Archive of Rachael J Wallin

Relocating Pool Equipment: Consider Camouflage

Let's face it: pool equipment is not very attractive in a backyard. Yet it needs to be close to the pool to keep it practical. People use many different devices for relocating pool equipment. Before you go into the expense of moving it out of sight, consider some alternatives. Low walls, covered boxes and faux sheds can hide equipment really well but then you've got a 'square thing' sitting in … [Read more...]

Above Ground Pool Steps: What to Consider

Your above-ground pool needs a simple way to climb into it. The height of the sides makes it darn near impossible to crawl over. So the fix? Above Ground Pool Steps sold by many manufacturers of pool supplies. The cost ranges from $150 to $2600 (with a safety gate attached.) Most installation is simple enough - taking between one and two hours - but there are few things to watch for when you go to … [Read more...]

Above Ground Spas 2019

Looking for great ideas for above-ground spas in 2019? Consider the following before you bring it home and drop it into the backyard. Most above-ground spas are very similar looking: plastic, faux wood surround, white top overhanging the sides, blue interior. Here are a few tricks for installing the spa so it looks like it's just part of the environment: If you have room, make the spa a … [Read more...]

Above ground pool design options

Above ground pool design is an important consideration when you are deciding if an above ground pool is right for your family. Last month we talked about the pros and cons of an above ground pool and now we continue on the adventure. This is always the best part for me, design decisions. Above ground pool design decisions are fairly categorical because they come in kits. You will see. What are … [Read more...]

Above Ground Pool? Is it an option for my family?

In  Southern California, you don't come across an above ground pool to terribly often unless you are a pool service profession. In fact, I, personally, have only seen them once or twice. However, just because you don't see them all the time doesn't mean that they aren't a great option for you and your family. I remember when I was a child, my best friend had an above ground pool. It even had a … [Read more...]

It is getting cooler out here. What size pool heater do we need?

Southern California is never all that cold. For goodness gracious, I saw a national weather report and it could be in the 20s. Yikes! Just when you need the pool to be a bit...well, a lot warmer, the pool heater breaks. It is always when you need it the most, right? You realize that your pool heater is as old as Methuselah and realize that it is time that you start investigating the ins and outs … [Read more...]

Can my baby learn to swim?

In an older blog I told the story of answering the question, "Can my baby learn to swim?" At any rate it is worth a retell. I had a little cute baby boy when I was 31. I loved that little baby more than life. During long hours of rocking and feeding and loving, there was time to think, and to worry. Worry about what, you babyless folks may ask. My loving answer is worrying about everything. … [Read more...]

The Bests Pools San Diego Edition

San Diego is the land of palm trees and beach communities. Tourists come to our town to tan and enjoy the sunshine. We, residents, adore our pools. It is an activity, and exercise, a party, and relaxation. Our pools are part of our Southern California Culture. When you want to dream, take a look at our list of the best pools San Diego edition. TOP 5 Best Pools San Diego Edition (plus an … [Read more...]

Pool Maintenance Issues with the Increase in Humidity

This summer has well?...not necessarily. There have been hot days, temperature wise. However, the notable constant in southern California this summer is the increase in humidity. Whether it is 75 degrees or 90 degrees it feels like death to a humidity newcomer. I don't know if this increased mugginess is something we are going to have to get used to but it is something we have to deal … [Read more...]

Concerns for a pool dog and those that love them

I promised this blog two months ago. What Should I Consider if I have a Pool Dog? discussed issues you will find if you have a dog who loves to swim in your pool. What do you need to consider to keep your pool in tip top shape when you have a pool dog? This blog will focus on issues you, as a dog owner should be concerned about for your dog and family safety. If your pool dog loves to swim, what … [Read more...]

California PACE Program for Pools

I was amazed when I found out that California PACE program could be used to finance pool improvements. PACE is a loan program for energy efficient installations on a home. The program gives a 10 to 25 year loan with no payments for 17 months. The best part is that it does cover pool equipment. Exciting, isn't it? However, you will want to know exactly what it covers and where to apply. What … [Read more...]

What I should consider if I have a pool dog

What is a pool dog? You know if you have one. They, absolutely, adore the water. A pool dog is the topic of this blog because there are some definite things you need to keep in mind when your dog loves to swim. They come in a couple of classes. The first blog, here, are the considerations to the pool. The second issues you need to consider, in blog 2, are those concerning your pets and humans who … [Read more...]

Beach to Pool – Keeping your pool safe

In some parts of the country this proposition seems redundant and and a bit silly. Why on earth would anyone go from beach to pool? Well, it is something of a Southern California tradition. You go to the beach all day, or even for a few hours, and whether it is hot or cold, you run home and jump right in your pool. I don't know what the draw is. Maybe you want to continue the water fun. Maybe you … [Read more...]

Have Yourself A Swimming Pool Easter Egg Hunt

If you think a swimming Easter egg hunt party is crazy, think again. In California, we have options you don't have in other places, unless you are lucky enough to have an indoor pool. Even if it is raining on Easter Sunday, you can do this on a sunny day right before or right after Easter. No matter when you decide to host it, having a swimming pool Easter egg hunt can make the best and most … [Read more...]

Concrete vs. Tile Pool Finish, or Something Else?

Technology is ever pressing forward in pool design and construction. In the past, in ground pools, in California, were almost exclusively concrete. Today, there are options. You may be asking yourself concrete vs. tile? However, today, we have even more options. Why on earth wouldn't you just go with the tried and true, concrete? Well, there are many issues that you may not be aware of. … [Read more...]

Do you have a noisy pool pump?

In our business we see a lot of problems. One we often come across is a noisy pool pump. When you bought a home with a pool or built one, you wanted an oasis. Even if the kids are having a rowdy time, you know that there will be a time real soon when you can curl up on your raft and enjoy your peace. If you have a noisy pool pump, your peace just is not there. It becomes grating and irritating, … [Read more...]

California Fires: How do I handle pool ash?

Pool ash is a huge problem. In Southern California, we have seen a rash of fires. The fires are hideous for those in their path, for certain. However, they are also a problem for many more because of the winds. They blow ash and debris into your lovely clean pool. It is such a problem that it rises to a health crisis. The counties of Orange and San Diego issued their own environmental health … [Read more...]

Autumn Pool Maintenance Tips

It is November in southern California and even though it is still over 80 degrees, we all have to be aware that autumn pool maintenance is necessary.  You may be asking why it would be necessary to change your pool maintenance even though there is no marked change in the weather. Heck, we often have the opportunity to swim and/or spa on Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is open season for swimming … [Read more...]

Pool Care After the Santa Winds Whip

Pool care is important. It is always something that a pool owner ought to have on their minds. It can make or break your ability to swim in a pool, the way your pool looks, and frankly, the life span of your equipment. Pool care is on our minds when it starts raining. However, us folks in Southern California need to be ever vigilant about pool care after the Santa Ana winds have whipped through … [Read more...]

San Diego Pool Service: Now is the time to get started

Are you looking for a great San Diego Pool Service professional? Look no further. Bonita spa is a full service pool service that is big enough to take care of all your pool service needs and small enough so that you feel comfortable and heard. Why opt for one San Diego Pool Service over another?   Comprehensive pool maintenance: You want a San Diego pool service provider who offers a … [Read more...]

Tips to Make Your Back To School Pool Party Pop

Every year it seems as though I am taken aback that it is this time of year again. Mid August and we have to start thinking about a back to school pool party, really? Your kids have probably been in your pool all summer long, so what better transition to the new year than inviting the kids on the block or their new class to your back to school pool party? Before you even consider hosting something … [Read more...]

Can I swim during a thunderstorm? Summer Storm Questions

As I look out this morning in "sunny Southern California", I am amazed at the gray skies still around. June gloom seems to be sticking about but, this year, it is a far cry more muggy. There were thunderstorms last week in east county and I thought you all may be asking whether that old wives tale was true. Can you swim during a thunderstorm? The easy answer is NO! NO! NO! Please do not do … [Read more...]

A Pool Cooler In California? It may be sooner than you expect

On the Eastern Seaboard....let's say Virginia all the way to Florida and through the South things get hot...pool cooler hot. Things are so hot and humid in parts of Florida that the ocean water is hot. I, personally, sat in ocean water that felt like bath water in Florida. In Southern California, things are a bit different, aren't they? Things never really get all that hot, for all that long. We … [Read more...]

If You Don’t Change Your Spa Water, You Are Probably Sitting In Filth Soup!

"I am not sure whether the word 'soup,' 'mixture' or 'solution' is a proper word for the liquid that is in a well-used spa but I don't think we can exactly call it water either." If that isn't the grossest thing you have heard lately, I don't know what is.  I know most of don't change your spa water nearly enough. I am positive you don't know that you are supposed to change your spa water every … [Read more...]

The Viral Glass Bottom Swimming Pool Video – Here

We would be remiss if we didn't report on THE coolest viral video out there today. Why? you ask. Well, because it features a glass bottom swimming pool. What you see in the video is a camera focused at a man's feet walking on the bottom of the pool. Very quickly it appears as if he walks off the side of the pool out into the air. It is rather amazing and shocking. However, let me shut up and just … [Read more...]