How to choose the right pool company before you dive in.
An educational guide to help consumers choose a pool builder; ask the right questions about the company, design, construction, financing, personnel, support and service; negotiate a satisfactory contract.
I recently bought one of these for a customer who’s existing skimmer basket had blow out because of the amount of leaves falling in her pool. I’ve been in the swimming pool business for over 30 years & this is the best one I’ve ever seen. Looks and feels like it’s 3 times thicker and stronger than all the others. Even has a sturdy built in handle that helps when pulling it out.
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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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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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Tagged algae, algae prevention, algae removal, nitrate removal, nitrates, phos-free, phosphate removal, phosphates, turnover rate
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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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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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
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
2 ways to save your swimming pool coping before it’s too late.
Generally, it’s important to seal all cracks:
- between the coping (rock, brick, coping stone) and the tile. *note picture above labeled “mortar joint”.
- 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