Swimming Pool Gates & Alarms for Safety

How Long and When Should I Run My Swimming Pool Filter?

Hi everyone! Well, it took a while but summer has finally arrived and with a vengeance!

We are now on our third day of 90 and above and yes, being the humans that we are, we are already complaining about the heat. Funny, two weeks ago we were at the opposite end of the spectrum with the nights being cooler than usual.

Summer Fun with Your Swimming Pool

Marco! Polo! I was reminiscing last night with my usual insomniac self, reflecting about what we used to do when we were kids during our summer vacation. Although I didn’t have a swimming pool myself my aunts house was a welcome destination quite often as well as going to the reservoir for a swim. When we weren’t playing in a body of water we were still outside playing various games, going to the park, doing arts and crafts and other fun stuff.

Do Swimming Pool Solar Covers Really Help?

Often, I am asked this very question whether a solar cover will make a difference in the temperature of the pool water?

Swimming Pool Holiday Madness!

This week has been sort of crazy but not as bad as previous years because of the unusual cool weather we have been having here. This doesn't preclude us from still getting the frantic calls from customers who all of a sudden decide to open their pools two days before the holiday expecting it to be ready for their pool party.

Buying Pool Products Online Versus Brick and Mortar

This is a touchy subject discussed among ourselves in the pool retail industry but also one that has affected not just the swimming pool industry but more and more mom and pop businesses in any retail situation in downtown USA.

May is National Water Safety Month! Is your Swimming Pool Safe?

Every year in May we are getting our swimming pools open and ready for one of the biggest holidays of summer, Memorial Day. Through out the month of May and the entire swimming season we are asking our customers and pool owners nationwide to ask themselves if they have inspected their pools and upgraded and installed as many layers of safety they possible can. Some of these layers involve some monetary cost and others do not and either way as a responsible pool owner you will have as many layers as possible.

Which is Better? Heater or Heat Pump?

Heaters are considered to be accessory equipment and are items that can be considered for the initial installation of the pool or added on years later, depending upon when you feel you would like to have the convenience of swimming in a warm pool or extending what for many is a short swimming season. A heater can add one to two months onto your swimming season; and for some people who have attached spas, having a heater can extend their spa experience well into the fall season.

Is Your Favorite Swimming Hole Safe?

Well, I just read an article last week which was not all that shocking really. One in five people admitted to peeing in the pool, despite that little sign you may have "we don't swim in your toilet so don't pee in our pool". Astonishing enough, one out of five is most likely a low number as I don't know many people who would honestly admit to peeing in the pool.

How To Choose A Swimming Pool Contractor

The best way to find a contractor is through a referral or friend who has used the business and is happy with their services. Outside of that, contact a few reputable businesses that have been established, can give you references on the spot, and offer follow through services such as a retail store for all your pool needs, water analysis, and a service department that is familiar with the products you will have on your pool.
Make sure first and foremost they are licensed and insured. In Connecticut, that means a Home Contractors and SP1 for the owner and an SP2 license for their employees indicating the level of training provided.

Test the Waters: Take this Quiz On Swimming Pool Chemicals

FALSE-Clear water does not necessarily mean clean water. Clear pool water has been oxidized (organic contaminants have been broken down and destroyed). However, to ensure healthy swimming conditions, pool water must also be sanitized so it is free of bacteria and algae. The only way to determine if water is properly sanitized is to test it using a reliable test kit. Acidity in the pool for those only using chlorine can be corrosive to your pool equipment but also irritate a swimmers skin especially young swimmers.