New plaster and tile on an old pool can do wonders!

First step is to drain the pool & spa. We don’t recommend doing this through the backwash as it could back up into the house. Proper way is to use a sump pump. This one has a float that shuts off the pump when the water is gone.

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Algae keeps coming back & you don’t know why? Things to consider…

If your water chemicals are balanced but you’re having trouble keeping the “free chlorine” levels up, here’s some things to consider:

1.)Are you running your pump long enough to run all the gallons of your pool water 2x per day? Continue reading

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10 steps towards perfect pool water

1.Keep correct water level in pool:

Generally, the correct water level for a pool level is the middle of the tile. Insufficient water level will cause the pump to suck air impeding the circulation and possibly lose prime thus shortening the life span of the motor and totally shut down the circulation/filtration of water in the pool. Continue reading

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How to get rid of black algae in your swimming pool without using algaecides

Black algae is the most stubborn algae to get rid of in swimming pools. Using algaecides sounds good, but in my experience they don’t work that well and add metals to the pool water creating the possibility of staining plaster. The effective ingredient is usually copper which used over a prolonged period of time will “copper plate” the plaster on a gunite pool. Continue reading

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5 simple steps to keep your pool in perfect condition

If you follow these basic weekly steps, your pool water will be sparkling and look great throughout the summer swim season (provided that the equipment is working properly & the filter is running the proper length of time per day): Continue reading

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Best Swimming Pool Brush on the Market

Several times a year I purchase new brushes for cleaning pools. For many years I’ve used an 18″ curved wall brush w/ nylon & stainless steel bristles. Recently, I purchased a brush for cleaning pools called “The Wall Whale”. In my opinion it’s by far the best brush for swimming pools on the market. It has an attachment that uses the resistance from the water to press it against the surface on the downward brush stroke. The extra large bristle get down inside the pores of the plaster cleaning like no other brush I’ve used before. If you have a little bit of algae on the walls, it is very important to get as much off as you can to prevent it from coming back. This brush along with the proper amount of quick dissolving shock helps tremendously! Continue reading

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replacing redwood deck expansions

BEFORE

Redwood expansions in the driveway and pool deck can look some what unsightly as they get old and start deteriorating. I was asked by a friend to replace his. This is what it looked like before and after as well as how I went about this task.

Understanding what’s under the concrete can make a world of difference. First of all, about every 2′ a piece of 3/8″ steel rebar should be going through the redwood. This rebar is tied into the concrete before they pour the concrete and runs through the redwood. They use “chairs” under the steel, but the redwood expansions also hold up the steel before they pour it. Continue reading

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2 ways to save your swimming pool coping before it’s too late!

2 ways to save your swimming pool coping before it’s too late.

Generally, it’s important to seal all cracks:

  1. between the coping (rock, brick, coping stone) and the tile. *note picture above labeled “mortar joint”.
  2. between the coping and the deck. *note picture above labeled “deck-o-seal”.

The “deck-o-seal” is actually a water barrier. “Deck-o-seal” is a brand name for a two part mix which is poured into the space between the coping and the deck. A sand base is used to fill up most of the space and the deck-o-seal is pored on top of the sand (rules are no deeper than the width of the joint). If applied correctly and if the deck does not move too much, this should last approximately 5 years before needing to be replaced. Continue reading

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Best automatic pool cleaner on the market!

…for swimming pools with a large amount of debris and/or leaves … called the Polaris 3900 sport. In my opinion, this cleaner is not only much more efficient but will also last far longer than any other cleaner on the market. This cleaner operates with a booster pump and if your pool currently operates with a suction cleaner, then I would not recommend switching mainly from a cost effectiveness standpoint. With over 25 years experience in the swimming pool industry as a builder & service tech and experiential knowledge of just about every cleaner available, here are some main reasons why: Continue reading

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top picks for skimmer baskets … big difference

If you have certain trees around your pool, then this time of year can be quite challenging keeping your pool clean.Specifically, live oaks have what I call “hard shell” leaves and they fall constantly in the spring. As they fill up the skimmers, the pool pump starves for water and will suck in air causing the pump motor to get hot and eventually eliminating the system’s ability to filter the water causing it to get cloudy. Continue reading

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