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

Types of Pool Finishes

Swimming pool finishes have upgraded to different shades, textures and styles.

Swimming pool finishes have upgraded to different shades, textures and styles.

Forget plain concrete swimming pool finishes of the past. The modern swimming pool is now equipped with countless finish options to make your pool unique. Choose between multi-colored pebbles and stones or simple white to make your swimming pool surface standout in the neighborhood.

Today we’ve provided a list of pool finishes to choose from that can fit a number of lifestyles and needs. Keep in mind that although the finish will vary depending on your style, it will be constantly submerged in water and exposed to harsh chemicals. 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 DIY Swimming Pool Guide

DIY swimming pools can be a cost effective alternative to owning a pool.

DIY swimming pools can be a cost effective alternative to owning a pool.

Winter or early spring is a great time to think about designing a swimming pool. They can be a costly undertaking, but a DIY swimming pool is an option for the weekend warrior. Here are a few steps to a do it yourself pool: Continue reading

The Cause of Cloudy Pool Water

Read on to determine why you're experiencing cloudy pool water.

Read on to determine why you’re experiencing cloudy pool water.

It may not seem like it to the average swimmer, but it takes a lot of work to get clear, sparkling swimming pool water. Cloudy pool water is caused by turbidity, or the presence of suspended solids in water.

There’s nothing worse than cloudy pool water to make your backyard oasis uninviting and unusable. To treat cloudy water, you need to determine the cause. Continue reading

Swimming Pool Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Swimming pool maintenance mistakes are more common than you think.

Swimming pool maintenance mistakes are more common than you think.

Swimming pool maintenance can become a hassle, constantly checking the water, feeding in chemicals, and scrubbing is routine for most pool owners. But it’s easy to forget things, and missing a step or performing the wrong task is more common than you think. There are a few pool maintenance mistakes to avoid to keep your pool in the best condition. Continue reading

Swimming Pool Safety Practices

Swimming pools safety practices are important to use, even during the off-season.

Swimming pools safety practices are important to use, even during the off-season.

With the holidays in full force, you’re most likely going to attend a holiday party or have one of your own. If you live in a warmer area (or have a fire pit) you may want to have a holiday party in your backyard. And of course the swimming pool is a nice added touch to any backyard celebration. It’s easy to get distracted during a backyard party, so make sure the proper swimming pool safety practices are used, especially if you have young children or small pets.

These swimming pool safety tips are good to enforce even if your pool is closed for winter, since swimming pool covers are not always foolproof against accidents. Continue reading

Which Type of Pool Cover is Best for Your Pool?

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A swimming pool cover with an ultraviolet disinfection system protects your pool from pathogens.

A swimming pool cover is a great piece of equipment to have when you’re ready to close your pool for winter, or if the pool will be left unattended for several days. Covers protect your pool from outside debris, like leaves and dirt, and they act as a layer of protection if you have young children or pets. Continue reading