for? You know, the person who has everything. One special way to honor that person is to make a contribution in their name to a worthwhile charity. Denton has many excellent nonprofit agencies that could use and are worthy of your help.
This weekend, when daylight saving time comes to an end, many people will begin arriving home after dark, which gives them only the weekends to enjoy the beautiful landscaping and pool environment that, oftentimes, they have spent thousands of dollars creating. Unless, of course, it is a well-lit environment that can be enjoyed year-round.
With Oct. 3 being the latest 100-degree day the Dallas-Fort Worth area has experienced since 1898 when records began being kept, it is a pretty safe bet to say that the 100-degree days appear to be over for this year.
I have long said that the difference between swimming pools that look good and those that look great and are often times award-winning pools comes down to one thing — landscaping.
This weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. With Independence Day falling on a Monday this year, the party will likely be all weekend.If you are the pool owner, hopefully...
Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton, Ryan and Guyer — are holding their graduation ceremonies today.
As the weather continues to warm up, pool season kicks off for many of the 30,000-plus swimming pools in Denton County. Swimming is an excellent activity that family and friends can enjoy together, but we must always have respect for the potential danger that exists. Therefore, it is very is important to be aware of pool safety. Towards that effort, May has been designated as National Water Safety Month.
Back in 2012, we were dealing with the West Nile virus being spread by mosquitoes. This year, the Zika virus has been in the news. Regardless of the disease or the year, it is safe to say mosquitoes can cause real problems and we all need to do our part to cut down on the mosquito population.
Believe it or not, the temperatures will soon heat up and it will be pool season. With that being said, now is the time to begin planning for that time and considering whether it is time to renovate your swimming pool.
Hot tubs have increased in popularity in recent years. There are many reasons for this recent trend.
With the relatively mild October that we experienced, it is hard to believe it is just a matter of time before freezing weather arrives.
With the first average freeze date for the Dallas-Fort Worth area still a couple of months away (Nov. 22), we are entering the time of year when weather for outdoor activities, including swimming pool use, is at its best.
The July Fourth weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, the party will likely last all weekend. In addition, with the relatively mild weather we’ve been experiencing lately, pools and backyards are a great place to be.
All three of Denton’s comprehensive high schools are holding their graduation ceremonies today, and by the end of this weekend, most all area high school graduation ceremonies will have been held, and this group of high school seniors will enter the next chapter of their lives.
Few people will disagree that soaking in a hot tub is just about as good as life gets. Whether you’re spending time alone enjoying the quietness at the end of a long day, enjoying some down time with your spouse, or even enjoying some family bonding time, there is little argument about the mental and physical benefits of relaxing in a hot tub.
The 100-degree days appear to be over for this year. Soon it will be getting cold, and I have heard several weather forecasters call for a winter that is colder and wetter than normal. That doesn’t bode too well for pools if preparations aren’t made, especially in the Denton area.
This has been a relatively mild summer thus far — especially compared to the last few summers we’ve experienced. But one concern we’ve had to deal with for the last few years is limited rainfall. The current drought, combined with the continued influx of new residents to North Texas
Independence Day weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for swimming pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your plans are in place for this weekend — the yard is mowed, the food is planned, the guests are invited and the pool is ready.
Most area schools let out for the summer this week. As a matter of fact, all three Denton high schools — Denton High, Ryan High and Guyer High — are holding their graduation ceremonies today. Congratulations to all students on what I hope was a great year, but a special congratulation to this year’s graduates.
As we begin this new year, we are given a fresh start and many times a fresh outlook on what we want to accomplish in the future. Oftentimes this includes looking to the past to determine if there are things that we would change if we were able to do so.
With the hot real estate market we’ve had lately, many of us in the swimming pool industry are often faced with a question: Is it a good idea to purchase a house with an existing swimming pool? The answer is: It really depends on several factors.
Although this summer appears that it will be much milder than the last two summers, it is still hot this time of year. Traditionally one of the solutions to dealing with the summer heat is the cool enjoyment that a swimming pool can provide. That is not always possible in August — as pool water tends to heat up, oftentimes past the point of being refreshing.
The July Fourth weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your July Fourth plans are in place (or are least close to being in place) for your guests. If you are anything like me, you prefer to follow a list to be sure that everything gets done. Following is a checklist to assure that your July Fourth pool party will be one to be remembered.
School is out for the summer. That means kids get to enjoy the breathtaking feeling of freedom unlike any other. There is nothing in adulthood that can compare with the feeling of freedom that kids have when walking (or running) out of school on the last day.
In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safe water practices, May has been designated as National Water Safety Month.
What will the weather be for the next few months? Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist at ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, showed a weather pattern map on March 28 that provides some insight on what to expect. The map indicated that the Dallas-Fort Worth area forecast for the months of April, May and June would be normal rainfall and above-average temperatures.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could accurately predict what the weather would be for North Texas for the next few months? According to the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac, we have some interesting weather coming for the Texas-Oklahoma region: “The snowiest periods will be in early to mid-February and early March. April and May will be wetter than normal, with temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south. Summer will be cooler and a bit rainier than normal, with temperatures below normal in the north and above normal in the south.”
It would be great if we knew exactly what the weather was going to be this winter. But unfortunately, we do not. The best that we can do is look at long-range weather forecasts and then base our decisions on these forecasts. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2013, following is the weather forecast for the Texas-Oklahoma region: “Winter temperatures will be slightly colder than normal, on average, with precipitation and snowfall near or a bit above normal. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-February and early March.”