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Keeping It Safe: Pool Safety at Parties and Commercial Pools

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Although many recent news stories that describe child drownings at pools involve those children who wandered in the back yard while no one was around and fell in, there have been drownings that have occurred in front of dozens of people at pool parties, barbecues, and even commercial pool locations at country clubs, hotels, and apartments.  Everyone is having a great time, there’s music playing, and no one notices a child slip under the water who may not be a swimmer. No one wants this to happen to their children let alone to a friend or family member’s child.

As summer rolls around and the pool parties pick up the pace with the rise in temperature, it’s important to think about how to ensure safety while still having a great time.

Home Parties

When you are having a pool party, you need to make sure all your guests are safe. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Hire a certified lifeguard from the park and recreation department. They can keep an eye on everyone in the pool in case any guest is distracted.poolparty1
  • Insist that each person who has a child in the pool get in the pool with them or be responsible for their own child. Otherwise, do not let them get in the pool. As harsh as this sounds, you are trying to play host, chef, and drinks server. Being a lifeguard on top of that is a tall order.
  • Make sure the swimming pool gate and fencing is secure to keep little ones from entering the pool area.
  • Stay alert and be smart.

Commercial Pools

When you go use a country club, hotel, or apartment pool, you cannot assume you and your children are safe. Many of these do not have lifeguards on duty so you are still responsible for your children. Just this weekend, we went to an amazing pool at a country club in the mountains.

The massive swimming pool had four lifeguards on duty spaced evenly around the pool. They were completely focused on those in the pool, which gave us parents cause to relax and enjoy our drinks in the sun. The lifeguards blew their whistle at any kid that dared run next to the pool.

However, that did not mean forget them. We were like hawks, continually scanning the pool to see where the little monkeys were at. It only takes a second for everything to go horribly wrong, so don’t rely on lifeguards. Keep an eye on your kids and, most importantly, keep them slathered up with sunscreen. Even though it was only in the 70s, sunburns can happen.

Also, be sure to keep your kids away from the spa. At commercial pools, kids under 18 are typically not allowed but that doesn’t mean that they won’t try. The spa is too hot for young ones so keep them far away.

Many apartments and hotels do not have lifeguards so you must stay on top of what your kids are doing in the pool. Better yet, jump in there with them. That’s what we did. Not only is it a blast, but it is also a great way to monitor what they are doing in the pool so they stay safe.

Your Safety Pool Source

Aqueous Pools Inc. has access to many pool safety equipment, fencing, and alarms. Ask us what we can do for you!

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How to Make Your Pool Look Great When Selling Your Home

Posted on: April 4th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

It’s a good idea to inspect your pool before you list your house for sale. Potential buyers are going to carefully examine your pool and spa and, if any defects are noted, it could affect your sales price, possibly even becoming a deal breaker.

The time spent cleaning and tending to minor repairs can pay big dividends in the long run. Here is a checklist of items to go over before listing your house before moving.

1.      Surrounding Area

  • Conduct a visual inspection of the surrounding area. Buyers are looking for curb appeal and this applies to the backyard as well. Try to make it appear as neat and clean as possible. This means getting a storage box for all those pool noodles, balls, and pool toys as well as storing all pool floats and loungers. The clutter must go!
  • Walk around your pool, spa, deck, and equipment and view it with a critical eye. Pretend you are a potential buyer. What would stand out to you? Look for any damaged tiles, crumbling plaster, worn-out wiring, missing equipment, trash and general disrepair. You will want to address any and all of these problems immediately.

Buyers will be looking for any signs of trouble. A clean, well-maintained look will signal to a buyer that the pool and spa have been properly serviced and will be ready for use.

2.      Pool and Equipment

  • Make sure your motor, pump, skimmer and filter are in perfect working order. Looks for signs of wear that could signal a problem. If you have a heater, make sure it also is working.
  • If your pool has an alarm, make sure it is in good operating condition. If it doesn’t, consider investing in an alarm. Pool alarms give parents with young children peace of mind when considering purchasing a home with a pool.
  • Inspect the equipment house or area to see that it has a fresh coat of paint. Clean out all cobwebs, leaves, and debris that might be piled up around the equipment.
  • Once you are certain your pool equipment and housing is up to standard, turn your attention to your pool. Give your pool and spa a complete cleaning.
  • Pay special attention to the tiles and pool walls. Repair any damaged tiles and remove any scaling on the tiles that can make your pool look dated and neglected.  Consider having a pool professional acid wash the pool plaster or use a bead blaster to clean up the tiles.

 

3.      Warranty    

Consider purchasing a home warranty for your home buyer that includes a pool and spa rider. A warranty will give a potential buyer peace of mind knowing the pool and spa are covered in the event of a repair. This makes for an extra attractive selling point.

4.      Equipment Upgrades

This may be a good time to think about adding an upgrade just to incentivize any potential buyers. You could take advantage of available rebates on energy-efficient equipment. You might also want to add in a control system to operate all equipment with a touch of a remote control. Buyers are attracted to more modern equipment as it makes them feel that repairs or high utility costs await them after they move in.

5.      Professional Assistance   

Even the savviest do-it-yourselfer needs help from time to time. And, when you need to move fast and want to close the deal, this can be a good time to invest in the services of a professional. Our economy continues to struggle and it can be difficult to close a deal on a house. Give yourself and your home the advantage of a clean bill of health with a professional pool inspection and cleaning.

A professional will thoroughly check out all of your pool and spa equipment to see that it is in perfect working condition. They will inspect and clean your pool to the highest standards. In the event you do need repairs, they have the knowledge and equipment to get the job done fast.

Make selling your home easy by showcasing your backyard jewel. A few dollars spent today can mean many more dollars in your pocket later.

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Springing into Pool Season

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Recently, temperatures in the Antelope Valley finally hit the 80s although this week the temperature is trickling back down into the 70s. While it may not quite be time for a big splash, it’s just around the corner.

That means getting your pool in shape (while you get yourself in shape to fit into that swim suit or those swim trunks!).

As soon as that temperature does change, you will want to be ready, so here are some tips on getting your swimming pool up and running again after the harsh winter that is hopefully behind us.

Clean-Up

  • Your first step is to get the swimming pool cleaned up if you haven’t continued to use a professional pool cleaning service all winter. Whether you have kept it covered or the pool surface has been exposed to the elements, it is time to give the swimming pool a good clean, including skimming the surface, vacuuming the bottom and side walls, and scrubbing the tile.
  • Don’t forget to do a filter clean or ask your pool professional to do it for you! This will make it easier to enjoy clean, filtered water as well as cut down on the time it takes to clean the pool each week.
  • Spring is very windy in Palmdale, Lancaster, and Acton, so you will need to keep at the leaves and debris that often finds its way into your swimming pool.
  • The area around your swimming pool should also get a good clean, including vacuuming out debris in the concrete crevices and cleaning out leaves and debris around the equipment area. Don’t forget to get rid of all those cobwebs, too!
  • Any patio furniture and barbecues should also be wiped down. After all, this is all part of enjoying your backyard oasis for the spring and summer seasons.

Spruce-Up

  • This is the time of the year where you might think about any upgrades to your swimming pool, including grab rails, slide, water feature, new lights or anything else that makes it more personalized that didn’t fit in your budget when you originally had it built.
  • It may also be time to spruce up the swimming pool treasure chest of water toys and gadgets for the pool. This could mean getting rid of those water toys that the kids have outgrown and upgrading to some super cool water launchers or underwater games to a floatable card table and chairs for the weekly poker game with the guys to a new lounge chair with drink holder for mom.
  • You might also think about an outdoor sound system to enjoy music or even a new outdoor kitchen and entertainment pagoda if you want to kick the party season into high gear.

Check-Up

  • Before something breaks down during those critical weeks and months where a cool pool is a must to beat the heat, it’s time to do an equipment check. Look at worn parts or the general condition of all your equipment.
  • If anything looks like it needs to be replaced, then this would be the time to do it. Also, if you did not have an energy-efficient pump or heater, you may want to upgrade. There may still be some rebates available for making your pool equipment more energy efficient.

Top-Up

  • This is the time of year to ensure the chemicals are now equalized and ready to go for warmer weather. Think about topping up anything that is not in balance with the water chemistry. Also, pool professionals typically add conditioner to the water at this time of year to compensate for the necessary change in chemicals as the seasons change.
  • If you don’t have an auto-fill valve that brings your water up to its proper level, you may need to manually add water to the pool. If it’s been three to five years, this may actually be the best time to empty the pool and refill it with new water. This is important to do on a regular basis to keep the water chemistry balance.

Other Tips

  • Other things to consider to spring into pool action would be to invest in solar heating for your pool and spa. While the upfront cost is significant, it offers a fairly fast return on investment. And, you will love not getting electric bills that put you at risk for a heart attack.
  • For a lower budget investment to get your water warm, purchase a solar blanket from your pool professional. It takes the chill off the water and even keeps most of the debris out.
  • Make sure you are using an automatic pool cleaner to keep it free of bugs and debris so you can start swimming every day.
  • Check on your safety and security measures so that all kids and visitors are not at risk of drowning. This means safety fencing, safety alarms, and door alarms as well as a floatation device nearby.

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We’re here to get your swimming pool up and running for the season. Contact us today at 661.400.7624 or dave@aqueouspools.com.

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Cool Pool Add-On Features

Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Maybe when you first put your swimming pool in you were doing so on a limited budget and skipped out on some of the cool features you would have liked.

With today’s incredible line of swimming pool accessories and equipment, you can now think about adding those features at a reasonable price and without too much hassle.

Here is a round-up of some of those super cool pool features that you may not have realized you could do.

Before I run them down for you, I have not put pricing on these because this tends to change and may also be dependent on the type of swimming pool and existing equipment.

However, it is good to know that there are many models within a feature category so there is bound to be one that fits your budget.

Swimming Pool Add-Ons

Here are some swimming pool add-ons to customize your pool:

  • Fiber Optic Lighting: Outline the shape of your swimming pool with fiber optic lighting that changes color. You can also change out the bulb on your pool and spa light to create a light show that will be fun for everyone.
  • Fountains: Fountains add a great feature that makes it feel cooler on a hot day. Combined with the fiber optic lighting, you could have your very own water and light show in the evenings.
  • Decking: Whether it is brick, stone, or stamped concrete, decking finishes off your backyard oasis and ties it into an existing patio.
  • Pool Bar: This is a fun swimming pool feature that brings the party into the water. You can relax with your drinks in the water and maybe even get the poker game into the pool!
  • Waterfall: A rock waterfall creates a beautiful and refreshing focal point for your pool. It can also be turned into something spectacular with a grotto or even rock slide.
  • Spa Spillover: A spa spillover is an easy way to create a waterfall feature without resorting to adding the big rock waterfall. It offers a relaxing sound and some extra refreshment on those hot days!
  • Seating Bench: Adding a seating bench inside the pool provides more places to relax in the water without having to use a float or be stuck at the shallow end.
  • Slides and Diving Boards: From straight and curving slides to spring diving boards, you can easily add everyone’s favorite way to get into the pool!
  • Automatic Pool Cover: As a safety strategy, automatic covers can keep little ones and pets safe not to mention keep a lot of leaves and debris out of the swimming pool.

These are just some of the more popular swimming pool add-ons.

We have many other options and can provide you with a range of prices, models, and brands to suit your budget. Get started now so you can have it installed in time for this season’s pool time!

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Never Too Early for Thinking Summer Pool Toys

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Okay, it’s February but the past few days of mild, sunny weather remind us that summer is not too far away. That means starting to think about firing up the swimming pool and finding some new swimming pool toys to enjoy.

After all, if you have hit the local Target, WalMart, or even pool supply store, they are already filling their shelves with swim suits and pool toys.

To get you thinking about the upcoming fun in the sun, here are some new cool pool toys from ToySplash.com that I know my kids will be most likely be hitting me up for not to mention a few I might secretly like to have:

  • Cyclone Spinner Float: This cool toy holds up to five kids, which allows for four around the circle and one in the middle. You can spin it slow but everyone will most likely want to have it spun fast! Lots of fun with this one!
  • Manta Ray Dual Squirter Set: Kids lay on their own inflatable float and use it as a kickboard as they shoot from built-in squirt guns. I see my two boys going to town with a wild water gun fight with this pool toy!
  • Alien Eyeball Toss:  Weighted eye ‘balls’ can be tossed into this pool float that has different holes to catch each of the boys. It’s a great take on the traditional ball toss game.
  • Flood Force Water Canon: This works on land or sea. You can place the large water reservoir into the pool while you turn the crank to soak anyone in range. If the kids want to play with it out of the pool, all you have to do is fill up the reservoir and put the cap on.
  • PoolTunes Floating iPod Speaker Light: Keep your iPod on land, safe and sound, while you enjoy music for hours from the pool with this floating speaker. Keeps the neighbors from getting irritated when you blast the patio stereo while you can enjoy the music while floating around in the swimming pool.
  • Floating Card Game Station: Who says you need to keep poker or blackjack on land? With the floating card game station, you can take the game into the swimming pool. It features two inflatable chairs with drink holders (a must!) and an inflatable table. Don’t worry! The table and chairs have bungee ties so you don’t float away when you have that winning hand! This is my kind of toy!

Be sure to check back because we have some more goodies to share with you as the weather heats up!

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