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

The Importance of Swimming Pool Maintenance

Read the infographic below to learn more about why swimming pool maintenance is essential for healthy water.

Read the infographic below to learn more about why swimming pool maintenance is essential for healthy water.

It’s no secret that a swimming pool can be a breeding ground for bacteria and algae. Outdoor aboveground and inground pools are exposed to the elements. Dirt, debris, animals and swimmers are all things that lead to contamination. According to the CDC, 58 percent of public pool samples contained fecal contamination (yikes)! It’s more important than ever to properly maintain your swimming pool, not just for clear water, but for better health.

Swimming pool maintenance is no easy task, but it can be made faster and less strenuous thanks to modern sanitation methods. A properly sized pool filter and a robotic pool cleaner will remove dirt and debris to an extent, but what about the risk of bacteria and disease? 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