Last updated 4 days ago
A pool makes a wonderful addition to any home, offering a place to relax, spend time, with family, and stay in shape. However, it’s very important to observe a number of basic pool safety tips whenever there are children around your pool or spa. A few simple steps can prevent many common accidents and injuries to ensure your children have a safe and fun swimming experience every day.
Supervise Your Children
Adult supervision is the first and most important step in ensuring children are safe in the pool. Designate an adult “water watcher” who will keep an eye on the activity in the pool at all times. This designated adult should not chat with others, take phone calls, or use a laptop computer; instead, their sole purpose is to keep an eye on everyone in the pool. A child can drown soundlessly in a matter of seconds, so vigilant supervision is necessary to ensure any child in trouble is given the assistance he needs immediately.
Learn How to Swim
Children who cannot swim are more likely to have close calls and accidents, while adults who cannot swim aren’t able to provide adequate help in case of an emergency. There are a variety of ways your family can learn to swim, ranging from free lessons at a local community center to booking private swim instruction in the comfort of your own home.
Have a Safety System In Place
Every pool needs a safety system in place around it to prevent accidental access. Most areas require that a fence be placed around any backyard pool to keep children from falling in. You can also install door alarms and pool alarms to notify you if a child goes outside or falls into the water.
Custom Pools offers pool installation, servicing, winterization, and more to keep your Minnesota pool in excellent shape. Call us today at (612) 568-0824 to find out how we can help you keep your pool safe and comfortable for you and your family. You can find more pool safety advice on our website.
Last updated 13 days ago
In the summertime, your Minneapolis swimming pool will be perfectly comfortable. However, for the off-season, it’s good to have a good heating system for your pool to keep it comfortable and enhance its usability.
Here at Custom Pools, we have a couple of swimming pool heating options for you. We have the alternative heat pump, a highly efficient system that uses ambient air to warm your pool. With this system, we estimate that you can save up to 80 percent on your pool operation costs. We also offer roof-mounted solar heating options. Just set your thermostat to the temperature you desire and this cutting-edge technology will silently keep your pool warm.
You can learn more about the outstanding swimming pool heating options you have at Custom Pools by visiting our website today. In addition to pool heating system installation, we install, maintain, and even winterize pools in the Minneapolis area. Call us at (612) 568-0824 for more information about what our family owned and operated pool company has to offer you.
Last updated 19 days ago
It’s easy to envision all of the fun that comes with having an inground pool in your yard. But have you thought about all of the health benefits that come with swimming? Read on to learn about some of the ways your health will improve if you take up swimming.
A Low-Impact Work Out
Many people want to stay fit and be healthy but find most forms of exercise painful. For those people, swimming is ideal. When submerged in water up to the waist, the human body becomes 50 percent lighter. If you have stiff muscles, sore joints, or arthritis, swimming in a pool is a great way to exercise without straining your body.
Swimming allows for a wider range of movement than other types of exercise. When you swim, you also lengthen your body, which enhances flexibility. This is especially true if you perform some basic stretches after swimming.
Swimming is actually one of the biggest calorie-burning activities out there. And because it is a resistance exercise, it’s great for building strength, too. According to Details, water offers 12 times the resistance that air does. With every movement you make in the swimming pool, you are toning your muscles and building your strength.
Lower Risk of Stress and Disease
Swimming strengthens the heart, which improves blood flow and reduces the risk of heart disease. Swimming is also known to improve cholesterol levels, lower the risk of diabetes, decrease stress levels, and provide relief from asthma symptoms.
If you’re looking to improve your life and health, investing in a swimming pool is a great idea. Custom Pools of Minneapolis is a family owned and operated pool company with more than 40 years of experience with pool installation, repair, and maintenance. Browse our website to learn more about what we have to offer, and call us at (612) 568-0824 for more information.
Last updated 1 month ago
Do you know where the earliest public water tank was found? The lost city of Mohenjo-daro, in modern day Pakistan, is where the “Great Bath” existed more than 5,000 years ago. Whether you already have an inground pool or are planning on installing one, read more about the history of the swimming pool in the following article.
The First Public Water Tank
Measuring roughly 39 feet long, 23 feet wide, and nearly 8 feet deep, the first public water tank in Mohenjo-daro was sizeable enough to fit lots of people. The first swimming pool featured two wide staircases that led slowly into the tank. The floor and walls of the pool were made of tight-fitting bricks sealed with gypsum plaster, creating a watertight seal. To enhance this seal, a layer of natural tar was poured beneath the floor and behind the walls before the bricks were placed. Those who have studied the Great Bath closely believe that it was used primarily for religious functions.
Ancient Greek and Roman Pools
Pools in ancient Greece between the 6th and 8th century B.C.E. were found in public areas where they were used for bathing, socializing, and swimming. Pools were also used by the Greek and Roman militaries to train for war. In addition to learning topics like mathematics, astronomy, and writing, children in ancient Greece were required to learn how to swim ever since 400 B.C.E. In 305 A.D. the Romans constructed one of the most impressive pools in history, which was more than 900,000 square feet and was heated by huge fires beneath the pool floor.
The National Swimming Society introduced competitive swimming in the early 1800s in Britain. Swimming was first incorporated in the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. One of the first inground pools in the United States is the Deep Eddy Pool in Austin.
For pool service or installation, call the pool experts at Custom Pools of Minneapolis. Our family owned and operated business has more than four decades of experience working with swimming pools. Browse our website or call us at (612) 568-0824 for more information.