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Pool Party For Thanksgiving Celebration

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Thanksgiving Pool Party Celebration

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching—as seen by stores setting up Christmas decorations and displays already. If you’re struggling for ideas for your family or friends Thanksgiving celebration, consider throwing a pool party ! It sounds insane for most of the country but Phoenix is begging for it! With average high temperatures at 70 degrees or higher, there’s no excuse not to enjoy your pool in November—especially if you have a hot tub or Jacuzzi for when it gets dark!

When you’ve spent hours upon hours cooking in a hot kitchen preparing the perfect turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes it would feel sublime to jump in the pool before serving dinner. Most of the country can’t enjoy warm weather in November but you can! Heated pools can provide relaxation, warmth, and cooling effects year round in the right climates.

You may be asking yourself “shouldn’t you wait an hour after eating to swim?” and you’re correct to think that because we’ve all been told that since childhood. As convincing as our parents were in telling us this, it’s a myth. Even if it were true, eating an early dinner provides your company with plenty of time to digest before taking a relaxing dip. Later dinner allows for pre-dinner swims to build up an appetite. Regardless of the time of the meal, swimming before and/or after such a big meal can be fun, relaxing, and energizing.

Pull out the floaties, turn on the Jacuzzi, and bring out the beach ball and take a dip this Thanksgiving. You have the day off for a reason; enjoy it before the temperature drops a little more.  Get in that inner-tube or pool lounger and digest the tryptophan and starch in the most relaxing way possible. Forget that your aunt and uncle had a fight at the table or that your nephews and nieces were screaming because you ran out of pumpkin pie.

After the kids are all taking their food-coma induced naps and your in-laws go home, why not turn on the jets and pull out the bubbly and relax in a hot tub with your closest friends and coolest family members. If you’re into Black Friday shopping, use this time to prep your body for the pushing and shoving to come.

Pool PartyIf you’re not fond of sharing your pool with your relatives, invite your friends over the next day and eat all the leftovers pool-side in the early afternoon. Keep cool and enjoy the 4-day weekend.

No matter what you do this Thanksgiving weekend, you can contact us for weekly pool cleaning or preventative repairs and maintenance. You can even ask us about some renovations or changes to make your Thanksgiving memorable. Also, if your creepy uncle spills gravy in the pool or the kids throw their pie at each other pool-side we can help clean the pool to its pristine glory before your Christmas party.

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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 Covers Different Types

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Winter is fast approaching and for those not interested in using their pools year round, it may be time to start thinking about bringing out the cover or replacing the old one. Pool covers are the most important step towards prepping a pool for the off season. Contact us to discuss how to best prepare your pool for closing.

pool covers Plastic sheet covers: These are the least expensive options, but due to the low cost they can also become very high maintenance. Not only are these thinner than other options, but they can become torn easier and they need more maintenance throughout the use. Once installed, they may become weighed down by leaves, debris, rain, and snow. This can cause the cover to end up under the pool waterline quickly. They are kept in place (to a point) with water-filled plastic bags to keep the cover from blowing away in wind. However, this does promote the sinking problem previously mentioned. If someone walks onto this cover there is a high risk of drowning or other injuries, but it can be easily avoided if the area is fenced off or not used outside of pool use. These are a great option for those on a budget or those looking to only close the pool for a short time.

  1. Safety Cover: These  pool covers are made from a woven mesh material and are stretched tautly over the pool, resembling a trampoline. Springs and anchors embedded within the pool deck are used to hold the cover in place. While it may resemble a trampoline, it is still not recommended to jump on it, though the risk of injury or drowning is drastically decreased. Rain water and melted snow can get into the pool, reducing the need for regular maintenance of the cover as seen in the basic plastic and once it is time to re-open the pool, there is less of a need to pump water back into the pool (though treatment chemicals may need to be added for the new water once opening the pool).
  2. pool covers Automatic Vinyl Cover: These pool covers may cost exponentially more than the cheaper alternatives but it is the most impressive and it’s easier to close and open the pool year after year. Sides of a solid vinyl cover are attached to tracks along the side of the pool and an electric motor turns a pulley to draw the cover along the water’s surface. It is supported along the sides, allowing increased safety and it is said they can hold just over the weight of two average adults. Some compare it to a water bed since you can safely sit, walk, or stand on the surface. It is not recommended to do so, but it beats drowning.
  3. Hard covers: These pool covers are mainly used for Jacuzzis and hot tubs, especially of the above-ground variety. They usually come with the above-ground Jacuzzi but should still be checked regularly for rips, tears, mold, and more.Related Topics:Oval Pool Covers
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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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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 Heaters: Electric Heating Pump vs Gas Heater: Which is better?

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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.

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How Does A Heat Pump Pool Heater Heat Your Scottsdale Pool?

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 in Scottsdale?

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.

 

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How Do I Know Which Type of Heater is Best For My 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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Green Pools In Scottsdale Have 4 Cleaning Reasons

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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.

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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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Pool Drain? When To Drain Your Arizona Pool?

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How often should I drain my pool in Arizona?

We recommend completely draining and refilling your pool once every 3 to 5 years in Arizona. Due to the desert climate, it is only recommended to drain the pool during the fall and winter months while the weather is cooler. This is also the most convenient time since you likely won’t be able to use your pool anyway with the colder weather.

Is it okay to drain my Arizona swimming pool in the winter?

Yes! The best time to drain your pool is during the fall and winter months.

Why can’t I drain my Arizona pool in the summer?

If you drain your pool during the hot, dry Arizona summer months, you risk causing expensive damage to your swimming pool. The floor of the pool can crack due to the heat and lack of moisture. Draining your Arizona pool in the summer is also bad for the desert environment where water is scarce. The pool water that is drained out will mostly evaporate instead of being used to water the lawn or other plants on the property.

Why do I need to drain my pool?

Arizona is a desert and most of the water that is used for normal living has to travel a long way and go through a lot of treatment. The water is known for being some of the hardest in the country, and you will see evidence of the build up beginning on your decorative pool tile. Your pool needs to be drained periodically in order to get rid of the calcium and hard water build up on your pool.

Does my Arizona pool need to be drained to cleaned properly?

In some cases your pool will need to be drained completely in order to clean it out of any build up and allow you to start with a clean base chemically. Draining your pool is the perfect opportunity to do any necessary repairs, complete a full service cleaning or acid wash, and get your tile cleaned. It is recommended to do a chlorine wash or acid wash when draining your pool as a preventive maintenance item to keep your pool running at it’s peak efficiency, as well as making sure your pool is safe and chemically balanced.

My pool turned green. Can it be fixed without draining?

If your pool has turned green, it will take an aggressive combination of filtering, cleaning, and chemicals to get it back to the beautiful blue color you are used to. It is usually best to just drain the pool out completely and do a full chlorine wash to blast away any of the algae and bacteria that has accumulated. All of the pool filters will need to be professionally cleaned as well to make sure that the pool doesn’t turn green again. Green pools are dangerous breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can transmit the deadly west nile virus. Having a green pool in Arizona can lead to fines because of the health risk that they pose. Make sure to get your green pool problem taken care of quickly and professionally to avoid any further complications.

Do you drain pools all over Arizona?

Pool Daddy currently services most of the Phoenix metro area. The areas included are Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, North Phoenix, Peoria, and Glendale. Learn about all of different Arizona pool services we offer.

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