Is it time to turn on the swimming pool solar system? After all, we had a record high today (77 in Sacramento on February 16, 2016). If you are going to swim in 65 degree water then my answer is YES. If you aren’t then my answer is NO. If you warm up your water […]
Happy New Year. We are proud to announce that beginning January 1st, 2016 we now offer Gluten Free Pool Service and Gluten Free Pool Repair. That’s right, all of our swimming pool service chemicals and parts are 100% guaranteed to be Gluten Free. Does your pool service offer gluten free service? We do !
Building a swimming pool? I’ve been repairing swimming pools since 1992. I’ve seen a lot of great pools and a lot of messed up pools. These are my suggestions to get the most value for your backyard future (I will update this post as I think of more helpful information). 1. No redwood trees! They […]
Written and Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: Imagine, service techs: from day one, you maintain the pool water in perfect balance, yet get blamed for causing various plaster discolorations or defects. That is not a pleasant thing to deal with, especially if you are being told to pay thousands of dollars to […]
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has raised the bar – again. Effective August 10, 2015 and for the remainder of 2015, SMUD will rebate its customers/homeowners $150 towards the cost of upgrading their pool’s filter pump to an energy efficient variable speed pump (VSP) when the VSP is installed by a CAEI (Certified Aquatic Equipment […]
Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: If NPC (National Plasters Council) leaders would just acknowledge what improper plastering practices do to swimming pool plaster, there would not be a controversy within the industry – and there would be fewer pool plaster defects and discolorations occurring. Case in point: Adding calcium chloride (hardening accelerator) […]
May 2015 The drought is obviously of huge concern for us Californian’s. Most people are unaware that pools use half as much water as the lawn and even less if evaporation measures are taken: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-pool-haters-20140913-story.html How you can help: – Turn off water features like waterfalls and spillways. The more water exposed to the atmosphere, […]
One of my customers made his own solar rings with irrigation tube, a coupler, zip ties and cut out pieces of a solar blanket. They look great. Watch the video below for more details.
Reprinted with permission from Kim Skinner of OnBalance: Decades ago, people in the pool industry started becoming aware that there was more to pool maintenance than just adding sanitizers to the water (to kill algae and bacteria) and filtering it (to help keep it crystal clear). Gradually, we learned that even properly sanitized and filtered […]
Solar rings, solar blankets and solar squares are in great demand to save pool water evaporation as the drought pushes us Californians into uncharted territory. A few years ago I happened upon a wise and resourceful elderly woman who used very simple and common materials to make her own solar rings out of hula hoops. […]