July 31st, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
The Hayward Super II Pool Pump is an excellent pump for your pool and spa. It is a Max-Rated Swimming Pool Pump that is an excellent pump for all sizes of pools and all purposes. The Super II is built to last and engineered to work under harsh conditions. It is a self-priming pump with a 155 cubic inch basket for maximum leaf-holding capacity and a convenient see-thru lid so you know when the basket is full. It has full flow hydraulics that allow it to work more and cost less. The Hayward Super II Pool Pump has a convenient see-thru lid so you don’t open the pump when the basket is empty.
For more information on the Hayward Super II Pool Pump, contact the pros at poguepoolspa.com.
July 30th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Many times, we think that our children are safest when they are at home. True as this may seem, your home is just as dangerous as the public and still has guidelines that need to be followed to ensure your child’s safety.
One of the things you can do if you have a pool at home is install a 4-foot fence around the perimeter of your pool and spa and any portable pools. When installing fences, use self-closing and self-latching gates, and ask your neighbors to do the same if they have a pool or spa. To ensure that you always know when someone goes outside, install and use a door or pool alarm.
It is also important to keep the area tidy and in working order. Make sure your pool and spa covers are up to date and working correctly. Make sure you also have compliant drain covers for your pool or spa. Last, but not least, make sure you have life saving equipment around your pool and spa. This can be life rings, floats, or a reaching pole. Keep them available and easily accessible in case of emergency.
For more pool safety tips, contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com.
July 29th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Just like the rest of your body, your heart needs exercise, too! The best exercises for you heart are aerobic exercises such as swimming and running. The benefits of exercise are that it strengthens your heart, reduces blood pressure, and lowers risks of heart disease and stroke. Swimming is better for your body than running because it is less harmful on your joints. Not only that, but it is also a great exercise for everyone—fit, overweight, injured, disabled, and any other ailments.
Swimming is a total body workout that is especially great for your heart. Part of this is because your heart beats faster while swimming which produces more oxygen throughout the body and in turn, strengthens your heart. The water allows your heart to operate more effectively with less stress than on-ground exercises.
The increased efficiency helps to improve your entire cardiovascular system, which has proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood cholesterol levels, prevent and manage high blood pressure, boost energy levels, manage daily stress, and even delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging. It is a win-win for your body and a must-do to help your heart. Try making a goal for yourself and slowly increase the exercise as you build up endurance. A great starting point is to try to do 20-30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. You can do it!
For some items that you can use to get your fitness on, check out the Fitness Section at PoguePoolSpa.com and Swim Your Way to a Healthy Heart.
July 26th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Water poses an immense threat to children. Drownings are the leading cause of unintentional death for children of the ages 1-4. While it is extremely important to never leave a child unattended around a pool, spa, bath tub, or any other body of water, here are some other helpful safety tips to ensure water safety with you children:
- Teach them! Teach your children the basic water safety skills to help them stay afloat.
- Learn! As an adult, it is important that you know how to swim and are able to also teach your children to swim. Even if you spend most of your time at the public pool with lifeguards, it is still extremely important for you to know how to swim as well.
- Entrapment! Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other opening to avoid entrapment.
- Call for help! Keep your phone close just in case you need to call someone for help.
- Look in water first! If you can’t find your child, make sure you check the pool or spa before you look anywhere else! Also, be sure you check your neighbor’s pool/spa as well!
- Make sure that all of your friends, family, babysitters, and neighbors know the rules and safety instructions for your children.
For safety tips around your pool check out our Pool Safety Section, and read Safety Tips for Children Pt IV.
July 25th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
The East River in New York is a very dirty place, so unfortunately people can’t swim there. Three ambitious New York architects designed a plus-shaped pool. This will allow the people of Manhattan around the East River to be able to swim and it will help to slowly clean the East River. For more cool pools, check out PoguePoolSpa.com later.
July 25th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Pool pumps are the nucleus or core of the pool’s circulation system. There are several different options to choose from when trying to find the right pump for your system. Here are some general options to choose from when searching for your pool pump:
- Primary Pump. The primary pump helps to keep the water moving. This is important because it has to move through filters, heaters, skimmers, and other water features in your pool.
- Accessory pump. Like the name, accessory pumps are for ‘accessories.’ These pumps are for draining a water features such as slides and waterfalls. They help to run pressure side cleaners, submersible drainage pumps, and those pumps that are needed to operate accessories such as waterfalls, deck jets, and slides.
- Energy Saving Variable Speed Pumps. Energy Saving Pumps can be programmed to run at certain speeds for certain operations. Whether it’s filtering, heating, cleaning, spa jets, water features, etc. these pumps work effectively and help cut energy costs. These are pumps like the Pentair Variable Speed Pumps.
- Two Speed Pumps. Two speed pumps run at one or two different set speeds. Though not as efficient as the Variable Speed Pumps, they are still a superb option for your pool and are still energy efficient. A notable example is the Pentair Whisperflo.
Choosing a pool pump that is right for your system is a hard choice; however, by knowing the basics of the pumps out there, it helps you to sort through the many options. For more information on pool pump options and availability, contact the pros at poguepoolspa.com.
July 24th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
I am a hair stylist, so one of the most important things I think about when I am out in the sun is my hair. You can definitely care for your hair without it being too high maintenance. You have to remember that your pool and spa contain chemicals to help keep the water safe, but they are hard on your hair. Even just laying out by the pool or lake is hard on your hair because of the sun’s rays—especially if you have color treated or damaged hair. Here are some easy hair care tips while enjoying the sun:
- Wash your hair. As soon as you are done with your day in the sun, the first priority should be to get your hair washed to get all the chemicals and salt out of your hair. If you don’t have time for a full shampoo, at least rinse your hair with water to clear it out until you can get to a shampoo.
- Comb, not brush. The pool is famous for causing tangled hair, especially after you play water volleyball or are out at the lake tubing and enjoying water sports. Instead of reaching for your brush, grab a wide toothed comb or pick to gently pull out those tangles. Even better, spray in some detangler to help loosen up the tangles without causing breakage to your hair. The chemicals and salt in the water cause your hair to be more fragile which leads to easy breakage.
- SPF for your hair. Have color treated hair? It is important to protect that color to prevent fading and help it last longer during the summertime. Paul Mitchell has come out with a new sun line that is like SPF for your hair and smells like summer. They have a sun shield to spray in while you are out at the pool and a restoring shampoo and conditioner for after you have been out in the sun.
Don’t want to worry about the damage from the sun? Invest in a pool cap that is colored so that it prevents the sun and water from touching your hair. For other pool and spa tips, check out PoguePoolSpa.com
July 23rd, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes annual reports on submersion incidents. Some of the findings found in the 2012 report are as follows:
- Nearly 300 children under the age of 5 drown in swimming pools and spas yearly. This represents 75% of the 390 fatalities reported for children under the age of 5.
- 67% of reported fatalities and 66% of reported injuries for children of the ages 1-3 were from pools and spas.
- Over 4,100 children younger than 5 years old suffer submersion injuries that require emergency room treatment. About half of them are seriously injured and admitted to the hospital for further treatment.
- A majority of drownings and submersion injuries involving victims younger than 5 happen in pools owned by the family, friends, and relatives.
- The majority of estimated emergency department-treated submersion injuries and fatalities were associated with pools.
- 10% of the total fatalities for children under the age of 15 were the result of portable pools.
For more information and annual reports, visit www.cpsc.gov.
July 22nd, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
Studies have proven that water aerobics are great for your body. They have less impact on your joints and even help strengthen your heart. Rather than looking at exercising as a chore, you can exercise while you’re out at the pool having fun.
A great exercise in the water is the K Tread. You simply go into the deep end and tread water while making small circles with cupped hands. You then lift your right leg straight in front of you at hip level while reaching your toes of your left leg toward the bottom of the pool. Hold this for five seconds while continuing to tread water with your cupped hands. Switch legs and repeat this process for 30 seconds.
Another exercise is the Otter Roll. You begin by hugging a beach ball to your chest and floating on your back. Extend your legs and put your feet together. Roll toward the left and over the top of the ball, returning to start position. Continue this for 30 seconds, alternating the direction of the roll each time.
The Cannonball is also great. This is performed by grabbing a noddle and wrapping it around your upper back under your arms. Float in deep water. Extend your legs toward the bottom of the pool with your feet together and toes pointed. Next, engage your abs and raise your knees toward your chest. Hold this position for 2 seconds, and then straighten your legs. Do 20 reps.
For more information on water aerobics, water fitness, check out our fitness blogs . Check back for more information at PoguePoolSpa.com.
July 19th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton
With today’s technology, we have tons of different options when it comes to pool lighting. We have advanced far away from the standard white nighttime light. Now, you can turn your pool and spa into a brand new atmosphere that really ‘comes to life’ during the nighttime. Not only is it fun, but it is also safer to have lights on for nighttime swimming.
Basic pool lighting is usually done with halogen lamps. However, with new LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting, we have set new standards of energy efficient, quality, reliable lighting for your pool and spa. There are even color changing lights which can set the mood and completely transform your pool and spa. Multiple LED light colors and electronic controllers allow you to program your lights for a constantly changing light show. For a single captivating color, you can simply pause the light show. Not only does this add life to your water scene, but LED lighting can cut energy consumption up to 75%.
For more information on pool and spa lighting, contact the pros at poguepoolspa.com.