Take a Break from Pool Cleaning

Has your pool become more of a chore than a place to chill? Swimming pools are a wonderful luxury to have at your home, but they do require ongoing maintenance. Cleaning, chemical balance, repairs and other pool chores can take hours of your free time each week. If you want to spend more time enjoying your pool instead of maintaining it, give yourself the gift of a pool cleaning service.

Many people do their own pool maintenance to save money. However, it is not easy or cheap to maintain your pool on your own. Scrubbing pool walls, scooping out debris, checking the water quality and adding the right chemicals need to be done constantly. Plus, filters need backwashing or replacing, and your pool pump and other equipment needs maintenance. Why not just hire a professional?

Pool Services May Cost Less Than You Think

It may seem like hiring a pool service is a waste of money, but you may be surprised on what the real cost is compared to doing your own maintenance. If you care for your own pool, you need to buy chemicals, equipment and use your valuable time to clean, drive to the pool supply store and complete weekly maintenance. When you add up the cost to do it yourself and look at the price of a professional pool service, it is more affordable than you may have thought. Plus, a professional pool service can help ensure your pool equipment is maintained, extending the life of pumps and other items that can be costly to replace.

Give yourself a break from pool cleaning and hire a professional. It is more affordable than you may believe and is worth every penny to give you more time to enjoy your life.

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

5 Ways to Improve the Safety of Your Pool

Enjoying your swimming pool with friends and family is easier when you know your pool is prepared for safety. Pools offer a wonderful way to relax, cool off and exercise, but they do pose a risk when safety is not a priority. Here are five ways to improve the safety of your pool to ensure everyone is protected from injury and health concerns.

  1. Water quality. Maintaining the right chemical balance keeps your pool water safe. Harmful bacteria can grow in pools with poor water quality. Make sure to check your pool regularly or hire a pool service to maintain your pool.
  2. Life preservers and floats. Even if everyone in your household can swim, you may have guests that are not great swimmers. Every pool should have life preservers and floats to aid someone struggling to stay afloat.
  3. Maintain pool equipment. Inspect and repair pool ladders, loose pool deck tiles and other equipment regularly to avoid injuries.
  4. Add a fence. Your pool should have a fence to keep it off limits to pets, neighbors and children when not supervised by you or another adult. Your pool fence should have a self-closing, self-locking gate.
  5. Check your pool drain covers. Broken drain covers can cause suction that can hold a child or small person underwater. Drain covers should be replaced if they are cracked or have loose screws and should be rounded in design.

Keep your pool safe for everyone by following these tips. Your local pool service can help you repair and maintain your pool to ensure it is a safe, healthy place to enjoy time with your friends and family.

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

Why Does My Pool Water Change Color?

When you were picking out the design and surface of your swimming pool, one of the factors you may have considered is how to make your pool water sparkle. Whether you wanted a deep blue or aqua like a lagoon, or a clear effervescent of a tide pool, you may be disappointed that the results did not quite meet your expectations. Your pool water may change color, both with time of day and depth. Here are some of the factors that can impact the color of your pool water.

Sunshine, Clouds and Dusk

One of the most impactful elements on your pool water is the sky. Your pool will look different in the bright sunshine versus a cloudy day. For most pools, the sunshine paired with a blue sky will bring out the best colors and make it closest to the shade you desire.

Depths of the Pool

A spa and pool with the same surface will have different colors of water, as will the shallow and deep ends of your pool. Depth impacts the color; only pools with even depth will have the same appearance throughout the length of the pool.

Glass, Quartz and Stone Beads

To achieve the best color reflections from your pool’s surface back into the water, choose surfaces that incorporate glass, quartz or stone beads. These accents can help create dazzling colors in your pool for the highest level of aesthetics.

If it is time to resurface your pool or you are choosing the materials for your new pool, keep in mind the pictures in pool catalogs only show one aspect of how the pool water will look. Talk to your pool contractor about the different options to obtain the closest recreation to the pool color you desire.

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

Hot Trends for a Cool Pool

Do you want a new swimming pool that transcends your backyard into a modern aqua oasis? If you are considering renovating your old pool or are ready to finally add a pool to your property, there are innovative options to create a stunning centerpiece for your yard. Consider these hot trends in pool design to add value and beauty to your home, giving you the coolest pool in the neighborhood.

Raised Pool Edges

While infinity pool edges drop off into the horizon, a raised pool edge gives you a spectacular enclosure to your pool. This design creates a well-formed outline of your pool and a perfect place to sit while entering or exiting the pool. This can also be an ideal way to add in a swim-up bar that is common at beach resorts, creating your own vacation spot in your backyard and a big hit at pool parties.

Darker Pool Colors

A dramatic look for your new pool can be accomplished using darker colors. Consider navy blues, dark grays or even black for the interior to give your pool a unique look that embodies depth and tranquility, versus the conventional lighter colors.

Uniform Depth

If your pool will be used by mostly adults or older children, consider a uniform depth pool. This gives a longer swimming area for achieving cardio benefits and has the added benefit of using less energy to keep heated.

There is no reason to settle for generic pool. Looking for more ideas to create a unique and trendy pool for your home? Contact your local pool design specialist to learn more about the latest trends in pool design and renovation options.

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Somar Pool Service & Repairs
401 East Las Olas Boulevard #130
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-800-0780

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

Tips to Make Your Next Pool Party a Hit

If you are planning a pool party at your home, you want everything to go perfectly. You want to have refreshing beverages and tasty poolside treats for your guests, as well as music and a festive vibe. While concocting a signature beverage for your party can be fun, you first need to think about the basics. Safety is the true key to making your pool party a hit, not what you serve to your guests. Here are some tips to ensure your pool will be ready for your party.

Give It a Deep Cleaning

Having many people in your pool is bound to push the PH balance to the limit. Give your pool a head start, with thorough, deep cleaning. You may want to hire a local pool company to scrub it down and balance the water to ensure it is ready for the extra stress on your pool. You also need to make sure the pool deck is squeaky clean to avoid slips and falls.

Inspect Your Pool Area

Check to make sure there is nothing that needs repair around your pool. Inspect railings, ladders and all equipment to make sure everything is sturdy and in good shape. You should have life preservers available in case of an emergency.

Appoint a Pool Supervisor

While you may not need an actual lifeguard, it is a good idea to have someone in charge of keeping an eye on the pool. Whether you will have kids at your party, or adults who may not be great swimmers, you want someone in charge of making sure everyone stays safe in the water.

Safety should always be the first priority at a pool party. Make sure the pool is clean and you have the safety precautions in place to ensure your next pool party is a hit.

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

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

4 Benefits of Updating Your Concrete Pool Deck

Many pools are constructed with a simple concrete pool deck when they are built. While perfectly functional, the gray concrete can leave quite a bit to be desired when it comes to style and comfort. If you are looking for a way to improve your pool area, you may be surprised what a difference updating your concrete pool deck can make. Here are four benefits of upgrading to a new style for your pool deck.

  1. Foot and knee comfort. Concrete can be rough on feet and knees. Options like stone pavers are gentler on the feet and are less likely to scrape knees when climbing out of the pool onto the pool deck.
  2. Add color. Pool deck coverings can be bright and beautiful. Choose from many different color options with tile or pavers to give your blue pool a delightful border.
  3. Patterns. Tired of the plain, gray pool deck? Your pool deck designer can help you choose interesting patterns for your new pool deck that will enhance the style of your pool area.
  4. Value. When it comes to the value of your home, your pool area can have a significant impact. Updating your pool deck can add value and beauty to your home that may serve you well if you decide to sell your home.

There are many options available for new surfaces for your pool deck that can improve the look and even make it easier to maintain. Contact your local pool remodeling contractor to begin exploring all the different materials, colors and designs to upgrade your pool deck for a new style for your outdoor area.

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Somar Pool Service & Repairs
401 East Las Olas Boulevard #130
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-800-0780

Choose the Pool Waterfall to Match Your Style

Do you want to upgrade your swimming pool with a waterfall? You may already have an image in mind of the waterfall you want, but you may not realize how many different options are available for pool waterfalls. From large, cascading “natural” waterfalls to contemporary designs that offer an artistic spray of water, you can find a waterfall that will match your style and add the movement and sound you want for your pool area.

Modern Arch Waterfalls

If you have a sleek or modern pool design, you may want to match your waterfall to your pool style with an arch design. These waterfalls are more like a spout that pours and arches water into the pool. The spouts come in many shapes and sizes, offering an artistic option to add water movement in your pool.

Traditional Rainforest Waterfall

For the traditional natural waterfall that cascades over rocks into your pool, you want a rainforest waterfall. These can be a small formation of rocks on the ledge of your pool or a large wall of boulders that showers water with a relaxing sound of moving, splashing water.

Water Wall or Water Curtain

Another option that is popular is the water wall or curtain. This uses a straight line of water that flows directly down, creating the wall or curtain of water. The sound is amazing and the design compliments many of the more modern pool designs like infinity pools.

To explore all the different options available in waterfalls and water features for your pool, contact your local pool remodeling contractor. You can find the perfect waterfall to match your style and improve the beauty of your pool area.

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

The Science of Finding a Pool Leak

Eventually, every pool will have a leak. It may be small, or it could be significant, but the design of encasing hundreds of gallons of water is bound to fail at one point or another. A pool can last for many years without a leak, but when one does finally occur, the best solution is detecting and repairing it as quickly as possible. A minor leak will only get worse if not repaired. The key is having a pool leak detection expert use the latest technology and methods to find the leak fast, so repair work can begin.

Throw Away the Bucket

The old “bucket test” is still viable for a pool owner to check if their pool is losing water, but it is far from accurate. There are many factors that can impact your water level on your pool, including evaporation and usage. When it comes to finding a pool leak, you want a pool leak specialist that has a scientific method for recognizing a pool leak and determining where it is located.

Pool leak specialists can use a computerized water measuring device that will indicate whether water is being lost in minutes – no waiting for days to measure the water in a bucket. They can also use tools to check the water pressure in the plumbing. Knowing how much the pool is leaking and narrowing down whether it is in the pool or in the plumbing is the first step in pinpointing the leak and ensuring it is repaired quickly.

If you are concerned that you have a pool leak, contact a pool leak specialist that uses the latest technology and tools to quickly find leaks and complete the repair.

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