Swimming Pool Blog

2008

  • Customer Vision: Case Study
    Customer Vision is a Des Moines, Iowa software solutions company that POOLCENTER.com contracted to host and help implement the new Pool Community.   The Biz-Wiki tool provided by Customer Vision allows ease-of-use and top of the line support and is fully compatible and scalable across many different platforms.  POOLCENTER.com decided to "go with" the Customer Vision team after researching approximately 4-5 different community software providers.  It was clear that they were ready and willing from the very beginning with a test database having been setup only hours after placing a request for quote.  The ability of the software to mimic  POOLCENTER.com's new homepage design was key in the successful launch and the software proved to be robust enough to handle the task.
    Tuesday, September 30, 2008 5:41 PM
  • ABOUT US - History of POOLCENTER.com
    POOLCENTER.com went on-line in January 1996, essentially establishing one of the very first websites for pool owners and users providing clear and accurate information on pool topics, competent technical support, exceptional customer support/service, and quality swimming pool products at a fair and competitive price to customers worldwide.  POOLCENTER.com's award winning pool technical support is provided by Blue Thumb, LLC.
    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:17 PM
  • How's Your Filter? The Trio - Part II

    Today we look at Part II of the Trio, Circulation. It was pointed out last month that if you had the circulation of a rushing river, moving your water at say, 1,000 gallons per minute, you likely wouldn’t need filtration or sanitation. I guess algae can’t grow when it’s moving so fast. But our little pipes and little pumps just can’t handle 1,000 gallons per hour, can they?

    Saturday, July 26, 2008 4:15 PM

  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

    In the Fall of 2007, POOLCENTER.com contributed to helping the Chapin Family realize their dreams.  Having been a fan of the award winning television series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," since its inception, everyone here at POOLCENTER.com headquarters considers it an honor to be mentioned as having helped such a loving and caring family like the Chapin's.  The thank you card from them warmed all of our hearts and brightened an already great Summer.  Thank you, Chapin Family, for being such a great asset to your community. 
    Saturday, July 19, 2008 4:40 PM

  • Pool Community Featured in Inc.com Magazine!

    In April of 2008 POOLCENTER.com launched the "Community Pool," a place for our customer's to interact, share information, fun stories about their pool, post videos, collaborate, and just keep in touch with other pool owners.  In order to make this happen, POOLCENTER.com implemented "community software" which is actually a sub-domain.  The sub-domain http://community.poolcenter.com features many categories and sub-categories for users to navigate and browse at their leisure.  Back in 1996 (ol' 96) POOLCENTER.com posted some information up on the web for their service customer's associated with Cox Pools, the information was to help/assist residential pool owners with such things as testing water chemistry, how to clean a pool filter, how to "winterize" a pool, etc., and so "Pool Info" (i.e. POOLCENTER.com) was born.
    Monday, June 30, 2008 11:14 AM

  • How's Your Filter? The Trio - Part I

    I always like to use the analogy that - if you had a filter as “big as a house” you wouldn’t need worry about circulation and sanitation. Or – if you dumped in 5 gallons of bleach every few days, you wouldn’t need to filter or circulate much either. Or – imagine circulating your pool water so fast, like a rushing river – turning it over at a rate of 1,000 GPM (gallons per minute) that Sanitation (chlorine) and Filtration becomes unnecessary for clean and clear pool water.

    Thursday, June 19, 2008 3:49 PM

  • Pool Safety: Have a Safety Scan

    Once you have your pool opened, taken care of your chemistry requirements, and got the equipment up and running, it's time to make sure your pool is as safe as possible. This is not one of those trademarked terms, just a phrase I use to describe looking at the entire pool area and adjoining areas, for possible, maybe probable, safety issues. There is a term that is trademarked, I think - called Layers of Protection. It would be helpful to the discussion of a Pool Safety Scan if I start by talking about the layers of protection surrounding a swimming pool.
    Monday, June 09, 2008 1:10 PM

  • How To Throw The Best Pool Party Ever!
     
    Party time! Gather some family and friends and let's have a pool party. The most fun you could ever have around your pool, is when you have guests and are entertaining. It is the perfect time to show off your pool and yard. The key here is preparation.  Invitations, menus, helpers, pool, and yard will all need to be taken care of in advance.  The more you do ahead of time, the more time you will have to enjoy the party. Start about a month before the party. Make a list of who you want to come. We can't give any advice here. But too many people would not only be unsafe, but we want enough room for eating, swimming, and just laying around.
     
     
     
    Monday, May 12, 2008 4:27 PM
  • Pool Safety Tips
     Anyone who has been to a community pool has no doubt heard the lifeguards shouting at children "No running!". A whistle is blown and everyone is told to slow down. There’s nothing that can ruin a fun pool party like a trip to the emergency room. Especially for something that could have been avoided. Swimming pool accidents are responsible for many injuries and deaths per year. Not only is drowning the most common cause of death of children under the age of 5 in many parts of the country, But countless of other injuries occur each year from falls, entrapment and just plain carelessness and negligence. The first and foremost thing we all need to do, is just use common sense.
     

    Thursday, May 08, 2008 11:48 AM
  • Enersol Solar Heating

     

    What is the advantage to solar pool heat? It's free! Can't beat that. It is also very easy for DIY types.  For less than the cost of a conventional pool heater, consider that being your only expense for years, while extending your swimming season by months. 85 degree pool in October? No problem. For free!  With all this talk about the whole green movement, and the use and depletion of our natural resources, it makes sense to not only consider, but utilize solar heat for swimming pools. 

     
     
    Tuesday, May 06, 2008 12:35 PM
  • Yikes! My Pool Water is Green!

    The green pool. Not very pleasant. Pools turn green from green algae. There is only one sure way to knock the green from a pool. Chlorine. And make sure it’s enough chlorine. Many times we hear, “But I put four bags of shock in the pool, and it’s still green” Well, four bags of shock should kill algae in a pool under 20,000 gallons, If they are added at once, not a bag at a time. The key to getting rid of algae, is “super chlorination.”
    Tuesday, May 06, 2008 11:01 AM