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.

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What Month Should You Do a Pool Spring Opening in Utah?

As we approach the 2012 Spring season, you may be wondering what is the best month to open your pool. The decision to open your swimming pool is up to your personal preference, when you want to swim, and the weather.

Generally speaking you can schedule your swimming pool spring opening as soon as the weather begins to warm up. If the temperatures dip below a comfortable swimming temperature, you just need to turn down the heater on your pool until the temperatures rise up again. With the local temperatures already in the high seventies, April is the month for scheduling your spring opening this 2012 year.

How to Calculate Swimming Pool Volume: A Pool Volume Calculator

Have you ever wondered how to calculate the volume of your backyard swimming pool? There are many instances in which you will need to have an idea of how many gallons your swimming pool holds- like if you’re adjusting or adding swimming pool chemicals.

We found this handy little swimming pool volume calculator over at Pentair Water’s website. You will need to have an idea of how deep your pool is at both the shallow and deep end of the pool, as well as the basic shape. Enter those values in and push “calculate” and presto! the gallons (or volume of your pool) will be magically calculated.

If calculators are a little too much math for you, and you’ve always been curious about getting help with your Utah swimming pool maintenance– consider giving us a call. We are the only swimming pool company in Utah that specializes in swimming pool, spa, and hot tub service. We are pros when it comes to weekly and bi-weekly swimming pool care, including maintaining your swimming pool’s chemicals. Check us out on the world wide web at www.lifeguardpools.com or call at 801-208-9527 for a free estimate and friendly chit chat 🙂

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.

3 Good Reasons To Schedule Your 2012 Utah Spring Opening Early

2012 is the year! This is the year you schedule your Spring Opening early! Why? Well we’ve got the answers below:

1. Mild Winter=Early Summer:
When the temperature is 70 degrees in March in Salt Lake City, Utah there’s a good chance you could be soaking up the rays poolside in spring this year. And you probably won’t be the only one of your neighbors to have the same idea. Call and schedule your spring opening early this year- and don’t worry, if the summer-like temperatures don’t hold, you can wait to turn on the pool heater until you- and the temperature- is ready.

2. An Ounce of Pool Prevention….:
Hopefully this won’t happen to you, but if you have the misfortune of discovering something has gone awry with your swimming pool or hot tub equipment over the winter months, don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your spring opening. That way you don’t risk spending Memorial Day waiting for a pool repair.

3. It’s Just Not Worth the Worry:
 

Seriously! It’s not worth missing those beautiful first days of swimming pool season waiting for your swimming pool company to come and get everything up and running. It’s not to early to schedule your swimming pool spring opening. Call us today at 801-208-9527 to schedule your Spring Opening. We look forward to having your pool up and running early this 2012 year.

Swimming Pool Wiki

Did you know there is a wikipedia for the swimming pool and spa industry? Well there is, and it’s called http://www.theaquapedia.com. It’s a cool resource for pool and spa information, and also is sporting a brand new page on Lifeguard Pools and Spas. You can check out this newest Utah Swimming Pool Wiki Page by clicking here.

And that’s not all, we also came across another fun wiki site for Homestar Runner, a guilty pleasure of ours. There is even a page dedicated to the swimming pool. Enjoy 🙂

 

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

Swimming Pool Chemicals: Getting to Know Chlorine

In our last post about pool chemicals we talked about how chlorine is the most common pool disinfectant. It’s also a common household product (read: bleach, although it’s more diluted than what you would be adding to your Utah swimming pool). So what should you know about chlorine?

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. Chlorine comes in different strengths, and all chlorines are definitely not created equal. Pool experts generally recommend adding it just after the filtering process, and specifically after the heater here in Utah (since for the most part, all pools in Utah tend to have heaters, specifically up here along the colder part of the Salt Lake Valley). You don’t want to be flowing highly chlorinated water through the pool equipment, especially your heater. One way some pool owners add chlorine to their pools is through the skimmer boxes, which isn’t very safe because the chlorine tends to be too concentrated in those areas.

One problem with hypochlorous acid is that it’s not particularly stable. It can degrade when exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun, which of course all pools are subject to, and chlorine may combine with other chemicals to form new compounds. Pool chlorine tablets often include a stabilizing agent, such as cyanuric acid, that reacts with the chlorine to form a more stable compound that does not degrade as easily when exposed to ultraviolet light. You should be testing your pool, at least at the beginning of the summer, to make sure your cyanuric acid level is the right level (less than 100 parts per million and greater than 30 parts per a million according to the Health Department).

Even with a stabilizing agent, hypochlorous acid may combine with other chemicals, forming compounds that are not very effective sanitizers. For example, hypochlorous acid may combine with ammonia, found in urine, among other things, to produce various chloramines. Not only are chloramines poor sanitizers, but they can actually irritate the skin and eyes and have an unpleasant odor. The distinctive smell and eye irritation associated with swimming pools are actually due to chloramines, not ordinary hypochlorous acid — a strong smell usually means there is too little free chlorine (hypochlorous acid), rather than too much. To get rid of chloramines, you have to shock treat the pool, which is to say, to add an unusually strong dose of chemicals to clear out organic matter and unhelpful chemical compounds.

Chlorine also affects the overall pH balance of the pool, and also is effected by the overall pH balance of the pool. As overall pH rises, chlorine is slowed down and is slower to kill bacteria.  And as pH lowers beyond 7.5, the chlorine effectiveness speeds up killing bacteria faster, but also becoming unstable where it is “spent” more quickly.

And that, my friends, is how chlorine works in your swimming pool.

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

Recreation Utah: The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah.

We’re really excited to use one of our new Christmas gifts: a gift certificate to The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy, Utah. Maybe it’s because we’re swimming pool people, but the idea of getting up close and personal with some water-dwelling animals sounds pretty fun.

We haven’t had a chance to go yet, but after reviewing their website (http://www.thelivingplanet.com/) we think we’ll enjoy the visit and might even upgrade to the membership- it definitely seems worth it.

Has anyone visited the Aquarium before? What did you think?

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.