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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.

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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.

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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.