Thursday, December 31, 2015

Swimming Pool Accident Liability


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Swimming Pool Accident Liability
 


Swimming pools can be such a joy in the summer. You can tan, exercise, hang out, and just relax around the water. Some people choose to build a personal pool at home for these reasons. Others opt for the community pool instead. Either way, swimming pools are actually ripe with danger to you and and those you love. However, it is not always clear as to who is liable for those accidents. This article will look at some hazards around the pool and who might be responsible for the tragedies that can arise.

There are a number of things that can happen in the water or poolside, including drowning or near-drowning, slips and falls, disembowelment, diving board injuries, and others. There are also a variety of people who can be held liable for accidents that happen around a pool, including the injured himself, a caregiver or parent, the owner of the pool, the construction company who built the pool, etc. Depending on what the actual accident entailed, there might be no one held liable or up to several people held responsible for the accident.

According to premises liability laws, the owner of a pool, whether it is a personal pool or that of a neighborhood, hotel, gym, etc., is in charge of maintaining the health and safety standards at a pool. This includes making sure that everything is working properly, the chemicals are properly balanced, nothing is broken or rusty, and other issues. However, an owner of a pool may not know if the company who built the pool did not properly grade a deck, leading to water buildup and an extra slippery surface.

Someone who is invited or licensed to be at a pool should expect the pool to be safe. If one of these guests is injured, they are less likely to be held liable for their own accident than a trespasser. If someone breaks into a pool uninvited and sustains an injury, they may not get any financial compensation for an injury. For instance, a homeowner may lock up his own pool because it is in the process of draining. If a person breaks into the pool and decides to trespass and swim, they can get disemboweled by the drain. However, the homeowner had the pool closed up expressly for protecting people from the drain.

Of course, a swimming pool owner is supposed to properly maintain his or her drain. If it is not covered or is turned up too strong when guests come over, the owner may be held liable if someone gets injured due to its suction. At community pools, improperly trained lifeguards and broken things in or around the pool can cause harm to someone, and they are usually the responsibility of the homeowner's association or whoever owns the community pool.

When going swimming, either at your own pool, that of a friend, or at the neighborhood spot, the best idea is to be smart about your fun. If you are bringing young children to the swim, be sure to keep a close eye on them to help keep the safe.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Swimming Pool Chlorine and Bromine


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Swimming Pool Chlorine and Bromine




Pool sanitizing is one of the most important aspects of swimming pool maintenance. When pool water is not cared for and kept clean, swimmers are at risk of contracting illnesses and infections from organic waste, bacteria and other microorganisms present in the water. When pool water is properly treated and regulated, it will be clean, fresh and free from harmful contaminants, providing a healthy environment for swimmers to enjoy. In order to keep pool water clean and sanitary, the use of swimming pool chemicals is required. The two most common chemicals used for this purpose are pool chlorine and pool bromine.

Chlorine is a very widely used chemical. Discovered back in the 16th century, it is now used in many different industrial and household products. It's also the most common chemical used for swimming pool sanitizing. The reason for this is that it's very effective at killing contaminants and yet is relatively easy to use. Swimming pool chlorine reacts with the pool water to produce hydrochloric acid and hydrochlorous acid. Hydrochlorous acid is chlorine's active form and is able to penetrate the cell walls of bacteria and other potentially harmful microorganisms, killing them so they no longer pose a risk to the health of swimmers. The molecules of active chlorine continue this contaminant-killing process until they are broken down and deactivated or until they form chloramines by combining with ammonia or nitrogen compounds.

While pool chlorine is used for regular, ongoing sanitizing, it can also be used for pool shock treatments. "Shocking" or super-chlorinating a swimming pool refers to raising the chlorine levels until they are ten times the level of the chloramines in the water. This level is also known as "breakpoint chlorination" and sends a shock of killing power throughout the pool, eradicating contaminants that cause infections and water cloudiness. Chlorine shock treatments are used during pool openings and whenever extra sanitization is required during the course of the swim season. Some pool owners need pool chlorine for shock treatments every few weeks, especially when their pool is frequently used by a high number of swimmers.

As already mentioned, swimming pool chlorine is the most widely used pool sanitizer. However, pool bromine is also quite common. Swimming pool bromine is a highly effective sanitizer, which keeps water clean by killing microorganisms and by combining with and controlling debris in a similar fashion to chlorine. While both chlorine and bromine are affected by UV rays from the sun, bromine remains in the pool and can be reused, unlike chlorine molecules which get destroyed. Another difference between the two chemicals is the range of pH levels at which they are most effective. While chlorine requires the water's pH level to stay between 7.4 and 7.6, pool bromine is effective anywhere within a pH range of 7.0 to 8.0.

One of the reasons that some swimming pool owners prefer to use pool bromine rather than pool chlorine has to do with the fact that bromine does not produce a harsh odor like chlorine does. Swimming pool bromine also has no taste and is far gentler on skin and eyes than chlorine, greatly reducing the incidence of irritation. As a result of these advantages, many pool owners are more inclined to use swimming pool bromine as their sanitizer of choice even though bromine is slightly more complicated to use and can be somewhat more expensive than chlorine. Bromine also requires the use of an automatic feeder, as it dissolves much more slowly than chlorine. However, such feeders are easy to install and use.

Deciding whether to use swimming pool chlorine or bromine as your sanitizer of choice will depend upon your particular needs and preferences. If you choose to use chlorine, the type and form of that chemical that you need will also depend upon your own preferences and your method of application, as well as the size and volume of your swimming pool. These chemicals are available individually, and are also often available as part of a pool maintenance chemical kit, which also contains other useful chemicals such as algaecides and stain removers.

No matter which sanitizing chemical you choose to use, both high-quality pool chlorine and bromine options can be found relatively easily from a variety of online retailers. Best of all, it's possible to find these chemicals at affordable prices, so you can keep your swimming pool clean without hurting your wallet.

Linda Gordon is swimming pool owner with more than 12 years experience of pool maintenance. She describes difference between swimming pool chlorine and bromine for water sanitization. This information is important for pool owners to select right swimming pool chemicals.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Swimming Pools In Human Life


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Swimming Pools In Human Life
 


Since when swimming pools started being used is subject to doubt. Some think it is the Greeks who started using swimming pools and spas, while some think that the concept of swimming pools were first conceived by aboriginals far before the Greeks. Today, it doesn't matter when swimming pools started becoming popular, what matters are that swimming pools have now become an indispensable part of our lives.

Swimming pools have modified over the years. Today, there are simple swimming pools, above the ground swimming pools, designer in ground swimming pools, spas, and more to come. Interestingly, all are popular across the world for their own reasons. The obvious question that arises is, how beneficial is swimming pools in human lives? The one and only answer to this question is, plenty. The most obvious benefits of swimming pools and spas are relaxation. Nothing can be more fun, relaxing, and easy mode of exercising as a swimming pool or spa.

The variations in swimming pools have added to its popularity. Earlier people had to manage a time to go to a community swimming pool, however today there are private swimming pools that come in the form of in-ground swimming pools, above ground swimming pools, spas with sizes and shapes to accommodate a single person, as well as a family.

Extensive studies are still being carried out to evaluate greater health benefits of swimming pools and spas. Relaxation, physical exercise, etc are something which was first to be proved. Further, when hydrotherapy came into light, swimming pools became the sole contender for the benefits. The health benefits of swimming pools cannot be ignored at all.

Today, doctors are advising people with various other medical conditions can like arthritis, asthma, obesity, etc to spend some time in swimming pools and spas to get rid of their conditions without having to rely on medicines. Today, experts are evaluating the endless benefits of swimming pools, which truly are endless... in fact, it is no longer a doubt that swimming pools are here to stay.

Myself author of swimming pool magazine http://www.poolsearch.org, a swimming pool & hot tub planning guide for Swimming Pools, swimming pools, aboveground & in ground swimming pools.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Swimming Pools - Hidden Costs


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Swimming Pools - Hidden Costs
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Michael Wellingsley enjoys sharing what he has learned through his years of working with and reading about swimming pools.





When the installation of a swimming pool is being considered, you should know that the total swimming pool cost will be affected by many variables. You should prioritize what you are looking for in a swimming pool and follow this list accordingly. In ground swimming pool installations are much more expensive than setting up an above ground pool, but even the less expensive above ground option will have costs hidden within it.

In ground swimming pool installations will almost always carry a high price tag. Labor and planning are huge considerations when contemplating an in ground pool installation. The cost of an in ground pool can fluctuate greatly depending on the state of the economy and considerations such as material and labor costs..

Overall, an above ground pool installation will save you money compared to going with the in ground option. The swimming pool itself will certainly cost a lot less. Watching for swimming pool sales at the beginning and end of the swimming season is always a wise idea if you are not in a hurry to get your swimming pool up and running.

It is vitally important to move quickly on end of season swimming pool sales. Stock is usually limited to the pools they want to get cleared out. If you plan on looking for early season sales, you should also move quickly, but do not without careful consideration of your purchase.

A pool installation, just like any major project, will have its share of hidden costs. Installing an above ground pool can involve a fair bit of expense devoted to preparing the area where the pool will be located. Excavation my be needed and that cost can vary quite a bit depending on your area. Leveling the area is a vital step however, that must never be skipped.

It cannot be stressed enough that after choosing the pool site, the area being prepared must be made level. The money you spend on getting this part right will help you have peace of mine later. If you have connections within the excavating business, you may be able to save some money on this requirement, but always make sure the site is truly level..

One area where you should definitely hire a professional is the running of electricity to your swimming pool. Amateurs should not even think about attempting this part of the preparation.. Call for as many estimates as you can in order to save some money. This is an important safety measure that should be a priority during an installation of above ground pools.

Getting several bids and shopping around for specials are key to helping to deal with the hidden costs of installing a swimming pool.. No matter how tight the money, is when you are getting your pool installed, you should always keep safety a top priority. By comparing competing bids and looking for specials and sales, you can save yourself a good bit of money and avoid hidden costs.

Michael Wellingsley likes sharing his knowledge about swimming pools. You can read more about pool expenses by visiting his new website about swimming pools.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

There is Such a Thing As Swimming Pool Landscaping


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There is Such a Thing As Swimming Pool Landscaping

 

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When most people think of landscaping, swimming pool landscaping rarely comes to mind. Many times individuals are unaware of the landscaping that can be done to transform their swimming pool into a relaxing spot that melts with their entire yard. There are many ideas that can be applied to swimming pools but you first need to comprehend what types of landscaping are applied to swimming pools and what is entailed for each design.

Ideas For Swimming Pool Landscaping

Most people with swimming pools desire privacy, safety, convenience and beauty in their swimming pool landscaping. Plants are very popular in swimming pool landscaping and are frequently used as a major part of the overall landscaping design. Plants can soften any harshness associated with the design of your swimming pool as well as creating shade and privacy around your pool. You can disguise and hide any swimming pool equipment with strategically placed plants and make your pool blend in with its natural surroundings effectively.

You need to be careful when planning your swimming pool landscaping as large trees can cause debris in your pool. You should take the time to research and determine the best plants to use and the ones you like. There are certain types of trees, such as holly, that do not tend to shed their leaves but are large enough to provide shade and are aesthetically pleasing.

Fruit tress can also make a mess around your swimming pool. Besides making a mess with fruit and leaves they also will attract bees and bugs that may become a nuisance when trying to relax around your pool. These plants all have invasive roots that will damage the structure of your pool if they are planted too close.

Patios are great to have in addition to a swimming pool as they provide an area to relax and entertain within your pool. They are also a great safety factor as there will be less slipping when entering and exiting the pool due to slip-resistant surfaces. What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon then a BBQ by the pool!

As with any landscaping project you need to take time and research and design your swimming pool landscaping project to achieve the results you want at the price you can afford. If you are doing this project yourself you will have a lot to learn and in order to get the most out of the experience you need to be careful and think before making any decision.

Cindy Heller is a professional writer. To learn more about swimming pool landscaping, please visit back yard landscaping idea.

 

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Swimming Pool Designs for Maximum Fun and Enjoyment


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Swimming Pool Designs for Maximum Fun and Enjoyment
 
 


The first thing you need to consider when designing your pool is its intended use. Do you want to swim laps, do physical therapy, exercise, entertain guests, let the kids have some fun, or impress your neighbors? After all, you want to get a pool for a reason or a multitude of reasons to enhance your life. A pool's intended use has arguably the greatest impact on the way it should be designed, and therefore, the needs and wants your swimming pool is intended to fulfill should be identified very early in the design process. It is also useful to recognize the pool's primary functions to help you narrow down your design choices. In the following sections we'll go over some of the most popular benefits people get from owning a pool, and how these impact the swimming pool's design.

Fun and Leisure:

The most frequent motive for obtaining a swimming pool is for family fun and leisure. A backyard pool is a great place to cool off during the summer, have fun with the kids and throw some inflatable toys around. If this is your only reason for wanting a pool, then the simplest, least expensive swimming pool designs will suffice. If your budget is large, then you may want to invest in some luxury, but otherwise an above-ground pool or a shallow in-ground pool would be enough to meet your needs. A pool that's at a constant depth of 4 feet is sufficiently deep to splash around and swim the occasional lap in, but also shallow enough to provide safety for the whole family.

Exercise:

If you want to use your pool for some serious exercise, then the dimensions of your pool require more critical consideration. For lap swimming, a pool at least 25 feet long and 3.5 feet deep is recommended, with typical lengths ranging form 25 to 40 feet. There are also dedicated lap pools that are relatively very narrow, and therefore fit in constrained spaces. Water aerobics require some more depth to avoid touching bottom. Typically a section of the pool that's 5 to 6 feet deep is enough for this purpose.

Another option for swimmers is the swim spa, which is a small pool, usually no more than about 12 feet in length that can generate a strong current to swim against. One can then swim against the current while remaining in place. Their small size also makes the installation of indoor swim spas a very viable option in many cases.

Parties and Entertaining Guests:

If pool parties are in your future you may have a few other design issues to think about. These largely involve the landscaping and design of the area surrounding the pool. You may want to surround the pool with a patio or a deck, add a pool house, a gazebo, an outdoor bar, furniture, etc. In addition, you may want the pool itself to be designed for looks, with a stylish shape, rather than just for functionality. Carefully hiding pool equipment will also make the pool area more appealing.

Relaxation:

Spending time at your pool can be very relaxing, and the proper amenities will make it even more enjoyable. An addition of a spa or a hot tub to the pool area is a great complement to the swimming pool itself. Like pools, these come in the in-ground, and portable, above-ground varieties. An in-ground spa is typically connected to the pool's filtration and heating systems. And if that's not the case, a portable spa is a much more economical option.

If you're going to spend time pool-side sunbathing, be sure to leave the space for it. And if you opt for the above-ground pool variety, the addition of a sizable pool level deck makes great sense.

Jerry Westly is an avid swimmer and swimming pool enthusiast who writes his thoughts on building and maintaining the perfect backyard swimming pool on Swimming-Pool-Designs.com Please visit the site for tips and advice on topics such as inground swimming pools, above ground swimming pools, swimming pool covers and much more.
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Swimming Pool Heaters - Are They Worth It?


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Swimming Pool Heaters - Are They Worth It?

 
 


Once you have built a swimming pool because the kids were nagging you for a way to keep cool and have fun during the hot summer, it may not have occurred to you what options you may have during the cooler winter months. The onset of winter can be frustrating because swimming is an excellent way to keep fit and trim, and giving up this valuable exercise during the winter can seem like such a shame. But there is some good news here. One way to overcome this cold weather obstacle is to invest in a state-of-the-art swimming pool heater. Once you have one, you simply switch it on and the heater will warm the water in the pool to a comfortable temperature making it nice enough to swim even in when it is cold outside.

There are a number of choices when it comes to selecting a swimming pool heater. They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size or shape of swimming pool. One type is a gas heater which is quite inexpensive to use. The other choices are oil heaters and electric heaters, though they can be a bit more expensive to maintain. One of the newest methods of heating your swimming pool water today is through the use of solar heating. When the sun shines, the energy is stored and used to heat your pool. It is actually very environmentally friendly, but can be quite expensive for the initial installation of the equipment. One of the more cost effective swimming pool heaters is a wood burning one, though it can be more difficult to maintain for longer periods of time.

Some situations make it almost a necessity to invest in a swimming pool heater. It can be most advantageous in areas of the world where people experience short summers and the days are few where the water is naturally warm enough for swimming. Other places where a heated swimming pool would be a great idea is in places that have cold summers and practically no opportunity to swim on any summer day. With a swimming pool heater installed, the pool could then be used for at least part of the year for the entire family to enjoy. It could even be a central location for all of the friends and family members to gather and visit for a few days of fun pool games. Your place could now be considered a real "hot spot"!

Once you have decided that you a ready to invest in a swimming pool heater, you will have to decide upon which type of heater you want based upon the amount of money that you'll want to spend on the heating. The gas heaters, as mentioned before, are probably the least expensive method as, first, the heater itself is inexpensive and, second, the gas is less expensive to keep the water continually heated. Another advantage is that it is fairly small and easy to use, so it could be considered a relatively hassle free choice. The last thing to consider is the size of your swimming pool as the strength of swimming pool heater will also have to accommodate its size. It must be strong enough to effectively heat the entire size of the pool water so as to not have any cold patches.

You might discover that an awkwardly shaped swimming pool will be more difficult to heat and you may have to leave the swimming pool heater on for a longer period of time. So, when designing a pool, the most practical size to heat would probably be is a rectangular shape.
Swimming pool heaters are a great option for getting the most out of your swimming pool. Once the cool weather sets in, you still can enjoy hours of fun with all your friends and family and even swim late into the evening. How about a relaxing late night dip in your heated swimming pool without feeling cold at all? Just be sure that whatever the type of swimming pool heater you ultimately choose to install, make sure that it is safe and that any wires or gas canisters are kept away from children.
 

 

 
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