Pool News August 10, 2016 No Comments

Olympics Green Diving Pool

Not in Rio for the Summer 2016 Olympics? Neither are we, but after seeing these photos – we’re not exactly green with envy that we aren’t there. It looks like something weird has definitely happened to the Olympic diving pool in Rio – virtually overnight divers find themselves competing in water that had turned from crystal clear blue into an all too familiar shade of green. Trust me, there is no one lining up to jump into a green pool with a serious algae problem.

What are the consequences of swimming in a green pool?

Aside from that slimy feeling one gets, the algae itself promotes rapid bacteria growth – swallowing, breathing or coming into contact with these germs can lead to many illnesses such as E. Coli, Giardia, and skin rashes. While we’re certain that a little E. Coli wouldn’t deter the likes of Michael Phelps, we can be happy that all is right in his pool. Although after winning 2 gold medals, you’d think he’d look a little happier.

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We asked Vice President of Premier Pools & Spas, Brian Porter: 

“What could they do in Rio to keep an Olympic sized pool free from algae?” and he said, “I don’t think the problem is related to algae – the water looks clear – just green, which leads me to believe that it’s a problem due to oxidized copper”. Well, just how does oxidized copper turn a pool green? “Think of the Statue of Liberty’s patina.” said Brian. “When copper is exposed to water it begins to rapidly oxidize. I’m willing to wager it’s an issue with copper piping and not algae”.

To answer the question: How does one keep an Olympic sized pool free from algae? The secret, according to Porter,  “Keep the water moving! Salt Chlorine generators do a great job at preventing algae growth in the first place.” and finally “Adding an algaecide weekly could also help you prevent algae from building up in your pool” said Brian.

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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!

We’re here to help!

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Pool & Spa News April 13, 2016 No Comments

Hot Tub Maintenance

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have (or are interested in) a beautiful Premier Pools and Spas hot tub. Hot tubs are a wonderful addition to your backyard oasis, and offer wonderful health benefits like better sleep, and stress and pain relief.

How to Maintain your Hot Tub

Premier Pools and Spas Hot TubHot tub maintenance is a lot like regular pool maintenance, but it’s also quite different. For one, as our friends over at Swim University states, a hot tub is almost like bath you and your family share. Ick! That’s why it’s important to keep up a weekly maintenance schedule.

There are some fantastic and thorough guides to maintaining a hot tub, but here are the most important things you should know:

  • Keep yourself clean. First and foremost, remember to rinse before using your spa. Sweat and the products we use accumulate in your spa leading it to become dirtier faster.
  • Drain your hot tub every 2-3 months. Or more frequently if it gets heavy use.
  • Test it a couple of times a week. Have those test strips ready to go. In less than 15 seconds you can have a reading on the total alkalinity, calcium hardness, chlorine, pH, bromine, and total hardness.
  • Premier Pools and Spas Hot TubTreat as needed.  Once you’ve tested the water, treat with chemicals as needed (it’s good to keep those chemicals on hand)! Add one chemical at a time and wait an hour or so between each addition.
  • Shock your hot tub. If you have a heavily used spa, put an odorizer into the water once a week to destroy the waste from bathers.
  • Clean your filter. Once every two weeks give the filter a good rinse, and use a granular filter cleaner every 3-4 for a deeper cleaning.
  • Be good to your cover. The cover keeps that beautiful water you work so hard to keep up clean. So give your cover some extra love by cleaning it once a month (per the manufacturer’s recommendation), and give vinyl covers a good conditioning every 3-4 months. Handle it with care and never sit on it or drag it.
  • Keep it circulating. Keep your spa on, but turn the temperature down when you’re not using it so the water can circulate. This helps slow algae growth.

 

 

Premier Pools and Spas Hot TubHot tubs are a wonderful addition to your backyard oasis, if you’re considering adding a spa onto your existing inground pool, give us a call!

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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!

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Pool & Spa News April 6, 2016 No Comments

Cleaning Your Pool Without Chlorine

Harness Natural Power to Clean Your Pool Without Chlorine

guniteWhen it comes to maintaining your new pool, you may have thought chlorine was your only option. It is, in fact, the most popular way to treat pool water and over 85% of pool owners use chlorine. However, as concerns over the safety of chlorine grow, we continue to seek out more natural ways to treat our pools.

We are proud to offer our customers a more natural solution to chlorine use with the Premier Pure mineral and ozone technology system. It helps to achieve sparkling clear water by naturally destroying bacteria and controlling algae. An alternative to regular chemical chlorine sanitizing methods, the Premier Pure system is an eco-friendly way to achieve clean and gentle pool water. Why is gentle water a good thing? Think of those red and itchy eyes that come from a day swimming in chlorinated water.

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No itchy red eyes in their future!

Some benefits of the Premier Pure system include:

  • Reduced chlorine usage and cost up to 90%
  • Less wear and tear on pool your equipment
  • No unpleasant chemical odors
  • Will not irritate eyes, dry out skin or fade swimwear
  • Eliminates oils, lotions and other contaminants
  • Saves water, energy and money

The Premier Pool system works in two natural ways:

It uses a copper and silver cartridge to neutralize bacteria.

Silver has been known for hundreds if not thousands of years as a water purifier as it is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. In fact, ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used silver to purify and preserve their water.

How does this work in our Premier Pure system? As water filters through the cartridge, silver particles seek out and destroy negatively charged bacteria in your pool. After it oxidizes the negative charge, the water flows out of the cartridge neutral, leaving the silver particle to clean more water.

It uses Ozone.Clean water maintained naturally without chlorine

One of natures most natural oxidizers, ozone is created by converting Oxygen (O2) into Ozone (O3).

How does this work in our Premier Pure system? Ozone oxidants can be put to work as a sanitizing and disinfecting agent or simply used to break down organic substances. It is an effective disinfecting agent that will kill germs, viruses, bacteria, molds and yeasts. Once it’s done oxidizing bacteria in your pool, it converts back to oxygen.

What pool maintenance option is right for me?

If you’re concerned about the use of chemicals in your home, Premier Pure is perfect for you. Our knowledgeable team is ready to answer any maintenance questions you have.

We want to help you build the pool of your dreams that not only fits your budget, but also your lifestyle.

Read more about features and products we offer here.

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Pool & Spa News April 5, 2016 No Comments

Not Your Typical Pool Party

You might be used to your pet dogs wanting to enjoy your pool. But a family vacationing in Redmond, WA were in for a surprise when they noticed a bathing moose in the pool! This is not the first time a moose has been spotted taking a dip in a swimming pool, but they were lucky enough to get a great video of the moose lounging in their pool!

Pools not just loved by you & your pet.

Moose and your pet love to swimMoose also love the water, and for such a large land-animal, Moose are surprisingly good swimmers. As the largest member of the deer family, a male moose (also known as a bull) can weigh as much as 1,400 pounds, and their antlers alone can weight up to 75 pounds! With that much weight on such tiny legs, you might find it surprising that moose can run up to 35 miles per hour!

Moose are also great swimmers that can swim about 6 miles per hour. To put that in perspective, swimming at his top speed, Michael Phelps can only swim 5.25-6 miles per hour. Now that is a match we would like to see!

Most pool owners will not have the experience of finding a while animal in your pool. However, in recent years, pool owners have been having more encounters with wild animals. This is due to a few reasons:

Curiosity

  • Some animals are very curious, they see your beautiful sparkly pool, and want a closer look! This can cause them to accidentally (or purposely) get in!

Cooling offMoose, not pet, love to swim

  • If it is hot out, some animals are like us in that they need to cool off! Pigs will wallow in mud, kangaroos will lick their forearms, but most animals enjoy a dip in cool water (just like us)!

Play

  • Animals love to play, you probably know that many species (you’ve probably seen your pet dog do it!) learn social behaviors by playing around. But play is not just for young animals, species of gulls will play catch with their food. It is fun, and it teaches them new techniques to hunt!

Lack of habitat

  • As human habitat extends into areas that wild animals call home, animals are venturing into areas we do not necessarily want them. Your backyard pool could now be in a place they called home.

 

keep your pet, children and wildlife out of the pool

If you find yourself with a stuck uninvited pool guest, The Humane Society has some great tips:

  • First off: always use caution and call your local animal control if you do not feel safe.
  • For birds, and other small animals: a pool skimmer or broom brush can help you carefully retrieve them.
  • For larger animals: try building a makeshift ramp for the animal. A chaise lounge could work for this.

Building a fence or adding on other safety features to keep your pet, children, and wild animals out of your pool is an excellent idea, especially if you live in an area with wildlife.

Let us know your pool concerns, and we’ll discuss these features with you!

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Pool & Spa News April 4, 2016 No Comments

Fiberglass Pool Maintenance Tips

viking_30So you’ve built (or decided to build) a beautiful fiberglass pool! Woohoo! Fiberglass pools have many benefits:

  • You can have your new pool soon since the fiberglass pool shell you choose will be shipped from the manufacturer
  • A fiberglass pool will last for a considerably long time
  • Lower maintenance compared to vinyl and concrete

It’s no reason fiberglass pools are becoming more and more popular!

Caring for your fiberglass pool.

Fiberglass pools are non-porous, which means they tend to hold more algae. This means they do need a little more maintenance than gunite or vinyl. Here are some tips to keep your fiberglass pool clean and beautiful for years to come:

Keep it clean.

If you have mature trees in your yard, debris like leaves and bugs will gather in your pool. If left unattended, your pool will lose its attractiveness, but most importantly, will create unhygienic water. Keep a cleaning schedule up.

Use the right products.

Fiberglass PoolAvoid harsh cleansers in your fiberglass pool, and don’t use brushes with hard bristles. Make sure the chemicals you use are safe for fiberglass.

Stains.

Stains can happen if you have excessive metal levels. You can tell which metal by the color of the stains: reddish-brown stains are caused by excessive iron, blue-green stains are caused by excessive copper, and gray stains are from excessive magnesium.

Run your pool filter.

Allow your filter to run for 6-8 hours a day to keep the chemicals circulating.

Keep those chemicals balanced.

Check water daily. Ideally, the pH level should fall between 7.2 and 7.6. Alkalinity should range between 100 and 150 parts per million and chlorine level should be at 3.0 per million. When needed, add the chemicals to balance.

Most pools seem the same. Why do costs vary you may ask?

viking_04 There are many factors that determine the price of a pool. How big is the pool? What extras and custom features are added? The price of a pool is also determined by:

  • Quality of materials and craftsmanship
  • Soil conditions and the presence of water or rock
  • Warranties provided by the pool builder

Premier Pools offers the highest quality of work and has the best warranty of any builder in the industry. However, our pricing does not reflect it.

Call us today!

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Swimming Pool News March 22, 2016 No Comments

Facts To Know About Replacing Your Pool’s Vinyl Liner

Vinyl liner pools are typically more popular, in areas like Long Island, compared to other types of in-ground pools. They have a custom made sheet of watertight vinyl within the pool’s structure. The floor under the liner is typically sand or a cement-like material and the walls are usually galvanized steel or thermoplastic supported from behind to prevent outward bulging. The cost of the pool will depend on its size, shape, added extras, etc.

vinyl liner

Some Advantages Vinyl Liner Pools

  • decking, laminar jets, lighting effects, pool heaters, spas and waterfalls can all be added
  • less expensive than pools of fiberglass or concrete
  • material is recyclable
  • no need for repainting or re-plastering
  • treated to discourage algal growth
  • unlimited design options, sizes, shapes, colors and patterns

 

Signs The Vinyl Liner Needs Changing

  1. Deterioration

Ultraviolet rays, pool chemicals and aging cause vinyl liners to deteriorate over time, leading to cracks and tears. Check for cracks or tears in the corners and around the skimmers, cleaner line, lights and steps. Cracking and tearing of the liner could mean you have the added problem of water loss. The liner probably has a leak or several leaks if the water level drops more than one inch in one week. While leaks sometimes patchable, if the vinyl liner has too many, it will need replacement.

  1. Stretching

A vinyl liner naturally loses elasticity over time and becomes stretched making replacement necessary. Indications that the liner is stretching include loose fittings around the skimmer and the pump, as well as the liner slipping out of the track and can’t be slipped back into place. A sagging liner could also wrinkle and cause water to drain from the pool.

  1. Fading or Stains

Pool liners fade in color over time due to exposure to chemicals and sunlight. This fading is often a sign of deterioration. Substantial fading and considerable staining from algae or rust cannot be removed, and so the liner must be replaced.

  1. Brittleness

Pool liners are usually very elastic in the first five years after installation, then begin to get brittle. This brittleness can result from the deterioration of the liner’s plasticizers as it fades. Once the liner becomes brittle, you can expect it to crack and tear. Brittleness and a change in a pool liner’s texture indicate you should replace it.

Other Reasons To Change The Liner

  • increase the aesthetic appeal and value of property up for sale
  • get newly acquired property to suit your personal taste and style
  • match the pool to remodeling done elsewhere on the property
  • keep the pool looking brand new

 

When Is The Best Time To Change A Vinyl Liner?

The warmth of late Long Island spring and summer make them the best time of year to change a pool liner. At these times the liner has more elastic movement to better line up against the pool walls. The liner will not adhere as well in colder weather.

vinyl liner

Depending on thickness, vinyl liners in Long Island can last anywhere from 5 to 12 years.  So, while the shell of the pool is good up to fifty years, the liner will require several changes in that time. Trying to repair the liner is perhaps the more worthwhile option if it is less than three years old, but depending on where and how the liner is damaged, replacement may be a necessity. It is therefore a good idea to do regular inspection of your vinyl liner, bearing the above points in mind. To find out more about pools in general, check here.

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Pool News January 5, 2016 No Comments

Draining Your Pool After Heavy Rain

pool_rain_600x400Depending on your location in the country, during the winter months it’s possible that from December through March you’ll be pelted with torrential downpours, snowstorms, etc. In some cases it’s possible to accumulate several inches of rain in just a few hours. We frequently get asked the same question from distressed homeowners seeking a solution on how to properly drain their inground pool after a strong storm and heavy rains and stay ahead of any problems created by the weather. It’s important to know what to do when a storm is approaching and how to secure your pool after a storm to avoid costly damage.

 

Expert Advice: Don’t Completely Drain Your Pool, You Should Leave That To A Professional

Draining your pool is a difficult and daunting process for homeowners to do properly. This is why Premier Pools & Spas recommends that you leave that to the professionals. There are a number of drawbacks that can happen if you improperly drain your pool. With concrete and gunite pools, it’s susceptible to popping out of the ground if drainage is not done properly. Vinyl lined inground pools are the most vulnerable to ripping or tearing. Depending on the condition of the pool, leaving it empty for too long can cause drying or cracking from the sun or can even cause the pool to collapse.

 

WASTE-SETTING-ON-MPVHow Do I Drain My Swimming Pool?

You can lower the water level in the swimming pool to keep proper skimming action and avoid contamination from planters and deck area flooding into the pool. For inground pools with a sand or DE filter, the easiest way to quickly lower the water level in your pool is to place the multiport valve into the waste position and roll out the backwash hose. If instead, you have a slide (push-valve), backwash the filter to lower the water level.

 

lil-giant-water-wizard-cover-pumpSome swimming pools have a hose spigot plumbed after the pool pump, or on the valve of the filter, which you can connect a garden hose to in order to lower the water level in your swimming pool. Another option is to use a submersible pump also known as a pool cover pump in order to keep the pool water level from overflowing.

 

blog-pool-vacuum-hoseLast is the siphon method works with a pool vacuum hose. Fill it with water and then attach a vac head or use something heavy in order to hold the hose on the first step of the pool or your swim out. Cap the other end of your vacuum hose with your palm and pull the hose away quickly from the pool and a couple of feet below the level of the pool water. At ground level, uncap the hose and let the water flow.