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Friday, 14 March 2014 09:04

New Invention aims to prevent drownings

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Anti- Entrapment Invention Hits Market

From Pool and Spa News

The Virginia Graeme Baker act has literally changed the face of the swimming pool industry.  Both residential and commercial pools have required significant retrofits to ensure safety and to be compliant with rapidly-changing codes as a result of the VGB act.  This post from Pool and Spa news illustrates what some old fashioned ingenuity can do to solve a pressing problem, and could be the ultimate answer to this safety concern. 

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Three SVRS pioneers have joined forces to introduce a new product they believe could change the landscape of anti-entrapment equipment.

In the 1990s, the phenomenon of suction entrapment was becoming more commonly known. David Stingl and Paul McKain sought to address these incidents by inventing the first two safety vacuum release systems, meant to remove the vacuum that can form in pool plumbing and cause entrapment. In 1996, Stingl founded Stingl Products with Tony Sirianni. Paul McKain's PlaySafe hit the market about a year later.

The three have teamed up to offer the Pool and Spa Drain ProteKtor, a small device meant to prevent three of the five types of entrapment. It plugs directly into the drain pipe inside the sump, thus preventing access to the opening and, developers believe, answering widespread concerns about the hazards of a drain if the cover should come off.

The device incorporates technology from Ron Schroader, developer of Drainsafe outlet covers, one of the few brands to escape a massive Consumer Product Safety Commission drain cover recall in 2011.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:50

The Empty Swimming Pool as Hypnotic Art

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The Hypnotic Architecture Of Empty Swimming Pools

From Huffington Post

This post from Huffington Post gives an entirely new perspective on vacant swimming pools.  The breathtaking photography of a mundane vista evokes a visceral response from the viewer.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

We have to admit, we haven't spent much time ogling the architecture of public pools. But those days are over, at least after catching a glimpse of Franck Bohbot's hypnotic photos of empty swimming vessels.

Without the lifeguards, floaties and rowdy swimmers trying to sneak a dive in the shallow end, pools take on a strangely sublime, towering force. Somewhere between an art deco hotel, an ancient Roman temple and a Wes Anderson set, the brightly colored swim spots morph into modern day halls of mirrors.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:57

Moving Into a House with a Pool

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Moving Into a House with a Pool

From Guardian Pool Fence Systems

Buying a home is a daunting experience, regardless of the home's scale.  Buying and moving into a home with an inground swimming pool is orders of magnitude more so.  Most people don't understand how inground swimming pools work, and even seasoned home inspectors can be baffled by the workings and machinations of swimming pool filtration systems, structural issues related to concrete pools, water chemistry, pool surface issues, etc.  Not to mention the fact that many old residential swimming pools haven't been brought up to snuff on the latest safety regulations related to anti-entrapment safetly.  In this post by Guardian Pool Fence systems, the pitfalls and factors that need to be considered are outlined in a simple and easy to understand format.  This is a good first step towards putting the new homeowner's mind at ease.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

A move is a huge life event, and one that can certainly go a variety of directions. If you're considering moving into a home with a pool, there are a variety of factors you absolutely must consider before pulling the trigger. Once you've decided on the best movers in your area, turn your attention to figuring out your potential pool situation. Here's what you need to think about.

1. Safety

The most important consideration involved is whether or not you have children. If you do, pool safety becomes paramount. Is the pool gated or fenced in? Do the doors to the yard have handles or locks out of the reach of your kids? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 202 kids drowned in pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2013. This is unquestionably item number one on your list.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:13

Hot Tubs Can Improve Runner Recovery Time

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Hot Tubs Can Improve Runner Recovery Time

Originally posted by Swim University

The benefits of soaking in a hot tub are well documented.  Hydrotheraphy can claim such benefits as lower blood pressure, pain relief, and relaxation. In this posting from Swim University, writer Matt Giovanisci posits the amazing benefits that hot water therapy provides specifically to runners:

Hot tubs have so many health benefits it’ll make your head spin, but they can also aid your workouts and help your muscles recover faster. This is especially useful for runners.

Although I'm not a runner myself, I've heard a lot about how runners are benefiting from soaking in a hot tub, pre and post workout. That's why I decided to reach out to some professional runners and get their take on using a hot tub to improve their recovery time.

Soaking in a Hot Tub BEFORE a Run

It made sense to me that soaking in a hot tub before a run would help loosen your body and make the run a little bit easier at the start. It turns out my hunch was right!

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Monday, 03 March 2014 14:39

Burr Ridge, IL Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

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Burr Ridge, IL Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

This rectangular swimming pool measures 22'6" x 42'0", and features an Automatic Pool Safety Cover with custom stone lid system. The 8'0" x 8'0" separate spa is raised 2'0" with a 4'0" sheer descent water feature spilling into the pool. Inside the pool there is a 10'0" foot bench for seating and rest, and when rest time is over there is a basketball system for fun and recreation. Colored pool lights illuminate the swimming pool and hot tub with rich color, and Indiana Limestone coping and capstone coping on the hot tub give a clean finished touch. Salt Water Chlorine Generation makes the pool water quality softer and easier for the homeowner. The ample decking area consists of a unilock Brussels block coffee creek blend concrete paver, and the spa is faced with a nicely-contrasting Fon Du Lac stone.

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