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How To Winterize Your Furniture

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Winter will be here soon so its time to think about covering and protecting your patio furniture.

Tip #1: Cover Your Furniture

We recommend breathable fabric covers to prevent leaves and acorns from collecting between the cushions. If natural debris remains on or between cushions for some time, the decaying process can leave stains. The stains are generally easy to clean but a cover prevents the effort!

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Hint: Squirrels like to store nuts between cushions! An organic repellent is available at many garden centers to help keep the critters away.

Tip #2: Store Correctly 

Store frames right side up so if any moisture is inside the frames, it can escape through weep holes. Weep holes are tiny openings drilled into the underside of all tubular frames to allow any trapped moisture to escape. This practice prevents freezing in cold weather and reduces the likelihood of expanding extrusions to cracking or breaking in the metal.

Tip #3: Seal Your Furniture 

Stone and wood surfaces can be sealed this time of year to prevent the absorption of water. Water can freeze and cause small fractures which, while not damaging to structure, can become unattractive over time. Teak will continue to become gray over the winter unless sealed or oiled. Neither is required, but some owners prefer to maintain the blonde or natural coloration of teak.

An automobile wax applied to metal furniture will help it weather well during the off season. Never apply in direct sun or on a really cold day. Apply per the instructions on wax container.

Using Swimming Pool Antifreeze

Swimming pool antifreeze is non-toxic antifreeze and can protect swimming pool pipes down to -40°, when added in correct proportion. Here’s some Q&A regarding the use of pool plumbing antifreeze. Q: Is swimming pool antifreeze necessary? A: If you blow out your plumbing lines correctly, and if there is no water in the pipes to freeze, then there’s… Continue Reading

The Best Way to Close a Swimming Pool

Here is a great article on the best way to close your pool by Rob Cox   The Best Way to Winterize a Swimming Pool Every swimming pool is different – different surfaces, sizes, shapes, and with all manner of pool filtration, heating and purification equipment. Winterizing a pool also has slight differences in… Continue Reading

Tile Repair & Replacement

Tile replacement is a great way to give your whole backyard a fresh new look. See how a complete new tile replacement can add value, color and a new look to an older pool. As a plaster or gunite pool ages, even minor settling can cause cracks in the coping expansion joint sealant or tile… Continue Reading

Protecting the Environment

Here in Frederick County there is a lot of beauty in the area and we always want to make sure it is preserved properly. But did you know your pool chemicals can affect your surroundings? A lot of people with pools or hot tubs know there is a lot more work involved than just filling… Continue Reading

What to do when cloudy water strikes

Every pool owner dreams of having an inviting swimming pool with crystal-clear water. The reality, however, may be a pool that is hazy, cloudy, and flat looking. The following are some things service professionals should check when their customer’s pool water gets cloudy this summer. Equipment First, check the filter and circulation system to make… Continue Reading

Leak Detection & Repair

Your pool will naturally lose some water to evaporation, splash out and backwashing, and gain water from rainfall. Pools are meant to be watertight but sealants will deteriorate while other parts of your pool shift, settle or wear out. Pools can leak through old or torn liners, any of the fittings or accessories, plumbing, or… Continue Reading

Vacation Pool Tips

Summer is in full gear and many people are going on vacation. Pools require some maintaining even during vacations. But its not hard to do. Here’s a checklist to help you out: – Test water and balance all chemicals – Shock the pool at a level of 1.5 times the normal dose per 10,000 gallons. –… Continue Reading