The Anatomy of a Swimming Pool

From Swim University

Swimming pools, specifically inground concrete swimming pools, meld together disparate elements like concrete work, steel work, plumbing work, plaster or specialty troweler work, tile work, chemistry, carpentry, etc. to form a very unique amenity.  It's no wonder that wrapping one's head around the parts and pieces that come together to form the anatomy of such a beast can actually be a very complicated venture.   In this post by Matt Giovanisci from Swim University, the mystery is explained systematically and thoroughly to make it much clearer to the layperson and professional alike.

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4 Swimming Pool Construction Questions...Finally Answered!

From River Pools

When considering a swimming pool construction project, homeowners can often get overwhelmed with details.  Thinking about pool types, pool locations, equipment and material choices, selection of a contractor, the permit process, costs, etc. can make some potential swimming pool buyers run away and hide; i.e. cancel the project altogether.  This post from River Pools takes the whole process back to basics, and answers 4 basic construction questions that will help build a foundation for a successful project.

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Is There Any Difference Between Powder and Liquid Chlorine?

From Swim University

Many pool owners when they are shopping for chlorine are overwhelmed by the choices.  Gazing at the vast chlorine aisle at the store, the different chemical options are enough to make even the seasoned pool owner's head spin. In this post from Matt Giovanisci of Swim University, the mystery between these main two forms of chlorine is explained and debunked, making the choice a very simple one.

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How To Fix Pool Plumbing Leaks

From Swimming Pool Steve

Swimming pools, as the owners of them realize, are a great amenity.  The hours of relaxation and family memories being built cannot be replicated with any other recreational activity.  Pools are not maintenenance free, however, as these same pool owners quickly realize.  One of the more serious and potentially costly situations that may arise with swimming pools is the presence of a leak.  As this post from Swimming Pool Steve points out, diagnosing and fixing a leak, specifically when it relates to the swimming pool plumbing system, is best accomplished in a systematic manor to ensure a thorough diagnosis and repair.

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8 More Useful Smartphone Apps for Your Pool or Hot Tub

From Swim University

Anyone with a smart phone knows that there is an app for pretty much anything these days.  Homeowners are controlling their homes, their finances, and even their transportation needs right from the palm of their hands.  As this post from Matt Giovansici from Swim University outlines, the swimming pool and swimming pool maintenance are not immune from this amazing technological development.

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How to Take Care of Your Hot Tub While On Vacation

From Swim University

People with pets understand the difficulty of leaving one's house to go on a family vacation.  House sitters, pet sitters, and people that are familiar with the ins and outs of one's household are crucial to one's ability to comfortably leave for a tropical locale and relax.  Those fortunate enough to own swimming pools have very much the same dilemma, as this post from Matt Giovanisci points out.  Luckily, the post goes on to make recommendations on how to prepare the swimming pool for a vacation to ensure that it is blue and crystal clear when one returns from paradise.

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9 Screen Pool Enclosure Safety Tips You Should Know

From Exceliteplas.com

In the sun belt, pool enclosures are generally not a necessary amenity.  The means and methods to build a structure over a swimming pool to provide all season usage is generally found in climates where winter makes swimming in a pool nearly impossible.  For those lucky intrepid cold climate swimming pool owners, the enclosure can extend the pool season indefinitely.  However, as this post points out, there are some very specific safety tips that pertain to these enclosures that must be adhered to in order to maintain a fully safe enviroment for everyone.

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Sun Care Tips for Active Families You Need to Know

From The Socialite's Closet

Sun protection is important for everyone, but it is especially important for those that spend lots of time in the great outdoors.  Whether athlete, waterpark frequenter, or outdoor living lounger, people that are exposed to the Sun's UV rays frequently need to mindfully take care of their skin.  This post from The socialite's closet presents some great sun care tips for these active outdoor families.

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Natural Sunscreen: 10 Foods that Protect Your Skin From the Sun

From Swim University

The sunscreen industry is estimated to be around half a billion dollars and growing at a rate of nearly 3% a year.  Obviously, protection from the sun's harmful UV rays is a topic that is near and dear to the American population.  This post from Matt Giovanisci from Swim University presents a novel idea with some good science behind it:  There are foods that when ingested can actually protect one's skin from UV rays naturally and without excessive topical sun protection.

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How to Clean Hot Tub Filters

From Swim University

For hot tub owners, maintenance is a necessary evil.  Just washing out the sides and keeping the chemicals are hard enough, but actually having to clean the cartridge filter on a spa system is a real nuisance for most hot tub owners.  This post from Matt Giovanisci of Swim University provides an easy to follow guide that illustrates the different methods for thoroughly and efficiently cleaning these filters, and eliminating alot of the hassle of ownership.

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