April 30th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Is it Safe to Pee in the Pool?

Most people admit to having peed in a swimming pool at least once. I haven’t, that I can remember anyway, but most people have. Even Olympic swimmers admit to doing it, like Michael Phelps.

Sadly there’s nothing you can put in your swimming pool that turns dark blue when someone pees, like Grown Ups would have you believe. But that doesn’t mean you should do  it.

Ernest Blatchley III, a professor in Purdue’s school of Civil Engineering, worked with colleagues from the China Agricultural University recently published a study showing that peeing in the pool can produce toxic byproducts.

Uric acid, a major component in urine that’s also found in sweat, creates cyanogen chloride and trichloramine when it interacts with chlorine.

Both of the byproducts are known to have a detrimental effect in lung health. The concentration of the products is normally low, but when it’s high it can cause acute illnesses or chronic problems.

Blatchey hopes the study findings will encourage everyone to stop peeing in the pool. He recommends that swimmers shower before swimming, and leave the pool to pee.

To read the published results click here. And please stop peeing in the pool if you haven’t already.

No PEE in Pool

April 30th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

T104R Intermatic Mechanical Time Switch

The T104R Intermatic Time Switch is heavy duty and ideal for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

It can control electrical loads up to 40 Amps resistive from 120 Volts.

The T104R provides direct 24 hour control of most loads and is equipped with an ON/OFF tripper. It can perform between 1-12 ON/OFF operations each day.

It is a DPST switch with a 5 HP rating.  It also allows the option to manually override the timer should the need arise.

T104R switches can be used at home whether or not you’re there. Making them ideal for when you’re on vacation.

For more information on the T104R and other switches contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com.


April 29th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Cats and Swimming Pools

I am a cat lover, my kitty’s name is Star. She’s a sweetheart when she wants to be and ignores everyone else the rest of the time. You know, a typical cat.

And as a concerned cat owner, I want to know what to do if my cat ever goes into a pool. Or if someone decides to be mean to her and throw her in.

Here’s some tips to help keep you keep your kitty safe around the pool:

  • Do not let your cat drink the pool water. The chemicals can make your cat sick.
  • Carefully clean and dry your cat’s ears with soft cotton balls after a swim. This helps reduce the risk of an ear infection.
  • Install a product designed to help animals get out of the pool. It’s hard for them to get our if the water level is low or the edge goes in.
  • Install a sturdy pool cover that fits properly. A cat can easily slip into the water between the side of the pool and the cover’s edge.

With pool season practically here your cat’s safety is as important as yours around a swimming pool. Check out more pool safety blogs at PoguePoolSpa.com!

Your Cat and Your Pool

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April 29th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Pentair Dynamo Above Ground Pool Pump

When it comes to keeping your above ground pool, you want a pump that is efficient and long-lasting. Pentair’s Dynamo pump is both.

The pump features a diffuser and impeller that provide excellent pressure performance. They’re so efficient, operating costs are minimal.

Dynamo pumps have a self-priming design that helps protect the internal components and extends the pump’s life.

Besides being protected by the self-priming design, the components are constructed from fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic. Which offers superior strength and resistance to aging and the elements.

Another nifty feature is a large strainer basket with a transparent lid. So you don’t have to guess when it needs to cleaned and you need to do it less often.

The Dynamo also features easy access drain plugs that make servicing and winterizing the pump a breeze.

It is available in a variety of models to fit your needs. For more information contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com!

Pentair AboveGround Dynamo Pool Pump

April 28th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Zodiac Ranger Above Ground Pool Cleaner

Need to get your above ground pool ready for pool season?? Why not try the Zodiac Ranger cleaner?

The Ranger is an affordable, automatic above ground pool cleaner that easily removes: dirt, twigs, debris, bugs, leaves, and even pebbles.

It is suction cleaner that doesn’t require any extra parts. It attaches directly to the skimmer. And includes a 30 foot hose, making it ideal for any above ground pool.

It also comes pre-assembled, making installation a breeze!

Other features include:

  • A Flowkeeper Valve that automatically regulates water flow
  • An extra large wheel deflector so the Ranger won’t get caught anywhere
  • An AG Disc that allows the cleaner to glide anywhere in your pool
  • Quiet operation

For more information, contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com!

Zodiac Ranger

April 28th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Is There a Lifeguard on a Cruise?

Earlier this year, a boy passed away on a cruise ship. The incident occurred aboard the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship. The boy who drowned and his brother were pulled from a swimming pool. Nearby passengers performed CPR until a nurse and medic arrived. There were no lifeguards around.

According to one of the passengers; there were no lifeguards, none of the knew CPR, and no one tried to help. I wasn’t that surprised that none of the staff knew CPR as many people don’t. But I was surprised at there being no lifeguard.

In early April my husband and I went on a cruise to celebrate our anniversary and finally take a honeymoon. Our cruise ship was the Carnival Triumph and it was incredible!

The staff provided the best customer service i have ever received and there was everything you could need to relax aboard. There was a theater, casino, multiple bars, night club, art gallery; you name it. they had it. They even had not one, but two pools; and four hot tubs.

Working in the pool industry has made me more aware of the importance of water safety. And despite there being two pools and four hot tubs, there were no lifeguards around.

It was a fact that was made even more obvious reading about the child who drowned. I did some research, and found that cruise ships aren’t required to have a lifeguard on board.

A fact that makes no sense to me! Why aren’t cruise ships required to have them? It’s definitely strange that an attraction marketed for being on the water has no one trained to handle emergencies in the water.

To read one of the articles regarding the child drowning aboard the Norwegian Breakaway click here. And please tell me, do you think cruise ships should be required by law to have a lifeguard on duty? Why or why not?

No Lifeguard On Duty

April 25th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton


Drowning is a major concern all over the world, that’s why there are organizations dedicated to lower the number of drowning victims everywhere. One of the organizations in the UK is the RLSS, or Royal Life Saving Society.

The RLSS is a charity and the Governing Body for Lifesaving Sport and Lead Industry Body. They train lifeguards,  set standards, provide guidance, and advice on aquatic safety.

Members spend time:

  • Promoting water safety education and life support in the community
  • Training lifesavers and lifeguards in accident prevention, survival, rescue, life support, emergency afetercare and first aid
  • Researching drowning causes and effects
  • Developing educational resources and technical expertise

Their visions statement is “To safeguard lives in, on and near water.”

Their mission statement is “To inform and educate everyone in water safety and resuscitation and to increase annually the number of people trained in water rescue.”

For more information on the RLSS check out their website here.


April 25th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Instant Frog by KingTechnology

Instant Frog by King Technology is the perfect way to add minerals to your pool if you don’t have room for a complete Frog system. Simply place it inside your skimmer basket and Voila!

Instant Frog can be used on any pool up to 25,000. It starts acting immediately, and only needs to be replaced twice a year.

The best part about the Instant Frog is that it requires no installation and fits most skimmer basket. So it’s hassle and maintenance free!

Adding minerals to the water means you need to use less chlorine. So you can open your eyes underwater with no burn! It also means your bathing suit won’t fade as fast.

To find out more about the Instant Frog, contact the pros at PoguePoolSpa.com.

Instant Frog

April 24th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Hayward Star-Clear Cartridge Filters

Star-clear Cartridge Filters by Hayward leave your pool and/or spa water crystal clear! They have extra cleaning capacity, which makes them perfect for your pool and spa no matter the size!

The Star-Clear has a single locking knob that fastens the head to the filter tank securely without bolts or clamps! Making it way easier to manage!

The filter head is durable and adjustable. You can rotate it to conveniently position your pressure gauge and manual air relief.

It also features an injection-molded filter tank that delivers corrosion free performance.

The extra-large cartridge element helps provide extra-strength and maximum flow.

Additionally, the water collector and debris sump are elevated, preventing the accidental by-pass of heavy debris into the pool or spa when the cartridge is being cleaned.

The Star-Clear Filter is available in two sizes, 25 sq. ft. and 50 sq. ft. Head over to PoguePoolSpa.com to get yours today!

Star Clear Cartridge Filter - 25 Sq. Ft.

Star Clear Cartridge Filter – 25 Sq. Ft.Star Clear Cartridge Filter - 50 Sq. Ft.

Star Clear Cartridge Filter – 50 Sq. Ft.
April 24th, 2014 by Jacqui Blanton

Electricity & Pools Don't Mix

Everyone knows electricity and water do not mix. However, pool lights can be a fun addition when installed correctly.

Tragically, a 7 year-old boy, Calder Sloan, died from electrocution because of a pool light.

On Sunday April 13, 2014, Calder passed away in his family pool after jumping in to race a friend.

That day, a nanny was watching Calder and his friend. Calder challenged his friend to a race, but the friend jumped out after feeling a tingle. Calder kept swimming towards the pool light and went unconscious.

The nanny’s son pulled him out of the water and a neighbor started to perform CPR. The neighbor, Fabian Pesantes, stated he was getting zapped as he performed CPR.

The medical examiner declared electricity from the pool light was to blame for Calder’s death.

When an electrical contractor inspected the equipment, he determined that one of the ground wires that connected the pool switch to the transformer wasn’t attached. Which means 120 volts of electricity were being sent to the pool light instead of the regular 12.

It also appears that the steel encasing the light was corroded. Causing the pool to be full of electricity just waiting for an outlet. Tragically Calder was the one who suffered.

His family hopes to use the experience to raise awareness of such an important issue. They also opened a memorial fund where Calder attended school.

Our thoughts go out to Calder’s family. And I would like to encourage anyone with a pool, or even a hot tub, to make sure their pool is safe. No one needs to lose their life because such a simple issue wasn’t addressed. Please do everything you can to keep your family safe.

On a happier note, check out PoguePoolSpa.com for more industry news.