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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..

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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

PcPools member of BBB Online since 2006 March 9, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Automatic pool cleaner, Back yard, chemicals, Chlorine Salt Generator, Commercial Pool, Diving Boards, Heat pump, Heaters, In ground pool, liners, Out door living, Patio, Pool, Pool Deck, pool filter, Pool Ladders, pool pump, safety, safety covers, Solar, solar cover, Spa, spa safety, Umbrellas, Uncategorized, video, winter covers, Winterizing.
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Winterizing your pool December 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Algeacides, chemicals, liners, pH Balance, pool filter, Pool Ladders, pool pump, Sanitizers, Shock, winter covers, Winterizing.
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Ever thought of winterizing your pool as an unnecessary and daunting task? Well, just like weather stripping your home or adding antifreeze to your car, your pool requires the same TLC as all the other little joys in life. In order to save a great deal of time, avoidable frustration, equipment damage, and lots of money, winterizing is essential.

Not winterizing your pool can lead to a host of problems including cracked equipment (pumps, skimmers, etc.) lifted and cracked cement, frozen underground pipes, and freeze-thaw damage. Here are some common questions about the winterizing process.

Ah! Winter is coming. Do I need to drain my pool?

A common misconception amongst new pool owners is that you must drain all the water from the pool to prepare for winter. Doing that would be the equivalent of offering Superman a kryptonite-flavored lollipop! Just don’t do it!

Suffice it to say you should never drain your pool. This should be a job for a licensed, experienced and insured professional. Don’t believe us? We’ve heard of cases where the owner drained a pool and the concrete or fiberglass shell actually floated out of the ground like a huge boat…and other stories about the liner in a vinyl pool shrinking within hours of the water being drained.

In other words, completely draining a swimming pool is a big no-no.

Do I need to add any chemicals to my pool to prepare for the winter?

Although ‘no’ would probably be the easiest answer, ‘yes’ is the correct one: You do need to add a mixture of chemicals to your pool to keep it clean for the winter. No one wants to remove the pool cover in the spring and see the Swamp Thing! But have no fear–there are winterizing kits that have everything included– all you have to do is follow the directions.

Should I clean my pool before winter?

Yes you should, but a light cleaning will do. Make sure that dirt, leaves, toys or UFOs (unidentified floating objects) are all removed from the water. This step should be done before adding chemicals. A good time to clean is when the seasons begin to change, but before trees start to lose their leaves. Avoid liner stains by getting debris out, rather than letting it soak for several months.

I have an above ground pool–does it need winterizing too?

Yes! Above ground pools need the same amount of attention as in-ground pools. Unless you’re talking about a kiddy pool, above ground pools have filters, pumps, and an intricate construction that needs to be taken care of. The list of tips below is general—follow your manufacturer’s instructions for specifics.

  • Empty some of the water (must follow manufacturer’s guidelines for this step!)
  • Change the pump, filter and hose settings
  • Store the ladder
  • Remove the skimmer basket
  • Clean the vinyl liner
  • Add appropriate chemicals

As we said…for more specific details, dig out your owner’s manual, dust if off and you should find all the information you need.

Do I really need to cover my pool? I like looking out and seeing an ice-skating rink in my back yard.

Yes, you do need to cover your pool for many reasons–not covering would mean that all your hard work up to this point would be a total waste. First of all, many pool accidents occur when a pool isn’t even being used.

Depending on your needs, one pool cover may be better than another. If you simply want to protect the pool from the elements, but don’t need to safeguard the pool, a standard winter pool cover will suffice. But if you have children and animals around, you’ll most likely want a safety cover that works almost like a fence, by completely covering and safeguarding the pool from mishaps. For above ground pools try our new Water Warden Safety Net for round pools

One dilemma that pool owners have run into over the years is that mesh covers, although useful, allow dirt and debris to enter the pool, and also allow sunlight into the pool which in turn leads to algae. For this reason, we suggest placing a leaf net cover over a solid cover, which keeps major debris on top, letting it bake in the sun and get nice and dry so it’s easy to remove.  How wonderful!

Ok, so how do I cover my pool? Can I use tarp? And what’s with people using floats and noodles under the pool cover?

Covering your pool isn’t difficult. It may take a few people to do it, but it is probably the easiest part of winterizing. Using a tarp is not a good idea. It won’t protect against children or animals falling in—not to mention the fact that tarps aren’t very sturdy.

Before you apply your pool cover, you should apply some sort of flotation device in the center of the pool. It is true that some people use pool noodles, but there are other and probably more effective devices that you can use. Consider using a car or truck inner-tube or a air pillow sold for this very purpose.

The float has two functions. First, it balances the rainwater and ice that forms on the pool’s cover during winter. Secondly, the area around the float won’t freeze and will allow the ice to push inward toward the float, rather than outward towards the pool wall. This will ease the tension on the pool walls, a condition that can lead to serious support issues in the future.

Lay the cover across the pool and over the float, secure it and tighten the wire around the perimeter. If you leave the cover unsecured, it may fly off in high winds or droop during heavy rains or snowfall.

Guide to Spring Start-Up May 12, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Algeacides, chemicals, pH Balance, pool filter, pool pump, Sanitizers, Shock, winter covers.
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As the owner of a swimming pool you want beautiful clear blue water without the hassles. PcPools.com easy 4-step Start-Up Program will give you simple step-by-step instructions that will insure crystal clear water. PcPools.com offers the highest quality chemicals that are free of contaminates. We also offer full lines of products, which means you don’t have to mix and match, insuring superior performance and a clean, clear pool.

Spring Start Up Steps

  1. Remove your Pool Cover
    1. If you use a solid cover, drain the water off the cover.
    2. Clean Cover Thoroughly and let it dry in the sun before storing it. (This will prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from growing which could damage your cover and you might end up transferring it to your pool.
    3. Remove any debris, leaves, twigs and sticks that may have gotten into your pool water.
  2. Fill your pool
    1. Add enough water to bring the water level to the middle of the skimmers.
  3. Check your pool’s equipment
    1. Make sure the main drain and inlets are open
    2. Make sure that the pump and skimmer basket are in place and free of debris
    3. Start your pump and filter system. Your pump and filter system are the heart of your pool maintenance program. This system keeps your pool water clear and clean.
    4. If you did not clean you filter before you closed you pool do so now.
    5. PcPools offers filter cleaners that remove the build-up of grease, oil and scale in your filter allowing it to operate effectively, efficiently which will extend the filters life (and save you money).
  4. Test your water
    1. Start your pool and let it run for 24 hours before taking a water sample.
    2. Take your sample from at least one foot below the surface.
    3. Using your test kit or test strips, test the water for free chlorine, pH and total alkalinity.
    4. Using your results refer to the following chart to bring your pool up the ideal range.If any of these levels are not in their proper range, PcPools.com offers the proper chemicals to being them into balance.

Spring Start-Up Kits

PcPools.com offers complete easy to use Spring Start-Up Kits. These kits are formulated with just the right amount of chemicals to get your pool ready for swimming and summer fun.

Easy Pool Care Guide for Pool Maintenance

Now that your pool is up and running, follow our Easy Pool Care process to ensure clear, brilliant water.

Need Help or Advice?

This guide is designed to educate you about PcPools.com programs and some of the products we carry. In the event of pool water questions or problems please contact us at customerservice@pcpools.com for expert advice and simple solutions.

Filter Comparison December 8, 2008

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, chemicals, In ground pool, Pool, pool filter, Uncategorized.
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Which filter is the best? You will need to answer these questions first

  1. How fine a particle do you want to filter?
  2. Where will it be used and what is your budget?
  3. How much time do you want to spend on maintenance?

Here is some information to help you compare and contrast the sand and cartridge filters.

SAND CARTRIDGE
Size of particles filtered 20-40 microns 10-25 microns
Estimated filter rate 15-25 gallons per minute per square foot 0.375-1 gallons per minute per square foot
Relative cost of filter $$ $
Relative cost of media $ $$
Cleaning frequency Whenever the pressure reaches 10psi or higher than starting pressure.
Usally depends on bather load, hydraulics and filter design.
Whenever the pressure reaches 10psi or higher than starting pressure.
Usally depends on bather load, hydraulics and filter design.
Replacement frequency Typically, after 3-5 years the sand grains have worn smooth and need to
be replaced. This is indicated when the pressure fails to fall below 5 psi of initial pressure.
Typically, after 3-7 years.
Strongest selling point Requires little attention. NO backwashing provides easy maintenance.

In Ground Pool kits November 24, 2008

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Back yard, In ground pool, Pool, pool filter, pool pump.
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Our Infinity do-it-yourself (“DIY”) in ground pool kits have solid aluminum construction and have an unmatched reputation for quality and design. We strongly believe that aluminum in ground pool kits are superior to every other pool construction material on the market. Each Infinity in-ground pool kit will come with the following features:

  • Pool Entrance Steps- Handsomely formed one-piece constructions. Made of outdoor, weatherable polymer for many years of use.
  • Sta-Rite In Ground Pump and Filter System.
  • Stainless Steel Fasteners- Rust resistant and stronger than galvanized steel.
  • Pool Coping Strips- Made of electro statically painted extruded aluminum. The pool coping frames the perimeter of the pool and allows concrete to meet the edge of the pool.
  • Delta Brace- Structural extruded aluminum with 3-point connection for superior strength and alignment.
  • Extruded Aluminum Wall Panels- Each panel is factory welded and painted to provide the best protection against the elements.
  • Vertical Bead Receiver and Designer Vinyl Liner- Provides long lasting durability locking the liner securely into position. Treated for protection, the pool liner prevents mold, mildew, with added protection against ultraviolet rays.
  • Pool Lighting and niche.
  • Infinity pool comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

We have several shapes and sizes. Check them all out at our website. Also click here for a video install.

The company that has been a chosen leader of In ground swimming pools is now making the Infinity Swimming Pools, Delair Group, located in Delair, NJ was founded more than 40 years ago as the Esther Williams Pool Company. Since 1967, Esther Williams has stood behind the high-quality swimming pools that bear her name. Delair manufactures pools under the Infinity, Esther Williams, Johnny Weissmuller and Symphony series and all of their products are manufactured in the USA using only superior strength extruded aluminum. These world class swimming pools are computer designed to ensure the quality, durability and innovation that you would expect. Whether you are looking for a custom in-ground pool, a value priced above ground pool, or a strong durable fence, Delair is your trusted source for a broad range of pools and fences.
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Pool Care Glossary November 11, 2008

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Everything you needed to know from A to Z.

In Ground Winter Closing Checklist September 16, 2008

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Automatic pool cleaner, chemicals, In ground pool, Pool, pool filter, pool pump, safety covers, winter covers, Winterizing.
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In Ground Closing Check list

VACUUM pool & remove all debris.

Use a Blue Wave WINTERIZING POOL CHEMICAL KIT to add the correct chemicals for the winter for your pool size.

Drain Filter tank of all water. Bring pump/motor indoors. Remove return eyeballs and install WINTERIZING PLUGS.

Thoroughly blow out water from underground lines. Install SKIMMER GUARDS to protect skimmer. Add NON-TOXIC POOL ANTI-FREEZE to pool’s plumbing.

Put on cover, SAFETY POOL COVERS should be anchored down. Solid WINTER POOL COVERS should float on top of the water, For MESH WINTER POOL COVERS, do not drain pool lower than bottom of skimmer.

Lay out LEAF NET over to catch leaves this fall. (Remember to move before the first snow fall!) Fill heavy duty WATER TUBESor leakproof AQUA BLOKSand position around pool’s edge.