Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Pool Services for Labor Day

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Pool Services for Labor Day

LLast Chance for Labor Day Pool Servicesabor Day is about a week away, so if you’re planning one last pool party before Autumn hits, now’s your chance! Labor Day tends to be the last big day for cookouts, barbeques, and big outdoor celebrations before everyone starts focusing on school, work, and working towards Christmas! Let’s get those pools in tip top shape for one last shindig before winterization!

If you’ve been using our weekly pool services, your pool may already be ready for a beautiful day of swimming, partying, and tanning. If you do most of your own pool maintenance, first of all we’re impressed, and second of all, you may want to get your equipment checked by a professional to ensure everything is running as it needs to in order to keep friends, family, and neighbors safe.

Things to look out for when hosting a party:

  1. Electrical Work: From lights to pumps and filters, everything is connected to a power source. It’s important to make sure all of your electrical work is running properly for maximum safety. The last thing anyone needs is a last minute electrical problem in a pool! As we know, water and direct electrical current don’t mix!
  2. Algae: The green slime that collects on your pool walls and floor is unsightly and feels weird, but it can also be a health risk! Much like mold and other growth, it’s not safe to get into direct contact with this stuff—especially if it gets ingested! Make sure your filters and pumps are running at optimum levels to reduce the algae growth. Regular pool wall cleanings are also an important step in preventing this growth.
  3. Chemicals: A pool with off balanced levels can harbor algae growth, but it can also easily irritate the skin of your swimmers. Regular use of your pool can alter the levels due to body lotions, hair care products, sun screen, and other contaminants which can alter your pH levels. Plants and dirt getting into your pool can also affect the chemical levels. This is why we recommend weekly chlorine, pH and other chemical testing. Besides swimmer comfort, imbalanced levels can affect your equipment as well.
  4. Efficiency: Filters which need to be replaced, cleaned, or back washed may be working extra hard to do their job or it will eventually cause damage to the filter system or lead to harmful algae growth before you know it! Outdated pumps and heaters can also decrease efficiency—especially of the power efficiency kind! Keeping up to date with equipment can save money in the long run and decrease your power usage (and carbon footprint!).

Give us a call for a pool services or to schedule weekly visits between now and winterization. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here and you’ll be rushing to get your pool shut down for the season.

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Commercial Pool Maintenance and Services

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Commercial Pool Maintenance and Services

Dust rolling in towards the swimming pool on a stormy Phoenix summer evening.

Commercial Pool Maintenance and Services

Many homes in Arizona are equipped with beautiful pools and hot tubs, but many residents rely on commercial pools, community pools, therapy pools, and gym swimming and recreation areas to get their swimming, soaking, and water exercising fix. This week we’ll discuss why it’s important to have regular maintenance performed on your commercial pool or public pool.

If people are paying to use your pool, you need to keep it clean and in working order. A pool which does not have all of the elements working properly can lead to health concerns, hazards, and other costly problems. With many daily users, proper cleaning becomes vital and it can be more time consuming than cleaning a residential pool. Having your pool regularly cleaned and your equipment checked will keep your guests safe and your elements (heater, pumps, filters, etc.) working properly, prolonging their lifetime.

Pools are a great way to improve the value of a rental property (if there is a community pool or complex pool) so, keeping it open as long as possible during the year is beneficial to tenant happiness and rent costs. Keeping your pool in great working order will keep tenants happier and more eager to pay a little more to be able to access the pool. This can also work for hotels and gyms.

Water is a great tool to aid exercise. The resistance water provides is great for aerobic activities, muscle development, relaxation, and physical therapy. Hot tubs or other related hot-water elements are great for physical therapy and relaxation. Having these is a great way to help out patients in a hospital or care facility and it’s a great addition to a gym.

Public or community pools (like at recreation or senior centers) are a great way to keep kids out of trouble and provide safe fun for families. Opening the pool and closing it at the appropriate times of the year will help keep everything running smoothly and regular maintenance will decrease the work needed to open and close it every year.

Hiring a professional pool cleaning and maintenance company is a great way to ensure everything is running smoothly. Hiring a maintenance crew for general work at any facility is helpful, but unless they have training dealing with pools, hot tubs, spas, and Jacuzzis, they may not be able to properly backwash filters, check for cracks, or service the heaters and pumps. Hiring regular professionals to work on your pool is the best way to protect your investment so your guests can enjoy it for years to come. We offer pool opening and closing services, emergency services, and weekly pool cleaning and maintenance. Call today to schedule a visit.

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Pool Cleaning Above Ground Tips: A Reminder

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Above Ground Pool Cleaning Tips: A Reminder

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Pool Cleaning Above Ground Tips: A Reminder

If you have an above ground pool, you may feel as if we at Pool Daddy AZ don’t talk much about you. We respect each and every one of our customers (and potential customers) so we’d like to spend some time helping out our above ground pool owners! These pool options are awesome for leasing a home, or if you’re unsure if you want to commit to an in-ground pool or if you are not zoned for such construction. These types of pools come in as many (if not more) styles as their in-ground counterparts, so let’s get to talk about the nitty-gritty: Cleaning. So let’s get to talking about important steps in keeping that pool of yours clean!

  1. Pumps and filters: As with any other type of pool, keeping your pump and filter running smoothly is the most important step. These circulate your water and push it through the filter, so if any part of that process isn’t working properly the cleanliness of your pool will suffer. Follow your pool pump instructions, but remember that most filters work best when run between 8 and 12 hours per day, and ensure the water is moving consistently.
  2. Skimmer: Use a pool skimmer or other net-like tools to remove debris so it won’t clog your pumps or filters.
  3. Clean Filters: It’s important to clean your filters by backwashing them when the pressure gets too high. Cartridge filters can often be cleaned by rinsing with a garden hose after removal, but the cartridge (as with filter sand) will need to be replaced eventually.
  4. Brushing and vacuuming: Once a week it’s important to brush and vacuum the pool walls to prevent algae build up.
  5. Testing and Chemicals: Keeping your chlorine and pH levels at the appropriate levels will keep everything working together.
  6. Shocking and Green Pool Clean up: Through basic use, things like debris, sunscreen, sweat, hair products, and other contaminants can cause irritation to swimmers. Shocking the pool regularly (once every week or so) will keep algae at bay and keep the pool clean. Algae growth when left unchecked can lead to green water and unsafe swimming conditions. Using an algaecide regularly is yet another way to keep algae at bay. Performing these tasks when the water has already become green, alongside regular circulation and normal pool cleaning procedures will help return the pool to its beautiful glory.

Much of the maintenance of an above-ground pool is similar to in-ground units, with the exception of certain heating units and extreme cleaning measures. Resurfacing is not done on these units, seeing as the main unit costs significantly less than in-ground pools. Replacing your above-ground unit isn’t an exorbitant expense, especially if you keep your filters and pumps!

If you have an above ground pool and want some help getting your above-green pool clean or you’re experiencing something you’re not used to, let us know. We offer weekly services as well as emergency services and one-time assistance. Any problem you encounter with your pool, we can help you with it.

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Labor Day Pool Party 2015: Make Plans Now!

Labor Day Pool Party 2015: Make Plans Now!Labor Day Pool Party 2015: Make Plans Now!

If you’re already using our weekly pool services you may want to go ahead and start planning that Labor Day Pool Party for the weekend! If you don’t already use our services, we offer one-time or semi-regular services which can help you get ready for your Labor Day Pool Party. Invite your friends, family members, and/or coworkers for some fun in the sun by the pool. Work on your tan a little more before you have to go back to work in the stuffy office, store, restaurant, or whatever you do. Get some of the kid’s energy out to help them settle into going back to school! Be the talk of the town because your Labor Day Pool Party must have cost a fortune or taken months of planning, when, in reality, it was easy as pie! Today we’ll talk about just how easy it can be to get ready for a Labor Day Pool Party, from pool maintenance to low-maintenance decorations and preparation.

  1. Get your pool ready: If you’re throwing a Labor Day Pool Party, it’s important to make sure your pool is clean, safe, and looking great. Ask our technicians to check any electrical components for light shortages, loose wires, or old and outdated equipment. A new pump or filter may just push your pool over the edge in high efficiency, making your party run smoothly and keeping you ready for a last-minute party (like a Day-Before-Labor-Day-Gathering). Small changes in your equipment or chemical levels can keep your pool clean and ready for even the pickiest of swimmers.
  2. Keep your skimmers empty, filters clean, and your nets handy: Depending on what your party will entail, cleaning our filters and skimmer baskets before the party will keep them from clogging from falling food, fireworks, and debris. Keep your pool nets handy in case someone drops a plate, cup, piece of food, or other item that can get stuck in the baskets or just make people question your pools cleanliness.
  3. Simplicity in design: You don’t need to decorate your whole home for a Labor Day Pool Party! Add a simple balloon or small sign at your front door, fence gate, or mail box to direct people where to go, and you can reuse some of your 4th Of July decorations for this party! Labor Day is about patriotism as well as recognizing the hard work we all do! Throw out some red, white, and blue decorations. You can usually find patriotic themed plates, banners, silverware, serving trays, and more cheap at your local party store this time of year—so don’t be afraid of getting some basic “Independence Day” items to keep you on a budget.
  4. Grill and Pot luck: The work shouldn’t just be on you, encourage everyone to bring a small dish or the drinks, silverware, charcoal, chips, etc. Have everyone contribute in the true fashion of Labor Day so no one gets over worked.
  5. Keep the pool clean before, during, and after: Weekly maintenance up until the party will ensure everything is running smooth, but keeping harmful debris out of the pool and cleaning the pool well soon after the party will keep your pool looking, smelling, and operating to perfection.

Ask us about weekly, monthly, one-time, or emergency maintenance and we’ll help you get and keep your pool clean through Labor Day and beyond!

Call Pool Daddy now for your Labor Day Pool Party plans..

Labor Day Pool Party 2015: Make Plans Now!

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Swimming Pool For Fall Preparation?

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Swimming Pool For Fall Preparation?Swimming Pool For Fall?

We’re in the last half of summer, so it might be time to start discussing fall preparations for your swimming pool. While some owners can keep their pool operating throughout the year, but there are a few things you want to keep in mind throughout the end of summer and through fall. Today we’ll talk about some things you may want to consider this season change.

-Early winterization: If you don’t plan on using your swimming pool or hot tub one school starts back because your kids are the main ones using it, getting a jump start on winterization may be a good idea. If it would go otherwise unused, keeping all of the pumps and filters running when the pool isn’t used but once or twice throughout the entire autumn, it may not be worth it. Contact us if you want to winterize your pool because it can be a pain to get every detail correct to prevent damage to your covers or pool itself.

  • Increase skimming: depending on the trees, bushes, and plants in your area, you may experience an increase in debris in your pool.
  • Chemicals: If the temperature drops as noticeable amount it may affect your chemical balancing. Lowered temperatures will mean you need less chlorine to keep the levels at a functioning point. You should still check it weekly, more so if the temperature drops or rises suddenly.
  • If the temperatures drop enough you may be able to decrease the amount of time you run your pumps. Let us know if you feel as if you can alter the time your pump runs and we’ll check it out.
  • Don’t ignore a cleaning schedule. It’s easy to forget to clean your swimming pool, including scrubbing the walls, checking the filters, emptying the baskets, and using a pool vacuum. Especially as your use decreases; if you go from using it daily to only using it on weekends you may lose track of time and when you last cleaned the pool. This is where weekly cleaning comes in handy.

Ask our technicians or a swimming pool specialist about any chemicals you may want to add in your slightly-off season. Some things you may want to consider or adjust may be minor, others may take a little more work, so call today and ask about seasonal changes you need to keep in mind for your swimming pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi.

Whatever you do at the end of this summer, stay safe, consult your swimming pool technicians, and have fun. Don’t let cooler weather ruin your fun because you can still use your pool, especially in such warm a warm climate like that found in Arizona. We get so much sunshine, many swimming pool owners keep their pool open year round—with the help of our employees at Pool Daddy.

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