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Why a Swimming Pool Cover is a Great Idea

August 2nd, 2013

If you are a pool owner you may have contemplated the importance of a pool cover. You may have wondered if the hassle of remembering to drag a pool cover out every time you are finished using the pool is worth it. Perhaps you are worried about how a cover will affect your pool and if it is really helpful. Well, if you are asking the question of whether or not you should cover your swimming pool this season then consider the proactive benefits and dangers that are avoided through the use of a pool cover. Whether you are a current pool owner or are endeavoring to become one you may want to examine these important points:

  • Pool covers can save time, energy, and money! – The annoying debris that can easily fall into a pool with no cover can quickly produce maintenance issues. When your pool is covered you will find your maintenance costs will greatly decrease. Also, when your pool is consistently open to nature around it, you will find yourself wasting much time clearing the water of bugs, leaves and other particles, when a cover would have simply prevented this issue.

  • Pool covers save lives!- With a quality pool cover you can eliminate the fears of your kids or the neighbor’s kids venturing outdoors and accidentally falling into a pool on your property. This sadly happens each year and many fatalities have occurred. With a pool cover, no matter if a child or pet aimlessly wanders near the pool, the cover will be strong enough to hold them up and they can easily find their way back to ground.

  • Pool covers have green qualities- Pool covers prevent evaporation and help maintain a desired pool temperature. These covers can also dramatically reduce the breeding of bacteria and subsequently fewer chemicals are required to control bacteria growth. Additionally, solar pool covers can act as a heater as they draw in the sun’s warmth to heat the pool and can cut down on energy costs.

There are many pool cover options for your pool, including: winter pool covers, basic pool covers, solar pool covers, and safety pool covers, a popular choice among many people. If you live in the Tampa Bay area or elsewhere in Florida you may find a solar cover extremely helpful in maintaining the heat in your pool, especially when the mornings begin to have a crisp feeling in the air and the evenings become a little cooler. Additionally, a winter pool cover can help prevent the havoc that the winter season can cause to pools. Your investment in a pool cover or in multiple pool covers will save you time, energy, stress, and will bring you peace of mind. Stop worrying about your pool this season and just enjoy it! If you have any questions about pool repair, winter preparation for your pool, or what kind of swimming pool cover would best fit your needs and pool type, feel free to contact the pool experts at The Pool Doctor for more information! The Pool Doctor’s professionals have been providing great services to the communities in the greater Tampa Bay area for many years. Contact us today at (727) 546-2400!

5 Easy Pool Maintenance Tips

August 2nd, 2013

Your swimming pool is a fun, refreshing oasis for you and your family to enjoy, a source of welcome relief from the blazing summer heat. But without regular system maintenance, your pool might quickly become a murky burden.

The following 5 easy maintenance tips will help you to ensure that your oasis stays clean and inviting all season long.

  1. Filtration — Monitoring and maintaining your filters is essential for the health and clarity of your pool. The more your water is filtered, the better the distribution of essential chemicals throughout the pool. Running your filters between 8 and 12 hours a day will also help to capture leaves and other debris. It’s also important to inspect your baskets regularly for cracks and replace them whenever necessary.
  2. Pressure Gauging — While the ideal pressure (psi) of every pool varies, it is important to monitor this indicator on a regular basis and backwash your filters whenever necessary. Generally, if you notice a rise from a starting pressure of 5-10 psi when you turn on your filtration system, then you will need to backwash your filters for optimal performance.
  3. Sanitization — Stabilized chlorine should be used to ensure 24-hour sanitizing. Chlorinators are an excellent way to introduce chlorine in a regular, controlled manner. Salt generators are another great way to add chlorine in a sure and regulated manner. While adding chlorine through skimmers may seem convenient, it is not recommended since this method creates uneven chemical distribution levels.
  4. Brushing — A regular brushing schedule prevents the build up of algae and sedimentary debris around the walls and edges of your pool. Weekly vacuuming of the pool floor will also help control buildups.
  5. Shock Treatments — A shock treatment or super chlorination should be performed every two weeks during the summer to burn off swimming waste and other undesirable compounds from pool water. The type of shock required is generally determined by water condition and clarity.

For more helpful pool maintenance tips or complimentary water testing, give The Pool Doctor a call today at (727)546-2400! Or submit a question using our contact form. Thanks!