The Importance Of Hiring A Pool Cleaning Professional

The Importance Of Hiring A Pool Cleaning Professional

For homeowners who have a swimming pool, having the right swimimng pool cleaning service is vital to a healthy and happy swimming experience. You want your pool to not only look beautiful, but also have the perfect balance of chemicals to ensure that you and your family swim safely. There are lots of pool cleaning companies; especially in southern states where pools are popular, but there are some things to consider when choosing one. Getting The Right Pool Cleaning Professional Many people go into the pool cleaning business simply to take advantage of the high demand in areas where pools abound. But these self-employed workers don’t always know their stuff about swimming pools and that can put the safety of you and your family at risk. Pool technicians need to have the proper training and tools and understand how to use them. Believe it or not, a good bit goes into keeping the pool water clean, clear and safe. Your pool technician needs to have a good understanding of the various chemicals used and the pros and cons of each. They should also present you with your options, prices for chemicals, etc. Comparing Pool Service Options When choosing any swimming pool company for any service, like Elko Spas Billiards & Pools most people start with getting at least a couple of quotes or estimates from the potential company. You should be wise here and not think that the least expensive option is the best option. That isn’t always the case! The main thing is that you get someone who really knows their stuff about chemicals, cleaning equipment and how often water... read more
What You Need To Know About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Water

What You Need To Know About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Water

When it comes to swimming in your Myrtle Beach pool water, it is imperative to understand that your tap water does not equal your pool water! There’s much that has to be done to treat your swimming pool water in order to make it safe and healthy for you and your family. Some of the tests needed will be to check for alkalinity levels, as well as the calcium hardness. It is necessary to sequester the various minerals and metals in the water and something known as a stabilizer will need to be added to the water to ensure that the chlorine stays in and does its job. Finally, the pH balance in the water has to be checked frequently to determine how much chlorine is needed. Treating New Water In Your Myrtle Beach Pool One thing that is often forgotten is that you must treat any new pool water that gets added. This means if the pool overflows, gets a lot of rainwater or if the water level gets low and more new water is added. All new water has to be treated! Failing to do this will result in the plaster being damaged or stained, equipment being damaged and also it can cause algae to grow and the water to be unsafe. Any time you have 10-12 inches of water added or replaced, new treatment should be done. Pets In Pools A few things about dogs in pools. First of all, yes it is ok to let your pet swim in the pool. You should understand, however, that you’ll need to pay more attention to cleaning out the... read more
Pool Cleaning Basics

Pool Cleaning Basics

If you own a pool, you already know what a luxury and enjoyment it can be, as well as the need to  keep it clean and safe with regular swimming pool cleaning. Cleaning your swimming pool doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to learn a few basics, understand the products needed, as well as the timing. Some things need to be done everyday and other things can be a part of a schedule for maintenance. Creating A Schedule For Pool Cleaning Cleaning The Skimmer Baskets. If you create a schedule of the things that need to be done, it’s much less daunting. You will want to check the skimmer baskets on a daily basis, especially if your pool is near trees. At the very least, you should clean the skimmers a few times a week. If these skimmer baskets aren’t cleaned, your pool will begin to get backwash, which can create problems such as clogging pipes that go to the pump room. That can lead to the pool’s filtration system being compromised. Vacuuming The Pool. You should plan on vacuuming the pool about once a week. If you see that the pool is getting leaves or other debris more often, then you will need to clean it more often. The debris will negatively affect the pH levels of the water. Cleaning The Tiles. Myrtle Beach swimming pool cleaning also includes keeping the tiles clean. This should be done weekly in order to keep the pool clean and beautiful. You can get away with a little less often if need be, but keep an eye on it. Cleaning... read more
Top Ten Questions About Myrtle Beach Pool Care

Top Ten Questions About Myrtle Beach Pool Care

We hear from people all the time about a wide range of questions concerning your Myrtle Beach pool. Here are some of the most common questions and issues, and the information you need to answer them. The Top Ten Questions About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Care 1.   Why Is The Water Green? Usually, the answer is found in the chlorine. Not enough chlorine will cause green or black patches in corners, near steps, etc. Your pool needs the right amount of chlorine and it also needs proper water circulation in order to run correctly. The filter should be running at least 8 hours each day during high use season, and no less than 6 hours during colder months. Low chlorine levels can be caused by not checking and adding each evening as needed, not enough time with the pump running, black algae, or the chlorinator not working. If you have a saltwater pool, low salt can also cause insufficient chlorine levels. The answer is to shock the pool water and bring the chlorine levels back to normal. 2.   Why is my pool water cloudy? This takes us back to the first question because cloudy pool water is usually what you see when the water is getting ready to turn green. So, it would be crucial to check the chemical levels each evening and make sure you are adding the right amount. Calcium deposits from chlorine in a granular form could also contribute to cloudiness. Call us here at Elko Pools for advice on how to handle cloudy water! 3.   I think my pool might be leaking, what could be... read more
The Benefits and Drawbacks Of Salt Water Hot Tubs

The Benefits and Drawbacks Of Salt Water Hot Tubs

The salty water is one of the primary reasons why people visit the ocean. Even from a distance, well before you hear the waves as well as see and feel the sand, the first thing you smell is the salt in the air. It is an incredible experience to bathe in salty ocean water. Now, not all of us have the luxury of time to go the beach regularly. Because of that, salt water hot tubs have started to become increasingly popular. A lot of hot tub owners got the idea of bringing the ocean right into their backyards through the use of saltwater-based hot tub sanitation systems. This gives them access to clean and soft water without having to worry about complex maintenance. But just like everything else in this world, salt water hot tubs have its own pros and cons. So, if you are considering to get one, here are some important things you need to expect. The Benefits There’s more to a salt water Myrtle Beach hot tub system than just filling it with seawater. Of course, you can’t have it by just dumping table salt in your tub and wish that it will turn out just the way you want it. A salt water sanitation system comes with a unique design. It is made to produce a steady chlorine supply in your tub from the interaction of water and salt through electrolysis. The amount of chlorine that created by this process is sufficient to keep the water free of contaminant and fresh. The chlorine amount is also small enough to prevent the user of the... read more
Ideas For Redesigning Your Swimming Pool

Ideas For Redesigning Your Swimming Pool

If you’ve had a swimming pool for any length of time, you may find yourself wanting to do a re-design. Perhaps to match a home renovation or new landscaping, but whatever the reason, there are some fantastic ways to breathe new life to your swimming pool. Keep reading to get some great ideas! Ideas For Re-Designing Your Pool  Changing the shape or size of the pool. You are not stuck with the current design. You can make it deeper, wider or even bigger. Perhaps you have a shallow pool three feet deep all over and would like a deep end that you can safely dive into. Or maybe you’d like to make the pool fit into a new landscape design or home addition. Changing The Overall Design. Changing the color of the plaster or concrete is a great way to get a new look. You could also get a Spectrum quartz finish to get some texture or more of a sparkle look. It can be done to match your existing tiles or you might like to get a mosaic look with new tiles. There are several pool designs to choose from Adding Features. Why not add some features you’ve never had in the pool before? If you want to spend a little money, you can do things like adding raised decks for lounge chairs or picnic tables, umbrellas, etc. Or, you could add water elements like a water wall or fountain, slides or diving boards. Don’t forget too that simple garden elements can really enhance the overall appearance. Multi-colored lights underwater can be a fun addition as well. If... read more
Buying The Right Myrtle Beach Hot Tub

Buying The Right Myrtle Beach Hot Tub

Hot tubs and spas spell one thing for most of us: luxury. While they are luxurious and enjoyable, they don’t have to be unattainable. It’s easier than you think to own your own hot tub! When it comes to major investments, you have to weigh the benefit of the item to the potential cost. With hot tubs, you will no doubt enjoy it often, if not daily. It may be for physical therapy benefits, relieving muscles soreness and tension, or just for relaxation after a hard day. Whatever the case, you might be surprised at how quickly a hot tub or spa will pay for itself! What To Consider When Choosing A Hot Tub Reviews. It’s important to see what others are saying about the hot tub Myrtle Beach you are considering. Get online and read the reviews people have posted. Keep in mind, these are just opinions and may not predict your own experience. Take a good look at the features of each model and ask for help in deciding which of these features are most important for you. Good sales people will walk you through that process. Compare prices. Of course, you will want to have several price points to look at, but remember that the most expensive isn’t always the best quality and the cheaper models don’t mean they are junk. Find a price point that works for your budget and then try to get the most bang for your buck with the features. Myrtle Beach hot tubs, like pools, can be above ground or in ground. There are benefits to both. They can also be... read more
Above Ground Pool Maintenance Tips

Above Ground Pool Maintenance Tips

Above ground pools are the choice of many homeowners because of its affordability and easy maintenance. Even though it requires minimal upkeep, there are some things you have to do to keep them in good condition. You have to spend time understanding everything that is involved in maintaining an above ground pool. In terms of water chemistry, the maintenance requirements are similar to that of an in-ground swimming pool. The main difference between the two lies on the equipment used. You need to use a special type of tool for maintaining the water chemistry of your above ground pool. It is important to correctly and regularly test the swimming pool water. Your swimming pool water must be clean and healthy to avoid causing health problems to all those who swim on it. Water testing is also essential during the summer, and if you live in a place with constant weather changes. If you are unsure what to do, you can always hire a pool contractor. The water at the top of the pool should not be used so that the pool contractor can obtain a correct reading using a testing kit. He can also help you in making sure that the pool is chemically balanced. Pool chemicals are needed to ensure proper sanitation and get rid of algae. Checking the PH balance is also required. The PH level should be kept within the range 7.2 and 7.6. When it comes to heating, the swimming pool can be kept fifteen degrees warmer with the use of solar blankets, which are made specifically for an above ground pool. Solar blankets are... read more
Above Ground Pools—An Affordable Way To Summer Fun!

Above Ground Pools—An Affordable Way To Summer Fun!

Perhaps you have always wanted a pool in your backyard, but don’t want to spend the big bucks for an in-ground pool. Did you know that there are some wonderful, fun options nowadays for above-ground pools? Gone are the days where your yard has to look tacky with a flimsy round pool that looks like it will fall over at any moment! Now, there are some fantastic options in design, materials, and colors, making above ground pools an option you need to seriously consider. Not only will a pool improve the value of your home, but summer is coming soon, and you will have lots of time with your family to enjoy splashing in the cool water on hot summer days! A Great Name In Above Ground Pools One of our favorite brands of above ground swimming pools is Doughboy Pools. They have been around longer than most anyone else, with the company having started in 1954. Competition has grown fierce over the years, and Doughboy Pools has stayed consistent and full of quality. One of the great features of this company is that they make all of the materials and pieces needed for pool construction right in their own manufacturing plant in Arkansas. This means that they can oversee the construction and personally approve each piece that will be used to construct your above ground pool. When it comes to designing a space for your pool, you can use landscaping to make it even more beautiful. You will most likely have a deck leading to the pool, so be sure to consider safety and put gates up that... read more
Tips For Finding The Best Hot Tub Deal

Tips For Finding The Best Hot Tub Deal

Nothing beats the relaxing feeling that you get when soaking in a bubbly hot bath after a long and tiring day at work. Apart from offering you a great way to relax, hot tubs also offer a lot of health benefits. Although they used to be pricey and out of reach for a typical consumer in the past, they have become more affordable to nearly everyone these days. If you are searching for a great hot tub for sale, there are several places you can check out. Numerous shops sell a wide array of hot tubs and supplies. When you are searching for something that is more lavish or perhaps you wish to purchase from those who are knowledgeable about hot tubs, then you need to visit appliance and hardware, and home improvement stores. You should also check out shops that solely sell outdoor water and bathroom appliances. If you are looking for the best customer service, you should consider buying directly from the manufacturer. There are also instances when manufacturers do not entertain direct sales. However, they usually offer a list of distributors of their hot tubs. In case you are on a shoestring budget and can’t seem to find a great deal, you can always opt for used hot tubs. Websites like Craigslist offer great deals on second-hand items including hot tubs. If you want to shop online and get a good deal, be sure to watch out for online shops that offer sales and discounts. Soaking in a warm jetted Myrtle Beach hot tub is one good way of relaxing and relieving stress. Plus, it is... read more

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