Your Weekly Pool Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Jim Riggs on Apr 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While Mother Nature is great at caring for lakes, oceans, and rivers, she's not so good at maintaining your swimming pool. (She is pretty busy, after all.) 

Of course, you're busy, too, but keeping up with your pool's weekly maintenance is still your job.

If you're wondering what that job entails, we have a checklist for you. As long as you're referencing this list on a weekly basis, your pool will stay looking great all summer long! Let's get started...

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How To Open Your Pool In The Spring

Posted by Jim Riggs on Apr 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We've sprung our clocks forward. The sun is staying up later and shining brighter. The kids have their new swimsuits. And you reached your summer body goal a month early! Okay, maybe not that last one.

Nevertheless, spring is here, and one thing you are ready for is to finally let your pool see the light of day.

But wait... How does this pool opening process work again?

We're glad you asked!

The last thing you want to do is rush into opening your pool without a clear grasp on the process. Lucky for you, we've created a step-by-step guide for a smooth pool opening this spring.

Let's get started!

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Salt Water Pools Vs. Chlorine Pools: The Pros and Cons

Posted by Jim Riggs on Mar 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

"Should I get a salt water pool or a chlorine pool?"

If you're asking yourself this question, the first thing you should know is that salt water pools do technically contain chlorine. The main difference between the two pool types is the process by which chlorine is added to the water. We'll explain this more later.

For now, you can keep asking yourself the salt water pools vs. chlorine pools question because we want to answer it.

However, since we can't honestly say one pool is better than the other on every level, we'll break down this dilemma with some pros and cons for both the salt water pool and the chlorine pool.

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Cleaning Swimming Pool Scum, Stains, and Scale

Posted by Jim Riggs on Oct 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are 3 common swimming pool water-line problems you can — and probably will — have to face as a pool owner: scum, stains, and scale. Not only will they ruin the aesthetics of your pool, they can actually damage your tiles or vinyl liner!

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Pool Tile Repair and Replacement

Posted by Jim Riggs on Oct 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Did you know pool tiles do more than just make your gunite pool look beautiful? They're actually there at the waterline to help keep your pool clean! You see, all of the sunscreen, deodorant, soap, hair gel, and body oils that swimmers bring into your pool water will stick to your tiles, which makes cleaning a breeze!

But, as with most things, time and prolonged exposure to the sun can wear down your tiles leaving them faded and even cracked or broken. Faded tiles aren't much to look at, and broken tiles can be downright dangerous, but fortunately both of these problems can be fixed with a little face lift!

Check out how easy pool tile repair and replacement can be:

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3 Easy Swimming Pool Leak Testing Methods

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Do you feel like you're having to "top off" your pool water a little too frequently lately? Do you suspect your pool has a leak, but don't want to call a service company until you're sure?

Luckily for you, diagnosing a pool leak is pretty easy! Here we've given you step-by-step instructions that will help you figure out if you have a leak at all, and if you do, identify whether the problem is in your plumbing or in your pool shell.

Just grab a bucket, some rocks or a brick, some tape or a marker, a piece of paper, and a pen and let's get started:

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6 Ways to Make Your Vinyl Pool Liner Last Longer

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Vinyl pools are a fairly cost-effective option for your pool installation. A vinyl pool's frame is constructed of galvanized steel inside the hole's perimeter, then concrete is poured along the exterior walls of the pool for added support. A mixture of concrete and vermiculite is hand troweled along the bottom of the hole, and then a vinyl liner is secured to the structural wall. If properly maintained, your vinyl pool liner should last for about 5-12 years.

Having a new vinyl pool liner installed is no cheap or easy task, so we totally understand why you'd want your current liner to last you as long as possible. To help you keep your liner in peak condition, here are 6 tips on how to increase your pool liner's lifespan:

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Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Swimming Pools

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are you in the early stages of buying a pool and trying to decide between a more traditional outdoor pool and a less-conventional indoor pool? We talk about outdoor pools all the time, but we haven't published much about indoor pools, so we thought we'd cover them this week to help you out.

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The Ultimate Pool Closing Checklist

Posted by Jim Riggs on Sep 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Labor Day is basically the unoffical end of Summer. Vacations are over, the kids are back in school, and most pools are now closed — or are closing — for the season. While you still have a few weeks to enjoy your own pool, it’s time to start thinking about closing it down for the year as we start getting closer and closer to fall.

We put together this comprehensive pool closing checklist so you can be sure everything will be closed down correctly and you won't be faced with any "surprises" when spring rolls back around:

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How to Prepare Your Pool for a Storm

Posted by Jim Riggs on Aug 26, 2016 12:00:00 AM

We're fortunate to be spared from blizzards that pile a half dozen feet of snow on the ground here in the southeast, but unfortunately we still have other weather issues we have to deal with. Some of the more severe weather issues we experience — like hurricanes and daily thunderstorms with heavy downpour — can be particularly rough on pool owners.

To help you protect your investment, we've listed several dos and don'ts that'll help you prepare your pool for a storm so that you won't have to experience any unnecessary cosmetic or structural damage:

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