Top 5 Pool Tips in Gilbert Arizona

1. Energy Consumption From Heating Water

Guide To Caring For Your Gilbert Swimming PoolHeating a Gilbert Arizona swimming pool for residential or commercial enjoyment is the subject of high heating bills and wasted energy. Installing modern energy efficient heaters saves Gilbert pool owners lots of money. Children and senior citizens are quite comfortable with 80 degree temperatures. Between 78 and 82 degree Fahrenheit is good for everyone, but temperatures are a personal choice. Swimming is the best form of exercise and helps to keep us fit and healthy. Therefore, keeping pool waters with comfortable temperatures is great therapy for the mind and body. There are in-ground pool heaters with a choice of natural or propane gas pool heaters. Choosing the right swimming pool heater for an in-ground pool, solar or pool heat pump means beforehand knowledge of the BTU unit size needed.

2. Pool Filter Information

Pool filters are vital to the health of a pool and the health of family and friends. Filters remove minute particles, debris and dirt. It works in conjunction with a pump as a pool’s filter system. Filters are the pool’s work horse and by keeping it clean, it preserves the life of a pool, keeping Chandler pool maintenance and operating costs very low. There are pool filter options, which include sand filters, cartridge and DE (diatomaceous earth).

Cleaning a sand filter is a DIY project because it only requires running water through a filter backwards, while getting rid of the waste water to prevent pool repair problems. Pool filters use replaceable cartridges which can be cleaned with a garden hose or cartridge cleaners. They only need to be replaced once a year, especially if the pool is used daily by lots of people.

3. Swimmer Safety

Pool swimmer safety has more to do with common sense than swimming techniques. More than 3,000 people drown annually with children, ages 1 to 4, drowning in their own swimming pool. Some swimmer safety habits should include:

  • Erect a fence around the pool with safety locks or alarms
  • Identify the pool filter to children and remind them to stay away from its suction
  • Never leave children alone
  • No alcohol in or around a pool
  • Children and their friends must always get permission to swim and must be supervised
  • There shouldn’t be any glass or bottles in or around the pool area
  • Keep electrical devices out of the pool area
  • Buddy systems are a preventive measure
  • Pool owners should be familiar with CPR and first aid

4. pH Balance

The science of pH is the measurement of how acidic pool water is. pH is measured on a scale of 0-14, where 7 is a safe level. Rain and the human body contains pH values and effect the acidity of the water. Pool water should be tested daily to adjust its balance if needed. If the range is high or low, then chemicals to increase or decrease levels must be added to keep the pH range between 7.2 and 7.8. pH water balance effects a pool’s plaster, tile, pipes, fittings and can also make the water appear cloudy. If a pH balance is high or low then acids can bring it to normal levels. Acid ingredients should be added to water and not the reverse. Let the pool pump system circulate the added acid water for about 4 hours and test again before anyone gets back into the pool to prevent future pool maintenance.

5. Winterizing

Winterizing a Gilbert Arizona in-ground pool requires owners to clean or unplug pool filters, disconnect the pumps and heaters, unscrew fittings, drain water from pipes and place duct tape over their openings, blow out the lines, use proper chemicals to winterize the water and place covers over the pool. To winterize above ground pools and prevent any pool repair problems: backwash or blow out the filter systems, plug pipes and bring the water level just below a skimmer, disconnect pumps, disconnect filters and clean them depending on the filter system, add chemicals to the remaining pool water, clean the exposed walls and pool floors from algae, drain the remaining water from the pool and cover the pool.

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Arizona Pool Service
20207 E. Poco Calle
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
Phone: 480-228-5743

Trouble Shooting Your Broken Pool Pump

Arizona summers are known for their heat, which makes swimming one of the most popular outdoor activities. It also makes owning a swimming pool very desirable indeed. But what if your swimming pool develops a problem? That can certainly put a crimp in your fun!

Malibu Pool Service and Repair - Gilbert Arizona Pool PumpsIf your water isn’t as clean as usual it could be your pool pump, especially if it is getting up there in years. Before you call for Gilbert pool pump repair there are a few things you can check.

Notice if you hear the pump running. If it’s not running, check the power supply and breakers. If it is getting power but will not run, your pool pump may need to be repaired.

If your pool pump is running, but making a funny noise, you may just be hearing normal operating sounds, like the cooling fan, the vibration of the pump against the base it is sitting on, or maybe even just the sound of the water flowing. The bearings may also become noisy as they age, but be aware that putting high concentrations of chemicals into the skimmer can cause damage to the pump seal, which in turn can begin to leak and cause damage to the motor bearings.

Some other possible causes of pump noise are, any kind of blockage in the suction line, leaking pipes, or just letting the level of your pool water get too low.

If your pump is running but there doesn’t appear to be any pressure, it may be caused by low water flow. This could simply be caused by a blockage in the return line, a valve that is inadvertently shut off, or even just a dirty filter.

This can also happen if the pumps impeller is clogged. If you are comfortable checking this yourself, first shut off the pump. You will need to remove the basket, then you can check the impeller by putting your fingers into the suction hole in the pump strainer housing and feeling for tears in the seal. If the seal is torn, you can either attempt to purchase a new seal and replace the old one or call someone experienced in pool pump repair.

What if your pump stops for no apparent reason? It may be over heating. Pool pumps are equipped with a thermal overload that will automatically shut the pump off when it gets too hot. Allow it to cool down, and then attempt to restart it.

Another problem is a pump that cuts off and on every few seconds. This can be an electrical problem. Your pump may be wired to the wrong voltage. Turn the pump off immediately. You will need an electrician to deal with this one.

Sometimes a pump will not prime. There are many possible causes. If the pump is located too far away from the pool, or above the level of the pool water it can take a long time to prime. You may have a suction leak or clogged suction piping. If you suspect that your piping is clogged by something that made it past the skimmer, check at the bends in the pipe. That is where things usually lodge. The pump also will not prime if the impeller is broken.

In Gilbert Arizona, electric bills can go up drastically in the summer. Air conditioning is needed most of the season. Swimming pools can also contribute to extra summer energy usage. Some filtration systems can take up to 24 hours to clean your pool, though most can clean your pool in 10-12 hours. Also, the larger your pool pump the more energy it will use. You may wish to consider upgrading to a newer more energy efficient pool pump and filtration system which can result in savings of up to 20%.

Have a cool summer!

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Malibu Pool Service and Repair
2338 W. Lindner Avenue, #28
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Office: (602) 748-0544