Meet the Hosts of Pool Kings, Season Two!

Pool Kings California Pools

California Pools is celebrating some pretty exciting news and we couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. We had an amazing experience in season one with the Pool Kings hit reality television show showcasing what it is like to build a swimming pool and beautiful backyard with our company. Now, we get to do it again! Nothing makes us happier than building gorgeous backyard dreams for you and we hope you tune in to watch us for another season. We hope you are just as excited as we are!  Now that the cat is out of the bag, and you know that the DIY Network has chosen us to be a part of season two of the Pool Kings, we also want to share with you our hosts for the new season.

            In season one, we had the dynamic duo of Jim Bellamy and Mike Baldasare hosting the Pool Kings for California Pools. They became our favorite duo on reality television building pools and spas and happy customers nationwide. 

            As season two was approaching, the producers of Pool Kings decided to narrow down their production and construction area to the state of Texas. So with that being said, we would like to introduce you to our season two Pool Kings hosts! Steve Terry, President of California Pools and Justin McGuire, the Austin Texas general manager will both be leading the charge in hosting our second season. We simply cannot wait for Steve and Justin to transform a typical backyard into a homeowner’s staycation paradise!

North California Couple Survives Wild Fires in a Swimming Pool

North California Wild Fire

We have certainly seen our fair share of natural disasters lately.  We are still getting over the devastation from the hurricanes that struck in Texas and Florida and now California has been hit with one of the worst wild fires in history.  The fires in California right now are devastating.  Approximately 6,000 homes have been destroyed so far and hundreds have been evacuated, while 38 people have lost their lives and many are still missing.  This is such a tragedy and our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and concerns are sent to all of the families suffering from this horrific fire. 

We, at California Pools, have been following the many stories that are unfolding with this event.  One story in particular caught our attention in Santa Rosa, California.  John and Jan Pascoe were in their home in the hills above Santa Rosa as the fire quickly began to spread. They found themselves trapped in their home before they could escape from the heat and the flames that fiercely began to take over their neighborhood.  The winds picked up at high speed and John and Jan had nowhere to go.  The fire was encompassing their home and neighborhood and there was no safe exit to leave the area.  That is when survival mode kicked in and they remembered about their neighbor’s swimming pool.  They managed to get next door and prepared themselves to wait it out in the pool.  As the neighbor’s home caught on fire, and the trees lit up as well, they knew it was time to get into the chilly swimming pool.  John and Jan stayed as warm as they could with body heat while huddled together and often ducked under water to avoid the heat, flames and embers burning in the dark smoky night.  The Pascoes spent approximately 6 long hours surviving the fire in a cold swimming pool filled with soot and debris, worrying they would not survive.  Miraculously, however, they did survive.  Especially thankful to hear the good news was their two adult daughters Mia and Zoe.  Although John and Jan lost their home, all of their collectables and cherished possessions, they did not loose their hope.  They clung to each other in hopes of making it through this excruciating event.  When the fires died down by morning light, they were able to get out of the pool and go for help.  John and Jan certainly were thankful to have each other, their families and a life ahead of them as they re-build their lives after this devastating fire. 

Looking back on this story, we are so thankful that both John and his wife Jan survived their frightening night by staying in the cold and murky waters of a swimming pool while a wild fire roared around them.  Although survival is not the typical reason we cherish a pool, right now, it certainly is.  As events in life are always unfolding and are never quite predictable, we sure do enjoy when something tragic can have a happy ending. 

To help those affected by the wild fires you can donate to the Napa Valley Community Foundation.

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DIY Network Announces Pool Kings is Coming Back for Season 2 With 30 New Episodes

Pool Kings on DIY Network

Swimming Pool fans check this out! Pool Kings is coming back bigger than ever with 30 brand new episodes of the awesome television show, Pool Kings.  Watch the Pool Kings take customers through the construction process of building a beautiful backyard swimming pool and transforming their ordinary backyard into an entertainers dream come true. The DIY network announced another exciting season is in the works and should be airing in the months to come. We are honored to be a major component in this hit reality television show.  California Pools has been a leader in the swimming pool industry since 1952 and it shows!  We create an outdoor lifestyle for our customers who cherish making family memories, having fun and living the ultimate dream.

Read this exciting press release from the DIY Network. “More amazing swimming pools are on deck as DIY Network orders 30 new episodes of Pool Kings. The series, which wrapped its first season in September 2017 and helped boost DIY Network’s ratings by more than 62% during its time slot on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, showcases regular backyards as they are upgraded with high-end pools and spas fit for resort living. Each episode follows a team of pool craftsmen as they create amazing pools and decks tailored to their clients’ wildest imaginations. The new episodes are slated to premiere in May 2018.”

We are humbled and excited to have so many people watching and enjoying the Pool Kings.  Increasing the ratings for the DIY Network is simply awesome! This new season will be based in the state of Texas and will showcase a variety of stunning backyard transformations.  We are so proud of this show and its success and are super excited to bring you more amazing swimming pools in season two! So, keep those DVR’s set to record Pool Kings and you will enjoy yet another season of talented pool builders creating stunning swimming pools, spas, and outdoor living spaces that will take your breath away! Stay tuned for more information!

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How to Winterize Your Swimming Pool in Utah

Utah Swimming Pool Contractor

Brrrr…did you know that it is already getting quite chilly in some parts of the United States? Leaves are changing colors, summer memories are fading, football games are in full force and hot apple cider is the drink of choice. Here at California Pools most of us can take a dip, swim some laps, and even have a pool party in the winter.  In some of the cooler climate states, it is best to winterize your pool in order to protect it from the harsh weather conditions of a freezing cold winter.

Utah Swimming Pool Company

California Pools is a nationwide swimming pool company, and we build swimming pools in colder climate regions that prefer to close up for winter and hit the slopes. In Utah, the general manager of the Salt Lake City area is Ryan Blocker and the general manager of the Provo area is Brandon Moncur. With the weather averaging in or around the 50’s during the day in Utah at this time of year, we have some tips to share for our customers on how to winterize your swimming pool.  Whether you own a California Pools swimming pool or not, these helpful suggestions are sure to keep your pool in tip top shape during the bitter cold months ahead of us.

•   Perform a final cleaning of your pool.  We recommend adjusting the pH to somewhere between 7.2 and 7.5 through winter.  We also recommend raising the chlorine level to somewhere between 5-10 ppm in order to keep the pool free of algae over the winter months.  Finally, we recommend adding a winter algaecide specifically designed for pools.  Let the winter chemicals circulate for several hours before shutting off the equipment.

•   Backwash sand and DE filters and/or clean filter cartridges.  Store the cartridges somewhere dry such as the garage.

•   Using pressurized air, blow out suction lines, return lines, vacuum lines, and any water feature lines and create an air lock with ball valves plumbed into the equipment or expansion plugs.

•   Disconnect fittings anywhere in the equipment area where pipes run horizontally to allow water to drain, then reinstall. 

•   Drain all equipment.  Remove plugs for the pumps and heater and store in pump basket.  Remove drain plug for filter, allow to drain, and then reinstall to deter mice/rodents from making it their winter home.

•   Install an expansion stand pipe in skimmers to protect the skimmers against freeze breakage.

•   Close the automatic cover if applicable, or install a winter cover.  If a winter cover is used, roll the automatic cover into the cover box to prevent unnecessary exposure to the elements.

•   Turn off all pool related power, and close the gas line running to the pool heater.

•   In situations where pool equipment is below water level, and the equipment is exposed to the elements, it is recommended to install heat tape around equipment pipes in case valves/expansion plugs fail to hold a positive seal.

•   Clear any fallen debris or standing water from the pool cover during the winter.

Taking care of your backyard swimming pool before and during the cold winter season will help assure that you will be swimming as soon as the sun makes its first appearance in the springtime. Should you have any questions on how to winterize your swimming pool, please contact us. We are always happy to be helping pool owners!

Are you looking to build a swimming pool in Utah?

Provo, UT: 801-205-4902

Salt Lake City: 801-657-5727

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