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Top Ten Questions About Myrtle Beach Pool Care

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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 causing it?

First, make sure that it isn’t just normal amounts of evaporation. It can vary from place to place, but you can expect at least an inch or two of water to evaporate weekly. If you see that it’s much higher than this amount, call us here at Elko.

4.   How Do I Get Rid Of Algae Blackspots?

Algae grow when the chlorine levels are too low. It can attach itself to the tiles and surface of your Myrtle Beach pool if not treated. There is a special chemical to kill it when you first see it. In major cases, the pool may have to be drained in order to get rid of it.

5.   How frequently should I check my pool water chemical levels?

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ALWAYS check the chemical balance in the water after a rain event. If you have a chlorine pool, you should perform daily chemical checks and balance as needed. Saltwater pools can go every couple of weeks.

6.   What Kind Of Chlorine Should I Use?

In saltwater pools, always use a liquid chlorine because the granular form tends to leave calcium deposits, which cause cloudiness. In regular pools, there are many forms and you can use whichever is most convenient and cost-efficient for you. Ask your Myrtle Beach pool pro!

7.   Why Won’t My Pool Chlorine Levels Stay Balanced?

Most likely, the reason is due to insufficient chlorine stabilizer. Call us here at Elko Pools and Spas and we will come test to make sure it isn’t due to other issues.

8.   Why Do My Kids Get Ear Aches After Swimming?

When kids are in the water a lot, they can easily develop what’s known as “tropic ear” and it’s simply due to dampness in the ear. It is a fungus that grows in damp ears but can be very easily treated. The best prevention is teaching children to always dry their ears well after swimming.

9.   How Long Should I Let My Chlorinator And Filter Run?

The rule of thumb is: 6 hours each day for chlorine pools and about 8 hours each day for saltwater pools.

10.  Why Is My Swimming Pool Making Gurgling Sounds?

This is usually caused by low water levels. Be sure and get the air out of the filter and make sure that the water is always halfway or more above the skimmer opening.

We’ll be covering another set of frequently asked questions next time, so check our blog often! Your Myrtle Beach pool is in good hands with the experts at Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools, so don’t hesitate to call us today with any questions, or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer and get out and enjoy your Myrtle Beach pool!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556

Your experts in Myrtle Beach pool care!

Getting Started With Billiard Games

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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, they would make any game room look fabulous! The material on top of the pool table feels and looks like felt, but it is most often a wool blend.

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Billiard Games

Here’s something to impress your friends—did you know there is a company that manufactures the cloth on top of pool tables that has been in business since the 1400’s? It’s true! These experts know a thing or two about their craft. There are fast play and slow play cloth covers, depending on the amount of friction the ball will have against the cloth. Obviously, balls roll faster and farther with fast play cloth material, and the opposite for slow play. Competitive pool or billiard games always use a cloth made from 100% wool. Most of the time, the cloth is green, although it can be found in other colors like blue or red.

No matter how you slice it, the game of pool, billiard games, or Snookers are all one of the longest standing games of our time! They have been played through the ages, have crossed many cultural boundaries, and have made their way to modern day as one of the most fun family games around. If you’ve always wanted to buy a pool table but don’t know where to start, let Elko Spas, Pools & Billiards help you with all you need to know! Come visit us and see our show room. We have everything you need, including the know-how, to get you playing one of the world’s most well loved games!

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4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556

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Pool Cleaning Basics

Resort1 300x190 Pool Cleaning BasicsIf 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 of times during the season, the pumps need to be cleaned. The pumps need to be opened up and the pressure checked. If you see that pressure getting towards the 40’s, it’s pretty high and will need to perform a backwash.

These are just guidelines to help you in your process of  keeping your pool clean. Following these tips will keep your pool sparkling and clean, as well as safe. It will prevent algae, which can be hard to get under control once it starts. If you feel you have the time, you can of course clean the pool more often.

Hiring A Pool Cleaning Service

Of course, the other option you have is to hire a reputable cleaning service. If you don’t want to worry about keeping your pool clean yourself, then call Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools today and let us do the job for you! We have all your pool cleaning supplies if you do want to do it yourself. Call us today to find out how we can help you keep your pool working beautifully for years of enjoyment!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556



The Basics Of Swimming Pool Cleaning

Pool Cleaning Professional 200x300 The Basics Of Swimming Pool CleaningI think we all dream of having a swimming pool at some point or another, but swimming pool cleaning isn’t something we think about nearly as much. Today’s pools are more affordable than ever and the options are endless. When it comes to the dog days of summer, it’s hard to resist jumping in for a swim! If you do decide to take the plunge and get a pool in your backyard, then you need to be prepared for the cleaning and maintenance that will come with it. Swimming pool cleaning is a very necessary part of that maintenance plan and should be done regularly and properly to keep your pool safe and healthy.

What You Need For Swimming Pool Cleaning

The purity of the water should be of utmost importance. You will no doubt have kids in the pool and they will no doubt swallow the pool water, no matter how much you tell them not to. Even adults will inevitably swallow some water during the course of swimming. Germs and other organisms can get in your body through more than just your mouth, so it’s really crucial to keep that water pure. This is where swimming pool cleaning comes in.

So, the first order of  pool cleaning business: chemicals that will sanitize and purify the water. Chlorine is by far the most commonly used chemical to keep pool water clean and safe. It’s been tried and true for many decades now and is easily obtained and stored. It comes in several different forms like granules, tablets or even sticks. Ask your swimming pool company or the store where you bought your pool about the right amount of chlorine for your amount of water.

The second necessary chemical in your pool cleaning arsenal are the balancers. You don’t want the pool’s alkalinity or acidity to be too high or it can cause eye irritation as well as damage the pool itself.

Keeping Your Routine For Swimming Pool Cleaning Simple

You will need filters as well as chemicals. While the chemicals deal with the unseen organisms and bacteria, filters keep the debris that you can see, out of your pool water. You will need filters and filter cartridges to keep the junk out of your pool before it floats into the water. The skimmer baskets will also be essential in the process. You need to keep the skimmer basket clean so it doesn’t get clogged. Check it daily.

Keeping foreign objects and debris out of your pool is the best way to keep it clean. Pool covers are a huge help in this area. Learn how to winterize your pool when it’s not in use. It will save you huge amounts of labor, money and chemicals when the season comes around again for swimming. Even during the summer, the use of pool covers can cut down on the water evaporation which will save you money and make swimming pool cleaning a lot easier!

You can also do your swimming pool cleaning with robotic systems, which are widely available. You should have a good pool vacuum cleaner, a good stock of the right chemicals and know how to check your pH balance. Taking the time to clean your pool properly will ensure a safe and happy swimming pool experience for everyone. So, jump in and enjoy those summer days with your family and friends—the water’s fine!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556

Your swimming pool cleaning experts!








Five Great Reasons To Choose Aboveground Pools

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and have a swimming pool installed, then you might not realize that aboveground pools are among many fantastic choices. But have you thought about above ground pools as a viable option? Consider these five great reasons why an aboveground pool might just be the perfect choice for your family!

Aboveground Pools Are Easy!

  1. Low Maintenance. Every pool requires some maintenance to keep it safe. Water testing and chemical balances need to be checked often. This will keep algae out of your pool, as well as bacteria. Also, with aboveground pools, you will have far less debris or leaves getting in the water because the pool sits higher off the ground. This also goes for animals. Dogs or other animals can’t get into the pool nearly as easily if it’s a pool that has some height to it.

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  1. Safety. Accidents with small children are far more likely with in-ground pools. They can go right up to the edge of the pool and fall in, unable to swim or get out. It only takes 2 inches of water for a child to drown, so imagine an entire pool! Pools above the ground are safer for kids because of the height of the pool.


  1. Easy Installation. Installing the pool is much easier with aboveground pools. Whether you hire a contractor to do it for you, or you do it on your own, it’s just far less work. The digging and pipes, etc., that comes with installing in-ground pools safely can quickly make the cost go up.


  1. 4.    No Decking Necessary. You don’t always have to have decking around a pool. That right there will save you lots of money. You will have ample privacy due to the height of the pool. Decking can make it more spacious and fun, but not a requirement.


  1. It’s Just Plain Cheaper. Aboveground pools can be really beautiful and whether you have in-ground or aboveground, you will have a nice pool in the end, but why pay more when you could get the result you want for far less money and much faster? Nobody wants to take out a huge loan just to have a pool for the family to enjoy!


Just imagine your family on those hot summer days, relaxing in your new aboveground pool. It can happen much easier than you might think! For more info, call us at Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools. We have many names to choose from and lots of ideas to help you get the most beautiful pool possible. Gone are the days when aboveground pools were junky looking! Today’s  pools are made to fit in with your landscape and overall aesthetic. Call today!

Elko Spas Billiards & Pools

4718 Hwy 17 Bypass South

Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – ‪(843) 294-3556