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Avoid Pool Problems In Hot Weather

Avoid Pool Problems In Hot Weather

Wow! What a heat wave we are having! The summer season has continued it’s greater than usual temperature levels. This hot weather can develop problems for swimming pools, especially if a regular pool maintenance program is not followed. We care for a number of pools on a weekly basis both residential and commercial and we feel that we can provide sage guidance on how to keep your pool looking excellent in this hot weather. Our experience tells us that there are two crucial aspects of successful heat pool care– water chemistry at the correct level and correctly running equipment. Following are some tips from the front lines (the pool cleaning crew): Appropriate water chemistry When the weather is hot like it presently is, water chemistry is important. As a suggestion, here are a few guidelines: Test weekly throughout this heat chlorine– 2.0 to 4.0 ppm pH– 7.2 to 7.6 cyanuric acid– 30 to 90ppm on chlorine swimming pools 70 to 90ppm on salt swimming pools salt level in a salt pool– 2700 to 3500 ppm Test on a monthly basis alkalinity levels — 80 to 100 for salt pools, calcium hypochlorite, and liquid chlorine pools 100 to 120 for dichlor and trichlor pools calcium firmness– 200 to 400 ppm A couple of tips concerning water chemistry from the cutting edge: Evaluate your water a minimum of once each week. We suggest checking the chlorine, pH, and cyanuric acid on a weekly basis. If you have a salt system, it is also a smart idea to test the salt regularly. You can use your test set. We have staff members... read more
Important Factors To Consider When Buying Hot Tubs

Important Factors To Consider When Buying Hot Tubs

Hot tubs provide lots of benefits to homeowners that include relaxation and therapy. This is especially true for households with elderly family members, who will enjoy the water and therapeutic massage of their outdoor spas. Another common and popular benefit is the ability to spend quality bonding time with the family and friends.   An outdoor spa is a great investment because of all the benefits that you can gain from it. If you are considering buying one, there are certain factors that you need to consider first.   Cost and other expenses Similar to buying a swimming pool, the cost of buying hot tubs does not end with your purchase. You also have to allocate money for its regular operation and maintenance. The cost of buying a tub largely depends on the size, features and the accessories that are necessary to maintain and operate it. The features that differ in every brand or type of tub primarily include the number and functions of the jets.   When it comes to accessories, there are some that you need to be able to better take care of your tub such as the cover. And there are other accessories that add functions to your spa to allow for more comfort and convenience when you are using it.   If you are unsure which specific type of outdoor spa to buy, consult with a professional. Do not forget to inquire about the energy efficiency of the tub you are considering purchasing as well as the monthly costs required to run and maintain it. Elko Spas Billiards and Pools will help you determine... read more
Create A Pool Supply and Maintenance Checklist

Create A Pool Supply and Maintenance Checklist

Gathering the right pool supplies and doing your spring pool maintenance should not be difficult and time consuming.  You’ll probably plan to schedule maintenance at least once a week when summer is in full swing, and it can even be a fun and exciting activity with family members, especially older children. However, when you inventory your poosl supplies and perform your pool maintenance and cleaning, one thing is for certain – everything will be easier with a checklist. There are a lot of things for you to remember to inspect when maintaining your swimming pool. You have to check the pool equipment and make sure it is all in proper condition. You also have to look at the pump and sand filter regularly to ensure they are operating optimally. If you fail to check them even once, you might end up paying a huge amount of money for repair or replacement. Add to this the need to have the proper pool supplies and chemicals in the pool water at appropriate levels. For some, this can be difficult and confusing even if they have already done this a couple of times. For others, however, it’s not only the difficulty and complexity of the maintenance itself, but finding time to do the maintenance that bothers them. Some people just don’t have an hour every week to check and maintain their swimming pool, more so after severe weather conditions when another part of their house is damaged. Basic checklist for pool supplies and maintenance: Check the pool’s water level at least once a week – Your water level needs to reach at... read more
Brushing Up Your Knowledge On Pool Chemicals

Brushing Up Your Knowledge On Pool Chemicals

Although you know about the basic pool chemicals that you need to maintain and take care of your swimming pool, you might have difficulties choosing the specific chemicals to buy may be difficult and overwhelming especially considering the wide variety of chemicals available in the market today. Add to this the right amounts that you need to purchase. You should know the exact amount of chemicals to buy to avoid having the need to store the excess at home, which can be dangerous and risky for your kids and your pets. To help you choose the right pool chemicals to buy, below is a list of some helpful tips. Consider buying a preventive maintenance program. When you visit a pool supplies store or when you consult a pool professional such as Elko Spas Billiards and Pools, they will recommend that you buy maintenance programs. These programs have the complete set of chemicals that you need in order to take care and maintain your swimming pool. Basically, these preventive maintenance programs often include a sanitizer such as chlorine, a shock, algaecide, balancing chemicals to help you adjust water chemistry and test strips so you can ensure you have achieved a balanced chemistry for your pool water. Buy complete chemical programs from legit retailers and pool suppliers. To be sure that you are buying the right types and amounts of pool chemicals, buy only from legit retailers and providers. They can offer professional suggestions about the types of chemicals that you should use depending on the type and size of your swimming pool. If you like, they can also come up... read more
Everything You Need To Know About Hot Tubs

Everything You Need To Know About Hot Tubs

More and more homeowners are considering installing hot tubs in their homes not only because of the added appeal and beauty to their house. But more for its therapeutic benefits as well as for the opportunity it provides families to gather and spend more time together. The continuously growing demand for outdoor spas and tubs have resulted in the development and manufacturing of different variations of outdoor spas. In fact, there are tubs that come in different colors and designs to complement current climate and the home’s décor. Moreover, many tubs that are available in the market today have different accessories and features including bubbles, jets, cup holders and lounge chairs. Raw materials Early outdoor spas are generally made from plaster, tile and wood. These materials are rarely being used today because they have been proven to be difficult to maintain. Today’s tubs are made from acrylic and fiberglass. Industry experts believe these materials highly durable and very easy to maintain. Moreover, these can be easily manipulated to ensure heat insulation as well as create different colors and styles. Installation process Generally, hot tubs are very easy to install. All you need are garden hose and a power supply. If you bought a basic outdoor spa, you will not need professional assistance in installation since all you need to do is to hose the tub and plug it to the power supply. Once the water is warmed up, call the rest of your family and get in and relax in your outdoor spa. Note, however, that there are certain types of outdoor spas that require installation by a professional.... read more
10 Tips Help You Get Your Pool Ready For Myrtle Beach Summer

10 Tips Help You Get Your Pool Ready For Myrtle Beach Summer

Among the big chores of the spring is opening the pool. Most individuals do not have a problem getting the cover off and starting the system, the real problem takes place when they see the color of the swimming pool. It’s going to require some chemicals (and a little elbow grease) making it clear once more. Don’t Worry! Here are 10 pointers to help you open your pool and get ready for another great summer. It is time to grab a friend Opening a pool can be done by only one person, however it’s a lot easier with two, and you can even turn it into party time. Welcome a good friend or two over to assist you in getting your Myrtle Beach swimming pool ready. You might need to provide them a reward. Perhaps some great snacks or access to your swimming pool whenever they desire … ok, perhaps just stick to snacks. Open Your Swimming pool Early If you and your family love swimming, you may want to consider opening your pool early. The weather has been warm, so it is time to start thinking about opening your pool. Likewise, you can take advantage of the early purchase offers at your local pool store. You’ll also have your swimming pool open in case you have an early summer season. Opening your pool early even assists with algae. Algae likes warm and dark locations, which is why it grows so well when you have the winter cover on your swimming pool until the middle of June! Be Prepared Before you get going, make sure you have everything you... read more
Above Ground Swimming Pools in Myrtle Beach

Above Ground Swimming Pools in Myrtle Beach

Swimming pools are very popular these days, proving to be one of the best investments you can make for your home and your family.  If you live in Myrtle Beach, or in an area that is known for a hot climate, a swimming pool can be an ideal way to cool off.  You can have friends over at your pool to have fun, or use it to teach your kids how to swim.  Although many people prefer an in-ground pool, an above ground pool is just as good – if not better. Above ground swimming pools are well known for three reasons – safety, installation, and maintenance.  All types of swimming pools can be a chore to maintain, as you have to clean it on a daily basis and ensure that you have the right balance of chemicals in the water.  You also have to keep an eye on the temperature and keep objects such as leaves out of the water.  Advantages Of Having Above Ground Swimming Pools Easier to maintain for the simple reason of being above ground In ground pools are down low, meaning that debris can easily get into it, and animals such as dogs, cats, and even squirrels have easy access to it.  Above ground pools, on the other hand, are a bit higher up, and make it hard for animals and debris to gain access to the water.  Those of you who are looking for a pool that requires less maintenance – should look into an above ground swimming pool. Safer for children. Children can easily fall into in ground pools, for the simple fact that they are low to the... read more
Myrtle Beach Pool Supplies

Myrtle Beach Pool Supplies

Myrtle Beach pool supplies usually include an entire range of chemicals and equipment for swimming pools. A few of these are pool sweeps filter grids and cartridges saltwater chlorinators filter grids and cartridges swimming pool pumps and motors pump/filter combinations (skid packs for above-ground swimming pools) pool filters pool heaters timers and controls (electronic controls, pool timers, freeze guards) lights valves and plumbing parts (cleaners, pumps, filters, heaters) along with swimming pool covers and chemicals needed for safe swimming Slides, diving boards, ladders, liners, and other devices also form a part of swimming pools. The initial step toward a clean pool is pool water care. For this, a common oxidizer/sanitizer, like chlorine, is utilized to burn up organic product in the water, which considerably lowers the load on the filter. Care has to be taken to preserve the pH balance and perfect total alkalinity level, along with to check calcium hardness and stability. It likewise makes good sense to purchase a pump that is sized appropriately and that will not lose energy. A good pump ought to have the ability to pump the whole capacity of the pool in eight hours. An automatic pool cleaner is a needed high-end that saves time. Come to Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools and ask our experienced staff what pool supplies are right for your pool. They have a large range of pool equipment and cleaners; pool supplies and likewise offer the suggestions needed to pick the best items for the swimming pool. Pool filters are available in 3 varieties: Sand, D.E., and Cartridge. These days, pool heaters offer sophisticated designs that are... read more
3 Swimming Pool Mistakes To Avoid

3 Swimming Pool Mistakes To Avoid

If you have always wanted a swimming pool in your backyard, you no doubt have visions of living the good life, relaxing after a long day, and taking nighttime dips to cool off. But swimming pools also come with a huge responsibility and they do require regular upkeep to ensure they stay running in good order. In this article, we’re breaking down the most common mistakes most people make with pool maintenance. Avoid These Swimming Pool Mistakes! Not Adding Adequate Chlorine Balancing the chemicals in your swimming pool is super important, especially if the pool gets a lot of use. You should check your chemicals everyday, or even more often if there are many people in the pool. Keeping the filter clean and free of debris is also very important. Adding enough chlorine will prevent algae growth and of course, nobody wants to see algae in their pool! If checking chemical levels is a chore to you or you can’t do it as regularly as you should, consider buying a chlorine floater device that will automatically deliver enough chlorine to maintain the pool’s proper balance. Not Regularly Running The Pump This is something that should not be neglected. Lots of homeowners will try to save on energy costs by not running the pump as much as they should. Doing this doesn’t really save money in the long run, due to the fact that you will end up buying more chemicals to compensate. Not running your pump enough could also lead to issues that would require a pool technician’s services, leading to even more costs. Keep in mind that during... read more
Getting Started With Billiard Games

Getting Started With Billiard Games

If you’re looking for a fun game you can play with the whole family, then look no farther than the wonderful world of billiard games. It has a history that dates back to 15th century France and the different styles of the game area as diverse as the regions they come from. There are even several variations of the British, American, Australian, and French styles of billiards. Basically, there are several different types of billiard games and one of the more common ones is the game called Eight Ball. The divisions most often seen in the game of billiards would be Carom billiards, which has no pockets, the game of pool, which has six pockets, and Snooker, which is pretty different than both of the afore mentioned games. All sorts of art and literature through the ages have mentioned the game of billiards. If you know your Shakespeare, then you know that it was a game for royalty. Many great philosophers and kings enjoyed the game as well. Clearly it was thought of as a very intelligent game. The Basics Of Billiard Games All billiard games utilize a pool table for play. However, there are many kinds of pool tables and different billiard games will require different pool tables. A standard pool table is twice the length of its width and are a rectangular shape. Pool tables can be 7, 8, or 9 feet long, and in rare cases, a ten-foot table can be found, although these are most likely antique. If you come across one in great condition or one that has been restored to its former glory,... read more

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