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Advances in Pool Technology

The Swimming Pool Industry has come a long way over the years. Advances in technology have slowly made an impact on the care and ease in maintaining, owning and operating a  pool. There are a number of advances that could be mentioned but today we are going to share 3 that have been very popular with our Hamlin […]

The Swimming Pool Industry has come a long way over the years. Advances in technology have slowly ma[...]

12/03/2014 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

SWIMMING POOL HISTORY

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, March usually marks the beginning of our swimming season. We still have bouts of cool weather but they are short lived with a quick return to days approaching temps in the 80’s and 90’s. The need to flip back on the A/C, quickly reminds us that Spring and Summer are fast approaching. We thought […]

Here in the Rio Grande Valley, March usually marks the beginning of our swimming season. We still h[...]

04/03/2014 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

PRICE VS QUALITY

Price vs Quality, everyone has read or seen articles written on this topic on about every product or service we can imagine, including Swimming Pools. I am not going to pretend to be an expert on this and try and compete with professionals who are trained in this field and publish their “how to” advice on navigating this issue. I […]

Price vs Quality, everyone has read or seen articles written on this topic on about every product or[...]

20/01/2014 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Third Generation of “Grasshoppers”

This might not be an article about the direct “fix” of a swimming pool problem but it is an interesting story about a rare changing of the guard to create a 3rd generation of family ownership in a pool business that was started back in 1952 by Francis McDonald Hamlin. As one of the past 2nd generation Owner/Partners, […]

This might not be an article about the direct “fix” of a swimming pool problem but it is[...]

13/11/2013 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Cloudy Water

The first thing most pool owners know or should know is that cloudy water is preventable. The 2nd thing they should be aware of is that cloudy water could be unsafe and the pool should be closed if the bottom cannot be seen. Safety Codes require Commercial Pools and Water Parks to close if severe cloudy water conditions occur. The […]

The first thing most pool owners know or should know is that cloudy water is preventable. The 2nd t[...]

05/11/2013 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Happy Fall

Happy Fall everyone. The hot summer temperatures are winding down but that does not mean you can back off the maintenance on your pools. In some cases usage may slow down as the kids go back to school and weekends are taken up with other fall activities but in other cases the pool usage is just heating up. […]

Happy Fall everyone. The hot summer temperatures are winding down but that does not mean you can bac[...]

08/10/2013 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Pools and Government Over Regulation

The Federal government is at it again. Using the ADA and the emotion of fairness and safety, they passed another code requiring commercial pools and spas to supply access for the disabled. On the surface this sounds like a reasonable request but as are most things involving Government intervention, the logical and common sense aspects of this mandate are […]

The Federal government is at it again. Using the ADA and the emotion of fairness and safety, they pa[...]

16/04/2013 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

2013 Spring has Sprung!

Spring has arrived here in the Rio Grand Valley! What were our clues: fewer and milder fronts trees budding out buttercup flowers on the side of the roads howling wind deafening noise of blackbirds and parrots competing for their spot on the power lines along 10th in McAllen grass fire alerts dirt clouds from McCook […]

Spring has arrived here in the Rio Grand Valley! What were our clues: fewer and milder fronts trees [...]

12/03/2013 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Glass Tile installation on Pools and/or Spas

Glass tile is gaining in popularity everyday for use in a pool and spa. This happening for several reasons:  Beautiful – Glass tile brings a different look to any project it is used on. The unique look of Glass tile is a combination of texture, color, grout lines, and reflective qualities both during the day and […]

Glass tile is gaining in popularity everyday for use in a pool and spa. This happening for several r[...]

30/11/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Water Quality and Problems

Water Quality, it is such a critical element of life. In America we are really blessed with safe potable water to drink and seldom worry or think of it as a source of contamination or being unsafe for use. By Federal standards safe drinking water does not mean the water will not have a strange or […]

Water Quality, it is such a critical element of life. In America we are really blessed with safe pot[...]

19/10/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Saving MONEY on the operation of your pool

Who wants to save money while operating your swimming pool, EVERYONE! There are many ways to operate a pool more economically but one of the newest kids on the block when it comes to savings is the variable speed pump. It is still basically the same pump but the new technology is in the motors being […]

Who wants to save money while operating your swimming pool, EVERYONE! There are many ways to operat[...]

12/10/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Plaster Problems

“What are those streaks, spots, bumps, blotches, stains or funky things on my white plaster pool finish!!!” Has anyone with white plaster ever asked this question to a neighbor, the plaster company or just wondered this to yourself. Well if it makes you feel better, 100% of the folks that purchase white plaster as their preferred […]

“What are those streaks, spots, bumps, blotches, stains or funky things on my white plaster po[...]

03/10/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Pool Design with Efficiency in Mind

Well we made it thru another great summer and swimming season. To many the season may not feel over and its hard to blame them when on this September day is 102 degrees down here in in South Texas. But school has started and that usually signals the slow down in the pool world. Most […]

Well we made it thru another great summer and swimming season. To many the season may not feel over [...]

10/09/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

SAVE time and money — sequester your pool!

TIME! — that thing no one has enough of. The same seems to go for money as well. When it comes to a swimming pool everyone simply wants to relax in it, not spend time or money working on it. I preach preventative maintenance as one the things we can all due to reduce costs […]

TIME! — that thing no one has enough of. The same seems to go for money as well. When it comes[...]

03/07/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Hurricane’s and Swimming Pools

The 2012 Hurricane season has formally begun. In the Rio Grande Valley the season stretches from June through October with August and September being most active. With over 60 years of experience in the pool and hurricane pool damage business we have a few pointers and tips we hope may help you prepare for “storm day”. […]

The 2012 Hurricane season has formally begun. In the Rio Grande Valley the season stretches from Jun[...]

14/06/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Spring Break and what it brings

Aaahh! Spring Break, it brings great memories to mind especially if your parents or friends owned a pool when you were a kid. Many years ago, Spring Break might have meant getting out of high school or college and heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. This also usually involved sneaking into some hotel pool […]

Aaahh! Spring Break, it brings great memories to mind especially if your parents or friends owned a[...]

06/06/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools

Enjoying the Summer Swim Season

Ahh, Summer is here. The kids are home and out of school, the weather is warm, that pachanga is planned with family and friends. We crank up the tunes, grab a favorite beverage, cigar, and that tray of steaks, go outside to start the “pit” and jump in the pool or crank up the spa —– life is good. That is a basic story […]

Ahh, Summer is here. The kids are home and out of school, the weather is warm, that pachanga is p[...]

06/06/2012 | Categories: Hamlin Pools