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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!

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.

Starting Up Your New Swimming Pool

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

When that brand new swimming pool is finished, starting up means a lot more than flipping a switch for the equipment to start and jumping in. There are some other important steps you should take to make sure it looks this great year’s down the line.

Start with the Chemical Touch

The most common chemical needed is chlorine. The most commonly sold form is tri-chlor, which is made up of a stabilizer and chlorine. To balance the water, however, upon filling it, you will also need to add Calcium (Calcium Chloride or possibly Calcium Carbonate). Muriatic acid is important to reach the right balance.

You’ll also need to add bicarbonate of soda to achieve the right total alkalinity for the pool water.

It may be important to get shock and algaecide to keep on hand.

To balance the water overall, you will need to achieve the following:

  • Chlorine: 1.5-3.5
  • Alkalinity: 80-100
  • pH: 7.6-7.8
  • Hardness: 150-250

When you add chemicals, remember not to mix them. Also, do not let anyone in the water for at least half an hour after the chemicals have been added.

Start-Up Equipment and Tools

There are some key tools and equipment that make the start-up a bit easier. This includes investing in a chemical test kit and test strips.

Pool Equipment Work

During the start-up process, run your pool pump for two to four hours a day. You will also need to brush the sides of the swimming pool one to two times a day if you have an in-ground concrete swimming pool.

Use a Professional
Pool start-ups need a professional touch and constant attention for at least a week to ten days. That’s why it pays to have a swimming pool professional come and take care of the work for you so you know that the chemicals, equipment, and tools are taken care of for you.

Tips on Choosing a Swimming Pool Cover

Posted on: October 17th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Fall is here and like the leaves, the temperature is falling; winter is well on its way. So, unless you love your pool heater or have an indoor one, chances are you will be putting away the bathing suit for six months or so. To keep your swimming pool free of leaves and the debris that seems to pick up in the fall and winter months, it is time to consider a swimming pool cover.

How a Pool Cover Can Help You

In the Antelope Valley, we all know that there is wind so a pool cover will keep your swimming pool relatively clear of dirt, twigs, and leaves. Pool covers are a great way to help keep your pool clean over the winter months.

Other benefits of pool covers are that they are a cheap way to heat your pool, as they act like a blanket over the water and with time your pool will warm up nicely. Pool covers for heating are not only a great money saver, but they are also a great way to get in some swimming while your neighbors are stuck inside just watching people do it on the television.

In the practical sense a pool cover works as a great shield from the elements and does warm the water, but wait there is more.

Different Types of Pool Covers and How They Work

Because of constant innovation there are actually more than a few different covers out there and not all of them are just ‘pool blankets.’

Long have the days ended where pool covers were merely plastic sheets that absorb sunlight. There are solar pool covers that are great for what they are and very inexpensive. However, they do not often last very long and can be more than a nightmare to fold or roll up once summer comes.

Solar rings are a unique type of pool cover that works essentially the same as a regular pool cover. They do seem to be easier to store though with no more folding up the sun dried pool blanket with these solar rings.

Finally, what is probably the latest and greatest in pool cover technology would have to be the automatic pool covers. These are more expensive as they are easy to ‘roll’ up usually with the touch of a button and work just as well, if not better than, other pool covers.

Get Your Pool Covered!

Winter is coming and the benefits of a pool cover are vast, so why not pick one up soon? We can get you any type of swimming pool cover that you may want that fits your swimming pool and your budget.