The Swimming Pool Industry Talks About the California Drought

California Drought

You may have noticed the record number of wildflowers blooming this spring and that’s no surprise, after the unseasonably wet season California saw following five years of drought. On April 7, 2017 Governor Brown terminated the January 17, 2014 Drought State of Emergency impacting all but Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. California has successfully conserved water in unprecedented levels, reducing water use in communities by 22% between 2014 and 2017.

Many counties had enacted swimming pool permit bans in an effort to conserve water, but the California Pool & Spa Association was at the forefront of making the case that building swimming pools and spas can be a part of drought resistant landscaping. As the Governor and the State lift the Swimming Pool build ban, and homeowners return to filling up their water levels, it’s a good time for everyone to take a look at how they can support Executive Order B-37-16, Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life. After all, the next drought could be right around the corner. The time to build a pool is now! As a residential swimming pool, spa or hot tub owner, you are already conserving water compared to a conventional residential backyard. Swimming pools use less water than the same square footage of a lawn and if you add in a pool deck area, rather than grass, the water savings are multiplied.  California Pools can help you design the landscape of your dreams, and understands the importance of creating drought resistant options.

According to the California Pool & Spa Association, you can continue to do your part to conserve water in the following ways:

If you own a pool or in-ground pool:

·       Install a pool cover to reduce water evaporation by as much as 90%

·       Shut off waterfalls, fountains and other water features to reduce water loss and evaporation

·       Check the pool for leaks, contact your pool service professional for guidance.

·       Minimize splashing or lower the pool’s water level to reduce “splash out.”

·       Plug the overflow line when the pool is in use.

·       Replace sand and DE Filters with cartridge filters that do not require backwashing.

·       Keep your pool clean to reduce frequency of backwashing.

·       If your pool is heated, reduce the water temperature to reduce evaporation.

If you own a hot tub or spa:

·       Keep it covered.

·       Maintain the chemicals to extend water life.

·       Check the equipment for leaks.

·       Drain only when absolutely necessary.

·       Check with your pool service professional for new technology that helps keep the water clean and reduce the need to drain the spa.

·       If you drain your spa, reuse the water to irrigate plants and landscaping.

California pools is ready to help homeowners make an action plan now that the drought is coming to an end. Call today to schedule your inspection, maintenance or consultation for remodel or building the backyard of your dreams. Next time a drought hits, you will be ready to chill by the pool, knowing you are doing your part to make water conservation a California way of life!

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How to Prepare Your Swimming Pool for Spring When You Live in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Swimming Pool Contractor

Let’s face it, life in Wisconsin is pretty great. Having a pool takes it to the next level, creating resort style living to your own backyard, saving money on the family vacation and bringing the neighborhood together. No more finding a cabin with a pool for the kids or long drives to get to the fun. However, having the only pool on your block may bring questions that are not easily answered just by poking your head over the fence. That’s where California Pools is your expert source for maintenance, advice and guidance.

As a rule of thumb, a good time to open your pool back up is when the temperature is consistently above 70 degrees during the day. Algae breed at warmer temperatures and if you have a mesh winter cover that allows sunlight through, delaying the opening of your pool could result in more work to get your water clean and swim ready. You may lessen expenses by opening your pool up earlier based on consistent weather patterns.

The first step is to drain, clean and remove the pool cover to protect against added debris entering the pool. Sprinkle the pool cover with an alkaline or talcum powder to prevent mold and mildew build up and store it in a cool dry place.

Use your garden hose to fill water up to the normal level, typically around the middle of the skimmer or halfway up the tile. I’m going to assume you did the right thing back in the fall and winterized your pool for freezing conditions, so go ahead and reconnect your pool equipment, remove winter plugs, attach the drain plugs, remove winterized plugs from skimmer and return lines and reconnect the valve fitting that you removed last winter.

Turn your system on! Voila! Listen to the pump and filtration system rumble to life! Metals like copper and iron may have built up, so make sure to add in a metal removing solution and allow the circulation system to run for at least two hours.  Once this has completed, you are ready to test your pools chemistry for pH, total alkalinity and chlorine levels using a test kit. Based on your results adjust your alkalinity, pH balance and calcium hardness, in that order.

Brush and vacuum your pool and run the filtration system overnight to remove any additional bacteria, dirt and algae still visible in the pool. Your kids are watching with an excited eye by this point and it’s probably all they can do not to jump in while you are in the pool shed storing away the pool cover. Shock the pool. I don’t mean just use a shock power, I mean once you are done with the shock powder sit down by the pool with some cheese curds and beer. This is Wisconsin and you have a pool!

The quickest way to get to the final step is to contact California Pools of Green Bay and set up a maintenance appointment. In which case, the you can focus on the cheese curds.

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Things to Look for When Buying a House with a Swimming Pool

Things to Look for When Buying a House with a Swimming Pool

There’s nothing quite so exciting as shopping for, and buying a new home. When the one you set your heart on comes with a swimming pool, there are many important things to keep in mind, and California Pools has some great ideas about what home buyers should be looking out for.

Hidden Repairs

It’s easy to get excited when first seeing the pool in your future backyard, but buyers should try to keep an eye out for needed repairs that might not be visible upon first glance. A crack below the waters’ surface could be something a buyer might think of independently, but there is also the waters’ circulation and filtration system to consider along with wiring requirements and barrier laws that might be in place in your region. The best place to start is by finding a home or pool inspector who is experienced at assessing pools, and won’t just simply disclaim the pool. Test the pool by running the equipment and get a pressure check for leaks. If the pool inspector does not know how to perform pressure testing of pool plumbing, that’s a sure sign to keep scrolling through yelp for one who does. Make sure the generated report also includes an estimate for any needed repairs. Decks and safety covers and the hardware that secures them should also be evaluated for condition and needed repairs.

 

Is Your Pool Covered Under Warranty?

Is the pool covered under a current pool warranty or will you need to take out an additional homeowners’ warranty and if so, how much will that add to your monthly expenses? One of the benefits of building a pool with California Pools is the unparalleled warranty that comes with your pool. Your investment is well protected.

How Will The Pool Impact Your Homeowners’ insurance?

The value a pool adds to a home can vary by region depending how uncommon pools may be in your neck of the woods. Having a pool may increase your home’s insurance premium, and prospective home buyers should take a moment to call their insurance carrier and explore the impact to their premiums that an in-ground swimming pool may have with respect to both repairs and liability. The good news is that there are few perils that might seriously damage a pool outside of the same issues that homes themselves face such as wind, water and fire damage. However, it should be noted that the owner of a pool is liable for anyone who uses it, whether they have permission or not. Keeping kids, pets and visitors safe from pool related injuries is important and California Pools can help you implement any safety upgrades that may be needed or wanted.

Do You Like the Look of the Pool or Will You Want a Remodel?

Ok so now you’ve found your dream home and its perfect for a pool, it’s just not quite your style and you’re excited to make some upgrades to your backyard. This is a great time to take into account the deck area, landscaping and overall shape of your pool. This could be an additional cost that you weren’t expecting. California Pools has some great ideas when it comes to pool remodels whether you are looking to find an affordable solution or create something truly unique to the neighborhood from the ground up.

Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s important to keep mind that even if you love the look of your pool, it checks out with your home and pool inspectors and also fits in your homeowners’ insurance budget, there will still be costs for cleaning and maintaining your pool. Common expenses include heating, filtering, yearly inspections, cleanings and resurfacing every ten years. While some costs can be saved by doing it yourself including changing light bulbs and weekly cleaning for bugs and bacteria, California Pools can help you create a pool maintenance plan that keeps your pool looking great and running at its best condition for years to come.

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Need a Recommendation for a Swimming Pool Contractor? Yelp vs Nextdoor

Yelp vs Nextdoor

Some of you may remember the days before the internet when we had to talk to others when we needed something.  If we needed to find a phone number, we would turn to our phone that was mounted on the kitchen wall and we dialed 411.

Do you remember what we did when we needed to be referred to someone for a service that we needed?  Yes, we asked our friends, neighbors and co-workers.  If we needed a plumber, roofer, babysitter or a swimming pool contractor we would go to the “Yellow Pages” or we would ask around.

With technology and the internet, we no longer ask around for a good mechanic or custom pool builder.  For a long while there we would Google something and blindly choose whatever business was on the first or second page of the search results.  We came to find out that we wanted to know if these businesses had a good reputation and then came Yelp.  In the beginning Yelp seemed like a great thing.  Yelp’s reputation with business and people that review businesses has now soured.  Anyone can anonymously review a business and leave a false review and Yelp suppresses reviews for no reason and this has led to mistrust and frustration.

A new site called Nextdoor had emerged as being the true way of neighbors helping neighbors.  You can thing on Nextdoor as the Facebook on a very local level.  When you sign up for Nextdoor your world is based on where you live and it will not get bigger or smaller.  You have people nearby interacting with one another.  In this online community, you can ask your neighbors for a dependable babysitter, a trust worthy painter, an awesome auto repair shop or who build their incredible swimming pool so you can get a free estimate on your own project.  The people on Nextdoor are the people that go to your grocery store, their kids go to school with your kids and therefore they are people you can trust.

Getting a swimming pool built in your backyard is a big deal and you should get a referral from a person you can trust.  Nextdoor is free and worth a try.

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