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Spring Clean Up

Spring is the time of year for new beginnings. After a long winter, chances are your house may be in need of a little refreshment, as well. These tips will help you jump-start your spring cleaning and get your home ready for warmer weather

Windows

For a clear view and fresh air, start by cleaning up your windows. Check the screens for any tears and replace those that are damaged. Screens should be cleaned annually to remove buildup of dust and dirt. Use a soft brush and mild soap and water mixture to scrub both sides of your screens, then allow to air dry. Before reinstalling your windows screens, take the opportunity to clean up your window glass and frames.

Decks, Porches and Patios

To maximize your enjoyment of outdoor spaces, make sure they are prepped for warm-weather use. Check the stability of any wood, stone or cement structures and make sure there are no cracks or crumbles. Some surfaces may require sanding or pressure washing to remove splinters, mildew and other discolorations. Reapply paint, stains and sealers as needed. Freshen up your outdoor spaces with colorful plants and outdoor furniture.

Sprinklers and Spigots

Test all sprinklers and outdoor spigots to be sure water is flowing correctly and no damage has occurred during winter freezes. Repair or replace any pipes and sprinkler heads that are faulty in order to prevent further damage.

Swimming Pools

Before going for a swim in your pool, test the water’s chemistry. Make sure that chemical levels are not too high or too low, and adjust as necessary. Have your filters and equipment tested to ensure that the system is working properly.

With these basic updates out of the way, you can enjoy your hoe and the warmer weather with no worries.

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Crime Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season

Nothing can ruin the holiday spirit faster than becoming a victim of crime. Unfortunately, the holiday season is a time of opportunity for thieves to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards and gifts. As we make plans to spend time with families and friends this season, please remember some important crime prevention steps for a safer season:

Prevent theft from your vehicle:

  • Always lock your car, and park in a well-lit and well-traveled area.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle, ready to unlock the door.
  • When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in your locked trunk. And, of course, do not leave your purse, wallet, or cell phone in plain view.

Financial card and online shopping considerations:

  • If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well-lit and in a safe location.
  • Carry only the credit cards you need, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to verify your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.

Home security and safety tips:

  • Don’t display wrapped boxes under a lighted tree in the front window for thieves to see as they drive past your home.
  • Don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computers, flat panel televisions, DVD players and other electronics in front of your home on garbage day. Thieves will appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside your home for them to steal. Instead, break boxes down and conceal the advertising when setting them out for recycling.
  • Do NOT post your activities (gifts or plans to be away from home) on social media pages.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police or local community watch groups.

Our best to you and yours this holiday season!

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10 most incredible indoor pools

Winter is here, and you maybe missing your pool, check out these top 10 most incredible indoor pools to get your fix.

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The One Thing Wrong With All Hotel Pools

Keryn Means

Life vests are such a simple invention, but too few hotels and resorts with pools offer them to guests. These are bulky items that are inconvenient for parents to pack, so they leave them at home, which opens everyone up to a greater risk of drowning. Continued here

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Tips for the Lingering Winter

Winter is almost over, but it still is seaming to linger on and on. Below are some tips to get you through till spring.

  1. Remove window air conditioner and make sure your window/storm windows are closed and in the locked position.
  2. Open your window treatments during the day to allow sunlight into the house. Keep your wood windows in good shape by wiping off any condensation that may have formed overnight on the glass and wood frames.
  3. Avoid piling snow up next to the house and/or garage. When the snow melts it could seep into the basement or rot the wood framing the walls.
  4. Make sure you have an operable smoke detector on each level of your home and each sleeping room of your home. You should have an operable corbon monoxide detector within ten feet of each sleeping room.
  5. DO NOT idle your car in an attached garage even with the garage door open. Deadly carbon monoxide can enter your home.
  6. If you have problems with ice dams, consider using a roof rake to remove excess snow.
  7. Change your furnace filter monthly and if your furnace is more than five years old, consider having a safety check along with a clean and tune-up by a certified technician.

 

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A…unique…way of emptying an above ground pool

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Cooling Weather + Falling Leaves = Pool Covers

The above formula-for-frowns is true whether we are willing to admit it or not. Summer is fading fast and fall’s cool breeze greeting is here to remind us that the end of swimming season means it’s time to break out the pool cover and winterize the pool.

If you need a new winter pool cover this fall, PcPools has you covered with great sale prices. Whether you are looking for a budget option or something top of the line, click here and you will find what you need. PcPools.com has one of the widest selections of covers for both in ground and above ground pools.

If your pool cover is in good shape or you’ve already placed your order for a new one – and you’ve accepted the end of summer by putting away the pool noodles and pool toys – make a list of activities that will get you and your family through fall, winter, and spring. Looking for ideas? Check out our awesome selection of indoor games!

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Myths That Affect Our Swimming Seasons!

Have you ever dove into the deep end of a swimming pool less than thirty minutes after you ate? Have you shown incredible personal restraint by avoiding an itchy mosquito bite for fear scratching it will only make things worse? Did you need to?

We all have a difficult time ignoring long-held words of wisdom. Even when confronted with facts to the contrary. Why is that? They tend to come from people of importance in our lives, like grandparents and parents, so we attribute special significance and weight to them. Let’s address a few of the most common.

Myth: You Can Spread Poison Ivy From Your Rash. Regardless of how recent a poison ivy exposure took place, the resulting rash is not contagious. That’s because the oil from the plant causes the reaction and is contagious. The blistery rash that forms on skin, which appears anywhere between 24 and 72 hours later, is unlikely to retain any of the plant’s oils by that time, so you can’t spread it to others’ skin. Note that washing the exposed area with soap and water immediately upon exposure helps minimize, and potentially prevent the rash.

Myth: Wait 30 Minutes After Eating Before Swimming. Some people report that as children they believed this myth so thoroughly that they feared death if their toe even touched pool water within 30 minutes of eating. The reality is that the worst that could happen is a cramp, thanks to a big meal or snack. Think a cramp would prevent you from swimming to safety? Try again. It’s highly unlikely a food-related cramp would disable a swimmer in any way. So, what’s the rule? There is no magic number. Instead, experts suggest swimmers jump in when they’re ready. It’s all about how you feel.

Myth: Swallowing Watermelon Seeds Is Dangerous. I was told not to swallow watermelon seeds because a watermelon plant would grow in my belly! It turns out our bodies are too acidic to support the growth of the plant. Moreover, normal digestion would harmlessly work the seed out long before it has a chance to set up shop.

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More Above Ground Pool Basketball Dunking!

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Keys for A Safe Summer of Swimming Fun

Tips for safety around and in swimming pools are nothing new, but accidents continue to happen every year so it pays to remind ourselves of best practices. Most drowning accidents involve boys younger than 5 years old, but accidents can happen to anyone so remain vigilant no matter who you are!

-An adult should always be watching children swimmers, even if there is a lifeguard on duty. You never know when someone might slip and hit their head, so don’t let the shallow water of an above ground pool fool you into thinking nothing will happen.

-Wear a lifejacket! If you’re just floating around the pool, lake, or beach, try turning it upside down and putting your legs through the arm holes. It’s a DIY floating chair!

-Keep pool safety products on hand and readily accessible. The classic lifeguard tools of a foam ring buoy and a pool safety hook are great places to start.

-Use a buddy system. It’s a great way to make friends, too 😉

-Limit alcoholic beverage intake and avoid attention-distracting activities like phone calls, reading, et cetera.

-Put a cover on the pool and remove access points like ladders (or add lockable gates to the step areas) when the pool is not in use.

-Post pool rules so they are easy to see from the pool area. Ensure everyone that enters the pool reviews them before they jump, dive, or climb in.

Keep Swimmers Safe By Ensuring They Know And Are Following The Rules

-If you own the swimming pool, limit the number of swimmers that can be in the pool at one time. Good visibility is important when seconds can count.

Enjoy the rest of the swimming season safely and happily!

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