Questions To Consider Before Buying A Hot Tub Or Spa

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Who doesn't want a hot tub? Whether you're a parent, a single homeowner, or a retiree, there are plenty of reasons you could benefit from a hot tub. Kids driving you crazy? Simmer down in your hot tub. Work got you stressed? Soak it off. Stiff joints? Take a dip.

But before you dive right into buying a hot tub or spa, you should definitely ask yourself a few questions to make sure the timing of your purchase and the product you select are good choices.

Here are 5 questions to consider when you're shopping around for a hot tub or spa.

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Topics: Spas (Hot Tubs)

How To Safely Dive In A Pool

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whether you're learning to dive or you consider yourself experienced in the activity, one of the most important things you can learn while doing it is safety.

A 2016 report claims that 70% of swimming pool injuries were related to the head and neck -- a result of diving.

Of course this doesn't mean you should give up diving altogether. It just means you should take a safe approach. Let's find out how.

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Topics: Safety

How To Care For Your Vinyl Pool Liner

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

For the most part, pool maintenance is straightforward. However, like most things in life, there are exceptions.

For every type of pool, there's a slightly different set of guidelines. While you can care for your vinyl pool just like you learned to care for your parents' gunite pool, the reality is, your vinyl pool will last longer if you care for it like...well, a vinyl pool. (No surprise there.)

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Topics: Maintenance

4 Grill Recipes You Can Enjoy By Your Pool

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With Labor Day weekend upon us, there's no better time to fire up the grill and enjoy great food by the pool.

So, what's on the menu? In case you're fresh out of ideas, we've found a few tasty recipes we thought you'd enjoy. Take a look at these appetizers and entrees, and wow your family and friends with your chef-level grill skills.

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Topics: Fun & Games

Renovation, Resurface, Or Repair? How To Know What Your Pool Needs

Posted by Jim Riggs on Aug 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There's a difference between knowing your pool needs attention and knowing what kind of attention your pool needs.

A renovation, a resurfacing project, or a simple repair all look very different and affect your bank account very differently. You don't want to pay for a complete renovation if all you need is a repair.

On the other hand, you don't want to throw down money for multiple repairs when what you really need is a renovation.

Today, we'll help you take a good look at your pool and decide if you need a repair, a new surface, or a complete renovation. 

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Topics: Maintenance, Pool Design

The Art Of Shocking Your Pool: Why, When, and How

Posted by Jim Riggs on Aug 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You know that shocking your pool is a necessary part of pool maintenance, but how many times have you done it without really understanding what's happening during the procedure?

Let's take a quick look at the why, when, and how of shocking your pool. Having a better understanding of the process will help you do a better job with it, which means better results at your pool!

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Topics: Maintenance

Why An Inground Swimming Pool Is Better Than A Pool Above Ground

Posted by Jim Riggs on Aug 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you love the idea of going for a swim anytime you want, then you're probably ready for a pool of your own. Now the question is: what kind of pool? Do you want an above-ground pool or an inground pool?

Certainly, inground pools come with higher price tags, but they also come with arguably more perks. Let's take a look at some of the major reasons people prefer inground pools to above-ground pools.

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Topics: Pool Design

Tips For Teaching Kids To Swim

Posted by Jim Riggs on Aug 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you have a pool and you also have kids, then eventually you'll need to introduce the two to one another—if you haven't already.

For many kids, swimming comes naturally. It's like they just can't get enough of the water. Even when their lips are blue and their fingers and feet are shriveled up like prunes from splashing around all day, they're still begging you for five more minutes!

Then there are other kids—the ones who are only in the water because there isn't sand for building castles at the pool. Instead, they're playing in the shallow end holding tightly to their boogie boards and wearing their arm floats.

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Topics: Safety

How To Clean Your Pool Filter

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jul 28, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Cleaning your pool filter is a monthly task—or at least it should be. If your pool filter isn't kept clean, then your pool won't be clean either. While there are various types of pool filters, the basic approach to cleaning is them is the same. 

Before we dive right into cleaning, let's go over the main parts of a cartridge pool filter:

  • Pressure gauge and relief valve
  • Head
  • Body
  • Cartridge

Here's how it all fits together:

The filter head goes on top of the filter body, and the cartridge sits inside. The pressure gauge and the relieve valve are both attached to the top of the filter head. Simple, right?

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Topics: Maintenance

5 Pool Mistakes You Don't Want To Make

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jul 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Whoever said "What you don't know can't hurt you" never had a pool.

What you don't know actually can hurt you — and not only you, but also your wallet... that backyard pool wasn't exactly cheap!

Don't find yourself thinking "If only I had known..." when you're in the middle of an expensive repair. We want you to know the things that harm your pool before you make the mistake of doing them.

So, listen up! Avoiding these 5 pool mistakes could save you a lot of time and money this summer.

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Topics: Maintenance