Swimming Pool Prices: Backyard Conditions That Impact Building Costs

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 20, 2017 12:00:15 PM

—How your home’s property and location may factor into the construction budget

Like any key home improvement, a new inground swimming pool can bring years of enjoyment and boost your property’s value and beauty. And like most major home improvements, the construction of a new pool also represents a major financial investment.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

How to Teach Your Dog to Swim in a Pool: 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

—A guide to helping your pet learn to safely and comfortably swim

Note: February is Responsible Pet Owners Month

Thinking about teaching your dog how to swim? Great idea! Especially if you have a backyard pool for the whole family to enjoy. As with children, the skill of swimming can be a life-saver for your precious pet.

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Topics: Pet Health & Safety

Inground Swimming Pools: 5 Key Construction Terms for Concrete Designs

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 16, 2017 1:13:01 PM

—Get a leg up on gunite/shotcrete lingo for planning your new backyard resort

Like any worthwhile endeavor, the design and construction of an inground concrete swimming pool come with its own set of vocabulary words. That’s why it’s helpful to bone up on some of the lingo before your first appointment with a contractor.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips

Spa / Hot Tub Exercise & Hydrotherapy: 5 Physical Benefits of Warm Water

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 19, 2016 11:08:09 AM

—How working out in in heated H20 can enhance your fitness and overall health 

By Guest Expert: Matt Dustin, BS Exercise Science, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

When the temperature drops outside, thoughts of going for a run or making a trip to the gym in the cold can be unappealing, to say the least.

Rather than break your good regimen, consider taking your workout to the closest hot tub, inground spaor a heated whirlpool or hydrotherapy pool that may be available at your gym or housing complex.

Whether at home or at a public facility, the warm bubbling water is ideal for both exercise and hydrotherapy—even when it’s cold outside.

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Topics: Spas, Fitness/Exercises, Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

Pool Chlorine Alternatives: How Ozone Delivers Healthier Water

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 13, 2016 7:39:17 AM

—What ozonation is and five reasons it makes swimming safer and more comfortable

When it comes to your swimming pool, the ideal scenario is to enjoy a refreshing dip—without worrying about the havoc that chlorine might inflict on your skin, hair, lungs, and eyes.

Your swimming environment shouldn’t be an anchor around your neck. To ensure smooth sailing, all it takes is having the right technology on your backyard resort.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Pet Health & Safety

Swimming Pool Heaters: How to Pick a Replacement Unit

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 5, 2016 12:54:02 PM

What to look for when it’s time to buy a new gas heater for your aquatic retreat

A quality swimming pool heater can extend your family’s swimming season by several months, allowing you to enjoy the water into autumn in many parts of the country—even into winter in some warmer regions.

Controlling the water temperature means you never have to dive into an icy cold pool. If you have an inground spa with your pool, it means being able to quickly fire it up for hot, relaxing hydrotherapy after a long hard day.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Maintenance, Heating

Hot Tubs vs. In-Ground Spas: What’s the Difference? Part 2 of 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 29, 2016 12:03:53 PM

—Learn the benefits of portable spa models compared with custom concrete spas

Click here for part 1 of 2: Portable Hot Tubs

Part 2: Inground spas

A portable hot tub or an inground concrete spa—which one is right for you?

As discussed in part 1 of this article, both prefabricated hot tubs and their custom-built counterparts offer terrific benefits for your home and lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Equipment/Technology, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Maintenance