Swimming Pool Blog

  • 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
  • Eco Friendly Swimming Pool Decking
    Rob Cox
    For swimming pool decks, the available materials are endless, but most will fall into two main categories. Concrete or Wood. Within each main category we have several types of materials that are used for pool decks. The goal of this article is to discuss these materials to help you evaluate their relative impact on the environment.
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:41 AM
  • The Most Common Pool Leak
    Rob Cox
    My cousin Joe Cox sent me an email with the subject line: The Pool is Leaking. Knowing his pool the way I do, I immediately emailed him back a response. Lay on the deck and lean over to look inside the skimmer. Look for any cracks at the point where the plastic skimmer meets the white plaster. If you see any debris sucked into these cracks or voids, a pool putty repair is indicated." I love trying to sound like a doctor! Joe found the cracks and the debris, cleaned it up a bit and made a pool putty repair (described below).
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 1:49 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
  • 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
  • How to Caulk Your Pool's Expansion Joint
    So, the reason that pool caulk is necessary (besides it looking nice) is that it prevents water and debris from getting into the joint and causing some very common and very expensive problems for your pool wall.
    Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:15 AM
  • Spa Wall Repair on a Pool / Spa Combo pool
    Rob Cox
    Attached spas are fun, even if they're not heated. Small children love their small size and when the kids are asleep, the adults can turn up the heater and enjoy a hot, bubbling spa after dark. But there is a dark side. Well, not so dark really. Many, if not most attached spas have no problems with the wall that separates the pool and spa - but some do.
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:52 PM
  • So, you need to replaster the pool?
    pool plasteringThere was a time when all pools were plastered white. Nowadays, pool owners are given choices of colored plaster, quartz chips and pebbles. There are so many pool plastering choices, it can be difficult to choose. This blog post will aim to help you sort out the different pool plaster options offered by most professional plastering companies.
    Monday, April 30, 2012 10:56 AM
  • How do I drain my pool?
    Manage a swimming pool long enough, and It's likely that at some point during your pool ownership or management years, you will need to drain the pool. Here's some information on how to safely drain a swimming pool, to avoid any kind of trouble.
    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:41 PM
  • Wrinkles in a vinyl liner pool
    Wrinkles in your vinyl liner. Not pretty to look at, and also causes some vinyl liner performance issues. Wrinkles in a vinyl lined pool can create some problems such as: Traps dirt up against the folds. Risk of holes from cleaners snagging a fold. Weakens the area that is folded. Read more...

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 5:19 PM
  • How to remove or fill-in a swimming pool
    Most people choose to fill-in their cement or gunite pool where allowed, rather than completely removing it. The cost to completely remove a gunite or cement pool is in the range of $9,000.00 - $19,000.00 depending on the size and location. The cost includes what you might expect, completely removing the pool, cement deck, dumping fee's, cost of fill and grading, everything.
    Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:03 AM