National Pool Opening Day is Here!

NATIONAL POOL OPENING DAY

There’s a national vacation for every date on the calendar and for every topic under the sun, but National Pool Opening Day is a holiday that all pool owners can get behind!

As a pool owner, you know there is a lot of tasks that go into opening your swimming pool. National Pool Opening Day is a great yearly reminder to upkeep the many components of your swimming pool to prepare for a fun and safe pool season.

TEST THE WATER FIRST

You’ll want to test your water before you do anything else. You’ll need to test your pool chemical levels to see what to do before you start swimming.

There are a couple of ways to go about testing your pool water. You can buy a testing kit and do it yourself, or you can buy something like the pHin, that will test your water for you and tell you exactly what your pool needs to become swim ready.

Chemicals

When you’re buying shock tablets, don’t forget to get the other chemicals you need to re-balance the pool. Algaecide and water clarifiers help control the algae levels of your pool and will help your pool filter remove fine dirt particles it may normally miss.

Other chemicals you may need for your pool are sanitizer, water clarifier, waterline control, filter cleaner, or chlorine tablets.

Accessories

You should examine all your pool equipment, especially the pump and filter. You want to make sure they’re working correctly or if they need to be replaced.

You’ll need to check your other pool equipment like pool valves, chlorinators, heaters, cleaners, skimmers, ladders, slides, and diving boards. It’s better to check these before pool season starts, to ensure they’re repaired or replaced before you want to swim.

Heaters

Your heater will require some basic care and spring cleaning when prepping your pool. You’ll need to wash out the foundation and remove any cobwebs, leaves, or other debris around or in the heater. Make sure that you look over the drain holes and air vents to ensure they’re not obstructed. It’s common for leaves to get inside your heater, but they can harm your heater if they’re inside while it’s running.

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Inground Pools

Equipment reassembly for your inground pool can be a little complicated, so if you’re feeling intimidated be sure to call an expert. You’ll want to start by screwing the drain plugs back into your pump, filter, and heater with Teflon tape. When your water level raises to the appropriate height, you can remove your winter plugs from the skimmer and wall returns. This will help flood the lines.

Next, you’ll want to fill the pump with water from a hose and seal the lid tightly. Then you will open the filter, open the suction valves, and turn on your pump. This is the best and easiest way to flush out the skimmer and drain of your pool.

Above Ground Pools

First thing, you’ll want to connect your hose from the wall skimmer to your pool filter, pool pump, and the pool wall. (When you’re reassembling the pump and filter, you need to be sure that everything is tightly sealed.)

Now you’re going to fill the pool with water to the middle of the skimmer and open the air filter. Then you can open the valves to flood the lines and fill the pump with water.

Plug the pump into a grounded electrical outlet, open the suction and return valves, and remove any plugs in the pool skimmer and wall return. If you notice any leaks during this phase, you’ll want to shut off the pump and either try to fix the issue or plan for a replacement.

National Pool Opening Day is the last day of April every year! The best way to join in the festivities is to open your pool! If it’s still too early to open your pool you can join the party by getting out there, cleaning off the cover, and clean the surrounding equipment.

If you need help opening your swimming pool, contact us now!

The Benefits of an In-Ground Pool

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Whether your backyard is a clean slate waiting to be turned into an in-ground pool paradise, from in-ground pools to water features, decking and lighting, living spaces and landscape, the choices may seem endless. Consider these important design elements before creating your masterpiece.

The In-ground Pool

A pool makes a definite statement and, depending on the added touches, begins to set the tone. Consider a vinyl lining for the following reasons:

Easy installation makes it one of the lowest initial costs of all types of pools. Plus, the material is durable, smooth and inhibits the growth of algae.

The Lighting

Lighting offers both beauty and safety, and it is a vital element in setting your tone. From underwater hues to subtle illuminations along walkways and lights filtering through trees and waterfalls, the possibilities really are endless.

Water Features

This is the pièce de résistance–the crowning glory. From waterfalls to grottos to diving rocks or unique and inventive slides, this is the place where your imagination soars.

We are recognized as the leaders in our market for innovation and the use of the latest green technologies and, in the process, save you thousands of dollars in wasted water and energy. Contact us and we will help you create your vision.

Saltwater vs Chlorine

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Getting a pool always comes with the big question, saltwater vs chlorine?

Today we’ll be discussing the pros and cons of specifically using saltwater in your pools versus only chlorine.

Saltwater Vs Chlorine

Saltwater systems make chlorine, the exact same chlorine that is released from pool chlorine products. In a saltwater pool, when H2O + NaOCl are run through the salt cell, the electric charge breaks apart molecules to create chlorine (Cl) and a few other byproducts, which are generally reabsorbed. The chlorine that is instantly created, hypochlorous acid, is the same exact chlorine that is released from chlorine tablets, liquid chlorine, or granular chlorine.

Saltwater Pools Do Have Benefits

  • You can’t taste the salt, but it can make the water feel softer
  • Less storage and handling of hazardous chlorine products
  • Breakpoint chlorination inside the cell reduces chloramines constantly
  • Easily raise or lower chlorine levels, and view status on a digital display

Saltwater Pools Are Not Maintenance Free Pools

  • You still have to monitor the system, and test for salt, chlorine and stabilizer levels
  • You still have to maintain good water balance; saltwater pool pH and Alkalinity rises rapidly
  • Salt cells need cleaning to remove scale, although some systems do it automatically
  • Salt cells last about 5 yrs; salt system parts like boards, sensors and switches may last longer

You May Still Need To Use Chlorine Products

  • To raise the chlorine level very fast for shock treatments
  • To maintain chlorine level during pump, filter or salt system equipment problems
  • To clear the water during opening or closing the pool, or for treating various water problems

Saltwater can attack Soft & Shiny Surfaces

  • Galvanic corrosion can oxidize chrome surfaces in the pool, although sacrificial anodes can be used
  • Salt residue can slowly corrode soft coping stones or stone decks, although sealers can be used

Have any more questions about saltwater pools? Contact us here!

Pool Trends for 2018

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Are you considering building or reconstructing your own pool? New pool trends pervading across the industry are offering more features that add more individuality and pizazz to your pool design. Designs and features that make your pool unique and appealing are endless and the trends continue to emerge.

Take a look at the latest pool trends:

Infinite Edge

Infinite-edge is a cosmetic design feature that allows the edge of a swimming pool to drop off into the horizon. An effect created through a lowered lip, which overflows over one edge and allows the pool to merge into the surrounding landscape.

Remote Controlled Pools

As technology evolves, innovations to custom pool design mature with it. The most recent technological developments allow your luxury pool to be controlled remotely, often offering features that allow you to connect to the pool over your smartphone or mobile device. This puts features like lighting, pumps, temperature and cleaning at your fingertips, wherever you are.

You can now heat your pool on your way home from work!

Natural Lighting

Lighting is an integral aspect of architectural design, and the lighting for your pool is no different. Skylights, windows and sliding doors are a must have for indoor pools that require natural lighting. In-ground deck lights add drama to the design, whilst illuminating the path to a pool. The addition of carefully selected lighting helps control the atmospheric quality of your pool and can be used to create exciting effects on both the main pool and water features.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Pool heating is not new, but the options available on the market are becoming increasingly sophisticated and efficient. Some heat pumps now include cooling functions to keep the water comfortable on those hot summer days. Luxury options can also provide ecological heating solutions, such as solar and geothermal energy.

Outdoor Living Spaces

With a growing emphasis on family and lifestyle design, Canny has long emphasized the architectural importance of well-integrated indoor and outdoor spaces. Swimming pools that serve as a central feature of your outdoor living spaces and serve a variety of entertainment functions are by no stretch a thing of the past. But how well do they fit in with your indoor living spaces?

Interested in using one of these trends for your pool? Contact us here!

Pool Remodeling For Next Year

Another summer has come and gone. As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming year. If you’ve been thinking about adding that hammock or changing up your tile, now is the time to do some pool remodeling!

Small Enhancements

These features, from appearance to function, can update your backyard space without paying a pretty penny for a complete renovation. Adding lighting, a waterfall, or making the saltwater conversion are simple updates to your swimming pool and backyard that can transform the area.

Pool Remodeling

If it’s time for a complete remodel, it’s important you make a decision that is a good investment for your lifestyle and preferences for years to come. Unfortunately, we’re not all pool pros. Contact a pool professional for more information and expertise. If you’re looking to do some initial research, visit how to remodel your deck and pool finish to get a head start on your new look.

Remodeling your pool is a great option to change up your backyard design and swimming pool aesthetics. Don’t feel pressured to change everything at once. Adding pool finishes, such as swimming pool tile, or something as simple as backyard lighting can be an easy project. One or two small improvements can change the entire feel of a space.

Have a question about remodeling your pool? Contact us here!

Keeping Your Pool Clean with Enzymes

Nobody likes a murky pool with slimy water. Even if you take all the right traditional steps to clean your pool, such as adding chlorine and algaecide and removing debris, sometimes the water can get dirtier and dirtier. Organic contaminants are usually causing a floating layer that collects dirt along the water surface and skimmers, and sometimes that can seem impossible to remove. Many pool experts turn to enzymes to help keep a pool clean.

HOW CAN ENZYMES HELP KEEP YOUR POOL CLEAN?

Enzymes target organic contaminants.

  • People swimming in your pool leave behind oil and lotion that is made with organic material. Enzymes are a type of protein that, depending on which type you add to your pool, collect oil and lotion filtering through the water and this triggers a chemical reaction that eats away at the contaminants.

Enzyme helpers lift the debris to the surface so that you can easily remove it.

  • Enzymes have to be carefully tailored to your pools environment and temperature, and a pool care specialist can help you find the right ones for your pool. Usually, these enzymes are combined with another chemical called surfactants that make OC enzymes and the captured oil rise to the surface. Through the hard work of both the surfactant and the enzymes, oil and other organic contaminants are broken down and anything left behind can easily be scooped off the surface.

Depending on how many people use your pool and how often, your pool may be gradually building up with layers of oil that have been left behind. Adding enzymes is a great way to clean your pool without any effort or concerns about dangerous chemicals. If you’d like to learn more about pool maintenance and how to keep your cool clean and refreshing, please contact Cincinnati Pool and Patio here! 

Using In-Ground Pools to Create a Backyard Oasis

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Whether your backyard is a clean slate waiting to be turned into a Rembrandt, or an outdoor oasis that just needs a few touches, options abound. From in-ground pools to water features, decking and lighting, living spaces and landscape, the choices may seem endless. Consider these important design elements before creating your masterpiece.

THE SETTING

The first step in creating the backyard of your dreams is to determine what setting you’d like to create. Is your backyard going to become a relaxing, tropical retreat? A kid-friendly fun park? A hip and slightly eccentric hangout for family and friends?  An elegant and luxurious oasis? Browse through some magazines and see what sparks and ignites the “wow” factor in you.

THE IN-GROUND POOL

A pool makes a definite statement and, depending on the added touches, begins to set the tone. Consider a vinyl lining for the following reasons:

  • There is no limitation to length, width, and depth, and there are a variety of colors and an array of patterns to choose from. This important attribute allows your creativity to blossom and inspires possibilities. If you can dream it, a vinyl lined pool makes it achievable.
  • Easy installation makes it one of the lowest initial costs of all types of pools.
  • The material is durable, smooth and inhibits the growth of algae.

THE WATER

This would seem fairly straightforward, but the advent of salt water pools has introduced an alternative. Saltwater pools are not chlorine free. They do, however, use a chlorine generator that turns salt into chlorine. This results in less chlorine which is gentler on your skin. It also requires less maintenance.

THE LIGHTING

Lighting offers both beauty and safety, and it is a vital element in setting your tone. From underwater hues to subtle illuminations along walkways and lights filtering through trees and waterfalls, the possibilities really are endless.

THE DECKING

A touch of teak, a splash of colored concrete, slabs of granite or slate, travertine or brick pavers. The choice of your decking material makes a dramatic impact on your outdoor living space.

WATER FEATURES

This is the pièce de résistance–the crowning glory. From waterfalls to grottos to diving rocks or unique and inventive slides, this is the place where your imagination soars.

We are recognized as the leaders in our market for innovation and the use of the latest green technologies and, in the process, save you thousands of dollars in wasted water and energy. Contact us and we will help you create your vision.