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The Ultimate Guide To Pool Safety Inspections

By | Pool Safety Inspections

Are you looking for a way to make sure your pool is safe? Do you need help with the process of obtaining your pool safety certificate? This article will be a helpful guide to learn about having a pool safety inspection in QLD. Obtaining your pool safety certificate. How to check if your barrier meets compliance. Why it’s important that the fence around your pool is fully compliant for safety reasons!

Why do you need a pool safety inspection?

A pool safety inspection is an important part of owning a pool. A safety inspector can help make sure your pool equipment and water chemistry are in good working order, as well as identify any potential problems with the enclosure or other parts of the property where you have installed your swimming pool. In fact, many insurance companies now require owners to prove their pool has been inspected annually, and some require inspection every quarter.

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What to do before your pool safety inspection

Check your fence for any obvious signs of noncompliance. The gate must be self-closing and self-latching. The gate must be at least 90cm and no more than 150 cm wide. If your pool is above ground, the fence may only be 75cm high – but it needs to extend below ground level by a minimum of 30cm.

The bottom panel should not have any gaps larger than 100mm in width or height between sections.

What does a pool inspection include?

Pool safety inspections include a visual inspection of your pool’s barrier and gates as an assessment of compliance with current govt legislation. The inspector will check for things like:

  • Faulty or incorrect gate operation
  • Gaps exceeding 100mm in
  • Inadequate fencing in poor condition, or missing entirely.
  • Failure to pass a push test

In addition to your pool’s barrier and gates, inspectors will also check other parts of the property where you have installed your swimming pool for things like:

– Accessibility around equipment such as pump units and skimmers – Gaps between walls/fences

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Who can perform a pool safety inspection in Queensland

Pool safety inspections in Queensland can be conducted by a Licensed Pool Inspector who has relevant qualifications and experience. They may be a government employee or an independent contractor.

It’s important that your inspector is actually licensed to perform pool safety inspections and not just any old tradie with no qualifications in pool inspection!

What is a pool safety certificate?

A pool safety certificate is a document that confirms inspection has been carried out for your property. It can be used as evidence of compliance with legislation and may help to avoid potential insurance claims.

It’s important to understand that a pool safety certificate is not an indication your pool fence is always compliant. It’s simply an indication of compliance at the time of inspection. Maintaining compliance is the responsibility of the owner of the property and it must consistently be maintained over time.

How often do I need to have a pool safety inspection in Queensland.

It’s important to have your pool inspected by an independent and reputable licensed pool inspector such as Total Pool Safety Inspections. This is because it ensures that the report will be accurate and easy for you to understand so there are no surprises when applying for insurance or selling your home.

A pool safety inspection is an important part of owning a swimming pool.

What does a pool inspection include? It includes visual inspections of the barrier for compliance, as well as other parts of the property where you have installed your swimming pool.

Who can perform a pool safety inspection in Queensland?

A Licensed Pool Inspector who has relevant qualifications and experience is the only person able to conduct inspections in Queensland. It’s important that they are not just any old plumber with no qualifications or experience!

How often do I need to have a pool safety inspection in Queensland?

It’s important to have your pool inspected annually by an independent and reputable Licensed Pool Inspector, such as Total Pool Safety Inspections.

pool safety certificateWhy it’s important that the fence around your pool is fully compliant for safety reasons!

It’s important that your pool fence is fully compliant to ensure the safety of you and your family. If it isn’t, then you could be subject to fines and even legal action if someone was injured as a result!

Having a pool can be great for both fitness and entertainment purposes. However, it becomes far more serious when there are no suitable safety measures in place to protect you and your family.

What are the benefits of having an inspection conducted?

The inspection will help identify any problems you may not currently be aware of. This way if there are any potential issues with your pool fence or gate then you can have them fixed before a serious accident occurs in your backyard or pool!

What does a pool safety inspection include? It includes visual inspections of the barrier for compliance, as well as other parts of the property where obstacles may interfere with the pool barrier.

How much does a pool inspection cost and what do I need to provide?

The cost of an inspection is around $150-$200. Once the inspector has completed their assessment, they will advise you on any immediate repairs required to bring your pool fence up to compliance standards.

What happens if my pool feel doesn’t pass a pool safety inspection?

 

If your pool fence or barrier does not pass inspection, you will be provided with a FORM 26 which includes a list of the repairs required. The inspector may also provide advice on how to prevent any future issues from occurring in order to have it fully compliant in the future! You will then have 90 days to have the work completed and the fence re-inspected.

Why do I need to get my pool safety certificate renewed?

If you are wanting to sell or lease your property then having a current Pool Safety Certificate (Form 26) is important. It can be used as evidence of compliance with legislation and may help to avoid any potential problems with a buyer or tenant.

What happens if I do not get my pool safety certificate renewed?

If you fail to renew your Pool Safety Certificate by the due date, then it is an offense under regulation 52 of the POOLS ACT 2003 and can result in fines from $200 up to over $5000! You will have to have the fence re-inspected and a new Pool Safety Certificate issued before selling or leasing your property.

What if my pool is not compliant?

If you find that your pool does not pass inspection, it’s important that you take action as soon as possible! A non-compliant barrier can be extremely dangerous for those who may try to use it for access.

How much does a pool compliance certificate cost in Queensland?

The cost of a compliance certificate is approximately $42. This is a government fee that is charged upon application.

What are the risks of not having my pool fence compliant?

If your pool does not meet compliance standards, there are serious health and safety concerns which need to be addressed immediately! Unsafe pools can lead to injuries or even in some cases fatalities if they aren’t repaired correctly in a timely manner.

Can you sell a house without a pool safety certificate QLD?

A Pool Safety Certificate is a requirement under section 38 of the POOLS ACT 2003. If you cannot provide your prospective buyer with one, then it may have an impact on the property’s value and they could potentially withdraw from buying it!

Conclusion:

Whether you’re looking to buy a new pool, get your current one inspected, or just want some peace of mind that everything is in compliance with the law, contact us today! We’ll be happy to help. Pool safety certificates are required by Queensland legislation and it’s important for pools to meet all requirements before getting an inspection done. If you have any questions about our services please don’t hesitate to ask. You can reach out via email at info@www.totalpoolsafetyinspections.com.au or call us on anytime between 7am – 7pm Monday-Saturday (AEST).

Swimming Pool Bonding Requirements

By | Pool Safety Inspections

Written by Nicholas Tan and published on https://designbuildexpo.com.au/.

Bonding is the process by which the electrical and metallic components of the pool are joined together with a wire to form a non-resistive path between the components. The goal of bonding is to connect, contain and prevent the transmission of any harmful electrical voltage to pool equipment, people and pets.

Bonding connects the pool’ s electrical and non-electrical metal components into a network that contains the electricity. The low impedance path back to the power source allows the harmful current to flow and trip the breaker at the panel.

Without a bonding system in place, you might conduct stray electrical current when touching the metal pool rail or pool water.

Equipotential bonding – do you know the rules?

Are you uncertain about your legislative requirements in relation to equipotential bonding in the ‘Wiring Rules’ in domestic and commercial construction applications?

Equipotential bonding is the act of bonding all the metal components in an area together to create substantially the same electrical potential, so that, under fault conditions, the difference in potential between simultaneously accessible exposed and extraneous conductive parts will not cause electric shock.

Australian Standard AS/NZS3000:2007 Section 5.6.2.5 & 5.6.2.6 outlines the requirements for equipotential bonding in a swimming pool/spa area as well as in domestic and commercial construction in a room containing a shower or bath.

If you are constructing a project in Australia or New Zealand and it requires equipotential bonding under the Wiring Rules, did you know that in a swimming pool / spa environment it is a requirement that all fixed conductive material within arm’s reach (1.25m) of the pool or spa’s edge must form an equipotential bond? This would include items like; the reinforcing steel shell of the pool or spa, the steel within the deck or under tiling, metal pool fencing or spigots, any metal lights, windows, downpipes, ladders etc.  Under the rules the connection point shall be located in an area that is testable and accessible and have space for further connections after the construction has been complete (Section 5.6.2.6.4)  In a domestic or commercial environment, this would include the re-enforcing steel in the concrete slab or wall.

Conductor Hub Pty Ltd have developed a world first electrical safety device for wet areas that will save lives and ensure compliance.  After being part of the building industry for over 20 years, Em Ritchie said that her husband Austen had identified a need for a product to comply with the Australian Standard (Wiring Rules) for equipotential bonding.  To date, there is no product on the market that complies with the whole of the standard and that can be checked to ensure the safety of the installation.

The Conductor Hub is installed between the reinforcing steel before the concrete is poured and fits inside standard mesh without requiring any steel cutting to ensure structural integrity is maintained.

It is an Australian Made product made up of a copper bar, stainless steel zip-ties and a buss bar housed in a lidded base made from ASA, which includes a unique collar that can be sized to suit any concrete thickness.  The Conductor Hub has the ability to include multiple connection points either during initial construction, or over time as additions are made to a pool environment. These connections are encapsulated for safety and protection inline with the wiring rules which require all grounding points to be protected against mechanical damage and corrosion.

It is important that all contractors know their liability when it comes to the legislation.  With the new Wiring Rules set to be released later this year and equipotential bonding requirements to be once again included, it is a good time to familiarize yourself with the current requirements to ensure you are working inline with your legal obligations.

Mrs Ritchie believes that installing a Conductor Hub unit will give the contractor and the homeowner added piece of mind that there is a “safety seal” that can be easily tested and inspected at any time.

The Conductor Hub takes away the confusion and hassle of supplying compliant equipotential bonding, ensuring contractors are meeting their responsibilities and ultimately keeping families safe. It is a reliable solution to a known problem.

Original post here https://designbuildexpo.com.au/building-construction/equipotential-bonding-do-you-know-the-rules/.

Swimming Pool Inspections: What to Check To Expect?

By | Pool Safety Inspections

Written by Admin and published on https://articles.bluehaven.com/.

With the help of a thorough swimming pool inspection, homeowners and homebuyers learn about the overall condition of a swimming pool along with its mechanical procedures. If a swimming pool is devoid of any inspections and is left unchecked, then any potential problems can lead to costly repairs later on.

So, what do home inspectors look for in a pool inspection process? Well, let’s find out in this comprehensive guide of ours.

Swimming Pool Inspections: What to Check When Buying a Home with a Pool

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Seeking a new home with outdoor space for keeping cool, entertaining, and exercising? Many people are, and for these reasons, some house hunters see the advantage of buying a home with an existing inground swimming pool. With a ready-made backyard resort, you can begin enjoying a private aquatic leisure center on move-in day.

Many homebuyers prefer an empty yard to build a pool to their personal specifications. But for homes that happen to come with swimming pools already in the ground, take the right steps to protect your investment: Before closing escrow you will want to know about the pool and the condition of its structure and equipment systems.

Whether or not you’ve previously owned a home with a backyard pool, it’s important to arrange for an expert evaluation of the condition of the pool at the home you may soon call your own. Just like a house typically undergoes a professional inspection before escrow closes, so, too, should a pool and spa.

A thorough pool inspection should assure a potential buyer of several key issues, ranging from the elevation of the deck surface to the functionality of the pool pump.

Although some mortgage companies require a pool inspection before funding a home purchase, state or municipal regulations typically do not. In addition, while a good certified or state-licensed home inspector may add the pool onto his or her checklist for review, don’t count on it.

Even if your home inspector does include the pool, that evaluation may not be enough: Due to the complex nature of an inground pool’s structure and its specialized mechanics, pool-industry professionals strongly recommend hiring a specially trained pool inspector.

Swimming pool inspectors: Is it worth hiring one?

Before interested buyers complete the purchase of a home, they typically hire a home inspector to evaluate the house’s condition. Inspectors review a variety of elements ranging from the functionality of light switches in the bathrooms to the condition of the home’s foundation.

Inspectors provide a written report of their findings, which includes a list of any areas of concern. For example, the kitchen-sink garbage disposal may malfunctioning, or the paint could be peeling off the front door.

After the buyer’s inspector presents a checklist, the buyer and seller can negotiate on the items. The seller may agree to fix all or some of the items, the seller may provide a price credit to the buyer, or the seller and buyer may agree to a combination of repairs and credits.

If a home has a backyard pool, it too should be part of the same review process. However, not all home inspectors are well-versed on how to properly evaluate a pool’s condition, according to San Diego-based swimming pool consultant Rick English.

“A dedicated pool inspector can tell you a lot about what’s going on with the pool,” he says. “More so than a home inspector who might just have a checklist for a pool.”

English adds that swimming pools have a lot of complicated parts with which an inspector needs to be familiar, such as pumps, filters, and heaters. Many pools have additional equipment components and specialty accessories.

With this in mind, English advises potential home/pool buyers to check with their local chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) for a referral to experienced swimming pool inspectors in their area. “Ask ASHI, and don’t necessarily just rely on a realtor,” he says.

Like a home inspection, a typical pool inspection might cost a few hundred dollars. However, highly experienced pool inspectors with more specific knowledge may charge a higher fee, perhaps as much as $600.

This level of inspection is worth it, according to English, especially if you receive an itemized report with dozens of pages of in-depth information that a homebuyer can use to barter for credit on the overall purchase price of the house and pool.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at five primary areas to examine during an in-depth pool inspection.

1. Safety features that meet local requirements

An inspection will determine if a pool complies with local safety regulations, which vary state to state and from municipality to municipality. Your pool inspector should be well-versed in any local regulations.

For example, a common pool-safety mandate is a permanent perimeter fence at least 5 feet high that surrounds any accessible perimeter of a pool. The fence gate should open outward and have a self-closing, self-latching lock.

Local regulations may also require that homes with pools have other kinds of safeguards, such as alarms on all doors and windows that lead to the pool; safety glass on any windows five feet or less from the water’s edge; a pool cover that can hold stable if a child walks onto it; or an alarm that activates if someone touches the pool water.

Remember, even if a requisite safeguard is not in place, there are ways to address this shortcoming. You can ask that the seller to either remedy the issue or provide you with a credit on the final purchase price so you can make the addition as needed.

2. Physical conditions of the pool structure, interior, and materials—and the deck

Some wear and tear on a pool may be easy to see. However, an expert will know what to look for in terms of deterioration. He can identify and assess the necessity and likely cost of making repairs or replacing certain materials.

Among the key physical factors to inspect are those you see every day, such as the interior finish. However, what matters too are the less-obvious ones, such as the grout between stones in the rock waterfall or uneven spots in the deck. Here are some of the key features your pool inspection should cover.

●  Interior Finish (“plaster”)

The finish that goes on an inground pool’s interior is usually referred to as plaster. The three major types are marcite (white Portland cement mixed with finely ground marble); quartz aggregate (a step up from marcite that includes granules of natural quartz); or pebble (the top tier of pool finishes with the highest durability, aesthetic quality, and price tag).

The finish on a pool should be generally uniform, and free of stains, major streaks, discolorations, or areas that are rough or mottled. Do note that some kinds of stains are relatively simple and affordable to remove, while others require draining the pool for a major acid washing to attack the unwanted blemishes.

You may see hairline “spider web-like” cracks. The good news is that these are normal with aging finishes. A professional inspection should help determine if any cracks appear to be serious or—in rare cases—are an indication of underlying structural issues.

If a pool does need resurfacing, English advises avoiding a cheap plaster job. “If a seller takes care of refinishing it, he’s going to want to go for the [more affordable] plaster,” he says. “Better for the buyer to get a credit for the job, and get the pebble or quartz because it will last longer.”

●  Tile

Colorful tiles are used along the pool’s waterline to help waterproof the pool structure at the perimeter and as a decorative element. Pool builders also set tile on any raised bond beam (walls raised above the pool surface) and areas such as the façade of an elevated spa.

It’s fairly easy to assess the condition of pool tile. The grout, the mortar or paste material between each tile, should completely surround each tile and be in good condition. Look for chips and any corners where grout has deteriorated and exposed a sharp angle. After all, you don’t want any loose tiles falling off or a curious child or adult playing with a corner edge and scratching their fingers.

It’s also smart to take a good look at all of the tiled areas, and scrutinize each section for any individual tiles that appear to have been replaced, but don’t closely match their neighbors’ color and pattern.

●  Coping

In some areas of the country, decking cantilevers over the pool’s perimeter edge. However, in most regions, pool perimeters have coping.

Typically, coping runs 12 to 18 inches in depth. It’s is a decorative element that comes in a wide variety of materials, including brick, natural stone, premade concrete coping stones, or colored concrete pavers. The expanse around the pool defines the pool’s shape, and it separates the surrounding deck from the pool structure itself.

The coping material should be stable without loose or seriously chipped pieces. The grout between each piece should be in good condition. There may be mastic, a sealing material between the coping and the deck, and this should be intact to provide a waterproof seal.

Your pool inspector will also look for coping pieces with stains or cracks. A number of major or deep cracks could indicate that the deck is shifting. That’s a potential problem, and your expert will advise if troubles could be minor or more serious.

●  Decking

Unless there is bare ground or grass lawn serving as the deck don’t overlook the hardscape that surrounds your pool.

Of course, you want to assess how the deck looks in terms of the surface, the color, and the overall condition of the stone, pavers, concrete, wood, or other materials from which it was built.

But you also want to look at the deck’s position. Is it pitched properly so that rainwater or pool-water “splash-out” travels away from the pool and off to a proper area for effective drainage? Or, are there any drains built into the deck to route away the water, and if so, are the drains clear and functioning?

Another common issue to look for is an uneven surface, notes Jerry Jackson, owner of Home Team Inspection Service in San Antonio. “Soil can settle and cause the deck to be uneven or even create gaps,” Jackson says. “That can be a cosmetic issue and it can also be a safety issue.”

In a serious case, large gaps of space between the deck and the ground below can lead depressions, or worse, lifting—a costly problem; depending on the deck material, lifting may require a partial or full deck replacement.

—Special advisory for saltwater pools:

If the pool has a salt chlorine system, you will want to check for possible damage from salt exposure, such as railings in the pool. Erosion can also occur on surfaces exposed to repeated splash-out water. Frequent victims of the salty splash-out include wood decks, unsealed natural stone coping, natural rock waterfalls, and plants in any landscape boxes or plant pockets immediately adjacent to the waterline

3. Equipment 

You will also want to assess the line-up and condition of the equipment that runs your potential new pool. If you were buying a used car, you would want an expert to check under the hood, and the same is a smart move for a “second-hand” swimming pool.

Now, during a pool inspection you can’t take equipment apart. But you and your inspector can take it out for a test drive. Turn on all of the systems, and observe them at work.

Check if the parts on each component are secure. Listen for any that make unusual noises that may point to mechanical issues. Do the systems appear to operate correctly by creating the desired effect, such as water circulating or lights activating?

The chief pieces of pool equipment that warrant you and your inspector’s close attention are those that operate key functions: the pump, filter, and if present, a heater.

●  Pump

A pump serves as the heart of a pool’s equipment system. It provides the needed water flow for filtration and circulation, which help maintain a healthy swimming environment.

The pump also helps operate pool features, such as waterfalls or pool cleaners. An inspection should ascertain that the pump is bolted to the equipment pad and that it’s free of leaks. It should be properly wired and grounded with a ground fault interrupter (GFI). The time clock should be working properly as well.

For your monthly utility bills, it’s worth noting the type of pump on the pool: Is it single speed, two speed, or variable speed? Two-speed units can save up to 70 percent on energy costs, and variable-speed ones save even more!

●  Filter

The pool filter captures dirt and debris from water passing through it. Filters fall into three categories: sand, cartridge, and Diatomaceous Earth (DE). The cartridge designs consist of cylindrical tubes of pleated fabric that sits inside a storage tank, and they are increasingly popular among homeowners for convenience and environmental reasons.

English says that he often recommends them to prospective buyers, and advises that for energy efficiency, the pool should be using the biggest cartridge possible. Large pool cartridges also save water, and the biggest models can go as long as a year before needing a cleanout.

A good pool inspector will make sure that the gauge on the filter works properly. And he will also check to make sure there are no defects in the clamp to the filter tank that could cause it to fail.

●  Heater

The pool you are buying may or may not have a heater. They are a costly item to purchase, so it’s important to take that into consideration if no heater is present and you plan on using the pool beyond the hot months of the year in your area. And if the pool comes with a heater, you want to know you that it’s unlikely you will have to replace it anytime soon.

The most common kind of heater runs on natural gas, although some regions and neighborhoods rely on propane. In some parts of the country, solar pool heating is a popular option; in others, an electric-powered heat pump is a common choice.

During a pool inspection, it’s critical to verify that the heater—like the pump—is properly grounded. The inspector will turn on the heater to make sure it is succeeding in boosting the water temperature.

Gas heaters come in different sizes. Your inspector will consider if the heater size is appropriate for the water volume of the pool, as that’s critical for efficiently and quickly warming the pool. With energy use in mind, be sure to check that the unit has a thermal efficiency rating of 90 percent to 95 percent.

4. Other features and accessories

If the pool has other optional design, comfort, and convenience features and upgrades, you will want to review them thoroughly. Whether it’s tanning ledge or alternative purification system, you want the condition examined. Here are some typical features and accessories.

●  Pool with a spa

Spas are a wonderful addition to most any pool. Test the spa blower and check that is has a properly operating GFI and is grounded. Check that it’s wired correctly. When turned on, does the blower appear to provide adequate air to the spa’s hydrotherapy jets? Check that each jet delivers a balanced, strong output.

●  Automatic pool cover

A superb safety and water-saving tool, an automatic pool cover is an expensive accessory you will want to be sure is in good working order. Does it open and close smoothly? Are any parts wearing out? What’s the condition of the cover material?

●  Automation

Your inspector will check that the base unit uses proper wiring, and they will advise you the number of different pieces of equipment and features is designed to operate. Each of the buttons and any group program should appear to work: For example, will the unit activate the lights, cleaner, pump, heater, and other equipment that it’s supposed to? Does it turn any water features on and off?

●  Remote control and/or remote platform

You may be fortunate to have a pool with the ultimate in convenience: An automation system that’s upgraded to work with a handheld remote or an internet-compatible PC or mobile app. If so, check their functionality. And if there’s handheld unit, perform a test to make sure it works from inside the house.

●  Diving board or slide

Accessories like diving boards and slides are fun, but if improperly installed or in poor condition, they can pose safety issues. Be sure your inspector thoroughly assesses them. If you want to consider removing the item altogether, consider how it’s attached to the deck on what the deck might look like after you have the item removed.

●  Water features

Fountains, bubblers, laminars, deck jets, cascades, spouted, waterfalls, and grottos provide flowing liquid flourishes to any pool. However, they can also leak. Or, the features may have some water missing its mark.  For example, a malfunctioning or poorly calibrated one could send some water off to the deck instead of back into the pool.

Bonus tip for natural stone waterfalls: Check out the condition of the grout used to hold the stones in place.

●  Infinity edge

If the pool has an infinity edge (also called a vanishing edge or negative edge), the pool inspector will check out the pool hydraulics to see that the recirculation to the catch basin is correctly working.

●  Multicolor LED lighting

Advanced LED lighting systems provide many, many years of energy-efficient illumination before burning out, so this technology is vastly superior to old-school incandescent lights and it rarely poses issues. But of course, your inspector should check that the LED lighting works, and that any color-changing light shows activate as well.

●  Advanced sanitizing technology

Inquire if there is technology on the pool that offers an alternative to traditional chlorine. Options include chlorine generators (salt generators), ultraviolet germicidal light, and ozone systems. You want to be sure the system is sized and properly plumbed into the equipment and is working effectively.

5. Equipment systems, infrastructure, and backyard conditions

A variety of other conditions and systems can affect an inground swimming pool. And inspection may uncover other issue or factors for you to consider.

Supporting the pool equipment and its overall operating are electric runs and plumbing lines. For example, your inspector will check that the breakers are properly labeled. He will check if the plumbing lines at the equipment appear to be free of leaks. He will check for bubbles in the return lines, which could be a clue to a suction leak.

The best inspectors might look at surrounding variables as well. Proper drainage is an important one. For example, if the pool is located close to the house, it is important to to note gutters on the roof. Why? Depending on their position, they may empty rainwater onto the ground below—where it will gather and likely overflow into the pool.

Inspectors may point out other factors. They might let you know that the wind coming off the canyon will constantly blow dust into the pool. Will the beautiful trees block much of the sunshine you want by the pool, or will the trees heavily shed leaves that you will need to clean out unless you have top-flight automatic pool cleaner?

Sealing the deal

Of course, you can always pass on the house with a pool. Many home buyers who want a pool prefer to find a house without a “second-hand” one, and instead hire a builder to design exactly what they want from the ground up. That’s always an option.

But if you find the ideal home with a pool already in place, be smart about obtaining a full evaluation.

With all of the intricacies involved in assessing the condition of a swimming pool, conducting a comprehensive evaluation without the help of a pool inspector can challenging.

By engaging a trained inspector or pool professional, you will get an expert’s highly valuable advice. You can  relax, knowing that any mandated safety features are in place. You will be confident that the physical components are in good shape and that major equipment systems are in working order. Or, you will learn if any structural or mechanical components may need repair, replacement—or in lieu of them, a buyer’s credit in the home purchase price.

“Get an inspection done that goes above the normal standards of practice,” San Antonio’s Jackson reiterates.

Yes, a pool inspection is optional—but it’s a process worth the time and investment. The result will be peace of mind and a new home with a stable, properly functioning backyard resort.

Original post here https://articles.bluehaven.com/swimming-pool-inspections-what-to-check-when-buying-a-home-with-a-pool.

Swimming Pool Maintenance: What You Need To Know

By | Pool Safety Inspections

Written by Nancy Whitman and published on http://www.articlesfactory.com/

Maintaining a swimming pool is a must. Oftentimes, the water in the pool gets dirty and needs to be cleaned up. Apart from this, the tiles within the pool and the surrounding area also need a good clean in order to keep it sparkling and inviting. Clean water with tidy surroundings will definitely invite everyone to prolong the fun in the sun. What maintenance can actually do is save money as the life of the pool is increased and there will be no worries of frequent repairs.

Effective Swimming Pool Maintenance – 3 Things You Must Know

As a swimming pool owner, one thing you must know is that maintaining a pool does not end with construction. Swimming pool maintenance requires consistent work. To maintain a pool, there are things you need to do other than just clearing dirt off the surface of the pool water.

In this article, you shall be looking at three major maintenance cultures that you must put in place to keep your swimming pool in good shape.As a swimming pool owner, one thing you must know is that maintaining a pool does not end with construction. Swimming pool maintenance requires consistent work. To maintain a pool, there are things you need to do other than just clearing dirt off the surface of the pool water.

  • Filtration:

Consistently filtering your swimming pool can help you fight pathogens and help you combat foreign pathogens that threaten your health from your swimming pool. Making your pool water sparkling clean and free from any form of dangerous bacteria.

Filters come in different forms, and each has its unique maintenance needs. The three types of filtration include Sand filters, DE filters, and Cartridge filters.

  • Sand filters

Adjust the backwashers’ valve towards the backwashing position, or adjust the multi-port valve. The next phase is to let the water run for at least 90 seconds till the water coming from the backwash becomes clean and fresh. Do this consistently every week regardless of the pressure reading.

  • DE filters

Though this process can be a bit time-consuming, all you have to do is access your filter dome where you have the filter grids. The next phase is to remove it and hosed it down a high-pressure water hose.

  • Cartridge filters

This process is a bit similar to the DE filter procedure. You are to take out the cartridge from the canister and ensure it is adequately hosed down. But if you have a high-pressure hose, you can also make a muriatic acid mix.

  • Water Circulation

Water circulation is essential for healthy pool maintenance. A perfect example is having a drum full of water content with no provisions for effective water movement or circulation. That drum would eventually be a breeding ground for algae and bacteria. The same thing is can apply to swimming pool maintenance. Your swimming pool should always have a channel where water in the pool can circulate and move.

  • Water chemistry

You must ensure that you balance your swimming pool chemistry level at all times. When it is not up to the expected ratio, it can lead to adverse side effects for your swimming pool. Correcting this will be capital intensive.

Water chemistry focus: Total alkalinity, Chlorine level, and pH

  • Total alkalinity

TA should always be within the range of 110 and 130 ppm. TA plays the role of buffer for pH, ensuring that the level of wild and extreme swings in the capacity of hydrogen in your swimming pool water.

  • Chlorine

There must be a standard for chlorine level in your swimming pool. During the summer months, chlorine levels must be within the range of 3ppm and the lower end of the spectrum during winter.

  • pH

pH level should be within the range of 7.4-7.8. If the figure drops higher or below this rate, it could lead to water irritation, corrode the swimming pool equipment and lead to an increase of calcium in the pipe along the waterline.

Conclusion

The swimming pool is designed for relaxation. But this can only be possible if you put in place a proper maintenance culture. This article has discussed some relevant tips that could help you.

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Choosing the Best Type of Cover for Your Swimming Pool

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Written by Nicholas Tan and published on http://www.articlesfactory.com/

Swimming pool covers are important for your pool in every season. In the summer, they help to keep leaves and debris out of the water and prevent evaporation. If you live in a temperate climate, pool covers can also protect your pool during the winter season when it’s not in use. But which type of pool cover is best for your pool? Let’s look at the differences between the various types of covers.

Depending on your reasons for getting a pool cover, certain options may suit you better than others. While some covers are made for providing a simple barrier between the surface and your water, other covers offer impenetrable shielding against unwanted contaminants and a seal so strong that you can walk across it.

Swimming Pools: Types Of Swimming Pool Covers

All across the United States, thousand and thousands of people own swimming pools.  A swimming pool can provide a lot of fun and excitement, although it can also be dangerous.  As many of us already know, it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown.  To stop this from happening, you should use a pool cover to cover your swimming pool.

All across the United States, thousand and thousands of people own swimming pools.  A swimming pool can provide a lot of fun and excitement, although it can also be dangerous.  As many of us already know, it only takes a few seconds for a child to drown.  To stop this from happening, you should use a pool cover to cover your swimming pool.

Along with protecting your swimming pool, covers have other uses as well.  You can get solar powered pool covers, which will help to keep your water warm from the heat of the sun and protect your pool at the same time.  For those looking for the best in protection, there are hard top swimming pool covers out there that are very sturdy and can keep just about anything out of your pool.

If you live in a warm climate area, you may want to get a basic plastic cover for your pool, which will keep it clean and protected. These covers will keep dust, dirt, and leaves out of your pool when you aren’t using it.  Depending on where you live and what needs you have, the cover you need will vary.

Covers for your swimming pool come in several different choices as well, such as net, mesh, vinyl, and so on.  Mesh pool covers are very popular, as they offer a tight fitting barrier which helps to keep your pool clean and free of debris, reduce maintenance, reduce evaporation, and keep your pool from unauthorized access.

Vinyl pool covers on the other hand, provide an amazing source of security.  These pool covers operate via key, and help to keep debris out of your pool.  They are also great for insulating and retaining heat, along with reducing any loss of chemicals.  Vinyl is a very popular type of pool cover, being used by hundreds of thousands of pool owners.

No matter what type of pool cover you select, you can rest assured that it will do a lot in protecting your swimming pool.  They don’t cost you a lot of money, yet they can go a long way in helping to prevent a child from accidental drowning.  Depending on the type of swimming pool you have, the type of covers you have to choose from will vary.

From above ground pools to in ground pools, a swimming pool cover is something that you absolutely must have.  There are many different types available, designed to fit all swimming pools.  Before you buy a swimming pool cover you should first look at the package and make sure that it will work with your swimming pool.  Some types of swimming pool covers may not work with your swimming pool – which makes it all the more important to double check.

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How To Choose The Perfect Depth For Your Swimming Pool

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Written by Admin and published on https://www.pittsburghbettertimes.com/There are a lot of decisions that go into designing and building the pool of your dreams. Having an expert pool builder in by your side is key to ensure you have the help and support you need in designing and constructing your pool.

On top of the colors, textures, and other various materials to be decided, dimensions must also be considered. If you are struggling with deciding what the right pool depth is for you and your family, ask yourself these questions to learn a bit and help narrow down your decision.

Choosing the Right Depth for Your Pool

A pool is a great addition to a living space. It serves as a spot for leisure, fun, and exercise. Moreover, swimming pools add value to a property. Installing a pool is probably the best decision you can make as a homeowner. Nonetheless, there is a lot to consider before commencing with the project. The pool depth must be determined from the onset. Here are a few factors to consider to choosing the right depth for your pool.

Purpose

Swimming pools have a lot to offer but the design depends on what you want. If you desire a fun pool for water games and beach balls, you can get away with a shallow design. Anywhere between 3-5 feet is sufficient to host fun games for both children and adults. The pool maximizes on safety and allows users to wade across the pool effortlessly. However, avid swimmers looking to practise from home and keep fit will benefit from a deeper pool. A depth of more than 5-6 feet is ideal for anyone looking to improve their swimming techniques and fitness. Pools that serve such swimmers also need some length for making laps.

Personal Height 

Keep your height and the height of all adults in the house in mind when choosing the depth of your pool. Since occupants in the house will be the most frequent pool users, their comfort and safety takes priority. The limiting factor for your pool depth is the height of the shortest adult in the house. Children’s safety should also be considered but their height is modifiable since they possess great potential for growth. Multi-depth pools are a good compromise if you want to accommodate everyone. They have a shallow end and a deep end for advanced swimmers. However, the design works better for larger pools than small installations

Safety of Children.

Swimming pool related injuries and deaths are common. More often than not, they involve children. Although you should always supervise your children as they swim, designing a pool that is safe for them is important. If they are small, a shallow pool would be ideal. However, if they are about to reach the peak of their growth curve you can go for slightly deeper pools. Since permanent in-ground pools do not provide adjustment options to accommodate your growing child, you may have to either keenly supervise them as they swim or settle for a multi-depth design. However, you can opt for an above-ground, semi-permanent pool while your children are young and switch to a deep, permanent pool when they come of age. Regardless of depth, all children should only swim under close supervision.

Budget 

Your budget should support your ideas when it comes to swimming pool construction. Compared to a shallow pool, a deeper pool is more expensive. Deep pools occupy a larger surface area and have higher material costs. Moreover, the pool holds more weight and the design requires reinforcements to maintain the integrity of the installation. The maintenance costs of a deep pool are also higher. A deeper pool may be a tempting option but remember it comes at a steep price. Nonetheless, if your budget allows, go for it. Deep pools add more value to a property and you can’t put a price on the experience they offer.

You can seek professional advice on pool design if you can’t come to a decision on the depth. Swimming pool experts will guide you through the process of choosing the right depth by providing all the necessary information. This includes legal, engineering and product information. There is no need to make the decision on your own especially if you are confused.

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The Cause And How To Prevent It: Swimming Pool Chlorine Loss

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Written by Admin and published on https://www.pittsburghbettertimes.com/All pool owners know that sanitizers, like chlorine, are essential to a healthy swimming pool. They keep your water germ-free, clean, and ultimately, safe for swimming. So having to add chlorine to your pool is nothing unusual. But it’s important to keep track of how often you do.

Normally, you shouldn’t have to add chlorine more than once or twice a week to maintain proper chlorine levels around 3 ppm. But, if you find yourself adding chlorine several times a week just to keep up, then you’re dealing with excessive chlorine loss. Especially if your pool’s chlorine levels are dropping fast.

Chlorine loss happens for a variety of reasons. Reasons include everything from what’s in your pool to the temperature outside.

If you’re trying to solve your chlorine loss problems keep reading. In this post, we go over common causes of chlorine loss and how to troubleshoot each one. By the end of this post, you’ll know how to prevent chlorine loss for good.

Causes Of Swimming Pool Chlorine Loss & The Best Ways To Prevent It

One of the greatest achievements a pool owner probably has is mastering the water pool chemistry. Balancing the water with the correct amount of chlorine to keep it safe and clean requires the right knowledge, skills, and a bunch of patience. At this point, many pool owners get frustrated as the more they try to keep the water clean, the more the chlorine level decreases. While others have already attempted to drain and refill the water, some pool owners seek for an explanation of how the pool’s chlorine demand works.

If the water test results indicate a low level of chlorine when you just recently sanitized it, then you are losing them. If that is not corrected immediately, then more money and effort will go to waste. Chlorine sanitization should not take more than 2x per week. The causes of swimming pool chlorine loss and the effective ways to prevent it are two of the most talk-about pool concerns, which this article will discuss.

Understanding the Root Cause

Learning the reasons why and how a swimming pool loses its chlorine is the first step to prevent it. Adding chlorine to the water for about 1-2x a week is rational and could only mean it is fulfilling its part in sanitizing the water, but needing to add more than that requires attention. The reasons why the chlorine level drops faster vary from things that are in and the situation around it. Here are some of the common causes:

1. Water Contamination – Highly contaminated water affects the level of chlorine. If humans have antibodies that protect them from various diseases, the pool water must have chlorine to act like neutralizers. These neutralizers will combat unwanted contaminants, whether it is organic or inorganic. As a result, the chlorine level drops, but it should gradually decrease.

If you notice that the chlorine drops faster, you need to test the status of the water. Analyze the level of water contamination, making the chlorine to dissipate. Some of the things that can pollute the water are:

  • Fallen leaves and twigs
  • Insects
  • Droppings from birds
  • Algae and microorganism build-up
  • Chemicals contaminants from lotion, shampoos, and soaps
  • Skin tissue and body oils, as well as makeups
  • Liquids excreted by users like sweat
  • Contamination from swimwear

The chemical reaction of chlorine with water is to break into several properties. They can either become hypochlorite ion or hypochlorous acid. When any of these pollutants contaminate the water, the chlorine will attack them, and soon they will oxidize in the process.

2. The Effects of Sun’s UV Rays – Although the presence of the sun can make water a little warmer, it has adverse effects on chlorine. As soon as the sunlight touches the water, the hypochlorite ion on chlorine splits apart and oxidizes without the chance of performing its purpose. It is the exact reason why some pool owners use cyanuric acid as a chlorine neutralizer. It acts like a protective shield that makes the chlorine more active and UV rays resistant, for a limited time until the CYA or cyanuric acid evaporates. Without this stabilizer, the water that gets direct sunlight can lose up to 90% of the chlorine in less than 3 hours.

3. High Temperature – The hot temperature is another cause of chlorine loss. Meaning, even though the sunlight does not hit the water directly, for as long as it is up and its rays are reflecting everywhere, producing heat temperature to the atmosphere, it will still make the water evaporate.

Additionally, bacteria are commonly known to adapt well to a warm environment. When the water gets warmed by the sun or by the steamy temperature, it will be more comfortable not only for humans but also for microorganisms. The result, they will multiply faster.

4. Adverse Effect of Cyanuric Acid – In case you are not familiar, there are two types of chlorine, unstabilized and stabilized. The unstabilized chlorine is commonly used in indoor pools since there is no need for sun protection. The stabilized chlorine has CYA or Cyanuric Acid. The CYA has its pros and cons. They may work effectively like a sunscreen to chlorine, but they also make it less capable of sanitizing the water, causing chlorine lock. It the term used when the level of CYA gets too high, and the chlorine can no longer do its task, leaving you with unsanitized water.

You may quickly identify if the pool has a high amount of CYA. It produces a strong smell of bleach, and that is not because the chlorine has exceeded the limit amount, but it is otherwise. The odor comes from a chemical substance called chloramines, a product of poor water treatment.

5. Badly Treated Water –  Chemically unstable water is another reason why chlorine loses its ability to disinfect.  If the water is imbalanced, either too high on alkaline or acid, the chlorine will not work, and most likely, it will just sit at the bottom of the pool. A common sign that your pool is out of balance is when the water still appears to be cloudy after chlorine sanitation.

Every chemical that the pool requires has a recommended amount based on the volume of water and other chemicals that you need to add. Maintaining chemically balanced water can be challenging, but it can save you from future troubles and expenses.

6. Rainwater Vs. Pool Water– The rainwater, either falling directly or through run-offs, can make the pool acid level shoot up. In short, a messed-up water pool chemistry. Aside from that, the rainwater may contain dirt and bacteria that will pollute the pool.

Imagine how complex these will be for chlorine – unbalanced, contaminated water. The chlorine will become very active on water with a low level of pH, causing them to get consumed up immediately.

7. Uses and Users – Regular use of pool and users can also be significant factors why a pool loses chlorine. As mentioned earlier, when a human discharges liquid, they add up as water pollutants. It triggers the chlorine to sanitize sweat, pee, and body oils. Furthermore, the human skin tissue, hair, along with many other things that a person could bring into the water will serve as an enemy to the chlorine.

If the swimming pool is under regular usage, then there is a need to increase the amount of chlorine, which should be about 1-3 parts per million. Moreover, advising the users to wear proper swimming attire and taking showers before hitting the pool will help a lot.

All these and more contribute to the cause of pool chlorine loss, and explaining them can help better understand how to avoid them. There may be no way to stop rainfall and high temperatures, but there are ways to minimize their effect on chlorine. The next part of this article will guide you on how to limit or have control over chlorine loss.

Proper Pool Sanitation to Avoid Chlorine Loss

As you may remember, the top cause of pool chlorine loss is highly-contaminated water. As soon as the chlorine dive into the water, it will start to disinfect. When there’s too much to clean, the chlorine will get used up instantly.

According to roboticpoolcleanerscompared.com, weekly pool maintenance and water sanitation can help to slow down the chlorine consumption.

  1. Help the chlorine to clean the water by skimming out the dried leaves, twigs, and insects. Let the chlorine handle the microorganism and bacteria, while you deal with those that are visible to human eyes.
  2. Regularly scrub the pool surface, wall, and stairs can prevent algae and bacteria build-up. To reach the bottom and far sides, attach the brush to a telescopic pole. Focus on areas that have no to little water circulation.
  3. Collect the dirt and visible debris using a pool vacuum. Allow the debris to settle and slowly move the vacuum head. Try not to make any rough movement as it may cause the particles to float again.
  4. Check if the filters are clean. Backwash it if you notice residues. Also, inspect if the pump is functioning well.
  5. Test the water by using chlorine level test kits. To get the most accurate result, try to dip the tester at least 20 inches deep. Make sure that the level of water reached the “fill line” level. Add the required amount of solution, mix, wait for a few seconds, then compare the color with the equivalent level.
  6. Oxidize or Shock the Pool. Never forget to put on your protective gear whenever you apply chemicals to your pool. Pool shock is another form of water treatment to use. To apply, add the substance in a bucket of water and then mix it. Next, distribute it evenly by pouring the mixture to different sides of the pool.
  7. Leave the pool pump running for 8 hours. Note that the chemical can be too strong, so you need to make everyone aware, especially kids, to stay out of the pool for the meantime. It is a long wait, which is why most pool owners suggest doing the pool shock at night.
  8. Re-testing the water after the pool shock treatment is necessary. It will allow you to get the actual chlorine level reading. Adjust the level by adding more then wait for 2-4 hours to take another test. Remember that adjusting the chlorine by adding more is better than exceeding the recommended level.

Solar Cover as an Alternative Pool Protection

Other than regular maintenance and cleaning, there are other methods to prevent chlorine loss. Since chlorine dissipates in the presence of the UV rays, many pool experts suggest the use of a pool cover. It offers a lot of benefits to a swimming pool, although it also has some drawbacks. To give a few:

Pros:

  • It covers the pool from direct sunlight, allowing you to save 30%-50% of the water from evaporation and chemical usage by up to 40%
  • It absorbs and keeps the heat to make the water warmer, thus, allowing you to save on power or gas consumption from a water heater.
  • It shields the water from debris and other pollutants.
  • It protects the water from both high and cold temperatures during the night.

Cons:

  • Putting the cover on and off the pool requires effort
  • The collected leaves and debris on top fall may tend to fall into the water when removing the cover.
  • It decreases the pool’s aesthetic appeal.

Timeframes to Remember

Maintaining a pool is an endless cycle, yet the result is rewarding. There’s a lot of things to remember and do. Pool sanitation, water testing, equipment inspection, and such can help improve the quality of water if, and only if, you do it frequently. To further help, list down this timeframe, so you won’t forget:

  • Test the pH level at least 2x a week.
  • Do the alkalinity test every 1st and 3rd week.
  • Test the chlorine level every 2nd and 4th week.
  • Perform a CYA and calcium hardness test 2x in each season.
  • Complete a total dissolved solids test at least 1-2x a month.

Conclusion and Recommendation

It takes a lot to get a full grasp of what pool needs. Uncovering its demand for chlorine may include learning the proper ways to maintain it, as well as understanding the language of pool chemistry. There is no need to memorize every chemical’s function and purpose to manage a pool. As long as you do the basic requirement of sanitizing and follow the guidelines, it is possible to achieve chemically balanced yet safe water.

Pool owners have these feeling of satisfaction whenever they achieve well-balanced water. To further confirm the consistency and safety of your water, have it checked by the experts who can use a more advanced method of chlorine level testing or bring a water sample to a reputable pool service provider for professional screening. That way, you will know whether you are doing it right or if you need to learn more.

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The Cost and Effectiveness of Pool Warranties

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Written by Admin and published on https://todayshomeowner.com/A pool is supposed to be a haven for stress-free relaxation. If your pool develops a major maintenance issue, however, it can quickly become a nightmare. Not only must you arrange for the repairs, but you’ve also got to shell out for an enormous, sudden bill. Such unexpected expenses can shatter your household budget and frustrate your plans.

If you’re protected by a home warranty, the outcome could be different. If you have a good warranty on your side, which covers your swimming pool, the burden of paying for sudden, expensive repairs is lifted off of your shoulders.

WHAT IS A POOL WARRANTY AND WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Homeowners who have a pool on their property love the flexibility and privacy that come with owning one. In order to enjoy these benefits, homeowners must maintain their pool and make repairs to it when needed.

In this article, we explain what a pool warranty is, what it covers and whether home warranty companies offer a pool warranty.

Pool warranty: A pool warranty is a contract designed to protect your pool from expensive repairs. These warranties are generally sold by pool manufacturers and buildings, but they are also offered by home warranty companies. We recommend considering purchasing extended coverage for your pool from a home warranty company.

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What Is a Pool Warranty?

A pool warranty is a contract provided or sold by pool manufacturers, pool builders or home warranty companies. These warranties are designed to protect your pool from expensive repairs. There are three types of pool warranties that are separate from home warranty coverage:

  1. Pool manufacturer warranty: A manufacturer pool warranty covers pools with a vinyl liner and pools with a fiberglass pool shell. For pools with vinyl liners, the warranty covers the parts where the sections of the liner were melded together. These warranties typically last a few years. If your pool has a fiberglass pool shell, there is usually a 25-year structural warranty and an additional warranty for up to 15 years that covers the gel coat surface of the pool.
  2. Workmanship warranty: A workmanship pool warranty covers installation-caused errors such as plumbing leaks, leaks in the fittings in the pool and structural movement of the pool. This type of warranty is usually offered by builders and typically lasts for one year. Concrete pools are covered under this type of warranty since they have a builder and no manufacturer. Unfortunately, installation errors are unlikely to show up until at least a few years after installation.
  3. Equipment warranty: An equipment warranty is a pool warranty that covers some pool equipment, such as heaters, automatic vacuum cleaners, filters and lights. Equipment warranties usually last for one year.

Does a Pool Warranty Adequately Protect Your Pool?

The pool warranties mentioned above provide some value, but extended protection is ideal for homeowners with pools. This is especially the case for homeowners without large amounts of savings to protect themselves from unexpected, expensive repairs.

The table below shows you the cost of some common pool repairs or replacements, according to Fixr.com. As you can see, the cost of pool repairs varies widely. Some repairs are relatively cheap, while others cost well over a thousand dollars.

Pool Repair Cost
Pool pump replacement $2,100–$3,000
Pool light replacement $155–$215
Small tear or hole in vinyl liner $350–$500
Large tear or hole in vinyl liner $1700–$2,500
Broken seal around the skimmer $100–$125
Swimming pool leak $900
Large tear or hole in vinyl liner $1,700–$2,500
Crack in the pool beam $4,000–$5,000

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Step By Step: Removing Antifreeze From Swimming Pool Line

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Written by Heide Braley and published on https://www.hunker.com/

Another pool season is coming to a close and you are starting to think about closing it up for the winter months. After a summer of splashing, lounging, swimming, and relaxing it’s understandable if you are reluctant to get this process started. Winterizing your pool is a necessary task to protect and preserve both your pool and the investment that you have in it. You can call in a professional or you can handle it on your own. Regardless of how you choose to get your pool closed, there are many different methods to getting it done. What we are covering in this article is how antifreeze comes into play in a pool closing.

Using antifreeze really is only an option if you have an inground pool. You can add it to the pipes to prevent any leftover water from freezing, expanding, and damaging them. If you are going to blow out all of the pool plumbing pipes and are quite confident in doing this, there really isn’t a reason to use antifreeze. It’s only an insurance policy if you have less confidence in being able to get all of the water out of your system or against any faulty plugs that are in circulation.If you are choosing to use antifreeze, then it is imperative you make sure to use one that is specifically designed for use in a swimming pool. Pool antifreeze is non-toxic to both animals and people. It is never a good idea to use automotive antifreeze in your swimming pool because it is harmful to living things. Always check the bottle before use to make sure it is non-toxic and designated for use in a pool.

Removing Antifreeze From the Inground Pool Lines

Preparing your water lines for winter is critical in protecting the money you have invested in your inground pool. Although you try to empty all the water from the lines, antifreeze works as insurance to prevent any remaining water from racking pipes or valves during the dead of winter. The type of antifreeze you use is very important, since pool-grade antifreeze–propylene glycol–is safe for pool water, unlike automotive or marine antifreeze. The antifreeze needs to be flushed from the lines after winter, before you use the pool the next season.

Step 1

Take off the cover on the pool and clean up all the debris from the surface of the water using a pool skimmer. Start adding water to bring the pool level back up to the middle of the skimmers.

Step 2

Open the water lines, the drains, the return, the filter and the pump valves. Turn the multiport valve to the “Waste” position. Pour water into the pump basket until no more bubbles come out, priming the pump. Turn on the pump and flush out the lines for about a minute. Turn off the pump.

Step 3

Turn the multiport valve back to the “Filter” position and turn the pump back on. Some of the antifreeze will get into the pool water, but since it is nontoxic, there is no need to be concerned. Most of the antifreeze flushes out during the waste cycle.

Step 4

Cycle the pool through its normal filtering and flushing cycles and the pool-grade antifreeze will dilute completely in the water without harming the pool or anyone swimming in the pool.

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Pool Maintenance: Helpful Tips Every Owner Needs to Know

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Written by Admin and published on https://www.homoq.com/While a pool can offer a lot of enjoyment to your family, it’s not all fun and games. When you own a pool, it’s crucial that you maintain it properly to ensure it lasts well and needs very few repairs over the years. The truth is, it takes work and dedication to make sure your pool stays in great condition throughout the summer and the rest of the year. However, with a little bit of know-how, you’ll be able to take care of your pool and ensure it always looks good.

If you are a proud owner of a swimming pool in the backyard of your house, here are some tips that could help you maintain it in a better way. To keep your pool sparkling clean, inviting and ready for use, regular and routine care is advised. Even if you employ a Service Company to take care of your pool, we all know there are still a few things that you need to ensure to keep your pool pristine. Here are a few pool maintenance tips:

6 Helpful Pool Maintenance Tips

Having a pool in your backyard offers quite a bit of enjoyment for your family. Unfortunately, it can’t all be fun and games.

If you own a pool, ensuring it stays in good condition throughout the year is a must. The good news is, with a bit of time and effort, you can take care of your pool and ensure it always looks good.

Keep reading for some helpful pool maintenance tips that will ensure your pool is clean and problem-free now and in the future.

1. Skim and Scrub the Pool Regularly

Skimming the debris and leaves off the water’s surface is obvious. However, it’s a tip worth mentioning again.

If you want to keep your pool and water pristine, you should skim the surface daily. If you have the money, purchase a robot vacuum that will regularly clean the bottom of the pool.

Along with skimming the surface, you need to scrub the sides with the right pool cleaning products to prevent algae build-up.

You can scrub the pool one time per week. Look for any signs of growths to know when this is necessary. For stubborn areas that won’t go away, there are some DIY cleaning options.

2. Pool Filter System

Your pool’s pump will draw water and keep it circulating. The filter in the pump will clear away dirt and other contaminants from the water.

Both components protect your pool from issues. If your filter system is not functioning properly, your pool will likely become a polluted, cloudy mess you can’t swim in.

Based on your pool setup, you may have a diatomaceous earth filter, sand filter, or cartridge filter. If you have a saltwater system, then it will use a saltwater chlorinator.

3. Check and Maintain the Water Level

Water can be lost during swimming season because of evaporation and normal activities. When you remove debris using your skimmer each week, be sure to check the water level, too.

Make sure it does not fall under the skimmer level. If it does, the pump may be damaged. If the water levels are low, you can use your hose to refill it and ensure the levels are safe again.

If you decide to drain the pool after swimming season or for maintenance, make sure it doesn’t remain empty too long. It is best to keep water in the pool during winter because the water’s weight will counteract the ground’s force and keep the ground from pressing the pool up from underneath.

4. Use a Tennis Ball

While this may seem like an unusual pool maintenance trick, it works. With a tennis ball, you can help keep the water clean.

All you have to do is drop the ball in the pool and let it stay there for a bit. While in the water, the tennis ball can absorb oils that are left in the pool.

Some of the oils that may be in your pool include natural body oil, hair products, and suntan lotions. This trick ensures all these oils are absorbed by the tennis ball, leaving your pool’s water much cleaner.

5. Check the Pool’s Chemical Levels

The levels of chemicals in the pool are important to ensure it safe to swim in. If your water is not properly balanced, it will appear murky and irritate your eyes and skin. It can also cause your pool to begin growing bacteria.

It is a good idea to test your pool water one time per week. Some of the important chemical levels to check include:

Calcium Hardness

Appropriate calcium levels will help prevent plaster damage. Try to ensure levels of 220 to 350. If your pools have vinyl sides, the levels should be lower.

Cyanuric Acid

This chemical helps protect chlorine from sunlight. It also determines the necessary Free Chlorine level. A good reading for an outside pool is between 30 and 50.

Total Alkalinity

The alkalinity will keep the pH in balance. An ideal level should be between 60 and 120.

Acidity or Alkalinity

This is also referred to as the pH level. The acidity should between 7.5 and 7.8. This is going to help prevent skin and eye irritation and protect your pool equipment from erosion.

Free Chlorine

This is a sanitizer. It helps to keep the pool water safe and free of potential germs.

6. Find and Fix Leaks

It is hard to figure out if lower than normal water levels are because of a leak or evaporation in some situations. You can find leaks by using the bucket test.

Fill a bucket 75% full of water. Inside the bucket, mark where the water line is.

Put the bucket in your pool and then market the water line outside the container. Keep it in the water for three days. If the water goes down outside the bucket, it means there is a leak.

Now You Know the Best Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

You must invest in the right swimming pool maintenance to ensure your pool remains clean and works properly. The maintenance tips above will help you get started.

You can also hire a third-party pool cleaning service if you don’t think you can handle the job yourself. This will ensure your pool remains clean and ready to swim in.

Are you searching for more information and tips on how to maintain your home? If so, you can check out some of our other blogs. We offer information on everything from bathroom and garden to interior design, kitchen, furniture, and more.

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