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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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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:

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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 Daddy At Your Service

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Last week we talked about some of our general services offered with Pool Daddy. Much of what we will talk about today is the lesser-thought of services we offer.

Pool filters need sand. Specific sands work best with pool filters and the wrong sand or too much of it can cause problems. This sand is also filled with bacteria by the time a change is needed and our professionals have the best equipment to keep all of the grime and bacteria away from your loved ones. This job can be done without full training, but at our prices you’d be crazy to do it on your own. Hiring us for your sand changing needs reduces the stress on your body and the worry of doing it right. The best part of this? The sand only needs to be changed every few years!

Pool heaters help keep a pool comfortable and refreshing year round! You wouldn’t think much of a pool heater in Arizona, but with those cool nights pools can retain cold temperatures for hours after sunrise. A cold pool may be refreshing in the middle of the summer during the peak temperature hours, but for a nice relaxing afternoon in the pool, slightly heated pools are great, and at night they’re even better a little warmer! We’ll keep your heater working properly so you can use your pool all day, every day if you want. Better yet, have us help with your heating pumps and we’ll hook you up with an amazing system which takes the heat from the outside air and transfers that heat into the water, saving your power system.

Above ground Jacuzzis are a great addition to any home. These require much less initial set up than in ground spas and Jacuzzis. Cleaning, maintenance, repair, setup; Pool Daddy will help you keep your unit running smoothly so you can enjoy it year round.

2012 brought in the new standardization of 2 speed or variable pumps in pools in Arizona. These pumps help keep your pool clean since all water must pass through the filters at some point, keeping contaminants out of your water. If you have not yet upgraded or want to make sure your pump is up to standards and working properly, call Pool Daddy and we’ll help you out. Our technicians know these things inside and out.

Pool DaddyEven with the best filters, your pool will need some cleaning details performed. Tile can become gross over time and even the best at-home cleaning supplies might not help. Our technicians will clean your tile with ease and restore your tile to a sheen you’ll want to show off ASAP. We also offer pressure washing to remove algae, dirt, and bacteria off of tile, walkways, and more. This low-energy consumption method is safe, powerful, and lasting.

Some people opt to have a salt water pool and these work differently than the standard chlorine types. Those who want a touch of the ocean or simply dislike other methods choose salt water and should be aware of the increased amounts of attention they will need. Our technicians are trained in the upkeep and maintenance of these systems as well so you don’t have to stress about whether you should have gone with the more conventional method when problems arise. Call us and we’ll help you prevent any future issues and keep your pool clean.

Finally, whether you’re swimming a few laps before breakfast or relaxing in your spa after dinner, lights in your pool are functional and pleasant. The right lights can change the entire mood while in your oasis. Keep your lights operating at full capacity year round so you never have to worry about swimming from sunup to sundown.

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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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