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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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InvisaTread Anti-Slip Solution – White Porcelai…, posted with vodpod

Benefits of Solar Reels June 11, 2010

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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.

Warm your Pool Water up with a Swimming Pool Heater March 23, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Heat pump, Heaters, In ground pool, Pool.
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Now that you have a backyard swimming pool, you’ll want to use it as much as possible. Make the most of your investment by adding a Solar Pool Heater, Gas Pool Heater, or Heat Pump to your in ground or above ground swimming pool. You can extend your swimming season and spend more time in your pool because a Pool Heater or Heat Pump maintains a consistently inviting and comfortable water temperature. When other swimming pool owners are waiting for the weather to warm up in order to open their pool, you can be enjoying the luxury of a pleasant Spring time swim. And, even after Summer has come and gone, you will be able to take a relaxing dip in deliciously mild waters thanks to your choice of Pool Heaters or Heat Pumps.

Solar Pool Heaters allow you to take advantage of the sun’s free energy. Solar Heaters are extremely efficient, inexpensive to operate, and are the ultimate in environmental friendliness. When combined with a solar pool cover, also known as a solar blanket, your Solar Pool Heater will maintain a comfortable water temperature well into the cooler months.

A Heat Pump is another good choice for efficiently heating your swimming pool. Heat Pumps take heat from the air and transfer it to the pool water. This makes the heating process ecologically safe, clean, and cost effective. In addition, Heat Pumps are easy to operate and can be used even in frigid conditions.

Gas or Propane Pool Heaters are yet another option for extending your swimming season. All of our Gas Heaters is highly efficient, durable, and corrosion resistant. In addition, many of the Gas Heaters we offer for in ground and above ground pools are environmentally safe.

Whether you choose a Solar Pool Heater, a Heat Pump, or a Gas Pool Heater for your in ground or above ground swimming pool, you can feel confident that you have selected a high quality product at the best price.

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Helping Your Pool Weather a Storm November 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Back yard, In ground pool, Out door living, Patio, safety, safety covers, Shock, winter covers.
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Your pool is an investment. With regular care and maintenance, it’s a source of backyard fun for years to come. But what if you live in an area that faces strong lines of thunderstorms or even hurricane threats? Is there anything you can do to help safeguard your investment? There certainly is. Read more in our Storm FAQs below.

They’re forecasting a hurricane/terrible storms where I live. What, if anything, should I do about my pool?

It’s very important to do what you can before the storm arrives. Start by removing the debris from the pool – anticipate that you may lose power and get anything out the pool that could ‘spoil’ after a few days without the electricity-powered filter.

After removing any debris, don’t forget to chlorinate the pool, ensuring that you circulate the chlorine properly. If you anticipate that the power may be out for a while, consider adding a floating chlorinator to the pool to deliver a low, constant chlorine dose.

If you don’t have ample enclosed outdoor space (like a pool house or shed) you can store some of your pool-related items, including aluminum furniture, in your pool. See below for more specifics on this.

Make sure you turn off any electrical connections to the pool, then cover it. After all… you just got it nice and clean – why leave it wide open for the debris, leaves, sticks and bugs that may be getting tossed around in hurricane-force winds? This is the time that most owners wish they’d purchased a slightly higher quality pool cover — in addition to a cover being sturdier and more reliable, most of the mid- to high-end covers can be properly installed and fastened within 10 minutes—great for situations like this, where time is of the essence.

Remember, doing ‘something’ to protect your pool is always better than doing nothing at all. After making sure that family and loved ones are safe, do the best you can.

Somehow, the power has managed to stay on during this storm. Should I let the filters run?

To avoid potential damage to the filtering system (and to yourself, running out in the middle of a storm!) it’s better to leave the filters turned off until the storm has passed. As long as the pool has been cleaned prior to the storm, the post-storm cleanup shouldn’t be that bad — and even a potentially dirty pool is no reason to put yourself in harm’s way.

What about sinking all the outdoor stuff in the pool? I’ve heard you can do that.

Contrary to popular belief, submerging everything in your pool isn’t always the best advice. Some things CAN be placed in the pool, but it’s best to check with your pool manufacturer to know what’s safe to sink, and what isn’t.

One good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, ‘Would the chlorine damage it?’ before sinking something to the pool floor. The plastic white stacking chairs pass the test (as does your aluminum furniture), while something like a canvas and wood umbrella wouldn’t. If you can’t sink it, make sure to remove it from the outdoor area and bring it inside somewhere – otherwise, you’re chancing a grill or a kid’s toy turning into a dangerous projectile, capable of causing all kinds of damage during heavy winds.

The storm has knocked out our water, too; can we use the pool for drinking water?

It’s definitely okay to use pool water to flush the toilet during an emergency, but most experts agree that pool water isn’t suitable for drinking, cooking, or even shaving. The type of chlorine used in pools just isn’t made for human consumption.

If you’re reading this article, you probably haven’t run out of power or water yet! So take a moment now to either bottle your own water, (which can last up to six months if bottled properly, e.g. tightly sealed, and in light filled spaces) or add bottled water to your grocery list. Having a supply of bottled water on hand in case of any emergency is always a good idea.

The storm is over – What can I do while I’m waiting for the electricity to be turned back on or the professional pool help to arrive?

We’ll give you one guess. You’re right! Get all the junk out of the pool. Use your regular pool cleaning tools to get out any debris that may have entered the pool during the storm.
Don’t forget to clean the filters — a storm produces more debris that usual in your pool… and your filters weren’t really designed for such a major mess. Clean up what you can with a net, and if you have to get in the pool to get debris out, make sure that you wear shoes.

After you’ve cleaned, super-chlorinate the pool and circulate continuously until the water’s color looks close to normal. Keep the water “shocked” until power or help arrives, but don’t let people or pets in the pool while it’s in this state.

3’x3′ vs 5’x5′ Safety Cover strapping November 10, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in In ground pool, Pool, Pool Deck, safety, safety covers, winter covers, Winterizing.
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Q: Please discuss 5′ x 5′ strapping vs. 3′ x 3′ strapping and the proper uses of each?

A: The question you ask refers to the width in the cross grids of strapping. 5′ x 5′ strapping is used on symmetrically even safety covers with reasonably smaller square footages which do not entail too many custom dimensions. This helps keep the cost of safety cover material lower. Once an application grows in square footage and takes on more complicated design, it is necessary to produce the safety cover in a tighter grid, 3′ x 3′ sections, to ensure a proper fit.

For your custom cover we will give you a quote with the appropriate strapping space.
Here is a link to our custom safety cover measuring form . Fill out and fax in to get a free quote. If you prefer the 3’x3′ spacing just mark it on our form.

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.

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.