The recent heavy rains caused “flash flooding”. The water may have partially submerged parts of your filter system for a brief time. You may have not have noticed before the water recedes. Please allow the pump to completely dry before testing it. Although the pumps can operate “in the rain” they can be permanently damaged by flooding.
The liner in your pool is a very durable item designed to give you many years of enjoyment. Proper water chemistry is very important to the life of your liner.
When using granular chlorine, if you pour in a cup in one location, it could fall to the bottom and bleach the liner. That bleach area will start to become very thin and develop holes. Your liner will then start to lose water. Broadcast it slowly around your pool, arms length away from the wall, and brush off any that falls to the bottom. Be sure to follow all safety instructions found on the label.
If you use chlorine tablets and do not use a chlorine feeder and put them in your skimmer basket, this could cause your liner to bleach just below the skimmer and become very thin and start to leak. You should use a chlorine feeder for these tablets. If you maintain a chlorine level with only tablets it will tend to lower the pH and Alkalinity levels of your pool water. Your liner will lose its elasticity if these levels stay low and the liner will become brittle and could split.
You should have The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company check your pool water on a regular basis so you can maintain proper levels. Test strips are also available for you to use if you are not close to a pool store. We have stories of customers who have their original liner for over 20 years. We also have customers who replace the liner every few years.
The following are generic vacuuming instructions that will work for most above ground pools. As always, see your owner’s manual, ask your installer, and/or speak to the manufacturer for complete instructions for your particular pool:
1. Gather your vacuum hose, telescopic pole, vacuum, and skimmer vac plate.
2. Attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum head which is attached to your telescopic pole.
3. Fill the hose with water. In one hand you should be holding the telescopic pole with the vacuum hose and vacuum brush attached. Make sure you hold the brush under water. In the other hand should be the end of the vacuum hose (that does not swivel) and you can hold it in front of the pool return wall fitting. As the hose fills up with water, you will start to see a lot of bubbles. When the bubbles stop, the hose is full.
4. Take the end of the hose you held in front of the return fitting and go over to the skimmer door. Vacuum plate will fit over your skimmer basket, you put the end of the vacuum hose into the skim-vac that fits over your skimmer basket. If you do not have a skim-vac, you will need to remove the skimmer basket and put the end of the vacuum hose into the opening below the basket. If you do not have a skim-vac, do not vacuum leaves or anything other than dirt as this will clog your plumbing lines and pump impeller.
5. Vacuum the pool slowly. Moving the vacuum head to quickly will only stir up the dirt which has settled on the bottom of your pool. It will look like you have cleaned, but the dirt will eventually “re-settle” on the bottom of the pool. Be sure to keep an eye on your pressure gauge or flow of water back into the pool. If pressure increases or flow decreases you will need to disconnect the hose and backwash or hose of your cartridge before continuing.
6. Make sure you keep the vacuum brush under water.
7. When you are finished, turn the pump off and remove the vacuum hose from the skimmer. This will release the pressure from the hose.
8. Backwash the filter , or hose off the cartridges according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
This is a three function piece of leisure equipment. It is a combination hot tub, swimming pool and exercise machine. Four swim jets provide resistance for swimmers or therapy use and there are 4 models to choose from. We can install this and build decking around it, pointing out the benefits of having a perfectly heated, covered swim spa ready whenever you are. Covered and well insulated, it virtually eliminates maintenance and reduces heating expense. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company has the largest selection of swim spas on display in South Texas.
The sandy soils in La Vernia, Floresville, and Poteet can present some challenges when installing above ground pools. Most folks think it is easy to dig in sand, however, it takes experience to operate machinery that depends on traction to dig. Front end loaders are difficult to operate in “loose” soils. Depend on a professional and call the Above Ground Pool & Spa Company.
Swimming is the most popular summer activity. Water safety is important, and the best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons.
Here are some other tips to make sure your family has a safe, enjoyable summer season
• Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
• If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
• Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
• Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
A backyard above ground pool is a great way to teach your children how to swim and protect them for life. You can’t fence off rivers, lakes, and oceans.
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After the recent rains the water level in your pool could be above the skimmer opening. This will cause problems with “skimming”. The dirt on the surface of your above ground pool will just float past the skimmer opening. Notice the debris attached to the skimmer faceplate in the picture. Lower your water level to allow some air intoi the opening. You might try vacuuming to syphon to lower the level.
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When spring comes and you are excited about opening your pool you also dread what could possibly be under the cover.
If you have a winter cover on your pool you are pretty sure there isn’t much under the cover but water.
With regular winter covers so many times leaves and small debris will get under the cover. Or if you are not careful debris will spill into the pool when the cover is removed. There are several ways to remove the leaves and small debris items. If there’s not much at the bottom then the easiest way is to use your telescopic pool and a leaf net. For more debris you can use a deep leaf net which can pick up quite a large amount. It could be a little hard on the arms and back pulling it out of the water but you will get much more in one scoop.
The best way is to use the Leaf Bagger. It is round and has a ring brush on the bottom with a mesh bag at the top. You attach a garden hose to it along with your telescopic pole and move it along the bottom of the pool. All the debris is collected into the mesh bag. You simply bring it up when it is full and empty it. This really saves a lot of time and the debris does not go into your filter so you don’t have to worry about backwashing your filter when you finish.
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Just one example of what a above ground pool dealer can do for you in the future: Find replacement parts. Recently, a customer who purchased a “used” pool contacted us looking for parts. The Above Ground Pool Company had sold the pool to the original owner over 14 years ago. The new owner was thrilled to hear we still had the parts he needed. We can not promise to always be able to find the parts you need, but most dealers do not even offer to find parts for pools they sold last year. The Above Ground Pool & Spa Company sells and installs high quality above ground pools.
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The simple answer is that the hot tub cover foam core becomes waterlogged over time. This water soaks the core and is what is responsible for most of the weight.
When this happens, you hot tub cover will become very heavy and your cover will no longer be as effective at protecting your hot tub from the elements.
There are two main causes of a water logged foam core:
1. Poor Water Chemistry – If your water chemistry is not balanced properly it can become very corrosive. Over time this corrosiveness will disintegrate the vapor barrier around the foam cores allowing water to pass to the core soaking it over time.
2. Broken Cover – If there is a crack in your cover, water can enter the cover causing the foam core to become completely saturated over time. The foam core itself can also become broken if someone sits on the cover often penetrating the vapor barrier as well allowing water to enter the cover soaking the core.
While you can just ignore the problem and keep using the cover, a heavy cover that has been saturated from water will not protect your hot tub properly and will drastically impact the cost of running your hot tub. If you find your cover is getting heavy, it is best to address the problem right away.