Five Ways to Use Less Water in Your Pool

Living in the desert, there are a few “golden rules” we must live by: Stay indoors as much as possible in the summer, wear oven mitts when touching anything metal in a car that has been parked in the sun, sunscreen with an SPF of a million is a necessity for fair skinned people, and water is an important commodity, use it sparingly! We have learned not to leave the water running while brushing our teeth, to water the grass in the morning or late at night to avoid evaporation, and to plant desert plants that require less water overall. But what do we do about that concrete hole in the backyard that contains thousands of gallons of water? Is there any way to use less water in our pools? We’re glad you asked, and for the answer to that very important question, continue reading to discover five ways to conserve water when you have a pool.

Invest in a Cartridge Filter to Conserve Water

Backwashing, cleaning the debris in your filters by flushing the pool water through the filter and out a hose, lowers the water levels in your pool, causing you to have to refill it. Investing in a cartridge filter eliminates the need for backwashing.

Use an Auto-Leveler Instead of Running a Hose from the House to the Pool

Evaporation happens, and to keep water levels even, many people simply run a hose into the pool. The problem with this method is we are busy humans who easily get distracted and forget to turn off the hose, overfilling the pool and wasting money. Using an auto-leveler removes the human element and keeps the pool water level—automatically!

Remain Vigilant

Life happens when we are looking the other way, and pool leaks can occur during the worst times (Is there any good time for a pool leak?). Be on the lookout for wet areas around the pool that could indicate a leak and immediately contact a pool repairman to fix the leaks when found.

Keep the Cannonballs to a Minimum

We are only partly jesting here, but anything that lowers the water levels of the pool can add to your water usage.

Use Foliage to Shade the Pool

This method can backfire on you, if you’re not careful to plant foliage with minimum root systems and/or plants with minimal foliage loss. When using the right plants, the shade can help diminish evaporation.

There’s Plenty to Consider When Owning a Pool

It can be a bit overwhelming to a person who has never before owned a pool. Schedule an appointment with us today and we can help guide you through the pool maintenance process.

5 Tips for New Pool Owners

After years of suffering through scorching hot desert summers, you were finally able to install the pool of your dreams…sparkling clean with cool refreshing waters, you can’t help but smile every time you catch a glimpse of it through your bedroom windows. You’re already visualizing years of pool parties with all your friends and family gathered ‘round its crystal clear depths, applauding you and your wise choice of building the perfect pool…but do you really know everything you need to ensure that your Arizona pool stays as beautiful as it does today? To help make sure that you do, we have compiled a list of tips that every new pool owner should know.

Your Arizona pool should be drained every other year

Arizona water is known to be hard and over time, the total dissolved solids (TDS) will become abundant, giving false chemical readings which can be damaging to your pool as well as to your equipment. Draining it regularly can help you avoid this problem.

Chemicals Balance is important

 Everyone knows to keep an eye out for the chlorine levels, but did you know that alkalinity and PH balance are equally important? Test kits are inexpensive and can ensure that ALL of your chemicals remain in balance.

Pool Pump Circulation

 Your pump needs to operate long enough to turn over your pool 2 times a day. Everyone’s pool is different, but generally this means running it 1 hour per 10 degrees of ambient temperature during the hottest summer months and half that long during the remainder of the year.

Filter maintenance is important too

It doesn’t matter what type of filter you have; if the pressure exceeds 5 to 8 pounds higher than what it normally runs, it’s time to backwash or clean the filter. Again, every pool is different, so be sure to discuss what the normal pressure of your filter should be with the people who installed it.

You’re Not Alone

New Image Landscape and Pools has been in the business of installing pools for years and we’ve accumulated the knowledge and skills necessary for helping with any pool maintenance needs that may come up. Schedule a consultation with us today and we can make sure that your pool is kept as beautiful as it is today, for many years to come! Whether you plan on having parties every weekend or just want to enjoy your pool all by yourself, New Image Landscape and Pools can help ensure your pool is in top condition.

Replacing Your Pool Tile – Why and How

One of the most abused areas of your pool is the tile that frames it. Year after year, the water beats against it, leaving behind hard water stains, dulling the surface, and eating away at the grout until finally it starts to break off and fall into the pool, possibly causing problems with your cleaning system. It can be an expensive choice to replace the pool tile, so you may be reluctant, and we understand, but there may come a day when you have no choice. Keep reading for more information.

Resurfacing Your Pool

This is the most common time for making the decision to change the tile and is also the least expensive time to do it. Your old pool tiles may clash with your new pool surface, may be damaged, or maybe you just want a change. Whatever your reasons, when you resurface the pool, the costs get added into the resurfacing price, raising your payment only slightly.

The Tiles Are Breaking Off and Falling into the Pool

At this point it is imperative that at the very least, you repair the loose tiles, or just go ahead and replace the entire frame. Small pieces that get swept into your cleaner can possibly cause damage to your equipment, while larger pieces can block the cleaner, keeping your pool from being cleaned. The sharp edges can also cut into the tender toes and feet of your loved ones if they aren’t paying attention. Your family’s safety is of utmost importance.

The Pool Tile Looks Outdated

Older pools have a certain look about them; they are generally shaped in one of a few standard layouts and the tiles resemble old Mexican tiles from the 70s. There may not be anything wrong with them, but you are ready for a more modern change, so just do it! Pool tile options available today are vastly improved and are more varied than in the past. Our favorites are the new glass tiles that come in almost any shade you can imagine and spice up your pool nicely, but you may be happier with a more subdued, yet modern porcelain tile.

New Image Landscape and Pools

At the end of the day, you want to be able to walk into your backyard and find an oasis of beauty and peace, something that will not happen if your pool looks dated and in disrepair, with tiles missing and stained. Book a consultation with New Image Landscape and Pools and let’s start discussing your options; your satisfaction and happiness is what we strive for!

5 Tips for Building the Best Pool at Your Home with the Help of Arizona’s Best Pool Builders

In the Phoenix area, pools are a fantastic investment, useable at least six months out of the year. The benefits are many: exercise that puts little stress on the joints, a refreshing way to get some vitamin D in summer, a playground for kids, and an excuse for social events. Not all pools are created equal, though—how can you make the best pool possible?

While there are some obvious issues to avoid—don’t build a pool beneath a powerline, for instance—here are some tips about placement and features that you might not have thought of to make the best pool.

Avoid Evaporation by Protecting the Pool from Wind

If you’ve got some planters or a row of tall cacti, try keeping them between the pool and wherever the most wind comes from. Wind increases the rate of evaporation, meaning the water will need to be refilled more frequently.

Let the Pool Get Plenty of Sun

While trees make excellent wind-blockers, they’re not the best options for features adjacent to a pool. A pool should get as much sunlight as possible—while this may increase evaporation, it makes up for it by heating the pool, and also helping to keep leaves out.

Leave Room for Accessories!

There are quite a few accessories that people like to add to pools, whether at the time of their construction or after they are built. This means that pools take up quite a bit more space than the pool itself. A shed for the pool skimmers and cleaning chemicals, space for a slide or diving board, a volleyball net—the list goes on, but the point is you may need extra room to set these up. If you’re trying to “squeeze” the pool in, you may want to reconsider its size.

Adjacent Pools Can Be the Best Pools!

If you’re going to put in all this plumbing and clean it every week, then why not add an extra aquatic feature to it? Most commonly this is a spa or hot tub made not for swimming, but relaxing. Tanning decks, however, are also popular—these elevated shallow pools are cooler places to relax, and can double as kiddie pools.

Visual Ornaments

If you’re installing a pool, you might try to make it adapt to your current landscape—or you can make it improve it! There are a few visual additions you can make to pools to make the entire yard more impressive and appealing. Sheer descents are waterfalls that flow straight into the pool, and serve as eye-catching focal points for the yard. Deck jets gracefully shoot water into the pool, letting it double as a fountain. If the rest of your yard is all about class and beauty, then these additions might be for you.

How to Choose the Perfect Pool Surface Material & the Benefits of Each

Whether you’re having a new swimming pool installed or renovating the one you already have, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of material to use for the pool surface. It’s vital to choose wisely, as this will have a major impact on the overall look of the pool once it’s complete. There are several different options available for Arizona pool surfacing, each catering to different needs when it comes to cost, quality, comfort, and appeal.

Popular Arizona Pool Surfacing Options

The most popular pool surface materials are plaster, tile, and aggregate. Within each surface category, there are additional options in a wide range of colors and composition. When picking which of these will best achieve the aesthetic goal you have for your pool, you must consider the water color you desire, how important durability and longevity are to you, and what kind of texture you want to feel on the bottom of your feet.

Benefits & Differences of Each Surface Type

Plaster – Being one of the most affordable materials, plaster remains a top choice for pool surfaces. It offers a smooth and simple finish, though it can be dyed other colors to change up the typical white appearance and produce a different effect. Though favored by many, plaster is known to crack and erode quicker than the other choices, and it doesn’t support activities where traction is needed.

Tile – With a level of durability that’s in a league all its own, tile is the longest lasting material and gives pool owners an endless number of elegant design possibilities. Tile finishes come in ceramic, glass, stone, and porcelain and can be laid in numerous patterns. It also has plenty of traction to keep swimmers from slipping all over.

Aggregate – Aggregate finishes are the newest type of surface on the market. They are created by blending pieces of quartz, glass beads, pebbles, or granite in with plaster, guaranteeing a look that’s one-of-a-kind. This allows for a more decorative presentation than just plaster, and they aren’t as susceptible to stains or chemical damage.

To ensure you’re going to be satisfied with your choice, it’s best to consider each of these pool surface materials carefully and weigh their benefits against one another to see what’s most significant to you in the long term. The experts at New Image Landscape and Pools can help you select the perfect finish to complement your pool and property.