With Pat’s Pool Service, we take care of all of the chemicals, testing, and clean up to ensure your pool is always clean and bright. As a pool owner, you no longer have a need for storage of corrosive, toxic or, sometimes, flammable materials.
However, swimming pool safety is more than just the proper handling of chemicals. Being prepared for an emergency can be the difference in saving a life; and nobody can put a price tag on a life. The following are a few items and topics that allow a pool owner to always be prepared and take preventative actions in emergency situations:
Always keep the pool gate locked. Even if you do not have children in your household, it is ALWAYS best to keep the pool gate secured. You never know when an unexpected visitor can make their way to your swimming pool.
If you do not have a safety fence around the perimeter of the swimming pool, contact Pat’s Pool Service today for a FREE estimate on a safety fence installation.
Have an anti-vortex, main drain cover installed. These covers are now the industry standard and prevent a swimmer from getting caught in the suction of the main drain. These covers are dome shaped with water flow holes around the outside brim of the cover to prevent any person or objects from getting stuck to the surface.
Install door alarms that sound off when the swimming pool access door is opened. This is particularly recommended for households with children.
Have a safety life ring in close proximity to the swimming pool with easy access.
Always designate a “child watcher” when having gatherings and/or pool parties. Most drowning cases occur when people are around. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under the age of five.
Always maintain proper water chemistry balance and levels of sanitization to eliminate bacteria and algae.
When using chlorine tablets on a regular basis, be sure to regularly test the PH levels to ensure the PH hasn’t dropped too low. Chlorine tablets each have a PH level of about 2.8 and, over time, can turn a swimming pool’s water acidic and corrosive. When the PH level begins to fall, adding soda ash is a quick neutralizer of acid and will help to bring the PH levels to the ideal range of 7.6 – 7.8 parts per million.
It is recommended to have your swimming pool filter cleaned by Pat’s Pool Service on a schedule of about every 17 weeks for a 48 square foot filter. This not only allows for optimal filtration throughout the year, but also prolongs the life of the grids in your filter, which saves money in the long run. Another indicator of the necessity for a filter clean is if the psi reading on the filter gauge rises 10 pounds above its clean starting pressure, it is time for a cleaning.
The first part of the swimming pool that you should evaluate is the mastic (expansion) joint around the perimeter of the swimming pool between the coping and the deck. The purpose of this joint is prevent from water accumulating behind the swimming pool structure, which can cause pressure to the structure and have results of tiles falling off or the structuring lifting from the ground when the pool is drained. If you see cracks and/or gaps in the existing mastic it is highly recommended to have the mastic replaced. This is on average performed every five to seven years. Call Pat’s Pool Service for a FREE Estimate.
Other things to consider in preparation for the rainy season is to have a motor cover for the pool pump installed, make sure deck drains are cleared, having a clean filter, continue to maintain water chemistry balance even though the pool is not likely in use, maintain an alkalinity reading of 80 – 100 ppm, make sure both the skimmer basket and pump basket are without cracks, and that your filtration system is functioning properly. “Winterizing” the swimming pool in Southern California is not usually necessary, but it does still require proper maintenance.
There are a number of reasons as to why a swimming pool pump will not prime properly. It could be something as simple as the water level of the swimming pool being too low or the pump lid o-ring needing replacing, but it can also be due to a more severe issue such as a break in the plumbing on the suction side. The main cause for the lack of a pump priming is usually due to air being allowed into the system or a restriction in water flow. The restriction in water flow may be due to a clogged plumbing line underground or a clogged impeller. Contact Pat’s Pool Service for a diagnosis and repair today!
The need for changing the swimming pool water is often determined by the total dissolved solids (TDS) reading of the water. When this reading reaches about 2200 parts per million it is recommended for the water to be replaced. In most situations it takes about six years for a regular swimming pool to reach these TDS levels. Keep in mind that the TDS reading is not a good indicator of water change being necessary for salt water pools. As soon as large amounts of salt are added to swimming pool water, the TDS levels increase drastically.
There are two big misconceptions to salt water sanitization systems. The first being that you must change the water in order to convert to a salt system, and the second misconception is that a salt system eliminates the usage of chlorine. A swimming pool can easily be converted to a salt sanitization system with the existing pool water by calling Pat’s Pool Service for a FREE ESTIMATE for installing a state of the art salt to chlorine generator. When a new salt system is installed it is not eliminating the use of chlorine, but rather it is taking the salt content of the swimming pool water and converting it to a different form of chlorine that has a much softer feeling on the skin while keeping your pool sanitized. One of the great features of a salt to chlorine generator is that it is continuously adding the appropriate levels of chlorine to the pool without you having to manually add traditional forms of chlorine. This helps to ensure proper sanitization on a regular basis.
The condition of the swimming pool plaster ultimately determines if it is eligible for an acid wash. As the surface plaster ages it often becomes rough to the touch. When an acid wash is performed it is meant to serve as a deep cleaning of the plaster with the hopes of removing any stains that have incurred over time. In order for heavier stains to be removed a stronger acid solution is required, which can cause the roughness of the plaster to be more severe causing more of a problem than anything else. Most swimming pool plaster can withstand two acid washes within its life span. If the pool is determined to be too rough for an acid wash to be performed than that is usually an indication that it is time to have the pool resurfaced by Pat’s Pool Service.
A Single speed swimming pool pump runs at a max speed of 3450 RPMs for the duration of its run time. This translates to 2000 watts of electricity being used, which is more expensive than all appliances in the household combined, with the exception of the air conditioner when in use.
This Power and Flow chart depicts the amount of electricity (w) used as the speeds of a pool pump change. Consumers of a variable speed pump have the ability to control the speed of the pump during its run times. As you can see, a single speed pump uses the equivalence of 12 light bulbs when running, but can be reduced to only the equivalence of 3 light bulbs. That is a 75% reduction in energy consumption while still getting proper swimming pool filtration. This is one of the top recommendations for pool owners to save money while still properly maintaining their swimming pool.
Solar covers have resurged in popularity since the impact of the severe California drought. Initially, solar covers were designed to heat the swimming pool water by enhancing the impact of the sun’s solar rays and heavily reducing the amount of evaportaion occurance. Simply put, the heat is trapped in the pool water, which prolongs the swimming season for pool owners.
The reduction of evaporation means reducing the need to add water to the swimming pool, which translates to less water consumption, and therefore saving you money. The Los Angeles DWP estimates a solar cover to conserve 14,239 gallons of water per year.
Most people see a swimming pool as a luxury in their own backyard to enjoy summer days and have festive gatherings with friends and loved ones. It is easy to forget that it can also be a dangerous area of the backyard, especially when children are involved.
Child safety fencing is professionally installed into the deck surrounding the swimming pool and each section is connected with spring loaded clasps. The clasps can be easily undone and the poles can be removed from the deck sleeves to completely remove the fencing if ever necessary.