Swimming Pool Blog

POOL MAINTENANCE
  • How to Safely drain your swimming pool
    Rob Cox
    I told our member that he might want to take a look at a recent blog post on acid washing a pool safely, which had information about properly draining a swimming pool. Gave me an idea for a new post on the topic, focusing on how to best drain many different pool system types.
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:51 AM
  • Acid Washing your pool Safely
    Rob Cox
    pool acid washingAcid washing a plastered, in ground swimming pool is a process that can be done safely by a homeowner, if proper safety precautions are taken. Three general areas of safety must by managed.
    Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:33 AM
  • Pool Troubleshooting - Use your Senses!

    use your senses to troubleshoot your pool problemsEvery swimming pool is different, and will have different characteristics of water quality, flow volume, filter cycles, etc. This blog post will discuss how to pay attention to the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of your particular pool - which can be valuable indicators of how the pump and filter system is operating. Knowing your pool water - and how it normally behaves, will tip you off immediately when something is wrong.
     
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:09 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • Environmentally Friendly Pool Decking
    Rob Cox
    Many pool owners are replacing wood decks with composite decks, covering spalled and cracked concrete with it, or adding an environmentally friendly pool deck to their above ground pool.  So, if you are considering adding or replacing your pool deck, give some thought to using some post-consumer materials for a durable and attractive pool deck. A pool deck is a large investment, so use a material that will last, while doing something good for the planet.
    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:17 AM
  • When is it time to Replaster the Pool?
    Rob Cox
    How often should they be re-plastered? And what factors should a pool owner consider when looking at replastering or resurfacing their swimming pool? Surely, Time cannot be the only factor to consider. When and Why should a pool owner replaster their pool?
     
    Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:55 PM
  • How to replace an above ground pool liner
    Rob Cox
    pool liner replacementSooner or Later, your above ground pool vinyl liner will need to be replaced. Generally, above ground liners last 10 years or so, depending on the quality of the pool liner and the care given to the water chemistry. Over time, harsh water conditions can deplete the plasticizers within vinyl and cause your vinyl liner to become brittle and stiff. Eventually, all liners will fail, some gradually, some tragically and all at once.
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:56 PM
  • Spring is Pool Renovation Time!
    Rob Cox
    Every 20 years or sometimes sooner, all pools need to have a facelift. For one of our customers, Charlie O, In South Jersey, he has been emailing back and forth with me about sprucing up his 30 year old Sylvan pool. His pictures and our back and forth conversation seemed a good topic for a blog post. So here goes...!
    Tuesday, April 20, 2010 6:14 PM
  • Swimming Pool Painting, a How-To.
    Rob Cox
    Painting your swimming pool can brighten up a plaster pool finish by coating it with an almost ceramic like surface. Underwater pool paints have come a long way in the last 50 years, since pool painting was often an annual chore. Swimming Pool Paints now can last 5-7 years or longer - when properly applied. This article will cover some of the pitfalls to pool painting, as well as the mechanics of measuring your surface area, surface prep and pool painting techniques.
    Saturday, April 03, 2010 2:24 PM