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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.

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.

Starting Up Your New Swimming Pool

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

When that brand new swimming pool is finished, starting up means a lot more than flipping a switch for the equipment to start and jumping in. There are some other important steps you should take to make sure it looks this great year’s down the line.

Start with the Chemical Touch

The most common chemical needed is chlorine. The most commonly sold form is tri-chlor, which is made up of a stabilizer and chlorine. To balance the water, however, upon filling it, you will also need to add Calcium (Calcium Chloride or possibly Calcium Carbonate). Muriatic acid is important to reach the right balance.

You’ll also need to add bicarbonate of soda to achieve the right total alkalinity for the pool water.

It may be important to get shock and algaecide to keep on hand.

To balance the water overall, you will need to achieve the following:

  • Chlorine: 1.5-3.5
  • Alkalinity: 80-100
  • pH: 7.6-7.8
  • Hardness: 150-250

When you add chemicals, remember not to mix them. Also, do not let anyone in the water for at least half an hour after the chemicals have been added.

Start-Up Equipment and Tools

There are some key tools and equipment that make the start-up a bit easier. This includes investing in a chemical test kit and test strips.

Pool Equipment Work

During the start-up process, run your pool pump for two to four hours a day. You will also need to brush the sides of the swimming pool one to two times a day if you have an in-ground concrete swimming pool.

Use a Professional
Pool start-ups need a professional touch and constant attention for at least a week to ten days. That’s why it pays to have a swimming pool professional come and take care of the work for you so you know that the chemicals, equipment, and tools are taken care of for you.

Poolside Safety: The Importance of Pool Fences and Ground Rules

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Swimming pools are a great way to cool off in this heat. They are great for parties not to mention swimming is one of the very greatest forms of exercise.

However, it is very important to remember the need for pool safety and the measures that can be taken to keep people safe. Aside from playing it safe, there is another great way to maintain safety from everyone and keep the pool inaccessible to animals and children when you aren’t able to supervise them — a pool safety fence.

Fences are the Best Defense

There are many types of pool fences and it would be literally impossible to cover them all in this blog. In fact, chances are you can get any type of fence you want – and the choices are often based on your budget and the type of area you need to fence.

For those of you in the market for something more economical and easily moved and stored, there are a number of companies on the market that offer the easy take down fences. These typically are made of mesh with poles that simply need some holes drilled in the concrete to keep the fencing in place while in use.

The other type of pool fence is the more commonly seen stationary fence that makes safety a more permanent proposition. These can be made of wood, block, brick, wrought iron, chain-link and even PVC. These also serve the dual purpose of offering additional privacy and are less likely to be broken into by clever children or precocious pets.

The Importance of Ground Rules

A wise man once said, “Common sense is not so common,” and since there are so many examples where people don’t always think before doing things, this saying often holds true.

Kids look for what is fun, and running around that slippery wet pool does look fun at that age. However, it’s just not safe. Establishing ground rules can really help to maintain safety around the swimming pool:

  • No running and not even fast walk.
  • Be courteous to others and pay attention to what you are doing.
  • No diving unless you have a deep enough pool for it.

If you teach your kids to be safe when in and around pools from a young age, they will grow to love and respect the pool, the water, and all its beauty. At the same time, it’s best to back that training up with a pool safety fence and continual supervision when your kids and their friends are near or in the swimming pool.

Green Swimming Pool Construction: Is it a Reality?

Posted on: September 5th, 2012 by Dave 1 Comment

Recently Aqua Magazine featured an extensive and somewhat technical article about how the actual swimming pool construction process could – and should – be more environmentally sensitive.

Building and creating green swimming pools does not sound like an easy process primarily because the idea is still somewhat new and the technology and know-how have yet to catch up. From engineering principles to equipment to placement, there are so many high-intensity energy consumers that go into building a swimming pool let alone lead to high amounts of water and chemical usage.

For the swimming pool industry professional, the article offers a lot of good tips on the technical level. More swimming pool contractors are looking at how they build, including how to make smarter choices when it comes to energy use, transportation of materials, use of water, waste materials and other processes that could be greener.

However, the part of the article that has the most relevance for readers are measures that mean something to them in terms of energy efficiency:

  • Stop heat loss by using solar covers or other types of automatic safety covers. This will stop heat and water evaporation. While solar covers are good, they do float and blow off the wind. Automatic covers are more effective, but that comes with a price tag.
  • To reduce heat loss with an infinity, or vanishing edge, swimming pool, they can be designed with no sheeting and what is called a low wet wall effect.
  • Add a passive solar system or incorporate photovoltaics rather than relying on electricity to heat your swimming pool.
  • Get by with a reduced temperature for your water as even a few degrees will help to reduce your heating bill.
  • Install LED lighting fixtures for measurable energy savings. They also add more interesting lighting effects and last a lot longer than other types of lights.
  • Use high-efficiency swimming pool equipment like heat pumps, exchangers, and pool pumps.
  • Consider switching to a salt system versus a chlorine-based swimming pool maintenance process.

Need more information or prices on installation? Give us a call and we’ll be glad to help green your swimming pool.