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Benefits of Deep-Water Exercise

The benefits of exercising in deep water has been known for centuries and forms the basis of many therapeutic practices in the modern world. Dozens of public gyms and community pools have initiated water aerobics classes that have been met with great enthusiasm and success.

Always be sure and consult with a physician before beginning any type of exercise routine. Pool owners already have everything they need to take advantage of aquatic workouts. The exercise is appropriate for all age groups.

Low Impact

Swimming is a low-impact exercise, but don’t discount its benefits, particularly for individuals with arthritis or healing from injuries. Water buoys the body’s weight, reduces the effects of gravity on the body, and makes it easier to move. Aquatic exercise also reduces the potential for injuries.

The buoyancy of water means individuals are only supporting a percentage of their normal body weight. For instance, standing in waist-level water reduces the gravitational force on the body by 50 percent, while neck-level water reduces the force of gravity by about 90 percent, depending upon the body’s density. 

Strengthens the Core

Exercising in deep water is great for strengthening the core and that adds stability to the body. It’s an effective exercise for anyone, particularly seniors and pregnant women. A stronger core enhances flexibility, improves balance and posture, and supports coordination that can actually aid in reducing accidents and falls.

Full Body Workout

Swimming in deep water utilizes all the muscles in the body and burns a significant number of calories. It’s an effective form of exercise for those with a wide range of chronic illnesses and disease ranging from COPD and osteoporosis to cardiac conditions. Water is also an excellent form of resistance training.

Stress Relief

Water creates a massaging effect as the body moves through it that’s relaxing and relieves stress. Water-based exercise improves circulation to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body and aids in sleep.

Competitive Edge

Those that regularly utilize deep water exercise to improve athletic abilities and endurance include hikers, mountain climbers, bicyclists, and weight lifters. It’s an important part of training for many professional athletes and it’s equally effective for recreational and amateur athletes.

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Services that Should be Included in your Maintenance Package

One of the best things about pool maintenance is that those services can be left to professionals. They have the knowledge, experience, and training to ensure every aspect of your pool is handled efficiently and effectively. However, you should be aware that maintenance packages can vary significantly among pool services.

Pool maintenance encompasses much more than simply monitoring pH levels and adding chemicals. Some companies provide a set number of services at specific intervals, while others tailor pool maintenance packages to the needs of the individual. The following are basic services that every pool maintenance package should include.

  • Check pH, alkalinity, and related chemical levels
  • Add chemicals when appropriate
  • Provide green pool clean up
  • Examine filters and clean or replace as necessary
  • Skim leaves and debris from the pool surface
  • Provide leak detection services
  • Ensure pumps and pool heaters are working optimally and provide replace/repair services
  • Remove and vacuum algae from the walls and bottom of the pool, along with slides and ladders

There are also other services that pool professionals offer that are specialties. Saline-based pool systems are becoming more popular and not every pool service is familiar with them. The salt-based pools have some different requirements and it’s important that you ensure that the pool service you select is experienced with those types of systems.

Superior pool companies also provide equipment sales and installation, along with pool repairs. The companies may also be able to provide pool installation, remodeling, and renovation services. There may also come a time when you want to consider resurfacing your pool and professional pool service will have the expertise to do so.

In areas with hard water, it doesn’t take long for mineral deposits to collect on pool surfaces. Pool professionals can provide an acid wash to remove those deposits and aid in minimizing staining.

Most important of all, make sure the pool professional you hire for maintenance and service work is trained, certified and licensed to perform the services for which they’re contracted.

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Trees to Avoid Planting Near your Pool

Planting trees near your swimming pool can aid in creating specific landscaping effects for a more inviting environment. In addition to leaves, some have pollen, blossoms, seeds, and fruits that will fall in the pool and add to maintenance costs. It will also make the pool unattractive and may even render it unusable. The following are trees you’ll want to avoid near your pool.

Evergreens

An evergreen may seem like a good alternative to traditional leafy varieties – until you consider that they shed needles at an amazing rate. Those needles can fall or be blown into the pool and carried in on damp feet. The trees also emit sticky pitch that’s difficult to remove.

Fruit and Nuts

Trees that bear fruits or nuts should be avoided whether they’re trees that are considered domesticated or those found in the wild. Fruits and nuts attract insects, wildlife, and present a hazard for people who can trip, fall, and be injured. Fruits and the husks of nuts will also stain pools, concrete and other surroundings.

Invasive Roots

Some tree species have invasive roots that actively seek sources of moisture – including your pool. They can grow through the sides of pools, erode the soil around the pool, and damage and destroy underground plumbing. Willows, aspens and cottonwoods are water seekers.

Big Bloomers

Trees that produce big blooms are beautiful to behold until they begin to drop their petals into the pool. The resulting debris can be considerable. Southern magnolias are well-known for their gorgeous blooms and messy aftermath.

Thorns, Spikes, and Spines

Some trees develop thorns as they mature, while others produce seeds with thorny coverings. Sycamores and sweetgum produce seeds with spiky coverings that are painful if stepped on. Hawthorns, honey locusts and acacias sprout thorns.

Messy Seeders

The catalpa tree is a messy seeder and the northern variety is even worse than the southern version. The long seed pods open to release clouds of fluffy seeds that can resemble a snow storm when blown about by the wind. Their flowers also create a mess when they drop and the seeds pods are unsightly when they fall on lawns and in pools.

Weak Limbs

Silver maples and Bradford pears are just two species that tend to have weak branches that break and fall in the wind. They can cause a significant amount of damage if the branch is large, while a continual rain of small twigs is equally annoying.

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Pool Supplies Every Pool Owner Should Have

Many individuals choose to perform maintenance on their pool themselves. Keeping a pool clean, sparkling and healthy will require a familiarity with a range of chemicals and their proper application. There are also basic tools and equipment that every individual should have. The following are pool supplies that every individual should have.

Chemicals

Anyone with a pool knows how many chemicals are required to maintain pH balances, kill algae, and keep pools sanitized for a healthy environment in which to swim. There are also chemicals to shock pools, clarifiers, chemicals to remove stains. Test strips are also needed to determine if there are imbalances that need to be rectified.

Gates and Fences

Every pool is required to have a fence that children can’t climb under or over and an automatically locking gate latch to prevent drowning. It can also be helpful to place an alarm on the gate and specially designed pool motion sensors are available.

Pool Brush

This is an essential cleaning tool, but be careful to select the right head for the type of pool finish. There are brushes that are equally appropriate for concrete and plaster pools, while others are used for vinyl lined pools only. One of its most important functions is scraping algae off the side after the pool has been treated with an algaecide. Some are equipped with a magnetic edge to retrieve missing jewelry.

Pool Cover

A pool cover will keep debris out of the pool when it’s not in use and it’s an important safety feature that helps prevent accidents. Solar pool covers will use the power of the sun to help warm the pool water.

Skimmer

This is a flat net attached to a long pole, enabling owners to remove debris floating on the surface of the pool such as insects, leaves and flower petals. It’s also effective for reaching pool toys that have floated out of reach or that have sunk to the bottom.

Vacuum

A manual vacuum designed for pools allow people to reach the bottom, sides, and hard to reach corners to remove any slime, algae or residue that’s built up in the pool. A robotic cleaner is another option. While a robotic cleaner isn’t an absolute necessity, they’re very convenient and save time. The robots can clean the bottom, sides and even steps, depending on the model, while owners are sleeping or at work.

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Things to Consider when Hiring a Pool Service Company

One of the easiest and most convenient means of keeping swimming pools sparkling clean and always ready for use is to hire a pool service company. A swimming pool represents a significant investment and it requires far more than dexterity with a vacuum to be a pool professional. The following are things to consider when hiring a pool service company.

It’s absolutely essential that the selected pool company holds a current license from the state, that only certified technicians are employed, and it’s been in business for several years. Make sure the company is insured, bonded and doesn’t hesitate to guarantee its work in writing.

Many people hesitate to hire a pool company in the mistaken belief that it will be too expensive. A reputable pool company offers reasonable rates and offers flexible maintenance and cleaning schedules. Some pools will require more attention than others based on multiple variables. Its money well spent for anyone that wants to spend more time enjoying their pool and less time on maintenance.

Pool companies will be required to apply chemicals appropriately to address issues ranging from maintaining pH levels to green pool cleanups due to algae growth. Fresh water swimming pools and salt water pools are maintained differently and pool technicians must have the knowledge and experience to rectify problems in either type.

Maintenance services encompass more than simply cleaning. Pool owners will want to hire a company that has access to the latest technological advances to detect leaks, perform acid washes, perform repairs, and provide resurfacing if needed. The pool technicians should be able to provide equipment maintenance and installations that includes pool heaters and filtration systems.

For those that have spas incorporated into their pool, the technician should understand the special needs of a spa and be able to offer the same type of services as for pools. A professional pool service company will be able to perform pool installations. It will provide equipment sales, pool installations and remodeling, and property management services for a complete solution for any individual or commercial enterprise.

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Why is my Pool Turning Green?

The water in your pool can change colors for multiple reasons. When it turns green the most common culprit is algae. There are other causes of green pool water that you may not have even considered, but will succeed in ruining your pool experience.

Algae

If the appropriate amount of chlorine isn’t maintained within the pool water, algae will begin to grow and the entire volume of water can transform into a green quagmire within a day. A swimming pool with an algae bloom isn’t safe to swim in and can make you ill. An additional concern is if chlorine levels aren’t maintained at the correct levels, the algae-laden water can provide an excellent breeding ground for disease-carrying insects such as mosquitoes.

Filter Problems

Algae can also form if the power and size of your pool pump and filter are too small for the amount of water it’s cleaning. Clearing the pool of algae can take varying amounts of time, depending upon the type of filter that’s in use. It can take a week with a sand-based filter to completely clear the algae from the pool. If you have a cartridge filter, you may need to clean the cartridge every day until the pool water returns to normal.

Metals

Copper is another common cause of green pool water and can originate from a variety of sources that include cheap algaecides, from water sources, and even copper heating elements of pool heaters. It’s a problem that will get continually worse if left untreated.

The greening of pool water in this situation typically happens when a pool is shocked. If present in sufficient amounts, the metal(s) will oxidize, resulting in green pool water. Blond hair will also turn green when excessive levels of metals are present.

Pollen

Pool water can also turn green or a greenish-yellow from pollen falls. The good thing about the situation is that pollen isn’t harmful or dangerous – unless you have severe allergies. Even if you don’t have plants close by the pool, pollen is easily blown about by breezes and can drift into your pool.

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Commercial Pool Safety

Water cleanliness is important in home pools and it’s critical for commercial pools. The department of health has set forth specific rules and regulations governing every facet of public pools ranging from fencing to chemicals. It includes any swimming pool or wading pool, used by the general public, along with those operated by health spas. Depending upon the number of people that’s served, some homeowner association pools may also fall under those guidelines.

Pool water must be regularly sampled and the appropriate chemicals applied in the correct amount. The pH balance must be maintained and chlorine levels achieved to minimize contamination by bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The Florida climate makes swimming available year-round and maintaining a commercial pool is a constant and ongoing concern.

Owners of commercial pools are typically focused on providing guests with an enjoyable experience. They often lack the time, knowledge, and certification needed to keep a pool in optimal condition and that can lead to expensive litigation if someone becomes sick.

That’s where the services of a professional pool company are indispensable. It’s money well spent. An added bonus is that the professionals have the tools to scan for defects and areas of potential trouble in the future, along with the specialized knowledge required for commercial pools to ensure they meet all safety codes. No establishment wants to have their pool closed or the costly fines for non-compliance issues.

Anyone that operates a commercial pool wants to provide a quality pool environment for guests. That means a pool that’s clean, safe, and hygienic. A professional pool company is a solution. They can test, apply chemicals, clean and identify potential problems, and maintain all facets of pool filtration systems.

The standards for pool water safety are especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florida Department of Health has determined, through guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that the virus is rendered inactive with proper application of chlorine or bromine concentrations within the water. Pool professionals can ensure a safe experience.

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Top 5 Things that Destroy Pool Chemistry

There are a number of factors that can disrupt and destroy the chemistry of a pool. A swimming pool is its own self-contained ecosystem that requires monitoring and the correct application of chemicals to keep it clean, healthy, and sanitary.  Anything that enters the pool has the potential to alter and destroy pool chemistry – and it can be expensive to correct.

People

When people use a pool, they bring a variety of unseen elements with them that includes sunscreen, makeup, dead skin cells, bacteria, fungi, and viral contaminants. Those all increase with the frequency with which the pool is used and the number of individuals that are swimming.

Sunlight

Rays from the sun reduce the amount of chlorine in a pool, allowing bacteria and algae to grow. Sunlight can easily reduce the amount of chlorine by up to 90 percent in just two hours when the pool water is directly exposed on a highly sunny day. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun breaks down chlorine, allowing it to gas off into the air.

Rain

The rainwater that falls in your pool contains acidic properties that will affect pH balances, alkaline levels, calcium and other chemicals. Heavy rain can significantly dilute the chemical balance of a pool. It’s further compounded if runoff from a house, porch or deck gets into the pool. The pool chemistry will also need to be tested and adjusted if individuals need to add water to the pool.

Vegetative Material

When removed right away, leaves won’t have a substantial effect on the pool water. However, if they’re left very long they’ll begin to use chlorine, stain the pool, and can result in an algae bloom. Even if there aren’t any plantings close to the pool, leaves and pollen can easily be displaced by the wind where they will be deposited into the pool. The same is true of mulch.

Too Many Chemicals

Maintaining the correct ratio of chemicals can be a balancing act. Adding too much, not enough or the wrong chemical can lead to pool chemistry that only a professional can remediate. Any of those situations can also result in injuries, and even emergency situations, if swimmers breathe them in or swallow even small amounts of pool water.

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Summer Pool Maintenance is Essential!

Pool maintenance is a must in the summer and the watery oasis may need more frequent attention depending on its usage and weather conditions. In very hot weather, a pool’s chemical balance can change quickly and it will be affected by a number of variables.

Increased Usage

For those that have large families or entertain frequently, summer pool maintenance is especially important. Each time someone gets in the pool, they bring along with the dead skin cells, sunscreen, and a myriad of normally occurring bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The levels of all those elements increase as more people use the pool or people use it more often.

More Debris

Trees, bushes, flowers and grass shed leaves and pollen throughout the summer that will find its way into the pool. It’s important to skim any large debris from the pool to help the filter work more efficiently and ensure it doesn’t get blocked. A weekly check is critical. The task may need to be performed even more often if there are a lot of plantings very near the pool. It can help to remember that the pool’s filter works much like the kidneys in the human body to filter waste.

More Algae

No one wants to swim in an algae laden pool and it’s more than just an aesthetic concern – it’s also a health issue. There are a number of factors that will have a bearing on algae growth including warm temperatures, pH balance, and sunlight, all of which cause algae to flourish. Poor water circulation and incorrect pool sanitation measures also have the ability to contribute to algae growth.

More Chemicals

Inexperienced pool owners often try to compensate for problems by adding more chlorine. That chemical and others have specific uses within the pool environment and should only be used for the issues for which they were intended. Too many chemicals or in the incorrect amount will cause an imbalance in pH levels, causing swimmers’ eyes to burn, irritation of the nose and throat, and even a burning rash.

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Commercial Pool Maintenance

Anyone that operates a commercial pool knows how stringent the rules are for cleanliness and hygiene. To obtain that superior level of sanitation, a variety of actions must be taken weekly and monthly to ensure the safety of all that will use the facility.

Commercial pool maintenance is a complex, complicated and highly-technical service. It requires scientific knowledge and experience that only a specially certified pool technician can provide to ensure all health, safety, and code requirements are being met.

Those operating a commercial pool at their facility are focused on the customer experience. A pool is an integral part of that, but owners have little time to devote to balancing chemicals or the equipment needed to conduct detailed inspections. That’s where the services of a commercial pool maintenance company will save time, money, and ensure guests won’t see a “pool closed” sign.

Chemical Balances

In addition to pH levels, calcium and chlorine, there are other types of chemicals and elements that must be maintained in a delicate balance to ensure the pool ecosystem is safe and hygienic. Proper chemical balances will be affected by the pool’s water source, the number of people using the pool, and even how sunny or cloudy the weather is. A pool professional can test the chemical levels upon each visit and adjust them accordingly.

Pool Cleaning

Cleaning a pool is far more complicated than simply running a robotic cleaner around the pool. Commercial pool maintenance includes specialized pool vacuuming and a thorough brushing that reaches every corner. Tiles and filters will also be cleaned. Pool filters are the first line of defense for a sanitary pool and that requires regular cleaning and emptying of baskets.

Inspections

A commercial pool technician will have the knowledge required to perform detailed pool equipment inspections and make repairs if needed. It’s an essential service that will minimize the potential for break-downs before they can occur. Inspections of the pool itself are critical to identify even the smallest of cracks, peeling or leaks.

Hire a Specialist

Maintaining a commercial pool to ensure it meets health, safety and code requirements requires specialized knowledge. A certified pool specialist will be able to detect potential problems, areas of concern, and will utilize state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and strategies to maintain pools at the highest level of cleanliness. Attributes that commercial pool owners should also seek in a pool company include resurfacing and remodeling services should those services become necessary.

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