We get a decent amount of calls from customers fearing they have a leak in their pool. In many cases the perceived leak is little more than evaporation because of the dramatic difference between the overnight temperature and that of the water. Determining how much evaporation is normal isn’t, however, easy to accomplish. It can vary dramatically from night to night, week to week, and location to location. But there is a good way for you to check at home if you have a leak or science is at work. You can use a flat bottom bucket without ridges (so there isn’t a marking left on your liner) and place it on step so the water level in the bucket can match the same level in the pool. If the following day the level in the pool is lower than the bucket we can feel confident there is a leak. If the levels are still the same, we can surmise that evaporation is the culprit for your water loss. Thought this might be a helpful tip for anyone that stumbles across today’s blog. As always, thanks for reading.—Craig
When it is time to think about closing the pool for the season. For those of you that have an in-ground pool and it comes time for the new winter cover the question becomes do I stay with the water bag type or go for the safety cover, and if I do choose the safety cover do I pick the solid or the mesh. Each and every person is going to have their own slant on which of the 2 covers is better, and for each person there is a larger benefit for one over the other. For those of you that want zero maintenance over the winter season then the mesh is the right cover for you, but keep in mind for every plus there is a minus. In my opinion the minuses outweigh the pluses with the mesh cover, especially if you have a salt system. Keeping in mind that the salt system has 2 main requirements for proper operation, salt and cyanuric acid, and that these items are only removed from the pool by dilution of the water this may not be the right option for you. The average rainfall in the Cincinnati region from October 1st through April 30th is 22.4″ of precipitation. This is an awful lot of fresh water to be added to the pool. You will save up front on the cost with the purchase of the mesh cover, but will pay for it each and every year at start up. Once again this is my opinion, and I welcome your feedback.—Chris
I guess it depends on perspective. From a child’s eye view this is the saddest of times having to once again return to school. For those of you who may not be in the pool every day but like the inviting look of crystal blue water this may not be a happy time. I personally believe the opposite, and not just because my children have to go back to school. I have always been a fan of the fall, the color change of the leaves, bonfires, and most of all the start of football. I am one that doesn’t really care if it pro or college, of even 2 talented high school teams, I am willing to take the time to watch the game. Living in Cincinnati for all of my life it has always been easy to find talented high school teams, and for the last 15 years or so we have had a pretty solid college team, but now we even have a pretty talented pro team. Long and short a pretty good place to live to see some pretty good football on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.—Chris
So you built a deck all the way around your above-ground pool and now need to get a winter cover for it. Go the in-ground route and make it easy. Move up one size and use water tubes. For example, our 24’ pool cover will measure 28’ across. On your 24’ pool, that really doesn’t leave you much cover up on the deck. Calculating the cover laying on the water and then running to the wall, going straight up the wall, then covering the top rail to the deck, that will only leave you about a foot or less of cover on the deck. Move to a 28’ winter cover that measures 32’ across and the problem is solved. And please, I’m begging you, don’t try to secure the cover with concrete blocks, landscape timbers, oversize planters, or anything else that could—and will—damage the liner if it gets pulled into the pool. We see some of these things every year and it usually ends with a new liner or 150 pounds of planter dirt in the pool.
Lastly, don’t try and force the 24’ cover into working by driving nails through the grommets and into the deck. All you will do is dramatically increase the pressure on the cover at those grommets and open up spots for the wood to start splintering and rotting. The cover will rip and you’ll face lots of clean-up work in the spring when you have to deal with the mess inside your pool.
In my, what apparently is an ongoing series, Animals Love Hot Tubs. I
bring you Cuzzie, a cute little dog that can’t get enough of the
soothing therapy that only a hot tub can provide. This dog looks content!
If you have an above-ground pool, figuring out what cover you need is pretty simple. You tell us the pool size and we pull the cover.
But an in-ground pool is a little more complicated. For example, let’s say you have an 18 x 36 pool with built-in steps. We need to calculate your pool size based on overall dimensions, including the step. If the step is on the end, that effectively turns your pool into an 18 x 40 as far as winter cover requirements. Thus, we would recommend a 20 x 40 pool cover. Total cover dimensions are five feet larger than the pool size, making this a 25 x 45 foot total dimension. This leaves you plenty of room for those fun blue water bags that hold it down.
If your steps are on the side, your effective pool width now goes to 22 feet. This will usually get you a cover that is longer than you need but just fold any excess under the cover or cover more of the concrete on the ends. Either way—no problem.
Remember—if you have steps that add to the length or width, let us know or you will get a cover that simply doesn’t take cover the necessary area.
Here is Rodney Dangerfield and his famous Triple Lindy dive from the movie Back to School. We do not encourage anyone to attempt anything remotely resembling this dive, but it is funny and is a great tie in between the pool business and school being back in session. Enjoy!
This year, we had a customer call and say that their goat had gotten loose and got into their in-ground pool. The goat got out easily but they were concerned about sanitation. I explained that we weren’t used to dealing with goats in pools. Sure, we’ve dealt with ducks, geese, and the occasional deer, but no goats. I recommended a little super-chlorination, non-stop filtration, and a strong beverage of choice while waiting for the chlorine level to drop to swimmable levels.
As it turns out, a goat in the pool is nothing compared to what happens in Morocco. The Argania tree is admittedly one ugly tree but it bears a fruit that attracts goats. Farmers put fences around the trees until the fruit is ripe, then remove the fences so the goats can get to the trees and the fruit. It’s sort of a climb & dine. This photo is not photo-shopped. These goats really climb the trees!
Can you imagine walking out in your back yard, staring up at your apple tree, only to see a goat staring back at you! Personally, I’d rather see a goat than a snake.—Max
One of my many jobs at Eastgate Pools is to sell inground pools. From time to time customers will ask about the pros and cons of a fiberglass pool. I think I have always done a good job of explaining the potential flaws of this style pool in the Cincinnati climate. The biggest fear is shifting of the pool in the ground, which requires the pool to be lifted and reset at great expense. It happens more often then people would want to believe, especially in years with large amounts of rain, like this year! I ran across a news article that I thought would show the story as it would do as good a job demonstrating the this possibility as I could ever hope to. Scott
In news completely unrelated to the pool industry, Betty Crocker has reissued Rainbow Chip icing. My wife is almost certainly happier than anyone with this rebirth. A few years ago when this product disappeared from the shelves you could literally find jars for sale on Ebay for close to $100. Combine this with a Funfetti cake and you can’t go wrong. Hopefully Betty appreciates the endorsement.