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Do It Yourself Landscaping

It’s spring, and the flowers are starting to pop up, and the trees are blooming. We all have a lot more time on our hands while we practice social distancing.

That makes it the perfect time to get outside and do some gardening and landscaping. Grab the kids, some gloves, and a few shovels. Digging in the dirt is a great form of exercise, and it’s good for your mental health, too.

If you’re ready to add some color around your pool, you’ll love this how-to guide. Let’s look at do it yourself landscaping around your backyard, hot tub, or inground pool.


Find Answers to Your Endless Pool Questions

Thinking about an Endless Pool but have some questions? We’ve got the answers to your Endless Pool questions right here!

Q. How easy is it to install an Endless Pool?

A. The compact size of the pools make them easy to install. The Swim Spa requires very little installation – in most cases you can be swimming the day it arrives.

Q. Where can I put an Endless Pool?

A. The Endless Pool can be installed in virtually any ground-floor space in your home. Existing spaces like basements and garages are particularly suitable as the modular design of many of the pools allows them to fit through standard doorways.

In warmer climates the pool is often installed in the backyard, or on a patio or deck.

Q. Can I try a pool before I buy?

A. Yes! Contact us for a test swim.

Q. How much does it cost to operate?

A. The ability to enjoy all the benefits of warm water year-round, at low cost, is one of the real advantages of an Endless Pool. The operating costs are about the same as for a hot tub. Costs can be controlled by utilizing the appropriate level of insulation, maintaining an ambient temperature in the pool room, and keeping the pool covered when not in use, etc.

Find Answers to Your Endless Pool Questions

Q. How does the Endless Pool work?

A. First, it really works! You really can swim or exercise in place against a current set at a speed you select, for as long as you like.

No more trips to a membership pool or gym. Imagine the convenience of being able to swim in the privacy, comfort and safety of your home anytime day or night. Because the current holds you in place, you never reach the end of your Endless Pool. This unique swim-in-place feature allows the Endless Pool to be much smaller than a conventional pool, while providing all of the benefits of a full-size pool. The Endless Pool is so carefree it even maintains your favorite water temperature automatically!

Q. How fast is the current?

A. The current can go as slow or as fast as you want with a simple the touch of a button.

At top speed, the equivalent swim is 1:08/100 yards or a mile without turns in 20 minutes. There’s also a Performance model with a top speed of 1:05/100 yards. The Elite model uses a 7.5 hp motor, two propellors and a wider opening to create the fastest current available in any swimming machine. With a top speed of 0:51/100 yards it is suitable for competitive swimmers and is used by many of the top collegiate programs and coaches in the world.

Q. Can I do water aerobics, too?

A. Yes, an Endless Pool is ideal for waist deep aquatic exercise. Our optional deeper pools are suitable for non-swimming vertically oriented water workouts. We offer pools ranging in depth from 39″ to 6′ for deep-water running with a wet vest.

Q. How does it compare to a lap pool?

A. Personal lap pools are usually one lane wide, about 3′-6′ deep and usually require a 50′ to 75′ length to satisfy most serious swimmers. The Endless Pool takes up much less space, is simpler to install (particularly indoors), easier to maintain and more economical to run than a traditional lap pool.

Q. Is it hard to get used to?

A. It usually takes only a few seconds to learn how to swim “against the current.” Most first-time swimmers are thrilled to see how easy it is.

Q. How deep is it?

The depth of the water in our standard pool is 39″, which is the standard depth of a lap pool. This depth is sufficient for most swimming activities. We offer pools in many depths ranging from 39″ up to 6′, depending on the model you choose.

Q. How do I maintain an Endless Pool?

A. Unlike a traditional pool, an Endless Pool requires very little maintenance – on average a few minutes each week to test the water and add some regular household bleach. Also, the Endless Pool cartridge filter needs to be replaced every three to six months, depending upon pool use. The copper/silver cartridges used to kill bacteria and algae also need to be replaced every three to six months.

Q. Is it hard to keep the pool clean?

A. The Endless Pool uses a new copper/silver purifier to help sanitize the pool water. This system automatically adds ions to the water to inhibit bacteria growth and copper ions to kill algae.

You must still use a small amount of chlorine to oxidize the contaminants. In most installations, a cup or less of unscented household bleach after each swim is sufficient. This amount of chlorine is substantially less than the amount needed in a typical chlorinated pool.

Q. How often do I change the water?

A. The Endless Pool is filled with a garden hose. The water is changed every one to two years, depending upon use.

Ready to explore your options? Contact us today!


The Best Time to Paint a Pool

While generally speaking, spring has been the most popular time for repainting pools, it isn’t always the best time.

Just like master gardeners know they’ll get a jump start on their planting if they clean their beds in the fall, the same holds true for pool owners. Repaint your pool in the fall, and you’ll be enjoying yours without waiting.

In this article, we look at the best time to paint and pool and how to get it done right. (more…)

Personal Hygiene for Kids at the Pool

Most everyone loves to swim, especially kids! In fact it’s one of the best summertime activities filled with fun. Yet, as kids head back to school, they often forget the basic rules of the pool. Once Labor Day comes around, it’s time for a reminder.

In this article, we look at personal hygiene for kids at the pool. Be sure and download the Healthy Swimming Education & Activity Book  to teach kids the basics of swimmer hygiene.


Personal Hygiene for Swimmers

While pools that are taken care of well are clean, clear and sanitized, swimmers must still take care before swimming.

Swimmers should shower (rinse off) before swimming, and no one should ever potty in the pool.

Substances like perspiration, make-up, body oil, lotions, urine and fecal matter react with the chlorine in your pool. The results?

  • You need to add more disinfectant to destroy bacteria
  • Byproducts occur making the swimming experience less than enjoyable

Persona hygiene also means that swimmers should never, ever, under any circumstances, swim when they have diarrhea. If they do, and any swimmers swallow contaminated water, they can get sick with the chlorine-resistant waterborne parasite Cryptosporidium (crypto).

Final Thoughts

We welcome your questions about pool hygiene, and we offer a wide range of the best pool and spa chemicals on the market.

Be sure and download the great activity book for your young swimmers.


Healthy Swimming for the Summer 2020

We live in a world filled with bacteria, and that holds true to your swimming pool as well.

And, you can bet no one wants to swim in a pool filled with bacteria, viruses, or other infectious organisms.

The reality though is that accidents happen, especially when you have a swimming pool filled with babies, children, and toddlers. So, how do you keep your pool clean?

Here’s how to have healthy swimming for the summer.

What are Recreational Water Illnesses?

Water illnesses in the pool are caused by germs. People pick up these germs by swallowing water or having contact with contaminated water. It can even be by contact with water sprays.

So, if you have a child who had an accident in the pool, everyone in your pool is at risk.

What’s more, this type of illness can be found not only in swimming pools but at water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, and more.

Crypto (short for Cryptosporidium) is one of the most common causes of recreational water illnesses in the United States. It can cause prolonged diarrhea for up to two weeks, and you want to avoid it at all costs.

Healthy Swimming for Your Fourth of July Pool Party

Look for These Signs

There are several signs you can look for if you’re a pool owner or simply a swimmer that might indicate a recreational water illness:

  • cloudy water
  • a strong chemical smell
  • no circulation of the water

How to Swim Healthy

You’ll find some ways to help contribute to a healthy swimming experience.

  • Shower before you get in the water.
  • If you or someone in your family has diarrhea, stay out of the pool.
  • Don’t get in the water if you have an open wound.
  • Don’t change diapers by the pool.
  • Make sure everyone in the pool knows that pee and poop are not allowed in the pool.
  • Take your kids to the bathroom every hour to help them avoid going to the bathroom in the pool.
  • Never, ever swallow the water and teach your kids to avoid that as well.

Tips for Keeping Your Pool Clean

As a pool owner, you want to have a healthy swimming experience for everyone who gets in your pool.

So, test your water on a regular basis. You can bring us a sample, and we’ll test it for free in our computerized ALEX system.

Shock your water after high bather loads. Need help? We are here for you!

Finally, keep your pool maintenance on a regular schedule and clean it often.

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Keeping Water Safe During COVID-19

The CDC  says currently there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through recreational water. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home when visiting public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds, as well as natural bodies of water—like beaches and lakes—to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Be sure and practice physical distancing when you’re together outside at your backyard BBQs and pool parties!

Final Thoughts

Keeping to a maintenance routine is vital for the cleanliness of your swimming pool and the health of your swimmers.

Clean your pool deck, your pool, and your equipment. Use the proper chemicals to avoid algae, cloudy water, dirty pools, and stinky smells.

We are always here to help you with our expert service team. Contact us today if you need help!

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