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-safety

General Pool Safety Tips

  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Don’t try to keep up with a stronger skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you. Keep an eye on weaker swimmers—if they appear tired, encourage them to get out of the water and rest. 
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”—too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Get out of the water immediately if any of these situations occur. Stay off the main drain. The suction from the pump could trap you underwater.
  • Use common sense regarding food and beverages while swimming. 
  • Do not chew gum or eat while you swim; you could easily choke. 
  • Never drink alcohol and swim.
  • Use common sense about swimming after eating. If you have had a large meal, it is wise to let digestion get started before doing strenuous activity such as swimming.
  • Use plastic instead of glassware in the pool area.
  • Obey “No Diving” signs. A general rule is to enter feet first into water rather than head-first.
  • Never dive into an above-ground pool, they are too shallow.
  • Make sure the pool cover is completely lifted off the pool. Never walk on the pool cover.
  • Watch the weather: know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms. Because water conducts electricity, stop swimming as soon as you see or hear a storm.
  • Keep rescue equipment (pole, rope and personal floatation devices) by the pool.
  • Keep a phone poolside. Program the phone with emergency phone numbers and/or post emergency phone numbers in your pool area.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid. Post CPR instructions in your pool area.
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Why Do My Eyes Burn During and/or After Swimming?

People will often complain of burning, itching eyes after spending some time in a swimming pool. There are a couple of reasons for this.

Below are the causes and how to remedy this: 

Chlorine – Seems to be the number one reason that people think is the cause, but is not always the case. However, it can be a cause of it. 

It is a common misconception that red eyes and a strong chlorine smell to the water is the result of too much chlorine. Actually, the cause is not enough chlorine! The combined chlorine compound, called a chloramine, is produced when a free chlorine molecule combines with a nitrogen or ammonia molecule. These compounds smell bad, irritate the eyes and skin, and get in the way of free chlorine trying to do its job.    

Shocking or super chlorinating is necessary to oxidize, or break apart these compounds. So then, when the eyes burn, and the pool smells over chlorinated, the resolution is to raise the chlorine level ten times the normal amount to achieve “breakpoint chlorination” thresholds which will break apart the chloramine bonds…

pH – First and foremost, let me start by saying that the pH in our bodies is 7.2 parts per million. That being said, when the pH in a pool gets too low or high (ideal range is 7.2-7.6 ppm) the body reacts and produces the burning and itching eyes.

A test of the water and re-balance of chemicals, starting with the total alkalinity levels can get the water, and pH levels, back within a safe and happy swimming experience.

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In: Factoids, Hair & Skin, Safety, Uncategorized, Water Purifications
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Homeowner Builds $2 Million Scuba Diving Pool In His Garden

You’ve read about the ongoing effort to build the world’s deepest pool in the UK, right? Wouldn’t it be nice if you were rich enough to build your very own private pool deep enough to scuba dive? Well, one homeowner in the U.S. state of Utah has done just that. In addition to having a water slide,.

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In: Backyards, Fantasy Pools, Innovation, Outdoor, Paradise Pools, Pools
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Ultra-Luxurious Pools and Decks

Built for fun and relaxation, these incredible pools and decks take outdoor entertaining to the next level. Take a break and browse through these impeccably designed backyard retreats. Party Ready Festive lighting and ample seating make this traditional backyard pool a fantastic spot to entertain. Seating is grouped into zones for conversation, dining and poolside.

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Dog Safety Around The Pool

Swimming Pool Rules The pool is an excellent place to spend your summers. There’s the sun, the toys and the refreshing drinks with the tiny little umbrellas. Oh, and lest we forget — the water! However, pools can also be dangerous for our dogs. Not all dogs are good swimmers and some breeds like the bulldogmay.

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In: Animals, Covers, Outdoor, Pool Season, Pools, Safety, Summer, Swimming
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Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy Is Useful For Many Medical Conditions

Aquatic therapy or pool therapy consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance. One benefit of aquatic therapy is the.

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The Best Pool Side Reads…

Pools aren’t just for swimming. Sometimes, they are the perfect escape from your hectic life. Do you really need an excuse to have some “me time?” Never! So grab your favorite summer read and get lost in a book while lying poolside. To get your perfect pool day started, we gathered our top picks for.

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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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