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Springing into Pool Season

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Recently, temperatures in the Antelope Valley finally hit the 80s although this week the temperature is trickling back down into the 70s. While it may not quite be time for a big splash, it’s just around the corner.

That means getting your pool in shape (while you get yourself in shape to fit into that swim suit or those swim trunks!).

As soon as that temperature does change, you will want to be ready, so here are some tips on getting your swimming pool up and running again after the harsh winter that is hopefully behind us.

Clean-Up

  • Your first step is to get the swimming pool cleaned up if you haven’t continued to use a professional pool cleaning service all winter. Whether you have kept it covered or the pool surface has been exposed to the elements, it is time to give the swimming pool a good clean, including skimming the surface, vacuuming the bottom and side walls, and scrubbing the tile.
  • Don’t forget to do a filter clean or ask your pool professional to do it for you! This will make it easier to enjoy clean, filtered water as well as cut down on the time it takes to clean the pool each week.
  • Spring is very windy in Palmdale, Lancaster, and Acton, so you will need to keep at the leaves and debris that often finds its way into your swimming pool.
  • The area around your swimming pool should also get a good clean, including vacuuming out debris in the concrete crevices and cleaning out leaves and debris around the equipment area. Don’t forget to get rid of all those cobwebs, too!
  • Any patio furniture and barbecues should also be wiped down. After all, this is all part of enjoying your backyard oasis for the spring and summer seasons.

Spruce-Up

  • This is the time of the year where you might think about any upgrades to your swimming pool, including grab rails, slide, water feature, new lights or anything else that makes it more personalized that didn’t fit in your budget when you originally had it built.
  • It may also be time to spruce up the swimming pool treasure chest of water toys and gadgets for the pool. This could mean getting rid of those water toys that the kids have outgrown and upgrading to some super cool water launchers or underwater games to a floatable card table and chairs for the weekly poker game with the guys to a new lounge chair with drink holder for mom.
  • You might also think about an outdoor sound system to enjoy music or even a new outdoor kitchen and entertainment pagoda if you want to kick the party season into high gear.

Check-Up

  • Before something breaks down during those critical weeks and months where a cool pool is a must to beat the heat, it’s time to do an equipment check. Look at worn parts or the general condition of all your equipment.
  • If anything looks like it needs to be replaced, then this would be the time to do it. Also, if you did not have an energy-efficient pump or heater, you may want to upgrade. There may still be some rebates available for making your pool equipment more energy efficient.

Top-Up

  • This is the time of year to ensure the chemicals are now equalized and ready to go for warmer weather. Think about topping up anything that is not in balance with the water chemistry. Also, pool professionals typically add conditioner to the water at this time of year to compensate for the necessary change in chemicals as the seasons change.
  • If you don’t have an auto-fill valve that brings your water up to its proper level, you may need to manually add water to the pool. If it’s been three to five years, this may actually be the best time to empty the pool and refill it with new water. This is important to do on a regular basis to keep the water chemistry balance.

Other Tips

  • Other things to consider to spring into pool action would be to invest in solar heating for your pool and spa. While the upfront cost is significant, it offers a fairly fast return on investment. And, you will love not getting electric bills that put you at risk for a heart attack.
  • For a lower budget investment to get your water warm, purchase a solar blanket from your pool professional. It takes the chill off the water and even keeps most of the debris out.
  • Make sure you are using an automatic pool cleaner to keep it free of bugs and debris so you can start swimming every day.
  • Check on your safety and security measures so that all kids and visitors are not at risk of drowning. This means safety fencing, safety alarms, and door alarms as well as a floatation device nearby.

Call Us!

We’re here to get your swimming pool up and running for the season. Contact us today at 661.400.7624 or dave@aqueouspools.com.

Never Too Early for Thinking Summer Pool Toys

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Okay, it’s February but the past few days of mild, sunny weather remind us that summer is not too far away. That means starting to think about firing up the swimming pool and finding some new swimming pool toys to enjoy.

After all, if you have hit the local Target, WalMart, or even pool supply store, they are already filling their shelves with swim suits and pool toys.

To get you thinking about the upcoming fun in the sun, here are some new cool pool toys from ToySplash.com that I know my kids will be most likely be hitting me up for not to mention a few I might secretly like to have:

  • Cyclone Spinner Float: This cool toy holds up to five kids, which allows for four around the circle and one in the middle. You can spin it slow but everyone will most likely want to have it spun fast! Lots of fun with this one!
  • Manta Ray Dual Squirter Set: Kids lay on their own inflatable float and use it as a kickboard as they shoot from built-in squirt guns. I see my two boys going to town with a wild water gun fight with this pool toy!
  • Alien Eyeball Toss:  Weighted eye ‘balls’ can be tossed into this pool float that has different holes to catch each of the boys. It’s a great take on the traditional ball toss game.
  • Flood Force Water Canon: This works on land or sea. You can place the large water reservoir into the pool while you turn the crank to soak anyone in range. If the kids want to play with it out of the pool, all you have to do is fill up the reservoir and put the cap on.
  • PoolTunes Floating iPod Speaker Light: Keep your iPod on land, safe and sound, while you enjoy music for hours from the pool with this floating speaker. Keeps the neighbors from getting irritated when you blast the patio stereo while you can enjoy the music while floating around in the swimming pool.
  • Floating Card Game Station: Who says you need to keep poker or blackjack on land? With the floating card game station, you can take the game into the swimming pool. It features two inflatable chairs with drink holders (a must!) and an inflatable table. Don’t worry! The table and chairs have bungee ties so you don’t float away when you have that winning hand! This is my kind of toy!

Be sure to check back because we have some more goodies to share with you as the weather heats up!

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!

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.

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.