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February 2018

Why Should I Hire a Pool Service Professional?

By | Pool Service

Why should I hire a pool service professional is one of the questions we get asked quite regularly. 1st Call Jupiter Pools located in Jupiter, Florida provides a quality swimming pool service to our clients and we understand that owning a swimming pool is a big expense and when you add to that the cost of pool maintenance you are adding to the cost. However, many pool owners find that they spend more money if they take on the pool service and maintenance on their own. Also, if you do your own pool maintenance you need to find a place to store the chemicals and cleaning equipment and you also have to invest in all of the cleaning equipment and chemicals up front.

Why should I hire a pool service professional?

Having proper pool chemistry is important to the viability of the pool itself and to keeping the pool water safe for those who swim in it. When you’re a new pool owner, getting the pool chemistry levels “just right” can be frustrating and may lead to your adding chemicals, then needing to add water, then more chemicals –it is a delicate balancing act. Working with a swimming pool service  assures your pool water is clean and bacteria free and that your pool equipment and the pool itself will be safe and healthy and that you can protect your investment.

What will a pool service do for you?

They will perform weekly maintenance including:

  1. Check and balance the pool chemicals
  2. Skim debris
  3. Clean skimmer baskets
  4. Brush the pool walls and floor
  5. Backwash filter when needed
  6. Inspect pool equipment
  7. Make repairs when needed

Working with a pool service means you will have access to a professional who can perform repairs including:

  1. Equipment repair and replacement
  2. Filter and pump pool repairs
  3. Resurfacing the pool
  4. Upgrades and repairs to pool lighting
  5. Heater, motor and plumbing repairs and leak inspection

You can certainly call us at 1st Call Jupiter Pools for services when you need a pool service or an occasional deep cleaning, but it may be more cost effective to work with a us on a regular basis. We provide pool services to Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Jupiter Island and the surrounding areas of South Florida.  Give us a call 561-207-8600 and get an estimate for ongoing pool service and maintenance.

Testing Your Swimming Pool Water: Answers To Your Common Pool Testing Questions

By | Swimming Pool Water

Testing your swimming pool water regularly is not only important for pool safety, but maintaining an optimum swimming environment will also prevent damage to your custom swimming pool and swimming pool equipment. To help you better understand the importance of testing your swimming pool water, we’ve put together a blog post to address some of the questions related to pool water quality, testing and maintaining a healthy swimming pool.

Swimming Pool Testing Questions

One of the questions we often hear from our customers in Jupiter, Tequesta, Jupiter Island, and the surrounding areas of Florida relates to how often a homeowner should test the swimming pool water. Optimally, one would perform pool water testing each day. Realistically, especially in the long, hot days of summer – testing your swimming pool water two to three days a week will help ensure an optimum swim environment and a long life for your pool.

Customers also often wonder if there are “best practices” for performing tests to measure and maintain swimming pool water chemistry. Testing first thing in the morning – especially if you have been experiencing chlorine issues – is important as chlorine burns off during the day. Also, the water sample you get for testing purposes should come from 12″ – 18″ below the swimming pool surface and run your pool system for around an hour prior to obtaining that sample for more accurate readings.

Testing Your Swimming Pool Water pH

Ask most people about swimming pool water quality and they will mention chlorine. What they don’t often understand is the importance of pH when it comes to maintaining a healthy pool. Low pH will cause damage to swimming pool equipment, damage the pool liner and irritate swimmer’s eyes and mucous membranes. High pH makes swimming pool water cloudy, has a negative effect on chlorine disinfection, causes lime buildup and irritates the skin of swimmers.

What is a healthy pH level for both swimming pool water and swimmers in your custom swimming pool? If you search for testing your swimming pool water for pH, you will get a range (albeit a small range) of answers to that question. A general consensus for the optimal pH of pool water would fall around 7.4 with a healthy range of 7.2 – 7.6.

Now, of course, pH is not the only thing that determines swimming pool water quality, but you can think of it as the foundation. You will also want to test your pool’s chlorine levels, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and cyanuric acid levels as well.

Test Kits for Testing Your Swimming Pool Water

We’ve also heard from our swimming pool customers here in Palm Beach County and Martin County with questions regarding how to test swimming pool water. There are numerous swimming pool testing types available for purchase. Homeowners can choose to manually test pool water with test strips, swimming pool test kits and there is also electronic testing equipment for pools. If you choose to do so, you can also take a water sample to a swimming pool professional for testing.

Just remember, no matter how you do it, testing your swimming pool water is vital to the longevity of your pool, your swimming pool equipment and to the health of those swimming in your pool. Also, keep in mind that maintaining a saltwater pool is different than a chlorine swimming pool. We will cover that topic in another blog post.

Until then, if you have any questions about testing your swimming pool water, maintaining your custom swimming pool or any other pool-related question, do not hesitate to contact us here at 1st Call Jupiter Pools.