Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Pool Services : Hot Tubs, Jacuzzis: Warmth, Comfort and Fun!

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We’re nearing the end of October, which means Winter is right around the corner! This weekend we’re going to talk a little about hot tubs and Jacuzzi’s. They’re a great way to unwind and you can use them year round! We’re going to talk about how they can improve your life as well as why it’s important to keep them in peak working condition.

  1. Stress: So many hot tub and Jacuzzi owners get them to reduce stress, both physical and mental. Our bodies take a beating when we work long hours or spend all day helping others, and that can affect our mental capacities as well. Soaking in hot water, letting the jets massage your body is a great way to unwind. Some people take long, hot baths to unwind, but at Pool Daddy, we prefer a soak in the hot tub– alone or with your partner or friends. Keeping this stress relief investment clean and with working parts will reduce your stress levels even further! We can help make sure it stays in working condition so you never have to go without.
  2. Aches and Pains: From arthritis to pulled muscles, a nice long soak can relieve pressure on joins or relax muscles. Much like stress relief, pain relief is another major reason people install hot tubs or Jacuzzis.Pool Services
  3. Entertainment: We’ve all seen tv shows or movies where someone has a group of friends over in the hot tub, sipping on champagne or eating hors d’oeuvers. Having a hot tub is a great way to entertain small groups. Double dates, post-work bonding, and other small gatherings are made better with a hot tub– especially when it starts getting cold our or after a nice night out dancing.
  4. Investment: Some home owners opt to install a hot tub as an in-ground unit, usually adjacent to their in-ground pool. You can also install an above ground option into a deck. The more permanent the structure, the more you can get out of the property when it’s sold! If you own a property or apartment complex, having a hot tub or Jacuzzi can be a major selling point, much like a pool.
  5. Maintenance: Pool cleaning and maintenance can be pricey, but hot tubs take a little less work and parts. They still need to be cleaned periodically and the parts need to be maintained and checked regularly for leaks or failures, but filling it with water costs much less and any chemicals you may need or want to add will not need to be done in such high concentrations as the pool.
  6. Take it with you: Unlike pools, a hot tub may be easy to take with you if you move. Most above ground units are fairly easy to set up and take out. Some apartment owners can even install a hot tub! If you rent or own a property and are interested in installing a hot tub, you will face fewer road blocks as you would with a pool or in-ground hot tub.

Call today to ask about hot tub and Jacuzzi installations, maintenance, cleaning, and care!

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Pool Services – Indoor Pool : Perks, Care, and More

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Pool Services – Indoor Pool

Who doesn’t love a dip in a heated pool at a gym, hotel, or health club? Pools are great year round, but sometimes it gets a little too cold to swim in outdoor, non-heated pools. If you are a lucky owner of an indoor pool, this post is for you! If you’re not (yet) the owner of an indoor pool, you may want to get one after reading this!

Perks of indoor pools:

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  • Temperature control: The weather is less likely to affect the temperature of an indoor pool. It may be easier to monitor and maintain temperatures during weather shifts.
  • Debris: While all pools can be victims of debris, indoor pools are less likely to have plant and animal debris from neighboring areas. Debris will still happen, but it’s a much more controlled environment.
  • Year round: A lot of indoor pools are open year round, especially for gyms, health spas, and other related uses. Water aerobics, therapy pools, lap swimming, and general fun can be had in an indoor pool.
  • Sunburn: Unless you have large windows in the pool room, sunburns are much less likely while swimming in an indoor pool.

Downsides:

  • Cost: It can be more expensive to install an indoor pool—especially if you already have the building set up. Building the walls around the pool may be easier—depending on the type of pool.
  • Maintenance: Most indoor pools are heated much more than outdoor pools, especially in the cooler months. Cleaning and other maintenance will need to be done as often as outdoor pools.
  • Less natural light: Sunshine can heat your outdoor pool (to a degree) and it’s nice to sunbathe in the natural sun when you’re poolside outside.
  • Social: Indoor pools are more often seen as serious. Hotels with business guests wanting to swim laps aren’t going to be too happy to see a family of 5 show up with their kids wanting to splash around—but if it’s a personal pool that’s not a problem!

All pools are awesome! Both indoor and outdoor pools have their perks and downsides, much like above-ground and in-ground pools have their positive and negative aspects. No matter what type or pool or hot tub you have, Pool Daddy can help you keep it clean and in proper working condition.

All pools will require regular cleaning, pH balancing, wall and floor cleaning, vacuuming, filter cleaning, shock treatments, and other basic maintenance functions. Lucky for you, Pool Daddy in Arizona knows what needs to be done and when. Give us a call to start scheduling weekly pool services or give us a call to have us walk you through what you should be doing regularly to keep your indoor pool open year round!

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Winterize Pool

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 Do I Have To Winterize Pool?

Do I have to Winterize Pool?

A lot of pool owners in Arizona use their pools year round—especially those who swim regularly for exercise. If you are one of those who wish to keep their pool open throughout the Autumn and Winter, we can help you out with that. With limited nights below freezing (or close to it), it’s usually very safe to keep your pool open, as long as you don’t neglect your regular care regimen.

Pools often get a little colder in the winter. While there are ways to heat it up, a lot of pool owners choose not to drain or winterize pool, but don’t use it when the water gets colder. Some do this on the off chance they’ll use it, and some just choose to keep up with the regular routine.

One of the hardest parts of keeping your pool open year round is maintaining the pH. The pH can increase much quicker when the temperatures drop, meaning you may have to alter the levels more frequently, and you’re more prone to stains popping up in your pool. Keeping these levels at their target range will make it much easier to get back into your pool in the Spring. Testing the levels once a week is recommended. Pool Daddy can provide these weekly services for you, just as we do in the Spring and summer! If you do choose to maintain your pool on your own, having a professional double check every month or so may be beneficial, as the sensitive equipment we use may be harder to come by commercially. We also may notice some trends you are missing, which can cause problems down the line.

 Do I Have To Winterize Pool?

Keep stains at by with regular skimming, brushing, vacuuming, and by keeping your skimmer baskets and filters clean. When this is neglected, stains and algae can run rampant, causing you more problems down the line. Take a little time out of your schedule every week or so to do some cleaning—or hire the professionals and stay warmer inside while we do our job.

If you are one of the lucky ones who either have a heating option (or you’re a dare devil and like your pool a little chilly), it’s incredibly important to make sure your pH levels and alkalinity are where they need to be, in order to keep you healthy. A clean pool is a happy pool, and a clean pool means happy swimmers. Keep an eye on your equipment and chemical balance to ensure you don’t have to have an emergency acid wash this Spring! If you need an acid washing, we can help with that, but   you don’t want to feel the need to get it done every year.

Winterize Pool? Call Pool Daddy today to schedule a visit or weekly services!

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Keep Your Pool Clear—Not Green

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As cool as this could look for Halloween, don’t let it stay green too long! Regular cleaning is a must.

If you’ve decided to keep your pool open a little longer, or you just want to continue to brush up on your pool knowledge, you’ve come to the right place! No one wants to swim in a green pool! Keeping your pool clean and clear is a great way to keep the pool health where it needs to be to save you money in the long run! Today we’ll go over some tips on keeping the green at bay.

  1. Regular cleaning: This should be obvious, but it’s a great reminder. You need to do more than check the PH and use a skimmer. Scrubbing the sides and floor of the pool are important.
  2. Circulation: Keeping the water circulating with efficient and pristine condition pumps and skimmers is very important for pool health. If your pool is starting to turn green or you notice some algae growth you may want to have the pumps, skimmer, filters, and skimmer baskets checked. They may be in poor repair or you may need to replace some equipment and upgrade.
  3. Filters: Regular cleaning and backwashing (as suggested by the filter manufacturer) is important to ensure it’s working properly.
  4. pH levels: Keeping the right chlorine levels in your pool is your first line of defense against algae. Even if your pool is closed for the off season you need to ensure the pH is at the right level to keep it clean. Regular shocking of your pool may be needed in some areas and at certain times of year.
  5. Algaecide: While you may not need to add algaecide as often as you add chlorine it’s a good idea to use it regularly. The entire purpose is to kill algae. Granted, that’s what chlorine does, but not all algae is killed by chlorine.
  6. Proper closing: Closing your pool for the off season is about more than just putting a cover on it. If it’s not clean when you close it, it will be worse when you open it. The chemicals needed for the off season are different than during the rest of the year.
  7. Remove/Stop phosphates: Phosphates are basically food for algae! This can get in your pool through plant debris, dust, body oils, and more. Keeping your pool clean and at the proper chemical levels is very helpful in this, but sometimes you may want to get a commercial product to eliminate the algae food!
  8. Acid Washing: When left unchecked, a green pool may need an acid wash. Eventually, nearly all pools need an acid wash—regardless of how thoroughly they clean the pool. If you can’t keep the green at bay an acid wash may be your best answer.
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Pool ownership can be hard, so we’re here to help! We offer weekly services, one-time services, emergency services, and more. We’re here for you for all of your pool needs from the basic to the complex.

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Halloween Pool Party: Good Idea This November

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We’ve talked a bit this Fall about whether you should Winterize your pool or not. You still have a few months to decide if you’re considering closing it down for the actual winter. Fall is here to stay for a couple months, so if you plan on winterizing for just Winter, we’d love to give you some ideas on how to use your pool and give tips on keeping it clean and working properly until you shut it down (if you do).

We’re a few days into October, and social media is filled with people getting ready for Halloween. “It’s the 4th day of Halloween,” some of your more Halloween obsessed friends may be saying. Let’s plan an amazing Halloween Pool  Party that people will be talking about for years, with a little help from your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi.

If you love Haunted houses, what better way to add some flare than to make your pool look like a foggy swamp (with dry ice or a fog machine) or throw in some sea monster decorations or fake corpses. You could even have people jumping in and out of the pool in interesting creepy costumes. Or you could drain your hot tub and have some fake limbs coming out of the cover, or have someone pop out while guests are being led past it! The possibilities are endless. In fact, even if you’ve closed your pool or hot tub for the year, you could incorporate many ideas into a haunted house.

If you’re not as fond of the jump scares, gore, and creepy costumes, you could throw a great Halloween Pool Party and invite people to take a dip in your pool or warm up in the Jacuzzi. Be careful with that, however. Someone may want to show up in a full costume and want to take a dip. We’d recommend you inform guests that it’s best if no one wearing a costume or makeup gets in the pool. Put up some Halloween decorations, get some pumpkin-colored beach balls or some spooky pool toys and go nuts.

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As cool as this could look for Halloween, don’t let it stay green too long! Regular cleaning is a must.

No matter what you do this Halloween, be safe. If you’re involving your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi, be warned that you may want to have a thorough cleaning after the party to remove any candy wrappers, food debris, costume pieces, and other Halloween related trash, gunk, or junk. We offer weekly services as well as non-scheduled cleaning and maintenance to suit your needs.

We hope you have a wonderful Autumn. If you’re keeping your pool open, don’t neglect it. You may need to do just as much work in the Fall as you do in the Summer. Pool Daddy is here to answer questions and help you keep your pool clean and in the best working condition it can be in.

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