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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!

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!

Protecting Your Swimming Pool’s Equipment during the Brutally Cold Months

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Earlier this month, I talked about how to protect your swimming pool from the cold – and by cold, I mean below freezing, hard frosts, and bone-chilling weather.

In this blog post, however, I am going to spend a bit of time talking about how to best protect your pool equipment from the weather. This includes your pool’s pipes as well as the mechanical side of your swimming pool like the heater and filter.

Finally, I am going to explain some simple ways to protect some of your swimming pool maintenance equipment that you may keep in hand to clean the swimming pool yourself or touch it up between professional pool service visits.

Keep the Weather from Costing You Money

Your swimming pool’s pipes, heater, pump and filter are all critical components of keeping your swimming pool looking good and staying clean. So, it’s a big deal if you don’ take care of them properly because there could be a big repair bill in the future you would prefer not to have.

I see it a lot over the winter months – the natural assumption that the swimming pool can be covered and forgotten about until the weather warms up. Nope! Owners may even turn their pool equipment off not realizing that it is vital the water keep moving through the pipes so that they don’t freeze, crack, and then burst.

Where the pipes are concerned, you need to first make sure your pipes are below the frost line in your area.

Second, on the nights that the temperature is going to drop below freezing, it is often best to leave the pool running. Running water tends to keep that water from freezing.

Another option is to turn your pool heater on as this will not only keep the pool water cozy and prevent freezing, but it will also protect your pipes and mechanical equipment like the heater and filter. You also may not then see ice bergs forming on the surface of your swimming pool or spa!

Don’t forget that a freeze protector can also serve to help with protecting your equipment by triggering the system to turn on every time the temperature plummets! It’s a worthwhile investment.

Even the smallest equipment needs attention in the cold months. Keep things like your pool vacuum head indoors or in a water tight container to help avoid exposure from the weather.

Put your pools and nets as well as they can become brittle and break after too much exposure to the cold. Do these things to protect the little things and save yourself some money because while this pool maintenance equipment is not as expensive as replacing a pump or broken pipes, it can still add up!

Avoiding the Dangers of Freezing Pools: Winterizing Tips

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

What do you do when your pool freezes? At Aqueous Pools, we have been asked this more than a few times. And, we have seen spas and even pools with ice chunks or even sheets of ice over the entire surface.

In truth, a frozen pool is something you never want, so of course your first instinct may be to drain the pool.

However, if you have followed our blog in the past, then you know why we don’t consider that a good idea. A drained swimming pool is dangerous, but the logic behind draining a pool is sound. You don’t want to save your pool after it’s frozen over as the damage could have already been done. Instead you want to prevent it from happening in the first place.

The Dangers of a Pool Freeze

When water freezes, it expands into a solid called ice. In the summer, ice is great with lemonade and water. However, ice never mixes with swimming pools. If the swimming pool pipes freeze, then you risk them expanding and cracking that then becomes an expensive repair that you don’t want to face.

It’s an even more expensive repair if those pipes are sitting under a brand new $10,000 patio that now needs to be torn up. If you have a liner pool and it freezes, then you risk damage to liner and in some cases the overall integrity of the pool.

It’s not just the plumbing of a swimming pool that can be damaged either. The mechanical side of a swimming pool can also be damaged during a freeze. These parts, like every other part of a pool are very expensive and labor intensive to replace.

So how do you most effectively prevent these kinds of things from happening?

Keeping Your Pool Running

The whole point of this blog is to help prepare you for the cold winter. Recently, temperatures in Lancaster hit 13 degrees overnight while Palmdale also reached the lower digits – well below that of freezing and leading to a hard frost warning.

Here are some tips to keep the water circulating so that you can avoid the dangers and expense of frozen pipes that burst or frozen equipment:

  • A decent inexpensive tip is to buy a pool cover. Its reflectors will help use to sun to warm the pool water.
  • Sometimes running the pools heater on very low can help with keeping the water temp up in the pool and pipes.
  • A freeze protector is an inexpensive investment that can save you a boat load of money in the future. Essentially, they are sensor devices that will automatically run your pool at a certain temperature to keep the water flowing and from freezing.

For more information on the only real sure fix to a frozen pool, please contact us today at Aqueous Pools.

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.