How can I conserve water?

Enjoy your Swimming Pool, your already saving WATER!

Did you know that your SWIMMING POOL uses less WATER than it takes your neighbor’s to keep their lawn green?   California always seems to be in a drought!   Water conservation is on everyone’s mind, swimming pool water evaporates about 1.5 to 2 inches a week, taking this into consideration, it is not that much.  Compared to a green lawn, the average swimming pool uses about half the water per square footage, and think about the space your pool deck consumes, as a pool owner you are conserving water.  The average swimming pool about 400 square feet, consumes less water than sod of equal size, even after the swimming pool has been filled one time and maintained for one year.

Check out how you are helping conserve water by using this water usage calculator provided by LetsPOOLTogether!

Water Usage Everyone Consumes

  • Flushing a toilet – 5 to 7 Gallons each flush (low flow 1.2 Gallons per flush).
  • Taking a shower (regular flow), 7- 10 Gallons a minute.
  • Taking a bath 36 to 50 gallons (take a dip in your salt water swimming pool instead).
  • Brushing your teeth, 10 Gallons if the water is left running. Turn the water off while you brush.
  • Washing your hands, 2 gallons if your tap is left running.
  • Most households even pool owners water usage comes from doing laundry, hang it up if it is not dirty!

How to conserve water as a Swimming Pool Owner

  • Adding a swimming pool cover reduces water evaporation by as much as 90%
  • User your waterfalls, fountains and other water features to reduce water evaporation.
  • Keep an eye on your water level, have your pool tested for leaks, click hear to watch an informational video from LetsPOOLTogether.
  • Save water by replacing your DE filters with cartridge filters that do not require back washing.

There is also a new exciting product on the market COVERfree it reduces heat loss in your water aa well as water evaporation.  This new technology can save you money while offering the ability to save water (water conservation) by decreasing water evaporation. This product is NSF approved, even when the water is disturbed by swimmers, wind or your swimming pool pump COVERfree remains at the surface to protect your salt water or chlorine water,  from heat loss and evaporation.  Give us a call and we would be happy to discuss this great product and the savings it and water conservation it provides.

Is my swimming pool filter is working?

If you pool filter is working properly, your water should be clean and clear. Your swimming pool filter works continuously to remove dirt, leaves, bugs and other debris as well as other contaminants brought in by swimmers like dirt, bacteria, sunscreen and sweat. If you want to keep your swimming pool water crystal clear, your pool filters requires routine maintenance and cleaning so that it can perform the functions required throughout the year.

If your pool water appears to be cloudy even with routine weekly service, you should have your swimming pool filter checked. Without knowing if there is something wrong with your pool filter you could spend multiple days and waste money on chemicals or clarifiers trying to change cloudy pool water and not realize the dirt is simply re-circulating back into your pool. It is important to know if your swimming pool filter is working correctly and if the sooner the issue is addressed the cheaper expense your repair will be.

You can perform this test to see if your filter is returning cloudy water to your pool without taking apart your pool filter and doing a visual inspection. If you are not comfortable performing the test ask your pool service provider to do it for you or feel free to contact the experts at Aquatic Innovations Inc. do perform the test for you.

You will need about a cup of diatomaceous earth (DE) to perform the test on a DE or Sand Pool Filter. If you have a Cartridge Pool Filter use about a cup of cellulose fiber based filtration powder instead (diatomaceous earth can build up in the folds and cause excessive strain on the fabric of the pool cartridge filters).

Locate your swimming pool skimmer and add the diatomaceous earth (DE) or filtration powder directly into your skimmer. Watch as the media is drawn into your skimmer, this may take a few minutes.

Immediately after this happens watch your pool return ports or returns and see if you can visually detect cloudy water re-entering your swimming pool. If you can then you most likely have a filter issue and will need to address it right away.
I would recommend a filter visual inspection by a qualified swimming pool technician as soon as possible. The swimming pool filter should be disassembled and an inspection of each internal part to determine where the damage is.

If you have questions or concerns, we would be happy to answer them for you.

What is a Salt Water Swimming Pool?

Salt Water Swimming Pool is a pool that uses salt in the water to generate chlorine. It is simply a pool that uses a chlorine generator, which through the process of water passing through an electronic cell, produces sodium hypochorite or liquid chlorine. So, a salt-water pool is not a chlorine free pool. A Salt Water Swimming Pool  is a swimming pool that makes its own chlorine

How do i winterize my swimming pool?

Winterizing Your Swimming Pool

Many pool owners, mainly new pool owners, do not understand that just because you’re not swimming in your pool, does not mean you can forget about it as the weather turns colder. A swimming pool cannot be placed on the self or tucked away in a dark closet. As an end to end pool service company, handling weekly pool service and pool equipment repairs, the phone calls start to rush in as the weather heats up from pool owners that left their swimming pool un-maintained during the fall and winter months. The phone lines are flood with calls, pool owners wanting us to rush to fix what they let go during the winter; green swimming pool water, pool filters don’t seem to be working, pool pump not working, water leaking from pool equipment, and weird noises coming from their equipment.

The biggest mistake pool owners can make is dismissing their weekly pool service once the weather has turned cold, this could cost you more next spring to fix the issues that occur from neglect, unless you plan on maintaining it yourself. We understand many new pool owners did not know how important it is to winterizing their swimming pool and protect their swimming pool equipment form damage during the fall and winter, we are here to help.

As the hot sunny days start to drift away, as a pool owner it is time to start planning, what needs to be done to protect your swimming pool and pool equipment from the harsh cold winter days and nights. In Northern California usually towards the end of October is when the fun time splashing around with our children, enjoying a swim before and after work, or just lounging around the pool soaking up the sun starts to quickly come to an end.

If your swimming pool I located in the milder, warmer clients like Northern California, protecting your swimming pool and pool equipment isn’t as complex as pool owners living in areas that hit freezing temperatures.  However, even in these warmer client locations winterizing your swimming pool is important if you want to protect your investment and ensure your families’ swimming pool is ready when hot summer days return.

Take the time to review our tips to winterize your swimming pool, will help keep your pool and pool equipment well-maintained through the fall and winter. These easy steps will make it much easier and save money when it comes time to open your swimming pool when spring arrives once again.

1-Keeping your Water in Balance

Don’t forget your pool service in the winter months, your pool water still needs to be kept in balance to keep your equipment in good working order and keep algae from growing. Algae prefers the heat therefore, it is less likely to bloom in the colder seasons it doesn’t mean your pool can’t get it.  Just because you’re not using your swimming pool doesn’t mean dirt, debris, and algae can’t layer themselves on your pool plaster and pool tile. Maintaining your water’s balance between chlorine levels and pH is as important in the colder months as it is in the warmer months.  Don’t let your pool water turn green, it will take longer to clear and can damage your equipment and you could end up with costly repairs.

2-Keep Pool Plaster and Pool Tile Clean with Brushing

Don’t forget to brush your swimming pool during the winter, it is much like brushing your teeth regularly, your swimming pool plaster and tile needs to be kept clean all year long.  We recommend using a brush that is made of 50% nylon and 50% stainless steel.

3-Keep the Buildup of Leaves and Debris Out

Your pool equipment and your automatic pool cleaners will need to continue to run on a scheduled basis to keep the debris out of your swimming pool. With winter comes, wind, rain and falling leaves, broken twigs, bird nest and anything else that is not nailed down can land in your swimming pool. If you do not have an automatic pool sweep, Pentair’s Kreepy Krauly Legend Series (note link to our pool equipment page) can certainly take care of removal of larger debris from the bottom of your pool. If you do not have an automatic pool cleaner, you will need to get out regularly with a larger debris net, and manually remove the leaves and other items from your swimming pool. However, a leaf vacuum, such as a _ _ _ can do the work for you as well. Remember to keep your skimmer baskets and automatic cleaner bags emptied.

4-Keep Scale Buildup at Bay

The buildup of minerals on your pool plaster and pool tile is known as scale. The most common swimming pool scale is calcium buildup.  Calcium buildup can harm pool plaster, pool tile, and causes havoc with your pool equipment, if you have a salt chlorinator it can damage your salt cell.  Besides brushing you can use safe chemicals treatments such as Beautec, to prevent scale buildup as well as removes stains from your pool plaster and pool tile. Salt cells provide a warm alkaline environment, which attracts calcium. If you have a salt cell it will not turn on once your swimming pool water reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit therefore, we recommend you replace your salt cell with a dummy/pass-through cell, you can remove this calcium build up out of the equation.

5-Keep your Pool Equipment Running

Change the time your pool filter pump runs, set it to run its cycle during the coldest time period, this is generally between midnight and 6:00 AM, it could vary depending on where you live.  This will give your swimming pool the regular filtration needed and protection from freezing.

6-Swimming Pool Solar Panels

Swimming pool solar panels need to be drained to allow the water to drain out of the panels. It is also recommended to blow air through the collector to remove water that could be trapped.  This is also a great time to inspect the collector panel for damage and inspect the mountings, make sure they are secure and ready for winter winds.

 

As a pool owner remember practice due diligence, keep your swimming pool service up, maintain the balance of your pool water, brush your pool plaster and pool time twice a month, and swimming pool equipment maintained throughout the cold months.  Pool maintenance will make it easier, faster and less expensive to re-open your families’ swimming pool the following spring, and your family will be glad you did!

If you’re not sure what to do, give us a call, we can help you close down your pool for winter, provide tips and re-open next spring. I you are not comfortable doing routine weekly maintenance we can take care of that for you as well.

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