Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Maintenance

  • Q: Why should I use a pool service?
  • A: CONVENIENCE: Many of us simply cannot afford the time it takes to maintain a pool on a regular schedule. We do the work and take the time to inspect the pool and the equipment for proper operation. If parts are needed, they are obtained and installed on the next service date, saving you an inconvenient trip to the pool store. No need to lug home gallons of acid and chlorine and find a place to store them safely when not in use.

    COMPETENCE: We are experts, because we maintain pools for a living. Knowing what it takes to obtain the proper water chemistry is what we do daily. We know what to do if we spot an algae bloom. As with most things, consistency is critically important and that is why we come every week. We notice changes in the water balance and adjust accordingly.

    COST EFFECTIVE: It will cost you a little more for us to maintain your pool, but probably not that much. You will probably spend an average of $40.00 to $50.00 per month for the necessary chemicals, including chlorine tablets, muriatic acid, shock treatments and chemical test kits. For only a few dollars a week more, we will come to your house and do it all for you.

    WHAT IS YOUR TIME WORTH?: Let's do the math, if you spend an estimated 1 hour per week x 4 weeks per month cleaning your own pool and let's say you earn $20 per hour at your job: $20 x4= $80 plus you are spending $30 to $40 per month on chemicals (and time to pick up chemicals). It's costing you $120 per month at best to clean your own pool.

  • Q: How long should I run my pump/filter?
  • A: Your pool filter is the most important component in keeping your swimming pool clean. We recommend that you run your filter 8-12 hours in the warm months and 6-10 in the winter depending on filter type, pool flow rate, and chemical balance.
  • Q: How often does my pool filter need to be cleaned?
  • A: This is dependent upon several factors. (the size of your pool, size of your pool filter, the type of pool filter you have, bather and contaminant loads most manufactures recommend a minimum of twice a year complete filter tear down and cleaning.
  • Q: Why does my pool/spa need to be chlorinated?
  • A: Pools should be disinfected continuously by a chemical which imparts a residual effect. Chlorine is a type of "disinfectant", also called a "sanitizer". Disinfects or sanitizers destroy living microorganisms and bacteria, preventing the transmission of disease. There are several types of disinfectants, such as chlorine, bromine, salt chlorination, ozone, and UV light. Pools need a disinfectant with a measurable residual.
  • Q: Do you service salt pools?
  • A: We have extensive experience servicing salt systems. We also provide salt chlorine pool repair services as well.
  • Q: How often should I change the water in my pool?
  • A: When your TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) are in excess of 2,000 PPM. Approximately every 3 to 5 years.
  • Q: Is it ok to drain my pool for the winter?
  • A: NO! A pool should not be drained for more than a couple of days. Without water your plaster will crack and blister.
  • Q: Why should I have my filter maintained?
  • A: All functioning parts of a pool require regular maintenance to work correctly. Ignoring this critical maintenance will end up costing you significant dollars in replacement fees. If a pool is properly maintained it will ultimately save the pool owner money and aid them in making the most of their pool both as an investment and a place for your family to enjoy.
  • Q: Do you do repairs and equipment replacement?
  • A: Yes. We offer full service repairs and equipment replacement services on all types of pools.
  • Q: I think I have a leak in my pool. Or is my pool just evaporating?
  • A: Swimming pools evaporate depending on the level of humidity, temperature, wind and water features such as waterfalls. The average evaporation rate for a swimming pool is approximately 1/4" per day.
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