Monthly Archives: February 2016

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Hydrotherapy & Hot Tubs

In a world where dubious health claims are a dime a dozen, there’s one proven health strategy that too often gets overlooked: hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is defined simply as the use of water to treat disease, but these days it usually refers to baths or water immersion techniques.

According to a review by the National Institutes of Health that looked at numerous studies on the effects of hydrotherapy, it was “widely used to improve immunity and for the management of pain, CHF, MI, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, asthma, PD, AS, RA, OAK, FMS, anorectal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, hyperthermia, labor, etc.” The review’s conclusion also notes that the positive effects of hydrotherapy are, “scientifically evidence based.” This is nothing to take lightly in an era of Internet misinformation and snake-oil salesmen.

Not sure if hydrotherapy might be right for you? A visit to a doctor or physical therapist is probably a good first step, but if you’d like more information in the meantime, keep on reading. Continue reading

What are Pool Fence Laws in Connecticut? (updated August 2018)

A clip art illustration of a brown picket fence.

An outdoor pool should be the jewel in your backyard! Its sapphire waters draw everyone who sees it! Jump in and enjoy its refreshing waters! Like any precious jewel, it really needs a protective barrier to keep others from taking advantage of it while you are not looking. A fence is essentially the first defense from keeping your pets, children, or uninvited guests from entering your oasis! Most states require a swimming pool barrier such as a fence and Connecticut has very clear requirements for your pool’s barriers.

Here is a break down of these requirements…

1. Your fence must be four feet tall from the grade. This is the minimum height required. The opening at the bottom measured from the ground should not exceed two inches.

2. If your fence has any openings, this includes slats, it should be narrow enough not to allow a four-inch sphere in diameter to pass through.

Illustration Demonstrating Connecticut Pool Fencing Laws Regarding Horizontal Members

3. It must be a solid barrier! Your fence should be smooth not having any indentations or protrusions. So, building your fence with stone is a no-no!

4. If you are building a fence that has “the horizontal and vertical members” that are 45 inches or less apart…the horizontal members should be on the pool side of the fence and no more than 1 ¾” apart. (By doing so you prevent someone using them as an aid to climb over the fence.) If the fence has any decorative cutouts they should be no bigger than 1 ¾”.

(There is just one subtle difference between #4 and #5-the difference is the measurement between the horizontal members. #4 covers 45 inches and less and #5 covers 45 inches and more.)

5. If you are building a fence that has “the horizontal and vertical members” that are 45 inches or more apart…the horizontal members should be on the pool side of the fence and no more than 1 ¾” apart. (By doing so you prevent someone using them as an aid to climb over the fence.) If the fence has any decorative cutouts they should be no bigger than 1 ¾”.

6. When using a chain linked fence to enclose your pool, the mesh size should not exceed 2-¼”. The slats that fasten at the top and bottom should reduce to 1 ¾”.

7. Fences made of a criss-cross or lattice nature should have openings no larger than 1 ¾”.

8. Access gates should lock and have self-latching devices. When the latch is located less than 54” inches above the bottom of the gate, you must put the closing mechanism on the pool side of the fence. At least 3 inches from the top of the gate.

9. ”Dwelling wall part of barrier meeting one of the following:

9.1 Powered safety cover per ASTM F1346

9.2 Doors accessing pool: Audible alarm for door & screen, 30 sec auto reset. Manual deactivation for single opening. Deactivation switch min. 54″ high

9.3 Other means of protection acceptable of protection not less than 9.1 or 9.2”

The Breakdown

There are two options for building your pool fence…

1. Build it yourself…build a fence that is forty-eight inches tall and meets all the other requirements depending on what type of materials you use to create the said fence. Your enclosure needs to have a self-locking mechanism and secure!

2. Ask a pro to do it…If all of the above seems daunting to you, you may want to ask a professional! They will know the laws and can save you a lot of headache in the end!

To see Connecticut’s swimming pool requirements for yourself click on the link below:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DAS/OEDM/Design-and-Trades/swimming_pools-handout.pdf?la=en

For more information about professional pool fence construction in Connecticut, in addition to pool construction, pool service, pool cleaning, and more, contact Brothers Pool in Wallingford.

The Best Trees to Plant around Your Connecticut Pool

An aerial view of an inground pool with patio and landscaping.Your swimming pool is an important part of your Connecticut backyard’s landscaping. It centers and defines the surrounding space, and is a major activity hub in the warm swimming season. There are lots of reasons to want to plant a tree near your swimming pool. The most common reasons are to provide comfortable shade against the sun and to accent and beautify the yard’s appearance.

Not all trees are created equal, though, and some are not ideal to plant around a swimming pool. Let’s take a look at some factors to take into consideration before deciding on and planting a tree near your pool. Continue reading

 

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In Connecticut take I-91 North or South to exit 15. Take Route 68 West towards Wallingford and Cheshire. Turn left at the intersection of 68 and 150 (Main Street). Brothers Pool is about 1 mile on the left.

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