Orson Around the Pool

Discount Corner

Purchase an automatic cleaner during the Month of January and receive free installation.

Also, if you refer a customer who is with us for 90 days, you will receive a FREE month of service.

We appreciate your business and your loyalty.

December 25, 2009 at 11:47 AM Comments (0)

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)

Energy Corner

It is time to reduce pool equipment operational hours if they have not already been reduced. Since the weather is becoming cooler, algae and other bacteria have a more difficult time breeding in your pool water.

There are three things that affect the running time of your pool equipment:

1. The angle of the sun

2. Cooler days and nights

3. Cooler water

Because of these natural occurrences, we are able to reduce the running time of your pool equipment and this saves energy and money.

We will adjust your running time. Please do not adjust.  Every pool is a little different and the running time for one pool may not be the appropriate for another.

Remember, we still have water that needs to be circulated to prevent insect infestation and to filter out other items that can cause damage to your pool and health issues for your family.

December 25, 2009 at 11:45 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)

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)

Energy Corner

Did you know we can approximate how much money you will save on energy each year when you replace your old equipment with new energy efficient equipment?

Did you know, if your swimming pool now sports a 1hp single speed pump, and you purchase a new dual speed pump, you can pay yourself back in as little as five months?

For example, if you run your pool approximately 6 hours each day you could save approximately $454.66 a year after paying back the cost of the energy efficient pump?

If you have a larger single speed pump the savings can be even greater.

Going green can be great for the environment, but it is also great for your wallet.

June 25, 2009 at 11:15 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)

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