The History Of Swimming Pools

Great Bath Mohenjo DaroSwimming pools have a long and fascinating history, beginning over 5000 years ago. That is when the first known pool, called “the great bath” was built in the city of Mohenjo-daro, Pakistan. It was built entirely of closely fitted bricks that were plastered together and then covered with a thick layer of tar.

Evidence of swimming activities date back to at least 2500 B.C. Swimming was extremely popular in ancient Egypt, where ancient relics and Egyptian hieroglyphics depict swimming.

Ancient Greeks and Romans also have a long history of swimming pools. They became very prosperous during this time. With this increase in the standard of living, came luxuries like pools. During this time period pools were built all over for many different reasons. They were used for bathing, religious ceremonies, health, socializing, and admired simply for their beauty. These pools were often ornate and surrounded by lush gardens, marble columns and statues in the roman tradition. The emperors of Greece and Rome had extravagant pools filled with live fish.

In both Greece and Rome swimming was considered a necessary part of boy’s education. At this time pools were also used by the Greeks and Romans to physically train for battle.

In the first century B.C. a rich Roman lord named Gaius Maecenas, who was considered a patron of the arts, built the first heated, private swimming pool.

Around 300 A.D. the first known public swimming pools were built in Rome. The greatest of these pools was over 900,000 square feet! It was heated by fires underneath the floors of the pool, and the heat was then pumped up through the walls.

As history advanced, the first documented indoor swimming pool was built in England in 1862. Competitive swimming was first introduced in England during the 1800′s. At that time, several indoor swimming pools were built in London and used by the National Swimming Society for swimming competitions.

Then in 1907 the White Star Line introduced the first swimming pool on an ocean liner, The Adriatic. A swimming pool was also built on the Titanic.

Deep Eddy Pool TexasOne of the first in-ground swimming pools in the United States was the Deep Eddy Pool in Austin, Texas. Deep Eddy began as just a swimming hole in the Colorado River. Cold springs bubbled out of the river banks and people swam in the river where a large boulder formed an eddy. In 1915 the land surrounding the swimming hole, was purchased by A.J. Eilers, Sr. He proceeded to build the concrete pool, and then a resort called the “Deep Eddy Bathing Beach”, which featured cabins, camping, food, and activities. Today it is still a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin. Deep Eddy Pool is also listed as a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Swimming pools did not become common in America until after World War II. As Hollywood movies became increasingly popular, the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle, with a pool as a status symbol, became sought after. As swimming pools evolved they became more and more within reach of the average consumer. American families began to realize how much entertainment, enjoyment, and yes, “status” a swimming pool could bring them.

While earlier pools were made of concrete, then gunite, and fiberglass, vinyl liners have really changed the pool industry. They have made owning a pool much more affordable. Today pools are available in a myriad of materials and shapes to beautify and add value to your home, while providing endless hours of enjoyment.

There are also many types of pools to meet your needs, such as lap pools, and pools made for swimming in place.

Whirlpool tubs first became popular in America during the 1960s. They have evolved into the luxurious home spas of today. They are generally made of acrylic that looks like marble. They are heated; come in many sizes, and can include various types of jet nozzles and seating. Many people enjoy having both a spa and a swimming pool.

It is estimated that there are more than 10 million swimming pools in the United States today. They have been through quite an evolution, but after 5000 years it looks like they are here to stay!

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Trouble Shooting Your Broken Pool Pump

Arizona summers are known for their heat, which makes swimming one of the most popular outdoor activities. It also makes owning a swimming pool very desirable indeed. But what if your swimming pool develops a problem? That can certainly put a crimp in your fun!

Malibu Pool Service and Repair - Gilbert Arizona Pool PumpsIf your water isn’t as clean as usual it could be your pool pump, especially if it is getting up there in years. Before you call for Gilbert pool pump repair there are a few things you can check.

Notice if you hear the pump running. If it’s not running, check the power supply and breakers. If it is getting power but will not run, your pool pump may need to be repaired.

If your pool pump is running, but making a funny noise, you may just be hearing normal operating sounds, like the cooling fan, the vibration of the pump against the base it is sitting on, or maybe even just the sound of the water flowing. The bearings may also become noisy as they age, but be aware that putting high concentrations of chemicals into the skimmer can cause damage to the pump seal, which in turn can begin to leak and cause damage to the motor bearings.

Some other possible causes of pump noise are, any kind of blockage in the suction line, leaking pipes, or just letting the level of your pool water get too low.

If your pump is running but there doesn’t appear to be any pressure, it may be caused by low water flow. This could simply be caused by a blockage in the return line, a valve that is inadvertently shut off, or even just a dirty filter.

This can also happen if the pumps impeller is clogged. If you are comfortable checking this yourself, first shut off the pump. You will need to remove the basket, then you can check the impeller by putting your fingers into the suction hole in the pump strainer housing and feeling for tears in the seal. If the seal is torn, you can either attempt to purchase a new seal and replace the old one or call someone experienced in pool pump repair.

What if your pump stops for no apparent reason? It may be over heating. Pool pumps are equipped with a thermal overload that will automatically shut the pump off when it gets too hot. Allow it to cool down, and then attempt to restart it.

Another problem is a pump that cuts off and on every few seconds. This can be an electrical problem. Your pump may be wired to the wrong voltage. Turn the pump off immediately. You will need an electrician to deal with this one.

Sometimes a pump will not prime. There are many possible causes. If the pump is located too far away from the pool, or above the level of the pool water it can take a long time to prime. You may have a suction leak or clogged suction piping. If you suspect that your piping is clogged by something that made it past the skimmer, check at the bends in the pipe. That is where things usually lodge. The pump also will not prime if the impeller is broken.

In Gilbert Arizona, electric bills can go up drastically in the summer. Air conditioning is needed most of the season. Swimming pools can also contribute to extra summer energy usage. Some filtration systems can take up to 24 hours to clean your pool, though most can clean your pool in 10-12 hours. Also, the larger your pool pump the more energy it will use. You may wish to consider upgrading to a newer more energy efficient pool pump and filtration system which can result in savings of up to 20%.

Have a cool summer!

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