Tips on Operating, Care, Installation & Maintenance
Pool and Spa News has released their annual list of the 50 hottest products this season for your pool and spa. Below is an excerpt of their list. 2011 is shaping up to be an exciting season for pool and spa owners! You won’t want to wait to get your hands on these!
- Insta-Link Home Advanced Iphone App – This water quality program allows Iphone users to photo scan test strips to prevent questions about variations in color. The program returns customized chemical recommendations in seconds, helping pool owners get their pool chemicals balanced in almost no time.
- Eco-Friendly floats – Several companies are producing floats that are made from reprocessed vinyl and packaged in recycled cardboard. This is a… Continue reading
Summer birthdays and holidays make perfect opportunities to entertain friends and family in the backyard swimming pool. The pool is the only entertainment needed, so be sure to have plenty of pool toys and games available. Two favorites among kids and adults alike are the Water Arcade Pool Float and the 3 in 1 Pool Game Set.
Reminiscent of carnival-style water shooting games, the Water Arcade Pool Float challenges three players at a time to a ball-squirting water race. Thanks to the constant-supply water squirters that come with the float, kids will never run out of water during the race. Water is supplied directly from the… Continue reading
Looking for an easy way to fill your swimming pool this season and support your local firefighters at the same time? Creative thinkers in Jackson, New Jersey, developed a unique fundraising idea that would allow homeowners to fill their backyard pools quickly with clean water by paying the local fire department a small fee to do the job.
For only $200, fire fighters from the Cassville Volunteer Fire Company drive their tanker truck filled with clean water to local residents’ homes. The $200 buys 7,000 gallons of water, so filling a newly installed pool would cost more, but it’s a win/win situation. Backyard swimming pools can be… Continue reading
People come up with unique solutions to all of their problems when the economy is bad. Many two car families have started car pooling and eliminated the payment and gas for a second car. Most people are eating out less often and almost everyone has stopped impulse shopping. One of the wildest stories to come out of the recession comes from the city of Redditch in Britain. Sharp spending cuts have forced the city to consider alternate ways to heat their community swimming pool. Their solution? Diverting waste heat from the local crematory to the next door leisure center, where the pool is located! It’s a very innovative solution, to say the least!
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on… Continue reading
Residential hot tub safety is not always given as high a priority as swimming pool safety, but just as many dangers exist in and around hot tubs and spas as there are around pools. Here are a few safety tips recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that can keep everyone safe in the spa:
- Hot Tub Cover – Always use a hot tub cover, and be sure to secure and lock it when the spa is not in use. Remind children frequently to stay away from the hot tub unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Drains and Drain Covers – Spas and hot tubs should have at least two drains which… Continue reading