How To: Winterizing Your Pool

Winterizing Your Pool

Temperatures are cooling down. For most pool owners, this means that yet another swim season has come to an end, even in the Valley of the Sun – unless there is an existing geothermal heating unit. While it’s perfectly acceptable to leave your pool open year-round, there are several benefits to be gained by properly closing your pool, including preserving water quality and protecting the surface.

Follow these tips for successfully winterizing your pool.

Balance Water Chemistry

Approximately one week before closing the pool, adjust the water to the recommended levels of pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorination. Use a test kit to ensure proper levels of each. Proper levels are as follows:

  • pH: 7.2 – 7.4
  • Alkalinity: 80 – 120
  • Calcium Hardness: 180 – 220 ppm
  • Chlorination: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm

Clean the Pool

Using an automatic cleaner (if applicable), remove any leaves, insects or dirt from the pool. You can also fish debris out with a net. Thoroughly brush and vacuum the sides – not just the bottom – of your pool to remove scum lines.

Remove All Accessories

Remove all pool accessories, including (but not limited to) skimmer baskets, ladders, wall fittings, and automatic cleaners. Put these in a safe location until spring. This helps secure your equipment. It also ensures your pool cover fits snugly.

Add Winter Chemicals

Once your pool is balanced, cleaned and all accessories have been safely stored away for the winter, it’s time to add the winterizing chemicals. These include pH increaser, chlorine tablets, chlorine shock, and winter algaecide. Follow all manufacturer directions when adding any chemicals to the pool’s water. You can also buy a chemical kit – ask your pool builder or retailer for more information.

Cover Your Pool

Place the cover over your pool. If you don’t already have a pool cover, look for one that provides a tight fit, as this will ensure no debris or insects can get in between the gaps. If you have children or pets, it is recommended to use a safety cover; consult your manual on how to put this on.

Cozy Up Your Backyard for Fall

cozy up your backyard

As we head into fall, a kaleidoscope of colors can be found right outside. Pumpkin flavored coffee, scones, and pies are readily available at your local bakery while Halloween candy and decorations fill the stores. Now is also the perfect time to cozy up your backyard with pool redesign or any one of the following features.

Add Warmth

As the days become shorter, and the temperatures dip lower, it’s time to bring some warmth back into your backyard. Fireplaces, fire pits or fire woks tend to be quite popular because of their ability to be the center point of a fun evening, with friends and family. Most can be set up for natural gas, propane, or wood burning.

Outdoor Kitchens

An outdoor kitchen is another great way to make a statement in any backyard landscaping or pool project. Typically, an outdoor kitchen includes a grill or some other cooking element, counter and storage space, and possibly a sink and mini fridge. You will need to hire a licensed contractor for elements that require plumbing, gas or electricity.

Spas

Built-in spas offer a relaxing element to your swimming pool, and can be used year ‘round, thus maximizing your return on investment. The benefits to these spas don’t just end there! A custom spa provides countless benefits including health, relaxation, family time, and romance. The design options for in-ground spas are as varied as the options for a custom swimming pool.

LED Lights

A beautiful backyard landscape without an outdoor lighting system is like a pool without water. Technological advancements in lighting systems like LEDs can truly transform an area at night. Depending on the model you choose, LEDs can create light shows, either below the water or anywhere they are professionally installed. LEDs are also more energy-efficient than standard outdoor lighting systems.

Winterize Your Pool

winterize your pool

A swimming pool is a great backyard feature that will add years of enjoyment to your home. It provides many benefits, one of the most important being an increase in property value, especially in the Phoenix metropolitan area. A swimming pool can provide families with the opportunity for exercise, rest and relaxation, and a place for socializing, all amplified by the convenience of stepping into your own backyard oasis. However, even in Arizona, there comes a time when you should take some steps to winterize your pool.

Use these tips to winterize your pool.

#1. Clean Out the Pool

The first step is clean out any leaves, insects, dirt and debris. Use your pool vacuum – or just fish them out with a net. It is also recommended that you brush and vacuum the sides, not just the bottom, of your pool in order to remove scum lines.

#2. Balance Water Chemistry

This protects the pool from corrosion or scale buildup. You will want to do this at least a week prior to actually closing the pool. Using a water test kit, adjust the water to the recommended levels of pH, total alkalinity, calcium (hardness), and chlorination.

Proper levels are as follows:

  • pH: 7.2-7.6
  • Alkalinity: 180-220 ppm
  • Chlorine levels: 1-3 ppm

#3. Add a Winterization Kit

Thinking of adding a winterization chemical kit? Do it now. These kits put high levels of chlorine and algaecide in the water to prepare it for the cold months ahead. Ask your pool builder or retailer about these kits today!

#4. Remove Pool Accessories

You will also want to remove any and all pool accessories. This includes ladders, wall fittings, hand rails, automatic pool cleaners, and diving boards to ensure your pool’s cover snugly fits therefor keeping out debris and insects.

#5. Cover Your Pool

Finish winterizing your pool by covering your pool with solid cover that keeps out debris. When shopping for a pool cover, look for one that will provide a tight fit, so that no debris or bugs can get in between the gaps.

#6. Prefer to Use Your Pool Year-Round?

If you would prefer to keep using your pool in the winter, you have a few options, including geothermal heating. Geothermal heating works by collecting heat from the ground, which remains a constant 70˚F, concentrating it and applying it to your pool’s water. This ensures a consistently warm temperature year-round.

Experience Total Control with Pool Automation

pool automation

How would you like to put your pool on cruise control? With an automated control system, you can automate maintenance functions like sanitization, heating and filtration, and control ambient features such as lighting and water features using only your smartphone or tablet. An automated control system can also save you money – often reducing energy costs by as much as 70 percent. *

Whether you include pool automation in the construction of a new pool or the remodel of your existing pool, you’ll make it easier than even before to spend more time with your friends and family, enjoying the many benefits of pool ownership. Pool owners considering pool automation have a number of different automated control systems available to them. Here are a few simple ways to get started with pool automation:

OnCommand®

OnCommand® is an affordable automated control system that can be installed on existing pools. It lets you control your pool’s pump, filter, heater, lighting and more, as well as set schedules for totally hands-off operation. OnCommand® can also be connected to an optional floating wireless remote for the ultimate in poolside convenience (sold separately).

Total Control with E-Command® 4

The technology and programming flexibility afforded by the E-Command® 4 ensures equipment runs at peak performance for minimum energy usage and cost. You can set schedules for your pool’s equipment or control them manually from a wireless remote (sold separately). With a built-in subpanel, this system is the easiest, most cost-effective way to incorporate time-saving automation when building a new pool.

Manage Your Pool and Spa’s Chemistry

Homeowners barely have to lift a finger to ensure a clean, chemically balanced pool ready for use at any time, with the Total Pool Chemistry® management system. With the ability to integrate Sense and Dispense, the Total Pool Chemistry® management system continuously monitors chlorine and pH levels, and automatically adjusts the water chemistry as needed. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that!

Add-Ons That Make Maintenance Effortless

System add-ons such as Hayward’s AquaConnect Interface give you the ultimate in streamlined control and monitoring. Compatible with Hayward’s line of automated control systems, this interface gives you the freedom to access, control and monitor your system from a smartphone, tablet or computer – anywhere and anytime. Just think how amazing it would be to have total control at your fingertips.

Are you ready to simplify your life with pool automation? Contact Platinum Pools & Spas today for more information on all of our available automated control systems and receive a FREE Hayward ColorLogic® LED Pool Light with any new or remodeled pool. *

*Free ColorLogic® LED Pool Light with the purchase of a new or remodeled pool project over $10,000 and if purchased by 10/31/16. Does not include homebuilder pool programs and/or previous discounts or offers.

Pool Dependability and Performance

Now is the best time to start the process of getting a new pool, or remodeling your existing one. The time is RIGHT! For us, each pool project is important, and requires the most efficient products to keep your pool clean and running smoothly.  One of the trusted companies we partner with, in supplying our customers with great products, is Hayward Pool Products. One of our goals as a trusted and professional Phoenix Pool Company, is to offer the latest technology with the highest products standards.

“Hayward pumps are engineered for dependability and performance.” That means, no matter how eye-catching your pool may look, the functions of the pool will be long-lasting and safe. Even choosing us to install one of Haywards pool heaters, will increase the amount of time you are able to swim, year-round! Each aspect and pool product we install is chosen to create a livable and fun, backyard environment.

Choosing Platinum Pools to install or remodel your pool, means your choosing a quality team who provides some of the best pumps, heaters, pool cleaners, and filters. For any questions about how we can assist you in the process of adding a beautiful pool to your backyard, contact us today!

Visit Us At: PLATINUM POOLS AZ

Call Us Today: (480) 888-9200

Swimming… Benefits for Asthmatic Individuals!

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In The Swim: Blog

There is a huge number of people who use swimming as their main form of exercise. It’s easy on the joints, and fun to do! For individuals with asthma, you can assume that a physical exercise, like swimming, could be detrimental to an individuals health. Something that requires intentional and controlled breathing, seems like a terrible idea for someone who deals with asthmatic troubles.

Although, interestingly enough, there are no studies that have proven that swimming causes issues for someone with asthma. Which is good news! In fact, the warm and humid atmosphere can actually help improve and ease breathing troubles. Swimming is one of our favorite forms of exercise, but the general rule is, ANY exercise is ideal! It can help with several areas, such as sleep, energy, and most importantly, respiratory and circulatory systems. Backyardpool

Typically, swimming is not linked to triggering asthma attacks. The natural moister in the air, from the pool, makes it easier to breathe, compared to other land-based activities. Obviously, we advise you to take caution while using swimming as your form of exercise. We recommend being very careful about the pH and chlorine levels. This can cause breathing issues, if there isn’t a proper balance.

Let us help you improve your exercise life, and your home aesthetics, by walking you through the process of installing a new pool. For any other questions, you can contact us at: PLATINUM POOLS AZ or call us at: (480) 888-9200

Geothermal Pool Heating

If you you decide to heat your pool in the winter you have a few options. Gas/propane pool heaters, air source heat pumps, solar heat pumps, or geothermal pool heat pumps. Today we are going to talk about the last option, geothermal heating.

How geothermal pool heat pumps work is by basically collecting heat from the ground. Temperatures above ground can vary wildly in the winter but underground it generally remains a constant 70° F. By collecting heat through a series of underground loops, geothermal heat pumps can utilize that warm temperature by concentrating that heat and applying it where necessary. This can be quite beneficial as the pumps are good for the environment, are extremely efficient, and are much less expensive to operate. This can save you money on your energy bill.

Geothermal heating is also less conspicuous than other heating options. Gas or propane heaters require the installation of a tank and solar panels are bulky and require a lot of space. With geothermal heating, most of the equipment is underground so you are provide more space around your property.

While the initial investment of geothermal heating is generally 30-40% more expensive than other heating options, that money will quickly be recouped in operating costs which is 70-85% lower than other pumps. Geothermal is also a long lasting system with most warranties averaging about 10 years.

If you have questions about heating options for your pool, please contact the professionals at Platinum Pools of Arizona
(480) 888-9200 – East Valley or (623) 847-9200 – West Valley.