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Pool Safety – Keep Your Pool a Safe Place This Summer

Pool Safety – Keep Your Pool a Safe Place This Summer

Do you plan to buy a pool, or do you already have a pool?  Please take a few minutes to think about pool safety.  Remember, you are liable for what happens in your pool. As a pool owner, you need to constantly be aware of the pool area.  Even when you aren’t expecting to have anyone in the pool, keep your eyes and ears open.  If you are a parent with an outdoor pool, all children in your home should be monitored closely.  It may take just a few moments for a child in your care to find his way and fall into your swimming pool.  It’s also important to realize that your pool may be a great temptation for neighborhood children, so you must always be on the lookout for the neighborhood kids who may try to get into your pool.  Even if children don’t live in your home on a full-time basis, you should still take steps to make your pool area a safe place so when they visit, you’ll be prepared. A good fence is not an option; you MUST have sturdy fencing to keep your pool a fun and safe place.   In most cities, there are regulations and laws governing what kind of fencing, how high it must be, as well as what kind of gate and locks you have installed.  Handyman Myrtle Beach can help you with knowing the laws and with the construction or repair of your fencing. Your homeowners insurance company should also be notified of your pool so that you liability insurance can be adjusted accordingly.  Be sure you are in...
DIY Guide For Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

DIY Guide For Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

It’s autumn and for homeowners who have a swimming pool, that means it’s time to start winterizing preparations. Closing your pool for the winter isn’t difficult and can be done yourself. The main reasons you need to close your pool for the winter are: keeping the water clean in order to save time and money opening it back up in spring, and also to shelter the equipment from harsh winter weather. Ice and frost can cause damage to your pool’s equipment, so it’s important to make sure it’s protected during the winter months. The last thing you want when you open up your swimming pool again is to find pipes leaking and cracks to your filters, etc. A few tips for closing your swimming pool on your own…. You can certainly do the job of winterizing the pool yourself. The first thing you should be certain of is that you have properly balanced the water’s alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH levels. This is important so that the surface of your pool does not crack, etch or stain. Purchase a kit specially made for winterizing the pool water, and it will be nice and clear when you open it back up. Lower the water levels slightly. This keeps it below the filter and stops the pumps from working to clean the water while it’s not being used. Pull the plug at the bottom of the filter to drain the water out of it. Be sure to remember to open the air valve. You should also drain your pump, let it run for a few seconds at the end to ensure...
What You Need To Know About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Water

What You Need To Know About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Water

When it comes to swimming in your Myrtle Beach pool water, it is imperative to understand that your tap water does not equal your pool water! There’s much that has to be done to treat your swimming pool water in order to make it safe and healthy for you and your family. Some of the tests needed will be to check for alkalinity levels, as well as the calcium hardness. It is necessary to sequester the various minerals and metals in the water and something known as a stabilizer will need to be added to the water to ensure that the chlorine stays in and does its job. Finally, the pH balance in the water has to be checked frequently to determine how much chlorine is needed. Treating New Water In Your Myrtle Beach Pool One thing that is often forgotten is that you must treat any new pool water that gets added. This means if the pool overflows, gets a lot of rainwater or if the water level gets low and more new water is added. All new water has to be treated! Failing to do this will result in the plaster being damaged or stained, equipment being damaged and also it can cause algae to grow and the water to be unsafe. Any time you have 10-12 inches of water added or replaced, new treatment should be done. Pets In Pools A few things about dogs in pools. First of all, yes it is ok to let your pet swim in the pool. You should understand, however, that you’ll need to pay more attention to cleaning out the...