Chlorine is much more than the 17th atomic number on the wall in your high school chemistry class. This is especially true if you have a pool. Chlorine is a common chemical that is used in swimming pools and spas. It cleanses the water by attacking lipids and cell walls of micro-organisms and other bacteria. However, no matter how useful and effective it is, several myths surround chlorine, ranging from odors, best practices, and its effects on swimmers. Here are four common misnomers regarding chlorine in your pool.
It’s that time of the year where vacations are in full swing. Whether you’re trying to get one last escape in before school starts, or you are making your annual pilgrimage to the beach, you have a lot of things to plan, consider, and prepare. One thing that may go overlooked is your home’s pool. No matter what time of the year you are planning your getaway, there are some important steps you’ll need to take to ensure you return home to a safe, healthy pool. Here is a simple checklist for your pre-vacation pool prep.
If your car’s air conditioner isn’t blowing cold air, there are few things you can try before bringing it to a mechanic. It may only need some freon. The same is true for when your computer is acting up. If it’s running slowly try closing some programs, or looking for malware; there’s also the old trick of unplugging it and plugging it back in. The truth is with a couple troubleshooting attempts you can save yourself some time and money. Your pool’s pump is no different.
Topics: Pool Maintenance
Every summer in south Louisiana you can almost set your watch for an afternoon rain shower. While this mid-day precipitation can provide some much-needed relief, it can also wreak havoc on your backyard pool and spa. This is especially true when a scattered shower turns into a massive deluge. Rain, debris, and other runoff can quickly and easily wreck the chemical balance, clarity, and health of your pool’s water. However, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your pool as much as possible if you have the benefit of a forecasted weather event, or are planning to go out of town for a while. There are also some necessary steps to take after a storm to restore your pool’s safe, clean, clear water.
Topics: Pool Maintenance
Swimming pool styles and designs have come a long way. Of course, you can never go wrong with the classics, but new trends, materials, additions, and ideas are changing the way that people think about pools. In fact, you no longer need a lot of space or a large yard to enjoy your own personal paradise. Cocktail pools can be built in limited spaces like courtyards. While they may be smaller in size, they can feature all of the comforts and amenities of a traditionally sized pool. So, if you are thinking about building a pool, large or small, here are some of the latest trends you may want to consider.