Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Pool Tile Repair: Fix It Now or Suffer

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Pool Tile Pool Tile Repair

Pool tile helps pools look new, clean, pretty, and customized. Tiles falling into disrepair can cause problems both visually and functionally. Whether it’s the tiles cracking or a deeper problem, Pool Daddy is here to help.

The biggest problems in tile repair come from pools in locations where the water has the potential to freeze. Water getting into weak seams or pre-existing cracks can cause problems—but mostly when the water is allowed to freeze. If the water in your pool has the chance to freeze (freak weather incidents, for example) water that is in an existing crack or a problem with the grout can freeze and when it begins to melt, it cracks the tile. Surrounding materials and ground can also cause problems with swelling from excess water or freezing.

Most pools are fitted with an expansion joint that helps account for any freezing that may occur. This isn’t usually a major concern in Arizona, but it can still happen. These joints should be checked periodically.

Age can lead to tiles cracking or falling off as well. Improper cleaning, careless installation, and other user/installer/maintainer errors can occur. Another way for tiles to have problems is if the water level is not being maintained properly. Pool chemicals and weather changes can affect the tile over time, meaning regular checks can help catch these problems early.

The best course of action for pool owners who are seeing cracks or loose tiles is to contact a pool maintenance company (like Pool Daddy ). You can temporarily put the tiles back, but the problems will persist. After several years, even the most professionally installed tiles will begin to have problems, so don’t panic if your pool tiles are starting to have problems a few years after installation. This is often normal. A technician will help you discover the cause and work with you to rectify any issues. This can be related to the materials used to install the tile, the grout itself, the type of tiles, the water level, the type of water, the chemicals in the water, or more. Some small adjustments might be recommended to extend the life of the tile, but your pool will be good as new when we’re done with it.Pool Tile

If you don’t need your tile repaired or replaced, we can still do some tile cleaning for you. While we’re at it, we’ll take a look at your existing tile and help you prolong the beauty of your pool for as long as possible with our regular visits, cleanings, and inspections as per your request and scheduling.

For more information about pool tile problems and replacement, check out this, this, and this webpage. In the meantime, contact us for you cleaning and repair needs year round.

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Pool Heaters

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Different Types Of Pool Heaters

Just like there are different types of heaters for your home, there are options for your pool. Today we’ll discuss various options with their advantages and disadvantages. Just remember, at Pool Daddy, we will service nearly all pool heaters. Even in warm climates, a heated pool is great. Cool nights can make a pool very cold, very fast. If you’re in the market for a new heating system or you’re about to have your first pool installed, check this out for some extra guidance.

Pool HeatersElectric Resistance: Electrical currents are used to create the heat. A current is applied to the resistor, heating the resistor. Water then passes over the resistor, heating the water. These pool heaters are usually used to heat small spas or therapy pools since the amount of electricity needed can be expensive for larger pools. They are used despite the high amounts of electricity, expensive installation, and high monthly operation costs because they operate independently of the air temperature and emit no air pollution.

Pool HeatersGas Heaters: Gas heaters, as the name suggests, burn natural gas or propane to generate heat. The gas is burned in a combustion chamber amongst a series of copper coils. Water runs through the coils, increasing in temperature on the voyage to the pool. These pool heaters are slightly cheaper than the electric resistance heaters and operate independently of air temperature but it can heat a pool quicker. They are also fairly expensive to maintain and are less energy efficient than the electric variety. They also tend to only last 5 years. One of the biggest turn offs of these styles of heaters in the past few years is pollution and cost of the fuel.

Pool HeatersHeat Pumps: These heating systems use electricity to transfer the heat to the pool. Some styles (Air-source heat pumps) take the air from around the pump to transfer the heat to the water. Geothermal heat pumps take heat from the water (for more information, check out the hyperlink). Heat pumps are the cheapest to operate on a monthly basis and are the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly. They can last up to 20 years, which explains the higher initial cost of the parts and installment. They can become inconvenient due to the dependence on air temperature and the slow rate of heating.

Pool HeatersSolar Heaters: Solar power is the way of the future! Only today. Solar panels are used to harness the heat from the sun. Water is then pushed through the circulation system, heating the water. Due to the nature of solar panels, most people using these types of heaters have auxiliary heaters to supplement the solar heaters during the night or cloudier days. These heaters are the most expensive upfront, but there is very minimal upkeep (no additional chemicals or products to purchase). They are very energy efficient, environmentally friendly and can last up to 20. One major turn-off most pool owners have about solar heaters is the installation of solar panels on a roof or lawn.

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Hot Tubs Common Repair

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Hot Tubs

Hot Tubs Common Repair

Hot tubs are wonderful ways to relax after a long day or spend a weekend evening with your significant other. Along with our weekly pool cleaning services, we also offer repairs, maintenance, and cleaning of hot tubs. Today we’ll discuss a few of the problems hot tubs can demonstrate and the parts involved.

  • Nothing will turn on! This could be a fuse, switch, or something in the wiring. Most of these issues require high levels of electrical training to avoid injury. Never attempt to do this on your own.
  • The temperature is all wrong! This can be caused by problems with a switch or relay, a filter cartridge, thermostat, or the heating element. Whether your hot tub won’t heat up or it gets dangerously hot we have the tools to fix these problems.
  • The Pumps aren’t working correctly! This can relate to any number of switches, relays, and motors but it can also be the time clock or thermostat. Like with cars, this can be caused by a very small problem with cheap parts or it can mean a lot more labor intensive work. Don’t let a little lost pressure or increased pressure lead to major safety issues. Contact us the moment you feel something is amiss.
  • Lights issues: this can be a switch, transformer, fuse, or just the lamp. These shouldn’t affect the effectiveness of the hot tubs but should be checked on in case there’s a larger issue.
  • Burnt wires or melted insulation: This is likely issues with the terminal connections. Do not let these issues go unchecked.
  • Hot TubsLeaks, cracks, and pump issues: These are fairly common issues and can lead to a waste of water and an ineffective hot tub. Leaks may be something simple like seals, valves, or pipes but it can also be bigger issues like the heater manifold or something in the jets. A small leak can lead to bigger leaks, cracks, and leakage into the electrical components.

One major difference between hot tubs and pools is the electricity. Hot tubs have large numbers of chords, fuses, and electrical components in a small space and any problem should be addressed as soon as possible. If you feel there may be a problem regarding the electrical system of your hot tubs, drain the water if possible and remove it from the power source. This will reduce the risk of short circuiting or damage to people and property. Call Pool Daddy immediately to schedule a visit. If you are taking advantage of our weekly pool services you can ask about hot tub weekly or monthly service as well. We will check for cracks and possible future issues. We can’t predict everything but we may catch something before you do.

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Pool Party For Thanksgiving Celebration

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Thanksgiving Pool Party Celebration

Pool Party

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching—as seen by stores setting up Christmas decorations and displays already. If you’re struggling for ideas for your family or friends Thanksgiving celebration, consider throwing a pool party! It sounds insane for most of the country but Phoenix is begging for it! With average high temperatures at 70 degrees or higher, there’s no excuse not to enjoy your pool in November—especially if you have a hot tub or Jacuzzi for when it gets dark!

When you’ve spent hours upon hours cooking in a hot kitchen preparing the perfect turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes it would feel sublime to jump in the pool before serving dinner. Most of the country can’t enjoy warm weather in November but you can! Heated pools can provide relaxation, warmth, and cooling effects year round in the right climates.

You may be asking yourself “shouldn’t you wait an hour after eating to swim?” and you’re correct to think that because we’ve all been told that since childhood. As convincing as our parents were in telling us this, it’s a myth. Even if it were true, eating an early dinner provides your company with plenty of time to digest before taking a relaxing dip. Later dinner allows for pre-dinner swims to build up an appetite. Regardless of the time of the meal, swimming before and/or after such a big meal can be fun, relaxing, and energizing.

Pull out the floaties, turn on the Jacuzzi, and bring out the beach ball and take a dip this Thanksgiving. You have the day off for a reason; enjoy it before the temperature drops a little more.  Get in that inner-tube or pool lounger and digest the tryptophan and starch in the most relaxing way possible. Forget that your aunt and uncle had a fight at the table or that your nephews and nieces were screaming because you ran out of pumpkin pie.

After the kids are all taking their food-coma induced naps and your in-laws go home, why not turn on the jets and pull out the bubbly and relax in a hot tub with your closest friends and coolest family members. If you’re into Black Friday shopping, use this time to prep your body for the pushing and shoving to come.

Pool PartyIf you’re not fond of sharing your pool with your relatives, invite your friends over the next day and eat all the leftovers pool-side in the early afternoon. Keep cool and enjoy the 4-day weekend.

No matter what you do this Thanksgiving weekend, you can contact us for weekly pool cleaning or preventative repairs and maintenance. You can even ask us about some renovations or changes to make your Thanksgiving memorable. Also, if your creepy uncle spills gravy in the pool or the kids throw their pie at each other pool-side we can help clean the pool to its pristine glory before your Christmas party.

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Acid Washing Pools

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Acid Washing Pools

Acid WashingWhen pools begin looking slimy and swamp-like, it’s time for a good acid washing. This process is also called “drain and clean.” This removes all traces of algae from improper winterization, neglect, or an algae takeover. What this process does is strip a thin layer of plaster from the pool, exposing fresh and clean surfaces. While acid washing produces a very clean looking pool, having it done too often will lead to a rapid need of re-plastering, so it is not often done every year.

If you are unsure as to what type of clean your pool needs, here’s a tip; if you can see to the bottom of the pool a good chemical and filtering clean should do the trick. If the water is dark enough to where you cannot see the pool floor there is nothing to do besides an acid wash because the cost of chemicals and filtering will be higher than the acid cleaning. Acid cleaning is a fairly expensive procedure but it’s well worth it.

Before getting this process done on your pool, contact the city water suppliers to know the proper disposal process of the dirty water and the acid treated water. Your pool cleaning company should know this, but it doesn’t hurt to inform the water board. If you’re lucky, the water company may wave some of the fees of refilling your pool if you give them notice.

Acid cleaning involves Muratic acid and water mixed (acid added to the water). This necessitates appropriate goggles, masks, and hazmat suits, so it’s best to let the technician do his work while you stay at a safe distance. Muratic acid is harmful to a lot of living organisms (hence using it for algae removal) and it must be treated before pumped out of the pool. Soda ash is added to the foamy residue after cleaning to make it safer to pumping and to reduce the risk of the film further stripping the pool surface.

While you can perform this type of clean on your own, the high risk and health concerns make it worth it to call a professional. Hiring a company like Pool Daddy will ensure it’s done safely and correctly and the pool will be ready to use after the algae and cleaning chemicals are fully removed and neutralized. Technicians will also know of the proper disposal procedures to avoid state involvement or harm to the environment.

Of course, it’s best to avoid the need for acid washing your pool. This can be prevented with weekly (or other forms of regular) pool cleaning services provided by Pool Daddy. Let the professionals do the work so you can relax and enjoy your pool. The cost may seem high but it’s better than risking acid exposure or algae-related issues.

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