Does Your Pool Need Resurfacing?

Does Your Pool Need Resurfacing?

How can you tell if your backyard swimming pool needs resurfacing? Unless something drastic happens -- such as your pool springing a leak -- it can be difficult for an untrained observer to tell. Pools don't last forever -- especially those that are in near-constant use, such as the pools of South Florida. With little downtime, there is constant wear and tear on your pool's surfaces. Walls and bottoms can become worn thin, pitted, and even damaged by the chemicals in the water, the contin...

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‘Is My Pool Leaking?’

‘Is My Pool Leaking?’

How can you tell if your pool has a leak? For most pool owners, believe it or not, it usually starts with a bad feeling that there's something wrong. Pools are continually losing water through evaporation, splashing, and due to weather events like winds or drier than normal air. But a pool that has sprung a real leak is dangerous because it can erode and weaken pool walls, spread quickly to other areas like the fill dirt that supports the pool walls and decks, and damage pumps, heaters, a...

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Set It and Forget It’ Pool Service

Set It and Forget It’ Pool Service

One of the worst feelings you can experience is the panic that comes with wondering if you forgot to do something. "Did I turn off the oven?" "Did I shut the garage door?" "Did I take the trash out for pickup?" Thoughts like these can be overpowering. They can even cause you to stop what you are doing to settle the issue -- even if it means turning around in traffic to return home and check. Pool Cleaning Worries Whether or not you cleaned your pool recently isn't something you ...

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Spring Best Time for Big Projects

Spring Best Time for Big Projects

Swimming pools require regular maintenance and cleaning. But periodically, they also require big projects such as resurfacing, repainting, or replacement of filters, pumps, or heaters. For many pool owners, spring is often the best time to tackle big projects that take pools out of service for a period of time. That's not to say pools aren't used in springtime. But they tend to be busier in summer, winter, and fall. Florida Tourist Season In South Florida, there is not really an...

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‘Can I Use My Swimming Pool During the COVID-19 Crisis?’

‘Can I Use My Swimming Pool During the COVID-19 Crisis?’

The COVID-19 crisis unfolding in the US and the world is causing a lot of anxiety. People are being warned to stay home as much as possible and follow "social distancing" protocols when in public such as staying six feet away from other people at all times and avoiding gathering in large groups for at least the next couple of weeks. But what about in your own home? What can you do to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus at home? And should you be concerned about doing everyday things like e...

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Spring Cleaning for Your Pool

Spring Cleaning for Your Pool

It's spring! That means it's the time of year for throwing open the windows, rolling up your sleeves, and tackling the deep home cleaning you have been putting off since New Year's. Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition in most homes. So shouldn't it also extend to your backyard swimming pool as well? This spring, consider adding spring cleaning for your pool while getting your house ready for summer. Long Winter Slumber In most places, outdoor pools have been pretty idle most of the ...

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‘How Often Should I Drain My Pool?’

‘How Often Should I Drain My Pool?’

Draining a swimming pool and replacing all its water is a long and cumbersome process. It can take hours or even days, depending on the size of the pool. And during all that time, the pool is completely out of commission. So the decision to drain your pool is not one that should be made lightly. Not only is there the inconvenience to consider, but also the expense. If you have a home water meter, you can expect a sharp jump on your next water bill if you replace all your pool water. So how...

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When Did You Last Change Your Pool Filter?

When Did You Last Change Your Pool Filter?

When speaking to new or potential clients, one of the first questions our pool technicians usually ask is, "When did you last change your pool filter?" You would be surprised by how frequently the response is "What pool filter?" It's not actually that surprising. When people purchase pools or have them installed by professional contractors, they rarely read through the instruction manual. Instead, they are anxious to jump in and have fun in their new pool. Pool Pumps 101 Most modern poo...

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Does Your Pool Need a Heater?

Does Your Pool Need a Heater?

In South Florida, there are plenty of backyard swimming pools without heaters. The sun is bright enough and the air is warm enough most of the year that a heater is unnecessary. Commercial pools like those found in health clubs, hotels, resorts, and public facilities often have heaters but they aren't used very often. So the question becomes is a heater even necessary? Should you invest additional money into your pool for a heater that you may not use very often, if ever? To Heat or Not to...

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Owning a Pool Can Be Hard Work

Owning a Pool Can Be Hard Work

When you are in the market for a swimming pool, you dream about splashing in the fun and sun with your family and friends. What you probably don't fantasize about is balancing chemicals, testing pH levels, changing filters, and removing debris from both the pool's bottom and the water's surface. What the pool company brochures don't tell you is that owning a pool is actually a lot of hard work. If you work in an area that gets hard winters, that means emptying out your pool every fall and ref...

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