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Sapphire Pools and Spas for all your Pool Maintenance and Safety Needs

BY: Sapphire Pools of Texas / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Pool Maintenance

Pool owners need to be concerned about ongoing safety and pool maintenance of their swimming pools. Both pool maintenance and pool safety play an important role in not only the overall appearance and value of your pool, but in the life expectancy and the safety of your pool as well. Pool owners want to keep their pools clean, safe and healthy for swimming at all times, but surely this important task takes a great deal of time, effort, chemicals and equipment.

Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas our licensed and certified technicians are highly skilled and experienced in handling and working with pool chemicals and equipment. They use their high levels of expertise to combat any dangers or problems that may be present and are very knowledgeable when it comes to potential hidden dangers that can exist in your swimming pool that can cause health concerns for your family and friends.

We take into consider the many potential substances or situations that can cause concern for pool owners from muriatic acid and chlorine content to vacuum ports, drain suction and even exposed wires or GFCI outlets. We are committed and dedicated to providing all our valued clients with our top of the line pool services as well as our methods and techniques for performing safety pool repairs that are necessary to maintain the overall structure and health of your pool.

The risks and potential dangers are varied for pool owners. Muriatic acid, for instance, is highly corrosive and can cause serious harm if it comes into contact with your skin or if it is inhaled. The proper use of this substance is essential to the safety and well-being of all you and all your swimming pool guests.

Chlorine is also a powerful substance that can present quite a few dangers as well. You never want to inhale the fumes of chlorine or allow it to get into your eyes or your mouth. Proper levels of chlorine in your pool water are essential to your health and safety as well. In addition, it is important to take safety steps when storing your chemicals as well, making certain that any storage area you have is well ventilated and that chemicals are not stored anywhere near to a heat source.

The professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas also want our clients to be aware of the importance of a properly functioning main drain suction system. One of our gravest concerns is that pool owners do not recognize the need for a drain cover so as to prevent anyone from covering the suction drain and becoming trapped under the water. Our teams will inspect your covers, if you already have them in use, and make certain that they are not outdated or worn out. As a pool owner, we want you to be aware of the importance of an updated drain cover and are here to assist with these specialized needs as well.

Further pool repairs we can assist with include the maintenance of your vacuum ports. These ports are typically located in your skimmer basket or on the wall of your pool and can present with similar dangers as those of your main drain suction system.

Finally, when we come out to your home to perform maintenance or pool repairs we dedicate focus to the GFCI outlets and any electrical wires nearby. Your pool system runs on electricity as we all know, and because your pool is intended to be a delightful source for entertainment we want to be certain that there are no dangers or hazards with regard to your pool set up. We will confirm that any outlets you have by your pool are GFCI outlets which serve to trip and cut power when and if a line is ever exposed to water. When we are performing repairs to your pool or pool system, our technicians will cut the power to the pool until all repairs are completed. While performing any repair or maintenance to your pool, we will confirm that all wires are properly insulated and in good shape as well.

Your pool is intended to be a place of fun, relaxation and entertainment which is why the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas want to be certain to remove any risks that may be present. Our technicians are trained to handle all types of situations with all types of pools, and are committed and dedicated to keeping your pool water clear, clean, safe and healthy. Contact us for all your pool repairs and pool maintenance needs. We look forward to serving you today and every day.

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In Ground and Above Ground Swimming Pool Equipment

BY: Sapphire Pools of Texas / 0 COMMENTS / CATEGORIES: Pool

Many pool owners often find themselves faced with confusing issues about swimming pool equipment. Often the issue is whether or not, when buying expensive swimming pool equipment, the equipment is interchangeable. The primary difference between in ground and above ground pool equipment is basically size. In ground pool equipment is developed to handle much larger volumes of water at much higher flow rates than that of above ground equipment. Another obvious difference between the two is most definitely price. Above ground swimming pool equipment is much lower than that of in ground equipment.

The most common categories for swimming pool equipment are pumps, filters, and pool cleaners. The folks here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are committed to providing all our valued clients with quality services and products, and that includes insight we can afford them on various swimming pool products and equipment to help with their everyday maintenance and care of their pools. With that said we offer the following comparisons of in ground and above ground pool equipment.

Pool Pumps – the primary difference between the in ground (IG) and above ground (AG) pumps is that the in ground is a self priming pump where the above ground is not. A second difference is that of flow rate. AG pumps are designed and developed to produce flow rates of 30 to 60 gpm where the IG pump produces near to 75-150 gpm and both pumps should turn over all of the water every 8-10 hours. Therefore, it is possible to use an AG pool pump on an IG pool so long as the pump is at or below the pool’s water level and is able to turn over all the water in the 8-10 hours necessary.

Pool Filters – the main difference again is in the size. It is important that your pool filter be properly sized for your pool and to your pump flow rate as well. When thinking about size it is always better to have a pool filter that is over sized rather than one that is undersized. With this, again, it is okay to use an AG filter on an IG pool so long as it is matched in size to the pool’s pump and can produce a sufficient flow rate to turn over the water in the required 8-10 hours.

Pool Cleaners – Above ground pool cleaners have no need to climb the walls of the pool, or even to navigate about complex curves, deep ends or steps where the in ground cleaner must be able to accomplish these tasks. AG cleaners, whether suction or pressure pool cleaners, are of a simpler design with shorter hoses and cords since they are made to operate with less of a water flow where the in ground cleaners are a bit more complicated. In addition, there are robotic cleaners available for both styles of pools, but surely the AG models are less powerful than the IG models. There really is no major issue with using an AG cleaner on an IG pool except for the fact that it won’t be able to climb the walls and may get stuck in the deep end because it lacks enough power. So if you wanted to use an AG cleaner with an IG pool you can but the overall results will not be the same.

Basically, all swimming pool equipment has a design flow rate, and pushing too much water, too quickly through the equipment can cause it to break and not perform as well as needed. In addition, it is important to recognize that typically all swimming pool equipment comes with some type of warranty and if you are not using it properly or in a properly sized pool any warranty claims you may file will probably be denied.

If you are in need of any type of pool maintenance, or perhaps you are looking to contract a team of professional pool technicians to implement a routine pool maintenance program for you and take care of all your cleaning and maintenance needs, then surely the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are the ideal team for you. Give a shout out to us today and let us put an appropriate pool maintenance service program in place for you. Why waste valuable time maintaining your pool when we can do it for you? Contact us today. We look forward to providing you with our top of the line swimming pool services at prices you will find quite affordable.

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