Swimming Pool Blog

  • Doggy Day Swim
    Rob Cox
    Who let the dogs out! Who - Who - Who..In September of each year, the dog finally has his day. Many community pools have a post labor day Saturday set aside for the dogs of the members to enjoy a refreshing swim. No humans allowed on Doggy Swim Day! The dogs have the pool all to themselves. These dogs break all the rules - they're running on the deck, diving in the shallow end, and dunking each other. 
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:18 PM
  • Annual D.E. Filter Cleaning & Inspection
    Rob Cox

    Autumn is here, and this weekend will note the first day of fall. Time for the annual chore of cleaning and inspecting your D.E. pool filter. If you are a snowbelter, and are winterizing your pool, cleaning and inspecting your diatomaceous earth filter grid assembly is part of any well-done pool closing.
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:11 PM

  • Pool Safety For Pets
    Reports of children drowning in backyard pools seem to dominate the news during the summer. What you may not hear about as often are the thousands of stories of dogs that drown in swimming pools. You already take several steps to keep your dog safe and healthy. You feed him good food, give him clean water, administer preventive pet meds to keep him free of pests, and of course, love him.
    Saturday, September 15, 2012 10:51 AM
  • Drowning Factors
    Rob Cox
    What factors influence drowning in America? Rob Cox lays out 6 causes or factors influencing drowning in the US, and follows up with 5 Key takeaways for reducing the risk of drowning in your pool or in your family.
    Monday, September 10, 2012 4:56 PM
  • Problems with Pool Plaster
    Rob Cox
    More has been revealed about the likely causes of pool plaster problems. It seems that it's not always something that the contractor has no control over. Certain "Defects in Materials or Workmanship" can cause plaster discoloration, cracking, etching and delamination.
    Thursday, September 06, 2012 5:37 PM
  • Vinyl liner Pool Construction Phases
    Rob Cox
    Following up to our blog post last week on Gunite pool construction phases, we wanted to take a look at how inground vinyl liner pools are built. The process for building a vinyl liner pool is very similar to a gunite pool, but is simplified by the fact that several specialized trades are eliminated. We won't need to set-up work from a gunite crew, a tile and coping crew, nor a plastering crew.
    Monday, August 13, 2012 1:50 PM
  • Gunite Pool Construction Phases
    Rob Cox
    There are several phases of building an inground gunite pool, and each phase is built upon the previous phase accomplishments. In most cases, each of these phases will be performed by a different crew or group of guys. You can plan on having a lot of visits by different trade contractors, starting with Graders and Excavators. Then comes the Steel and Plumbing guys, followed by Electricians. A Gunite crew will come in to "shoot" the pool before the Tile & Coping crew does their work. Finally, a plaster crew will come in to finish things up inside the pool.
    Saturday, August 11, 2012 11:26 AM
  • Cullen Jones is my Hero
    Rob Cox
    Cullen Jones is my Hero. Holder of several world records - countless Gold & Silver medals and tireless advocate for minority kids learning to swim. His success as a swimmer is near legendary, but what is more impressive is the time and effort he devotes to motivating minority kids to get in the water, and learn to swim. It is estimated that 60% of black kids cannot swim effectively and have a 300% greater risk of drowning than white kids.
    Friday, August 10, 2012 10:22 AM
  • Multiport Filter Valve Repairs
    Problems and solutions for multiport pool filter valves, used on pool filters. How to diagnose and repair multiport pool valve problems.
    Sunday, August 05, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Mesh or Solid Safety Pool Covers: Which is Better?
    Rob Cox
    So now, we have 3 choices available: Mesh safety covers, Solid safety covers with drain panel and Solid safety covers with cover pump. Which is better? I have listed the advantages of each below.
    Sunday, August 05, 2012 4:46 PM
  • The Many Kinds of Pool Plugs
    Rob Cox
    Swimming pool plugs come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and are used for many different purposes around the pool and for the pool equipment. This simple blog post is a discussion on the various types of plugs used on swimming pools. Many you will be familiar with; others perhaps not. Let's look at the many types of plugs and some of the uses of them.
    Sunday, August 05, 2012 2:08 PM