Spring Openings are Happening in Salt Lake City, Utah

Can you believe it’s April already?!? Thankfully it is! And we’re having one of those lovely, warm springs that Utah is known for (or at least we should be :)). Which means it’s time to get those swimming pools up and running for the summer season.

If you want to have your pool clean, and ready to go before Memorial Day, carpe diem! Now is the time to schedule your spring opening! How do you do such a thing? Easy peasy, just call us at 801-208-9527 to schedule a convienet appointment. You’ll be surprised how worry free it can be.

When Should I Winterize My Pool?

We are the last people who want to admit this, but, well, ahem…it’s going to be fall soon. Even though the temperatures are still in the nineties, and there are plenty of good swimming days left, it may be time to start thinking ahead to the inevitable drop in temperature that is right around the corner.

When should I winterize my swimming pool?

Option one: If you live around Salt Lake City, Utah, the answer to this question will vary. Some of our pool customers choose to leave their swimming pool open year round. You’ll need to turn up the heat to bear the colder temperatures, but believe it or not, you can continue to enjoy your pool throughout the winter months. 

Option two: If you don’t want to pay the high utility prices associated with leaving your pool open all year, you should close your swimming pool whenever you’re done using it for the year. This will vary based on temperature and personal preference, but for many will occur between September and October.

Do I have to winterize my swimming pool?

Unless you’re opting for option one above, then the safest and answer we recommend is: yes! See our post here about the advantages of winterizing your swimming pool for more information.

To schedule your winterization for your swimming pool or spa, call us at 801-208-9527.  We will travel to your Utah location anywhere along the Wasatch Front, including Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Davis County.

Swimming Pool Company in Utah

Are you having a hard time finding a Swimming Pool Company in Utah? Perhaps you’ve checked the phone book, made some calls, but you’re unimpressed (or maybe can’t get anyone to return your phone calls) and ready to try a new swimming pool company.

Good news, you’ve come to the right spot. Lifeguard Pools and Spas believes that if you love your pool company, you’ll love your pool. And we’re ready to make sure you love your pool company.

Lifeguard Pools and Spas specializes in:

  • Swimming Pool Maintenance– swimming pools have all sorts of gizmos and gadgets; we’re here to make sure all those pool parts are working in harmony.
  • Swimming Pool Service & Repair– the most enjoyable swimming pool is one that you don’t have to worry about. Sign up for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly service for your swimming pool and spa and you’ll see how enjoyable your summer can be. We offer regular route maintenance for Salt Lake County, Utah County (including Provo and Orem) and Davis County.
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals– make your life easier by contacting us for your swimming pool chemicals.
  • Spring Openings & Winterizations– the bookends to every season, contact us early to schedule your spring opening or winterization.

Call us at 801-208-9527 and find out how much you can love your pool company, and your pool.

Best Ever Swimming Pool Company in Utah

How do you make summer 2012 the best summer ever? Hire the best ever swimming pool company in Utah: us! We actually show up when scheduled and we’re easy to get a hold of.

Not only will we show up every time, but we also promise to show up on time. Lifeguard Pools and Spas sets itself apart by:

  • doing a great job
  • making communication easy- call, text, email and we’ll always respond
  • doing whatever it takes to keep you swimming all summer long

So if you’re done spending your Saturday’s under the blazing sun vacuuming leaves from the bottom of your swimming pool, don’t dismay. Lifeguard Pools offers regularly scheduled pool service and maintenance that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Testing and balancing chemicals
  • Vacuuming and skimming all pool services
  • Emptying traps and baskets
  • Maintaining filters
  • Visually checking to ensure pool equipment is in good working order

Make summer 2012 the best year ever by hiring the best ever swimming pool service and maintenance company in the great state of Utah. Call us today for a free estimate.

Why is Ph Important to Your Salt Lake Pool

Turns out there are a lot of reasons that caring for the Ph of your swimming pool or spa is important. Check out the list below:
  • Chlorine, your pools sanitizer, is most effective when Ph is between 7.4 and 7.6. You should measure and check the Ph level regularly- or hire  Lifeguard Pools for regular swimming pool maintenance so we can watch it for you.
  • If the Ph of your pool drops below the 7.4 mark, the water becomes too acidic and the acidity of the water can eat away the plaster, plumbing and equipment- which of course leads to pre-mature wear of your pool.
  • If the Ph of your pool rises above 7.6, the water becomes scale-forming and can deposit scale on your plaster, plumbing and equipment- this can lead to your pool heater working less-efficiently.
  • Another important reason to monitor the Ph in your swimming pool is swimmer comfort. Ph levels that are too low or too high can lead to dry itchy skin, burning skin, eye irritation, etc.

Utah Swimming Pool and Spa Repair

Utah Swimming Pool and Spa Repair

There are a lot of great things about owning a Utah swimming pool or hot tub in your backyard: the convenience, the awesome summer parties, the popularity with friends and neighbors (okay, so this is sometimes a win/lose situation). Some of the less awesome parts of owning a swimming pool or spa in your backyard can include swimming pool and/or spa repairs.

Swimming pool and hot tub repair specializations for the Utah area include:

  • Heaters
  • Filters
  • Pumps
  • Salt Systems
  • Chlorinators
  • Chemical Automation Systems
  • Lights
  • Swimming Pool Automation Systems
  • Cleaners
  • Vacuums
  • Swimming Pool Leaks
  • Plumbing Repairs

We also feature the following pool or spa services in case you haven’t done so in a while:

  • Acid Washing the Plaster: Acid wash, like acid trip? No. actually an Acid Wash is more like a facial peel for your inground pool or spa. After you drain your pool or spa, a diluted solution of muriatic acid is applied to the walls of your pool or spa. The acid takes away a fine layer of plaster and leaves your pool looking brighter, fresher, cleaner and with less stains.
  • Tile Repair and Cleaning: We recommend repairing cracked tile as they occur, instead of waiting until half your pool needs some TLC.
  • Draining and refilling pool: Most pools or spas should be drained every 5-8 years. Don’t worry, it won’t cost you an arm a leg to refill, thanks to our Utah water prices.

What Are The Best Brands of Chemicals For My Pool Or Spa?

Utah Swimming Pool Supplies: Chemicals and Products

There are many choices when it comes to chemicals and products available for your Utah swimming pool and/or spa. How do you know what the right options are?  It’s recommended to check with a trusted swimming pool professional like ourselves. There is a lot of options out there on the world wide internet, but check out the brands we carry.

Swimming pool and spa chemical brands we carry and recommend are:

If you’re looking for a little more specific information on winterization or spring opening chemicals, keep on reading.

Swimming Pool Winterizing Chemicals and Supplies:

If the Utah snow is coming, chances are it’s time to winterize your swimming pool. It’s a tricky job and we carry the appropriate chemicals necessary to winterize your pool:

  • Winter Shock
  • Winter Algeacide
  • Winter Chlorine Floaters
  • Skimmer Gizmo
  • Winter Pill
  • Winter Antifreeze
  • Winter Plug
  • Winter Pool Cover
  • Water Tubes

Swimming Pool Spring Opening Chemicals and Supplies:

When you’re ready to slip back into your swimsuit, it’s time for your swimming pool spring opening. Even if last year’s swimsuit doesn’t cover you, we will, with our supply of spring opening products and services:

  • Pool Shock Products
  • Water Clarifiers
  • Algeacides

Not All Swimming Pool Chemcials Are Created Equal

Have you ever stumbled across what appears to be a great deal on 3 inch Chlorine Tablets at your local big-box retailer? Were you tempted to buy them?

Shhh, it’s OK if you were, but know that not all swimming pool and spa chemcials are created equal. As a general rule, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. You need to pay attention to the ingredients and percentages of what you’re buying. So let’s look at our example of 3 inch Chlorine Tablets, make sure they offer the same amount or percent of chlorine that you’re used to getting. It’s like your mom said: you get what you pay for.

If you’re ever in doubt of what you’re about to pay for, give us a call at 801-208-9527 and we’ll let you know, or sign up for our chemical service anywhere along the Wasatch Front of Utah (from Ogden to Provo, including Salt Lake City). We’ll deliver chemcials right to your door, and we’d be more than happy to tell you more about our weekly and bi-weekly regular route maintenance for your Utah swimming pool, spa or hot tub.

Lifeguard Pools and Spas: What We Do!

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So know you know where we do our swimming pool and spa deeds, find out what we do:

What kind of stuff do we specialize in? Lifeguard Pools and Spas will travel to your part of the Utah neighborhood for:

  • Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Service and Maintenance: Let’s be honest, balancing chemicals in this Utah climate is not rocket science, but it can be confusing and it does take time away from enjoying your pool and spa. Keep your water safe and clean by letting a professional take care of it.
  • Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Repairs and Remodels: A cold swimming pool due to a broken pool heater is no fun, neither is a cloudy pool because your filter is old and worn out. Or maybe your swimming pool looks like it was built around the time Esther Williams was popular. Either way, Lifeguard Pools and Spas is your Utah swimming pool company.
  • Winterizing: When the Utah weather starts to turn cold, give us a call to schedule your winterization early.
  • Spring Openings: It’s the time of year we all wait for: time to shed the winter layers and get back into the pool. Book your Spring Opening early to enjoy your Memorial Day party in style.

Contact us at 801-208-9527 to find out more about available swimming pool and spa services and scheduling options.

What is the pH of swimming pool or spa water?

Have you ever wondered what your pool boy is talking about when he talks about the pH balance of your swimming pool or spa water?  It’s the measure of how acidic or basic the water is, or more scientifically, the measure of hydrogen ion concentration.

Everything that enters your water has a pH level.  The pH balance of your swimming pool or spa affects every other element in the pool chemical balancing of your pool or spa water.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • pH levels are measured on a scale that ranges from 0 to 14.
  • A “0” reading is an extremely strong acid base and a reading of “14” means a very strong base.
  • A pH level of 7 indicates the water is very neutral. Ideally your pool water will be between 7.4 and 7.6.   This will keep your water slightly alkaline and be the most comfortable for swimmers (specifically eye comfort).
Problems caused by low pH levels:
    • Acidic swimming pool water.
    • Chlorine residuals dissipate very quickly.
    • Eye irritation for swimmers.
    • Etching of your pool plaster and wall surfaces.
    • Corrosion of the metal parts in your mechanical system occurs. This includes the impellers of swimming pumps and the elements of your swimming pool heater cores.
    • Staining of the walls in your swimming pool or spa.
    • Rapid loss of your pool alkalinity levels.

Problems caused by a high pH level:

    • The activity of your chlorine level is slow and inefficient.
    • Scaling and discoloration of the walls in your swimming pool or spa occurs.
    • Cloudy water in your facility.
    • Your swimming pool filters will work harder than normal.
    • Eye irritation will occur among your swimmers.

What affects the levels of pH in your swimming pool or spa?  All sorts of stuff, including:

    • The waste of your swimmers.
    • Your pool or spa disinfectants.
    • The make up or source water that is use for your pool.
    • Air-bourne debris.
    • Aeration water around your pool deck.
    • Evaporation.

Turns out there is a lot of science behind the pH of your pool or spa water. And of course keeping the pH balance of your water matters, especially if you don’t want to burn out the eyeballs of your swimmers.  And that’s why you trust these things to a qualified swimming pool professional like Lifeguard Pools and Spas.  Trust us.