Enjoy A Warm Myrtle Beach Swimming Pool All Year!

Enjoy A Warm Myrtle Beach Swimming Pool All Year!

The hot summer months are here and the fall season is just a couple of months away with much cooler evenings and milder days. For most, that means closing up our pool until next summer but why do that when you can continue to enjoy your pool all year round! Here are some ideas about transforming your Myrtle Beach swimming pool into a luxurious experience no matter the time of year.  How To Keep Your Myrtle Beach Swimming Pool Open All Year Think about putting in a pool heater. Pool heaters will let you extend your pool enjoyment way past the typical summer months. There are a few great types of pool heaters out there, so let’s talk about a few of them and what you should think about before buying….  Consider what the ideal water temp feels like to you. There are three basic pool heater types. Gas heaters, which keep the water maintained at any temperature you desire. Electric heaters, which will keep the water at 80-90 degrees, Fahrenheit. And lastly, solar heaters will maintain the water in your Myrtle Beach swimming pool at the 80-85 degree range. How big is your pool? Larger pools will require energy ratings that are higher and vice versa for the smaller size pools. Consider the budget you would like to stick to. Just as with anything else, the proper maintenance of a Myrtle Beach swimming pool requires some time and money, and so if you are thinking of installing a pool heater, then you’ll want to carefully consider your budget here as well.  For the most part, the gas heaters...
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...
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...
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...
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...