Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Apps for your Smartphone
    Rob Cox
    swimming pool appsApplication development has continued at breakneck speed for smartphones. Originally made for just the iPhone, developers now cross-script for both apple iDevices and for the upwardly mobile (sorry) Droid device. The pace of droid application creation may be faster than iPhone apps currently. Half a million apps out there, and only a handful for the swimming pool operator. And although work is underway, I've not seen a retail application yet from the major online swimming pool supply retailers.
    Tuesday, December 28, 2010 12:52 PM
  • Top 5 Hazards around your swimming pool
    Rob Cox

    When we speak about Pool Safety and Layers of Protection for swimming pools, we primarily focus on drowning prevention of swimmers and access prevention for non-swimmers. We may spend so much time working to prevent tragedy that other dangers around a swimming pool may be ignored. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water - here's a list of 10 things that can otherwise go wrong around a swimming pool.

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:15 PM
  • Pool Fence & Gate Maintenance
    Rob Cox

    pool signs and pool fence lawsFor most of us, the selection and installation of a pool fence was done long ago, and we normally don't give the fence a second thought. Let's take a moment to give our pool fences and gates an inspection. Here's a list of things to look for and repair for your most important Layer of Protection.
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 5:39 PM
  • Fun swimming pool games to play
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pool games for kids of all ages - here is a list of some old and some new games that keep kids occupied for hours. These are great games for larger parties - many of these are favorite July 4th traditions around the country. Swimming pool games encourage strong swimming skills and pool enjoyment.
    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:00 AM
  • The Dormant Pool - winter pool check-up
    Rob Cox
    ...especially for those of us up north it is important to take a moment and go through a quick winter check list before mother nature turns your leisurely swimming pool into a make shift hockey rink. The water level is dropped when winterizing a swimming pool. The appropriate level depends on what type of pool structure as well...
    Thursday, December 09, 2010 11:12 AM
  • Watts Happening: Advances in green pool lighting technology
    CFL pool light bulbs and LED pool light bulbs
    But what I'm really excited to tell you about - are the new pool light bulbs available. Yes! Lightbulbs! Halco lighting has introduced 3 new bulbs this year, at low cost, including a Pool light CFL bulb! These new CFL pool lightbulbs can replace a regular R40 bulb, burning brighter, at huge savings. You'll want to use your pool light more often. And that's good!
    Sunday, December 05, 2010 5:08 PM
  • Pool Pump and Portable Spa Energy Efficiency Standards
    energy saving pool pumpsA recent bill passed by Arizona specifically targets pool pumps as the demon stealing power from the grid. The new “Pool Pump and Portable Spa Energy Efficiency Standards” will take effect Jan. 1, 2012, and will require two-speed, mulit-speed or variable-speed pumps on all residential installations with a pump size more than 1hp. What this means to the homeowner is that when they’re current pump fails they will have to buy a pump that is either energy efficient”, 2 speed or variable speed.
    Thursday, December 02, 2010 3:06 PM
  • Car Crashes into Swimming Pool
    Rob Cox
    Not such a rare occurance, people driving their cars into their swimming pools. A real mess to clean up, but usually the driver and occupants escaped unharmed. Not so in the case of the driver in the video shown above. Not all those who drive their cars in swimming pools are so lucky to get out alive. Here's a recount of some candidates for a driving improvement clinic.
    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 1:02 PM
  • Environmentally Friendly Pool Decking
    Rob Cox
    Many pool owners are replacing wood decks with composite decks, covering spalled and cracked concrete with it, or adding an environmentally friendly pool deck to their above ground pool.  So, if you are considering adding or replacing your pool deck, give some thought to using some post-consumer materials for a durable and attractive pool deck. A pool deck is a large investment, so use a material that will last, while doing something good for the planet.
    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:17 AM
  • Pool Cleaner Tune-Up - Robotic Pool Cleaner repair
    Rob Cox

    robot pool cleaner repairsRobotic pool cleaners aren't really ROBOTS - but they are computer controlled and more importantly - independent of the pool pump and filter system. This independence allows robotic cleaners to operate at peak efficiency, even when the pump or filter is dirty or off. Usually reliable, robot pool cleaners will from time to time refuse to move, or turn on, or clean the entire pool upon demand. Here's some tips on what to check when your robotic pool cleaner takes a day off.
    Monday, November 22, 2010 8:30 PM
  • Pool Cleaner Tune-Up - Kreepy Type Pool Cleaner repair
    Rob Cox

    suction side pool cleaner repair, tune ups and troubleshootingCommon suction side cleaners include Pentair Kreepy Krauly (pictured), Zodiac Baracuda, Hayward Navigator and Pool Vac, Polaris 340 or ATV pool cleaners and GLI Dirt Devil pool cleaners. Tuning up a suction side pool cleaner is a fairly easy affair. Here's our tips on what to look for.
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 3:43 PM