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.
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
Visually checking to ensure pool equipment is in good working order
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 🙂
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:
Chemical Automation Systems
Swimming Pool Automation Systems
Swimming Pool Leaks
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.
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 Chlorine Floaters
Winter Pool Cover
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:
Q. How do I know when it’s time to clean my swimming pool filter?
A. When a brand new filter, filter elements, or sand is installed on a pool and the system is first started up, you should take note of the pressure gage at the top of the filter and make note of that number. When the filter pressure rises more than 10 lbs. above that number it is time to backwash or clean your filters. Since the hydraulics of every pool are different, that starting number will be different on every pool.
After you have cleaned or backwashed the filters the pressure gage should read at it’s original starting position. You may find that your filters need to be cleaned as often as once a week, or sometimes as little as once a year, depending on the type of filter, water, climate, etc. The pressure gage should determine the amount of time between cleanings, not the calendar. If you have to clean your filters too often (more than once a week), it’s likely time to replace your filter media entirely.
All of our years of taking care for the backyard (and the occasional front yard) swimming pool and spas of Salt Lake City and all the surrounding Utah areas have taught us a thing or two. Some of our hard-earned knowledge can be found below:
Q. What do I do if my swimming pool isn’t heating?
A. The first thing to check is that the pump is running and is fully primed (meaning water is moving through it). If water is not flowing through the system, the heater won’t turn on.
The second thing to check is your heater’s pilot light, if your heater has a pilot light. To make sure it is lit by take off the front panel of the heater, get down on the floor, and look in the center of the heater where you should see a small, blue flame. If it’s not lit, follow the instructions on the inside of the door to light the pilot light.
The third thing to check is the contents of the traps and baskets. If the traps and baskets are full they can clog the system and prevent enough water flowing through the system.
If none of the above works, you’ll want to make sure filter pressure isn’t reading too high. Filter pressure should not go up more than 10 lbs. from when the clean filters were installed. If the gage reads 10 lbs above it’s “clean pressure” then you need to backwash or clean the filter(s). If none of the above work, call a swimming pool professional- like us- as there could be any number of other issues preventing your pool heater from working.
Do you know how many different types of swimming pool chemicals, supplies, and products are out there? Neither do we, but we do know it’s a pretty big and overwhelming number. There are a lot of brands, types, and options to choose from. How do you know what to use?
Your best bet is to turn to the professionals- you know, like us. Since we spend a lot of time figuring out the best chemicals for your pool or spa, we’ll explain the difference between shock treatments, clarifiers, and cleaners.
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?