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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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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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Concrete Pools: Positives and Negatives

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Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesConcrete Pools: Positives and Negatives

Last week we talked about fiberglass pool lining, and today we’re going to switch gears and talk about concrete pools. While they are very common, they do have their perks and downsides. For more information about different pool types, check out this site.

Perks:

  • Durability and Strength: Concrete and fiberglass have similar durability, and higher durability than vinyl liners. It’s harder to cause damage to the concrete walls. Some pools can last up to 50 years, when taken care of properly. The base is sturdy though the main surfaces may need work every few years.
  • Features: Concrete pools offer a great number of available features, much like fiberglass. It’s easier to install custom tanning ledges for a concrete pool than vinyl.
  • Variety: These pools offer a greater variety of options of shapes and depths. Concrete pools can be made much deeper and bigger than other options.
  • Familiar: Most of us have been in a pool with concrete walls. It’s familiar, it’s trusted, and people know what to expect for the most part.
  • Upgrading: It’s easier to increase the size or alter the shape of a concrete pool.

Downsides:

  • Concrete Pools: Positives and NegativesHigh maintenance: Concrete pools can be harder to clean and they require extra chemical usage. Refinishing needs to be performed from time to time and algae grows more rapidly in concrete pools than other types. Concrete pools may need occasional acid washing and increased electricity usage.
  • Long installation times: The installation of concrete pools is a laborious task. The concrete needs to be mixed, poured, and set. Concrete pools often take up to six months to finish. Depending on weather, availability of supplies, location, and other factors, a pool may take only a few weeks to install if all goes right, but with any pool installation, a lot can go wrong.
  • Smoothness: Concrete pools tend to be less smooth than vinyl and fiberglass, overall. Prolonged exposure to the surfaces of the pool can cause discomfort on the feet—water shoes can be worn to solve this problem.
  • High initial cost: Concrete pools are the most expensive pools to install, with vinyl being the cheapest.
  • Salt water systems: It’s nearly impossible to have a concrete pool with a salt water system. This type of system can cause damage to the pool, increasing the frequency at which refinishing is needed. You can still install a salt system in a concrete pool but be prepared to resurface or remodel it quicker than other types of pool.
  • Color fade: The color or ting of your pool surfaces may fade quicker when made from concrete than other materials due to sunlight, chlorine, chemicals, and overall time. This can take 8-12 years to change significantly.

How are they installed?

Concrete pools are sometimes called Gunite or Shotcrete because the concrete is shot from a gun-like device onto the steel-reinforced walls. Upon drying, there are a few options for finishing. Some are plastered smooth and then painted and finished with a textured aggregate surfaces or tiling. Some pools are installed similarly to the foundation of a house (structural concrete) and it’s usually used when pools are installed into hillsides.

Concrete pools are a perfectly acceptable option, but a lot of pool owners are leaning towards vinyl and fiberglass. For more pool information, stay tuned or call Pool Daddy!

Related Topics:

Pool Concrete Paint
Concrete Swimming Pool Repair
Concrete Pool Repair
Inground Pool Repair
Swimming Pools in Ground


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Pool pH Level Matter

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Why Does the pH level Matter?

Water is awesome, and hose water is safe for kiddo pools and even some larger above ground pools, so you may be asking “why do I need to add chlorine and check the pH of my pool? Water is water, right?” Today we’ll talk about why it’s important to make sure your chemical and Pool pH Level of your pool are important to monitor.

With Pool Daddy’s weekly pool service you can worry less about your Pool pH Level and getting them back to normal, we do the work for you.

 

Pool pH Level Matter

Something to compare pH levels to things you may be more familiar with.

What is pH?

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral (like filtered water). A pH level between 0 and 7 is the acid side, anything above 7 is basic/alkaline. Adding acids or alkalies to the water can raise or lower the level to the recommended 7.2-7.8 range for your pool, the exact range can vary depending on pool, area, equipment, and personal opinion. Sodium carbonate (soda ash, also used to neutralize the acid from acid washing) or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) raises the pH level and muriatic acid (used in acid washing) or sodium bi-sulfate will lower it.

Checking the Pool pH Level regularly is important. Things can fall into the pool (rain water, plants, etc) and oils in human (or animal) skin, sun screen, or other things on swimmers bodies can alter the pH  level pretty quick. Even adding your chlorine can change the levels, so if the pH was where it needed to be but then you found out your chlorine levels were low the pH may be knocked into the dangerous zone (especially if it was on the far end of the appropriate range).

For the Pool:

Chemical reactions which can be harmful to your pool can occur if the water is too acidic or alkaline. Too much acidity can lead to corrosion of any metal equipment and etching on the pool surfaces. Increased alkaline levels can cause scaling to surfaces and the plumbing and cloud the water. If your water is starting to look a little cloudy  it could be a number of problems but checking the alkaline levels should  be done to eliminate the chances of it being a bigger problem. Changes on either end of the pH scale can cause issues with the chlorine, decreasing the effectiveness which can allow for algae or other growth and bacteria to form. High alkaline levels will keep the chlorine from working effectively, leading to growth. High acid levels means the chlorine will dissipate quickly, decreasing effectiveness.

Calcium:

Calcium is also needed in your pool to keep plaster from eroding. Too much can affect water clarity, increase scaling, and create stains. 200-400 ppm is the acceptable range, but right in the middle of that range is perfect for most pools.

Stabilizers and Chlorine:

Stabilizers can keep chlorine working longer by protecting the chlorine from heat, sun, and other elements. Using a stabilizer can keep you from using as much chlorine (and possibly decrease the strong chlorine scent found in a lot of pools) but too much stabilizer can mean you need to add water to your pool to dilute the stabilizer (and therefore check the pH and other levels since diluting one thing means diluting the rest).

For the Swimmers:

Heightened acidity can cause skin irritation which is uncomfortable and can cause bigger problems depending on the person. Young people or those with already sensitive skin should be extra caution when entering pools which may be a little more acidic than normal (slight increase in acidity may not cause problems or need immediate resolution but it wouldn’t hurt to adjust if it’s slightly higher than recommended). Irritation can be a good indicator that you need to check and adjust the Pool pH  Level.

If your pool water is off, even just a little (and on either side) it can start affecting your eyes as well! Your skin doesn’t like high acidity or alkalinity and water left to sit without added chemicals, chlorine or salt (in salt water pools) can experience pH changes just based on weather, air, and things that fall in or are introduced via swimmers or falling matter.

For more pool pH level maintenance information check out this site to understand your pool better.

Related Topics:

Proper Pool pH Level
How to Lower pH in a Pool
How to Raise pH in a Pool
Adjusting Pool pH Level
Pool pH Too High
Pool pH Too Low
pHPool Chart
Pool Alkalinity Too High


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