It is the middle of summer, and the hottest days of the year are here. Extremely hot weather can demand extra care for your pool. When not cared for properly a pool under high heat conditions can become out of balance and a whole host of other problems can occur.
The best way to prevent hot weather pool problems is to be proactive about caring for your pool when the thermometer goes up. Here are five great hot weather pool care tips to keep your pool in great shape during summer here in Lake Havasu City.
If you've had your swimming pool for a while and you're considering an upgrade, there are some things you might want to add to it that will not only extend the life and health of your swimming pool but be a benefit to you and your family as well. Here are five great upgrades to consider with your swimming pool.
Timers are in the digital age and whether you're simply activating your security system or turning on the heater in your pool, timing and automation can be a great upgrade to your swimming pool. Older units can be converted to incorporate digital timers so the pool equipment can operate when you wanted to saving you both time and money.
2. Automatic robotic cleaners.
Robotic cleaners are now available as stand-alone units so if you have an older one or maybe not want it all, these are a great upgrade and there's no need to run the pool pump is often. Many of these robotic cleaners have scheduled cleanings, are enabled with Bluetooth, and can be remote-controlled. You can simply plug it into a GFCI 110 outlet and to save on your electrical bill as well.
3. Chemical monitoring.
Did you know that you can remotely monitor your pool water's chemicals? By connecting the system to your home network you can drop the chemical monitoring system into the pool, download the app, and it will send you notifications when your water chemistry needs attention.
4. LED lights.
LED lights will brighten up the pool and save you money over the long run when it comes to your electrical costs. You can swap out any haulage and or incandescent lights to LED bulbs, which will make a significant upgrade to your swimming pool.
Tired of waiting for that tablet of chlorine to dissolve? An off-line chlorinator could be a great addition. By installing a chlorinator to the equipment pad, you can efficiently dose your pool with chlorine when it needs it without having to wait for that tablet to dissolve.
For more information on upgrading your pool, pool repair, service, automation, or integration of any of these items please give us a call.
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Things to Consider Before Putting in a Pool Slide
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How to know if your pool filter is working
A slide can up the fun factor of your pool, who doesn’t get excited when they see a pool slide? From the youngest adventure seekers to the youngest at heart.
Before you get too excited and start dreaming about a new pool slide, there are some things to consider before adding a slide to your home pool. If you are considering a slide for your pool you may want to consider the follow things before you pick one out.
Size of Your Pool
To start your slide addition process you want to first consider the size and type of pool you have. A slide in a long and narrow lap pool for example would defeat the main purpose of the pool and may not pass building regulations. This is where the help of an experienced pool contractor can help immensely to determine if your pool is the right size/depth/style for the slide you wish to get.
Good Questions to Ask About Your Pool’s Size
Most slides take up an area about 8 feet by 15 feet and vary with the type. You want to put the slide in an area that has plenty of room so that you and anyone else using the slide has ample room to get around the slide and up the ladder. You also want to consider where the ladder is going to end up. You don’t want to stick it in the center of a patio that is typically used for seating and hanging out or next to a fence so people have to walk under it to get around.
Safety Requirements for Pool Slides
Safety codes can and do vary from area to area. These are the basic safety requirements for pool slides. Make sure to look up the local codes specific to your area.
Periodically the slide should be tested by shaking to determine if there are any loose bolts or fasteners. With time a slide can discolor in the sun, use a glaze or polish kit to bring your slide back to life.
The best way to enjoy your pool is to ensure it is safe and the water is properly balanced. For routine pool care in Lake Havasu City contact EverClear Pool Service.
Pool covers can be a great asset to your home pool for many reasons. Here are a few great ones for putting a cover over your personal pool!
Pools that are not heated and rely on the sun to keep them warm also benefit from a cover at night, as the cover will trap the heat in the water from the day.
So, in short pool covers trap in heat and keep the cool temperatures of the night from dropping the water temperature. The cover does not have to be a fancy expensive one for this to work.
Would you like some advice on finding the best pool cover to fit your pool? We can help you do that! We provide excellent pool care for your pool and have a wealth of knowledge about keeping your home pool in top shape. Give us a call anytime for the best pool care in Lake Havasu City!
It's important to know if your swimming pool or hot tub filter is working because without knowing you could spend several tries clearing your pool water only to realize that the dirt is recirculating back into the pool. Not only could you waste a lot of time but you could spend endless amounts of money on chemicals and clarifiers to get the water back on track. So, how do you know if your pool filter is working correctly?
There are two main methods to figure this out. You could try adding some diatomaceous earth or a sand filter to test it. Just a scoop or two will do it into the skimmer. Immediately after adding it look at the pool jets and returns to see if you can physically detect cloudy water coming back in. If you can, then you probably have a filter issue and will need to address it in a different way. Make sure you don't add diatomaceous earth to a cartridge filter. A little bit of cellulose fiber-based filtration powder can work if you want to see if anything comes through but diatomaceous earth can pack into the cartridge fold and cause excessive strain on fabric elements so you want to use that with caution.
Another method is to test the filter by connecting a vacuum hose and skimmer suction port. You could see if the Jets or returns show any cloudy water coming back through. Of course, you actually have to have dirt on the floor of your pool to see if this method works.
The first method assumes you have a pressure base sweep that uses unfiltered water and if you have a backwash valve it's possible that the valve seal or diverter could be failing, which will allow dirty water to bypass the filter and recirculated back into the pool. However, it's more common for the filter to have an internal problem then a failed valve.
If the pool filter shows dirt coming back through it's important to clean the filter and backwash valve thoroughly. The filter cleaning should be a full disassembly and inspection of each internal part, which is something a professional pool service company can do for you. If you have a sand filter blowing dirt back into the pool, check to see if the sand is more than 3 to 4 inches old. If so, it could be ready for a sand change. Over time, water going through these particles tends to round them out and lose their sharp edges making the sand like small marbles.
Replacing the sand typically cost several hundred dollars and can put you at about 50% of the cost of a new filter. If your residential pool owner you may not need your filter running 24 hours a day and a cartridge filler can do the same job in half the time. There are different filters for different needs so it's important to talk to your pool specialist about the needs of your pool and the filter requirements.
While the rest of the country is feeling the full on effects from winter, we are warm and toasty here in Lake Havasu City. Okay, maybe not as toasty as it could be. But with the weather being in the midst to high 60s, it's pretty comfortable, albeit many of us are putting on that jacket as we head out. But, this is the perfect time to consider cleaning your swimming pool.
You may not be using it as much as you would in the summer, so it's a good time to service it, refresh it, make sure the chemicals are correct and balanced, and get it ready for the spring and summer when the real high temperatures hit.
Give us a call to find out about discounts, coupons, and specials we have going on for the month of December. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of a pool cleaning this year.
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When it comes to pool maintenance and weighing the costs, you may be debating on whether to go with a pro, or try to do it yourself. A pool can be the most difficult and expensive feature of your home and when it comes to deciding between pool care and using a professional what can you do and what can you leave to the pros.
Generally, professional pool maintenance can run a few hundred dollars a month depending on the size of your pool and needs. Pool care usually involves skimming the surface, vacuuming and brushing, emptying the skimmer baskets and automatic cleaner bags. The waters typically tested and balanced with chemicals if needed. Sanitizer levels are checked and water treatment chemicals applied. Equipment such as filters, pumps, heaters, and coordinators are also checked and cleaned if necessary. This is a lot of work to do monthly and it may be too time-consuming for the average homeowner.
What you can do is check the pressure gauge every few days. If it rises 5 pounds or more, the water flow rate may slow down making filtration in efficient. Filters should be cleaned anywhere from 3 to 7 weeks depending on their size but you want to wait until this pressure gauge has risen at least 5 to 10 pounds. When the pressure gauge is lower than normal it can mean that the pump basket or skimmers are full. To empty the pump basket you must first shut off the pump, remove the lid and pull out the basket. Other pool maintenance items could include annual lubrication of rings, replacement of the filters, and pump and heater replacements, which can be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
Basic pool cleaning and skimming can be a DIY project if you have the time. It can be extremely difficult after storms when palm fronds litter the backyards and the water. You'll first want to clean off the deck so that it is safe to walk around and attach a leaf rake to a pool pole and walked briskly around the entire edge of the pool with the leaf rake or net touching the edge of the pool. Pool vacuums can make this job a lot easier but they can be expensive.
Pool chemical management is also something that may or may not be in your wheelhouse. Pools require frequent chemical testing to verify their cleanliness and chemical balance. Altering the pH levels may consist of adding acid to lower it or a base to raise it. You should also check the hardness, alkalinity, and cyanuric acid levels on a regular basis. Your pool may benefit from chemicals to control the metal and minerals in the water, oils and organics or to control algae.
It's important to weigh all the factors as well as your time. Maintaining a pool is extremely time-consuming but the benefits of enjoying the pool far outweigh the cost of maintenance and time if you use it on a regular basis. If this seems like overkill or you just don't have the time, give Everclear Pool Service a call and schedule your pool service cleaning or maintenance today.
This of course is an obvious one. Electronics and water do not mix. There are many pool friendly wireless speakers on the market today, but not all of these products are of the same quality. Very few of these speakers are actually waterproof, read the fine print and you will see that they are water resistant. They will hold up to splashing while sitting near the pool, but they really are not made to be in the pool and being dropped in the pool could ruin the speaker and cause a safety hazard.
Another obvious one that we hear warnings about all the time, but is always worth repeating. Even if your young children are the strongest of swimmers something can still go wrong. It is a common temptation of home pool owners to let their kids go hop in the pool, especially when they can be seen by one of the windows inside the home. Children should be watched closely at all times that they are in the pool. Many unfortunate accidents have occurred with in-direct supervision.
Many types of dog breeds love to swim. It is also a huge temptation to let furry family members come and go from the swimming pool as they please. Even if your pet loves to swim and swim well there is potential for accidents to happen.
Many people also debate over whether letting pets swim in the pool is good for the pool itself. The answer to this is that letting your pet swim frequently will take a toll on your pool. Breeds that shed can send a lot of hair into the filters and clog them. If your dog jumps in dirty from playing outside all of that will be in your pool.
Our advice on letting your pooch in the pool? Give them a quick rinse off and make sure they are able to get out of the pool on their own (ramps). Also limit their swimming time because the chlorine and chemicals can irritate their skin with too much exposure.
We all hear this and see the signs posted all around public swimming pools to shower before entering the pool, but most people ignore this. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to just hop in the pool without rinsing off, but it really is a big deal. Un-washed bodies harbor a large amount of items that contaminate and throw off the chemical balance of your pool. This is the leading source of pool-caught illness in public pools.
Everyday Street Clothes
Didn’t bring your suit or it’s in the laundry? No problem, just hop on in in your t-shirt and shorts. This is not a good idea for a few different reasons. The chemicals in the pool can damage your clothes, certain fabrics absorb a large amount of chemicals depleting the pool, too many street clothes in the pool means fibers caught in the filters. Cut-off jean shorts are the absolute worst thing you can wear in a pool. The cotton fibers suck up pool chemicals more than any other fabric and the exposed and tattered fibers will easily break away from the garment in the pool and go straight to the filter. Wearing street clothes in your personal pool is okay every great once in a while, but it should not be done on a regular basis.
Toys that Have Been Left Outside
Pool toys are a great way to enjoy the pool, but they should be properly stored when not in use. Toys should be stored in a clean airtight or at least closed bin to keep bugs and dirt out. Toys left outside harbor dirt and bugs that end up in your pool. Some pool noodles left on the side of homes during hot summer months have even become homes for snakes.
Too Many Chemicals/ The Wrong Chemicals
It is very easy to add the wrong chemicals or too many to the pool water if you are not knowledgeable of pools and pool care/maintenance. If you are savvy to keeping your home pool clean and balanced there is still the chance th at something can occur to cause problems. Don’t try to fix the problem on your own without asking for advice. If you are unable to give your home pool constant monitoring and attention it is best to hire a professional to come in and check the condition of your pool water on a regular basis to keep it clean and healthy for swimming.
For expert pool care in Lake Havasu you can trust contact the team at Everclear Pool Service.
Pool light replacement is not something that everyone does. If you've been having trouble finding someone to replace the bulb in your swimming pool or hot tub, you're not alone. There are many pool service companies that will replace a pool light… But we do!
The reason a lot of people don't replace the light is about one in five pool bulbs may let water leak into the fixture within about a year. Once water gets inside the pool fixture housing, you have to replace the entire fixture for safety purposes. This is can get kind of expensive. Typically a pool lightbulb sells for $30-$40 but an entire new fixture is about $200-$300 minimum. However, we have replaced enough that we can almost guarantee that the light won't leak. The callback percentage for us is so rare that we've chosen to take this on as one of our services. We have perfected the way that we replace these bulbs. Now, a normal pool light, like I said is between $30 and $40 but an LED light are much more expensive. Replacing a traditional haulage and light with an LED light could be upwards of $500,, which is well worth it in the long run.
If you have a pool built prior to 1968, there's probably some substandard electrical design systems for your underwater lighting and the pump. It's important to update these for safety issues. Underwater lighting has become a common practice in most pools. At first, all pool lights used in our 40 bulb and in the 1980s, halogen pool bulbs begin to gain market. Today, most pools and hot tubs have LED bulbs. There brighter, they last longer, and the economical savings is tremendous.
Most incandescent bulbs will burn for about 1000 hours before you need to replace the bulb. However, LED bulbs last for 25 years or more. That's a huge savings!
Can you replace it yourself?
Anyone can do just about anything themselves but should they? We highly recommend having a professional replace your pool lightbulb. A pool light fixture has a sealed gasket around it to prevent water from reaching the ball behind the lens. However, water surrounds the entire fixture, keeping it cool. You don't want to operate the light without it being fully submerged. It requires submersion to prevent overheating. If operated without being submerged, the lens could shatter in under a minute. This alone should be enough of the safety issue to have someone professional replace the bulb.
When we replace lighting we make sure to shut off all the power to the pool lighting. Next we remove the single screw at the top of the lighting fixture. We will pull the lighting fixture up onto the pool deck, unscrew the lens, and replace the bulb. But again, this is a very time sensitive procedure and if not done correctly, the bulb and lens could shatter.
If you are unsure of how to replace the lightbulb in your swimming pool or spa simply give us a call. We can offer some tips and suggestions and a free quote on replacing the bulbs in your pool. 928-453-5819
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.