Opening your swimming pool can be a time-consuming task. We want to provide time-saving tips when you decide it’s time to open your swimming pool. Having a “Pool Opening Checklist” can make the process easy and streamlined.
Proper pool chemical safety can not only save time, but also money in the life of your pool. Pool Chemicals Before testing the water and adding chemicals to your pool, make sure to skim and vacuum the pool. Test the pool chemistry after cleaning out the dirt and debris from the pool. Make sure to test for a balanced water pH. Pool water pH should between 7.2 and 7.6. Calcium Hardness and Total Alkalinity are also key metrics to measure when opening the pool. 225 ppm (parts per million) is an ideal figure for balanced pool water. Total Alkalinity should be maintained around 130 ppm.
Shocking the pool should be done when opening the swimming pool for the season. The shock is used to maintain an adequate level of Free Available Chlorine. Free Available Chlorine is the key factor in sanitizing the pool water.
Lastly, add algaecide to the pool if you notice algae blooms inside your swimming pool. Green algae is the most common type of swimming pool algae. The color of the algae bloom will determine the appropriate treatment.
Chemical Safety Proper pool chemical safety sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Did you know that pool chemicals that are past their expiration can be extremely harmful to your swimming pool? Pool chemicals that are used to maintain balanced water chemistry can break down the pool finish. This can cause leaching and for the surface to become rough. This can become expensive because the pool would have to re-plastered.
Expired chemicals can also throw the water chemistry off and cause corrosion to the pipes, pool pump or filter. A corroded pool pump or filter can cause problems such as poor circulation of the pool water. This can cause algae bloom and poor circulation aliments.
Remember, Clean Living Pool and Spa can take care of opening and maintaining your swimming pool if you desire. Proper pool chemical safety can save you some serious time and money when opening your swimming pool.
Pool chemicals are necessary when owning a swimming pool. Remember to always store your pool chemicals in a dry area and away from any small children. If your pool chemicals are past the expiration, contact your local pool store for the proper discard procedure. You are almost ready to go through the process of opening your swimming pool for the season.
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As with any type of filter there is no hard and fast rule that says your filter will last X amount of time. It depends on the application, the quality of water passing through, quality of cartridge, usage rate, etc. There are definite indicators, though, that it’s time to change out the cartridges for new ones.
We all know that pool maintenance is vital in the summer months in Vegas, but they are just as important when it comes time for the Winter months. Did you know that your pool needs the same care in the winter months as it does in the summer? Otherwise you are going to have staining and other problems with your pool. Most of the damage to a pool happens in the winter when it is being neglected. Trust us, protect your investment! If you neglect your pool, the fix-up will likely be much harder and more expensive than simply maintaining it properly to begin with.
People often make the mistake of not caring for their pool in the winter. They stop adding the proper amount of chemicals to the pool in the winter because they think it doesn't need it, or that they don't need to vacuum the pool in the winter because it’s not being used. Failing to maintain proper pool maintenance will result in calcium buildup around the pool and dirty stains along the floor of your pool; this is why consistency is the key!
For minimal maintenance, we suggest not covering the pool during the winter, use an automatic pool cleaner that runs the entire time you're filtering, but keep the filter time short. We of course, will keep chlorine in the pool, to oxidize the dust and other debris that the cleaner misses. We will also continue the important step of checking/emptying the skimmer(s) and pump filter baskets on a regular basis. If you prefer to cover your pool during the winter months, we have provided a list of the different types of pool covers in this same section of our website.
Your pool should be drained every 3 years in order to keep it operating at the highest level of efficiency. So we suggest that fall and winter months in the Las Vegas Valley are a great time of year to drain your pool and refill it with the proper amount of chemicals.
As a Clean Living Pool and Spa customer you will continue to receive the same cleaning and care for your pool that we provide in the summer months.
When taking care of a in-ground swimming pool, having the right type of cover can make all the difference. Finding the right cover can be a bit tricky and will depend upon a variety of factors including your pool shape, size, and of course, what you need the cover for. The guide below should help you identify just the right cover(s) for your pool.
Solar Pool Covers: A very common pool cover, solar covers utilize the suns energy to generate heat for your pool. These covers float freely on your pool surface and are designed primarily for heating your pool and prolonging your pool season. They are not the most efficient covers for keeping debris out of your pool and should not be consider a safety cover.
Solar Rings: While designed to provide heat for a pool similar to a standard solar pool cover, solar rings have a few unique benefits. Due to their design, solar rings are very adept at passing heat to deeper parts of your pool. They can also be turned over when the pool temperature is ideal, enabling them to act as barriers to sunlight that will evaporate water and precious pool chemicals. Solar rings work well with automatic pool cleaners as well.
Leaf Nets: With these covers the name says it all. Leaf nets are basic covers designed to keep leaves and other larger containments out of your pool. Simply place the leaf net over the pool, anchor it down and watch as the leaves fall harmlessly onto your net. If you have a lot of leaves to deal with every year, it may be wise to remove this net multiple times to clean the leaves off. Leaf nets are often used in combination with a heavier winter cover.
Winter Pool Cover: These heavy-duty pool covers are designed to protect your pool from debris as well as other unwanted pool contaminators. While many winter covers offer features such as thermal protection or coloring to help guard against algae growth, they do often vary in weave thickness which can be a determinate in the durability and overall quality of the cover. As mentioned above, winter pool covers can be used in concert with leaf nets. It’s important to note that winter pool covers are not necessarily considered safety covers.
Safety Nets and Safety Covers: Pool safety covers are available in a standard net/mesh form, as well as solid covers. Safety nets are designed with gaps too small for a child to fall through, but too big to allow efficient balancing or movement. Solid safety pool covers are heavy covers that are designed to be anchored down and keep everything from loose debris to kids and pets out of your pool.
Automatic Covers: Automatic covers have permanently mounted reels that automatically cover and uncover the pool at the push of a button. They are the most expensive option, but are also the most convenient. These reels can be run from either an external motor or using an internal motor that spins the reel.
There is nothing quite like being able to come home from a long day at work or school and slip into the warm, refreshing pool in your own backyard. Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, Las Vegas pool owners are lucky enough to have a climate that allows you to keep your pools open and operating all year round. However, if your pool is not properly maintained, your luck can quickly go from good to bad.
Here are 7 of the most common mistakes pool owners make when maintaining their own pools.
1. Missing Out on Monitoring
The importance of monitoring the chemical balance of your pool cannot be overstated. Pool owners may forget to check the pool water as often as they need to or think it is okay to do it less frequently. This often means that restoring the chemical balance of the pool requires a big adjustment. Make sure you are monitoring the chemistry of your pool water at least once a week in the off-season and twice a week or more when usage is high.
2. Being Bad at Chemistry
Failing to monitor the chemical balance closely enough or to take action to correct any imbalance can lead to substandard conditions. If the pH of the water gets too high, it impacts the effectiveness of the chlorine.
3. Failing to Keep Things Clean
The skimmer basket, lint pot, and even the filter need to be cleaned/replaced as needed to keep water circulating and the pump and other equipment operating properly. It is also critical that the tile walls are cleaned often enough to inhibit the growth of algae. Failing to keep the tiles clean and clear can result in buildup that must be removed by a professional.
4. Adding Chemicals at the Wrong Time
Adding chemicals like chlorine in the morning or during the day can decrease their effectiveness.
5. Not Keeping Up with Minor Repairs
Pool owners who disregard small cracks or put off making small repairs are running the risk that those small problems will become big, expensive problems or safety hazards. Cracks near the top of the pool can enable water to travel out of the pool and damage the deck or surround. Broken drains can lead to costly damage and may even make swimming dangerous.
6. Skimping on Circulation
Some pool owners don’t run their pool pump long enough to ensure the water is circulating and the water flow is adequate to maintain the chemical balance and inhibit the growth of algae.
7. Failing to Monitor Water Levels
In order for the skimmers and pump to operate optimally, the water level in the pool must be monitored and maintained. If the water level in the pool gets too low, these pieces of equipment cannot operate efficiently which often results in excessive and unnecessary wear and tear.
It's imperative that you keep your pool clean and clear all year round. Fall and Spring is a great time to have repairs, pool drains and acid and chemical washes done. To properly maintain your pool, keeping it healthy, clean and clear all year round requires time and attention to detail !
Let us take care of the work so that you can enjoy the perfect setting for family fun and lifelong memories!
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