Top 5 Benefits of an Above Ground Pool

Above Ground Pool

An above ground pool has more benefits than you may think.

If you’re hesitant about owning an above ground pool, don’t be. Today these little guys are equipped with many of the same features as inground swimming pools, with typically even more benefits. An above ground pool will bring you the same fun and experience of a larger backyard installation, with less maintenance and expense. Continue reading

How to Increase Your Pool Privacy

Pool Privacy

You can increase your backyard pool’s privacy with fences or outdoor landscaping.

You spend a lot of time relaxing poolside, but you may not want the entire neighborhood or passing drivers to be able to see into your backyard. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of pool privacy techniques you can use for a more secluded environment. Continue reading

Must-Have Summer Accessory: The Pool Canopy

A swimming pool canopy is a great accessory to own that helps shade swimmer's from the heat while in the water.

A pool canopy is a great accessory to own that helps shade swimmer’s from the heat while in the water.

For those hot, almost unbearable sunny days, a pool canopy is a great accessory to have. A canopy doesn’t have to be just for cabanas or lounge areas, you can install them so they shade part or all of your swimming pool water. They can make swimming much more enjoyable with cooler water, and they create a haven from the blistering sun. Continue reading

Hot Tub Hydrotherapy

Hot tub hydrotherapy is a great way to relieve arthritis, muscle and joint pain, and other ailments.

Hot tub hydrotherapy is a great way to relieve arthritis, muscle and joint pain, and other ailments.

According to the American Cancer Society, hydrotherapy is defined as the use of water as a medical treatment, either internally or externally. Although there’s no correlation with preventing or treating cancer, hydrotherapy does have direct benefits on muscle and joint pain. So if you’re a hot tub owner, you’re in serious luck for curing aching joints and even de-stressing your mind.

Hot tub hydrotherapy can be used to treat arthritis, fibromyalgia and even high blood pressure. Warm water and jets stimulate blood circulation and helps the body release endorphins that boost your mood and lead to a calm, happy feeling. Continue reading

Study Discovers Harmful Health Effects of Uric Acid & Chlorine

Uric acid and chlorine pose major threat to swimmer's health.

Uric acid and chlorine pose major threat to swimmer’s health.

The results are in: Uric acid and chlorine are harmful to swimmer’s health, according to a new study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology. For those who aren’t familiar, uric acid is found in both urine and sweat, and once uric acid and chlorine combine in the pool, you may want to exit the water.

In the study, researchers mixed uric acid with chlorine and within one hour they found trichloramine and cyanogen chloride had formed. These two chemicals are commonly found in traditional chlorinated pools. They’re so common that Ernest Blatchley III, one of the study’s researchers, said that these two chemicals have been present in almost every sample they’ve taken from a chlorinated pool over a period of nearly 10 years. Continue reading

The Types of Swimming Pool Filters

There are three different types of swimming pool filters to choose from. Learn the pros and cons of each.

There are three different types of swimming pool filters to choose from. Learn the pros and cons of each.

An ultraviolet disinfection system will kill any unwanted pathogens and is tremendously effective at sanitizing your swimming pool water, but a pool filter is responsible for removing these dead contaminants and trapping them in a filter media.

Swimming pool filters are similar to air conditioning filters. Air is pushed into your air conditioning system and then moved through the filter, where it catches dust. After a while, dust and dirt collect and the filter needs to be changed or cleaned – much like your pool filter. Continue reading

Diving Board Safety 101

Before investing in a diving board, learn the diving board safety practices to keep accidents from happening.

Before investing in a diving board, learn the diving board safety practices to keep accidents from happening.

Diving boards have been a swimming pool standard for several years and can provide hours of fun in a backyard pool. If you own a diving board, or are thinking about installing one, there are a few diving board safety practices to think about before taking the plunge (no pun intended).

There are two different types of diving boards. The one you’re probably most familiar with is a springboard. These boards come with adjustable fulcrums that allow you to change how much “spring” the board will have. Keep in mind that the depths suggested for springboards are greater than diving platforms. Continue reading

The Effects of Bromine Used in Swimming Pools

Bromine is a chemical occasionally used in swimming pools that can cause negative health effects.

Bromine is a chemical occasionally used in swimming pools that can cause negative health effects.

Chlorine is an extremely common swimming pool disinfectant used in residential and commercial pools, but studies have shown the harmful health effects of this dangerous chemical. To offer a solution, a few pool owners have looked to bromine to help counteract the negative effects of chlorine, or limit the use of chlorine in their pools.

The chemical is a member of the Halogen family, and is similar to chlorine because it’s highly reactive in water. But this chemical isn’t as beneficial as people think, and can often lead to health problems later on down the road. Continue reading

Steps to Healthy Swimming According to the CDC

Learn healthy swimming practices set by the CDC.

Learn healthy swimming practices set by the CDC.

The CDC has several resources for swimmer safety and health. According to the CDC, there are a few steps each swimmer can take to reduce the risk of spreading germs or contracting an unwanted recreational water illness.

The first step to healthy swimming is to shower with soap before you enter the pool. This may seem like a hassle, but it will be well worth it in the long run. The body harbors oils, lotions and other bacteria that we’re not even aware of, so showering with soap will reduce the risk of these contaminants making their way into your pool water. Continue reading

Chlorine Allergy Symptoms

Chlorine is an extremely harsh chemical, and some swimmers may be allergic.

Chlorine is an extremely harsh chemical, and some swimmers may be allergic.

The majority of swimming pool owners still use chlorine as method to sanitize their pool water. What people are beginning to realize is that chlorine is actually a severe irritant to swimmers, and some can experience a chlorine allergy.

Chlorine allergy is a type four allergy, meaning the person experiences delayed symptoms because the reactions are cell-mediated. There are several indications that you or a family member could have an allergy to chlorine, since it’s a common, harsh chemical found in most pools. Continue reading