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Pool Care & Maintenance

When everyone is in the swimming pool splashing and having fun, you don’t notice that there is dirt or debris starting to build up, or that you haven’t balanced your pool chemicals in a while. Which causes your pool to turn a different color because algae is starting to grow around the pool. This happens when the chlorine levels are too low, and you’ve been holding off on pool maintenance. There are quick fixes to clear the green algae color up, which is known as shocking your pool.

A shock treatment to your pool consists of a super chlorinated chemical you dump into the pool which kills the bacteria and cleans your pool so it looks clear again. When you’re keeping up with your pool maintenance, you typically use one pound of granulated chlorine for every 10,000 gallons of water. If your swimming pool is already green with algae, you are going to have to use a lot more chlorine to clear up all the algae from your swimming pool.

There are different colors that the algae may turn your swimming pool into, which is why pool maintenance is so important. The different colors are a murky blueish green, which is perceived as a less intense algae growth and can be treated pretty easily. You can use 2 lbs of chlorine for every 10,000 gallons of water. The next level is the darker green, this has the more swamp like look to it. This is a more intense spread of algae, therefore you’ll need to use more of the chlorine, about 3 lbs for every 10,000 gallons. The last, most difficult level to overcome is the black algae. You’ll have to use the most chlorine on the black algae because this kind of bacteria is hard to fight off. You’ll want to use 4 lbs of chlorine for every 10,000 gallons.

Before you start your shocking process you have to ensure that the other chemicals are properly balanced, so make sure the pH balance is between 7.4-7.6, alkalinity between 100 ppm and 150 ppm, and make sure to keep your filter running. Shocking should take place at night and the shock chemicals should be distributed around the perimeter of the pool evenly. The following morning there should be a noticeable difference, if not then continue the process and repeat until all the algae is gone.

After the shocking process make sure to keep your filter running. Your swimming pool will turn into a cloudy color instead of green and the filter will help clear the cloudiness. Watch for the filter’s pressure to rise, and backwash/ clean the filter if it reaches 25%.

Finally your swimming pool should be back to its beautiful crystal clear self and you should be able to splash around in it once again! Don’t forget to keep up on the pool maintenance, it is a very important task to complete, especially if you want to keep your swimming pool clean.


Keeping your Swimming Pool Open

It’s that time again; in fact, it’s always time to clean the swimming pool. Keeping up with pool maintenance is crucial to your safety and longevity of your swimming pool. There’s also the decision whether you want to have your swimming pool open in the winter or not. I mean, no one wants to swim in a dirty swimming pool, and there are various ways to keep your swimming pool clean. There are different pool supplies you can use and different pool maintenance tricks to learn that will help you keep your swimming pool clean. Even in the winter months, taking care of your swimming pool is important. Especially if you live in areas where it doesn’t get cold in the winter season. You have the option to close your swimming pool up for the winter, or leave your swimming pool open.

Keeping your Swimming Pool Open

There are Pros and Cons to leaving your swimming pool open. Here are some reasons to keep your swimming pool open for the winter.

The cost to open and close your swimming pool will be significantly less. Think about the money you’re saving when you keep your swimming pool open. You don’t have to go through the winter maintenance prep. There is no need to drain the filters and put them in storage, or break out the swimming pool cover. You won’t have to worry about the condition of your swimming pool because it’ll be open during the winter.

When you keep your swimming pool open during the winter it is better for your pool equipment. The pumps and filters are still working to keep water flowing, which means it will run better in the summer; where as, if you were to turn off the pump and drain the filter, it might have a harder time cranking back up in the summer.

Keeping your swimming pool open during the winter means you don’t have to use as many chemicals to keep it looking clean and sparkly if you were going to close your pool, and continuing your pool maintenance throughout the winter means your pool will be cleaner than if you closed it up and put a bunch of chemicals in it and hope for the best. Algae is less likely to grow, you won’t have to worry about debris creating dirt in your swimming pool because you’ll be there to clean up along the way.

Closing your Swimming Pool

Some of the factors to why you may want to close up your swimming pool for the winter is, when you close your swimming pool there is a process, which includes sealing your swimming pool with a pool cover. The pool cover is designed to keep out any of the excess rain and snow that may fall, as well as dirt and debris that could fly into your swimming pool from the wind. This is a minor factor that could help with your swimming pool maintenance.

One of the most important factors is that if you live in a place where it gets extremely cold, there is a chance that your pool pipes could freeze and crack. This causes greater damage and is costly to repair, which is why some pool owners drain their pool pipes and filters completely and store them away for the winter. It is better to keep your swimming pool open and let the water filter through the pipes, so you can prevent them from freezing and cracking, which will save you money in the long run.

Premier Pools & Spas Begins Franchising Pool Service Companies

Pool construction franchisor, Premier Pools and Spas, now has a franchise model for the service side of the industry.

Premier Pools & Spas, the world’s largest swimming pool builder, is beginning to franchise swimming pool service companies nationwide. Premier began as a Sacramento, CA pool construction company in 1988 and grew to dominate the local market.

In 2010, Paul Porter, CEO of Premier Franchise Management, brought the business outside of California and across the nation. Now serving over 50 markets across the country, Porter is looking to expand the brand once again and this time into the service and maintenance side of the industry.

Charles Lauller, President of Premier Pool Service
Charles Lauller, President of Premier Pool Service

The new franchise, Premier Pool Service, will cover all one’s pool service needs from maintenance and cleaning packages, to equipment diagnostics and repairs. In the areas where a Premier Pools and Spas construction location exists, it will serve as a warranty station for the sister company. Charles Lauller, the President of Premier Pool Service, will manage the company and train franchisees from his office in a suburb of Dallas. Lauller believes there is a latent demand for something like this in the industry. He elaborated on Premier’s unique experience saying, “We have the ability to take the last 7 years of learning the franchise business, and the last 3 decades of successfully growing companies in the construction business, and apply all of that to the Pool Service side.”

To date more than 60,000 people have trusted Premier to create the backyard of their dreams. With thousands of happy customers across the nation and incredible success in creating a scalable pool construction business, it is the logical progression. Lauller continued, “We've been so blessed to build tens of thousands of dream backyards across the US, but we're only there for 8-12 weeks. We can finish ahead of time and under budget, but weeks later if they don't have a great service company they can't fully enjoy their pool. To best protect and maintain the investment all of those homeowners entrusted to us, we can now offer year-round service.”

Becoming a Premier Pool Service franchisee gives one access to the tools, training, systems, and support network needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing business world. Franchisees are trained in processes, protocols and software. They also receive buying power from economies of scale along with marketing strategies that include online campaign management and lead generation. If you are interested in owning your own pool service franchise call (833) 827-5044. The screening process to become a new franchisee involves an in-depth background and reference check. For more information please visit: http://premierpoolservice.com/why-premier/

About Premier Pools & Spas
Since its inception in 1988, Premier Pools & Spas has set industry standards by building high-quality, residential, swimming pools within customers’ budgets. The company has earned many prestigious awards on the local and national level including several Association of Pool & Spa Professional (APSP) International Awards of Excellence for Design, 2006 National Pool Builder of the Year and 2012 US #1 Ranked National Pool Builder by Pool & Spa News.