Swimming Pool Blog

  • 5 ways to operate your pool in an Eco Friendly manner ~ without spending a dime!
    Rob Cox
    I was looking over my blog post of March 13, with the same name "5 ways to operate your pool in an Eco Friendly manner ..." and I realized that most of my 5 ways involved the expenditure of dollars from your pocket. New equipment is fine if you can afford it, and I hope you can  ~ but there are easy ways to reduce and reuse resources around the pool, without spending a dime.
    Sunday, March 21, 2010 8:09 PM
  • Swimming Babies
    pool babiesThere’s a slim chance your young one will grow up to be the next Michael Phelps but getting your little one to start swimming at a very young age can have lots of other benefits which don’t include several gold medals. Researchers have documented that early swimming has a stimulating effect and has the potential to increase intelligence, alertness, emotional and physical development. Another obvious reason to teach young children to swim is to avoid a drowning incident.
    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:14 AM
  • 5 ways to operate your pool in an Eco Friendly manner
    Rob Cox
    Eco Friendly practices for operating swimming pools are becoming necessary as utility costs skyrocket in some parts of the country. Also, many communities are now stewarding the natural areas surrounding their homes, keeping natural areas natural by not allowing their pools or pool owners to discharge pollutants into the air or the ground.
    Saturday, March 13, 2010 12:10 PM
  • Total Alkalinity in Swimming Pools
    Rob Cox
    swimming pool total alkalinityA close cousin of pH, the level of alkalinity in the water is a measurement of all carbonates, bicarbonates, hydroxides, and other alkaline substances found in the pool water.  pH is alkaline dependent; that is, alkalinity can be defined as the ability of the water to resist changes in pH.  Also known as the buffering capacity of the water, alkalinity keeps the pH from "bouncing" all over the place. 
    Saturday, March 06, 2010 11:40 AM
  • Swimming Pool Basketball March Madness
    Rob Cox
    pool basketballPool basketball games can be a casual affair, or a highly organized sport. Setting up two pool basketball sets at each end of the pool gives a full court advantage. Fast Breaks and Full Court Press all across the pool. Many local community recreation centers offer swimming pool basketball as kind of an intra-mural sport for enthusiasts
    Tuesday, March 02, 2010 3:47 PM
  • Clogged Pool Pump Impellers
    small impeller for pool pumpinspect all baskets and filtering devices before pump, and make sure when changing out a dirty pump basket to remove any debris that might fall behind pump strainer (usually can be scooped out with your hand), and if you find you are subject to small debris or hair use filter savers.
    Sunday, February 28, 2010 4:15 PM
  • Variable Speed Pool Pump Options
    green pool products, variable speed pumpsThe goal of a variable speed pump or a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) motor is to increase reliability, improve system control and diagnostics while decreasing energy, maintenance and life cycle costs. The trick to minimize energy consumption so magically performed by a Variable Speed pool motor is to operate at the lowest speed needed to accomplish the job.

    Friday, February 26, 2010 4:08 PM
  • Solar Pool Blankets
    Rob Cox
    solar blanket colorsBubble Wrap was the mother of today's swimming pool solar blankets. As the story goes, during the mid-1970s Sealed Air's researchers came up with another innovative use for the company's air cell technology. The Sealed Air Solar Pool Blanket was essentially a big sheet of Bubble Wrap that was placed on swimming pools. The Solar Pool Blanket allowed the sun's rays to heat the water and sharply reduced the evaporative loss of water and treatment chemicals.
    Monday, February 22, 2010 10:40 PM
  • TDS ~ Total Dissolved Solids
    Remember that science experiment when you were a kid? Keep pouring and stirring sugar (or salt) into a glass of water, and eventually it will stop dissolving - this happens when the water reaches it's saturation point. The TDS gets too high - this can happen in your swimming pool, too. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is the measurement of any dissolved solid in a liquid.
    Friday, February 19, 2010 2:24 PM
  • Barriers to Entry
    fence around poolBarrier to Entry is the technical term for a good, solid pool fence. There is a difference between a fence and a barrier, however. Fences come in all types of shapes and conditions, but a Barrier, that is meant to keep out non swimmers. Fences may or may not be climbable, a Barrier is not. A fence may have a loose, rickety gate held in place with a bungee cord, but a Barrier - does not.
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:40 AM
  • Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show 2010
    Rob Cox
    ATLANTIC CITY POOL & SPA SHOWSince 1982, the North East Pool & Spa Association has hosted the Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show. And for most of those years, I have been attending, or at least since about 1988. The trade show brings together vendors, manufacturers and providers of all types together with pool builders, retailers, service companies and more. The "AC Show" has distinguished itself as a national show, although nearly 3/4 of it's 12,000 attendees are from New Jersey, Pennsylvania & New York. 
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 3:35 PM