With Thanksgiving in our rear-view mirror and Christmas approaching, the time to get your holiday shopping finished is drawing near. If you’re anything like my mother, you refuse to step into any mall, at any time, for anything after Thanksgiving. She prefers the luxury of ordering online and skipping out on the massive lines and grumpy shoppers. Besides all of that, the worst part for me is trying to find a gift for a relative who seemingly has everything. (We all know one and if you don’t, you’re probably the relative) Well, if they own a pool, this blog might help. (more…)
You think your pool is leaking? Oh boy. OK, first thing, do not attempt to look for a leak in an above ground swimming pool if you only think it has a leak. Instead, only attempt to find a leak in a pool when you know it has a leak. This simple rule will save you a lot of unnecessary irritation. As I write this blog post, there are many people (maybe thousands) who are looking for something that isn’t there. Trust me, it’s true. You may even be one of them. I’ve heard pool owners say things like, “My pool only leaks in the fall” and “My pool was leaking and then it stopped.” These types of statements usually tell me that it probably doesn’t have a leak and is instead losing water due to evaporation. (more…)
Before writing this blog, I did a lot of “research” on algae and algaecides. I use the term loosely because I’m not sure if I were researching or just reading. Whatever it was, though, I did a lot of it. I found myself on popular pool forums (you know which ones) where different home owners and pool professionals recommended different dosages for different pools, using different chemicals. It was a hodgepodge of great information that meant absolutely nothing to me. I can only imagine how a first-time pool owner feels entering the forum for the first time. It is very difficult to prescribe a chemical regime that works for every pool. There are just too many variables that play a role in treating your pool for algae. Even the smallest detail like, what area in the country you live, plays a role in selecting an algaecide. It just so happens that some areas in the country use different brands of chemicals to reach the same goal, a clear, beautiful swimming pool.
So, let’s start at the beginning. What is algae? (more…)
I am often asked about an above ground swimming pool’s depth. Above grounds come in three main wall heights: 48”, 52”, and 54”. Some of the really inexpensive models are also available as a 42” height wall (which is much lower), but I’m not going to include them because they are really cheap and don’t last very long. Now for those of you who can’t read a tape, the 48” is the same as four feet; the 52” wall is four feet and four inches; and the 54” wall is four and a half feet tall. Already too much math? Sorry, but here’s more.
Now the above numbers are the height of the actual pool’s wall and NOT the real depth of the water. An above ground pool has a top structure and a skimmer and the water level is not meant to reach the very top of its structure. In general then, the water level will be about six inches below the top of the pool. So, the average water level is going to range from 3’,6” to 4’ deep. The next question that usually comes to mind is, “Is this pool deep enough for me and my family?” Some shorter people or people with small children will ask if this is too deep.