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Energy Efficient, State of the Art Solar Pool Products

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

Solar is an easy to use, free means of heating your pool and indeed a resource that saves lots of money. Though you have to first invest in the solar heater, the cover or solar pump, over time the money saved is well worth your investment. Solar powered products are on the rise and the pool industry has always been more than friendly and familiar with the use of solar pool products.

Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we are all about saving energy and fully understand the important role solar pool products play in this task. With that said we thought it useful to our valued clients to provide some insight on a few solar pool products that are every bit as efficient as they are cost effective.

To begin with, solar blankets that have truly been around for many years, while floating atop the water in your pool serve two very important purposes. One, they avoid heat loss from the surface of your pool and two, they allow the sun to heat the water in your pool more effectively by way of the sun’s light.   Using a solar blanket can greatly reduce the amount of heat loss in your pool. Solar pool covers or blankets are available in many different materials and styles and are quite durable.

Next, the use of solar pool heaters along with your solar pool cover can save you a great deal of money each year. After your initial investment, we remind you that there are no additional costs for your heat going forward. Solar pool heaters easily increase the temperature of your pool’s water to comfortable levels. According to many studies, solar pool heaters are one of the most cost effective uses of solar energy. The cost of your solar pool heater is dependent upon the size of your pool, whether it is an in ground or above ground pool, and how many gallons of water you need to heat. Overall, pool solar heaters are an ideal addition to your pool accessories and one that will save a good deal of money year after year.

Another popular solar pool product is that of solar lights. Since they require no wires and no electricity, solar pool lights have found their way to the top of the charts for practical and quite popular pool accessories. Though they are not very powerful, nor are the lights very bright, they are a popular accessory around the pool area because of their energy efficiency, low cost, their easy installation and even their attractive styles and designs.

Finally, the experts here at Sapphire Pools and Spas recommend the use of solar pool pumps. A solar powered pool pump helps to reduce your environmental footprint and is economical as well. Though they may be a bit costly, pool owners will surely recoup their investment over time and/or be able to take advantage of some attractive government rebates. As an added note, solar power works best at the precise time you need to run your pool – during the daytime, which is also the peak time when utility companies charge a good deal more for electricity. This simply means there is an excellent potential to save money when investing in a system that efficiently meets your individual needs for a price that is affordable to your budget.

If you are a pool owner we hope you found this information useful and don’t forget, if you are in need of pool maintenance and/or pool services don’t hesitate to contact the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas. We look forward to serving you and to contributing to your outdoor summer activities and fun year after year.

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Important Summer Swimming Pool Safety Tips

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

Most of us will agree that during the hot, scorching summer months there is not a better and more fun filled way to cool down than by taking a dip and relaxing swim in your own backyard swimming pool. Though pools are looked upon as a summer luxury by many and quite easy to use and enjoy, they also come with a great deal of responsibility as well. Statistics have shown that nearly 200 young children drown in family backyard swimming pools each and every year. With that said, parents and pool owners should take necessary steps to keep their backyard pool safe for children, the elderly and all your other swimming guests this year with the following pool safety tips from Sapphire Pools.

Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we want to take time to share some important pool safety tips with all our valued clients. We are committed and dedicated to the well-being and safety of all our clients and think it’s important to share these life saving tips with you.

To begin with, pool owners should be sure to secure their pool when it is not in active use. The best means of doing so, and in many states required to do, is by installing a fence or some type of barrier that stands at minimum four feet tall all around your pool and be certain that it has a self-closing gate as well. This will ensure that children are not able to access the pool or the pool area without proper supervision.

Our next important pool safety tip is to supervise and watch children at all times. It is mandatory that parents or care providers stay within arm’s reach of very young children when in or around water and to ensure that children have a life jacket on at all times. When you are celebrating summer parties and activities, it is important that you assign at least one adult to keep close watch on all swimmers and be certain that children are not swimming alone at any time.   Just as you would appoint a designated driver on a night out on the town with drinks and partying, so you should also assign a designated babysitter for any and all pool activities.

We further advise that you limit diving in backyard pools since statistics have further proven that many deaths and critical permanent injuries result from diving in pools that are not typically designed for such activities. In addition, limiting running and all types of horse play by the pool will certainly contribute to the safety of all swimmers as well. Posting a sign for all your swimming guests that reflects your specific pool rules, as well as any emergency instructions should an accident of any sort occur, is highly recommended.

The folks here at Sapphire Pools and Spas want to remind everyone that simply because you have installed an above ground or in ground pool in your backyard does not mean that everyone all of a sudden knows how to swim or swim well. If someone is not a good swimmer or simply does not know how to swim at all, now may be the best time to invest in those swimming lessons for the safety of all your family members.

Nowadays there are a variety of pool security alarms, systems and gadgets that are available that you may find useful for your family. If you have little children you may find it beneficial to own a wearable sensor device that will send an alert to your smartphone in the event that someone is struggling in the water or even drowning. These digital sensors operate in all types of water including your backyard pool, spas, rivers, and even in the ocean.

Finally, we strongly encourage pool owners to maintain proper chemical levels in their pools, proper circulation and filtration of water and perform regular testing of all your backyard pool chemicals so as to ensure the health and safety of all your family and friends. Keep in mind should you choose to invest in professional pool services, then surely the experts here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are ready, willing and able to accommodate all your pool service needs. Take a moment to peruse through our website and learn more about our company, our services, our products, our teams and our very affordable prices.

Summer is meant to be an exciting time of year filled with lots of fun and recreational activities. Don’t take chances with your backyard pool. Follow these helpful safety tips we have provided above and ensure that your family and friends can fully enjoy your backyard pool and all your summer activities this year and every year thereafter.

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Avoid Common Pool Mistakes By Hiring the Professionals at Sapphire Pools and Spas

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

As pool owners, we all know the number of problems that can come up that require maintenance, repairs and service, or even replacement of pool equipment and surely we know how costly they can be. As a pool owner, it is very important to maintain your pool throughout the year, especially your pool is open year round. Many pool owners find themselves faced with simple mistakes that result in damage to the pool itself, the pool equipment and even the overall safety of the pool water. With that said, the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas want to offer all our valued clients insight to some of the most common pool mistakes made.

For starters, many pool owners don’t understand that it is important not to drain more than a third of your water from the pool since doing so can cause your vinyl liner to either shrink or dry out. When this happens, there is no other solution than to replace your pool liner and surely we all know how challenging and time consuming a task that can be and indeed how costly it can be as well. Further common mistakes include failure to monitor your pool throughout the entire season. This simply means that though you took all the typical required first steps to open your pool for the season, it is important that you maintain your pool and all its equipment regularly. From water testing, which should be performed weekly and adding the appropriate amount of chlorine to balancing out the pH in your pool, maintaining your pool water will ensure clean, safe and clear water all season long.

Yet another common mistake that pool owners fall prey to is choosing to turn off your pool pump. Pool water can breed lots of bacteria and when you turn your pump off and there is no water flowing your filter is not able to perform its job of keeping the water from settling and causing bacteria to grow. For this very reason, it is critical that you keep your pool pump running. Sunlight plays a big role in the formation of bacteria in pool water and in the midst of the hot summer months the experts here at Sapphire Pools and Spas want you to be certain to keep the water flowing in your pool in order to ensure that excessive bacteria is not allowed to grow.

Finally, though pool owners delight in the comfort, relaxation and beauty of their home swimming pool, many owners fail to give appropriate attention to their pool filter. Ignoring your pool filter can certainly lead to some serious problems. It is mandatory that you keep your filter clean at all times. You should typically clean your filter when the gauge on the filter goes above your filter’s typical ‘clean’ PSI reading.   Neglecting your pool filter can definitely lead to more costly problems and repairs over time.

Summer is such a favored time of year for so many, and indeed those pool owners who are fortunate enough to keep their pools open year round, it is understandable why avoiding the above mentioned simple mistakes will not only save your money but, over time, prolong the life expectancy of your pool as well. If you are like so many other pool owners who simply do not have enough hours in a day to properly maintain your pool and find yourself guilty of these common pool mistakes, then give a call out to the highly skilled and qualified pool technicians here at Sapphire Pools and Spas and let our team of experts provide you with all the service and maintenance your pool needs.

Summer is meant to be a time of fun and relaxation and surely our professional technicians will ensure you and your family do just that – have fun and relax all season long.


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Swimming Pool Safety -The Benefits of a Mesh Pool Fence

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

Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we are all about our clients’ well-being and safety, which is why we wanted to share our thoughts on the benefits of a mesh pool fence. Mesh pool fence panels are specifically designed to minimize any chance of children climbing on them since they have no slats or cross bars. With this design, children have no easy foot hold that would allow them to climb the fence and hoist themselves over it.

Mesh pool fences provide the utmost in safety for children, but they also provide pool owners with a very attractive look. The aesthetic quality of a mesh fence speaks for itself, but the panels also allow the maximum amount of sunlight to pass through the strands of mesh as well. The mesh panels are constructed with very tiny holes that are near to unnoticeable from even the smallest distance which means it is almost like looking through a transparent sheet of plastic rather than a typical constructed fence.

The benefits to a mesh pool fence are many. To begin with, the PVC coated material used in a mesh fence is not only long lasting but hard wearing since it is designed specifically for outdoor use. The mesh is also resistant to tear and sun exposure. Mesh fences are every bit secure, durable, safety effective and indeed cost effective as well. They cost a great deal less than a conventional pool fence such as wood, chain link, glass or wrought iron and are fast becoming a popular choice among consumers for both safety and economical reasons.

Further, they are remarkably convenient since a mesh pool fence can be easily taken down, removed, and is designed to roll up quite easily and able to be stored away, especially during the cold winter months. Once you are prepared to open your swimming pool for the next summer season, your mesh pool fence can be removed from storage, unrolled, and easily installed yet again.

The professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas would like to advise all our valued clients who are considering varied options for pool safety to make informed decisions that are not only based upon their individual budgets but on their individual situation and needs as well. For those consumers who have children, we highly recommend the installation of any type of pool fencing, but give great value to mesh pool fencing as a viable option to increase overall safety and security but also allow for fast and easy access to your swimming pool.

Summertime is surely a time of fun, entertainment, relaxation and yes, long hours dipping and swimming in your family pool. Our team of professionals wants nothing more than for our clients to enjoy all the perks of the summer season and indeed to relax, enjoy and entertain family and friends. Further to our safety concerns we remind you that here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we offer a wide range of swimming pool maintenance programs that will keep your pool in tip top shape all summer long and alleviate the need for your to find the time to clean, maintain and even service your pool.

We provide superior products and services and are equipped to perform all types of pool maintenance. We offer our clients not only top of the line products and services, but accommodating schedules and very affordable prices as well. Yes, summer is truly right around the corner and now is the time to put your pool maintenance program in place. Surely we all know there are just not enough hours in a day to perform the laundry list of tasks we all have, whether at home or in our jobs. With that said, leave your pool care and maintenance to the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas. Enjoy your summer fun and leave all your swimming pool maintenance to us. You’ll be glad you did.

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Spring Into Summer With Pool Services from Sapphire Pools and Spas

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Summer is just a few weeks away and surely you want to make certain that your family swimming pool is ready to accommodate all that summer fun and relaxation. Summertime means a lot of things to a lot of people and enjoying long hours during the summer days and nights swimming in your pool is one favored activity by many families. Having your own pool, whether above ground or in ground, requires a good deal of maintenance and care, maintenance and care that many people, in this hectic world we live in, just don’t have enough time to perform. put all your pool service needs to rest by reaching out to the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas.

We offer a variety of service and maintenance packages to suit the needs and budgets of all our valued clients. Our professional technicians are all certified and licensed to perform all types of pool services, maintenance and repair and are committed to delivering customer service that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors.

Maintaining your swimming pool is essential to its functionality and to its life expectancy. A swimming pool is a large investment and an investment that pool owners want to protect. Performing routine maintenance to your pool will ensure that your investment is not only protected, but that your investment will last you years and years and years.

Whether you are investing in your first swimming pool or have been a pool owner for some time, owning a pool can be a bit of a challenge because of the many components and elements that come into play. Pool owners need to know how to keep your pool running at its best, which supplies are necessary to the smooth running and overall maintenance of your pool, what type of maintenance service is needed routinely, and yes how to get your pool ready in time for the exciting summer season. All of these tasks and concerns can weigh heavy on pool owners who either haven’t the know how or expertise or simply haven’t the time to give to the maintenance of their pools.

Well, worry no more. The experts here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are the perfect team for you.   Our consultants will work alongside of you to determine the perfect pool maintenance package for both your swimming pool needs and your pocketbook. Once you have selected the package that is best for you then you can be sure that the trained and highly skilled technicians we employ will routinely come out to your home and render your maintenance services routinely without delay.

Prepping your pool for the summer months is a routine task for our teams. We will remove your winter pool cover for you and begin preparations immediately. More than likely your pool will have a low pool water level, so we will add water for you to achieve an appropriate pool level. Next we will manage any debris or dirt that was able to find its way onto the walls of your pool during the long winter months. We will vacuum your pool’s floor and finish up with any other cleaning tasks that may be needed.

Once your pool is properly cleaned, we will then check your pump and filter to make certain that they are functioning properly.   We check all your pool equipment for any leaks and for functionality and give primary attention to performing a full water analysis as well as distribution of chemicals required to start up your pool for the summer season. Once we open and prep your pool for the summer months ahead, we will routinely maintain and clean your pool according to the service package you select.

Our varied service packages include weekly chemical checks, skimming debris from the water’s surface, brushing and cleaning all sides and steps of your pool, cleaning out pump and skimmer baskets, vacuuming, performing water analysis on a quarterly basis, and ensuring that your pool equipment is free of any type of malfunctions. Our technicians routinely check pH, alkalinity, chlorine and cyanuric acid levels as well, making certain that all levels are proper and safe at all times.

Summer is truly right around the corner so don’t waste a moment longer. Give a shout out to the teams here at Sapphire Pools and Spas and let us get your pool ready for the long, enjoyable summer months ahead. Put all your pool maintenance worries to rest with our professional, friendly teams!

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Save Time and Money with Routine Pool Care

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If you are a pool owner, then chances are you value the relaxation, therapy and entertainment your pool provides for you and your family and friends. There are probably times, however, when maintaining and caring for your pool can be quite an inconvenience and quite time consuming for you. Surely many of us feel as though there are just not enough hours in a day to accomplish the abundant tasks we set out to do daily. In the warmer months, one of those very tasks is sure to be the proper pool care, cleaning and maintenance of your family’s pool. With endless tasks and challenges facing all of us every day, wouldn’t it be not only fitting and helpful, but smart and beneficial to leave the care and maintenance of your pool in the hands of a reputable, professional pool company.

At Sapphire Pools and Spas we are recognized for our superior pool care and maintenance programs that not only afford pool owners the appropriate, routine care and maintenance of their pool and pool equipment, but also work within client budgets. Our professional technicians are trained and skilled to handle all types of pool problems, repairs and maintenance. By choosing one of our customized care and maintenance packages, pool owners are assured of the functionality, cleanliness and safety of their pools at all times.

From regularly scheduled cleanings, maintenance and upkeep to specialized pool equipment repairs, our teams can handle it all. When choosing a schedule and package that suits both your pocketbook and timelines, you can be sure that your pool will be properly maintained, all chemical levels balanced, filters and cartridges are clean, and all pumps and motors are working up to standards.

There is something quite rewarding and refreshing about basking in the summer sun, swimming and relaxing with family and friends. Surely there is something even more comforting to know that you needn’t be concerned about the cleanliness or safety of your pool when the friendly and professional technicians here at Sapphire Pools and Spas are contracted to take care of all your pool needs. We are truly committed to the well-being and safety of all our clients and give detailed focus to the necessary tasks to be performed in order to maintain the healthy and safe condition of your pool.

Summer is a joyful time of year for most and not having to worry about setting aside hours of time to clean, care and maintain your pool only affords you longer hours of fun and relaxation. It is important to keep your pool clean, safe and efficient with routine pool maintenance service and our teams are here to do just that. We provide quality services, reliability and affordable prices to all our clients. Our technicians know the ins and outs of all the local rules and regulations and are equipped and trained to handle all types of pool care, maintenance, repairs and renovations for your pool.

Whatever your pool needs may be, the pros here at Sapphire Pools and Spas will be there. Whether routine maintenance, a smart repair or even a pool renovation and upgrade, rest assured our efficient, certified technicians will be there to provide the perfect solution for you.

If you want your pool looking sparkling clear and completely safe and healthy all the time, then look no further than the friendly, highly trained and professional teams here at Sapphire Pools and Spas to handle all your cleaning, maintenance and pool repair needs. Check out our routine care and maintenance packages today!

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Why Cleaning Your Pool Filter is So Important

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

Your home pool provides you and your family with a great deal of relaxation, therapy and entertainment during the long hot summer months. For this very reason, staying on top of the routine maintenance of your pool is critical to the overall appearance, safety and health of your pool. In addition, if you do not preform pool maintenance regularly, then at one point you are going to find yourself stressed out and faced with a larger task of cleaning, vacuuming, and servicing your pool. Further, regular maintenance of your swimming pool will extend its life expectancy and contribute to additional years of service from your home pool.

Pool filter maintenance is one of the most important maintenance services that every pool needs. Your pool filter helps to keep the water in your pool bright blue, crisp and clear of dirt and debris. Your filter also keeps other contaminants out of the water, which can ultimately lead to skin problems or other problems as well. Since our skin is remarkably absorbent, when swimming in your pool, if you do not have a properly functioning filtration system, then these contaminants are able to be absorbed into your body. Thus, the importance of both your pool chemicals and your pool filter that work together to alleviate any potential health problems.

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There are three different types of pool filters that are commonly used by pool owners. They are a sand filter, cartridge filter, or a diatomaceous Earth filter. Each of these filter types is top-rated and provide full functionality when it comes to cleaning and filtering the water in your pool. Pool filters also provide other benefits as well. In addition to keeping the water clear, crisp and clean, your pool filter keeps the water pressure in your pool at the right levels and also prevents continued wear on the water pumps, that are a component of your filtration system.

Maintaining your pool filter will minimize the amount of chemical additives that will be required to disinfect your pool which ultimately contributes to healthier and safer pool water. Part of the maintenance of your pool filter simply requires that you wash the filters regularly. Embarking on this simple task will surely make a drastic difference in the performance of your filtration system. Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas our highly qualified and skilled pool technicians are here to provide you with all the pool maintenance services you need. We offer a variety of pool maintenance packages that are suited to our clients’ needs and to their pocketbooks as well.

If you are a pool owner and value the relaxation, entertainment and therapy your pool affords you, then the time is now to put a regular pool maintenance program in place. Incorporating a pool maintenance program into your summer routine will not only save you money but will also save you a great deal of frustration and hard work down the road. Our expert technicians highly recommend that you have your pool filters cleaned twice per year. Once at the end of the spring season when all the pollen has fallen and is no longer a concern, and again at the very end of the long hot summer months.

Yes, spring is upon us and the time is now to open your home pool. For further information about proper pool maintenance and our specialized pool maintenance programs, feel free to reach out to our specialists here at Sapphire Pools and Spas.   We are here to answer all your questions and address all your concerns and to help you get the very best out of your overall pool system.

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Proper Care and Maintenance of your Home Spa

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Surely there is no better way to wind down, and relax at the end of a long, hard day than by immersing yourself in your beautiful home spa. Certainly the stress you have to deal with in your career life can be overwhelming, but relaxing and enjoying the soothing bubbles in your hot tub is one sure fire way of making all that unwanted stress go away. Following a routine maintenance schedule, is important to the upkeep of your home spa and to keeping it looking beautiful, refreshed, and clean. The therapy you gain when immersed in your hot tub is something you do not want to lose out on, especially when you need it most, which is why it is so important to keep your hot tub in perfect condition so you are able to use it whenever the need arises.

One of the biggest concerns that come into play with your hot tub maintenance is the quality of the water. Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we recommend you test the pH levels of your spa water each day before use. If you find that the reading does not fall within the appropriate 7.2-7.6 range, then it is necessary to add pH increaser if it is too low, or a pH decreaser if the reading is too high. Follow the instructions on the container closely in order to bring the water pH level balance to a healthy and safe level.

Another maintenance concern is that of hygiene. For the purposes of hygiene and for your overall safety it is highly recommended that you change the water in your hot tub at minimum every four months. In addition, you want to be certain to shock the water weekly with an oxidizing element. Each of these maintenance tasks is essential to the overall health and well-being of not only your home spa but your own health as well.

Further maintenance tips include cleaning the vinyl cover of your spa regularly. Typically it is a good practice to clean the cover each month with a specialized cleaner, making certain to wipe the cleaning solution off thoroughly. You may also want to clean the shell of your hot tub monthly as well, but be certain that you do not use harmful cleaning products, but rather specific cleaning products that are designed for the care and maintenance of hot tubs. Utilizing other household cleaning solutions or agents can certainly cause grave harm to your hot tub shell.

Another very important routine maintenance task is that of cleaning the filter cartridges. There are a variety of products you can use to accomplish this task, but here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we recommend the use of a spray cleaner for your filter cartridges. It is best to clean your filters monthly and we also advise that you have a spare set of filter cartridges always on hand so as to avoid any downtime with your home spa.

Finally, we also suggest that you clean and maintain your entire spa area or room, removing any type of dirt, grime or debris from the immediate area. You want to keep the air circulating in and out of your spa area or room and to maintain a fresh scent and aroma. Scented candles are always a great choice for adding a freshness to the air as well as a comforting and therapeutic atmosphere.

If you are, however, like many other home spa owners who simply do not have the time to maintain your hot tub, then surely you have come to the right place. Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas we are equipped to provide you with all the routine maintenance you need to keep your luxury spa up and running at all times. We offer a variety of maintenance service packages and are sure you will find the ideal package for your individual spa needs. Contact our professionals today and let us give you the peace of mind you need to know that whenever stress and a hectic pace are weighing you down, you can always count on the comfort and therapy of your home spa.






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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

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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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