Pool & Spa News April 25, 2016 No Comments

Pool Cleaning Tips: Let Your Pool Do The Work

Freeform poolImagine this: You’ve just built the inground pool of your dreams. You can’t wait to spend day after day enjoying it with your family, right? In this scenario, how often do you see yourself enjoying the pool cleaning? We have a feeling pool cleaning isn’t at the top of your list (that spot is probably reserved for perfecting your cannon-ball).

If you could install a pool that efficiently cleans itself, circulates its own water, and saves money while giving you more time to enjoy it, wouldn’t you? Enter: The Premier Clean system. A system that is custom designed for the unique size and shape of your pool. It is installed to fit flush with your pool floor making it virtually invisible to the eye. It continuously works to keep your pool clean and its water properly circulated and chemically balanced. The Premier Clean system replaces vacuum hoses and other stand-alone pool cleaners so your pool area is uncluttered and always ready to be enjoyed. With in-floor cleaning pop-up nozzles built into the floor of the swimming pool use high pressure streams of water to push dirt, sand, leaves and debris from every corner of the pool towards a special drain.

We know you are capable of maintaining your pool on your own but most importantly, what’s the cost of your time?

When building the pool of your dreams. It’s good to be honest with yourself about how much time you really want to invest in pool cleaning.

Cute little kid in swimming poolHere are some things to keep in mind when thinking about pool cleaning options:

  • Do you have kids?
    • Pools that have heavy use by kids tend to get dirtier.
  • Are there a lot of trees in the area?
    • Trees have those pesky leaves that love getting into your pool.
  • How much time do you want to spend cleaning and not playing?

Thankfully, there’s an easier option to pool cleaning.

Girls resting on air mattress in swimming pool. Not thinking about pool cleaning.Remember to let your pool work while you play. Imagine a pool that efficiently cleans itself, circulates its own water, and saves money while giving you more time to enjoy it. The Premier Clean system is custom designed for the unique size and shape of your pool. It is installed to fit flush with your pool floor making it virtually invisible to the eye. It continuously works to keep your pool clean and its water properly circulated and chemically balanced. The Premier Clean system replaces vacuum hoses and other stand-alone pool cleaners so your pool area is uncluttered and always ready to be enjoyed.

We want to help build you the pool of your dreams, and we understand that dream doesn’t include pool cleaning.

Let’s talk about your dream pool!

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Swimming Pool News April 16, 2016 No Comments

How to Shock Your Pool

Shock your pool to keep it clean and beautifulThis shouldn’t come as a shock to you, but shocking your pool is an important part of maintaining a beautiful (and safe!) pool. Organic pollutants and bacteria can build up in your pool and resist normal chlorination. To break these up, it’s important to raise the chlorine level quickly by shocking your pool.

How often should I shock my pool?

Shocking your pool should be a regular part of your pool maintenance. But how regular depends on how heavy the pool use is.

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  • After exceptionally heavy use.
  • After a heavy rain or a windstorm that blows debris into the pool.
  • After a water change.

The best way to tell is by checking your water weekly. Basically, the amount of free chlorine should be equal with the total chlorine to make sure that you have enough chlorine present to eliminate the contaminants in your pool.

How do I shock my pool?

There are a few different ways you can shock your pool and Swim University gives these great tips on one of the ways you can shock your pool:

  • Always use gloves and protective eye wear.
  • Add 1 pound of shock a 5 gallon bucket of water about 3/4 full.
  • Always add shock to water not water to shock.
  • Wear clothes you don’t care about – they might get bleached.
  • Warm water dissolves shock faster than cold.
  • DO NOT add shock directly to your skimmer!
  • Use a wooden stick and slowly stir in the shock making sure it dissolves completely, or as much as possible.
  • Slowly pour the bucket of pre-dissolved shock around your pool. You may have some undissolved shock at the bottom of your bucket. In this case, just dip your bucket in some pool water give it a slow swish around and pour it back into the pool to help dissolve some of that shock.
  • DO NOT mix all the bags together in one bucket.
  • Redding geometric poolsAlways shock at dusk or night time. The chlorine works better when it’s not being burned off by the sun.
  • Shock should also be added every week to ensure a clean and algae-free pool.

If you have more pool maintenance questions, contact your local Premier Pools & Spas!

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Pool & Spa News April 10, 2016 No Comments

Opening Your Pool for Spring

family-poolSpring is in the air! Days are warming up, and you’re probably thinking about opening up your pool for your family and friends. Hopefully, you followed our instructions on how to close your pool before winter, and this will be a breeze!

You can, of course, hire someone to open your pool for you. But you can save money by doing it yourself! There are some great websites that offer step-by-step instructions, but here is a general idea on how to open your pool for spring:

How to Open Your Pool for Spring:

  • PCS_pool_coverDrain and clean cover. Before you remove the cover, drain as much water as possible.
  • Remove the pool cover. Two people should remove the cover. Hopefully you removed most of the debris, but some will get into the pool. Don’t worry too much about that. Clean and store it (make sure to not leave it on your lawn as it will kill the grass).
  • Fill er’ up! Use a hose to raise the water level back to normal. Usually, this is about the middle of the skimmer opening.
  • Remove winterizing plugs. It’s SPRING! So let’s remove those winterizing plugs from the skimmer and return lines.
  • Turn on equipment. Start turning on your pool equipment, which includes priming the pump and turning on the circulation and filtration system. Make sure the air relief valve is open if you have one to bleed the air from the system.
  • Chemistry test. After letting the circulation system run for a few hours, use a test kit to check the pH, total alkalinity, and chlorine. Ideal levels are:
    • pH – 7.4 to 7.6
    • Total Alkalinity – 80 to 120 ppm
    • Chlorine – 2.0 to 4.0 ppm
    • Calcium hardness – above 150 ppm
  • Clean it up. Thoroughly brush and vacuum your pool.
  • Enjoy your pool this springFilter. Running your filtration system overnight will filter out all the dirt, algae, and bacteria left behind.
  • Shock your pool. Shocking the pool will eliminate nearly all of the remaining bacteria and contaminants in your water.
  • Finishing touches. Add algaecide and monitor pool every week for chlorine use, pH and clarity.
  • Enjoy! 

If you have more pool maintenance questions, contact your local Premier Pools & Spas!

We’re here to help!

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