Orson Around the Pool

Energy Corner

Saving energy is a worthwhile cause. Not only does it save you money, and afford you the luxury of more discretionary funds, it also helps our environment and lowers the overall cost of energy.

Reducing the cost of running your pool equipment is part of this equation, but this cannot be achieved by just cutting back operational hours. How is it achieved? We replace your old pool equipment with new energy efficient equipment.

I know this sounds like a sales pitch, but it is not. You can replace your old equipment, pay for the equipment with energy savings in as little as 4 months, and the money saved for the next 8 months goes right back into your pocket. You can put as much as $1,000.00 back in your pocket the first year, after the cost of the new equipment.

It‘s as if someone is paying for the equipment and then giving you money to boot. Wait a minute! They are.

If you are interested in this program, and saving money, contact us today for more details.

September 25, 2009 at 11:08 PM 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)