Swimming Pool Blog

  • 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
  • General Swimming Pool Maintenance
    Pool maintenance is one of those tasks in life that we have to do, and it's essential to keep a regular maintenance schedule in order to keep your swimming pool water crystal clean. Pool maintenance, for the average pool, should take no more than 1hr per week. If it takes longer, look for scalability in your tools or methods.
    Monday, February 28, 2011 7:46 AM
  • Swimming Pool Alarms: Layers of Protection
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pool alarms save lives. More and more communities are adopting this attitude and requiring pool alarms to be installed on swimming pools, in addition to laws requiring proper pool fencing and other Layers of Protection. Layers of Protection around your swimming pool can include. Types of Swimming Pool Alarms can include.
    Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:24 PM
  • Pool Heater Repair: Rear Header Replacement
    Rob Cox
    Cast Iron and Plastic pool heater headers take very little time to crack. The expansion of ice can be a powerful force. I hope that you have not also experienced the need for this pool heater repair, but if you have, I sincerely hope that this post has helped to take some of the guesswork out of how to replace your own cracked return header on your pool heater. Simple hand tools are all that is needed. That is, besides a new pool heater return header. And Gaskets, too.
    Sunday, February 20, 2011 8:41 PM
  • How to Easily Install an Inground Pool Solar Pool Heater
    Rob Cox
    In addition to the placement and securing of solar panels for your pool, there's a good bit of plumbing that takes place to connect the solar system to the filter system, so we'll tackle that subject as well. Finally, most solar pool heaters for inground pools will incorporate a solar controller, which will manage the water temperature with sensors and a thermostat. We will show you how easy it is to install a pool solar controller.
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:47 AM
  • Above ground swimming pool installation tips
    Installing an above ground swimming pool is a relatively easy task to do. Depending on the size (Pools can range from 8 ft to 32ft or more in size) you can even assemble one on your own, although the assembly process is far easier if you have a friend or two to help you.
    Friday, February 11, 2011 10:54 AM
  • Katie Beth's Law
    Rob Cox
    katie beth burk, drowned in a tennessee poolTennessee state Senator Charlotte Burk, this new pool safety law aims to ensure an active layer of protection around all swimming pools and spas that are greater than 36 inches deep.

    Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:59 AM
  • Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show 2011
    Rob Cox
    ac pool and spa show 2011The AC Pool & Spa Show 2011 attracted nearly 11,000 attendees, and nearly 500 exhibiting companies. According to one of the AC Convention Center staff, this is a "fairly large show". Over 500 exhibitors have booked space in the convention hall - one room that is nearly 500,000 square feet in size!
    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:24 AM
  • How's the pool water level - is your pool leaking?
    Rob Cox
    Any pool type leaking during winter should not be allowed to drain completely. This can cause havoc on vinyl or concrete pools. Add water to your pool if a leaking pool drops within 1 foot from the shallow end floor. Vinyl liners will relax and wrinkle, possibly cracking or "snapping", and concrete pools risk cracking, drying of plaster finish and popping out of the ground due to hydrostatic pressure.
    Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:10 AM
  • Sunbelt Pool Winter Pool Maintenance
    Rob Cox
    With so much snow covering the US this week, it's likely that your sunbelt pool may look like this one pictured. Snow covered southern states last week, bringing a chilly start to the new year. Last week, for a short time there was some snow in all 50 states. Unusual yes, but aside from keeping the pumps running, what other tips are good to know to maintain a sunbelt pool during the winter? 
    Sunday, January 16, 2011 1:57 PM
  • Shocking or Super-Chlorinating your swimming pool
    Rob Cox
    Shocking the pool - to many people this means to pour in their chlorine powder once per week - whether they need it or not. Although a healthy practice from a sanitation standpoint, regular and unnecessary shocking may lead to a buildup of chloramines and an unnecessary lightening of the wallet.
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 6:44 PM