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Houston Pool Builder, The Pool Man, Inc Receives Winner of Distinction Award from the BBB

Better Business Bureau Recognizes The Pool Man, Inc. with Winner of Distinction Award The Pool Man, Inc. received Winner of Distinction Award at the Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence luncheon held Wednesday, May 8 at the Westin Galleria.  This was The Pool Man, Inc’s  second time to be recognized by the BBB for service excellence. The BBB Awards for Excellence recognizes businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to overall excellence and quality in the

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Safety Tips for Exercising Outdoors this Summer from your Houston Pool Builder

It’s important to follow some safety tips to make sure your outdoor exercise doesn’t result in heat exhaustion or dehydration. Nothing would ruin your summer more than an extended trip to the hospital or a sunburn that could make Chuck Norris cry! First and most obvious – stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Sports drinks before and after a workout can help you as well. If you’re a runner, carry a water bottle with you. Before going outside, make sure you put on sunscreen. If you

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Backyard Entertaining Ideas from your Houston Pool Builder

Summer is winding down, the kids are getting ready to go back to school and you are looking for new ideas to help entertain the kids.  What about planning a kid friendly picnic? One of our blog subscribers is a blog writer herself, Share a Nanny. She wrote a recent article titled, “How to Plan a Kid Friendly Picnic” that has very helpful information about keeping your kids entertained. To read the complete article http://www.shareananny.com/blog/how-to-plan-a-kid-friendly-picnic/ We hope you enj

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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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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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Pool Landscaping Tip from your Custom Houston Pool Builder

Summer is here and the weeds are too!  One common weed that is the most stubborn is called ‘Nut grass’ or ‘Nut sedge’.  It is a grassy weed that we recommend not pulling as it promotes spreading if it is pulled.  The most efficient way to treat this is with a select herbicide indicated to treat nut grass.  Make sure to follow the label instructions prior to treating the area in question. If it is in the lawn, we suggest not mowing the grass 2 days prior and 2 days after treatment and not to wate

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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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Houston Pool Builder, Lawn Care Tip – How to Determine if you have Chinch Bugs

Now is the time to start watching out for chinch bugs in the lawn. During the summer months you may see dry areas in the grass. Be sure to investigate these spots as it may be chinch bug damage that will rapidly spread and damage large sections of grass. You can usually spot the little bugs if you press your hand down on the area in question for a minute as they may walk across your hand. Yuck!(this might be a good time to wear gloves) There are a number of treatments you can find a local stores

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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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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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Pool Maintenance Tip from your Houston Weekly Pool Service Provider – The Pool Man, Inc.

ALGAE SEASON!!!      – With the warmer weather upon us, Mother Nature has also returned to us every pool owner’s nemesis….algae. This year, algae blooms are expected to be more prevalent, as well as to contain more aggressive strains than in previous years, as algae from dried up rivers, lakes, etc. has found its way into the air…and it is a much heartier type than your blooms in years’ past have been. Not to worry though, as there is a cure for all types. We will do these in a series over the c

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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 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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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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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.


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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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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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


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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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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Service Tip from The Pool Man, Inc. – Your Houston Pool Service Provider

Leaves, Leaves Everywhere! This time of year is when the leaves start falling.  If you have a lot of trees around your pool you must be mindful about emptying your skimmer baskets and pump baskets as often as needed. You need to “net” the leaves floating around in the pool also. Clogged skimmer and pump baskets can cause your pumps to run “dry” and severely damage your pool equipment and plumbing. As inconvenient as emptying the baskets several times a week can be (not to mention sticking your h

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Chemical Tip from The Pool Man, your Houston Pool Builder

What is Free Available Chlorine? This is the active chlorine in the water that has not combined with organic matter and is therefore available for killing bacteria and algae. The proper range for free chlorine residual is 1.0 – 3.0 ppm (parts per million). Below 1.0 can cause swimmer irritation, cloudy water and even allow algae to grow. Have a question about your Pool Chemistry? Contact Pool Man Inc, your Houston Pool Builder and Service Provider.

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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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