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Swimming Pool Tips and Tricks

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by Clarity Pool Service, Las Vegas, Nevada

Clarity Pool Service is a pool builder in Las Vegas, Nevada. With decades of experience building and maintaining swimming pools in Southern Nevada, Clarity Pool Service knows how to get the most from your swimming pool. Now that swimming season is here again, we have a few swimming pool tips and tricks to help you enjoy your pool all season long.

Tennis Balls – Float a tennis ball in your swimming pool to soak up oils and lotions from the surface of your pool water. Oils and lotions leave a sheen/film on the water surface that clings to skin, hair, and swimwear. Keeping a tennis ball floating in your swimming pool will help absorb the oils and sheen from the water surface and prevent it from coating everything that comes out of the pool water.

Baking Soda – Pool supply stores sell products with sodium bicarbonate to increase the alkalinity of pool water, but did you know that sodium bicarbonate is an ingredient in household baking soda? If you find it surprising that baking soda is a substitute for increasing the alkalinity in pool water, you may also be surprised to find out that some pool supply stores sell baking soda cheaper than at a grocery store. It’s worth checking out your local pool store to compare prices. Note, baking soda will cloud pool water when used in excess, so it is best to only make minor alkalinity increases with it.

Bucket – At the start of a day, fill a bucket with water and place it on the steps or slope leading into the pool so that a portion of the bucket is outside of the water. Mark the side of the bucket at the water line. At the end of the day, check and mark the bucket again at the water line. Measure the distance between the two lines to determine how much water was evaporated or lost during the day. Typically, pool water will evaporate about 1/4 ” in a day. In Las Vegas/Southern Nevada, low humidity, bright sun, high temperatures, and the wind blowing across the water surface accelerates water evaporation so that the number could be slightly higher. If you notice a drop over 1″ in a day, repeat the measuring process several more days to verify if the pool is consistently losing that much water. Consistent drops in water level that are over the average can be an indication of a water leak in the pool or filtration/pump system.

**Note – If you have an automatic water leveler for your pool, turn the water off on your test day to ensure accurate measurement.

Solar Pool Cover – Using a solar pool cover(looks like bubble-wrap) on your pool serves three primary functions. The first function is to get and keep your pool temperature warm and comfortable without needing to run a pool water heater. The second function of a pool cover is to keep debris out of your pool which reduces the need to clean and chemically treat your pool water. The third, and in Southern Nevada most importantly, a pool cover will significantly reduce water evaporation. Wind motion over water surfaces accelerates evaporation. Keep a pool cover on when the swimming pool is not in use will not only make your pool water warm and comfortable but will also keep it cleaner and reduce water loss due to evaporation. In a dry area like Southern Nevada, water will evaporate much faster than other parts of the country.

Swimming Pool Tips and Tricks

Clarity Pool Service is a pool builder in Las Vegas, Nevada. With decades of experience building and maintaining swimming pools in Southern Nevada, Clarity Pool Service knows how to get the most from your swimming pool. If you would like more information, schedule pool service, or have a consultation for a new swimming pool construction, call the experts at Clarity Pool Service in Las Vegas, Nevada at (702) 839-9265.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

Clarity Pool Service Cleaning & Maintenance Services of Southern Nevada

Clarity Pool Service, Las Vegas, Nevada

Now that temperatures are starting to climb over 90 degrees in Las Vegas, it is a great time to get your swimming pool ready for summer. Thankfully, Southern Nevada has a milder winter season than much of the country. That means many swimming pools are not ‘closed’ the same way as the ones in colder climates and so it takes less work to re-open our swimming pools. Even so, there are essential steps to take when opening your swimming pool for the season. Not performing the proper maintenance at the beginning of the swimming season can be costly, so let us now talk about some of the things needed for proper pool operation.

Water Levels

Check the water level and fill the swimming pool to its average operating level. Before getting started on pool maintenance, always check the water level to ensure that it is filled up to its average operating level. When pool water levels fall near or below the filter intake, water intake may not keep up with the filter system causing air pockets in the filtration system. Air pockets will reduce the effectiveness of the water and filtration system, and dry pumping can cause pumps to overheat, especially when outside temperatures rise above 100 degrees.

Cleaning Debris

Clean up the debris both outside and inside the swimming pool. Winter in Southern Nevada is milder than much of the country; however, winter winds and weather will cause a buildup of dust and debris in and around your swimming pool. Keeping your pool area swept and clean will reduce the need for cleaning every time the winds pick up and reduce the chemicals needed to keep the water balanced and fresh. Having a clean pool area and swimming pool will also help during the inspection process.

Inspect for Damage

Inspect your pool for any leaks or damage. Now that your water level is correct and the debris cleaned up, it’s time to inspect the various parts of your swimming pool and filtration system for wear and tear. Check the swimming pool and deck for signs of cracking, chipping, or broken pieces. Inspect the visible plumbing for signs of leaks, cracks, or breaks. Remove, clean, and check each filter to make sure they are in good shape for the swimming season. Getting your pool ready includes checking the water manifold inside the filter tank where the filters sit/attach and make sure that there are no cracks or breaks. Cracks or broken areas in the water manifold will allow dirty water to bypass the filters and suck contaminated water back into your swimming pool.

Review Pool Water Chemistry

After filling the water lever, cleaning the debris, and checking the pool and filtration system for problems, it is time to review the pool water chemistry with a pool water test kit. Alternatively, you can bring a sample of your pool water to most pool stores and have it checked on site. Most pool stores will make recommendations based on how water tests.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

This list details proper water chemistry levels for optimal swimming pool functionality and swimmers comfort:

pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0 ppm
Total Alkalinity: 80 – 140 ppm
Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400
Cyanuric Acid: 25 – 50 ppm
Total Dissolved Solids: 500 – 5000 ppm

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

There are products which will help keep your pool water chemistry in the balance depending on how your pool water tests. One essential item on that list is the Total Dissolved Solids number. Water molecules absorb contaminants over time, which require more and more chemicals to stay clean and balanced. When the Dissolved Solids measure over 5000 parts per million, Chlorine and other chemicals are not as effective at keeping the water balance safe and comfortable. Over time, dissolved solids will render Chlorine and other chemicals useless, and it will be a struggle to keep algae away and pool water clear.

Traditionally, the only way to bring the Total Dissolved Solids number down to a reasonable level was to drain 3/4 of the water from the swimming pool and then refill. Clarity Pool Service in Las Vegas offers PuriPool reverse-osmosis pool water filtration service, which filters existing pool water to remove dissolved solids and hard water minerals commonly found in Southern Nevada water. PuriPool water treatment not only saves the time and cost of draining and refilling your swimming pool but also keeps maintenance costs down due to fewer minerals and contaminants in the pool water. Cleaner pool water means fewer chemicals and cleaning to stay balanced and safe.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

If you have any questions about your swimming pool and how to maintain it properly, give Clarity Pool Service a call. Our team of experts will get your swimming pool on track for a great summer of fun and reduce the amount of work needed to maintain it.

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For questions or to schedule your pool service, call (702) 839-9265.

Get Your Pool Ready For Summer

PuriPool™ Water Filtration

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By Clarity Pool Service – Las Vegas, Nevada

The Problem:

Typically in Las Vegas, residential pools are drained and refilled every 3-5 years. There is only ONE reason why this is needed – buildup of dissolved solids in the water which cannot be cleaned with standard pool filtration. Calcium levels lead to mineral scale formations on pool tile, plaster, and equipment. Higher cyanuric acid levels prevent chlorine from effectively doing its job. As a result, high dissolved levels lead to more algae growth, cloudier water, higher demand for chemicals, damage to pool surface and equipment, and even skin discomfort when swimming.

The Solution:

With the PuriPool™ water filtration process, it is possible to remove dissolved solids without having to drain your pool! Most residential pools can be treated from start to finish in a single day. PuriPool™ filtration is especially beneficial for older pools or anyone concerned about potential damage to their pool surface. PuriPool™ is a good choice for time-conscious customers and people who demand the highest quality water. Also for people trying to make an environmentally friendly choice. When compared to a drain and refill, there is no question that PuriPool™ gives you cleaner water in less time.

The Curse of White Mineral Rings

No one likes the look of that ugly white ring on their pool tile. PuriPool treatment will help keep mineral levels under control in your pool. When combined with an understanding of pool water chemistry you could be well on your way to slowing future scale buildup in your pool. It takes work, but it is possible, and Clarity Pool Service in Las Vegas can show you how!

What about plaster and tile cleaning?

Just because we are not draining your pool doesn’t mean that you can’t still have the maintenance performed that typically accompanies a pool water drain. Tile bead blasting is the process of removing scale buildup from your pool tile. Clarity Pool Service can bead blast your pool tile by lowering the water level slightly, while the water goes through our filtration system. That means you’ll have nice clean pool tile AND fewer minerals in your pool water. When followed up with regular PuriPool treatments and proper water chemistry, you may never need another bead blast again!

Acid washing is also a standard procedure done after a pool is drained. It is done to help reduce the appearance of stains on plaster. Because of the PuriPool process, it is now possible to acid wash your pool with the water still in it! Debris and cleaners used during the process are removed by our system, leaving your pool with a brighter surface and cleaner water.

Small/Medium Commercial Pools

Commercial pools are subject to far stricter guidelines than residential pools. Health department oversight and inspections help ensure public health and safety. They require commercial facilities to meet specific guidelines concerning water quality. As a result, commercial pools are typically drained and refilled annually. Think about how many commercial pools there are in Las Vegas. Now imagine ALL of that pool water that is wasted every single year! From a property management perspective, it is something that is required. Imagine how long it takes to refill that water and the downtime when the pool is unavailable for use.

Our PuriPool process is an excellent match for commercial solutions. Not only because of the tremendous water savings it offers, but because it does not result in an interruption of service. Additionally, as with any pool, our process also avoids exposing the pool surface, thus eliminating the risk of unnecessary damage.

Commercial pool operators will also notice that pool water is easier to balance and requires fewer chemicals. This results in financial savings for the facility, and cleaner, more enjoyable water for patrons. It’s a win-win situation!

Large Commercial Pools

For large or high use commercial facilities, we also offer permanent installations of our system. Our system ensures that your water is always the cleanest it can be. Contact us for details and to discuss your specific needs.

In Summary:

With regular use, your pool water accumulates particles that are so small they cannot be filtered or removed. These are called dissolved solids. Dissolved solids can include dirt, bacteria, calcium, other mineral hardness, residual chemicals, as well as human by-products. As more of the solids build up in your water, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain water chemistry. It is difficult to keep pool water clear and to keep algae under control. In turn, you need to use an increased amount of chemicals, which results in higher maintenance costs. It also increases the number of dissolved solids in your pool water. Eventually, the water reaches a point where it is too difficult to maintain and has to be drained and replaced. In commercial and public pools, health codes have specified maximum tolerable levels before a pool is forced to close.

PuriPool™ Solution

The PuriPool process is a custom designed solution specific for pools. It is the only way to remove dissolved solids from your water without draining. There is no need to waste tens of thousands of gallons of water draining your pool to refill it again with tap water. In many cases, we can purify your pool water to a higher quality than the fresh water coming from your hose!

PuriPool not only saves you the expense of renting a pump to drain your pool and the cost of water to refill, but it also reduces the number of chemicals required to maintain your pool, which reduces your maintenance costs. Add that to the fact that you are providing the cleanest water possible for you and your family while at the same time making an environmentally friendly choice!

Call Clarity Pool Service at (702) 839-9265 to schedule your PuriPool water treatment today!

Southwest Nevada Off-Season Pool Maintenance

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Winterizing Pools for Off-Season in Southern Nevada

For many pool owners in Southwest Nevada, swimming season is over during the Fall and Winter months. While the local climate is much more accommodating for outdoor pools than many parts of the country, it is never a good idea to leave a pool on ‘autopilot’ for the off-season. Not correctly setting a pool up during downtime can cause costly problems. We will now discuss off-season pool maintenance.

In many states, ‘winterizing’ pools includes draining the water as a necessity to prevent significant damage to the structure and parts of the pool and filter system. Because Southern Nevada rarely has ice and snow, many pool owners leave the pools filled during the offseason. Some pool owners utilize water heaters and keep their pools open all year round. For those who do not heat their pool, special care is needed to prevent time-consuming and costly issues.

The Big Freeze

One of the big problems that can occur during the off-season pool maintenance months is overnight freezing of plumbing and mechanical components of the pump and filter system. While average daytime temperatures hover in the high 50s between November and February, nighttime temperatures only average 37 degrees. Occasionally temperatures will reach the freezing point, especially at night. These temperatures are when water in the pump, filter, and plumbing can freeze and expand. The expanding ice can crack and break the pump and filter parts, as well as, the pipes between the pool and pump/filter system.

Aside from draining your pool and pump/filter system, one of the best ways to avoid freezing parts is to set your pump and filter to run from midnight until 8 am. Keeping the pool water in motion during the coldest points will help prevent water from freezing inside the pump, filter, and plumbing.

Chemical Imbalance

Another potential problem is having a chemical imbalance and wrong pH balance of the water during the offseason. Not maintaining proper water chemical balance during the off-season pool maintenance cycle can cause algae to bloom as the water temp climbs. Algae and ‘green water’ will need time, effort, and chemicals to get back under control, so prevention is the key to avoiding a significant algae cleanup at the start of the next swimming season. Adding algaecide with the winterizing chemicals during the offseason can help prevent a bloom from appearing in the Spring.

Debris

Debris buildup in the pump and filter system can block water circulation. Strong winds in Southern Nevada can easily blow outside debris into your pool. Debris buildup can obstruct the pump and filter system and render them ineffective. On top of not properly circulating the pool water and chemicals, the obstruction can also prevent water from reaching the pump which can cause overheating and subsequent damage to the pump system if forced to run ‘dry.’ Regularly checking and cleaning the filter system during the offseason will prevent debris from building up and obstructing the pool water circulation.

Hard Water and Minerals

Another consideration in pool maintenance for Southern Nevada is hard minerals in the water. Calcium, lime, and other hard minerals are present in untreated water. These minerals will build up over time along the pool tiles leaving a white ring around the water line that can be time-consuming and difficult to remove. It is also essential to check for any water leaks along the pump and filter system as hard minerals will build up at the leak point and will make the problem worse over time. Brushing the pool sides every week can help keep hard water stains off of the pool tile surface. When mineral buildup does not brush off, services such as glass bead-blasting can be used to clean the minerals from the pool tiles.

Off-Season Pool Maintenance

While Southern Nevada does not experience the type of weather that requires full pool winterization, there is a list of pool maintenance steps to take during the offseason. We will now review some of the typical steps to take for winterizing your swimming pool in Southern Nevada:

* Set the pool pump and filter system to run between 12 am – 8 am from November through February 
* Add algaecide along with your other winterizing chemicals during the Winter months
* Filter cleaning and weekly chemical balance checks
* Brushing/scrubbing of pool tiles weekly
* Equipment and visible plumbing weekly checks

Contact Clarity Pool Service to schedule your pool maintenance