03 Jul The Top Hits: Common Pool Issues and Remedies

Now that summer’s arrived, the long awaited prime swimming season is here! To help you make the most of the beautiful days ahead, here’s a list of frequently observed pool issues from the experts at Aqua Pool & Patio and how you can remedy them in order to avoid costly and headache provoking problems.

  • Murky or Cloudy Water
    Chances are if you can’t see the sides or bottom of your pool that you have a filtration or circulation issue on your hands. No one wants to swim in unclear water! To address this problem, first you should check that your pump and filter are working properly and that the pump has been backwashed. Next, the most important this is to check and adjust the Ph by having your water tested to determine if its chemistry is not in balance. Cloudy water can often mean sanitizer levels are too low. Lastly, be sure to run your pump after taking these actions until your water starts to clear up.
  • Rain and Runoff
    Summer storms can cause debris and other contaminants to make their way into your pool. In turn, these items can unbalance your water chemistry or clog filters and pumps. After every rain, be sure to check in on your pool and conduct routine maintenance tasks. You may also need to shock your pool and circulate the waters for at least 24 hours to reset your pH levels at the appropriate marks after the introduction of rainwater runoff. You should also remove any debris including leaves and dirt that make their way into your pool to prevent damage to your equipment.
  • Algae
    If your pool looks like a science experiment, the chances are that you have a either a circulation or water chemistry issue. Algae comes in a surprising variety of colors, from green and black to pink and even a yellow mustard color and can cling stubbornly to walls, floors, and equipment causing staining and other damage. Depending upon the colors you see, talk to your local pool professional about the right algaecide to address the issue.
  • Bugs and Critters
    With the climbing summer temperatures, that pristine body of water in your yard may attract many different types of creepy crawlies. Local birds and bugs, to yard snakes and frogs can find their way into your pool. It’s important for you to regularly check any place where these critters can accumulate (like filters or pump baskets) and if there’s a massive influx, the excess organic matter may throw your water balance off.
  • Seeing Colors
    You’d be surprised at the variety of colors your pool water can turn depending upon the issue you are experiencing. Basically all colors of the rainbow: gray, green, brown, purple, rust are all possibilities. Depending upon your water’s hue, you should speak to a professional about the proper course of action but most likely the color results from either an outside contaminant or equipment erosion.

If you are experiencing a pool issue and need immediate assistance, our professional staff at Aqua Pool & Patio would be delighted to help. Our Emergency Pool Repair Service is available seven days a week to take care of your needs. Call our service department at (860) 623-9886 for more information and happy swimming to you for a long, relaxing summer!

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03 Jul The Benefits of a Geometric Pool

There are many layout options when designing a pool. With the many options of size and shape, consider a geometric shaped pool as the right selection for your backyard. Sleek lines, angles, and curves make the geometric design offer versatility of both function and aesthetics.

Though the lines may look basic, a geometric pool can offer a modern feel to your backyard. Be sure to extend the modern look to all elements of the pool. Like the pool shown below, we recommend carrying the geometric design into the steps, spas, benches and/or sun shelves to keep the look coherent.

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If you have a steep backyard with retaining walls, continue that multi-level look in your pool design. Adding elevation changes to geometric pools is also a great way showcase materials or design features.  With a mosaic tile design, a waterfall, or LED lighting on an elevated wall you can add a show stopping piece to your backyard.

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Some geometric pools are designed for practical benefits as well as aesthetic benefits. An L shaped geometric pool can offer both beauty and practicality. The L design allows for a shallow entry or play area, and a long side for swimming laps. You may also choose a deep area on the long side for a diving pool option.

Whatever Geometric designs whether Grecian with curves or modern with sleek lines, we can help you find the best fit for your backyard. There are many combinations of curves, angles, and lines that we can create to give your pool the best look and feel for the space you have, and for the type of use you want to get out of your pool.

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03 Jul Financing a Pool Project

When you decide to finance your pool to build a new project or remodel your existing pool, there are several critical steps along the way to ensure success. At Aqua Pool, we work directly with Paramount Capital Finance, a screened finance dealer that provides stability, quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and confidence. As a company that offers the convenience of one-stop financing with a concentration in swimming pool financing, Paramount Capital Finance understands the nuances and specifics involved in the pool building process. You can download a Critical Questions report and apply for financing through our website:http://aquapool.com/financing/

Once you have an understanding of how much your pool project will cost, here are several tips to speed along the financing for your project:

  • Consider if it is possible for your pool loan to qualify as home improvement financing. This can oftentimes help you negotiate better terms and come tax season, make you eligible for a deduction.
  • Talk to industry contractors who bring years of professional experience to help you navigate your way through the complicated process. Our professional staff can discuss your options and budgets so you have a better picture of what is available to you to help you define the scope of bringing your project from vision to fruition.
  • Considering the smaller items is something that many people often overlook. This means that you need to keep in mind money for fencing, lighting, pool care and maintenance, and equipment upkeep.

You want to ensure that your pool build or remodel is an affordable adventure before you start. At Aqua Pool and with our partnership with Paramount Capital Finance, we offer low fixed rates, six months of deferrable payments, twenty-five year financing options, that can add up to 100% of available financing to help you complete your project!

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03 Jul The Benefits of a Beautiful Backyard

At Aqua Pool and Patio, we work hard to ensure our backyard projects suit your dreams. Whether you want a quiet and relaxing space to lounge in on the weekends alone or with family, or a delightful entertaining yard for hosting friends and neighbors to share food and conversation, and make memories together, we understand the key elements that make an oasis your own. To help get you inspired about what you can do with your space, here are several reasons it’s worth it to invest in your backyard:

Pool Parties
With a hot tub and a pool, there’s nothing better than a pool party for friends and family. Call us nostalgic but relaxing and splashing around in a beautiful backyard is the epitome of relaxation.

Quiet Place
When you aren’t busy throwing a pool bash, having your own private oasis for contemplation, meditation, and reflection can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. Picture yourself coming home from the hustle and bustle of the workday and spending an hour or two relaxing in your yard before cooking a delicious meal with your family. Sounds great right?

Just as important as your mental health, diving into your own pool and swimming laps is an excellent workout for your body. Helping to build long and lean muscles without the negative impact of sports like jogging, swimming is a great way to get yourself in shape and stay healthy.

There’s something extremely satisfying about cooking outdoors. Maybe it’s the smoke or the unique taste of food off the grill, but at Aqua Pool, we find it to be a relaxing experience firing up the grill and making something scrumptious.

Last but not least, one of the key benefits in having a beautiful outdoor space is how it brings your family together to socialize, play, and spend quality time. Now that’s worth working for!


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03 Jul The Three Basic C’s of Pool Care

If you want sparkling blue waters that look inviting to friends and family, encouraging them to jump in all season long, then it’s integral you take the right steps to provide proper care for your pool waters. Most often, one of the biggest mistakes we see people make is not taking regular care of their pool. The three most basic tenets of a good maintenance routine are:

Regular cleaning sessions to remove dirt and debris that makes its way into your waters is the first step in attaining that crystal clear, swimmable quality. We aren’t saying that every time a single leaf blows into your pool, it’s time to blow the whistle and get the skimmer but making a positive habit of routinely checking skimmer baskets, cleaning filters (especially after big storms or lots of wind) can set you on the right path. Shoot for vacuuming, brushing, and cleaning your pool filter each week if you can.

One of the least expensive ad most effective sanitizers on the market, chlorine, can work wonders if applied appropriately to your waters. With capabilities to sanitize, oxidize, and perform as an algaecide, chlorine is your secret weapon to attaining and keeping the perfect pool. NOTE that when chlorine is a “problem”, it is usually the operator and NOT the chlorine that is the problem. When used properly, chlorine is NOT annoying, foul smelling, or the cause of burning eyes! Many people blame chlorine, by itself, when they experience a pool that smells bad or causes their eyes to burn right away. Those problems are NOT caused by the chlorine but rather poor use of chlorine.

Last but not least, consistency is the third critical component. Similar to a pet, your pool needs attention and upkeep from you. This attention and time invested each week is minimal but if left on its own, your pool problems will rapidly multiply resulting in hassle, headache, and expense. Set a calendar or write our your routine to help you stick to the schedule and you’ll rest easy knowing that your pool looks and feels good. Plus, if something does start to go awry, you can get a jump on the problem saving you from future pool woes.  This is the only way to keep you, your family and friends in the water, enjoying a splashing good time.

At Aqua Pool, we provide a host of services for world-class pools so you can achieve your backyard dreams. Let us know how we can help you stay consistent!

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03 Jul Pool Care Videos

At Aqua Pool and Patio, we know that it can be difficult to perform certain pool maintenance tasks without the proper instruction. To help pool owners everywhere, our talented team has created several helpful videos hosted on YouTube that show the correct methods for everyday pool tasks. You may want to bookmark our channel and refer to these tutorial videos whenever needed. That or you are more than welcome to call our knowledgeable staff that is more than happy to assist you with any pool questions.

  • How to Vacuum a Pool: In this video, we prepare a pool for vacuuming by setting the equipment for our demo pool to service mode, turning the filter pump on, and running spa fill to bypass the floor system. Next, a step-by-step demo of setting up a vacuum and then getting down to the business of getting a pool clean.
  • How to Clean your Wet Pump Basket: In this handy video, we show you how to clean the pump basket for pool systems that operate with a wet institute pump or filter. From shutting the filter off to gaining access to your basket, let our professional walk you through how to remove debris from your basket to ensure clean water.
  • How To Drain the Water out of Your Pool: Too much rainwater in your pool can cause issues. In this video, we show you how to adjust the level of your pool’s water to its optimum level to ensure the proper functioning of your equipment.  By using a garden hose, this helpful tutorial sets up exactly what you need to do to drain water out of your pool to the level of the skimmer mouth.

Stay tuned for more informational videos to help you navigate the perks of being a pool owner!

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