Fall Pool Maintenance

fall-pool-maintenanceIt is never too early to start thinking about protecting your pool for the fall season. As the leaves change and fall, there’s more to think about than just raking your yard, you need to protect your swimming pool, too! These are the tips that will make sure your pool is in tiptop shape as temperatures drop and snow begins to fall!

  1. As obvious as it may sound, some pool owners neglect to do it – make sure you skim the pool for debris and clean out the strainer baskets. Make sure you get the debris from the pool early before it sinks to the bottom. Emptying your skimmer box and pump basket should be a regular task as more and more leaves begin to fall.
  2. Vacuuming the bottom of the pool and brushing the walls and tiles can help maintain a pristine pool throughout the fall and winter. Another tip when it comes to vacuuming, you want to make sure your vacuuming strokes overlap to get all of the debris on the bottom much like when you mow your lawn.
  3. Make sure your pool stays as clean as possible as the weather get colder by keeping your swimming pool filter free of debris. Checking the filter regularly will help you avoid any leafy, autumn clogs.
  4. Swimming pool heaters should be checked as well. Consider consulting Professional Pool Services to service it and make sure it is working properly. Calcium scales can build up and can make the heater less effective over time. Be sure to review your pool heater manual for maintenance guidelines. As the temperatures drop this fall, don’t be left out in the cold, now is the perfect time to make sure your pool heater is up to the challenge.
  5. The fall is no different than the dog days of summer. You want to make sure that your pool maintains a healthy water level. Naturally, water evaporates but if it is too low, your pump could be damaged. This is one easily prevented issue which if neglected could be a costly pool maintenance mistake.
  6. Be proactive and fix and repair any leaks in and around your pool. Correcting this will ensure that your water level remains at a consistent level and your swimming pool pump does not get damaged.
  7. Continue to monitor your water chemistry levels carefully. It’s important to maintain your chlorine and pH levels to enzyme treatments and phosphates year round. If you are unsure of proper levels for the fall, contact one of our friendly pool maintenance experts.
  8. Inspect your pool cover. Have you inspected your winter pool cover recently? Educate yourself on winter pool covers and shop for the right cover for your pool if you need a new one this fall! We’re just a phone call a way to discuss your options – 412-741-4774

If you have any questions related to your fall pool maintenance needs, please contact us to discuss your pool today!

Maintaining Your Pool Water Level

Maintaining a proper pool water level is an important part of pool maintenance. The level at which the swimming pool skimmers operate best is between one third and one half the way up the opening of the pool skimmer.

As the level of water in your pool increases,  the water moving into the skimmer is going to slow down, and that may result in debris passing by the opening without being pulled in. If the pool water is so high that it covers the skimmer opening, floating debris can’t get in.

If the water is too low the skimmer can bottom out, thereby sucking air into the system which can result in losing the prime and possibly result in burning up your swim pool filter pump motor. A situation which no home pool owner wants to have happen.

Adding water before backwashing and vacuuming the pool because this will also lower the water level.

If you have any questions related to proper pool water level or any other pool maintenance, please give our professionals at Pool Builders Inc, a call today at 412-741-4774

Cloudy Pool Water? These Might Be the Causes

A dip in the pool on a hot day is just what the doctor ordered for summer. But if you go to jump in and find cloudy, green water… you’re probably going to seek a second opinion! There are a lot of reasons that your pool may get cloudy, but there are a few things that you can check before you seek help from a professional, like the professionals here at Pool Builders, Inc.!

Sanitary Levels

The first thing that you should do is make sure that your pool is properly balanced. Does the pool have the right amount of chlorine in it? The water may need to be shocked to get it back to where it belongs. And don’t forget that you should also check the calcium hardness, alkalinity, and ph levels of your inground swimming pool. If these things are out of whack even a little bit, it could have an effect on how clear your water is.

An Equipment Malfunction

But it might not be the chemicals that are messing up your plans for a crystal clear pool. It may be because of faulty equipment. Make sure that everything in your pool’s system is functioning correctly, including your pool filter and pump. It’s important to the health of your pool that the water is circulated easily. Make sure that no part of your pool system is clogged with stray leaves or other debris, either.

Your Pool Filter Needs to Be Cleaned

Check the pressure level on your pool’s filter gauge. If it is increased by 10 psi (pounds per square inch), it’s time for your filter to be cleaned out!

Too Many People in the Pool

Though it’s common sense, we often don’t realize that the more people we have in the pool, the more “stuff” our pool will have in it. This “stuff” includes dead skin, sunscreen, sweat, dirt, and other foreign objects that can put pressure on your pool’s filter, pump, and other parts. All of that added pressure may mean that your pool won’t look as clean as it normally does.

Rainwater Runoff

Pool guests aren’t the only things that bring unwanted materials into your pool. Inground pools run the risk of having rainwater drag dirt and debris into your pool, also. That is why it is important to cover your pool when it is not in use.

Once you discover what the issue is, you can get started with correcting it so you can get back to your clean pool. You may need to use a water clarifier, which helps to coagulate tiny debris in your pool, making them large enough for your filter to pick up.

If you can’t seem to solve your cloudy water problem, give us a call at (412) 741-4774.

If You’ve Got Salt (Water), You Need ‘Pepper’

While salt-water pools are a great way to pass the time in those hot summer months, the salt can also be damaging to your pool and pool accessories. Luckily, APi created a product called “Pepper” in 2013 that helps combat the negative effects of salt water.

Pepper was created exclusively to work with salt-water pools. It oxidizes debris and assists in the filtering process, which leaves your water looking clean and ready to jump into. In addition to this, it also boosts your sanitizer, keeps phosphate levels low, keeps pH levels from fluctuating, and prevents buildup.

You simply need to use the product twice a month, and you’re free to swim immediately after. And after your first use, you can usually operate your salt water generator at a lower setting.  Less pool maintenance in one little step! All you need to do is sprinkle Pepper into your salt-water pool. Each bottle is 2 pounds, and you should use 1 pound for every 10,000 gallons. One bottle can do 20,000 gallons!

If you ever need advice on how to reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do on your inground salt-water pool, or you’re looking for ways to cut back on your maintenance costs, give us a call at (412) 741-4774. We know the products and techniques to help you keep you inground pool clean and refreshing all summer long.

Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

Spring is here, even if the temperatures aren’t quite showing it yet. It’s time to start thinking about opening your pool for summer in order to stock up on the supplies that you will need. In case you’re not really sure where to start, here are the steps you need to take in order to get your inground swimming pool summer-ready!

 

Remove debris from your cover.

If your pool cover is covered in leaves, those leaves will end up in your pool unless you remove them first. Use a blower, rake or broom to clear your pool cover of any debris before beginning the cleaning process.

 

Remove the cover.

When it comes time to remove your cover, the important thing is to make sure that it is clean and dry before putting it into storage.

 

Clean and vacuum the inside of the pool.

With your cover removed, it’s time to take a good look at your pool and make sure that it is as clean as possible. Remove any floating debris with a skimming net and remove any extra dirt and debris with a thorough vacuuming.

 

Make sure your water level is good.

Your inground swimming pool’s water level should be at about the halfway mark of your skimmer opening. If the water does not reach this level, it will need to be filled more.

 

Check your equipment.

A lot can happen over a long winter. You need to make sure that each part of your pool is functioning correctly, including your filter. But don’t forget that things like diving boards, slides, and pool decks can also take a beating in the winter that may require a fix in order to be safe before you take a dip. Make sure that everything is inspected so that the swimming experience can be clean and safe for everyone!

 

Check your pool’s chemical levels.

You need to be sure that you have the correct levels for:

  • Chlorine
  • pH
  • Calcium
  • Bromine
  • Stabilizer

If these levels are too far off to be fixed with some adjustment, your pool may need to be drained and refilled. This usually happens every 3-5 years.

Once your pool is opened, remember that it needs regular maintenance! If you have any questions about closing your pool for winter or what tools you will need to keep your pool clean and functional during the upcoming summer, give us a call at (412) 741-4774.