Jim Riggs

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4 Signs That Your Pool Is Chemically Imbalanced

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A chemical imbalance—it happens to humans, and it can happen to your pool, too.

Really, it can! And it does. And it's really not something to play around with.

If your pool is chemically imbalanced, you'll know. There are some hard-to-miss signs that show up if a pool's chlorine, alkalinity, and pH levels are off. Let's look at four of these signs, so you'll know what to do if you notice your pool isn't looking or feeling quite as great as it used to.

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Topics: Maintenance, Safety

DIY Pool Accents

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Maybe you're pretty good at accessorizing your wardrobe or your car or your home — but how is your pool looking?

Whether you've been meaning to add accessories to your pool or you've never given it much thought, we have some great ideas for you.

Here's the best part: These accents are do-it-yourself projects that are both easy and affordable. So even if you don't have a surplus of creativity or cash, keep reading! We're giving you the tips and tools you need to turn your pool into a fun and attractive place you love to spend your time.

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Topics: Pool Design

Easy Pool Cleaning Tips

Posted by Jim Riggs on Jun 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you've found yourself spending more time cleaning your pool than actually enjoying it, that's a problem that we want to help you solve.

Pools are meant to provide a fun, relaxing escape from life's routine activities. But if pool-cleaning responsibilities are starting to overshadow the delight you once had in your pool, then it's time to make some changes.

Here are a few easy tips that will simplify your approach to cleaning your pool and hopefully give you more time to jump in and go for a swim.

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Topics: Maintenance

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