Enjoy your Pool Beyond the Summer Season!
Summer is drawing to a close and most pool-owners are running through their pool winterizing checklist and rolling out their winter pool covers. Instead of hibernating away from your pool and abandoning your daily workout, extend the use of your pool by heating your pool. There are number of ways to extend the use of your pool. Covers or heating systems are the main categories that can increase your swimming to multiple seasons. Depending on your climate, it could extend the swimming season to year-round.
There are many different covers available to help keep the heat in the pool. There are covers to keep out debris or covers that capture the suns heat and warms up the water in the pool in the process.
Solar Cover Alternatives
Solar Sun rings
Solar pill Liquid Solar Blanket
A pool enclosure covers the entire pool. It surrounds the pool all the way around and domes over the pool. A pool enclosure can cover above ground or in ground pools. The air inside the dome is warmer and helps to maintain the pools heat. There are two basic types of pool enclosures, a frame-set dome also called a “structural” enclosure and an inflatable pool enclosure. Pool enclosure extends the swimming season, depending on the climate in your area, potentially extend it to year-round.
Other benefits of pool enclosures are that they protect pools from bugs, debris, and rain. They also reduce water evaporation from the pool. This also reduces the need for balancing chemicals. Less chemicals means less money spent toward the upkeep of your pool.
Solar Heaters Systems
Solar Pool Heating provides a cost-effective way to keep your pool warm and inviting. There is enough solar energy, even in the cold Northeastern United States, to warm pools to summer levels. Many pool-owners install the solar heating systems themselves in about 6 to 12 hours. Pool-owners can enjoy a “green” lifestyle and enjoy many more months of swimming with no additional monthly utility costs. Solar Heating can double your active pool season from 3 to 8 months in the north and up to 12 months in the south. Pool temperatures increase of 15-20 degrees. There are two types of solar heating:
Rigid Solar Heating
Strip Solar Heating
Electric Heat pumps
An efficient heat collecting technology is through a Heat pump. Heat pumps collect heat from air outside down to 45-50 degree range. A heat pump will extend the swimming season in northern climates and in the sub-tropics and tropics climates; it will maintain comfortable 80 to 90 degrees pool water. Heat Pumps are super quiet and use ozone friendly refrigerant.
Gas heaters have the highest operating cost, least efficient, least effective way to heat a pool. Although, it is one of the fastest way to heat up a pool and maintains a constant temperature. It does not matter what the temperature is outside but gas heaters do well for spas and hot tubs.
For more information or help on setting up ways to extend your swimming season contact Everclear Pool Service
It is a nice sunny day and your pool looks so inviting. Finally, you have time for a swim. You jump in, start to swim around, and are ready to lay back; soak in the rays while enjoying the water soothing your tired muscles. You start to look around at the pools edges and realize that your pool has a nasty looking residue around it.
That enjoying feeling quickly fades to dismay as you think about what is in the water that your skin is soaking up. You also realize that that inviting look you thought your pool had really wasn’t there. It is not clear, blue, and sparkling. In fact, now that you look closer there is an odd tint to the pool. You can see the pool floor but not clearly. You might even notice some algae growth.
It is time to test your pools water chemistry so you pull out your water chemistry testing kit and you find that the tests are saying everything is good. Maybe you did something wrong, so you test it again. The chemistry of the pool says it is good but the actual pool doesn’t look good. It is time to do some research on what could be going on in your pool. Why does the pool not clear sparkling blue water, the odd tint, and the algae?
After doing a search on the internet you realize that the total dissolved solid (TDS) level is too high. When was the last time the pools water was drained and refilled?” goes through your mind, Now, just as the weather and your time schedule in cooperating with being able to swim, you can’t, you have to change the pools water. Now you are wishing that you had done that maintenance plan with the pool cleaners. They would have found this out earlier, fixed the problem or never let it get to this state, and you could have been enjoying your pool right now!
Hiring a pool cleaning and Maintenance company will solve this problem and never have it happen again. They can inform you about High TDS levels and how it affects your swimming pool or they can just fix it and let you worry about more important things in life.
The scary thing is that high TDS levels don’t just affect the water. It can cause scale buildup in pipes, valves, and filters, reducing performance and adding to system maintenance costs.
High TDS levels often indicate hard water. In addition, it effects more than swimming pools, its effects can be seen in aquariums, spas, and reverse osmosis water treatment systems.
What is TDS?
A total dissolved solid (TDS) is a measure of the combined total of organic and inorganic substances contained in a liquid. These solids are primarily minerals, salts, and organic matter that can be a general indicator of water quality. After awhile pools, water will get stale and overworked causing a buildup of Total Dissolved Solids.
How to Fix TDS?
There is no chemical that can lower the TDS. TDS reading can only be lowered by draining your pool, either partially or completely, and adding fresh water.
Hiring a cleaning and maintenance pool specialist can be a big help.
Don Reinhard has been a Havasu City resident for several years and loves the sun and warmth of this area. He has brought both of these together being in the pool industry. Call him today for quotes on pool and spa maintenance and service.