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Protecting Your Swimming Pool’s Equipment during the Brutally Cold Months

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Earlier this month, I talked about how to protect your swimming pool from the cold – and by cold, I mean below freezing, hard frosts, and bone-chilling weather.

In this blog post, however, I am going to spend a bit of time talking about how to best protect your pool equipment from the weather. This includes your pool’s pipes as well as the mechanical side of your swimming pool like the heater and filter.

Finally, I am going to explain some simple ways to protect some of your swimming pool maintenance equipment that you may keep in hand to clean the swimming pool yourself or touch it up between professional pool service visits.

Keep the Weather from Costing You Money

Your swimming pool’s pipes, heater, pump and filter are all critical components of keeping your swimming pool looking good and staying clean. So, it’s a big deal if you don’ take care of them properly because there could be a big repair bill in the future you would prefer not to have.

I see it a lot over the winter months – the natural assumption that the swimming pool can be covered and forgotten about until the weather warms up. Nope! Owners may even turn their pool equipment off not realizing that it is vital the water keep moving through the pipes so that they don’t freeze, crack, and then burst.

Where the pipes are concerned, you need to first make sure your pipes are below the frost line in your area.

Second, on the nights that the temperature is going to drop below freezing, it is often best to leave the pool running. Running water tends to keep that water from freezing.

Another option is to turn your pool heater on as this will not only keep the pool water cozy and prevent freezing, but it will also protect your pipes and mechanical equipment like the heater and filter. You also may not then see ice bergs forming on the surface of your swimming pool or spa!

Don’t forget that a freeze protector can also serve to help with protecting your equipment by triggering the system to turn on every time the temperature plummets! It’s a worthwhile investment.

Even the smallest equipment needs attention in the cold months. Keep things like your pool vacuum head indoors or in a water tight container to help avoid exposure from the weather.

Put your pools and nets as well as they can become brittle and break after too much exposure to the cold. Do these things to protect the little things and save yourself some money because while this pool maintenance equipment is not as expensive as replacing a pump or broken pipes, it can still add up!

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Avoiding the Dangers of Freezing Pools: Winterizing Tips

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

What do you do when your pool freezes? At Aqueous Pools, we have been asked this more than a few times. And, we have seen spas and even pools with ice chunks or even sheets of ice over the entire surface.

In truth, a frozen pool is something you never want, so of course your first instinct may be to drain the pool.

However, if you have followed our blog in the past, then you know why we don’t consider that a good idea. A drained swimming pool is dangerous, but the logic behind draining a pool is sound. You don’t want to save your pool after it’s frozen over as the damage could have already been done. Instead you want to prevent it from happening in the first place.

The Dangers of a Pool Freeze

When water freezes, it expands into a solid called ice. In the summer, ice is great with lemonade and water. However, ice never mixes with swimming pools. If the swimming pool pipes freeze, then you risk them expanding and cracking that then becomes an expensive repair that you don’t want to face.

It’s an even more expensive repair if those pipes are sitting under a brand new $10,000 patio that now needs to be torn up. If you have a liner pool and it freezes, then you risk damage to liner and in some cases the overall integrity of the pool.

It’s not just the plumbing of a swimming pool that can be damaged either. The mechanical side of a swimming pool can also be damaged during a freeze. These parts, like every other part of a pool are very expensive and labor intensive to replace.

So how do you most effectively prevent these kinds of things from happening?

Keeping Your Pool Running

The whole point of this blog is to help prepare you for the cold winter. Recently, temperatures in Lancaster hit 13 degrees overnight while Palmdale also reached the lower digits – well below that of freezing and leading to a hard frost warning.

Here are some tips to keep the water circulating so that you can avoid the dangers and expense of frozen pipes that burst or frozen equipment:

  • A decent inexpensive tip is to buy a pool cover. Its reflectors will help use to sun to warm the pool water.
  • Sometimes running the pools heater on very low can help with keeping the water temp up in the pool and pipes.
  • A freeze protector is an inexpensive investment that can save you a boat load of money in the future. Essentially, they are sensor devices that will automatically run your pool at a certain temperature to keep the water flowing and from freezing.

For more information on the only real sure fix to a frozen pool, please contact us today at Aqueous Pools.

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Why Draining Your Swimming Pool Could be a Hazard

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

It’s something many people do every year without thinking twice — they drain their swimming pool for the winter even here in the Antelope Valley. It’s something that many people would first think to do when making a swimming pool repair and sometimes even less experienced pool installation companies might even suggest it.

However, we suggest you do just the opposite and only ever drain your swimming pool if you absolutely have to and here’s why.

The Drainage Hazard

First and foremost, draining your swimming pool can become a hazard to your bank account. As you probably know, pool repairs are not exactly cheap and being that they are a very specialized type of repair. Not everyone can do them… well, do them right at least.

What’s even more expensive than pool repairs? Rebuilding the entire thing after it’s caved in and this can happen if you drain your swimming pool. Now, with most new pools, you won’t have this problem, but there is always a chance that it could happen.

Depending where the pool is built, some pools weren’t built to hold up all the dirt pressure without the water pressures assistance, so if you drain an in-ground pool, then the whole thing might just fall apart. Imagine having to pay for a completely new swimming pool a second time!

Now that we have covered in-ground pools, there are also hazards with above ground swimming pools. These pools also should not be drained as this can damage and tear the liner, which as you can expect is not an easy or inexpensive fix. Once again, most all swimming pool repairs can be conducted without draining the pools.

The Health Hazard

It isn’t common, but it has happened before with small children and animals. Deep in-ground swimming pools tend to only pose a threat to people who can’t swim, but empty ones can cause all kinds of trouble.

Chances are you have a pool gate, but accidents still happen and falling into an emptied pool that is eight feet at its deepest is going to hurt. If you must drain your pool, always make sure to handle the repairs and get it refilled again as soon as possible to prevent injury and remember to only allow professional companies like us at Aqueous Pools make the repairs.

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A Simple Guide to Choosing a Contractor

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

So you want to build a swimming pool? Makes sense since all the summers here in the Antelope Valley are hot and can be quite long. Not everyone likes the beach and not everyone gets to live near it either. A swimming pool can be a great escape in your very own backyard.

However, when building a swimming pool, you may find yourself with many questions and half a dozen quotes, so how do you go about choosing a contractor and what are some things to look for?

Keep reading because Aqueous Pools is about to give you the lowdown.

A Contractor and His License

First things first, never work with an unlicensed contractor. If they can’t get, don’t have, or have lost their license, there is probably a pretty good reason as to why, so steer clear of unlicensed contractors. Of course, even licensed individuals and or companies could still very well be more interested in lining their pockets than helping you get the swimming pool of your dreams.

When getting quotes, be sure to never just get them over the phone or via email. Either visit their place of business or have them come to you. Remember that most companies will do free quotes and consultations.

They want your business, so if they don’t mention offering them, ask. Treat buying a swimming pool like a car; there are plenty of businesses out there that do pool installations so you can afford to be picky. Never let a contractor rush you into signing a contract on you either. Review it and if you don’t understand something, be sure to ask questions.

Speaking of questions, ask plenty and do your own research as the best customer is an informed one. This means going on the California State Contractor’s board website and check to see if there have been any complaints about that contractor.

All of the information related to his license is public data, so feel free to check up on your guy. Also, ask for references and interview others about their experience with that swimming pool contractor.

Buying a pool is a big deal. Often, it is considered to be one of the biggest monetary decisions you will ever make. Think of it as an investment and don’t rush anything. You want a pool that fits your lifestyle perfectly and is not something you will regret later. At Aqueous Pools, we know pools so please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions.

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Leaf Canisters: A Sound Investment that Saves You Time and Money

Posted on: November 9th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

If you own a swimming pool, then you know just how much money, time, and effort goes into keeping it up, running it, and having it in a shape that is good to go.

Another thing you have probably picked up as a pool owner is that fall is the worst season for pool owners. It can get cold enough for pipes to freeze like they could in the winter and with the changing of seasons, the leaves are falling everywhere.

If you live in or around the Antelope Valley, then chances are we don’t need to tell you about the falling leaves in combination with the high winds create a nightmare for any pool owner. Don’t fret though because there are great ways to keep your swimming pool up through the harsher seasons and one such product is the leaf canister. Here’s why.

Why We Recommend the Leaf Canister

At Aqueous Pools, we always put our customers first and with years of experience in the pool industry we know just how important it is to maintain your swimming pool. Sometimes investing in the future is the best way to do this.

A leaf canister is the very good way to make quick work of all that autumn throws at your swimming pool. This is because leaf canisters help to protect your swimming pool from larger forms of debris, including leaves, but rocks, twigs and other things too.

With a leaf canister installed on your pool’s vacuum, you can prevent line clogs, which like all pool repairs can quickly add up. By purchasing and installing a leaf canister, you could very well be saving yourself a lot of grief in the future in terms of clogged pipes or a motor that burns out.

Of course, if you don’t have the knowledge to do it yourself, remember that Aqueous Pools would be happy to help you with the installation of a leaf canister.

Perfect for Every Budget

Leaf canisters are an investment, but with so many different kinds available you really do have some choice in how much you spend. Here are some options to consider for your swimming pool:

  • For instance, this Hayward Leaf Canister is a large capacity container that comes from one of the biggest names in the swimming pool industry. It is an industry standard and is built to last.
  • Barracuda makes an affordable, smaller leaf canister that has also received good reviews and is well-known among swimming pool brands.

There are many different leaf canisters available for you to use and we are more than happy to assist in any way we can with providing a recommendation, leaf canister, and installation.

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