Orson Around the Pool

The Impending Weather

Winter is here and most of the        leaves have fallen, but we still suffer unwanted debris in our pool because of the wind and winter weather.

The wind is a damaging nemesis. The wind can deposit material into your pool that can threaten the integrity of your swimming pool water and the very health of your family.

A change in water chemistry, due to this debris, can also cause plaster damage and unnecessary equipment repairs.

It is important to get this debris out of your pool as soon as possible following high wind or an extreme storm.

After a service call, if you see the wind or weather has again deposited some unwanted item in your pool, if it is easy to extract, please remove this debris to protect the integrity of your pool water and to eliminate any health issues. We have found lawn chairs, tree branches, stuffed animals, real animals and just about everything you can imagine in some of the pools we service. Some of the items we have found are just toys, but for the same reasons these toys must also be removed when children are finished swimming.

Almost any item left in your pool for an extended period of time can damage your pool and add additional cost to its ownership.

December 25, 2009 at 11:46 AM Comments (0)

Protecting Children Just Got Easier

Many of you are aware of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act passed by congress to protect children in commercial swimming pool settings, but there is a way you can protect children in their backyard.

In past issues we discussed different ways to keep children from sneaking into the pool when supervision is unavailable.

1. Motion alarms on all doors and gates leading to the pool area.

2. A secondary fence around the pool.

3. A motion alarm in the pool.

While these are great protection devices, sometimes they are not enough. There is a great way to protect your children from the possibility of injury when you are present and everything seems innocuous.

Replacing your current main drain cover with a larger drain cover can help reduce or eliminate the horrendous accidents that can occur when a child is trapped by the main drain and cannot break free.

A larger main drain cover spreads the suction over a larger area and makes the possibility of entrapment very unlikely.

The newly designed and affordable compliant anti-entrapment drain covers are easily retrofitted to existing drains and are instrumental in the effort to prevent future devastating injuries and drowning deaths.

If you are interested in receiving a quote on replacing your current main drain cover with an anti-entrapment cover, please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Meanwhile, please make sure to keep children away from the main drain and design rules for their protection.

Our motto is: “Safety first and everything else second.”

December 25, 2009 at 11:44 AM Comments (0)

Decline and Fall of Leaves

We discussed the stains that can occur on your pool plaster because of leaves and other debris, but leaves and bad weather can cause other problems with your swimming pool.

With Fall comes an overabundance of leaves, wind, and rain. This weather change can damage your pool by creating poor water conditions.

Everything that enters your pool leaves a footprint. This footprint, other than stains and algae, is  called TDS or Total Dissolved Solids.

Once your TDS level reaches 2500 ppm, and sometimes much lower, your sanitizer becomes ineffective and more expensive.  If you are using chlorine, your chlorine costs can double with little effect.

Have you ever checked your chlorine levels to find them perfect, but you still suffered  from algae and perhaps cloudy water?  If you have, a high TDS level could be the culprit and Fall could be the catalyst.

We perform a TDS test frequently on your pool water to determine the level, and if we find the level to be escalating, we will try to determine the culprit. By maintaining a proper TDS level, we create a healthier pool environment for you and your family.

A healthy pool means less visits to the ear, nose, and throat specialist and more money in your pocket. Please call with any questions.

September 25, 2009 at 11:07 PM Comments (0)

Avoiding and Removing Plaster Stains

Many pool owners wake up one morning to find rust stains on their pool plaster and they cannot figure out what caused these overnight imperfections; so we thought we would give you the answer: almost any metal object can cause plaster staining.

Most metals react with the chemicals in the pool water and this interaction is what causes the discoloration. It does not take days or weeks to develop these eye sores as many pool owners who have experienced this problem can verify.

Also, many non-metal objects can cause plaster staining; therefore, it is important to keep all debris out of your pool because you can never be certain what will and will not cause this discoloration.

If children are swimming with toys that have any metal parts, and these toys are left in the pool, this can cause plaster staining.

If you have a tree close by, and the wind blows leaves into your pool, make sure they are removed because leaves can also cause plaster discoloration.

The only good news about plaster stains caused by small debris is they usually leave small stains. Small stains can be removed with very little effort and very little cost.

Larger plaster stains are usually caused by poor water chemistry.

These larger stains are typically removed by draining the pool and acid washing the plaster. Generally, when an acid wash is performed, the entire pool is cleaned in this process.

Many times, because of poor water chemistry, a pool that must be acid washed must also be sanded, therefore, if you are going to experience plaster stains, hope for small stains.

We, your pool service professionals, can remove some of the smaller  stains by using a small amount of chlorine delivered to the stain by different methods. Often a pool service technician must enter the water and sand the discolored area.

When sanding, you must be careful not to sand away too much of the plaster. Plaster is very thin and can be damaged easily. New plaster can cost $10,000.00 or more.

The methods used to remove small stains are a great deal less expensive and if your pool has stains, now or in the future, we can remove these stains to get your pool looking like new.

Contact us if you notice any staining.

September 25, 2009 at 11:05 PM Comments (0)

Summertime: and the Living is Easy!

How quickly time flies. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were getting ready for Winter and here it is Summer again.

Summer brings out the swimmer in us and the old bathing suits we stored away last year. Summer also brings out our old enemies, algae and harmful microbes.

To battle these enemies, we must set up a sanitation treatment program (algaecide program) that fits the needs of your pool.

Since each pool is a little different, we must design a specific program that eliminates these dastardly enemies.

The improper treatment of swimming pool water can destroy your pool and cause severe health issues.

To protect yourself and others, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention)  has recommended three “PLEAs” for swimmers:

  • Please don’t swim when you have diarrhea.  You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.  This is especially important for kids in diapers.  Even swim diapers leak.
  • Please don’t swallow the pool water.  Avoid getting water in your mouth.
  • Please practice good hygiene.  Shower in warm water before swimming, wash hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.  Germs on your body end up in the water.

And three “PLEAs” for parents :

  • Please take your kids on regular bathroom breaks and also check diapers often.  Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean it’s too late.
  • Please change diapers in a bathroom or diaper-changing area, not at poolside.  Germs can spread to surfaces and objects around the pool and cause illness.
  • Please wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and warm water before entering the pool  Everyone has invisible amounts of fecal matter on their bottoms that end up in the pool
June 25, 2009 at 11:14 PM Comments (0)

CPO® Certified

Clifton Orson successfully completed his training as a Certified Pool Operator (CPO® ).  As part of our continuing effort to maintain pool care proficiency, this two day class covered all aspects of new technologies and issues as they enter our field.

Topics like UV disinfection, cryptosporidium outbreaks, automated probe technologies, more advanced test kits, new data on filtration, etc. are very important and were not covered to any great extent even years ago.  It is important that professionals be exposed to a broad operations review to refresh knowledge in certain areas.

Regulations change periodically. A portion of the CPO® certification course covers local and federal regulations to make sure that we are up to date on these changes.

June 25, 2009 at 11:13 PM Comments (0)

We’re Water Aware! Are You?

When you and your family are enjoying your pool or hot tub at home, “being water aware” will add to the experience and keep everyone safe.  Here are three basic tips:

1. Always follow water safety rules!

2. Never Swim Alone!

3. Be sure there’s adult supervision with no distractions!

June 25, 2009 at 11:11 PM Comments (0)

Swimming Pool Owners Going Green

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a perfect pool world where our energy bills for pool operation were less and we had lots of disposable income to take a trip, buy a new car, or just put it in the bank for a rainy day? Wait a minute. We do live in a perfect pool world. Well, nearly perfect.

Did you know if your pool sports a single-speed pump, and you purchase a dual speed pump, you could decrease your yearly energy consumption and reduce your energy costs associated with the filtration of your pool by as much as 75%?

Did you know if you replaced your pressure pool cleaner with a certain robotic pool cleaner you could reduce your energy consumption and reduce your energy costs associated with the pool cleaner by as much as 94%?

Did you know it can cost as much as $500.00 a month to heat an  average backyard pool with an inefficient heater?

Did you know with an energy efficient heater you can reduce your energy costs associated with heating your pool by as much as 80%?

With the energy savings associated with an energy efficient heater, nearly everyone could heat their pool to their desired temperature.

Today there are many people talking about going green and reducing our carbon footprint. Many people believe going green is the only way to save the earth for our children and grandchildren.

Whether you believe in energy conservation or not, it is our duty to bring these green alternatives to your attention and the savings associated with these green alternatives, and let you decide for yourself if going green makes sense for you and your family.

If you decide to go green, you can go a little green or you can go big.

The best course of action, before you make a decision, is to determine the cost and the savings associated with the change.

If you have any questions about going green, or how much you can save each year on your pool operation by going green, please contact us.

We look forward to making your pool experience as pleasurable and as cost friendly as possible.

June 25, 2009 at 11:10 PM Comments (0)

WPSS Education

The 31st Annual Western Pool & Spa Show (WPSS) has become the premier pool and spa industry trade show in the United States.  Yet it still remains faithful to its original purpose – to EDUCATE and TRAIN pool and spa service technicians in their trade while giving both manufacturers and distributors the opportunity to reach this very specific and influential portion of the swimming pool and spa industry.

This show was a wonderful opportunity for Ron Orson to take part in the finest education anyone could hope for.  It was time well spent for all my great customers.

March 25, 2009 at 11:20 PM Comments (0)

Spring? Not Already!

It seems like only yesterday we were putting away our summer toys for our winter gear, and here it is, spring again.

Spring is a time for blooming flowers, blossoming trees and blowing debris. We all look forward to springtime, but with spring comes certain pool maintenance items that must be accomplished before the weather turns warm.

For many customers:

  1. The filter must be serviced to increase the life of all equipment.
  2. Conditioner must be added to the pool water to protect the sanitizing function of the chlorine.
  3. The pool cleaner must be serviced to increase the life of the cleaner.
  4. The backwash valve must be serviced for proper filter performance.
  5. The heater must be serviced to remove spiders and rodents that can block proper function. The heater must also be checked before relighting the pilot or before seasonal use.

These service items are necessary for the proper function of your pool, to avoid any interruption during the swimming season, and to limit major repairs.

While we are the guardians of your pool we will do our utmost to assure a pleasant experience.

If you any questions, please call us.  We are always here to serve you.

March 25, 2009 at 11:18 PM Comments (0)

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