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ZIKA, West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes

We are so grateful for all the rain we’ve had, but we bet you agree the mosquitoes are thick this summer!

Mosquitoes love water because they require it to breed. This is why our rainy spring has led to a mosquito-filled summer.

In this article, we’re going to talk about Zika, West Nile Virus and mosquitoes. You’ll learn how to keep mosquitoes away from your swimming pool. (more…)

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.

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!


Why Do Wet Fingers Wrinkle?

Pruney fingers or water-aged fingers happen to all of us, but why? The answer to the question, “Why do wet fingers wrinkle?” is simple – traction.

The old answer told us that wrinkling is simply the result of our fingers and toes absorbing water after being in water.

The new answer suggests that wrinkled fingers provide drainage for water so as to ensure greater traction. According to Scientific American, laboratory tests confirmed the theory that wrinkly fingers improve our grip on wet or submerged objects, working to channel away the water like the rain treads in car tires.

The wrinkles may allow water to drain efficiently away from the fingers as they are pressed against an object, providing more surface area and a firmer grip.

Interestingly, wrinkled fingers probably helped our ancient ancestors gather food from wet vegetation or streams.The wrinkles in their toes might have helped them get a better footing in the rain.

Now that you know pruney, wrinkled fingers and toes are water treads, you won’t worry after your next hot tub soak or pool swim! It’s natures way of taking care of us!

The World’s Most Incredible Pool

Have you met the Radiant round pool? It’s the world’s most incredible pool!

The Metric Series Pool, with a 52″ insulated wall, can be installed aboveground, inground, semi-inground or on sloped terrain.

The Radiant Metric Series Pool fits any backyard and any budget. No other aboveground pool offers you this type of versatility!

Is it time you added a pool to your backyard?

Oak Mites are Out

Yes, the oak mites are out in Kansas, and they are wreaking havoc in backyards all over the area.

We’ve gathered some tips from the Illinois Department of Public Health to help you get rid of them. But, first, we want to give you a few tips if they are bothersome around the pool.

Oak Mites Around the Pool

While the best remedy for oak mites is winter and a hard freeze, there are some things you can do to around your pool to make the situation liveable.

First, shock your swimming pool, and then use BioGuard Backup per the label instructions.

While there isn’t a chemical remedy per say, some pool owners say this works for them.

Now let’s look at what you need to know about oak mites.

What are itch mites?

Itch mites are microscopic insect-like creatures. You can’t see them with the naked eye.

There are several different kinds of itch mites in the United States. One type, the oak leaf gall mite, is believed to be responsible for outbreaks of human bites in 2004 in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas.

The mite feeds on the larvae of a small fly (midge) which forms a brown and crusty shell on the edge of an oak leaf (known as a gall).

Can people be bitten by itch mites?


While the oak leaf gall mite feeds on midge larvae, they may accidentally bite people when looking for food.

Mites usually stay on your body for about four hours before they bite you.

The mites drop from the trees onto your body once they lose their regular food source from the tree’s leaves.

Oak leaf gall mites are so small they can float on the wind and even pass through window or door screens and loosely-woven clothing.

How will I know it bit me?

You may notice red welts that look like chigger bites on your neck, face, arms and upper body.

These bites are not usually on your legs because they drop from the trees.

The itch mite welts form into a pimple-like lesion after about 12 hours. The bites are very itchy and can be present for up to two weeks.

What should I do if I’ve been bitten?

Don’t scratch, because scratching can lead to an infection.

Try over-the-counter topical anti-itch creams and oral anti-histamines to control itching. If all else fails, contact your doctor.

What can I do to prevent being bitten?

  • If you see brown and crusty edges on oak tree leaves, be aware that mite activity is possible. Don’t sit under oak trees or on nearby lawns.
  • If you are in an area where itch mite associated rashes are occurring or nearby oak trees have brown and crusty edges, do the following:
    • Keep windows shut from August through October when “mite-showers” can occur.
    • Remove clothing each day and launder. Take a warm, soapy shower after coming indoors, especially after gardening, raking leaves or performing other outdoor activities.

Does DEET help?

DEET and other insect repellents may not work since the mites only bite people when they accidentally fall on them.

Can itch mites live in my home?

No, in order to survive, itch mites need to feed on insect larvae, which are usually found on the inside of tree leaves.

If the mites come from oak trees, should the trees be sprayed or removed?

No.  Chemical sprays aren’t effective because mites feed on insect larvae inside the edge of leaves.

Removal of trees is not necessary because these mites are not likely to be a problem every year.

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