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How Sunscreen Affects Your Pool

Pool parties are fun events, but you’ll definitely see a difference in the pool afterward. Sunscreen provides essential protection from the sun and anyone wearing it will leave some of it in the pool when they take a dip. The bottom line is that sunscreen has a negative effect on your pool, diminishing water quality.

Sunscreen affects the water chemistry of your pool and it’s a complex interaction. As the sunscreen dissolves it reacts with pool chemicals, especially chlorine, that disinfects and keeps bacteria at bay. Sunscreen disrupts that process and the water will become cloudy. Your guests may also experience eye and skin irritation.

There’s no way to prevent the situation and you certainly don’t want to discourage swimmers from wearing the protective lotion. There are special devices called floats that can be placed in the pool that is designed to attract lotion and oil in the water. The device floats around the pool and they’re commonly known as scumballs. However, there are some measures that can be taken to minimize the chemical reaction.

Request that everyone shower or rinse themselves down with the garden hose before entering the pool. It’s one of the reasons that public pools have showers and require people to wash down before swimming. It’s also important that the filter be kept clean and utilized regularly. Modern technology has created filters that contain enzymes designed to break down lotions and oils that enter the pool.

It’s better to prepare the pool ahead of time if you’re having a party and expecting a large number of swimmers. Make sure the filtration system is working optimally and at full capacity. If you’re planning a party, it’s best to engage the services of a professional who can thoroughly inspect the pool systems, add the correct chemicals, and even scrub down the pool to mitigate problems before they arise.

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Keeping your Pool Clean During a Chlorine Shortage

For those that haven’t yet heard, there’s a nationwide chlorine shortage and it’s going to impact the way pools are opened and maintained. The shortage is affecting private and public pools in every state. The chlorine crisis came about as the result of a fire in a Louisiana plant responsible for making chlorine for swimming pools.

The loss of that manufacturing left people in the U.S. with only two plants that produce the chemical. Another factor impacting chlorine was the pandemic. Thousands of people installed pools during the height of the pandemic and it increased demand for chlorine at the same time that production was reduced due to the fire.

The Louisiana plant doesn’t expect to resume operations until Spring 2022. Chlorine is in short supply and it’s going to be far more expensive than in the past. Professional pool maintenance companies and pool supply houses are employing multiple strategies in an effort to obtain the chlorine they need.

In many instances, individuals and pool maintenance professionals will need to use powdered chlorine rather than tablets. At some point, they may also need to transition from powdered chlorine to liquid chlorine. They may also have to resort to non-chlorinated products to shock pools.

While pool professionals will have the knowledge and experience to make the necessary conversions, if you’re among the many pool owners that manage their own pool, you may not be able to make those changes in a way that’s safe for swimmers.

Another alternative is converting an existing chlorine pool into a saltwater pool. While a saltwater pool still uses chlorine, it requires far less of the chemical than a traditional chlorine pool. The same is true of pools that employ ozone, UV and ionization systems.

Keep your pool cleaner by showering before swimming and don’t let pets in the pool. Don’t neglect regular maintenance. For the best advice on how to keep your pool clean during the chlorine crisis, definitely consult with a pool professional.

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Relax Poolside with These Must-Read Books

There’s no shortage of books to read while relaxing around the pool this summer. No matter what an individual’s reading preference, they’ll find a novel to satisfy their desire for mystery and romance to humor and the supernatural. Here are some of the best books for poolside.

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Tilla journeys to Jamaica to visit her estranged father. She unearths powerful family secrets that addresses topics of color, class and more. Her own life is in turmoil and a hurricane is bearing down on the island.

Midlife Zombie Hunter by Shannon Mayer

Set for release on June 12, the entire series provides a heaping helping of humor as Breena, an overweight, 40-year-old with “the sight” hunts zombies in the latest edition. Armed with a bottle of pain reliever and a cadre of friends that includes a skeleton, spectral horse, and other creatures of myth and legend, the preternatural expert takes on the hard jobs to protect the human world from chaos.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Vern is seven months pregnant and determined to escape the religious compound in which she’s been raised. She escapes to the surrounding forest where she gives birth to twins. Black, blind and alone, Vern is undergoing changes she can’t explain and must understand the past to make sense of the present. Gothic horror meets science fiction as she protects herself against government agents and those that want to return her to the compound.

Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies

Four years in the writing, the star of the Good Wife TV series speaks candidly about her untraditional childhood, the messy divorce of her parents, and her rise to fame. She also explores how nicknames impact a child in negative and positive ways, including her own – Sunshine Girl.

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

For fans of historical fiction, the novel is based on the life of Evangelina Cisneros and was a New York Times bestseller. Imprisoned in Cuba, her plight catches the attention of the rich and famous in the U.S. The book talks about the explosion of the USS Maine, reconcentration camps, and her role in the Cuban War of Independence.

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4 Poolside Entertainment Must Haves!

Few swimming pools are stand-alone hubs of entertainment like they were in the past. Pools provide a focus around which to gather, but the area surrounding the pool is no longer considered a separate entity – it’s an extension of the home environment itself and in many instances serves as an additional room. The following are just some of the popular entertainment options for poolside entertainment.

Outdoor Kitchens

Whether it’s a simple way to grill in the backyard or an elaborate outdoor kitchen, food always has a place at gatherings with family and friends. Individuals have a multitude of cooking options from which to choose that can be installed around the pool. There are low-cost grills and BBQs to high-end kitchens that incorporate features ranging from stoves and refrigerators to pizza ovens.

TV

Waterproof TVs enable anyone to establish an outdoor home theater around the pool. With the variety of digital services available, it’s easy to stream movies or host a binge-watch party. An added benefit is that with an outdoor TV, individuals can watch any number of games and sports programs from the comfort of the pool.

Game Center

Many companies have stepped up to meet the challenge of outdoor gaming options with amusements such as waterproof pool tables. With waterproof TVs and outdoor storage units, an afternoon of video games or even a weekend-long event isn’t beyond reach.

Music

The addition of music is perhaps one of the easiest ways to increase the entertainment value around the pool area. Systems can be added to an existing pool, though it’s less expensive to do so at the time the pool is installed.

For existing pools, the most popular, convenient, and cost-effective way to add music is waterproof sound systems that are controlled from mobile devices. Individuals can stream and create playlists the same as they would for indoor listening via decorative and strategically placed speakers.

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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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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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Pool Fences Save Lives

Florida takes pool safety seriously and anyone considering the installation of a pool should know they’ll be required to install measures that meet specific safety standards to prevent drowning. Those methods are more than a regulation – they’re an effective way to save lives.

Whenever people are spending more time at home, there will be more pool usage and that increases the risk of drowning. The previous year is an excellent example of that. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and initiated lockdowns and quarantines, pool usage rose. The death toll in 2020 increased by 70 percent over the previous year according to the non-profit organization Water Smart Tots.

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1-4. Toddlers are masters of quick disappearances and it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown if they can access a swimming pool. They’re naturally curious and some pool covers aren’t designed to prevent a child from falling through into the water. Pools are also a safety risk for seniors and those with disabilities.

Florida defines a pool as any structure that’s 24 in. deep and requires that pools install at least one safety feature. That can be a fence that meets specific regulations, a pool cover that adheres to standards established by the American Society of Testing and Materials, a self-locking gate that accesses the pool, or an exit alarm for every door and window from which the pool can be accessed.

A fence is the best option to save lives. Those that choose a fence have a myriad of options from which to choose. A pool fence can be installed to create a barrier so that curious toddlers can be safe. Pool fences offer peace of mind to parents with small children and pets. 

It only takes a moment for a child to drown in a pool. Elderly adults and those with a disability are also at risk, even if they know how to swim. Safety measures encompass multiple methods and there’s a solution to accommodate every budget.

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Pool Heaters Make Swimming an All Year Activity

Even in South Florida, there are times when the water in pools can be too cold to swim in comfortably. The solution is a pool heater. The only question will be what type to use. Individuals can choose from electric heat pumps, a gas model, or an environmentally-friendly solar option. Each will heat swimming pool water to temperatures that enable people to use their pool year-round for health, fitness and recreation.

More Family and Friends Time

When it’s possible to throw a pool party with 80-degree water temperatures, even in December and January, it’s a natural invitation to find creative ways to share. A warm pool provides an attractive venue for holiday parties and ways to spend time with children home from college during winter break. A heated pool means you can also swim at night, even when temperatures fluctuate.

Health and Fitness

A heated pool is especially beneficial for anyone with bone and joint conditions. Water buoys the body and reduces the force of gravity, thereby making movement easier and less painful. It’s also an excellent form of low-impact aerobic exercise that utilizes all the muscles in the body. There’s no need to go anywhere for water therapies with a heated pool in the backyard.

Enhances Value

A pool heater is an easy way to enhance the value of properties and increase the ROI on the pool. There’s no need to close and cover the pool in the autumn with a pool heater.

Consult with Professionals

There are exact calculations that will need to be performed to ensure the right size heater for the volume of pool water. An experienced pool professional will be able to make those calculations that will be specific to the type of pool heater to be installed. The experts can also provide information on the different types of heaters and recommend the one that will best fit the needs of the individual.

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