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There is No Time Like the Present to Plan for Your New Swimming Pool and Spa for 2016

Great swimming pools and spas take time to plan and build and if you are in the market for a new pool and spa for 2016, there is no time like the present to contact a Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) pool professional to get your pool project started.

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Add an Outdoor Kitchen Near Your Pool To Dial Up the Fun Factor This Summer

The star attraction at any backyard gathering is the pool and spa, but outdoor rooms of every kind—kitchens with a pizza over, dining areas, rooms with a fire pit for late-night gatherings, and quiet garden structures—are winning accolades from pool owners and appreciative party guests alike.

“It’s not just about the pool anymore, but rather about the entire backyard,” said John C. Migliaccio, CPO, CBP, president of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA). “When you add an outdoor room to the pool setting — especially an outdoor kitchen with bar – you create a focal point — a natural gathering place for food, fun and refreshment. The outdoor kitchen is the place to entertain friends, and it is also the perfect setting for a quiet evening with the family or a romantic alfresco dinner for two.”

The outdoor room can enhance the value of a home, it is the perfect gathering place and it is just plain fun, noted Scott Cohen, a garden designer and author of Patio Covers, Pergolas, and PavilionsThe Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook; and other books. “In some areas of the country, the outdoor kitchen has become an expected amenity for a comfortable home. In still others, an outdoor kitchen is a standout feature, offering a valuable edge in any housing market.”

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What’s your type? Inground pools come in all shapes and sizes

There are three broad types of inground pools including the concrete pool, the vinyl liner pool and the fiberglass pool. Find the one that is right for you!

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Experts Clear the Water on the Colorful Myths Associated With Peeing in the Pool

Mythical pee detecting dye? Nope. Chlorine causes red eye? Nope. But “red eyes” is a colorful indicator that someone might have peed in the pool. As the swimming season kicks off, health experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Water Quality and Health Council and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) have teamed up to launch a campaign to stop people from peeing in the pool. To do so, they are busting a couple of colorful myths associated with this clandestine activity.

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Smart Pools: Easy Care. Extra Fun.

Out of town and need to clean your pool? Friends and family on the way and you’re running late? No problem. Wireless systems are now available that allow you to control pool and spa cleaning, lighting, water features, water temperature and almost anything else pool-or- spa-related from a smart phone or web-connected device.

Push-button automation for pools and spas has been available for several years – with most systems allowing the homeowner to control pool and spa heating, cleaning, chemical management, and lighting systems from inside the home. The rapid advancement of wireless technology has added an entirely new dimension to these automation benefits.

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Add Splash to Your Pool with a Fun, Affordable, Water Feature

Water features come in every shape and size and there is one to fit all budgets. There are tiny water features that allow a small stream of water to drip from a tipped pot near the pool garden, to bold, audacious water features that can dominate the pool and still others that are simply magical. Adding to that magic are special LED lighting effects to turn water flowing red, orange, yellow or blue into a rainbow of color and rhythm to keep the beat of hot music on a cool night around the pool.

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The Unofficial Start of Summer is Almost Here

Memorial Day is just a week away and that means summer is finally upon us.  After a brutal winter we can all use some R&R and fun in the sun! Summer is the time to create lasting memories with family and friends.  Summer is the time for cooling dips in the pool on hot afternoons and relaxing swims under the stars at night.

Before the summer gets into full swing, however, it is important to do a safety check of the pool and spa equipment, check the area around the pool for hazards and go through vital safety information with all pool users and childcare providers.

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Get Your Pool Ready for Summer!

This winter was especially harsh with the onset of the polar vortex and countless snow storms that seemed to come one and after another.  We’ve been ready for the warm weather and sunshine of summer for months.  Now it’s time to get your pool ready.  When opening your pool working with a professional can save you both time and money in the long run.  Consider these tips when opening your pool.

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Expanded Spa Options Soothe Mind, Body and Spirit


What’s bigger than a hot tub, smaller than a pool, but offers the benefits of both? It’s a new generation of spas that delivers something for everyone, whether your interest is relaxation, therapy, fitness or fun with friends and family.

Spas have come a long way from the original hot tubs designed just for soaking. Today’s spas are a whole new class of products with virtually unlimited amenities.


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Plan Ahead to Make the Most of Your New Pool

Owning your very own swimming pool and spa is never about one single thing like exercise or entertainment, but about so much more. Before you meet with a builder, think about what you want to get out of the pool and spa.

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