Diatomaceous filters keep the water bright and clean by removing particules and other contaminants. Made up of millions of tiny shells left behind by decomposing diatoms, a form of microscopic algae, diatomaceous earth cleans the water by trapping the particles inside the small pores.
This raised bed of drought-tolerant succulents proves that not all water-wise plants are spiny cacti or tumbleweeds. These "black" succulents are Aeonium Arboreum 'Schwarzkopf,' and are also known as Black Tree Aeonium. Schwarzkopf are rosette-shaped succulents that grow on long
A swimming pool provides a means of getting cool and relaxing in the summer months. Clean and service your pool regularly to keep unsafe contaminants out of the water and to keep the pool equipment running smoothly. One component of a pool that is cleaned often is the pool steps. Pool steps provide
When enjoying an outdoor activity such as hiking, bicycling, barbecuing or just sitting and relaxing, nothing is more annoying than that "buzz" in your ear, followed by the "slap" on your arm only to be accompanied by endless itching and scratching. Mosquitoes can ruin any outdoor fun in a matter of
There are many qualities that make hot tubs the "best." Many consumers harbor the misconception that all tubs are the same. However, that's exactly what it is- a misconception.
Two of the biggest benefits of Intex swimming pools are that they're easy to set up and simple to maintain. These pools are constructed of a durable rubber material that stands up to the elements, yet is lightweight enough for yearly set-up and take-down. However, after regular use and being exposed
Hot tub pumps are critical for any spa. These pumps are the mainstay of filling the hot tub up with clean, fresh and sparking water. So it is mandatory for your enjoyment that you get a good-quality pump. To understand what would be the best pump for your requirements, you may want to know how the p
Even small pools, such as a vinyl 4 foot above-ground pool, need regular care and maintenance to keep them clean and sanitary. Even with regular maintenance, these pools can develop water quality problems, such as algae. Algae can be unsightly in your pool, sometimes turning the water green or leavi
Poured concrete with a bullnose edgeglasses by pool image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.comThe term “coping” refers to the stone or cement that runs along the edge of a pool. It can be both decorative and functional if it slopes up as it nears the edge, as this discourages...
Soaking in a spa or hot tub is a great way to relax after a tough week at work. These heated water treatments not only soothe tired muscles, but also can have helpful benefits for your skin. Submerging yourself in hot water baths has been a treatment option for various ailments over the millennia, w
Children die every year from a lack of swim pool security. In order to offer better home protection and keep your family safe, read this article for some tips.
Swimming in a backyard pool is fun and exciting, providing the pool is full of clean, clear water. Intex inflatable pools have two areas that spring leaks, causing water (and fun) to escape. A hole in the liner will cause water to escape. Similarly, if air escapes from the top ring of the pool, the
Vacuuming out an in-ground swimming pool requires about an hour of your time, but more if you have a very dirty pool. Keeping the pool clean and free of debris will keep the water safe for swimming and reduce the use of chemicals to fight the bacteria and algae. Before you start cleaning the pool, y
If you've ever called over a technician as soon as something's gone wrong, only to have it fixed with the flick of a switch of by plugging something in, you'll want to read this checklist. Whether it's figuring out the pool pump or what's supposed to happen with the pool fil
The wooden hot tubs are by far the most popular variety of hot tubs.The hot tub is actually constructed like a large barrel.It has wooden staves and steel bands.
Bromine and chlorine pool sanitizers do not need to be used in a saltwater pool. Swimming pool owners have one of several options for their pool sanitizer; however, saltwater pools use a method of self-producing chlorine that makes the addition of any other sanitizers such as bromine or chlorine unn
A sparkling blue swimming pool is an attractive feature in the backyard. However, sometimes it is difficult to keep a pool looking clean. If your water is cloudy or has red or brown stains, you've got a problem somewhere in the system. Not only is this problem unattractive, but it could also signal
Aboveground pools require different types of routine care and maintenance than inground pools. Aboveground pools have accessible filters, pumps and other accessories that need to be cared for properly. Without the appropriate care and maintenance, aboveground pools can become damaged, the water can
Inflatable pools are a great addition to any back yard. They are inexpensive and easy to set up, and the only real work required is to level the ground. Once that chore is complete, simply fill the inflatable ring with air, and add water. Soon the ring will be floating on the water and pulling the
When you think about the expanding costs of fossil fuels, using alternative energy is rapidly becoming a realistic option. Using solar power is a excellent solution. There are numerous ways make a diy solar power pool heater, all of which are very easy. If you are a do it yourself type then learning