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Pool Safety in 2017
Pool safety entails some basics such as regular checking of whether your swimming pool complies with the safety requirements, contacting professionals to check if physical requirements of a safe pool are adhered to as well as setting restrictions on some practices such as diving.



Dangers of drowning
Drowning leads to death especially if care is not taken in time. The reasons why drowning can be very risk include the facts:

Despite the age and experience in swimming, drowning can be to anybody either a kid or an adult and be it you are used to swimming or not.
Secondly, drowning happens once in a while such that it does not pose any fear to parents wanting their kids to swim. Most a times, the benefits received from swimming outweigh by far the dangers imposed.
Therefore to prevent drowning, some safety practices on the pools are recommended. The most preferred being installation of pool fences.



Pool safety practices
Some of the best choices advised for pool safety include installing the following:


Installing pool safety fences
Of the other safety practices, pool fencing is the most recommended since it’s the best option. A pool that is at least 48” inches high is recommended and should have a child-resistance, self-latching as well as a self-closing gate. If you can’t have holes drilled you can always use Guardian’s No Holes pool fence which is portable and has a strong base for its poles. The No Holes pool fence is most effective in homes because it is easily portable, very affordable, doesn’t require drilling and it is made out of high-quality material. You should connect and fill bases with sand or water which then become very hard to move hence securing the pool. Once you empty the bases you can then remove easily and store.



Installing pool alarms
Pool alarms are in four types that are; wearable alarms, gate alarms, pressure alarms and perimeter alarms. Wearable alarms work best for children though they need close adult supervision. This alarm is worn by the child around the waist whereby once the waist gets immersed in water, the alarm sounds. Gate alarms are attached to the gate of the pool such that once someone or something opens it, the alarm will sound. Pressure alarms are ones that have a sensor tube that goes into the water and are kept at the pool edges. The alarm sounds due to pressure waves which occur when something or someone falls in the pool. Lastly, perimeter alarms are invisible alarms set around the pool at different points creating a laser field that detects either a small animal or a child once they penetrate then the alarm sounds. We only recommend alarms as a secondary measure.



Installing pool safety covers
There are both electric and manual covers. Pool covers are used cover the pool when not in use, their main purpose is to reduce heating cost by minimizing the evaporation rate which saves energy. Pool covers are crucial especially during winter for pool safety. There are two types of covers; manual and automatic overs. Manual safety covers are giant like trampoline green in color that covers the water and is available for even swimming pools above the ground. They can only be used during winter making them inconvenient for use during swim season. Automatic covers not only make the pool safe but also cut on evaporation rates and can be used all seasons.
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One of the southernmost counties in California, Orange County is also one of the most populated. Beautiful beaches, several state wilderness parks, and, of course, some of the most famous amusement parks all draw in citizens and tourists alike. With the fun, however, also comes the heat. With winter temperatures hardly ever dropping below 50°F and summer temperatures often spiking over 100°F, many homes have pools installed to cool off while still enjoying themselves.



If you’re one of those people with your own pool, then you know one of the most important things to consider is pool safety. Pools can be fun and refreshing, but not if you’re constantly worried about someone accidentally slipping in. Lights, alarms, and a pool cover are all good things to do that provide some form of security, but they’re still prone to accidents. For a solidly safe pool, your best bet is a pool fence: something sturdy to surround your pool and prevent accidents before they can even think about happening.



Of course, most pool fences require you to drill holes into your property to install them. That’s a big commitment and job to do, and sometimes far from the ideal course of action. To do it yourself would be difficult and to hire a professional would be expensive. Also, if you only use your pool a few times a year, it can seem like a waste to pepper your yard with little holes just to surround a bigger, empty hole in the ground. Worse, if you’re just renting or vacationing in the area then the homeowner probably won’t be okay with you making such a big adjustment. Fortunately for you, there is a solution: the No Holes System from Guardian.



Instead of securing the fence with poles pressed deep into the ground, the No Holes fence uses hollow bases that interlock together. Filled with water or sand, they can individually way from 65-100 pounds. When all connected together in a full fence they can have a combined weight of over a thousand pounds, making it almost impossible to knock over or push around. PVC reinforced poles are pressed into these bases and secured tightly with stainless steel bolts and screws to ensure stability. Solid brass padlocks provide extra security and further prevent accidents from occurring.



To connect the poles and complete the fence as an all-around safety-net, strong, sturdy mesh is available in three different grades. From a light, more transparent mesh to a thicker pet-proof one, you’ll be able to choose something that fits what you want and stays durable and protective. You’ll be able to choose between a 4, 4.5, or 5-foot tall fence too, depending on what you need. To further customization, the mesh, mesh borders, and poles all come in several colors for you to match to the rest of your pool area aesthetic.



The first pool fence to not require drilled holes in the ground, the No Holes fence was created through years of research and testing by Guardian. Ongoing changes and adjustments to the mesh and poles have made them top quality on the market in terms of both stability and safety. If you’re in need of a pool fence that won’t waste your money or ruin your yard, this one was engineered specifically for you. Sturdy, simple, and effective, this fence will allow you to enjoy the refreshing experience of having a pool without any extra worry for safety.
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Is anything so enticing on a hot summer day as the pool? Who doesn’t long for that dip into luxury, relaxing and cooling off from the summer heat? Of course, for families with children, pools can be more than a luxury – in a split second, the worst can come to fruition, and a child can fall, helpless, into the family pool.



You’ve probably heard of the a simple and effective solution that help protect your family and children: a pool alarm. We’ll look at several different styles and their pros and cons.



Infrared Systems are effective, reliable, and cheap solutions. There are several different ways they can work – they can be mounted on the fence, wall, or gate around your pool, or they can be mounted near the pool itself. Each has its drawbacks – the fence-mounted alarms can be circumvented easily by hopping the fence or circumnavigating the gate, and the pool mounted alarms will not be activated until your child is already in the pool – which may just be too late. These systems also may not activate unless whatever enters the pool is over 15 lbs – if your child is very young, they may not be above this weight and may not trigger the alarm at all.



Floating Motion Sensors are another option – if you have a calm pool. If you live in a windy area, these will frequently set off false alarms when the surface of the water is disturbed. They are also still more expensive than the more effective infrared systems. They are a much better secondary than primary system of defense.



Personal Immersion Systems are another ancillary device for protecting your loved ones. These devices are worn by the children, and work with a base system installed nearby your pool to alert you if they take an unplanned dip. However, children are wily and creative, and can easily take off or misplace the bracelets. Also, should you wish to swim with the children, the bracelet will need to be manually removed. This option should only be used in tandem with a permanent system.



Underwater motion alarms are an alternative if you are willing to spend just a little more money. These systems use sonar instead of infrared to monitor the water in your pool – so there won’t be any false alarms from the wind messing with the water’s surface. They are effective for any size or shape of pool. These alarms are always active, so there are no blind spots or ways around the alarm going off – but, like the infrared system, they will only activate once someone is already in the pool. They also need to be manually removed and put into sleep mode before the pool can be used.



However, the best option isn’t an alarm at all – it’s a pool fence! By simply fencing the pool, you and your children will be safe from that accidental fall or slip. Combined with a sonar system for emergencies, your family will be free to enjoy all the benefits that a backyard pool can offer – with none of the drawbacks.
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While not every swimming pool is required to have handicap accessibility, such as backyard pools, the same thing cannot be said for pools that are located at hotels and other public areas. However, there could be a way that you may be able to benefit from making your own pool handicap accessible. For instance, a family member who is elderly or requires the use of a wheelchair due to mobility issues will definitely welcome easy access to a pool.

Regardless of the type of accessibility you decide to use for your pool, it’s important to remember that each one is held to different standards that have been established by the ADAAG, or the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Guidelines. Because of this, you should always ensure that the specific method that you choose fully complies with these.

Here are a few different methods that you can consider to help make your backyard pool more handicap accessible.



Pool Stairs
The handrails are considered to be the most important factor of this particular method, and they require specific measurements that are established by the ADAAG. The handrails and the stairs (which require both uniform riser heights and tread widths measuring no less than 11 inches) offer help with support and balance while an individual is standing up and moving from the deck of the pool into and out of the water.

Lifts
There are all sorts of different designs that can be selected for mechanical pool lifts, all of which can be either motorized, manually operated, or battery-operated. These are designed to lift an individual from the deck of the pool and lower them into the water. To begin, the individual will sit in the seat as it is positioned over the pool’s deck. The lift’s arm will then over the pool before lowering the individual into the water, which will allow them to exit the chair. The chair itself will then be raised out of the water before the arm is swung back over the pool’s deck. If the individual wishes to get out of the pool, this process can simply be reversed. In terms of seats for these lifts, you can select either a chair seat or canvas seat.

Sloped Entry With Rail
Simply put, this method is a ramp that contains handrails, which leads directly into the pool. This enables individuals who deal with various types of mobility issues to get into the water using either a wheelchair or by walking and safely holding onto the rails.

Zero Entry
This type of entry, which is also commonly referred to as “beach entry,” essentially combines a beach-type atmosphere with a pool entry that is safe and accessible for individuals of all ages and conditions. It has an entry or edge that will gradually slope down from the deck of the pool into the water, similar to the feeling of an actual beach. No ladders will be required for this method, as it will be extremely easy for individuals to both enter and exit the pool.

Aquatic Wheelchairs
These are special types of wheelchairs that are specifically made to be used in water. As opposed to normal wheelchairs that contain batteries, electrical systems, or motors, aquatic wheelchairs will not get damaged in the water, nor will they contaminate the water in any way. The frames of these chairs can be made from materials such as PVC or stainless steel, while the seats can commonly be made out of mesh sling or a chair seat, and can also come with additional safety features such as a seatbelt.
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Swimming pools will allow you to enjoy your backyard on a hot summer day. You can take a dip without having to worry about people splashing your or the pool being overcrowded. The cost for a swimming pool will vary based on the type that you want and the company that you hire to install it. There are several things that will affect the price of a swimming pool in 2017.

Above Grounds Pools
These pools are usually the least expensive. No holes need to be dug in the ground. A spot in the yard is leveled out and the pool is constructed. The average above ground pool cost $1,500. It is around four feet deep and are great for summer play. If the liner of the pool gets a hole and needs to be replaced this can be several hundreds of dollars. Filters can also be expensive. This is something to keep in mind when deciding what type of pool to put up in your backyard.

Fiberglass In Ground Pool
Fiberglass is a popular material if you are looking to have an in ground pool. The pools are made in the factory and then they are transported to your home. The pool finish has a smooth gel cost and nothing else will need to be done to it. The average price for a fiber glass pool ranges from $78 to $109 per square foot. This pool will last for a number of years.

In Ground Concrete Pool
Concrete is another popular material used to build an in ground pool. All of the construction for this pool is done at your home. The site where the pool will be placed is excavated. The hole is then reinforced using bars, mesh, and concrete. The average cost for building this type of pool ranges from $72 to $103 per square feet. Average cost reported is around $45,000

In Ground Vinyl
This in ground pool is also constructed at your home. A whole is excavated and a support structure is set in place . A vinyl liner is then installed over these supports. This liner will be strong but a person will still have to be careful with shape objects in the pool. The average costs for the vinyl liner pool is between $58 and $89 per square foot.

Additional Expenses
You may have to pay your township for a permit to install a pool in your home. Different towns have different regulations. Some townships may require that a fence or other enclosure is installed around the pool. This will add to the final cost. You are also going to need chlorine to keep the pool clean, a vacuum, and some type of filtration system.

These are just estimates of the price it costs to have a pool installed in your home in the year 2017. There are some other costs you need to keep in mind including maintenance, and any increases in homeowners’ insurance. The exactly cost of the pool with vary by the location it is being installed, the material used, and the size of the pool.
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How To Make Make Your Pool Handicap Accessible?



While having a handicap accessible pool is not important in some circumstances, there are other situations where it is essential. For example, public pools and pools at hotels are required by law to have measures in place that make the pool accessible to those with a disability.

Private pools at people’s homes are not covered by the same regulations. However, this does not mean that you should not consider accessibility when having your pool installed. If you have an elderly parent with mobility issues or a member of your family uses a wheelchair, then it makes sense to ensure that everyone is able to access the pool. Similarly, if you sell your home in the future, an accessible pool will appeal to a wider market.

There are several ways that you can make your pool accessible. The companies that manufacture devices for pool accessibility are required to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Guidelines (ADAAG). When you are choosing devices to improve the accessibility of your pool, it is important the devices meet the standards outlined in these guidelines.

Hand Rails

If you have a sloped entry or steps into the pool, then you will also need handrails. These will help people who are unsteady on their feet or have other mobility difficulties. They are also a good tool for those who need leverage when entering or leaving the pool. Handrails are an important safety measure to take and you should consider these even if accessibility is not one of your primary concerns.

Pool Stairs

Steps into the pool can help people to submerge themselves in the water in stages as many people with a disability are unable to jump straight from the side of the pool into the water and climb back out onto the poolside. There are important regulations to follow for steps into a pool if they are intended to make the pool handicap accessible. The steps must have a uniform height and tread widths. The tread with must measure at least 11 inches.

Pool Lift

One of the best devices for pool accessibility is a pool lift and there are many different options when it comes to choosing a lift for your pool. Options include manual lifts, battery-operated lifts, and motorized lifts. Regardless of which you choose, all pool lifts are intended to lower a person from the deck into the water and the person sits in the seat. There are also options when it comes to the type of seat as you can choose between a chair seat or a canvas sling.

Sloped Entry points

Another way of improving the accessibility of a pool is to have sloped entrances. This is one of the best options for people with mobility issues. If someone struggles with steps or wants to access the pool directly from a wheelchair, then it makes sense to use a sloped entrance. This is a ramp with handrails that gradually slopes into the water. It is important to note that you cannot use a sloped entrance with all wheelchairs as it can damage the wheelchair and contaminate the water. If you intend to wheel a wheelchair directly into the water, you should use an aquatic wheelchair as these are designed specifically for this purpose.

Area Surrounding the Pool

People often forget that it is just as important to make the area around the pool just as accessible as the pool itself. There is little point spending time and money on having accessibility devices fitted to your swimming pool if a person with a disability cannot get to the pool in the first instance. If the pool is on a different level to other areas of your garden, then you will need a ramp leading to the pool area.

You should also consider fitting handrails around the perimeter of the pool.

Considering each of these steps will help you to make your swimming pool accessible for everyone. As a result, each member of your family and any visitors you invite to your home can join in the fun in your pool.
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Everyone wishes to own a good swimming pool in their own property. However, most of the people find it easier to install the pool but the regular maintenance costs becomes another problem. It is always important to have your pools maintained and cleaned regularly which can prevent further bigger issues. This is all because the dust and debris around can make the pools unsuitable and unfavorable for use. Additionally, it is always very crucial that you ensure your pool is done damage checkup regularly so that any available damages can be detected in time. Moreover, there are a number of factors that dictate the cost incurred in maintaining a pool.

Overall it cost about $100-320 per month to maintain a swimming pool in California.

…but what can you do to lower your costs?

Make good use of your pool cover
This is actually one of the most important tool for your pool in as much lowering the cost of maintaining your pool is concerned. Pool covers ensures that with time they reduce the energy cost. This is possible since they reduce the rate of water evaporation from the pool. With this covers the heater of your pool doesn’t need to work overtime while ensuring that the pool is cool.

Ensure you run your filter during the night
This is another important aspect that ensures that it reduces the cost of energy incurred at night and importantly at the same time making sure your pool is very clean. Most people prefer running their filter for 24 hours in a day but this is a waste of energy and furthermore it does an over cleaning to your pool. It is always important you turn your filter on at night only so that you can save on your electricity bill.

Keep the temperatures as low as possible
For every degree temperature rise of your pool, you actually pay extra money. For you to reduce the money you spend in your pool, it always important you keep your pool temperature as low as possible while still remaining comfortable. As if not enough, make sure you turn off your heater when you are not using the pool.

Use energy-efficient pool pump
It always good that you avoid the normal pump since it is not efficient in as much as pool cost maintenance in California is concerned. A normal pump only pumps on one speed and badly wastes a lot of energy while doing filtration. If you do a good investment on an energy efficient pump, you would have save a lot money and significantly you may qualify for an energy rebate.

Maintain your pool pH balance
Always make sure that you give enough attention to the chemical balance of the water in your pool. Pool chemicals are normally very expensive and therefore it is very important to ensure that the alkalinity of your water is safe. This will not only keep your water safe but also it will keep your maintenance cost low.
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Backyard pools have become common especially summer time when temperatures hoover around 100F. Before considering building the pool one should consider whether the pool will be more of a payoff or hassle. Some of pros and cons to consider before building a pool include:



Financial pros
The first possibility to consider before starting building a pool is whether it will benefit you financially. Although at times you might not get a full return of the cost from the pool but it adds value to your home in case of sale. Apparently, building a pool adds home value by 5%.



Financial cons
Though building a pool adds home value, the financial risk involved is quite high. Building backyard swimming pool is a very large investment. The cost of building pools increases depending on the model, size, additional features and materials used to build the pool. Despite that a pool will make your pool highly valued during selling and also make it faster to sell, the losing money risk is quite high. Building a pool is not a onetime expense since it requires maintenance. Maintenance includes costs on utilities such as electricity and water, water accessories and balancing chemicals as well homeowner’s insurance.



Community pros
The most and best rewarding part of building a pool not only comes from financial benefits but the fun the aquatic investment offers to the community and the family. This ranges from romantic dates to family reunions to gatherings as well as youth group meetings where pools bring the groups together. Building pools will offer spending of much quality time. Backyard pools help keep children safe and happy during summer which are quite cleaner than community pools. You can also use it for swimming which is a good exercise.



Community cons
If not interested in pool sharing with neighbors and guests, such people may become very nuisance to you. In most neighborhoods, neighbors and friends will be more likely to invite themselves with no invitations to swim or lounge. In addition, building backyard pool becomes liability especially when kids are around. Allowing children to swim in the pool could lead to bruises and scrapes not forgetting risks associated with drowning. Since the pool now becomes private property, you become a lifeguard and if it gets to worse, the pool is closed.



Convenience pros
Having a pool especially during summer is convenient as it offers fast refreshing gateway. Either your station or water workout, both are fast accessible. At such times since pools are in plenty and in daily use, the pool contracting and maintenance cost is quite low.



Convenience cons
When you own a pool, routine upkeep of the pool and monthly upkeep becomes part of you. Such include, monitoring water restrictions and levels, chemical balances. These maintenance consumes money and time.



Finally, building a pool is neither a good idea nor a bad idea but all depends on the homeowner believe in building a swimming pool. The benefit of such a pool is either relational or financial. Deciding on not building a pool will lead to saving some coins but lack on enjoyment and fun associated with pools. Therefore, if you consider financial loss compared to fun you will not go for a pool but rather save on cash. Just in case you use your pool on only few months of the year, it is better to save on the cost that build a pool.
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One of the best things about having a pool is having the accessibility to it anytime you want to dive in. Of course, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to pools, especially their temperature. Depending on your location, you might not even need artificial pool heating at all, but some people prefer warmer pools even during the summer time. And for those who plan to use their pools during the winter time, there’s no doubt that some type of heating is needed to keep the pool ready for use. There are basically four types of swimming pool heater options, and you will need one if you prefer your pool water warm. The type you’ll end up getting will also depend on several factors including location, pool size, pool type, and even your budget.



Electric Heat Pump


The electric heat pump is great for those who are looking to save while keeping their pool temperate. Also known as the “solar heat pump,” this type of swimming pool heater takes large amounts of air from the surrounding atmosphere and collects the heat as it passes through the heating unit and then transfers the heat into the pool.



This heater is a great option for those who wish to keep their swimming pool heated throughout the year. While it may save tons of money in heating, it might also not work in places that are relatively cooler or during times when it is too cold outside. The machine needs a warmer air climate in order to work properly. This will work best in locations that have a more temperate climate year long. It can also work if you’re only looking to use your pool outside of winter.



Electric Element


This type of swimming pool heater is one of the most cost-effective options. The electric element is simply a heating unit that is submerged into the pool to affect the pool’s overall temperature. Such heating units are mostly small and convenient, and they are the best option for those who have no access to gas or electric pumps. The electric element will work best for smaller pools, as larger sizes will take relatively longer to get warm and will also require a lot more heat to keep at the right temperature.



Gas Heating


Gas heaters are probably the most versatile out of any heater options, since owners have complete temperature control over them. They also have the ability to quickly heat up any sized pools and to keep the temperature the same for as long as the heater is on. This type of heater will be the best option if you happen to live in a location with long and strong winters but still wish to use your pool. Gas heaters will have no issue warming up a freezing pool during the winter time.



Since temperatures are mostly kept to a level throughout the year, the use of gas heaters are both practical and efficient, especially for certain locations. While it might make more sense to get other heater options if you live in a more temperate climate, having a gas heater might come in handy for special occasions, parties, and the like.



Solar Heating


If you live in a location that offers up plenty of sun throughout the year, it wouldn’t make any sense not to use solar heating in one way or another. Solar heating takes advantage of the heat given freely by the sun. The way this heater works is simple and requires minimal maintenance. Solar panels are typically arranged in an area, usually the roof, and are connected to a heated collector. When the pool water is below the programmed temperature requirement, water from the pool is circulated to pass through the collector to get heated before it is circulated back to the pool.



Now of course, solar heating is only useful when there is enough sunshine to work with. This type of swimming pool heater is not recommended in locations that get minimal sunshine annually. However, solar heating can always be combined with other heating options to be used when it is possible. It’ll save you money in the long run, but installation costs and requirements can be exhaustive and expensive.
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It’s that time of year. Summer will be here soon and that means you should start getting your pool ready as soon as possible. You may be starting from the very beginning, such as setting up a pool for the first time. Perhaps you are cleaning up a pool that’s been sitting all winter. Both ways require time and effort.



If you can, try to get a friend or family member to help you. It will be easier if more than one person is doing the job. If you’re setting up a pool for the first time be sure to take all of the necessary steps. The ground needs to be level, the pool built and the pump set up. Starting in Early May or perhaps April will give you plenty of time. If you are willing to start that early that is.



After leveling the ground and setting up the pool, you need to fill it with water. Some local fire departments will fill pools. If not, you will probably have to do it yourself. Be patient. It can take several days. If you use a simple garden hose to fill your pool do so in small intervals. 30 minutes at a time should be good. You don’t want to burn up your water pump so this step is very important.



If you are simply getting your existing pool ready for Summer you don’t have quite as much to do. It still takes time though. Take your pool cover off early in the season. More than likely the water will be green, murky and stinky. Make sure you have all of the supplies you need to clean your pool. If not, make a list of what you need and head to the store.



You will need the recommended pool chemicals, filters and possibly some pool cleaning tools to scrub the bottom and edges of the pool. Around the same time you start cleaning your pool, make sure the pump is also working properly. Check the hoses to make sure there are no clogs and that everything else is in working order. It may need cleaned up a bit. Once you’re sure the pump is ready to do its job, start using it immediately. Let it run constantly until your pool water is clear. After that you can turn it off for a few hours each day.



Throughout the Summer you will need to use the pool chemicals often. Shock will probably be one of the most used ones, especially in the beginning when your pool water is a gross, green mess. Make sure to have plenty of it to keep your pool clean and clear all Summer.



Lastly, wash the pool cover before you store it. Buy a cleaner specifically for pool covers or just use a good quality soap. It’s important to take good care of your pool and pool accessories to keep everything in good condition as long as possible. Keep up on the maintenance of your pool. You’ll want to enjoy it for many Summers!
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