Swimming Pool Closing Chemicals Made Easy

Swimming Pool Closing Chemicals Made Easy

Guest Blogger: Laci from Royal Swimming Pools

While preparing to close your swimming pool at the end of Summer you may be wondering what chemicals you put in the pool? There’s an easy way to close your pool for the Winter that even makes opening it back up the following Spring easier and faster!

When to Close (and Open) Your Swimming Pool

When should I close my swimming pool for the winter
Before discussing how to make closing your pool easier than you ever thought possible (just wait, it really is so easy), it’s a good idea to understand WHEN to close your pool.

Algae is less active in colder water and more active in warmer water.

For this reason, it is always better to close your pool later in the season when it’s already getting colder out, rather than earlier in warm weather.

Think of early-season closing as an invitation for algae having a late-season party in your pool just to trap it in there all winter. In case you didn’t know, algae is a party animal; the-more-the-merrier type. So that party is just going to get bigger and bigger until it’s time for Spring cleaning.

The earlier you close a pool the more likely the pool is to open up with algae issues, especially if there’s a good bit of warm Autumn weather after your pool is closed.

This is important to be aware of in reverse as well. Open your pool early, not late, to help avoid having a closed pool during an early spring heatwave. A good guideline is: if you can plant your garden, your pool should be open.

Winterizing Chemicals: 3 Easy Steps

Okay, here it is! Are you excited?! Pool chemicals made easy!

  1. Simply use 1lb (or 2 scoops) of E-Z POOL for every 5k gallons of water in your pool. Use our handy dandy Gallon Calculator to help out!
  2. Circulate the pool for 30 minutes before to closing it.
  3. Enjoy your winter and when Spring rolls around, open your pool! For best results, use Revive!, vacuum, and clean your pool.(See before and after Revive! images here).

Additional Winterizing Tips When Closing Your Pool

  • Begin by testing your water and making sure that your pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium hardness is all balanced.
  • Add a winterizing chemical kit to your pool. Make it easy!
  • Make sure that you have drained all of your pipes and pool plumbing as water expands when it freezes and can cause your pipes to burst. You can blow the water out from these plumbing lines by using a shop vac or by back washing the pool filter.
  • Lower the water level below the skimmer and plug the return lines.
  • Make sure all pool equipment is removed from the pool and cleaned.
  • Place a winter cover or safety cover over your pool. Here’s more information on winter pool safety!
  • Add air pillows to protect your pool walls as needed.
  • Place a cover pump in the middle of the pool cover to drain any water that might accumulate on the cover.
Kids enjoying Simple and EZ Pool Party

5 Tips for a Simple and EZ Pool Party

For most of the country, the end of pool season is quickly approaching. Picture-perfect pool parties can take a lot of time to plan and execute. Not everyone has that kind of time. If you haven’t had time to host a pool party this season, it’s not too late. Create a simple and EZ party plan where spending time with your friends and family is the focus. There might be time to recreate those picture-perfect party ideas in the future, but in the meantime, start enjoying your family, friends, and one of your largest investments, your pool.

Here are 5 tips for a simple and EZ Pool Party that will allow you to sit back and enjoy the party instead of being a slave to it.

1. Invitations
Unless it’s a formal occasion like a graduation party or wedding, the days of sending invitations in the mail are pretty much over. That doesn’t mean that you have to take the time to call each person on your guest list and personally invite them. There are tools available to help save you time getting the word out to everyone.

If you are part of the Facebook community, you can create an event page and invite your Facebook friends to attend.

Evite is an app that helps you send and manage invites via text and email. You can also track RSVPs and even share photos with guests after the event.

2. Food
Who doesn’t love the idea of slow smoked pork sandwiches and homemade macaroni and cheese at a pool party? I’m hungry just thinking about it. If you don’t have the time to spend on buying, prepping, and cooking a BBQ masterpiece or even pool party mainstays like hamburgers and hot dogs, consider these alternatives to slaving over a hot grill.

Sub sandwiches cut up in individual servings can be an EZ and refreshing option in the heat of the day. Guests can eat them as they want and don’t have to try to squeeze into limited seating at the same time.

When in doubt, order pizzas. It’s a simple solution that gives you more time to enjoy during the party, and cleanup is a breeze.

Don’t forget to keep your guests hydrated. Have an array of cold drinks on hand including water to help balance out any caffeinated or alcoholic drinks you may be serving.

3. Decorations
There’s no need to waste time and money buying disposable decorations for your pool party. Pool essentials like colorful towels, pool floats, water toys, and even sunscreen can be your party decor. Chances are you have most if not all of these items on hand already. Place smaller items in colorful buckets, pails or bins and scatter them around your pool area.

Pro Tip: Air compressors or hand pumps make blowing up all of those toys and floats a breeze.

4. Safety
If you plan on serving alcoholic beverages at your party, designate a sober adult to watch over the kids (and intoxicated adults) in the pool. There is nothing fun about a loved one be injured or worse while everyone else is busy getting their party on.

Sunburn isn’t fun either, so make sure to have plenty of sunblock on hand for the guests who forgot to bring their own. Pro tip: Beach front hotels often store their sunscreen on ice so that it cools you off when you reapply. It sounds like a refreshing idea for a pool party too.

If your pool area doesn’t have a covered patio nearby, consider setting up a pop-up tent so that your guests can have a break from the sun and still be a part of the festivities. Shade and staying hydrated help keep heat stroke away.

5. Pool
Don’t think that because this is the last tip on our list that it’s the least important. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. It is a pool party after all. The best food and decorations won’t mean a thing if your pool is smelly, cloudy, or even green, because no one will want to go in it.
Make sure you leave yourself enough time before the big day to get your pool party-ready.

For solutions to your pool water problems, click on the following video links.

Green to Clean Pool
Cloudy Murky Water
Foul Smelling Water

Hurricane Preparedness for POOLS and SPAS

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for POOLS and SPAS

June is synonymous with summer fun! Unfortunately, if you live in a coastal state, so are hurricanes. A hurricane means something different for everyone.  For some, it’s a reason to throw a party, because there ain’t no party like a hurricane party. (Sorry- got carried away there) Others take a more serious approach (not to mention, less lyrical) by doing research and creating a checklist. Whatever your take on hurricane preparedness is, we know your pool and spa is an investment.  An investment you want to protect. If you prepare in advance of the storm, you may even have time to enjoy a hurricane party, too. To help, we have collected a list of tips from our colleagues in the industry of the do’s and don’ts for preparing your pool and/or spa for a storm.

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

Before you begin your pool and spa preparations, be sure your family and home are as ready for a storm as they can be.  For information on preparing your family and home for hurricane season, visit Red Cross, FEMA, or National Hurricane Center.

Remember, it is always best to get started early!  The idea is to prepare as much as you can now and then finish the remaining tasks PRIOR to the arrival of the storm. For your safety, do not attempt to “prepare” during the storm. 

Click on the link below for a printable version.

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This list is not meant to be all inclusive.  It is a list of tips, collected by us and presented to you, as a tool and resource to help you prepare for hurricane season.

What do you do to get your pool and spa ready for hurricane season?  We’d love to hear from you.  Send your checklist and suggestions to [email protected]

In addition to our own pool and spa experts, Matt Ribar and Rick Hamilton, we used the following resources to create this post: Florida Swimming Pool Association, Aqua Rest Spas, Master Spa Parts, Leslie’s Pool, Hot Tub Works, America’s Swimming Pool Co., Pinch a Penny, PoolCenter.com, Pool and Hot Tub Alliance

 

May is Drowning Prevention Month: 5 Water Safety Tips

Drowning is the cause of approximately 10 deaths a day in the United States, with 2 of those 10 deaths being children under the age of 14. Of the leading causes of unintentional injury death, drowning ranks 5th. Read these 5 Tips on Water Safety and learn how you can prevent drowning deaths.

  1. Adult Supervision: If you own a pool, supervision both indoors and outside is crucial to preventing water related tragedies. No level of water safety training is a substitute for adult supervision. If you are unable to locate your child in your home, the first place you need to look is the pool. Time is of the essence.
  2. Pool Fences: Some areas are requiring pool fences by law, sometimes it just lowers your home owners insurance, but regardless of why, fences are always a key to drowning prevention. Make sure the fence comes equipped with a self-locking gate.
  3. Home Alarms: Alarm systems are for more than just keeping intruders out. A properly configured alarm system can alert a parent if a child exits through a door leading to the pool area, providing extra life-saving minutes of time to prevent drowning.
  4. Infant Swimming Resources(ISR)-Self Rescue: Training your child for what to do if they end up in the water is a last line of defense in drowning prevention. Floaties, inner tubes, and the like only serve to inhibit a child’s ability to survive in the water on their own. Avoid using these and instead teach your child survival skills in a safe environment. You can find ISR-Self Rescue Training Programs here.
  5. CPR: In the event of an emergency, parents need to be prepared for how to react and administer CPR. Local CPR classes are available to teach life-saving skills for both adults and children and these classes should be updated regularly.

APi supports a local charity called the Live Like Jake Foundation. LLJ was founded after a family experienced a drowning tragedy. They’ve dedicated their child’s memory to preventing other such tragedies. This year marks the 5th Annual Live Like Jake 5k which will be held on May 11th in Jupiter, Florida. Participants raise money for ISR swim lesson scholarships, as well as providing financial assistance for families who have lost a loved one to drowning or have a child with critical care needs due to a drowning related accident.  

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  • “I have used the EZ Spa now for four years. It is the best spa treatment I have ever used. It makes the water feel really soft and refreshing. I use it once a week and forget it. My spa stays crystal clear. I love this stuff. Not to mention when you use EZ Spa you don’t have to buy so many other chemicals. I also noticed that EZ Spa is extremely gentle on the skin. I can’t say enough about how good this stuff is. Try it, you’ll love it!”

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