5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Pool

Warmer weather has us starting our spring cleaning initiatives – both inside and out. See what you need to be thinking about when it comes to your pool.

Scrub off winter dirt

Start by brushing down the side-walls and steps.  Black algae form a protective shield around itself that only vigorous brushing can remove.  After brushing the pool, run the filtration system for several hours and backwash the filter.  Repeat the brush-filter-backwash sequence.  If you have cartridge filters, run the sequence twice with the old filters and then replace the filters to get the season off to a good start.

GATHER UP spring flowers

April showers bring May flowers.”  If you live in Northern California, an array of flowers are blowing everywhere.  Beautiful? – Yes!  Messy? – Definitely!!  Nothing controls this debris and the pollens that go with it like one of our robotic pool cleaners.  It works all day and most of the night to skim all this mess from the surface of the pool before it has a chance to sink.  Promptly removing spring flowers from your pool will keep the pool sparkling clean and bacteria/algae at bay.  By the time it sinks to the bottom for your bottom cleaner to take care of, the damage is already done. Talk about necessary spring cleaning!

Check your chemistry

As the temperature heats up, algae and bacteria become more active.  The key to winning the fight against algae is to start with properly balanced water.  Start your season by taking a water sample in to your local pool professional and letting them test the full range of levels.  Most home test kits only measure pH and Chlorine concentrations.  This is good enough for maintaining your pool during the season but is inadequate for getting a proper start to the year.  Having all the levels balanced will not only make your pool water feel more comfortable, it will reduce your chemical costs during the season.

Assess your water quality

Check water for high (TDS) Total Dissolved Solids.  In California TDS are so high that it requires changing the pool water every three to five years.  High TDS reduces the effectiveness of chlorine, thereby increasing the cost of keeping your pool sanitized.  A sustainable alternative to changing your pool water is to have it recycled through a mobile reverse-osmosis system.

Tune up your pump

A well-tuned pump motor will save you lots of energy and cash.  Lubricate the motor if it has lubrication ports.  Check all seals and apply new silicone.  This will help keep the rubber parts supple and minimize the chance of air leaks.  Turn on the pump and ensure it primes properly.

Cleaned, controlled, balanced, filtered and tuned-up!  A little work now will save a lot later.  Your pool will be cleaner, cheaper and easier to maintain, and more sustainable. Of course we can do all this for you and we guarantee you spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning when you sign up for our weekly service. ?

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Six tips for fall pool maintenance

The weather is cooling, summer is ending and the leaves are falling — into your pool! Fall pool maintenance is key to keeping your pool issue free going into winter.  Here are some changes and services to consider for your pool this fall.

1. General Cleaning.  

Removal all pool toys. Ensure the pool is in good general order. Use your pool vacuum, brush tiles and clean the pool deck.

2. Leaves & Debris.

Fall pool cleaning involves a lot of leaf removal. When leaves accumulate in the pool, algae begins to grow and thrive. Leaves that sink to the bottom of the pool stain the flooring material.

More plant debris in the pool equals more problems, so be sure to clean your skimmer baskets more regularly, preferably every morning.  Also, use a leaf net to skim leaves off the top of the water. If you have a lot of trees around your pool, keeping your pool covered while not in use can save lots of cleaning time.

3. Pool Filter.

If you’ve had a busy, high-bather load summer, it might be a good time to clean your pool filter. With the debris from falling foliage and lower temperatures, a clean filter to start of the fall season is important.

4. Heating Cycle.

It is a good idea to adjust your water’s heating cycle so your pool is comfortable for swimming. Outside temperatures are falling and so to keep costs down, cover your pool at night.  

5. Pool Chemicals.

Lower water and air temperatures mean fewer chemicals needed. Monitor pH and chemical levels as the temperatures cool and adjust as needed.

6. Prepare for the early freeze.

Here in California, we don’t get many “Freezing” days. However, we do get the occasional cold front that can bring temperatures down below or at freezing for a couple of days. Freeze protect your pool: Install freeze protection controls that have a sensor that measures air temperature and runs the pool pump when a minimum temperature is reached. If you don’t want to invest in freeze protection, set up text alerts to notify you when the temperature drops to prompt you to turn on your pool pump. Leave the pump on until the temperature rises again.

No matter where you live, be sure to get on board with fall pool maintenance to ensure your pool is hassle-free going into and coming out of winter. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors, but be sure to keep those leaves out of your pool!

And of course you can always call us and we would be delighted to come ready your pool for witer.

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In: Cleaning, Fall
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Pool covers: A quick way to save energy

If you want to ensure your pool is more sustainable, an easy place to start is with a pool cover.

Pools can use a lot of energy, and according to Energy.gov, the most common way for a pool to lose energy is through evaporation. A pool’s evaporation rate depends on factors including temperature of the pool water, air temperature and humidity level, and wind speed. Using a pool cover can reduce water loss by 30 to 50 percent, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Pools can also lose heat quickly, wasting energy. With a pool cover, pool owners can save as much as 50 to 70 percent in pool heating costs.

Pool covers are usually made from polyethylene, polypropylene or vinyl. Bubble covers are the cheapest option, but vinyl covers last longer. If your pool is an outdoor pool, using a transparent pool cover will provide more solar energy absorption than an opaque cover.

Some pool covers use tracks along the sides of the pool to prevent people, animals or debris from getting into the pool. If you are concerned about safety, there are pool covers that can hold the weight of several people. These safety covers are sometimes required in commercial pools.

Automatic pool covers cover and uncover the pool with a simple push of a button, while semi-automatic pool covers use a motor-driven system to roll and unroll the cover, but require someone to guide the cover. Manual covers work on a reel that helps you manually roll up the pool cover, or you can purchase a manual cover that folds up.

For maximum energy and water savings, use a cover at all times that the pool isn’t in use. When purchasing a pool cover, make sure it comes with a two-year warranty. If you have an outdoor pool, expect to replace it in three to five years because of UV deterioration.

Have questions? We are here to answer them 925.427.7946 

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In: Covers, Uncategorized
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How to Remove Hard Water Stains From Pool Tiles

Hard water stains on your pool tiles appear as a cloudy white residue caused from large amounts of minerals in the water, such as calcium limestone and magnesium, and as the water evaporates, mineral deposits form on the tile. Thankfully, you can remove the stains with chemicals you already use in your pool, but it.

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