Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Benefits of Installing a Pool in Your Home

People are exercising more regularly to stay in great shape. For some who aren’t too crazy about gym workouts, swimming is about the best activity that engages the entire body—toning muscles and building muscle strength, among others. It’s one of the best reasons why homeowners decide to install pools in their homes.

Besides exercise, having a pool just right outside your door can benefit you in other ways: Here are a few of them:

  • A perfect place to socialize. Pools can become a great place to laze around and keep in touch with people you want to be with or reconnect with.
  • For the elderly, certain exercises at the pool can help them, particularly with arthritic and heart ailments. Simple, supervised activities in the water can help them recover much faster.
  • Convenience. No more swimming at the gym or local sports centre. You have access to a pool 24/7 where you can swim, whenever you want to.
  • A pool is a great stress reliever. Like a hot shower, a dip in the pool, especially when temperature-controlled, can provide a relaxing experience for anyone.

The American Heart Association reports that swimming, even for just 20-30 minutes per day, can cut your risk for coronary heart disease; the Annals of Internal Medicine also supports that regular aerobic exercise eases blood pressure, reducing one’s hazard for stroke.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

What is a Plunge Pool?

Want to get a pool, but not really keen on swimming around? Then a plunge pool is the perfect fit for you. A plunge pool is a small, shallow pool built specifically for the purpose of lounging or just chilling out by the water. Its relatively small size makes it a preferred choice among many homeowners because of lower costs, easier maintenance, and reduced water requirements. You cannot practically swim in it, but rather simply wade and cool off.
The smaller size of a plunge pool make it highly customisable. Homeowners can literally have it their way – from a geometric-inspired or minimalist designed pool to a relaxing green-themed spa pool. Some of the more popular optional features for these pools include:
Waterfalls – The water in the pool can be recirculated using a waterfall, which gives the effect of a natural, refreshing waterfall in your own backyard.
Massage therapy – Using jets, plunge pools can also double as water massage centres. As you float, you have the luxury of a soothing, targeted massage; allowing for maximum relaxation.
Temperature control – Is it sweltering and you’d like a nice, cool dip? You can cool down your water at will whenever you want, as the small water volume in a plunge pool can easily be heated or cooled.
A plunge pool’s wide array of configurations enable owners to create the pool of their dreams from standard components. Add up a little creative touch and voila! A relaxation haven at an affordable price is within anyone’s reach.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Fiberglass Pools: What you Need to Know

So you want to have a swimming pool set up. Do you know what type you want? There are many, varying mostly on what materials are used on them. Fiberglass for one, is a relatively new technology introduced for pools, yet it is quickly becoming one of the most popular. Here are some reasons why:
  • Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to fiberglass. It’s easy to install, low-maintenance and it has much lower long-term costs compared to other types.
  • They are prefabricated, which means that they were produced in a factory which ascertains that your pool is of sound quality and performance by the time it arrives in your backyard for installation.
  • Not only are they pre-made, but they arrive in one piece. No assembly required, no seams and joints – these make for better water retention and rust prevention.
  • Unlike concrete, fiberglass isn’t prone to algae development, thus making the pools quite easy to clean.
  • Fiberglass, having high flexibility, is also excellent in absorbing natural forces like constant ground vibrations or earthquakes. While this can be disastrous for other forms of inground pools, your fiberglass swimming pool can easily weather through the ground shifts.
  • Being more resistant to temperature changes, a fiberglass pool can keep water warmer or cooler for longer.
So, do you think a fiberglass pool is suited to your tastes and preferences? Consult your contractor or pool professional for more information.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Quick Tips on Maintaining Pool Chemistry

Having a pool installed and filling it up with water is just page one of the responsible pool owner’s book of responsibilities. You want to make sure that your backyard swimming pool remains safe enough for your family members to take a dive in, so make sure that the chemicals you use to treat it with is balanced and maintained.
Testing
Go to your local pool supply store to buy a testing kit. Be sure that you have strips for pH, chlorine, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid. Follow your kit’s instructions on how to take test samples of the water and determine its values (pool kits follow a colour scheme that should tell you about the state of the water’s chemicals).
Chlorine Tablets
Add about two or three chlorine tablets in your pool’s chlorinator (or through a floater basket), and you should be all set for about a week before adding more. Take care not to put the tablets in the skimmer basket though, since this might lead to all the water passing through your pool plumbing to contain high levels of chlorine.
pH and Alkalinity
Adding some baking soda to the skimmer just might work to improve the pool’s alkalinity and pH. Of course, there also are many commercial products you can use for this. Look to achieve a pH reading of at least 7.4 or 7.6.