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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!

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!

Why Draining Your Swimming Pool Could be a Hazard

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

It’s something many people do every year without thinking twice — they drain their swimming pool for the winter even here in the Antelope Valley. It’s something that many people would first think to do when making a swimming pool repair and sometimes even less experienced pool installation companies might even suggest it.

However, we suggest you do just the opposite and only ever drain your swimming pool if you absolutely have to and here’s why.

The Drainage Hazard

First and foremost, draining your swimming pool can become a hazard to your bank account. As you probably know, pool repairs are not exactly cheap and being that they are a very specialized type of repair. Not everyone can do them… well, do them right at least.

What’s even more expensive than pool repairs? Rebuilding the entire thing after it’s caved in and this can happen if you drain your swimming pool. Now, with most new pools, you won’t have this problem, but there is always a chance that it could happen.

Depending where the pool is built, some pools weren’t built to hold up all the dirt pressure without the water pressures assistance, so if you drain an in-ground pool, then the whole thing might just fall apart. Imagine having to pay for a completely new swimming pool a second time!

Now that we have covered in-ground pools, there are also hazards with above ground swimming pools. These pools also should not be drained as this can damage and tear the liner, which as you can expect is not an easy or inexpensive fix. Once again, most all swimming pool repairs can be conducted without draining the pools.

The Health Hazard

It isn’t common, but it has happened before with small children and animals. Deep in-ground swimming pools tend to only pose a threat to people who can’t swim, but empty ones can cause all kinds of trouble.

Chances are you have a pool gate, but accidents still happen and falling into an emptied pool that is eight feet at its deepest is going to hurt. If you must drain your pool, always make sure to handle the repairs and get it refilled again as soon as possible to prevent injury and remember to only allow professional companies like us at Aqueous Pools make the repairs.

A Simple Guide to Choosing a Contractor

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

So you want to build a swimming pool? Makes sense since all the summers here in the Antelope Valley are hot and can be quite long. Not everyone likes the beach and not everyone gets to live near it either. A swimming pool can be a great escape in your very own backyard.

However, when building a swimming pool, you may find yourself with many questions and half a dozen quotes, so how do you go about choosing a contractor and what are some things to look for?

Keep reading because Aqueous Pools is about to give you the lowdown.

A Contractor and His License

First things first, never work with an unlicensed contractor. If they can’t get, don’t have, or have lost their license, there is probably a pretty good reason as to why, so steer clear of unlicensed contractors. Of course, even licensed individuals and or companies could still very well be more interested in lining their pockets than helping you get the swimming pool of your dreams.

When getting quotes, be sure to never just get them over the phone or via email. Either visit their place of business or have them come to you. Remember that most companies will do free quotes and consultations.

They want your business, so if they don’t mention offering them, ask. Treat buying a swimming pool like a car; there are plenty of businesses out there that do pool installations so you can afford to be picky. Never let a contractor rush you into signing a contract on you either. Review it and if you don’t understand something, be sure to ask questions.

Speaking of questions, ask plenty and do your own research as the best customer is an informed one. This means going on the California State Contractor’s board website and check to see if there have been any complaints about that contractor.

All of the information related to his license is public data, so feel free to check up on your guy. Also, ask for references and interview others about their experience with that swimming pool contractor.

Buying a pool is a big deal. Often, it is considered to be one of the biggest monetary decisions you will ever make. Think of it as an investment and don’t rush anything. You want a pool that fits your lifestyle perfectly and is not something you will regret later. At Aqueous Pools, we know pools so please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions.

Pools in Winter

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Dave No Comments

The temperature may be jumping low and high over the next couple weeks in the Southern California area, but it does not change the fact that winter is just around the bend. Chances are most of you pool owners out there stopped using your swimming pools over a month ago and won’t use it again until May or June.

From now until then, that is a lot of months for your pool to go stagnant and have any other number of problems happen along the way. We want to help to better prepare you for the cold winter ahead so here is a blog post on what you can do to Winter-proof that swimming pool.

Keeping it Clean

In summer, you keep it clean so you can just jump on and go swimming whenever you want, in the winter though you want to keep it clean to keep algae from developing. Clean it real well one last time or hire a professional to do so and then get the pool covered, there are a variety of pool covers available for any budget.

Not only will they keep the pool cleaner longer, they will also keep the water temperature up. You may also look into the various winter pool cleaners that are offered through your local professional or local pool supply store.

Prevention is Protection

Check your pool’s chemical balance every week, they sell testing kits, most pool supply stores will test the water for you. Also, of course, your local pool man at Aqueous Pools would love to test the water and correct any irregularities. Also be sure to check the chlorine levels in your pool periodically or just have them checked for you.

Routine Maintenance

Cleaning and other maintenance twice a month can really make all the difference in the world. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone else, remember that like your car (or anything really) the more you upkeep and maintain your swimming pool the longer it will last and better it will run.

Aqueous Pools realizes that pool maintenance can be tedious and time consuming which is why we would gladly lend a hand to help. Specializing in all things pools, we, at Aqueous Pools, can maintain your swimming pool all through the winter and this lets you jump right in without any worry of any problems come summer.