If this is the year that you’re going to upgrade your backyard or deck with a hot tub or spa there are many ways you can make the most of the time you spend in it. At the end of a long day, there are few things in life more indulgent than slipping into the warm depths of your own hot tub. Regardless of whether you’re taking a long soak or only have time for a few minutes, here’s a few ways to make the most of your Michigan spa or hot tub: Continue Reading
Composite pavers are the latest alternative to concrete pavers frequently used for pool decks.
They are very durable, slip free, and are about 1/3 the weight of concrete. Installation of composite pavers, like concrete pavers, involves a compacted, level sand base but beyond that step, installation is far easier!
Before you choose the material for the decking around your swimming pool, you should be aware of some additional things about composite decks. Continue Reading
Now that the colder temperatures have arrived in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, swimming lessons are probably far from your mind. However, here at Hawaiian Pool Builders, we have some inside tips and tricks when it comes to winter swimming lessons.
When the washing machine breaks down, the hot water heater no longer produces hot water or the central air is not keeping you cool, the cost of repair or replacement can be costly. Our homes are filled with complex and vital appliances, technology and other components that over time can and do wear out. A home warranty, unlike home owner’s insurance, covers repair or replacement of these items that break down due to normal wear and tear. It is important to make sure you understand the differences in a home warranty, and homeowner’s insurance prior to buying your new home. Continue Reading
Adding an attached hot tub to your in-ground swimming pool is an option to consider in new construction, or you can have one added to your existing pool. At Hawaiian Pool Builders, we want you to be informed about the benefits of an attached hot tub.
Based on your personality and your lifestyle, installing one is a smart decision for a variety of reasons. It’s a great way to wind down by yourself or enjoy a night with your friends. You can enjoy the hot water, soothing massage, and invigorating hydro-therapy provided by the jets. Continue Reading
With temperatures dipping down in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, knowing how to winterize your pool will save you heartache and money next spring. Hawaiian Pools outlines seven basic steps for your in-ground swimming pools’ protection. Continue Reading
It’s that time of the year. A couple of months ago, you took steps to get your pool ‘winter-ready’, and now snow is here!
The purpose of a winter pool cover is to protect your in-ground swimming pool from sun, debris and in the case of solid covers, from contaminants washed into the pool from rain and snowfall. Unfortunately, they can also fall prey to all sorts of maladies from the common to the odd. Here are six enemies of your winter pool cover, and ways to keep them from happening. Continue Reading
Very few people associate Ben Franklin with anything but electricity and being a founding father of the United States. But, did you know he invented swimming fins? He made the first pair out of wood.
Swimming works out the body and offers great cardio vascular exercise since you are working with water resistance, which is over ten times that of air. It is ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation because it is low impact exercise. And if you are in an Olympic size pool, you are in about 850,000 gallons of water.
Here’s some pool fun facts:
- President Gerald Ford installed the first outdoor swimming pool at the White House in 1975. One year later, a pool house was built with a secret underground tunnel that lets the president’s family and guests go to the pool without going outside.
- American’s spend about 190 billion gallons of water to fill their pools. The sun evaporates 13 million gallons of water per hour from US swimming pools. Niagara Falls could fill every pool in America in three days.
- White Star Lines was the first cruise ship company with a swimming pool on the Adriatic. That was in 1907. That was the same year that the Racquet Club of Philadelphia boasted about having one of the nation’s FIRST modern above ground swimming pool. The Titanic was the first ship to have both a pool AND a gym. But we luckily missed that voyage.
- In 1984, the US Olympic Committee recognized synchronized swimming as a sport. Synchronized swimming had been made popular during the forties and fifties when actress Esther Williams starred in numerous movies that featured synchronization. They were called “Aqua Musicals” and YouTube has some amazing rolls of Ms. Williams in action. Swimming itself has been part of the Olympics since 1896.
- Sharks are the fastest swimmers though they are really not very structurally suited for swimming. A brand called “Speedo” created a fabric called Fast Skin that was designed around the concept of the shark’s natural skin. Wearing a Speedo has been proven to increase results in competitive swimming and reduce resistance in the water. It was 1935 before America allowed topless swimsuits for men.
- And speaking of Speedo … what about the Bikini? This suit is named after a nuclear test site in the Pacific called Bikini Atoll. The bikini was invented in Paris.
- The average person swims in a pool six times a year. Yet, more than half of the people in the United States can’t swim. Swimming lessons are readily available for adults and kids and a skill that is good to have for many reasons.
- Swimming burns more calories than running (557 calories an hour) or biking. (483 calories an hour). An hour of swimming burns anywhere from 493 calories per hour for a slower swimmer to as much as 784 calories at a faster pace.
- The turbopump on the Space Shuttle’s main engine is powerful enough to drain an average-sized swimming pool in 25 seconds.
- About 65% of Americans do not know how to swim. This is unfortunate in light of the fact that swimming is great exercise and strengthens the heart and lungs. Swimming is one of a few exercises that requires you use every muscle in your body. Plus, knowing how to swim can save your life in an accident.
- Even though you are in the water, you need to drink water to stay hydrated while you swim. There are numerous reported cases of dehydration from swimming. Swimmers sweat in the pool just as much as any land athlete.
- More than any other nation, swimming is a huge sport in Australia, and you can walk along any beach and strike up good conversation about swimming for enjoyment or competitively.
- Marco Polo is the most popular swimming pool game.
- The cannon ball is the most popular way to jump into the pool.
There you go. Some pool fun facts. Now it’s time to go for a swim.