A Spa Day At Home

A Spa Day At HomeBy now you probably have a spa in Shickshinny, right? If not, then your first order of business is to get one! We offer just the right model and design to fit your lifestyle and home. Fantasy spas are affordable and easy to install, meaning that you don’t need any fancy wiring or plumbing to get started. Put it on your deck, put it in your garage, or even put it in your basement. Fantasy spas are built for your needs and we can help you get yours set up so you can plan a girls-night-in, or a private retreat for your own wellbeing. Continue reading “A Spa Day At Home”

Falling leaves can be a pain for your pool

16419294 - fall leaves floating in swimming pool waterNothing can quite compare to the gorgeous colors of fall foliage.

But those gorgeous reds and oranges look a lot less appealing when they are clogging up your pool. Of course they can be skimmed off, but it’s so much easier if they aren’t there in the first place. Using a pool cover is the most obvious solution, but here are a few handy tips:

  • Use a leaf net and secure it with a few bungee cords or twine. You can even use weights like planters or decorative rocks. The nice part about a leaf net is that it can be installed by one person, and makes scooping up all the debris a snap.
  • Trimming trees in the surrounding area every few years will be a huge help. Trimming will also help prevent an unexpected limb breaking.
  • Landscaping with pool-friendly plants will also help. Consider small to medium trees that don’t bear fruit or flowers, or topical plants that don’t lose leaves or have invasive root systems that won’t interfere with the structure of your pool.
  • Set up a leaf block. This can be temporary — like boxes — or more permanent like retaining walls or a surrounding hedge. This will keep the leaves up against the barrier and out of the pool.

We hope you have a fantastic autumn full of mild weather so it’s warm enough to use your pool long into the season!

It’s the End Of The Summer As We Know It

It’s the End Of The Summer As We Know It Summer is on the way out, and though the there’s still time to have a blast for a few more weekends, you’ll need to think about closing up your pool for the season. We don’t want you to feel rushed, but this is Pennsylvania we’re taking about. Sure, in ground pools in Luzerne can take you through some of the fall, but the cooler weather in Pennsylvania can come on quick and this makes it tough to keep things rolling much beyond the pumpkin season. Continue reading “It’s the End Of The Summer As We Know It”

The mental benefits of being near water

40296403 - young woman relaxing in the waterYou’d love a vacation, but maybe you can’t afford to take one this year. Or your summery getaway was in June, and it just seems so far away! No worries, relaxation-seeker. There are plenty of ways to calm your mind – right in your own backyard.

Carved in our DNA

There may be an evolutionary reason being near water relaxes us. Ever since humans have been around, water has been essential to our survival. Obviously, we need it to drink. But we also use it to clean ourselves, our tools and our homes. Game animals also seek water, so living near ponds and streams increased our ancestors’ chances of a successful hunt – and survival.

Water waves and brain waves

Studies show that the sound of ocean waves have an effect on brain patterns, making people more relaxed. But a gently lapping pool can have the same effect so try taking out those earbuds the next time you’re poolside and listen to the sweet sounds of water!

Pure relaxation

One final benefit of water is that it helps regulate body temperature. Being able to make yourself cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter (if you have a heated pool) makes insta-relaxing super easy!

Top-secret pool-cleaning tips

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You may think you know everything about pool-cleaning, but there are some surprising hacks that can save you the time associated with it. And the less time you spend cleaning your pool, the more time you can spend enjoying it!

A clothes case

Most of us know to use the pool in a bathing suit. But sometimes, you get a guest who thinks it’s okay to dive in with their T-shirt on, or your son wears regular trunks in the water instead of ones made just for swimming. The problem is that the textiles and chemicals in clothing can turn pool water cloudy over time. Make it clear (nicely, of course) that swimsuits are de rigueur in your pool!

Don’t let it bug you

Ugh – is there anything more disgusting than dead insects in the pool? But don’t despair – it turns out a fast way to clean out bugs is not to let them in the pool in the first place! By planting flowers and foliage they despise (like lemongrass, lavender and peppermint) around the pool, you’ll enjoy an insect-free swimming experience!

The sun ain’t the only thing that bakes

Baking soda … that all-purpose household cleanser. Is there anything it can’t do? Apparently not, because if you combine it with water to make a paste, you can clean your pool’s tile and grout with it!