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Avoid Expensive Swimming Pool Repairs with Regular Pool Maintenance

By | Pool Service

Many expensive swimming pool repairs can be avoided with regular swimming pool equipment maintenance and also by maintaining a healthy swimming pool environment. Below, we share three pool equipment failures we see more often than others when working with homeowners in Jupiter, Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas of South Florida. Along with the common swimming pool equipment failures, we also share how to prevent expensive swimming pool repairs associated with a few simple steps.

Swimming Pool Pumps

One piece of expensive swimming pool equipment that often must be replaced at the owner’s expense due to avoidable mechanical breakdown is the swimming pool pump. Because the pool pump acts as the circulation system of your inground swimming pool, the first step to maintaining your pool pump is to ensure your concrete swimming pool environment is clean.

Also, to maintain a healthy swimming pool pump, make sure to regularly check and clean the pool filter and also make sure to keep the water in your pool at its recommended level. Following these tips will ensure your pool pump doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. Like all mechanical equipment, you will need to replace pool pump parts over its lifespan, but by following the above precautions, you shouldn’t have to deal with costly swimming pool pump replacement.

Saltwater Swimming Pool Salt Cells

If you have a saltwater pool, then you should make sure to pay attention to your salt cell. Failure to clean the salt cell for your swimming pool can lead to an expensive swimming pool repair or purchasing a new salt cell replacement.

How often you need to clean your salt cell will depend on how diligently you maintain your saltwater pool environment. If you have a well-maintained saltwater swimming pool, then you most likely will need to clean your salt cell every 6 – 12 months. As an added bonus, some newer saltwater pool systems have a self-cleaning feature.

Underwater Pool Lighting Fixtures

Just like in your home, light bulbs burn out and must be replaced. Therefore, replacing the bulbs in your inground concrete swimming pool’s underwater lights is nothing out of the ordinary or expensive. And when you do need to replace bulbs, like many other modern pool equipment options, you should consider spending a little more for energy-efficient LED lighting to save you money on swimming pool costs in the long run.

Other than the less-expensive cost of replacing the bulbs in your underwater lighting, what can get expensive is the cost of replacing swimming pool light fixtures. One step to avoid this expensive swimming pool repair is to maintain proper pH levels in your swimming pool. Doing this help prevent corrosion of your lighting fixtures. And remember, because you are dealing with electricity and water, corroded and failing light fixtures are also a pool safety issue. Because of the danger associated with swimming pool electrical systems, we recommend contacting a professional pool company to assist with these swimming pool repairs.

You can certainly call us at 1st Call Jupiter Pools for services when you need a pool repair 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.

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 repair 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.

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What Amount of Evaporation is Normal in a Florida Swimming Pool?

By | Pool Leaks

A common question among Florida swimming pool owners is, “How much evaporation is normal?” Knowing this will help you determine whether your decreasing pool water level is a result of evaporation or a leak.

An uncovered swimming pool may lose about a quarter-inch of water a day. This is the general average for pool water evaporation. A covered pool will probably lose less on a daily basis if the cover is used at night. Pool water evaporation is minimal in a hot tub spa or pool that is always covered when not in use.

There are other factors that determine pool water evaporation during the Florida summer and winter.

  • Sun and air temperature
  • Humidity
  • Wind velocity
  • Rain and rare hail storms

People travel or move to Florida because the weather is generally mild and pleasantly warm. But this state is in the hurricane belt. The intense humidity and heavy winds that come with tropical storms also affect evaporation.

Stormy Weather

Pools should be tightly covered when a tropical storm is predicted. This protects the pool from debris and prevents excessive evaporation and flooding. Diving boards, waterslides, and other accessories should be removed if possible when the pool is in the projected hurricane path.

High winds can cause higher evaporation in dry weather. Your pool may lose more water to evaporation during windy weather when the humidity drops. Conversely, pool water evaporation may be less during high humidity.

Sun and the Wind

Summer weather in Florida is capricious. It is based on Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico conditions. Drenching rains can be followed by hot, dry weather after a storm system moves through.

Intense sunlight will lead to evaporation. Chlorine and other chemicals will also evaporate. Stabilizers help to prevent excessive chlorine evaporation in hot weather.

A pool that remains uncovered for 24 hours or more will lose a quarter-inch of water during hot, dry weather. Heat rises as the air cools at night. A good cover will hold in the heat and the moisture at night.

Drought conditions in Florida make refilling a pool expensive. A 14’x28′ pool will lose about 60 gallons of water a day due to evaporation. A 20’x40′ pool will lose about 125 gallons to evaporation. This can cost an additional $30 or more per month. This is the time to turn off decorative water features such as circulating waterfalls and fountains. You probably don’t need the heater since heat rises and results in faster evaporation.

Yards with windbreaks such as high fences or hedges may lose less water to evaporation from the wind. But sunlight and warmth will still cause water loss.

Always Look for Leaks

If your pool is losing more than one-quarter inch of water on hot days, check for leaks. Do not blame all of the water loss on evaporation. Check fittings and drains. Look for puddles of water around the pool deck. This is an indication of a plumbing leak.

1st Call Jupiter Pools is your pool is losing more than a quarter-inch a day on average to pool water evaporation. This is a sign that a problem is more serious than just the weather. We will find and repair the leak immediately, often with minimal disruption to the yard or deck. We serve Palm Beach and Martin County Florida.