Guest post- 5 Must Have Backyard Swimming Pool Supplies!
This article is provided by Carol Atkins. Homeowners who are getting ready to open their swimming
pool for the summer need to make sure they have a few necessary items on hand.
Pool safety and energy efficiency are extremely important and should be thought
of often when maintaining any type of swimming pool. Both inground and above
ground pools require specific types of maintenance suppliesand equipment to ensure they are safe and ready for the fun
times of summer. Assorted Sizes and Types of Floatation Devices - A wide assortment of floatation devices is essential,
especially if you have small children or inexperienced
swimmers who will be in the pool frequently. Long foam tubes, conventional life
jackets, inflatable rings and water wings/floaties are inexpensive and can be
used for both fun and safety. Gates and Fencing - Installing gates with
latches that are high enough to prevent small children and toddlers from
gaining entrance to the pool are important additions. Gates should be sturdy
and must be able to latch securely. They should also be tall enough to prevent
animals or children from climbing over the top. Fencing should be added that
surrounds the pool on all sides to prevent unwanted visitors from wandering to
close and falling. Drain Covers- Drain covers are used
to prevent large objects from entering the drain and filter systems. When
debris is allowed to collect near drains and filters, they can hinder water
flow making filtration systems work harder than necessary. When in operation,
systems may cause strong currents to form, pulling large items towards the
drain. A small child's arm or a loose fitting bathing suit can be drawn up into
the drain and become stuck. Adding a drain cover will prevent accidental
injuries from occurring as well as keeping larger items from clogging the
entrance. Chemical Test Kits - Chemical test kits are
essential to the proper upkeep of any pool. The balance of chemicals in the
pool must be kept constant to prevent the growth of algae and bacteria. Making
sure a test kits is fully stocked at the beginning of the pool season makes it
easy to test chemical levels each day to ensure proper balance. Checking the
kit each month and restocking it when needed will guarantee there is always
enough on hand to keep the water chemicals balanced and the pool crystal clear. Pool Covers- Pool and solar covers
offer several benefits. They keep debris, such as leaves and small twigs on the
surface of the water so they can be easily removed and discarded. Without a
cover, much of the debris would settle to the bottom making it necessary to
vacuum the pool every day. Another benefit of pool and solar covers involves
preventing the loss of heat and water from evaporation. Solar covers use allow
sunlight to warm the water without the need for the pool's heating system.
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