Do you remember the kid on your block who had a pool? His house was always the most popular one, full of kids in swimsuits and trunks scurrying around the backyard so long as it was sunny. Everyone – mom, dad, the neighbors, even the family dog – wanted their turn to take a dip, especially in the summer months.

When most folks imagine the life of a pool-owner, they think of summer barbecues: kids splashing around as they play Marco Polo, parents sipping soda pop (or maybe a beer or two) while hot dogs and burgers sizzle on the nearby grill. It’s an idyllic picture, and one that’s certainly a reality for pool-owners… maybe half the time. The other half of the time, we’re busy, measuring chemicals and cleaning the filters so that those barbecues can go off without a hitch.