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Pool Chemical Safety Tips from your Houston Pool Builder

As the weather warms up and you are getting your pool ready for Summer – here are some reminders about your pool chemicals: Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on all packaging. Be familiar with emergency procedures. Keep chemicals out of the reach of children and pets. Store your pool chemicals in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and in an area that is well ventilated. Containers should always be kept closed when not in use and chemicals should be k

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Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas from your Houston Pool Builder

Easter is right around the corner.  If you are looking for some fun and creative Easter Egg Hunt ideas, check out this article from our friends at Celebrating-Easter.com – http://www.celebrating-easter.com/party/egg-hunt-ideas.shtml Have a safe and Happy Easter! For more Family Fun ideas, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accre

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Employee Spotlight from your Houston Custom Pool Builder

Congratulations to Donny Overcast for his new position as Pool Repair Technician. Donny has been training for the last couple of months and has now joined our Repair Technician crew.  Great job Donny! For pool maintenance tips, health and wellness tips and poolside recipes, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited member, r

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Pool Service from your Pool Builder in Houston, The Pool Man, Inc.

Spring is almost here! Get your pool ready for swimming season with help from The Pool Man. Give our Pool Service Manager a call to schedule an equipment check-up to make sure you are ready for the upcoming swim season.  Don’t forget to add a filter clean also. For more pool maintenance tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) a

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Sweet Recipe from your Houston Pool Builder

Here is a great candy recipe from Heather Williams – Silky Caramels: 1 cup butter, plus more for pan if desired 1 pound brown sugar 1 dash salt 1 cup light corn syrup 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened, condensed milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Line a 9-inch square pan with nonstick foil, or butter it very well. Melt butter in a heavy two-quart saucepan. Add brown sugar and salt, stirring until completely mixed. Stir in corn syrup. Slowly add condensed milk, stirring constantly. Cook and stir constantl

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Swimming Pool Water Testing Tips from your Houston Pool Builder

Testing Pool Water Pool chemistry is affected by many different factors including bathers, chemical additions and environmental influences. Because conditions in a pool change constantly, testing is vital to ensure proper water balance and sanitizer levels. Testing Tips : 1.) The water sample for testing should be taken approximately 18” below the water’s surface. 2.) The sample should be taken from an area of the pool that is away from the skimmers and return inlets AND should be taken from the

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Pool Maintenance Tip from you Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Salt Cell Service – Pools that use salt and an electronic chlorine generator (salt cell) need service that is unique to that product. The cell itself will gradually accumulate “scale” on the fins inside the housing that has to be cleaned off. This is a natural byproduct of the process of converting salt to chlorine, so be sure to clean your cell every couple of months. All salt cells have a built in sensor the reads the salinity of the water, if your system thinks the salt is always too high or

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Pool Service Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

If you are having a hard time keeping your pool water clean and clear – it might be time to service your filter. Some of the signs of a dirty or damaged filter are: pressure reading on filter gauge is 5 – 10 lbs. above normal dirt and debris blowing back into pool DE blowing back into pool when recharging after backwashing heater not operating because of restricted water flow through filter Give our Service Department a call and we’ll have your system quickly back to normal.

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Employee Spotlight from your Houston Custom Pool Builder

Meet Daniel King, one of our Certified Technicians. Daniel handles not only equipment repairs but also does several tasks on our new pools including Pool Schools, Equipment Calibration and Warranty service. Daniel has become our “go to guy” when it comes to Pool Schools. He does not leave until the customer is comfortable and confident with their new pool. For pool maintenance tips, health and wellness tips and poolside recipes, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man I

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Pool Maintenance Tip from your Cypress & Houston Pool Builder

Leaks on pool equipment or plumbing should be a cause for concern – it’s not going to get better on its own. Many leaks can rapidly get worse and can cause other issues with your plumbing and pool equipment. Your pump can run dry or hot causing damage to the pump itself and the surrounding plumbing. A leak on a salt water pool can cause any exposed metal to corrode if left unchecked. If you see constant wet areas on your equipment pad give our Service Department a call – we would be happy to com

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Pool Chemical Safety Tip from Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

You should always make note of the expiration date of your pool chemicals.   Pool chemicals will degrade over time.  Those of us in Houston, Tomball and Cypress know that our weather can be troublesome for pool chemicals. To keep your pool chemicals at optimum performance, we recommend storing your chemicals in a cool, dry location as exposure to heat, water or direct sunlight will cause problems.  We suggest using a backyard shed and plastic containers to keep chemicals separate. As always, if

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Pool Safety Tip from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

A swimming pool is lots of fun, but it can be dangerous if you don’t know how to swim.  Our friends at The American Red Cross have begun enrollment for their 2013 Learn-to-Swim program. For more information, click here – http://bit.ly/Vbt0DP Hurry, this offer ends on February 5, 2013.  Start your new year off right – learn to swim. For more pool safety tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia an

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Pool Safety Tip from your Houston Custom Pool Builder

It is very important to regularly check any handrails, ladders, slides and diving boards around your pool for any signs of wear or needed repairs. Any rusted bolts or cracked equipment should be replaced immediately to prevent any injury or damage. Be sure all equipment is secure and does not move in any way. Regular inspections will prevent costly repairs or safety concerns down the road. For more pool safety tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Hou

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Pool Maintenance & Landscaping Tip from your Houston Pool Service Company

Landscaping around the pool is an easy way to enhance the beauty of your backyard, but there are some precautions you should take to make sure it doesn’t negatively affect the pool. Trim back any bushes or trees that touch the water surface or come close – the less dropping in your pool the better. This can cause staining, improper chemical balance and more work cleaning the pool. Make sure there is no run-off into the pool from dirt or mulch as this will also cause staining and more work to cle

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Warm Drink Recipe from your Houston Pool Builder

For these cool mornings or a quick warm drink before bed try this Spiced Cocoa Mix, by Loretta Chilek: 3 ½ cups brown sugar, 2 cups cocoa, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon salt Combine all ingredients in a food processor or in batches in a blender. Process until well powdered. Store in an airtight container. To serve, combine 1 ½ tablespoons of mix with 6 ounces of hot milk.  Enjoy and stay warm! For more poolside recipe ideas, please su

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Pool Chemical Tip from your Houston and Cypress Pool Builder

Cloudy Water: Cloudy water can be attributed to either chemical or physical causes. Common chemical causes include the following: High PH High total alkalinity High calcium hardness Low (or No) free chlorine residual High levels of combined chlorine Improper product addition If the water is in proper balance, and chemicals have been added properly, then you should look to physical contributions to cloudy water. These include: Inadequate circulation Poor fi

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Toys-For-Tots Supported by Your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Once again we are supporting the Toy-For-Tots program sponsored by The Marine Corps. We are a drop off station for toys or a monetary donation.  Please help the Marines make this Christmas special for the children. Thank you and God bless. For pool maintenance tips, recipes and family fun ideas, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau

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Thanksgiving tip from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

The Pool Man, Inc wants everyone to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  One way to make sure you have a Happy Thanksgiving is to be kind to your plumbing.  Please read this article from our friends at DIYlife.com about avoiding plumbing problems on Thanksgiving.http://www.diylife.com/2010/11/18/plumbing-problems-on-thanksgiving/For more pool and home related tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magn

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Pool Maintenance Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

The Importance of Proper Water Balance Water balance is important for the following reasons: 1.) prevent disease 2.) protect equipment 3.) provide the expected environment. Sanitizers are more effective in water that is properly balanced. Balanced water is more comfortable for swimmers because it reduces unpleasant odor, burning eyes and itchy skin. Balanced water will also help prevent equipment corrosion and / or scale build up. Improperly balanced water can become cloudy and unappealing for s

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Wreaths Across America – Supported by The Pool Man, Inc.

The holidays are fast approaching and many of us are looking for ways to give back.  Wreaths Across America is a great organization that helps all of us to show our gratitude to those who have served our country.  Wreaths Across America Houston is raising funds with the goal of placing a live wreath at each gravesite in Houston National Cemetery. Each $15 donation equals one wreath that will be placed during a special ceremony on Saturday, December 15, 2012. For more information, please visit ww

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Pool Maintenance Tip from your Houston and Cypress Pool Builder

Give your automatic cleaner a check-up! With the Fall season, your pool’s automatic cleaner is about to earn it’s stripes and save you tons of time and sweat in clearing leaves from your pool. Whether you have an In-Floor cleaning system or one of the variety of robotic cleaners, now is the time to give it a check-up and repair/replace anything that isn’t working quite right! For more information, please contact our pool service department. For more pool maintenance tips, please subscribe to our

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Safety Tip from The Pool Man, Inc. – your Houston Pool Builder

Electrical safety around your pool equipment is extremely important. You should periodically check all exposed conduit  for cracks or loose connections. Any metal conduit that is rusted or decayed to the point that wiring is exposed should be replaced immediately. If you see any sort of spark, smell smoke, hear popping or cracking sounds or your breaker is constantly tripping call a professional right away. By being aware today of any potential problems you can prevent injuries and more expensiv

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Monthly Recipe from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

This Pork Roast recipe is from LaVerne Lamp in Bellview. Place a 3 – 5 pound pork loin in the oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes per pound using the following sauce to baste during cooking, Mix all ingredients together – continue basting until done. 1 can tomato soup 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup chopped celery 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons mustard 4 drops Tabasco sauce 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice For more great recipes, please subs

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Pool Heater Maintenance Tip from you Custom Houston Pool Builder

An important tip to remember about your pool heater is that it is best to run it occasionally, even if you don’t plan on using it. Sometimes, especially in the warmer months, we can forget about our heaters for quite a while and let them sit idle. Like an automobile or any other fueled machine, it is wise to run it once in a while to shake all the cobwebs off. We mean that last part literally… over time bugs, lizards, mice and other unwelcome guests like to make homes inside pool heaters. By tur

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Halloween Decorating Ideas from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

If you are having a Halloween party and want some decorating ideas, our friends at CountryLiving.com have put together an article to help you have the best Halloween decorations on the street.http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/entertaining/halloween-decorating-party-ideas For more holiday decorating tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Bus

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How to Carve a Pumpkin, from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Yesterday we showed you a video on pumpkin carving 101, today we have some step by step instructions from our friends at ehow.com on how to carve a pumpkin. For more holiday family fun tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited member, receiving the BBB Awards for Excellence for 2012 – a Pinnacle Winner.

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Halloween Fun for the Family & Pets – from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Looking for some Halloween fun for the whole family including our furry friends?  The Pool Man, Inc. recommends the Bridgeland Howl-o-ween Fest, this Saturday, October 27, 2012. http://www.bridgeland.com/howl-o-ween-fest For more holiday family fun tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited member, receiving the BBB Awa

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Pumpkin Patch Festival Information from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Fall is here and a perfect time to get outdoors with the family.  The Pool Man, Inc. found a couple of pumpkin patch festivals for your family to enjoy this season.  Get out and have some fun! Fall Fun Days and Pumpkin Patch – www.springcreekgrowers.com Pumpkin Patch and Scarecrow Festival – http://oilranch.com/activities/pumpkin-scarecrow-festival/ For more family fun tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the

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Halloween Party by the Pool Ideas from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Halloween is just around the corner.  Why not shake things up a bit this year and plan a Halloween Party around your pool.  Our friends at In the Swim have some great ideas for a Halloween Pool Party.   Please click on this link for the complete article http://blog.intheswim.com/2012/10/13/halloween-pool-party-ideas/Whatever your Halloween plans are, The Pool Man, Inc. wants you to have a safe and Happy Halloween. For more backyard entertaining tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on Fa

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The Benefits of Swimming as a Workout from your Houston Pool Builder

The Pool Man Inc is proud to promote the benefits of swimming and how they can benefit your health.  We recently found this article from Women’s Health Magazine on “Best Swimming Workout: Lose Body Fat in the Pool” and found it very interesting.  We hope you enjoy it too. Having trouble with the link above?  Read more at Women’s Health: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/swim-workout#ixzz26qM4dcWE http://www.womenshealthmag.com/style/swim-workout?page=1 For more health and wellness tips, pleas

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Safety Tip from The Pool Man, Inc. – Your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

This is a safety tip from all the Parents to their young teens just starting to drive. For more safety tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are a BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited member, receiving the BBB Awards for Excellence for 2012 – a Pinnacle Winner.


Fall Turf Care & Landscaping Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

It is that time of year where brown patch begins to develop in the lawn.  If you have an irrigation system we suggest watering only in the mornings so the grass does not sit wet overnight when fungus is likely to spread.  If you happen to see low areas in the lawn showing fungus, reach for a liquid treatment of ‘Banner’ from a local retailer.  The best way to fight fungus is to add a little amount of soil to the problem areas so they do not hold water for extended periods of time. For more pool

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The Pool Man, Inc. on Pinterest

The Pool Man is now on Pinterest. Check out pictures, recipes and much more.


Aquatic Center goes to the Dogs from your Houston Pool Builder

If you regularly read our blogs, you know we have an affection for our furry little friends, our pets.  We saw this video and just couldn’t resist sharing with our readers. Please click this link to see the video:  Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center goes to the dogs We hope you enjoy! For more pool related stories, please subscribe to our blog or find us on facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are BBB (Better Bu

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Pet Fire Safety – Things you should know – from your Houston Pool Builder

For those of you who regularly read our blogs (thank you), you will notice that we have an affection for our furry little friends, our beloved family pets.  One of our blog subscribers, Matthew Pelletier, is the Director of Public Relations for C&S Safety Training Videos.  He wrote a recent infographic titled, “Pet Fire Safety” that has very helpful information about keeping your pets safe in the event of a fire. To read the complete infographic, click this link: http://complianceandsafety.c

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Tips on Testing Your Pool Water from your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

Pool Chemistry is affected by many different factors including bathers, chemical additions and environmental influences. Because conditions in a pool change constantly, testing is vital to ensure proper water balance and sanitizer levels. Testing Tips: The water sample for testing should be taken approximately 18 inches below the water’s surface. The sample should be taken from an area of the pool that is away from skimmers and returns and should be taken from the same location every ti

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Key Lime Pound Cake Bites Recipe from your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened, 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 3 cups sugar, 6 large eggs, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 2 tablespoons key lime zest Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes, or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating for 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one by one, beating just until yellow is incorporated. Combine flour and salt. Slow

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Employee Spotlight from your Houston Pool Builder – The Pool Man, Inc.

Meet Donny Overcast, one of our Pool Maintenance Team Members. Donny has been with us since 2009 and he quickly became a “favorite” among our customers. His attitude and care towards our customers and their pools  has been a blessing for us. Thank you Donny! For pool maintenance tips, please visit our website, subscribe to our blog or find us on facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are BBB (Better Business

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Fun & Game Ideas for your next Kids Pool Party from your Houston Custom Pool Builder

Getting ready for your next kids pool party, but not sure how to keep them entertained?  Try this creative game to make the most of your next kids pool party!! Surprise Package Game – 1.Use a gift card or cash (something small) – wrap in a small box with packaging tape (wrap all over) 2. Put that box in a larger box and wrap all over – continue this until you have wrapped 6 boxes – the final wrap should be with nice wrapping paper. 3. You need a pair of dice and a set of funny glasses (with the

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Pool Safety Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

After School Pool Safety – Kids are back in school but don’t forget about safety around the pool. Make sure you have adult supervision for those “after school” swims, especially if friends are over at the pool. The kids will want to “blow off some steam” and an responsible adult on site is a must. For more pool safety tips visit to our blog or “like” us on facebookThe Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and Houston areas since 1981. We are BBB (Better

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Poolside Salad Recipe from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Tahitian Salad: 1 small box (6 ounces) wild rice, cooked per directions, 1 can (11 ½ ounces) mixed vegetables, drained, 1 can (7 ½ ounces) corn, drained, 1 onion, chopped, 1 tomato, chopped, ¼ bell pepper, chopped, 3 stalks celery, chopped, 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped, 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise, ¼ cup vegetable oil, ¼ cup vinegar, ½ teaspoon garlic salt, Salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and chill overnight. Serve with your favorite grilled steak and enjoy! F

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Top 10 Things to Look for When Choosing a Pool Builder – The Pool Man, Inc.

Top Ten Things to Look For When Choosing Your Pool Builder 1. Do Your Homework. The Builder should be a member of the local BBB, Chamber of Commerce and professional trade organizations. 2. Do They Participate in Continuing Education? This is necessary to keep up with industry and equipment changes. 3. Do They Have a Support System in Place for your Future Service and Maintenance Needs? 4. How Does Their Warranty Measure Up?5. Are They Adequately Staffed to Properly Supervise Your Project? Make

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Summer Berry Cobbler Recipe from your Houston Pool Builder

A great treat after a long hot day this summer and easy to prepare! Ingredients: 4 cups fresh strawberries (or fruits or berries of your choice) 1/3 cup sugar 1 lemon, juiced ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 pkg. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix 1 stick plus 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 375 degrees, spray an 8 X 10 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Add berries to the dish. Sprinkle sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and cornstarch over

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Pool Landscaping Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

During the hot and humid months, some plants are likely to be infested with spider mites and black spot or powdery mildew. A couple of treatments of Bonide Systemic insect spray will help with the spider mites. For black spot or powdery mildew use a liquid Systemic Fungicide to help the plants along into the fall. For more pool landscaping tips, please subscribe to our blog or find us on facebook. The Pool Man Inc., is a Houston Pool Builder serving the Tomball, Cypress, Magnolia and

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Employee spotlight from your Houston pool builder, The Pool Man Inc.

Meet David Beckman, one of our construction Superintendents. David strives to keep customer satisfaction his number one priority and it shows in the testimonials and customer surveys we have received. Thank you David for your hard work and commitment. For the latest news from your Houston Pool Builder, please subscribe to our blog or find us on facebook.

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The Pool Man, Inc., proud members of Carecraft

The Pool Man, Inc. are proud members of Carecraft – a group of independent pool professionals who have joined together for the purpose of promoting the highest standards of continuing education, providing exceptional Member service and using their collective buying power to secure the best available pricing on pool, spa and backyard components. We are honored that Ken Rogner from Carecraft has selected about our company and our Director of Operations, Dane Thompson, to write an article about. Co

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Basic Burger Recipe from your Houston and Cypress Pool Builder

Here is a simple burger recipe from Steven Raichlen: 2 ¼ pounds ground round, chuck or sirloin 6 slices sweet onion (optional) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Divided salt and pepper 6 hamburger buns 1.      Divide the meat into 6 equally portioned patties 2.      Set up the grill for direct cooking and preheat to high 3.      If using onion slices, brush both side with butter and season with salt and pepper. Grill until nicely browned, then transfer to a plate 4.

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Pool Safety Tip – Pool Chemicals Do’s and Don’ts – from your Houston Custom Pool Builder

Handling Pool Chemicals can be very hazardous if not done properly.  Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when handling Pool Chemicals: Do not mix chemicals together Do not store chemicals where average daily temperature exceeds 95 degrees Do not allow Children to handle pool and spa chemicals Do not dispose of spilled material without complying with safety instructions on the label Do read and follow the dosage instructions on the container Do keep your chemical storage ar

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The Pool Man Inc. proudly sponsors Operation Military Embrace, Inc.

The Pool Man Inc, a Houston Pool Builder, proudly sponsors Operation Military Embrace, Inc., who supports our wounded military and their families at San Antonio Military Medical Center.  OME supports our wounded military and their families at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and other military and private facilities by: Providing financial assistance in their time of crisis Providing one-on-one support and comfort through regular visits to SAMMC Hosting outings and dinne

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Outdoor Entertaining Tip from your Cypress & Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

Summertime is here and it seems we have been planning outdoor activities for the children since Spring.  It is essential to plan for the children, however, let’s not forget the adults!  To make sure ALL of your guests are enjoying themselves at your next outdoor function, our friends at ehow.com have compiled some games that are geared towards the adults in your crowd.http://www.ehow.com/list_7179393_summer-party-games-adults.html Have fun!! For more outdoor entertaining tips, please subscribe t

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Pool Safety Tip from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man Inc

Summer time is in full swing and when you have a pool, NOTHING is more important that pool safety.   Teaching your children how to swim is an extremely important factor in pool safety.  One of our blog subscribers is a blog writer herself, The Summer Nanny.  She wrote a recent article titled, “10 Great Ways to Teach Children How to Swim” that has very helpful information about teaching your children to swim.  To read the complete article:   http://www.summernanny.com/blog/10-great-ways-to-teach-

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Swimming Pool Entertainment Tips – Patriotic Playlist – from your Houston Pool Builder

While everyone is enjoying this July 4th holiday around the swimming pool – don’t forget the “tunes”. Here is a short Patriotic Playlist “Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen “Living in America” – James Brown “America the Beautiful” – Ray Charles “Coming to America” – Neil Diamond “Red White and Blue” –  Lynyrd Skynyrd For more swimming pool entertainment tips from your Houston Pool Builder, “like” our Facebook page or follow our blog .

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Great Pool Side Grilling Tips from your Houston & Cypress Custom Pool Builder

Here are some tips from Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Biblejust in time for your July 4th cookouts! Use a fattier cut of meat – 15 – 20 percent fat is ideal Pretreat your grill – Once it’s hot, brush it clean with a stiff wire brush, then wipe a oiled paper towel across the grate Avoid “premature ignition” – Raichlen’s term for lighting coals too early and having insufficient heat Be careful not to over-crowd the grill – Leave about 30% of the grill free so you can

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Great Salad Recipe For Lunch By The Pool from your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

Cucumber Citrus Salad 1 cup thinly sliced radishes ½ cup finely chopped orange bell peppers ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 6 cups (approx. 2 whole) seedless cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 1 tablespoon EVO 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 ½ teaspoons white wine vinegar 1.       Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. 2.       Combine lemon rind and remaining ingredie

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Pool Maintenance Tip – Swimming Pool Water Testing – from your Houston Pool Builder & Service provider, The Pool Man Inc

Pool chemistry is affected by many different factors including bathers, chemical additions and environmental influences. These conditions can change constantly so testing your pool water is vital to ensure proper water balance and sanitizer levels. Here are some testing tips to help you: · Obtain an appropriate water sample. The water sample should be taken in a clean, plastic container approximately 18 inches below the water’s surface. · The sample should be taken from an area away fro

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How to Get Rid of Yellow/Mustard Algae – Houston Pool Builder Pool Maintenance Tip

Pool Maintenance Tip #4 – the last in our Pool Algae Series – Yellow/Mustard Algae Yellow or Mustard algae is very similar to green algae, but it is much slower growing and does not have the green pigment (chlorophyll) which accounts for its yellow color. Because Yellow algae is slow growing, it is very difficult to destroy. By the time you see it in your pool, it has probably been growing for several days or even weeks. Also, since it is low in chlorophyll which likes light, it can grow in dark

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Pool Service Tip from your Houston Pool Service Provider

Is your pool pump running dry or hard to prime? With the warmer weather already here, we are experiencing many pool service calls due to pool pumps running dry. Dry running pool pumps cause heat which in turn damages equipment and pipes. Here are a few quick checks you can make to ensure your pool pump is running properly. 1.      Check to make sure your pool filter is clean – poor flow can cause many problems with your pool equipment. 2.      Make sure the water level in your pool is at least h

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Pool Safety Tips From Your Custom Pool Builder In Houston Northwest

School is almost out for the Summer – here are some basic safety items to follow: · Teach your children basic water safety tips · Have a phone close by whenever using the pool or spa · Share safety information with friends and neighbors · Never leave a child unattended around a pool or spa For more pool safety tips from your Custom Pool Builder, check out our blog or find us on facebook.

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Houston Pool Builder’s Quick Landscaping Tip

Now is the to treat your lawn for ants. They are relocating this time of year and may need a round of ant killer so they do not end up around your pool. We recommend keeping your mower at a high setting to help conserve water and to encourage the St. Augustine to choke out weeds. For pool landscaping tips, visit your Houston Pool Builder’s website , check out our blog or visit our facebook page.

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Employee Spotlight from your Houston and Cypress Custom Pool Builder

Meet Wes Colby, one of our designers here at The Pool Man. Wes has had plenty of experience with The Pool Man, we have built two pools for his family. He can share his “first-hand” experience with you as he creates your backyard dream! Contact us to set up an appointment today!

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Brunch Recipe from your Houston Custom Pool Builder

Elegant, easy and delicious – Eggs New Orleans ¼ cup diced onions (butter or oil for saute’), 1 dozen eggs, 4 ounces shredded smoked salmon, 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 ounces sherry (optional), 6 English muffins to serve Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly saute’ onions in butter or oil. Break 1 dozen eggs into lightly greased 9-inch casserole dish (careful not to break yolks). In separate bowl gently combine onions, salmon, sour cream, cheese,

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Getting Rid of Black Algae – Houston Pool Builder Pool Maintenance Tip

Pool Maintenance Tip #3 in our Pool Algae Series – Black Algae When dealing with algae, the worst of the bunch is Black algae. Black algae tends to form in cracks/crevices in the pool surface, starting as black or blue/green spots about the size of a pencil eraser. It has strong roots and a protective shell which makes it highly resistant to chlorine. The key word for eliminating black algae is persistence. You need to brush the spots firmly, with a wire brush if available, and then apply chemic

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Pool Maintenance Tip from your Houston Pool Service Company

Pool Maintenance Tip #2 in our Pool Algae Series – Phosphates and Algae Growth It has been suggested the an effective way to eliminate algae is to remove the phosphates from the water. The belief is that this action takes away a food source and thus reduces algae by starvation. Phosphorous is the base element phosphates are derived from and it is not a “new” addition to pool water, though some marketing efforts want you to think the presence of phosphates is a new phenomenon. Phosphates make the

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Health & Wellness Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

One of the best ways to stay healthy is to avoid stress. Stress leads to high blood pressure, lack of sleep, depression and many other “bad” things. What better way to relieve the stress than to relax by the pool and let your cares slip away! Don’t have a pool? Contact your Houston Pool Builder and let our staff remedy that. Visit The Pool Man, Inc facebook page and “like” us for more great tips.

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BBB 2012 Pinnacle Award Winner, The Pool Man, Inc. – Your Houston Pool Builder

The Pool Man, Inc, your Houston Pool Builder, was honored to receive the coveted BBB Pinnacle Award for 2012.  This award is given as a recognition for our  commitment to excellence in the marketplace.  Our customers are our greatest asset and it makes us proud that we have received this award.


Pool Safety Message from your Cypress and Houston Pool Builder

Remember May is National Water Safety Month and one of the most important safety measures you can take, especially with children, is to make sure your drain covers are secure and properly installed. A pool with a broken or loose drain cover should be closed immediately until repairs are made. The Pool Man, Inc. is proud of the fact that we use drain covers that meet or exceed the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool And Spa Safety Act. For more information you can go to www.PoolSafely.

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Pool Landscaping Tip from your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

Now is the time of year to consider planting some perennials around your pool to give your pool landscaping some added color. Drought tolerant perennials such as lantana, salvia, sage, sedum and daylilies make for nice colorful accents. For more tips from your Custom Pool builder in Houston check our facebook page or our landscaping partner www.foxlandscapingonline.com>

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Pool Side Recipe of the Month from your Houston Pool Builder

Do you like cupcakes? We found this award winning recipe by Dee Longe called Black Bottom Cupcakes: Black Bottom Cupcakes 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 egg 1 1/3 cups sugar, divided, plus additional for sprinkling, ½ teaspoon salt + dash 1 cup chocolate chips 1 ½ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup oil 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup chopped peanuts 1 cup water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with papers. Beat cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup

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Pool Safety Tip from your Houston Custom Pool Builder, The Pool Man Inc.

It is important to know life-saving skills such as teaching your children how to swim.  Giving children the basics and teaching them swimming techniques of what to do if they get into trouble while in the water, can save your child’s life.   It is also important to know Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR.  Knowing CPR can save a life if a water emergency happens and helps you understand the basics of life-saving so you can assist in an emergency. Remember, May is National Water Safety Month.Fo

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Pool Maintenance Tip from your Houston Pool Builder – Why is my pool water cloudy?

Why is my pool water cloudy? Cloudy pool water can be attributed to either Improper Chemical Balance or Physical Causes.Common chemical causes can include High PH, High Total Alkalinity, High calcium hardness or improper product addition.When several chemicals need to be applied, it is usually necessary to space out the application of the chemicals. When adding larger amounts of chemicals to adjust water balance, the key thing to remember is add small amounts over a wide area of the pool, over t

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Pool Safety Tip from your Houston Pool Builder – May is National Safety Month

Your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc invites you to join us in celebrating National Water Safety Month, During the month of May we encourage everyone to educate themselves about water safety. There are many resources available and we recommend nationalwatersafetymonth.com . You will find everything you need to know about pool safety including safety tips, swimming rules, free resources and educational programs. Another great resource for water safety is your local YMCA. They conduct regu

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A great recipe to serve at your Spring pool party from your Cypress and Houston Pool Builder

Springtime Pasta Salad 2 cups dry spiral pasta ¼ cup sour cream 1 medium zucchini, cubed ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup sliced olives 1 ¼ teaspoons dill ¼ cup chopped onions ½ teaspoon mustard ½ cup chopped sweet red peppers   ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing  ¼ teaspoon garlic salt Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. Place drained pasta in a large bowl. Add zucchini, olives, red pepper and onion. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over salad

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Landscaping tip from your Houston Pool Builder’s partner, Fox Landscaping

Spring has sprung and now it is time to apply a spring application of turf fertilizer.  We suggest not using a weed and feed product as it may contain hazardous chemicals for children and amphibians alike.  Reach for an organic fertilizer that will give you great results and also feed plants and shrubs. You can find a local retailer that carries ‘Microlife 6-2-4’ in Houston and surrounding areas.  http://microlifefertilizer.com/retailers/ It is time to prune back ornamental plants and the freeze

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Recipe of the Month from your Houston Pool Builder

Cheesy Corn Dip 2 cups – Mayo, 2 cans – Mexican blend corn, 2 cups – shredded Mexican blend cheese, 1 cup – graded Parmesan cheese, chopped Jalapeno peppers to taste. Mix all ingredients in bowl and transfer to a 9″ X 9″ baking dish. Cook at 350 degrees until top is golden brown. (approx. 20 min.) Serve hot with tortilla chips, Ritz crackers, etc.  Enjoy! For more monthly recipes from your Houston Pool Builder, check out our blog or check us out on Facebook.

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Health Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

Studies show that regular physical activity can help strengthen bones, tone muscles, relieve depression and improve sleep.  You should aim for 30 – 60 minutes of activity at least 5 times a week.  One of the best activities is to swim laps in your pool. Swimming works your arms, legs, back and stomach muscles.  Swimming is easy on your joint and when performed correctly, can improve breathing. Have fun and stay healthy! For more health tips from your Houston Pool Builder, check us out on Faceboo

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Construction Progress on the Barton Pool from The Pool Man, Inc.

Here is an update on David and Tracie Barton’s new pool. Just finished the Gunite! It’s starting to look like a pool! Look for more updates in the future from your Houston Pool Builder.


Your Houston Pool Builder wishes you a Happy & Safe St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone at The Pool Man, Inc. hopes you have a safe and fun time this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day.   If the warm weather this weekend makes you want to jump in the pool, please test your water beforehand to make sure your pool water is chemically balanced. If you need any help in getting your pool ready for the upcoming season, contact our Pool Service Department.  For more warm weather and Pool Maintenance tips, check out your Houston Pool Builder’s blog page.

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Thinking of Purchasing a New Pool this year?

With the internet, your research options are endless. The Pool Man team suggests you do your homework when searching for a reputable pool builder.  A good rule to follow is to look for companies who are involved in the community or who belong to business rated organizations such as the BBB (Better Business Bureau).  To give an example, we are long standing members of the following organizations: Better Business Bureau of Houston The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Tomball

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Water Chemistry Tip from your Cypress and Houston Pool Builder

When/Why do I need fresh water in my pool? There are circumstance where replacing the pool water is necessary to reduce the buildup of certain chemicals.  These chemicals can include calcium, metals, cyanuric acid(stabilizer) and total dissolved solids. The easiest way to remedy the situation is to partially drain the pool and refill with fresh water. It has been suggested that draining and refilling a pool before the swimming season is beneficial in keeping these substances at a happy medium. I

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Spring Break Travel Safety Tip from your Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man Inc.

Spring  Break is almost here so let the fun begin!  Spring Break can be a lot of fun, but please remember to keep Safety at the top of your list whether staying close to home or traveling to a popular Spring Break destination.  A good travel safety tip is to do your homework on the destination of your choice.  A good resource is Travel.State.Gov, which offers information and helpful links to keep you safe while still having fun. Whatever your plans for Spring Break, your Houston Pool Builder, Th

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Super Service Award from Angie’s List for The Pool Man, Inc – your Custom, Houston Pool Builder

The Pool Man, Inc. was awarded the “Super Service Award” from Angie’s List for 2011. With all the options available to you on the internet to research and use recommendation or referrals, we are proud of our feedback on Angie’s List. We encourage you to use all the information you can obtain to make your decision on choosing a Houston Pool Builder.

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Pool Safety Tips from your Houston Pool Builder

Practicing good water safety skills around your pool should include the following: *Learn how to swim *Learn to perform CPR on children and adults; update those skills regularly *Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency For more pool safety tips from your Houston Pool Builder, check out our blog page or the Pool Safely website at http://www.poolsafely.gov/

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Operation Military Embrace, Inc. Supported by The Pool Man, Inc.

The Pool Man, Inc. is a proud supporter of Operation Military Embrace, Inc..  OME supports our wounded military and their families at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and other military and private facilities. For more information or to donate go to their website: www.operationmilitaryembrace.com or contact our office with any questions. Thank you, in advance, on behalf of OME as well as all of our brave wounded men and women and their families who so much appreciate and value the sup

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Employee Spotlight from your Pool Service Company in Houston

Meet Chris Scaife one of our Repair Technicians. Chris is one of four technicians responsible for keeping your pool equipment up and running. All of our Technicians are Certified by the State of Texas and we provide ongoing training to keep them current with all types of pool equipment.

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Celebrate Presidents’ Day with your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

Do you have the day off in honor of Presidents’ Day? Nothing to do? Take a vote with the family and give us a call to see how you can transform your backyard into a year-round vacation destination. Check out our website and browse through our gallery.


Landscaping Tip from your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

With Winter winding down, Palm trees may have some brown and/or browning on their fronds this time of year, and they prefer not to be trimmed off until it is warmer. The Palms use all the fronds to generate food and continue feeding the Palm to keep it stronger during the winter.


Quick Service Tip from your Custom Pool Builder

The Pool Man, Inc. service tip: Pool lights aren’t turning on? The first place to check is the GFCI outlet or the circuit breaker connected to the pool lights. Many times  it just requires the GFCI outlet to be reset. If you are not sure, just call our Service Manager and he would be happy to walk you through it or schedule one of our Technicians to come out. All of our Technicians are certified and licensed with the State of Texas.

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Recipe of the Month from your Cypress and Houston Custom Pool Builder

Ted’s Buffalo Style Shrimp 1 pound of shrimp; cleaned, cooked and dry – 2 tablespoons Franks Hot Sauce – 2 tablespoons butter – 1 teaspoon minced garlic – Pinch of black pepper – Chopped green onion to taste (optional). Add Franks Hot Sauce, butter, garlic and pepper to medium size frying pan. Heat over medium flame until mixture starts to bubble then add the shrimp. Stir frequently and sprinkle on green onion if desired. Cook down until mixture sticks to shrimp. Serve with carrots, celery and B

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Happy Groundhog Day from your Houston Pool Builder

Have a great Groundhog Day!


Las Vegas Water Show in your own Backyard

Check out this backyard water show


Texas Landmark from Your Houston Pool Builder

The Pool Man, Inc. recommends  the Ft. Worth Water Gardens The next time you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the Ft. Worth Water Gardens is a “must” stop. Check out the link below (watch the video!) and enjoy!http://www.watershapes.com/articles/landing_page.aspx?article_id=297


“How Much Does a Pool Cost?”, from your Houston Pool Builder

We are often asked, “How much does a pool cost?”  This is an excellent question.  Custom inground swimming pools can have many options and there are several things to consider when thinking of building a swimming pool.   Here are a couple of suggestions: The materials used:  This may seem like a no brainer, but there are many different material choices such as the type of finish (plaster, pebble, etc…), Tile and Coping choices and deck selections that can determine the price of your pool.

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Your Custom Pool Builder in Houston wins National Award

The Pool Man, Inc. has won the Paramount PCC2000 National Dealer of the Year for 2011. We are very proud and honored of this achievement. The PCC2000 In-Floor cleaning system continues to surpass all other pool cleaning systems and we stand by its performance. See for yourself – Visit our website and read what our customers are saying. We would love to hear from you!

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Chemical Tip from your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

Total Dissolved Solids Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is a measure of dissolved material in the water such as bather waste, algaecides, disinfectants, specialty chemicals, dirt & debris. High TDS can be an indication of “old” water. An acceptable TDS level is less than 2500 ppm (or less than 1500 ppm above source water). Note that these levels do not apply to pools equipped with a chlorine generator. At high TDS levels, the water can become cloudy. If the level is higher than 2500ppm, it is re

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Houston’s Custom Pool Builder – Landscape Tip

Now is also the time to feed the root systems in the grass and flower beds with a winterizer fertilizer.  We recommend using an organic fertilizer from the link below to help feed your landscape.  You will find a tab in the website to your local retail outlet that carries these products.http://microlifefertilizer.com/


The Pool Man, Inc. Your Custom Pool Builder in Houston

Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show – February 25 & 26 Once again we will be in the Show at the Berry Center in Cy-Fair.  Stop by our booth to meet the team. More info to follow!


Pool Safety Tips from your Houston Pool Builder – The Pool Man, Inc.

Watching Children in and Around the Pool Keep an eye out for children in and around the pool area, Teach children basic water safety tips, Have a cell phone close by at all times while using the pool, And share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors. Check out this website for more safety information – www.poolsafely.gov


Happy New Year from your Houston & Cypress Pool Builder

All of us at The Pool Man wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Irrigation System Winter Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

It is time to look into protecting the backflow device on your irrigation system from potential freeze damage.  Wrapping the pipes and the copper bell housing with insulation and following the draining procedure below will help lessen the likelihood of the backflow device cracking or busting. http://www.backflow-supply.com/backflowcd/pdffiles/Febco/Pressure%20Vacuum%20Breaker/765%20FREEZE%20PROTECTION.pdf

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from The Pool Man, Inc

Merry Christmas to everyone from your Houston pool builder! Have a safe and happy holiday!


Recipe of the Month from The Pool Man Inc, your Houston Pool Builder

Island Iced Orange Rum Cake 1 – package 2-layer-size orange cake mix 4 – Tablespoon dark rum 1 – 3 3/4oz. package instant vanilla pudding mix 4 – eggs ½ – cup cooking oil ½ – cup orange juice In large mixer bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Add the eggs, oil, ½ cup orange juice and 4 tablespoons dark rum. Beat on low speed with electric mixer for ½ minute. Then beat on medium speed for 5 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Pour into greased and floured 10-inch fluted tube pan; bake in 350 d

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Employee Spotlight from your Houston and Tomball Pool Builder

This month everyone is in the spotlight! We are so blessed to have such a great team all under one roof! Everyone has contributed so much to take care of our customers and help keep our company prosperous. Great job Everyone!


Toys For Tots and The Pool Man in Houston

To our wonderful Customers and neighbors who donated to our Toys for Tots campaign, we’re sending you a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for opening your hearts! You were so kind and generous this year. Your toy donations will bring smiles to many needy children. The Marines thank you too! We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and GOD bless you!

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The Pool Man — Employee Spotlight

Congratulations to Vidal Lozano! Vidal has been with us for 20 years! Thank you Vidal for your years of service!


Chemical Tip from The Pool Man, Your Houston and Tomball Pool Builder

What is Total Alkalinity (TA)? It’s the amount of alkaline components in the water. TA acts as a buffer against rapid PH fluctuation. PH can be affected by environmental factors such as acid rain, pollution, run-off from the surrounding land and fertilizers – just to name a few. Keeping the TA at the proper range will help prevent PH bounce if it is too low and help prevent scale from forming if it is too high.  The ideal range is 80 – 120 parts per million.  Contact our Service Department if yo

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Toys For Tots and The Pool Man in Houston

The deadline for donating toys is Monday December 12th. Please help us with this great cause and drop off a toy for a less fortunate child in our area. Contact our officewith any questions.


Service Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

The next time you replenish tablets in your chlorinator, lubricate the lid oring with a teflon based lubricant. This will extend the life of the oring and help prevent leaks. Contact The Pool Man for any of your service needs.

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Swimming Pool Safety Tip from your Tomball, Cypress and Houston Pool Builder

Learning and Practicing Swimming Pool Safety Skills: A Swimming Pool can create lots of memories for you and your family, but if anyone in your family doesn’t know how to swim, it can also be  dangerous.  Follow these simple steps and make your outdoor retreat more enjoyable and your swimming pool, a safer place. Learn how to swim – your Local YMCA has lessons for children and adults Enroll your child in swimming lessons  – Swim instructors not only teach children how to swim, but how t

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The Pool Man, Inc. – Your Houston Area Pool Builder and Facebook

Join our Facebook page. “LIKE” us and have access to safety and maintenance tips, pictures, recipes of the month, videos, landscaping tips, pool chemical instructions and much more. Keep yourself informed. Become a part of The Pool Man Family!www.poolmaninc.com


Toys For Tots, The Marines and your Houston Pool Builder

Don’t forget – The Pool Man is again helping the Marines with their “Toys for Tots” program. Please donate a toy for a less fortunate child in our area. Our office is a drop off point and the deadline is Dec. 12th. Bring a smile to a child this Christmas!


Winter Landscaping Tips from your Houston and Magnolia Pool Builder

Below are some seasonal tips to gear up for cooler weather.  It is that time of year to plant some seasonal color before the Holidays.  Some popular types of flowers are snapdragon, pansy, alyssum, viola, dianthus, and cyclamen.  When installing your new flowers, make sure that the area you are planting in has fresh / loose soil.  Make sure you locate your flowers where they can best accent your landscape and add the best amount of pop for the Holiday season. Now is the time to mulch the beds to

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Winter Pool Service Tip from your Houston Pool Service provider – What is Freeze Protection & How Does It Work?

Freeze protection is a system that detects colder temperatures and will automatically turn your pumps on to ensure the water stays circulating and does not freeze in your pipes & equipment. For pools with automated (electronic) timers, they are most likely built in as a feature of your system, but for pools with manual time clocks, the freeze protection is usually a separate component that is installed separate from the time clock itself. It is a relatively inexpensive addition to any pool s

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Chemical Tip from The Pool Man, Providing Pool Service in the Houston and Cypress Area

What is PH? PART 2 Yesterday we explained what PH is – Today we will cover what happens when your PH is not properly balanced. PH too low – your water becomes acidic which will etch and pit your plaster surface, creating a roughness which is ideal for algae growth and uncomfortable to swimmers.  Pool equipment can become damaged. Chlorine is activated and lost to the atmosphere quickly and you throw money away by adding chlorine when the PH is too low. While swimming your eyes and nose will burn

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Chemical Tip from the Pool Man, Providing Pool Service in the Houston Area

What is PH? PH is one of the most important factors in pool water balance and it should be tested and adjusted every week. PH is a way to measure the acidity or alkalinity of water. Proper PH balance protects the equipment, the plaster surface, allows the sanitizer to do its best job and it increases swimmer enjoyment. The ideal range for PH is 7.2 – 7.6 ppm (parts per million).  Look for our follow-up Pool Service tip tomorrow on what happens when the PH is too high or too low. You can “like” u

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Recipe of the Month from your Cypress and Houston Pool Builder

Merrie’s Hershey Pie is a big hit during the Holiday and easy to make. 8 oz. Hershey Candy Bar (with or without almonds), Graham Cracker Pie Crust ( I use the crust with 2 extra servings), 12 oz. Cool Whip Break candy bar into pieces in microwavable glass bowl. Melt candy bar in microwave for approx. 2 1/2-3 minutes on 50% power. Stir until creamy. Cool candy bar to room temperature, stirring occasionally so it won’t harden (approx. 35-45 minutes). Vigorously stir 2/3 of cool whip in with candy

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Employee Spotlight at The Pool Man, Your Cypress Pool Builder

Meet Noble Roberts. He has been with us for 13 years and is still going strong. Noble is our resident fishing expert. When he’s not servicing your pool you’ll find him on one of the local waters with his fishing pole. Thank you Noble for your years of service and we look forward to many more. Check out our facebook page for more information and tips.

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Potential New Client for The Pool Man, your Houston and Cypress Pool Builder

At The Pool Man we can relate to customers of any age! Here’s Karen following up on a  lead right away! What kind of pool do you think she wants? Let us know what you want. Our Designers want to fulfill your dream!


Toys For Tots and your Houston Pool Builder

Just a reminder – The Pool Man is again helping the Marines with their toy drive. You can drop off a toy anytime during the day or just give a toy to our service or maintenance tech while they are at your house. Please help us bring smiles to the kids and their families. It will do your “Heart” good! Thank You! We can also stop by and pick up your donation – contact us and we will make arrangements.

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“Helpful Tip for Holiday Travelers” from The Pool Man, your Houston Pool Builder

Planning a trip away from home during the upcoming holidays? Did you know that many local Constable’s Offices and Sheriff’s Departments offer Vacation Watch Programs.  While you are out of town, Patrol Officers will periodically check on your home. You’ll be able to relax while you are away knowing that someone is keeping an eye on your home and property. Visit their websites to see which Precinct or Department services your area. Fill out their Vacation Watch Request Form and enjoy your trip. H

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Nov. 10th – United States Marine Corps – Happy Birthday Marines

From all of us at The Pool Man, Inc. – Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps. “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The Marines don’t have that problem.” Semper Fi


Pool Service Tip from your Houston Pool Builder

How long does my filter pump need to run when the weather gets cooler? As we start to move into the cooler months, you should decrease the run time of your filtration pump. The exact time varies for each pool but a good starting point is to cut your running time down to 6 hours and monitor the condition of your pool. If you notice any negative change, increase the run time. You might find that you may be able to decrease the run time even more. This process will take a few days but you will

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Toys for Tots and The Pool Man

Once again the Pool Man is serving as a Toy Donation Site for the TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN.  Won’t you please join us and the U.S. Marine Corps by donating a New, Unwrapped toy for a needy child in our community? You may drop off the toys at our office Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, or give them to your cleaner or technician during his visit.  If needed we will send someone to pick them up.  To ensure delivery to the children in time for Christmas, the deadline for toy drop off is December 12,

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Poolside Recipe of the Month – Rum Ribs on the Grill from your Houston Pool Builder

Here is Ted’s favorite recipe for grilling ribs: 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 3/4 cup rum (dark or light), 3/4 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne and 1/3 cup honey In saucepan, over medium to high heat, melt butter. Stir in rum, ketchup, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes or until thickened. Grill 3 lbs.

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Happy Halloween from The Pool Man – Your Houston Pool Builder

Here are some Halloween safety tips: Remind kids not to approach houses that do not have lights on. Some people choose to refrain from Halloween festivities. Kids should never enter a house, invited or not. This spooky night can become truly frightening if a child enters a stranger’s house. Unwrapped candy, candy that has a torn wrapper or strange looking candy should be thrown out immediately. Instruct the kids to “trick or treat” in familiar neighborhoods. Most important – make

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Pool Service Tip – Houston, is it time to clean my filter?

How do I know when it is time to clean my filter? The frequency of filter cleans can vary greatly dependant upon the type and size of your pool filter and the bather load (the maximum # of people who can safely swim in your pool at one time) of your pool. Filters that use cartridge media or diatomaceous earth (D.E.) usually need to be cleaned at least bi-annually, while sand filters can go much longer before needing to change out the sand. Both sand & D.E. filters can be backwashed to reduce

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Houston Pool Builder – Safety Tip from The Pool Man

It is highly recommended that you create a “Pool Safety Toolkit” to keep near your home pool or spa. The toolkit should consist of the following: A first aid kit, a pair of scissors to cut hair or clothing if needed, a charged portable phone to call 911 and a flotation device. By putting proven safety behaviors and systems into practice, you and your family will be much more secure in and around your pool.


Important Pool Service & Maintenance Tip – Houston, know your Pool Chemicals – Cyanuric Acid

What do you know about Cyanuric Acid?  It is commonly referred to as a pool water stabilizer or conditioner.  Cyanuric acid is an odorless, white granular substance.  It is often added to chlorine products to increase the longevity of the free chlorine in your pool water by inhibiting it’s destruction by sunlight.  Studies have shown that when your pool water has a level of cyanuric acid of 25ppm (parts per million), free chlorine will remain 3 to 5 times longer in the water than it would withou

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The Pool Man, Inc. Employee Spotlight

Meet Steven Page our Service Manager. Steven handles all of the repair/service calls and all of our weekly cleaning customers.  We keep him extremely busy but he makes customer satisfaction his number one goal. Thanks Steven for your dedication to our customer’s needs!


The Pool Man, Inc – DOGS HOME ALONE

Check out this video – HomeAlone You never know what will happen when they are “home alone”.  What do your dogs do in your pool when left home alone?


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection is the key to the cure.  Please keep everyone who has had to deal with this disease in your heart and prayers.  Show your PINK!


The Pool Man, Inc.

We hope everyone enjoys this Labor Day – Great food, good times, and a job well done!


The Pool Man, Inc. Employee Spotlight

Meet Carol Basford – one of the “friendly” voices in our front office.  Carol handles many of the administrative duties of the Company and makes sure our customers concerns are directed to the right people.  Thanks Carol!


Swimming Pool Maintenance Tip

The kids are back in school! Now that your pool will have less usage each day, it’s a good time to check your chemicals. With less usage of your pool, your chemical dosage will change. Keep your chemicals balanced to eliminate problems, especially with these 100+ temps we have been experiencing here in Houston. Extreme weather can play havoc on our Houston pools. Always add less chemicals than what is prescribed – you can come back later and add more if needed. Once you’ve added too much, it’s h

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The Pool Man, Inc. – Houston Pool Builder

Be a “FAN” of our facebook page!  Access to pictures, videos, tips, safety information and more.  We’re currently building in Houston, Tomball, Cypress and Magnolia.  Let us know what you think!


The Pool Man, Inc. – Pool Safety Tip

Many owners of Houston pools are experiencing problems with “hot decks”. Children and adults are burning the bottom of their feet because of this. Keep the garden hose handy to spray down the deck to help keep it cool. Also keep your flip-flops in the shade and always have a responsible adult present when children are swimming.


Houston Pool Builder – The Pool Man, Inc. – Employee Spotlight

Meet Danielle Bowman, our New Construction Coordinator. She is the one behind the scenes working on the schedules, communicating with subs and making sure we all stay in line!  Keep up the great work Danielle!


Maintenance Tip

While we are all trying to “keep cool” in this heat – don’t forget to run your filter pump at least 10 – 12 hours per day.  This weather is perfect for “algae blooms”.  There is nothing worse than wanting to jump in the pool to cool off and it’s “green”. Keep an eye on your chemicals and test your water every day.


Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc.

We are posting more photos on facebook.  “Like” our page and check them out! www.facebook.com/poolmaninc – also visit our website – www.poolmaninc.com


New Videos for The Pool Man, Inc.

Check out our new videos on YouTube – www.youtube.com/poolmanincvideos


The Pool Man, Inc. Houston Pool Builder Videos

We have added videos to our website and our facebook page!  Our first videos are testimonials from some of our customers.  We will be adding more including a series of new pool construction videos, “about us” segments and more testimonials.


Houston Pool Builder Employee Spotlight

Meet Vidal Lozano.  Vidal has been maintaining pools in the Houston area while working at The Pool Man for 20 years. His knowledge and level of customer service is an asset that is greatly appreciated by all.  Thank you Vidal!


Water Safety

May is water safety month! Here are some general safety tips: Watch out for the “dangerous too’s” – too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Use plastic instead of glassware around the pool. Watch the weather, especially when lightning is present. ALWAYS supervise children when they are in or around the pool.  Enjoy your pool and be safety conscious.

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Be a part of our Facebook Family

“LIKE” our facebook page and be a part of the “Poolman Group”.  Check out new pictures, tips and trends, Q & A, safety and service issues and much more.  Let us know what you want!


Service Tip

Don’t let balancing your pool water intimidate you!  Keep it simple! Always remember to test your PH and Alkalinity first, adjust them, and then test your Chlorine.  If your PH and Alkalinity are not balanced, your Chlorine reading will be off.  Another good practice to follow is to always “use less”. Example: if after testing your water you have determined that 2lbs. of shock is required, add only 1lb. and retest a couple of hours later.  Remember you can always add more but you can’t take too

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Service Tip

Just a quick reminder –  when adding tablets to your free standing or inline chlorinator, follow these steps – first make sure all equipment is turned off,  then unscrew the lid slowly and turn your head away from the opening (the water inside is highly chlorinated and gives off a very strong odor), next drop in the tablets and screw the lid back on tightly.  Turn your equipment back on and check for any leaks. Now you’re ready to enjoy the pool!


Pool Safety

We hope everyone is enjoying this great weather.  More and more people are getting their pools ‘in shape” for the upcoming season. A quick safety tip about diving in a residential pool – Most backyard pools are not designed for diving and everyone using the pool should be cautioned about that. Backyard pools are normally not deep enough to allow diving and serious head and neck injuries can occur. Please inform family and friends about this concern so that you may continue to enjoy your backyard

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Service Tip

The warmer weather is on the way and swimming season will soon be here.  Make sure your equipment is operating correctly and running for longer periods of time due to the warmer temperatures .  Also inspect and clean your filter to avoid problems before you begin enjoying your pool.  Contact us if you need help – check out www.poolmaninc.com  or call our office – 281-351-2577.  We service Houston, Cypress, Tomball, Magnolia and other surrounding areas.


Employee Spotlight

Meet Joel Fitzgerald, one of our Service Technicians.  Joel has been with us for three years and has been an asset in every way for our Company.  His knowledge, dedication to customer service and attitude has not only been appreciated by us but also by our customers.  Many of them “request” Joel on their service calls.  We are lucky to have him on our team.


Pool Renovations

Is it time to update?  Give your pool that “Extreme Makeover” and turn something old into something new!  We have been doing pool renovations for thirty years.  From a simple re-plaster to a complete re-creation!  Let us give that old pool a face lift!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We hope everything in your day today is green – except your pool!


Quick Service Tip

Remember to always check/empty the pump baskets when you empty the skimmer baskets.  A clogged pump basket will restrict water flow, cause damage to the internal parts of your pump and cause possible motor failure.  Another item to check as the warmer weather is on it’s way – keep your pool at the proper water level.  Water level should be at least half way up on the skimmer throat opening.  Check back in the future for more tips and safety items.


Copper Water and Fire Bowls

Add a touch of elegance to your pool with copper water and fire bowls.


Join Our Facebook Family

Be a fan of our Facebook page. You’ll have access to our specials, contests, sales and tips for safety and service.  Don’t forget to visit us at the Cy-Fair Home and Garden show March 26th and 27th at the Berry Center.


Spring Check Up

With the great weather this week, now is a good time to go through your pool equipment.  Here is a brief list of “things to do” – Inspect all equipment and plumbing for freeze damage, Clean the filter, Check area in and around your heater for “uninvited guests”, Inspect timers and automatic controllers for proper operation, Make sure pool water is at the proper level, check skimmers and pump pots for debris, Check the chemicals for proper balance and Clean off deck area around pool. Let us know

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Cold Weather Precautions

With this cold weather upon us, you should do the following to protect your pool: Make sure your “freeze protection” is working. If you don’t have automatic freeze protection on your timers or controllers, keep your pumps running 24 hours or until the temperature rises above 35 degrees. This includes all of your pumps (filter pump, cleaner pump and any water feature pumps). If you are experiencing  “rolling blackouts”, check your pool equipment on a regular basis to make sure everything is comin

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Don’t get your sweetheart the same old thing! Candy – NO! Jewelry – NO!   Be different, be exciting, be creative!  Get your sweetheart something they will not forget. Something they can enjoy for years to come. Surprise them with a Pool!!  Now is a great time to buy. You can have the pool ready for swim season and we are continuing our landscape package specials. Send us an email, call us or just stop by our office. We would be happy to meet you and di

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Everyone at The Pool Man, Inc. wishes you a safe and Happy New Year!


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Toys for Tots- Drop Off Toys by Dec. 13

The Pool Man is hosting a toy drive for Toys for Tots. Stop by our office and bring new toys for kids in Houston.


Welcome to the Pool Man, Inc. Blog

Hello Pool Man Inc. visitors! Welcome to our blog. Visit us again for our latest promotions, pool pictures, videos, testimonials and tips from our team. See you soon!


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