Swimming Pool Blog

2010
  • 10 Steps - How to Winterize an In Ground Pool
    Rob Cox
    how to winterize your in ground poolThis article will show you how to winterize your inground pool. All pools are slightly different in their configuration, so use these tips with caution. If you have specific questions on your specific pool and the closing process, send me an email, and pictures if needed, and we can make sure that you are well protected from winter's worst.
    Monday, September 27, 2010 11:13 AM
  • Treatment of Black Algae in Pools
    Rob Cox
    black algae in my pool!When I was growing up, in Central California, we had a bad case of Black Algae. It was my job to dive in the pool, first with a putty knife and later using a chlorine tablet, and while holding my breath, scrape off as many black algae "heads" as possible. "Black Algae - it's like Herpes, once you get it, you've got it forever". Not necessarily true, I found out much later in life.
    Friday, September 24, 2010 4:36 PM
  • Treatment of Yellow Algae in Pools
    yellow algae in swimming poolsAlso known as Mustard Algae, Yellow algae is a unique type of algae. The most distinctive distinction between other colors of algae, blue, blue-green, or black algae, Yellow algae forms small colonies in the uneven surfaces of your pool. Pits or crevices in plaster, or dips and dirty areas on a pool liner create a safe harbor for this particular strain of pool algae.
    Sunday, September 19, 2010 10:13 AM
  • How to Winterize an Above Ground Pool
    Rob Cox
    how to winterize your above ground poolIt's that time of year again, time to button up the pool, put it away, close 'er down. If you live in the Snowbelt, anything above the blue line - there are certain procedures that must be done to avoid damage to the pump and filter equipment, to protect the pool liner and keep the water fresh and clean.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:28 AM
  • 2010 Child Drowning Statistics
    Rob Cox
    Every year, we release the data collected from the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) on the drowning and near drowning incidents in pools and spas collected during the year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Of course, many drownings occur outside of June, July and August, however this data samples the period of largest use of water recreation, during the summer months
    Sunday, September 12, 2010 4:16 PM
  • How to save money at the [pool] pump
    Rob Cox
    energy efficient pool pumpsPG& E, in California reports that a pool pump can account for 20% or more of a home electrical bill. There are things that you can do however, to reduce your energy consumption, without switching pool pumps, to "Save Money at the Pump".
    Monday, August 30, 2010 7:56 PM
  • Pool Safety: Mesh Safety Pool Covers
    Rob Cox
    mesh safety coversOn the market now for more than 50 years, the mesh safety cover was invented by Fred Meyer, founder of Meyco Pool Covers, in 1957. Millions have been installed, and not just the Meyco brand. Loop-Loc came along, followed by Merlin, Rayner, HPI, Cantar and many more manufacturers of swimming pool safety covers.
    Saturday, August 28, 2010 12:18 PM
  • Mesh Safety Pool Cover Repair
    mesh pool cover repairWinter 2009-2010 was particularly hard. Lots of snow and ice. Hopefully a car sliding down the street didn't end up on your pool cover! Many pool owners opened their pools this spring to find mesh pool cover damage, and the need for a major mesh pool cover repair.
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:49 PM
  • How to replace an above ground pool liner
    Rob Cox
    pool liner replacementSooner or Later, your above ground pool vinyl liner will need to be replaced. Generally, above ground liners last 10 years or so, depending on the quality of the pool liner and the care given to the water chemistry. Over time, harsh water conditions can deplete the plasticizers within vinyl and cause your vinyl liner to become brittle and stiff. Eventually, all liners will fail, some gradually, some tragically and all at once.
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:56 PM
  • Phases of Pool Construction
    Rob Cox
    pool buildingYou've found a good pool builder and negotiated payment. You've even got your new swim suit picked out. But before you dip your toes into the refreshing blue water though, certain things need to happen. These different phases of construction of your new swimming pool play a vital role in giving you the pool of your dreams.
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 10:40 PM
  • Minority kids drown at rates 3x national average
    Rob Cox
    pool kids - all kids need swim lesson!It's an economic disadvantage. Urban kids in the US, especially black and latino kids, aren't taught to swim properly or don't enjoy the same access to public swimming facilities as wealthier families do. Or is it that their parents don't have swimming skills and therefore the perogative to teach swimming to their own children takes a back seat to other parenting responsibilities?
    Sunday, August 08, 2010 5:42 PM