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For many pool owners, weekly service visits from a trusted, licensed pool service company are a commonplace occurrence. But besides the noticeable result of the pool being cleaner, what else is happening when your service technician comes by? And what does a day in the life of a “pool guy” look like? We caught up with Cody Smith, Service Manager for On-Time Pool Service, Inc., to get insight into what service technicians are looking for and what they offer for the maintenance of your pool so you enjoy many years of relaxation.

Working for a pool company is rewarding work, plus the views aren’t bad either!

With his truck loaded with the necessary supplies, Cody is off to complete his route of about 20 pools all over Siesta Key. He’ll start by checking the chemicals, then skimming, vacuuming, and any others tasks requested by the customer. The jobs are completed whether the customer is present or not, which makes it easy as the home owner to go about your daily routine. On-Time also leaves a note behind with the time and date of the visit and exactly what tasks were completed. “I like when people recognize the notes I leave,” Cody said. “I really try to go the extra mile and make things personal, so it means a lot when they look at the note or come out while I’m cleaning to say hello.”

The first step of each of stop today was to check the chemical level and make the proper additions.Water chemistry is very important part of pool maintenance. Healthy chemical balances prevent scale, stains, corrosion, and algae, plus help the water itself stay crystal clear.  “I always make sure to look around for signs of kids,” Cody explains. “Young children and babies have much more sensitive skin than adults, so that’s always something to be careful about.”

The remaining cleaning steps can be tedious, but are a necessity for a clean pool. Depending on the previous week’s weather, how many people have used the pool, and the location, there can be a lot of work to get the pool looking its best.

“A pool like this that is uncovered and has a lot of people in it every week will usually get dirtier,” Cody explains.

Skimming removes debris off the surface of the water. Anything under water that is too big for the vacuum needs to be removed as well. Cody recommends that pool owners all have a skimmer net so they can remove objects in between scheduled service appointments.

If you’re worried about falling in the pool, vacuuming is the step that might cause that. “I’ve fallen in a few times!” laughs Cody. “When you start to get comfortable around a pool that’s when it happens.” He makes sure to vacuum from all sides of the pool to ensure a complete clean across the pool floor.


Brushing the pool sides will help any creeping algae formations to be forced into the water and removed, as well as prevent staining.

“Brushing is a very important and often overlooked aspect of pool cleaning,” Cody says.

You may also need to have your filter cleaned. Filters are removed and hosed off to keep the filtration system—and your pool water—in the best shape.

Cody cleans a pool filter.

For most people, keeping a pool serviced themselves is simply not possible to fit into the busy day or perhaps not realistic to complete because of limited mobility. Never fear! With the help of a Florida pool company, your pool can looks its best and you don’t have to worry about maintenance details falling through the cracks. Companies like On-Time Pool Service provide a wide range of service packages to fit everyone’s needs. Visit our website floridapoolpro.com or call 941-952-9293 to find a pool company near you. Don’t have a pool yet? Contact us to find a reliable, licensed contractor in your area!

There’s no such thing as dry drowning, doctors say: ‘This whole thing has totally been over-hyped’

Chicago Tribune
 
June 11, 2018, 11:40 a.m.
 

As kids cannonball into summer pools and swim in Lake Michigan, parents keep a watchful eye to make sure they’re safe.

But physicians and water safety experts say one worry — so-called “dry” or “secondary drowning” — may be on the minds of parents when it shouldn’t be, and shifts focus from real concerns.

“Everyone needs to calm down,” said Dr. Peter Wernicki, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. “This whole thing has totally been over-hyped by social media and people who are not knowledgeable on the subject.”

With summer swim season beginning, tales appear on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, typically involving a child who was rescued from the water, or gulped down a mouthful, and then stops breathing hours — or even days — later.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Swimming pool repair and construction in Florida requires a license through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).  A “CPO” is not a license.  See what a license looks like versus a business license / tax ID (not the same thing!) in the image above. 

To check a license, visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com

Don’t forget to check for complaints against their license and request a list of references to call. 

 

Pool Safely is a national public education campaign that works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas.

Find great resources for kids and adults at www.PoolSafely.gov, and of course, take the pledge!

You can also find a wealth of information on our site under the Safety tab in the menu bar www.floridapoolpro.com/safety.

John Ellsworth
Splash Pools

In September, the Florida Swimming Pool Association hosted the 40th annual Industry High School Invitational Swim Meet. Our industry built the pools where thousands of high school swimmers learned to swim. When they decided to swim competitively, they practiced and competed in swimming pools that were built and maintained by members of our industry.

Competitive swimming and recreational swimming for exercise and fitness is often is, a lifelong activity. Children often begin with developmental coaches at 5-6 years old. They can continue with team swimming from ages 8-18.  After high school and college swimming, many will continue with a Masters Swim Club. There are currently 66 registered Masters Swim Clubs in Florida, with swimmers from 25 – 95 years old.

My high school and summer swim coach, Yoshi Oyakawa, who is now in his 80s, still competes in an Ohio Master Swimming Club. Coach Oyakawa was a gold medalist in the backstroke and a 1973 inductee into the Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale.

Competitive swimming has long been known as an organized sport with the least amount of injuries. It is low impact and provides unparalleled cardiovascular conditioning. Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to work your body without harsh impact to your skeletal system. When immersed to the waist, your body bears just 50 percent of its weight. When immersed to the chest the number is reduced to 25 percent. With the water all the way to your neck, you only have to bear 10 percent of your own weight. The other 90 percent of your body’s weight is handled by the pool. This means the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you’re overweight or suffer from arthritis. Swimming can provide a full-body workout. Unlike some forms of weight training, which target certain muscle groups, swimming can challenge your entire body no matter what stroke you are swimming. Thirty minutes of activity in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.

PsychCentral.com states that swimming is not only good for your body, but also your mind. Several medical sources claim that swimming is one of the exercises that “stimulates brain chemicals that foster the growth of nerve cells,” as well as positively influencing serotonin, a mood related neuro transmitter. Swimming 3,000 meters can pull a person out of a “depressive cycle” for short periods of time more effectively than running. Swimming is also effective for quieting anxiety and prompting general de-stressing. In addition, swimming requires the alternating stretch and relaxation of the body’s skeletal muscles.

Through our FSPA industry-sponsored swim meet, we have the opportunity to inform and educate the swimmers, coaches, and parents about the licensed pool contractors, pool service providers, retailers, distributors, and pool industry manufacturers who are in business throughout Florida. Many of the swimmers who compete will be the future buyers of our products and services. Thanks to all those who were able to be a part of this annual event and I hope you will consider helping out as a volunteer next year.

Whether you’re celebrating Halloween this weekend, on Tuesday, or next weekend, transform your pool into a haunted spot. Here are some fun ideas for a Halloween pool party:

There are tons of ideas on how to use pool noodles for decoration. For instance, you can make a giant spider that greet your guests or trick-or-treaters.

Or you can have your giant spider tower over your pool!

Let’s face it: everyone loves a dip in the pool, even this skeleton.

Make it a pool game with this inflatable spider and rings.

Make it a night at the movies with a vintage horror movie pool party.

You can find these photos on FSPA’s Pinterest page. View our Pool Party Ideas board for pool party inspiration.

Happy Halloween!

*Always supervise children around the pool

 

Hurricane Irma’s path caused destruction across the state of Florida and the cost for homeowners is still piling up. While disasters can bring a community together they can also bring out the worst in people trying to profit off of tragedy.

The Florida Swimming Pool Association wants homeowners to be aware of unlicensed contractors during this recovery time. Unlicensed activity is a criminal offense and often scams the homeowner, creating more cost for the homeowner. You can verify a contractor’s license at www.myfloridalicense.com

Homeowners can also use the Disaster Contractors Network Portal where the contractors provided are verified with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) database.

Homeowners can also use the Find a Pool Prosm directory search at www.floridapoolpro.com where they can enter their zip code to find service professionals and contractors in their area.

Swimming is viewed as a fun activity, a competitive sport, and a form of exercise. We know why it’s a fun activity and the training that goes with competitive swimming. But what are the benefits of swimming for exercise?

Most people know that swimming is a great cardiovascular workout. It’s harder to move through water than through air. The resistance makes your workout harder, resulting in more calories burned. Swimming.org has a calorie burn calculator that calculates the number of calories burned based on the swimming stroke you used and the length of the workout. Dr. David Tanner, a professor at in the Kinesiology Department at Indiana University, says, “one mile of swimming burns 400 calories, on average. One mile of swimming is equivalent to four miles of running.” (This can be dependent on level of expertise.)

Swimming is low-impact exercise. Because of the buoyancy of the water you only bear about 10% of your weight when you swim. Swimming is a favorable exercise for people who suffer from arthritis and other conditions related to joint pain for this reason.

Swimming also reduces risk of diseases. Swimming controls blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure, and reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood.

If you’re looking for a way to revamp your current workout regime or even looking to start one, swimming is an excellent place to start.

 

Tomorrow is 4th of July, marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4,1776. This holiday is more commonly celebrated as a get-together with friends and family. If you’re celebrating poolside this year either before or after the holiday, take a look at some patriotic pool party inspiration. Visit our Pinterest profile for more ideas!

If you’re ambitious enough, try this fun balloon arch for your pool!

How neat is this patriotic pool mat?

Create a different kind of firework display with pool noodles!

For fun photos by the pool, print out these props! (Link)

There are so many pets, mostly dogs, who just LOVE the water. For example, labs, retrievers, and spaniels were originally bred to hunt game in the water. While their hunting days may be over, their love for water is still inherent.

Kids always get a good laugh when their dog dives into the pool with them and if the dog can swim, what harm is there really?

Chlorine
There’s been debate on whether or not the chlorine in your pool is safe for your pet. According to the American Kennel Club, “A dog’s eyes, nose and ears are more sensitive than a human’s and as such may be a tad more susceptible to the effects of chlorine.” Just like dogs drink out of the toilet bowl, they don’t discern what is “good” drinking water so discourage them from lapping it up.

Filter System
How does your dog being in the pool affect your filter system? The go-to statistic is a dog in the pool is equivalent to about 50 people in the pool at one time. Think about that from a health perspective! That’s not to say your dog’s hair will damage your system but it will make it work harder.

Diseases
What risks of infections exist for your family if your dog is an avid swimmer in your pool? The jury is still out on this one. Most waterborne illnesses like crypto are associated with transmission from people. If your dog has been vomiting, has diarrhea, or skin infections it’s best to keep them out of the pool to prevent any kind of infection to your family.

Safety
Just as you want to keep your children safer around the pool, especially when it’s not in use, you need to do the same for your pets. Pets are our family too! Using pool barriers, covers, and locks will help keep your dogs out of the pool when you’re not using it! And a swimming lesson for your dog couldn’t hurt. It’s a common misconception that all dogs know how to “doggy paddle.”

So, the answer? It’s up to you! The important thing is to keep your pet and your family safer around the pool.

*Good rules of thumb for your residential pools.