Feb
28

Opening Your Pool For Spring

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Spring Pool Openings

Here is a list of things you can do yourself to help lower the cost of opening your pool in the Spring:

  • Remove, clean, fold and store winter pool cover.
  • Test water balance; adjust calcium, Alkalinity and pH levels
  • Replace winter stored items; ladders, auto cleaner, baskets, plugs, gauges, etc.
  • Inspect and test electrical service to pumps, lights, heaters, etc.
  • Lube valves and o-rings. Wrap threaded plugs with new thread sealant.
  • Flood lines, prime-up pump, start-up motor and adjust valves for proper flow.
  • Brush tiles and scrub skimmers with phosphate-free cleanser.
  • Blow off, then hose off, your pool deck.
  • Skim pool surface. Vacuum pool to waste if algae is present.
  • Super chlorinate to breakpoint levels with liquid or granular chlorine.
  • Brush pool walls and steps. Re-check chemical levels in 12-24 hrs, adjust as needed.
  • Backwash filter when pressure gauge rises 8-10 lbs, or flow diminishes considerably.
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Feb
28

Winterizing Your Pool

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The main purpose in winterizing your inground swimming pool is to protect it from damage due to freezing water. Another is to keep it as clean as possible for the next season. Closing your swim pool properly can save you a lot of work when it comes time to open the swimming pool for the summer.

  • The first step in the winterization procedure is to make sure your water chemistry is balanced. You should make sure that your pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness are all balanced. By balancing your water chemistry you are protecting the surface of the pool from staining and etching.
  • Adding a winterizing chemical kit to your water will help keep it blue and clear for the next season. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the kit.
  • Do not use a floater that contains a strong oxidizer (chlorine or bromine) as the floater will stick against the wall and stain and/or bleach your wall, especially a vinyl liner. For the same reasons DO NOT throw chlorine or bromine tablets into the pool. They will sink to the bottom and damage your pool’s surface.
  • When water freezes, it expands. This can cause great damage to your pool, pool plumbing, and its filter system. If you are closing up your pool for the winter, you should always take precautions to protect from freeze damage no matter where you live. You can never be sure that it will not drop below freezing, even in the Sun Belt.
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Feb
28

Chosing A Contractor

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A new swimming pool is a big decision and a large investment. It is important to know who you are working with and how a company carries out the entire process. Several large well respected, well established pool contractors and pool and spa organizations thoughout the states have compiled a list of information any homeowner considering a pool contractor should think about before making a final decision.

1. Before contracting with a pool company, check to see that they are licensed with the state. A residential Builders license is preferred over a maintenance and alteration license as it requires the builder to possess a much broader knowledge of the building code and requirements than a maintenance and alteration license. Review their complaint record with this agency. Also check the pool builder through the Better Business Bureau. At the BBB Web site it indicates that, “To have a ‘Satisfactory Record’ with the Bureau, a company must be in business for at least 12 months, properly and promptly address matters referred to it by the Bureau, and be free from an unusual volume or pattern of complaints and law enforcement action involving its marketplace conduct.” Read More→

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