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.

Clean Your Pool Using Ultraviolet Technology

Whether you want to admit it or not, your pool can be a dirty place. It can turn into a breeding ground for algae and bacteria, which is why proper pool maintenance is so important.

Chlorine is the most common chemical used to keep pools clean, but chlorine can irritate swimmers’ eyes, skin, and hair. So how can you maintain good pool chemistry while making the swimming experience better for friends and family? Consider cleaning your pool with an Ultraviolet (UV unit).

Ultraviolet light has been used to disinfect drinking water for decades, but the technology is now making a splash on the pool industry. These UV units, like the Delta UV unit we recommend at Professional Pool Services, harness the power of UV light in order to kill algae and bacteria and balance your pool’s chemistry. In fact, the UV light actually changes the DNA of microorganisms in order to remove them.

By doing this, the UV system also reduces the amount of chlorine you need to use in your pool by 70-85%. And since the process is quick and easy and doesn’t harm people or animals that may come in contact with the pool, it’s clear why more and more pool owners are looking to this option.

The only thing you will have to do to maintain your UV unit will be to replace the UV bulb each year. Find out more about UV units from the Delta website.

If you’re thinking about installing a Delta UV system to your swimming pool, give us at call at 412-741-4774.

Don’t Save Pool Repair for Next Summer

While you may be thinking it’s time to close up the pool for the season and leave any repairs and maintenance tasks for next summer, you may want to think twice. It is actually more beneficial for you to take care of some of this in the fall than waiting for the long winter to pass.

If you’re concerned about a leak in your pool, the last thing you need to allow to happen is for the water to leak out during the winter months. As the water level in your pool drops and heavy snow settles on your cover, it can lead to tears in your cover or its straps. In the end, it will be more costly for you to have to deal with the problem later!

Another important thing to consider is that this is a great time to repaint your pool. The ground is still holding heat, which means that the paint will cure nicely on the surface of the pool.

As you get ready to make those last minute repairs to your pool, remember that we have everything you need to get prepared for colder days. Call us at (412)741-4774 to have leaks repaired, for a new paint job, or to pick out just the right cover for your inground pool. End this summer with a little bit of maintenance work so that you can start next summer with a splash.

Swimming Pool Energy Costs

Did you know that after heating and cooling your home, your pool is your home’s biggest energy cost? In fact, according to Opower, homes with pools use 49% more energy per year than homes without them.

There are plenty of factors that contribute to high-energy costs in your inground swimming pool:

1. Heat loss due to evaporation. Evaporation is a process that requires a lot of energy. This one of the reasons, beyond keeping out debris, that you should cover your pool when it is not in use.  If you need help choosing a cover for your pool, we’ve got you – well – covered! Installing windbreaks at your pool can also reduce evaporation.

2. Inefficient lighting. You can also reduce pool energy costs by using energy efficient light bulbs in your pool, just like you can use in your home. While the initial cost of the bulbs is more than traditional bulbs, you will save when it comes to energy costs and maintenance.

3. An overheated pool. Did you know that your cost goes up with every degree increase in the temperature of your pool? If you’re seeing high numbers on your energy bill, consider turning the pool down to a lower temperature.

4. An inefficient pump. Having an energy efficient pump can help you enjoy your pool all the way to the bank. Pentair has developed an energy efficient pool pump that can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your electric bill. In fact, they are ENERGY STAR® Certified.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your pool’s energy usage, call us at (412) 741-4774 for a free energy audit!