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Home Inspection with a Swimming Pool

Buying a house with a pool sounds amazing. Pools are great for hosting parties and creating indelible memories with your family and friends. If you’re not too careful, though, buying a home with a swimming pool can easily turn from a huge asset to a huge headache. That is why a home inspection with a swimming pool is absolutely necessary before closing the deal on a house.  Much like purchasing a used automobile, you cannot gauge the overall health of a swimming pool simply by looking at it. A general rule of thumb is never purchase anything used without inspecting the unit first.

Well, we’re here to ease your mind and to tell you that purchasing a home with a pool should not add to your stress. Sure, it may be something extra you have to pay close attention to during inspection, but the return investment is always exponentially greater. Let’s explore the dos and don’ts when dealing with a home inspection with a swimming pool.

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How Can I Extend My Pool Season?

Sometimes, the places we grow up in can shield us from the realities of the rest of the world. We forget that our experiences can be and usually are much different than the experiences of someone else. Growing up in Florida means we can enjoy our pools all- year round. Literally. I even have fond memories of jumping into the pool on early Christmas mornings without hesitation or worries about catching pneumonia. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for most families.  In fact, I’d guess that an overwhelming majority of swimming pools close before Christmas. This leaves northern pool owners asking themselves, “How can I extend MY pool season?”

Most pool seasons in the US last shorter than most people would like, especially in areas with colder climates. As a result, I figured I would give a few suggestions on ways you can extend your pool season. At the end of the day, pool owners simply want to make the most out of their pool and equipment. With the right combination of the right equipment, you can easily amaze your family and friends by extending your pool season a few weeks or even months.  (more…)

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Product Battle Series 2: Hayward Heater Vs. Raypak Heater

If you had to an option of choosing a Hayward heater or a Raypak heater, which one would you choose? It’s okay if you need more time to do some research before answering. This is just an example of the type of questions our customers usually wants answers to.

Owning a pool heater is still a fairly new common practice. The majority of pool owners did not purchase a pool heater ten years ago. For the most part, it was very expensive. They simply tailored their swimming season around their summer seasons and that was that. Today, it is just the opposite. Pool owners are looking for ways to extend their swimming seasons far beyond the last days of summer. The longer the season, the better. As a result, the need for pool heaters grew.

Today, most pool owners don’t need persuasion to purchase a heater. From experience, they simply want recommendations on which heater to purchase. Although we carry a wide variety of pool heaters, customers appear to be most familiar with Hayward and Raypak heaters. In fact, Hayward and Raypak heaters are our most popular heaters to date.

Still, purchasing a pool heater can be a daunting task for most pool owners.  At first glance, all pool heaters seem the same, but when you look a little further, you realize each heater has specific benefits and features that may benefit one pool over the other. In other words, what may be the best heater for our customer in Florida may not be the one we recommend to a customer in California.

 

For our second Product Battle Series, we are determining once and for all, which is better, the Hayward heater or the Raypak heater?  (more…)

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How Long After I Shock My Pool Can I Swim?

Shocking your pool, or super chlorinating, is a cleaning method designed to keep your pool water clean and safe by adding three to five times the normal amount of chlorine. This drastically raises the chlorine level in a short period of time. Shocking a pool is not part of most pool owners’ daily routines. Sure, there are times when shocking your pool is absolutely necessary like the times when you neglect your pool or when your pool is recovering from a terrible storm. However, if you have a salt water generator and consistently test and monitor your chemical levels, there shouldn’t be a need to shock your pool often.

Pool owners usually have a single concern, how long after I shock my pool can I swim? Unfortunately, there is no general consensus within the pool community when it comes to determining how long you should wait before swimming again. However, even with no general consensus, we were still able to discover many convincing factors that helped narrow down when the pool is safe for swimmers again after shocking.

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