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 to Get Your Pool Ready for a 4th of July Party

As the 4th of July is right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about how you will celebrate this year’s festivities. Surely, in the past, you have taken part in celebrations that did not quite pan out the way you had envisioned. Well, that is a thing of the past when you host the festivities yourself by the pool in your backyard. But the surest way to put a damper on the celebration is by having a pool that is not ready to host people. If your pool isn’t quite ready for the spotlight, here are a few ways you can give your pool that extra pizazz that you have been looking for.

Add Simple Additional Features

I know what you are thinking: “I do not have the time or the money to make any fancy renovations before July 4th!” But that’s not true at all. There are plenty of ways to create a whole new ambiance without breaking the bank or wasting time. A fountain is the perfect way to add a great aesthetic and energy in the pool. Rock and water features surrounding the pool also go a long way in creating a relaxing and fun environment.

Keep the Pool Clean

As it is the summer in the valley, we all know that pool maintenance becomes a bit more involved. Hot temperatures and increased sunlight create an environment where algae and debris will thrive if not kept in check. You need to ensure that you are consistently removing debris from the pool and semi-consistently scrubbing the sides. Running the pool pump consistently and maintaining healthy chlorine levels are also important.

A Built-In Grill?

Nothing says 4th of July like a beautiful poolside grill, especially when it flows seamlessly with your pool and landscape. Your party will surely be the talk of your friend with this new addition.

Add Some Cool Lighting!

Adding some stylish lighting is a simple addition to a pool that can go a long way. This is especially important if you foresee the party continuing into the night for the fireworks!

Resurface the Pool Before Your 4th of July Party

This is a very simple change that almost makes it seem as if you have an entirely new pool. There are countless varieties of pool surfaces, so there is something perfect for every landscape.

There are countless ways to ensure a great 4th of July pool party. Since the party will revolve around the pool, improving that aspect of your landscape is the surest way to celebrate properly!

5 Problems to Watch Out for with Your Pool

Owning your own pool can be one of the most convenient and enjoyable things to do for yourself. Never again do you have to get in the car and travel in order to take a refreshing dip on a hot day. But there are things that can happen to a pool that will turn this convenience into a major pain in the butt if not properly taken care of. Below are five things that can go wrong with an Arizona pool that you should be aware of so you can take the necessary steps to avoid them.

Green Pool Water

The water in your pool will turn green as a result of the growth of algae in it. This results from algae spores getting into your pool through wind, rain, dust, and more. This can be easily avoided by employing methods of sanitizing and filtering the algae out of your pool, such as adding chlorine regularly, testing the chemical balance of the pool, and adding shock to the pool when necessary.

Cloudy Pool Water

This problem can be a bit more difficult, because it can result from many things, like a malfunctioning pool filter, too much debris entering the pool, or a chemical imbalance in the water. If you check the chemicals and consistently remove debris from the pool, then you should have a professional take a look at the filter.

Broken Pump

There are a few things that can go wrong with a pump, from leaks to problems with the motor. If you begin to see cloudy or green water in the pool, but you have been doing your part in maintaining a healthy pool, then you may have a problem with the pump, and you should have a professional look at it.

Improper Water Level

The water level can fluctuate based on evaporation and excessive rains. If the water level has dropped below what you prefer, then you should go with the simple solution of adding water to the pool with the hose. Depending on your pool equipment, there are a few ways to reduce the water level; most include using the backwash feature on your pool filter.

Temperature

It is one thing when the pool is too cold in the winter time, but in a place like Arizona, pool owners often experience their pools becoming too hot, so that an afternoon dip is no longer refreshing. There are ways to address this problem, but the easiest way is to simply drop large blocks of ice into the water. For a more permanent solution, you may consider installing a rock waterfall feature, which can help keep the water cool through constant circulation.

Make sure you keep an eye out for these common pool problems so that you can continue to enjoy your pool for years to come!