Playing Safe with Pool Toys

Pool toys have become incredibly popular in Canada and around the world in the past few years. The popularity of massive, impressive floaties on Instagram have made them in-demand and more affordable than ever. Most pool owners now have a huge collection of pool toys.

Pool toys are a great way to add some extra fun to the pool. But, it is important to be aware of how to play safely alongside your pool toys. Some of the most popular toys on the market can actually pose a danger in certain situations, particularly to children. Continue reading Playing Safe with Pool Toys

A Complete Guide to Solar Pool Covers

In Canada, our swimming season is disappointingly short. During the hot days at the beginning of the summer, the weather is perfect for a swim – but your water will take some time to catch up, especially if you don’t have a heater. Over time, the summer sun will begin to warm your water, but it can take weeks off of your swimming season. Solar pool covers offer an effective and affordable way to use the sun to heat your swimming pool more quickly.

A solar pool cover can help you to quickly add a few degrees to your pool water, and to prevent heat loss during chilly nights. Continue reading A Complete Guide to Solar Pool Covers

How to Protect Local Wildlife from your Swimming Pool

A swimming pool can make your backyard feel like a natural oasis. But, the water in your swimming pool is far from natural. Pool owners spend each summer keeping their pool clean, clear, and free of pests, and there is a reason that pool maintenance takes so much work. A body of water is naturally attractive to insects and animals, particularly during hot and dry weather. Attentive cleaning and maintenance ensure our swimming pools don’t transform into swamps over time. The chemicals we use to treat our swimming pools can be very harsh and are often damaging to local wildlife. Any responsible pool owner looks for ways to minimize the environmental impact of their swimming pool. But, the hazards your pool creates for local wildlife can actually be due to how your pool is structured, rather than how chemicals are used.

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How to Keep Bees away from your Swimming Pool

Nothing is better than a day in the pool, enjoying the sun. But for many people, spending a day outside comes along with the threat of encountering bees. Many people are simply phobic about bees, but many others are actually very allergic to their sting. Because of allergies or fears, bees near the pool can ruin a summer. Unfortunately, swimming pools can provide an attractive area for bees to hang out, or even build their hive. But, understanding a bit about why your swimming pool attracts bees can help you to deter them from the area, leaving your family to enjoy the pool in peace. Continue reading How to Keep Bees away from your Swimming Pool

Wild Encounters People have had in their Swimming Pools

In city areas, most swimming pool owners only encounter small wild animals and insects that are attracted to their pools. In more suburban or rural areas, there are much larger animals sharing our neighbourhoods. When summer heats up, your swimming pool can lead to some wild encounters with the local animals. 

Canada is a large country with a lot of diverse ecology, and there are thousands of wild encounters in Canadian pools each year. But, this is also a global phenomenon. Check out some of these wild encounters people have had in their pools. 

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How to Cut your Solar Cover to Perfectly fit your Swimming Pool

The right solar cover can add up to 17 degrees to your average swimming pool temperature over the summer. But, a solar cover needs to be the right size and shape for your swimming pool for it to work correctly. Solar covers come in a variety of sizes, but most of them are rectangular or oval in shape. If you have an oddly-sized pool or an irregular pool shape, you may need to cut your solar cover to fit your swimming pool correctly.

Luckily, it is very easy to cut a solar cover to fit any swimming pool.

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Swimming Pool Coping

Coping is essentially the frame for your pool and it consists of two parts: the outer coping is the concrete or stone around the edges of your pool and the inner coping, which is the part facing the inside of the pool.

Inner coping has a track to lock in the liner. If you look at a pool carefully, you can see a white stripe near the top of the pool’s wall. Some pools have a double track, with the second track being there to hold the winter snap cover.

Outer coping can be made out of different materials, but the most frequently used ones are concrete or stone and each one has its advantages.

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