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Pool Services for Labor Day

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Pool Services for Labor Day

LLast Chance for Labor Day Pool Servicesabor Day is about a week away, so if you’re planning one last pool party before Autumn hits, now’s your chance! Labor Day tends to be the last big day for cookouts, barbeques, and big outdoor celebrations before everyone starts focusing on school, work, and working towards Christmas! Let’s get those pools in tip top shape for one last shindig before winterization!

If you’ve been using our weekly pool services, your pool may already be ready for a beautiful day of swimming, partying, and tanning. If you do most of your own pool maintenance, first of all we’re impressed, and second of all, you may want to get your equipment checked by a professional to ensure everything is running as it needs to in order to keep friends, family, and neighbors safe.

Things to look out for when hosting a party:

  1. Electrical Work: From lights to pumps and filters, everything is connected to a power source. It’s important to make sure all of your electrical work is running properly for maximum safety. The last thing anyone needs is a last minute electrical problem in a pool! As we know, water and direct electrical current don’t mix!
  2. Algae: The green slime that collects on your pool walls and floor is unsightly and feels weird, but it can also be a health risk! Much like mold and other growth, it’s not safe to get into direct contact with this stuff—especially if it gets ingested! Make sure your filters and pumps are running at optimum levels to reduce the algae growth. Regular pool wall cleanings are also an important step in preventing this growth.
  3. Chemicals: A pool with off balanced levels can harbor algae growth, but it can also easily irritate the skin of your swimmers. Regular use of your pool can alter the levels due to body lotions, hair care products, sun screen, and other contaminants which can alter your pH levels. Plants and dirt getting into your pool can also affect the chemical levels. This is why we recommend weekly chlorine, pH and other chemical testing. Besides swimmer comfort, imbalanced levels can affect your equipment as well.
  4. Efficiency: Filters which need to be replaced, cleaned, or back washed may be working extra hard to do their job or it will eventually cause damage to the filter system or lead to harmful algae growth before you know it! Outdated pumps and heaters can also decrease efficiency—especially of the power efficiency kind! Keeping up to date with equipment can save money in the long run and decrease your power usage (and carbon footprint!).

Give us a call for a pool services or to schedule weekly visits between now and winterization. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here and you’ll be rushing to get your pool shut down for the season.

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Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground Pools

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Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground Pools

Swimming pools are awesome and some people greatly prefer in-ground pools over the above ground pools options. Today we’ll talk about each type to help you decide which one to add to your home this summer! For more information check out this article as well as this one.

No matter what pool you choose, contact Pool Daddy for your pool repair, weekly cleaning, maintenance, and more. No pool is self-cleaning and any pool can come across issues.

In-Ground pools:

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsThis style is very popular and can increase home value in many ways. The initial investment may cost a hefty amount but if you plan on selling it can increase your property value due to the water-feature which is pleasing to the eye and the recreation uses will also increase the home value.

In-ground pools can be pricey. The installation cost is usually pretty steep as is the cost of filling or emptying the pool, chemical cost, and replacing water removed from evaporation. Cleaning and maintenance can also seem costly (Pool Daddy offers pool cleaning and maintenance for reasonable and affordable prices, by the way). Areas that allow for year round use of a pool can make the investment seem more useful but it will cost more than closing the pool for the winter.

In-ground pools are amazing, however. You have tons of options regarding size, shape, tile colors and patterns, lining styles, cover styles, accessories, decking or paving materials, and more. Concrete, vinyl, and fiberglass are the most common options for in-ground pools. Wall panels have even more options like different metals, plastics, wood, and more. Concrete tends to run for higher prices than vinyl and vinyl offers a variety of patterns while concrete offers higher customizability as shape goes.

Keeping up with modern equipment for pools (filters, heaters, pumps, etc) are a great way to keep your pool costs down and regular maintenance, though it may seem costly, can save hundreds on pool repairs by catching problems early.

In-ground pools can be considered dangerous for young ones and animals if they are unsupervised or have easy access to the pool. A way to combat this is locked gates kids and animals can’t get through.

Above Ground Pools:

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsAbove ground pools options are usually very quick to install and have a low startup cost. It can take only a matter of days (as opposed to a week or longer for in-ground) to install a pool of this style. Fancier options include deck, fence, and railing options for an additional cost, increasing the visual appeal of the pool.

Like in-ground pools, above-ground pools can be heated or you can allow the sun to do the heating for you for less money (but with less heat in the pool).

This style of pool is much less permanent than the in-ground option, so it does not add value to your home. Even if you’ve worked this pool into your deck and landscape of your home it does not increase the home value. They also are not as deep as in-ground pools can be. The typical depth is between 48 and 52 inches deep; meaning not safe for diving and they often do not have a “shallow” end.

Sizes and shapes can vary for these pools, but they are usually less customizable than in-ground varieties. Ovals and circles are the common shapes for above-ground pools but they come in various sizes. It is a good way to introduce a pool to your family, especially if you cannot add an in-ground unit to your home due to zoning, construction laws, or property restrictions (like rentals).

Above Ground Pools Vs. In-ground PoolsDue to the impermanence of an above-ground pool, you can (usually) take it with you if/when you move! So if you don’t plan on staying in a home for long but you still want the cooling fun of a pool you can opt for the above ground option.

Above-ground pools still need maintenance, but depending on the equipment you have installed you may have less maintenance needed. Ladders or steps and filters are necessary but heaters are options. Many of these pool owners opt to use rain water or hose water (or a truck) to fill their pools, decreasing the need for a pump (but you can still have one installed).

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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 Repair Types You May Need!

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Pool Repair

You think you know a repair when you see one, right? Well, that is probably true, but there are a lot of types of damage that can happen to all types of pools. Some repairs you might not even know you need. Things that affect the way the pool looks can be obvious, such as: cracked tile, damaged lights, leaks, etc. What might not be as obvious are things like failing pumps, a pool turning green, and other issues. Today we’ll talk about some issues you may come across with your pool where calling a technician will be a good idea!

Before you jump to replacing failed systems or resurfacing your pool, contact a professional and the good ones will know when a repair will do the job or when a replacement will be needed. Listen to the professionals and never be afraid to call us, even if it’s a small problems!

Lining, and Other Pool Surfaces:Pool Repair

  • Concrete pools are prone to cracks over time, especially when in areas with temperature shifts (mostly areas where freezing is a problem). Small cracks can be easily fixed but if left unattended can become quite large and require extensive work and completely re-doing your pool walls!
  • Some pools contain vinyl lining, and this can tear, much like concrete can crack! Small tears should be addressed immediately, but replacing the vinyl when large tears appear is cheaper than repairing large cracks in concrete.
  • While you aren’t likely going to find cracks in fiberglass, you can find mineral deposits or chemical reactions that have caused discoloration. This is when acid washing may be required to keep your pool water clean and clear!

If you catch a crack or some discoloration in your pool lining, floor or walls, contact technicians for pool repair (like those at Pool Daddy) to see if they can stop a minor problem before it turns into a catastrophe.

Pool RepairPumps and Filters:

Here’s where it can get tricky to catch problems. A lot of pool owners don’t realize they’ve having pump or filter issues until the entire unit has shut down! A similar issue comes when the pump and filter do not work well together due to incompatibility of systems. While solving problems with pumps and filters can be as simple as removing clogs or changing sand or filters, it can be electrical problems or other more complicated issues. If you suspect issues with pumps or filters, contact a technician for pool repair to figure out the best course of action to get your system working again!

Safety Features:

Any time you suspect an issue with any system of your pool there’s a chance the safety features have shut off power to that device to prevent damage to other systems and swimmers. This can include heaters or pool covers which use electricity. If a system has been shut off from the safety feature, contact a technician for pool repair before turning anything back on or allowing people in the pool.

You can have Pool Daddy for all your pool repair and maintenance.

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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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Super Bowl Pool Party Sunday! Let’s Get Wet!

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Super Bowl Pool Party

Super Bowl Pool Party Sunday! Let’s Get Wet!

If you use your pool year round and haven’t winterized it, then today might be the perfect time to throw a pool party! It’s a little last minute, but there’s still time! Or, better yet! Throw a Super Bowl Pool Party tomorrow (or next weekend for those who have regular jobs). Everyone will be recovering from a day of drinking and either celebration or anger—depending on who wins, of course. Record it and rewatch it with friends tomorrow, or rewatch the commercials with some close friends and turn it into a drinking game or throw a party in the name of the winning team tomorrow and invite all of your friends.

It may be just a tad chilly for swimming (unless you have an indoor pool, you lucky dog) for some, but for others it’s still perfect. Take a swim before the big game to clear your mind and pump up your body!

Those with a Jacuzzi or hot tub are in an even greater advantage! If you have an outdoor television you’re all set to have the best Super Bowl evening ever! Crack open a beer, pull some stools up filled with snacks, and relax. If there is no television close enough to the hot tub (And you can’t find a way to move it closer) then chill in the hot tub during half-time if Katy Perry isn’t your thing. Prep for the game with a relaxing soak, or chill with your buddies after the game talking about the outcome of the game, the commercials, or just talk about sports in general.

For all of you non-football fans (wives, girlfriends, mothers, “I just watch for the commercials” people etc) why not relax in the pool or hot tub and have some fun getting away from the screaming and the jumping. Go back for the half time show in case there’s another Janet Jackson scenario or to enjoy Katy Perry, or don’t. If you love the commercials don’t worry too much—they’ll all be online tomorrow anyway and they’ll replay the best ones on normal television for at least a month.

No matter what football team you’re rooting for and why, if you have a pool, Jacuzzi, or hot tub, you’re sure to have a wonderful Super Bowl Pool Party! It might sound like a silly idea, but it got you thinking about reasons to throw pool or spa parties, didn’t it? You can also take bets in a pool to see who wins and the losers have to jump in the cold swimming pool.

Pool Daddy is here for all your pool cleaning needs and keeping your pools and hot tubs in fantastic working order. Keep us in mind for weekly pool cleaning so you can keep using your pool year round, or contact us for finally winterizing your pool you keep saying you’ll use this winter. Anytime you have a pool-related issue contact us and we’ll send our technicians right away. Don’t believe us? Read some testimonials from some valued customers.

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