How to choose the right Conroe pool builder.

So, it’s that time of year when all you want to do is lounge around by the pool and sunbathe. Wouldn’t it be so much more convenient for your journey to the pool to be simply stepping into your backyard? Once you’ve decided that you need a pool in order to fully experience the summer, you’re in for a long and arduous process. This guide will help you to select the best swimming pool builder to build your perfect pool that is best suited to your needs.

With all the of contractors that can be found in this area, not to mention the internet, finding the perfect one for you amidst that sea can be daunting. Fear not, though; the tips below will greatly aid you in choosing the best Conroe swimming pool builder for the job.

The first thing you need to do is check with neighbors and friends who have pools to see if they have any recommendations. It will also help you discern each contractor’s style. Most contractors are more than just builders; they are able to help you design a pool that caters specifically to your aesthetic tastes and will even help you to arrange your lawn furniture to the best effect.

Next, it’s time to assess what you have to work with. You need to come up with an estimate of how big your pool will be, and how much money you have to spend on it. This will help to narrow down the contractors available into the ones that are in your price bracket. Once you have done this, license and insurance information should be obtained before going through the various portfolios of the contractors to see which ones’ prior work seems to be most compatible with your vision of your pool. At every stage of this lengthy process, you should be narrowing down the list of contractors until it comes down to a decision of personal preference.

You will know the Conroe swimming pool builder you have selected is the right one by the number of questions he asks. A good contractor will be looking to you to provide direction with regards to materials and accessories, making sure that he gets at the very least your go-ahead if not your opinion on the material choices.

Once the deciding over the materials used is done, be sure to obtain a written contract along with an estimate. Such paperwork will save you a lot of time and stress later when it comes time to settle accounts.

When it comes down to the actual construction of the pool, it is important to entrust the work to the Conroe pool contractor you hired. While it is important to receive regular reports on progress, it is also important to ensure that you give them the space required to finish the work in a timely manner.

Once everything is completed, it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy the luxurious sensation of having your own personal oasis right in your backyard by the best swimming pool builder out there.

Pool problems check the Pool Wizard

RoysPool3-300x225Pool problem help & pool maintenance tips

Most pool owners have similar complaints about their pool water problems and say things like: “My swimming pool always turns green with algae!”, “My eyes and nose burn when I swim and I can smell the chlorine,” or “The swimming pool water is cloudy. How do I know if the water is safe for my kids?”

This site addresses these and other questions about pool water chemistry and swimming pool problems. Step by step guides take you through all aspects of pool water testing, balancing the water chemistry and general swimming pool maintenance. To make life easier, there are convenient water calculators to help you work out how much of each chemical you need. You can also work out the volume of your swimming pool or make conversions between gallons and liters.

The pages dealing with identifying and solving the most common swimming pool problems will no doubt be of use to all pool owners, pool maintainers and swimmers alike. Problems such as algae, cloudy water, swimming pool illnesses and chlorine smells are covered. Please feel free to request help on topics not covered on this site.

A section is devoted to the Pool Wizard, a fully patented revolutionary swimming pool accessory using natural minerals, which dramatically reduces pool maintenance and the associated pool chemical costs (such as chlorine, flocculant and algaecide). Never again will you have algae in your swimming pool. It even prevents and destroys the most stubborn black algae found in pool water. It kills bacteria and fungus too, with no maintenance required (apart from half an hour every 7 to 9 months).

A comprehensive glossary of swimming pool and pool maintenance terminology has been added. If you can’t figure out the pool manuals or maintenance guides, then this can really help to solve your problems.

Why not check out some of the satisfied users of the Pool Wizard and view some of the before/ after photos, or explore web sites in our pool and spa directory containing useful information relevant to swimming pools, swimming and pool water quality, hot tubs and spas (as well as a few of my own personal favorites).

Costs Vs. Long-Term Value

Screenshot_2A swimming pool can be a good investment if it is of the right size and you live in the right place — and if you’re willing to put in the time and maintenance effort to keep it in good shape. It’s important to carefully weigh the costs of installation and maintenance of a pool against the actual utility/value of the pool — which could be assessed in terms of how many months per year you get to use it. Here is more information to consider before you invest in this expensive addition to your home.

Resale Value

Swimming pools can increase the market value of your home, but you’ll probably be looking at returns of between 15 and 25 percent. That’s not a lot in resale value. It’s estimated that the cost to install a swimming pool averages between $5,000 and $12,800, depending on size, depth and accessories. This doesn’t even account for the cost of long-term maintenance, which includes chemical balancing, vacuuming and other care required to keep it in shape. In the end, you could be looking at an additional $250 for swimming pool maintenance every year. Is that worth the maximum 25 percent increase in home value you could get back?

Where You Live

if you live in a moderate climate where almost no one has a pool, your home is likely to attract fewer buyers when the time comes to sell. This could decrease the overall sale price of your home as a result. Pools are attractive in tropical climates with more hot months than cold — climates in which you’ll have two seasons rather than four. Buyers are also sometimes not interested in the maintenance and care that a pool requires.

Best-case scenarios in which your pool will add to your home investment are:

  • Everyone in your neighborhood has a pool.
  • You live in a tropical area.
  • Your yard has enough room for more landscaping or play areas in addition to the pool.

In short, your pool has the best shot of adding value to your home if you live in a hot, tropical area where neighboring homes have pools as well, whereas you might in fact end up with a negative ROI from installing a pool if you live in areas where there aren’t any pools in the neighborhood.

Gas/Propane vs Heat Pump vs Solar?

pool-heaters-9 Are you looking for a way to utilize your swimming pool for as much of the year as possible?  Today  we’re going to discuss the benefits of heating your pool, different heating options, and how much  each option costs initially and on a monthly basis.

Without a pool heater your swim season may only last three or four months, while the addition of a  heater will typically extend your swim season about two months depending on location and climate.   We all know how much kids enjoy the swimming pool and closing time can be kind of a bummer  but with a pool heater you and your family can maximize the fun.

There are three main types of pool heaters:

  • Solar
  • Heat Pump (electric)
  • Gas
  • Solar Pool Heaters are very efficient in southern climates year-round and extends swim time in northern climates. By using the sun’s energy the existing pool pump will circulate the water through the heater which will be typically located on the rooftop or on a frame constructed in the yard.  The down Solar heating requires a system equal to 50%-100% of the pool’s surface. While solar energy may be free, the pool pump must be running for the solar heater to properly operate which can increase your electric bill.
  • Electric Heat Pump amazingly, the electric heat pump is actually a form of solar energy. How is that possible?  Well the sun warms the air and that heat is pulled from the air.  This warm air is pulled in, enhanced, and transferred into the water, requiring temperatures of approximately 55+ to properly function.
  • Gas Pool Heaters use either propane or natural gas. Operating independently of outdoor temperature conditions, gas pool heaters burn the fuel within a combustion chamber all while your pool water runs through copper coils to then return to the pool warm.

Electric Heat Pumps are highly efficient costing owners on average $50-100 per month. We find that about 19 of 20 of our customers who install heaters choose heat pumps simply because of their dependability and low operating cost.  Electric Heat Pumps can extend the average pool use by 2-3 months depending on location/climate.  Going back to how a heat pump works will determine how long it will extend pool use per year according to location. Outside temperatures need to be around 55+ degrees so in an area such as Texas the heat pump will efficiently keep temperatures regulated almost the entire year.

So if you’re interested in heating your pool or just considering options for your future pool here are the three options and why electric heat pumps are a known favorite among a majority of our customers, plus who doesn’t enjoy saving a little cash?

Tips to Keep a Sparkling Clean Pool

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Cloudy water?
There are several things that you can easily do to discover why your pool has cloudy water

  • Check to make sure the pH levels are in proper range
  • Check the pool filter. Clean or replace if needed.
  • Check the pool sanitizer’s level. If it’s low, raise the level.
  • Call your Woodlands Pool Builder for additional help for chlorine stabilization, alkalinity, calcium hardness and heavy metals.

Test frequently
Depending on your usage, you should test the water frequently. Some users test the pH and chlorine every other day – others test once a week. During heavy usage and summer months, you can perform a daily test. And anytime you notice a change in water quality, get your test kit out and check the water quality.

When to clean, when to replace
Periodic backwashing will remove most dirt from a clean filter; however, over a period of time, grease, oils and scale can attack and build up on the elements. When this occurs, you should clean or replace your filter depending on the type of filter. NOTE: Check the filter if water is murky or water quality decreases.

Water clarifiers
A clarifier is designed to aid efficient filter operation by coagulating most materials that cause cloudy and hazy water. Because the presence of these materials increases the disinfectant demand, the use of a water clarifier can decrease pool maintenance costs.

Why filtration is important
Filtration is the mechanical way to remove visible matter from the water. The filter medium is designed to remove hair, dirt, tiny skin flakes, metal or calcium precipitates and other visible debris that would otherwise cause the water to be hazy and cloudy.

What does “Vacuum to Waste” mean?
When you “Vacuum to Waste” you are pumping the debris you vacuum out of the pool and sending the water to the waste line, and not through the pool filter. This method removes a large amount of water from the pool in a short time, so be sure the pool is full before you begin. Vacuum to waste is used for large amounts of debris and dirt.

The proper way to get rid of algae
First, you must add the algaecide according to the directions. If you don’t add the correct dosage amount, it won’t kill any of the algae. Also know that using the entire bottle of algaecide is ineffective. Not only will you spend additional money, large doses can lead to staining and foaming in your pool.

In addition to properly dosing your water, it is also recommended that the algaecide be added in the morning on a bright, sunny day for best results. Algae grow in the presence of sunlight. Adding algaecide during algae’s best growth time will increase intake of the algaecide and make it more effective. If black algae is present, brushing the algae at least once daily will also help expedite algae removal. Brushing the dead cells away makes the living algae more vulnerable to the algaecide.

Shock Treatment
Pool water composition always includes some undesirable elements that actually contaminate the water and reduce the efficiency of the disinfectant or sanitizer. Materials such as hair spray, suntan oil, cosmetics, perspiration and other organic material react to combine with the chlorine in the water to form “combined chlorine.”

Once “combined chlorine” forms, it acts as a very poor disinfectant, contributing to eye and skin irritations and the forming of unpleasant chlorine odor. Pools with this problem are often inaccurately accused of having too much chlorine.

Routine shock treatment is necessary to destroy combined chlorine compounds and restore the chlorine sanitizer to “free chlorine” efficiency. A pool can be shock treated by adding large doses of chlorine, commonly referred to as superchlorination, or by adding a non-chlorine shock such as GLB OXY-BRITE or Applied Biochemists SHOCKTRINE.

Knock out the chlorine smell
Most pools contain both good chlorine and bad chlorine. The good chlorine is called free chlorine and is capable of killing germs. Bad chlorine, on the other hand, is called “combined chlorine” and is a poor germ killer.

Too much combined chlorine in your pool causes the strong chlorine odor. When the combined chlorine level reaches 0.2 ppm or more, it is time to shock your water. Shocking will eliminate the odor.

How long before I can jump in?
With the exception of superchlorinating (which requires waiting until the chlorine level drops to recommended levels), you generally can use your pool when the chemical is dispersed. Fifteen minutes to one hour should be about right.

Swimming Pool Plaster Repairs

Swimming Pool Plaster Repairs

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Concrete swimming pools are the best pools that money can buy but when it comes to repairs, like to the interior surface of the pool, the repair costs can get very heavy, very quickly. The interior surface of a concrete pool is a very dense mortar that is troweled to a water resistant smooth finish. The base layer, or structure of a concrete pool, is made from concrete and steel reinforcing. Concrete however is porous which means that water would leak out constantly. In order to limit this problem, a very dense mortar layer, called plaster, is applied over the entire interior surface of the pool. The plaster layer is a very dense mortar, which reduces water permeability, however troweling the plaster when it is nearly already hard, called a “hard trowel” is where the majority of the water resistance comes from.
It is important to note that all concrete pools “leak” water. Concrete is porous, even plaster, and as such a small amount of water will always leach through the interior surface – this is normal for concrete swimming pools

There is no such thing as a waterproof concrete pool – only varying degrees of water resistance. The only potential “waterproof” concrete pool would be one that has an interior surface entirely comprised of Laticrete backed tile which is a cementitious layer engineered to be fully water proof. Almost no residential concrete pools are all tile, and of the few that are all tile, very few (almost none) were installed using the Laticrete system. What does all this mean to you as a pool owner? It is important to understand some truths about how concrete pools work, how they leak, and what realistically you can do about it. If you have a concrete pool with an older or failing interior surface (plaster) then the information on this page will help you to understand what the concerns are, and what kind of repairs you can do on your own to limit or potentially eliminate the problem.

How To Fix Pool Plaster

Now that you have a better understanding to how pool plaster works, how it fails, and how it differs from painted interior surfaces, we can start to look at how you can perform repairs to your pool plaster. While resurfacing your entire pool with plaster may not be a DIY level project, you certainly will be able to make repairs to cracks, holes and delaminated areas with a little instruction. In order to understand what kind of repairs you should be able to do we should first look at the different ways that pool plaster can fail:

crazing in pool plaster
Crazing – Crazing is a network of spider cracks that appear in concrete due to the contraction of the surface layer as the concrete cures. Since concrete shrinks as it cures the development of crazing will set in shortly after new concrete has been finished. This typically would appear within one to three days after a new plaster resurfacing. Most commonly the crazing will not be visible, or be only minimally visible when wet or underwater. Crazing will be most apparent when the pool surface is dry and you spray it with water. The miniscule cracks from the crazing will have a dark contrast when compared to the rest of the plaster layer. Crazing usually does not actively leak water although it will incrementally increase the rate at which your interior surface leaches water to the substrate layer. Since crazing cracks are so shallow they can almost not be detected by feel and are not something that you can patch over in your pool. To minimize crazing when resurfacing a concrete pool you want to apply the new layer well before any direct sunlight or heat touches the plaster. A 6 hour plaster project often would be started around 5 or 6 in the morning. This way by the time the heat of the day and the direct sunlight are on the pool, the plaster has been finished.

Non structural cracks – A non structural crack in a concrete pool refers to a crack in the interior surface layer (plaster) and not through the concrete shell. There are many reasons that a crack might develop in your plaster layer however most of these would be from the initial placement of the plaster. Cracks that develop later in the life of the plaster are most likely to be due to a crack in the shell layer to which the plaster is bonded. A non structural crack in pool plaster that develops later in the life of the plaster will almost certainly be a result of a delaminated area of plaster. This could be from poor bonding of the plaster layer in the pool which allow pool water to access a pocket in between the shell and the plaster.

cracks in a poolStructural cracks – A structural crack in a concrete pool will present itself in mostly the same way as a non structural crack. For you, the pool owner, both look the same in that all you can see is a crack in the interior surface of the pool. There are a few different ways to differentiate between structural cracks and non-structural cracks in a concrete pool. The first is simply the location, length and depth of the crack. I would expect a non-structural crack to be smaller, narrower, shallower and shorter than a structural crack. Any crack that runs for more than a linear foot or two is highly suspect of being a structural crack. Typical symptoms of structural cracks might be crack that runs the width or length of the pool in any orientation, floor or walls, as well as any crack that segments an entire section of the pool such as a crack from the main drain to each of the deep end corners in the pool. Aside from visually inspecting the cracked areas to see if the crack continues past the plaster layer and into the shell, you can also try dye testing the crack to see if it is actively pulling water. If you need more information on how to dye test you can find this information in this pool leak detection article. If it is determined that you have a structural crack in your pool this is a very bad situation to have. Patching and new plaster will not stop a structural crack from leaking, or getting worse, unless the crack is no longer migrating. There are some rare cases where a pool will settle, perhaps due to a one time environmental event such as a leak or flood, and it will crack structurally but cease movement after cracking. If you have a crack that is completely stationary then you may be able to fix the leak with an inject-able urethane followed by a water stop concrete patch.

Delaminating – Since plaster is only around half an inch thick it is not very strong on its own. When applied over the concrete shell of the pool it must be bonded. Bonding concrete involves removing all grease, oil and dust from the shell, and applying a bonding slurry over the concrete shell, and then plastering over this bonding layer. There are a number of things that can go wrong with this process that can result in the plaster delaminating, either right away, or within a few years. If the existing concrete layer is dirty, greasy or has any physical debris then this will certainly prevent a strong bond between the plaster and the shell. If the shell concrete is too dry when plastered this can also cause a delamination between the layers. If the bonding layer itself is allowed to dry too much before the plaster is applied over it then this could also cause a delamination. Finding delaminated plaster in a concrete pool is actually very easy with the only exception being that the pool needs to be emptied. Dragging any heavy tool such as a hammer, or heavy screwdriver handle over the pool plaster will reveal any delaminated areas. Any areas that are delaminated will sound very hollow, so much so that you would be hard pressed to not be able to tell the difference. Any plaster areas that sound hollow have already delaminated and will likely continue to crack and get worse unless you remove them and patch these areas.

Pool Closing Supply Checklist

Today we present a helpful checklist of everything you need to close your pool like a professional, and ensure an easy and inexpensive pool opening in the spring.

Pool Anti-Freeze: There is one thing that all pools have in common from Intex pools to elaborate custom inground pools: After you blow the water out of your pool’s plumbing it is always better to be safe than sorry and protect the lines with Non-Toxic Pool Anti-freeze. Pour it into the skimmer, or use a funnel and hose to drain it into return lines or pool cleaner lines. Do Not use in pumps, filters, heaters or chlorinators – pipes only.

winter-pool-plugs-intheswimWinterizing Plugs: In many sizes, threaded plugs and rubber expansion plugs all serve the same purpose and that is to plug the skimmers, returns and cleaner lines. Winter plugs keep water Out of your pool’s plumbing and to keep the anti-freeze In the pipe. One of the smallest, least costly accessories for closing your pool is also one of the most important. Without pool plugs, your pool cannot be considered really “closed”.

chlorine-free-pool-shock-intheswim-smChlorine-Free Pool Shock: Another versatile universal pool closing go-to is our oxidizing non-chlorine shock. It’s safe for any pool surface, and helps your chlorine by burning-off dead chlorine cells to create more free chlorine in your water. It will not affect your pools pH level or add calcium, binders or cyanuric acid to the water. One of the best reasons to close a pool with non-chlorine shock is that it won’t break down winter algaecides, like chlorine shock will if both are added at the same time.

winterpill-from-intheswim-smAquaPill’s WinterPill: Unlike the indie rock band band from Massachusetts Winterpills, the WinterPill is a winter pool chemical that combines enzymes, clarifiers, stain fighters, and scale treatment into one set-it-and-forget-it pill.  All you have to do is poke a hole in the the pill with the provided pin and drop it in the water. It does the rest of the work and slowly releases the solution throughout the winter. For both above and inground pools.

Spring & Fall Pool Magic Spring and Fall + PhosFree: Another popular winter pool treatment combines two of Natural Chemistry’s products, Pool Magic and PhosFree. Pool Magic has enzymes specially designed to work best in cold water, and with a  tremendous appetite for dirt, oil and grime. With the phosphate remover Phos-Free, algae will not have the nutrients it needs to grow in your pool as the water warms-up in Spring. Great for any pool owner, but especially useful for pools with mesh safety covers that allow fine particles and sunlight to sift through.

ultimate-winter-kit-smUltimate Winterizing Pool Kit: Save money with an In the Swim Winterizing Pool Kit. Dr. Pool’s closing kits are chlorine free, so they’re safe for all pools and all pool surfaces.  The Ultimate kit has a bottle of Metal Free and also Pool Magic+Phosfree, 3 lbs of Non-Chlorine Shock, and a slow-release floater with 4 lbs of winter oxidizer (chlorine free). Also available is the less expensive Winter Kit which features the same products as the Ultimate Kit but with Winter Algaecide and Stain Away instead of the Natural Chemistry Products.

water-bags-water-tubesWater Tubes: For inground pools without a safety cover, the humble water bag, or water tubes. It’s the pool product that everyone hates to buy, but every year you need to buy at least a six-pack of water tubes to replace those that pop holes. Double tubes are best, because they are still usable if one side gets a hole. Instead of water tubes, try Aqua Bloks, 3 ft long plastic water tubs with a snap-on lid. Don’t use bricks, blocks or lumber. Besides looking bad, it could damage your pool cover.

cover-pump-for-pools-aquaproCover Pumps: Solid winter covers have the added benefit of not allowing sunlight through, which can lead to an algae bloom, and they are not mesh so they prevent dirt, pollen and other unwanted debris from passing through as well. However, they also do not allow rain water or snow melt through either. Automatic cover pumps are activated when a small amount of water collects turning on to pump off the water, thru an attached garden hose. Large cover pumps like the AquaPro 1/3 hp can also be used for lowering pool water level, draining hot tubs, boats or flooded basements.

wetdryvac-smA Wet/Dry Vac: Perhaps a Shop Vac isn’t the first thing that pool owners think of when they think of pool supply necessities. No pool can be safely closed with water still in the lines, and no one wants to run the risk of burst or cracked plumbing due to water freezing. A large shop vac (5 HP) can be used to blow out skimmer and return lines. To blow out pool pipes best, and to force water out of main drain lines, use something like the Cyclone Vac to get enough air volume and pressure.

pool-heater-coverCovers, covers, and covers: A pool cover is de rigueur of course, but we have other covers too. For inground pools with solar cover reels, the Solar Reel Cover protects your solar blanket from sun and snow. It’s a cover for your cover! And using a Pool Heater Cover protects your heater from moisture, debris and critters. Cover the surface of diving boards to add years to its lifespan. Nobody wants to jump off a cracked and peeling board and a simple Diving Board Cover can keep that from happening.

credits to: Ryan Dornan

What makes your woodlands pool builder great?

Admit it: you have heard at least one horror story from a friend about people who have gone through horrible experiences during swimming pool installation. Maybe the contractors didn’t show on time or the work ended up being too expensive or the quality was poor – the stories have no end. While some of them might be true, most of them are probably just tall tales. If you want to create your very own backyard paradise in your home in the Woodlands, you can stay away from such horrors by learning what to look for in the Woodlands pool contractors to make sure building and buying your swimming pool goes as smoothly as possible. Here are the things you will need to take into consideration first:

Contracts

Never get a swimming pool built before getting a legal binding contract which states every responsibility and right that you have as clear as crystal. Reputable pool contractors would never go ahead without one anyway and you should not, either.

Experience

Building a gorgeous backyard swimming pool does not get done overnight. When it comes to custom swimming pools, the construction and art in themselves could take quite some time to master. The Woodlands pool contractors of the best quality bring lots of experience with them. However, do not cast them aside if you find one that is quite new to the business just yet. Instead, try to find experience within the management or ownership group first.

The Process – 

Getting a swimming pool built is probably a huge deal for you, so it should be a huge deal for your pool contractor, too. Search for the Woodlands pool companies that offer up step-by-step guidelines that take you into consideration before anything else. This process needs to start with a thorough consultation that will help the contractor pinpoint your exact needs and wishes. It should then follow up with a thorough design phase before constructing the actual pool. Good contractors should always provide their clients with final visual representations of the designs and it would be essential for you to review this design to ensure that it meets your personal wishes before proceeding with the pool’s construction.

Reputation

The Woodlands pool contractors that are great will have a good reputation overall. The greatest ones will even have endorsements from their old customers. After all, whenever a job gets done or exceeds initial expectations, what customers tend to do is share that experience with other people.

Pool contractors need to be able to prove to possible clients that they have done good jobs in the past, especially when it comes to custom designed swimming pools. If contractors do not have work portfolios to show, you will definitely need to speak up and ask why.

The Woodlands pool contractors for hire all need to be looked at thoroughly. By taking your time in reviewing every possible option out there, you are sure to find the ideal pool contractor that can give you exactly what you need without a scary horror ending.

Protect Your Pool from Freeze Damage

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Inground Swimming Pools
If your area is subject to frequent hard freezes…make sure the pool is clean and clear prior to closing.
Properly balance pool water. Also add shock treatment (chlorinated or non-chlorinated).

Lower the water level to below the skimmer.

Clear pipes and equipment of water using a blower or compressor and plug the pipes at the pool.

Add swimming pool antifreeze to the lines to prevent freezing.

Place a Gizzmo* (or similar device) in the skimmer to seal it and absorb pressure from ice. Ask your local Pool Retailer for more details on the Gizzmo for your skimmer.

Install your safety cover or winter tarp cover using water tubes to secure.

In milder climates…
Make sure that the pump is running during periods of below freezing temperatures.

Keep the water properly balanced and sanitized throughout the off-season months.

Some pool owners also choose to install a Winter Cover or Safety Cover.

Pool Fact: Pumps should be kept running during freezing temperatures or completely drained during the winter to avoid a risk of damage to the pump, filter, heater, pipes, and any other in-line equipment.

Above Ground Swimming Pools
Properly balance pool water. Also add shock treatment (chlorinated or non-chlorinated).

When preparing to winterize the pool, do not drain water below the recommended level. NEVER DRAIN POOL COMPLETELY.

Lower the water level to below the skimmer opening and plug return(s) in the pool. Install the skimmer faceplate cover.

Clear pipes and equipment of water and insulate them. Remove and store your pump.

Install the air pillow and then the pool cover.

Store your pump, hoses, and other in-line equipment that can be removed.

Common reasons why above ground pool walls could collapse or fail:
The skimmer catches water which then freezes, causing the skimmer to become too heavy for the wall to support. This eventually causes the wall(s) to collapse.

An ice expansion pushes out against the walls, causing the walls to buckle under the immense pressure and weight of the ice.

Spa Fact: Spas are designed to run and be enjoyed throughout the winter months. However, it is recommended that you lower the water temperature when the spa is not in use.

Recommended Products:
Freezing can create costly damages to your swimming pool or spa. The best way to protect your pool or spa from freeze damage is to prevent it from happening. Properly winterizing your pool and following these tips can prevent freeze damage from destroying your backyard paradise. We recommend the following products to aid you in your freeze damage prevention.

Winterizing Kits for correct chemical balance throughout the winter months and protection of all non-mechanical elements of your swimming pool.

Blowers clear pipes and equipment of water prior to being plugged and insulated to protect them from the elements.

Skimmer Faceplate Covers prevent your skimmer from retaining water which can freeze and possibly damage the pool wall.

Gizzmos are designed for inground skimmer ice expansion protection.

Water Tubes and Air Pillows are used under winter covers for ice expansion prevention.

Balancing and Shock Chemicals or Anti-Freeze

Blower/Compressor

Winter Plugs

Pool Caulk Damage—Replace or Repair?

Pool Caulk DamageIf you live in an area of the country that reaches freezing temperatures, pool caulking can help prevent freezing water cycles (or extreme heat) that can damage the foundation of your pool. But when and why should you replace it, and how often do you need to repair it?

Why and When Pool Caulking Needs Your Attention 

As a rule of thumb, you should plan on repairing your pool caulk about every five years. Some areas of your pool caulk can wait until about ten years, but you want to keep an eye on it—neglecting fractured pool calking can cause pulling away and cracking that can become very expensive to fix. If only a small part or section of the pool calking needs to be fixed, it’s not difficult to do by yourself. Use a sharp razor knife, and cut out the section that needs to be replaced, and fill it with new caulk. Just keep in mind that the new caulk will have a brighter color than the old, original caulk (which will appear duller in appearance.)

Is It Necessary to Hire a Professional?

If you’re  repairing pool caulk for the first time, stick to a self-leveling pool caulk. This is much easier for amateur do-it-yourselfers than caulk such as gun grade caulking  follow these guidelines so it’s as smooth of a process as possible:

  • Measure how much caulk you will actually need, and then purchase extra.
  • Invest in a high quality razor knife. Carefully cut out the section that you want to replace.
  • Make sure that the joint and deck are clean. Before adding new caulk, remove any dirt or debris from the area.
  • Keep your children and pets away from the pool. Many amateur DIY’s find that the process is going well, only to find little paw prints in their newly applied wet caulking!

Replacing or repairing pool caulk doesn’t have to be a different process, even if you’re doing it yourself. It does require the right equipment and material, and a smooth hand when replacing the new caulk. Whether you want to replace the pool caulking yourself, or you are interesting in hiring a processional

 

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