Gadgets And Equipment For A Safer Pool

Posted by Jim Riggs on May 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

We've all heard that before. So, let's avoid the "hurt stage" altogether by making your pool a safe place.

No, that doesn't mean you have to hire a lifeguard. But it does mean you should have some safety equipment designed to protect you, your family and your friends from potential poolside accidents.

We've identified some popular pool gadgets that can ensure your pool stays a safe place all summer long.

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Topics: Safety

How To Throw the Perfect Memorial Day Pool Party

Posted by Jim Riggs on May 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It's one week until Memorial Day weekend, and if you have a pool, it's quite possible your friends are hoping you'll decide to throw a party.

So why not indulge them?

We realize party planning isn't necessarily everyone's passion or talent. That's why we're going to try to make this very easy for you.

From invitations to party favors, our how-to guide will help you throw such a successful Memorial Day pool party that your guests will leave asking how soon they can come back.

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Topics: Fun & Games

How To Use Your Swimming Pool Like A Gym This Summer

Posted by Jim Riggs on May 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While the pool is a great place to relax, it's also the perfect place to exercise. Water creates resistance that adds a healthy challenge to simple exercises, which means you'll burn more calories! Another benefit of a water workout is that it's gentle on your joints and great for toning your muscles.

While you can always swim laps, why not take a more fun approach with exercises that will strengthen and body and get your heart pumping? We've picked some of our favorites for you to try.

For a full workout, pick 3 or more exercises from our list, and do at least 10 reps of each. Repeat the rotation 3 times or more.

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Topics: Fun & Games

Common Misconceptions About Swimming Pools

Posted by Jim Riggs on May 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Remember when your parents told you Santa wasn't real? And that the Easter Bunny wasn't either? (Hopefully it wasn't at the same time.)

We hate to break it to you, but that probably wasn't the only fib they told you growing up. There's actually quite a few pool-related falsehoods that people have latched onto over the years. Some of them our parents told us because their parents told them. Others we've concluded on our own through what seems like common sense.

Regardless of why you've developed the misconceptions you have, we're setting you straight by tackling some of the most common pool fallacies floating around out there. Let's get going...

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Topics: Insider

Your Weekly Pool Maintenance Checklist

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

While Mother Nature is great at caring for lakes, oceans, and rivers, she's not so good at maintaining your swimming pool. (She is pretty busy, after all.) 

Of course, you're busy, too, but keeping up with your pool's weekly maintenance is still your job.

If you're wondering what that job entails, we have a checklist for you. As long as you're referencing this list on a weekly basis, your pool will stay looking great all summer long! Let's get started...

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Topics: Maintenance

4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before A Pool Renovation

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

Maybe you've been planning a pool renovation for years—or maybe you've been watching a little too much HGTV lately.

Either way, you're ready to have your swimming pool renovated, and you're ready for it to happen this spring.

We get that you're eager, but before you pick up a shovel and begin aimlessly moving dirt around your backyard, ask yourself these few questions.

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Topics: Pool Design

How Salt Water Pools Benefit Your Health

Posted by Jim Riggs on Apr 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

No matter the day you had or the day you're going to have, you always feel better after a swim in your pool. For many pool owners, their backyard pools are one of the few places where they can forget about to-dos, quiet their minds, and leave feeling refreshed.

Of course, pools also come with physical benefits by offering a means to exercise. But if you have a salt water pool, physical benefits take on a whole new look.

Here's what we mean...

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Topics: Insider

How To Open Your Pool In The Spring

Posted by Jim Riggs on Apr 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We've sprung our clocks forward. The sun is staying up later and shining brighter. The kids have their new swimsuits. And you reached your summer body goal a month early! Okay, maybe not that last one.

Nevertheless, spring is here, and one thing you are ready for is to finally let your pool see the light of day.

But wait... How does this pool opening process work again?

We're glad you asked!

The last thing you want to do is rush into opening your pool without a clear grasp on the process. Lucky for you, we've created a step-by-step guide for a smooth pool opening this spring.

Let's get started!

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Topics: Maintenance

Salt Water Pools Vs. Chlorine Pools: The Pros and Cons

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

"Should I get a salt water pool or a chlorine pool?"

If you're asking yourself this question, the first thing you should know is that salt water pools do technically contain chlorine. The main difference between the two pool types is the process by which chlorine is added to the water. We'll explain this more later.

For now, you can keep asking yourself the salt water pools vs. chlorine pools question because we want to answer it.

However, since we can't honestly say one pool is better than the other on every level, we'll break down this dilemma with some pros and cons for both the salt water pool and the chlorine pool.

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Topics: Maintenance

4 Original Pool Party Themes To Try This Summer

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A pool party is a just pool party, right? Who needs a theme? Wrong.

Just because people go from one pool party to the next all summer doesn't mean your party can't stand out. In fact, it means yours SHOULD stand out.

Instead of settling for common themes like the Hawaiian luau, try something original. Here are four pool party themes we're pretty sure your friends haven't used—you don't even have to tell them we gave you the idea!

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Topics: Fun & Games