COLD CLIMATE MAINTENANCE
Everyone loves having an inground swimming pool, but we can't all live in Arizona, Las Vegas, California or Florida. The fact is, cold water climates present a unique challenge for swimming pool owners. Not only are the seasons limited to a few short months, the harsh climate can wreak havoc on pool equipment, pool decking, and pool finishes. In this post from Swimmingpool.com, the reader is given some basic important tips to remember when dealing with a swimming pool in the harsh colder climate after Labor Day and before Memorial Day.
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How to Winterize Your Swimming Pool
Winter is upon us; and as sad as that is for most swimming pool owners, winterizing the swimming pool is an essential task to ensure the longevity of all the features and amenities of the swimming pool. Most homeowners know about winterizing their cars, their outdoor decks and patios, and their porches or sunrooms. Even homes have required tasks for seasonal areas such as changing air filters, winterizing outdoor plumbing, etc. The swimming pool requires alot of TLC, and the winter is a good time to check for issues that may be manifest or close to needing attention. This article from Realestate.com gives a DIY guide to winterizing one's own swimming pool, as well as things to look for that could become major problems. There is also a great FAQ at the end of the article that will answer most of the common questions that arise about swimming pools.
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CDC and Olympic Champion Amanda Beard team up for healthy swimming
The documentation supporting nude showers and other preventative measures like refraining from urinating in swimming pools is manifold. Most people are aware that they need to do or not do certain things either before or while swimming, but simply choose the opposite. The Center for Disease Control is hoping that Olympic Champion swimmer Amanda Beard will help them disseminate the message of how to keep and maintain healthy swimming pools through behavior modification of the swimmers.
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5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SALT CHLORINATION
One of the most explosively popular swimming pool features over the last couple of decades has been the salt water chlorination system for swimming pools. Utilizing sodium chloride and the process of electroylsis, the salt water chlorine generator manufacturers chlorine inside the swimming pool vessel, precluding the need to add chlorine. However, it is not as simple as it sounds. Without propery considering the differing chemistry profiles of these types of pools versus other types, the homeowner and swimming pool professional alike can end up in some hot water (pun intended). In this article from Hayward, some of the common misconceptions about salt chlorination are addressed and discussed so the homeowner can begin to make an educated decision about the sanitizing system in their swimming pools.
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Blame it on the Rain
From Hayward Poolside
Many people have released an audible sigh after gazing at their swimming pool and outdoor living space after a heavy rainstorm. There is not only the physical debris with which to contend, but also the changes that can take place in the swimming pool chemistry and water levels. This blog from Hayward gives some great tips for the homeowner that has just experienced a torrential downpour and doesn't know where to start.
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Make Your Swimming Pool More Eco-Friendly and Efficient
Usually when you are talking about converting traditional items from conventional to environmentall friendly, you add expense. Think about buying a hybrid card, or the upfront cost of a geothermal heating system or solar system. Eventually the system should pay off, but cost efficiency is always an equation in payback time. This article from Living Green gives some very simple, practical ways to convert your swimming pool to an ecologically-friendly vessel with the added benefit of saving you money.
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Pool Cleaning 101: How Clean is Your Swimming Pool?
From Neave Pools
A clean swimming pool is one of the most inviting things a person could see on a hot, sunny day. The refreshing splash into the clean, cooling water is one of life's great pleasures. Nobody wants to jump into a cloudy, leaf-ridden, gunky mess, however. Swimming pool maintenance must be kept up with, or the swimming pool owner will not provide this experience to himself/herself or his/her guests. This handly article from Neave pools gives some simple tips to follow to preserve this annual ritual for the swimmers, and to protect the swimming pool owner's investment as well!
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BioGuard Provides Summer Vacation Tips for the Backyard
From Digital Journal
Ever left for a family vacation, only to return to a green swimming pool? Even if you think that you have adequate chlorine levels and the filtration equipment is working properly, pools can turn on you suddenly without proper care. This checklist from Bio Guard will help give you peace of mind when you are travelling, knowing that you took the proper steps to ensure that your pool will be clean and clear and ready to swim in when you return from your vacation.
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Swimming Pool Algae and Algaecides
From Pool Gear Plus
There are many ways to introduce algae into one's swimming pool, but the most common and frequently cited means by which algae is introduced and allowed to blossom is sanitizer deficiency. If the levels of sanitizer, usually Chlorine, are kept at acceptable levels, algae would never have the opportunity to take hold in the swimming pool. Once in bloom, the different types of Algae, specifically Black Algae and Mustard Algae, are extremely difficult to erridicate and become increasingly resistant to erradication measures. In this article by Pool Gear Plus, the different types of Algae are discussed, and the different ways to prevent and remove them are expounded upon.
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Do I have to shower before swimming? Pool safety questions answered
From CTV News
Let's face it: We have all been told that we need to take nude showers prior to entering any swimming pool. Even as children, we were probably instructed in the proper ways to do so; likely at summer camp or the local YMCA swimming pool. How many adults or children actually do so? The statistics and the results of these actions are likely to alarm you. Additionally, there are several other steps that you can take to keep the swimming pool safe for you, and your children. For example, even though the majority of adults and children actually pee in the swimming pool, it has been clinically shown that the chloramines that are formed from the chemical reaction between chlorine and urea in urine can actually exacerbate or even cause asthma and other lung disorders in some instances.
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