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How being CPO certified helps you run a better pool business

What is a CPO Certification?

Education is the best method to increase your chances of succeeding in any profession. This would not be any different in the aquatics industry. The Certified Pool Operator Course® CPO® is one of those educational opportunities that pool operators can take advantage of to increase their knowledge in the aquatics industry. – Space Coast Pool School

CPO® Certification provides individuals with the knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing hazards at aquatic facilities. CPO® Certification, the world’s leading verifiable pool and spa training credential, is available as a blended training program. The CPO® Certification program is also eligible for IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Understanding the fundamentals of pool and spa operation and safety reduces risk, decreases liability, and creates value for customers. NSPF.org

The Certified Pool/Spa Operator® certification program has delivered more training than any other program in the pool and spa industry since 1972, resulting in more than 342,623 successful CPO® certifications in 86 countries. Many state and local health departments accept the CPO® certification program. spacecoastpoolschool.com



A swimming pool operators certification may be required in your state for the following categories:

  • Swimming pool inspections
  • Commercial Pool Management
  • Lifeguards
  • Swimming Pool Service & Repairs
  • Local Health Departments
  • Environmental Health Departments
  • The following states require a CPO certification as of 2019

    Texas
  • Florida
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Illinouis
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • Alabama
  • Montana
  • Pensylvania

Benefits of being CPO certified

Not only does the CPO cert give you what is needed by state or local jurisdiction, the knowledge that you gain from the hands-on style of training gives you more wisdom about swimming pools in general that translates into better business decisions for both you and your customers. Whether or not your pool business resides in a state that requires a CPO certification to operate swimming pools, your company can take advantage of other benefits this knowledge has to offer.

In the Office

While a CPO cert may be required for all field technicians, we are seeing more pool business owners taking it even further and training their office staff, so they can be more effective over the phone with customers and provide better information in work orders to technicians.

Here is a video of a recent office assistant who became CPO certified to be more effective to the company. In her words, “It helps me to better understand the problem a customer is experiencing so that I can be more accurate with my reporting & work orders.”

Assistants can all contribute more value to both the business and it’s customers by having the knowledge of a CPO. Having experience in the field is not always an option when it comes to the office work, but by allowing all team members to get their hands on a pool with professional training is an extremely smart business decision.

In the Field

As required by many states (mentioned above) and strongly suggested in all other areas, pool service techs should be CPO certified. Aside from complying with local & state jurisdiction law you get access to knowledge, information, resources that might otherwise take years of mistakes to learn.

For Service Techs

Swimming pool service techs providing repairs, maintenance, inspections on residential & commercial pools.

For Builders

Pool contractors building new pools and providing pool renovations both commercial & residential.

For Facilities

Recreation facilities, parks, lifeguards, hotels, apartments and venues featuring private or public pools for business.

Overall

“During the past 15 years of my career, I have come across many pool contractors and certified pool operators.  The companies will inform me that they are either licensed or certified. The licensed contractors will expect that I will automatically acknowledge that their pool operators will have the education necessary to succeed in their profession. But on the contrary, I have found many licensed contractors have failed to adequately educate their pool operators. In my career, I have had great outcomes just from an owner/ operator that is just a certified pool operator. In my opinion, two of the key elements of operating a successful pool service business are education and an individual’s desire to provide true quality service to their customers.” – Lauren Broom

Imagine having your entire team CPO certified, giving your business a competitive edge on just about everything from qualifying leads to accurate billing & not to mention satisfied customers. Having a CPO certification gives you the knowledge & wisdom to reduce errors in the field, accurately diagnosis a pool problem instead of guessing – these are the types of things that improve the efficiency and increase profitability.

  • National & Local Codes
    Know for sure if your commercial and residential customers are within the local and national building code requirements.
  • Pool Water Treatment
    Learn the best practices and save time + money with better accurate swimming pool treatment.
    Water testing practices
    Chemical adjustments
  • Calculations & Conversions
    Get access to charts, guides, tables and more for quick reference to adding pool chemicals or fixing problems.
  • Troubleshooting pool problems
    Learn real world pool problem scenarios and how to solve them.
  • Safety standards

The NSPF & the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance have set the standards for the Certified Pool Operators course criteria, and offer all materials to the approved instructors throughout the USA. You should look for a local CPO Instructor nearest to you to get started. Locate a CPO Instructor here: https://www.nspf.org/course-locations



Quick FAQs CPO certification

  • CPO certification is good for 5 years
  • Renewals require re-certification

More information about CPO certifications can be found at the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance website in the CPO section, here: https://www.nspf.org/content/frequently-asked-questions-faq

Article Contribution
Lauren Broom is an active CPO instructor from Florida that has been working along side the FL health department for over 10 years. She provides CPO training courses for swimming pool companies in Florida through her consulting company Space Coast Pool School.

Gunite, Shotcrete, Concrete – What great pools are made of

Your pool is what it’s made of

Dave at Your DIY Pool Plans explains in detail:

  • What is gunite?
  • Is gunite different than shotcrete or concrete?
  • Why do people say gunite is the best way to build a new pool?

… and much more in this 2000 word article that pretty much answers all of your gunite swimming pool questions.

GUNITE?

We hear a lot of people ask this question, even people who have pools may understand that gunite is ‘like concrete‘ – but not. In short, gunite is a form of cementitious material used to create swimming pools, and is used in large part as the preferred method to installing an in-ground swimming pool that can last a very long time.

Have you ever wondered:

  • How much does gunite cost per yard, or by the truck load?
  • How many yards of gunite fit into one truck?

… this article answers all that and other things a pool contractor won’t tell ya.

Think you’re saving a lot of money if considering a fiberglass or vinyl liner pool? Think again!



Read the full article here:

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Swimming Pool Enclosures – a good Idea?

Different than an automatic pool cover, a swimming pool enclosure allows you to use the pool while it is protected from the elements. If you have been considering a way to cover the pool area but still be able to use the pool and patio.

In this post we are taking a closer look into the world of swimming pool enclosures.

Benefits of a swimming pool enclosure

A pool cover is different than a pool enclosure. You can’t use the pool when it’s covered by a conventional cover, and that’s what makes a pool enclosure different, and in most cases, better.

  • Some of us want to have the pool and patio areas protected from the elements.
  • Others want to keep all of the debris out of the pool making it easy to clean.
  • Many of us want a way to extend the usability of the pool all throughout the year.

and most of us want all of the above!

Turns out there are several types of swimming pool and patio covers & pool enclosures on the market that can address all of these concerns in their own way.

Pool, patio and spa enclosures give you convenience:

Do you want to enjoy being able to swim at almost any time during the year? A poly-carbonate swimming pool enclosure will allow you to take a warm dip or keep up with your swimming routine even when it’s 32 degrees outside.

  • Control the environment inside of the enclosure
  • Extended your swimming season or Swim All Year!
  • Use your patio or swimming pool even in bad weather (simply slide the segment to enclose it)
  • Slide your enclosure off the pool or patio in hot days (let the pool or terrace breathe)
  • Prolonged use plus extra storage, planting or exercising space
  • Retains thermal comfort even on colder days (special design keeps the warmth within the enclosure)
  • Save on heating your pool or patio (it is one of the main features of enclosures – polycarbonate filling creates a “Greenhouse Effect”)
  • Minimize heat loss through the night (pool and patio enclosure has this special feature)

FULL LIST OF POOL ENCLOSURE BENEFITS HERE



Do you want a clean pool at all times, even after a storm? A screened pool enclosure will protect your pool from the surrounding trees and dust, reducing your pool maintenance and cleaning to the bare minimum.

  • Clean the pool LESS often – pool enclosures save you time and money on pool maintenance
  • Reduce evaporation of pool water and dosage of chemicals, saves you time and cost on pool chemicals

Pool, patio and spa enclosures provide safety:

Do you worry about children wondering off into the pool area when you’re not around? Both pool covers and pool enclosures provide the peace of mind knowing that your pool is locked up when otherwise accidents can happen.

Do you want to swim longer without getting sun burned? Both a screened or poly-carbonate pool enclosure will reflect much of the harmful rays and heat from the sun. A pool enclosure offers the maximum amount of shade and protection against the sun.

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Different types of swimming pool enclosures:

We are talking pool enclosures that don’t have to be removed before using the pool, these pool enclosures create a protected outdoor pool & patio area worth spending some time within.

The most popular enclosures that offer these conveniences are:

  • Screen
  • Polycarbonate

Either of which is built upon an aluminum framework around the pool area, and can be adapted to just about any architectural layout, and even built as detached from the main house as free-standing structures.

Choosing the right type of pool & spa enclosure

Screened pool enclosures

Screen enclosures are typically made entirely of aluminum material. Lightweight and durable, swimming pool screen enclosures can have many useful benefits. This usually comes down to the individual homeowners’ preference since this is not necessarily the best idea for all swimming pools. dengarden article

Advantages Screened Pool Enclosures
      • UV protection
      • Reduced pool water temperatures
      • Keeps debris out of the pool

Disadvantages Screen Pool Enclosures

      • Breaks easily
      • Rain still gets you wet
      • Can’t control the temperature
      • Does not block the wind
      • Can obstruct views

Polycarbonate swimming pool enclosures

The swimming pool and spa enclosures are fitted with 8mm or 10mm thick polycarbonate panels (solid, twin-walled or triple-walled). There are four colors of transparent/translucent polycarbonate panels available: clear, light blue, milky, and brown. Customers often choose 4mm thick solid polycarbonate panels which have clear-glass optical properties. pool spa enclosures

The retractable glass pool enclosure solution

A glass pool enclosure is actually made from polycarbonate, which is made to look like glass. One of the best advantages to this type of pool enclosure is that it often will not obstruct great views beyond the pool.

      • High level of sound damping
      • Impact Resistance
      • Excellent Weather Ability
      • Fair Abrasion Resistance
      • Excellent Temperature Resistance
      • Good Chemical Resistance
      • Excellent Degrees of Light Transmission
      • Flammability Resistance
      • Excellent Visibility
      • High UV resistance

Having the ability to open up your pool enclosure is an extremely convenient feature. When the weather is good open the panels, and if it rains you can keep on swimming – just close the panels back again!

Swimming pool enclosure Ideas

Retractable patio enclosures – Not only for the pool

  • Patio & porches
  • Sunrooms
  • Outdoor Ktichens

Are swimming pool enclosures worth the expense?

In our opinion, yes, swimming pool enclosures are worth the investment. From the practical sense to the memories you will enjoy it just makes sense to enclose your pool.

In the long term, you will save money that would have gone into things like chemicals and pool repairs that if you had installed a pool enclosure would not be spending so much on.

Just being able to use the pool all year long regardless of the temperature (with the polycarbonate version) is totally worth the money.

Retractable swimming pool enclosures near me

If you’re ready to take the next step, we can help locate the qualified pool enclosure specialist to help in your area.

Please complete the below contact form to obtain a pool enclosure quote. Please write as much information as you can to narrow your quote and attach a photo if available.

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DIY POOL MAINTENANCE 101

Common Questions about pool maintenance

If you are a pool owner looking to maintain your own swimming pool here are the basics. Things the DIY pool owner needs to know.

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR A CHLORINE POOL?

You will need chlorine for the type of system you have (if it is installed into the plumbing of your pool system). These are usually 3″ tablets but can also come in other sizes.

Adding chlorine to swimming pool:
In cases where a auto chlorine feeder does not exist at the equipment plumbing you can put chlorine tablets into the pool skimmer inlet, but is best when used in a chlorine feeder at the pool equipment.

Related: How to shock the swimming pool

WHAT DO I NEED FOR A SALT WATER POOL?

Processed salt is used for producing chlorine, so you will need to have several bags of pool salt on hand at all times. This is only for salt water pools.

    • Not sure if you have a salt water pool or not?
    • Can’t figure out if the salt system is working in your pool?

Ask a Swimming Pool Pro

Adding salt to a swimming pool:
Never add the salt directly to the skimmer inlet. You should always pour the salt evenly around the edge into the pool, then brush until it all is dissolved.

Pool Water Capacity Calculator

Adding stabilizer (cyanuric acid) to salt water pool
Measure the levels and compare to amount needed to add, then clean out the skimmer inlet and place the required amount OF pool stabilizer into the skimmer over the basket, this will help distribute to the pool water evenly.

Related: Salt water pools and patio furniture

WHAT POOL CHEMICALS DO I REALLY NEED?

Either a chlorine or a salt water pool will need to have some of the same chemicals on hand. Although the type of sanitation is different here are all the other things you will need to have and monitor.

    • Pool salt (if a salt pool)
      Chlorine tablets (even if a salt pool)
    • Also important to have
      liquid or granular pool shock
    • Muriatic (hydrochloric) acid
      Phosphate remover

WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED FOR A SWIMMING POOL?

To be your own pool service WITH a trouble free pool you need to have some tools that make everything easy. Here is what you need:

Get the pro version when possible
pool pole
surface skimmer (net)
18″ metal + nylon brush
Taylor pool water test kit
pool salt water test kit

STORAGE OF POOL CHEMICALS AT HOME

Swimming pool chemicals are corrosive, and should be kept in dry safe place when not in use. Do not store the chemicals right near the pool, instead dedicate a closed off area. Here are some ideas for pool chemical storage:

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Upright cabinet with lock
bench style storage cabinet
backyard shop
garage



IS IT DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN A SWIMMING POOL?

Keeping up with swimming pool care is easy if you keep up with a weekly schedule. Having all of the tools and chemicals mentioned above you can knock out the pool maintenance yourself on a Friday afternoon and have it ready for the weekend. Most pool service routines are completed within 1 hour.

Related: Swimming Pool Maintenance & Service Tips

HOW MUCH WILL I SAVE IF I DO POOL MAINTENANCE MYSELF?

The average cost of hiring a swimming pool service company to clean your pool every week is around $100 to $180 per month depending on where you are located and your pool or the level of service they might offer, with the highest ever seen being $198 per month.

If you provide your own labor and only purchase the chemicals your pool needs when it needs it, you will see some savings. DIY pool care vs hiring a pool company can see savings of $75 to $100 per month, with the highest savings seen at $120 per month compared to the average price of hiring a pool service company.

SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE GUIDE PDF

 

 

NEED HELP FROM A LOCAL PRO?

Sometimes life can get in the way and even though we usually handle the pool service we still need help, maybe while on vacation. If you still need help with your pool but looking for a qualified pool service tech go here:

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Swimming pool design options to consider

What Pool Design Features Are Right For Me?

You’re doing ityou’re building your dream pool! And it’s going to be everything you’ve ever imagined it would be and more! But before it can come into fruition, there are some pool design features that you may need and want to consider before the building (and budget) begins.

1. Waterfalls

Of course we have to open with the showstoppers! Are you looking to wow future visitors when they see your pool for the first time (or eightieth time)? Is the goal with your pool to be the coolest kid on the block? If you answered yes to either of the aforementioned rhetorical questions, then a waterfall *cue jazz hands* is for you, my friend!

There are many different types of waterfalls to choose from, and no one is better than another. When you visualize your dream pool in your mind, do you see a raised level in your spa (wait, that’s coming next) with the water being pushed over into the pool? Or do you see a raised wall with water streaming out in maybe a sheet?

Do some research and even watch a few videos comparing and contrasting the types of waterfalls available and see which captures your interest the most. Oh also, not only are waterfalls mega attractive to look at, they also provide an element of sound that can really bring life to your pool. Waterfalls create an oasis out of a backyard.



2. Spas & Hot Tubs

If you’re still here, hello! Let’s talk spas! There are many choices when it comes to spas as well. (Are you seeing the reoccurring theme in the pool building game with the choices a plenty?) The spa with the most possibilities is a gunite spa. It’s basically a pool, only smaller. Gunite spas can be built into your pool or on its own.

While some of you may argue that spas are the real showstopper, it comes in the number 2 spot solely because they’re take it or leave it. Again close your eyes and imagine your pool. Do you see a spa included? If so, continue reading. If not, skip ahead to number

These spas can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have an unlimited amount of detail options. These are typically an extension of your pool and can provide a beautiful water feature into your pool. They can also share the same filtration and heating system as your pool. It’s a two-fer!

3. Water Features

Now I know I’ve already pitched waterfalls (and it was a great pitch, was it not?) but let’s talk about some other water features that can bring your pool to the next level. Now the list is exceptionally long when it comes to the amount of water features there are to choose from (I mean, are we shocked? That is the pool building game after all.).

There are fountains, water walls, bubblers, jets, rain curtains, sheer descents, and even more. Do some research and ask your pool building company what water features can be worked into your pool. Be mindful that not all water features can be incorporated into your pool, so make a list of a few that you like and share them with your builder.

They’ll be the most knowledgeable when it comes to which water features can be included into your design and which can’t. Regardless of which water features fiddle your fancy, they can all add some character and unique personality to your dream pool.

4. Sun Shelves / Beach Entry

Are you daydreaming of sun tanning on a beach chair partially submerged into your pool? If you are nodding your head in agreeance, you are leaning towards adding a sun shelf into your pool design. Sun shelfs are typically around 5-8 inches deep and provide the perfect area for your littles to splash and play safely.

Do you have water happy pets? If so, a sun shelf is the perfect depth for them to enjoy some fun in the sun! Sun shelf scan also double as a tanning bed. Whatever you dream of using yours for, sun shelfs can add a lot of extra enjoyment to your pool. While a sun shelf sounds amazing, perhaps you’re looking for a more seamless entrance into your pool where the walkway just seems to end and the water begins.

Well of course that’s an option your pool builder can make a reality. Beach entry pools have gradual slopes into the water that are kid-friendly and pet-friendly as well. Younger kids can splash and play safely in the shallow water of your beach entry pool while you relax nearby. Both sun shelfs and beach entry pools provide safe, additional features to your pool that can be enjoyed by the whole family!

5. Lighting the Pool

Want to set the mood? Add some light features to your pool and/or spa to incorporate some ambiance and visual enjoyment. Besides the obvious addition of being able to see inside the pool when it is dark outside, pool lighting can also increase your overall appearance of your backyard. When it comes to pool lighting, there are a few rules of thumb to remember:

  1. You always need more than one light feature.
  2. Pool interior liner color will affect any light feature you choose.
  3. Have lights installed facing away from people’s eyes.

If you have a bar or pergola with seating, install your lights on the walls closest to those areas. Your pool builder will be able to share all sorts of lighting options with you that will add value and charm to your dream pool.

6. Easy Pool Maintenance

Another great pool design feature that often goes unremembered is the in- floor cleaning system. Would you love to have a pool that cleaned itself so it is always swim- ready? If so, this feature is for you.

In-floor cleaning systems are installed flush with the bottom of your pool and are there to replace the “pool robot” and vacuum hoses from hogging quality swimming space in your pool. These systems can be customized for any specific pool no matter the size or shape and are working non-stop behind the scenes to keep your pool clean. Need that in your life? Let your pool builder know!

Swimming pool dreams become reality everyday! Isn’t this fun?!

Aren’t the limitless options invigorating? After you’ve done your fair share of research and made a list of pool design features that peak your interest, share your thoughts with your pool builder. Remember that not all pools can handle all of these features, so go in with an open mind! Your dream pool is ready to be extra; are you?

The design of your own swimming pool is a fun aspect of the swimming pool construction process. Before all of the hard work can begin you should spend enough time considering the details that will go into your backyard design.

This article is brought to you by a custom pool builder in Spring, TX with over 20 years of experience.

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5 Steps to a Perfect Backyard Summer

Five Steps for Creating the Perfect Summer-Prepped Pool

Our pools can bring our families endless joy, especially during the summer. However, we need to take care of our systems and stay on top of safety and storage. Make sure you’re prepared for the coming months to keep your pool in good condition and your family protected.

Storing Pool Toys, Floats, and Noodles

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There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to go for a dip and not being able to find whatever it is you need — a towel, a float for lounging, goggles, or any other gear — which is why it’s prudent to store everything together.

Pool Equipment Storage

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Baskets grouped in the garage or storage shed can ensure toys stay neat and tidy, and a sideways palette or netting is perfect for gangly noodles.

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Of course, without some good organization, our storage areas can quickly be overrun, so put in shelving or bolt baskets to the wall to keep them stationary. You can stack bins off to one side or even create tracks on the ceiling to hang them. Decide what will work best for your layout, and don’t leave toys lying around the edges of the pool.

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Keeping the Kids Safe

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Swimming Pool Safety Fences, Gates and Barriers

As fun as they are, pools are dangerous for children, which is why you need to be proactive about security. If you don’t have one, install a barrier, preferably a fence that locks, around the pool, and be sure it’s at least four feet tall to discourage climbing. A pool alarm that goes off when children enter the area can be an excellent addition, as can removing stairs when the pool is not in use.

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There are even electronic pool covers that will deter a stray child or animal from taking a dip when they are not meant to. Above all, teach your children to swim, and instill in them the necessity of not entering the pool without an adult present.

Some of the most popular and effective ways to protect children around the pool and still look nice are:

  • Removable pool fences
  • Automatic pool covers
  • Pool net covers



Proper Pool Cleaning & Maintenance

We all know that pools should be cleaned regularly, but what does that entail? Yes, we need to keep our levels of chlorine or salt balanced, yet there is more to be done. You have to be certain your pump and filter are cleaned and functioning optimally, as well as skim the top whenever you notice something floating in it.

One thing that most pool owners may not think about is how a pool equipment enclosure can extend the lifetime of their pool pumps and other items on the pool equipment pad. Some of the best ways to protect pool equipment:

  • pool equipment covers
  • pool equipment shed

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Likewise, walls should be scrubbed twice a week to prevent mold growth, and the area should be vacuumed at least every other day. You can do so manually, or purchase an automated version to make your life easier.

Rescue Equipment You Need for a Pool

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Think of all the things you see at a public pool, and consider adding them to your own for safety. This is extra important if you have children or a senior citizen in your home.

If so, it is wise to get a rescue tube and ring buoy at the very least, along with a shepherd’s crook, a tool to assist rescuing someone drowning without endangering yourself. That way, should an emergency arise, you will be ready to take action in a split second.

Make a Swimming Pool Area Inspection Checklist

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Before using your pool, always perform a visual inspection for safety. Having a checklist is a helpful tool to hit every point each time, so laminate one to protect it and have it ready by the pool.

It should include bullet points like being sure that all pathways are clear of objects to avoid tripping and that the fencing is closed after use. Little things are easy to overlook, so protect yourself and your household by being adequately prepared.

  • Pool areas during the day & night
  • Walking paths are clear
  • Daily upkeep tasks
  • Weekly pool cleaning

While having fun and staying cool are integral aspects of owning a pool, so is appropriate maintenance. That means storing your goods, ensuring each child’s safety, and making certain the pool area remains clean at all times.

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After all, as much as it is a privilege to have a pool, it’s just as much a duty to keep it in excellent shape and safe to enjoy.

This article is courtesy of:
Erin Reynolds with diymama.net

 

LED Swimming Pool Lights for 2019

Why Your Swimming Pool Needs LED Pool Lights

First, LED pool lights provide a much better ambiance than incandescent or halogen bulbs.

An LED lighting system allows you to customize your swimming pool lighting by programming it for different colors. You can also set the lightening for specific locations that will offer a unique experience for your family and guests.

LED lights are unique from incandescent bulbs because they don’t contain a filament. In essence, they are small semiconductors that throw light. Electrical current flows through a tiny microchip that illuminates the light. These lights have heat sinks built-in to enhance their lifetime and brightness while keeping them cool. LED pool lights last 15 to 20 years.

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LED swimming pool lights also use much less power than incandescent bulbs. One 30-watt LED light produces about the same illumination and brightness as one 200-watt incandescent bulb while conserving energy. Swimming pools are expensive to upkeep, and LED lights help reduce those expenses as they only cost a few cents a day to run.

There may be more associated upfront costs, but you’ll get that back with the money you save on energy.

pentair 5g intellibrite swimming pool led lights

Once you have LED lights installed in pipes embedded within the pool walls or under the coping, their soft glow gently washes across the water. There are a variety of lighting options to choose from. Fiber-optic lights can make twinkling star lights appear in your pool.

You can also choose different colors for the lights such as blue and red for the 4th of July. They can create quite a dramatic and fun effect. You can also program LED lights with softened reflective qualities that keep the lighting from shining in your face.



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How to ‘Shock’ the Pool

Swimming Pool “Shock”

In the case of a green swimming pool, you are going to need ‘pool shock’. “Shocking” a swimming pool is also a great way to bring things back into balance but should not be over used.

Is it necessary to shock a pool?

The simple answer is, yes. The reason why shocking a swimming pool is beneficial is due to the amount of available chlorine diminishes over time, much like the work implies to ‘shock’ the swimming pool means that you surge the amount of chlorine in the pool past the ‘break-point’ killing off any and all bacteria, but also resulting in chlorine levels rapidly depleting down to zero.

This sudden spike in extreme chlorine levels is why it is never advised to swim in a pool that has been shocked within the last 24 hrs.

The main reason for shocking the pool is to kill off excessive bacteria that can thrive in normal chlorine conditions to help keep pool water fresh and healthy.

How to ‘shock’ the swimming pool

Before dumping bags of shock into the pool here are a few tips to adding shock to a swimming pool:

  • Make sure the pool is running
  • First: check and adjust your pool pH level to 7.2
  • Get a bucket and mix the shock with water first
  • Wear clothes you don’t care if they are bleach stained
  • Make sure to brush completely after adding in the pool
  • If possible also run the pool cleaner for added circulation

Pour the shock and water mixture into the pool following the perimeter, don’t forget to brush until it is dissolved, and use the pool cleaner if possible.

Best time of day to shock a swimming pool: in the evening or at night

Note: 24 – 48 hrs after shocking the pool the residual chlorine levels will plummet, so take note of your pool stabilized level, and make sure that you have chlorine tablets in your pool system.

Related: DIY Swimming Pool Maintenance 101

Amount of shock to add to a pool

Under normal conditions (meaning, a clear pool) you would only want to shock your pool once every 2 months or so. If you have a green pool or just had a bad rain storm that diluted the pool water you may need to ‘shock’ or also called ‘super-chlorinate’ the pool.

Normal pool shock amount:

1 lb per every 10,000 gallons of pool
Example: a 15,000 gallon pool requires 1.5lbs to 2lbs of pool shock

Green pool shock amount:

3lbs per every 10,000 gallons of pool

Need help figuring out your swimming pool water capacity? GO TO: Pool Water Calculator

How long it takes to shock a pool

The shock takes action immediately inside the pool, and it may turn the water a milky white for a short time before causing the water to become crystal blue. The amount of time for shocking a pool, and for those to wait before swimming, is typically 24 – 48 hrs, or when the available chlorine levels are back to within the 2.5ppm to 3.5ppm range.

Run the pool: During the first 24hrs of shocking a pool you should run the pool equipment continuously, then back on a timer.

Note: It is advised to allow your pool to re gain residual chlorine before allowing bathers to resume swimming, this may take longer than the 48 hrs and depends on the efficiency of your pool system. This way you will not have a green pool all of the sudden when you wake up after having a pool party asking yourself why when you had just shocked the pool!

Helpful fact: 1 Dog in a swimming pool is equivalent to 40 human bathers, think about that next time you let those dogs out.

how to shock a green swimming pool

Shocking the pool in the rain

If you need to shock the pool while raining chances are you have a green pool and need to take some immediate action. YES, you can shock a swimming pool in the rain, just follow the tips we mentioned above.

How to shock a salt water pool

A salt water pool will need a bit of a ‘chlorine refresh’ just like a chlorine pool. The methods are the same for using granular pool shock, but there is also an option to “boost” or “super chlorinate” from your salt system controller that will increase chlorine output to 100% for 24hrs or longer.

What happens when you swim in a shocked pool

For pools that have added 1lb per 10,000 gallons and a person swims within 24hrs the bather would become very uncomfortable very quickly. It will cause the eyes to burn and the skin to feel dry, and after getting out will smell chlorine for a while.

For people who swim in a pool that has over 3lbs per 10,000 gallons within the first 48 hrs may experience the same discomforts from above but may be more intense.

In either case an accidental swim in a shocked pool is not life threatening for humans or pets, but extended periods of time may pose a real health risk.

Understanding Swimming Pool Chlorine

Chlorine in swimming pools is looked at in 3 ways:

  • Free (available) Chlorine = the level of available chlorine to fight bacteria and keep water clear
  • Combined (residual) Chlorine = this is the actual “chlorine smell” when bacteria begins to overcome the free chlorine
  • Total chlorine = combines both available + residual for total chlorine in the pool

You’ll enjoy the pleasures of swimming in crystal clear pool water by regularly maintaining and shocking your pool, typically every 2 – 3 months in normal conditions.


Still have questions? Talk to the chemists at PoolSupplyWorld.com!

What is swimming pool automation?

Pool & Spa Automation Systems

The days of walking through the bushes to flip a switch to turn on the hot tub bubbles or pool lights are over. These days we are spoiled with the luxury of technology that has found it’s way into the swimming pool industry.

Enter “Automated Pool Controls” – The SMART Pool
Swimming pool automation refers to the type of control system that operates all of the pool equipment to function properly and on schedules, plus a few other nice features.

New swimming pool owners now have more options at affordable prices than ever before. Imagine having the ability to change the mood and atmosphere of a pool gathering with the push of a button – on your phone or pc.

History: Pool & Spa Automation Controls

When backyard pools first became popular and affordable for home owners to install the availability of equipment control products were limited.

Most swimming pools in the early days (50s & 60s) primarily relied on manual switches to operate, such as a light switch. Having the pool was nice in those days, but eventually the desire for better functionality became a top priority.

After swimming pools became popular to install and more people could afford them some big names entered into the industry to help manufacture products to make the pool owner’s life much easier and fun.

Analog & Motor Driven

The first versions of pool control setups were based on the analog old school sprinkler timer type, such as a motor driven dual cam-lock timer. This type of setup would still require additional manual switches to control certain parts of the pool equipment.

Digital (PCB) Controllers – These became popular in the late 90s to around 2005 – 2006 and offered more flexibility to control more equipment all in one box with the advantage of having an indoor wired display panel. These systems still have some limitations when compared to what is available today such as having to walk to the control box outside when service was needed.

Digital Wireless Control – As PCB based pool controllers advanced in functionality the demand for controlling the pool without having to walk around the corner or back into the house was all the hype. Improvements to the digital pool controllers allowed for 2.4ghz hand held controllers that made life much simpler for pool owners.

Today – pool owners are having fun with the latest technology for operating their pools. With so many advancements in all categories: led pool lighting, variable speed pool pumps, valve actuators, all combined into one affordable pool & spa equipment package.



So let’s take a deeper look at how much more efficient and easy it is to operate a swimming pool by using automation.

Benefits: Pool Automation Controllers

Imagine being able to open an app on your phone from anywhere you are, knowing you will be home in about 1hr, you can setup the hot tub to be ready for you when you get there – wouldn’t that be cool!

Not only that, but imagine that you have color changing led pool lights and your landscape lighting connected to the system – now you are making an impression and setting the right mood at your whim.

Here are some of the major benefits of having a modern pool & spa automation control system in 2019 and beyond.

  • Built in app for all devices
  • Controls the equipment & valves for you
  • Can monitor chemicals & saline levels (if applicable)
  • Can automatically ADJUST chemicals
  • Can keep water at proper level at all times
  • Manage all schedules for any device anywhere, anytime
  • Turn on the pool lights while you are away
  • Integrate the pool controls with the home automation
  • Alexa Home & Amazon Echo integration, control your pool with your voice
  • Connect other systems to automation: landscape lights, electrical outlets,

Note: Existing pools can be retro fitted for these systems – update your pool equipment today!

At the end of the day, having a pool with automated controls just makes your pool ownership much easier and fun.

Big Names: Swimming Pool Automation

Swimming pools are now so popular that among the top 3 pool product manufactures are new competitors in the category. Big names in the business means these systems have been developed and improved over time.

  • Hayward Pool Products

  • Zodiac Pool Systems

  • Pentair Pool & Spa

Take your pick between the 3 and try to stay away from lesser known upcoming brands. The 3 manufactures listed above posses the necessary research and development + manufacturing facilities of these automation systems with solid backed warranties.

The pool control automation systems created by these companies offer even more features than any before:

  • WIFI integration
  • Web browser interface
  • Expandable bays & upgrades
  • Updates firmware automatically via internet
  • Watch-phone controls
  • Auto pool chemical dispensers
  • Error log export functions
  • Pool Tech login access for trouble shooting
  • Can send automated alerts to pool owner & pool tech for faster reaction time to potential problems

Existing pools – You can upgrade your entire swimming pool control & equipment set with a fully automated system. These systems can save you lots of money in the long run while reducing noise and bringing new life to your pool.

If you are considering owning a swimming pool we hope this information was valuable. Go out and learn about the 3 top pool automation manufactures we mentioned above and make sure to tell the local pool company what system is best for you!

Imagine the possible combinations: 

  • On demand LED pool light color selections
  • LED illuminated cascade bubblers
  • Control your landscape lighting system
  • Control mosquito systems, and holiday lighting
  • Keep the pool at perfect temp all the time

The best part about swimming pool automation is having more time and more fun at the pool with your family.

Pentair swimming pool controller automation easytouch system
The 4 Relay Pool+Spa EXPERT Automation Bundle includes the Pentair EasyTouch 520538 4 Relay Load Center for Pool and Spas, and the Pentair 522104 ScreenLogic Interface and Connection Kit. Once installed this kit will give you full control of your pool and spa wherever you are; from your iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android, PC or Mac.

 

Hayward Omnilogic pool control system 4-Relay Base Panel bundle
The Hayward OmniLogic allows pool owners to control every aspect of their pool from nearly anywhere. Build up to 25 customizable themes to create the romantic ambience or a lively pool party, all in the palm of your hand. This elite automation system accommodates salt chlorination, LED lighting, chemical automation, as well as wired and wireless remotes to control your backyard paradise.

What documents are needed to install a new pool?

How to get a New Inground Pool

Although best answered by a qualified swimming pool contractor in your local area, we can explain the most common documents you will need to get that new pool in your backyard.

Before you begin, make sure you have an established budget for a new pool

Budgeting New Pool Construction

So you have made the decision to install a swimming pool – GREAT! Right?

The budget will determine what type of swimming pool and features you may be able to afford. When calling upon pool builders to get bids you may find it tough if you don’t know what your total budget will be. There are some places online that you may be able to find examples of swimming pool designs by price ranges.

Swimming pools offer many customization options and materials ranging from basic industry standards to performance level quality.

Spend as much as you like on a new pool, just remember that the return on investment reflects mostly in your lifestyle and health – so make sure that you are going to use it accordingly!

you should know the budget BEFORE calling for quotes.

Type of In-ground Pools

Depending on the budget you can have access to installing 3 types of inground swimming pools. You have options and each type of in-ground pool has it’s own set of pros & cons.

Vinyl Liner Pool
Gunite / Concrete Pool
Fiberglass Pool
  • Gunite (Concrete) – strongest & longest lasting swimming pool structures but may need more attention & repairs after 10 years.
  • Fiberglass Shell – Second in strength to gunite these are affordable options but limited in design shapes and sizes.
  • Vinyl Liner Inground – Being the most affordable option for an inground pool but with the highest rate of repairs over time.

Documents & Things You Will Need

Once you complete the first part, establishing the budget, there will be a couple of important documents that pool companies are going to need to look at in order to properly design your new pool.

Even though some pool contractors are able to render a swimming pool design to an approximate scale without these documents, providing these will greatly improve the accuracy of the quotes you receive and will help you to determine if the bids are all based on the exact same backyard layout.

  1. Property Survey / Plat Plan – will need to be the most recent and should be the version signed by the county. The best delivery method for this document is a PDF file to preserve the original scale and high resolution.
  2. HOA Application – if you expect an accurate quote for a new pool it would be smart to provide the bidding contractors with a copy of the community building guidelines so that they can review any special restrictions or challenges with the HOA app.
  3. Design & Features List – Be sure to include a list of features & items you would like to see incorporated with the pool design such as a waterfall or adding attached hot tub, etc. The fulfillment of this list will depend on the max budget and you may not get everything you wanted due to cost of construction but you need to make sure the pool designer understands what you want. Check out some helpful info on swimming pool features & accessories
  4. City Permit (if applicable) – In most cities (within the city limits) a permit is required to install an inground swimming pool. If you are located in the city limits ask your city permitting department about a swimming pool permit. Consult with the pool companies you contact to see if it will be your obligation to secure a city permit or if they will do that for you.

At the end of the day – you need to be ready before calling pool companies for a new pool quote. The most important things to get ready for buying a new inground pool are knowing the max budget before you call (know what you can afford), create a list of desired features and items to be included, property survey / plat plan, HOA app, city permitting info.

Pool Maintenance Guide Download

Pool & Spa Maintenance Guide PDF

Whether you are keeping your own pool clean (DIY) or you have hired our company or another pool service provider it would not hurt to have a helpful pool maintenance reference guide on hand when you need it!

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POOL CARE GUIDE FOR HOME OWNERS

Sometimes you can’t wait on the pool guy for service, or maybe you want to take care of the swimming pool yourself starting with the basics – if either is you – then you need this swimming pool care guide in PDF provided by a professional pool service company!

GET THE POOL CARE PDF GUIDE

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