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.

Vinyl, Concrete, Fiberglass: Which Inground Pool Type is Right for You?

Inground pools are split up into three categories: Fiberglass, concrete, and vinyl. The type of pool that is right for each person varies, depending on their price range.

The first step in determining which pool type is right for you is understanding how they differ and what you should consider in order to make the most informed decision.

Types of Inground Pools 

Fiberglass pools:  These fiberglass-coated (made from glass and resin) pools are usually one solid piece, which limits size and depth. They are hauled on a flatbed trailer truck and set in place with a crane.

Vinyl-lined pools:  Vinyl liners are fitted to your pool in order to provide protection, but the liner needs to be replaced in about 7-10 years.  A vinyl liner is installed over a steel wall kit or plastic resin wall.

Concrete pools:  Concrete pools are either formed and poured, or shot with gunite.

A great pool for the Northeast freezing climate is a “Family Fun” pool, which has fiberglass walls and concrete floor and steps. These pools are more permanent than vinyl or one-piece fiberglass shells, and are less costly to install and maintain than concrete pools.

Some things to Consider When Choosing a Pool Type

  • Price (Including Energy Savings)
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Appearance

Price

Vinyl liner pools come at the lowest price. Each pool is unique, but fiberglass pools can cost you anywhere from $15,000 – $50,000; vinyl from $15,000 – $40,000 and concrete from $40,000 – $80,000. If you wish to discuss a more specific price for the pool that you are envisioning, give us a call!

Installation

Though each project varies, average installation periods are:

  • Vinyl:  3 – 5 weeks
  • Fiberglass:  3 – 4 weeks
  • Concrete:  6 – 8 weeks

Maintenance

Each of these pool types takes a decent amount of maintenance. Vinyl liners need to be replaced around every 7 – 10 years, and the price tag for a new liner can be $4,000 – 6,000. Homewyse has created a handy tool to estimate these costs. Concrete pools may need to be retiled after 10 – 12 years. If a concrete pool requires replastering, the cost may be $8,000 – 15,000.

Appearance

Vinyl liners come in a variety of patterns and colors for those who want their pool to be a piece of art as well as a place to exercise and cool down. Concrete pools and Family Fun pools can have an extremely customized shape, perfect for creating a unique look for your pool.

Depending on what is important to you, each of these inground swimming pool types could be the right option for you. Call us at (412) 741-4774 to find your perfect fit!