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You’ve spent a warm and sunny day relaxing at the pool. The cool water is refreshing—while you’re swimming. But when you get out, your hair is sticky and you reek of chlorine.
You’ve enjoyed your backyard oasis all summer long—but with the end of the swimming season a mere breaststroke away, what should you do be doing to make sure that pool is just as perfect next spring?
While it may not be swimming weather yet, the season of sunscreen and pool chairs is rapidly approaching. With a forecast of ‘90 and sunny’ undoubtedly on the horizon, pool owners need to take this last spell of cool weather to prepare their backyard oasis.
Summer is at a close—and if you’ve got a pool, that means it’s time to put the water toys away, stack the chairs in the garage and start closing down the pool itself. But even if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, Wayne George, co-owner of Westport Pools, says one thing you should leave to the professionals is the technical side of winterizing. “Closing the pool is best done by a professional company,” he says. “There’s no standard procedure for closing pools—every pool is a little different and you have to have someone who knows what they’re doing.”
Service technicians George Morton and Chad Seidler
High-tech and environmentally friendly are the new rules for the patio and pool, as designers work to make backyard entertainment areas blend into natural surroundings.
A group of pediatric specialists from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is back from its fourth medical mission in Haiti. The team of doctors includes DANIEL NIEVA, DAVID LIMBRICK and KEITH RICH. Together, they have performed life-saving neurosurgery on more than 90 children (mostly infants) with hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which there is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. The group is holding a June 18 fundraiser to benefit Project Medishare Medical Missions in Haiti. ‘Rally for Haiti’ will feature St. Louis’ first-ever adult tennis foam ball tournament. For more information, email email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of Westport Pools
Photo courtesy of Westport Pools
When it comes to backyard pools, St. Louisans are interested in saving money, time and the environment. “The green movement has made a strong impact on the pool industry, and consumers right now are asking for more energy-efficient items,” says Rob Warren, project manager and designer at Baker Pool & Spa. “They don’t mind if these things cost a little more on the front end, as long as they cost less to operate and save them money in the long run.”
What makes a swimming pool more than just a backyard tub of water? That’s the question many homeowners consider when it comes time to build a pool or spruce up their existing one. With smaller, specialty pools generating plenty of interest, deciding on form and function usually depends on the budget and the space available.
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photo courtesy of Westport Pools
Green is the new color when it comes to pools and water features. “Energy efficiency saves the environment and saves the homeowner money, too,” says Jennifer Naeger, owner of Amazing Walls & Waterfalls. “Even our most elaborate, 25-foot waterfalls use mostly recycled water and energy-efficient pumps.”
A Westport pool that created a background getaway with free form pool, slide and spacious pool deck.
Far away as it seems, once spring hits, all pool builders are busy building, opening and servicing pools, says Dave White, vice president of business development with Westport Pools. That’s why he suggests homeowners build their pools in the fall.
With summer weather already on the horizon, it’s time to get backyard pools up and running. So what’s the best way to approach that task and ensure your little slice of paradise performs optimally throughout this summer and beyond?
When the summer heat arrives, backyard barbecues and lounging by the pool become favorite pastimes. But continuously running waterfalls and pool heaters don’t exactly scream efficiency. Interestingly, today’s technology has improved the conservation rating of pumps, filters and other gadgets, so homeowners can enjoy the benefits of their backyard oasis with a clearer conscious.