Things To Know About Swimming Pools

Things To Know About Swimming Pools

In Myrtle Beach, swimming pools are very popular.  They provide great fun and exercise, along with plenty of entertainment for your entire family.  When you decide to buy a swimming pool, you’ll have two options to choose from – in ground pools or above ground pools.  Both types are different, in appearance and what they have to offer you. Above ground swimming pools are the most affordable, as the prices range from $500.00 – $7,000.00.  Above ground pools are also easier to install, and even portable.  Normally, you can have this type of pool installed and ready for use in a few hours.  You can self install them if you wish, which will save you money.  If you have the money to spare, you can always have a professional install it to ensure that everything is done correctly. Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools is your best bet for above ground pool installation to ensure the job is done right. Pools that are in the ground cost more.  The prices for an in ground swimming pool can reach as high as $50,000.00+, depending on the size of the pool, the design, and the materials that are used.  The most expensive type of in ground pool is concrete, which is custom poured to virtually any shape you can imagine. You can also get a heater to help control the temperature of the water in the pool.  You can get a standard type of heater or solar heater.  If you have a solar heater in mind, you should make sure that your pool has been placed in a location where it will... read more
Proper Hot Tub Temperature

Proper Hot Tub Temperature

If you’re like me, there isn’t much that feels better than sliding down into the warm water of a hot tub and soaking away the cares of the day. Not only is it relaxing, but it’s therapeutic as well. It soothes sore muscles, improves blood circulation, and rejuvenates the mind and body. And you thought it was just a luxury item! So that brings us to a very common question we receive here at Elko Spas, Pools and Billiards. How hot should I keep my hot tub water? Read on for some good tips… How To Assure The Correct Temperature Of Your Hot Tub Most people recommend that water temperature in hot tubs should be kept around 104 F. There are a few things you should think about when setting the temperature. Let’s look at some important considerations when using a hot tub. You should consult with your doctor before using your hot tub if you are pregnant. Be cautious if you are taking certain medications. Some medicine can make you drowsy, or affect your heart rate and blood pressure. Never get in the hot tub if you are taking anticoagulant medications, antihistamines, or tranquilizers! Get the approval of your doctor first if this applies to you. Remember that kids’ internal temperatures can rise quicker than that of an adult, so this would mean the health risks to them would be more pronounced. Make sure that children are ALWAYS supervised and never left unattended while in the hot tub. It looks very enticing to young children when they see the bubbles and feel the warm water. The risk of... read more
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... read more
Advantages of Above Ground

Advantages of Above Ground

We are in the heat of the summer here in Myrtle Beach  and nothing can beat the Myrtle Beach heat like refreshing and cool Myrtle Beach pools.   When the temperatures are rising, nothing beats the cool waters of your own swimming pool.  It is absolutely irresistible. Not only is a pool inviting for friends and family, it can also add to the value of your home.  A well designed and landscaped above ground pool can add to the resale value to your Myrtle Beach home. Types of Myrtle Beach Pools There are basically two types of Myrtle Beach Pools, in ground pools and above ground.  In ground Myrtle Beach pools are permanent structures which require a lot more work to install such as excavation, additional wiring and more backyard space.  Above ground Myrtle Beach pools are becoming very popular and take a lot less time to install. Above Ground Myrtle Beach Pools Because of their lower construction costs, an above ground recreational pool is a great addition to your home.  They are easier to build than an in-ground pool, however, you will still want to utilize a professional installer to have the job done right.  Myrtle Beach pools that are above ground usually come in a kit and can be installed by a do-it-yourself person if you know what you are doing.  In most instances, a Myrtle Beach homeowner will be better off hiring a professional which comes with a guarantee. By hiring a professional that knows how to install above ground pools, you are getting the job done in a systematic way that avoids mistakes.  Just a few... read more
Hot Tubs Hygiene Safety

Hot Tubs Hygiene Safety

Hot tubs have continued to gain popularity over the last few years, yet many people are not educated about the importance of safety and hygiene in the hot tub. To stay safe and healthy and enjoy many years with your hot tub, we want to bring you up to speed on the things you need to know! Hot Tub Hygiene Tips Did you know that human skin carries microbes that can be excreted through bodily fluids like tears? These bacteria can survive for days in water and easily infect eyes, mouth and nose, as well as skin. If you have multiple users of your hot tub and aren’t exercising proper hygiene, you are putting everyone at risk for infection. If kids are in the water, they can get water in their mouths and contract digestive tract and other intestinal issues from these bacteria. So, the first order of attack for good hot tub hygiene is to make sure that anyone who has had recent diarrhea, skin infections or open wounds stay OUT of the hot tub! They can put any other users at risk. Test Kits This is a very crucial part of maintaining a safe hot tub. Your hot tub will come with a test kit that has strips and tablets. They will test for the levels of bromine and chlorine. You need to understand these levels and know what they should be so you can adjust accordingly.  Bromine is a disinfectant to keep the water clean. It is usually distributed from a little container or float that has an open-close system to regulate it. Water enters and... read more
The Benefits Of Owning A Hot Tub

The Benefits Of Owning A Hot Tub

There are many reasons people choose to invest in a hot tub. For some, it’s the “lifestyle” that’s associated with it. Hot tubs just seem to make us think about rest and relaxation and enjoying the good life! Although this is all true, the sauna benefits go far deeper than that. Read on for some great reasons to own a hot tub…. Just A Few Of The Many Hot Tub Benefits Soothing sore muscles. Many of us sit at computers all day or do other activities that cause neck and shoulder or back pain. Sitting in a sauna for awhile after work can be a fantastic stress reliever. Sleep Enhancement. In our society, more and more people are depending on medication, alcohol or other not-so-healthy methods of getting to sleep. If sleep (or the lack thereof) is an issue for you, it’s been proven that a few minutes soaking in a sauna before bed will help ease you into a deeper sleep that is more restful, allowing you to awaken refreshed. Hydrotherapy. If you have a nagging injury or pain that is tough to manage, sauna can be very helpful in providing relief. The sauna models with stronger jets and more water control options can really play a big part in your body’s healing. So much so, that you may just want to make this whole sauna thing a daily routine! Social gatherings and parties. Maybe you entertain a lot and would like to enjoy a larger sauna with seating for 6-8 people with all your friends. Some good music, some good friends and a sauna…hard to go wrong... read more
Adding Value to Your Home with a Pool

Adding Value to Your Home with a Pool

Having a pool in your backyard is a great source of enjoyment, good exercise, and just plain fun to relax during those warm summer days.  But, they are more than these things – they are a way to increase the value of your home.  If you ever plan on selling your home or enhancing the value, a swimming pool may be one of the wisest investments you could make to accomplish this. In-ground pools are the best means to increase the value of your home.  Although they are a major investment, they also give you lots of versatility because they come in many different sizes, shapes and have different options, based on your desires and needs.  You can choose to have a shallow end for children and those who are learning to swim, and then perhaps add a deep end for diving boards, slides, and even  lap swimming. A much less expensive option is an above-ground pool.   They will require a deck and privacy fencing, but adding the deck and fencing will definitely raise the value of your home as well.  Above-ground pools aren’t very deep, but they still offer great enjoyment and relaxation on a summer day…just splashing around with friends and the kids. Another way of adding value to your house is to install a hot tub.  A good hot tub is not cheap, but they are an excellent way to relax, and can be enjoyed even in cooler seasons.   Hot tubs have proven to be a wonderful selling point when showing your house for sale. As great as a hot tub is, most people wishing to... read more
3 Pool Chemicals You Need

3 Pool Chemicals You Need

Every pool owner has to deal with chemicals at some point in time.  When dealing with pool chemicals, there are a few things that you should know. No matter how many chemicals you have, you should never attempt to mix them together. You should never try to add water to dry chemicals of any form. Last but not least, you should never under any circumstances attempt to handle chemicals with your bare hands. Throughout your time of owning a pool, there are 3 pool chemicals that you simply must have for your pool.  These chemicals are very important, as you’ll be using them quite frequently so be sure and stop by Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools and pick up your pool supplies. Chlorine tablets Chlorine tablets come in dimensions of either 1 inch or 3 inch.  Chlorine tablets go in your skimmer, normally 3 – 4 tablets at a time.  During the summer, when you run your pool on a daily basis, you’ll need to change out your tablets every week or so.  If you are planning to use 2 skimmers, you’ll need around 8 tablets each week.  You can buy chlorine tablets by the bucket, containing 30 – 50 tablets.  They can tend to get expensive, around $80.00 a bucket, so you’ll need to have plenty of money to invest in your pool during the summer. Alkaline powder Even though chlorine in your water will help to kill off germs, it can also raise the level of acid in your pool.  If you aren’t using enough alkaline, parts that contain metal will begin to corrode, turning your water... read more
Myrtle Beach Pool Owners – Get Prepared For Summer

Myrtle Beach Pool Owners – Get Prepared For Summer

It’s that time of year again where spring-cleaning goes into action as we prepare for the summer months. If you’re one of the lucky Myrtle Beach pool owners, then getting your pool ready for summer is part of that yearly spring-cleaning! This can be a daunting task for many, so we’ve included some great tips on how to prepare your Myrtle Beach pool for summer and make sure everyone has a safe, enjoyable experience. First, make sure all equipment is running if it hasn’t been on all winter. Check around the pump for small leaks, as they are much easier to repair if they’re small. Most people run their Myrtle Beach pool all year, so regular inspection to make sure it’s in good working order is essential. Look for cracks in the basket where debris could get through. Well-maintained pumps can last 15-20 years. It’s a good idea to hire a professional Myrtle Beach pool service to test your water for high levels of TDS or “total dissolved solids.” This means the water is getting too hard for the chemicals to work properly. If the pool needs to be drained, have the service person also clean up the interior of your Myrtle Beach pool with an acid wash. He can also clean the tile. Hard water is what causes the white, chalky ring sometimes found around all the tile. After testing the water, you’ll want to “shock” the water by boosting the level of chlorine to 5.0 or higher. This is easily done yourself with chemicals you can buy from a local Myrtle Beach pool dealer. Shocking the water will... read more
Hot Tub Maintenance

Hot Tub Maintenance

Sometimes new hot tub owners think that regular maintenance of hot tubs will be overwhelming.  But, really, hot tub maintenance is not hard at all.  It just requires a few minutes a week, and you’ll be relaxing in and enjoying your hot tub.  We’d like to give you a few pointers for your hot tub maintenance. Most hot tubs and spas are made with an acrylic interior shell.  Acrylic is simple to clean because it is a non-porous surface (unlike concrete pools) and germs and bacteria can’t become imbedded.  So, just keep the acrylic clean and dust-free by wiping it down with either a damp cloth or a cloth with a mild cleaner…same as your acrylic bathtub. The cover of your hot tub spa is exposed to the outdoor elements on a daily basis, so you should always use a vinyl protector application on a regular basis to give it a long life.  Most good spa and hot tub distributors will carry this product.  Make sure you don’t use the vinyl protector anywhere other than on the cover.  It is a chemical (though mild) product and you don’t want it contaminating the water.  For the underside of the cover, just use a regular garden hose and spray it down once in a while and let it air-dry on a warm sunny day. Keeping your water clean will require some basic chemicals, same as your swimming pool.  These chemicals will be added to the water to kill bacteria and other germs.  As with your swimming pool, chlorine is the most commonly used chemical sanitizers.  Your spa and hot tub retailer... read more

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