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Spring into Action and Open Your Swimming Pool

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

Well, spring is right around the corner which means our days will be much longer, the temperatures much warmer and our moods a whole lot happier now that the long, cold winter days and nights are over. With that said, spring is an ideal time to think about opening your swimming pool. Preparing your pool for all your fun summer swimming and games is actually quite an easy task to perform if you know just what you need to do beforehand.

If you are like so many other pool owners, however, who prefer to leave the pool opening, cleaning and routine maintenance to the professionals then surely you have come to the right place. The professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are highly experienced in all types of pool services and are eager to provide all our valued clients with all their swimming pool needs. Opening your pool and preparing it for the swimming season is the first important step to enjoying summer pool swimming and activities with family and friends.

Steps Required When Opening your Swimming Pool

To begin with, you obviously need to remove your pool cover. After the long hard winter months your pool cover is in need of a thorough cleaning since it is more than likely covered with dirt, debris and other standing water that has accumulated over the winter months. It is important to remove the standing water with a pump and then give focus to the leaves, dirt, debris and other materials that are present. Once you have fully cleaned your cover, then you can remove it, and lay it out in the direct sunlight to allow it to completely dry before you fold it up and store it away until winter season rolls around again.

Next, you need to inspect your swimming pool to make certain that no damage occurred during the winter months. If you find any damage has occurred then now is the time to address any necessary repairs. Again, the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are here to provide you with all your swimming pool repair needs in timelines that are accommodating to your needs and at prices that you can truly afford.

Once repairs have been finalized then it is time to fill your swimming pool to the proper water level and vacuum it giving much attention to the floors, walls, and your pool steps. You want to be certain that your pool is thoroughly cleaned so that when you add your chemicals they will be able to work more efficiently and effectively. Yet again, we remind you that our highly experienced technicians are here to assist you with the opening or your pool and with your swimming pool preparation for the summer months ahead.

Finally, when opening your pool, after you have completed the steps above, it is time to add the appropriate chemicals to the water and balance your swimming pool water accordingly. Testing of your pool water is important, including testing for pH, alkalinity and calcium in your water. When adding the chemicals to the water and ensuring that the water is balanced properly, which, once again our expert teams can take care of for you, then it is time to chlorinate your swimming pool water accordingly.

Our technicians will perform further testing of your water to ensure that your water is at adequate chlorine levels. Once this is confirmed we will then shock your pool and add sufficient doses of algaecide and pool care pills. These simple steps will surely make opening your swimming pool a whole lot faster and easier should you choose to perform the task yourself and are indeed typical tasks performed by the expert technicians here at Sapphire Pools and Spas when providing these pool services to all our valued clients.

If you are looking to hire a professional pool service company to get your pool opened and operational this year, then take a moment now to give a call out to our qualified team of swimming pool technicians. We are ready, willing and able to take care of all your swimming pool needs all season long and look forward to the opportunity to serve you. From opening your pool and cleaning your pool, to performing necessary repairs and routine maintenance of your swimming pool all season long, the friendly and professional technicians here at Sapphire Pools and Spas can surely handle it all.

 

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How to Reduce Pool Pump Energy Usage

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

In today’s world so many people give focus on the environment and saving energy. With that said, pool owners are no exception. Your pool pump can certainly be a tremendous energy waster, especially if they are not equipped with the proper sized pool pump motor, or when the pump is allowed to run too long during the course of each day, or if the water is not either sanitized or balanced properly. Make sure your Pool Pump Energy Usage is being maintained at an appropriate level. There are a variety of steps you can take in your efforts. The goal is to make your pool more eco-friendly while saving on electricity, money and energy. First and foremost, it makes perfect sense to install a new energy efficient pool pump which is sure to reduce the amount of energy your pool pump uses. In addition, to an energy efficient pool pump, there are a few additional ways you can surely reduce the amount of energy that is consumed by your pool pump.

Ways to Reduce Energy Used by your Pool Pump

Another practical means of reducing pool pump energy is by simply running the pump only when it is absolutely necessary. Though it is mandatory to run the pump for a sufficient amount of time in order to keep your water composition balanced and in good, healthy condition, pool owners should perform their own testing or experimenting to determine just how much time you actually need to run your pump to keep your pool clean, clear and safe.

Another practical way of reducing energy used is for pool owners to invest in a variable speed pump. Variable speed pumps actually use lower speeds which, in turn, use less energy and can actually reduce energy consumption by as much as 50-70%. Though these specialized variable speed pool pumps cost more, over time you will definitely enjoy an attractive payback. Further, the motors on these variable speed pumps are quiet and cool permanent magnet motors, with a life expectancy that is far greater than that of traditional pool pump motors as well.

Using a bigger filter will also contribute to reduced energy. A larger filter tends to be more efficient and effective at trapping dirt and at contributing to less filter pump run time.   With a greater dirt trapping capability, and less resistance than smaller filters, the use of a large filter means much less work for the pool pump to have to perform when pushing the water through the filter.

Finally, the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas recommend our valued clients also invest in energy efficient pool pump motors. Most pool pumps that come along with your pool come equipped with typical, standard motors. If you change your standard motor to an energy efficient motor you could reduce the amount of amp draw by as much as 25% thus contributing to energy efficiency. The innovative design concepts, development and specialized materials that are used in top of the line energy efficient pool motors contribute greatly to their efficiency and their overall effectiveness.
These are a few suggestions on how to reduce the amount of energy your pool pump is using. If you have further questions about your pool pump, or any of your pool equipment, contact the technicians here at Sapphire Pools and Spas. We are here to answer all your questions, and offer you informative data and insight on how best to maintain your pool as well as how to turn your pool into an energy efficient back yard source of entertainment. Give us a shout today. We look forward to serving all our valued clients and, don’t forget, if you are in need of any type of pool services, repairs or maintenance plans, we are the ideal team for you!!

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