Can Patio Furniture Stay Outside in Winter?

Can Patio Furniture Stay Outside in Winter?

While outdoor furniture pieces are crafted to withstand the winter elements, it’s best to take extra precaution when expecting harsh weather conditions.

If you choose to move your outdoor furniture into a garage or storage unit, make sure to wipe it clean prior to storing it. Moisture and dirt left on these pieces are quick to encourage mold or mildew growth during the cooler months.

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6 Halloween Swimming Pool Decorations

6 Halloween Swimming Pool Decorations

It’s that special time of year. A sudden chill enters the Oklahoma air and a sea of candle-lit pumpkins begin lining the sidewalks. As excitement draws near for Halloween, homeowners are steadily transforming their front and backyards into spooky scenes of ghosts and goblins.

To get into the holiday spirit, our team at Thompson Pool and Patio has rounded up our six favorite Halloween swimming pool decorations for you to try!

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DIY Patio Furniture Cover

DIY Patio Furniture Cover

As we Oklahomans are aware, the weather can get pretty tricky transitioning into autumn. The elements can quickly take a toll on your patio furniture if you’re not taking the right precautions or storing it away. A great (and affordable) solution to avoid seasonal wear and tear is water resistant protection. It doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg, though. Read on below for our 5-step process for a DIY patio furniture cover!

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5 Tips for Making Your Patio Furniture Look Like New

5 Tips for Making Your Patio Furniture Look Like New

As you begin closing the pool and covering your plants, it’s time to turn your attention to the patio furniture. You’ve just had a wonderful season with it. Why not give it a little TLC before you store it for the chilly months ahead? We’ve gathered some tried and true tips from our backyard pros to keep your patio furniture looking as new as the day you purchased it.

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Pallet Patio Furniture in Just 5 Steps

Pallet Patio Furniture in Just 5 Steps

Nothing feels better than being able to reuse old materials and turn them into something great and useful. Lately, people across the globe have been raving about using old wooden pallets for decor, furniture, and even gardening. We've done our research and have come up with the easiest, safest, and most reliable way to create outdoor furniture. The steps are simple and for the most part, fun. You can even gather a few friends and have all hands on deck.

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Blue Pool, Green World.

Blue Pool, Green World.

Here at Thompson Pool & Patio, our mission is to take the green out of your pool and rather, implement “green” strategies. We use energy efficient lighting in our store and recycle all our cardboard. We believe it’s important to take care of the world we live in and challenge you to commit to a green habit this summer. We’ve compiled a list of 6 ways that you can show our environment some love!

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Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

Both the most exciting and the most stressful time of year, opening day causes quite a ruckus. If you’re a first-time pool owner, the masses of algaecides, shocking treatments, and test kits are enough to make your head swim. (See what we did, there?)

Though finding the right products is important, the key to a sparkling pool is developing a good maintenance routine. Whether you’re a seasoned owner who’s looking for some extra tips to keep the green at bay or the rookie who has no clue where to begin, rest soundly knowing Thompson Pool & Patio has your back.

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Don’t Sweat Let ‘Em See You Sweat

Don’t Sweat Let ‘Em See You Sweat

As summer quickly approaches, we’re suddenly filled with thoughts of lemonade, sunblock noses, and swimming pools. Did you know that swimming serves a variety of purposes?

Not only is it super fun, but can be used as a form of exercise or physical therapy! It has great cardio benefits, incorporates resistance training, and provides easy impact. Whether you’re a newly aquatic guppy or a seasoned sailfish, here are 3 tips to help you become a better swimmer!

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Going Green for a Brighter World

Going green? Not referring to the state of your pool water, we’re talking about the environment. As you may have noticed, our world is changing at a rapid pace. Acknowledging this, we try to do our part to help sustain a brighter world. We recycle all of our boxes that we receive throughout the year and recycle generally whenever we can. Our hope is that small actions like these will inspire our customers and fellow businesses to do the same.

Did you know that you can go beyond recycling? There are small actions in your pool maintenance that also create an impact. We’ve gathered three ways to go green without turning your pool a disheartening shade of teal.

Pump up efficiency.

Whether it’s chemical use or heating the water in your pool, there are things that you could be overlooking that are actually costing you hundreds of dollars in energy consumption. Have you taken a look at the mechanicals lately? The age of your pump motor and the noise it’s making when running can determine a variety of issues. If the motor is running harder, it’s using more electricity. Slowly burning up the bearings, harmful gasses are released. Trust us, having a properly running pump and filter system is a must if you’re looking to save energy (and cutting costs while you’re at it). 

Filter out waste.

We all know that the filter cleans your pool, but how often do you give your pool filter a little love? A dirty filter makes your motor work extra hard due to the deteriorating and/or damaged filter elements. We advise giving it a good clean once a month. It’s a small act that takes just a couple minutes, but will help your pool stay cleaner, requiring the use of pool chemicals less often.

Conserve your water.

Think about it for a moment. Sunblock, tanning oils, sweat, and other residues may be making their way into your pool, causing your filter to work twice as hard. Each time you have to clean out your filter, the bacteria is then deposited into the ground, potentially harming the environment. This is where a good maintenance routine AND some mindful actions come into play. If you have grass your feet, rinse them off. If you just lathered on a ton of tanning oil, blot the excess with a towel before entering the pool. These small things in addition to continually keeping up with your pool’s ph make a world of difference! If you’re needing some pool products to help with this, stop by our store anytime. Our team is extremely knowledgable as to what products would be best for your pool type, size, and more. 

 

Springing into Sunglasses Weather

Springing into Sunglasses Weather

We’re walking right into that time of year when you can’t really go swimming yet, but you also don’t want to stay cooped up indoors. We get that, and we completely agree with you.

There’s no use staying inside twiddling our thumbs when it’s nearly 70 degrees outside, right? Spring has arrived and we want to embrace it! So we’ve got a few products that can help you welcome springtime with open arms.

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Something Seems Different in Here…

The updates to our new store have got us feeling pretty great right now. With the dawn of a new year, we decided that it was time for a few changes, and that meant some upgrades to our store. As we racked our brains for the perfect alteration that would complement our company as a whole, we came to one simple answer. A fresh coat of paint.

However, instead of repainting the entire store, we decided to start off small. We switched out the orange paint on the walls behind the checkout station and exchanged it for blue. This aquatic addition improves the atmosphere of the store, as well as creating a relaxing environment for both our customers and our team (and supporting our brand, of course).

They say that the ticket to starting the year off right is to change, and every now and then, monumental changes come out of small actions, like some new paint. Be sure to make a visit to our store to check out the new and improved Thompson Pool and Patio! We’re the same old us, we just look a little different.

Bond, We're Going Undercover.

Bond, We're Going Undercover.

We love the snow, but that doesn’t mean Oklahoma weather always wants to comply. Most often, we get a messy deal of ice on our hands. And when the temperatures get as low as they do, you hardly want to spend time outside.

On the other hand, that’s precisely what you need to be doing — finding and fixing problems with your winter pool cover as it happens. You’ll be able to monitor if it needs to be cleaned, patched or adjusted, so you can have a stress-free opening come spring. When so much as a cover slip occurs, it can be quite the shocker once the season rolls around. Don’t let debris just pile up, here’s how to avoid the five most common issues with pool covers.

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Stains! Who Dunnit?

Stains! Who Dunnit?

Winter in Oklahoma is pretty unpredictable. One day it’s 60 degrees outside, and the next we’re predicted to have the “ice storm of the season.” One of the most frustrating things that occurs as a pool owner is staining that occurs while your pool is at rest during the winter. You can’t exactly jump in and scrub, so what can you do? To keep your precious investment looking its best, here are some tips to follow before and during winter.

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