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 🙂

 

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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

What Do I Do If My Swimming Pool Isn’t Heating?

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.

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.

Utah Pool Supplies: Chemicals and Products

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.


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: The Best Swimming Pool Company in Utah

Yah we said it, we think we’re the best Swimming Pool Company in Utah.  Why? Well, lot’s of reasons. We’d love to tell you about some of them.

Reasons We’re the Best Swimming Pool Company in Utah:

  • We service all areas of the Wasatch Front from Ogden to Spanish Fork and everything in between, and we don’t charge you extra for coming to your corner of the Utah neighborhood.
  • We specialize in swimming pool and spa service, repair, and remodeling for swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs in Utah. We know this crazy Utah weather and the effects on your swimming pool and hot tub equipment so no matter if you live in Salt Lake City, Alpine, or Orem, we’re got you covered (well, we’ve got your pool covered, that is).
  • Our business is based on the principal that every swimming pool and spa owner should get the best service, all the time, without having to pay an extravagant price. It may seem unusual, but we think a highly customized level of swimming pool and spa service shouldn’t be so hard to come by.
  • Lifeguard Pools and Spas provides the highest level of customer service by arriving on time, thoroughly completing the agreed upon work in a timely manner, and charging a fair price. It seems we’re just old fashioned that way.

Intrigued? Then give us a call to find out more: 801-208-9527.

Still curious about what areas of Utah we service: Check out the handy list below:

  • Salt Lake City,
  • Murray
  • Holladay
  • South Jordan
  • Midvale
  • Sandy
  • Riverton
  • Highland
  • Alpine
  • Orem
  • Provo
  • Farmington
  • Bountiful