Adding Value to Your Home with a Pool

Adding Value to Your Home with a Pool

Having a pool in your backyard is a great source of enjoyment, good exercise, and just plain fun to relax during those warm summer days.  But, they are more than these things – they are a way to increase the value of your home.  If you ever plan on selling your home or enhancing the value, a swimming pool may be one of the wisest investments you could make to accomplish this. In-ground pools are the best means to increase the value of your home.  Although they are a major investment, they also give you lots of versatility because they come in many different sizes, shapes and have different options, based on your desires and needs.  You can choose to have a shallow end for children and those who are learning to swim, and then perhaps add a deep end for diving boards, slides, and even  lap swimming. A much less expensive option is an above-ground pool.   They will require a deck and privacy fencing, but adding the deck and fencing will definitely raise the value of your home as well.  Above-ground pools aren’t very deep, but they still offer great enjoyment and relaxation on a summer day…just splashing around with friends and the kids. Another way of adding value to your house is to install a hot tub.  A good hot tub is not cheap, but they are an excellent way to relax, and can be enjoyed even in cooler seasons.   Hot tubs have proven to be a wonderful selling point when showing your house for sale. As great as a hot tub is, most people wishing to... read more
3 Pool Chemicals You Need

3 Pool Chemicals You Need

Every pool owner has to deal with chemicals at some point in time.  When dealing with pool chemicals, there are a few things that you should know. No matter how many chemicals you have, you should never attempt to mix them together. You should never try to add water to dry chemicals of any form. Last but not least, you should never under any circumstances attempt to handle chemicals with your bare hands. Throughout your time of owning a pool, there are 3 pool chemicals that you simply must have for your pool.  These chemicals are very important, as you’ll be using them quite frequently so be sure and stop by Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools and pick up your pool supplies. Chlorine tablets Chlorine tablets come in dimensions of either 1 inch or 3 inch.  Chlorine tablets go in your skimmer, normally 3 – 4 tablets at a time.  During the summer, when you run your pool on a daily basis, you’ll need to change out your tablets every week or so.  If you are planning to use 2 skimmers, you’ll need around 8 tablets each week.  You can buy chlorine tablets by the bucket, containing 30 – 50 tablets.  They can tend to get expensive, around $80.00 a bucket, so you’ll need to have plenty of money to invest in your pool during the summer. Alkaline powder Even though chlorine in your water will help to kill off germs, it can also raise the level of acid in your pool.  If you aren’t using enough alkaline, parts that contain metal will begin to corrode, turning your water... read more
Myrtle Beach Pool Owners – Get Prepared For Summer

Myrtle Beach Pool Owners – Get Prepared For Summer

It’s that time of year again where spring-cleaning goes into action as we prepare for the summer months. If you’re one of the lucky Myrtle Beach pool owners, then getting your pool ready for summer is part of that yearly spring-cleaning! This can be a daunting task for many, so we’ve included some great tips on how to prepare your Myrtle Beach pool for summer and make sure everyone has a safe, enjoyable experience. First, make sure all equipment is running if it hasn’t been on all winter. Check around the pump for small leaks, as they are much easier to repair if they’re small. Most people run their Myrtle Beach pool all year, so regular inspection to make sure it’s in good working order is essential. Look for cracks in the basket where debris could get through. Well-maintained pumps can last 15-20 years. It’s a good idea to hire a professional Myrtle Beach pool service to test your water for high levels of TDS or “total dissolved solids.” This means the water is getting too hard for the chemicals to work properly. If the pool needs to be drained, have the service person also clean up the interior of your Myrtle Beach pool with an acid wash. He can also clean the tile. Hard water is what causes the white, chalky ring sometimes found around all the tile. After testing the water, you’ll want to “shock” the water by boosting the level of chlorine to 5.0 or higher. This is easily done yourself with chemicals you can buy from a local Myrtle Beach pool dealer. Shocking the water will... read more
Hot Tub Maintenance

Hot Tub Maintenance

Sometimes new hot tub owners think that regular maintenance of hot tubs will be overwhelming.  But, really, hot tub maintenance is not hard at all.  It just requires a few minutes a week, and you’ll be relaxing in and enjoying your hot tub.  We’d like to give you a few pointers for your hot tub maintenance. Most hot tubs and spas are made with an acrylic interior shell.  Acrylic is simple to clean because it is a non-porous surface (unlike concrete pools) and germs and bacteria can’t become imbedded.  So, just keep the acrylic clean and dust-free by wiping it down with either a damp cloth or a cloth with a mild cleaner…same as your acrylic bathtub. The cover of your hot tub spa is exposed to the outdoor elements on a daily basis, so you should always use a vinyl protector application on a regular basis to give it a long life.  Most good spa and hot tub distributors will carry this product.  Make sure you don’t use the vinyl protector anywhere other than on the cover.  It is a chemical (though mild) product and you don’t want it contaminating the water.  For the underside of the cover, just use a regular garden hose and spray it down once in a while and let it air-dry on a warm sunny day. Keeping your water clean will require some basic chemicals, same as your swimming pool.  These chemicals will be added to the water to kill bacteria and other germs.  As with your swimming pool, chlorine is the most commonly used chemical sanitizers.  Your spa and hot tub retailer... read more
Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

The term used to describe the sport as a whole, has been billiards. It’s a name that most of us know and is still used generically for all games played with a cue stick and balls on a pool table. But the usage of the word has become more inclusive among competition players in certain geographic areas and groups. Take the United Kingdom for instance—there the word billiards is used specifically for English Billiards, yet in the USA, it might only be used to refer to carom games or even to eight-ball by a minority (For many players, this is the only cue game they know of). Presently, the two can be inter-changed to have the same meaning. It’s assumed that if people refer to one, then they are also speaking of the other one. There are some technical differences, however. In billiards, smaller balls are used and there are only three balls-yellow, red, and white. The yellow or white ball can be the striker balls. You can think of it as a pool game without pockets on the table. On standard billiards tables, the cloth makes the balls much faster. In three cushion billiards, the object of the game is to strike the object ball, go three rails, strike the other ball, or you could go three rails and aim to strike both of the object balls with the carom, which is also known as a cue ball. Many of us have a general idea of pool games and pool tables. Some may know about the variations in pool, like eight-ball, nine-ball or cut throat. Most of us... read more
Hot Tubs 101: Water Care And Maintenance

Hot Tubs 101: Water Care And Maintenance

Considering how they take care and benefit you, owners should also learn how to properly take care and maintain their hot tubs. Aside from the much needed hydrotherapy and massage working to relieve your sore muscles after a long day at work, these outdoor spas also help you relax and release stress and pressure that many of you feel on a daily basis. And if you used a special aromatic scent for the water, you will have a wonderful treat of aromatherapy. Caring for your tub water is extremely important to ensure efficient operation and longer lifespan. You don’t have to worry because it is real easy to maintain clean and safe water for your outdoor spa. All you need is the right type of sanitizer and oxidizer and a convenient schedule for your water maintenance routine. On the other hand, if you want complete water care and maintenance, you can do so by working with professionals. There are different maintenance strategies that you should consider to maintain your outdoor spa. Using a complete water management system This type of water maintenance system is incorporated into your hot tubs. You will need to work with a professional to determine the right and suitable type of water management system for your outdoor spa. Elko Spas Billiards & Pools will help you identify and install the most suitable and cost effective water management system for your hot tub. One of the common types of water management systems is one that uses ozone. This effectively helps to remove organics that develop and accumulate on your outdoor spa’s water. All water management systems... read more
Safe Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals

Safe Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals

While it’s required to utilize swimming pool chemicals to preserve the water and keep it safe for swimming, these products are potentially hazardous. Discover safe techniques for storage and managing swimming pool chemicals to avoid mistakes and injuries. You should likewise know exactly what to do in an emergency situation for optimum preparedness. Adding Water to Pool Chemicals The typical treatment for adding moisture to pool chemicals involves adding them to a huge quantity of water. If only a small amount of water moistens the products, a hazardous condition might take place. In this case, the temperature of the materials might rise and hazardous gases might be released into the air. Possible situations with unexpected wetness could consist of rainwater leaking from a roofing system or window, a damp floor and improper storage, and accidental spraying from a hose or a sprinkler. Even excessive humidity during summertime weather conditions could lead to too much moisture getting mixed with the chemicals. Accidents When Mixing Chemicals The unintentional mixing of the wrong substances is another common mistake with pool upkeep. Mixing incompatible materials might result in a harmful response such as the release of poisonous or corrosive gas. Blending mishaps could also lead an explosive reaction and possible fire. A blending mishap might occur after spilling chemicals on the floor and then mistakenly mixing them together with cleaning products to tidy up the mess. It’s also possible that you could inadvertently integrate compounds if you use the same tool to mix more than one chemical. Dealing with old containers could result in unexpected mixes if residues blended together. Safe Handling Practices... read more
Thinking Of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Thinking Of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Hot Tub Buying Tips You have searched Craig’s list or the classifieds for a used hot tub and you think you have found what looks like a great buy. Or maybe a friend or neighbor has offered to let you purchase their hot tub or are even offering it to your for free. Is it really a good deal? Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing until you have it installed and running. Tips When Purchasing a Used Hot Tub or Spa The first priority is to never purchase for any used hot tub or spa that you have not personally seen in operation and have completely tested. Purchasing a “dry” tub is asking for problems. There is the possibility that you will get lucky and the unit will work just fine, however, you are more likely to have a disaster on your hands that costs you money. Like having a home inspection before buying a home, you will want to spend the money to have the hot tub or spa inspected before you buy. Secondly, you will want to have someone who knows what they are doing move the hot tub. You are putting stress on the plumbing, the frame and the shell when you are moving the unit. A crack that you never noticed when the spa was sitting at the original location will be made worse when loading it on truck if not properly handled. Less than honest sellers won’t tell you if the spa or hot tub has been repaired in the past and any damage will be magnified when moving. Just because everything looked... read more
Off-Season Swimming Pool Operation Tips

Off-Season Swimming Pool Operation Tips

Swimming Pool  Myrtle BeachFor our clients in Myrtle Beach and Horry County– how do you maintain your pool during the off season? In spite of what season it is, you can keep the swimming pool preserved so that when it’s time to resume, you will not have as much work awaiting you. Closing the pool or maintaining the swimming pool throughout the winter season, that is the question. Certainly, most Myrtle Beach swimming pool owners decide to keep their pool open year-round. If it is warm enough to keep the swimming pool open in the winter, here’s some ideas to assist you remain on top of pool maintenance this winter season. Running the Swimming pool Pump How long should you run the pump for throughout winter season? Lots of sunbelt swimming pool owners lower filtration during the off season to minimize the energy cost. But beware not to go too low! Circulation is necessary if you are keeping the pool open. Let the pump run as long as it takes for the water to cycle through the filter system. This is called the turnover rate. Usually, pumps need to be run for 6 to 8 hours at a time for appropriate flow. Another factor to consider when running the pump is debris– if debris is a concern in your pool, you may have to run the pump longer. Running a pump for only 3 hours every 24 Hr means there is 21 hours for particles to build up. A third aspect is the weather. The temperature will impact how long you run your pump. At temperatures above 65 degrees... read more
Winterizing Swimming Pool Tips

Winterizing Swimming Pool Tips

CLEAR OUT THE SWIMMING POOL. The primary step is to clear out any leaves, dirt, pests and debris. Utilize your swimming pool vacuum, or simply fish them out with a net. Clear out the skimmer and the pump basket, too. Clean the tile line with tile cleaner. Easier now than next spring, when the scum has actually had all winter to set. STABILIZE THE WATER CHEMISTRY. This protects the swimming pool from corrosion or scale accumulation. Using a water test kit (or bring your water to us to test), change the water to the recommended levels of pH, overall calcium (firmness), alkalinity and chlorination. If you want to include a winterization chemical kit, do it now. These kits put high levels of chlorine and algaecide in the water to prepare it for the winter months ahead. Your swimming pool retailer offers ready-made kits for the function; use according to the maker’s instructions. When it comes to bigger swimming pools, you might be directed to supplement the kit with extra quantities of some chemicals, too. DON’T LET YOUR CHEMICALS DAMAGE YOUR SWIMMING POOL. Don’t include tablets or a floater which contains chlorine or bromine– they can harm the devices nearest them. If you currently have chlorine or bromine tablets in your feeder, let them run out so that none continue to be. If you’re adding winterizing chemicals, pour them into a bucket then into the swimming pool. A few of these chemicals advise you to switch on the swimming pool filter while you add the chemicals. Make certain you do, especially if you have a pool with a vinyl liner... read more

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