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Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

With all of the rain and heat we have had lately, you will want to keep a close eye on your pool.  Because of the pollutants that are in the rain, you will want to test your swimming pool water to ensure that the pool is safe for your family and friends.  You will also want to closely monitor the water level of your pool. If you have a cover for your pool you can avoid some of these conditions, however, most Myrtle Beach home owners don’t bother with a cover once their swimming pool has been opened for the season. A poorly maintained swimming pool can become the home of disease and germs.  If care is not taken, your pool will become unsafe for swimming and can be the cause of infections. Easy Steps For Swimming Pool Maintenance   Water testing – this is the most important step for your swimming pool safety. Elko Pools will be happy to test your swimming pool water and let you know the chemical components of your water and what needs to be changed.  The primary area to check is the pH level and alkalinity of your water.  As a rule of thumb, pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6.  Alkalinity should be around 180ppm.  If all of this is Greek to you, then you will want to bring your pool water to Elko for testing. Sanitize – after your water is properly balanced, you will want to add chlorine, unless you have salt water chlorination. You want a level that is high enough to keep algae growth and bacteria under control. ...
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...
How Pool Chemicals Fine Tune Your Swimming Pool

How Pool Chemicals Fine Tune Your Swimming Pool

Pool chemicals play a critical role in your swimming pool maintenance. The chemicals work with the pool’s filter system which works to distribute and circulate the chemicals throughout the swimming pool. It is important and extremely useful if you have the right chemicals on hand as well as the necessary tools that you can use to measure their level in the pool water. Why do you need to keep pool chemicals in the right balance Aside from the general and obvious reasons for keeping the pool water clean and sanitized, here are other more specific reasons on why it is extremely important that you know how to manage your pool’s chemical balance. To treat the pool water and drive away dangerous bacteria and other disease-carrying microorganisms. These may already be present in the water that you use to fill your pool or they may come from the skin of the people who use the pool. Where ever they come from, don’t make it easy for them to thrive and develop in your pool water by leaving it untreated or chemically unbalanced. To protect other parts and aspect of your swimming pool. Untreated or chemically unbalanced pool water may damage other parts of your swimming pool. Too much chlorine may cause problems to your filter and other equipment that you use for your swimming pool. To prevent skin and eye irritation. A chemically unbalanced swimming pool may irritate the skin and eyes of those who will use the swimming pool especially for long periods of time. Managing Pool Chemicals The primary and most important role of these chemicals is to...
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...
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...
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 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. 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 The Pumps. A couple...