Monthly Archives: January 2018

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10 Excellent Reasons to Install a Pool

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If you’re debating about whether to install a pool or buy that house with a pool already installed (versus lack of pool), read this post and soon you’ll be convinced that a pool is for you. Once you have your pool (or if you already do) consider Pool Daddy for all of your cleaning and maintenance needs. We care about your pool as if it were our own.

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Top 10 Reasons to Install a Pool

1. Exercise

Everyone could use a little more exercise and what better way to strengthen yourself or shed some pounds than the relaxing and low impact activity that is swimming. Pools are great for families wanting to get in shape and stay fit, and also great for those with joint problems. Forget running on the treadmill, stay active in a cool pool instead of sweating in the heat.

2. Safe fun for the whole family

With proper knowledge of pool safety, everyone can have fun in the pool. Teach your kids to swim, throw pool parties, and have fun all summer. Pools are a great way to keep the kids at home instead of running around the neighborhood on their own—just keep an eye on those younger swimmers.

3. Increase home value

Most homes with pools go for higher prices on the real estate market. Everyone loves pools, so when you sell your home you could get some extra money out of the deal (after you’ve thoroughly enjoyed your pool, that is).

4. Low maintenance options

Some pool options are expensive to maintain, but advanced in technology allow some pools to run efficiently, smoothly, and with much lower costs than they used to.

5. Save on air conditioning

Arizona is hot—we all know this. Think of the money you’ll save cooling your home if you spend large amounts of time cooling off in or near your pool. Sure, you’ll have to pay for pool maintenance and power, but it could save you more on your electric bill.

6. Gets kids outside

Kids today spend so much time on their phones and other electronic devices, so get them to go outside by splashing in the pool, playing with their friends, and getting exercise all at the same time. Have family time by inviting over cousins and other relatives and encouraging games of Marco Polo, pool volleyball, or playful races.

7. Add a Hot Tub

Hot tubs are great for romantic encounters as well as stress relief and muscle pain control. Combine the exercise options of a pool with the relaxing effects of a spa, hot tub , or Jacuzzi, and you’ll be so fit and relaxed it’ll make your head spin.

8. Get a natural tan

Forget the tanning beds; if you want a tan and you have a pool you’re set. Sit by the pool and tan or get on a pool raft and float around in the peak of relaxation without laying in a tanning-bed-coffin. Natural tanning is always the better option.

9. Save on parties

Who needs fancy decorations, expensive bounce-house rentals, and other expensive party supplies? Get some banners, lights, flatware, and a cake and you’ve got a birthday party. Who wants an inflatable bouncy castle when there are cannon balls to be done?

10. Maintenance is more affordable than you think

With all of the great reasons to own a pool, one downside is usually maintenance. With Pool Daddy and our weekly services you’ll never have to stress about cleaning and checking on the filters. Our technicians will keep you loving your pool since you won’t have to lift a finger except to give us a call! Pool ownership has never been so easy!


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Repair Your Pool Tile Now, Cheap and Effective

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There is a popular saying that:

A stitch in time saves nine

Although, this is a cliche nowadays but old is gold. I did it again. What it means is that you have to stop and fix a problem before it gets worse. Take your pool tile for example. When do you think it is time to do a 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.Pool Tile

Pool Tile Repair

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.

Pool Maintenance

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 and give us a call.


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What is the Best Pool Pump for my Pool?

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Pool Pumps

Pentair WhisperFlo 1.5HP Single Speed Pool Pump 11581

Pool Pumps

There are 3 main types of pumps for pool owners:

  • single speed
  • two-speed
  • variable speed pumps.

 

Maybe you recently installed a swimming pool and you’re trying to decide on what’s the best pool pump to use. Today we’re going to help you decide which one to use and how they are maintained.

1. Single Speed

These pool pumps are tried and true, they’ve been used the longest by pool owners. They tend to be the cheapest option to purchase and install. Despite cheap initial cost, they can cost up to $2,000 per year to operate and they are very noisy and inefficient compared to the competition. It used an induction style motor and can last 3-8 years.

Pool Pumps

Pentair OptiFlo 2HP Above Ground 2-Speed Pool Pump 340077

2. Two-Speed (or Dual-Speed)

Similarly to the Single-Speed option, this pool pumps uses an induction style motor and lasts 3-8 years. It has two speed options, as the name suggests, and increases the efficiency. Having the option to run at low speed decreased the energy used. High speed is often used when vacuuming the pool, running heaters, or during times of high debris collection to blow the debris to the skimmers.

They cost more in initial costs ($500-$800 for the pump and control unit combined) but save up to 70% in energy costs compared to the Single-Speed variety. These are much more preferred than the Single-Speed options. Like the other option, these can be noisy, especially when run at high speed.

3. Variable Speed

These use a permanent magnet motor like those found in electric and hybrid cars, which is much more efficient than the induction style motor. Owners can choose the exact flow rate for the pool, allowing for slower rated to improve pool circulation. Less circulation leads to less friction, ultimately leading to higher efficiency.

These pool pumps run smoother, quieter and cooler than other pumps. They also last longer while being up to 90% more efficient than single- and two-speed pumps, meaning annual running costs around $400 or less in most areas. While these units are more expensive than two-speed pumps, they may only cost a small amount more. Many complete systems go for around $860, including built in controller. Due to the high efficiency, local utility companies may offer rebates for specific variable speed pumps being installed.

Enlist Our Help in making the best choice and Installation

No matter the type of  pool pumps you choose, Pool Daddy is here to help you install and maintain the unit. We recommend the Variable Speed unit because it will benefit you in the long run (and short run as well). If you have any questions about using your pool speed pumps, contact us and we can help you out. Don’t forget to ask about our weekly pool services to keep your pool clean and running smoothly so you don’t have to replace a pump due to neglect or misuse. Contact us today about your pool needs and we’ll have your pool up and running before Spring or Summer hits this year!


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