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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 Circulation: The Importance of Movement for Your Pool Water

Circulation is a key component to any pool care routine. In order for your pool to get clean, filtration is required and movement of your pool water is critical for successful filtration. Not to mention that the circulation of chemicals is what enables the chemicals to properly do their work.

Pool Circulation Explained

Most pools are circulated via pump action. Your pool’s pump is what draws in water either through a skimmer or drain, passes said water through the pump and into the filter where it is then cleaned before passing back into your pool through return jets. This circular system is similar to the body’s circulatory system and how blood is moved throughout your body.

Proper Circulation

The location and placement of your drains and jets should enhance the internal movement of your waters. It’s a good idea to aim these items in opposing directions in order to promote the mixing of your pool water, both laterally, and from surface to depth.

Common Problem Areas

There are a few areas that constantly crop up where good water circulation presents an issue. They are as follows:

-Around your pool steps or ladder
-Where any cracks or crevasses are present

-Beneath your skimmer

To ensure movement amongst these problem areas, you may need to manually stimulate water with a small pool brush to help remove any dirt or debris build-up.

Speaking of Brushing

It’s a good rule of thumb to brush your pool at least once a week. This can help the dead areas listed above but also is a good habit in preventing algae or other micro-organism build-up.

Final Components
Good pool circulation isn’t difficult but it does take some set-up. Set your pump and filter to run at least eight hours a day for movement, be sure to keep baskets and filters clean and clear of debris, and angle your return jets to face different ways to promote circular movement in your water. Remember, a well circulated pool is more likely to save you time and money in the long run!

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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?

Exercise
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.

Grilling
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.

Gathering
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:

Cleaning
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.

Chlorine
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.

Consistency
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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