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We get LOTS of questions.. below are the most popular.......
The average size pool in Las Vegas is 10-12k gallons. To figure out how big your pool is simply calculate as follows:
Length x width x depth x 7.5 = volume (in gallons)
Length times width gives the surface area of the pool. Multiplying that by the depth gives the volume in cubic feet. Since there are 7.5 gallons in each cubic foot, multiply the cubic feet of the pool by 7.5 to arrive at the volume of the pool, expressed in gallons.
We get this question ALL the time! We understand that you want to be able to clearly see the value behind the work we are doing. To answer that question bluntly..... You pay us for what we do, not how long we are there. If you have a good technician that knows what they are doing, the work they do should typically take about 15 minutes. We require our technicians each week to net the pool, brush the walls and steps, empty the skimmer and pump baskets. They will also check the chemicals and adjust them appropriately. Lastly, we have asked them to visually take a quick inspection of the equipment to make sure everything is running properly. Typically since they are doing this each week and staying up on the maintenance it should only take them 10-15 minutes. When the wind has been rough or we have had storms move through we expect them to take longer to make sure everything is cleaned up properly.
There are 4 reasons why a pool has algae growth.
1. The water chemistry is off. Chlorine levels are at zero when the should be 3-5 parts per million. Your PH needs to between 7.2 and 7.8
2. Your water is old. Because we live in the dessert, your water can become old or "tired" and stop reacting to chemicals all together. The water in your pool needs to be drained and changed out ( "Acid or Chlorine Washed) about every 4 years. Some people think they can just drain and refill it without the acid or chlorine wash. The reason we need to wash your pool is because there are built up minerals embedded in the plaster of the pool. The bad minerals will contaminate the new water, and will need to be changed out every 2 years rather than 4. It's kind of like using your bath tub over and over again without cleaning it.
3. Pump Run Times. If algae is forming, your pump may not be running long enough. We recommend that your pump run about 8 hours during pool season. In the winter months, it can run about 4 hours (best between 2am-6am, so that the pipes don't freeze during the coldest parts of the morning).
4. Filters: We often see algae forming because the filters have not been cleaned properly. It's imperative that your filters be chemically clean your filters quarterly. This will not only help clean your pool cleaner, but extend the life of your filters.
Green Hair: We see a lot of little blonde girls with green hair in the summer. You’ve probably heard that blonde hair turns green after a swim-session because of the chlorine in pool water. You most likely believed chlorine to be the culprit from that point on. You’re not completely wrong, but the truth is, copper is actually the main factor at fault. Copper is a metal found in water. Even tap water with a high copper content can give your hair a green tint! However, the green color is more likely to show up after swimming in the pool because pool water contains chlorine. Chlorine and copper bond together to form a film that sticks to the proteins in each strand of hair, causing the hair to turn green.
Strong smell of chlorine: We hate to break it to you, but it's NOT because you have too much chlorine in the pool. It turns out it's not just chlorine, but a potent brew of chemicals that form when chlorine meets sweat, body oils, and URINE (the biggest culprit) . Scientists calculated that one 220,000-gallon, commercial-size swimming pool contained almost 20 gallons of urine. In a residential pool (20-by-40-foot, five-feet deep), that would translate to about two gallons of pee. It's only about one-hundredth of a percent, but any urine in a swimming pool can be a health concern for some people, not to mention that smell that never quite goes away. So before you blame the "Pool Guy" ... talk to your kids and their friends and encourage them to use the bathroom before they swim.
First, don't PANIC! It's gross.. YES- but it's not as bad as you think. Simply follow the steps below (This also applies to any dead rodents or animals that may have drowned in the pool). Disclaimer: This applies to solid waste. If there is diarrhea the pool, please contact a pool professional.
• Close the pool to swimmers.
• Put on disposable gloves.
• Remove the poop using a net or bucket. Do not vacuum the poop from the pool.
• Clean as much poop as possible from the item used to remove the poop and dispose of it in a sanitary manner.
• Disinfect the item used to remove the poop by immersing it in the pool during the 30-minute disinfection time described below.
• Raise the free chlorine concentration to, or maintain it at, 2 parts per million (ppm) and maintain the pH at 7.5 or less for 30 minutes. ( Or SHOCK the pool- to get the chlorine levels between 5 and 10 parts per million- especially if it's not solid)
• Confirm that the filtration system is operating properly(make sure it's running)
Don't forget to WASH YOUR HANDS!
The main reason people prefer salt pools over a typical chlorine pool is because of the way it makes their skin feel. Often times pool owners can have a chemical reaction to the chlorine because they are allergic to the chlorine.
The difference in price? Salt pools are quite a bit cheaper when it comes to your monthly chemical costs, because they don't take as much. However, maintenance and replacements are significantly more expensive.
Converting your chlorine to salt cell conversion starts at $1900 +.