Preparing for Pool Additions

Whatever you may have in mind for your pool, we’d like to help you get there.  Almost as important as dreamscaping, realistically approaching what needs to get done before you begin adding new pieces to your pool is key!  Here are just a few things you need to set up.


Our custom-made sealant is going to make it so your poolside stays in the condition it currently is.  What does this have to do with a dream pool?  Everything.  By maintaining your poolside, you’re going to be making sure you’re going to see your pool stay in great condition much longer than a non-sealed pool would!  Remember, maintaining a pool is just one step towards making sure your pool is your dream pool.

Perfect Water

Is your pool’s water the highest quality possible?  If not, a pool renovation isn’t the first thing you should have in mind as summer winds down.  You should first make your pool’s water as clean and safe as you can.  Have a professional pool service in Austin come down to put your H2O in tip-top shape.  We know you’ll be glad you did.

Add Ons

So now that you have perfect pool water and sealant for your poolside stone, you can start to implement your dream pool functions.  What would you like added on?  The sky’s the limit!  The way you choose to shape your pool is key.  Every decision you make affects your next decision.

Will you be adding a spa that conveniently sits on the side of your pool?  Or will you be going for a fashionable diving rock?  Whatever you have in mind, you can always blueprint it out and have an Austin pool pro give you much-needed pointers.  There can always be unexpected technical limitations so it’s best to consult a professional.  You want to make sure your dream meets realistic mechanical requirements and that the two can find a happy medium.  Success can come from taking your fantasies to the next level.

Until Next Time

Thanks for checking out our blog today.  If you need anything for your Austin pool, let us know!  Pristine Pools is a one-of-a-kind pool service that will have your favorite aquatic hangout looking and functioning perfectly in no time.

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The Importance of Pool Cleaning


Cleaning your pool is a must to ensure your comfort, protect your equipment, and keep it clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. Keeping the pool well maintained and with proper pool cleaning, could prolong its life, prevent bacteria growth and hold off needed repairs. It is important to clean and brush the pool on a regular basis to upkeep your pool looking great and relaxing. Spend at least five to ten minutes pool cleaning and brushing every few days to keep your pool sparkling or look for reliable pool experts to do the work for you.

Weekly maintenance

  • Net any debris off the surface of the pool water
  • Brush the entire surface of the pool, including tiled areas
  • Manually brush any dirt and debris that has not been already removed by the cleaning system
  • Clean out the skimmer and pump baskets
  • Check filter pressure to determine if backwashing or cartridge cleaning is necessary
  • Test the levels of chlorine, pH and alkalinity

How to clean

Use a manual brush and pool vacuum on all areas of the walls and floor at least once a week, even if your pool is equipped with an automatic system. There are some places in every pool that the automatic cleaning systems miss. Pay particular attention to stairs, corners and other hard-to-reach areas that get little circulation.

Why is brushing important?

Brushing is an important part of the initial new pool cleaning process but, even after your pool is clean, it is important to occasionally brush your pool to remove the dirt that will adhere to the wall and floor. Start at the top of the walls on the tile line and work your way down to the bottom of your pool. Avoid scraping the bottom of your pool with the plastic edges of the brush, which may cause marking of the plaster. Using steady, firm strokes, always brush the dirt toward the recirculating drain, overlapping your brush strokes.

The easiest way to maintain your pool is to hire a reliable pool maintenance professional to do most of the maintaining for you. The professionals at Pristine Pools are experts in pool maintenance, pool cleaning, and pool repair service. We are located in Austin, Texas. Contact us for a free quote at 512-773-0668.

The Science of SPF

Have you ever wondered what “SPF” means on that sunscreen bottle?  What does the number next to “SPF” mean? Does it really matter? And what is the difference between the spray version of sunscreen and the solid version?  Shouldn’t I just buy the least expensive sunscreen since it can get so darn pricey?

All those answers and more will be covered by Austin’s pool cleaning pros in today’s Pristine Pools blog.

Heating Up

The Austin sun is out!  That means you need to start stocking up on sunscreen for you and your family.  If you are reading this article, then that likely means you are the type of person that thinks ahead.  Props to you!

So you’re in your local convenient store at the sunscreen section. Look at all the options! Need a quick recommendation?  Consider purchasing a bottle that is lotion-based and has an SPF of at least 30. Read on to see why!


S.P.F. is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor.  Easy enough to remember, right?  S.P.F. isn’t as simple as how well a company can speculate on the power of their sunscreen product. It is an actual scientific number that requires testing!  Via Wikipedia:

“The sun protection factor of a sunscreen is a laboratory measure of the effectiveness of sunscreen — the higher the SPF, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UV-B (the ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn..”

We suggest the minimum number you use be 15 for casual outings. If you are planning on hitting the beach, then use no less than SPF 30 all over your body.

Protip: SPF numbers are tiered in an unusual way. To elaborate: SPF 30 is stronger than SPF 15, but it is not twice as strong. That is a common misperception.  Though a higher number obviously means stronger sun protection, just don’t take it as simply added additional numbers to SPF with all power retained.

Spray or solid?

Does it matter which form sunscreen comes in? It appears so. We recommend using regular lotion as opposed to going with other substances such as spray or powdered sunscreen.  Though those types can potentially be safe, there is less controversy about whether or not you should use regular lotion. As convenient as it is, consider avoiding the spray!  Read more here and do a bit of research on your own if interested in further content.

Be Safe

Always do your research and always protect yourself from the sun when you head outside (pool activities or otherwise!)  Here is a resourceful SPF article on galtime that may be of interest to you and could help you better plan that pool party for the summer.

Dive In

Now that we have covered the science behind SPF, you are ready to take the family to the pool! Or, even better, you are ready to take the family to your very own pool!  Be sure to use a local Austin pool company for all your pool needs.  Contact Pristine Pools at 512.773.0668.  You will be glad you did!

How to throw a Fourth of July Pool party!

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With Memorial Day already passing us by, it got us thinking… how do you throw the ultimate Holiday pool party here in Austin (or anywhere?)


Make It Memorable

You need to let your guests know that this is a one-of-a-kind pool party!  Since we just missed planning for a Memorial day pool party to honor those that have served in the United States Armed Forces, let’s focus on another holiday pool party you might throw down the line on, perhaps, the 4th of July.



Two simple things are needed besides the usual assortment of chairs, towels, snack, drink and pool toys/games. These two things are thematic decoration and thematic cake.  The thematic decoration is simple – go out and pick up some fun trinkets including paper table sheets, cups and so much more that have your particular holiday in mind.  After that, you need to make a Holiday cake for all your swimming buddies.


Red, White and Blue (Cake)

You know how people say you shouldn’t eat and then swim? Tell them they need to leave you alone and to stop threatening your freedom to enjoy cake!  You better bake an amazing red, white and blue cake for the next pool party you have!  Your guests will thank you with silent munching.  Bake the cake the day before and put that yumminess in the fridge.  When your awesome pool party is kicking into high-gear, pull that cake out and plop it on a table.  Some forks, a knife and seasonal paper plates will let your guests know what they need to do.
If you have too many shy guests over and they aren’t going for the cake then go ahead and start cutting and placing slices on plates. That’ll let them know the time is now.
What is the perfect cake for an upcoming holiday that is pool party friendly?  

Check out this impressive recipe for an american flag cake!


Wrapping Up

Do you know what you need to do to get your Austin Swimming Pool ready for your next set of visitors?  Do you need an awesome pool professional to swing by and help you out with repair or maintenance?  Let Pristine Pools know!  You can reach us by phone at 512.773.0668 or on our contact forms.

Welcome to our Website

Welcome to our website! Pristine Pools does pool cleaning, pool repairs and pool equipment installation in Austin and surrounding areas.  Follow our blog for helpful pool tips and specials every week.

Our technicians are Certified Pool Operators, Water Chemistry Certified, and have years of industry experience. Our maintenance plan can be tailored to your individual needs and budget. Please contact us for a free consultation and let us begin making your pool experience a safe and stress free luxury.

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