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How To Illuminate Your Above Ground Pool

Adding lighting to your above ground pool can add a new level of ambiance to your backyard pool.  Some careful planning and the right choice of lighting can create a magical atmosphere and transform your pool into your own private oasis. Proper lighting will also enhance visibility, so you can enjoy your nightly swim safely.

Which Type of Lighting Will Work Best?

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing lighting for your pool. Here are a few lighting options.

LED Lighting

The most popular systems on the market are LED lights. LEDs are relatively cheap, long lasting and environmentally friendly. They also don’t emit heat, so they won’t affect your pool’s temperature.

You can choose from a range of different colors, depending on the look you’re going for. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, a system with color sequencing functionality can create a sense of theater that’s sure to wow your guests.

Fiber Optics

Fiber optics are more expensive, but have more customization options. Many fiber optic lighting systems include a color wheel, which allows you to vary color scheme and ambiance to suit the occasion.

A fiber optic system’s light source is also separate from the fittings, so routine maintenance is safer and more convenient.

Incandescent Lights

Incandescent lights are traditional lighting systems which emit light by means of electricity running through a filament. They have the cheapest initial cost, but may be pricey to maintain. They also have limited customization options.  Typically, these need to be installed on new pools.

Curious about adding pool lighting to your above ground pool?  Contact Smith Pools today to learn more!

 

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Learn More About Frog Leap Mineral System

If you have a pool, you already know that proper maintenance it important. A well maintained pool increases the longevity of your pool, but it also ensures that you and your family are completely safe while using it. If you are looking for an effective system that helps keep your pool water clean, clear and soft, you should take a look at the Frog Leap Mineral System. The system also does an exceptional task of reducing the use of chlorine by as much as 50 percent. 

The system not only helps make your pool maintenance sessions as easy as a walk in the park, it is also extremely cost-effective.

What Are The Benefits of A Frog Leap Mineral System?

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of a Frog Leap Mineral System!

The Frog Leap Mineral System is Flexible

The Frog Leap Mineral System is suitable for all different types of pools, regardless of their construction and sizes. It doesn’t matter if you have a metal framed in-ground pool or an above-ground pool; the system works effectively and quickly on all types of pools. The system particularly excels at its task when it is installed on swimming pools that hold 10,000-25,000 gallons. One of the biggest advantages of using this system is undoubtedly its ease of use. With this system around, you can minimize the time you spend taking care of your pool. 

Other Advantages of the Frog Leap System

In addition to keeping the pool water cleaner, softer, and clearer, the maintenance system effectively kills bacteria and considerably reduces the use of chlorine. The system is easy to use and is also comparatively cheaper than saltwater systems. With this system around, you do not need to worry about touching harmful and harsh chemicals when cleaning the pool.  The Frog Leap System uses easy-to-use pre-filled chemical cartridges. The Frog Leap Mineral System basically takes the guess and stress out of pool care.

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Pool Party

Top 5 “Must-Haves” for Your Memorial Day Pool Party

The day is here when all of the United States honors their fallen soldiers of the armed forces. Memorial Day weekend arrives and you can start hearing the splashes, laughs and screams of the people enjoying pool parties.

The smell of steaks and hot dogs being grilled fills all the neighborhoods and everyone is in a festive mood. People who decide to keep a pool party to celebrate Memorial Day, should know the five must haves to have an awesome party.

A Working Pool

Before throwing a pool party, you need to go into overdrive and check, clean and refresh your pools chemical levels to host a good party where people can safely enjoy your pool. Memphis pool maintenance services are available before Memorial Day weekend to help you keep a healthy pool for everyone at your house.

Barbecue

Get a good old fashioned T-bone on the grill and hot dogs on the side. Get out and purchase some meat for the weekend as nothing says red white and blue like a pool party and a Barbecue.

A Good Sound System

How can it be a party without good music? Make sure that you have speakers that can pump up the base and you can really feel the beats per minute. Don’t have a good sound system? Don’t worry; you can always check if your guest has a good enough sound system. The least they can do while coming to your party is contribute by bringing the boom.

Inflatable Furniture

If you have a lot of pool parties then you must know that no one actually comes to swim, they either socialize by standing in the water or just eat. To facilitate the guests you can buy some inflatable furniture to help them relax and kickback while talking to you and your guests and listening to some good music.

Beer

You cannot have a Memorial Day party without beer. As soon as your guests start arriving, offer them a beer as they wait for the food to be done. A beer is also a good way to start up good conversations and keep the people happy. Some salty snacks would also go nicely with the beer. Have chips and nuts on the table for everyone. Get out and buy a whole lot of Kegs and six packs for the party.

If you require information on how to maintain your pool before and after the party, visit Smith Pools website and contact them for further information. They have some good tip on Memphis pool maintenance for Memorial Day weekend parties.

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Our Top 5 Pool Gadgets for 2016

Smith Pool offers some gadgets that will allow you to enjoy your pool time a little longer while we take care of all your maintenance and entertainment needs. Our team specializes in pool products and above ground pool maintenance in Southaven.

Here are the top 5 pool gadgets that we recommend for pool owners to double the fun:

Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Swimming Pool Floating Speaker

Do you enjoy music by your poolside? You will enjoy it even more inside your pool. With the Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Swimming Pool Floating Speaker, you can play all your favorite songs that help you relax. As the speaker floats, it gives you the convenience of operating it without getting out of the water.

Lifeproof Apple Cases

These iPhone cases are especially designed to keep your phone dry and intact when dropped. The Lifeproof phone cases allow you to have a great time in the water without having to get out of the pool to receive a phone call. You can easily change songs on your Ivation Bluetooth floating speaker through your phone when you are floating your troubles away.

The Floating Lighted Pool Fountain

Want to light up your pool at night. Install the Floating Lighted Pool Fountain and watch the magic happen. It gives the beautiful sight of a water fountain combined with an illuminating experience to brighten up your pool. Sitting by your poolside at night can be mesmerizing with this little gadget.

Putt-A-Bout Aqua Golf Floating Putting Mat, Green

Do you prefer having an activity to do while floating in your pool on an inflatable pool seat? Putt-A-Bout Aqua Golf Floating Putting Mat, Green gives you a fun golfing experience on the water. It provides a good activity for a pool party too.

Remote Control Snack and Drink Pool Float

What’s better than having a tray full of drinks and snacks inside your pool? The Remote Control Snack and Drink Pool Float not only hold your drinks and snacks but serves them to you too. It’s like having a small robotic butler that allows you to stay in the pool and serve you and your friends the refreshments.

Buy these gadgets from Smith Pool today and liven up your pool experience. For more information on gadgets and above ground pool maintenance in Southaven, contact us.

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Dog Safety

4 Poolside Accessories Your Pooch Will Love

The pool is a fun place to hang out for all the family, including your dog.

Whether your furry friend has an instinctual need to swim or just wants to cool off, these accessories are sure to enhance the experience for you and your pet alike.

Dial Up the Fun with Floating Toys

Dogs just love to play in the water, don’t they?

There’s nothing like the pool for a rowdy game of fetch or tug-of-war that will leave your dog feeling tired and happy. Floating toys are a great way to while away the hours whilst bonding with your four-legged friend. Even better, your dog will get plenty of exercise and let out those troublesome instinctive behaviors like tugging and chewing in a non-destructive way.

With hundreds of brightly colored toys available online and at your local pet store, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Your Dog’s Very Own Private Gym

Take things to a whole other level by adding some accessories to your pool area.

Incorporating a water slide or slip-n-slide to your pool is guaranteed to entertain your dog for hours. You could even set up an obstacle course for you and your pal to run through together.

Basking in the Sun

When your pet is feeling lazy, or is just tired after a day of playing fetch, there’s no better way for him to chill out in style than a doggy pool float.

Pool floats for pets are made with your pal’s safety in mind. They are more durable than regular floats, puncture resistant and designed to be ultra-buoyant. When dampened in pool water, they will also help keep your dog cool and reduce the risk of overheating.

Safety First and Foremost

Not all dogs are good swimmers. Water can be dangerous for young puppies and for certain breeds, like Pugs and Bulldogs.

Doggie life jackets can be really handy in these situations. They are designed to fit around your dog’s neck and keep him afloat, so he can take a dip in the pool safely.

Is a day by the pool with your furry friend right up your alley? Contact Smith Pools for a quote and get your own pool today.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Hot Heating Options for Above-ground Pools

The heat wave is winding down at last. Is your pool feeling a bit chillier too? We all love a break from the heat, but you may still want to get in a few laps before shutting down your pool for winter. A heater can help you raise the water’s temperature and keep things comfortable.

Your options for heaters vary based on the type of pool you have and the amount of temperature change you’re looking for. We’ll look at two solid options for above-ground pools in this post: solar panels and heat pumps.

Solar Swimming Pool Panels

As you might have guessed, these panels are operated through sunlight. The panels are typically connected to your pool pump, allowing the water to circulate. The heat of the water then increases and is returned to the pool.

This cost-effective option works well for smaller pools and warmer climates. You’ll obviously need plenty of direct sunlight for maximum effectiveness. The solar panels typically raise the temperature of the water from five to ten degrees. If you’re looking for a little extra heat at a relatively low cost, solar panels may be your best bet.

Heat Pumps

Above-ground heat pumps heat the pool water through the air in the surrounding environment. Depending on the size and capacity of the heat pump, it can warm up the water of deep and large pools well. These pumps require more of an initial investment than solar panels. However, they are generally found to be cost-effective over time and easy to use.

Before purchasing, you’ll want to keep in mind factors such as usage, location and pool size. Ask about energy efficiency ratings and the amount of heat produced. Some models are even designed for noise reduction and are made to run as quietly as possible.

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to get the most out of your above-ground pool, reach out to us at Smith Pools. We’ll be happy to help you turn your pool into the place of fun and relaxation you’ve always wanted.

 

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Time to break in your pool

Our Quick Start Guide to Breaking in Your Pool for Summer

Pool novices might assume the process of getting your pool ready for summer merely entails a few celebratory cannonballs. Those who have a handful of summer seasons under their belts realize that an actual reopening requires some elbow grease and planning. Whether you’re a newbie or semi-professional, review our quick start guide to kick off swimming season.

Do the Initial Clean Up

Start by removing any stray limbs or leaves that have fallen onto your pool cover. Next, clean out the filters and baskets. Make sure your filtration system is good to go. Be sure to check if any cartridges need to be replaced. Finally, remove any plugs from when you closed down the pool for winter.

Test the Water

Your water may need to be adjusted after a long winter vacation. Figuring out what you need to add is as simple as gathering a sample. Take the sample to the experts at Smith Pools. They’ll be able to tell you the pH, alkalinity and overall mineral content. This is one area you definitely don’t want to skimp on.

Check the Condition of the Liner

The liner is one of the key factors required for a happy, functional pool. If yours is frayed, cracked, torn or otherwise in bad shape, you may be letting in more debris than you expect. A damaged liner can also mean losing more water than you realize. Bring photos of your liner to the professional to discuss options for repair and replacement.

Touch Up the Landscaping

Let me paint a picture for you. You’ve completed all the hard work of cleaning your pool and getting it prepped for what’s sure to be a fantastic summer season. To celebrate, you decide to take a dip. After a few refreshing laps, you look around you. What do you see?

Hopefully, it’s well-manicured lawn with flowers in full bloom. If you picture yourself seeing piles of fallen branches, knocked over pots and other remnants of disarray, your job isn’t finished quite yet. Give your backyard a makeover too to complete the final look.

For more ideas on how to celebrate summer time, read our post on the best in waterproof gadgets and accessories.

 

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The Best in Waterproof Gadgets and Accessories

Waterproof gadgets and accessories can take your pool time from fun to fabulous. Enhance your backyard parties or quality family time with these items. They’re all easy enough to pack up for an impromptu beach trip as well.

Waterproof and Bluetooth Speakers

Speakers are getting just as savvy and futuristic as our smartphones. It isn’t hard to find quality speakers that are both waterproof and Bluetooth equipped. FUGOO Sport speakers combine durability with excellent sound and design. These speakers are slim enough to hide in the background while offering up to 40 hours of battery life. That’s a lot of luau parties!

Durable, Waterproof Phone Cases

Lifeproof makes hardcore, waterproof cases for the iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy. Unlike many durable cases, these are design to be slim and sleek. You can find a range of color combinations to suit your personal style. The cases come with a year of warranty. Now, you don’t have to panic when your phone decides to take a swim.

Floating Can Holder and Serving Tray

What could better than floating in the pool sipping on your favorite beverage? Being able to put that drink down without any worries, of course! The floating can insulator by ToySplash hangs out right beside you. Simply pop in your drink and let the ultimate chillaxation begin!

Now, wait a second. Who can stop at just a floating can, truthfully? You can’t have drinks without a few snacks. Serve your favorite guilty pleasures with this remote controlled floating tray. Sometimes it’s okay to over indulge.

Waterproof Playing Cards

Enjoy a classic card game in the pool with these waterproof playing cards. You weren’t going to keep laminating them yourself, were you? These PVC cards by Coleman are made to last for ages. Best of all, they are anti-stick, meaning you won’t look like quite as a big of a nerd shuffling this time.

Accessory ready but lacking the swimming pool? Head to Smith Pools and they’ll remedy that situation for you in a flash.

 

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