Archive for tag: Maintenance Tips

Why You Should Hire a Pool Cleaning Service »

For some pool owners, the DIY approach to cleaning and maintaining the pool might seem like an easy way to cut down on pool-related expenditures, but it can be a worthy investment. Here are several reasons why we believe you should hire a pool cleaning service.   

How to Restore a Pool That Has Been Unused for Years »

Today's post comes from freelance writer and swimming enthusiast Adrienne Erin, who gives some useful tips for restoring a stagnant swimming pool. Does your home pool look like a swamp, complete with lily pads, frogs, and something that looks suspiciously like a bog monster? If so you should probably call someone instead of reading this blog. If you pool is somewhere between a year old and swamp-esque, then we've got ourselves an audience. Fortunately, it is possible to rest  

Winterizing the Pool: Dos and Don'ts »

The process for winterizing the pool is one with several critical steps - which is perhaps why a large percentage of inground pool owners prefer to let the professionals have the honors each year. Keep in mind that it's important to winterize the pool not only to protect it from hazards of the cold weather, but also to prevent it from becoming an algae-filled germ factory over the winter months.If you have questions about how exactly this is done, here are some dos and don'ts when it comes to w  

5 Reasons to Open Your Pool Sooner than Later »

Summer weather seems to have arrived early this year, and the rising temperatures are a reminder that it's time to think about opening your swimming pool for the season. It's typically right around this time of year that pool owners will start asking the questions: Is now too early to open my pool? Is it better to wait? These are good questions, and we hear them often. The best time to open your swimming pool will depend to a certain extent on where you are located and whether you're  

How to Open an Inground Pool »

While it may seem hard to imagine now, the time is quickly approaching to open your swimming pool for the season. Opening the pool is a big chore that many pool owners would rather not have to deal with - and a growing number of owners opt to have a professional service company take care of the process to ensure that it's done quickly and correctly.  For those who choose to open the pool themselves, there can be a lot of work involved. Here's a closer look at how to open an ingroun  

How to Make Your Pool More Eco-Friendly »

If you're looking for new ways to be more eco-conscious, your swimming pool might not be the first place you think of. While the required water, energy, and chemicals involved in owning a pool may have some level of impact on the environment-there are several ways that you can make your pool more eco-friendly that you may not have considered. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind: Conserving Water Utilize a filtration system that does not require backwashing, or the dumpi  

Preventing Algae Growth in Your Pool »

Among the complaints we hear from swimming pool owners and operators, problems with algae are some of the most common. In the colder months of late fall and winter, swimming pools tend to stay clear and algae-free with minimal maintenance. When the pool is winterized, it stays covered until spring and the owner can forget about it entirely until opening. Algae Types and Treatment Algae are single-celled marine plants-and there are literally thousands of different species that can p  

Closing an Inground Swimming Pool for Winter »

As the days begin to get a little shorter and the leaves slowly start to change, we know that summer is coming to an end. As we start to think about the imminent coming of snow and severely cold weather, it is important to consider the large task of closing your pool. This task is often tedious and one of the most dreaded by pool owners everywhere. While closing the pool yourself is an option, many inground pool owners opt to hire a service to avoid the hassle and potential risk associa  

How to Drain an Inground Swimming Pool »

Though draining your inground swimming pool isn't something you do every day, once in a while it is required. Some of the more common reasons include rebalancing your chemicals, lowering your total dissolved solids, or repairing or resurfacing the pool. Additionally, many people empty their pools to prepare it for winter, or replace their water in the spring to ensure that it's clean and well-balanced. What most people don't realize is how difficult it can be to drain an ingroun  

Salt Water Pools vs. Chlorine Pools »

Lately, a major trend in both public and residential swimming pools has been the conversion from traditional chlorine-maintained water to salt water. But why are so many people and organizations making the change? Is there something wrong with a traditional, chlorine-based pool? There are some large differences between the two pools, but what many people don't realize is the presence of chlorine is not one of them. When you install a salt water pool, the saltwater is run through an e