Spring Maintenance Tasks for Your Pool

spring maintenance tasks

The weather is slowly but surely heating up, which means it’s almost time for one of the most relaxing activities in the world – lounging poolside with a glass of ice cold lemonade (if you aren’t already). By performing these few spring maintenance tasks, you can ensure that your experience will be sheer perfection.

Check Water Level: If you haven’t already, spring is a good time to check your pool’s water level, which should be in the middle of your skimmer opening or halfway up the waterline tile at all times. If it’s too low, the pump can suck-in air, lose prime and stop pumping. Add water accordingly using a garden hose. You could save a lot of time and money by investing in an automatic water leveler.

Check Filter Pressure: Every pool filter has a pressure gauge located near the top of the tank. The gauge, with its round face and 0 to 60 numbers, indicates system pressure in pounds per square inch (psi). Ideally, you should’ve recorded the normal operating pressure of your filter at installation, so you have a benchmark for all future readings.

Normal pressure signifies good pool circulation. This is the sweet spot, where you can sit back in that lounge chair, relaxing on a warm summer’s day. If the pressure gets too high, you will need to backwash the filter and clean the cartridge, or hire a professional pool cleaner to do this for you.

Check Pool Cleaner: An automatic pool cleaner can save a lot of manual cleaning of dirt and debris, but they do require regular attention, like all parts of your swimming pool do. Cleaners built with their own cartridge filter systems require frequent cleaning: just open the cleaner, remove and rinse with a hose. Pool cleaners can also stop moving/pulsating, get stuck behind a pool’s safety equipment, or their hoses coiled-up; requiring attention. If there seems to be a problem, have it professionally looked at.

Skim the Pool: Want a clean pool? Skim the surface of your pool water daily! Skimming helps to keep algae, stains, and cloudy water from occurring. To begin, you will need a skimmer net attached to a telescopic pole, making it easier to reach the pool’s bottom. You can choose between a flat skimmer or a bag skimmer – just make sure it’s durable. You won’t believe how many times we’ve seen a cheap skimmer break.

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.

Making Waves with a Pool Renovation

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Ah the pool, the one thing that every homeowner dreams of, when they imagine their backyard oasis. Having a swimming pool makes beating the Arizona heat a breeze. A swimming pool creates an alluring ambiance that enhances your time spent outdoors. Investing in pool renovation can transform a boring or plain pool into a work of art. Here are some of the more popular pool renovation ideas.

LEDs

Technological advancements such as LEDs can make a big difference in your backyard. LED fixtures are among one of the more cost-effective updates that can transform the area. Depending on the model, LEDs can create light shows, either below the water or anywhere in the pool area. LEDs are more energy-efficiency compared to standard lights.

Waterline Tile

“Out with the old and in with the new.” New waterline tile can dramatically alter the look of your pool. Waterline tile choices are endless: Smooth concrete, glass, quartz, and other decorative tiles all add interest to your pool’s interior. This update goes great with pool resurfacing or new decking.

Salt Water Systems

Salt water systems may conjure visions of invigorating ocean swims, but they are not as nearly as salty, nor as unsanitary (if properly maintained). The benefits of salt water systems are many: They allow the pool water to be gentler on the skin, and despite popular belief, do not use much salt.

Automatic Levelers

These simple, cost-effective levelers automatically maintain the water level of your pool, so you do not have to. They add convenience and peace of mind. Automatic levelers, whether built-in or aftermarket, protects your pool from water evaporation and your equipment from burnout. They are the perfect solution for worry-free pool refills.

Automatic Covers

Automatic covers can be installed on a wide range of pools, regardless of shape or size, and provide a number of benefits for homeowners. Automatic covers provide peace of mind knowing that there is another layer of protection between the pool’s water and your loved ones. They also save you money on heating, chemical, water, and electricity costs.

Fire Features

Make a statement with the use of fire in and around your swimming pool. From glowing fire pits and fire bowls, to blazing tiki torches and fire troughs, the options for making a striking visual are endless. Fire features have the added benefit of providing ambiance when entertaining or enjoying the pool at night.

Energy-efficient Pool Pumps

Although new pool equipment may not be exciting to look at, it will save you money in the long run, while being much less noisy. Energy-efficient pool pumps can run at different speeds, compared to conventional pool pumps with only one speed, allowing you to save considerable energy and money.

Pool Resurfacing

This is one of the best things you can do for your pool. Smooth pool plaster, available in a wide variety of colors, is the among the most affordable pool resurfacing options. In a desert environment, however, surfaces such as Pebble Tec® and glass match the natural surroundings much better than plaster. Making them a popular choice among homeowners.

By: Lifestyles Media Group

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

Conserving Water in Your Pool

Water is a precious resource, especially here in the desert climate of Phoenix, AZ. It’s important that we all do our part in conserving water the best we can. Every year water is wasted from swimming pools that could be saved with a little bit of effort. Here are a few suggestions that can help you reduce water waste from your swimming pool.

Block the Overflow Pipe
Much of the water that is lost in swimming pools is due the splashing, especially when there are large groups of people swimming. By plugging the overflow pipe you can help prevent water loss from the pool. Having splash troughs is also a good idea but be sure the splash troughs drain back in the pool.

Wind Blockage
It only takes a 7mph wind to increase evaporation loss by 300 percent. To avoid this, build windbreaks like fences, walls, trees and shrubs around your pool. If using plants to create windbreaks, make sure they are low-water use plants and native to the climate if possible.

Pool Covers
It’s hard to imagine using a pool cover in Arizona as most pool covers retain heat. However, some manufacturers make pool covers with reflective coating to help repeal sunlight and heat to actually keep your pool cooler. This will also help conserve your chlorine use as well as conserve water from evaporation. Pool covers can also add an extra measure of safety for kids and pets.

Upgrade Your Equipment
If your pool filter requires frequent backwashing, it might be time to invest in some better equipment. For example, cartridge filters can be taken apart and cleaned without the need for backwashing. If you are committed to a filter that requires backwashing, make sure you only backwash when necessary as indicated by a pressure gauge. Make sure you pump is energy-efficient and the proper size for circulating the water in your pool as well.

Platinum Pools highly encourages everyone to do their part in conserving water for the state of Arizona to make sure we have lasting water supplies for years to come. For more information about water conservation, please visit http://www.azwater.gov/azdwr/

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.

Here Comes The Sun?

In the days of fun and sun, it only make sense that pool companies would try to develop products to harness solar-energy. However, it seems the pool industry has been somewhat slow embracing the use of solar power. Part of the hesitancy stems from the mid-90’s when there was a big push for solar products. And while the sales were good, it turns out most of the products just didn’t work very well.

Flash forward twenty years later, and the products have improved, especially in the case of photovoltaics, or solar-electric power. While solar power has long been used to heat pools with passive, low-tech solar heaters, photovotaics are creating ways to supply power for devices ranging from LED lighting and floating debris skimmers all the way up to wall-mounted chlorine generators and even pool pumps.

Take for instance a solar-powered pump that is being provided American West Windmill and Solar, the master distributor stateside for German-made Lorentz Solar Pumps. “The beautiful marriage between them is that when there’s a lot of sunlight, that’s when you really want to be moving water through the filtration system, and that’s when your pump is going to be running at its peak,” says Cody Locknane, American West’s national sales manager. “A lot of people package the systems, but that’s not a requirement.”

However, going green isn’t cheap. The cost for a solar-powered pump can range from $4000 to $5000 and many are hesitant to make that kind of investment. But manufacturers maintain that the cost can be offset by two factors: savings from lower energy bills and 30 percent federal tax credit, which is slated to remain in place through 2016. This is especially true in states with high energy costs like California and Hawaii.

In the meantime though, pool owners may be more inclined to take advantage of other solar-powered products such as LED lights, in-pool chlorinators, and pool skimmers. But expansion in the solar arena for pool products is slow at best, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for solar products.

John Stiglmeier, president of RecWaterTec, which offers a solar-powered mineral purifier had this to say, “I think the pool and spa trade has been slow to respond to innovation in general. It’s just not an industry that embraces change. But things are changing, and the people in the pool industry who get out ahead of it are going to be the ones who’ll have the best opportunity to be successful. Consumers will drive this change.”

Pool Pump Energy Star Specs Released

Pool Pump Energy Star SpecsFinally! The government is set to release new specifications for pool pumps to achieve the coveted Energy Star certification. While many household items and appliances have the Energy Star label, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines, it will be the first time pool pumps are able to be given this rating. The certification has widespread implications from allowing consumers to choose more energy efficient options to allowing utility companies to offer incentives and rebates for homes using those products.

A recent final draft shows that pumps with an energy factor greater than, or equal to, 3.80 meet the Energy Star criteria. The energy factor is defined as the volume of water pumped in gallons per watt hour of electrical energy consumed by the pump motor.

However, the specifications are only the first step in the process, as testing methods and certification bodies must be approved. Additionally, products must have the features expected by consumers and save enough energy that consumers will be able to recoup additional costs through energy savings in a reasonable period of time.

Still, once approved, the Energy Star certification of pool pumps is good news for consumers and their wallets. For more information, http://energystar.gov/products/specs/node/187.