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Are Doggie Swim Days Ok?

Are Doggie Swim Days Ok?

by Alex Stewart June 09, 2020

Everybody loves cooling off on a hot summer day by taking a dip in the pool. And this doesn't just apply to humans. Animals are drawn to the water in just the same way as us humans when it comes to cooling off. But the question of allowing pets in the pool raises an array of additional questions for pool operators. Is it safe for a dog to swim in your community's swimming pool? Are doggie swim days something we as operators should be advocating? Are swimming pools safe for dogs? In this article we are going to discuss the following information in regard to doggie swim days

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Coronavirus And Your Upcoming Pool Season: 11 Things To Consider

by Alex Stewart May 14, 2020

The summer season is nearly upon us and the looming uncertainties that accompany many Coronavirus response protocols have affected the pool industry as well. Our health departments and governing bodies have yet to release any protocols for operating your pools, and this uncertainty may be causing you stress when trying to prepare for opening. The good news is we can study response protocols in other industries and apply many of them to our industry. In this article we'll be exploring some of the data driven practices we can use at our properties to best protect our guests and staff when we get the green light to open. 

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4 Tips For Opening Your Pool After The Coronavirus Shutdowns

by Alex Stewart April 20, 2020

We're finally beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to downtimes and closures of our properties due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with these gradual openings comes a few things to complications and things to keep in mind when reopening. In this article we'll explore the following steps to take when preparing to open your pool post-coronavirus shutdown:

  1. Certification Requirements
  2. New Local Health Guidelines
  3. Circulation/Operation
  4. Disinfection

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Preparing Your Pool & Hot Tub For Down Time Caused By COVID-19

by Rick Stewart March 31, 2020

We have recently had several calls asking what to do with swimming pools and hot tubs that must temporarily close due to the spread of COVID-19 in the US. This question is certainly a head scratcher for many properties out there who aren't sure if they should keep water in the pool, stop circulation, or just drain the whole thing. In this article we want to tackle the best practices for preparing your pool and hot tub for any down time caused from COVID-19 response requirements. In this article we will address this question.

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Does Chlorine Kill Coronavirus? Is My Pool Safe From COVID-19?

by Alex Stewart March 17, 2020

News about Coronavirus and COVID-19 is everywhere. Many of the articles focus on the numbers of infected or fatalities. But few articles are being written about what can be done to curb the spread of this illness other than washing hands and keeping distance. Is there anything else we can do to curb the spread of COVID-19? As commercial pool and hot tub operators, what can we do to keep people safe?

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4 Things To Know About Swimming Pool Flow Meters

by Alex Stewart February 08, 2020

The swimming pool or spa flow meter is one of the most overlooked but crucial elements inside the commercial pool operator's pump room. This little device will help you understand the overall health of your facility, and in most situations, it is required by your local health department. In this article we are going to explore the following aspects of the swimming pool flow meter:

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Pool And Hot Tub Documentation Basics

by Alex Stewart October 30, 2019

It may seem like a tired mantra used by every inspection organization in the pool and hot tub industry, but documentation is truly one of the most important aspects of operating a pool and hot tub facility. We may be doing a great job at maintaining safe, healthy pools and hot tubs, but that doesn't mean anything if we haven't kept record of what we have been doing to maintain this safety. And oftentimes an operator only knows the crucial nature of paperwork when the health inspector comes asking for it. In this article we are going to explore the most important documents to keep and methods for keeping those documents.

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Can Pool Water Make You Sick?

by Alex Stewart August 19, 2019

Every year we see it, articles popping up, especially around the beginning of summer warning about all of these sicknesses that can be lurking in your pools and hot tubs. They warn people to use caution when swimming due to the fact that there are illnesses hiding in every dark corner of pools just waiting to make someone sick. The real question is, are these articles, in fact, true? Are there diseases lying dormant in your aquatic facility simply waiting to kill, steal, and destroy? In this week's article, we will:

  • explore the truth behind these articles
  • and discuss what you can do to make sure your pool doesn't end up the subject of the next headline. 

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Treating Foam In The Pool or Hot Tub

by Alex Stewart July 26, 2019

Foaming is very common in hot tubs, but a little more rare in pools. It can be subtle, just a few patches on the surface here and there, or it can be massive, a ton covering the entire surface of the hot tub or pool. Either way, it makes the hot tub or pool look fairly gross. And believe it or not, foam can actually be a health hazard to your swimmers. In this article, we are going to discuss the causes of foaming and ways to get rid of it so your pool or hot tub is clean, clear, and sparkling. 

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My Pool Is Green, What Do I Do?

by Alex Stewart July 17, 2019

Every pool operator experiences it: You show up to your pool one morning and your pool is 50 shades of green. Green water can be an alarming discovery, especially if you have never dealt with it before. In this week's article, we will discuss the causes of green water, how to treat green water, and finally how to prevent it in the future. 

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There's A Dead Animal In My Pool, Help!

by Alex Stewart July 08, 2019

Every operator who has been working in a commercial pool or spa for any length of time has experienced it: They open the lid to the skimmer only to find a dead rodent, snake, or bird inside. Yikes! What do we do in this situation?? This week's article is going to focus on what to do if you find a dead animal inside your pool or spa. 

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Broken Glass In The Swimming Pool: What Should You Do?

by Alex Stewart July 01, 2019

The issue of broken glass in a swimming pool is every commercial pool operator's nightmare. Cuts related to broken glass in the pool or the pool area can spell major hassles for a property. The problem is particularly scary when the glass is broken in the pool itself, as it is nearly impossible to visually see the glass inside the water once the glass has been broken. It is even more impossible to detect glass if the shards have turned into slivers. So, what exactly is the best route to take when cleaning glass out of your pool? There are dozens of chat threads, web pages, and reddit pages devoted to this conversation, but none of them address how a commercial pool operator should react to this situation. In this week's article, we are going to explore what you should do when someone breaks glass in your swimming pool.

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