Tips from a Pool Pro

February notes from a Pool Man

Notes from the Pool Man,


Well 2015 is now in full swing, and everyone is looking to pay off those lovely holiday credit card bills and swearing that next year we are not going to go so crazy on the gift buying. One way to help cover those credit card bills is to monitor your current spending. Did you know that your pool pump is the second largest power consumer on your house, second only to your A/C unit, costing as much as $600.00 per year for a 1hp motor? By adjusting the run time of your pump down this time of year you can help cut back on your energy bill and still keep your pool looking good. A good rule of thumb for most pools, with single speed pump, is to run your pool for 1 hour for every 10º of air temperature. So by cutting your pump run time from 10 to 12 hours a day in the summer to 5-6 hours a day in the winter you can save $25.00 to $30.00 per month on your electric bill, that can add up to $150.00 or more in yearly savings.

If you like this idea but know that there is no way you will ever remember change your pump timer settings, give us a call.  Instead of running too long in the winter charging you more, or not running long enough in the summer and leaving a green pool, we can install an Intermatic timer to do it for you.

These seasonal timers will make all the changes for you once programmed with the correct parameters and can save you money and piece of mind.

Hope these notes help, Talk to you again next month.

January notes from a Pool Pro


Well, we made it through Christmas and now it’s back to school for the kids and back to work for all us adults.


This time of year it is easy to forget about your pool when you are busy dealing with work schedules, homework, figuring out what to do for dinner, and most important figuring out; “what TV show is on tonight”.


Well don’t forget there is a pool in your back yard that still needs your attention. It is easy to get lax on monitoring pool chems this time of year since, if you forget to add chlorine for lets say 2 weeks in January, your pool is probably not going to turn green (no that is not a suggestion). Even if you forget the chlorine, it is still vitally important to monitor the pH and total alkalinity, otherwise when you get ready to start using your pool this spring you my find some nasty stains have developed due to chemical imbalance. Remember for most concrete type surfaces the proper chemical levels are 7.4 – 7.6 for pH and 90 - 120 adjusted total alkalinity. So please remember, with cold weather comes a break in using your pool, but you still need to monitor it to avoid costly repairs in the future.

Those of us with salt systems also need to remember one more thing, most salt chlorinators stop working at a water temperature somewhere in the mid 50°’s. So don’t freak out if you can’t get your unit to work properly if your pool is sitting at, let’s say 52°, your unit, at best, may produce at 25% of max output. So if you can’t maintain at least a 1.0 chlorine level during the colder months with your salt unit, you my find it necessary to substitute some chlorine tabs every couple weeks until the water warms up.

Hope these notes help, talk to you again next month.

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