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A Homeowner’s Guide to Repairing Fiberglass Pool Cracks

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Homeowner’s Guide to Repairing Fiberglass Pool Cracks

Fiberglass pools are prized for their attractive combination of affordability, strength, and versatility. Unfortunately, sometimes fiberglass pools will develop cracks as time goes on. If you would like to learn more about minimizing the ill effects of such cracks, read on. This article will teach you how to repair a cracked fiberglass pool. Prep Work To begin, you will need to drain your pool. Note that you do not need to remove all of the water—only enough so that the crack is fully exposed and dry. Now, using either a hand or an orbital sander, smooth out the area around the crack, being sure to sand down any bumps or jagged edges. Medium-grit sandpaper should be suitable for this task. Now gather the following items, all of which will be necessary to move forward with your repair: marine fiberglass repair kit circular saw masking tape paint brush putty knife safety goggles Only proceed once you’ve got all of these items on hand. Opening the Crack The idea here is that you will be using a combination of bonding agent and fiberglass putty to repair the crack. Both of these items should be contained in the repair kit you purchased. However, to ensure a watertight result, it is necessary to expand the crack so that you can better fill it with the putty. Wearing your safety goggles, use a small circular saw equipped with a diamond blade to open up the crack along its length. Don’t worry about making the crack any wider than the width of the blade. Be sure to extend your cut beyond the ends of the crack by a couple of inches. Filling the Crack Now use your paintbrush to apply a coat of bonding agent to the crack. Concentrate on coating the inside walls of the crack as far back as possible. Now follow the repair kit’s instructions for preparing the putty. This may involve mixing two different components together. Then fill up the crack as fully as possible with the putty, smooth it out with your putty knife, and allow it to dry thoroughly. Painting the Crack Your fiberglass repair kit should also contain a tube of gel coat as well as a piece of fiberglass cloth. These items will be used to form a watertight seal over the putty. Begin by surrounding the crack with masking tape, and then paint a layer of gel coat over the area. As soon as this layer of gel coat has been applied, press a piece of fiberglass cloth on top of it. Be sure that the cloth is touching the fiberglass flatly on all sides. Now add a second coat of the gel. Allow the patch to dry, and then gently sand it down before repainting the area with an appropriately colored epoxy paint. Contact a company like Distinctive Swimming Pools Inc for more...

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Three Common Threats to Vinyl Pool Liners

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Common Threats to Vinyl Pool Liners

Vinyl pool liners are easy to clean, relatively inexpensive, nonabrasive, and easily customizable. Just like other liner materials, however, vinyl pool liners do not last forever. Here three examples of vinyl liner damage to expect: 1. Cracks and Tears Cracks and tears occur due to various reasons, such as these three: Deterioration—Normal wear and tear occurs due to multiple reasons, such as ultraviolet radiation from the sun and action of chemicals on the liner. Deteriorated vinyl is brittle and easily cracks. Animal damage—Animals’ claws or even hoofs can damage the lining. Swimmers—The more you have people swimming in your pool, the more likely it is for the liner to tear. Normal swimming may not cause much damage, but be sure to keep hard or sharp objects out of the pool; these can tear the liner. Some cracks and tears may be too tiny for you to notice; the best way to detect them is to monitor your water level. If it falls too much, then your liner is probably damaged, and you need a replacement. 2. Fading or Staining Liners fade as their materials deteriorate with time. Pool chemicals (poorly mixed) and sunlight are some of the common causes of fading, but uncontrolled algae growth may also be to blame for fading. Here are some of the measures to reduce the rate of fading or staining: Cover the pool when not in use Monitor and balance your pool chemicals; there are even automatic monitors and dispensers that control the level of dissolved chemicals. Control the level of algae in your pool. Do this by maintaining your pool’s hygiene, maintaining the required pH level, ensuring efficient water circulation, and filtering your pool water properly. If your pool already has algae, superchlorination treatment usually works to get rid of it; contact a pool contractor for the treatment. 3. Wrinkling, Slipping, and Stretching Another common problem involves the top edge of the liner slipping out. If you find it difficult to slip it back into the track, then your liner has probably stretched. This happens if the vinyl loses its initial elasticity due to deterioration. A complication of this problem is that the liner sags and allows water to drain from the swimming pool. You should suspect that this is what is happening if the pool fittings have become loose. Contact your pool contractor to see whether you can repair the liner or if you have to replace the liner. For information about swimming pool repair, go to sites of repair services in your...

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Natural Swimming Pools: Key Information

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Swimming Pools: Key Information

Providing your family with a pleasant place to swim and enjoy the water does not necessarily mean installing a conventional concrete pool in your backyard. A fascinating alternative is to have a natural pool, which resembles a pond, placed on your property. These are not as common as concrete pools, but are being seen more frequently due to their beauty and utility. Here is a closer look at these intriguing outdoor features.  Plants and Mud   If you are concerned that installing a natural pool might have your family swimming in mud and weeds, then you can toss those worries aside. Most natural pools have two separate areas: a swimming area and a plant area. The swimming area will usually have a liner applied on the bottom, so mud will not be a concern. Plants will have their own separate space and will not interfere will your enjoyment of the pool.  Water Freshness   The freshness of the water in your natural pool should not be an issue. The contractor will install the appropriate filters and pumps to ensure that the water never becomes stagnant or offensive. Also, the aquatic plants placed in the plant portion of the pool will help keep the pool free of contaminants through natural processes. Placing a skimmer in the pool will help keep the water free of algae and impurities as well.  Sensitivity  Are you or any family members sensitive to the chlorine buildup in conventional pools? If so, then a natural pool could be the answer to your problems. With natural pools, no chlorine or other chemicals are required. The natural eco-system that develops in the water keeps it fresh, so you don’t have to worry about your eyes being irritated due to chlorine sensitivity.  Bulk Water  Once your natural pool is installed and everything is in place, then you have to fill the pool with water. You could use a garden hose, but this could be take quite a long time and be impractical. Also, if you live in a rural area and obtain your water from a well, you don’t want to drastically reduce the water level in your well.  The best answer is probably to have a bulk water delivery from a pool company, such as Renehan’s. The job will be done in a short amount of time and you can be assured of getting high-quality water.  Installing a natural is great idea in many instances. Contact your pool contractor for more...

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Decorate A Pool And Patio With A Tropical Theme For Your Spouse’s Birthday Party

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Decorate A Pool And Patio With A Tropical Theme For Your Spouse’s Birthday Party

If you are holding an evening pool party to celebrate your spouse’s birthday, the following tips will help you decorate the pool and patio that surrounds it with a an attractive tropical theme. Once you have finished decorating, plan some festive activities for your guests to enjoy. Materials plastic patio furniture disposable tablecloths and dinnerware (floral print) bamboo place mats bamboo torches (with citronella oil) barbecue lighter ceramic flower pots dirt balloons light sticks floating candle bowls waterproof tape artificial flowers portable hammock chaise lounge chairs  utility cart radio PVC pipe prize cooler (filled with ice) beverages  Dining Section Set up some plastic tables and chairs in one corner of the deck. Cover the tables with disposable tablecloths that have a floral print on them. Create a place setting for each person that includes a bamboo mat and disposable dinnerware that has a pattern printed on each piece that complements the tablecloths. Insert a couple bamboo torches that contain citronella oil into ceramic flower pots that are filled with dirt. Place the pots near the tables. When it is time to serve dinner, light the torches so that your guests can eat their meals without being bothered by mosquitoes. Your guests will also appreciate the soft, inviting glow that each torch produces.  Pool Area Activate several, short light sticks. Blow up balloons and place one of the sticks inside of each one before tying it. Place the balloons in various parts of the pool’s interior. Use waterproof tape to attach artificial flowers to floating candle holders. Set the holders up inside of the pool. The guests will enjoy the unique decorations while it is light outside. As it grows darker, the glowing light inside of each balloon will enhance the beauty of the pool as the guests swim and enjoy themselves. Recreation And Relaxation Spot Set up a hammock that is supported by a frame and some chaise lounge chairs near the edge of the pool. Place a battery operated radio on a utility cart so that your guests can listen to music as they relax. Fill a cooler with a variety of tropical beverages for your guests to drink while they are resting. Invite your guests to play the limbo if they are not resting on the hammock or one of the chairs. Two people can each hold one end of a PVC pipe so that it is straight. As the other guests who are participating in the game successfully go under the PVC pipe, the  people who are holding it can lower it. Give a prize to the person who is able to pass under the pipe the most amount of times.  Your spouse and all of the guests will appreciate the tropical atmosphere that you have created for the birthday celebration and will enjoy themselves as they swim, play, and unwind. To learn more, contact a patio furniture company like Eastgate...

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3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Commercial Pool Maintenance Service

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Commercial Pool Maintenance Service

Whether you run a small community pool, a water park, or anything in between, there’s a good chance that a lot of your time is eaten up by pool maintenance. Keeping chemical levels balanced, vacuuming, and skimming can really add up to a lot of time and work. As such, you might be considering the possibility of hiring a pool maintenance service. Before you do, there are some important questions you’ll want to ask. Have You Dealt With Similar Setups in the Past? Commercial pool setups are unique; they’re not like residential pools, which are pretty straight-forward in their design and set-up. As such, you’ll want to make sure the company you hire to take care of your pool (or pools, as the case may be) has experience handling similar setups in the past. For example, if your business has a wave pool, make sure your maintenance company has worked with wave pools in the past. Don’t hesitate to ask for references, if needed. Exactly What Will Be Included in the Fee? Cost is definitely an important factor, even though it shouldn’t be your deciding factor. Early on in your discussions with the pool maintenance company, make sure you ask for a detailed estimate and find out exactly what is included versus what might cost you extra. For example, your regular maintenance package might include the cost of chemicals, but if your pool needs to be shocked, you might be charged extra. Being aware of all fees ahead of time will help you avoid sticker shock down the road. Will You Provide Proof of Service With Each Visit? If you’re not always going to be present when pool maintenance is scheduled, make sure the company will provide you with some kind of proof that they showed up and did their job. For example, many pool service companies will fill out a service log that’s kept on your property and details when they showed up, how long they worked, and what they did during the service. This way, you can enjoy the peace of mind in knowing that your pool is getting maintained, even when you’re not necessarily there to see it. These are just a few important questions that you’ll want to ask a commercial pool service before you decide to trust them with your own pool maintenance. From there, you can save yourself a lot of time and...

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Four Things You Can Expect When Installing A Custom Above-Ground Pool

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things You Can Expect When Installing A Custom Above-Ground Pool

If you do not want to invest in an inground pool, an above-ground pool is a great alternative. It can be just as good as an inground pool, and depending on your property, it may be a better solution for your home. You can also have custom above-ground pools installed. When installing a custom above-ground pool, there are a lot of decisions that you will have to make. Here are some of the things that you can expect when installing a custom above-ground pool: 1. Deciding Where To Install The Pool The first decision that you will have to make is the location of your pool. If you already decks on your home, you may want the pool located in an area where future decks can easily be added to your pool.  If you do not have decks, you may want to locate the pool in a fenced-in area or where people and children cannot get to the pool and fall in. 2. Finding The Location Of Any Barrier Utilities Before you start building the pool, you will want to know where all the utilities are. You do not want to have the pool installed over any utility lines. In addition, if you have a septic system, you will want to make sure that the pool is not located near or over the drainfield because the weight of the pool and water can cause it to collapse. Have your property surveyed and the utilities marked before you start your project. 3. Dealing With Drainage Around The Pool Location Drainage around your pool is also important. You do not want to have any water draining to the pool area because this erode the sand and cause other problems.  If you have things like gutter downspouts that drain towards your pool location, you may want to consider relocating them.  If your pool is located in an area with a lot of runoff, you can also add a gravel drainage bed to keep runoff from draining near the pool. 4. Adding Decks Or Fencing Around The Pool Area Finally, you will want to have a fence or decks around your pool. Many areas have building codes for inground and above-ground pool installations. This means that you may need to have a fence around the pool to keep unauthorized people out. If you are going to add a deck to the pool, you may need to have an access gate with a latch to keep people out of the pool area. These are some things that you can expect when installing a custom above-ground pool. If you need help with the installation of your new pool, contact pool contractor such as Bellar Pools Inc and ask them about the best solutions for the needs of your...

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Maintaining The Community Pool

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maintaining The Community Pool

Summertime is coming, and it’s time to open the community pool. Children, parents, and grandparents are all excited about the opportunity to swim, chat, and sun at the true local watering hole. These outdoor swimming pools are an asset to the community, but they are also a liability if they are not managed properly. For safety purposes, local governments and municipalities need to arrange for professional aquatic management services. PROPER WATER MAINTENANCE pH Keeping the water at the proper pH and chlorine levels is essential for comfortable and safe swimming. The pH level needs to be kept between 7.4 and 7.6. Below 7.2, the water is too acidic, and above 7.8 the water has too much alkalinity. The water needs to be checked daily in order to keep it in balance. Chlorine The proper chlorine level is necessary to keep pathogens, algae, and bacteria from growing in the pool.  The level should be between 1.0 and 3.0. If bromine tablets are used, the level should be between 2.0 and 4.0 ppm (parts per million). These levels must also be measured daily so that corrective action can be taken if necessary.   Cyanuric Acid Cyanuric acid, a chlorine stabilizer, must also be used and monitored. This reading should stay between 20 and 30 ppm. This substance hinders the evaporation of chlorine, which is necessary to keep the pool water safe.  Unfortunately, it also affects the pH and alkaline levels, which makes them more difficult to maintain. SICKNESS Pools are a huge liability issue due to all the accidents that can occur there, but the water itself can cause illness if it becomes a haven for bacteria. Swallowing a little pool water isn’t harmful, but ingesting a large amount of water that has not been properly treated may cause illness due to the presence of E.coli and parasites. The following symptoms may occur: Vomiting and upset stomach Continuous coughing Trouble breathing Excessive fatigue Maintaining healthy water balance is only one of the necessary tasks for aquatic facility management.  Safety training, facility maintenance, inspections, and pool openings and closings are also necessary to keep pools running smoothly. Professionals can handle the complexities of these jobs while ensuring public safety and protecting the community from liability issues.  Aquatic management is not a job for amateurs. When the community pool is run by experts, everyone else is able to enjoy a summer of worry-free swimming fun.    ...

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Clean That Green: Four Tips To Help You Get The Slime Out Of Your Pool In A Few Days

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clean That Green: Four Tips To Help You Get The Slime Out Of Your Pool In A Few Days

With the temperatures warming up, and swimming season here, opening your pool may be a challenging task. Warm weather and untreated pool water also creates the perfect combination for green algae to grow in your pool. It may seem like an impossible task to get the green out of your pool, but it can be much easier than you think. Here are some things you can do that will get the green out in just a few days: 1. Fishing Out Any Large Debris In The Pool Before you start with your cleaning, you will want to get a net and remove any large debris from your pool. The more you can remove with a net, the less work your filter will have to do to remove the green. You may also want to drain some of the water out and add clean water to make the process of cleaning the slime out easier, especially if it is really bad. 2. Preparing And Backwashing Your Pool Filter You will also want to prepare your filter by backwashing it to remove any debris in it. You may also want to change the cartridge or sand in your filter before you get started. This will ensure that the filter is clean before it starts filtering the green water in your pool. You will also want to check to make sure that everything is working and that no repairs are needed. 3. Shock The Green Slime In Your Pool Once you have the filter working, shock your pool with a chlorine treatment. This is the process of raising the level of chlorine to kill off any algae and bacteria in your pool. When doing this, set your filter to filter out the dead growth from your pool and clean the water. 4. Vacuum And Backwash The Filter Until The Water Is Clear Once you have shocked your pool, vacuum any debris that is left in the bottom of your pool. This is the dead algae and debris that has fallen into your pool. When doing this, you will also have to backwash your filter many times to remove all the debris from it. Repeat this process until the water in your pool is crystal clear. These are some things that you can do to get the green out of your pool in just a few days. If you want to keep the green out of your pool, contact a swimming pool maintenance service, like Shawnee Pools, to help you with the regular maintenance to ensure that the green never comes...

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Maintaining A Vinyl Pool Liner

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vinyl liners are commonly used in both in-ground and above-ground pools because they’re a relatively inexpensive yet durable option. If you have a vinyl pool liner, however, there are still some special steps that you should be taking to keep it looking like new and to ensure that it lasts for many years to come without the need for repair or replacement. DO Use Liquid Chlorine When it comes to chlorinating your pool, stick with liquid chlorine rather than solid chlorine tablets or “pucks.” While liquid chlorine does cost a bit more and needs to be added to the pool more frequently, it’s better for your liner and will distribute more evenly in the water. If you use chlorine tablets, which are tossed into the pool and sink to the bottom, you run the risk of discoloring your vinyl liner at the point where the tablet lands. If you must use a chlorine puck (such as to maintain chlorine levels while you’re out of town), try setting it in a chlorine dispensing device, which will float at the top of the water and protect your liner. DO Scrub the Water Line Another important aspect of keeping your vinyl pool liner in great shape is taking the time to scrub along the pool’s waterline on a regular basis. This will prevent the buildup of minerals and other debris along the line, which can stain and discolor the liner. Maintaining the waterline is simple; all you need is a sponge and a little bit of elbow grease. No soap or other cleaners should be necessary, so long as you do this regularly. DON’T Drain More Than Necessary Finally, if you ever need to drain water from your pool (such as when closing it for the winter), never drain it more than recommended in your pool’s owner manual. If you drain your pool too much, the vinyl liner can easily shrink (especially if exposed to sunlight). This will make it much more prone to cracking and peeling away once it comes time to refill your pool. In most cases, you should never drain your pool’s water level more than a few inches below the skimmer line. If for any reason you do need to drain your pool completely, contact a pool professional to make sure that it’s done right and that any damage to your vinyl liner is minimized as much as possible. One company to contact for more information is Aquatic...

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4 Ways to Guarantee a Swimming Pool Will Add Value to Your Home

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are thinking about adding a swimming pool to your yard, you want to be sure that you think about how you can choose the right pool that will actually increase the value of your home. Unfortunately, the wrong style of pool and  the wrong size can lead to a decrease in your home’s value. Here are four ways to guarantee that this won’t happen to you: You Have Yard Left Over: Potential homebuyers aren’t going to be attracted to a home that has a swimming pool that takes over the entire backyard. If you are going to add a swimming pool, you must be sure that there is some yard left for the kids to play, the dogs to urinate, the adults to garden, and more. Landscaping even increases the appeal of the way that a swimming pool looks in the yard.  The Style: When a potential homebuyer is looking to purchase a home in a specific neighborhood, they probably want a home that matches the style of all the other homes that surround it. If you choose a pool style that doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood, it could decrease the value of your home. For example, if many homes that surround yours have more extravagant swimming pools that have water slides or under water bars, and then you install a basic pool with no features, a potential buyer looking in that neighborhood probably won’t be attracted to your home. The Efficiency: When you install a swimming pool in your backyard, you want to be sure that you consider energy efficiency. Having a home that is as energy efficient as possible is much more appealing, therefore increasing your home’s value. The filtration pump is the biggest factor when it comes to how energy efficient your swimming pool is. Be sure that you choose a variable filtration pump, which cuts down on 80% of energy costs over single filtration pumps.  Add Safety Features: One problem some potential homebuyers face when they are deciding between a home with no pool and a home with a pool is what the cost of homeowners insurance is going to be like. If you add safety features to the swimming pool, it can help guarantee that you and a potential buyer aren’t going to be paying as much in insurance costs. You should consider adding a pool gate to keep children and pets out, as well as a drain cover that will prevent small children from getting caught in it while swimming.  Overall, a swimming pool can increase the value of your home so long as you carefully plan and choose a swimming pool that is going to be attractive to potential homebuyers in the future and not just yourself. For more information, visit sites like...

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