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Service and Maintenance Schedule June 29, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, above ground swimming pools, aboveground pool, Automatic pool cleaner, chemicals, pool equipment, pool filter, pool pump, Winterizing.
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Periodic Service and Maintenance Schedule
Adjust as needed during months of heaviest use or extreme weather.
Day Week Month Year
Check Water Level 1X
Check pH and sanitizer 2X
Check Hardness, TDS, and total alkalinity 1X
Test for heavy metals 2X
Check conditioner 2X
Check skimmer basket 2X
Check pump strainer basket 1X
Check filter pressure 1X
Look for leaks in plumbing and equipment
check time clock settings
1X
Surface skim the pool 1X
Vacuum the pool (pool has no auto cleaner) 2X
Vacuum the pool (pool has auto cleaner) 1X
Operate auto cleaner (3 hours) 2X
Brush pool walls and bottom 1X
Clean waterline 1X
Empty auto cleaner catch bag 2X
Clean solar panels 1X
Winterize 1X
Reopening and/or equipment tuneup 1X
Tear down and clean filter 3X
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10 Things Pool Owners Can Do For Our Environment June 22, 2010

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, chemicals, Patio, Pool Deck, pool filter, pool pump, Solar, solar cover.
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10 Things Pool Owners Can Do For Our Environment

  1. Buy products that come in reusable or recyclable containers.
  2. Take out of date chemicals and cleaning supplies to a hazardous waste recycling center.
  3. Add a cover or solar heating system instead of using gas heat.
  4. Don’t run the pump more hours per day than is needed to keep the pool clean.
  5. Save water by keeping the cover on when the pool is not in use and b asking swimmers to avoid excess splashing of water out of the pool
  6. Save water by checking for leaks every week (and repairing them promptly) by using a broom instead of a hose to clean pool decks
  7. Keep leaves and other organic debris out of the pool, they destroy sanitizers and other pool chemicals, requiring you to buy and add more
  8. Replace the net on your leaf rake instead of buying a new unit. Other service tools also have replaceable parts, so ask before you throw usable tools into the landfill.
  9. Use your pool on hot days to cool off rather than using the air conditioner.
  10. Buy an energy-efficient motor when replacing one on your pump

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Winterizing your pool December 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Algeacides, chemicals, liners, pH Balance, pool filter, Pool Ladders, pool pump, Sanitizers, Shock, winter covers, Winterizing.
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Ever thought of winterizing your pool as an unnecessary and daunting task? Well, just like weather stripping your home or adding antifreeze to your car, your pool requires the same TLC as all the other little joys in life. In order to save a great deal of time, avoidable frustration, equipment damage, and lots of money, winterizing is essential.

Not winterizing your pool can lead to a host of problems including cracked equipment (pumps, skimmers, etc.) lifted and cracked cement, frozen underground pipes, and freeze-thaw damage. Here are some common questions about the winterizing process.

Ah! Winter is coming. Do I need to drain my pool?

A common misconception amongst new pool owners is that you must drain all the water from the pool to prepare for winter. Doing that would be the equivalent of offering Superman a kryptonite-flavored lollipop! Just don’t do it!

Suffice it to say you should never drain your pool. This should be a job for a licensed, experienced and insured professional. Don’t believe us? We’ve heard of cases where the owner drained a pool and the concrete or fiberglass shell actually floated out of the ground like a huge boat…and other stories about the liner in a vinyl pool shrinking within hours of the water being drained.

In other words, completely draining a swimming pool is a big no-no.

Do I need to add any chemicals to my pool to prepare for the winter?

Although ‘no’ would probably be the easiest answer, ‘yes’ is the correct one: You do need to add a mixture of chemicals to your pool to keep it clean for the winter. No one wants to remove the pool cover in the spring and see the Swamp Thing! But have no fear–there are winterizing kits that have everything included– all you have to do is follow the directions.

Should I clean my pool before winter?

Yes you should, but a light cleaning will do. Make sure that dirt, leaves, toys or UFOs (unidentified floating objects) are all removed from the water. This step should be done before adding chemicals. A good time to clean is when the seasons begin to change, but before trees start to lose their leaves. Avoid liner stains by getting debris out, rather than letting it soak for several months.

I have an above ground pool–does it need winterizing too?

Yes! Above ground pools need the same amount of attention as in-ground pools. Unless you’re talking about a kiddy pool, above ground pools have filters, pumps, and an intricate construction that needs to be taken care of. The list of tips below is general—follow your manufacturer’s instructions for specifics.

  • Empty some of the water (must follow manufacturer’s guidelines for this step!)
  • Change the pump, filter and hose settings
  • Store the ladder
  • Remove the skimmer basket
  • Clean the vinyl liner
  • Add appropriate chemicals

As we said…for more specific details, dig out your owner’s manual, dust if off and you should find all the information you need.

Do I really need to cover my pool? I like looking out and seeing an ice-skating rink in my back yard.

Yes, you do need to cover your pool for many reasons–not covering would mean that all your hard work up to this point would be a total waste. First of all, many pool accidents occur when a pool isn’t even being used.

Depending on your needs, one pool cover may be better than another. If you simply want to protect the pool from the elements, but don’t need to safeguard the pool, a standard winter pool cover will suffice. But if you have children and animals around, you’ll most likely want a safety cover that works almost like a fence, by completely covering and safeguarding the pool from mishaps. For above ground pools try our new Water Warden Safety Net for round pools

One dilemma that pool owners have run into over the years is that mesh covers, although useful, allow dirt and debris to enter the pool, and also allow sunlight into the pool which in turn leads to algae. For this reason, we suggest placing a leaf net cover over a solid cover, which keeps major debris on top, letting it bake in the sun and get nice and dry so it’s easy to remove.  How wonderful!

Ok, so how do I cover my pool? Can I use tarp? And what’s with people using floats and noodles under the pool cover?

Covering your pool isn’t difficult. It may take a few people to do it, but it is probably the easiest part of winterizing. Using a tarp is not a good idea. It won’t protect against children or animals falling in—not to mention the fact that tarps aren’t very sturdy.

Before you apply your pool cover, you should apply some sort of flotation device in the center of the pool. It is true that some people use pool noodles, but there are other and probably more effective devices that you can use. Consider using a car or truck inner-tube or a air pillow sold for this very purpose.

The float has two functions. First, it balances the rainwater and ice that forms on the pool’s cover during winter. Secondly, the area around the float won’t freeze and will allow the ice to push inward toward the float, rather than outward towards the pool wall. This will ease the tension on the pool walls, a condition that can lead to serious support issues in the future.

Lay the cover across the pool and over the float, secure it and tighten the wire around the perimeter. If you leave the cover unsecured, it may fly off in high winds or droop during heavy rains or snowfall.

Helping Your Pool Weather a Storm November 17, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Back yard, In ground pool, Out door living, Patio, safety, safety covers, Shock, winter covers.
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Your pool is an investment. With regular care and maintenance, it’s a source of backyard fun for years to come. But what if you live in an area that faces strong lines of thunderstorms or even hurricane threats? Is there anything you can do to help safeguard your investment? There certainly is. Read more in our Storm FAQs below.


They’re forecasting a hurricane/terrible storms where I live. What, if anything, should I do about my pool?

It’s very important to do what you can before the storm arrives. Start by removing the debris from the pool – anticipate that you may lose power and get anything out the pool that could ‘spoil’ after a few days without the electricity-powered filter.

After removing any debris, don’t forget to chlorinate the pool, ensuring that you circulate the chlorine properly. If you anticipate that the power may be out for a while, consider adding a floating chlorinator to the pool to deliver a low, constant chlorine dose.

If you don’t have ample enclosed outdoor space (like a pool house or shed) you can store some of your pool-related items, including aluminum furniture, in your pool. See below for more specifics on this.

Make sure you turn off any electrical connections to the pool, then cover it. After all… you just got it nice and clean – why leave it wide open for the debris, leaves, sticks and bugs that may be getting tossed around in hurricane-force winds? This is the time that most owners wish they’d purchased a slightly higher quality pool cover — in addition to a cover being sturdier and more reliable, most of the mid- to high-end covers can be properly installed and fastened within 10 minutes—great for situations like this, where time is of the essence.

Remember, doing ‘something’ to protect your pool is always better than doing nothing at all. After making sure that family and loved ones are safe, do the best you can.

Somehow, the power has managed to stay on during this storm. Should I let the filters run?

To avoid potential damage to the filtering system (and to yourself, running out in the middle of a storm!) it’s better to leave the filters turned off until the storm has passed. As long as the pool has been cleaned prior to the storm, the post-storm cleanup shouldn’t be that bad — and even a potentially dirty pool is no reason to put yourself in harm’s way.

What about sinking all the outdoor stuff in the pool? I’ve heard you can do that.

Contrary to popular belief, submerging everything in your pool isn’t always the best advice. Some things CAN be placed in the pool, but it’s best to check with your pool manufacturer to know what’s safe to sink, and what isn’t.

One good rule of thumb is to ask yourself, ‘Would the chlorine damage it?’ before sinking something to the pool floor. The plastic white stacking chairs pass the test (as does your aluminum furniture), while something like a canvas and wood umbrella wouldn’t. If you can’t sink it, make sure to remove it from the outdoor area and bring it inside somewhere – otherwise, you’re chancing a grill or a kid’s toy turning into a dangerous projectile, capable of causing all kinds of damage during heavy winds.

The storm has knocked out our water, too; can we use the pool for drinking water?

It’s definitely okay to use pool water to flush the toilet during an emergency, but most experts agree that pool water isn’t suitable for drinking, cooking, or even shaving. The type of chlorine used in pools just isn’t made for human consumption.

If you’re reading this article, you probably haven’t run out of power or water yet! So take a moment now to either bottle your own water, (which can last up to six months if bottled properly, e.g. tightly sealed, and in light filled spaces) or add bottled water to your grocery list. Having a supply of bottled water on hand in case of any emergency is always a good idea.

The storm is over – What can I do while I’m waiting for the electricity to be turned back on or the professional pool help to arrive?

We’ll give you one guess. You’re right! Get all the junk out of the pool. Use your regular pool cleaning tools to get out any debris that may have entered the pool during the storm.
Don’t forget to clean the filters — a storm produces more debris that usual in your pool… and your filters weren’t really designed for such a major mess. Clean up what you can with a net, and if you have to get in the pool to get debris out, make sure that you wear shoes.

After you’ve cleaned, super-chlorinate the pool and circulate continuously until the water’s color looks close to normal. Keep the water “shocked” until power or help arrives, but don’t let people or pets in the pool while it’s in this state.

Nitro Wall Scrubber August 13, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Automatic pool cleaner, chemicals, In ground pool, Pool.
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Featured Product – Nitro Wall Scrubber

  • Cleans and scrubs floors, walls, waterline and steps
  • Intelligent navigation – does not require walls to change direction
  • Revolutionary robotic design enabling a wider cleaning swath for 50% faster cleaning coverage
  • Dual Direct-Drive motors for greater traction and pin-point navigation
  • Quad-port brush-to-port suction for thorough vacuuming of acorns, leaves and fine debris
  • Gel-Pro brushes – gentle enough for vinyl and fiberglass pools, rugged enough for concrete pools
  • Quick-drain system for Easy-lift removal from pool; weighs only 10 lbs.
  • 60′ super-cord with kink-resistant technology
  • Super capacity filter bag – Biggest in industry
  • Eco-friendly; uses 70% less energy than other cleaners
  • Consumer or dealer DIY serviceability
  • ETL, CSA and CE approved; manufactured in an ISO 9000 facility
  • 2-yr limited warranty
  • Works on in-ground pools UP TO 20’x40′ in size and up to 10′ deep!

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Aquabot – At The Touch Of A Button June 30, 2009

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Guide to New Pool Start-Up June 16, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Algeacides, chemicals, pH Balance, Sanitizers, Shock, Winterizing.
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As the owner of a swimming pool you want beautiful clear blue water without the hassles. PcPools.com offers a complete line of high quality chemical products that will simplify pool care and make your pool water sparkle. PcPools.com has the information you need to keep your pool water clean from spring start-up to winter closing.

PcPools.com offers complete easy to use New Pool Start-Up Kits. These pool chemical kits are formulated with just the right amount of chemicals to set your pool up quickly and easily.

Easy Pool Care Guide for Pool Maintenance

Now that your pool is up and running, follow our Easy Pool Care process to ensure clear, brilliant pool water.

Need Help or Advice?

This guide is designed to educate you about PcPools.com programs and some of the products we carry. In the event of pool water questions or problems please contact us at 1-877-727-6657 for expert advice and simple solutions.

Guide to Spring Start-Up May 12, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Algeacides, chemicals, pH Balance, pool filter, pool pump, Sanitizers, Shock, winter covers.
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As the owner of a swimming pool you want beautiful clear blue water without the hassles. PcPools.com easy 4-step Start-Up Program will give you simple step-by-step instructions that will insure crystal clear water. PcPools.com offers the highest quality chemicals that are free of contaminates. We also offer full lines of products, which means you don’t have to mix and match, insuring superior performance and a clean, clear pool.

Spring Start Up Steps

  1. Remove your Pool Cover
    1. If you use a solid cover, drain the water off the cover.
    2. Clean Cover Thoroughly and let it dry in the sun before storing it. (This will prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from growing which could damage your cover and you might end up transferring it to your pool.
    3. Remove any debris, leaves, twigs and sticks that may have gotten into your pool water.
  2. Fill your pool
    1. Add enough water to bring the water level to the middle of the skimmers.
  3. Check your pool’s equipment
    1. Make sure the main drain and inlets are open
    2. Make sure that the pump and skimmer basket are in place and free of debris
    3. Start your pump and filter system. Your pump and filter system are the heart of your pool maintenance program. This system keeps your pool water clear and clean.
    4. If you did not clean you filter before you closed you pool do so now.
    5. PcPools offers filter cleaners that remove the build-up of grease, oil and scale in your filter allowing it to operate effectively, efficiently which will extend the filters life (and save you money).
  4. Test your water
    1. Start your pool and let it run for 24 hours before taking a water sample.
    2. Take your sample from at least one foot below the surface.
    3. Using your test kit or test strips, test the water for free chlorine, pH and total alkalinity.
    4. Using your results refer to the following chart to bring your pool up the ideal range.If any of these levels are not in their proper range, PcPools.com offers the proper chemicals to being them into balance.

Spring Start-Up Kits

PcPools.com offers complete easy to use Spring Start-Up Kits. These kits are formulated with just the right amount of chemicals to get your pool ready for swimming and summer fun.

Easy Pool Care Guide for Pool Maintenance

Now that your pool is up and running, follow our Easy Pool Care process to ensure clear, brilliant water.

Need Help or Advice?

This guide is designed to educate you about PcPools.com programs and some of the products we carry. In the event of pool water questions or problems please contact us at customerservice@pcpools.com for expert advice and simple solutions.

Guide to Easy Pool Care March 19, 2009

Posted by Pcpools Above Ground Pools in Above Ground Pool, Algeacides, chemicals, In ground pool, pH Balance, pool pump, Sanitizers, Shock, Winterizing.
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PcPools.com has this Easy Pool Care™ Program to keep your pool water crystal clear in a snap. Just 4 easy steps and you’ll be ready for summer fun! For best results, make sure to have a good water flow through the skimmers (or chlorinator, if installed). Operate your pump and filter 10 or more hours per day.

Step 1 – pH Balance

It is vital that proper pH is maintains in your pool at all times. If the pH is outside 7.2 to 7.6 it will greatly reduce the effectiveness of pool chemicals. Test your Ph level are lease three (3) times a week. You will want to use a pH reducer or a pH increaser to being the pH into the proper range, if you are finding it difficult to maintain your pH, check you total alkalinity and be sure it is in the ideal range. Adjust total alkalinity levels accordingly.

Step 2 – Sanitize

Sanitizing tablets are the most efficient sanitizer to use in your pool. Pcpools.com offers several varieties. Compressed 3” tablets are designed to dissolve slowly and steadily release free chlorine into your water to wipe out bacteria and keep your water clean. Look for tablets that are stabilized to protect them from the suns damaging rays, making them last longer and work more effectively. Always keep 3” tablets in your skimmer, floater or automatic feeder to continue sanitizing. PcPools.com offers stabilized chlorinated granules and sticks in convenient sizes.

Step 3 – Shock

As debris builds up in the water (such as perspiration, urine, suntan oil and hair products) they can cause eye and skin irritation and dull water. These contaminants tie up chlorine, keeping it from effectively sanitizing the water.

You can try BLAST-OUT® or CHLOR-BURST® once a week to oxidize the contaminants, freeing up the chlorine and keeping your water crystal clear. Regular shock treatments will also kill resistant algae in the water.

Most of our quality shock products will not affect the pH or the calcium hardness making them ideal for hard water areas.

For pool owners that would prefer a non-chlorine shock after opening their pool, there is chlorine-free shock chemicals

Step 4 – Algae Control

The best way to combat algae is to never let it get started. PcPools.com offers several algaecides that are concentrated and low foaming. Remember it is best to stay with one brand of chemicals for the best results.

Chemical Kits

Choose only the chemicals you need to maintain your pool or select one of our easy to use kits. Each kit has all of the chemicals you need for:

That’s all there is for Easy Pool Care. Because pools are for fun…not work!

Step 1- Balance – Step 2- Sanitize – Step 3- Shock – Step 4- Algae Control

Need Help or Advice?

This guide is designed to educate you about PcPools.com programs and some of the products we carry. In the event of pool water questions or problems please contact us at 1-877-727-6657 for expert advice and simple solutions.