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Acid Washing Pools

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Acid Washing Pools

Acid WashingWhen pools begin looking slimy and swamp-like, it’s time for a good acid washing. This process is also called “drain and clean.” This removes all traces of algae from improper winterization, neglect, or an algae takeover. What this process does is strip a thin layer of plaster from the pool, exposing fresh and clean surfaces. While acid washing produces a very clean looking pool, having it done too often will lead to a rapid need of re-plastering, so it is not often done every year.

If you are unsure as to what type of clean your pool needs, here’s a tip; if you can see to the bottom of the pool a good chemical and filtering clean should do the trick. If the water is dark enough to where you cannot see the pool floor there is nothing to do besides an acid wash because the cost of chemicals and filtering will be higher than the acid cleaning. Acid cleaning is a fairly expensive procedure but it’s well worth it.

Before getting this process done on your pool, contact the city water suppliers to know the proper disposal process of the dirty water and the acid treated water. Your pool cleaning company should know this, but it doesn’t hurt to inform the water board. If you’re lucky, the water company may wave some of the fees of refilling your pool if you give them notice.

Acid cleaning involves Muratic acid and water mixed (acid added to the water). This necessitates appropriate goggles, masks, and hazmat suits, so it’s best to let the technician do his work while you stay at a safe distance. Muratic acid is harmful to a lot of living organisms (hence using it for algae removal) and it must be treated before pumped out of the pool. Soda ash is added to the foamy residue after cleaning to make it safer to pumping and to reduce the risk of the film further stripping the pool surface.

While you can perform this type of clean on your own, the high risk and health concerns make it worth it to call a professional. Hiring a company like Pool Daddy will ensure it’s done safely and correctly and the pool will be ready to use after the algae and cleaning chemicals are fully removed and neutralized. Technicians will also know of the proper disposal procedures to avoid state involvement or harm to the environment.

Of course, it’s best to avoid the need for acid washing your pool. This can be prevented with weekly (or other forms of regular) pool cleaning services provided by Pool Daddy. Let the professionals do the work so you can relax and enjoy your pool. The cost may seem high but it’s better than risking acid exposure or algae-related issues.

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Pool Pop Ways To Make Pool More Exciting

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Ways to Make Pool Pop

Pools are a great way to stay cool and spend time outside, but there are some simple (and some more complex) ways to make a pool more exciting, pleasant to look at, and fun! Today we’ll talk about a few ways to make your pool pop.Pool Pop

  1. Glow in the Dark and Blacklight: Using things that glow in the dark or are black-light reactive is a great way to add fun to a pool at night. Warm summer nights can be made into parties with glowing pool toys, tile, accessories, and more. Set up some black lights around the seating area and pull out the body paint! Just be sure to keep the pool clean and keep up with maintenance.
  2. Mosaic Tile Patterns: Use the tiled surfaces in and around the pool to express yourself. Animals, countries, celestial bodies, self-portraits, and more can make your pool much more exciting.
  3. Waterfalls: Adding a waterfall is one of the more expensive ways to keep a pool interesting, but it can help circulate the water as well as add a pleasant look and sound to the area. A waterfall in a corner or across an entire edge of the pool will separate you from your friends, neighbors, or family members with a pool and your home will be the talk of the town!
  4. Stone and Wood: Using stone or steps, boarders, patios, and more may be harder to clean than basic tile, but it will give a more natural and fancy look. Use stone with the aforementioned waterfall for a double whammy! Pair stone with mosaic tiles for a powerful effect! Wood, stone, or brick patios look amazing and are less likely to cause slippage from guests.
  5. Fun Shapes: Square, rectangular, and L-shaped pools are boring. Add a curve or 4, round the corners, make it unique. These will be harder to build, but the maintenance should not change, so why not?
  6. Color: Use colored lights, furniture, tile, and more to make it interesting. Surround your pool with deck chairs and tables in interesting colors and patterns. Beige and white around the pool will make it look drab and boring.Loggerhead Turtles green
  7. Plants: Use large trees to your advantage. Keep a section of the pool area shaded for those harsh sunlight hours. Keep decorative bushes and flowers around to keep the place looking fresh. Have some grass around the pool area somewhere to lay around in comfort.
  8. Waterproof everything: Keep the furniture safe with water-friendly materials or scotch-guarding. Keep things like grills far away enough from the pool to be out of the splash zone. If you decide to use electronics like stereos or televisions outside, keep them in a shaded area with ample protection from the sun and water.
  9. Have fun! Don’t be that neighbor who only uses the pool once or twice per year. Invite the neighbors and their children to get out of the hot sun. Bring coworkers over to enjoy the hot tub after a long day at work. A pool kept from people is a lonely sight indeed. Celebrate your amazing oasis with those close to you.  Bring in the pool toys and don’t worry if someone kicks some leaves or trails in some dirt or crumbs. Let Pool Daddy service your pool weekly to keep it sparkling and running smoothly.Related Topics:

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Swimming Pool Investment 5 New Reasons

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Swimming Pool

Everyone knows how awesome swimming pool are. Swimming is fun for everyone, good exercise, and it’s a great way to work on your tan while staying cool.

  1. Conversation starter: When having guests over, sometimes it’s hard to get everyone involved in the conversation. Install interesting colored lights or tiles and maybe put some interesting patterns in mosaic styles in your pool. Not only will you look fancy and sophisticated, but there’s a good chance someone will ask why your lights are bright green instead of dull off-white. Put your initials in the tiles along the side and feel like a celebrity. Get some smoke machines and make it a little creepy and mysterious.Swimming Pool
  2. Keeps kids out of trouble: When kids have the option to swim in a pool or drive/ride/bike around town causing mischief, most of them will choose a poolside summer instead of sweating on their bikes.
  3. Themed parties: Make it college night by buying inflatable beer pong kits, installing volley ball nets, or turning towels into togas. Make it a beach or lake theme by bringing in plastic pink flamingos, fake turtles, palm trees, lily pads, or anything your heart desires. Anyone who couldn’t go to Florida this year for vacation can feel like they’re there. Hire a teenager to act as a server and towel warmer and pay them in pool time.
  4.  Great excuse to host parties: Who doesn’t like a swimming pool party? No need for super fancy food or decorations. Just invite the friends, family, and neighbors over and throw some food on a grill or make finger food and buy some sodas. No one will question your motives for throwing said parties. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, or just another random Sunday, tell people it’s BYOB and BYOTowel.
  5. Save on electricity, air conditioning, and showering: A well maintained swimming pool will keep you entertained all summer long. It’ll keep you out of the house in the fresh air and cool water. You won’t need to have all of your lights, TV’s, and air conditioning on all day long. With proper lighting, you can hang out all night, too. And if you’re spending 3 days straight pool-side, showering will be an afterthought. Water’s clean, you don’t need to shower after swimming in a clean pool.

Now that you’re convinced a swimming pool is the best investment for your home, contact us for your pool cleaning needs. You can even contact us for landscaping needs and our team will work with the local landscaping groups to keep your pool and surrounding area clean, safe, and beautiful. People may start getting sick of seeing your beautiful sun-kissed skin and tan lines by the end of the summer, but come fall and winter they may be begging to spend time in your heated pool or spa. Here in Arizona, you may want to take a dip even in the middle of January.

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Chlorinated Pools vs Saltwater

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Chlorinated Pools vs Saltwater

Some people swear up and down that salt water pools are the only way to go because they are free of chlorine and are a healthier option. Others stick to chlorine because they simply don’t like the maintenance and feeling of salt water. Today we’ll discuss both types so you can decide.

Chlorine:

This chemical is what keeps pools clean and bacteria free. Even salt water pools use a little (when the salt breaks down it creates chlorine in small doses). Chlorine breaks down into different chemicals which destroy microorganisms and bacteria by destroying lipids, enzymes, and cell structures. Due to the destructiveness of chlorine, many pool owners worry about the health of their friends, family, children, dogs, and themselves. There is chlorine in all human bodies, but increased levels in the body can become toxic.

Hours after leaving the pool you can still smell chlorine and you feel the difference in your skin, making you rush to a soapy shower or bath.

Chlorinated pools are often cheaper upfront due to the fact that a chlorine generator isn’t needed upfront. However, more maintenance is needed to keep it clean and the amount of chlorine needs to be fairly exact for the best performance (but there are people out there to help with this information).

The chlorine is effective in killing contaminants, but fairly harmless chloramines remain, needing more chlorine to remove them and the chlorine itself can be harmful to skin and eyes.

Committed pool owners with time to maintain the pool (and possibly some money for professional cleaning) are  more than happy to close chlorine for the low cost (not counting maintenance), they are not, however, ideal for those not wanting to perform regular tests and cleaning.

Salt water:

Chlorinated Pools vs  Saltwater

Many people assume salt water pools are just like the ocean, but they’re not. The salt levels are much lower. Salt water pools do end up with small levels of chlorine through the electrolysis of the salt water generator.

Chlorine is the smell of summer! Only it doesn’t have to be. Salt water pools do not leave everyone smelling of chlorine and the feeling skin has after a dip in chlorinated water is no longer an issue.  Salt water pool owners often report less stinging of eyes and softer skin after swimming in a salt water pool as opposed to chlorinated one.

Other products like pH balancers may need to be used in these pools, but since salt does not evaporate, it doesn’t need to be added regularly and some people even use basic table salt.

Despite the cleanliness chlorine claims to offer, algae can still be major problems. Luckily, salt water can decrease the build-up of algae, prolonging the life of the pool thanks to the steady stream of chlorine from the electrolysis process.

Converting a pool to salt water from chlorine can be very costly, but it can save money in the long run. Salt water pools need less manual  leaning and fewer chemicals, but generators that use up fairly large amounts of electricity with expensive replacement, parts, and maintenance.

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Pool Maintenance Top 3 Summer Tips

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Pool Maintenance

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

Pool Maintenance

Maintaining your pool doesn’t just entail adding chlorine and skimming out the leaves. It takes year-long commitment to ensure your pool is ready for use come summer. Here are some helpful summer pool maintenance tips to consider so that when it comes time to enjoy the dry, hot Arizona weather with a dip in the crystal clear water, you’ll be ready.

Check out our Phoenix Pool Maintenance Tips page for more great advice!

Clean Out the Pool Filters

A task not just for pool season but year round, cleaning out the filters every four to six months or after a heavy storm (like the haboob dust storm in the picture above) can do wonders for the longevity of your filter mechanism. Keep in mind there are three types of filters out there, according to Better Homes and Gardens: Diatomaceous Earth Filters (DE), sand filters and cartridge filters. The type you have will determine whether you simply hose them off, soak them in a cleaning solution or simply replace the entire cartridge. Whichever one you have, it must be cleaned or replaced to ensure proper functioning and reduce the chance of clogging.

Vacuum the Pool

Before opening up the pool for the summer, and throughout the entire warm season, don’t neglect this important part of pool maintenance. This Old House says the average Phoenix pool needs about a half hour of vacuuming. The best way to achieve this is to move slowly in overlapping, parallel lines like you’re doing the lawn. Be on the lookout for a floating hose, which could signal a hole in the line, or reduced suction which signals a filter that’s full. Don’t forget to brush extra algae off with a nylon brush attached to your vacuum pool. We recommend using the brush to get the extra dirt that collects on the pool steps and the pool walls, especially with Pebble Tec pools. A good brushing will help to move everything to the bottom of the pool where the vacuum will be most effective.

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Ditch the Debris Surrounding the Pool

Regularly throughout the summer season, a big part of your maintenance routine is ensuring the surrounding landscape stays out of the pool. This Old House advises trimming back any trees and bushes that are overhanging the pool or that cause blossoms, acorns, leaves and pollen to land in the pool. There are some common culprits here in Phoenix with the desert landscaping that can shed quite often such as palm trees and bougainvillea plants. By trimming these plants down as much as possible you will reduce the overall amount of pool maintenance that is required each week. It just takes a couple minutes to skim the pool and clear out the skimmer basket, but this is an important step to keeping your filter system working in tip-top shape.


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Green Pools In Scottsdale Have 4 Cleaning Reasons

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Green Pools In Scottsdale

Green Pool Scottsdale

Here at Pool Daddy we believe that your Scottsdale pool should be an oasis from the world at the end of your day.  With proper maintenance and care this is exactly what you will have waiting for you when you return home from a busy day. If this is not the case for you and your Scottsdale pool has become a green mess then we can help. Here are 4 reasons to clean your Green Pools In Scottsdale:

Green Pools Can Harbor Deadly Viruses in Scottsdale

Green Pools In Scottsdale are not just ugly and disgusting.  They are a health risk for you and for those around you. A green poosl in Scottsdale can harbor the deadly West Nile Virus.  This virus is carried by mosquitoes and transferred to humans and birds through a simple bite.  Mosquitoes live in the stagnant green water of these pools.  To keep this virus at bay you must clean your Green Pools In Scottsdale and Pool Daddy is ready to help.

Algae and Bacteria Can Cause Costly Pool Repairs in Scottsdale

Green pools in Scottsdale are full of green algae and bacteria that can cause significant damage to the surfaces of your pool and create costly pool repairs.  Pools often turn green due to unbalanced chemicals.  Pools need to have a proper pH balance to kill bacteria.  Improper pH can cause this bacteria to build up over time and lead to discoloration of your pool water.  If the pH is too low, the water is acidic and over time it will erode the plastic and metal components of your pool causing costly repairs later. A pH that is too high will not kill  bacteria and will allow scale buildup of calcium and minerals on your tile and other surfaces.

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Regulations In Scottsdale Prohibit Green Pools

If your pool is green due to a lack of maintenance and build up you will have to get it cleaned up.  The City of Scottsdale Website says the following:

Pools and bodies of water need to be maintained in a healthy and usable condition, free of stagnant water or conditions that promote insect infestation or deterioration.

To avoid an fines or citations from the city of Scottsdale it is best to keep your pool clean and at Pool Daddy we can make that a reality for you.

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Clean Pools Make for Happy Homeowners and Neighbors

Knowing that your pool is clean and a great place to relax is the best reason of all to clean up your Green Pools In Scottsdale.  Your neighbors will be happy that they don’t have to worry about getting sick from the West Nile virus and you will have a wonderful place to relax after a long day at work.

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Winter Pool Maintenance in Arizona

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Arizona Winter Temperatures Average

Winter Temperatures in Arizona range from about 45 degrees to 76 degrees from November to February.

Winter Pool Maintenance

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.

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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.

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What If My Pool Heater is Broken?

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 goes 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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