Pool Maintenance: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Pool Maintenance: DIY or Hire a Pro?

Pool Maintenance: DIY or Hire a Pro?

If you’re having your swimming pool built in the fall to reduce your wait time, you’re probably looking ahead to the near future for plans. You’ll be able to host pool parties in your own backyard once it’s done, after all! But what happens when the party ends and it’s time to clean up? Do you have a long-term plan to keep your pool clean?

Basic pool maintenance is rarely challenging on its own. The biggest problem you’ll have to deal with is simply finding the time to get all the tasks done. Unfortunately, if you’re an especially busy homeowner, you may struggle to dedicate enough time to do a good job cleaning your pool. When you find yourself in that situation, it’s time to ask: should you stick to DIY or hire a pro?

As a busy homeowner, should you perform DIY pool maintenance or hire someone to help? Here’s how to decide. #AquascapesPools Click To Tweet

Time & Performance

How familiar are you with cleaning and caring for your swimming pool? You probably already know the importance of scooping out leaves and twigs periodically, but do you know the proper chemical balance to prevent algae from forming? What about how to repair or replace a faulty pool filter? If your knowledge is lacking, you may find yourself struggling to do a good job on your own.

On the other hand, even an expert knowledge of pool maintenance doesn’t do much good if you don’t have time to keep your pool clean. Maybe you travel frequently or work long hours and can’t afford the time to dedicate to keeping your pool clean. And unfortunately, a neglected swimming pool will gradually become more and more unpleasant to use.

How Professionals Can Help

When you hire a professional to take care of your pool, you can rest assured they know exactly what they’re doing. They’ve been thoroughly trained to keep your pool as clean as possible using only the best products. Additionally, you never have to worry about them running out of time to care for your pool. Their schedules are built to ensure they take care of every client on time. Your pool will always be sparkling clean!

Pro Tip: Professional pool cleaners may also give you tips on how to prevent your pool from becoming too dirty in between service visits. That way, you don’t have to wait for a visit to keep using your pool!

What Should You Never Do on Your Own?

Even if you opt to handle some or all of the pool maintenance work yourself, there are still several tasks you should always delegate to a professional. Some are simply too risky for you to attempt without expert knowledge. Call an expert to handle these significant issues:

  • Cracks in the pool shell
  • Burnt-out motor or pumps
  • Leaky pipes or hardware
  • Severe algae growth

Enjoy Your Clean Pool!

Whether you ultimately decide to stick with DIY or hire a pro, you and your guests will always appreciate a well-maintained swimming pool for parties and hangouts. If you’d rather save money and get a little exercise, make your monthly pool cleaning your personal DIY project! On the other hand, if you find the time commitment and work too much to handle, hire a professional to give your pool the best treatment possible.

Would you rather DIY or hire a pro for your pool cleaning work? Let us know and learn more about the advantages of either scenario.

Happy Thanksgiving from Aquascapes Pools & Spas!

Happy Thanksgiving from Aquascapes Pools & Spas!

Whether you’re new to the Aquascapes family or you’ve been with us for a while, we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! It’s time to take time off work, enjoy a great meal, and spend time with your family. What are you thankful for this year? Here’s what the team at Aquascapes is celebrating this Thanksgiving!

Aquascapes wants to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! Here’s what we’re thankful for this fall. #AquascapesPools Click To Tweet

Astros Victory!

What Houstonian isn’t still celebrating the fact that the Astros made it to the World Series? You’d be hard-pressed to find a business, individual, or family who didn’t take great pride in living in Houston this October! The team worked very hard to get to this position and Houston is absolutely proud. Go Astros!

Gorgeous Weather

Autumn in Houston is somewhat unpredictable. We can never quite predict whether we’ll experience uncharacteristic cold, continued late summer heat, or balmy temperatures. In 2019, we’re blessed to have experienced some of the most beautiful temperatures and weather this year! This is finally the perfect weather to go swimming without getting a sunburn or a cold.


Without you, our clients, Aquascapes wouldn’t exist. We’re so grateful that people like you trust us to give you the best backyard possible. Our Facebook page showcases our newest clients and their completed or in-progress backyard makeovers for anyone who might be considering a similar project. We’re happy to make your dream come true!

Pro Tip: Show your loved ones you appreciate them this Thanksgiving! Before the holiday season gets too busy, spend time together and just have fun in your new pool.


As the holiday season begins, we hope you can take the time to be with your loved ones and enjoy Thanksgiving. Those of us at Aquascapes look forward to helping you make this busy season an enjoyable one!

Upgrade Your Backyard with These Unique Pool Designs

Upgrade Your Backyard with These Unique Pool Designs

What’s the best way to beat the Houston heat? Swimming, of course! And few things are more satisfying than enjoying your own swimming pool in the comfort and privacy of your own backyard.

Your backyard is your own space–why settle for a standard swimming pool? Customize your design for yourself, your family, and your friends to enjoy for years to come! See if any of these especially unique designs get your creativity flowing.

Your backyard swimming pool is your own. Be creative! Here are a few eye-catching styles to get you thinking. #AquascapesPools Click To Tweet

Swim-Up Bar

What better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a cold glass of wine or beer in your pool? Combine your favorite warm-weather drink with your favorite warm-weather activity with a swim-up bar! This is sure to impress your guests with a fun way to enjoy a drink.

Pro Tip: If you host a lot of guests on a regular basis, a swim-up bar could be just what you need to entertain everyone and keep the party going!

Shallow Water Features

Your pool doesn’t have to be deep in every spot. Experiment with adding shallow areas to create unique features for your custom pool. For instance, have you ever tried a beach entry? This gently sloping edge replaces stairs and conjures up thoughts of walking into the ocean as the land slowly dips lower. This gives your pool a more natural look and complements a nature-oriented backyard.

For an alternative, consider adding a tanning ledge. This portion of your pool averages about 18 inches deep and allows you to set up specialty tanning chairs to stay cool while you lay in the sun. Best of all, your kids can play safely in the shallow water. A tanning ledge is a perfect choice if you love the sun but hate the heat!

Flash & Fire

For an exotic backyard, why not add fire features? A fire pit, a bowl of fire, or similar decoration involving open flames gives an additional flavor to your backyard aesthetic that nothing else can quite match. Not only will these features keep your backyard lit at night and reflect on your rippling pool, but they also give you the chance to hold the occasional marshmallow roasting party. You can’t go wrong with fire accessories in your backyard!

Design Your Dream Pool!

Your custom-designed swimming pool should be as unique as you are. Find the features and style that best match your preferences and contribute to your overall backyard feel. With a little help from a professional pool contractor, you can make your dream pool a reality!

Connect with us to get started building your new swimming pool.

5 Excellent Sources for Pool Construction Loans

5 Excellent Sources for Pool Construction Loans

Whether you want to increase your home’s value or just add a fun new feature to your backyard, it’s hard to go wrong with a swimming pool! A pool has a near-universal appeal to people of all ages looking to exercise or just hang out in the privacy of their own backyard. But in spite of these advantages, some homeowners may find themselves running into obstacles as they try to plan their new backyard paradise. Perhaps the biggest potential problem is the price. Not many homeowners have the spare cash to pay for a pool all at once, after all. Fortunately, anyone looking for a pool contractor has plenty of financing options available to them.

The cost of a new swimming pool can seem intimidating. Why not try a pool loan to simplify the price? Here’s how to get started. #Aquascapes Click To Tweet

5 Excellent Sources for Pool Construction Loans, Aquascapes Pools & Spas, Tomball, TX

Where to Get a Pool Loan

Different financial institutions offer loans of varying amounts, program durations, and customizations to make your experience as simple and inexpensive as possible. Several in partnership with Aquascapes even specialize in loans for swimming pools, making them ideal candidates for your needs! Try any of our trusted partners to find your source for an excellent pool loan:

  1. AMS Financial
  2. Lyon Financial
  3. Paramount Pool Financing
  4. HFS Financial
  5. Lendkey

1) AMS Financial

With a site dedicated entirely to swimming pool loans, AMS Financial knows exactly what loans homeowners will need to complete their construction projects. Choose your loan amount, interest rate, and term to get started. The experts at AMS will help you find your ideal loan and get to work on your new pool as soon as possible.

2) Lyon Financial

Lyon Financial has specialized in swimming pool financing since 1979, making them leaders in their field. They offer incentives ranging from 20-year loan terms to electronic documents and rapid approval. Their well-earned reputation is hard to deny! To see if you qualify, call Lyon Financial at 877.754.5966 or apply online today.

3) Paramount Pool Financing

Paramount Pool Financing boasts a very simple application process for anyone searching for a personal loan. Better yet, they go beyond specializing in pool loans–they exclusively deal in loans for swimming pools and general backyard improvement! Get in touch with us to learn more about the program and why we’re an authorized Paramount dealer.

4) HFS Financial

HFS Financial offers a 60-second inquiry that won’t affect your credit score, as well as a sky-high maximum loan amount of $200,000! No matter the amount you need for your backyard renovation, HFS can meet you where you are and help you get the loan you deserve. Apply through their website for more information.

5) Lendkey

As a partner of Aquascapes, Lendkey offers loans paid straight to the contractor to avoid putting the hassle of loan management on you. Whether you have an account at a participating bank or not, Lendkey will work with you to find a bank to finance your project. Cut out the middleman with their streamlined loan strategy!

Pro Tip: A swimming pool loan is a great way to begin covering the cost of the new addition to your backyard! Talk with your pool contractor today for details.

Get Your Swimming Pool Loan Today!

If you can’t afford the entire price of your new pool at once, a well-structured financing option will help you create your dream backyard on a price plan you can handle. Get in touch with us to start designing your new pool and find the best loan for your needs!

Join the conversation to learn more about pool loan amounts, interest rates, and more essential information.

Why You Need Shade Near Your Swimming Pool

Why You Need Shade Near Your Swimming Pool

Designing your ultimate backyard? Don’t forget a shady spot! Whether you opt for a patio cover, tree cluster, or just a big umbrella, setting up a shade structure near your pool elevates your entire backyard.

Any Houstonian knows the importance of shade on a hot day. And while comfort is certainly one of the larger reasons to set up a shade source, it’s far from the only reason. Here’s why your backyard needs a shaded area if you don’t already have one.

If you get too much sun in your backyard or pool, it’s time to find a good shade structure to protect yourself! Learn more about the advantages of shade here. #AquascapesPools Click To Tweet

Shaded Water Aerobics

Do you use your pool to exercise? If not, try it out–water aerobics are fantastic and an excellent way to tone up! But just like any form of outdoor exercise, water aerobics can get pretty uncomfortable under a hot sun. That’s where a shade structure comes in! Protect yourself from the heat and work out in comfort.

Sunburn Protection

Any Houstonian will know this advantage all too well. A sunburn, in addition to being painful, can lead to more serious health concerns if it keeps occurring. Don’t let the possibility of sunburn spoil your time outside! Shade part of your pool deck so you can swim or just read a book and enjoy the fresh air without burning.

Pro Tip: Even in the shade, don’t forget to wear sunscreen! Protect yourself from any reflected UV light.


Finally, shade just gives you a nice place to hang out. After all, who wants to bake in the sun while reading or napping? Setting up a shaded structure gives you the freedom to enjoy your backyard without enduring the heat or potential sunburns. Cover your outdoor spaces and start enjoying your newfound flexibility!

Customize Your Shade Near Your Pool

Once you’ve chosen the perfect shade structure for your backyard, make it your own! Mount speakers on a patio cover or string fairy lights on a big umbrella. Your new addition to the backyard will perfectly complement the rest of your decor. In the meantime, you get to enjoy a shaded area near your pool!

Connect with us to browse our collection of shade structure offerings.