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Pool Lighting

Pool Lighting Options you will Love

Few pool owners think about lighting when they install their pool. It’s only afterward that they wish they’d had some form of illumination installed. Pool lighting does more than just add an extra level of fun for nighttime swimming and entertaining. It improves the pool’s visibility for an increased level of safety.

Pool lighting can be plain white, but most people prefer color-changing illumination. Lighting is available in a rainbow of colors and can be programmed to create light shows. The lighting can also be incorporated into fountains and other types of water features and modern technology enable them to be controlled with a phone app. The following are the most popular types of pool lighting.

LED

When it comes to LED lighting, pool owners can have their pools equipped with lights that are mounted directly into the pool walls. They’re mounted flush with the pool walls, don’t protrude into the pool area, and are quite durable. LED lights are brighter than traditional lighting options and they’re energy savers for cost-effective operation. They don’t require glass fixtures and that makes them safer.

Solar

For those that want solar lighting, plan on lights that float on top of the water and emanate light upward, outward or downward. They rely on built-in “batteries” for the sun to recharge. Some models require individuals to turn them on and off manually, while others can be controlled wirelessly. They’re typically round, but floral shapes are also available.

Fiber Optic

Fiber optic pool lights operate differently. The bulb is actually located in a dry box located on dry land near the pool. Light from the bulb travels through fiber optic cabling and into a specialized fitting in the pool wall, where it’s emitted into the water. One of the benefits is that the bulb is located above ground so it’s an easy matter to change it when needed, but the assembly also requires a fan to cool the bulb and the illumination level isn’t very bright compared to LEDs.

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Top 10 Things Every new Pool Owner Should Know

Individuals should be aware that a pristine pool in the back yard isn’t the end of the pool process. Many new pool owners either don’t know what’s involved in maintaining a pool or assume that little is needed beyond cleaning the filter periodically.

The most important thing any pool owner can do is install the proper barriers and safety-related equipment to prevent children, the elderly and pets from drowning. The following are the Top 10 things every new pool owner should know – and be aware of before they have their new pool installed.

  1. A professional pool service is well worth the money. They’re highly-trained experts that are skilled in all facets of pool maintenance and can conduct repairs and perform replacements.
  2. Pool water must be tested weekly to identify imbalances to ensure it adheres to specific levels of cleanliness for safe swimming.
  3. There are a number of chemicals that pools require and individuals will need to learn what each type is for, how much to apply, and when to do so.
  4. Pools that receive frequent use or are utilized by large numbers of swimmers will affect pH balances and other chemical levels.
  5. Multiple factors can affect the chemical levels in a pool, ranging from UV light and bodily fluids to adding water and rainwater from storms.
  6. Despite the best of intentions, pool water can become cloudy or spawn algae growth that can require shocking the pool.
  7. Even salt water pools require a certain amount of chlorine and a salt water pool won’t be the same as swimming in ocean water.
  8. Never drain the pool, even if a hurricane is approaching. Modern pools are designed to drain away from homes. Be sure to turn off the power to all the pool-related equipment and secure the pool deck. The pool will take care of itself.
  9. Automated cleaning systems make owning a pool much easier. It’s still important to have a professional perform periodic cleanings and check for any peeling or hairline cracks.
  10. One dog is equal to 50 swimmers. Canines will place extra strain on the pool’s systems. It’s also an essential safety measure for pets that don’t know how to exit the pool and can drown.

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What the Best Pool Maintenance Companies do Right

Engaging the services of a professional pool maintenance service is going to save a significant amount of time, money and stress for pool owners. The pool experts provide much more than simple water testing and applying the appropriate chemicals. The best pool maintenance companies provide other essential services and are highly trained professionals.

Leak Detection

A large leak will obviously affect the water level in a pool, but every leak begins as a small crack or other defect that can easily be detected by a pool professional in the earliest stages. A full-service pool maintenance company will use sonar technology to identify leaks within 10,000th of an inch within the pool itself. Pipes will be pressurized and the technician will use ultrasound devices to detect leaks.

Repairs

If a leak is detected or a breakdown occurs within any system, including solar heating units and salt water systems, a superior pool maintenance company will be able to obtain the required parts and repair it. The experts will also be able to install new equipment if existing systems can’t be repaired.

Remodeling

Whether individuals want to update the look of their pool, upgrade heaters or plumbing, or add custom water features a pool maintenance company will be able to accomplish those desires. The company will have the ability to provide services for residential or commercial pools and spas. The specialists can plaster, replace coping, and complete rock or masonry work to create a whole new look.

New Construction

A premium pool company has the experience and expertise to install a new pool and take care of every facet of its maintenance requirements after its completed. The professionals are knowledgeable about all prevailing regulations and safety rules. They’ll also be able to determine if the space and soil is appropriate for the proposed pool and can offer suggestions for alternatives if it’s not.

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4 Popular Pool Resurfacing Options

Eventually, any pool surface will wear out and require resurfacing. There are many more options for today’s pool owners than in the past and a solution to fit any budget. Pool owners should carefully weigh the cost against the overall durability and available budget when planning their pool resurfacing project. Each type of material has an average estimated lifespan, but longevity is dependent upon regular maintenance and care.

White Plaster

A white plaster finish is the least expensive option and the most common. White plaster lasts 5-15 years and has the shortest lifespan. It lacks the durability of other materials, but it’s also the easiest to repair if it’s chipped or damaged.

Concrete

Resurfacing with concrete creates a highly durable surface, but lacks much in regard to aesthetics. Its durability is one of the reasons it’s so popular for public pools since a concrete pool has the potential to last for up to 50 years. Cracks and imperfections can be easily smoothed over and repaired. Concrete can also be painted in a variety of colors.

Aggregate

Also known as a pebble finish, the surface is a mixture of plaster and rock or quartz pebbles. Pebble finishes have the longest lifespan and can last for 15-20 years. It’s highly durable, stain-resistant, and available in a multitude of colors. It creates the appearance and feel of a stream or lake bed. Aggregate provides a non-slip surface that’s also low-maintenance. Aggregate is more costly but has a lifespan of 15-20 years.

Tiles

When money is no object, tiles are an aesthetically appealing and versatile choice that can last 5-10 years. The specially manufactured tiles are designed to withstand pool chemicals and the ravages of UV rays. Tiles are available in multiple sizes, a myriad of colors, and styles that can be used to create intricate designs if desired.

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Home Pool Safety

In order to maintain safety at your home swimming pool, all parents must have these essential items to keep young ones safe: a fence and an alarm. Having a fence around your pool is a good way to ensure that your children or other loved ones cannot access the pool when you are not around. Kids can and will find their way to the water if left unattended and the consequences can be deadly. The easiest way to ensure safety is with a pool fence and alarm.

 

Small children are attracted to water and have no sense of fear. They may have a false sense of security after being in the pool with an adult. A fence will be able to deny access to your pool, while an alarm will be able to warn you of anyone getting into or falling into the water. If you do not have at least one of these two things available around your pool, then you are leaving your home swimming pool safety in the hands of chance. With both of these items, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pool and family are protected.

 

There are many companies that install pool fences in the South Florida area.  These companies will know exactly how to install your fence so that you do not have to, while they are also able to make any necessary modifications to ensure that your pool is safe and enjoyable. Pool alarms can be purchased and pool supply stores as well as online. Be sure to try out the alarm product to make sure it is working properly and is loud enough to be heard from inside the house.

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Fun Ideas For Kids Pool Parties

Are you looking for fun ideas for kid’s pool parties? Today’s kids just love to swim and so you will have a great time with a pool party. The theme can be something you have already done or you can come up with something new, but either way you will have lots of fun. Here are some fun ideas for pool parties:

 

The first thing you need to do is to get some swimming pool toys. You can find swimming pool toys at any store that has children’s toys. You can even find toys at garage sales and flea markets. You can also look online to find toys that you can buy in bulk. You can also find swimming pool floats, pool noodles, towels and more at your local pool supplies store.

 

Music is always a great idea for pool party games. Finding music for pool parties is relatively easy with the Internet. All you have to do is search for “music for pool parties” and you will find literally thousands of results. Stream the music in the pool area for everyone to enjoy. Whatever you choose, make sure you have some fun music that kids will enjoy and is age-appropriate.

 

Games such as Marco Polo, volleyball and basketball are big hits for parties. Kids will pretty much dictate the fun if you provide them with a ball and a net. Younger kids may enjoy diving for toys and playing on floats and making their own games up.

 

Last but not least, make sure you have plenty of snacks! Swimming always makes kids hungry. Great snacks for poolside include fruits and veggies, mini sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and of course ice pops! Whatever you provide, kids are sure to enjoy.

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Can Swimming Make You Stronger?

There are many different reasons that swimming can help you build more muscle and burn more calories. First, you will find that when you swim you are engaging a large group of muscles all working together. Therefore, when your heart pumps harder through your body, this helps to stimulate the development of more muscles in your arms, chest, and legs. This is a good way for your heart to develop stronger and will help it work better. As you continue to swim, you will also be building more muscle because you will be using more of it and your heart is getting stronger as well.

Build muscle & Weight Loss

Swimming also helps to keep your weight down, so you will find that you can lose weight quite easily. This is one reason that even a small dip in weight can make you feel more alive and excited again. You will also find that as your muscle development and weight loss progress, your muscles will become stronger and able to hold more water. This can make you feel as if your body is toned, which is what you want. If you want to build more muscle, you can do so by swimming consistently and frequently.

Cardiovascular health

Finally, swimming can be very beneficial to a person’s cardiovascular health. Many people suffer from high cholesterol counts or even high blood pressure and can benefit from a cardiovascular workout regularly. Although swimming may not have the same impact on your health as other forms of cardiovascular workouts, it can still make you healthier. It will help to strengthen your heart and lung muscles while burning calories at the same time. You can also benefit from muscle building as well because muscle helps to support your cardiovascular system.

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How to Keep Algae Out of Your Swimming Pool

If you want to have a beautiful, clean, and healthy swimming pool, then you need to know how to maintain it regularly. In fact, maintenance is considered to be one of the most important aspects of pool ownership. Without proper maintenance, your pool can easily develop several dangerous contaminants such as algae, which can also clog the filters of your pool. In addition, if you do not properly maintain your pool on a regular basis, there are high chances that it can lose its luster and even it’s color. So, to help you in maintaining your pool at its best, here are some helpful tips:

Clean the Pool

The first thing that you have to do is to remove any leaves or other debris from your pool. It is very important to do this so you can prevent algae from forming on the sides of the pool. Then, make use of skimmers so you can get rid of the dirt and leaves in the water.

Proper Chemicals

One of the most common mistakes that most people make when it comes to keeping their pool in good condition is using the wrong chemicals for it. Make sure that you use the correct chemical that is suitable for the type of pool that you have. There are several types of pool chemicals including automatic pool cleaners that help in keeping algae at bay while using minimal amounts of chemicals. Also, regular maintenance is required to make sure that the chemicals are still in the right quantity. By following all these tips, you can surely enjoy crystal clear and beautiful pool water.

Pool Maintenance Company

Pool cleaning and chemical maintenance can be overwhelming for any pool owner. One of the best things you can do hire a company to regularly visit and maintain you pool. They will keep you pool clean, clear, and ready for use.

 

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Maintaining your Saline Pool

A great many people are choosing to install a saline swimming pool rather than a traditional chlorine model. While saline pools are gentler on hair and skin, it’s important to understand that the saline levels are not comparable to ocean water – salinity levels are approximately 1/10th that of the ocean.

The second thing to know about saline pools is that they’re more complex systems and if you’re not familiar with them, your best decision will be to hire a professional pool service for regular monitoring, maintenance and repair. Your initial set up will be more costly, but a saline pool is less expensive to maintain over time.

Maintaining a saline pool isn’t like a traditional chlorine pool and trying to apply the same principles will result in damage. Saline pools still require chlorine, but it’s not simply dumped in the pool. Chemicals must first pass through a salt chlorine generator that converts chemicals into hypochlorous acid and hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas dissipates into the air and the hypochlorous acid is what sanitizes the water.

Salt is a corrosive material. In the recommended concentrations, it’s not harmful to any part of the pool system. If you add too much, the saline will begin to corrode pipes, fittings, pool liners and railings. Rectifying and repairing the damage will be extremely costly.

It’s critical that proper circulation be maintained to prevent salt from building up in specific areas. Depending upon the shape of your pool, it may require additional circulation devices to be installed. If you see salt crystals growing anywhere in the pool, call a professional.

Regular cleaning is required for any type of pool, but not all tools that are used for cleaning a chlorine pool are effective for a saline environment. Always make sure that your filter, skimmer and pump are kept clean.

You’ll need to maintain proper pH levels, manage stabilizers, sustain appropriate salt levels, and shock the pool when appropriate. Regular testing is critical to know what chemicals to add and when. Anytime you’re in doubt, engage the services of a pool expert.

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Don’t Skip the Spa when Designing your new Pool

There’s much to be said for the benefits of adding a spa when you install your new pool. The good news is that you can even add one to your existing pool and it will provide all the benefits of a hot tub. It can be ornamented and enhanced in a variety of ways with water, custom seating options, jets, mood lighting, a sound system, and tile colors.

Depending on the construction and design, the spa area will be separated with some type of barrier from the pool. The spa can be at the same height or slightly elevated, depending on personal preference. The spa area can be incorporated within the pool itself or created as a separate “pool.”

Most people prefer their spa to be the second type – connected yet separate from the swimming pool. You can choose a custom-built spa or one that’s pre-fabricated. Either can be easily incorporated into your landscape.

Adding a spa to your pool opens up new possibilities for health and wellness, along with lifestyle and even entertaining. Spas have multiple therapeutic benefits and are a great way to ease sore joints and muscles whether you have joint condition or you’re recovering from a gym workout.

Depending on your available space and personal preferences, you may choose to have a spa installed that’s entirely separate from the main pool. It can be done at the same time as the pool is installed or at a later date. If your available space is limited and you don’t have room for a traditional swimming pool, a warm water spa is an ideal alternative.

A spa is an effective method of hydrotherapy for sore joints and muscles. The warm water increases circulation and soothes away stress and tension. The spas are equally popular as a focal point for entertaining. An added benefit is that it adds value to your home and lifestyle, along with your mental, physical and emotional health.

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