Backwash! It's a Good Thing!
Nope. You don't have to drink the water in your pool and leave your residual saliva behind to backwash. Backwashing is the process of cleaning your pool's filter thoroughly by reversing the flow of water. The process take a couple of minutes and needs to be done until the water runs clear through the waste line. Most people backwash when the pressure guage indicates a pressure rise of eight to 10 pounds above the clean/start up pressure. But, be careful not to OVER backwash! Otherwise your filter will never reach its full potential. A clean and maintained filter lowers your electrical bill, provides healthier pool water, prolongs your pool filter's life and prolongs the life of your filter pump motor.
EverClear Pool Service is great at backwashing! Just don't share your soda! The process is generally similar to this:
1) Turn off the power at the circuit breaker to the pump and turn off the pool pump before moving the multi port valve handle.
2) Depress the multiport valve handle from normal operation to the backwash setting. To prevent damage to the seal, always depress the valve all the way before you turn.
3) Lay the waste hose out to where you want to dump the water.
4) Turn the power back on and run the pump for two minutes. The water in the sight glass will turn from cloudy to clear.
5) Turn the power back off.
6) Depress the multiport valve handle again and this time turn it to RINSE. After backwashing, the sand will be loose and will need to be reset. Additionally, any dirty water from this process will need to be rinsed out of the filter to WASTE to prevent it from re entering the pool.
7) Turn the filter on and run filter at RINSE for a couple of minutes.
8) Turn the pump off, depress the multiport valve and turn it to the FILTER setting.
9) Turn the pool pump on for normal operation of the filter. Now, check the filter gauge to make sure it has dropped back down to where it's supposed to be.
Storms and Your Swimming Pool
Storms often bring unique and challenging clean up problems to the pool and spa owner. While the general population is out cleaning up their properties from debris and addressing damage to their homes, the pool owner has that plus the responsibility of ensuring safety and security of their own aqua paradise. Home owners need the skills of a knowledgeable and experienced pool service to get their wet recreational areas in proper and trustworthy working order.
Make sure you hire a professional who knows how to diagnose storm problems. Once pool equipment dries out after a storm, it may appear fine but that does not mean that it came through the storm undamaged. If you had flooding in your pool area or see indications that flooding happened, do not turn on the equipment. Call a pro to check it as it may need to be replaced.
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Storm related issues can include electrical, chemical and structural problems. These are all important issues. Therefore, make sure that the pool service's licensing, certifications, insurance and industry affiliations are checked.
Next, ask the pool service exactly what they will do when they open your pool. Ever Clear Pool Service even has a general checklist right on their website of the services and repairs they provide. Opening the pool can be complex, especially after a storm. The water needs to be tested, treated and balanced, the system will have to be pressure tested, and everything will have to be cleaned.
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How do I keep me and my family safe around swimming pools?
Adults should ACTIVELY watch their children at all times while in the pool. To actively watch your children means to watch them free from distraction. Distractions include such things as phone calls, magazines, alcohol, and socializing. For children under the age of 5, adults or individuals age 16 or older should be within arm's length of the child at all times, providing touch supervision. Also, the adult or older teen watching the children should know how to swim.
Another important safety tip for pool play is having a set of rules that you enforce for your family and friends. Rules such as:
-Keep toys away from the pool when no one is playing in the pool.
-Empty blow up pools after each use.
-No bikes or other riding toys allowed near pools.
-No electrical appliances near the pool.
-No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
-No running on the pool deck.
-When pool is not in use, have a gated fence or for above ground pools, remove steps or ladders so that children have no access.
Lastly, swimming lessons are VERY important. If you live near natural bodies of water and pools or are often exposed to them, it is essential to get swimming lessons for the whole family, especially the children. However, remember that all children learn and develop at their own rate. So, when preparing to put them into lessons, take into consideration how much they've been exposed to water, their maturity, physical limitations and health concerns. They will eventually learn to swim at their own rate!
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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a backyard pool or even a community pool but it’s also one of the most dangerous times. It’s important to know the safety tips and enforce them especially with small children. Here are some great tips and safety guidelines to keep in mind if you have a backyard pool or you will be around pools this summer.
No diving in shallow water. Any diving needs to happen in at least 10 to 12 foot depth of water and if there is no lifeguard on duty or diving boards it’s best just to stay away from diving altogether.
No rough horseplay with small children or with small children present.
Breath-holding contests, throwing and rough-housing or chicken fights on the shoulders of others can only lead to problems especially with small children or if there are small children in the pool nearby. A simple fall can knock a child under the water and cause them to swallow water or breathe in the water.
Don’t play with drains and filter settings. Many of the equipment and accessories needed for pools can be dangerous if not maintained correctly. It’s best to keep fingers, hair, and toys away from drains and filters as much is possible. It’s also best to clean up toys in any items floating in the pool once playtime is over.
Remember adult supervision. Having adults or responsible older teenagers is always a smart idea especially with smaller children. Keeping a close eye on kids while playing in the pool or even being in the pool with them great fat added safety if something should happen unexpectedly and urgently. Make sure you can hear all the activity going on around the pool. You never know when you might not here someone drowning, since it is a very silent procedure, when you have your ear buds in listening to music.
No running. Of course, this is one of the most common requests at community and city pools but so many slips on hard surfaces and tile flooring can really add to Bruce’s, bumps and major injuries. Be sure to walk and stay safe around a pool.
When it comes time to cleaning your pool and having an annual maintenance or service contact My Everclear Pool services today for free estimates and information that could save lives.
If you’ve just moved into a home with a pool or considering adding a pool to your outdoor living space you might consider buying and constructing an outdoor storage shed. These storage sheds also known as garden sheds provide additional space for outdoor equipment and protection from the weather and the elements. It frees up your garage and is perfect for storing gardening supplies, tools and pool chemicals.
Having an outdoor shed specifically dedicated to pool supplies and chemicals and then keeping that storage shed locked means you won’t have small children or animals running the risk of harming themselves by ingesting any of the chemicals. You can also dress-up these sheds and make them part of your outdoor living space without them being an eyesore.
There are a variety of designs and price points to choose from, from outdoor storage sheds, storage track wall-mounted storage systems, purchasing a storage kit or garden shed kit or buying one online that’s already assembled. Most free markets include the step brackets and angle connectors but you may need extra supplies. Find out if you need a storage shed that is insulated or ventilated especially if you’re storing a lot of hazardous chemicals.
You’ll need to decide also how long you’ll have this storage shed for and how durable you’d like it to be. Theater sheds last long and they smell great and theaters a natural choice for outdoor storage sheds because of its durability. You’ll need to decide if you want windows that open or window boxes to put flowers and; a single door or French door; decorative door hinges and greenhouse windows can also add appeal and functionality to a garden shed.
Fill free to visit backyard storage sheds for more information and if you’re ready to get started on pool maintenance or just have questions on pool chemicals and supplies fill free to call me anytime.
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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
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.