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Pool Services – Common Pool Problems and Concerns

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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.

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We’d like to take some time during the pool off-season to just brush up on some pool services information, refresh your memory on some things we’ve discussed in the distant past, and keep you up to date on pool services maintenance ideas, terms, and more. Today we’re going to talk about some of the most common problems pool owners come across, with brief explanations as to how the problem is addressed.

  1. Discolored water: Pool water can change color with a bunch of different causes. A hazy or cloudy pool can be caused by poor water circulation, problems with the filter, water balance issues, high alkalinity, low sanitizer level, calcium build up, high levels of total dissolved solids, and the presence of too much organic waste. Most of these issues are handled with adjusting the levels of chemicals and other such products, including shocking your pool.
  2. Green Water: Green water is a common problem, which means algae is growing in the pool. Shocking the pool can be a solution to this problem if you catch it early, but adding algae killers, scrubbing the walls and floor, and cleaning out the residue can also help. For extreme cases, acid washing may need to happen.
  3. Black spots: Black algae isn’t as common as their green relative. It’s much harder to get rid of and it appears in small patches, so it’s easy to miss. Purchasing and using special algae killer designed for that is your first level of defense.
  4. Pink growth: Bacteria growth like this is remedied with shocking the pool (usually twice) and then extra algaecide is used for 2 or more days.
  5. Yellow or green dust: Mustard algae can occur in some pools, and shocking your pool is the best way to remove it, with the addition of special algaecide designed to kill mustard algae after the shock.
  6. Correcting chlorine and pH levels: If your pool has too much chlorine, stop adding it until the levels balance out or add a neutralizer. For pH levels, you may need to adjust the chlorine levels, decrease alkalinity, or increase alkalinity. There are products available to fix all of those problems.
  7. Sudsy water: Too much algaecide can cause the pool water to start foaming. There are non-foaming brands out there, so switching to that and replacing some water in your pool can remedy this issue.
  8. Salty water: If your total dissolved solids levels are too high and your pool is salty, you need to drain the pool (up to half way) and replace the water.
  9. Water burns eyes or skin: If the pH levels of your pool are off (too high OR too low) it can cause irritation to the eyes or skin of swimmers. The culprit may also be an excess of sanitizer. Checking the levels of your pool regularly can help prevent this from becoming a regular problem.

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Pool Remodeling and Building? Start Thinking Now!

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Pool Remodeling and Building

Christmas is less than a month away, meaning 2016 is right around the corner! If you’ve considered pool remodeling, upgrading, or installing a pool in the near future, it might be a good idea to start planning now! You can never be too prepared or start planning too early. Today we’d like to take a few minutes and remind you of some things to keep in mind when budgeting and planning a pool remodeling or installation.

  1. Budget: Once you’ve budgeted the cost of the installation of the pool itself (including excavation, shipping, labor pay, material costs, etc) you may want to take a moment to consider the cost of keeping a pool running. This will include pool cleaning tools, pool chemicals, and (when applicable) the cost of regular cleaning or maintenance with a reliable pool cleaning company—like Pool Daddy! Give us a call for a quote on general pool cleaning. Pools are expensive to install, but don’t forget the ongoing cost. It may also be wise to converse with other pool owners in your area to talk about the changes in their power and water bills.
  2. Choosing the right pool: The first step is to decide if you want an in-ground or above-ground poo Then you must decide if you want fiberglass, vinyl, or concrete as your pool liner style. You will then want to consider the differences between different filter systems, salt water versus traditional chlorine water, and the type of pump you will need. There are endless combinations available, but choosing the right pool for your budget, lifestyle, and needs is important.
  3. Pool Repair Phoenix AZChoosing the location: Above ground pools can be moved around on your property (though the process can be difficult, depending on the type and location of the pool) but they can also be put in a more permanent location like built into a deck. In ground pools take a lot more time to install, and the process can be quite time consuming. Making sure you like the location before the digging begins is very important. You must consider sunlight levels, locations of sewer pipes and septic tanks or ground water, and other factors before installing your pool.
  4. Choosing the right crew: Give us a call about any pool installations, pool remodeling, and improvements. If we can’t do it, we’ll point you in the direction of the best crew to do it!
  5. Maintenance: Weekly maintenance is important for all pools. This goes from basic cleaning and chemical checking to ensuring the filters, skimmers, and vacuums are operating properly. Some pool owners choose to do this on their own, but we’d love to help you keep your pool running smoothly to keep you happy and swimming all season long.Related Topics:Swimming Pool Renovation
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Pool Services – Indoor Pool : Perks, Care, and More

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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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Pool Party Post Cleanup

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By now you’ve probably recovered from your July 4th celebrations and have relaxed and recuperated enough to get to cleaning up after your friends and family members. Last week we talked about an Independence Day pool party, but the part no one likes to think about is clean up! If you had a lot of people in and out of the pool, applying sunscreen, eating in or around the pool, fireworks, and a grill nearby you may be in need of some more cleaning. When in doubt, or if you’re just not up to doing any cleaning yourself, call Pool Daddy to schedule weekly maintenance or ask for a one-time cleaning and checkup for your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi.

A lot of things that happen during pool parties can change the chemical balance in your pool, such as:

  1. Sweat
  2. Dirt
  3. Oils from skin
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Hair and body products
  6. Firework or barbeque residue
  7. Food or drink from accidental spillage.

If the chemical balance of your pool gets too knocked out of whack it can eventually decrease the effectiveness of the chlorine, leading to algae build up. This isn’t to say you need to scrub your pool and add more chlorine after every time people swim, but after a large gathering you should double check your chemical and pH levels to ensure the pool is operating at maximum efficiency. Taking a few minute to check and adjust levels can prevent you from having to deal with time consuming cleanings ahead of schedule.

If you find that the chemical levels of your pool change drastically after pool parties, it may be wise to try shocking it 1-2 days before a party. This will ensure the water is crystal clear and clean for your guests and decrease your chances of having to alter the chemical or cleaner levels after the pool party. It may also be a good idea to shock your pool after a large party if you feel the chemical levels and cleanliness have been altered drastically. This is an especially good idea if you had a lot of children in the pool or you know something got into the water that should not have.

For shocking your pool, it is best to wait until sunset (or just before or just after) to ensure less of the chlorine is burned off. Chlorine when left in direct sun can lose its potency, leading to an increased use of the chemical– wasting money, time, and leaving a pool with excess useless chlorine.

If you do not wish to do this on your own, call Pool Daddy and we Can schedule a maintenance or cleaning visit at an affordable price. Even the most seasoned pool owners want a break from time to time! So get to planning the next pool party and leave the cleaning to us!

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Pool Party Ways to Use Pool in April and May

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Pool Party Ways on Holidays

It’s not quite summer but you’re itching for pool parties and days lounging on pool rafts. Don’t worry, there’s always an excuse to throw a pool party!

Pool PartyCinco de Mayo

May 5th is a Mexican holiday. It’s also a great excuse to throw a pool party (just like St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to throw a pool party with green beer and funny hats). Bring your friends and neighbors and family members by to have a Cinco de Mayo pool party with tequila and tacos and sombreros.

Mother’s Day (May 10)

Invite your mother to your home for a day of pool party fun. Be it lounging in the pool, playing with the kids, or even a spa day in your Jacuzzi she’ll love it!

Graduations, Birthdays, and More

Kids are graduating high school and college in the coming months. Save on a venue and house cleaning by throwing a pool party instead! Same goes for birthday parties of all ages! Skip Chuck-E-Cheese and stay at home with a pool party. Stock up on sodas, snacks, and pool party toys and let them have at it.

Pool PartyEarth Day (April 22)

Turn off all lights in your home for several hours of the day and appreciate the beauty that is outside for earth day. Serve salad, fruit, and other food options that require little preparation and cool storage. Same goes for Arbor Day (April 24) only maybe throw in some potted trees or plant a tree in your neighborhood before or after the swimming and nature-appreciation.

Memorial Day (May 25)

It’s a bit early to be talking about this, but bring over your veteran friends and family to swim around in the pool or veg out in the hot tub to show them your appreciation.

No matter how you use your pool this spring, do it right by making sure everything is running smooth. Our weekly pool services can include inspections, cleaning, filter checks, and more. It’s important to make sure your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi is running smoothly at all time for the longevity of the equipment as well as the safety of the users and home. Schedule your regular visits now and have everything running smooth and perfect by the time temperatures start staying towards 100 degrees every day.

Pool PartyIf you still haven’t dewinterized your pool, we can help you with that. Call today to schedule the reopening of your public or personal pool and schedule our weekly service. We’ll catch what needs to be replaced, repaired, cleaned, or flushed so that’s one less thing for you to worry about and you’ll be one step closer to an open pool that’s fun and safe for everyone.

So stock up on those pool party toys and pool-friendly snacks because it’ll only get warmer from here! Let’s get those pools working at max capacity and with little to no stress on you.

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Pool Inspections for Residential and Commercial Pools

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Importance of Pool Inspections

Spring is in full swing, meaning summer is right around the corner! If you haven’t opened up your pool yet, now’s your chance! Open that bad boy before summer is in full swing for maximum pool enjoyment!

Pool Inspections may not be incredibly important for residential pools, but commercial pools absolutely need to be properly inspected.

Residential Inspections

Having your home pool or spa inspected periodically is a good way to catch potential damage or problems before it gets bad or hurts someone. While you’re unlikely to come across legal issues with an uninspected pool, but it can save you large amounts of money and time spent repairing your pool when you could be enjoying it.

Commercial Inspections

Whether you own or run an apartment complex with a pool, a gym with swimming or spa facilities, or a public pool inspections are vital!

No one needs tenants complaining about improperly heated pools, jets in a hot tub that don’t work, or lights that don’t function. If they are paying for the use of a poorly maintained pool it could hurt your image and tenants may begin getting angry enough to leave!

Pool InspectionsPeople love to swim to work out. Whether someone needs a low impact way to lose weight and gain strength or they want to swim a few laps on a hot day instead of running on the treadmill, a gym with a pool brings in a ton of guests! The last thing you need is a lawsuit from chipped tile or cracked vinyl causing physical damage or, even worse, a malfunction of a pump or other part of the pool causing serious damage to your building or guests!

Public pools are full of children and families. It’s a great and low-cost way to cool down large groups of people. That being said, inspections can catch filter problems which could lead to harmful growth, bacteria, or excess chemicals floating around the pool—leading to a slew of legal ramifications. Besides, no one wants to go to a dirty and run down pool.

When to Get Your Pool Inspected

Our pool inspections will check out things that could lead to health concerns, physical damage, equipment damage, and more. Pair inspections with weekly or monthly cleaning, or at least before you officially open your pool to guests or the public. A lot can happen during winterization and over time. We can inspect the entire pool or specific elements, especially if you’re noticing decrease of effectiveness in a specific piece of equipment. Allow us to catch a problem before it becomes major damage or a costly repair. A dirty pool can be a sign of filter or pump issues and small cracks can quickly escalate into tile loss, debris floating in the pool, and physical damage to swimmers!

Check this list (PDF) for more detailed items on common inspections and we’ll go over more of this in future blogs to help you keep an eye out for potential  problems.

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Pool Cleaning during Spring

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Pool Cleaning during Spring

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Spring is finally here, everyone! If you haven’t opened up your pool yet, now might be a great time! While you’re at it, let’s get everything extra clean and double check all of the equipment! If you didn’t close your pool, hot tub, or Jacuzzi for winter, now is the perfect time to check the chemicals and pH, clean pool tiles, check filters, and change light bulbs. Pool Daddy is here to help you with all of your pool needs, so give us a call to get started with weekly pool maintenance or a deep Spring Clean!

We’ve talked about acid washing before here. If your pool is looking a little green and your filters are working fine it may be time for an acid wash. Never jump straight to this—always try other methods of removing the cause of green-pool-syndrome. If this has never been done to your pool and your tiles are looking a little grimy and you find yourself cleaning your pool more than you’re enjoying it, Spring may be a good time to get this started—act fast before the summer temperatures start showing up!

No matter the filter type your pool or hot tub uses, now would be a great time to check it! Some may just need a filter change, others may need to have other elements of the filtration system cleaned, backwashed, or even replaced. Act now before Summer hits and everyone rushes out to replace and repair filters! Get a head start on keeping your pool clean and fresh for the rest of the warmer season!

Pool CleaningWeekly pool cleaning can be incredibly helpful! From removing leaves and debris to checking pH levels, we can do it all so you don’t have to! If you’re performing mass cleaning rituals on your home, why worry about your pool when you can have the professionals do it for you! No more worrying if your chlorine levels are appropriate to keep algae at bay, no more worrying if your salt cells are calcified or your sand needs to be changed! With our regular service you can leave it to us and we’ll make sure everything is clean and operating at max capacity!

Think we just deal with pools? Nope! We deal with in-ground and above-ground pools, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, and everything in between. No matter the size or budget, we can help you keep your pool or hot tub running smoothly so you can enjoy your Spring and Summer in the sun in your well-kept pool and related investments! Don’t let a problem sneak up on you because proper maintenance can increase the longevity of every element of your pool or tub.

So while you’re trimming back the plants in the yard, vacuuming every crevice in your home, and swapping out the batteries in your smoke detectors, have one less thing to worry about by starting up weekly pool cleaning services, starting now! Spring cleaning is a great way to prepare for Summer!

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Pool Installation Top 10 Reasons..

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Pool Installation Top 10 Reasons..

If you’re debating about pool installation or buying 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.

  1. Pool InstallationExercise: 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. Pool Installation
  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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