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Archive for the ‘Spa and Pool Safety’ Category

Fire Pits Safety Tips

  When the weather turns cooler, homeowners can continue to enjoy their  outdoor living spaces by adding a heat source like a fire pit Fire pits have  become very popular lately.  The warmth and joy that radiates from the  open fire can make parties, intimate gatherings and simple marshmallow  roasts the most sought-after and enjoyable activities of the spring,  summer and autumn months.  However, fire pits are wrought with  dangers, and to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your guests, you  should address the following safety concerns.  There are a variety of types, including custom-made and pre-fab, but no […]

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The Push For Pool and Spa Safety

The pool and spa industry, manufacturers, national safety councils/leagues and departments of health and safety help homeowners understand the risks involved with pools by demonstrating what can be done to prevent incidents. Despite the many different techniques, products and materials available, everyone agrees on one issue: Layers of protection offer the best insurance. The most important  layer pool owners should provide is caretaker caution. Many water accidents occur because one parent “thinks” the other parent is watching the child, and vice versa. Always appoint a designated poolside caretaker. Swim classes are available across the country. National groups, local community pools and […]

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6 Smart Ways to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor areas don’t have to be all about soaking in the sun. Sometimes it’s nice to relax in a shady spot, shielded from the harsh rays. There are many ways to bring shade to an outdoor space. You can build a new freestanding structure or enhance an existing patio or pergola through the addition of a shade screen. Many such screens are made from fabric or canvas, but even materials like lattice and bamboo are popular options that cast delicately dappled light onto the outdoor living space beneath or behind. Best of all, there’s no need to call in a […]

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Draining your Swimming Pool

 There are circumstances that necessitate draining. You should not attempt  this unless it is absolutely necessary and you are thoroughly familiar with  the steps necessary to do this safely. Draining your pool can cause serious  damage to its structure. Why is it dangerous to drain a pool? Let’s explain  this by the type of pool and the damage that can occur.   Inground Concrete Pools and Fiberglass Pools Most inground fiberglass and concrete pools are built structurally to withstand the weight of the dirt against them when drained. However, if the ground water is high enough, it can push the entire pool […]

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DIY or Leave it to the Pros

When it comes time to decide between DIY pool care and using a professional pool cleaning service, consider such tasks as maintaining the filter, surface skimming and chemical testing. A pool is an impressive feature of a home, but it can also be the most difficult and expensive to maintain. So What can you do yourself, and what should you leave to the pros? Weekly Pool Maintenance Pool care may involve skimming the surface, vacuuming and brushing, emptying skimmer baskets and automatic cleaner bags. After cleaning, water balance is tested and balancing chemicals may be added. Sanitizer levels are checked […]

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What to Consider Before Rushing into Acquiring a Pool

 The amount of relaxation and recreation achieved by having such an extension to your home will always outweigh the costs. Even if they sound a bit luxurious and probably unaffordable, Swimming pools are the ultimate insertion in a backyard design. The first question you should ask yourself is why do you want a swimming pool? Before talking about where a pool should be fitted or how it should look like, you should always consider its functionality. Will you use it for exercising or relaxing? Will you have enough space left for other activities or just for the pool? Will you use […]

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Building a Spa on your Deck

Hot tubs and spas come in an array of shapes and sizes, and can be equipped with scores of accessories. Choosing the right spa depends on its intended use, how big your deck is, and what structural alterations will be required for your deck. You’ll also need to know the cost of installation, Before long, fiberglass versions with circulating jets appeared called “spas.” Today the terms “hot tub” and “spa” are used interchangeably, but because most units are jetted, spa is the term more commonly used. Spas range in size from two-person models costing about $2,000, to 20-foot-long swim spas […]

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Closing Down Your Pool for the Winter

When the kids are back in school and the leaves start to change color, you know another summer of swimming has come to an end. Closing down your pool for the winter takes some work, but it’s important to do it right so you can enjoy that sparkling cool water again next summer. There are three basic steps for winterizing: if you do it right, you’ll have less work to do next spring. Clean everything out. This includes ladders, baskets, wall fittings, hoses, pumps, filters, heaters and anything else in your swimming pool that’s not water. Let everything dry completely before storing in […]

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Swimming pool Fun activities

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTING SWIMMING POOL GAMES YOU LIKE? Here are some best swimming pool activity ideas great for spending Family bonding Dive In Movie Night: watch a “water” themed movie while floating in the pool Have everyone bring something to float on. Relax in the pool and under the stars with family and friends. It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday summer night. Water Joust: This activity is always a hit Two people stand on a large raft and battle each other with noodles or blow up toys like the traditional joust game you can use  traditional “queen size” inflatable […]

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How Do Deck Drainage Systems Work and What Types are Available? Deck drains are designed to collect water from the patio and divert it to another desired location.  There are basically two types of deck drains used in most pool projects: Strip drains and Spot drains.   Strip Drains (Trench Drains)are long narrow grates which water trickles into then flows through the underground trough away from the patio.  Strip drains are perfect to place against a house or other structure and are also commonly used in the valleys we discussed earlier.         Spot drains are typically smaller single drains […]

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