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  • Pool Guide 8:03 pm on January 22, 2014 Permalink  

    Swimming Pool Care Tips 

    Tips for caring for your pool

    Taking care of a swimming pool may seem taxing to some, but if one can find a routine that best fits their lifestyle, then pool maintenance is a breeze. Here are some of the top swimming pool care tips:

    Skim and vacuum the pool
    If done timely, this task may become a routine and won’t be as burdensome after a few weeks. Vacuuming and skimming ensures that you remove all the debris that is floating around your pool which may get into you filter system and cause blockage.

    Brush and clean tiles
    Brushing the tiles ensure that algae will not grow and of course, this keeps your swimming pool spic and span.

    Check water filter and pumps
    Making sure that water pumps and filters are functioning properly, will aid in keeping your pool clean and well managed. Also, keeping a close watch on your filter and pump will help you detect any potential issues such as blockage and damages. Early detection helps in eliminating huge problems in the future.

    Properly maintain the water levels
    Making certain that your pool water levels are properly maintained will help in the longevity of your pool water. You may ask your swimming pool builder about certain brands of kits and chemicals that may work well for you.

    Cover swimming pool when not in use
    Always use a pool cover when you don’t intend to use your swimming pool for long periods of time. This will ensure that your water will remain clean and free from debris.

    Determine leaks
    Early detection and repair of leaks will help in decreasing water loss which will save you a lot of money in the end.

     
  • Pool Guide 8:04 pm on January 13, 2014 Permalink  

    Top 5 Common Swimming Pool Dangers 

    Common Swimming Pool Dangers

    Enjoying a day in the swimming pool is one way to have fun with friends and family, however, like any other activities it possess risks and dangers. Here are the top 5 most common dangers that can occur in or near a swimming pool:

    1. Drowning

    This is probably one of the most common dangers that swimming pools possess. Most swimming pool designers would tell you that previous clients, who have children, mold their pool designs around their child’s safety. Make sure that you put up pool fences and self-latching gates to avoid small children from wandering into your pool.

    2. Electrocution

    Swimming pools have filtration and pump systems that involve the use of electricity and electrical wirings. Children and even adults may accidentally trip the exposed wires which may cause accidental electrocution. Make sure to secure all types of electrical cables and wires and never let anyone bring electrical equipment near your pool.3. Health issues

    For swimming pool owners that use high concentrations of chlorine to disinfect the pool water, swimmers may develop health problems after prolonged, regular and constant exposure to such chemicals. Some health issues may include:

    • Cancer
    • Skin irritation and allergies
    • Respiratory and cardiac problems
    • Renal disease

    4. Chemical exposure and possible problems

    Your pool designer or contractor can teach you how to use chemicals to clean and disinfect your pool water. Make sure to listen hard especially when it comes to keeping yourself safe. Learn the do’s and don’ts when it comes to handling dangerous pool chemicals.

    5. Physical injury

    Slippery decks, slides and diving boards may put you, your guests and your kids at risk from physical injury. Some of these injuries may include:

    • Head trauma
    • Fracture
    • Bruising
    • Contusion

     

     
  • Pool Guide 4:26 pm on January 8, 2014 Permalink  

    Types of pool alarm that’ll keep your pool safe 

    Things to Help Keep Your Swimming Pool Safe

    Pool drowning is among the top causes of accidental death in the US. One effective measure to prevent pool drowning is to install an alarm system. Here are the types of pool alarms that you may choose to maintain pool safety:

    1. Above the ground alarms

    These pool alarms are not placed in the pool water and are designed to alert pool owners to pool intruders. Pool builders and designers usually recommend this alarm system as an added layer of security. Examples are:

    • Perimeter alarm—placed around the pool’s perimeter, this system uses laser or infrared to detect intrusion into the perimeter.
    • Gate alarm—this system is designed to alert the owner of unauthorized opening of pool gate fences.

    2. Submerged alarm

    One of the most recommended types of alarm by pool builders, this system is designed to detect movement below pool water surface. One of its key advantages over other systems is that it’s not prone to false alarms.

    3. Floating alarm

    Similar to submerged systems, this type of alarm also detects unusual water movement. It is, however, installed near the water surface, such as the pool ladder. It comes at a lower price than submerged alarms, but it’s more susceptible to generating false alarms.

    4. Wristband alarm

    This system is connected to a base unit that sounds off an alarm whenever it gets wet. This is typically worn on the wrist of a toddler. It can also be attached to a pet’s collar.

     

     
  • Pool Guide 8:32 am on January 7, 2014 Permalink  

    Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes 

    Common Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes

    Swimming pool maintenance is not an easy task to undertake, but it helps in prolonging the life of your pool water and at the same time, decreasing the chances of pump and filtration system issues. Here are some of the most common pool maintenance mistakes:

    1. Water pH level is not regularly checked. You can purchase kits that come with all the things necessary to ensure that your pool’s water chemistry is well balanced.

    2. Backwashing filters in close intervals. One of the first things that you should learn or ask from your pool builder is when to backwash your filters. It is never a good idea to do such processes just because you feel like doing it. You are only wasting water and at the same time optimum cleaning will never be reached.

    3. Over chlorinating your swimming pool. You can purchase shock kits to help you determine how much chlorine should be added and when it should be added.

    4. Not skimming and vacuuming too often. These specific types of pool maintenance may become tedious, but these are essential in keeping your pool safe and clean. Not skimming too often may cause clogs in the filter and pump system.

    5. Undetected water leakage. These may lead to excessive amounts of water loss. In addition, water leakage may also mean damages within your swimming pool system. Always find the time to check for any leakage and if you can’t fix it, don’t hesitate to call your pool builder.

    6. Pumps work for only short periods of time. Pumping ensures that your pool water’s chemistry and any chemicals that were added will be well distributed to ensure optimal results.

     
  • Pool Guide 7:47 pm on December 27, 2013 Permalink  

    How to Create an Eco-friendly Swimming Pool 

    How to Build an Eco-Friendly Pool

    Turning your regularly swimming pool into an eco-friendly and sustainable one doesn’t really take a lot. It will cost you some dollars initially, but at the end of the day, it will be worth it and you will get to save tons of money in the future. Here are some of the things you can do to make your pool environmentally friendly:

    Use solar swimming pool cover

    Whenever your pool isn’t in use, make sure to keep it covered. This helps with decreasing water evaporation so you won’t be wasting any of them while it sits in your yard waiting for someone to take a dip. You can purchase covers that can be easily removed or installed so that it won’t take too much effort to perform the process.

    Install a wind breaker

    You can set this up around the closer perimeter of your swimming pool in order to decrease water evaporation. This will also help control the heat of your pool because you are able to prevent wind from moving through the pool’s surface.

    Pump timer

    Using a pump timer allows you to control the number of hours that your pump should circulate the water. Some timers allow you to program or input specific hours of the day that it will automatically turn on or off. This will tremendously decrease the electrical cost because your pump no longer has to work 24/7.

    Use the right filter

    Between sand and cartridge filters, you should choose the cartridge ones because they don’t need backwashing. The process of backwashing involves using gallons of water; therefore, this type of filter isn’t the best of choices.

     

     

     
  • Pool Guide 8:35 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink  

    Pool Purchases: Deadly Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Buying a swimming pool isn’t as easy as you think because you have to consider the size, design and style of the pool. Aside from that, you also have to look for reliable pool builders to do the task for you. However, somewhere along the way you may make mistakes. Here are the top deadly pool purchase mistakes and how to avoid them:

    Falling for terrible sales techniques
    Because of your excitement to own a swimming pool you might be abused by sales people. Some of them might trick you into buying a more expensive pool that is totally off your budget. To avoid making this mistake, be wary of such sales personnel and never sign any contract without considering it more than 5 times.

    Swimming pool maintenance misinformation
    This deadly mistake can be remedied through proper research and by asking questions or digging for more information. Make sure that you are fully knowledgeable on how to properly maintain your swimming pool. Be certain to know about your warranty inclusion.

    Hiring the wrong builder or developer
    One of the worst mistakes that you can ever make is to hire an unreliable swimming pool builder. This can be avoided if you do the following:

    • Ask for referrals
    • Check their licenses and qualifications
    • Don’t forget to ask questions
    • Inquire about warranties

    Those are just some of the top deadly mistakes that you can encounter when buying and building your very own swimming pool. Make sure to take your time and do your research properly in order to avoid making such tremendous mistakes.

     
  • Pool Guide 8:32 am on December 27, 2013 Permalink  

    How Pool Renovation can help Your Old Swimming Pool

    Are you getting tired of looking at your broken and unused swimming pool, but you also don’t have the heart to have it removed? You can actually check out pool renovation solutions to bring back your pool’s former beauty. These are some of the ways that a pool renovation can help your old and rickety swimming pool:

    Damaged tiles can be replaced

    Broken tiles are not safe for swimmers of all ages, they can cause cuts and abrasions that when left untreated, may cause infection. It also does not look pleasing to the eyes. Through renovation, you can have the entire tile floor and wall replaced or re-grouted.

    Design and style can be modified to meet your current taste

    Most swimming pool owners have had their pools built a long time ago. Since taste and personal style change over time, there is a great chance that owners would want to change the pool design as well as size.

    Renew your love for their swimming pool

    Sometimes, when you have left your pool unattended for so long, you start to fall out of love. Then you begin to have these ideas about having it removed and remodeled into a garden. Think again and think hard before make that final decision.

    Those are just some of the ways on how renovation can bring back your old swimming pool’s former glory. Having it totally removed might be the worse decision you will ever make. Remember that summer will come and your children or grandchildren would want to take dip and have some fun.

     
  • Pool Guide 4:12 pm on December 24, 2013 Permalink  

    How to Design Your Swimming Pool 

    Designing Your Swimming Pool

    This article will help you learn a thing or 2 about designing your own swimming pool. If in case you aren’t too confident with your creativity, you can hire a pool designer who can do the artistic concept for you. However, it will be a good idea to have a solid background about pool designing. Here are some of the steps on how you can design a swimming pool:

    Research
    Know which type of swimming pool style or design you would want to be built in your property. This is a crucial part of the planning process because this will become the foundation of your pool project. This is the portion wherein you can also determine the cost and if such design or pool style is worth the extra dollars. You can go through all the things you have compiled with your swimming pool designer and deal with each idea in detail.

    Look at other pool designs
    You can search online for photos of different pool designs or if you have the opportunity, ask homeowners if you can look at their pools. This will help you see if such designs really fit your lifestyle, budget and personal style. Online pictures are really different from when you see them in person. Seeing different pools designs in real life will also help you get fresh ideas and inspiration.

    Determine your needs
    Check whether you need extensive designs or would a simple one suffice. You can ask help from your pool designer regarding which pool style and added accessories would truly fit your life and specific needs.

     
  • Pool Guide 3:24 pm on December 22, 2013 Permalink  

    Does a Swimming Pool Increase Homeowner’s Insurance? 

    Will My Homeowner’s Insurance Increase if I have a Pool?

    Having a swimming pool in your property is the ultimate recreation. But before calling a contractor to build your pool, consider the effect of a pool on your homeowner’s insurance. Typically, a swimming pool will increase your premium.
    Why? It’s because of the increased risk that comes with a pool. Remember that insurance is all about risk. You’re paying the homeowner’s insurance company so they’ll cover up for you in case of an accident in your property. So the more risky the insured property is, the higher is the premium.

    A property with a swimming pool is riskier than pool-less properties. Just consider that drowning is ranked by the CDC as the top 5 cause of unintentional death in America. In fact, more than 300 children aged 1-4 die annually in residential pools. And even if the drowning victim is rescued, he’ll likely suffer a 1/5 chance of incurring permanent brain damage.

    But you can avoid paying too much premium for your pool if you:

    • Increase pool area safety—enclose your pool with a locked fence; cover it with a safety cover if you’re not using it for a long time; get rid of diving boards or slides;
    • Ensure proper installation—get a quality pool builder who knows how to maximize safety;
    • Choose location well—build the pool more than 50 ft from your home to minimize water damage, but ensure it’s not visible to outsiders;
    • Impose policies—post pool safety rules and guidelines near the pool area.
     
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