How can I keep my pool clean?

How Do I Keep My Pool Clean – 10 Tips

 Everyone can appreciate a clean sparkling pool. Many pool owners hire professional pool cleaners because they are afraid of how much work will be involved in properly cleaning their pool on a regular basis. If you’re considering putting in a pool or you already have a pool, don’t get scared off. Proper pool maintenance doesn’t have to be incredibly time consuming. In fact, you’re probably already doing many of these things that can keep pools bright and clean:

1. Select the Right Location
Obviously if you already have a pool you’re not going to be able to move it, but if you are having a pool put in for the first time, carefully consider where you have it installed. Never put a pool under an overhanging tree because all of that tree debris will end up falling into your pool.

2. Use a Skimmer
Skimming leaves and other debris off the surface of your pool is the best way to keep it clean. Once debris sinks, it becomes harder to remove.

3. Vacuum Regularly
For debris that does sink, use a pool vacuum to clean the bottom and sides of your pool. Pay particular attention to places where debris has collected, making sure to get any residue that the debris has left as well.

4. Brush Walls and Tile
Brushing walls and pool tiles goes one step further than just vacuuming. This can really go a long way in terms of reducing algae buildup.

5. Clear out Baskets and Clean The Filter
Baskets and filters keep debris from getting to the water re-circulator, but when these get clogged they can’t do their job. If they get saturated enough they will let particulate and debris through, doing damage to your pool’s expensive internal parts.

6. Maintain Water Level
Water level will drop in the summer due to evaporation, but maintaining water level is a good way to keep your pool clean. Letting water level drop can cause a scummy ring around the top of your pool.

7. Keep Proper pH
When the pH balance of your pool is off the water suffers. Make sure that you’re checking your pool’s pH levels regularly.

8. Fix Leaks
Even small leaks can cause big problems because they can let things seep in, and grow in the crack. If your pool has a leak, get it fixed asap.

9. Keep Pets Out of the Water
It’s fun to let dogs jump into the water with you, but dogs have a tendency to carry dirt, bugs, grass and other unwanted items into the water. If you want fido to join you while you swim, have him or her wash their paws off before taking a plunge.

10. Keep an Eye on Kids
Kids are notorious for throwing things into the pool. If it’s on the ground, they’ll put it in the pool! Keep an eye on kids to ensure nothing gets into the pool that will dirty the water or cause damage to your filtration system.

With a little bit of work, you can have a clear, beautiful pool all summer long!

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Which robotic pool cleaner should I buy?

How to Determine Which Robotic Pool Cleaner is Right For You

When looking into purchasing a Robotic Pool Cleaner one must always keep in mind the importance of comparison. With a multitude of different companies out there attempting to sell the same device, it is key to look at all aspects of each product to find which one is a best fit for you and your family. After some recent studies and reviews, the top four sellers in the market right now are The Dolphin PremierThe Dolphin QuestThe Dolphin Diagnostic- all made by Maytronics, and The Blue Pearl by Watertech. Below is a comparison of the top four sellers, in hopes to help you determine which would fit your needs best.

The Dolphin Premier

  • Overall Rating of 9.2
  • Retails around $1,599
  • Rated excellent with green algae
  • Rated good with cleaning steps
  • MicroCartidge Ultrafine Bag 2 Micron
  • Runs a 3 hour cycle time
  • 3 years full warranty

The Dolphin Quest

  • Overall Rating of 8.5
  • Retails around $1,199
  • Rated good with green algae
  • Rated fair with cleaning steps
  • MicroCartidge Ultrafine Bag 2 Micron
  • Runs a 2.5 hour cycle time
  • 2 years full warranty

The Blue Pearl

  • Overall Rating of 8
  • Retails around $1,099
  • Rated fair with green algae
  • Rated fair with cleaning steps
  • Bag 2 Micron
  • Runs a 3 hour cycle time
  • 1 year full warranty

The Dolphin Diagnostic

  • Overall Rating of 6.5
  • Retails around $1,599
  • Rated good with green algae
  • Rated fair with cleaning steps
  • Ultrafine Bag 2 Micron
  • Runs a 3 hour cycle time
  • 2 years full warranty

When spending the amount of money that most cleaners cost it is important that you aren’t settling in any category, and are genuinely happy with the overall results day after day. Get to know your pool and how it really operates; then after narrowing your choices down compare the product details of your top picks to help determine the best match for you and your pool!

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How to Choose a Pool Service Software

Pool Service Billing Software

Pool Service Billing Software

If you are the owner of your own pool-cleaning service, managing clients, appointments and even invoices can quickly become overwhelming as your company grows and you continue to expand your clientele. When you want to reduce the level of stress you experience with handling all aspects of managing your pool-cleaning company, consider installing pool service software or other management tools into your computer to help work more efficiently.

Why Use Software for Business Management?Using software to help with managing a business is a way to work more efficiently while also storing all of your data and information in one location. When you have a pool-cleaning service, managing routes, appointments, client information, expenses and even invoices or income can all be done from one central location, depending on the program you have chosen to use for your company.Determine Your Management Needs

Determine the type of needs you have when it comes to software you are searching for before making your selection. Whether you need to manage employees, track client information or even schedule appointments, it is highly advisable to have an in-depth understanding of the type of features you need in a program before purchasing any software for your pool-cleaning business. You can also find management software to help keep track of different vendors you work with daily. Create a list of all of the features you are looking for in the software you want for your business.

Budget

Factor in the budget you have available to invest in the software for your pool-cleaning service before comparing your options. Once you have a budget in place, you can easily eliminate software that is out of range for the funds you currently have available to spend.

Read Reviews and Testimonials

Before you choose software to use when managing your pool-cleaning business, it is essential to read reviews and testimonials from real customers who have used the programs in the past themselves. You can find real customer reviews and testimonials of various business management software by searching online tech communities and also by checking eCommerce sites that sell the software itself.

Finding the right management software for your pool-cleaning company can be done with ease from the comfort of your own home. Installing and using software to manage your pool-cleaning service or company is essential in today’s fast-paced society, regardless of whether you are launching your very first start-up business or if you are running an already-established company.

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Sample pool maintenance checklist

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Pool-Cleaning-ServiceOwning and maintaining a pool does not have to be a challenge, here is a list of tasks (in no particular order) that should be completed in order to keep your pool or a pool you are responsible for maintaining looking clean and beautiful.

[-] Whether there are trees in the yard or across the street, leaves have a way of finding themselves in the pool, use a leaf rake to remove any leaves that have made their way to the bottom of the pool.[-] If the pool has an automatic cleaner, make certain that there is no debris build up in it and that it is running efficiently.

[-] Vacuum cleaners do great things for pools as far as keeping the floors clean of small debris, they should be inspected for damage in and around the head of the vacuum.

[-] Every pool should have a skimmer basket, which are expected to catch larger floating objects. Don’t be too hasty to dive in before inspecting the contents for unwanted rodents or reptiles.

[-] It functions as a filter to help keep your water clean and although maintenance on your sand filter should be minimal, it is important to check for loss of sand, just in case it needs to be topped off.

[-] Verification of proper PH balance, not to mention good filtration and proper circulation are essential factors for maintaining healthy clean safe water in the pool. This also helps to keep a clear blue appearance.

[-] Equipment failure can take place at the most unlikely times, which is why regular checks on those seals for any pumps being used should be checked for efficiency. Remember to unplug any equipment using a source of power before attempting repairs.

[-] Pools are built in a variety of styles, shapes and materials, cracks, tears or other forms of damage to the side of your pool are possible. Catching these damages early and repairing them could save the pool owner a considerable amount of money in the long run.

[-] Even in warmer climates, the water temperature can drop low enough to require a heater. Check for desired settings and verify that the pool water temperature is keeping up with it.

[-] Check for algae build up on concrete walls, if necessary, use a steel brush to have it removed. The decks of the pool can be a dangerous area to walk and play, whether young or old. Proper cleaning and hosing off will help to reduce the build up of moss that can cause slippery surfaces.

[-] Check all filters for wear and tear, if necessary, change the ones that require changing as long term use of poor filtration systems can cause costly damage to your pool.

[-] Not every pool has them, however, if your pool has lights installed, turn them on and make sure that all bulbs are functioning properly. If on a timer, verify that it is set to go on and off at the right times.

[-] Scrutinize the pool for signs that it needs to be shocked, if the water is more cloudy than normal, has an unusually high smell of chlorine or the pool was recently subjected to high use, it may be time to think about shocking it.

[-] Verify that the level of water in the pool is not receding as this could be a sign of a leak.

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Choosing scheduling software for your pool service company

If you are the owner of your own pool-cleaning service, managing clients, appointments and even invoices can quickly become overwhelming as your company grows and you continue to expand your clientele. When you want to reduce the level of stress you experience with handling all aspects of managing your pool-cleaning company, consider installing pool service software or other management tools into your computer to help work more efficiently.

Why Use Software for Business Management?

Using software to help with managing a business is a way to work more efficiently while also storing all of your data and information in one location. When you have a pool-cleaning service, managing routes, appointments, client information, expenses and even invoices or income can all be done from one central location, depending on the program you have chosen to use for your company.

Determine Your Management Needs

Determine the type of needs you have when it comes to software you are searching for before making your selection. Whether you need to manage employees, track client information or even schedule appointments, it is highly advisable to have an in-depth understanding of the type of features you need in a program before purchasing any software for your pool-cleaning business. You can also find management software to help keep track of different vendors you work with daily. Create a list of all of the features you are looking for in the software you want for your business.

Budget

Factor in the budget you have available to invest in the software for your pool-cleaning service before comparing your options. Once you have a budget in place, you can easily eliminate software that is out of range for the funds you currently have available to spend.

Read Reviews and Testimonials

Before you choose software to use when managing your pool-cleaning business, it is essential to read reviews and testimonials from real customers who have used the programs in the past themselves. You can find real customer reviews and testimonials of various business management software by searching online tech communities and also by checking eCommerce sites that sell the software itself.

Finding the right management software for your pool-cleaning company can be done with ease from the comfort of your own home. Installing and using software to manage your pool-cleaning service or company is essential in today’s fast-paced society, regardless of whether you are launching your very first start-up business or if you are running an already-established company.

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Green pool cleaning supplies

backyard swimming pool

backyard swimming pool (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many swimming pools contain a common chemical called Chlorine, which not only is an irritate to eyes and skin, but is also not very environment-friendly. Today, there’s several products on the market that are eco-friendly with little or no Chlorine and other chemicals at all. Although the cost of most eco-friendly cleaning pool supplies are not exactly budget-friendly, pool maintenance in general is a costly upkeep. However, there are some affordable and more energy-efficient green methods of cleaning you swimming pool that should be taken into consideration.

There are many all natural sanitation systems that can be used instead of regular pool cleaners that are loaded with chemicals. There are many salt water systems, ionic pool cleaners, and sonic wave cleaning systems that all offers an eco-friendly solution to cleaning your pool while having the added benefits of fewer health risks.

If you heat your pool with either a gas or electric heater, it can be costly. Using solar heat is a cheaper, more energy efficient solution. You won’t always be able to depend on the sun’s mechanical heat but solar energy is far better for the environment than traditional heating methods and a lot less costly.

Consider salt-based solutions that only contain low amounts of Chlorine. No, this won’t turn your swimming pool into ocean water, but the salt water will create chlorine naturally that will oxidize the pools harmful contaminants such as body oil, urine, among others. Although this option is not entirely Chlorine free, it does minimize the amount of the chemical as opposed to other systems.

Another important factor to take into consideration if you’re wanting to approach the eco-friendly method to having a green swimming pool, is using ultraviolet pool cleaners. This process cuts down on how much chlorine and other chemicals are needed to clean the pool. A sterilizer is installed between the current pool filter and the water return line. The use of ultraviolet light eliminates chlorine byproducts.

If going entirely eco-friendly on your pool supplies isn’t possible at the current period of time, there are simple things that can be done with little cost or just a bit of time. Turning off the pump and filter at night will save on energy without having much impact on the overall condition of the pool. However, this method will cause debris and any sediments to settle at the bottom of the pool; Which will require a daily sweeping.

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Key Steps for Starting A Portable Toilet Business

Porta Potty by David Shankbone

Porta Potty by David Shankbone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are looking to start a recession-proof business, consider starting a portable toilet business. Portable toilets are a necessary convenience for construction sites, private parties such as outdoor weddings, as well as fairs, festivals and other public events whenever traditional restrooms in buildings are not available. Some portable toilet businesses specialize in luxury toilet facilities for weddings and high-end events, while others find their niche servicing the construction industry with no-frills toilet facilities.

Before purchasing your portable toilet inventory, you will need to establish a tax identity as well as a DBA, or “doing business as”, certificate with the state in which you will be operating your business. Also request an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. The next step is to lease a truck that will be suitable for transporting your portable toilet inventory to client locations as requested and investigate obtaining space in a nearby warehouse that is a secure place to store your toilet inventory when it is not being used at a client location.

Your city’s local health department can advise you regarding the proper methods of waste collection and disposal to ensure that your business is operating within all established health codes. When you are ready to purchase your portable toilets, consider what niche of the market you are interested in servicing to determine the type of toilets you want to offer customers. When starting out, it’s best to begin with toilets that are roomy and handicapped accessible in addition to being neutral in color. As your business grows or you decide to attract a wider audience, you can add toilets to your inventory with more distinctive features.

Trade groups such as the Portable Sanitation Association International can prove to be a very helpful resource and publish newsletters and magazines that can be useful in keeping up with trends and new technology in the portable toilet business. Don’t forget to allocate a budget for advertising and marketing your new portable toilet business, specifically to special event and wedding planners as well as local firms offering construction services in the area, two of the largest targeted audiences that need portable toilets on a regular basis.

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