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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!

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.

Things to Ponder When Designing Your Swimming Pool (Besides How Much it Costs)

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

There are lots of articles out there that cover what you need to think about if you are thinking about putting a swimming pool in, and most of those go over what you plan on doing with the swimming pool in terms of your lifestyle and how much budget you have to devote to building this backyard oasis.

But, basically, your budget is going to drive much of the design because, if you are like most people, you have a limit on what you spend that, in turn, limits what type of swimming pool you are going to be able to install.

This blog post is going to cover some of the other things you can do to help shape your design decision for your swimming pool.

Ask. Look. Learn.

You won’t know how to design your swimming pool if you don’t first look around and ask others about their experiences. Much insight can be gained from those that already have swimming pools. They will most likely admit what they would and would not do if they were to do it all over again with the knowledge and experience they have now. Capitalize on that and let it shape how you design your swimming pool.

This is also a time to learn about the potential for the unexpected and what those unknowns might look like. This could involve the swimming pool construction process or it could be related to surprise costs that you had not yet considered yourself.

Besides those you know, use the power of social media and social networking to find blogs and forums online where others have discussed their swimming pool construction experience and learn what they would have changed. While everything may not be applicable to your specific situation, this type of interaction helps you think beyond what you thought you knew about swimming pool design.

Collect Designs and Create a Wish List (Then, Get Real)

From interior design and landscaping to wedding dresses and hairstyles, people often collect photos of things or styles they like as they build their own idea of what they would like for themselves. Same goes with a swimming pool design.

The beauty of the Internet is that there are so many pictures and visuals available that make it easy to see what you could do with your swimming pool, including shapes, decking, tiles, lighting and accessories. A good idea is to gather at least a dozen different swimming pool designs and then determine any patterns to see what stands out that could be used for your own swimming pool design.

There is also software available that lets you use your own yard dimensions and place a 3D rendering of it with the swimming pool so you can get a better visual of what it might look like before you sign the contract, pull permits, and start the swimming pool construction process.

While you design your swimming pool, make a list of the features and accessories that you would like to have on your swimming pool so you can start whittling it down when the reality hits about what you can and cannot afford.

You can have the must-haves, the nice-to-haves, and the really over-the-tops (like a grotto and water slide, etc.). This will help bring your swimming pool design back down to reality and help you finalize what you plan to do.

Ready?

If you are ready to get started and have a pretty good idea of what type of swimming pool design you want, then let’s talk.

Are Swimming Pool Owners Energy Hogs? According to a New Study, They Are

Posted on: August 6th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

In a recent blog post by Outlier, which tracks energy trends by consumers in the United States, it would seem that those who own swimming pool owners are often guilty of using more power than those that don’t have such a backyard oasis – and this energy use well above and beyond just what is being consumed by the swimming pool. Here are some of the key findings:

It’s been estimated that 9-14 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are consumed each year just to maintain these 5.4 million swimming pools. That’s more electricity than is used each year in 11 individual US states and Washington DC.  

While that sounds bad and some pool owners may be doing the walk of shame, it gets worse if you go by their findings:

A pattern emerged: pool homes annually consume 49% more electricity and 19% more natural gas than their non-pool neighbors. The result for a pool owner is approximately $500 per year in higher energy bills – and nearly double that in states with higher electric and gas prices.

In reading this, it felt like pool owners are energy hogs (and maybe I was guilty as charged as well for having a pool!).

Underlying Reasons: Equipment Choices and Lifestyle Philosophy

After first feeling guilty, I thought I would read on to see what they said were the reasons – and it comes down to the equipment used in and around the house as well as how people choose to live:

  • With a swimming pool, it’s the equipment you have that can be the energy hog – that is the pump, filter, and choice of heating system.
  • The study found that the homes with pools tend to be larger in terms of square footage, which means there is more area to heat, cool, and light. There may even be more people in these homes, which lead to further energy consumption.
  • For some reason, they found that many pool owners are also lax when it comes to being green in their lifestyles with poor habits about what they do in terms of using energy to fuel their activities.

Energy Conservation Strategy

Along with the advice in the blog post, which recommended the use of solar pool covers and the installation of a variable speed pump, you can also opt for solar power for your pool heating system as well as ensure that you regularly maintain your pool’s chemistry so that the equipment does not have to work overtime.

When it comes to your lifestyle, those are things that you can also change by investing in a solar system for your home, changing out fixtures and appliances for ones that are more energy efficient, and being more prudent when it comes to lights, heating, cooling, and water use.

What I did not necessarily agree with in terms of the blog’s advice was that it suggested you should drastically reduce how long your pump runs every day to maintain the pool. While it might be work in cooler areas, places like the Antelope Valley where it regularly stays at triple digits for the majority of summer will have many green pools if the pool is only run for three hours a day.

This is because the water must continue to circulate in hot weather where chlorine can be quickly used up thanks to the solar intensity. By switching to an energy-efficient pump, you can use less energy but keep the pool running for a good amount of time in order to keep it clean and ready to use.

And, I do practice what I preach in terms of all the advice provided here – we use a solar blanket to heat the water, have an energy-efficient pool pump, limit our energy use through lifestyle changes and are having a solar system for our house installed to green our lifestyle. See, not every pool owner is an energy hog!