Swimming Pool Blog

  • When to Shock your Pool
    Rob Cox
    Shocking the pool with chlorine is the raising of free chlorine levels in the pool to such a high level that every living thing in the water is killed by cell disruption. I liken the process to a lightning bolt ripping through the water, and perhaps that's why they call it shocking the pool.
    Wednesday, December 26, 2012 2:50 PM
  • Designing Pool Safety
    Rob Cox
    When building an inground pool, a good pool designer naturally incorporates some elements of safety such as visibility from the house, and pool fencing requirements in your local area. Some pool designers may be familiar with building Layers of Protection around a pool, and mention these things during your time together. But some may not - so be sure to ask about ways to make your pool inherently safer by design.
    Thursday, December 20, 2012 8:12 AM
  • 5 Ways to Enhance Your Swimming Pool Area
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pools are great for your own little holiday, whenever you need to get away, or spend more time with your family. Perhaps your pool ambiance has slipped a bit over the years? Simply put, all you need is a bit of redecoration, adding things to enhance it's visual appeal. Although there are many ways through which you can enhance the swimming pool area, given below are 5 tips to point you in the right direction.

    Friday, December 14, 2012 1:33 PM
  • Car Crashes into Swimming Pool - 2012 Recap
    Rob Cox
    2012 sure was a good year for car crashes into pools. Here's a list of 10 of this year's recipients of our Darwin Driver's Award. For all sorts of reasons, cars occassionally end up in a swimming pool. Dangerous and sometimes deadly. Always stupid.
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:37 AM
  • Swimmers are Smarter!
    Rob Cox
    In a recent independent Australian study, researchers at Griffith University found that "swimming children scored significantly better than the normal population on a number of measures, including cognitive, language and physical development", says report author Robyn Jorgensen, Ph.D. They used the contemporary 2012 CDC milestones for child development, which takes into account moden envirnomental factors. Parents of over 7000 young children, located in Australia, New Zealand and the USA were surveyed as to their child's progress in the 170 question survey.
    Friday, December 07, 2012 12:37 PM
  • Dreaming about Swimming Pools - What does it mean?
    Rob Cox
    I'm not talking about the dream of pool ownership ~ but dreams we have during our slumber. It turns out that dreams involving water, swimming and swimming pools can be very meaningful.

    Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:14 PM
  • Gift Guide for Cool Pool People
    Rob Cox
    If you're reading this, you probably know someone with a pool, or you yourself have a pool in your backyard. Everyone likes to get a new pool accessory as a gift - even if they can't use it now, they'll thank you for it next season! Gifts for pool owners of all ages - that's how I've categorized by gift list below. Give the pool owners on your list something they'll really use!
    Friday, November 30, 2012 8:14 AM
  • Easy Energy-Saving Tips for Your Pool and Hot Tub
    Rob Cox
    While pool and hot tub ownership will invariably come with their share of expenses, there are some easy ways that you can shave some money off those utility bills, cut down on water and energy usage, and limit the environmental impact of your pool and/or hot tub. When you’re running your equipment at peak efficiency, you can feel better about your investment and enjoy your pool or hot tub to the fullest.
    Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:53 PM
  • Swimming Pool Fun & Games for Children under 5
    Rob Cox
    Swimmers under 5 years old really enjoy swimming pool games, of course. They are also helpful for adults to keep a group of young swimmers contained and entertained with an adult swimmer - who is standing in the water during the games. Being in the water is important, to be safely at hand.
    Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:16 PM
  • Luxury Interior Surfaces for Swimming Pools
    Rob Cox
    In the 80's, colored plaster was being used around the country, and in the 90's, pebble surfaces and colored quartz additives improved the durability and appearance of pool plaster.Then came Hydrazzo, and Durazzo, which are buffed or polished plaster mix, taking their name from Terazzo floors. Aside from pool plaster or plaster modified with additives or aggregates, what else is available for pool interior surfaces?

    Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:55 PM
  • Inground Pool Skimmer Plumbing Diagrams
    rob cox

    Skimmer plumbing can be confusing underground. Here's five common scenarios for inground pool skimmer plumbing. If your main drain is connected into the skimmer, or if you have an older sylvan or anthony pool, these diagrams of skimmer plumbing should help you with a mental picture of how the pipes are connected underground. </p> <p>Skimmers that are combination skimmers, tying the main drain into the skimmer make use of a diverter or flow valve to control the amount of water coming from the drain.</p>
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:36 PM