How to Take Care of Your Inground Swimming Pool

An inground swimming pool at home is a versatile amenity that provides fun, relaxation, and fitness opportunities for you, your family, and your friends. That being said, you should be well aware of some useful tips when it comes to taking care of your swimming pool.

During the spring and the summer, you should be keeping an eye out for specific aspects of your pool such as its cleanliness. Since the pool is being used often during these times, you should continuously monitor the water’s chlorine levels and get rid of unwanted debris such as leaves and branches. It also helps to turn on your swimming pool’s filtration system during periods of heavy use; this greatly aids in eliminating water-borne pollutants such as algae and biofilm buildup, as well as keeping the water safe for bathers. Continue reading

Lighting Installation for Pools

Pool construction involves different types of work, including excavation, installation, and landscaping. During the installation process, you will have to decide which type of lighting to install. This is crucial because it will reveal the beauty and improve the safety of your pool at night. For the most part, the bottom line is to choose between LED and fiber optic lights.

While the choice would still be based on your preferences at the end of the day, it wouldn’t hurt to consult with professionals. The most credible sources are those that possess the expertise not only to build backyard swimming pools, but also to install luxury pools and spas in every shape and design. Their experience allows them which swimming pools serve particular purposes, and which specific lighting fixtures are most appropriate for each. Continue reading

Have Fun in Your Pool with These Fun Games

A swimming pool in your backyard is a great way to have a ready-made venue for fun activities with your family. However, paddling around in the water and doing laps is eventually going to get old. If you want to have more fun in your pool, here’s a few games to brighten up your family’s day.

  • Marco Polo. The classic pool version of Blind Man’s Bluff, and the rules are pretty simple. Requiring at least two players, the person who is designated as “Marco” closes his eyes and shouts “Marco!” while everyone shouts “Polo!” The Marco then uses the shouts to pinpoint where people are and then he tries to tag someone. If someone is tagged, they become the next “Marco.”

  • Shark Attack. This game requires several players. The oldest player is the shark, and the remaining players are divers. The divers then jump in one edge of the pool and try to get to the other end without being tagged. Everyone who gets tagged has to leave the pool until the next round. If any divers reach the end, they get the reward of daring the shark to do something embarrassing.

  • Dive for Treasure. Buy some goggles for your kids and play this great diving game. Get a handful of pennies and throw them into the pool and challenge the kids to get as much pennies they can find. If you want some more fun and make the dive more challenging, you could buy dive rings and dive sticks.

Three Reasons to Choose an Inground Pool

A pool allows you and your family countless hours of entertainment without having to leave home. In getting your own pool, you may need to make a choice between building an inground one, and buying a readily built above ground fixture. While both have their own merits, here are three reasons why an inground pool makes the better choice. Continue reading

Invest in a Swimming Pool and Enjoy These Benefits

When you’re deciding on what improvement to add to your New Jersey home, why not consider an inground swimming pool? A spacious enough backyard should provide adequate space for an installation of a reasonably sized pool. Plus, it provides several benefits.

First of all, the main benefit of having a swimming pool is that you can swim on a regular basis. The health benefits of this are enormous. The fat-burning properties of a daily swim are just the beginning. Swimming is an excellent low-impact, whole body exercise that anyone can do. The high resistance that the water presents challenges your body’s muscles and cardiovascular system; this greatly increases a person’s strength and stamina, a definite health benefit.

Improving your body isn’t just the only thing you can get out of having a pool installed at home. A swimming pool is a great tool in getting socially acquainted with people. Invite your neighbors and co-workers to a pool party. The summer months will also be a lot more comfortable if you can easily take a dip when needed.

Financially, a swimming pool can be an excellent investment. Installing the pool will require a bit of landscaping, too, to fit the pool well into your backyard. This can turn your ordinary backyard into something more aesthetically pleasing—a great way to add value to your property. Additionally, a pool can be an attractive factor for a buyer to choose your house when it comes time to sell.

Keep Kids Safe with These Pool Safety Tips

With your kids stuck at home this summer, you’ll be glad you had that new pool installed since the kids won’t berate you to take them to the public pool. Unfortunately, the roughhousing and the carefree attitude of young children can make a pool environment dangerous. Keep your children safe by following these pool safety tips:

 

Keep Watch

Simply put, young children should not swim alone. Keep watch while they are in the pool—or better yet, join them for a dip. This way, you can respond quickly to any emergency situations that may happen. Besides, your children are at school for the majority of the year, so now is a great time to bond with them.

Stay Neat

Pool toys and instruments should always be kept far away from the pool when not in use. A misplaced item can easily cause someone to slip and fall. At the same time, the absence of toys minimizes the temptation to children to get in the pool without your knowledge.

 

Emergency Kits and Phones

Sometimes, these methods are not enough to guarantee a hazard-free pool activity. Keep a first-aid kit on the patio table in case someone bumps a head or sustains a cut. Keep a wireless phone with you as well so you can quickly call an emergency service if necessary.

 

Having a pool in your property has plenty of benefits, especially during summer. To ensure a positive pool experience, keep your pool area safe and secure all the time.

Choosing an Inground Swimming Pool That Suits You

An inground swimming pool is a good home addition people can have to increase real property value and have an amenity every family member and guests can enjoy. There are three types of inground pools: concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass.

Each has their own advantages and drawbacks in terms of durability, customization ability, and length of time to build.

 

Here’s a quick profile for each pool type to help you choose one that suits you:

 

Concrete Pools

These are custom-built and can virtually take any shape and size. It takes quite a long time to install a concrete pool (between three and 12 weeks depending on size and shape), but it makes up in its sturdiness and is known as the most durable type of inground swimming pools.

Vinyl Pools

This one is pre-engineered and is the least expensive among all inground pools. They come in dozens of pre-designed shapes and patterns, but pool toys, pets and sharp objects can puncture its liner. It only takes three weeks to construct a vinyl pool.

 

Fiberglass Pools

These are factory-molded and pre-finished and has a super smooth gel coat finish that makes it durable and stain proof. Transportation usually takes time because of state regulations and a crane is needed to put the pool inside the excavated hole. However, it’s faster to install, clocking in at only three days till completion.

 

Now that you know the types of inground swimming pools, you can already choose the one that best suits your needs.