Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs: Types, Maintenance, & Safety
By Lisa Hallett Taylor, About.com Guide
Ready to take the plunge into a pool project? Before you get to the fun stuff, like shapes and styles, you need to focus on zoning laws; building, health, and safety codes; and local permits. Then think about your reasons for wanting a pool, along with feasibility, budget and space. Other issues - like energy regulations and drought conditions - also need to be addressed prior to digging that big hole in your yard.
- A New Pool or Spa?
- Questions Before Diving Into a Pool Project
- Reasons for Getting a Pool, Spa or Hot Tub
- Swimming Pool Shapes Gallery
- Above-Ground Pool Styles, Designs and Pictures
- All About Above-Ground Pools
Spas and Hot Tubs
By joining the ranks of hot tub or spa owners, you're in good company with thousands of others who have found warmth, relaxation, entertainment, socialization, and health benefits. Find out the different types, sizes, and manufacturers through profiles and reviews. There's always more to discover, like hidden costs, heaters, jets, digital control pads, new materials and entertainment features.
Cleaning, Maintenance & Repairs
A private pool or hot tub is a luxury, and keeping it well-maintained and free of algae, scale, and debris is just part of the job for those who want it beautiful and sparkling. If you plan to do it yourself, there's lots to learn, like checking water quality with pH test kits, maintenance during swim season, along with the right way to open and close your pool.
- How to Open a Pool for the Season
- How to Winterize Your Pool or Spa
- DIY Pool, Spa Cleaning & Repairs
- Automatic Cleaners/Vacuums
- Video: How to Test Pool Water
- The 6 'PLEAs' for Healthy Swimming
- Water Conservation Tips for Pools
- How to Inspect for Leaks
Pool and Spa Safety
Both public and residential pool owners are affected by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which -- among other things -- requires that all pools, spas and hot tubs be built or retrofitted with an approved anti-entrapment drain cover. We provide up-to-date coverage of the safety act, laws, and issues, along with the mandatory "layers of protection." Learn about safety products like drain covers, alarms, fencing, and locks. Also: pool education, adult supervision, rules, resources and storm and severe weather safety for your pool and patio.