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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 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 Popular pool shapes

Popular Pool Shapes

There are an endless amount of shapes that a pool can be created and designed in to fit just about any property space imaginable. That being said, there are several repeat designs that we’ve seen in our years of experience at Aqua Pool that seem to be the most popular amongst homeowners. When creating the best design for your space, it’s important to consider the location of your pool as well as how it accommodates your family. Other items to think about are also what resources are available to you and if you want your pool to be the focal point of your yard or seamlessly blend as a component in an overall larger backyard scheme.

Whatever you choose, the following are examples of great pool shapes we’ve done for satisfied clients:

  • Roman Pool
    A Roman pool is an incredible shape that plays off historical images of ancient Roman baths. Typically able to be identified by its rectangular shape with two ovals at the short ends, a Roman pool supplies sophistication and a calming serenity for your space.
  • Free Form Pool
    Just as the name implies, a free form pool features curvy and rounded edges all the way around to promote a fun and refreshing swim. Built to accommodate a property’s unique space, a free form pool follows loose lines for a sense of playfulness in your outdoor environment.
  • Geometric Pool
    Borrowing specific lines and edges, a geometric pool lends visual gravity to an outdoor space. This type of pool also produces a nice contrast to any landscaping and hardscaping details to create an overall ambiance.
  • Uneven Pool
    Uneven pools are ways to cope with an unlevel backyard. With expert design and execution, Aqua Pool can help create a beautiful pool that is built into a hillside or other property type so you can swim and enjoy the privacy and nature of your backyard.
  • Lap Pool
    A popular option with active types, lap pools are typically long and narrow enabling the longest swim possible on your property. These types of pools can be spruced up by featuring zero edges or other well-designed aspects to give your backyard a functional but beautiful sense of aesthetics.

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