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
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.
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.
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!!
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.Read More
Homeowners who enjoy the relaxation of a backyard pool know full well how much work goes into maintaining your pool throughout the summer months. From changing filters and vacuuming, to skimming the water’s surface the tasks are many in your efforts to keep your pool looking good and keeping it both clean and safe.
Such is the case in the winter months as well. Once you have covered your pool for the season, it is every bit important to maintain it as well throughout the cold fall and winter months. Throughout the winter months, and especially after a blustery winter storm, it is important to inspect your pool, the pool cover, the equipment and equipment pad in search of any signs of damage or other potential problems as a result of bitter cold temperatures, snow and ice. A visual inspection is an absolute preventative remedy for keeping your backyard oasis of enjoyment and relaxation safe.
Quality Services for Peace of Mind
Every pool owner deserves the peace of mind that comes along with the quality winter services we here at Sapphire Pools & Spas afford all our valued clients. We provide winter services for all our customers, especially for those with in-ground pools. Our professional team of technicians want to be certain to prevent or minimize any possible damage that can be caused to your pool and equipment from water, snow, ice, and overall blustery winter conditions and temperatures.
Our winter services that we offer ensure that you have a trained professional technician inspecting your treasured pool during the off season. We will check on your pool regularly and make any adjustments needed to water level, check your equipment for any potential issues that need to be resolved before they turn into more complicated, costly repairs, and secure and clear your pool cover so as to avoid any additional damage to the pool. We typically would perform one or two inspections during the off season to maintain the overall health and safety of your pool.
It is important that you do not leave accumulated, packed snow on your pool cover which is why our technicians are here to service and remove the excess snow from the cover. We highly recommend the addition of a pool cover pump that will activate whenever water, ice and snow accumulates on the cover. It will effectively and efficiently remove all types of standing water and will help to alleviate build up of ice when the temperatures drop drastically.
With that said, we strongly suggest to all our valued clients that they engage the services of our qualified pool technicians in the colder winter months. Clients will have peace of mind knowing that they have a professionally trained pool specialist performing inspections of their pools, pool covers, equipment and their equipment pads before any real problems can occur that will result in costly repairs.
We here at Sapphire Pools & Spas fully understand that a properly configured and installed pool cover can certainly handle the winter conditions and the weight of an unsuspecting massive snowfall during the winter months, but having a professional coming out to your property a couple of times during the winter months will ensure that you have proper maintenance and care of your pool and that any issues that may arise due to the sometimes dangerous winter conditions will be professionally taken care of immediately.
If you are looking for professional, winter services for your backyard pool, then certainly the experts here at Sapphire Pools & Spas are the perfect team for you. Winter care for your pool is a sure fire way of putting your mind at ease and providing all the necessary care for your valuable backyard pool. Contact us today. We look forward to serving you.Read More