Monthly Archives: March 2015

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Pool Inspections for Residential and Commercial Pools

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Pool Inspections

Importance of Pool Inspections

Spring is in full swing, meaning summer is right around the corner! If you haven’t opened up your pool yet, now’s your chance! Open that bad boy before summer is in full swing for maximum pool enjoyment!

Pool Inspections may not be incredibly important for residential pools, but commercial pools absolutely need to be properly inspected.

Residential Inspections

Having your home pool or spa inspected periodically is a good way to catch potential damage or problems before it gets bad or hurts someone. While you’re unlikely to come across legal issues with an uninspected pool, but it can save you large amounts of money and time spent repairing your pool when you could be enjoying it.

Commercial Inspections

Whether you own or run an apartment complex with a pool, a gym with swimming or spa facilities, or a public pool inspections are vital!

No one needs tenants complaining about improperly heated pools, jets in a hot tub that don’t work, or lights that don’t function. If they are paying for the use of a poorly maintained pool it could hurt your image and tenants may begin getting angry enough to leave!

Pool InspectionsPeople love to swim to work out. Whether someone needs a low impact way to lose weight and gain strength or they want to swim a few laps on a hot day instead of running on the treadmill, a gym with a pool brings in a ton of guests! The last thing you need is a lawsuit from chipped tile or cracked vinyl causing physical damage or, even worse, a malfunction of a pump or other part of the pool causing serious damage to your building or guests!

Public pools are full of children and families. It’s a great and low-cost way to cool down large groups of people. That being said, inspections can catch filter problems which could lead to harmful growth, bacteria, or excess chemicals floating around the pool—leading to a slew of legal ramifications. Besides, no one wants to go to a dirty and run down pool.

When to Get Your Pool Inspected

Our pool inspections will check out things that could lead to health concerns, physical damage, equipment damage, and more. Pair inspections with weekly or monthly cleaning, or at least before you officially open your pool to guests or the public. A lot can happen during winterization and over time. We can inspect the entire pool or specific elements, especially if you’re noticing decrease of effectiveness in a specific piece of equipment. Allow us to catch a problem before it becomes major damage or a costly repair. A dirty pool can be a sign of filter or pump issues and small cracks can quickly escalate into tile loss, debris floating in the pool, and physical damage to swimmers!

Check this list (PDF) for more detailed items on common inspections and we’ll go over more of this in future blogs to help you keep an eye out for potential  problems.

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Pool Cleaning during Spring

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Pool Cleaning during Spring

Pool Cleaning

Spring is finally here, everyone! If you haven’t opened up your pool yet, now might be a great time! While you’re at it, let’s get everything extra clean and double check all of the equipment! If you didn’t close your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi for winter, now is the perfect time to check the chemicals and pH, clean pool tiles, check filters, and change light bulbs. Pool Daddy is here to help you with all of your pool needs, so give us a call to get started with weekly pool maintenance or a deep Spring Clean!

We’ve talked about acid washing before here. If your pool is looking a little green and your filters are working fine it may be time for an acid wash. Never jump straight to this—always try other methods of removing the cause of green-pool-syndrome. If this has never been done to your pool and your tiles are looking a little grimy and you find yourself cleaning your pool more than you’re enjoying it, Spring may be a good time to get this started—act fast before the summer temperatures start showing up!

No matter the filter type your pool or hot tub uses, now would be a great time to check it! Some may just need a filter change, others may need to have other elements of the filtration system cleaned, backwashed, or even replaced. Act now before Summer hits and everyone rushes out to replace and repair filters! Get a head start on keeping your pool clean and fresh for the rest of the warmer season!

Pool CleaningWeekly pool cleaning can be incredibly helpful! From removing leaves and debris to checking pH levels, we can do it all so you don’t have to! If you’re performing mass cleaning rituals on your home, why worry about your pool when you can have the professionals do it for you! No more worrying if your chlorine levels are appropriate to keep algae at bay, no more worrying if your salt cells are calcified or your sand needs to be changed! With our regular service you can leave it to us and we’ll make sure everything is clean and operating at max capacity!

Think we just deal with pools? Nope! We deal with in-ground and above-ground pools, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, and everything in between. No matter the size or budget, we can help you keep your pool or hot tub running smoothly so you can enjoy your Spring and Summer in the sun in your well-kept pool and related investments! Don’t let a problem sneak up on you because proper maintenance can increase the longevity of every element of your pool or tub.

So while you’re trimming back the plants in the yard, vacuuming every crevice in your home, and swapping out the batteries in your smoke detectors, have one less thing to worry about by starting up weekly pool cleaning services, starting now! Spring cleaning is a great way to prepare for Summer!

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Pool Repair Types You May Need!

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Pool Repair

You think you know a repair when you see one, right? Well, that is probably true, but there are a lot of types of damage that can happen to all types of pools. Some repairs you might not even know you need. Things that affect the way the pool looks can be obvious, such as: cracked tile, damaged lights, leaks, etc. What might not be as obvious are things like failing pumps, a pool turning green, and other issues. Today we’ll talk about some issues you may come across with your pool where calling a technician will be a good idea!

Before you jump to replacing failed systems or resurfacing your pool, contact a professional and the good ones will know when a repair will do the job or when a replacement will be needed. Listen to the professionals and never be afraid to call us, even if it’s a small problems!

Lining, and Other Pool Surfaces:Pool Repair

  • Concrete pools are prone to cracks over time, especially when in areas with temperature shifts (mostly areas where freezing is a problem). Small cracks can be easily fixed but if left unattended can become quite large and require extensive work and completely re-doing your pool walls!
  • Some pools contain vinyl lining, and this can tear, much like concrete can crack! Small tears should be addressed immediately, but replacing the vinyl when large tears appear is cheaper than repairing large cracks in concrete.
  • While you aren’t likely going to find cracks in fiberglass, you can find mineral deposits or chemical reactions that have caused discoloration. This is when acid washing may be required to keep your pool water clean and clear!

If you catch a crack or some discoloration in your pool lining, floor or walls, contact technicians for pool repair (like those at Pool Daddy) to see if they can stop a minor problem before it turns into a catastrophe.

Pool RepairPumps and Filters:

Here’s where it can get tricky to catch problems. A lot of pool owners don’t realize they’ve having pump or filter issues until the entire unit has shut down! A similar issue comes when the pump and filter do not work well together due to incompatibility of systems. While solving problems with pumps and filters can be as simple as removing clogs or changing sand or filters, it can be electrical problems or other more complicated issues. If you suspect issues with pumps or filters, contact a technician for pool repair to figure out the best course of action to get your system working again!

Safety Features:

Any time you suspect an issue with any system of your pool there’s a chance the safety features have shut off power to that device to prevent damage to other systems and swimmers. This can include heaters or pool covers which use electricity. If a system has been shut off from the safety feature, contact a technician for pool repair before turning anything back on or allowing people in the pool.

You can have Pool Daddy for all your pool repair and maintenance.

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Pool Party Plan for Spring

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Open Your Pool Party For Spring

Pool Party

Spring is only 2 weeks away, so if you haven’t done so already, now might be a great time to dewinterize your pool! If your pool wasn’t closed for fall/winter, then it might be time for some extra TLC and maintenance before Easter (April 5)!

Easter often means family visits! Have the family come to you this year (bonus points for not having to drive yourself, right?) and entertain with the pool you’ve just opened up.Here’s a few ways to use your pool to entertain in a Spring/Easter theme!

  1. Easter Egg Hunt—UNDERWATER! Adults and kids alike will love diving for eggs filled with coins or marbles (bonus idea: color code marbles in the egg to mean different prizes).
  2. Pastel bathing suits: Snatch up a few spring-themed bathing suits with floral print, pastel colors, or even bright pinks and greens.
  3. Get some new pool party toys: Bring in some pool rafts, floaties, and tubes in fun patterns and colors to match the Easter décor you pop up.
  4. Grill: Sure, you can have a ham dinner like everyone else, or you can spice things up and cook a ham in a fire pit or grill by the pool. Or forget the ham and go for hamburgers with bacon!
  5. Entertain the family with the pool party instead of taking trips: What better way to relax with family than swimming, playing pool party games, and relaxing near a body of water? Don’t worry about having to entertain every member of the family the whole time they’re visiting, the pool party can do that for you!
  6. Bonus: Hot tubs and spas are a great way to unwind after a big Easter dinner and running around with the kids!

Pool PartyBefore you officially open up your pool party for the spring and summer, check out our post about dewinterization of your pool. It may also be beneficial to stock up on pool chemicals, replace filters if they’re starting to go, replace your pool lights, work on the aesthetics around the pool, and more. Spruce up everything to have the best summer ever—by starting early! In beautiful and sunny Arizona it’s almost never too early in the year to bring out the bathing suits and sunscreen! So let’s open those pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more! In ground or above ground pools and tubs are no problem for Pool Daddy! We’ll help you get your pool in tip top shape before your next big pool party. After all, you wanted a pool party so you could have fun with it, right? So why worry about maintaining it by yourself, hire the professionals and we’ll have your pool party ready in no time!

Call today if you’re planning to throw a pool party or to schedule specific services or begin weekly pool cleaning and maintenance services.

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De-winterization Time : Spring is Coming!

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Time for De-winterization

Spring is fast approaching (19 days, people!) so that means the temperatures will be rising and it may be time to open the pool back up! Get it done for Spring so you don’t have to fight for scheduling in the summer to get our assistance. The sooner you get it done, the sooner you can be enjoying the sun and warm weather again in your personal pool!

Today we’ll talk about what goes on with opening a pool after winter. You winterized it, so let’s bring it back to its cool, wet glory!

  1. De-winterizationRemove debris, dirt, leaves, etc. from the cover. Allowing this to get into the water means more cleaning and strain on the filters. Before you store the cover, rinse it off and use some soap to remove dirt, mold, or mildew. Let it fully dry before storing.
  2. Once the cover is removed, your pool should be mostly clean, spare some dirt on the bottom. If this is not the case, some more extreme cleaning measures may be needed.
  3. Reconnect any equipment and reset circuits. This includes power to the pool, pumps, and heaters. Reattach filter cartridges or replace the sand in the filter. Use water-based lubricant on all o-rings, remove winterizing plugs, and free the skimmer basket/
  4. Contact your water company to check for pool-fill-up discounts since your water loss was due to evaporation, meaning it didn’t go through the water treatment plants. Some companies will offer a yearly discount on your water bill for pool filling.
  5. Ensure water is covering the skimmer. While filling, Hook the outflow hose from the skimmer to the pump and tighten clamps. Turn on the pump once the skimmer is covered. Check for leaks in hoses and gaskets.
  6. De-winterizationVacuum the pool. Do this before adding chemicals.
  7. Test the pH levels of the pool if the water is clear. The levels should range from 7.8-7.8. Adjust as needed. Add your start up kit once the pH is balanced, following the directions of the kit.
  8. If your pool is green, you may need to use a chlorine shock process accompanied with a lowering of the pH. Once the algae is dead the pool sufaces need to be brushed to remove the remaining algae, using a clarifier to cause everything to sink to the bottom. A vacuum should suffice at this point.
  9. Test chlorine and other chemical levels before allowing swimmers to enter.
  10. For heating the pool, a solar cover may help if you don’t have or don’t want to use a heater.

This process can be done on your own, but out Pool Daddy technicians can do this quickly, efficiently, and with no effort on your part. This can start up weekly services or it can be one of the few times you need our services during the pool season. Whether you have an above-ground or in-ground pool, residential or commercial, we can de-winterize your pool so all you have to do is jump in when the temperatures start rising and enjoy your pool!

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