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7 Tips to Prepare Your Swimming Pool For Hurricane Season

7 Tips to Prepare Your Swimming Pool For Hurricane Season

We are in prime hurricane season. If you have a swimming pool you may be wondering what you need to do to prepare. Here are some tips to help you be ready for any storm. Do Not Empty Your Myrtle Beach Swimming Pool Often the first response is to drain the swimming pool – don’t. Water in the swimming pool provides weight to keep the swimming pool anchored in the ground. When you leave your swimming pool empty it can come out of the ground or simply float up due to pressure build up from ground water caused by the storm. Shut off Power The breaker at the main electrical panel ought to be switched off. Pump motors, chlorinators, lighting, and heating units need to not operate in the storm. Protect Electric Swimming Pool Equipment Wrap the pump motor, light transformers, time clock, and electrical heating units with waterproof plastic. Make sure to tie firmly in place to avoid sand and water from getting in. If flooding is anticipated, disconnect these devices and store them in a dry location. Remove any loose items around the pool Chairs, tables, toys, pool tools or other loose items can become harmful projectiles in high winds. It’s best to keep them inside away from storm. Try to avoid tossing furniture into swimming pool, unless it is a last option. If so, carefully place items in swimming pool Myrtle Beach to prevent damage and staining. Add Extra Chlorine to the Pool To avoid contamination from debris and extreme storm water, add a granular shock, ideally Power Powder Plus or Chlor Brite. Stop by our... read more
Homeowners’ Guide In Pool Maintenance After The Rain

Homeowners’ Guide In Pool Maintenance After The Rain

According to many Myrtle Beach pool maintenance experts, there are certain things that a homeowner should do to their swimming pools after it rains. This is especially true for continuous heavy rains. Keep in mind that the rain can affect your swimming pool in a number of ways. And you as the pool owner should make sure these will not cause costly and severe damage to your swimming pool. Primarily, the rain can affect the pH balance of your swimming pool simply because rain can be acidic. Also, the added rain can increase your pool water level, diluting it and, thus, altering its chemical balance. Aside from this, the dirt and debris running off from your lawn or garden could end up in your swimming pool during the rain. Thus, among the many things that you need to do after it rains is clean your swimming pool and check its water chemistry. Cleaning your swimming pool This should be the first thing on your pool maintenance checklist after the rain has passed. You will need to remove all dirt and debris including fallen leaves and branches from your swimming pool. Note that these can be blown from other places to your swimming pool by the strong winds that accompanied the rain. Some of these dirt and debris may have also come from your lawn or yard. The most effective and easiest way to clean your swimming pool after the rain is to skim it first. This will allow you to remove fallen leaves and other debris floating on your swimming pool. When you have removed all floating debris, you can... read more
Kids And Pool Maintenance: Yes, They Can!

Kids And Pool Maintenance: Yes, They Can!

Pool maintenance should not be the sole responsibility of the adults. Kids can also help take care of your swimming pool. In fact, experts highly recommend teaching your kids the basics of pool care and maintenance so they learn how to be responsible pool owners at an early age. After all, no one loves and uses swimming pools more than kids. Here are some helpful things that you can teach your kids about proper pool maintenance and care. Simple and easy cleaning techniques These may include skimming the surface of the water using a pool net. Show them how to use the net to remove leaves and other debris on the surface of the pool water. Make sure, however, that they are big enough to hold the pool net without dropping it on the pool or hurting themselves. Running the vacuum along the sides of the swimming pool is also an easy cleaning task that you can assign to your kids. And for younger ones, you can have them removing any dirt that they can see and reach in the swimming pool. For those that they cannot reach, they should inform you or any adult in the area and have them remove the dirt instead. Being responsible in cleaning the swimming pool When you fist teach a kid how to clean the swimming pool, you need to be by their side as they do the task. On the other hand, once they get the hang of it, you should move on to teaching them how to be responsible when it comes to cleaning the swimming pool. For this, you... read more
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. ... read more
Myrtle Beach Above Ground Swimming Pool To Beat The Summer Heat

Myrtle Beach Above Ground Swimming Pool To Beat The Summer Heat

There is nothing that could beat the Myrtle Beach summer heat like the awesome, rejuvenating waters of a pool. The cool water of a swimming pool is a great place to cool down in the hot summer weather. Pools are generally for leisure swimming and affordable swimming activities. A Myrtle Beach swimming pool provides added design and worth to your house. Pool Types There are generally two kinds of pools: in ground pool and also over ground pool. In ground pool are irreversible frameworks calling for excavation and pool installation professional. On the other hand, above- ground pool end up being more preferred nowadays, as they are quickly mounted. Myrtle Beach Above Ground Pool The above-ground pool are the most effective choice for leisure swimming as they have extremely reduced building and construction prices. The fundamental benefit of these swimming pools is that they are easy-to-build. Above-ground swimming pools are composed of packaged sets. These packages could be assembled by an eager Do It Yourself person. However, there are still a lot of people who prefer to have it mounted by the experts because of warranty concerns. A specialist will certainly set up the swimming pool in the following steps for you. First of all, the ground is leveled to supply a level structure surface area. After that the installers construct the base track. The track sustains the external wall surface constructed from plastic, steel, or perhaps timber. After that, the pipes are laid after the sand then spread out in the swimming pool location. Ultimately, the plastic lining over the swimming pool wall surfaces is safeguarded, smoothed and... read more
Choosing The Right Cue Stick For Billiards

Choosing The Right Cue Stick For Billiards

Whether or not you are a serious billiards player or a beginner who’s trying to work on your game, pool cue sticks are one of those things that have personal appeal, individual to the player. If all you do is read about the billiards cue stick, it’s very difficult to surmise whether it would be a good one for you or not. I mean, how do you sift through all the adjectives of the written descriptions of cue sticks? Terms like unforgiving, well balanced, harsh or soft can leave you confused as to how that really translates to the feel of the cue stick in your hand and its performance. Of course, there are things that can be accurately described with the written description, like the height, weight, length or squirt. But as your game progresses and you get better, you will find yourself having your own unique set of preferences and they will most likely change over time. Most of us will just use the cue sticks the billiards hall provides in the beginning, but if you really want to take your game to the next level, be prepared to purchase a cue stick of your own. It’s important to try out several varieties of cue sticks so you can get an idea of what feels comfortable to you. Things like the tip’s diameter, the weight and length. Try to determine these things ahead of time before buying your own billiards cue stick. Here are a few tips on buying the right cue stick for billiards when the time comes for you. First of all, as silly as... read more
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... 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

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