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From Pool & Spa News

Improper care can mean serious danger — but regular checkups should prevent most problems before they start.

The Internet has revolutionized the world, and there is really no arguing that point.  Goods and Services are able to be purchased cheaper, quicker, and more efficiently than before the advent of the WWW, and this is unquestionably a good thing.  Unfortunately, some fallout and unintended consequences of these actions are outlined in this article.  Do-it-yourselfers have long used the Internet to purchase goods cheaply and install them on their own, utilizing no more than a You Tube Video as their guide, in some cases.  This post illustrates that with certain goods and services, namely one's own inground swimming pool, it is more prudent to leave these complicated entities to the licensed professionals, lest one could be courting disaster.

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5 TIPS FOR SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE SAFETY

From Gretas Day

Swimming pool maintenance is a necessary evil for most homeowners.  They know the swimming pool must be kept clean and safe, so most hire professsional pool maintenance companies to keep the pool so.  The reason that many homeowners leave these tasks to professionals is that there are many safety hazards present while performing swimming pool maintenance.  This post from Gretas Day gives a great guide to maintaining a safe environment around a swimming pool for those intrepid homeowners that want to perform their own maintenance.

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My husband Ed laughs when someone asks him if I’m detail oriented. I tend to be a spreadsheet type person – I like to do things in a regular order. It just makes life easier. Ed is the other way – he picks up after himself if he happens to think of it. So we work better if we set up a schedule for swimming pool maintenance. Here are 5 tips we have found helpful:

1) When the kids aren’t home. During swimming pool maintenance, Ed is handling chemicals that can be harmful before they’re diluted for use in the pool. They might contain up from twelve to ninety five percent chlorine. If the fumes from that are inhaled, or if some flies into the air, it could be a real danger. So we plan our maintenance schedule for a time when the kids are at soccer practice or some other activity. That way we do not have to watch out for the children while we’re trying to safely handle pool chemicals.

2) Have someone watch the process. Ed mixes the chemicals, and I watch him to make sure he doesn’t get hurt. If he’s got a bag of chemicals open, I watch to make sure there are no spills that he might accidentally be exposed to. I also watch to make sure he mixes in the proper proportions. One time he was about to put in way too much chlorine, and he was really grateful that I noticed and stopped him. A second set of eyes watching during the mixing of chemicals never hurts.

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BioGuard's Five Keys to Basic Pool Care

From BioGuard's Youtube Channel

As any inground swimming pool owner knows, there are few pleasures like taking a plunge into a crystal clear, refreshing, safe and clean swimming pool on a hot summer's day.  By the same token, these people also understand that taking the care to put the pool in that state can be alot of work, and quite inefficient; if one doesn't know what one is doing.  Dumping loads of chemicals into the pool day after day is not what gets the swimming pool to that sweet spot of crystal clear refreshment, and this video from BioGuard gives you the 5 keys to Basic Pool Care that can help the swimming pool owner get that pool ready for the plunge!

The 5 Keys to Basic Pool Care are:

1.  Circulation

2.  Filtration

3.  Cleaning

4.  Testing

5.  Chemistry

Click here to watch the video on the 5 keys to basic pool care

The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz

From How Stuff Works

Many DIY'ers fancy themselves experts in their respective fields.  Whether you consider yourself an expert mechanic because you can re-build your dirt bike engine, an expert carpenter because you were able to fix your deck, or an expert exterminator because you engaged in an all out assault on the pests in your home by systematically setting traps and insecticides everywhere; the do-it-yourselfer always thinks that he/she is able to tackle any situation.  This post from How Stuff Works aims to put the avid DIY inground swimming pool "expert" to the test, by putting them through the paces in the Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz.

Here are some examples of the questions:

What may be the result of regular pool skimming?

How often should you clean the strainer basket?

How can you minimize the growth of algae buildup on pool walls and tile?

Well Inground Swimming Pool expert, how do you think you stack up?  Click here to take the quiz and find out!

7 Things to Consider When Caring for (or Enjoying) Your Pool

From Filbur Manufacturing

There is a wealth of information readily available online and in your local swimming pool store regarding taking care of your inground swimming pool.  However, as most people know, the difference between what you read and what you experience in real life can be vastly different.  This post from Filbur manufacturing gives a great, pratical, real-world view of owning a swimming pool, and presents some information that you could probably only find out through real-life experience.  Some of these tidbits include:

  • If you don't care for your pool properly you could cut the lifespan of your pool in half. - 
  • Saltwater pools don't maintain themselves
  • To bathe or not to bathe. The pool guy/gal has a view that few other service pros do. There is generally no doorbell to the backyard so they are usually arrive unannounced. Lesson: Don't do anything back there you wouldn't do in front of the pool guy! 

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7 Things to Consider When Caring for (or Enjoying) Your Pool 

from Filbur Manufacturing

If you take care of your own pool, you are going to want to know the facts that are presented in this informative post from Filbur Manufacturing.  For example:

  1. Contrary to popular belief, saltwater swimming pools do not take care of themselves.
  2. A pool pump can consume up to half of a home's entire energy output.  
  3. A sunny day is great for pool parties – not so much for pools. 

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How to Clean Your Swimming Pool

From Pool Gear 

Its the time of year that the swimming pools are being drained, cleaned, and prepared for a summer of frolicking in the water and sun.  Many homeowners are do-it-yourself'ers when it comes to cleaning and maintaining their own swimming pools, but many of them have the potential to do more harm than good.  In this post from Pool Gear Plus, some basic and sound tips for cleaning and maintaining one's own inground swimming pool are presented in an easy to follow and understand format.

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At PoolGear Plus, we understand that our customers enjoy their swimming pools more when maintenance is as easy and convenient as possible. To that end, here's a simple program for cleaning your pool:

-Gather tools: a pool skimmer, pumice stone or tile brush, pool wall brush, vacuum head and hose, and telescopic pole.

-Skim your pool for floating leaves and debris. Don't wait until they sink – they'll be harder to remove and will stain pool surfaces.

-Scrub scale along the water line away, using a pumice stone (keep it wet to avoid scratching tile, and never use a pumice stone on a vinyl liner) or tile brush for tiled areas.

-Empty your skimmer and pump baskets.

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Saltwater fastest growing trend in swimming pools

From Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The biggest groundswell ever experienced in the swimming pool industry is the consumer-driven demand for "saltwater swimming pools".  We have examined the pros, cons, and popular misconceptions of this feature ad naseum in previous posts.  What most pool professionals, manufacturers, and other companies associated with the swimming pool industry realize, however, is that salt water chlorine generation is not going away any time soon.  Manufacturers are addressing the negative issues with salt-resistant equipment, and the demand for this feature continues to spiral upward.  In this post from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, saltwater swimming pool chlorination is identified as the fastest growing trend in swimming pool design and construction.  Click here to see if you are ready to jump on the bandwagon, (if you can catch it)....

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Saltwater pools work by converting salt to chlorine using an electrolytic converter. This produces the same type of bacteria-killing chlorine found in a traditional pool, but in a radically different fashion. Since the salt generator is adding chlorine to the water at a constant rate, it is capable of displacing the bad smell and burning irritation we normally associate with chlorine and maintaining the right amount at all times.

As the water exits the converter and enters the pool, the sanitizing chlorine eventually reverts back to salt, and the process repeats itself, conserving salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced. However new salt does need to be added occasionally as salt levels can drop due to splash-out, rain and filter back-washing. Pool owners still should test weekly for pH and chlorine and monthly for other water balance factors.

Saltwater pools require far less maintenance than traditional pools and are much less expensive to maintain as pool salt is far cheaper than traditional chlorine. This is a big reason why so many hotels and water parks in the United State have already made the switch. Plus when it comes to initial construction and installation, the additional cost of an electrolytic converter is very small and easily made up in maintenance savings. Even converting an existing chlorine pool to saltwater can be paid off quickly.

Saltwater pools are certainly not new. The technology started in Australia in the 1960s and today over 80 percent of all pools there use this system. In the United States, saltwater pools first began to see use in the 1980s and today have grown exponentially in popularity. According to data published in Pool & Spa News, today there are more than 1.4 million saltwater pools in operation nationwide and an estimated 75 percent of all new in-ground pools are salt water, compared with only 15 percent in 2002.

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Saltwater fastest growing trend in swimming pools

From Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The biggest groundswell ever experienced in the swimming pool industry is the consumer-driven demand for "saltwater swimming pools".  We have examined the pros, cons, and popular misconceptions of this feature ad naseum in previous posts.  What most pool professionals, manufacturers, and other companies associated with the swimming pool industry realize, however, is that salt water chlorine generation is not going away any time soon.  Manufacturers are addressing the negative issues with salt-resistant equipment, and the demand for this feature continues to spiral upward.  In this post from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, saltwater swimming pool chlorination is identified as the fastest growing trend in swimming pool design and construction.  Click here to see if you are ready to jump on the bandwagon, (if you can catch it)....

Here is an excerpt from the post:

altwater pools work by converting salt to chlorine using an electrolytic converter. This produces the same type of bacteria-killing chlorine found in a traditional pool, but in a radically different fashion. Since the salt generator is adding chlorine to the water at a constant rate, it is capable of displacing the bad smell and burning irritation we normally associate with chlorine and maintaining the right amount at all times.

As the water exits the converter and enters the pool, the sanitizing chlorine eventually reverts back to salt, and the process repeats itself, conserving salt and keeping sanitizer levels balanced. However new salt does need to be added occasionally as salt levels can drop due to splash-out, rain and filter back-washing. Pool owners still should test weekly for pH and chlorine and monthly for other water balance factors.

Saltwater pools require far less maintenance than traditional pools and are much less expensive to maintain as pool salt is far cheaper than traditional chlorine. This is a big reason why so many hotels and water parks in the United State have already made the switch. Plus when it comes to initial construction and installation, the additional cost of an electrolytic converter is very small and easily made up in maintenance savings. Even converting an existing chlorine pool to saltwater can be paid off quickly.

Saltwater pools are certainly not new. The technology started in Australia in the 1960s and today over 80 percent of all pools there use this system. In the United States, saltwater pools first began to see use in the 1980s and today have grown exponentially in popularity. According to data published in Pool & Spa News, today there are more than 1.4 million saltwater pools in operation nationwide and an estimated 75 percent of all new in-ground pools are salt water, compared with only 15 percent in 2002.

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Covered Concerns: The Inescapable Logic of Automatic Pool Covers

From AQUA

Automatic covers have changed the swimming pool industry, but for some reason they aren't something that every swimming pool owner desires.  The benefits are legion:  Energy Savings, Safety and Cleanliness are only some of the benefits of an automatic pool cover.  This article by Eric Herman in Aqua Magazine makes an iron-clad case for any swimming pool owner to add an automatic pool cover to their inground swimming pool.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Back in the salad days of my college education, one of the better classes I took was Logic 101. It was a terrific course that taught a level of mental discipline and thought structure that has served me quite well over the years. There's a lot to be said for breaking down questions, discussions and debates into to their logical framework.

An exercise from that class that stands out in my mind was to identify and describe something — an action, object or concept — that is uniformly positive, meaning possessing only benefits with no downsides. Then we had to present our argument to the class for discussion.

Most people picked things like exercise, good nutrition, meditation or common courtesy. I went in a different direction and chose as my subject "maintaining proper automobile tire inflation." The argument being that keeping your tires inflated to spec results in maximizing gas mileage, increased safety, greater handling and longer product life. I made the case that based on those significant benefits the small amount of time and effort required was entirely worthwhile.

I received an "A" on that particular assignment.

Going forward, I've not only religiously inflated my tires, I've also kept in mind the value of identifying things that offer important benefits with minor detriment. It's certainly been a useful way to develop good habits and it's surprisingly interesting.

All of which leads to the nugget of this little epistle: In the world of swimming pools, there are a relatively few things that fit that all-upside rubric. Proper water chemistry and filtration are both biggies. Many would argue that automatic pool cleaners, variable speed drive pumps, control technology and even LED lights would make the cut, as well.

And, I contend, the same goes for automatic pool covers. Here's why:

 

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