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Swimming Pool Myths

Debunking Swimming Pool Myths

When it comes to swimming pools, there are loads of myths. Whether it’s having to wait a certain amount of time after eating or scary stories about chlorine, myths abound. If you’re thinking of building a pool or are just curious, you may want to know that not all myths are true.

Let’s debunk some common myths surrounding swimming pools so you can enjoy your time splashing around this summer. 

You need to wait an hour before swimming after eating

One of the most common beliefs about swimming is that you need to wait one hour before swimming after eating. While it is possible that overworking your muscles in the pool after eating can cause cramps, it’s not that likely. But if you’re worried about getting cramps, eating a light meal and easing into swimming will help ensure this myth doesn’t come true.  

Peeing in the pool will change the water color

Admittedly a joking and funny myth, many people spread the rumor that peeing in the pool will turn the water blue. Throughout the years, parents and pool owners would spread the myth to keep little ones from having accidents in the pool. The truth is that, no, peeing in the pool will not change the water color whatsoever. 

If your water is clear, it’s clean

You’ve heard that appearances can be deceiving, and the same goes for swimming pools. Even though you might have a crystal clear pool, its true health is measured by chemistry.  Make sure you test the water weekly and monitor the levels. 

If you can smell chlorine, it means there’s too much

Many people believe that if you can smell the chlorine, it means there’s too much in the pool. But the truth is that the opposite is actually true. This is because chlorine attaches to bacteria and creates chloramines, and when shocking the pool, the chloramines get into the air. This means that if you smell it, it’s not working in the water and you actually have to add more chlorine. 

Chlorine can turn your hair different colors

A big myth surrounding pools is that chlorine can turn hair different colors, particularly blonde hair turning green. However, chlorine is actually not the one to blame in this situation – it’s actually copper from algaecides. However, any discoloration can be removed with a shampoo that strips color or by using a conditioner prior to swimming.

You’ll burn your eyes if you open them underwater 

If you’re sensing a pattern, you’ll notice that chlorine is at the center of many swimming pools myths. This time, it’s the myth that if you open your eyes underwater, they’ll burn from the chlorine. However, the cause of burning actually comes from an unbalanced pH level, so simply monitoring the levels will help avoid burning.

Saltwater pools don’t need chlorine

Many people opt for a saltwater pool because they don’t want chlorine, but the truth is that even these pools need chlorine. In order to be sanitary, the saltwater is forced across a metal cell with an electrical current causing chlorine to be created through electrolysis. Another misconception is that saltwater pools don’t need to be shocked, but to keep things clean, they do.

Hopefully, now you feel more confident in your swimming pool knowledge and can put those myths to rest. If you still have some questions regarding pool maintenance, contact one of our professionals at Artesian Pools today.

pool day

Pool Day For Your Kids

Floridians don’t have to wait too long, luckily for nice pool weather. And it’s never too early to start planning for the first pool day for your kids and maybe, the neighborhood kids that find out mysteriously. Kids are always looking for something to keep them occupied and happy. And while they are playing, if we can make it a safer environment, it makes us feel happier too. 

With everything in life, we can always try to make things safer. Here are a few tips on how to make the pool experience more enjoyable, less stressful and safer. 

Seven Ways to Reduce Risk, Encourage More Pool Fun For Kids

  1. Teach Kids To Swim. Kids can learn to swim at very young ages. Especially if you have a backyard pool, it is best to get them lessons to handle all scenarios. This does not mean you can take your eyes off of them, but if they are equipped with the knowledge, they are much the wiser. 
  2. They Should Be Able To Float. General rule of thumb is for kids three and under, they should wear life jackets at all times. This includes when they are on the pool deck, the edge and of course, in the water. If over three, it is recommended that the non-swimmers wear life-jackets until they can stand up in the pool. 
  3. All Hands On Deck. Create a safe environment for the pool area. Make sure to have a first aid kit handy for those scrapes and bruises. Rescue buoys and a long pole are always recommended to have handy. 
  4. Get Rid Of The Toys When Not In Use. If toys are accessible to children on the pool deck, this will encourage them to want to go after them. This is not good practice. When water fun is over, make sure to pick up and visually put away all toys so as to avoid any pool scare.
  5. No Slippery Surfaces. No matter how many times you say it, kids still run in the pool area. Put down non-slip surfaces as much as necessary.
  6. Drains Can Suck, Literally. Make sure to make mention of the location of the drains so kids can avoid them. It is possible, but completely avoidable, for a child to get a limb or fingers stuck in the pool drains, so please watch out for them. 
  7. Make A Rule Board. Post a board in the pool area and make sure the children stick to them. Make the most important at the top, keeping safety in mind for every rule posting.

Have A Fun Pool Day, But Play Safe

A good day at the pool with friends and safety is a great day. Have you been thinking of putting in an in-ground swimming pool? If so, contact the experts at Artesian Pools. Our staff has the experience and ideas to make it happen for you and your family.

solar pool heater

Why Use A Solar Pool Heater

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to want to save money on your pool’s electric bill. That’s just common sense.

While your pool probably costs quite a bit more than you thought to heat, there is an alternative that can save you thousands. Just by changing out your current heating system to a solar pool heater, you’ll be saving money and helping the environment. 

The comforting warmth of a heated pool in the dead of winter is like no other. And for Floridians, when it gets cold, you know we compare it to feeling like we are in Iceland. No need to fret anymore about your electric bill and your pool’s heating system, we have a simple solution to this.

How Does A Solar Pool Heater Work?

There are just a few things that need to be done to get your solar panel heater up and running. Before you know it, you’ll be swimming stress-free in a blue lagoon of warmth.

    • Add Gator Clamps. While the name worries some, they are just clamps that are added to your roof or sunny spot. We promise, no gators here. They are solely needed to expand and contract for the solar panels to move and angle themselves for the best sunlight and maximum amount of power. 

 

  • Connect PVC Pipe. Water will be transported via the pvc pipe. A panel clamp gasket connects these while protecting your roof. This clamp is added to the top and bottom to make sure everything is secured. 
  •  Solar Collectors Connect. These collectors’ purpose is to harvest the sun’s energy creating heat and therefore, heating your water in your pool. Pool water travels in the feed line to the PVC pipe connected to the solar panels and then back in a return line to the pool. 

 

It’s Just That Simple

If you wanted to up the ante on how long your pool water will retain its heat, invest in a solar pool cover too. If you have any questions on this or anything else related to in-ground swimming pools, call on Artesian Pools today. Summer is just around the corner and we want to see you splashing and having fun.

Do You Need Pool Improvements

Do You Need Pool Improvements?

While it’s the off-season for swimming pools and water recreation, you are probably looking at your in-ground pool in dislike. It just sits there in the dead of winter, unable to provide any fun or relaxation for you, your family, or your guests.

However, you don’t have to hate your pool. This is the best time to do some quick and inexpensive pool improvements.  The cold weather gives you some time to figure out where to put some of that piggy bank money you’ve been saving. Assuming your pool is in good mechanical shape, we have some suggestions to better its cosmetic aesthetics.  

Three Easy Improvements To Like Your Pool Again

    1. Custom Lighting. Whether it’s landscape or pool lighting you’re looking for, either can be a big improvement.

      Landscape lighting can illuminate the grounds in ways that accentuate your in-ground pool. This is fairly easy to do or you can hire an electrician to professionally handle it. There are pool lighting kits available at pool stores or your local hardware shop.

    2. Redo your deck. Whatever decking you have for your in-ground pool, maybe it is time to update it.

      If you have concrete decking, consider upgrading to stone. You can create many variations with just a few of the simplest upgrades. Consider lining the top edge of your pool with a different color or custom tile. A water slide or diving board would be a great addition for both children and adults alike.

    3. Add water features. How does a new water fountain sound?

      A beautiful water feature flowing into your pool is always an option. Another option to consider is a jacuzzi. This feature can be used year-round and make your backyard pool decking all the more beautiful to look at.

 

 

Pool Improvements: Time To Start Up Those Pool Parties Again

As you can see, there are quite a few projects to up your pool game in the neighborhood. Contact Artesian Pool Daytona to get an estimate on a custom-built pool for your home, today.

pool liner

Time To Replace Your Pool Liner?

We have all heard, at one time or another, the cliche “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. And so how, you may ask, does this have anything to do with a pool liner blog?

We thought you might ask, so we have a simple answer. If it’s time to replace your pool liner, knowing that they last, on average, about 15 years, you may just want to go with something easier on the eyes. 

Whether you know it or not, a pool liner is an integral part of your pool. The liner is the only part between your chemically-treated pool water and the pool wall itself. So, obviously, it is important to get it right the first time around.

So, would you like to know how to spot when you need to replace your liner?

Three Easy Ways To Tell You Need A New Liner

  1. Your Liner Is Fading. Direct sunlight does not bode well for pool liners. The harmful UV rays will make the pool liner brittle, resulting in the potential for punctures and tears. Pinhole leaks can form and, to the naked eye, we would never see the damage. The only way we would even know is when it’s too late and the water has already dissipated. 

    Pro Tip: When getting a new liner, take a ‘before’ picture with as accurate a liner color as possible. Take a picture every year, thereafter, for color comparison. 

  2. Water Loss. There’s always some evaporation or kid horseplay to divert water from your pool. Some water loss is completely normal, but losing anything over an inch a week is definitely outside of the norm.

    If you do notice the level going down, check for any punctures or tears. If you mysteriously find a tear, you may be able to get away with a quick patch job. If it’s a large hole or tear, an immediate replacement is a must. 

  3. Do You See Wrinkles? If you see any wrinkles, this only means one thing: your pool is telling you that your pool maintenance has been lacking. It’s showing you its vinyl has become broken down and brittle. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse this condition once the wrinkles have appeared. Seek out a pool liner as soon as possible.

Replacing Your Pool Liner

While it may be a hassle to replace your pool liner, it is much easier and less expensive than doing major repair to your pool walls.

In the market for a new in-ground swimming pool? Let the experts at Artesian Pools assist you all the way.

Don’t Break The Bank To Get That Heated Pool

Fall is finally here, bringing with it those crisp, cool nights we have all been anxiously waiting for. There’s something about that first chilly night that just makes you want to take a dip into a warm heated pool. 

However, that feeling goes away quickly once we get the next month’s electric bill. Heating a pool can be quite a costly affair, after all. Luckily, there are several methods to cut those costs so you can get back to enjoying your pool without any stress. 

Heated pool savers

Heated pool savers

Cost Cutting Techniques For Your Heated Pool

Here are the four methods we liked best:

  1. Solar Covers: This is one of the most cost-effective methods to heat your pool. These covers impede the process of evaporation, keeping the midday warmth in. In essence, it serves as a protective lid for your pool while improving heat retention and reducing evaporation.
  2. Solar Rings: Much the same as the above solar cover, rings are a smaller, easier alternative to the cover. They are connectable circles or rings that simply float on the surface. Opt for ones with magnets as it helps keep them better connected. 
  3. Liquid Solar Covers: Again, a product that creates a barrier that reduces evaporation. A lightweight solar shield that is invisible to the human eye, this is a thin, eco-safe and non-toxic chemical barrier which reduces heat loss.
  4. Windproof Pool Enclosure: This limits the amount of wind that gets to the surface of the pool. While very effective, it’s more of a permanent solution than temporary. The only negative to this method is the visible enclosure that is built around the pool area. 

There are several other options that are just as good, if not better, but would come with a bigger price tag. If that is not an issue, check into installing a pool heat pump. Using a pool heat pump along with a solar heater can actually maximize the heat in your pool. 

There are options so you don’t freeze this winter and your bills aren’t sky-high. Either way, though, you’ll have to decide on a direction to go in, so check with the professionals at Artesian Pools, today, to see what they recommend. 

Debunking the Most Common Swimming Pool Myths

Swimming has been a constant since man discovered the swimming hole. So, surely when the swimming pool was invented, so were the swimming pool myths to go with it. 

While much of it has changed over the last few generations, much has also remained exactly the same. Too many myths have been circling around for too long  not to address them. 

So it’s time to debunk these swimming pool myths and put them to rest. There’s no time to waste: the sun is out and that new pool float is calling your name.

Swimming Pool Myths Debunked

Swimming Pool Myths Debunked.

Top Three Most Common Swimming Pool Myths

Wait An Hour After Eating

Probably the most famous myth goes a little something like this: wait an hour after eating before getting in the water. Everyone has heard this, either from their mom or someone else’s. This may just be one of those that has some weight to it. While there are no cases on record that this is linked to anyone drowning, it does, however, make common sense. A full stomach presses against the diaphragm, causing a sense of breathlessness. And breathlessness is obviously not a great sensation to have while underwater. 

So, cramps or no cramps, make sure to wait a little while before the horseplay begins.

Chlorine Turns Hair Green

This may bring you back to your middle school days when girls used hair lightener and couldn’t go into the pool for days. Chlorine was always the culprit for making hair turn green, and it’s not like any of us knew any better. 

It’s actually is a myth. Blame it on those pesky copper sulfates for turning your hair green. These are found in algaecides common in most pools, which bind to hair proteins, typically in  lighter rather than darker hair.

No Chlorine in the Saltwater Pool

Saltwater pools have taken off, especially over the last decade. Most people think they use no chlorine. This is absolutely false. Ironically, there is just as much chlorine in saltwater pools as in chlorinated pools. The difference being how the chlorine gets into the waters. Saltwater pools generate chlorine via an electrical process called electrolysis. The pool still needs to get shocked in order to sanitize and prevent algae, saltwater or not. 

So there you have it. Hopefully you can sleep better knowing the real truth behind these age-old myths. Many other answers about custom pools and the great swimming experience can be found by visiting our previous blogs at Artesian Pools, Daytona, today.

The Best Pool Accessories for 2019

 

Making the most out of your summer might as well be a full-time job. At the very least, you’ll need the right toys for your pool, even if that means upping your game to keep up with the Jones’. Lucky for you, you don’t have to spend as much as you think on the latest and greatest pool accessories. 

Technology has come full circle and made its way into your backyard paradise. Check out a few new items on the market to make your staycation a little more enjoyable and that guilty pleasure you need.

Also read: Pool Water Maintenance Mistakes

Four Great Pool Accessories

Everyone loves music while they are poolside. Now you can opt to drown out your neighbors with a set of ever-so-cool floating, wireless and waterproof speakers. And yes, we said waterproof. These bring the noise, with most offering subwoofers for perfect pitch.

For those brisk, chillier nights, consider a towel warmer for you and your guests. Don’t just limit these to inside the home anymore. The takeaway here is that your body will thank you with a warm hug, and your guests will have something to talk about, later on.

Now, possibly the best of the best pool accessories to have in 2019 is the ever-impressive giant inflatable movie screen. Impress all your friends by chilling out with a movie in the pool as you float and watch the latest and greatest summer flick, you may just want to hold off on a screening of Sharknado. 

And this might not be the coolest, hip accessory of the season although our amphibian friends would think so, the critter escape ramp. This is easily placed anywhere in the pool and it allows squirrels, frogs, rabbits to easily save themselves. But buyer beware: you’re on your own when it comes to those Florida alligators.

Bring Out The Best In Your Pool

You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood, even if you don’t like all the neighbors. You’ll have a smile on your face and a few dollars left in your pocket with these pool accessories. In the market for your own backyard pool? Let Artesian Pools take care of all your custom pool needs, today.

Winter Pool Equipment Check List

With fall approaching and fewer reasons to get in the pool, this is the perfect time to check your pool equipment ahead of next Summer. Because the truth is, we all have the best intentions but most summers we’re too busy enjoying the pool to keep up with maintenance.

So join us, today, for a super quick roundup of what pool equipment to check and why, and get ready for a great summer.

Also read: Pool Water Maintenance Mistakes

Pool Water Maintenance Mistakes

Pool Equipment: Check and Check

The whole point of a swimming pool is being able to enjoy it when and where you want to. This goes out the window, however, when Summer finally arrives and your pool isn’t working the way it should.

Your pool and equipment are the twin pillars of a safe, clean, fun-filled summer swimming experience. During the upcoming “off-season”, make sure to keep the following checks under wraps:

  • Holes In Skimmers: Once the structural integrity of your pool skimmer goes out, you can’t rely on it to work 100% properly anymore.
  • Compromised Leaf Rakes: Sun and weather damage over time can make a rake less effective, so it’s best to check on these while you have the time.
  • Pool Vacuum Bags: Check to confirm that you have enough bags and that the bags you have aren’t degraded.
  • Cracks and Damage: Weathering on the plastic components of your brushes, handles, and vacuum hoses compromises their efficacy, so replace or repair these as soon as possible.
  • Clean, Functional Equipment

A swimming pool is a system with many parts, all of which need to be in working order for the system to work properly. When a cleaner, filter, or other component fails, it can let the entire system down. This is why it’s important to repair, replace, and maintain any tools and parts in order to avoid issues in the coming Spring and Summer months.

Swimming Pool Anatomy

What components feature in a backyard swimming pool? How are they connected? Like a skeleton, all of the equipment in your pool is interconnected, working hand-in-hand to create an overall system.

Join us today for a breakdown of swimming pool anatomy, and let’s learn about everybody’s favorite summertime backyard destination.

swimming pool anatomy

Skimmers

A pool skimmer is a plastic box mounted on the wall of the swimming pool. Using a jet of water and a fine-mesh net, it moves water around the pool to bring floating debris back to the origin of the jet. Once it returns, leaves and pool gunk get skimmed into the net and caught, cleaning the surface more effectively. 

Main Drain

This is an inlet responsible for carrying filtered, heated and treated pool water into the pool. Typically, these feature a visible drain cover that must be kept secure to prevent issues.

Return

The inlet that transports filtered, heated and treated water into the pool again is known as the return. This is the filter typically shaped like a directional eyeball and is usually located on the wall or floor.

Rope Eye

Every pool features a rope eyebolt on the tile line. This is installed in order to attach safety rope hooks, even in cases where a safety rope divider is not being used.

Pool Lighting

Underwater lighting in a swimming pool is done by use of a slim LED lamp that fits inside of a 1.5-inch pipe. They are typically extremely brilliant, designed to light up the entire pool, and are available in various colors, sizes, and layouts.

Swimming Pool Anatomy: Know It. Love It.

Your swimming pool is the coolest part of your home, and we’re not talking about temperatures. While it can be a lot of fun to have the option to take a dip in the summer, it’s an investment, and you’d do well to learn the different components of your pool so you always know what’s what.

Visit Artesian Pools to find out more about our custom swimming pool design and construction services, and get the pool of your dreams today.