Upgrades, Upgrades, Upgrades!

When purchasing a pool you are given a lot of options for upgrades, lets talk about a couple of them.

 

Kid Friendly Upgrades:

SLIDES! Your children, grandchildren, and inner child will love this addition to your pool package.  Slides add to the excitement of owning a pool.  Imagine hosting your child’s birthday party with this in your backyard!

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Economically Friendly Upgrades:

Buying a pool is much more expensive than most things you will purchase for your house.  You know you will be spending a lot of money right out the gate and with all the components that go with your pool such as plumping, filters and pumps, the final total starts to add up.  All pools need pumps, so why not invest in a pump that will reduce your energy costs to run your pool!  The IntelliFlo variable speed pump from Pentair is a perfect product that can cut your pool energy costs up to 90%!

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Want to talk in more detail about either of these two options?  Want to here about more upgrades for your current or potential pool?  Give us or stop by the store!

(360) 756-0909

1071 Van Dyk Rd Lynden, Washington

Chlorine vs. Bromine: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to choosing a sanitizer for your pool or spa, you have two traditional options to choose from: chlorine or bromine.  Here’s a quick run-down of how they both work:

Chlorine

Chlorine dissolves in the pool/spa water and combines with bacteria and other organics on a molecular level and kills the contaminants.  When the chlorine combines with the bacteria and other contaminants in the water, the chlorine molecules become inactive and are no longer sanitizing your pool.  When you shock the pool water during your weekly maintenance, the combined chlorine and contaminants are burned off and removed from the water via the filtration system.

Bromine

Bromine acts a little differently in pool/spa water.  Bromine also combines with bacteria in the water to neutralize it the same way that chlorine does, however a portion of the bromine stays active in the water even after combining with the bacteria.  The weekly shock treatment will burn off the bacteria and leave the bromine behind in the water to continually sanitize the pool or spa.  The result is that you will use less bromine than chlorine to sanitize your pool or spa.

Another difference between bromine and chlorine is that bromine is more stable than chlorine in warmer temperatures, which is why it is used to sanitize spas.  Bromine is also beneficial to people with naturally sensitive skin.

So, which one should you go with?  The correct answer: you decide!  Whichever works better for you and your family is the sanitizer to go with.

If you have any questions about ways to keep your water clean or if you need your water tested (for free!),  give us a call, shoot us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

It’s That Time of the Year Again!

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Below deck automatic safety cover.

Time to start winterizing your pools here in the Pacific Northwest! We install several types of covers including mesh and solid covers that can be automatic or manual.

Above deck automatic safety cover (Image from Coverstar).

Above deck automatic safety cover (Image from Coverstar).

Coverstar’s covers come in all shapes and sizes and can be customized to fit your pool!

Small manual kidney shaped safety cover (Image from Coverstar).

Small manual kidney shaped safety cover (Image from Coverstar).

Coverstar covers not only protect your pool but also protect you and your family.  Their durable covers can be walked on, preventing someone from falling into a pool and getting injured.

These are great for families with children of all ages, giving parents extra reassurance that their children wont be injured when playing near the pool edge while the cover is in place.

Pond or Pool? How About Both!

Pond Pool

They’ve captured the attention of the pool community: swimming ponds.  The appeal?  They look natural and minimize your environmental impact as a pool owner.  How so?

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A swimming pond is separated into two areas: the swimming area, and the regeneration area.  It’s in the regeneration area where the cleaning of the water happens: “dirty” swimming water is pumped into this area, which is full of aquatic plants that filter out contaminants.  These plants use these contaminants to grow and help prevent algae from growing in your pool.  Then, water is filtered down beneath the plants through rocks (which natural filter that bacteria cling to).  This “treated” water is pumped back in to the swimming area, and then the cycle begins again.

The eco-advantages to a natural swimming pool include:

  • no heater.  Natural pools don’t have heaters, which will save you the cost of keeping your pool warm.  Not heating your pool also means less water evaporation = less water use.
  • no chemicals.  Mother Nature will do the work for you, which means you now have an extra couple hundred bucks in your wallet that won’t be spent on chemicals season after season.

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Other advantages include:

  • design freedom.  So long as your swimming area and regeneration area are connected, size and shape are only limited by your imagination!
  • as long as your plants can flourish, you can have a natural pool.  Swimming ponds have been designed for climates all around the world.

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While natural pools do reduce your impact on the environment, there are some other factors to take into consideration before taking the plunge and making your own swimming hole, namely:

  •  higher initial cost.  With a natural pool, remember that you’re technically building two separate water areas: the regeneration area and the swimming area.  The cost per square foot is typically the same as a conventional pool.  That being said…
  • you’ll need space, and lots of it.  The swimming area and the regeneration area need to be about the same size.  Planning a 500 square foot swimming area?  You’ll need 500 square feet for reeds, lilies and other hydroponic plants.  (Since we aren’t located in an area particularly known for sunshine, you might be okay with a slightly smaller area, but you run the risk of not having the cleanest water.)  Also take into consideration zoning rules, too, and you simply might not have enough space for a natural pool.

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What do you think?  Is an all-natural swimming pool your cup of tea?  We’d love to hear your thoughts!  Feel free to respond to this post, give us a call, shoot us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

Time to kick off Tailgate Season!

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 American Football  It’s that time of year again: time for Dimension One’s annual Tailgate Event!  American Football

Now through September 12th, take advantage of paying 0% interest for 36 months on all of our in-stock spas.*  We have models from every Dimension One collection–stop by today and find the spa that suits you and your family best!

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call, send us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

*Based upon approval from Wells Fargo

Get Ready!!

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Mark your calendars!  Bring your family!  Get ready for fair food!!!  😀

The Northwest Washington Fair kicks off on Monday, and the Taylor Team couldn’t be more excited!  Stop by our booth and check out our spas, discuss future projects for your backyard, set an appointment up with us for a test swim of our Endless Pool, or stop by and say hi.  🙂

Our store will be changing its hours the week of the fair.  We will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.  We will be closed Saturday and Sunday, August 20th and 21st.  If you swing by to check out our tubs at the store, you’ll be out of luck–all of our spas will be at our booth at the entrance of the fair.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to make an appointment to speak with us at the fair, feel free to give us a call, send us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

Planning for Your Next Pool Party?

The guests are invited, the pool is clean, and the water is balanced.  All that’s left is finalizing the menu for your next pool palooza.  In need of some help curating your menu?  Here are some personal party favorites to give you some inspiration!

Dasani Mocktails

For the kiddos, Poolside Punch

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For the adults, a Swimming Pool Cocktail

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Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

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Summer Fruit Trifles with Peaches, Cherries and Blueberries

Need to get your water tested before you invite your guests over?  Need some extra chemicals to clean your pool once all the fun is done?  Taylor’s Backyard Center has got you covered!  Feel free to give us a call, send us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

The Northwest Washington Fair!!!

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That’s right, folks!  The Fair is almost here!  The Taylor Team will be there with all of the spas we have in stock, including our both our Dimension One and Endless Pools swim spas!  We can even set up an appointment for you to try them out, too.  🙂

During the Fair, our store will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.  We will be closed Saturday, August 20th.

Come with your questions, to look at our selection, and enjoy an elephant ear.  😉

Until then, if you have any questions, you can give us a call, shoot us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

ATTENTION: SALE TIME

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You might have noticed our ads in the papers, and here I am to announce it to the web!  Beginning Wednesday, July 14th and continuing through Monday, July 18th, Taylor’s Backyard Center will be having a tent sale!  Stop by our store to check out all the spectacular deals we have going on spas, pools, and chemicals (bring in your coupon and get 10% off your chemicals, too!).  We are open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-6:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00-2:00pm.

If you have any questions, you can give us a call, shoot us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

Chlorine 101

THE LOW-DOWN

Chlorine can be a difficult component of pool chemistry to master.  Exactly how often should you add it?  Which brand will work best for you?  What form should you use: tablets or liquid?  Should you even use chlorine in the first place???

The easiest answer to all these questions: it depends.  Chlorine preferences vary by pool user, but there is some basic knowledge about chlorine that every pool owner should know.

What is an acceptable chlorine level?  For most pools, it ranges from 1.0 ppm (parts per million) to 3.0 ppm.

What can affect your chlorine level?  Lots of swimmers, large amounts of debris, and algae call for extra levels of chlorine.  Extended exposure to sunlight, a high pH level, and poor circulation and filtration systems call for more chlorine to keep the 1.0-3.0 ppm chlorine level.

How can you check your chlorine level?  Easy: with test strips!  If you swing by our store, we’ll send you home with some for the season.  If your test strips have expired, you will want to pick up some fresh ones.

How do you raise your chlorine level?  Test your water, and add accordingly, based on your current chlorine level.  Add your powder, liquid, or tablets, wait an hour or so for it to circulate through your system, then check your chlorine level again.

How high is too high of a chlorine level?  Once your chlorine level reaches 5.0 ppm, swimmers may notice irritation of their skin and eyes.  Above 10.0 ppm, swimmers should not be allowed in the pool.


And now, you have had a crash course in chlorine!  If you have any questions or concerns, or would like help testing your pool water, you can give us a call, shoot us an e-mail, or drop on by:

(360) 756-0909 | info@taylorindustries.com
1071 Van Dyk Road, Lynden, WA 98264

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