Save Energy with ThermGard Pool Covers

The natural loss of heat due to accounts for more than 70% of all heat lost from both indoor and outdoor pools. When the air temperature drops below your pools temperature, water evaporates from the surface of the pool theoretically until the water is the same temperature as the air. For heated swimming pools this means that your swimming pool heater will have to be engaged more frequently in order to maintain the desired temperature of the pool. This results in higher consumption of energy as well as higher costs for the aquatic facility.

It only takes 1 BTU to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80° water that evaporates from a pool causes a loss of 1048 BTUs of heat energy.

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What’s in Your Swimming Pool Water? – Find Out With Palintest Technologies

Anyone who has worked with commercial swimming pools will know the importance of having clean and chemically balanced water. Regular and accurate testing of your pool’s water is crucial to maintaining your facility and preventing scale and stain formation, cloudy water, algae growth, and the corrosion of pool surfaces and equipment. But with so many chemicals and tests to be aware of – free and total chlorine, calcium hardness, alkalinity, pH, cyanuric acid to name a few – it can be difficult to know what kind of tool you need. Palintest offers some of the most accurate pool water testing devises thanks to years of engineering and refinement. Palintest calibrates their photometers using certified color standards set by National Physical Laboratory (NPL) standards and Palintest’s quality control team prepares certified standards for their products in their own lab.

In the 1950’s, Dr. Thomas Palin approached chemist and pharmaceutical wholesaler William & Simpson Ltd. in Newcastle, UK, to manufacture reagent tablets for his new method of testing water. Dr. Palin had developed breakpoint chlorination for water and the DPD colorimetric method for the determination of chlorine. DPD reagent tablets react with chlorine in the water to create that recognizable magenta color, the saturation of which reveals the chlorine levels in the water. This method was so effective that it became the standard determination method throughout the world and is still used today. Continue Reading about Palintest Technologies…

Maxi-Sweep Pool-Fountain Portable Vacuum – A Proven Cleaning Solution

The manually operated, self-sufficient Maxi-Sweep pool and fountain portable vacuum system is an excellent cleaning solution for indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as large fountains. The system does not require use of in-pool cleaning or filtration systems, eliminating approximately two-thirds of an aquatic facility’s backwashing requirements through vacuuming. When the in-pool cleaning and filtration system is used to vacuum and clean the pool, thousands of gallons of chemically treated water are wasted, and sent down the drain with hundreds of dollars in utility bills. With Maxi-Sweep portable vacuums, all filtered and cleaned water is returned back into the pool so nothing is wasted. A Maxi-Sweep system is great to have on standby in case of mechanical failures in the pool’s in-pool filtration systems. It can also be used to expedite fast pool draining for repairs or acid washing.

The wide path and powerful suction of the Maxi-Sweep allows for easy and efficient pool cleaning. A uniquely designed vacuum cleaning head comes in widths of 30″, 36″ and 42″, complete with wheels for easy gliding across the pool bottom. Maxi-Sweep filters at a rate of 8,000 gallons per hour through a 225 square foot cartridge filter. The Maxi-Sweep comes complete with a hair and lint pot in addition to the filter to catch the debris that collects at the bottom of the pool, and it’s all mounted on a light-weight corrosion resistant aluminum cart. Continue Reading about Maxi-Sweep Pool-Fountain Portable Vacuum Systems…

PEM “Spaghetti Noodle” Aquatic Matting

Reduce injury-related risks and enhance your aquatic facility’s appearance with PEM aquatic matting. This durable poly-extruded matting features a looping design of soft and durable PVC for maximum comfort and sure footing. The porosity of the material allows moisture to flow through, eliminating standing water, and it cleans easily with simple sweeping or wash down with a hose. PEM aquatic matting also includes MICRO-CHECK® anti-microbial guard, which is a non-leachable biocide that prevents the growth of mildew, fungi, bacteria, and other hazardous microbes. Continue Reading about PEM “Spaghetti Noodle” Aquatic Matting…

Duraflex International Dive Stands and Boards

If you have every watched an Olympic diving competition, you’ve seen Duraflex diving boards in action. Duraflex is the exclusive and official FINA supplier of diving stands and boards for all FINA sanctioned diving competitions, including the FINA World Championships and the Olympic Games. Duraflex has been the exclusive supplier of diving equipment for all Olympic diving competitions since 1960.

Duraflex’s founder Ray Rude was inspired to create an all-aluminum diving board while working in the aeronautical industry during the early 1950s. Mr. Rude realized that the unique strength and flexibility of the aluminum alloy that plane wings were made out of at the time would translate perfectly to a competitive diving board. Continue Reading about Duraflex International…

The Importance Of Swim Racing Lanes

Most swimmers would say that the lanes lines in the pool are only good for swimmers to hang on, but Competitor Swim knows there is much more to their swim racing lanes than just that! Competitor Swim has been the leader of racing lane technology since 1960, and is the official swim racing lane supplier to the NCAA and USA Swimming. Competitor swim lanes have been used in 10 of the last 13 Olympic games.
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How to Choose Your Paragon Swim Starting Platform

The goal of any sports equipment is to provide the athlete with the least resistance to their own ability and, in doing so, enhance their refined skill set. For swimmers, the quickness, accuracy, and safety of their initial dive into the water are crucial to success. Paragon Starting Platforms provide the best launch to any swimmer’s competition. Its unique top, made from a solid sheet of high-density UV inhibited polypropylene, features a cross-grooved, non-skid sand finish, which enhances water drainage and gives the swimmer a firm start. The high density polypropylene material is incredibly durable and will not crack, warp, or corrode. Continue Reading about Paragon Swim Starting Platforms…

The Story Behind Tailwind Recycled Plastic Lifeguard Chairs

Brothers Jerry and John Oksas grew up handling wood in their father’s saw mill. They knew they wanted to go into their own business together doing what they loved, making furniture. So the brothers set out to build quality, useful, and comfortable chairs.

In their first designs, the brothers used the woods they had worked with their whole life, but found that clients often wanted their furniture painted, which took a lot of time and resources. Then they found an efficient and earth friendly alternative – HDPE lumber. Continue Reading about Tailwind Furniture…

Choosing the Right Automatic Pool Cleaner for Your Commercial Swimming Pool

An automatic pool cleaner is a great investment for any commercial swimming pool. These cost-efficient products end up paying for themselves with savings in water, chemicals, energy, and labor. They will also provide your guests with a clean and healthy swimming environment, which is vital to their health and safety. Traditional methods of pool cleaning can miss small debris particles, especially in deeper areas of the pool. It’s also difficult for poolside and manual vacuums to reach all parts of larger commercial pools. Automatic pool cleaners can easily reach all areas of your commercial pool, including the walls and waterline.

Choosing the Right Automatic Pool Cleaner for Your Commercial Swimming Pool
Aqua Products’ automatic pool cleaners feature a 2-micron filer bag that collects dirt and debris you can’t see with the naked eye. A micron is a measurement for microscopic objects and organisms. With a 2-micron filter, an automatic pool cleaner picks up pollen, algae, sand, and dust – things your manual vacuum miss.

Manual pool vacuums require manual labor and rely on the pool’s filtration system, which uses an ineffective amount of water and electricity to clean the pool. However, an automatic pool cleaner requires very little labor and has its own filtering system that pulls water into the robot’s filter bag as it’s running. All this saves you a ton on energy costs and water usage.

Running an automatic pool cleaner will also save on chemical costs by circulating the chemicals already in the pool. Chlorine is a heavy chemical and will sink to the bottom if not regularly circulated. As the automatic cleaner filters the dirt and debris out of the pool, it also mixes the chemical-heavy water at the bottom of the pool with the chemically depleted water at the top. Regular water circulation allows a more accurate read when testing the chemicals in your pool, and is shown, in some cases, to reduce the amount of chemicals used.   Continue Reading about Automatic Pool Cleaners…

A Quick Look at Wibit Commercial Pool Offerings

Now is the perfect time to start planning and budgeting to revitalize and add play value to your swimming pool or aquatic facility! Wibit inflatable play products transform any pool into a water adventure and are proven to increase visitor numbers. All inflatables from Wibit can be connected in any combination for multiple ways to play. The highly customizable nature of Wibit play products allows for engaging and endless exercise and play possibilities. Watch Wibit Inflatables in Action!   Continue Reading about Wibit Commercial Pool Offerings…