Swimming Pool Blog

March 2011 (8)
  • Happy April Pools Day!
    april pool's dayIt's starting to catch on - the idea of a day of water safety education, swim lessons, fun, food and games. For pools in the south, April is a fine time of year to train young people, and remind us all to be safe in the coming pool season.
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:34 PM
  • 12 principles of Green Chemistry in pools
    Rob Cox
    It's called the 12 Principles of Green Chemisty, originally the brainchild of Paul Anastas, then of the EPA, and John C. Warner and it provides a framework for what chemistry would be - without toxicity. Swimming pool chemicals, as a category of chemicals, are quite toxic to many types of life forms on this planet, it turns out. I am hopeful that manufactures will manufacture and consumers will consume - less toxic pool chemicals in our near future.
    Sunday, March 27, 2011 9:58 PM
  • How to Safely drain your swimming pool
    Rob Cox
    I told our member that he might want to take a look at a recent blog post on acid washing a pool safely, which had information about properly draining a swimming pool. Gave me an idea for a new post on the topic, focusing on how to best drain many different pool system types.
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:51 AM
  • Acid Washing your pool Safely
    Rob Cox
    pool acid washingAcid washing a plastered, in ground swimming pool is a process that can be done safely by a homeowner, if proper safety precautions are taken. Three general areas of safety must by managed.
    Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:33 AM
  • Pool Troubleshooting - Use your Senses!
    use your senses to troubleshoot your pool problemsEvery swimming pool is different, and will have different characteristics of water quality, flow volume, filter cycles, etc. This blog post will discuss how to pay attention to the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of your particular pool - which can be valuable indicators of how the pump and filter system is operating. Knowing your pool water - and how it normally behaves, will tip you off immediately when something is wrong.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:09 PM
  • Locating Your Above Ground Swimming Pool
    Wherever you are considering placing your pool, it must be very flat and level. If you do not have such a surface then you will need to level an area up, to install it on. Any slope, even a slight one, will cause the water to un-evenly load the pool, which can result in a sidewall failure. Even an inch of slope from one side to the other will create problems. To check the level of the ground, place a carpenter's level on a long piece of lumber. Move the lumber in a circular fashion, to check level from all directions.
    Monday, March 14, 2011 10:38 AM
  • Portable Swimming Pool Safety
    Rob Cox
    Because of the low height of portable pools, the ease of access, and an attitude that it's a safer pool, nearly 10% of child drownings in the US during 2010 occured in "Easy-Set" style Intex pools. If you are considering one of these pool types, or if you already own one, make sure to follow the guidelines above, to prevent another tragedy from occuring in your own backyard.

    Monday, March 07, 2011 8:38 AM
  • 5 Tips to ensure a great pool plaster job
    Rob Cox
    Plaster is the most common interior finish for many inground pools, and there are many choices of colors available. Additives also have the advantage of helping to hide minor imperfections or staining of your pool surface. Whichever pool plaster surface you choose, there are some tips to ensure a properly applied, cured and cared for plaster pool surface.
    Friday, March 04, 2011 8:30 AM