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Finding Pool Leaks April 20, 2010

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Step 1. Determine if there is a leak. The first step is to determine whether your above ground pool liner has as leak. Sometimes a loss of pool water can be due to other factors such as evaporation. Pool water evaporation can be especially common in hot windy climates. The “leak test” is very simple. The pool owner needs to perform what is called the “bucket test.” The bucket test involves filling a 5 gallon bucket almost to the top, then setting the bucket in the pool so the rim is just a few inches above the surface. Mark the water levels on both the inside and the outside of the bucket, and check the levels in 24 hours. If the drop in the pool and the bucket are the same, this means the water loss is caused by evaporation. If the loss in pool water is greater on the outside of the bucket, there is likely a leak in the pool liner and more serious leak detection measures will need to be performed.

Step 2. Find the leak. To locate the leak, a swimmer will be necessary along with red dye. This is called the “dye test”, which consists of squirting red dye (food coloring)  in susceptible areas of the pool (seams in the pool liner, pool walls, by in pool inlets, skimmers, etc.) to puncturing, tearing or improper seals. Generally speaking, the most susceptible area in an above ground pool is where the pool wall meets the pool floor. Once the red dye is placed near the leak, you will see the dye pulled into the leak by the suction force of the leak. This should really pinpoint the precise area of the leak.

Step 3. Repair the leak. Once the leak is detected it is important to repair the leak. If the leak is repairable, vinyl pool liner patch like EZ Patch 28™ is a great fix. This amazing sealer can fix a leak in your vinyl pool liner without a patch and can match any color of pool liner. Simply apply the clear sealant to any hole above or below the waterline and this amazing formula creates its own patch. Skins over in 5-10 minutes; cures completely in 48 hours. If a patch is needed due to heavy water flow, use EZ Patch 28™ as the glue and apply the clear vinyl patch that is included.

Finding a leak in an above ground pool liner is never a great experience, but locating one can save you hundreds of dollars in replacing your entire above ground pool liner. Some leaks in pool liners are salvageable and can be fixed. In these economic times, locating a leak and applying the clear vinyl repair sealant EZ Patch 28™ can be very economical for pool owners. Moreover, saving pool water from leaking is good for water conservation and ultimately the environment.

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New Splasher Pool at PcPools.com April 7, 2010

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Stay cool this season with our new Splasher above ground pools. If you want to step up from a soft sided pool, but aren’t ready for the commitment of permanent structure try our Semi-Permanent, affordable & easy to install Splasher above ground pools. Comes with EVERYTHING you need to get swimming- including Thru-the-Wall, pool filtration system, vinyl pool liner, A-frame pool ladder, and See-Through Port Hole. Our Splasher above ground pools are a full 42” deep and come in 3 round sizes: 12’, 15’ & 18’ foot round.

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The Truth About Above Ground Pools February 12, 2010

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Over the years, the above ground pool has developed a less than stellar reputation. Seeing a neighbor’s older model pool, neglected and left to rust and corrode in the back yard, has left a bad taste in the mouths of people who would otherwise consider an above ground pool.

What people don’t realize is that above-ground pools just aren’t the same as they used to be. Nowadays, they’re made to last, taking advantage of technological and material advances. And with a little care and maintenance, they can be just as functional and enjoyable as their much more expensive in – ground counterparts.

Have you heard (or had) any of the following above – ground pool myths?

I’m thinking of getting a pool, and an above ground pool fits my budget nicely. But, I’ve seen above ground pool in the past that just looked junky, no matter how new they were. Is this still the case?

Above ground pools have changed enormously over the past few years, with manufacturers making a real effort to make pools more attractive, sturdier, longer lasting, and customizable. Above ground pools started out looking like oversized tin cans – and unfortunately, that’s how people have thought of them ever since.

The materials that manufacturers use now are completely different from materials used in the past, general pool design has improved, and the above – ground pool accessory market gives you a variety of choices. For example, you can now choose from a wide selection of contemporary colors and designs, printed liners and even tile borders.

I’ve heard the above ground pools don’t last that long.

Unlike above ground pools of the past that were made from cheaper materials and had a very stiff metallic look, most modernized above ground pools have been completely remodeled and are now made from a blow molded resin based product. Using a resin product for above-ground pools is something that started in the 1990’s and makes the pools much more durable. Admittedly, not every manufacturer is using resin, but even these manufacturers have taken extra measures to give their pools a longer life and better design. Need to mention the improvement in anti-corrosive coatings used on steel pools which makes rusting a concern of the past.

A friend warned me that the circulation and filtering systems in above-ground pools are awful! Is it true?

Well, times have changed…and with more horsepower and bigger filters, cleaning of above ground pools is now easier and more effective than ever. Because the filters are so much better, above ground pools actually use fewer chemicals. And if you want your above ground pool super duper clean, you can actually opt for an add-on cleaning package like an above ground in line pool chlorinator.

Aren’t above ground pools a pain to clean?

No, not at all! Unlike paddling or kiddie pools, they come with serious filters & pumps with serious horsepower that do serious work. With above ground pools, maintenance and cleaning is a breeze.

How deep can an above ground pool be?

Above ground pools vary in depth, with some above – ground pools seeming ‘deeper’ because they have a higher wall.  Pool wall depth’s come in 48″, 52″, and 54″.  You can also ‘dish’ out your pool floor, utilizing an expandable pool liner to get a depth up to 72″.

But what if I want to heat it?

This has got to be one of our favorite things about above-ground pools. Instead of using a heater, or simply giving up on using the pool in September, you can actually get a solar pool heater and solar cover that efficiently attract the free heat of the sun  keeping your pool warm, happy and inviting. Of course conventional gas and propane heaters are also available.

I want a pool, but I have a very small backyard, and I don’t think a regular round above ground pool will fit.

Congratulations…it’s your lucky day! Not only have manufacturers taken extra steps to make above ground pools longer lasting and better looking; they’ve also taken people just like you into consideration. Above ground pools now come in a plethora of sizes leaving you with a wide variety of options. Even a small backyard can have an above ground pool.

I want an above ground pool, but my kids are obsessed with getting a pool slide – Is this possible?

The really cool thing about above ground pools is all the features that you can add on; cool designs, interesting lighting and yes, even pool slides. Now, that doesn’t mean that all above grounders can have slides or that all slides can work for above  grounders. You have to make sure that you seek out a pool that will work with a slide. But have no fear, there are many to choose from so that you and the kids will be happy.

If I get an above ground pool I want it to look as much like an in-ground as possible, and I want to it to be very safe.

You can have the best of both worlds. Above ground pools can be made safer and more attractive by building a deck around them. The deck makes everything from cleaning to covering more easy, and provides a larger pool area to enjoy. So if you’ve been thinking about getting a deck to surround your pool, you now have a great excuse!

If that wasn’t enough to tickle your fancy, you’ll be glad to know that you can choose pool liners that just look like (if not better than) in-ground pools liners. You can actually get beaded liners that resemble a mosaic borders, overlap liners and more. It’s easy to choose above ground pool accessories and add-ons that will make your pool more attractive, comfortable and enjoyable.

Have you heard something about above ground pools, but want to make sure you’re getting the straight scoop? Be sure to check out our full tips section or e-mail us with your questions at customerservice@pcpools.com, and we’ll be glad to feature them for an upcoming article.

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.

Pool Care Glossary November 11, 2008

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Above ground Liner description April 23, 2008

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OVERLAP POOL LINERS: On this type of pool, the pool liner goes up and over the top lip of the pool wall. It then comes down over the edge on the outside of the pool. This type of pool liner is normally secured with some sort of clamping method that holds it in place. Any adjustment that may be needed on the wall height of the pool liner is made by removing the lamp(s) and either letting in or pulling out more of the liner.

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BEADED POOL LINERS: Beaded pool liners come in 2 sizes, 48″ & 52″ wall heights. If there is any height adjustment that needs to be made, this needs to be done by removing or building up the height of the “cove” located at the base of the pool wall within the pool. Cove is available in “wedge” shaped Styrofoam or sand can be used by compacting it into the corner where the wall meets the floor.

Beaded liner diagram

UNIBEAD J-HOOK POOL LINERS: Uni-bead or J-Hook pool liners have a upside down J, and just hooks on the top side of the pool wall. J-Hook pool liners can also be cut to be used as a beaded receiver

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Spring Pool Opening February 13, 2008

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Remove all leaves, debris & excess water from pool cover. Use Submersible Pump to clear water away. Then remove the pool cover.

Check the condition of your Pool Liner. Need to replace your pool liner?

Remove all winterizing plugs from the pool suction lines and return lines.

Assemble all pool pump and filter pipes to respective fittings. Check the condition of the sand, cartridge or DE elements. Clean or replace if necessary. Need to replace your Pump & Filter System?

Be sure the pool filter top is secure, the tank drain is closed and the pool filter valve is in the “Filter” position.

Hook up pool pump, filter and any other additional equipment you might have (Pool Heaters, etc.).

Re-attach any deck equipment you have such as Pool Ladders, Diving Boards, etc. Install all Pool Deck equipment including skimmer baskets and return directionals.

Bring the pool water level up to normal & Start the pump.

Using Blue Wave Chemical Start-up Kit, follow our FREE Pool Care Guide directions to get your water in swimming condition! Balance the water chemistry and check the levels frequently during the first few days (until they stabilize).

Run the pool pump & filter system 24 hours until your pool water has cleared completely.

Remove any debris from pool using an Automatic Pool Cleaner or Pool Cleaning Equipment.

Clean Liner with Tile & Vinyl Cleaner & clean Filter with Filter Clean.

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How to buy an Above Ground Pool! January 22, 2008

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So you want to buy an Above Ground pool, but where do you begin? Here’s a step by step walkthrough of what you’ll need to get outfitted for fun in the sun this summer. Click here for the rest of the article