Dads Love pHin! Hear Why From 4 Users

Summer is in full swing and many pool and hot tub owners have gotten their water care routine started, with the help of pHin. Dads who handle pool water care want to make sure it’s safe, and pHin is a great helper. With Father’s Day around the corner, we asked a few dads why they trust pHin to keep their water in safe swimming condition for their family:

“The pHin Smart Monitor was a breeze to install and instantly gives me all the feedback on the overall health of my pool right on my phone. I especially like that it can send notifications via the app so any chemical imbalances can be addressed immediately by me or sent to my pool maintenance company.” – — Joe Hageman, Narragansett, Rhode Island

“The pHin smart monitoring system is extremely accurate and reliable. The size is non-intrusive, not annoying like a large pool float. The product is sleek like a fin and floats 24/7 in the pool. It is pretty darn accurate when it comes to diagnostic readings of pH levels within the app. When used properly and following the recommended chemicals it automatically evaluates the water and let’s you know right away if the pH is balanced, the smart technology app capability really takes the guesswork out making this a good investment. I love this product I talk about it to all my coworkers and neighbors.  Living in sunny southern California all my neighbors have pools and have asked how they can get one.”

— Kevin Oswald, Murrieta, California

“Owning a pool should be fun, but it is frequently more a guessing game and source of irritation. Is there enough chlorine? Is there too much chlorine? Is algae going to start blooming? Is the pH level correct? Is the water healthy to swim in? How much of what chemical do I need to add and when? With pHin I can take a quick look at the app and know everything is the way it is supposed to be, and if something is off, see exactly how much of which chemical to add. Plus, I can check on the water temp and have visible proof for my girls that the water is definitely still too cold for dad to go swimming!” — John Sciacca, Myrtle Beach, North Carolina –

“Anyone tasked with taking care of a pool or spa will love having a pHin. It allows you to keep a regular eye on your pool, tells you which chemicals need to be added and when, and if your treatments are having the desired effect. So far, this pool season has been great thanks to pHin!”

— Kevin St. Lawrence, Richmond, Rhode Island 

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Five Ways to Enjoy Your Hot Tub This Winter

Most people put their hot tubs in hibernation mode during the summer when it’s just too hot to enjoy the spa. As the last leaves fall from the trees and the first fall chill hits the air, it’s a good time to uncover the hot tub and prepare it for a full season of winter fun. While hot tubs are a perfect après-ski gathering place to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes, there are so many other ways to make the most of it during the winter.

Here are five reasons to enjoy your hot tub throughout the winter months:

  1. De-stress from the holidays. As winter kicks in — so do the holidays! But there’s an added layer of stress for most of us — decorating, shopping, family dinners, and work parties all create more stress for our already-busy lives. Schedule a few minutes every couple of days to enjoy your hot tub and let some of the tension soak away. You’ll feel better, be more focused, and be in a better mindset to truly enjoy the holidays. 
  2. Connect with family. Hanging out in the hot tub with your family is a great opportunity to enjoy quality time and genuine conversations. Lots of people focus on dinner as the main time to chat about school, work, and life — but let’s be honest, with the demands of work, after-school activities, commutes, and everything else life throws at you, finding time to dine together as a family just doesn’t always happen. Jumping in the hot tub in the evening is a great way to wind down, have meaningful conversations and, as an added bonus, keep everyone away from screen time — a great way to get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Recover from workouts. It’s important to keep up a consistent workout routine, and in the cooler winter months, that often means shifting your exercise regimen indoors. Any time you change your workout, you may experience different sets of achy muscles. The warm water can help soothe muscles after your cool down, and you can experiment with jet settings for added massaging so you’re ready for the next day of exercise.
  4. Socialize with friends. It can be hard to find time with friends, especially during the holidays. Sometimes we think that a quick Facebook or Instagram check-in counts as a connection, but quality time in-person is more valuable. Inviting friends over for a cocktail or cocoa and a dip in the hot tub is a great way to inspire genuine conversations and face-to-face connections with friends. Keep a couple of extra comfy spa robes and some flip-flops around so that your guests are warm and comfy, and feel like they’re being pampered.
  5. Enjoy peace and quiet. Being bombarded by the news, social media buzz, traffic, and meal planning all add to the stress of a busy day at the office or helping your family get through the week. Spend a few minutes in the hot tub, listening to the calming sounds of bubbling water, gazing at the stars, and breathing in the crisp, fresh air. This quiet time  connecting with nature can make you feel calmer.

Make sure your hot tub is well-maintained throughout the winter season with a few simple tips:

  • Clear out any leaves or debris. Fall leaves are beautiful but they clog filters quickly.
  • Make sure the water level is full. If you haven’t changed your water recently, now is the time to drain your hot tub and fill it with fresh water.
  • Check and clean or replace your filters. It’s a good idea to have two sets of filters so you can clean one set while using the other set.
  • Check and adjust the chemical levels…pHin makes it incredibly easy to keep your chemical levels correct by alerting you on your mobile device when they need attention.
  • Make sure your cover is in good shape and sealed to keep the heat. No matter how cold it gets outside, it’s not recommended to have your hot tub set at more than 102°F, especially if you have children.

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Does Your Family Have Pool Rules? 7 Tips for Pool Safety

Does Your Family Have Pool Rules? 7 Tips for Pool Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 3,500 people drown every year in non-boating related incidents. Around 20 percent of those deaths are children under the age of 14. What’s more, for every child who drowns, another five receive emergency treatment for nonfatal water injuries, many of which result on brain damage and long-term disabilities.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Keep swim time fun time and help protect your family and other swimmers with consistently enforced pool rules and simple safety measures.

1. Keep the Pool Secure

No matter how close an eye you keep on little ones, the reality is that nobody can monitor a child 24/7. To protect children and others, erect barriers around your pool and hot tub.

Your best bet is a minimum 4-foot high fence or similar barrier (or whatever the local Health & Safety codes are in your area) that completely surrounds your pool, preferably one with a self-closing, self-latching gate. Also consider a pool alarm that alerts you whenever someone enters the pool, and a safety cover for when not in use.

You should also use a safety cover on your hot tub. Removing steps or ladders also enhances hot tub safety.

Finally, make it more difficult for kids to get into the backyard unattended in the first place by installing childproof locks on the backdoor.

2. Never Leave Children Unsupervised around Water

Never let children swim or even play in the backyard unsupervised. With younger children, there should always be an adult within arm’s reach. You can also designate an adult to supervise swimmers, taking turns as Water Watcher. This person needs to pay complete attention to kids swimming; that means no playing games on a phone or reading a book.

3. Stay Away from Drains

Children swimming or playing near drains and suction outlets are susceptible to injury, so teach them to maintain a safe distance from drains. If the drain cover is loose, broken, or missing, do not enter the water. Finally, before entering a hot tub, become familiar with its equipment, especially the emergency vacuum shutoff.

4. Teach Everyone How to Swim

If your home has a pool, everyone needs to know how to swim. Luckily, there are loads of low-cost and even free programs available from the YMCA, Red Cross, and local Parks & Recreation Departments.

5. Learn CPR and Basic First Aid

Learning CPR saves lives around the pool and even away from it. If an accident happens, speed is key; having someone poolside who has CPR training significantly increases the odds of survival. Check with local hospitals, the Red Cross, or your community center for CPR classes. If you already have CPR certification, keep it current.

6. Establish and Enforce Pool Rules

Come up with pool safety rules, make sure everyone knows what they are, and then enforce them. Take your cue from a public pool and create a sign to hang near the pool to remind swimmers what the rules are.

Some rules to include:

  • No swimming alone
  • No diving in the shallow end (or no diving period if the entire pool is shallow, such as a game pool)
  • No running
  • Stay away from drain covers
  • Stay hydrated

7. Keep the Water Clean and Clear

Proper chemical levels in the pool and hot tub keep swimmers safe from a variety of health issues, including rashes and earaches. Balanced chemicals, along with proper circulation and filtration, ensure the water stays safe all summer long.

pHin smart monitor makes maintaining safe pool and hot tub water a breeze. This little device constantly monitors your water and automatically sends you exactly what you need to keep the water in your pool and hot tub healthy. If you’re looking for someone to service your equipment, Pool Service on Demand instantly connects you to local, qualified pool techs.


Do you have some important swimming pool rules that weren’t mentioned above? We would love to hear them! Please share your rules in the comment section below.