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Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?

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Fiberglass Pool Is For Me? Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?

Fiberglass is a popular option for pool surfaces, so if you’re considering building a pool in the near future you may want to keep reading.

Generally, fiberglass pools require less cleaning than other surfaces. The fiberglass is smoother than other surfaces, causing less debris and algae to stick to the walls. Because of the type of material it tends to be the most expensive option for pool surfaces, but the overall quality and care makes it worth it.

Shapes, Sizes, and More:

Fiberglass allows for any size or shape of pool, but unlike other pool types they have to be made and then transported to the final resting spot at your home. This limits the sizes available for fiberglass pools, but makes a great option for unusual sizes or shapes. They can accommodate any added feature other pools can including added decking, steps, attached hot tubs , waterfalls, and more.

On top of custom sizes and shapes, fiberglass pools can also feature a cantilever deck which can then be combined with different pool finishes (tile, pebble, etc).

Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?Building/Installation:

Fiberglass, if you didn’t already know, is lightweight and created by weaving glass threats together into a fabric. A polyester resin is then added to hold and keep the shape as well as harden the fiberglass. A weather-resistant gel is then added to give it the smooth finish it’s known for. After completion it is transported to your home and placed in the dugout hole. It can be completed in as little as 1-3 days, depending on the excavation and electrical work and the scheduling of the formation of the pool.

Care:

Most fiberglass pools maintain their pH levels with less monitoring and often do not have as much algae build up as concrete or vinyl pools. This can save you time on cleaning and money on chemical balancing chemicals. And of course, the less time and money you need to spend on your pool maintenance the more you can spend on cool new pool toys!

Most spots or water line markings can be cleaned with a sponge or rag with some basic pool cleaner but anything that cannot be remedied in that fashion should be addressed by a professional, as harsher chemicals can ruin the gel coating of your fiberglass pool .

Fiberglass Pool Is For Me?Pool technicians at Pool Daddy can help you take care of your fiberglass pool! We will make sure your pumps and filters are operating at peak efficiency and we’ll skim any debris, check pH levels, clean any spots, and vacuum anything that has settled to the bottom! Weekly maintenance is a great idea for any pool, but you can adjust the regular visits to suit your needs and your abilities. If you can check and balance your pH levels but you don’t want to keep the equipment around to do cleaning, we’ve got you covered! If you just want to save time and effort in learning how to clean your pool we can help with that, too!

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Pool Accessories For Summer!

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Pool Accessories For Summer!

Let’s take a step away from the serious this week and start preparing for summer! Once your pool is opened and you have all chemicals balanced your next step is to prepare the rest of the pool for some fun in the sun! Don’t forget that Pool Daddy can help take the worry out of checking your pool for the proper pH levels, filter maintenance, and regular cleaning so you can spend your time searching for new pool toys and bathing suits instead of scrubbing the pool walls.

Pool Accessories Fit for Summer

  1. Pool Accessories For Summer!ACTION: Believe it or not, a rock climbing wall for the edge of your pool exists. Forget a high-dive diving board—try this on for size! Be careful about belly-and back- flops and make sure your pool is deep enough for this awesome accessory. It’s quite costly but once properly installed it will provide you with years of fun and excitement. Be the envy of your neighbors if you have the budget to try this thing out. There are also inflatable versions you may be able to put in larger pools, but are even more expensive.
  2. GAMBLING: Bring your friends together for some pool poker! It included waterproof playing cards and 4 separate floating seats. Earn some cash (or other forms of tender in your game) while staying cool. Loser has to do a belly flop!
  3. DRINKING GAMES: Always be careful mixing pools and beer, but you can find floating beer pong tables here and here. Not into beer? Just have fun with the challenging game with soda, punch, fruit juice, or any other liquid. Bonus: It could double as a raft so you can lay out in the sun to rest after a rigorous game—winner gets to lay on the raft for an hour without being disturbed. Warning: Playing beer pong in water could lead to extra cleanings if any liquid spills. And drink responsibly.
  4. GIANT GLOBE: Want to know how it feels to be a hamster in a ball or wheel? Try out the Inflatable Nuclear Water Glove Float. Climb inside and roll, run, crawl, and spin around on the water.
  5. GOLF: Have a pool and a golf lover? Practice your swing with this 3ft by 4 ft patch of golf green that comes with golf balls that float and more!
  6. Pool Accessories For Summer!DRINK CARRIER! Forget rushing into the house to grab drinks or snacks when you’re lounging in a pool tube or on a pool raft! Have someone load up this motorized radio control drink float and drive it to you instead! Whoever’s cooking out on the weekends can load it up since they’re obviously not getting wet just yet. Also great for lazy teenagers or moms who want to avoid their children tracking water throughout the house or going through a dozen towels in one day.
  7. COMFORT: Try out this floating sofa for extra-comfortable lounging when you’re tired of swimming laps or practicing your diving. It can easily fit 1-3 adults (maybe 4 smaller children). You can also find floating bean bags for a different type of comfort. Sink into some comfortable floating furniture and never leave your pool again!

You can also find some accessories for keeping drinks, phones, music, and more close by as well as make pool-size eating or drinking convenient here.

No matter how you use your pool this summer make sure it stays clean and all parts run smoothly with the help of Pool Daddy. We can upgrade your filters or pumps, scrub the tiles, adjust your chemical levels, and more. Weekly maintenance will keep your pool clean and healthy so you can throw a pool party at the last second if you want!

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Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

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Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

Above Ground Pool Tips and Maintenance

A few weeks ago we talked about above ground pool versus in-ground pools, so today we’ll talk a little more specifically about caring for an above-ground unit.

  • Quality is important: Thicker liners, heavy-duty covers, and high quality equipment can keep your maintenance costs and efforts lower. Not using a decent cover or opting for thin liners can cause leaks, tears, and other problems. Not using a cover at all can increase how much cleaning your pool needs.
  • Pumps and Filtering: Some pumps needs to be run between 8 and 12 hours a day to keep the water clean and clear, others do best with running 24 hours a day—often two-speed motors which work well on low when you’re not adding chemicals or cleaning.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceRegular maintenance
    • Once or twice a week it is wise to skim debris from your pool and check the skimmer baskets—the sooner you remove it the better. It’s also wise to check the water and chemical levels, pH, alkalinity, filter pressure, filter efficiency, and, if applicable, the sand in the filter.
    • It’s also wise to shock the pool once per week and check sanitizer levels if you are using chlorine. Shocking is often done with concentrated chlorine and it will oxidize contaminants like sunscreen, sweat, bodily fluids, hair products, and more. It can also kill stubborn algae deposits.
    • Chlorine tablets are the usual preferred chlorine delivery system for above ground pools.
    • Every other week you should check copper levels if you’re using Pure ‘n Blue.
    • Monthly: To prevent algae, check the phosphate levels and add a phosphate remover if needed.
  • Above Ground Pool Tips and MaintenanceVacuuming: Usually you can tell when your pool needs to be vacuumed. This can be done when you do other cleaning or just keep an eye on the floor of the pool and vacuum when it gets slick or you see sediment.
  • Liner tips: Thick liners are your best bet but even the best and thickest liners can leak or crack, so check them regularly.
    • If water levels are dropping quickly, a small leak or crack may be the culprit. It could also be normal evaporation.
    • Use a cover during winter to protect the liner. Keeping it covered when not in use will prolong the elasticity of the liner.
    • A pool with a pH level that is too high or too low can cause problems with the liner; same with heightened chlorine levels. Chemical levels are just as important for the liner as it is for the water and swimmers.
    • Avoid using weed-eaters or edges close to the pool walls as heavy duty ones can puncture the liner.
    • Check the liner and pool systems a few times a year for rust and treat accordingly.

For some more specific steps and explanations of methods, chemical levels, and other steps to clean your pool, check out this page and stay tuned to the Pool Daddy blog for tips and tricks and information about pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and more. We can perform weekly pool maintenance at reasonable prices- even for above-ground systems!

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Pool pH Level Matter

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Why Does the pH level Matter?

Water is awesome, and hose water is safe for kiddo pools and even some larger above ground pools, so you may be asking “why do I need to add chlorine and check the pH of my pool? Water is water, right?” Today we’ll talk about why it’s important to make sure your chemical and Pool pH Level of your pool are important to monitor.

With Pool Daddy’s weekly pool service you can worry less about your Pool pH Level and getting them back to normal, we do the work for you.

 

Pool pH Level Matter

Something to compare pH levels to things you may be more familiar with.

What is pH?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral (like filtered water). A pH level between 0 and 7 is the acid side, anything above 7 is basic/alkaline. Adding acids or alkalies to the water can raise or lower the level to the recommended 7.2-7.8 range for your pool, the exact range can vary depending on pool, area, equipment, and personal opinion. Sodium carbonate (soda ash, also used to neutralize the acid from acid washing) or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) raises the pH level and muriatic acid (used in acid washing) or sodium bi-sulfate will lower it.

Checking the Pool pH Level regularly is important. Things can fall into the pool (rain water, plants, etc) and oils in human (or animal) skin, sun screen, or other things on swimmers bodies can alter the pH  level pretty quick. Even adding your chlorine can change the levels, so if the pH was where it needed to be but then you found out your chlorine levels were low the pH may be knocked into the dangerous zone (especially if it was on the far end of the appropriate range).

For the Pool:

Chemical reactions which can be harmful to your pool can occur if the water is too acidic or alkaline. Too much acidity can lead to corrosion of any metal equipment and etching on the pool surfaces. Increased alkaline levels can cause scaling to surfaces and the plumbing and cloud the water. If your water is starting to look a little cloudy  it could be a number of problems but checking the alkaline levels should  be done to eliminate the chances of it being a bigger problem. Changes on either end of the pH scale can cause issues with the chlorine, decreasing the effectiveness which can allow for algae or other growth and bacteria to form. High alkaline levels will keep the chlorine from working effectively, leading to growth. High acid levels means the chlorine will dissipate quickly, decreasing effectiveness.

Pool pH Level Matter

Etching on a pool surface.

Calcium:

Calcium is also needed in your pool to keep plaster from eroding. Too much can affect water clarity, increase scaling, and create stains. 200-400 ppm is the acceptable range, but right in the middle of that range is perfect for most pools.

Stabilizers and Chlorine:

Stabilizers can keep chlorine working longer by protecting the chlorine from heat, sun, and other elements. Using a stabilizer can keep you from using as much chlorine (and possibly decrease the strong chlorine scent found in a lot of pools) but too much stabilizer can mean you need to add water to your pool to dilute the stabilizer (and therefore check the pH and other levels since diluting one thing means diluting the rest).

For the Swimmers:

Heightened acidity can cause skin irritation which is uncomfortable and can cause bigger problems depending on the person. Young people or those with already sensitive skin should be extra caution when entering pools which may be a little more acidic than normal (slight increase in acidity may not cause problems or need immediate resolution but it wouldn’t hurt to adjust if it’s slightly higher than recommended). Irritation can be a good indicator that you need to check and adjust the Pool pH  Level.

If your pool water is off, even just a little (and on either side) it can start affecting your eyes as well! Your skin doesn’t like high acidity or alkalinity and water left to sit without added chemicals, chlorine or salt (in salt water pools) can experience pH changes just based on weather, air, and things that fall in or are introduced via swimmers or falling matter.

For more pool pH level maintenance information check out this site to understand your pool better.

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Pool Resurfacing

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Pool Resurfacing Options

Every now and then a pool may need to be resurfaced, tiles replaced, and other related services may be needed. It’s pretty easy to tell when tiles need to be replaced—they start falling off. Tiles can last a while due to the acid washing process but the rest of the pool can start cracking or causing other problems and it’s time to resurface (usually every 8-10 years or so).

A green pool probably just means you need to readjust your chemical levels, scrub the tile, or do an acid wash but if a pool gets harder and harder to clean every time you have a good clean it could be time to resurface.

Pool ResurfacingEtching starts to occur after around 10 years. The pool surfaces will look off-colored from normal (usually grey, yellow, or brown patches). These stains can be removed sometimes but it’s not a guarantee to restore your pool to its previous luster.

There are two main types of surfaces for pools; exposed aggregate and pebble surface. The exposed aggregate refers to the way the concrete is laid. When resurfacing for this type of pool a layer of concrete is removed to expose the concrete with aggregate and then the outer layer is replaced. It’s durable and most people like the look and it allows for some levels of customization as far as colors and patterns go. Pebble surface pools have a smooth plaster mixed with white cement and crushed marble. It allows for a hard but smooth surface and the pebbles come in many colors. It’s very strain resistant and durable so it’s a popular option. Other options such as fiberglass and vinyl also need resurfacing periodically.

Remembering what your pool looked like when it was freshly installed can help you decide if it’s time to resurface. Large cracks, holes, and imperfections may lead to structural damages such as leaks so resurfacing is both a visual and safety concern. If the pool doesn’t look good it may start to cause problems structurally or you may find yourself injured by loose chunks of concrete.

Pool ResurfacingIf you can’t tell a difference in how often you’re having to clean your pool and it looks clean and intact you may not need the pool resurfacing after 10 years, but ask a professional because they may see something you don’t. You see this pool all the time; a technician doesn’t so they’re likely to catch something you didn’t see as a big deal. Catching small issues before they become huge problems is out job, so call Pool Daddy and ask if you need a resurfacing performed (if you’re noticing problems or if your pool has been installed for more than 8 years or you’ve gone more than 8 years without having it resurfaced).

As with any large pool project, find out if you’ll need any special permits involving sewage, water filling, and more. Pool Daddy can help you figure out who you need to call before undertaking such a large project.

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