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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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Pool Lighting Ideas that don’t Disappoint

Lighting adds a fun element to any pool environment. Individuals have a wealth of options from which to choose and to accommodate any budget. Lighting can be incorporated into the pool build itself, but if pool owners overlooked this feature during the original pool installation, there are multiple alternatives that are equally attractive and fun.

Pool lights add aesthetic interest and character to swimming pools, but the illumination can also provide an added level of safety at night to highlight the location of pool edges, stairs and the bottom of the pool. Lighting makes the pool infinitely more useable during nighttime hours.

Floating

An extensive range of floating lights are available. They set on top of the water and they’re available in multiple colors. Some models have a pump included that will create a mini spray fountain. Another popular floating light has the ability to connect to phones via Bluetooth to play music.

Depending on the manufacturer, floating lights feature solar or USB capabilities for recharging. The lights are offered in multiple sizes to accommodate pools of any configuration. They come with features that can include a wireless remote control.

Pool owners don’t have to settle for “flat” lights. There are also orbs that are essentially floating balls of colored light that can be set to multiple modes and transitions such as fading, flashing, and blinking. They’re fun for adults and especially so for children of all ages.

Individuals can choose models that look like elegant floating lotus blossoms or sea life such as turtles, starfish and jellyfish, while pumpkin-shaped lights are perfect for Halloween.  One brand of floating lights projects silhouettes of fish and even a shark on the pool floor and walls. As the water moves, the projections appear as if they’re swimming. It’s easy for kids to imagine they’re in an aquarium or deep-sea diving.

Submersible

This type of pool lighting uses weights, magnets or suction cups to hold them in the desired position on the bottom or sides of the pool. Many offer the same features as floating lights encompassing the ability to play music, be controlled remotely, and change colors.

Pool Toys

The fascination with light up pool toys isn’t limited to youngsters. Individuals can select from among giant pool toys encompassing swans and sharks to peacocks and unicorns. There are also inflatable balls that light up for a game of aquatic beach ball, along with light up goals for water-based basketball. Glow-in-the-dark game sets for a game of Sharks and Minnows are great for younger children, as are light up toys in various animal shapes for any number of traditional game variations.

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Why are Swimming Pools Mostly Blue?

Swimming pools that are blue provide a tropical aesthetic and blue pool liners have been popular for decades for that reason. However, pool water with white or liners of other colors also appears blue. There’s a simple explanation rooted in science.

The molecules in pool water absorb light from the red end of the spectrum when touched by sunlight. The light that’s reflected from the bottom of the pool is filtered out by the water and loses much of the red light that was absorbed so it has a blue hue when viewed from above. The richness of the color will vary depending upon the depth of the water in the pool.

At one time, basic blue liners were used to help enhance the crisp, blue aesthetic. It’s a bit of pool psychology that’s highly effective. Today, you have dozens of colors and materials from which to choose that can add new and exciting dimensions to your pool – and the water will still look blue. There are also a myriad of textures that can add extra shimmer to the appearance of your pool.

With the technology available today, you can recreate the colors of locations from around the world. The methods provide a wealth of options for color coordination with your surroundings. The size and depth of the pool and your personal preferences, along with the pool’s positioning in relation to the sun, will have an impact on the color you choose.

There are other colors that you may see in your pool that should be concerning. Brown and green may be an indication that you have algae growth. For those that desire the beautiful blue of a summer oasis, it’s essential that the appropriate chemicals are added, in the right amount, and at the correct time to keep the blue aesthetic alive and well.

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How Water Temperature Affects the Body

Whether an individual is getting a drink of water, taking a shower, or swimming in a pool, the temperature of the liquid has a definite effect on the body. It affects the biological and chemical reactions within the body. Water temperature affects the body in a myriad of ways, some of which may seem contradictory. Fortunately, the human body is a wonder of bioengineering and able to adapt.

Drinking cool liquids help reduce internal body temperature. Cooler water is transferred through the stomach and into the intestines quicker than warm beverages for faster hydration. The ideal temperature for drinking water is between 50 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a guideline closely followed by professional athletes and studies have demonstrated that water temperatures of 60°F is the optimum temperature for initiating a sweat response and rehydration.

Warm water has the surprising ability to aid in fat burning and curbing appetite. Warm water mobilizes molecules within the body when ingested and makes it easier for the digestive system to burn calories.

The temperature of the water when swimming is important as it can affect the core body temperature and heart rate. When immersed in water of 102°F, moderate cardiovascular stress and hyperthermia take place. While few people will encounter those temperatures, it’s a good example of how water temperature can affect body function. The average temperature of a shower is 112 degrees, but doesn’t cause as much stress on the body since exposure is shorter in duration.

Conversely, swimming pool water kept at less than 78 degrees Fahrenheit will leave swimmers shivering when they emerge as the body tries to warm itself. Whether swimming in a pool or the ocean, water temperatures of less than 70°F makes breathing more difficult. During Olympic competition, water is maintained between 77 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

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True Cost of an In-Ground Pool in Florida

A pool is an ultimate goal for many in Florida to beat the heat and humidity of summer. However, the cost often takes individuals by surprise and can vary greatly depending on a multitude of factors. The price tag will also depend on whether individuals opt for a traditional in-ground pool or a saltwater pool.

The professionals hired to install the pool will have to excavate the site, install the pool, and create a pool deck – the area immediately surrounding the pool where outdoor furniture will be placed. That doesn’t count the cost of features that can include mood lighting or sound systems.

A basic, in-ground freshwater pool can range from $35,000 to $60,000 on average, but can run as much as $115,000. Much depends on the size, material with which it’s constructed, where it will be located, and the project’s complexity. They typically come in 10×20, 15×30 and 20×40 sizes.

For those that desire any of the popular add-ons that are available, such as waterfalls, fountains, covers, lighting, sound systems, or incorporated hot tubs – expect to spend another $2,000 to $10,000 depending on the feature. The following costs when performed by professionals, with all the details taken care of and the pool swim-ready when they leave.

Fiberglass

A fiberglass pool will last for up to 25 years. Installation can range from $45,000 to $$85,000. It will also cost in the neighborhood of $3,700 each year to maintain. The benefit is that fiberglass pools are easier to maintain than other types. Installation can take as little as a week and the surface is resistant to algae.

Vinyl

A vinyl pool will need to have the liner replaced approximately every 10 years and they’re offered in a variety of pre-designed shapes. The average cost is $25,000 to $45,000 for installation and about $13,000 for maintenance over 10 years. Vinyl pools are easy to clean and resistant to algae.

Concrete

A pool made of concrete can last up to 50 years, can cost up to $5,100 per year to maintain, and run from $35,000 to $60,000 for installation. Individuals have more options to be creative with design, but the pools require more chemicals to maintain them in swimmable condition. Every few years it will require an acid wash for mold and algae and will need to be refinished every 10-15 years.

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Why a Solar Pool Heater makes Sense

With Florida’s temperate climate, it may seem counterproductive to install a solar pool heater, but it’s actually a smart investment, particularly for those that use the pool infrequently or don’t utilize it as often as they’d like. It ensures that the pool water will be at the optimal temperature anytime people are ready for a swim.

Even with Florida’s mild winters, temperatures can dip low enough that pool water becomes too chilly for swimming. A solar pool heater utilizes the power of the sun that’s freely available. It’s an environmentally-friendly way to reduce the cost of gas and electricity that’s normally used to heat pools.

An added bonus is that a solar heater can work efficiently for up to 20 years, twice as long as traditional electricity-based systems. Depending on the heater model and size of the pool, a solar pool heater can pay for itself in 1.5-7 years.

The heaters enable anyone to swim year-round, even if the area experiences an unseasonal dip in temperatures. A properly installed solar heater that’s appropriate to the size of the pool can maintain water temperatures at an average of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit under normal weather conditions. Typical operating temperatures will also depend on the orientation of the solar panels, how often the pool is used, and by the number of swimmers.

Each solar pool heater system is specifically designed for the individual pool. It will require the services of professional that can calculate all the variables involved to deliver a heating system optimized to meet the desires and expectations of the pool owner.

A solar pool heater represents one of the most cost effective ways to warm pools. They have very little ongoing expenses in terms of operational costs and require little maintenance. Today’s solar heaters encompass manual and automatic controls and can even be operated with an app on mobile devices for complete convenience.

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Decorating the Pool Area this Season

Decorating for the holidays is a fun and colorful tradition that can take many forms. Anything that can be adorned with bright lights will be and Florida swimming pools are no exception. It’s not surprising that pools would get a taste of the holiday spirit. The climate enables people to celebrate and entertain outside around the pool, even if they’re not swimming.

Trimming the Trees and Bushes

One of the easiest ways to create a Christmas-themed wonderland is by trimming the trees and dressing up the greenery around the pool area. Large inflatable ornaments can be purchased to hang from larger trees. They can also be inflated and decoratively tossed in the pool. LED light nets are available that can be artfully draped over bushes.

Lighting the Way

Lights are an important part of the season and homeowners can choose from light strands with bulbs in multiple shapes that can be strung throughout the pool area. Rope lights are also an option, though the glow is muted compared to traditional lights. Icicle lights take their name from their shape and are always popular. Setting lights to twinkle mode will allow them to reflect off the water for additional effect.

Outdoor Inflatables

Whether it’s Santa on a sleigh, a snowman or a snow globe, there are dozens of inflatable Christmas-themed “statues” with which to decorate. The bigger-than-life inflatables also come in popular movie characters with a holiday touch.

Floating candles

For simple, elegant and eye-catching decorating, consider candles floating in the pool. Just don’t use candles and inflatables in the pool at the same time!

Imagine It

Most holiday themed decorations in December are centered around Christmas, but don’t forget the possibilities for New Year’s Eve entertaining. Streamers, inflatables, balloons and other brightly colored decorations are available for New Year’s. The beauty of the season is that New Year décor can be combined with Christmas around the pool to encompass the full spirit of the season.

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Pros and Cons of Pool Screens

If you own a pool, you may eventually think about having a pool screen installed for any number of reasons. Pool screens can provide a variety of benefits, but there are also drawbacks and they may not be an ideal solution for every pool owner.

There are some factors you’ll need to consider, such as the location, any unique configurations you might need, the size and space requirements, along with the cost and your personal preferences. If there are a lot of trees that shed their leaves that might be a problem when it’s time to remove them from surroundings.

Cost is something that will vary by size, design and contractor. Pre-fabricated options are less expensive, but allow little leeway for customization. On-site fabrication is also available. It allows for highly customized enclosures, but you’ll also incur more costs.

Benefits

A pool enclosure offers additional safety for children, pets. They also work to keep unwanted insects from visiting and they keep out rodents, snakes and similar types of pests. They prevent leaves and other debris from entering the environment, which means your pool pumps and filters work easier.

A pool screen also offers privacy, along with shade and protection from wind. They let filtered sunlight in, while preventing entry of harmful UV rays. The entire environment is more comfortable and lends itself to entertaining if desired.

Drawbacks

In some situations, a pool screen wouldn’t be a good fit. Screens do get torn and damaged, requiring maintenance or complete replacement. If it’s an overhead screen, scaffolding may be required for repairs to be made. Panels will also attract mold and mildew over time that will have to be removed by pressure washing every six months or so.

Pool screens provide a sense of privacy, but they can also feel like a cage. That’s especially true if you spend a lot of time in one. It’s definitely not a solution for anyone that feels uncomfortable in enclosed spaces.

Ordinary wind won’t place much of a strain on the panels if they’ve been properly secured. A hurricane is an entirely different story and there’s a strong possibility that the pool screen will sustain damage that can be costly to repair. However, the aluminum frame that’s typically used can last for years before it needs to be re-painted.

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Hair Maintenance for Swimmers

Few things are quite as enjoyable as a languid swim on a hot day. People that spend a significant amount of time in the pool will notice that their hair may be taking on some damage. The chemicals used to keep pools clean and hygienic can take a toll on hair, but there are some precautions everyone can take to minimize damage.

Most public pools require that people shower before entering the pool. It removes skin cells that can pollute the water, but it’s also important for hair. Fully hydrated hair absorbs less chlorine while swimmers are in the pool. Chlorine damages hair by leaching away natural oils, leaving it dry, brittle and rough. Hair that is damaged will experience more split ends and lose its sleek, glossy appearance.

Exposure to copper in pools that’s been oxidized by chlorine can also result in a green cast to hair that’s been highlighted, dull out brown hair, and adversely affect color-treated hair. It’s always a good idea to protect hair by wearing a swim cap. For those with long hair, a braid won’t prevent exposure, but it will help keep hair from tangling.

After exiting the pool, rinse hair off immediately to remove as much of the chlorine and other chemicals as possible. There are specialized shampoos on the market designed specifically to remove chlorine from hair. Clarifiers can also be helpful in removing chlorine. Don’t forget to use a comb, not a brush, to gently remove tangles and prevent additional damage.

Swimming in the ocean or an in-land lake also poses risks for hair from salt, UV rays, and other contaminants. No matter where people are swimming or how often, it’s a good idea to take the time for some pampering from a haircare professional. They can provide treatments to reinvigorate locks, address issues with discoloration, and recommend products for specific needs.

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Top Pool Party Games That Kids and Adults Will Love

There are many ways to enhance a pool party for adults and children with low-cost items that will provide hours of fun. Almost everyone has heard of the Marco Polo pool game and there are dozens of others from which to choose. The following are some of the most popular.

Aquatic Bean Bag Toss

The game is available with everything needed to play, including inflatable bean bags and the target.

Beach Ball Toss

Throw a beach ball in the pool and start the music. This variation of hot potato has players tossing the ball from one to the other. When the music stops, the one holding the ball is out.

Inflatable Ring Toss

The game comes complete with inflatable rings and “bases,” each of which is worth a certain number of points. Players toss the rings at the inflatable bases in an effort to accumulate the most points.

Jump or Dive

This variation of Simon Says has participants line up along the side of the pool while one person is in the water to call out jump or dive. Players that perform the incorrect move are out.

Noodle Jousting

All this requires is a couple of pool noodles and two inflatable platforms. Each person sits on an inflatable and “jousts” with their pool noodle. The winner is the one that doesn’t fall off the inflatable.

Ping Pong Scramble

Take one large container of ping pong balls and enough containers for each player to have one. Dump the balls in the pool and watch the fun as everyone scrambles to collect as many ping pong balls as they can. The game can be played individually or in teams. To be played by a point system, write numbers on the balls or award points by the number of colored balls collected.

Shark Tag

One person is the shark and other players try to make it from one end of the pool to the other without being tagged. Anyone that’s tagged becomes a shark and helps the original shark tag others. The last one un-tagged is the winner.

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