Do You Need Pool Service During the Winter?

In warm-winter climates, your pool may be closed for swimming during the cooler season. Many people shutdown their pool during the coolest months, but few people drain their pools in mild regions. Since there is still water in the pool, you need to consider the best way to reduce contamination. While you may not need regular weekly pool cleanings, it is still beneficial to keep pool service active during the winter.

Benefits of Winter Pool Service

The water in your pool during the winter will be the water you want to swim in come spring. It is easier to keep this water clean and sanitized than to decontaminate the water in a few months. Algae, bacteria and debris can create unhealthy conditions in your pool if the chemical balance is not maintained. Here are some benefits of scheduling pool service during the winter months:

  • Reduce stains and damage to pool from algae growth
  • Stay on top of pool maintenance with routine service
  • Easier and quicker to reopen pool in the spring

Winter pool service is not needed as often as during the swimming season. Schedule your pool service to come once a month to clean out any debris and balance the water chemistry. This will prevent damage to your pool and keep the water sanitary, making it a wise investment.

Even when your pool is closed for the winter, it needs maintenance to keep it healthy and ready to go in the spring. Talk to your local pool service about scheduling winter service to ensure that your pool is maintained December through March, ready to open when April arrives.

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Premier Pool Enterprises
3502 Sixes Road, #108
Canton, GA 30114
(494) 496-5579

Save Time and Money with Pool Automation

Many homeowners have upgraded systems in their homes to automation. Garage doors can be opened with a cell phone and HVAC, lights, entertainment systems and much more can be all controlled from one device. The new technology makes life more convenient and can help manage costs – this includes your swimming pool. If you still have a manual system for maintaining your pool, it may be time to upgrade to a pool automation system.

Money and Time Saving Features

Pool automation systems give you easy access to the controls of your swimming pool and a simple way to manage your pool water and features. From temperature to pH balance, your pool’s systems are right at your fingertips. Most systems can be accessed through a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet; they can also be integrated into most home automation systems to keep all your controls in one place.

For saving money, an automation system can alert you when your chemicals need adjustment. This can help reduce extreme unbalance issues that can cost more to correct and lead to other issues within your pool. Many automation systems also allow control of temperature and water features, helping reduce energy use with remote management – you can turn down the heat when you know you will be gone a few days right from your phone.

Having all your features from lights and waterfalls to temperature and chemical controls in one place saves you time. No need to go out to the pool and check the pH level – you can do it from your couch or even when you are at work with pool automation.

Talk to your local pool service about the option of switching to a pool automation system – it could be worth the investment to save you time and money.

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Somar Pools, LLC
6538 Collins Ave, #42
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 767-7755

Which Type of Pool Costs Less to Maintain?

For some people, low maintenance is key for any feature they buy. Clothes are wash and wear, dishes are dishwasher safe and their oven is self-cleaning. The same can hold true with their swimming pool. They want the pool that will require the least amount of money and time to maintain. When it comes to low-maintenance pools, fiberglass has concrete and vinyl liners beat.

Pool Maintenance Rundown

Three main types of pools are concrete, vinyl linings and fiberglass. Each have their pros and cons when it comes to price, longevity, design, versatility and maintenance. However, when it comes to maintenance, fiberglass is the winner. A rundown of these three when it comes to maintenance:

  • Concrete. When it comes to maintenance, concrete requires much more, both routinely throughout the year and over the lifetime of the pool. They are prone to algae, need more filtering, acid washing and resurfacing – maintenance costs can range around $25,000-$30,000 over 10 years.
  • Vinyl liners. Vinyl is easier to maintain than concrete, with less worry about filtering, algae or scrubbing. However, liners can leak and need replacement. The 10-year maintenance cost is around $10,000-$14,000.
  • Fiberglass. Maintenance drops significantly for fiberglass pools. Algae problems are rare, and cleaning is easier. Filtering is minimal, and it is less likely there will be leaks or needed repairs. Maintenance costs are a fraction of concrete and about a third of vinyl liners, ranging from $3,700 to $5,000 for 10 years of use.

If low maintenance for your new pool is a priority, consider a fiberglass pool. However, this is only one factor to determine which type is best for your needs. Talk to your local pool construction company to discuss all the factors when it comes to deciding the best pool for your home.

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Premier Pool Enterprises
3502 Sixes Road, #108
Canton, GA 30114
(494) 496-5579

5 Myths About Chlorine in Pools

Everyone knows chlorine is used in most swimming pools to keep the water safe. However, you may be wrong about many other commonly held beliefs about chlorine. This chemical is strong enough to help control bacteria and other organisms that can make water unsafe for swimming and should be rinsed away after swimming to reduce damage to skin and hair. However, there are some beliefs about this popular pool chemical that are false, including these five myths.

  1. If the odor of chlorine is strong, there is too much in the pool. The smell of chlorine is what occurs when chlorine is evaporating, after it has done its job. In some cases, the smell of chlorine means the pool needs more, not less, of this chemical.
  2. Chlorine turns blonde hair green. No, chlorine is not the substance in pools that can give your hair an unwanted tinge of green. Copper is the culprit that can make blonde hair green.
  3. Chlorine stings your eyes if you open them under water. If it stings to open your eyes under water in a pool, this is not the fault of chlorine. Once again, you may not have enough chlorine as this is a symptom of unbalanced PH levels.
  4. Saltwater pools do not need chlorine. While saltwater pools require much less chlorine, they still use chlorine for shocking and chlorine is made naturally with salt.
  5. Swimmer’s ear is caused by chlorine. A clean, sanitized pool with chlorine is not the cause of swimmer’s ear. This condition is caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa – a common pathogen in pools.

Keeping your chlorine levels balanced is one of the best ways to maintain a safe, healthy swimming pool. Forget these myths about chlorine and talk to your local pool service about the proper way to use chlorine or chlorine alternatives to keep your pool water safe.

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Somar Pools, LLC
6538 Collins Ave, #42
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 767-7755

Maintaining a Sand Pool Filter

Sand filters are an economical option for cleaning and maintaining the water in your pool. Rough sand is effective at removing dirt, algae and debris that accumulate in your pool water from swimmers and the environment. Water flows through the container of sand, leaving behind the contaminants in the sand. To maintain your sand filter, you will need to clean it every so often to ensure it keeps working.

Sand Filter Cleaning Frequency

How often you will need to clean your sand filter depends on how much you use your pool and other factors. The number of people that swim in your pool on a regular basis will impact how quickly the filter gets full of debris. Leaves, pine needles, algae and other environmental debris can also clog the filter. To determine when to clean your filter, you need to keep an eye on the filter and your pool water.

  • Filter Indications. Your filter needs to be cleaned when the pressure becomes higher, indicating more dirt is in the sand. For filters that have an inlet and outlet pressure gauge, a psi of 16 or higher means it is time to clean. Filters with just an inlet gauge should be cleaned at 8 psi or higher.
  • Water changes. Another indicator your filter needs to be cleaned is when the water becomes cloudy or unclear. Dirty water is usually caused by a dirty filter.

Cleaning a sand filter requires backwashing your system to force water the opposite direction, pushing out the dirt and debris into the waste water. You can do this yourself or contact your local pool service to clean your pool and sand filter for you.

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Premier Pool Enterprises
3502 Sixes Road, #108
Canton, GA 30114
(494) 496-5579

Are Auto Pool Cleaners Effective?

Keeping a clean pool can be a major chore. Manual cleaners and vacuums can do a terrific job cleaning your pool, but they are time consuming if you clean your pool yourself. Another DIY option is an auto pool cleaner. There are several types of auto pool cleaners that can reduce the manual labor needed to keep your pool clean, including robotic, suction and pressure models. But there are issues that can occur with these auto pool cleaners. Knowing the limits of these devices can help you determine whether they are the right option for your pool cleaning needs.

Cleaning Ability

An auto pool cleaner can help reduce the amount of the manual cleaning needed and reduce strain on the pool filtration systems. They collect and remove debris and can help keep a pool maintained. However, they do not all scrub the walls and there are areas they do not reach that will still need manual cleaning.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Auto pool cleaners can help reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your pool, but they do need maintenance and repairs. Common issues that occur can include the hose becoming tangled, clogged filters, clogged pumps and broken parts. Auto pool cleaners are one more piece of equipment that will need maintenance and repairs as part of the upkeep of your pool.

While auto cleaners can be effective, manual cleaning is still needed for areas they do not reach and for scrubbing the walls. A pool service can be another way to keep your pool clean without spending hours of your free time each week. Talk to your local pool service about options in auto pool cleaners and ongoing pool service to decide which would be better for your needs.

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Premier Pool Enterprises
3502 Sixes Road, #108
Canton, GA 30114
(494) 496-5579

When is the Best Time to Open Your Pool?

The last Saturday in April is National Pool Opening Day, but that is not necessarily when everyone opens their pools. Different regions tend to open their pools earlier or later, depending on the weather. While each year may vary, there are standard times when different areas tend to open their pools. Here are some approximate best times in different states to open your pool.

  • Early and mid-June: Montana, northern Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, northern New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine
  • End of May: Eastern Idaho, northern Colorado, southern Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, SE Wisconsin, northern Michigan, southern Vermont, southern New Hampshire, mid New York and southern Maine
  • May 14th: NE Washington, NE Oregon, western Idaho, NE Nevada, Utah, Southern Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, southern Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, northern West Virginia and Pennsylvania, southern New York, Connecticut and Maryland
  • April 30th: Mid Washington, Mid Oregon, Western Nevada, Northern Arizona, Northern New Mexico, Oklahoma, Northern Mississippi, northern Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia
  • April 15th: Western Washington, Western Oregon, Eastern California, Southern Nevada, northern Texas, Louisiana, southern Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina
  • End of March: Mid California, Southern Arizona, Southern New Mexico, Texas, Florida and southern portion of Louisiana
  • Year-Round: Southern Florida, Texas and California

When it is time to open your pool, make it easy with a quick call to your local pool service. They can perform the cleaning, maintenance and needed service to get your pool ready for your opening day pool party and ensure it is ready for the swimming season ahead.

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Somar Pools, LLC
6538 Collins Ave, #42
Miami Beach, FL 33141
(305) 767-7755

Backyard Swimming Pool Water Testing 101

Keeping your pool water balanced and safe is a vital part of pool ownership. Understanding the chemical composition of your pool water can help you maintain a healthier pool and protect your family. Here are some the basics about pool water testing to give you a better understanding of how to maintain your pool.

Testing Kits

While testing strips can give you a basic overview of your pool water’s pH balance, they are not the most accurate measurement. Invest in a backyard pool water testing kits for a better overview of your pool water. These come with more advanced testing options to monitor chlorine, pH, calcium, alkalinity and more accurately.

Testing Mistakes

Even when you have the right testing materials, you can still make simple mistakes that can affect the results. Here are a few common mistakes that pool owners make when testing their pool water:

  • Reagents. Make sure to check expiration dates on your reagents. Also, if they freeze it can impact their validity; make sure there are no solids inside if they have thawed after being frozen. Make sure to use the right cap on each reagent to avoid cross-contamination and hold bottles vertical to get the right drop size.
  • Clean tubes. Testing tubes need to be thoroughly cleaned after each use and kept sealed to prevent contamination.
  • Water sample. Make sure to go at least a foot down into the pool water to get your sample. Fill to the right sample size, using the fill line as a gauge.

If you have trouble getting your pool water balanced, call in the professionals. You can waste significant amounts of time trying to get your water balanced. Let your local pool service balance your pool to make it easier to maintain or hire them to keep up with your pool maintenance for you.

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Premier Pool Enterprises
3502 Sixes Road, #108
Canton, GA 30114
(494) 496-5579

Top 3 Common Pool Owner Mistakes

Owning a pool is not simple – there are many different factors you must stay on top of to maintain and care for a pool. Mistakes happen, but some pool ownership mistakes can be very costly. If you want your swimming pool to be a benefit to your home and lifestyle, not a burden, here are three common mistakes you will want to avoid.

Poor Maintenance

You can save yourself time and money in the long run by keeping up with your pool maintenance. Proper cleaning can go a long way in preventing damage to equipment. Opting to use a pool service for your ongoing maintenance is worth the investment.

Right-Sized Equipment

Bigger is not always better when it comes to pool pumps and motors. Over-sizing a pump for the pool you have is a waste of energy and can put excess strain on the filtration and plumbing systems for your pool. Not only does it cost you more on your utility bills each month, you may end up spending more in repairs by having a pump that is too big, or too small, for your pool.

Water Levels

Pools lose water from use and evaporation. Letting your pool water level get too low can cause expensive damage to your equipment. Levels should be kept above the skimmer, either through manually filling as needed or by installing an auto-filler to maintain the right water levels.

By keeping an eye on these factors, along with proper circulation and chemicals, can help minimize problems with your pool to make ownership a breeze. Signing up for ongoing professional maintenance can help reduce your chance of pool issues and keep your pool in good condition for many years of enjoyment to come.

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Somar Pool Service & Repairs
4581 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331
(954) 840-8544

Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

If you do not use your pool during the winter months, it is best to winterize and cover it to keep it in good condition. Taking the time to clean and close it up will make it easier to get it started up again in the spring. Here are a few basics to close-up your pool and get it ready for winter.

  • Clean pool and lower water level. Clean the pool, skimmers and filters thoroughly. Drain pool below the skimmer level. Use an air compressor to blow out all the water from the pool equipment and lines through the skimmer. Remove all drain plugs and add antifreeze if appropriate for your area.
  • Remove all pool toys and safety equipment. Before you start preparing your pool for winter, pull out all the toys, floats, ladders and other equipment and put it away in your storage area. You don’t want anything that will make it difficult to seal and cover the pool.
  • Treat your pool water. Shocking your pool and adding winterizing chemicals can prevent algae growth and make it easier to clean your pool in the spring.
  • Install your winter cover. Covering your pool with a winter cover will keep out debris and help keep it sealed to prevent algae growth. You may want to add a leaf net if not all the leaves have fallen so you can remove them easily off your cover.

Winterizing your pool can keep it safe and prevent damage during the winter. You can save time and make sure your pool is ready for winter by calling your local pool company for a winterizing service.

Posted on behalf of:
Somar Pool Service & Repairs
4581 Weston Road
Weston, FL 33331
(954) 840-8544