Hello, and welcome to Ultimate Pool Guide (UPG)! I created this website to become the go to resource for pool information. After receiving dozens of kind emails and comments, I decided to expand my scope to that of Patio and Gardening so that I can provide high quality advice beyond just swimming pools.
Some of the most popular articles are all about cleaners - such as:
While there is some overlap, I created independent articles to help viewers easily find the information they are looking for.
The #2 most popular category of our pages is all about maintenance tips and products. Given that this is exactly why this website was founded, this makes sense and I'm passionate about providing quick tips and advice on how to best maintain a pool - anywhere from picking picking the best algaecide or using convenient chlorine tablets to keep your water sanitary.
The above articles are great places to start for your water maintenance, but you'll also want to start looking into swimming pool covers or solar covers that will not only make maintenance easier, but also keep your water warm and reduce water use. Combine a cover with a cover pump and you'll be able to maximize spending your time relaxing in the water and not taking care of it.
Of course, you don't NEED a cover to help keep the water surface clean. Automatic skimmers are affordable, hands off devices that will remove debris such as leaves and bugs from the surface.
Part of proper maintenance involves having the right circulation system, and this is impossible to do without having a great pump and pump timer to move the water around and keep it flowing through your swimming pool filter.
One of keystone articles of UPG involves some of the alternative options it presents - such as not having a chlorine based pool, but a salt one - only possible through a salt water chlorinator which provides a more natural feeling. Keep in mind that if you do go salt, there is still chlorine in the water - just not nearly as much. Additionally, it is healthier for your skin and hair because of the salt!
Although this item isn't necessary, heaters are an important part of the circulation system. They're not totally necessary, but if you want to swim year round and like a cozy pool you'll definitely want to check out our recommendations.
As a mother, I felt compelled to write extensively about safety. A big part of it is having the right equipment to protect your family - whether they are parts or children, from drowning. Most incidents that occur happen because children slip out to the yard and fall in unknowingly.
To prevent this we suggest 2 pieces of equipment above all others - serving as 2 layers of protection. The first is a safety fence to prevent your children from getting to the pool area. Unfortunately, these don't always work as often they are left open. In this case, using alarms is critical because they will alert you if your child or pet does fall into the water.
When you're swimming sometimes some awesome toys and floats just make it much more enjoyable - particularly if you have a family. Boogie boards can double up as a beach treat and float - my kids absolutely LOVE racing on top of them because they can really fly across the water.
Whether you are playing or swimming for exercise, you'll definitely want some nice goggles to protect your eyes from burning from the chlorine. They help you see clearly in the water, and can really help you see the beautiful spectacle of your pool if you have some awesome colored swimming pool lights.
Our next popular section comes in the form of the types of pools - particularly on above ground options. Above ground swimming pools are much more affordable than their in ground counter part, and are good affordable choices if you don't want to easily spend 5 figures. One of the most popular brands in this area is Intex. We created a set of Intex reviews to carefully analyze the most popular above ground brand.
Although there is a dedicated gardening section, I'm particularly proud of my top posts because it shows people enjoyed my moving to this new category. Everybody can benefit from these amazing garden hoses, and if you want more flexibility on your use cases, I would suggest in reading about my favorite hose nozzles. They're very affordable, but give you a variety of ways to use your hose that are definitely worth the ten to twenty dollars you'll spend on them.
Coiling your hose can be a pain, so if you use it a lot you'll want one of these garden hose reels. There's a variety of them that will protect your hose and make it easy to clean up after use. If you have a particularly large yard there are some reels with wheels that you can move with you!
Finally, for the avid gardener you'll want to browse through these soaker hoses. They'll slowly let water out to help grow your plants so that you don't have to manually lug your hose around and water them yourself. Soaker hoses are particularly great if you have a large number of plants to nurture!
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