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Hire a Pro for Pool Maintenance

It’s possible for individuals to maintain their pool themselves, but there can be a steep learning curve when it comes to chemicals, cleaning and testing. All it takes in one mistake and a pool can quickly become unfit for use and be extremely expensive to rectify.

Regular Inspections

A pool professional does far more than simply add chemicals. They inspect all the pool-related equipment to ensure it’s working correctly and identify any potential issues before they become costly problems. They also have the knowledge and experience to make repairs when needed. A pool professional has the high-tech equipment to inspect every inch of the pool for cracks, leaks, and other below-the-surface issues.

Time Savings

Caring and maintaining for a pool requires a considerable amount of time, especially for those that have little or no experience in doing so. It’s a definite benefit for those that have little time or travel frequently. Pool professionals are quick and efficient.

Chemical Balances

Chemicals can create more problems than they solve if applied incorrectly. Pool professionals know how to test, the chemicals to use to rectify any problems, and the quantity of chemicals to add.

Save Money

A pool professional can actually save money. One small mistake in a DIY pool maintenance plan can be extremely expensive to fix. The water can become unsanitary or it could lead to an algae bloom. Either condition can be costly and render the pool unusable.

Less Stress

Maintaining a pool can be very stressful, particularly for new pool owners. The services of a pool professional relieves the anxiety of caring for the pool and provides peace of mind knowing that it’s always ready to use.

Value

A pool that’s been well-maintained adds value to any property. That’s a particularly attractive and appealing element for potential buyers if a home or business goes on the market.

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The Role of Your Pool Skimmer

Simply put, your pool skimmer is designed to remove contaminants from pool water before they sink to the bottom. That includes leaves, hair, sunscreen, perspiration, along with other bodily fluids and contaminants such as rain runoff and bird droppings that pose a health concern to swimmers.

Both in-ground and above-ground pools have skimmers and they serve the same purpose. In-ground pools have skimmers built into the sides of the pool. Above-ground pools will have a free-floating skimmer that roams the surface of the water and performs the same function.

The skimmer is the beginning point for your pool circulation system. Skimmers draw approximately 1/8 of an inch of water from the surface. While a pool can function without a skimmer, its value is significant. Skimmers prevent a wide variety of debris from being sucked into the pool’s water pipes that can result in clogs.

The removal of debris by a skimmer aids in preventing the water in your pool from becoming cloudy or experiencing a major algae outbreak. Maintaining your skimmer in good condition helps reduce wear and tear on your pool pump that can extend its life and delay expensive replacement costs.

Frequent pool usage and the number of swimmers involved increase the number of contaminants entering the water. Those impurities encompass a multitude of products that are routinely used every day. They include shampoo, makeup, soap, body lotions and deodorant, along with dead skin cells. That’s why it’s a good idea to have swimmers shower before they use the pool, or rinse down at the very least.

Your skimmer removes surface debris, but don’t forget to regularly vacuum your pool to remove contaminants that adhere to the bottom and sides. However, be aware that automated pool cleaners aren’t able to adequately reach the corners of pools so you’ll have to clean them manually or hire a pool professional.

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The Pros and Cons of a Pool Cover

An increasing number of individuals are opting to include a pool cover for their aquatic oasis. There are four types to choose from, solid, mesh, solar and winter. Any of the four can be beneficial, depending upon the intended purpose.

There are covers that must be applied manually and those that are automated. Some types of pool covers can even be walked on and provide an added level of safety for households with children and pets. It’s important to note that pool covers aren’t without their own maintenance requirements and pool owners will need to decide if a pool cover is right for them.

Pros

Swimming pools lose a significant amount of water through simple evaporation when they’re not in use. That means owners will need to replenish the water supply and that infusion can upset the chemical balance of the pool. A pool cover reduces water lost through evaporation when the pool isn’t in use.

A solar pool cover is the most common and popular type of cover. It works by absorbing the heat from sunlight and transferring the warmth to the pool water. They’re effective for saving money on heating costs and can be used in conjunction with a pool heater. A solar pool cover can increase the warmth of the water by up to 8 degrees.

Pool covers prevent leaves and debris from falling directly into the pool, which lessens the burden on filters and skimmers. They’re also helpful for preventing damage that can occur to pumps if the water level falls below the height of skimmers.

Cons

Pool covers require care and maintenance to keep them looking good and to ensure they’re performing their intended task. Unless owners have installed a solid pool cover, individuals will need to physically remove leaves and debris that accumulate on the cover. Rainwater will also need to be pumped off to prevent the cover from incurring damage from debris and to keep it from sagging.

Depending on the type of cover used, if left on over long periods of time, the cover can contribute to the build-up of algae, precipitating the need for additional chemicals. Other types of covers have the reverse effect. They prevent UV rays from entering that feeds algae growth, thereby reducing the need for vacuuming and chemicals.

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Keeping Algae at Bay Between Maintenance

Summer heat and humidity levels mean swimming pools are used more often and there may be an increased number of people jumping in. Sunlight and the number of people in the pool will have an effect on maintenance requirements. Of particular concern is algae growth, but there are measures that individuals can take to keep algae at bay between regular maintenance.

Pool Covers

Algae spores are continually being brought into the pool environment via multiple methods. The spores enter through wind and rain, dirt and dust, and even on the bodies of swimmers and their swimsuits. Nothing can completely prevent algae spores from entering the water, but using a pool cover will certainly aid in minimizing contamination.

Filter Usage

Stagnant, unmoving water is a prime breeding ground for algae growth. Increasing the use of filters will help move the water and filter out more debris. An increase in electric costs for additional filtering is worth the cost of trying to treat and eradicate an algae bloom in the pool. Increasing pool usage will also stir up pool water and bring contaminants closer to the surface where they can be removed by the filters.

Chemical Levels

Owners can help mitigate the potential for an algae bloom in their pool by closely monitoring chemical levels. Some people find it helpful to shock the pool at least once a week, particularly during the hottest part of the summer. However, doing so will necessitate knowledge of the use of other chemicals in conjunction with the shock treatment.

Frequent Cleaning

Keeping the pool clean is a vital step in minimizing algae. Establish a weekly brushing and vacuuming routine. It prevents spores from hiding in crevasses and stirs up the water for better filtering. Professional pool service is worth the expense to keep pools clean, prevent algae, and maintain the proper chemical levels.

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How Often Should my Pool be Maintained

People with pools know the aquatic features must be maintained on a regular basis, but exactly what that schedule looks like can depend on multiple variables. Maintaining the pool is critical for ensuring cleanliness and hygiene. Professional pool companies recommend that pools be cleaned and chemical levels checked at least once per week.

There are a number of situations and circumstances that can have an impact on the water quality in your pool, such as water levels, rainwater, and the amount of sun the pool receives every day. In between regular maintenance visits by a pool professional, there are a number of actions you can take to aid in preventing outbreaks of algae, bacteria, and other contaminants.

If you enjoy a hands-on DIY approach, don’t wait until the weekend or your next day off if you notice a potential problem developing. Pool maintenance is essentially an everyday task. Resolve issues as soon as possible to prevent larger problems later on.

You should be running a pool vacuum at least once a week, performing regular cleaning of filters, and skimming the pool for debris. Brushing the pool walls is an essential part of cleaning. You can do it manually with a long-handled brush made for the task or employ a high-tech cleaner that has the ability to climb pool walls instead of simply staying on the bottom.

Testing of pH and chlorine levels are critical. It will tell you what chemicals you need to add and how much. Many people perform a routine weekly shock of their pool as a preventative. You may also want to utilize a weekly algae preventative and treat the pool periodically for cloudy water.

Pool maintenance should never be taken lightly or approached with a cavalier attitude. Pool maintenance is serious business and failure to perform the right actions will render the pool unusable and a danger to others. If in doubt, always call in the pool professionals for weekly maintenance.

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Leave Commercial Pool Maintenance to the Pros

Commercial pool and spa owners have very stringent operating rules and regulations. A commercial pool is one that’s used by the public for recreational or even medical purposes. It encompasses community-owned pools, those provided at condos and clubs, at fitness centers, and pools utilized for therapeutic purposes.

Cost is a major factor for pool managers and they’re often tempted to take on the duties of pool maintenance themselves or delegate them to on-site maintenance workers. However, every commercial endeavor should know their pool manager must be CPO or AFO certified.

Proper maintenance for commercial pools requires far more than simply having a good filtration system and a supply of chemicals. It’s time-consuming, entails a lot of work, and must adhere to very specific standards. It’s also a significant source of stress for commercial endeavors. Hiring a professional ensures that chemical levels are optimal, the pool is clean, and meets hygiene standards.

Improper maintenance and unacceptable chemical levels damage pools and make them unsafe for public use. Commercial pools require constant monitoring and maintenance. Companies and organizations can face serious lawsuits for compromising health and safety. Maintaining a commercial pool is extremely specific and remedies for any problems are time-sensitive.

A professional pool maintenance company is able to handle all the day-to-day testing and chemical applications. They can diagnose problems and make repairs when necessary. They also have the high-tech tools for physically cleaning the pool and conducting scans to identify leaks and other types of damage. Hiring a pool professional means there’s no need to store potentially dangerous chemicals on-site.

A pool professional understands that a commercial pool environment is a highly changeable ecosystem that can change significantly from day-to-day. They’re highly-trained, certified, and aware of all the health codes and standards to which commercial pools and spas must adhere to remain healthy and safe.

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Preparing your Pool for Summer Fun

A pool is an excellent focus for summer fun, but it will require some preparation before jumping in. It’s essential that pools be prepared correctly to provide a safe environment for swimmers. While you may be familiar with the tasks that must be accomplished to ensure a safe opening, if you don’t have time or are new to pool ownership, it’s a process best left to the professionals.

Don’t Drain

Never drain the water from your pool in the expectation of changing out the water or cleaning it for the new season. You risk damaging the pool or having it lift out of the ground in areas with a high water table.

Cleaning

Ensure all of your filtration and water circulation systems are in working order. Clean out the skimmer baskets, remove any plugs from when the pool was closed, but don’t remove the pool cover yet. It will provide protection against early-season storms and pollen.

Water  Levels

Your pool has an optimal water level at which it operates. If water levels have dipped over the winter, add water to bring levels up where they should be.

Chemicals

You’ll need to add some chemicals to ensure the pH is balanced, calcium and chlorine levels are accurate, and to adjust alkalinity. Your pool may have developed an algae growth over the winter and it’s essential that the pool be shocked. It’s imperative that the filtration system be operated until the water is clear before anyone attempts to swim.

Hire a Professional

Preparing a pool for summer fun is a task that you may not want to tackle on your own and that’s understandable. Performing regular maintenance throughout the season can be difficult enough. The easiest and most effective solution is to hire a pool professional. The highly-trained experts are experienced in traditional chlorine pools and saline pools to prepare and maintain them while you reap the benefits.

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How to Avoid a Green Pool

A green pool is unsightly, dangerous to swimmers, and can occur at any time for a variety of reasons. Even though individuals may be accustomed to caring for their pool’s needs, it’s always a good idea to obtain the services of a pool professional when the pool water turns green.

It’s important to understand that an algae bloom in the pool can result in infections of the eyes and ears, gastrointestinal problems, and skin rashes. Don’t ever swim in a pool with even a vague green tinge to the water.

The water in swimming pools turns green due to the growth of algae. The aquatic plant can grow extremely quickly when it has favorable conditions and can turn a pool green overnight. It can be the result of warm temperatures, a lack of proper circulation or filtration, chemical imbalances, and the presence of elevated levels of carbon dioxide, nitrates or phosphates.

Rain Storms

One way to avoid a green pool is to pay attention to the weather and cover the pool before it rains. The chemicals that are washed from the air during a rainstorm include nitrates, phosphates, and an extensive variety of organic materials. Rainwater also dilutes existing chlorine levels.

Debris and Filtration

Any debris should be removed promptly from the pool. Ensure that the filtration system is working correctly and the skimmer baskets aren’t clogged.

Cleaning

A robotic cleaner can provide considerable assistance in preventing a green pool. They’re an important tool, but typically won’t be able to reach corners. A pool professional has the specialized equipment required for a complete cleaning solution.

Water Levels

Pool chemicals are designed to work with optimal pool levels. Make sure pool water is at the correct level to enable chemical remedies to work as they should.

Chemicals

A variety of chemicals are required to keep pool water balanced and safe for swimmers. It’s essential that individuals check and monitor pH levels regularly. It’s an easy way to head off algae and green pool problems before they develop. If green water occurs despite the best efforts, call in a pool professional that can shock the pool, remove dead algae, and get the pool back to normal.

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What the Best Pool Maintenance Companies do Right

Engaging the services of a professional pool maintenance service is going to save a significant amount of time, money and stress for pool owners. The pool experts provide much more than simple water testing and applying the appropriate chemicals. The best pool maintenance companies provide other essential services and are highly trained professionals.

Leak Detection

A large leak will obviously affect the water level in a pool, but every leak begins as a small crack or other defect that can easily be detected by a pool professional in the earliest stages. A full-service pool maintenance company will use sonar technology to identify leaks within 10,000th of an inch within the pool itself. Pipes will be pressurized and the technician will use ultrasound devices to detect leaks.

Repairs

If a leak is detected or a breakdown occurs within any system, including solar heating units and salt water systems, a superior pool maintenance company will be able to obtain the required parts and repair it. The experts will also be able to install new equipment if existing systems can’t be repaired.

Remodeling

Whether individuals want to update the look of their pool, upgrade heaters or plumbing, or add custom water features a pool maintenance company will be able to accomplish those desires. The company will have the ability to provide services for residential or commercial pools and spas. The specialists can plaster, replace coping, and complete rock or masonry work to create a whole new look.

New Construction

A premium pool company has the experience and expertise to install a new pool and take care of every facet of its maintenance requirements after its completed. The professionals are knowledgeable about all prevailing regulations and safety rules. They’ll also be able to determine if the space and soil is appropriate for the proposed pool and can offer suggestions for alternatives if it’s not.

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How to Keep Algae Out of Your Swimming Pool

If you want to have a beautiful, clean, and healthy swimming pool, then you need to know how to maintain it regularly. In fact, maintenance is considered to be one of the most important aspects of pool ownership. Without proper maintenance, your pool can easily develop several dangerous contaminants such as algae, which can also clog the filters of your pool. In addition, if you do not properly maintain your pool on a regular basis, there are high chances that it can lose its luster and even it’s color. So, to help you in maintaining your pool at its best, here are some helpful tips:

Clean the Pool

The first thing that you have to do is to remove any leaves or other debris from your pool. It is very important to do this so you can prevent algae from forming on the sides of the pool. Then, make use of skimmers so you can get rid of the dirt and leaves in the water.

Proper Chemicals

One of the most common mistakes that most people make when it comes to keeping their pool in good condition is using the wrong chemicals for it. Make sure that you use the correct chemical that is suitable for the type of pool that you have. There are several types of pool chemicals including automatic pool cleaners that help in keeping algae at bay while using minimal amounts of chemicals. Also, regular maintenance is required to make sure that the chemicals are still in the right quantity. By following all these tips, you can surely enjoy crystal clear and beautiful pool water.

Pool Maintenance Company

Pool cleaning and chemical maintenance can be overwhelming for any pool owner. One of the best things you can do hire a company to regularly visit and maintain you pool. They will keep you pool clean, clear, and ready for use.

 

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