This time of year is filled with opportunities to sit back, count our blessings, and hopefully pay those blessings forward. At APi we are taking the 30 days of November to focus on some of the opportunities that we’ve been given to help our communities, whether they are local, national, or international. We’re looking at how our employees and our company give back with hope that it will inspire you to help your community, in whatever way you can.
Life can be hectic. There are days where I just can’t
imagine adding one more thing to my to do list. I’ve found that making time to
give back to others helps me appreciate my own blessings that much more. I read
once that if you are in a state of gratitude, you can’t be anything else at the
same time. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that the more I focus on
being grateful for the people and things I have in my life, the more I want to
pay those blessings forward and help others. The more that I help others, the
more grateful I feel and the less overwhelmed I feel by my life.
We’ve compiled a list of ways that our company as a whole
and our team of individuals give back to our communities. We’ll be sharing tips
on our Facebook page each day of November, with ways we give back to our
community including random acts of kindness, volunteer opportunities, and
charities that are near and dear to us.
One such organization is Aquatics Empowered, an association to help rural towns and their citizens gain access to aquatics facilities for water therapy. Their first worldwide fundraising event, Hot Tubbing for Hope, is being held November 15th and 16th at a pool or spa near you. They are asking everyone to spend time in a hot tub or pool, share pictures of family, friends, and pets participating, and donate to their organization. Donations received will go towards helping individuals with disabilities, seniors, veterans, children, and other charities in need of aquatic therapy resources. Pro Tip: Our EZ SPA line of products can help make your hot tub picture-perfect in time for the Hot Tubbing for Hope fundraising event.
We hope that you will join the APi family and participate with
your own 30 Days of Giving, but even 1 small act of kindness can make a huge
difference in someone’s life and in your community.
Guest Blogger: Laci from Royal Swimming Pools
While preparing to close your swimming pool at the end of Summer you may be wondering what chemicals you put in the pool? There’s an easy way to close your pool for the Winter that even makes opening it back up the following Spring easier and faster!
When to Close (and Open) Your Swimming Pool
When should I close my swimming pool for the winter
Before discussing how to make closing your pool easier than you ever thought possible (just wait, it really is so easy), it’s a good idea to understand WHEN to close your pool.
Algae is less active in colder water and more active in warmer water.
For this reason, it is always better to close your pool later in the season when it’s already getting colder out, rather than earlier in warm weather.
Think of early-season closing as an invitation for algae having a late-season party in your pool just to trap it in there all winter. In case you didn’t know, algae is a party animal; the-more-the-merrier type. So that party is just going to get bigger and bigger until it’s time for Spring cleaning.
The earlier you close a pool the more likely the pool is to open up with algae issues, especially if there’s a good bit of warm Autumn weather after your pool is closed.
This is important to be aware of in reverse as well. Open your pool early, not late, to help avoid having a closed pool during an early spring heatwave. A good guideline is: if you can plant your garden, your pool should be open.
Winterizing Chemicals: 3 Easy Steps
Okay, here it is! Are you excited?! Pool chemicals made easy!
- Simply use 1lb (or 2 scoops) of E-Z POOL for every 5k gallons of water in your pool. Use our handy dandy Gallon Calculator to help out!
- Circulate the pool for 30 minutes before to closing it.
- Enjoy your winter and when Spring rolls around, open your pool! For best results, use Revive!, vacuum, and clean your pool.(See before and after Revive! images here).
Additional Winterizing Tips When Closing Your Pool
- Begin by testing your water and making sure that your pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium hardness is all balanced.
- Add a winterizing chemical kit to your pool. Make it easy!
- Make sure that you have drained all of your pipes and pool plumbing as water expands when it freezes and can cause your pipes to burst. You can blow the water out from these plumbing lines by using a shop vac or by back washing the pool filter.
- Lower the water level below the skimmer and plug the return lines.
- Make sure all pool equipment is removed from the pool and cleaned.
- Place a winter cover or safety cover over your pool. Here’s more information on winter pool safety!
- Add air pillows to protect your pool walls as needed.
- Place a cover pump in the middle of the pool cover to drain any water that might accumulate on the cover.
For most of the country, the end of pool season is quickly approaching. Picture-perfect pool parties can take a lot of time to plan and execute. Not everyone has that kind of time. If you haven’t had time to host a pool party this season, it’s not too late. Create a simple and EZ party plan where spending time with your friends and family is the focus. There might be time to recreate those picture-perfect party ideas in the future, but in the meantime, start enjoying your family, friends, and one of your largest investments, your pool.
Here are 5 tips for a simple and EZ Pool Party that will allow you to sit back and enjoy the party instead of being a slave to it.
Unless it’s a formal occasion like a graduation party or wedding, the days of sending invitations in the mail are pretty much over. That doesn’t mean that you have to take the time to call each person on your guest list and personally invite them. There are tools available to help save you time getting the word out to everyone.
If you are part of the Facebook community, you can create an event page and invite your Facebook friends to attend.
Evite is an app that helps you send and manage invites via text and email. You can also track RSVPs and even share photos with guests after the event.
Who doesn’t love the idea of slow smoked pork sandwiches and homemade macaroni and cheese at a pool party? I’m hungry just thinking about it. If you don’t have the time to spend on buying, prepping, and cooking a BBQ masterpiece or even pool party mainstays like hamburgers and hot dogs, consider these alternatives to slaving over a hot grill.
Sub sandwiches cut up in individual servings can be an EZ and refreshing option in the heat of the day. Guests can eat them as they want and don’t have to try to squeeze into limited seating at the same time.
When in doubt, order pizzas. It’s a simple solution that gives you more time to enjoy during the party, and cleanup is a breeze.
Don’t forget to keep your guests hydrated. Have an array of cold drinks on hand including water to help balance out any caffeinated or alcoholic drinks you may be serving.
There’s no need to waste time and money buying disposable decorations for your pool party. Pool essentials like colorful towels, pool floats, water toys, and even sunscreen can be your party decor. Chances are you have most if not all of these items on hand already. Place smaller items in colorful buckets, pails or bins and scatter them around your pool area.
Pro Tip: Air compressors or hand pumps make blowing up all of those toys and floats a breeze.
If you plan on serving alcoholic beverages at your party, designate a sober adult to watch over the kids (and intoxicated adults) in the pool. There is nothing fun about a loved one be injured or worse while everyone else is busy getting their party on.
Sunburn isn’t fun either, so make sure to have plenty of sunblock on hand for the guests who forgot to bring their own. Pro tip: Beach front hotels often store their sunscreen on ice so that it cools you off when you reapply. It sounds like a refreshing idea for a pool party too.
If your pool area doesn’t have a covered patio nearby, consider setting up a pop-up tent so that your guests can have a break from the sun and still be a part of the festivities. Shade and staying hydrated help keep heat stroke away.
Don’t think that because this is the last tip on our list that it’s the least important. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. It is a pool party after all. The best food and decorations won’t mean a thing if your pool is smelly, cloudy, or even green, because no one will want to go in it.
Make sure you leave yourself enough time before the big day to get your pool party-ready.
For solutions to your pool water problems, click on the following video links.
Green to Clean Pool
Cloudy Murky Water
Foul Smelling Water