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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 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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Keeping your Pool Clean During a Chlorine Shortage

For those that haven’t yet heard, there’s a nationwide chlorine shortage and it’s going to impact the way pools are opened and maintained. The shortage is affecting private and public pools in every state. The chlorine crisis came about as the result of a fire in a Louisiana plant responsible for making chlorine for swimming pools.

The loss of that manufacturing left people in the U.S. with only two plants that produce the chemical. Another factor impacting chlorine was the pandemic. Thousands of people installed pools during the height of the pandemic and it increased demand for chlorine at the same time that production was reduced due to the fire.

The Louisiana plant doesn’t expect to resume operations until Spring 2022. Chlorine is in short supply and it’s going to be far more expensive than in the past. Professional pool maintenance companies and pool supply houses are employing multiple strategies in an effort to obtain the chlorine they need.

In many instances, individuals and pool maintenance professionals will need to use powdered chlorine rather than tablets. At some point, they may also need to transition from powdered chlorine to liquid chlorine. They may also have to resort to non-chlorinated products to shock pools.

While pool professionals will have the knowledge and experience to make the necessary conversions, if you’re among the many pool owners that manage their own pool, you may not be able to make those changes in a way that’s safe for swimmers.

Another alternative is converting an existing chlorine pool into a saltwater pool. While a saltwater pool still uses chlorine, it requires far less of the chemical than a traditional chlorine pool. The same is true of pools that employ ozone, UV and ionization systems.

Keep your pool cleaner by showering before swimming and don’t let pets in the pool. Don’t neglect regular maintenance. For the best advice on how to keep your pool clean during the chlorine crisis, definitely consult with a pool professional.

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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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Top 10 Things Every new Pool Owner Should Know

Individuals should be aware that a pristine pool in the back yard isn’t the end of the pool process. Many new pool owners either don’t know what’s involved in maintaining a pool or assume that little is needed beyond cleaning the filter periodically.

The most important thing any pool owner can do is install the proper barriers and safety-related equipment to prevent children, the elderly and pets from drowning. The following are the Top 10 things every new pool owner should know – and be aware of before they have their new pool installed.

  1. A professional pool service is well worth the money. They’re highly-trained experts that are skilled in all facets of pool maintenance and can conduct repairs and perform replacements.
  2. Pool water must be tested weekly to identify imbalances to ensure it adheres to specific levels of cleanliness for safe swimming.
  3. There are a number of chemicals that pools require and individuals will need to learn what each type is for, how much to apply, and when to do so.
  4. Pools that receive frequent use or are utilized by large numbers of swimmers will affect pH balances and other chemical levels.
  5. Multiple factors can affect the chemical levels in a pool, ranging from UV light and bodily fluids to adding water and rainwater from storms.
  6. Despite the best of intentions, pool water can become cloudy or spawn algae growth that can require shocking the pool.
  7. Even salt water pools require a certain amount of chlorine and a salt water pool won’t be the same as swimming in ocean water.
  8. Never drain the pool, even if a hurricane is approaching. Modern pools are designed to drain away from homes. Be sure to turn off the power to all the pool-related equipment and secure the pool deck. The pool will take care of itself.
  9. Automated cleaning systems make owning a pool much easier. It’s still important to have a professional perform periodic cleanings and check for any peeling or hairline cracks.
  10. One dog is equal to 50 swimmers. Canines will place extra strain on the pool’s systems. It’s also an essential safety measure for pets that don’t know how to exit the pool and can drown.

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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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Maintaining your Saline Pool

A great many people are choosing to install a saline swimming pool rather than a traditional chlorine model. While saline pools are gentler on hair and skin, it’s important to understand that the saline levels are not comparable to ocean water – salinity levels are approximately 1/10th that of the ocean.

The second thing to know about saline pools is that they’re more complex systems and if you’re not familiar with them, your best decision will be to hire a professional pool service for regular monitoring, maintenance and repair. Your initial set up will be more costly, but a saline pool is less expensive to maintain over time.

Maintaining a saline pool isn’t like a traditional chlorine pool and trying to apply the same principles will result in damage. Saline pools still require chlorine, but it’s not simply dumped in the pool. Chemicals must first pass through a salt chlorine generator that converts chemicals into hypochlorous acid and hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas dissipates into the air and the hypochlorous acid is what sanitizes the water.

Salt is a corrosive material. In the recommended concentrations, it’s not harmful to any part of the pool system. If you add too much, the saline will begin to corrode pipes, fittings, pool liners and railings. Rectifying and repairing the damage will be extremely costly.

It’s critical that proper circulation be maintained to prevent salt from building up in specific areas. Depending upon the shape of your pool, it may require additional circulation devices to be installed. If you see salt crystals growing anywhere in the pool, call a professional.

Regular cleaning is required for any type of pool, but not all tools that are used for cleaning a chlorine pool are effective for a saline environment. Always make sure that your filter, skimmer and pump are kept clean.

You’ll need to maintain proper pH levels, manage stabilizers, sustain appropriate salt levels, and shock the pool when appropriate. Regular testing is critical to know what chemicals to add and when. Anytime you’re in doubt, engage the services of a pool expert.

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Trees to Avoid Planting Near your Pool

Planting trees near your swimming pool can aid in creating specific landscaping effects for a more inviting environment. In addition to leaves, some have pollen, blossoms, seeds, and fruits that will fall in the pool and add to maintenance costs. It will also make the pool unattractive and may even render it unusable. The following are trees you’ll want to avoid near your pool.

Evergreens

An evergreen may seem like a good alternative to traditional leafy varieties – until you consider that they shed needles at an amazing rate. Those needles can fall or be blown into the pool and carried in on damp feet. The trees also emit sticky pitch that’s difficult to remove.

Fruit and Nuts

Trees that bear fruits or nuts should be avoided whether they’re trees that are considered domesticated or those found in the wild. Fruits and nuts attract insects, wildlife, and present a hazard for people who can trip, fall, and be injured. Fruits and the husks of nuts will also stain pools, concrete and other surroundings.

Invasive Roots

Some tree species have invasive roots that actively seek sources of moisture – including your pool. They can grow through the sides of pools, erode the soil around the pool, and damage and destroy underground plumbing. Willows, aspens and cottonwoods are water seekers.

Big Bloomers

Trees that produce big blooms are beautiful to behold until they begin to drop their petals into the pool. The resulting debris can be considerable. Southern magnolias are well-known for their gorgeous blooms and messy aftermath.

Thorns, Spikes, and Spines

Some trees develop thorns as they mature, while others produce seeds with thorny coverings. Sycamores and sweetgum produce seeds with spiky coverings that are painful if stepped on. Hawthorns, honey locusts and acacias sprout thorns.

Messy Seeders

The catalpa tree is a messy seeder and the northern variety is even worse than the southern version. The long seed pods open to release clouds of fluffy seeds that can resemble a snow storm when blown about by the wind. Their flowers also create a mess when they drop and the seeds pods are unsightly when they fall on lawns and in pools.

Weak Limbs

Silver maples and Bradford pears are just two species that tend to have weak branches that break and fall in the wind. They can cause a significant amount of damage if the branch is large, while a continual rain of small twigs is equally annoying.

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