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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ground Saltwater Pools

A saltwater design requires tests for chlorine and pH levels that may be adjusted with the relevant products. Ensuring that the generator is working properly can minimize the need to constantly adjust parameters to produce stable conditions. Assess all filtration and maintenance systems to keep the water clean and conducive for swimming throughout the year.

A test to examine the salt, calcium and alkalinity of the pool will need to be completed once a month. The ideal levels must be determined according to the size of the structure and the volume of water it contains. Applying corrective solutions ensures water remains clean and will not expose swimmers to harmful chemicals and harsh conditions.

Maintain the cleanliness of filters and equipment to produce maximum performance and prevent stagnant water from forming. The flow must be kept at a powerful rate to circulate the salt and the chemicals applied to prevent bacterial formation. Apply the correct tests and management of systems during the summer and the winter months to prevent complications and expensive repairs.

The saltwater generator will have to be carefully assessed including an examination of the cells where dirt accumulates. The most common problem that occurs with the equipment includes the formation of scale and grit that limits the efficacy of apparatus to keep the water well maintained. Cleaning the dirt that builds on the surface and repairing defective cells will minimize problems and facilitate the full performance of filters and systems.

Pools that are not properly covered will have to be maintained frequently to remove the leaves and debris that fall into the structure and cause problems with filtration and operational systems. The accumulation of sand and particles can scratch the bottom and side of the structure increasing risk of damage and the formation of scale. Keeping chemical levels in check and suctioning the sides and bottom will minimize strained function at a later stage.

Fiberglass Pools

Traditional swimming pool maintenance frequently requires the services of a professional but with a fiberglass pool there is virtually no maintenance needed. These types of pools are also made from strong composite materials, which makes them able to withstand drastic changes in the temperature. They also do not need to be relined or resurfaced. If you get a hairline fracture in the bottom of this pool it rarely irrevocably damages the pool structure.

Traditional swimming pools are normally made of plaster or concrete, which can affect the pH level of the water but with a fiberglass pool that level is never affected. Because the pH level is never affected it is not necessary to apply so many chemicals to the water. The water also does not need as much circulation since there are not that many chemicals in the water. When there is a decrease in water circulation the pool pump is not working that hard so the utility bills are not as high.

With traditional pools they will often absorb algae and make cleaning the pool difficult but a swimming pool made of fiberglass does not absorb algae. When there are algae present all you will need to do is use a broom or some other tool to direct the algae toward the main drain of the pool. It is easy to clean any rings left by sunscreen or body oil or dirt from a fiberglass pool. You just clean it as you would your bathtub by using a simple cleanser on a soft cloth or sponge to wipe them away.

Although there are more advantages than disadvantages with owning a fiberglass swimming pool, one big disadvantage is that water must remain in the pool at all times. If it needs drained and is not done correctly it could cause the structure to crack or buckle because of the pressure from the ground. If it needs drained you should contact the pool installer to do it or get the directions on how to correctly do it yourself.

Spa Pool Accessories

Steps and Handrails

If your spa pool raises at a considerable height above the patio deck, you should definitely consider getting a set of steps. These are designed to be fitted right next to the pool. They are extremely useful especially for small children and people with limited mobility. The handrails can also be of great help to those who require additional support to get inside. It is worth pointing out that often people with injuries or disabling conditions such as arthritis can experience great symptom relief by soaking into warm water and getting a gentle massage.

Pool Umbrella

This accessory can be truly invaluable. You will get excellent protection from the blazing sun on the hot summer days. You will not have to worry about rain ruining your outdoor spa experience. You will always be dry under the umbrella. Whenever you decide to enjoy the view or want to marvel at the stars at night, you can readily close it. This practical accessory can give you great privacy as well.

Cover and Lifter

You can expect the spa pool which you buy to come with a cover. It is usually included in the package. If not, you have to purchase it separately. The cover not only protects the water from insects, fallen leaves and other vegetation debris. It keeps it warmer for longer and helps to reduce your energy bill. The cover must have excellent insulating properties. It must fit over the pool perfectly to prevent heat from escaping.

If you get soft cover, you will benefit greatly from pairing it with a lifter. The lifter will save you time and effort and make covering and uncovering the pool a lot less messy. You should not expect any glitches with one of these functional devices.

Portable Hot Tub

Construction. You need to make sure your hot tub is built to last more than one season. There’s no real way to know this ahead of time, but as a general rule of thumb, the inflatable hot tubs with interior reinforced construction seem to hold up best.

Price. You can expect to find most inflatable spas to be in the $350 to $800 range. That’s a sizeable investment. But, it’s nowhere near the cost of an in-ground spa.

Warranty. Check out the warranty provided by each manufacturer before you buy. This will adjust your expectations and should furnish you with a customer service contact if you need new parts or – worst case – a replacement hot tub.

Jets. Again, just so you won’t be disappointed when you climb into your hot tub for the first time, pay attention to how many jets your hot tub comes equipped with. Generally, four-person inflatable units have 120 jets, while the larger six-person tubs have 140. And please understand that they produce a powerful stream of bubbles, not real jets of water, as you might be used to in the big commercial hot tubs.

Covers. When you are making your selection, try to make sure it comes with a suitable cover. If not, you’ll need to buy one separately. They are important in order to keep heat in from day to day and in order to keep things like falling leaves out.

Cleaning. This is an important weekly task. Try to ascertain how often the filters might need to be changed and what kind of chemicals you’ll need to keep the water nice and sparkling. Some of them come with chemicals. Some do not and must be purchased separately. If in doubt, scroll down and read the fine print and specs on the Amazon product page. Or contact the manufacturer. In most cases, a simple trip to your local pool supply store will get you what you need, no matter what brand you might have.

Reviews. If they’re available on the model you’re thinking about buying, check to see what people who have already bought the product have to say about it. The more five-star ratings and positive reviews, the better. Any product will have its share of discontented customers, for one reason or another. Take these reviews with a grain of salt, but see if you can tell what the company’s customer service department did (or didn’t do) to rectify the complaint.