What To Do In Fall To Ensure Your Pool Is Ready To Go In Spring

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do In Fall To Ensure Your Pool Is Ready To Go In Spring

If you’re a proud new pool owner this year, it’s a sure thing that you had fun swimming and lounging around the pool over the summer. Now, though, it’s time to get that pool ready for winter, and what you do now can impact how ready your pool in when you open it up again in spring. While you’ll still have to do some work to get it ready in the spring, if you take the right steps now, your work later on will be a snap. Leave Some Treated Water in the Pool Your instinct might be to drain the pool completely, but that could harm the lining. Any debris that makes it into the pool could cause scratches; frost heave in the ground could pop the empty liner out of the ground. Leaving some water in the pool adds weight that can fight against frost heave and block errant debris from reaching much of the liner. The water you leave in the pool should be treated. The chemicals you use will vary based on the type of disinfecting system (e.g., chlorine, salt) that you use as well as the typical harshness of the winter ahead. Your pool service can treat the water for you. As for the amount to leave in, drain just enough water so that the level of the water is below drains and permanent skimmers. Ensure water isn’t left in the pipes because that could cause damage if the water freezes over the winter — ice expands, which can crack pipes and hoses. Clean and Store Loose Things After you’ve partially drained and fully treated the water, remove anything that can be removed. Portable skimmers, hoses, nets — anything that isn’t permanently installed needs to be removed, cleaned, dried, and put away securely. Don’t leave it sitting in a pile in the garage where it can gather dust; get storage boxes that are large enough to hold the items. Choose a Cover Made for Winter Protection — and Keep Brushing It Once the water is taken care of and the loose items are out, cover the pool with a cover that is meant to withstand winter weather. You want a strong cover that won’t sag if a pile of leaves falls on the cover in late fall, and if snow hits your area, you want that cover to remain strong and not collapse. Also, keep cleaning the cover. Sweep or brush away snow, leaves, and anything else that ends up on the cover. Obviously, don’t step on the cover, but get a long-handled broom and use that to keep the cover clean. The less debris on the cover, the less weight you’ll have to worry about. If all this sounds like a bit too much to do for your first winter, have your pool-cleaning service take care of the work. It can also help you open everything back up in spring, letting you enjoy a clean, cool pool. For more information, contact local professionals like Splash Swimming...

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How To Choose The Most Relaxing Jacuzzi

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose The Most Relaxing Jacuzzi

People purchase hot tubs and jacuzzis for different reasons, so there are multiple types of features and settings available. If your primary goal for your hot tub is hydrotherapy or relaxation, then consider choosing the features below.  Small Size The first choice that you may have to make when buying a jacuzzi is its size. There are sizes ranging from personal jacuzzis to tubs that will fit 10 or more people. A smaller tub may be the best option for a relaxing jacuzzi experience. With just one person in the tub at a time, you’ll be able to customize the controls to your own personal tastes and enjoy some quiet time.  Ergonomic Another thing to consider is whether the tub is ergonomic. Hot tubs can be customized to fit the size of the user, so a shorter hot tub owner would need to choose different settings than a taller owner. There may be seat adjustments that you can choose if your hot tub will be used by multiple people, but be sure to try sitting in each tub before buying it.  Customized Jet Placement You’ll also want to consider the placement of your jets. Therapeutic jets can be placed to target the neck, shoulders, upper or lower back for a massage effect. The combination of hot water and pressure can be a great tool for helping sore and tense muscles relax.  Customizable Temperature  Make sure that the temperature settings of your hot tub are going to work for your needs. Temperatures of over 100 degrees can help your muscles relax, although they might not be ideal if your goal is to calm your senses and your nervous system. Optimally, you would choose a hot tub that can accommodate both hot and warm temperatures at the click of a button.  Customizable Pressure At the same time, a jacuzzi with varied pressure settings can make for a great hydrotherapy experience. The higher pressure settings can provide more of a massage effect, and the lower pressure settings provide gentle stimulation to the muscles. You may also choose jets that have different pressure types, such as a full blast or a multi-point jet flow.  As you can see, there are several different settings that can go into the perfect home jacuzzi for relaxation. Speak with your hot tub repair specialist about the best options to meet your needs since many of these features can be customized on a variety of hot tub options.  Click here for hot tub repair, or do an online...

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Planning Ahead For Your New Pool Is A Good Idea

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning Ahead For Your New Pool Is A Good Idea

Having a pool dug in your backyard is exciting, but also filled with several important decisions. Some of the choices you will need to make will concern the placement of your pool while others may be about design issues like the shape of your pool. However, no matter what choices you decide to make about the addition of a pool to your property, planning ahead is vital. Follow these tips for getting the most out of your new pool. Plan According To Local Codes And Regulations Before you contact a pool contractor, learning more about the codes and regulations for pool construction in your area is vital. Codes are meant to help protect you and by following them, you have greater chances of getting the safest pool design. Your local codes may include the ban of using one-piece fiberglass liners or you may not be able to use certain types of vinyl liners.  Some areas might require you to have a certain type of fencing around your pool, while others might require you to keep your pool covered when not in use. Take the time to check out the limitations set forth in local codes and regulations because some of them may have a direct impact on your choices for pool design. Pools In Accordance With The Property Deed Getting out the deed to your property before you decide to start digging a huge hole in your backyard is important. You may have easement issues that would restrict your plans or change them altogether. For example, if your backyard meets your neighbor’s property line, you may need to have a new survey done prior to pool excavation. You may also be restricted in your pool choices if you live in a neighborhood covered by a homeowner’s association. For some pool additions, a vote may need to be carried out by the members in your homeowner’s association before you can begin excavation. Making sure you cover all the legalities of pool excavation can help you enjoy your pool without worrying about getting into trouble over it later. Checking Restrictions Specific To Your Region Some areas may have water restrictions in place because of draught issues while others may have regulations about the quality of water in your pool. For example, some water quality restrictions would require you to carry out specific types of regular maintenance like monitoring pH and chlorine levels. Some regions may ask that you to have certain types of safety equipment in place around your pool. Knowing which regulations you will need to follow before starting pool construction on your property can help save you a lot of time and money. Planning ahead for pool construction is the best way to get the pool you can most enjoy. To find out more, contact a business like Blue Haven...

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How To Keep Your Pool In Good Condition During Cold Weather

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Your Pool In Good Condition During Cold Weather

When the weather is hot and sunny, there is nothing more enjoyable than taking a relaxing dip in the pool. However, when the weather turns cold, it is important to provide proper protection for your pool so that it will be readily available for use during the next summer season. Taking the right steps to protect your pool during the winter will keep it working properly for many years to come. These are some tips for keeping your pool in good condition during cold weather. Preventing The Growth Of Algae  When algae grows on your pool, it leaves a very unpleasant, slimy residue on its surface. This can lead to a disgusting mess that is often very difficult to clean up. However, if you can prevent algae from growing, this can all be avoided. Check your pool water frequently during the winter. While algae does not normally grow when the temperatures are low, it only takes one warmer winter day for it to suddenly appear. If you see any signs that algae is developing, add a shock treatment or algaecide to the pool water to get rid of it right away. Removing Debris  Before covering your pool, be sure to check for any leaves or debris that may have accumulated inside. If not removed, debris and leaves may tear your pool cover which then will make it unusable. This also helps keep the pool water from being contaminated by an unhealthy bacteria that may exist on the leaves and debris. Covering Your Pool  It is best to keep your pool covered during the cold weather months. This helps keep the water cleaner and prevents it from freezing solid and damaging the pool and other components that are expensive to replace. Make sure the pool cover is tightly secured so that it cannot be blown off by any strong winter winds. Circulating The Water  If water will remain in your pool all year around, run your pool pump for a few hours each day so the water can circulate throughout the system. this helps prevent algae and bacteria growth as well as mosquito breeding while the pool is not being used. It is also a good idea to check your pool thoroughly on occasion throughout the winter. Pay close attention to the pool pump, filter, heater and the surface of the pool to ensure there is no chipping or cracking due to the substantial drop in the outdoor temperature. Talk to local pool contractors, such as A & G Pools, for more tips and...

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Four Pool Repairs That You Can Do To Your Pool During The Winter Months

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Pool Repairs That You Can Do To Your Pool During The Winter Months

The end of summer is coming soon, and this means that it will be time to close your pool. You may be doing a lot of common maintenance, but it is also a time when you can do the repairs that you could not get to before. You can do things like patch leaks, repair drains and other repairs that you have put on the back-burner. Here are some of the repairs that you will want to do during the winter months while your pool is closed: 1. Repairing Leaks In Liners And Pool Surfacing One of the first things that you may want to do when you close the pool is find leaks and repair them. This is something that you will want to do before you put the cover on your pool. If the problems are near the top of the pool, you can partially drain the pool to get to them. When leaks are at the bottom, you may want to drain the pool to make it easier to do the repairs. 2. Stopping Leaking Plumbing In Pool Mechanicals There may also be leaks in the plumbing of your pool. Before you winterize your pool, you will want to find the area where plumbing is leaking and mark it for repairs. This is because it can be easier to find leaks using a dye while there is still water in the lines. Once you have the areas where problems are marked, you will be able to have 3. Repairing Outlets And Pool Drains For A Safe Pool Pool drains and outlets can also be another problem that you face when doing pool repairs. Old, outdated drains can be a danger that need to be addressed. Have them replaced with new safety drains to prevent accidents in your pool. You can also have outlets repaired to ensure that you pool is in good shape.   4. Reviving Old Pool Decking While The Pool Is Down While your pool is down for the winter months, this is also a good time for renovations. You may want to consider resurfacing your pool deck at this time. It can be just simple repairs to the cracks and small damage, which may not be too important, but can be unsightly. You can also have slip-resistant surfacing done to help make your pool safer. These are some of the pool repairs that you will want to do know while your pool is closed for the winter months. If you need help with major repair and maintenance, contact a pool repair contractor (such as one from Bellar Pools Inc) to get the help you need getting your pool ready for...

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What To Do When Your Pool Is Gobbling Gallons Of Chlorine And Still Not Improving

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do When Your Pool Is Gobbling Gallons Of Chlorine And Still Not Improving

When you are trying to get your pool back into ideal swimming condition, it can seem like the chemical levels in the water will never stabilize. This can be especially difficult if your pool has been sitting untended for the winter or even several years. No matter how much chlorine you pour into the murky water, it never seems to translate to adequate levels of free chlorine, and the algae remains. This is a common problem for new pool owners, but it can be corrected with a little adjusting and some aggressive, regimented action.  Testing Ammonia Levels The familiar smell of a pool is actually the product of molecules that are created when ammonia mixes with chlorine. Ammonia is found in harmful materials and is one of the chemicals you are trying to remove from your pool. Whenever you catch a whiff of that distinctive smell, it means that free chlorine is being depleted to bind with ammonia, and it will continue to do so until all of the ammonia is gone. Test your pool’s ammonia levels to be sure or simply keep adding chlorine until the smell disappears. Childhood memories aside, a healthy pool should have no scent at all.  Adjusting CYA Levels The CYA, or cyanuric acid, levels present in your pool can either help or hinder your efforts to shock the system. As free chlorine floats in your pool and neutralizes foreign molecules, some of it is lost to the UV radiation of sunlight. CYA shields chlorine from UV rays, reducing the amount that is wasted. However, too much CYA in the water can also deplete your free chlorine levels. Depending on filtering equipment and sun exposure, optimal levels of CYA typically range between 30 and 80 ppm. You may need to experiment for several weeks before you find the right level for your own pool. CYA can be added as a liquid or a powder or removed from the pool by draining and refilling as needed.  Shocking the Pool  Shocking a pool is a sustained, scheduled process of overcoming the algae and chemicals in a pool with waves of massive chlorine applications. One treatment of chlorine is typically not enough to purify a whole pool, and organisms will quickly bounce back and recontaminate the water. By applying excessive quantities of chlorine several times a day for two or three days in a row, you can overwhelm the algae and ammonia and finally achieve stable free chlorine levels. Most pool owners must shock their pools every spring, and the rest of the year is spent maintaining those initial chemical levels. You may be surprised by how much chlorine is needed with each dose, but a quick burst is a better solution than wasting endless gallons fighting a thriving ecosystem.  For more information, contact Celebrity Pools or a similar...

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Buying Patio Furniture: Important Dos And Don’ts

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Buying Patio Furniture: Important Dos And Don’ts

A deck or patio can be an excellent space for outdoor entertaining. From hosting a barbecue to simply enjoying your morning coffee, a deck or patio provides you with an outdoor extension of your living space that you can use throughout the majority of the year. To make the most of your outdoor living space, however, you’ll want to invest in the right patio furniture to suit your specific needs. As you shop, there are a few important things you’ll want to keep in mind. DO Consider the Logistics First and foremost, don’t forget to consider not only how well the furniture will fit in your outdoor space, but the logistics of getting it there. For example, if you have a multi-level deck, you’ll have to carefully plan and measure to get your furniture up to the top level–especially if you’re buying pre-assembled furniture. You may have a hard time finding a way to get larger furniture items, such as tables, to that top level. DON’T Buy Based on Price Alone One of the biggest mistakes you can make while shopping for patio furniture is buying based on the price of the furniture alone. Sure, a $300 set including a table and chairs may seem like a great deal, but it won’t when you have to replace it due to rust and other damage the following year. Invest in patio furniture that you can be proud of and that will last you for many years to come. DO Know How to Maintain It Understand that different types of patio furniture require different levels of maintenance. For example, with metal furniture you’ll need to take certain measures to protect it from rust and corrosion (such as removing rust by scrubbing the surface with steel wool). Other materials, like wood, will require regular sealing to protect from mold and mildew. If you’re shopping for furniture for a pool deck, consider something that’s less prone to moisture damage, such as wicker. DON’T Forget the Accessories Last but not least, make sure you’ve got the right accessories to make the most of your new patio furniture. For example, consider a mosquito screen to place around your seating area or an umbrella for your patio table to make spending time outside more enjoyable on sunny days. Even some string lights can add ambiance to an outdoor space when wrapped around a tiki bar or other piece of furniture. To get started shopping, contact a company like Eastgate...

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Three Key Mistakes To Avoid When Designing A Custom Pool

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Key Mistakes To Avoid When Designing A Custom Pool

Designing a custom pool can be fun – and, of course, there’s a wonderful reward at the end of it. But it can also be stressful; there are many decisions to be made, and you want to end up with a pool that you can enjoy for decades to come. For that reason, you need to be careful to avoid these pool design mistakes. Not Considering The Use Of Surrounding Areas For most people, a pool is just a part of a larger outdoor area. Whether that involves a grassy area for children to play in, a patio, a grill, or even a hot tub, it’s crucial to keep these uses in mind when designing the pool. This means that you’ll want to sketch out your entire yard and fit your pool into its overall design. When doing this, what you need to keep in mind is allowing space for all the activities that will go on. Remember that the pool will take up a little more space than just the area filled with water – there will also be the area of tile around it that may become slippery or wet, and there may also be areas of seating or lounge chairs. Do you want your grill close to the pool so people can eat around it, or would it be better to separate the areas because you’re more likely to have large parties and you don’t want people’s food to be splashed with water? Do you want a separate patio area that can be used in colder weather, or can you combine the pool and patio? Consider these sorts of usage questions when thinking about your pool’s size and shape. Placing A Pool In A Shady Area Another important concern when placing a pool is whether it will be shady or sunny. Many people like the idea of a “lush” or “natural” pool that is bordered closely by trees and bushes, but this can also cause some serious problems. Debris from trees over a pool will mean that it needs to be cleaned much more often than a non-shaded pool, and the costs can add up. In addition, the water in the pool will be cooler (or, in the case of a heated pool, cost more to heat). Working Alone There are two important components to custom pool design: aesthetics and mechanics. Figuring out where you want your pool and what you want it to look like is a lot of fun, but if you’re not doing this in conjunction with a pool contractor, you’ll end up with a design that doesn’t take into account drainage, pump space, and other mechanical considerations. Instead, consider yourself part of a design team with a contractor like Contemporary Pools Inc. so that you can end up with the right pool for your space, budget, and...

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What Is Causing My Pool To Lose Water So Quickly?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Is Causing My Pool To Lose Water So Quickly?

Most pools can be expected to lose a small amount of water daily due to filtering, evaporation and water splashing out of the pool. If you’re losing several inches per day, however, there may be a leak in your pool or somewhere in your pool system. The first step is finding out whether you actually have a leak, and then it will be necessary to locate which part of the pool is leaking. Do the Bucket Test One method that is almost sure to reveal if you have a leak or not is the bucket test. Place an empty five-gallon paint bucket on one of the steps in your pool so that the top is not submerged. Weigh it down with a brick or rock. Fill the bucket with water until the water level inside the bucket is the same as the water level outside. Let the bucket sit for 24 hours, then check on it again. If the water levels both inside and outside the bucket are the same, there is no leak. If the water level in the pool is lower, however, water is getting out that shouldn’t be. Find a Pool Leak with Food Dye If a leak isn’t immediately noticeable by water on the ground or damp areas around your pool, it can be hard to find just by looking. Food dye can help you see the movement of the water in your pool to see where water may be flowing out. Put drops of food dye every few feet just inside the edge of your pool, and work your way around the whole perimeter. Take it slow so you can watch the dye as you put it in. It may not be immediately noticeable; if a leak is small and slow, it can take a few minutes for the dye to start moving in its direction. This will only work in certain situations; if the leak is too deep or in another part of your system, you probably won’t see much of an effect. Look At Your Filter System All of your pool’s water, at some point, will cycle through the filtration system. The filter system isn’t complex, but a leak could cause a large amount of water loss. There are multiple drains in your pool – the drain at the bottom and the skimmers. Find out where the pipes from these drains go and follow them to your filter, and look for any signs of damp ground as you go. Examine Your Pool Accessories If you have any water-powered pool accessories like a waterfall or water slide, make sure that there are no leaks in any of those systems. Also try shutting down any system that creates moving water for a few days to see if the problem improves; moving water evaporates more quickly than standing water, so you may simply be losing much of your water from your pool accessories. Look For Unlikely Escape Methods There is always a chance that your pool system is working perfectly and that water is still being removed too quickly. If you’ve done everything you can think of, it’s time to consider external possibilities. Wild animals looking for drinks sometimes view pools as a good source of water. If you want to keep an eye on...

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Two Ways To Save Water If You Own A Swimming Pool

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Ways To Save Water If You Own A Swimming Pool

Many parts of the U.S. are experiencing drought or near-drought conditions, primarily in the West and Southeast. If you are a swimming pool owner concerned about how much water you use, here are steps you can take to minimize the amount of water you need for your pool.  1. Keep it covered. Most of the water in your swimming pool will be lost to evaporation. The pool temperature, the outside temperature, humidity and wind will all influence how quickly water evaporates. An uncovered swimming pool can lose up to 55 inches of water a year. Pool covers range in efficiency and cost. Most common are manual pool covers that can be made of plastic or vinyl; these are removed when it’s time to use the pool and then put back by hand. Other options include semi-automated and automated covering systems for larger backyard pools. For the purposes of reducing evaporation, any cover will work. An added bonus of using a pool cover is the energy savings. When water evaporates, it takes heat out of the pool, and heating newly added water can take a lot of energy. You can save 50 to 70 percent in heating costs simply by providing a cover. 2. Fix leaks. Sealants in your pool can deteriorate over time. Cracks can form in the pool liner. Fittings and plumbing can get holes. These issues can lead to the loss of a great deal of water over time, and you may have a hard time noticing. There’s a quick way to check for a leak, though. Get a five-gallon bucket, fill it with water, and mark the water line. At the same time, mark the water line in your pool. After 24 hours, measure how much below the original water line both the bucket and the pool are. If the pool has lost more water than the bucket, you can’t blame it all on evaporation; you likely have a leak. Leaks can be hard to find yourself, let alone to fix. You can take steps to narrow down where the leak is located by: Checking for leaks with the pump on. Plumbing on the return side may be loose or broken. Checking for leaks with the pump off. Plumbing on the intake side may be loose or broken. Checking the ground near the equipment pad for moisture. There could be a leak in the pump itself. Watching to see if the pool leaks consistently whether the pump is on or off. There could be a crack in the pool or a slit in the liner, depending on your pool’s construction. Talk to a swimming pool repair company, likeAll-American Pools, to confirm the location of the leak and get it fixed as soon as...

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