Swimming Pool Blog

  • Pool Pumps Earn ENERGY STAR Certification
    Rob Cox
    On February 15, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its first ENERGY STAR specification for pool pumps. Expanding into this new product category is part of the ENERGY STAR program’s overall commitment to help prevent climate change by encouraging superior energy efficiency.

    Friday, March 22, 2013 11:18 AM
  • Early Spring Pool Checkup – Preparing for Opening.
    Rob Cox
    Spring is almost upon us! While it may not be quite time to open your pool, there are 3 steps you can take to make your pool opening easier and quicker. Following these simple tips will help ensure that your pool opening will be trouble free, whether it's one or two months away from now.

    Friday, March 22, 2013 10:39 AM
  • Pool Pathogens: Bacteria in Pool & Spa Water
    Rob Cox
    Bacteria and viruses can easily find a home in swimming pool water. I'm not speaking about algae, which is not a pathogen (disease causing organism), but smaller, invisible creatures that can live in your pool or spa.
    Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:24 PM
  • CPR - Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, can be a life saver if/or when an accident happens around the pool area. Knowing what to do and going into action fast can be the difference between life and death for the victim. First, perform an ABC, then CPR if need be.
    Friday, March 15, 2013 9:42 AM
  • Awesome Pool Fence Design Ideas
    Rob Cox
    photo gallery of pool fence ideas and pool fence design. Ultra modern or traditional, pool fences look best when they are planned. Use these tips in 5 areas to design a cool pool fence around your pool.
    Saturday, March 09, 2013 1:08 PM
  • Chlorine Buyer's Guide
    Choosing the best chlorine for your pool depends on factors such as pool type, size and location of the pool. The best chlorine to buy may be the most convenient source for you, from a dealer with a good price and good service.
    Friday, March 08, 2013 12:02 PM
  • Save Money at the Pool Pump
    A pool pump is the heart of your swimming pool. It keeps the pool water circulating so that the filter can clean and to spread chemicals around the pool. It is also one of the most costly in terms of your utility bill. It is not uncommon for a pool pump to account for up to 20% of a household utility bill. That is a great deal of money to spend circulating your pool water, but don't worry, there are steps you can take that will save your hard earned money.
    Monday, March 04, 2013 5:25 PM
  • Mesh Covered Pools Tips to Avoid Green Pool Openings
    The good news however, is that a green pool opening on a mesh covered pool is entirely preventable. With a little spring cleaning, you can ensure that your pool cover comes off to blue and clear water - even if you open a little later than usual.
    Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:23 PM
  • All About Pool Light Bulbs
    One of the more overlooked aspects of a pool is lighting. In today’s post we are going to go into a bit more detail regarding the different types of pool bulbs available and what each offers in energy savings, color and heat output. Each pool bulb type and style has its pluses and minuses - typically related to cost versus the lifespan of the bulb. For instance, a basic incandescent light bulb is the cheapest out on the market, however the average lifespan of an incandescent pool bulb is only 1,000 hours. Halogens cost a little more and offer a 2,500 hour lifespan, compact florescent bulbs cost more still, but last up to 6,000 hours.
    Monday, February 25, 2013 5:20 PM
  • Correcting Hazardous Single Main Drains
    Rob Cox
    For those residential pools that have a dedicated main drain line - running all the way back to the pump, a hazard exists. If the skimmer valves were closed off, and all of the suction into the pump is from the main drain only, a swimmer could be trapped on the main drain - in a pool or spa.
    Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:38 AM
  • The Many Types of Pool Shock
    Rob Cox
    Calcium Hypochlorite, or Cal Hypo for short, has been the most popular form of pool shock treatment. Sodium Hypochlorite, popular with service companies and sunbelt pool owners,  was the alternative to using powdered or granular pool shock. But Cal Hypo, and Liquid chlorine - as popular as they have been, do have certain disadvantages.
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:27 PM