Prefab Or Pre Made Above Ground Pool Decks
It’s getting close to pool season once again for much of the country. Many of us are readying our pools for the warm summer months ahead while others are considering getting an above ground swimming pool for the first time. But one topic that comes up more now than in years past is above ground pool decks. We have covered the pre built decks in the past, but their popularity is growing and we should cover this topic once again.
Pre Made above ground pools decks are simply deck systems that have been engineered for use around an above ground swimming pool. Their generic nature allows them to be adapted to most any brand above ground pool. They are assembled and slid up next to the pool for a tidy fit. And thanks to their flexibility, these pre made pool decks work with practically any size above ground pool.
Are Prefab Pool Decks Safe?
These decks are well made and can support many people on them at one time. All deck models are heavy duty and are constructed with a steel framework capable of supporting up to 1400lbs. on the larger models. Also all pre fab pool deck systems include both sets of steps. These are from ground to deck and from deck to water. They use steps not ladders for entering and exiting the pool water safely and easily, while the outside step incorporates a self closing latching gate for safety. Stylish handrail fencing around the entire deck and deck flooring is made from vinyl for superior weather resistance and great looks. (more…)
Draining And Cleaning A Green Above Ground Pool
How To Clean A Green Above Ground Pool
Spring is in the air, or at least in the minds of many swimming pool owners this time of year. Depending on where you live, getting your pool ready for spring opening may be as simple as removing the pool cover and letting the sun’s rays warm up the water. But for many others, our unprotected swimming pool is going to require a little more work to whip it into shape for the hot summer months ahead.
Most above ground pools turn green over the off season from of a lack of chlorine and if left all winter without a pool cover, piles of debris can accumulate on the pool’s bottom making spring clean up a chore. Sometimes this mess can be overwhelming and draining the pool to clean it up is the easiest path to recovery. This is OK as long as it is done correctly.
Draining An Above Ground Pool
Start by draining the above ground pool with a sump pump, siphon, or other means. Drain the water down leaving a foot or so of water in the pool. You could drain it down even lower but you must work fast as the sun will cause the pool liner shrink in as little as a day! Once the liner shrinks it will not stretch back again, resulting in it splitting or pulling down off the pool wall. If this occurs you will need to replace the pool liner and possibly some of the accessories like plastic coping or skimmer gaskets.
A good way to get a jump on this project is to drain the pool the night before. Having it empty or nearly empty in the morning will allow plenty of time to clean it up before the heat of the day begins to work on your vinyl pool liner. (more…)
Natural Swimming Pool In Thassos, Greece
Giola, the lagoon in the rock, is located near the village Astris on the Greek Island of Thassos. This incredible formation is often called the most beautiful natural swimming pool in the world. This pool get it’s water from the Aegean Sea as tide waters rise and splash against the shore, filling the pool with water. However, because the lagoon pool is separated from the sea by a rock wall, the water in the lagoon stays much warmer than the sea making Giola a warm and inviting place to swim.
Several mythical tales surround this natural wonder. According to Greek legend, the pool is the eye of Zeus, and he used it to spy on his mistress. According to another legend, Zeus created Giola for Aphrodite to bathe in, so Giola is also called “Aphrodite’s tear”. Finally, mythological Syrens who have attracted sailors with their beautiful singing, were believed to have resided here too.
Giola is somewhat remote and difficult to reach because of rocky terrain but visitors say the experience is well worth the trip. A definite must see if you ever find yourself on southeast side of this beautiful Greek Island. (more…)
Pool Slides And Above Ground Pool Slides
As you probably know, pool slides are a very popular addition to any backyard swimming pool. Who doesn’t like the the added thrill of sliding into the pool down a wild and twisting pool slide? In fact it seems that they are gaining in popularity each year. We get a lot of inquiries about pool slides, but one of the most frequent questions is whether they make pool slides for above ground pools.
Slide Design And The Modern Pool
Pool slides are nothing new, they have been around for many decades. But due to current designs in swimming pools, the pool slide has changed. Newly built swimming pools are typically not as deep older swimming pools. The shallower nature of the pool required pool slides to discharge a person out over the water’s surface, opposed to sending you down into the pool. By sending out over the water, the risk of serious injury is reduced. (more…)
Salt Systems For Swimming Pools
Salt water swimming pools have been around for decades, and many inground pool owners have reaped the benefits of salt water pools for some time now. Ease of maintaining proper sanitation levels and less time roaming pool stores for harsh chemicals are a few of the perks offered by salt systems. This market has enjoyed a rise in popularity since it’s introduction, as word spread of the benefits associated with salt water swimming pools. But it was the recent launch of salt systems for above ground swimming pools that has sent this market into overdrive. This all happened as manufacturers new and old scrambled to capture the newly emerging above ground salt pool market. (more…)