What You DON’T Want In Your Swimming Pool Company

Many swimming pool companies in Utah spend most of their time and energy on building pools, and couldn’t care less about helping their customers with their long term pool service needs. If you notice that your swimming pool company is doing any of the following, you need to call Lifeguard Pools. We are a swimming pool and spa service company, and that’s all we do. Pretty simple, huh?

  1. They Never Answer The Phone: Your swimming pool company should want your business, and should work hard to get it and keep it. If your pool guys aren’t answering the phone and your messages aren’t being returned, your swimming pool company doesn’t care enough about you. Move on to a company that answers your calls, like Lifeguard Pools and Spas. We’ve even been known to answer our phone on weekends and evenings for all of your swimming pool and spa emergencies.
  2. They Never Show Up On Time: Your time is valuable- and you deserve to have your swimming pool service company to show up on time. If you’re spending too much time waiting around and not enough time actually enjoying your pool, give us a call.
  3. They Don’t Send Qualified Pool Professionals: Your pool company should be sending qualified pool professionals who know what they’re doing and perform the agreed upon service. If you’re noticing that the quality of service and repairs is low, it’s time to find a new company.

If you’re looking for a new Utah swimming pool company to complete your weekly or bi-weekly service, give us a call at 801-208-9527.

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 Different Types of Chemicals?

As we posted about earlier this week, swimming pool and spa chemicals are a tricky business. Check out the list below for more information on….

Swimming Pool Chemicals and Products for Utah:

Lifeguard Pools and Spas carries a broad supply of swimming pool chemicals and products to care for all of your pool needs. From algae problems to cloudy water, we’ve got the pool chemicals to keep your pool safe and beautiful. Some of the pool chemicals and products we carry for our Utah climate include:

  • Chlorine
    • 3 inch Chlorine Tablets
    • 1 inch Chlorine Tablets
    • Granular Chlorine
    • Liquid Chlorine
    • TriChlor
    • DiChlor
    • Sodium Hypochlorite
    • Bromine
      • Granular Bromine
      • 1 inch Bromine Tablets
      • Pool Salt
        • 40 lb. Bag Quick Dissolving Pool Grade Pool Salt
        • Pool Shock Products
          • Calcium Hypochlorite
          • Lithium Hypochlorite
          • Sodium Dichlor
          • Non-Chlorine Shock
          • Ph Balancers
            • Liquid Acid
            • Dry Acid Products
            • Soda Ash
            • Co2 (Carbon Dioxide)
            • Liquid Chemicals
            • Clarifiers
            • Algeacides
            • Tile Cleaners
            • Pool Filter Cleaners
              • Pool Filter Degreasers
              • Biguanide Sanitizers
              • Pool Perfect
              • Phosphate Reducers
              • Sodium Tetraborite
              • Alkalinity Increaser
              • Stabilizers
                • Cyaneric Acid (CYA)

Spa/Hot Tub Chemicals and Products:

Whether you’re using your spa or hot tub year round, or you prefer to use seasonally in our cold Salt Lake winters, we’ve got the spa and hot tub chemicals you’ll need. Some of the products we carry are:

  • Granular Chlorine
  • Chlorine Shock
  • Non-Chlorine Shock
  • Ph Increaser
  • Ph Decreaser
  • Clarifiers
  • Filter Cleaners
  • Stain and Scale Controllers
  • Metal Controllers
  • Spa Perfect
  • Spa Fragrances
  • Spa Salts

Recreation Utah: Our Favorite Utah Insurance Guy

This may seem a little off topic, but if you’re interested in any sort of outdoor recreation in this great state of Utah, you’ll likely need good insurance, and have we got the guy for you. We’ve been insuring with State Farm Agent Rick Lam for years, and we’ve got to say we’re impressed. He’s a pretty legit insurance man with a great staff that really knows what they’re doing- not to mention he knows his way around all the good Chinese restaurants in the valley 🙂

So if you’re in the market for new insurance, be it auto, home, or for any of your outdoor needs (like boating, RVs, all those fun things) you should give his office a call at 801-263-1890.

State Farm Agent Rick Lam
3500 S. Main Street, Suite 106
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

website: http://www.ricklam.net

 

Why are Swimming Pool Chemicals Important?

You probably know that a big pool of water will quickly become a cesspool of germs and bacteria if you leave it alone long enough, but why exactly are all those pool chemicals necessary to keep your water nice and blue?

First off, certain pathogens, such as bacteria, thrive in water. If left untreated, a pool filled with untreated water is the perfect place for these microorganisms to move from one person to another. Improperly balanced water can even irritate the eyes of skins of swimmers as well.

Not only can water be dangerous to people, but water with the wrong chemical balance can damage various parts of the pool. If the water pH is too low it can destroy the plaster, heaters, metal ladders, and on older pools it can even destroy your underground plumbing. If your pH levels are too high it can even leave calcium deposits on the tile.

So what’s the most popular pool disinfectant to use? Good ol’ fashioned chlorine in the form of a chemical compound such as calcium hypochlorite (one of many granular solids) or sodium hypochlorite (a liquid). When the compound is added to your pool water, the chlorine reacts with the water to form various chemicals, most notably hypochlorous acid. It’s a big word, but hypochlorous acid kills bacteria and other pathogens by attaching the lipids in the cell walls and destroying the enzymes and structures inside the cell through an oxidation reaction. Alternative sanitizers, such as bromine do basically the same thing with slightly different results.*

More later on chlorine 🙂

*Thanks to HowStuffWorks “Pool Chemicals” for help in writing this article.

Hot Tubs + Utah Winter = We can make it until Spring…

When we start seeing these types of Utah winter temperatures, we start longing for the warmer days of summer, heck, we’d even settle for some early-spring temperatures. Luckily those who have access to a hot tub are lucky enough to have some way to stay warm for the winter, which sounds pretty good to us right now.

If you’ve found that your hot tub isn’t warming like it used to, or maybe you want someone to come and bring the right chemicals to keep your hot tub working like a champion, give us a call at 801-208-9527.

Recreation Friday: Uh oh, we ate too much

We don’t know about you, but it was a delightful Thanksgiving, although we’re starting to think we might have over-indulged a little on the pumpkin pie. Whoops. Good thing it’s Recreation Friday.

Since we’ve been enjoying the great outdoors in Southern Utah, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite spots, that’s right, St. George’s Crack.

http://www.trails360.com/hikes/view/st_george_narrows

Yep, that’s the real name, and it’s real fun. Enjoy!

 

Friday: Utah Recreation Picks

We want to introduce a new feature to our humble little blog: Utah Recreation Picks. Sure we may be a swimming pool and hot tub company, but every once in a while we set down the skimmers and chemicals and check out some of the fun things going on around the great state of Utah.

With the onset of winter, we’ve been starting to wonder how we’re going to keep fit and such with the onset of this cold weather.  We’ve come across a local, inexpensive solution right here in our backyard: the Midvale Pool. You can get a punch pass for $30/30 swims and lap swimming is free. Also, it’s a pretty well kept secret, so you can expect that with the exception of morning lap swims, there’s not a big crowd to fight your way through.