Nothing is worse than the moment you’re trying to enjoy your pool and are constantly bothered by bugs. Sure there are bug repellants, but there are other more natural alternatives to keep them away for good.
To get a head start, go to your nearest garden shop and look for these plants that repel bugs spiders, mosquitoes, flies, ticks and more.
  • Lemongrass
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Catnip
  • Bay leaves
  • Lemon Balm
Not only will these plants keep bugs away but they will also enhance your outdoor pool space. Check out our other blogs here.


Most pools you’re familiar with contain chlorine – and for good reasons. Chlorine can help rid the pool of infections by keeping the water clean but too much can cause health-related problems. Chlorine is a very strong chemical and when found in high concentration, it can cause skin irritations and burning in addition to breathing problems.
The question then becomes, how do you get the right balance to keep your pool clean without harming swimmers?
Here are some signs your pool has too much chlorine:
  • Burning and itchy eyes
  • Skin irritation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Other asthma-like symptoms
You’ll want to test your chlorine levels using strips or liquid drops to make sure you have a true chlorine problem.
Need help? Give us a call at (317) 650 – 5131.


When thinking about a pool for yourself or for your family, it is strictly a personal choice. Some house hunters won’t look at homes that do not come with a pool. Others buy their dream home and then later decide to have a pool installed. So which is best for you?
Here are a few points to keep in mind before you make your next move:
  • If you fall in love with a home that has a pool, but you never considered a pool, make sure you will use it and learn to care for it
  • Buying a pool with a home already installed will likely take some time for you to learn how the equipment works. If it’s been installed for many years, some updates may be needed
  • People who decide to have a pool installed have more time  to plan where the pool will go and what equipment they will need to care for it
  • Those who plan for a pool installation can customize their pool exactly how they want it
Whatever you decide, you can look to Mud Slingers for equipment recommendations and pool installations. Give us a call at (317) 650 – 5131.


Spring has officially sprung, and now is the time to begin your pool opening process. There are a few things you can do ahead of time to make your opening run smoothly.
Here are a few tips to consider:
  1. Get right to the deck: Before you actually take a peek at your pool, look at the surroundings. Your pool deck may need a good scrub. Check for bushes and plants that may have grown too close to the pool.
  2. Check your tools: Do you need to purchase new tools and pool chemicals? If you don’t, make sure to check all expiration dates on bottles and containers.
  3. Inspect the pool: Check underwater lights, the filter, pump, tile and anything else on your list that may or may not have been damaged from the winter season.
  4. Test the water: Before adding any chemicals you think your pool may need, make sure to test the water first.
These tips are just a handful to consider in conjunction with your normal pool opening routine. If you find yourself with more questions, give us a call at (317) 650-5131 and we would be happy to help you open your pool.

 



It’s finally feeling like winter, so of course, we’ve been getting snow. What is the best way to remove snow from the top of my pool’s cover?
It’s great that you are being proactive by looking for solutions to a pool problem like this one. Leaving snow on top of your pool cover for long periods of time can cause more issues than you’ll want. Heavy snow is known for stretching pool covers and even ripping them. In addition, those who do not remove the snow could be left with water to remove later.
The great thing is, it isn’t that difficult to remove the snow from your pool cover even if you don’t have expensive equipment.
The easiest way to remove the snow involves a broom with a long handle. Many pool owners likely have one and it can for sure come in handy during the winter months. If your area has continuous snow, you’ll want to keep the broom nearby to clear off the cover to keep the snow from accumulating.
Whatever you do, make sure you don’t use a shovel or any other sharp objects that could damage your cover.
Want to learn more about caring for your pool, give us a call at (317) 650-5131.


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