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!

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Swimming… Benefits for Asthmatic Individuals!

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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

Algae the Green Pool Monster

Seems like if you miss just one week of adding chemicals, your pool can take a dramatic turn for the worse. Especially during the summer here in Arizona. Once algae spores become full algae blooms, it can take several days or even weeks to gain control again. The key to fighting algae once it appears is to act quickly. Here a few recommended steps to take if the algae monster invades your pool.

Regain Balance
More than likely the reason your pool developed algae was due to an imbalance of your water’s chemistry. Getting your chlorine and pH balance back in order should be the first thing you do when your pools starts to turn green. Some pool companies even recommend keeping your pH levels slightly higher around 7.8 and 8.00 when fighting algae.

Brush Brush Brush.. then Vacuum
If algae has developed, it has taken root on the walls and floor of your pool. You will want to dislodge the algae by thoroughly brushing your pool, especially in the areas where algae is visible. The type of brush you use, such as wire or nylon, will be determined by your pool finish. Consult a pool store if you are unsure which to use. After brushing, wait until any floating algae settles, then vacuum.

Shocking Advice
Adding super chlorination in the form of shock can dramatically improve your chances of destroying algae. We highly recommend checking the ingredients before purchasing shock as some contain more actual chlorine than others. Any pool store employee should be able to answer any question you may have, but be wary if that only suggest their ‘brand’. You will want to shock your pool at night at run your filter for a least 8 hours to maximize the effect.

To Algaecide or Not To Algaecide
In more extreme cases you may have to use and algaecide to kill the algae. There are different categories of algae like Green, Mustard, or Black. You will want to determine which type of algae your pool is infected with to know which algaecide to use.

Circulate and Re-Circulate
You will probably want to run your filter longer than normal, 24-hours if possible, when fighting algae. Be sure to clean or backwash your filter also to help remove contaminants.

Without a doubt, algae is the bane of existence for pool owners. Regular pool maintenance, chemicals, and circulation is the best way to avoid the dreaded algae invasion. But if it happens, act swiftly and you can have a clean, clear swimming pool once again!

What to Consider Before Building Your Custom Pool

custom pools azHaving your own custom pool is great. Custom pools look great, add value to your home, and are perfect for hosting friends and family for summertime get togethers. But before you jump head first into designing and purchasing a pool, there are things about pool ownership you need to take into consideration.

Maintenance
Unless you hire a pool company to come and take care of your pool, there is a certain amount of maintenance that is required to keep you pool clean and running smoothly. Expect to check your chemicals often and replace them when necessary. Brushing and vacuuming are also duties that you can expect to perform on a fairly regular basis, especially during the windy, dusty monsoon seasons in Arizona. Filters will also need to be cleaned on occasion to keep them performing at their maximum efficiency.

Financing
Purchasing a custom pool is a serious financial commitment, especially if you want it done right. There are many options for financing but we highly recommend you explore those options before committing to building your custom pool. Make sure all costs are determined before building so there are no surprises down the road.

City Codes
Be search to look into any local building codes that may come into play in your neighborhood. Pools must be placed a certain distance from field lines and septic tanks so make sure you know exactly where you can dig before starting.

Space
Make sure to design a pool that does not take up too much space or areas that you may utilize for other activities. An in-ground pool will be a permanent structure so utilize your property space wisely.

Insurance
Many times adding a pool will require you to have additional insurance. Check with your insurance agent to see if a pool will increase your premiums.

Water Usage
Expect a higher water bill when you have a pool, especially during the summer months. You may want consider adding shade elements or using pool covers to help reduce evaporation from you pool. Shady vegetation around your pool can also help keep it cool when it’s hot.

Taxes
Check with local taxing authorities about possible property tax assessment increases.

It’s worth noting that Platinum Pools will help you every step of the way when it comes to building your custom pools. Our designers will work directly with you and can give guidance regarding guidelines, safety, and any local codes. Call us to get started building the pool of your dreams today!

Maintaining Pool Chemistry

Maintain Pool ChemistryMost pool owners know that maintaining a balanced chemistry is the key to keeping your pool fresh and clean. But it’s not always an easy task, especially in hot states like Arizona. There are many factors to keeping the chemicals balanced but here are a few keys areas to pay attention to.

Testing
Test your pools chemicals at least twice a week during the summer. There are many home testing kits available and most pool stores offer free water testing service. Pay special attention to you PH balance and alkalinity as this determines how effective the chlorine you add to your pool will be.

Run Your Pool Filter Correctly
Your pool filter is tasked with cleaning all of the water in your pool so it’s important you are running your pool pump long enough to turn over the entire contents of your pool. The length of time required will vary from pool to pool. Your pool flow rate will determine how long you should run your filter. Check your pool pumps gallon per minute rating to determine the correct length of time or consult a pool professional.

Don’t Backwash Too Often
Many people think they need to backwash their pool every time they vacuum or clean the pool. This is actually just wasting water and chemicals. Most filters have a pressure gauge. The pressure gauge will tell you when it is necessary to backwash the pool, generally when the gauge rises above 8-10 PSI from it’s normal reading.

Brush Your Pool
Regardless of how good your pool circulation is, there are going to be certain spots of your pool where the water is somewhat stagnant. These are the areas where algae generally first appears when your pool is not maintained properly and often found around stairs and on filter ports. Brushing those areas frequently can help prevent the build up of algae.

Check Chlorine Ingredients
Not all chlorine available to purchase is the same. Some have other chemicals included and a smaller percentage of chlorine. You also have the choice of liquid chlorine, tablets, or shock granules. Liquid chlorine tends to lose its effectiveness quicker in the sun so may not be the best choice during summer in Arizona. Talk to you pool professional about your pool situation for advice on what the best chlorine option is for you.

Add Chemicals at Night
Chlorine and chemicals are less effective when added during the day.

By remaining vigilant and monitoring your pool’s chemical levels frequently, you should have no problems keeping your pool clean and swimmable all year. If you feel you don’t have the time, you may want to consider hiring a professional pool cleaning service company to maintain your pool’s chemical balance.

Water features for your pool

If you are looking to enhance the look of your pool, and increase the value of your home, consider adding water features to your pool. Features such as fountains, waterfalls, slides, swim-up bars, and rock formations can add beauty and elegance to your swimming pool. Become the envy of your neighbors as you create a contemporary aquatic environment perfect for hosting barbecues and family outings. For inspiration, please enjoy this gallery of water features installed by Platinum Pools:

Floating Pool in New York’s East River

Plus Pool Project New YorkIf you are from New York or have family there, you know most people wouldn’t even consider swimming in the East River. What about a pool filled with water from the river? Forget about it. But what if the pool floated in the river, and it’s walls filtrated all the bacteria and contaminants from the river water? Well, now you might just end up with a swimmable pool!

That’s exactly what the folks Family and Play Lab are counting on. Meet the + Pool. Shaped like a giant plus symbol, it will actually be four pools in one: a kids pool, sports pool, lap pool, and lounge pool. Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, + POOL will make it possible for everybody to swim in clean river water in NYC.

It began as a simple idea amongst three friends, who quickly realized they weren’t the only ones who wanted to see the project come to fruition. In just six days, they raised $41,000 surpassing their goal of $25,000. Soon after, a team was then assembled of designers, engineers, environmental consultants, planners, project managers, and fabricators. The initial backing money allowed the team to start testing water filtration materials and gather water quality data for the project.

Funding for the project has been as inventive as the pool itself. Since the pool will contain 70,000 tiles, supporters can purchase tiles and have their names engraved on it to be permanently placed it the pool. There are different levels of tiles to purchase starting at $25.00 (group tile containing seven names) all the way up to $9999.00 (limited edition marble tile).

Primarily using funding via Kickstarter, it’s on its way to becoming one of the largest crowd-funded civic projects the world has ever seen, and the fact that everybody can be a part of getting + POOL into the water is both incredible and absolutely central to the project. The hope is not only to provide a recreational area for New Yorkers to go to, but to also change the way New Yorkers view and take care of the rivers surrounding Manhattan.

The team recently achieved its funding goal of $250,000.00 to move the next phase of the project which will be to build a floating lab, essentially a miniature version of the pool to test filtration and allow everyone to see and learn how the pool will help clean the river and provide a fun place for families to visit.

The project has a long way to go, but the hope is to open the pool by 2016, just in time for the Olympics. If it is a success, it may just change how cities across the country and the world look at rivers and lakes, and inspire them to clean and take care of the water around them. To learn more about this incredible civic project, visit www.pluspool.org.

Salt Water Vs. Chlorine

salt water vs chlorine poolThere has been widespread debate for sometime now on whether or not to continue to use chlorine tablets and powders to keep your pool clean, or to switch to a salt water system, which generates it’s own chlorine via a generator. While installing salt water systems can be expensive, you also have to take into consideration the amount you spend on chlorine and chemicals throughout the year and well as the time it takes for maintenance on the pool.

Typically, to convert a chlorine based pool to a saltwater pool is in the $1400-$2000 range. People who are familiar with chlorine pools will be quick to note that they spend far less than that on chlorine and chemicals each year. However, the life expectancy of a saltwater generating system is 3 to 5 year which should be figured into the equation.

People with salt water systems will also tell you that the water is ‘softer’ and less harsh on your skin. It’s also easier to maintain the PH-Balance of your pool with salt water. Some people are concerned that their pool will end up tasting like the ocean, however, because it has such a low concentration of salt that it’s officially considered to be fresh water. The salt water concentration in a pool is actually only approximately 1/10th of the salt water concentration of the ocean.

Chlorine, on the other hand, is better at killing bacteria and can actually clean up a pool faster than a salt water system. If you maintain your chlorine pool regularly, maintenance can be a easy as simply adding tablets to the pool and running a simple pool test to check your ph and other levels.

It seems there is really no clear-cut winner when you compare and contrast saltwater pools to chlorine pools. It all depends on the amount of maintenance and overall use of the pool. While saltwater pools do not use any significant chemicals, chlorine is a byproduct of the salt you add to the water, so chlorine is still present in the water. But salt is a more natural approach and is safer on our skin and hair than the harsh chlorine chemical tablets. Also, a saltwater pool will not fade or damage your swimsuit as much as a chlorinated pool.

We would love to hear what you think, so please feel free to comment below!

If you would like more information on chlorine vs salt water pools, please feel free to contact the professionals at Platinum Pools and Spa’s today.

Water inside pool… Good. Water under pool… Bad.

Lifted Pool
Spring is almost here and many Arizonans are excited for the warm weather. For many of us, this includes shorts, flip flops, sunscreen and most importantly, a swimming pool. Residents begin preparing their pools for our long and hot seasons and for those without a pool, a friend with a pool is a friend indeed! As we prepare here in the West, the Midwest prepares to continue fighting their cold winter storms.

For many residents in a small town named Leslie, located in Georgia, their main issue has been the heavy rain. Many flood warnings have been issued for the last several days and the weather is just beginning to clear up. Unfortunately, for one pool, the heavy rain had finally taken its toll. The 20 feet by 60 feet fully concrete pool, had managed to be lifted from the ground. Half of the pool is dislodged, while the brick around it is cracked and broken. As heavy as the concrete pool may seem, the power of the heavy rain was enough to raise the pool from the surface! The homeowners could not believe that rain could do such a thing.

While doubtful we will have the issue of too much rain in Arizona, it’s still a good idea to check your pumps and pool equipment regularly. If you have any issues or are considering upgrading your pool, please contact the professionals at Platinum Pools today.

Hey, Let’s Swim to Work!

Platinum Pools & SpasAs unusual though it may sound, the city of London is considering a proposal that would turn the 8.6-mile Regents Canal into a swimming lane, allowing Londoners to swim to work. In the winter, the designers imagine ice-skating.

The proposal is one of several being considered as part of a competition staged by the city’s mayor and London’s Landscape Museum. London is looking for way to turn some of its industrial artifacts into useable public facilities. In this case, the Regent Canal, which was built more than 200 years ago for the purpose of transporting materials throughout the city’s then-burgeoning industrial district, would become an aquatic thoroughfare where residents would swim from place to place, presumably as new type of commuter lane.

Read more about this idea here!