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Cleaning Your Hot Tub Filter – A Tutorial

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you own a hot tub, you’ll know that it’s important to have it serviced regularly by a qualified pool contractor.  However, you can carry out general cleaning and maintenance tasks yourself.  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to deep clean your hot tub’s water filter. Why clean out your hot tub filter? Although your hot tub filter might look clean at first glance, remember that it has been exposed to soap, suntan lotion and natural body oils during the season.  All these substances can easily clog the filter and compromise the flow of water through your hot tub. Every couple of weeks or when the hot tub is in heavy use, it’s a good idea to remove the filter and flush it through with fresh water from your garden hose.  You should also deep clean your filter on a monthly basis to keep it free from large deposits of debris that a simple flushing might not shift. Here’s how to do it. What you’ll need concentrated filter cleaner (available from your pool supplies store) large bucket hot water garden hose How to do it First of all, turn off all electrical power to the hot tub and take out the filter.   Use your garden hose to flush the filter to get rid of any large bits of surface debris that may be clinging to the pleats.   Next, fill up a bucket with hot water and add concentrated filter cleaner, as per the manufacturer’s directions.   Place your filter in the bucket so that it is fully covered.  Leave the filter to soak in the solution for at least an hour or for a longer period if the filter is extremely dirty.   Now, remove the filter from the bucket and give it a really good rinse through with your garden hose on a medium pressure.  This should get rid of any clinging bits of muck and cleaning product residue, leaving the filter looking like new.   Replace the filter in the hot tub; there’s no need to wait until it has dried. An important point to note here is that you should replace your hot tub filters at least annually.  This is because filters lose their efficiency as they age, affecting the performance of your hot tub and possibly compromising its hygiene. It’s a good idea to ask your hot tub services technician to replace the filter during their routine annual service visit so that you don’t lose track of when the filter was last...

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Choosing what shape you want for your custom designer pool

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Buying a custom designer pool means that you can decide to have it made almost any way you want it. This is a clear advantage as you will be able to choose every single aspect of the pool in order to make it fit your lifestyle and your home as well as possible. However, there are a lot of decisions that you need to take that might not be all that simple. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is what shape your pool should have. To make an informed decision about the shape of your pool, there are a few things you should know. Rectangular A rectangular pool is the most classic type of pool. This type of shape is ideal if the main purpose of your purchase is to exercise, as the rectangular shaped pool is the best one to do equally long laps in every time. It makes use out of the space it has been given, but for a proper exercise pool, you’ll need quite a large garden that can host this type of pool without it taking over the premise completely. As this shape is also so common, it might be the cheapest type of custom designer pools, meaning you will have the money to customise it in other ways than shape; such as special lighting, depth variations, and material being used. Oval Oval pools are special in the sense that they tend to look softer and less formal than rectangular pools, but still inhabit the abilities of a rectangular pool that make them appropriate for exercise and water sports, making them good family pools. This type of pool also requires quite a lot of space in your garden, and it’s not very efficient at making use of the space. It will require the same amount of space as a rectangular pool, but with you losing the extra pool space of the corners. An oval pool is therefore mostly preferable to a rectangular one only as an aesthetic choice. Kidney shaped Kidney shaped pools are especially popular if you want your pool to be a place for relaxation rather than exercise or play. These types of pools look more natural than other types of shapes as they resemble natural water gatherings. Therefore it’s an excellent type of pool to incorporate in a larger landscaping project. For making it look even more natural, you can also opt for dark blue tiles or hanging plants over it. These pools are not very space efficient, but as they are more appropriate for relaxation than sports, they can be made small enough to fit even in gardens that don’t have a lot of additional space without taking over the...

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Pool pump basics | Expert maintenance tips

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As with any other machinery, maintaining a pool pump can greatly prolong its lifespan. You need to ensure that it’s always working as it should be, because this is your pool’s main piece when it comes to the pools plumbing system. It pumps gallons and gallons of water, pushing it though the pipes and ensuring the whole system is functioning as required. The least you can do is conduct a weekly check to ensure everything is running as expected. So if you’ve got a swimming pool pump, then here are some of the top maintenance practices you should have. Clean it out Cleaning prevents algae and mould from attacking your pump’s interiors. It also guards against cobwebs and debris that can cause the pump to clog. Be thorough when doing your cleaning, and dust off the pump and its surrounding areas. Also clean the filters to ensure that there is free flow of water through the pump. This will assist in reducing the effects of wear and tear on the pump. However, don’t lubricate the motor. Applying lubricant on the pump only damages its seals and increase its chances of corroding and being damaged by debris. Pressure gauge checks Remember to check the pressure of the pump and ascertain that it is within normal bounds. Check your owner’s manual for this, because different pumps have different recommended pressure levels. This reading normally depends on the pool size and pump’s horsepower. A few psi units off shouldn’t alarm you, but once this number gets to above 10psi off, then you should get worried. Running at a higher pressure strains the pump, so the best move is to immediately backwash it and clean out the filters. Check the basket and O-ring Also clean out the strainer basket during your weekly maintenance. Depending on your pump’s architecture, the basket’s location may be different, so refer to your owner’s manual. While you’re at it, also check on the O-ring or gasket. It’s an elastomer loop with a round cross-section designed to create a seal at the lid of the pump. Look for any signs of deterioration or cracking, and if present, immediately replace the O-ring. Failure to do so may give rise to even more serious problems such as leaking. Usually, a worn out or cracked O-ring is characterised by a noisy sound as the pump runs. That should be your warning sign. A frequent check of these parts will ensure you spot trouble way before it evolves into tougher problems. You’ll not only be saving your pump from destruction but also maintain your pocket’s healthy financial state. For more information, contact a pool equipment supplier like Pooltime, or work with a local pool maintenance...

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Swimming Pools | 4 Steps To Ensure Your Kids Remain Safe In Your Backyard Pool

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your kids probably want to get into the water on the first day of summer, but before you let them in, you must consider the safety aspects involved with owning swimming pools. According to the Royal Life Saving (RLS) Drowning Report, swimming pool drowning accounts for nearly 61 percent of deaths due to drowning for children below five. To prevent accidents, you’ll want the contractors to install safe materials for pools at all times. Apart from swimming pool installations, you can also undertake some steps to ensure your kids remain safe in your backyard pools. Apply Your Own Rules Every household is different, so why not apply your own safety rules to your backyard pool? These rules need to be made known to your children and enforced strictly at all times. Kids tend to forget rules conveniently, so be sure to write them down in prominent places for your children to read at all times. For example, you could put up rules like: Don’t run around pools Shower before swimming No drinking bottles near pools No swimming without adult supervision No electrical appliances around the poolside Instilling these simple rules in your children’s minds will ensure that pool safety rules are followed. You can apply your own rules based on your specific pool needs. Make Sure Your Kids Are Only Allowed To Swim Under Your Guidance At All Times According to the same report, absence of adult supervision was the cause of accidental child drowning in 94 percent of the cases. That’s why you’ll want to enforce a parental guidance rule for your backyard pools at all times. Parental guidance is vital because it is highly dangerous to allow kids to venture into pools unsupervised –– evident from the alarming drowning statistics. Make sure you’re not distracted when your kids swim. You may also want a pool contractor to install safety fencing around the pool to prevent your kids from sneaking into it when you’re not around. Know First Aid Knowing first aid will help you in case of any pool emergencies. This could be the difference between life and death, and you certainly don’t want to play around with your child’s life. You can learn first aid at a local community club or leisure centre. The course will teach you to administer CPR for different age groups. Place a resuscitation chart on your pool fencing to refresh your memory if necessary.   Teach Your Kids To Swim From A Young Age Most people own pools because of the fun it brings to children. Make sure your kids learn to swim when they’re young, so that they feel at home inside a pool. This will make it easier for them to navigate through water. You can send them for professional lessons or teach them on your own. These safety steps are necessary to protect your children in pools, so be sure to follow them...

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Do You Need a New Swimming Pool Liner? Five Questions to Help You Decide

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Wondering if it’s time to replace your pool liner? In some cases, you can simply repair blemishes, but there are a number of signs that indicate your pool liner has outlived its lifespan and needs more than a repair. To determine if you need a new liner, work your way through these easy questions: 1. Is the existing liner fading? Before filling up your pool for the season, look over the liner for discolouration or faded patches. Most contemporary vinyl liners contain chemicals that help them resist fading, but even with these elements, sun exposure can eventually start to wear down old liners. As the sun fades the liner, its plasticisers start to deteriorate, and it becomes brittle and prone to cracking. Fading on its own doesn’t necessarily indicate that you need a new liner, but fading is often a precursor to cracks which can necessitate a liner replacement. 2. Does your liner have cracks? Like discolouration, cracks don’t always mean you need a new liner. However, cracks almost always indicate that the end of your liner’s lifespan is nigh, and you may want to start saving for a new liner. To see if your cracks warrant an immediate liner replacement or if they are still mostly superficial, you need to see if they leak. 3. Do your cracks leak? If water is leaking out of your liner’s cracks, it is definitely time to replace your liner. To tell if your cracks are leaking, grab a wax pencil and draw a line on the liner at the top level of the water. Put on the pool’s cover to ensure none of the water evaporates. Wait 24 hours and check the level of the water. If it is at the same level, you don’t have to replace the liner, but if the level has dipped, you need a new liner. 4. Is your liner slipping out of its track? Around the top edge of every liner, there is a track that holds the liner in place. If your liner has slipped out, you can sometimes slip it back into the track, but if it is impossible to slip back into the track, the liner has likely stretched and needs to be replaced. When your liner stretches, water slips over its edges and gets in between the liner and the concrete of the pool. This can damage the pool, and ideally, you want to talk with a pool renovation specialist about replacing the liner before the damage spreads. 5. Are there wrinkles around the liner? Even if your liner isn’t loose in its track, look at it to see if you see wrinkles or sagging. Both of these clues indicate that water is being held behind the liner, and they are a sign that the liner needs to be replaced. For more signs that your pool may need a new liner, contact a pool renovation specialist....

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What to Expect During Your First Pool Maintenance Appointment

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you have a swimming pool installed or when you buy a home with a swimming pool, you may not be used to pool maintenance appointments. Depending on the company, there may be certain services they will perform and others that will cost extra. In general, there are a traditional tasks that will be available during all your maintenance appointments. Here are a few tips on what to expect during the first appointment. Water Testing Most pool companies will perform some form of water testing during the first maintenance appointment. This is to ensure the pH of the water is at normal levels and the testing helps determine which chemicals will need to be used in your pool for cleaning. The water testing will also help the pool tech determine if there are any issues that you should know about or anything that you will need to change in your own routine water treatments. Filter Changing Just like with your car and air conditioner, the filter in your pool will need to be cleaned and changed. Depending on the type of filter you have, this could mean just switching out an old filter for a new filter or it could mean replacing the filter media. If your filter uses media it could be using glass, sand or even pearl-like filtering systems. If it uses a traditional filter, then your pool tech will replace the filter cartridge with a clean one. You will also be notified of the next time you will you need to change the filter or have the tech come to the home and change it for you. Robotic Cleaners One of the steps the pool technicians may do during your pool maintenance appointment is use a robotic cleaner. These cleaners are dropped into your pool and will run along the bottom of the pool for the full length of the area. They will clean any debris, mould or algae that has developed. The technician may also scrub down the sides of the pool for the robotic cleaner to pick up during it’s cleaning routine. These are just three of the steps your pool maintenance technician may accomplish during your first appointment. If there are other services they feel you need, they will suggest them at this time along with a price estimate for on-going services and your next appointment date. You can also request that only green or eco-friendly chemicals be used on future appointments. To learn more about pool maintenance and services, contact a business like Cygnet Pool Supplies & Service Pty...

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Save Money on Heating Your Pool By Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Five Ideas

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Heating your pool can be expensive, but there are ways to reduce that expense. Namely, take advantage of the sun to help heat your pool. Here are five ideas. Some of them are used to alleviate the burden on a conventional pool heater while others can be used on their own: 1. Put a cover on your pool when not in use A simple pool cover can help to lock in any heat that your pool has, reducing the burden on your conventional heater. Additionally, covers prevent evaporation, saving on your water costs as well. To make an even bigger impact, don’t just use a regular cover. Instead, use one that is well insulated and designed to trap heat. 2. Use solar sun rings Standard pool covers lie over the entire pool, meaning they can’t help with heating the pool while you are in it. However, there are solar sun rings. These rings are like mini covers, and you can even create a full cover by snapping them together with magnets. They attract the sun and use its energy to heat the water, and as they do not cover all of the pool’s surface, you can have a ring or two on the water while you use the rest of the pool. 3. Pump the water through a black hose lying in the sun If you want to forgo the traditional pool heater, you can make your own makeshift solar pool heater. Essentially, all you need is a bunch of black hose and a pump. Lay your black hose out in the sun, and use your pump to take water from the pool and run it through the hose. As the water sits in the hose, it naturally heats up in the sun. When it gets pumped back into the pool, it is nice and warm. 4. Position your pool strategically If you don’t have a pool yet, or if you have an above ground pool that can be moved, position it in a way that takes advantage of the sun. Ideally, you want the pool receiving as much of the sun’s rays as possible. You don’t want it shaded by the house. 5. Invest in a solar pool heater Finally, consider investing in a solar pool heater. These heaters come with solar panels that absorb the energy you need to heat your pool. Although they cost money upfront to buy and install, once you have them, you don’t have to worry about paying for electricity to heat your pool. For more information, contact a local pool company like Pool Solar &...

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When You Should Replace a Leaking Vinyl Pool Liner

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In this era of keeping costs low, you may be wondering whether you should repair the leaking vinyl liner in your pool or you should buy a replacement liner. There are circumstances that may make it necessary for you to replace the liner instead of attempting to repair it. This article discusses some of the factors you should consider to rule out the possibility that the liner can be successfully repaired. The Location of the Leak You should replace the vinyl liner of your swimming pool if the leak is located close to a skimmer or return jet. A pool skimmer is the part that sucks water through the pool pump in order to remove debris like leaves from the water. The skimmer traps those particles, and you have to empty it regularly. When your vinyl pool liner is damaged close to a skimmer, any repairs you undertake will not be long lasting. This is because the water action in that area (due to pressure from the pump) will quickly undo any repairs you have done. In such a case, it is wiser to replace the liner with a new one. The Extent of the Leak Put on your swimming goggles and inspect the entire vinyl liner in order to identify where the leak is and how extensive it is. If it is a small leak (an inch long, for example) then you may repair that damaged portion of the liner. However, if the damage is extensive (for instance several feet long) then it may not be feasible to repair that leak. The Age of the Vinyl Liner All pool accessories have an expected useful lifespan. If your vinyl pool liner is close to the end of its useful life, it may not be wise to repair any leaks you discover in it. For instance, if the manufacturer indicated that the liner would work for ten years and you discover a leak in the eighth year, then it may be better to replace that liner instead of repairing it. When you find a leak in the vinyl liner of your pool, do not take the first course of action that your mind comes up with. Think about the issues in the discussion above so that you make an informed decision about the way forward. If you are still unsure about how to proceed, consult a pool service specialist  from a company like Jims Pool Care so that you can base your decision on his or her professional...

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