Pool Repair After the Hurricane

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call-casual-patio-pool-damage-by-floodAfter our tragedy, pool owners face the task of cleaning up a soggy mess.  Once your family is taken care of and your living quarters are livable, we can help with your swimming pool, patio, or hot tub.

1. Be sure to take photos of your pool for any insurance claims.  Take more than one and be sure to get all sides of the pool and surrounding areas.

2. Remove all debris from inside and around the pool.

3. Drain excess water from the pool.

4. Before you turn on the pump, check for loose wires.  Make sure the motor is dry before you turn it on.

5. Once the filtration pump is on - keep it on for 24 hours, then test the pH.  Adjust with chemicals if needed.  Then circulate for another 24 hours and retest.

6. Monitor chlorine levels and try to keep it at 1-4ppm. Add chlorinating shock as needed to maintain levels.

7. Clean the filter often.  Call us if you need chemicals.

8. After the water is balanced and sanitized, you can resume use of the pool.


Tips for a great pool party.

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Group-Of-Friends-Having-Pool-Party-in-houston-texasHere are a few tips to make your next pool soiree a Success

  • Make sure you have extra towels and flip flops (a variety of sizes) for forgetful guests
  • Have inflatable pool toys in the pool to bring out the child in your guests
  • Select a good playlist of music and make sure someone keeps it playing
  • Provide a room for guests to change and an orderly place to leave their clothes
  • If it is sunny, be sure to arrange plenty of umbrellas for those who prefer the shade.
  • Use plastic cups for beverages - broken glass is not what they came for - or you
  • Position pool furniture around the edge of the pool with tables in between
  • In the evening, have candles come strategically place to set the mood.  Place some in the water for a memorable decor. Citronella candles on tables will keep the bugs away
  • Speaking of bugs, either fog well before your party and keep bug spray nearby
  • Fill spritzer bottles with water and placed them in ice buckets.  They are a great way to keep cool
  • Handing out party favors give a thoughtfull, memorable touch.  Buy some inexpensive flip flops, sunglasses, and sunscreen

If you need to get your pool ready and you don't have time, call Casual Patio (or Tap 281-599-3378 to Contact). We can service your Greater Houston TX swimming pool needs.

Pool Activities, Fun & Party Ideas

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1. Pool and a Flic

A pool and a movie night is a great way to spend the evening.  Watch the movie from the pool, or set up some pillows in the yard and enjoy a movie after a long summer day!
  • Tie a white sheet to trees or a do it yourself stand
  • Have a Projector - be careful with electrical equipment near the water
  • Have fun decorating your outdoor movie theater

fairies-in-a-jar

2. Fairies in a Jar

This will work for 5-8 hours.  Put them in your trees or surround your pool.
fairies in a jar
  • Get a mason jar or another type of jar with a lid
  • Break open a glow stick and empty contents into jar
  • Add glitter
  • Close jar and shake!

Tap or Call: 281-599-3378

Doughboy Pool Backyard Planner

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kid-girls-swimming-in-the-poolHere is a download the exclusive "Check the Difference" pdf document provided by Doughboy Pools.
Use it to help planning your next backyard with a Doughboy pool from Casual Patio Pools, Spas and More...

It is ideal for the backyard your family has been dreaming of!
  • The advantages of a Doughboy pool
  • Determining the right size of pool and its shape your backyard
  • Selecting the right location for your pool
  • Pool accessories that make a big difference in your backyard
pdfClick here to view and download the file.

Above Ground Pool Deck Options

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Pool-Deck-Construction-Houston-TexasYour Houston area pool without a deck is like a rodeo without bulls.

Here are some of the most common types of decks for Casual Patio to build around your new Doughboy above ground pool.

1) Wooden Decks

These are the most common built deck.  A wooden deck ie easy to build with many finishs available.  Customers and designers create interesting Ideas with wooden decks.  Because they are so easy to build, a wooden deck is limited only by the space available and your imagination.   Casual Patio has expert construction professionals to build your
budget friendly deck.  Get a quote or call us.

2) Aluminum Decks

Aluminum decks are easy to install, and are great in the Houston climates.  We can build these decks in a complete pool package. Thick extruded aluminum connections make this one of the best deck solutions on the market today.

3) Resin Prefab Decks

For a long lasting deck you may want to consider a resin pool deck. Each deck is completed with both the in-pool & ground to deck steps plus the gate. You will have several resin pool decks to choose from.   Call us today for cost estimate covering materials, installation and labor. They are a great alternative to aluminum decks. They are a lot more stylish looking in white or taupe colors. Built to last for many years to come.




How do you rid your pool of frogs?

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Use use the pool skimmer to scoop them out. 

After that you can let them go or have frog legs for dinner.

Frogs are one of the most endearing reptile.  Kids love 'em, French restuarants love 'em.

Because of their permeable skin, they must remain moist all the time.  Because of the need for wetness, they can become a nuisance.  Most homeowner with a decorative pond or pool can tell you they share it with the frogs.

Because these small bodies of water bodies lack frog's natural predators, they can move in and over populate the space.

The easiest way to get rid of frogs is to consider the reasons why the frogs are there in the first place. Lack of predators is the main factor why frogs overpopulate.  Some cats will eat frogs, but it's not advised that you rely on Tabby to control your frog issue. 

You should also consider the frog's food source. These amphibians are carnivorous, eating small insects and invertebrates. Be sure your pump is working and may consider aerating it to prevent stagnation. Add a waterfall or a fountain to keep the water circulating. If the water is moving, insects will not be successful when they attempt to lay eggs. Without an abundance of insects, frogs will be less likely to find residence in your pool.

If all else fails, hire a professional to exterminate the frogs. They are trained in frog removal. Instead of defeating the frogs in hand-to-hand combat, consider seeking help from an expert.

Click here for "Masters Wildlife Control" in Houston.

Reducing your electric bill with an above ground pool

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Collage-Maintenance-of-houston-pool-maintenanceHere are four suggestions to help reduce your electric bill in your Houston Area Above Ground Pool.

Suggestion #1

Remember, your pump is there to keep your swimming pool water circulating and clean. If you change your pump's characteristics and notice a change in your water clarity or balance you may want to think twice about the change.

Above Ground Pool Decking

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Houston-Woman-Relaxing-In-Jacuzzi-on-a-deckInstall an above ground pool with an in ground pool feel - decking from Houston's best Doughboy dealer - Casual Patio.

With the right decking around your above ground pool, it will seem like an in ground pool.  With the proper decking, the pumps and accessories can be hidden by the deck.  It will make the pool safer and create an inviting space for guests.

Casual Patio partners with the best contractors in the Houston area to help you complete your whole backyard experience, from your pool, custom grill, decking and landscaping.

Doughboy Above Ground Pools

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Doughboy-pool-manufacturing-FacilityHistory of Doughboy

Edited from the Official Doughboy Website

During World War II Domain Industries, through its packaging machinery operation, perfected rubber sealing and won the Army contract to seal K-rations. K-rations were a "meal in a can" carried by United States soldiers during battle.

During World War II, the United States soldiers were known as Doughboys.

In 1947, Domain Industries formally named their packaging machinery operation the Doughboy Plastics Division. Doughboy Plastics Division was created specifically to enter the outdoor family entertainment market by manufacturing inflatable splasher pools, toys, and beach balls.

Years later, they changed the name to Doughboy Recreational.  We are also the only pool manufacturer in the world that actually makes everything it sells from raw materials.

Our production takes place in our 660,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Arkansas. Here we continually explore new design concepts and product advances. We start with the basics - the raw materials. Starting with raw materials allows us to monitor all phases of the production process, assuring everything meets our stringent standards of quality. We produce the finest above-ground pools, filtration systems, skimmers, and related accessories for your investment dollars.

Doughboy Recreational is and has always been proud to be Made in America!





Pool Safety for Above Ground Pools

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above-ground-pool-safety-tipsIt is just as important to maintain a safety posture for above ground pools as for inground pools.  Below are some important safety tips for your above ground pool:

Fence / Barrier

Above ground pools must have a fence or barrier around the pool.  The stairway leading up to the swim area should also be prtected. Stairs to the pool should also be gated with a lock.

Communicate

Pool signs and depth markers are important to have around your pool area.  The pool depth markers are available from Casual Patio Pools & More.  Other signs should include: "No Jumping", "No Diving, Shallow Water" and "Slippery When Wet".

Safety Equipment

Have basic safety equipment available such as lifesaver rings and a Shepherd's Crook.

Alarms

Your above ground pool should have an alarm installed - it is an excellent safety add-on.  The above ground pool alarm should use a sensing method is designed to detect a one-year-old child weighing 15 pounds and greater.

Stairs & Handrails

Be sure the hand rails and stairs have slip resistent surfaces to protect against slips and falls.


Maintaining Your Above Ground Pool in the Houston Area

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AutumnBreeze.Ov-350Above ground pools are more easily maintained than inground pools. 

They take less space in your yard and allow you to have an additional Hot Tub or Patio.

Most above ground pools can be installed in one day; more if ground preparation is needed.  Be sure to follow our Professional Technician's maintenance program and always refer to the owner's manuals (i.e. pump, filtration, and liner).

It takes about 6 hours for our system to filter the water in a 24 foot round pool. Six to eight hours is fine early Summer or as the weather cools in the Fall.  During Houston's high heat time of Summer, it is suggested to run the filter 12 hours a day. 

If you find any problems with your pool water (e.g. cloudy or green) do not run your filter constantly - wait until it clears or give Casual Patio, Pools, Spas and More a call and we can diagnose.

How to Find a Leak in Your Swimming Pool

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Poolin-PoodlesIn an Above Ground Pool in Houston you can typically expect to loose 0.25" of pool water a day due to evaporation. This means almost 2" a week!

The biggest factors affecting this are humidity, wind, and air and water temperature.  In the Houston area, we can expect more evaporation because of our warm weather.

Determine the Rate of Water Loss

Avoid Pool Problems in Houston's Hot Weather

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kids-keeping-cool-on-a-hot-houston-dayThis article will help you to avoid pool problems in hot weather like our own Texas climate.

Our summers have higher temperatures than most of the U.S.  This hot weather can create problems for swimming pools, especially if you don't follow a regular swimming pool maintenance program.

We have hundreds of Houston Above Ground Pool customers and we only hear from those that have not kept up their maintenance program.  From our experience, there are 2 main factors for proper pool care: 1) Equipment2) Water Chemistry

The Salt Water Pool Myth - EXPOSED

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Exposing the Salt Water Pool Myth
 
The salt water pool may be the most misunderstood concept in the swimming pool industry.
 

The Myth: Chlorine-Free

Who wouldn’t want a soft, silky, chemical-free, maintenance-free pool? A Doughboy Above Ground Pool that uses natural salt instead of chlorine…a pool that’s good for your skin and hair and with the healing power of the ocean. The buzz over salt water pools spread like wildfire between 2005 and 2008. Sales of Houston salt water pools has skyrocketed. By 2008, over 60% of new pools constructed were built with salt water systems.

How to treat black algae in your swimming pool

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black-algae-in-swimming-pool-cured-by-casual-patioBlack Algae Treatment

Exclusive for your Houston Above Ground Pool - Casual Patio, Pools, Spas & More can treat your black algae. 

We have products with the strength to control Swimming Pool Black Algae.
Features:
  • Kills black algae
  • Easy to use
  • Safe for you and your pets
  • Contains no metals

How to Open Your Houston Above Ground Pool in the Spring.

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AutumnBreeze.Ov-350ONE: Chemicals, Test Strips & Kits

Before you get started, be sure you have all the chemicals and water testing kits.  If you live in the Houston TX area, contact us and be sure you have all your supplies ready.

TWO: Remove the Pool Cover

If you have a solid pool cover, the first step is to use a cover pump to remove standing. Take time and remove as much of the water and debris as possible; this simplifies the whole process. Do NOT place the cover pump near or over a seam or you may be draining water from the pool.

If you have a mesh covers, we suggest adding pool shock to the water about 2 weeks before you plan to open your pool.  To do this, pull back a corner and, pour the shock into the water then re-cover the pool.

THREE: Store your Pool Cover

Above Ground Pool Benefits for Houston TX Home Owners

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diving-through-hoopsWhy install an above ground pool in my Houston TX home?

One of the first pools in the United States was in Texas - of course.  The Deep Eddy pool was built during the Depression-era and began as a bathhouse.  Since then millions of home owners have added a pool to their back yard.  When installing a pool, should you get an in-ground or above ground pool?

Above ground pools in Houston are very popular. They bring families closer, and a great time for friends.  You pool is a place to cool off and relax.  There are many benefits to installing an above ground pool from Casual Patio, Pools & Spas. Here are a few reasons why you should get a quote from us if you want an above ground pool in Houston, TX.

Houston TX Above Ground Pool Buying Tips

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two-children-diving-in-masksWhat to consider when buying an Above Ground Pool.

An above ground swimming pool is the best choice for many.  Of course they are less expensive, but there are other advantages. If you think that above ground pools are 'toy' pools, think again.

Above ground swimming pools in the Houston Texas area may be the BEST option. Above ground swimming pools:
  • cost much less
  • they are quicker to install
  • avoids messy construction
  • cost less to operate
  • can be safer, because they are often more shallow and smaller
Enjoy your backyard with an above ground swimming pool. It is a common feature in our South Texas area where our Houston climate is warm in the spring, summer, and fall. A typical in-ground swimming pool can cost much more (i.e. around $25,000 +++).  Above ground pools from Casual Patio Pool Spas and More provide the same benefits of their in-ground counterparts at a fraction of the cost.

Be sure to plan your pool and maximize your envestment.

Cities we serve in the Houston TX area