What is Water Balancing? Water Balancing is a term used to describe how the five basic components of swimming pool water (total alkalinity, pH, calcium hardness, stabilizer, and total dissolved solids interact) are balanced with each other in order to have a sanitized and "clean" pool. Concerned about the balancing at your family's pool? Even if your not a customer, bring us a sample and we'll test it for you, no problem. But remember, water balance can change quickly and should be checked weekly. With our pool cleaning service, a technician will test your water weekly to be sure that backyard pool has the right composition all summer long.
How many times per season must pool chemicals be added to a pool? During the summer swimming season, chemicals, particularly chlorine, needs to be added once or twice a week. A typical family will need to wait for two to four after chemicals are introduced into their pool before it's safe to swim. Naturally, as part of our pool maintenance program, we do all the work to ensure everything is in tip-top shape.
How does a homeowner deal with algae in their pool? Algae removal is one of the most stubborn problems with owning a pool. While the algae that build up are not dangerous in and of themselves when bacteria begin to feed on algae, it can generate harmful substances that are easily ingested, cause skin rashes and infections, and algae can be slippery as well, leading to slips, falls and even bone fractures. Algae is always present at the microscopic level in even the cleanest of pools, however, poor filtration systems and poorly balanced pool water which is out of whack between chlorine and pH levels is the reason it can get quickly out of hand. Preventing major outbreaks of algae now is much better than dealing with the costly necessity of draining the pool, brushing and vacuuming necessary to treat the problem once it's out of hand, which is another reason we recommend a quality pool service.But if the problem has reached outrageous proportions, we can do a complete, inground pool cleaning
What pool equipment should a homeowner have to maintain their pool?
That's a great question and the answer depends in part on whether you have a quality pool maintenance service. If you do, then about the only thing you might want to add is automatic pool skimmer, to keep the water clean between visits by your pool technician.
But if you are a died in the wool DIY type guy, you'll need at a minimum: * A professional chemical water test kit. Don't skimp. get the best, and make sure it's a top-notch kit, not chemical testing strips. * A tele-pole (preferably a strong one that will last for years ) * A pool net or leaf rake * A top-notch professional vacuum head. * A vacuum hose * A pool brush * Chemical balancers These are the minimum things, although you can purchase expensive "toys" such as an automatic pool cleaning robot, which run as much as $1500 a pop.