Create a Backyard Oasis With the Right Swimming Pool Supplies

by Pool Builders on 03-29-2012 in Articles

To keep your pool a sparkling oasis in the backyard, you could have your pool serviceperson take care of it, knowing that it will be properly cared for and clean. Most of us, though, are our own pool service people, so that job falls to us. When you are installing an in-ground or above-ground pool or purchasing a property with an existing pool, there are several key swimming pool supplies that you should figure into your budget. Without these, you can't have the brilliant, blue, inviting water that you want, and the safety and protection that your family needs.

There are three broad categories that you need to consider when you're choosing your supplies: cleaning and maintenance, safety, and, the most important for your children and guests, fun. All three are inextricably related and each helps increase your enjoyment of your swimming pool.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Pools use chemicals, such as algaecide and chlorine. There is really no getting around this. They are needed to keep your water clean and safe, but they can be dangerous. Always keep these out of children's reach - these chemicals are very, very potent. The good news is that another maintenance supply can help reduce the use of chemicals in your pool. Simply have a cover can reduce your chemical use dramatically, saving you money and time. Covers also reduce your energy bill, slow evaporation, retain water heat, and they can act as safety devices to prevent accidental drownings.

Pumps and filters are also of the utmost importance. Without the pump, water would not be pushed through the filter, and without the filter, your crystalline oasis would quickly become a pool of stagnant, dirty water, as well as a lovely breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Make sure your pump and filter are in good repair so they do not cause injury.

Safety

Everything about your pool should revolve around safety, from proper fencing to self-latching gates to a mesh net to prevent children from falling in. But toys need to be safe, pool equipment, like your pump and filter, need to be safe. A federal law was passed in 2008 that requires swimming pools to have a drain cover.

Children, and even adults, can be seriously injured or killed by the suction that is created by the pump and filter system. They are unable to break free from the drain's pull. Those who are saved may live with paralysis or a drain-shaped scar. The little girl who inspired the law, Virginia Graeme Baker, was in a hot tub when she became trapped. It took two adults to pull her away. As unpleasant as it is to think about, these children and adults can become eviscerated. A drain cover will prevent this.

Is this meant to scare you? Because this is scary stuff: no one wants to think about that happening to their children or friends. Rather, it is meant to make you aware of the potential dangers so you can take proper precautions. When these are in place, your pool is a safe, fun place to spend the day.

Fun

Pools shouldn't be all doom and gloom - they are designed to be fun and refreshing. When safety measures are present, the pool is a great place to play a game of volleyball, swim laps, or just float around, enjoying the sun. Make great memories with your backyard swimming pools - you can't have fun without safety.

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