Benefits of A Bi-Weekly Maintenance Plan For Your Pool

Having a backyard pool is the ultimate in summer fun here in Vancouver. It’s a place to cool off on a warm day. It provides hours and hours of enjoyment for family and friends. And, it acts as a centerpiece and focal point in a backyard.

To keep a pool looking and acting its best involves regular maintenance, including cleaning and chemical checks. Many pool owners find the maintenance to be time-consuming and a lot of work. But, it doesn’t have to be.

Signing up for a bi-weekly pool maintenance plan helps keep your pool in its best shape, and it might not be as expensive as you think. Yes, there is a financial investment involved in pool maintenance, but when compared to the benefits it just makes sense.

  • Saves you time - Regular maintenance involves cleaning the liner and balancing the chemicals. By hiring out, you now have more time to actually enjoy your pool.
  • Regular inspections - pool professionals know more about pools than the average homeowner. This means they can alert you to any potential problems that might be creeping up.
  • Water remains safe - It’s important that a pool has the right chemical balance. Ensuring the right levels and how to make corrections can be a lot of work.
  • Maintain the value of your pool - Regular maintenance extends the life of your pool which helps your pool maintain its value
  • Less stress - There’s so many things to do in Vancouver in the summer, including swimming in your pool, that you don’t want to spend your time stressing about when you’re going to be able to clean your pool or balance your chemicals.

Having a backyard swimming pool is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of responsibility. Regular service and maintenance will extend the life of your pool, identify potential issues before they become bigger problems and ensure your pool is safe for use. Pool maintenance is just one more thing you have to think about in your busy life. By hiring a company for bi-weekly pool maintenance you can cross one more thing off your to-do list. How nice is that?

When you choose the right company to help, you save time and money. C-Blu has been servicing pools in Metro Vancouver since 1964!  Give us a call to benefit from our quality service and value and to keep your pool running great.

How to Pressure Test a Swimming Pool

When the plumbing system of a swimming pool is leaking one of the first diagnostic tests that a professional will perform is a pressure test. During this process the plumbing lines of the pool are isolated and independently tested to determine their ability to hold pressure without leaking. Vancouver swimming pool plumbing pressure testing is only as accurate as the person performing the testing.

A Vancouver swimming pool will run between 5 and 30 PSI of pressure on average. Ideally the plumbing lines will be tested at a level above the maximum operating pressures to ensure that there are no leaks in the system. The concern with this is that pressure testing any system over a few PSI can be dangerous so many testers prefer to test at lower pressures such as 5, 10 or 20 PSI. In theory a plumbing leak will be apparent under all pressurized situations but this is not always the case with elusive leaking problems. It is recommended to test at a higher pressure that the normal operating values of the plumbing system.

The potential for danger exists with pressure testing so it should only be attempted by professionals or competent individuals using proper equipment and safety techniques. In theory the process of isolating each plumbing line is easy. Open one end of the pipe in the mechanical / pump room and plug the end in the pool. You then induce either water or air that is regulated with a valve and an known accurate pressure gauge.

In practice the process of pressure testing a pool is much more complicated. Basic swimming pool systems can involve as little as two or three pipes however more robust pools can have thirty, forty or fifty individual pipes that require testing. In addition to being able to identify where each pipe goes, which can be a difficult task in some situations, most pools have pipes that are very difficult to isolate and test.

Some pipes do not connect from the pump room to the pool making it very difficult to access both ends of the pipe which is required in order to perform any accurate pressure testing. A prime example of this is the main drain at the bottom of the pool. Some pools can not be emptied so a diver can be required in order to inspect and plug the main drain for testing. Water features, hot tubs, return jets and stairs will sometimes have pipes which are difficult to pressure test further complicating the process.

A well versed Vancouver pool service will use a combination of plumbing system knowledge, testing and process of elimination to identify the pool leak. More often than not the leak can be identified by examining closely the characteristics of the leak itself. The more invasive pressure testing process is used to prove what is speculated by examining the leak characteristics. The better that you understand your pool plumbing system the more readily you will be able to find and repair the leak - with or without a pressure test.

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Salt Water Pools – Chlorine Generator

It's a complex decision when you're trying to figure out which Vancouver swimming pool is going to be the best for you and your family. There are a lot of questions in everyone's mind about chlorinated pools vs. salt water pools or perhaps even a chlorine free pool. Well let's nip that thought in the bud from the start. A chlorine free pool is called a creek.

The salt water swimming pools that you read about and consider for your own use are not chlorine free. The salt water pool simply goes about things in a whole new way. They use a chlorine generator to get the germ free status that they have. Chlorine generators have been around for ages, but as the means to make chlorine and the methods used to do so got a lot better, the chlorine generators got to be more popular because they actually worked.

So why would you want a salt water pool?

The body is naturally saline. That's a given of course. When you go swimming in a very mild saline solution, much like using saline in the eyes, it is actually easier on the body. Usually when people emerge from a pool that is heavily chlorinated, they will have the halo in their vision, the skin feels more dry, and it tends to hold that residue that tells you you're taking a bleach bath. For some reason, when you swim in a salt water pool, even though it does have a chlorine generator, you're going to get out of the swimming pool feeling better, without that extra coating of residue on your body. You will actually be feeling far more refreshed than you might if you had taken a swim in the other variety. Your skin will be less dry and you're going to feel a big difference.

Ocean water has about 35 thousand parts of salt per million parts of water. People taste salt when it gets a bit more high density than what is in their bodies, but chlorine generators these days, with advances in the technology can take as little as about 2500 parts per million to generate chlorine, not the 35 thousand that the ocean has. The best ratio is going to be below 3000 parts per million. Some chlorine generators can require as much as 6000 PPM in the pool water. Those you should probably steer clear of. Swimming in brine isn't necessarily going to be more refreshing.

Chlorine generators make chlorine for your Vancouver salt water pool so that you don't have to go and get it. While the salt water's great feeling on your skin is one big advantage, so is not having to play around with chemicals on a regular basis. Your chlorine generator makes the chlorine for you, and prevents algae or other bacteria from growing in the pool water.

The chlorine generator has a cell which is made of of metals. Keeping that cell completely free of mineral deposits is the only real maintenance you need to do, so that it will keep on making the chlorine for your pool. That beats having to add chlorine on a regular basis and play with the chemicals, as well as find some place to safely store them.

The only real hitch is that you must still keep a proper PH balance, even in your salt water pool. As long as you do so however, your chlorine generator will do the rest of the job for you. The salt water will help you to feel better and more refreshed after your swim.

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Add Safety and Style to Your Pool With Glass Fencing

If you have a swimming pool, you need a pool fence. There are safety requirements that each fence must adhere to, and these requirements are there to protect lives of our children.

If you already have a fence, it's good, but is it a glass fence? Glass pool fencing brings many benefits, such as

  • unobstructed view of the pool area,
  • it adds safety,
  • it brings style and
  • it adds value to the property.

Back in the days, most households had shower curtains in their bathrooms. Now, with every new house or house renovation, people use glass for shower enclosures. This is very similar to what is happening with pool fences. Most of new Vancouver swimming pool installations now use glass fences, and those people with existing pools are replacing the old steel tubular fence with a stylish glass one.

Consider this: the purpose of swimming pool fencing is all about safety. It's about saving lives of young children, it's about preventing kids form wondering to the pool area and getting in the water.

Glass fencing is fantastic because it provides families with clear sight of the pool area. It makes it easy for people to see what happens at your Vancouver pool. And then, it makes the backyard look better by making it very stylish.

Glass fencing is more affordable now than ever. If you are concerned about pool safety, glass fence is a great solution.


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Swimming Pool Cleaning and Pool Filters

Swimming pools must be kept clean and hygienic by using a pool vacuum which has the capacity to clean large tiled areas. They should be covered while they are not being used. With a pool cover in use extra dirt and leaves don't fall in, and the pool stays cleaner for longer.

The next requirement is that swimming pools need to have proper circulation and filtration system in place to replace the stale water with fresh water. The pool pump helps in the circulation of the water.

Swimming pool vacuums are also needed to clean out dirt that enters the pool. These are available in manual and automatic models. Manual vacuums are much cheaper than automatic ones.

Your pool vacuum should be used to clean the bottom and sides of the pool. Some pool cleaners do an excellent job in general in cleaning your pool, however many of these devices will not pick up fine dust or sand that sinks to the bottom. However, a pool vacuum has to be used no matter what the location may be.

The pool filter pump (or more than one for large pools) will need to be serviced regularly.

Here is a tip for you. A pool suction hose can be turned into a backwash hose by using a hose clamp. A pool vacuum system consists of a number of parts that fit together to make the system fully functional. The vacuum head is that part of the pool vacuum system that is similar to a vacuum cleaner.

Some pool packages come complete with a maintenance kit that includes a pool vacuum, others do not. If you are buying you will need to carefully establish exactly what is included in the price, before you pay out your money.

As we have said already, filters can't remove silt from the bottom. However, once the swimmers move the water they raise the silt, and it can then be be filtered out and the problem will slowly get better.

Good quality filters will have a pressure gauge to tell you when they've absorbed too much particulate. For instance, the new Hayward 4800 DE filter, has a system that is affected when the pressure rises to 10 PSI more than the pressure when the filter powder was changed. When that happens the water flow is being unduly restricted and it's time to change your powder again.

When pool filling, add a water purifying chemical to the water to get rid of the remaining cloudiness in the pool. Follow the manufacturers recommendations.

Chlorine kills any bacteria that may be in your pool water and that is why it is so important. Shock your pool once a week in the summer. Chlorine is typically prepared in liquid, powder or tablet form (though some professionals use gaseous chlorine), and it can be added to the water anywhere in the cycle. Pool experts generally recommend adding it just after the filtering process, using a chemical feeder.


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Clean Your Swimming Pool Before a Big Party

A party would not be complete without a dip in a refreshing, clean pool. Before hosting your next big pool party, it is important to ensure your pool is clean and safe for your guests. Crystal clean water will make your guests feel comfortable about jumping in and having a great time.

Automatic pool cleaners are perfect for maintaining a healthy, clean pool without a bunch of fuss. The automatic cleaners can efficiently and thoroughly clean the bottom of the pool where debris and algae tend to gather. An average cleaning time is around two to four hours. Some designs can clean the walls of the pool which are prone to algae build up as well.

Robotic pool cleaners are great for those who just want to push a button and go. Some of the systems are programmable, meaning a user can program a specific cleaning time without turning on the machine. The machines work just like the automatic systems and can save a pool owner a lot of time and energy. For those who want a little more control, remote controls are available that will allow a user to control the direction of the unit.

The cleaners generally have a filtering system within the unit along with a bag to catch the debris sucked off the pool floor. A self contained filtering system will save your pool's filter from doing any extra work and potentially damaging the system. These systems save money on pool cleaning bills and can be done as often as necessary. Simply put the automatic pool cleaner in the pool and let it do its job. Some systems can be built in and easily turned on with a remote. A clean pool is always a huge hit at any party.


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