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Tips For Remodeling Your Inground Pool

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Remodeling Your Inground Pool

You love your backyard pool. You’ve probably enjoyed hours and hours of swimming, pool parties and other water-based fun. However, your once-shiny pool has taken on a lackluster appearance. It’s time to remodel your swimming pool. Take this opportunity to create a backyard retreat that inspires your swimming pool love again. Replace the Liner Probably the first step in updating your inground pool is replacing the liner. When it comes to inground pool liners, you typically choose between a custom or a prefinished option. The most flexible type of design is a custom concrete or gunite liner. Contractors spray the liner over a contoured and reinforced surface. This type of liner is more common if you’re starting from scratch – or replacing an existing concrete liner. Vinyl and fiberglass liners come in pre-designed shapes. Vinyl tends to be the least expensive option, though it’s still durable. With this liner, contractors install a sheet of vinyl between the water and the underlying structure, and then seal it to the edging. Fiberglass liners come as a pre-finished shell that contractors lower into the pool and seal. Fiberglass liners feature a smooth surface that’s easy to maintain. Both types of liners come in different colors and patterns that can simulate other finishes, such as pebble or tile. Install a Spa If you really enjoy your water sports, consider adding a spa to your pool complex. In fact, the Landscaping Network suggests installing a fiberglass spa. The contractors can install the pre-made fiberglass shell close to the existing pool, or it can be separated by steps for a terraced effect. As the site points out, you can customize your spa installation with jets, lights, seats and arm rests. It’s also possible to have a custom gunite spa installed, especially if that’s your choice in pool liner replacement. Add an Outdoor Shower An outdoor shower is a luxury, but one that can be very useful. At its most basic, an outdoor shower provides a quick method for rinsing off after a swim. However, you can also have the shower designed for actual bathing. If it’s just for rinsing off, any corner will do. However, outdoor bathing showers require privacy and a supply of warm water. Either way, you can choose showerhead and tile options that complement the overall style of your backyard retreat. Landscape Around the Pool The way to really make your backyard pool stand out is with landscaping. You could have the contractors build planters out of the same material used in the pool decking. You could also design spaces for inground planting. Once you have the design planned, look for ways to add pool-friendly plants – these are lush plantings that don’t drop dead leaves into the...

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2 Simple Ways To Spot Swimming Pool Leaks

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Simple Ways To Spot Swimming Pool Leaks

The installation of a private pool on your property can be a great way to entertain your family and friends. Maintaining your swimming pool regularly is important to ensure your pool’s safety and functionality. Loss of water within your pool can be dangerous and costly when this water loss is attributed to a leak that goes undetected. Here are two simple ways that you can spot a leak in your swimming pool in order to better maintain the pool for recreational use. 1. Check for evaporation. If you notice that you are having to add more water to your swimming pool on a regular basis in order to keep it full, it’s important to determine whether a leak or evaporation should be blamed for your water loss. One simple way that you can verify the source of your water loss is by conducting a bucket test. Remove the handle from a large bucket, then fill the bucket partially full with water from your pool. Use a marker to draw a line identifying the water level in the bucket, then mark a line on the wall of your pool marking the water line inside the pool. Allow the bucket to float in the pool for two or three days without being disturbed by swimmers. If the water levels in both the bucket and your pool have diminished equally, then your water loss is likely due to simple evaporation. If the water level in your pool is significantly lower than the water in the bucket, your pool has a leak. 2. Feel for cracks or tears. Your fingers and toes can be great tools when it comes to locating leaks in your swimming pool. Gather some family members and friends together and form a line running the width of your pool. Have each person move slowly across the length of the pool, feeling along the bottom and side walls of the pool as they move for signs of cracks or tears in the pool’s lining. Any damage that is identified should be inspected by a swimming pool repair professional to determine what types of repairs might be needed to prevent water from leaking out of your pool in the future. Being able to identify when your pool has sprung a leak will allow you to provide the best possible maintenance when it comes to keeping your private pool open for entertaining...

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3 Things To Consider When Getting A Custom Pool For Your Home

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Consider When Getting A Custom Pool For Your Home

It won’t be long before the warm summer sun is upon the area and you are looking to spend time outside soaking up the rays of the sun. For many people, they are looking to add a custom pool to their home this year. Pools are not only a great way to spend time with the family and stay in shape, but they are a great way to cool down and beat the summer heat. If you are looking at some of the different options out there for your pool, it can get confusing and overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be though. Take the following into consideration when making a decision on what custom pool to get for your space. Material used. Pools come in an assortment of different materials. A cement pool is one that can be customized to your specific shape and size based on the amount of space you have in your yard. These pools tend to last for quite some time, all thanks to the durability of the cement material involved in making the pool. Another option to consider is a fiberglass pool. These pools are brought in to your property in one large piece and fit into the hole that was already dug for the pool. With this option, your pool can quickly be set into place and secured without having to wait for the cement to cure. Size and shape. You also want to stop and think about what size and shape you want your pool to be. You don’t have to go with just a traditional rectangle or oval pool. You can choose from any number of different shapes and sizes to best accommodate your individual space and preferences. Ask about some of the options the pool company has installed for customers to give you an idea of what they are capable of doing. Color and design. With your new custom pool, you can customize every last detail of the pool. Add in a color to the main pool itself to give your cement a touch of pizzazz. Bring in a liner to help create a beautiful contrast and texture. Add in a custom tile border that helps to make your pool all your own. You are in complete control of how you want your pool to look and feel. By taking the above into account, you can get a pool that is going to meet your needs accordingly.Talk to companies dealing in custom pools to learn...

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Why Is Pool Water Blue?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Is Pool Water Blue?

Blue water has a pristine, clear appearance even though it isn’t technically “clear.” Pool owners dedicate much of their maintenance to keeping their water looking its bluest. But why do pools have a blue hue?  ​Intrinsic Color  While you probably think of clean water as colorless, this isn’t the case. When you observe water without color pollution sources, such as light reflecting off brightly colored surfaces, the liquid has a pale turquoise color.  This natural blue color, like almost all other colors, results from the way water absorbs light. White light, like sunlight, actually consists of a rainbow of colors. When white light hits water, all the colors in this spectrum are absorbed except blue, which makes the water appear tinted. The deeper the water, the less light exposure it receives. This phenomenon is why deep water looks dark, while shallow water looks paler. Mineral Content The natural color of water is affected first by the water’s contents, especially any minerals or growths present. For example, the Colorado River appears red due to iron-rich silt suspended in the water, while the Red Sea gets its color and name from red algae growth. Similarly, your pool water changes colors according to the particles, plant life, and chemical composition present in it. Pool chemicals, including chlorine and salinization solutions, discourage the growth of unwanted plants, while regular cleaning removes items that deposit particles to keep your water blue. Reflection In addition to your water’s inherent color and chemical composition, your pool can appear more or less blue when it reflects specific objects. Color pollution objects may include: Decking or sidewalk materials Pool goers  Pool tile or lining Toys and pool accessories Walls, gates, or building exteriors Even a particularly blue sky could make your pool water appear brighter and bluer. If you struggle to maintain an attractive water color in your pool, you can use the water’s reflective qualities to your advantage. To get a bluer hue, re-tile or reline your blue with complimentary colors–like teals and greens–or contrasting colors–like oranges and reds. You can also install dark landscaping and exterior elements, such as a black-brown wooden pool deck, to make your pool’s water look lighter and cleaner. If your pool water unexpectedly changes color, call in a swimming pool service like Guaranteed Pool Service & Repair. A professional can help you diagnose and treat the causes of green, brown, or murky pool water. For most pool owners, a thorough cleaning and chemical treatment change are all it takes to create bluer...

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Want Your Own Training Pool And Lounge Area? Get An Inground Spa

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want Your Own Training Pool And Lounge Area? Get An Inground Spa

If swimming is one of your favorite ways to exercise and you love lounging around the pool, you can get a pool that’s great for both. You can get a pool that is powered to help you reach your swimming goals, but you can still use it when you want to get wet on a bright and sunny day. You’ll want to talk with a pool contractor about getting a spa pool that has a current system powered by jets, and that can be placed outside your home. You can even get a unit that is built into the ground. Here are a few things to ask for. Swimming Current Jets Get a pool with swimming jets so you can swim in place, fighting the current. This allows you to get a great workout experience, and you don’t need to have a lot of space to swim a far distance. You can turn the currents on as strong or low as you want, and there are different wave settings. This is great for people that want to train for a marathon or some sort of swimming competition. Tanning Area If you are going to have the spa built into the ground see if you can have a tanning area added. This is an area that is only a few inches deep, that you can use when you want to get wet and go for a dip, but you don’t want to submerge yourself in water. The tanning area is also great for entertaining. Heater Ask for a spa that has a heating system so you can use the spa when the temperatures start to drop, and so you can use it more months out of the year if you live in an area where the temperatures get low in winter. You may also want to get a spa that functions like a hot tub and not just a pool. If you are interested in having your own spa pool so you can train whenever you want, and so you can swim to get a great low impact cardiovascular workout in, talk with the pool contractors in your area to see what your property can hold. The pool contractor will let you know what type of spa you can have put on your property, how big the different spas are, and what the cost is going to be to have the project completed. To learn more, contact a company like Holiday Pools...

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Tips for Preventing and Eliminating Algae in Your Pool

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Preventing and Eliminating Algae in Your Pool

One of the most common problems with backyard swimming pool maintenance is dealing with algae blooms. If the water isn’t properly sanitized or the filters aren’t getting the job done, algae blooms can thrive. Algae spores can come from many different places, including debris introduced to the pool from the wind or spores that are on your body when you get in the water. While there aren’t any completely guaranteed methods to prevent and eliminate algae, here are some of the swimming pool care tips that can improve your odds. Start with Prevention A good offensive care approach is the best way to keep algae at bay in your swimming pool. There are a few steps you can follow to make your pool less algae-friendly. Chlorine Treatments – Make sure you’re keeping up with your chlorine treatments at all times. Chlorine is a sanitizer, and it can help to prevent algae spores from thriving in the water. Make sure you’re applying chlorine treatments each week, and add some floating chlorine tablets to the water regularly for added protection. Cleaning Up – Keeping up with your routine skimming every day is an important part of preventing algae. When you leave debris in the water, it causes the chlorine in the water to deteriorate, because that chlorine has to focus on getting rid of the contaminants in the water. Skim the pool once a day and make sure you’re clearing the filter basket daily, too. Filtering the Water – Keep your pool pump and filter running for at least eight hours every day. This eliminates particles that are in the water. The longer fine particles are left in the water, the greater your chances that those particles could be a food source for an algae bloom. Inspect the filter cartridges regularly, and replace them as needed to keep them clean. Be Aggressive about Treatment If algae does appear in the pool, you’re going to need to address it right away. The sooner you treat the water, the better. Start by brushing both the sides and the bottom of the interior pool surface. This is essential, because it breaks any spores loose that may be clinging to the sides. You’ll want those spores distributed in the water to treat them effectively. For algae that’s formed a thick layer over the top of the pool, you’ll want to use the vacuum and clear out that thick covering first. Once that part is complete, treat the water with a commercial swimming pool shock treatment. This is a high concentration of chlorine that will help eliminate the algae. Once you’ve applied that according to the product’s instructions, treat the pool with an algaecide. Avoid swimming for the period recommended on the algaecide, since the waiting time is different for each product. If these tips don’t help, or you’re not comfortable tackling an algae bloom on your own, talk with a swimming pool care specialist like Aquatic Pool Plastering about having it professionally...

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How To Maintain A Commercial Pool

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Maintain A Commercial Pool

Commercial pool maintenance can be a big task, but it’s critical to maintaining the safety of your guests. Here are some tips for keeping your pool operating at top condition.  Replace Parts Before You Need To Especially for a commercial pool, it’s important to replace parts before they actually break. Keep your pool functional by replacing parts at least once per season. The parts that need the most care are the filters, gaskets, and water gauges.  Use a Flowmeter Without the proper tools, it’s hard to know how much water is flowing in and out of your pool each minute. This information is crucial because it affects the amount of chemicals you need to use, and it also provides a good clue to when your pump isn’t working properly. A flowmeter can be added to almost any filtration system, and some pumps come with the flowmeter attached.  Consider Using Chlorine Salt One major gripe for pool maintenance teams is the cost and labor associated with chlorinating the pool. Pool salt is a great alternative because it requires less time to maintain, and it’s less hazardous to store. When working with pool salt, be sure to monitor the chlorine levels and add more if there’s a significant intake of new water, such as a change in water levels after a lot of rain.  Buy a Robotic Cleaner Cleaning the floor of a commercial pool is a time-consuming task, especially since it needs to be done on a daily basis. There are a few options for making the task simpler, but a robotic pool cleaner is one of the most comprehensive. The robotic cleaner can be programmed to learn the size and shape of your pool so that it becomes an automatic process. But, in case the robotic cleaner misses an area of the pool, you should always double-check and use a telepole brush to  reach any unclean areas.  Consider Pool Management All of the tasks above can take a lot of time out of a management schedule. When you’re stretched for time or simply don’t want to add these tasks to your to-do list, consider hiring a good pool management company to do regular maintenance. Besides taking care of routine cleaning and monitoring tasks, pool management companies are a helpful resource in case any larger repairs are needed. For that reason, outsourcing your commercial pool management is a great step for keeping things moving...

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Home’s Cracked Swimming Pool

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Everything You Need To Know About Your Home’s Cracked Swimming Pool

If you recently purchased a home with a cracked in-ground swimming pool, you’ve come to the right place. Cracking is a common problem for older pools and those built in areas of the country where the soil is prone to shifting. The good news is that your swimming pool can be repaired and continue to provide fun for your family for many more years to come. Here’s some helpful information on pool crack formation, their repair, and how to prevent future cracks from forming in your home’s pool: Swimming Pool Crack Formation Swimming pools are made of plaster. Plaster is similar to concrete, in that it has some ability to expand and contract during changes in temperature or soil movement. However, in areas with drastic shifts in temperatures or areas with very sandy soils, the swimming pool plaster is likely to form cracks. The plaster will crack when it can no longer hold the expansion necessary to make up for excessive heat, cold, or ground movement. Swimming Pool Crack Repair The necessary repair for a pool’s crack depends upon the type of cracking. Small hairline cracking inside the interior of any pool is expected over time, and can easily be fixed by applying a sealant made for this problem. This repair requires draining your pool, but is a simple DIY project. Larger cracks in the pool’s plaster can signal very serious problems with the structural integrity of your pool. Larger cracks cannot be repaired by anyone other than a licensed pool contractor. The contractor will carefully measure the cracks and determine if the cracks can simply be filled with a sealant, or if your pool’s structure is damaged and in need of additional repairs. Swimming Pool Crack Prevention There are specialized pool sealants that can be professionally applied to the inside of your home’s swimming pool to help prevent the formation of hairline cracking. However, the underlying problem is typically either ground movement or temperature changes, so there isn’t anything a contractor can do to change those factors. By keeping small cracks from forming, you can prevent their growth and further damage. Sealing your pool is advised if you live in an area where cracking is prevalent. Conclusion While swimming pool cracks are frustrating for you, they are just part of life with owning a home with a pool. However, by repairing cracks as early as possible, you can greatly extend the life of your swimming pool and mitigate further damage to the pool’s structure. To have your new home’s cracked pool fixed, you should contact a licensed swimming pool contractor in your local area for assistance. To learn more about pool repair, contact a company like Bellar Pools...

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Two Things To Consider When Shopping For A Hot Tub

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Things To Consider When Shopping For A Hot Tub

Hot tubs come along with a number of benefits. Not only do they add value to your home, but they offer a great place to wind down and relax while still being in the comfort of your own home. Given the financial and time commitments that come along with installing a hot tub on your property, you want to make a decision that you will be satisfied with for many years to come. Here are some tips to help you find the right hot tub for your home. The Shell One of the first things you want to look over is the shell of the hot tub. Typically, hot tub shells are designed in resin, fiberglass or acrylic. While any of these material selections are generally okay, you want to be more skeptical when it comes to the thickness of the shell. Some manufactures will skimp and design only a thin shell. However, the thicker the shell, the more secure the water inside the hot tub, which is essential for preventing leaks. In addition to a thicker shell, it’s also important to find out if the shell has been treated with Microban technology. This is a feature that is designed to prevent the spread of bacteria along the interior of the hot tub. Controlling this bacteria is important because when allowed to spread, this can cause your hot tub to develop a foul odor and cause staining. Insulation If you want to be able to use your hot tub regularly, but you don’t want to pay sky high energy bills, you need to take a few moments to consider insulation. While all hot tubs are designed with a heating feature, not all of them have insulation. Without insulation you will need to keep the heating element running constantly, causing your bill to go up. If the hot tub isn’t insulated, it’s best to pass it up. Hot tub insulation is most commonly designed with an insulating foam that is sprayed just below the surface of the shell. Another option is insulating foam and a vapor barrier. Each of these options do a great job retaining heat, but if you are planning to use your hot tub in a colder climate, it might be best to go with the added vapor barrier. The more effort you put into making the right decision, the more satisfied you will be with your hot tub. Make sure you are making the right choice. Visit a site like for more...

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Keeping Your Hot Tub Clean And Comfy

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have just bought a hot tub, you will soon be enjoying the relaxing benefits it will provide. There are several steps to take in maintaining your hot tub so it lives up to its potential. Here are some of the basic steps a new hot tub owner should be aware of in order to keep their new luxury item running as it should. Balancing The Water The water that comes out of your tap will be used to fill up your hot tub. However, it will need to be altered in order to make the water the right consistency for regular use. The alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH are all parts of the water makeup that will need to be tweaked after you fill up your tub. This is done by testing each with test strips you buy at a pool service supplier or in your local home goods store. When you use test strips, there is a guide on the packaging that will let you know what type of chemical to add depending on the results. The order you do the tweaking makes a difference in the composition of the water you will get as a result. The easiest way to remember the proper order of test/tweak is to do them alphabetically: alkalinity, calcium hardness and pH testing. Killing Bacteria After the water has been tested and changed to the right conditions, it will need to be sanitized to keep any bacteria, algae and impurities out of your hot tub. There are several different methods available to sanitize. The most popular is using chlorine. Other sanitizing methods include using biguanide, bromine, or mineral sanitizers. You only need one method for sanitizing in order to use your hot tub though. Each has its own benefits and disadvantages, so it is best to research these before making your decision on which to use. Removing Debris After you have killed all the bacteria in your hot tub, it will need to be removed so your water is not cloudy and/or smelly. The “shocking” procedure is done by using an oxidizer. The type of oxidizer you use will depend on what type of sanitizing method you had used. A pool or hot tub service like Anchor Pools & Spas will be able to help you determine which product you will need to use and they will be able to supply you with the chemicals you...

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