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    »Enjoying Your Pool Year Round«

  • TorontoSEO 2:23 AM on July 27, 2009 Permalink |
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    Enjoying Your Pool Year Round

    The beauty and relaxation provided by a swimming pool is nothing short of spectacular. On a hot day, a pool can be a blessing. On the other hand, a swimming pool can also be a headache if it isn’t cared for properly. Swimming pools require a lot of maintenance, including time and money. No matter what type of pool you have, you’ll need to perform regular maintenance on it.

    By owning a swimming pool, you assume the task of keeping your pool clean and safe for yourself and anyone who swims in it. Maintaining your pool doesn’t have to be a hard task or consume a lot of time, if you know what you are doing. If you follow the advice of a professional and perform regular maintenance on your pool, you’ll keep it healthy year round.

    To put it bluntly, you should check on your chemical balance from time to time, and make sure that the water is safe for swimming. You’ll need to ensure that you keep debris out of your pool, and that the water remains healthy. If you filter your water on a frequent basis, you can keep the chemicals moving about and keep the water safe for swimming.

    The weather outside and how often you use your pool will greatly contribute to the condition of your water. If you don’t have your chemicals balanced properly, the sun can quickly turn your water to a green, musty color. If you live in an area that is known for hot weather, you’ll need to make sure that you keep your chemicals properly balanced at all times.

    A swimming pool will naturally attract leaves, insects, dust, hair, and other forms of debris. No matter what you do about it, you can never prevent things from getting in your water. If you don’t clean your pool on a regular basis, the pollutants that get in the water can lead to bacteria and algae, which will quickly destroy your water. If you sanitize and clean your pool on a regular basis, you’ll help to keep it clean and free from bacteria and algae buildup.

    If you don’t have the time to clean your pool yourself, you can always leave it to a professional. Professional pool cleaners don’t come cheap, although they will clean your water and your pool, and ensure that your chemicals are properly balanced. You can schedule a time for a cleaner to do his job, normally once a week or so. Once you have started using a professional, you may find his services great and never want to go back to cleaning your pool yourself. With the help of a professional – you can rest assured that your pool will stay clean year round.

     

  • »How To Inspect Your Pool«

  • TorontoSEO 2:23 AM on July 26, 2009 Permalink |
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    How To Inspect Your Pool

    With several different swimming pool designs and equipment out there, thinking in terms of safety can be very confusing. From different swimming pool liners to buying different toys, you surely have a lot to choose from. You can always ask questions at a local supply shop to find out more, as the experts there can surely help you. There are a lot of needs with swimming pools, especially when you get everything you need.

    The first thing to do when inspecting your swimming pool is to figure out your average depth. Your average depth will help you determine your swimming pool capacity. You can figure out your average depth by adding the deep end to the shallow end, then dividing by 2. The average depth tells you a lot about your swimming pool, including the design and capacity. Once you know your average depth, you can pretty much buy any accessory you need without any problems.

    Your design of swimming pool will help you in choosing the best cover for your swimming pool. There are a few covers to choose from, most of which vary from season to season. You can use different covers for summer, spring, and winter, each one offering you something different in terms of protection. Nearly all supply shops have a lot of covers to choose from, and as long as you know your design – you can further inspect your pool and select the right cover.

    Once you know your average depth and capacity for your swimming pool, you can move on to other inspections. The liner is next, as it protects the quality of your water. A liner will maintain the pH level of your water, and help prevent algae from forming and growing. When you inspect your pool to select a liner, you should think in terms of material. Most are plastic or vinyl, and can provide you plenty of attraction along with great protection as well.

    With your swimming pool, you’ll also need to think and inspect your swimming pool in terms of safety. If you have a belowground swimming pool, you should always remember that it can attract a lot of visitors. Due to this fact, you should always have someone watching the pool, or an adult around at all times who can swim. Or, you can simply use a locking gate that surrounds your pool to keep people out of it when you aren’t around.

    Another area of swimming pools that most people find enjoyable are the toys and accessories. The more must have accessories and toys are goggles, as they will help little children protect their eyes from the chlorine. You can also find several different types of floats as well, as they are fun to lay on and also help kids stay afloat. Swimming belts and water wings are great as well. If you have thought about adding toys to your pool, you should always look around and shop for the best prices.

    Inspecting your swimming pool can be fun, although it is something that you simply must do. You can inspect in terms of maintenance as well, although you’ll need to inspect your pool before you buy any type of equipment or other things for you pool. When you visit your local pool supply store you’ll need to know different things, which is the reason for inspecting. Inspecting your swimming pool doesn’t take a lot of time – yet it is something that you simply must do if you want to get the best out of your swimming pool.

     

  • »Indoor Swimming Pools«

  • TorontoSEO 2:23 AM on July 25, 2009 Permalink |
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    Indoor Swimming Pools

    When most of us think of summer and hot days, the first thing that comes to mind is a swimming pool. A swimming pool provides relief from hot summer days, and gives us a chance to simply relax, enjoy ourselves, and take in some exercise. Although they are mostly common with hot summer days, swimming pools are also great indoors as well, providing year round swimming.

    Indoor swimming pools have become very popular over the years, especially in gyms and other facilities such as the YMCA. At a gym or YMCA, indoor swimming pools are a great way to cool down after weight lifting or a great way to get in some cardio exercise. Unlike outdoor swimming pools, you can use an indoor pool year round – without having to worry about the weather.

    If you don’t like to join gyms or if you find the locations of indoor swimming pools to be crowded, you may be interested in having an indoor pool at home. This is very possible these days, due to indoor pools being more affordable than ever. The first thing you’ll need to do before you can get one though, is make room for it. If you don’t have the space to store a pool inside, you may need to add a room onto your home to put the pool in.

    If you have the money to spare, an in ground indoor swimming pool will provide you with plenty of room to swim laps and have a lot of friends over with plenty of room to spare. This may cost a lot of money though, which rules it out for many of us. You’ll also need a big room for this type of pool as well, as it can cover a lot of space.

    If you don’t have a lot of money to spare, you can use an above ground pool instead. You’ll still need to room to store it, or you can again add on to your home. Adding on to your home will help to raise the overall value of your property, which will be a major plus later on down the road if you decide to sell your home. Indoor swimming pools hold a lot of value, especially if you have it constructed yourself.

    When you have your swimming pool set up indoors, you’ll need to have a professional do everything. Although you may think you can do everything yourself, it will prove to be a bit more complicated than you may think. Professionals know exactly what they are doing, and won’t have any problems at all. They will also do all of the work for you, and contact the necessary officials to make sure that your indoor pool conforms with state and local laws.

    In more ways than one, an indoor swimming pool can provide you with a lot of fun and excitement year round. Indoor pools have a lot of benefits, also providing to be great for those who have back trouble or other medical ailments. Even though the pool is indoors, you can also invest in a heater for your swimming pool and keep the water a certain temperature whenever you decide to jump in and take a swim.

    You can find everything you need for an indoor swimming pool online or through your local swimming pool supply store. If you need to add on to your home first, you may want to contact a carpenter first. Once you have everything you need and you get your indoor pool finished, you’ll be amazed with the results. You’ll be able to go swimming anytime you like, day or night – in the privacy of your own home.

     

  • »In Ground Pools«

  • TorontoSEO 2:23 AM on July 24, 2009 Permalink |
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    In Ground Pools

    Although above ground swimming pools may be cheaper to buy, easier to install, and cheaper to operate, a lot of people prefer to have in ground pools. In groung swimming pools provide you with a lot more room to swim, and a lot more space. Those of you who have families or a lot of friends who love to swim, would greatly benefit from having one of these pools.

    In ground swimming pools are long lasting, as they are designed with cement on the sides and along the bottom. They are a bit more expensive than above ground swimming pools, although they are more than worth the money you spend. Depending on your needs, you can have your in ground pool built to your liking, such as a shallow end for kids and a deep end for diving.

    Installing an in ground swimming pool will take a bit more time than above ground pools, which only take a few hours. To install an in ground pool, the contractor will need to dig a hole in the ground, then set up the framework outside of the hole. Once this is finished, he will pour some sand in the bottom of the this hole, then set the liner up.

    With in ground pools, you’ll have a few different types of material that you can select for the liner. The most common and preferred is vinyl, which is also the most attractive. Vinyl liners are also better for winter as well. If you live in an area that is well known for winter, you may want to go with a vinyl liner for your swimming pool.

    Fiberglass and concrete are also excellent liners as well. Fiberglass liners are constructed in a factory from fiberglass reinforced plastic then worked with until it resembles a really large bathtub. Unlike vinyl liners, you won’t need to replace fiberglass. In the end, you can save a lot of money and time by using a fiberglass liner.

    Concrete liners are also great, and are one of the most common ways to line your in ground swimming pool. If you are using concrete, you can also have your pool custom poured, giving you the design you want. Concrete lasts for years and years, and like fiberglass liners, it doesn’t need to be replaced. You can also add to the look of this liner as well, by using tile or finishing the concrete liner with plaster.

    In ground swimming pools are great for families who love to swim, or those who want to have the biggest swim pool possible. Even though they take a lot of time to build and cost a lot of money, they are more than worth it in the end – when you walk outside and see what you have with your own eyes.

     

  • »Locating And Repairing Swimming Pool Leaks«

  • TorontoSEO 2:23 AM on July 23, 2009 Permalink |
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    Locating And Repairing Swimming Pool Leaks

    If you own a swimming pool, it can be quite easy to notice a leak. Once you have opened your pool for the year, you can easily spot a leak by the water gushing out. Where the leak is coming from though, may be an entirely different story. Sometimes it may be easy to tell, although other times it can be a bit more complicated.

    The first thing you need to do, is make sure that the water you see or notice missing is actually a leak. Even though you may think it’s a leak, it could be something else. Basically, there are three causes of water loss with swimming pools – plumbing leaks, shell leaks, and evaporation. You should make sure you know the cause of the leak before you go any further. Sometimes, what you think is a leak could be water lost from splashing – which can easily happen if you have a lot of people diving in your pool.

    Evaporation is a common cause of water loss, and there is a way that you can determine if your loss of water is indeed evaporation. To find out, take a large container then fill it full of water and put it on the first pool step. Next, remove some water from the container sitting on the first step, so that the water in the pool and the container are the same level. Now, let the container sit there for a few days, with no one using the pool during the entire time.

    When you check back in a few days, the levels should be the same. If they have gone down any, then you know that evaporation from the sun is to blame. If the water that you have in the pool has dropped a great deal more than what you have in the container, you’ll know that you have a leak in your pool.

    If you think that the water is going down to a pool leak, you’ll first need to find where the leak is coming from. You should always start looking near the pump and the filter. Along the way, if you happen to notice any wet areas or damp areas, you should trace the water back and see if you can locate a leak. In most cases, the leak will turn out to be a connection with one of the pipes.

    If it isn’t a pipe, then it could be a problem with the shell. If you have an aboveground pool, simple look for the hole where the water is coming out of and repair it. On the other hand, if you have a pool that is below ground, it can be a bit more complicated. You can try inspected the shell in the pool, or checking surrounding areas.

    Sometimes, no matter how hard you look, it can seem almost impossible to find where the leak is coming from. Keep in mind that if it is the shell, you should always leave it to a qualified professional to fix the problem. Shells for underground pools especially can be very tough to fix, and even harder if you know very little about swimming pools.

    In most cases, locating and repairing a leak with your swimming pool is more or less just eliminating causes until you find the right one. Once you have located the problem and know what is causing it, you can decide on whether or not to do the repair yourself or to call a qualified professional and have them do the repair for you.

     

  • »Pool Safety For Children«

  • TorontoSEO 2:23 AM on July 22, 2009 Permalink |
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    Pool Safety For Children

    Having a swimming pool on your property can be a great way to have fun for yourself and your entire family. Even though a pool can be fun, it can also be very dangerous if you have children around. If you can wait, you should wait until your kids are least 5 or older before you put a pool on your property. On the other hand, if you already have a swimming pool, there are ways that you can protect your children.

    One thing you should always remember is to never, ever, allow your children to be alone near your pool. Children tend to be drawn near the water, and all it takes is a second for them to fall in the pool. If you and your children are at your pool and you need to leave the area for a second, you should always take your children with you.

    To be on the safe side, you should always make sure that you have plenty of safety equipment around your pool at all times. Safety items are great to have around, as they can save the life of a child or anyone else who can’t swim. You should also invest in a shepherd’s hook as well, as you can use it to pull someone out of the water. Having a phone at your pool is also a wise investment, as you can easily call for help in the event of an emergency.

    If you don’t have a fence around your pool you should look into getting one. A fence is a great way to protect your pool from children. If you have a protective fence up, you won’t have to worry about little kids falling in while you are away from the pool. When you put your fence, you should always make sure that it’s at least 6 foot high, with a locking gate. This way, no one can get into the pool without the key – which you should keep with you at all times.

    You can also learn CPR as well. Even though you may not ever have to use it, it’s always great to know in the event of someone falling in your pool that is unable to swim. Whenever you have children or people you know can’t swim at your pool, you should always stay within reach of them, so you can react instantly if they fall in. A second is all it takes to save someone’s life.

    Always keep in mind that swimming is fun, although you should always think in terms of safety first. Once you have finished using your pool for day, make sure that you secure the area well – and lock the gate up tight so no one can get in.

     

  • »Safety Supplies For Your Pool«

  • TorontoSEO 2:14 AM on July 21, 2009 Permalink |
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    Safety Supplies For Your Pool

    A swimming pool is a great thing to have on your property, although you need to keep in mind that drowning is one of the most common deaths with children. In the cases where swimming pool drowning is involved, the cause is most likely due to a lack of supervision. A child can drown in a matter of seconds, which is less time than it takes to make a phone call. If you own a pool, you simply must have safety equipment around at all times.

    These days, there are a lot of safety supplies and equipment that you can get for your swimming pool. If you have an in ground pool, you may want to invest in a fence or a barricade. A barricade will protect your pool from children, and prevent them from getting access to your pool without you around. Fences are the most common way to keep your pool safe, as you can keep the gate locked, preventing unauthorized access while your away.

    Other supplies that are great for safety are safety nets, pool covers, and even shepherd’s hooks. You should always have a pool cover, and use it on your pool when you aren’t swimming. A strong and sturdy pool cover will keep debris out of your pool, and keep a child from accidentally drowning should he fall onto the cover.

    Throughout the industry of swimming pool equipment and accessories, safety is a major concern. You should always buy safety supplies and keep them pool side. The easiest way to do this is to build a small building or pool house near your pool, so you can store all of your equipment and supplies when you shut your pool down. You should also have a phone at your pool as well, in case of an emergency.

    As far as equipment is concerned, you should always have floatation devices, a shepherd’s hook, safety vests, goggles, waist belts, a telephone, and anything else that comes to mind at your pool at all times. When you use your pool you should also leave a few flotation devices in the pool at all times, just in case.

    If you do your homework and get plenty of safety supplies for your pool, you won’t have much to worry about. Pool safety is one of the biggest growing concerns these days, as so many children are drowning throughout North America. If you own a swimming pool, you should always do your part and help protect those you love. Teaching kids about safety can never come too early, as it will go a long way to protect them each and every day of their lives. Even though they may not realize it now – they will when they get a bit older.

     

  • »Swimming Laps At Home«

  • TorontoSEO 2:14 AM on July 20, 2009 Permalink |
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    Swimming Laps At Home

    Swimming, as we all know, is one of the best exercises you can do for your body. Swimming laps provides you with a great cardiovascular workout, and helps to keep your muscles toned. Swimming works every muscle in your body, which can also help you to burn calories. For many people throughout the United States, swimming is simply the best way to stay in shape and have fun doing it.

    Although swimming is a lot of fun and a great way to exercise, it can be quite a chore going down to the local pool. The hours will vary from pool to pool, meaning that there are only certain times of the day and the week that you can go. To make matters worse, the lanes are normally crowded, making it hard to get a proper workout. Crowded lanes can make swimming a chore, especially if there are a lot of people around who are doing nothing but standing in the water.

    If you like swimming laps but hate going to your local pool, you should look into getting a lap pool for your home. Lap pools are a great addition to your home, with the only difference in a lap pool and residential pool being the size and shape. Instead of the traditional kidney shape that home pools are known for, lap pools are long and narrow, giving you plenty of room to swim laps.

    With the shape being long and narrow, you can easily keep track of just how many laps you have swam. Lap pools are normally just a few feet deep, meaning that divers shouldn’t invest in them. They are intended for those who love to swim laps, lacking toys such as diving boards and slides, as the water isn’t deep enough. Even though they are intended for hardcore lap swimmers, they are still ideal to jump in on a hot day and just cool off.

    Lap pools are below ground pools, as you may already know. They require a lot of digging for installation, and can cost quite a few bucks as well. The prices will vary from area to area, although most top out around $30,000. This is very expensive to say the least, although if you swim every day, you can easily make your money back if you count how much you spend going to the local pool.

    If you simply don’t have the money but want to swim laps at home, you should look into a swim spa. These spas resemble a hot tub of sorts, although you won’t have to dig up any of your yard to install them. They work almost like a treadmill, using an adjustable current that pushes you back, so you keep swimming in virtually the same place. You can get quite a bit of exercise using a swim spa, and it doesn’t take up a lot of room either.

    Swim spas may be cheaper than lap pools, although they aren’t cheaper than traditional below ground pools. They are still relatively new, and can be somewhat hard to find. More and more pool companies are including them though, so it may be just a matter of time before they come to your area. You should contact your local company if you are interested, as they can be nearly impossible to maintain yourself.

    With a lap pool or swim spa, you can swim as many laps as you like at home. These types of pools are ideal for swimmers everywhere, and they can keep you as healthy as you like. If you are interested in a lap pool or swim spa, simply contact your local pool company and get the ball rolling – you’ll be glad you did when you are swimming at home and not the local swimming hole.

     

  • »Cooking for Sunday Dinner«

  • TorontoSEO 9:25 PM on July 11, 2009 Permalink |
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    Cooking for Sunday Dinner

    From as far back as I can remember there have been special church occasions when dinner on the church grounds was the order for the day. Far too many times I watched as person after person walked in with store purchased fried chicken. Whether the reason for this was lack of time, lack of planning, or lack of ideas I was never quite certain. I was certain however, that this was not isolated to my church alone.

    It may seem odd but I have traveled all over the country and lived in many different areas of the culture. One thing that seems constant no matter where I live is that someone inevitably brings fried chicken from a local restaurant or deli as his or her potluck offering. There is nothing wrong with this of course, but there are so many great recipes available for Sunday dinner cooking that it seems odd that so many would resort to this tired old tradition rather than spicing things up with a spicy taco casserole or sweetening the deal with some delightfully delicious and simple to make dessert.

    Sunday dinners obviously aren’t the only time when cooking a casserole or making a dessert is a good decision for the day. They are, however, the most common from my childhood, which is why I often refer to them. There are also ‘pitch ins’ at work that require a contribution and these are an excellent opportunity to make coworkers envy your culinary talents. Even for those who are health conscious however, there are many wonderful types of salads that can be prepared for occasions such as this that will provide you with a guilt free entrée at the event for which you are preparing your offering.

    You do not have to choose calorie or fat filled dishes for your Sunday dinner cooking. In fact, when you are doing the cooking you should cook the things you enjoy eating. Most of us are much more likely to put our best efforts into preparing the foods we enjoy rather than those that feel as though they are a chore for us to make. The same holds true when cooking for potlucks and such. Just be careful that you do not prepare the exact same dish every time or people will think that it is the only dish you can prepare.

    I recommend checking out casserole recipes online and in your favorite magazines. Even magazines that offer healthier eating options often have a casserole, large salad, or even a healthy dessert you can prepare for these events. My personal solution has always been to collect recipes over time that I would like to try out and use the potluck audience as my recipe guinea pigs. This way if my family or I do not like it, we won’t be stuck with leftovers for a week and if we do like it, we can put it into our rotation of recipes for use at home.

    Sunday dinner cooking doesn’t have to be nearly as stressful as many of us make it out to be. Many wonderful crock-pot recipes can actually be prepared while you sleep. Just load your slow cooker with the proper ingredients and turn it on before turning in. You should awaken to the wonderful aroma of whatever delightful dish you have prepared and still manage to get ready for church in record time. This tried and true technique is a great way to make Sunday dinner cooking quick and easy.

    Even if you are one of the many who have very limited culinary talents it is quite possible to wow your friends, relatives, and fellow church members with the correct ‘simple to make’ recipe. Desserts are by far the best way to go in this effort and can also be made the night before (in many cases) and stored in the refrigerator. Desserts are almost always a good bet and very few people ever complain about them regardless. The Kraft foods website offers some fabulously easy to make and delicious desserts if you are in need. The next time it is your turn to join in on the potluck preparation don’t resort to fried chicken. Dish up something that will truly turn heads instead.

     

  • »Swimming Pool Accessories«

  • TorontoSEO 2:14 AM on July 11, 2009 Permalink |
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    Swimming Pool Accessories

    Within the vast world of swimming pools, shopping can be pretty mind boggling. Choosing the type of pool and the type of accessories can be very stressful to say the least. There are decisions everywhere that you’ll need to make, which can be pretty time consuming. Although there are hundreds of accessories out there for you pool – you can save a lot of time and money if you know what you need.

    An accessory that you simply must have for your pool is a cover. A swimming pool cover is ideal for keeping debris and people out of your pool, and protecting your water. During the winter season, a cover will keep your pool and water protected from the cold, wind, and even ice. Depending on the type of pool cover you select, you’ll probably need to use either straps or several heavy objects to ensure that the cover stays in place.

    Another accessory that is very beneficial to you is a skimmer. A skimmer can help you pick up branches, insects, leaves, and other types of debris from the surface of your pool. The skimmer resembles a large badminton racket, and it can easily save you a ton of money with the maintenance of your swimming pool. If you use a skimmer each and every day to clean the surface of your water, your pool will stay nice and clean throughout the season.

    If you have a concrete below ground pool, you’ll want to make sure that you treat the surface. If you don’t, it can be extremely hard on the skin. To treat the surface, you can use pool paint. Pool paints come in a few choices, such as water, rubber, or epoxy based. If you use the paint to treat the surface regularly, you’ll protect the surface of your swimming pool and you’ll also help to protect the surface from harsh elements such as the sun and chemicals from the water.

    If you live in a colder climate, you should invest in some antifreeze. When you close your pool down for the winter, antifreeze can help you clean your pipes and pump. Once you have drained the water from your pool, pump, and pipes, simply pour the antifreeze into them and it will ensure that nothing freezes on cold days.

    To enhance the look of your pool and provide room to relax, you’ll need to have some pool furniture. This doesn’t need to be anything basic, as even the most simplest of furniture will be good enough. You can decorate your pool area virtually any way you desire, even make it look like your living room if you wish. When you select your furniture, you should always make sure that you select furniture strong enough to withstand both summer and winter temperatures.

    If you are on a budget, you can still get the accessories and supplies you need for your pool without having to spend a fortune. You can buy your supplies and accessories online at discount prices, or buy locally during a sale. Most won’t cost you much money, especially if you cut corners and buy only what you need at the lowest prices possible – which is normally during winter.

    In the world of swimming pools, some accessories are just fun to have while others are essential to maintaining your pool. There are hundreds of accessories out there, which can actually be a lot of fun if you just look around at what all you have to choose from. Although it can consume a lot of your time and money – accessories are something that can actually make your swimming pool experience a heck of a lot better.

     
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