Pool owners know very well that the vinyl liner in their swimming pool is every bit durable, beautiful, and definitely designed to last for several years. This does not mean, however, that your vinyl pool liner does not need to be properly cared for and maintained in order to extend its life expectancy, contribute to its functionality, and get the best return on your important investment. The time and effort needed to maintain a vinyl pool liner and keep it looking like new is quite minimal.
However, if you find you simply haven’t the time to perform the simple acts necessary to maintain your pool liner, then that is where the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas come in. Our professionals are ready, willing and able to provide all our valued clients with all their pool needs and that includes the care and maintenance of their vinyl pool liner.
For those pool owners who elect to care for and maintain their own pool liners, we have some easy to follow steps for you.
Brush your Liner
First, in order to keep all types of dirt and debris as well as chemicals that do not dissolve from building up on your liner, take a soft bristle brush and gently brush the surface of your liner. We highly suggest you perform this simple task at minimum, once per week.
Protect the Liner from Chemicals
Next, when adding chemicals to your pool water in your efforts to keep the water balanced, be certain you keep the chemicals from coming in contact with your liner. We suggest you fully dissolve your shock or chlorine in some type of a container or bucket before adding it to your pool water. In this way, the chemical crystals will not end up on the liner.
If you find that your pool water is not balanced, then surely you want to remedy this problem since it can have a negative impact on the liner such as wrinkling, puckering, calcium scaling and even lessened lifespan. With that said, it is important to maintain appropriate water chemistry in your pool water.
Never Completely Empty Your Pool
Most pool owners are unaware of the fact that if they completely empty their pools the liner can shrink and even crack. There may be an occasion from time to time when you need to drain some of the water from your pool, which is understandable. However, make certain when doing so that you do not drain more than half of the total amount of water so as to protect the integrity and health of your liner.
Protect the Waterline
Another important maintenance task is to invest in an effective pool liner cleaning solution that can be used when dirt and other soils start to build up at the waterline. This solution will rid the liner of any dirt and soil and will also protect the liner from the dangerous rays of the sun. Taking proper care of the waterline will avoid any staining problems as well.
Choose your Pool Toys Wisely
Pool owners should also be certain to avoid the use of any toys that are not pool safe since they can easily puncture or tear a hole in the liner. There are a wide range of pool toys available on the market so make certain you are only investing in appropriate toys for your pool.
Wrinkle, Wrinkles, Wrinkles
Another important part of your vinyl pool liner maintenance is that of keeping wrinkles away. If there are wrinkles present you can push the edge of the wrinkles toward the wall of the pool or perhaps walk along the floor of the pool with soft pool shoes and spread the wrinkles with your feet. You can also warm the water in your pool by boosting up the heater slightly which will help remove wrinkles easily. You can even use a plunger. In most cases, however, problems with wrinkles in a vinyl pool liner typically require the ‘know how’ of a pool professional which again, is where the experts at Sapphire Pools and Spas come in.
The Pros Here at Sapphire Pools and Spas
Whatever your pool needs may be, we are definitely the company for you. If you have a problem with wrinkles in your liner, a water balance problem, issues with your pool chemicals or, simply haven’t the time to maintain your pool then don’t wait a moment longer. Contact one of our consultants and we will help you choose the ideal pool maintenance package for you. We here at Sapphire Pools and Spas want all our valued clients to get the very best and the most out of their pool investment and be able to enjoy abundant summer activities with all their family and friends without any interruption.Read More
With Summer upon us, have you thought of throwing a pool party with family and friends to celebrate the remaining hot, sun shiny days? Well the folks here at Sapphire Pools want to help. To start with, since the temperatures in the summer months can be so incredibly hot and even uncomfortable throwing a pool party is a fantastic event. Surely you want your pool party to be an event that everyone remembers and one that everyone talks about long after the partying is over. With that said, we here at Sapphire Pools got your back and have some pretty important and ‘cool’ pool party tips to offer, including proper pool maintenance as well.
First and foremost, when it comes to efficient pool maintenance, you want to be certain that the chemicals in your pool are balanced, the water is clean and safe, and that all your pool equipment is working properly. With that said, choosing one of our service plans here at Sapphire Pools and Spas that is fitting to your individual needs and fitting to the size and style of your pool will ensure that your pool is properly functioning, your pool maintenance equipment working effectively and efficiently and that your water is absolutely safe for swimming, all of which are necessary when hosting the perfect summer pool party.
Once our technicians have tested your pool’s water and chemical levels and have made certain that everything is in proper working order, then it’s time to give focus to some simple but useful pool party tips. For starters, decorating is an absolute must. Decorative napkins, plates, ribbons, streamers, balloons and anything else that may tickle your fancy should be included in your party atmosphere. If you are going to set up tables, a centerpiece on each table would be a nice added touch and serving fun foods that are even colorful will add to the special event.
Stocking up on all your guests’ favorite beverages such as punches, lemonades, ice teas, juices, cocktails, and of course, plenty of water, is essential to a happy, healthy and safe pool party. People can be quite picky about their refreshments and beverages so be sure to cover all the bases. Make certain you have water easily accessible by the pool so that none of your guests get dehydrated whether you have ice buckets filled with cold water bottles or even plastic pitchers of cold water readily available to pour.
We also suggest you keep some sunscreen by the pool and make an honest effort to remind your guests to apply the sunscreen often and to avoid the harmful rays of the sun. You may even want to have some extra towels on hand in case someone mindlessly forget theirs. Oh, and don’t forget the music. Music is one of the most important elements of any great party and that includes your pool party as well. Just be certain to choose music that is pleasing to all your guests.
Lastly, make certain you have adequate lighting for your pool party. Try to avoid overhead lighting or florescent lighting since both can be quite dangerous near a pool. The use of candles and lamps will provide an adequate glowing light as will flameless battery operated candles.
We hope you find these tips useful when hosting your summer pool party and remember, when it comes to proper pool maintenance and service of your above ground or in ground pool, reach out to the professionals here at Sapphire Pools and Spas. Let us take care of your pool needs so you can have more quality time enjoying the hot summer days and nights partying with family and friends.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With fall upon us and Halloween just around the corner, why not host a fun-filled, extraordinary Halloween pool party. Temperatures are still somewhat comfortable here in the Forth Worth and surrounding areas, making this festive event one that can truly mark your Halloween celebration with family and friends.
Gathering together, partying and sharing fun and laughs with family and friends is always a memory in the making, but how unique and ‘thrilling’ it would be to gather, party and share frightful memories at Halloween time right in and around your pool and create chilling stories you can talk about and share over and over again.
MAKE YOUR POOL A SCARY LAGOON WHERE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS LURK
Swimming season typically is over in the October months, but not here in the Fort Worth area. So why not put together some exciting, unique themed decorations and lighting to go around your pool and host yourself a fun-filled, spooky Halloween pool party. Throw in some super scary snacks and treats and a party mix of fun music and you have yourself a Halloween party that will keep your guests talking for months after the event.
Decorating your pool for your Halloween festivities is sure to put you and all your guests right in the spirit of the season. You can begin by purchasing carvable pumpkins that are made out of a low density foam, cut out scary faces, place a small tea candle inside and float them in your pool. In addition, get some plastic witches hats that will also float easily in the pool and add to your frightful decorations.
Next, buy a few skeletons and lay them on the lounge chairs around your pool and perhaps even place one of them atop your pool float amidst the pumpkins and witches hats. Floating these scary little decorations in your pool will amaze all your guests and certainly get everyone in the ‘spirit.’ And to put some finishing touches on your water decorations and put the fright into all your guests, die the pool water red with a non-toxic pool dye that will filter out in just a matter of days and will not, in any way, stain your pool.
With all your water decorations in place, why not add some more fear and fright to your décor with a variety of Halloween store props, including severed heads, large plastic spiders, graves, ghosts and goblins and let’s not forget the fog machine that will create that ghostly foggy presence to the surface of the pool water and to the grounds all around it. Surely all your guests, regardless of age, will find delight and fright in all your creative Halloween decorations and share in all the thrills, frights, and fun.
HALLOWEEN POOL PARTY SNACKS
Be creative. Everybody loves punch at a party so make any type of punch that you would typically make, and then carve some apples, soak them in lemon juice and bake them for a few moments, giving them a very scary shriveled up look and place them afloat in your punch bowl. They will appear to look very much like frightful shrunken heads.
Then take crescent dough and cut it into strips. Place cocktail size wieners into the cut dough and wrap the dogs in a criss-cross manner. Bake them in the oven, allow them to cool and then make eyes on your little ‘mummies in a basket’ with either ketchup or mustard. You can also make little mummy pizzas, and don’t forget the witches brew.
When all is said and done its time now to pick the perfect music mix for your Halloween pool party and don’t forget to include “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles!!
The luxury of your pool surely affords you a means of relaxation and therapy, but why not take advantage of this unique party setting and entertain your family and friends this Halloween.
SERVICE YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON
Let’s not forget the maintenance and upkeep of your pool in October and all year round. At Sapphire Pools and Spas we are committed to providing all our Fort Worth, Collin and Denton County clients, old and new, with top of the line pool and spa services. We offer full service and partial service packages depending upon your specific needs. With our simple mission statement of 100% customer satisfaction, the highly skilled and experienced technicians here at Sapphire Pools and Spas strive to deliver all our services in timelines that are accommodating to your individual needs and at prices that are in no way ‘frightful.’
Give a shout out to our qualified team of professionals today and schedule your maintenance package now. We look forward to serving you and to making your every pool experience, including your scary Halloween Pool Party, a happy and safe one all year round.Read More