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Why purchase a custom safety cover vs standard September 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Back yard, In ground pool, Patio, safety, safety covers.
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Q: We get a great deal of calls at www.pcpools.com where customers have been told using a standard size winter safety cover on a non-standard size swimming pool is okay. What are your thoughts about this practice?

A: Attempting to put a stock safety cover on a custom shaped or sized pool brings several factors into play. The safety cover overlap may not be sufficient in certain areas to maintain the standards, and in other areas, an improperly sized safety cover may overlap too much into grassy areas or flower beds where it cannot be properly anchored.

This practice has been going for some time and especially for consumers with a tight budget. While they may save money up front buying a standard safety cover for a custom type swimming pool is not a good practice. For example if a customer had 16′ x 32′ kidney shaped swimming pool and purchased a standard rectangle safety cover. At first, when installed properly, the safety cover would look great. As soon as the weather of fall and winter sets in the deterioration of the safety cover has already begun. Here’s what happens. The safety cover strapping of an Arctic Armor safety cover is made with a very dense polymer, called strap wear guards, these wear guards are sewn directly into the the bottom of each cover strap to protect the strapping that comes in contact with the pool deck. Without the wear guards lining up properly in relationship to the pool size and surrounding decking, as in our pool’s example, the cover will fail within 3 years. The normal buffeting of the safety cover that occurs on a non-wear guarded cover strap will snap the strap right in half and the safety cover has failed. Continuing along with our pool example, the customer will assume the safety cover comes with a 12 or 15 year warranty so they call the cover manufacturer to inquire about there warranty. They send the safety cover back to the manufacturer for inspection. The factory then lays the failed cover out on the factory floor. Low and behold they see the outline of a kidney shaped swimming pool on standard rectangle safety cover. The safety covers warranty is null and void. Unfortunately, it’s like when an elephant sits on your fence!

Here is a link to our custom safety cover measuring form . Fill out and fax in to get a free quote.

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Tips to Keep Your Pool Accident Free August 5, 2019

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, above ground swimming pools, aboveground pool, Back yard, safety.
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Swimming pools are one of the best sources of enjoyable backyard activities. Pools are fun, therapeutic and a great way to cool off during the intense months of summer; but as with any activity, certain steps must be taken to maintain an accident – free pool environment.

Statistics prove that the danger is real. According to the Insurance Information Institute, every year about 43,000 people are injured in and around swimming pools, more than 600 people drown in home or public pools. Added to the fact that half of pool fatalities occur in the yards of single-family homes, and you can clearly see why ‘safety first’ is the best motto for your own swimming pool.

Thankfully, most pool accidents are completely avoidable by implementing a few simple, common sense precautions:

Never leave small children unsupervised – even for a few seconds

“Contrary to what you might think, children drown silently,” according to John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a not – for – profit safety testing organization. “[In a drowning] there’s not a lot of splashing or crying for help. Every second counts when preventing a drowning accident.”

Never be more than 20 seconds away
According to the Decatur Daily news, drowning usually occurs in less than five minutes, so the supervising adult needs to be able to scan the pool within 10 seconds and reach the pool within 20 seconds. As you can see, when it comes to pool supervision it really isn’t okay to leave the pool unattended, even to get a drink or use the bathroom.

Put fencing around your pool to keep people from using it without your knowledge

This one is pretty self – explanatory. Having a swimming pool is a huge responsibility, and unfortunately a potential liability. But how can protect yourself and others when away from home? Simply limit the use of your pool by controlling access with a fence and/or possibly an alarm system. It might seem like a bit much, but you know what they say… better safe than sorry.

Teach kids about pool filters

Swimming pools contain complicated mechanisms to keep them up and running. The powerful filters that keep your pool clean of debris are also powerful enough to keep a small child from being able to resurface. Teach children to avoid the filter areas when playing ‘dive for the toy’ games, and show them the location of the pool power supply so they could turn off the power (and the powerful filters) in case of an emergency.

Make sure all swimmers actually know how to swim, and that novice swimmers are accompanied by a good swimmer

Play an active role in the supervision of your pool. Don’t just assume that a child or even an adult can swim. Take the extra step and make sure…what might seem like an embarrassing question could actually save a life. The tried and true “buddy system” works well!

Check the pool area regularly for hazards

Anyone that has small children knows how easy it is to trip over a toy and become injured. It’s the same with your pool. Make sure that the area in and around the pool is clear. Be especially mindful when using glass bottles and other glassware in the pool area – glass’s transparent nature means it’s easier for bare feet to find (ouch!) than eyes.

Keep CD players, radios and other electrical devices away from the pool or other wet surfaces

Keep electrical appliances – TVs, radios and disc players, for example – far enough from the water that they can’t possibly fall in. Never operate an electrical appliance when you’re wet. And follow the prescribed maintenance schedules for electronic items like underwater lighting and pool vacuums to prevent an accident or a big shock.

Don’t allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to use the pool

Common sense, supported by the Mayo Clinic: water sports and alcohol don’t mix. In the United States , alcohol is a factor in about 25 to 50 percent of adolescent and adult deaths from drowning or injuries incurred in the water. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination – all essential for swimming well and avoiding hazards in the water.

Stay out of the pool during rain and lightning storms

Let’s go back to what we learned in elementary school: water conducts electricity.

In other words, you don’t want to be ANYWHERE near a body of water (like a pool!) when lightning strikes. A good rule of thumb is if you see it getting cloudy or hear even distant thunder, go ahead and enjoy an indoor activity until the sky completely clears.

Never dive into an above ground pool and check the water depth before diving into an in-ground pool

And remember, your 4’8″ child has different diving depth requirements than your 6’1″ husband. Know your safety limits.

Don’t swim if you are tired, feeling ill or just finished eating

In a nutshell listen to your body – if you don’t feel completely up to it, don’t swim.

Properly cover the pool when it is out of use, or during the winter months

Depending on the need, a pool cover can serve many purposes. There are pool covers that protect from dirt and debris, covers that protect from the elements and even covers that can prevent children or animals from falling in! If you do have children and/or animals you should seriously consider a mesh safety cover that will prevent anyone from falling into the pool.

And finally… use common sense, and always be careful

Swimming pools are a lot of fun, but always have your eyes peeled and your ears open! Remember that with a little extra thought; most accidents can be avoided.

Keeping your Pool Accident Free March 9, 2016

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, In ground pool, Pool, pool filter, pool pump, safety.
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Swimming pools are one of the best sources of enjoyable backyard activities. Pools are fun, therapeutic and a great way to cool off during the intense months of summer; but as with any activity, certain steps must be taken to maintain an accident – free pool environment.

Statistics prove that the danger is real. According to the Insurance Information Institute, every year about 43,000 people are injured in and around swimming pools, more than 600 people drown in home or public pools. Added to the fact that half of pool fatalities occur in the yards of single-family homes, and you can clearly see why ‘safety first’ is the best motto for your own swimming pool.

Thankfully, most pool accidents are completely avoidable by implementing a few simple, common sense precautions:

Never leave small children unsupervised – even for a few seconds

“Contrary to what you might think, children drown silently,” according to John Drengenberg, manager of consumer affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a not – for – profit safety testing organization. “[In a drowning] there’s not a lot of splashing or crying for help. Every second counts when preventing a drowning accident.”

Never be more than 20 seconds away
According to the Decatur Daily news, drowning usually occurs in less than five minutes, so the supervising adult needs to be able to scan the pool within 10 seconds and reach the pool within 20 seconds. As you can see, when it comes to pool supervision it really isn’t okay to leave the pool unattended, even to get a drink or use the bathroom.

Put fencing around your pool to keep people from using it without your knowledge

This one is pretty self – explanatory. Having a swimming pool is a huge responsibility, and unfortunately a potential liability. But how can protect yourself and others when away from home? Simply limit the use of your pool by controlling access with a fence and/or possibly an alarm system. It might seem like a bit much, but you know what they say… better safe than sorry.

Teach kids about pool filters

Swimming pools contain complicated mechanisms to keep them up and running. The powerful filters that keep your pool clean of debris are also powerful enough to keep a small child from being able to resurface. Teach children to avoid the filter areas when playing ‘dive for the toy’ games, and show them the location of the pool power supply so they could turn off the power (and the powerful filters) in case of an emergency.

Make sure all swimmers actually know how to swim, and that novice swimmers are accompanied by a good swimmer

Play an active role in the supervision of your pool. Don’t just assume that a child or even an adult can swim. Take the extra step and make sure…what might seem like an embarrassing question could actually save a life. The tried and true “buddy system” works well!

Check the pool area regularly for hazards

Anyone that has small children knows how easy it is to trip over a toy and become injured. It’s the same with your pool. Make sure that the area in and around the pool is clear. Be especially mindful when using glass bottles and other glassware in the pool area – glass’s transparent nature means it’s easier for bare feet to find (ouch!) than eyes.

Keep CD players, radios and other electrical devices away from the pool or other wet surfaces

Keep electrical appliances – TVs, radios and disc players, for example – far enough from the water that they can’t possibly fall in. Never operate an electrical appliance when you’re wet. And follow the prescribed maintenance schedules for electronic items like underwater lighting and pool vacuums to prevent an accident or a big shock.

Don’t allow anyone who has been drinking alcohol to use the pool

Common sense, supported by the Mayo Clinic: water sports and alcohol don’t mix. In the United States , alcohol is a factor in about 25 to 50 percent of adolescent and adult deaths from drowning or injuries incurred in the water. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination – all essential for swimming well and avoiding hazards in the water.

Stay out of the pool during rain and lightning storms

Let’s go back to what we learned in elementary school: water conducts electricity.

In other words, you don’t want to be ANYWHERE near a body of water (like a pool!) when lightning strikes. A good rule of thumb is if you see it getting cloudy or hear even distant thunder, go ahead and enjoy an indoor activity until the sky completely clears.

Never dive into an above ground pool and check the water depth before diving into an in-ground pool

And remember, your 4’8″ child has different diving depth requirements than your 6’1″ husband. Know your safety limits.

Don’t swim if you are tired, feeling ill or just finished eating

In a nutshell listen to your body – if you don’t feel completely up to it, don’t swim.

Properly cover the pool when it is out of use, or during the winter months

Depending on the need, a pool cover can serve many purposes. There are pool covers that protect from dirt and debris, covers that protect from the elements and even covers that can prevent children or animals from falling in! If you do have children and/or animals you should seriously consider a mesh safety cover that will prevent anyone from falling into the pool.

And finally… use common sense, and always be careful

Swimming pools are a lot of fun, but always have your eyes peeled and your ears open! Remember that with a little extra thought; most accidents can be avoided..

InvisaTread Anti-Slip Solution – White Porcelain tiles August 10, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Back yard, In ground pool, Out door living, Patio, Pool, Pool Deck.
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InvisaTread Anti-Slip demonstration.

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Service and Maintenance Schedule June 29, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, above ground swimming pools, aboveground pool, Automatic pool cleaner, chemicals, pool equipment, pool filter, pool pump, Winterizing.
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Periodic Service and Maintenance Schedule
Adjust as needed during months of heaviest use or extreme weather.
Day Week Month Year
Check Water Level 1X
Check pH and sanitizer 2X
Check Hardness, TDS, and total alkalinity 1X
Test for heavy metals 2X
Check conditioner 2X
Check skimmer basket 2X
Check pump strainer basket 1X
Check filter pressure 1X
Look for leaks in plumbing and equipment
check time clock settings
1X
Surface skim the pool 1X
Vacuum the pool (pool has no auto cleaner) 2X
Vacuum the pool (pool has auto cleaner) 1X
Operate auto cleaner (3 hours) 2X
Brush pool walls and bottom 1X
Clean waterline 1X
Empty auto cleaner catch bag 2X
Clean solar panels 1X
Winterize 1X
Reopening and/or equipment tuneup 1X
Tear down and clean filter 3X

10 Things Pool Owners Can Do For Our Environment June 22, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, chemicals, Patio, Pool Deck, pool filter, pool pump, Solar, solar cover.
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10 Things Pool Owners Can Do For Our Environment

  1. Buy products that come in reusable or recyclable containers.
  2. Take out of date chemicals and cleaning supplies to a hazardous waste recycling center.
  3. Add a cover or solar heating system instead of using gas heat.
  4. Don’t run the pump more hours per day than is needed to keep the pool clean.
  5. Save water by keeping the cover on when the pool is not in use and b asking swimmers to avoid excess splashing of water out of the pool
  6. Save water by checking for leaks every week (and repairing them promptly) by using a broom instead of a hose to clean pool decks
  7. Keep leaves and other organic debris out of the pool, they destroy sanitizers and other pool chemicals, requiring you to buy and add more
  8. Replace the net on your leaf rake instead of buying a new unit. Other service tools also have replaceable parts, so ask before you throw usable tools into the landfill.
  9. Use your pool on hot days to cool off rather than using the air conditioner.
  10. Buy an energy-efficient motor when replacing one on your pump

Benefits of Solar Reels June 11, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, In ground pool, Solar, solar cover.
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  • Solar reels make for easier blanket handling, for quicker access to your pool and more time enjoying your pool.
  • Solar reels store blankets safely and neatly.
  • Solar cover removal can be done by one person.
  • Proper handling of the blanket with a solar reel extends the life of the blanket, eliminating tugging, dragging and tearing.

Solar Cover Benefits May 27, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, In ground pool, Pool, Solar, solar cover.
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  • Solar covers extend the swimming season. Swim earlier in the spring and later in the fall.
  • Solar covers help build heat in the pool, by limiting heat loss. Reduce heating cost and enjoy more comfortable swimming.
  • Covers can also reduce evaporation, which can waste both water and heat and increase the Total Dissolved Solids levels in the water. Some estimates say that as much as 50 gallons a day can be lost in an uncovered pool from evaporation. That’s more than 18,000 gallons of water wasted each year.
  • Keep your pool cleaner, because loose debris stays on the blanket, not in the pool.

Finding Pool Leaks April 20, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, In ground pool, liners, Pool.
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Step 1. Determine if there is a leak. The first step is to determine whether your above ground pool liner has as leak. Sometimes a loss of pool water can be due to other factors such as evaporation. Pool water evaporation can be especially common in hot windy climates. The “leak test” is very simple. The pool owner needs to perform what is called the “bucket test.” The bucket test involves filling a 5 gallon bucket almost to the top, then setting the bucket in the pool so the rim is just a few inches above the surface. Mark the water levels on both the inside and the outside of the bucket, and check the levels in 24 hours. If the drop in the pool and the bucket are the same, this means the water loss is caused by evaporation. If the loss in pool water is greater on the outside of the bucket, there is likely a leak in the pool liner and more serious leak detection measures will need to be performed.

Step 2. Find the leak. To locate the leak, a swimmer will be necessary along with red dye. This is called the “dye test”, which consists of squirting red dye (food coloring)  in susceptible areas of the pool (seams in the pool liner, pool walls, by in pool inlets, skimmers, etc.) to puncturing, tearing or improper seals. Generally speaking, the most susceptible area in an above ground pool is where the pool wall meets the pool floor. Once the red dye is placed near the leak, you will see the dye pulled into the leak by the suction force of the leak. This should really pinpoint the precise area of the leak.

Step 3. Repair the leak. Once the leak is detected it is important to repair the leak. If the leak is repairable, vinyl pool liner patch like EZ Patch 28™ is a great fix. This amazing sealer can fix a leak in your vinyl pool liner without a patch and can match any color of pool liner. Simply apply the clear sealant to any hole above or below the waterline and this amazing formula creates its own patch. Skins over in 5-10 minutes; cures completely in 48 hours. If a patch is needed due to heavy water flow, use EZ Patch 28™ as the glue and apply the clear vinyl patch that is included.

Finding a leak in an above ground pool liner is never a great experience, but locating one can save you hundreds of dollars in replacing your entire above ground pool liner. Some leaks in pool liners are salvageable and can be fixed. In these economic times, locating a leak and applying the clear vinyl repair sealant EZ Patch 28™ can be very economical for pool owners. Moreover, saving pool water from leaking is good for water conservation and ultimately the environment.

New Splasher Pool at PcPools.com April 7, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, liners.
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Stay cool this season with our new Splasher above ground pools. If you want to step up from a soft sided pool, but aren’t ready for the commitment of permanent structure try our Semi-Permanent, affordable & easy to install Splasher above ground pools. Comes with EVERYTHING you need to get swimming- including Thru-the-Wall, pool filtration system, vinyl pool liner, A-frame pool ladder, and See-Through Port Hole. Our Splasher above ground pools are a full 42” deep and come in 3 round sizes: 12’, 15’ & 18’ foot round.

Casey Anderson Teaches Best Friend Brutus The Bear How To Swim (VIDEO) March 24, 2010

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In anticipation of National Geographic’s new US network, Nat Geo Wild, we’re previewing various clips from some of their wild new shows. In the premiere episode of Expedition Wild, naturalist Casey Anderson travels to the Alaskan wilderness to watch wild bears fish for salmon and feed their young.

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