Monthly Archives: October 2014
The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools,
serving the DC, Virginia & Maryland areas, talks pool safety technology
Swimming pool accidents and drowning deaths are too commonplace, prior to requirements for fences around the pool and locking gates, the incidences were higher. Today, a swimming pool cannot even be constructed without having pool fencing and other safety measures installed as part of the project. Local building and code officers require it as a part of the minimum level of security and inspections will be part of the entire project. Keep in mind that in some cases, curious children can still scale a fence if it isn’t properly constructed or if it’s left unlocked it is an accident waiting to happen.
The technological advances today have moved pool security well beyond chain link fences and into security of the highest order. Many pool owners are looking at the safety and security of their swimming pools in a whole different light. On the market today are security technologies that take pet and child safety into consideration.
In addition to the typical, required pool fence many pool owners incorporate other safety measures infrared motion detectors. There are also several types of pool alarms that are being installed in swimming pools – in fact some are required by municipal law. If you opt for an infrared motion detector, these devices sense when the light beam has been broken and sounds an alarm. These detectors offer myriad levels of sensitivity so you would want to experiment to get the correct setting. You don’t want your pool alarm going off if a leaf or a twig falls into the pool in the middle of the night. Ask your pool contractor from Town & Country Pools for advice and assistance on setting the alarm to sound when necessary, but not sound for leaves and twigs falling in!
Floating security devices, equipped with motion sensors are another option. These items are typically battery operated and sound an alarm when there is movement on the water. Again, with this type of motion sensor you will want to experiment until you get the setting that won’t go off when the pool jets begin circulating the water. You’ll want them to go off when there’s movement of several pounds or more that hit the water and disturb it to the point that the alarm goes off.
Motion activated cameras, that work on the same premise as the motion-activated alarms or infrared devices are also taking center stage in pool safety technology. The cameras can be programmed to sweep the pool area and constantly monitor the area or can be programmed to activate once motion is detected in the vicinity. These cameras are wired to a television monitor or computer in a central location in the home. They can also be equipped with an alarm that can sound when motion is detected as well.
It doesn’t matter how high tech or how many safety measures you have in your family pool, nothing equates to the supervision of a responsible adult.
Town & Country Pool Builders, serving Virginia, Maryland & DC explain winter pool closing
While there may be one last hurrah for a warm, summery day chances are you will be thinking of closing your pool for the season. When this time comes, you will want to spend time with your swimming pool contractor from Town & Country Pool Builders and schedule a time for them to get the pool ready for the winter. Taking time to properly winterize the pool is crucial to making certain it survives the cold, possibly snowy winter months and it also makes it much easier to open the pool the following season.
Here are some of the steps that will be taken when your pool is closed for the season:
- The best time to close the pool is when the temperatures begin to dip into the 60s or 70s in the daytime and the 40s overnight — this typically happens in October. After the water temperatures have begun to lower, the demand for chlorine is lessened and this will save you money over the winter because its potency will last longer. Closing your swimming pool “too early” could lead to the water being warm enough to allow for the growth of algae.
- Swimming pool contractors in Virginia, Maryland and DC believe in performing visual inspections of swimming pools before closing them for their clients for the winter months. A visual inspection will highlight any possible defects in the pool structure and in the equipment. If any potential damage areas are noted, it is best to have it repaired or replaced prior to closing the pool as a way to prevent further damage from occurring.
- The pool water chemical levels will be tested prior to the pool being closed and will be balanced if necessary. Pool winterizing chemicals will be added to the water to make certain algae doesn’t grow during the winter months when you can’t see what’s going on under the pool cover.
- Water levels will need to be lowered and water will be drained from the pump as well. Your contractor will lower the water levels by up to a foot and a half below the skimmer; this is done to prevent any water from draining back into the pool and preventing freezing and damage to the pipes. The jet and skimmer holes will be plugged.
- All equipment and timers will be shut off to make certain that no equipment gets inadvertently turned on which could damage it if there isn’t proper water flow.
- Your pool cover will be placed and properly secured. It’s best if you take time at least weekly during the winter to check the pool cover and remove any standing snow or water to prevent the cover from falling into the pool.
- As a final step your pool contractor will make certain all safety measures such as locks on the gates and on the pool cover itself are in place, but it is also the responsibility of the homeowner to check on these safety measures throughout the year because winter won’t prevent a curious child from attempting to get into the pool if he or she wants to.
Now that it’s hitting mid-October, it’s the time to give a call to your pool contractor and get on his schedule for winter pool closing.