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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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9 Gifts to Give a Pool Owner this New Year

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New Year is coming, and it may be time to start thinking about Christmas presents. If you have a pool owner on your list, we may have some ideas for gifts you can give them!

1. Pay for Pool Cleaning Services

Even the most hands-on pool owner may want a break from the cleaning and chemical checking. Talk to us about paying for a pool services, pool cleaning for your loved one! Give them a week off of the regular cleaning and scrubbing and filter checking this holiday season.

2. Pool Floats

A simple Google search will wield a ton of interesting pool floats! There are some simple floats made from high quality material, novelty ones shaped like pizza or other unusual shapes and colors, and there’s even unsinkable ones! You can also find ones for two or more people as well as child and pet friendly floats.

3. Games and Toys

From floating houses and riders to basketball hoops and volley ball nets you can find cool games and toys for any pool owner.

4. Entertaining guests

Some of the coolest pool accessories you could gift are the ones that will make party hosting so fun. You can find floating coolers, snack trays, speakers, and other accessories to help keep the fun going. You may even be able to find floating tables with umbrellas and card tables with water proof cards!

5. Lights:

You can find light shows and fun colored lights for nearly any pool style to take any post-sunset pool party to the next level!

6. New cleaning equipment:

As the years go by, cleaning tools haven’t changed a lot, but new brushes and nets or a replacement for the 10 year old pool vacuum may go over very well—especially if you can find something that’s a little fancier than the old equipment they had.

7.Pool Side:

From pool side tables and chairs to new serving trays to carry out snacks and refreshments, to a new umbrella for the pool-side table, anything that surrounds the pool can stand to be replaced or improved upon! Especially after years of being close to water (and probably splashed by children or grandchildren) and years in the summer sun.

8. Protection:

If you can afford a slightly more expensive gift, consider a new pool cover for your loved one. Improper storage of even the best pool cover can cause damage, so if you notice something wrong with their existing cover, a new one may make the perfect gift.

9. Towels, suits, and more:

Any swimming accessories could make great gifts and stocking stuffers. From new goggles to plush beach towels, you can never have too much swimming gear. The same goes for water wings for children or life vests for pets.


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Hot Tub for Your Cold Winter: Best Combo for Relaxing

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Hot Tub for Your Cold Winter: Best Combo for Relaxing

Holiday Pool

By this time next week, we’ll be easing out of the Christmas holiday mood. And the winter cold won’t be letting up either. Unwind the best way possible with your hot tub, indoor pool, or Jacuzzi.

From the infinity pools to your basic above ground Jacuzzi, warm or hot water can be the best way to relax after holiday stress. Keep your water-based-stress-saver running smoothly with our help! Regular cleaning, checks, and maintenance will help keep your hot tub working from now until New Year’s (and beyond).

To encourage you to keep your hot tub or Jacuzzi (or even a heated pool) through Winter, we’d like to remind you of just how much better your life can be when these units are working.

1. Stress Management

Exercise is a great way to manage stress, so if your pool is still open you may want to consider going for a swim before or after spending hours in the kitchen making a meal or after you spend hours shopping for the best Christmas presents. Hot tubs are great to loosen up those tense muscles and calm your nerves from the in-laws or screaming kids at the mall.

2. Stay fit

If your pool is still open (and comfortable enough to swim in during these cooler months) you may want to keep up with your swimming regiment during the holidays! We all know we’re prone to overeating and eating comfort foods, sweets, snacks, and more at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Don’t let yourself fall out of shape, use your pool to your advantage if you haven’t closed it for the season.

3. Easy Entertainment

While the kids are playing with their new toys or their friends and cousins, some of the adults could easily slip away to the hot tub and have a glass of punch and share some stories that are less-than-fit around certain family members. Or, you can share great memories while letting the water jets and bubbles relax you all, making great memories.

No matter what you do this Thanksgiving (and Christmas) holiday, don’t let your pool or hot tub fall into disrepair. If you neglect these investments, you’ll be paying much more in the future to have them repaired. Keep up with your maintenance effortlessly by scheduling weekly (or other regular) maintenance with your favorite pool company, Pool Daddy! We’d love to help take that stress of “did I clean my pool this week?” or “I that a leak in my Jacuzzi?” off of your shoulders this holiday season.

Give us a call or check out our Contact Us page to talk about any question, comments, or concerns you have about your pool, hot tub, Jacuzzi, or other water feature you may have on your property.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance. Enjoy your holiday pool style, everyone.


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Winter Pool Maintenance in Arizona

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Arizona Winter Temperatures Average

During the winter months in Arizona, it usually isn’t that cold, but definitely cold enough to keep you out of an unheated pool! There are quite a few pools in Arizona that are equipped with pool heaters in order to enjoy the water all year round.

Many homes with swimming pools in Arizona also have a hot tub or jacuzzi either attached to their pool or separate in order to relax during the winter time. This is especially common in homes in the more affluent communities such as North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

READ MORE: For More Information on our Scottsdale Pool Services

Arizona Pool Maintenance Is Still Important in Winter!

Your pool maintenance should not be any less of a priority during the winter months compared to the summer, even though you may be using it less. Your pool water still needs to be chemically balanced in order to keep corrosion from building on the surface of the pool and the pool tile. The other component to keeping your pool sparkling and build up free is a consistent brushing of the tile and the pool walls.

Read More: When to Drain Your Pool in Arizona

Winter Pool Maintenance Arizona

Broken Pool Heater: What to do

If your pool heater is broken, it is best to have it repaired before you are planning to use it. But normally people don’t find out their pool heater is in need of repair until after they try to use it and it fails. If your pool heater is broken, we can definitely do repair work on it.

We are fully licensed and equipped to perform repairs on all pool pumps and pool heaters and chances are we will have encountered your problem in the past. Depending on the repair necessary for your heater, it can take a bit of time to get parts in, but many issues can be fixed pretty quickly because of small items.

Remember that proper pool pump and pool heater maintenance are essential to extending the life of these expensive items.

Can my Arizona Jacuzzi or Hot tub be repaired?

Jacuzzi’s and hot tubs that are attached to a swimming pool can normally be repaired. There are a few different things that can go wrong with these items. There are the jacuzzi jets that Scottsdale Hot Tub Repairsometimes will stop working properly or working at all. This would normally be the same element that affects the hot tub’s “bubbler” effect.

In addition to that, the heater for the jacuzzi can fail for several different reasons. And one of the most annoying items that go wrong with your hot tub is the light will go out after a while. Luckily these are not as full of water as your pool and it is much easier to drain them and replace the light.

Our expert pool technicians can diagnose your problem and let you know what course of action will be best to get your Arizona hot tub back in working order.

Keep Your Winter Pool Levels Up and Filters Cleaned in Arizona

Remember that normal pool maintenance is still extremely important to keep your Arizona pool in top condition. Keeping your water levels up so that the pump and skimmer continue working properly is one simple way to prolong the life of your pool. You can also go through your normal skimmer filters and pump filter and ensure that they are clean at least once a week. Any build up or clogging can lead to costly pool repairs in the future.

By following these simple Arizona pool maintenance tips, your pool should be in tip-top shape all winter long and into the busy summer months.


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How to Install and Maintain a Hot Tub

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With the weather getting a little cooler (though still warmer than other parts of the country) you may want to spend more time in your hot tubs—or you’re considering installing a hot tub. Today we’ll talk about the installation and maintenance of hot tubs.

How to Install Hot Tubs

Not all hot tubs require a constant water supply. Many just require the ability to fill it up with a garden hose. This can work with above-ground and in-ground versions. In-ground hot tubs are generally much more expensive because it requires much more work and can include major remodeling of the surrounding area.

Hot TubsWhat Materials will you need?

Most hot tubs are made from man-made materials. They can be made from plaster, tile, or wood but it’s much harder to maintain. Due to the ease of installation and maintenance, most hot tubs use an acrylic tub with a fiberglass back.

They provide easy cleaning and reliable insulation. Centrex (tough thermal plastic) is sometimes used in tubs, but it has color restrictions—white only. Another popular option is ABS plastic with foam or fiber backing.

Sizing

Two person hot tubs generally hold around 250 gallons while the larger 6 person tubs hold up to 500 gallons. The heating bill tends to increase by around $12 per month and the water should be replaced at least every 6 months (meaning an increase in the water bill at every refill).

Locations

Many hot tub owners opt to have their unit installed outside, but some choose inside installation in the master bedroom/bathroom. The indoor options can also include a number of different shower system, steam options, whirlpools, and more. These installations recommend additional ventilation systems for the room to decrease the chance of damage done by the increased humidity.

Features

Modern hot tubs can include many new and interesting features like stereo/speaker combo, headrests, additional lights, exercise swim jets, and more.

Hot TubsOzonator

These devices spray ozone gas into the spa water, which kills bacteria better than bromide or chlorine without the chlorine smell. It needs to be used for a short time every day and in conjunction with other chemicals, so it cannot replace chlorine, but it’s a great additive.

Winterization

Speak with our Pool Daddy technicians when you’re ready to winterize your hot tubs, especially if you plan on shutting it off completely for a few months at a time. Any water left in the tub or piping can cause cracking and other expensive damage.

Filters

Anything with a filter needs to be checked regularly to work properly. To avoid hair or bacteria build up you cannot neglect your filter. Speak to technicians for regular maintenance or opt for programmable filtering functions available for newer hot tub models.

No matter who you are or how often you use your hot tubs or how long you’ve had your hot tubs, Pool Daddy is here to help. Schedule regular cleaning, checks, and maintenance and call us whenever you have a hot tub (or pool) related emergency to keep your water-based entertainment safe, clean, and fun year round.


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Pool Heaters for Scottsdale Pools this Winter

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In Scottsdale, pool owner’s like to use their pools year round. With our mild climate and perfect winter temperatures the only thing missing is warm pool water.  Once the temperatures drop below the 70’s at night many Scottsdale Pool owners won’t go near the water because the water is too cold to enjoy.  This is why we suggest putting a heater in your pool.  At Scottsdale Pool Daddy we can help you decide what type of heater is better for your needs.

Pool Heaters

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How does a Heat Pump Pool Heater work?

Heat pump pool heaters use electricity to capture heat.  As the pool pump circulates the water, it is drawn from the pool and through a filter and into the heat pump heater.  The heater itself has a fan that pulls in outside air and pushes it over the evaporator coil.

At this point liquid refrigerant in the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air converting it into a gas. The gas is then passed through the compressor where it increases the heat.  This very hot gas is then sent through the condenser where the hot gas is transferred to the cool pool water circulating through the heater.  The heated water is then returned to the pool.  Heat pump pool heaters work best in climates where the outside temperatures remain above 45ºF. For more information on these energy efficient pool heating pumps, visit this page from Energy.gov.

How does a Gas Pool Heater Work?

Gas pool heaters are fueled either by natural gas or propane.  As water is circulated through the pump it passes from the filter into the heater. The gas burning in the heater’s combustion chamber generates heat that transfers to the water and is then returned to the pool making your Scottsdale pool warm.  Gas pool heaters are most efficient for a heating pool for short periods of time.  Many pool owners’ use them to quickly heat their pools if they are not using them on a regular basis.

READ MORE: Winter Pool Maintenance in Arizona

What is the best heater for a Scottsdale Pool?

Both types of heater will heat your pool but how you intend to use your pool heaters will determine which one is best for your Scottsdale pool. If your intention is to use your pool everyday then a heat pump pool heater is the most energy efficient choice for your Scottsdale pool since the average outside temperature remains above 45ºF year round.  If you only plan to use your pool occasionally during the colder months or you have a very small pool then a gas pool heaters is probably a great choice for you. Pool Daddy is always ready to help you with this process so call us today to get started with this.


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How to Winterize your Pool in Phoenix this Christmas

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It’s no longer news that we are in the cold and freezing months of winter. Winter brings a lot of good things. It brings the white beauty called snow. But if you own an in-ground swimming pool, it may be the cop that shuts down your pool party.

Which means you have to winterize your pool. You may be thinking “but it’s so warm out, I can use my pool year round!” but unless you plan on using the pool and cleaning it regularly, you may want to consider winterization to save time, effort, and money during the season you probably won’t want to swim.

So what steps should you take to winterize your pool?

Steps of Pool winterization

1. Remove debris

Using a pool vacuum or a net, remove leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris from the pool water. Clean the skimmer and pump basket. Clean tile with tile cleaner, to prevent buildup over winter.

2. pH levels

Adjust the water to the recommended pH levels to keep corrosion and build up from damaging your pool. Things like alkalinity, calcium, and chlorination should also be checked and adjusted. Some chemical kits are designed for winterization and should be considered. They often contain algaecide and extra chlorine.

3. Be careful of chemical levels

More chlorine isn’t always a good idea. To prevent damage to equipment, avoid using tablets or floaters. If you’ve used a tablet or other chemicals recently, you may want to wait for those chemicals to wear off before adding a winterization kit.

4. Drain water to below the skimmer

Do not fully empty the pool, it can cause freeze damage if temperatures get low enough.

5. Disconnect pumps and heaters

Once the water is drained, unplug pumps and heaters, and if possible, turn them upside down to ensure excess water is removed. You can use a compressor or shop vac to assure all water is removed from a heater. Drain plugs should be removed and stored. Also remove jet fittings, skimmer baskets, and pump baskets.

6. Remove water from all pipes

Using a compressor or a wet-dry shop vac, force all air out of plumbing and skimmers, drain lines, gate valves, etc.

7. Clean filter

Remove filter hoses, spray the filter elements and diatomaceous earth grids with Filter Cleaner, and rinse. Sand filters will need back-washing. Drain water from the filter as well.

8. Flotation device

This is used to balance the rainwater and ice that will form on the winter cover and it eases the pressure on the pool walls.

9. Cover

These covers are stronger and more reliable than summer covers, since they’re meant to withstand rain and ice. Ensure the cover has no rips, tears, or holes. They can be patched to an extent, but replacement may be needed. There are multiple cover options, so do your research or ask your local pool companies.

10. Store diving boards, ropes, floats, and supplies

Keep things like ladders, diving boards, pump baskets, and anything that was removed during winterization and keep them in a garage or other dry place to prevent damage.

You may be wondering if its a little bit too late to get Pool Winterization services in Phoenix. Or “how do you I get a pool service near me?” But don’t worry because Pool Daddy is one fantastic pool service company in Phoenix willing to give you excellent services at great prices.

Contact Pool Daddy about Pool Winterization services. You can do this process yourself, but it never hurts to have the professionals do it.


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