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There are several steps you can take to keep your pool running smoothly while also being more energy efficient. Here are some tips for reducing your pool’s energy consumption:

Pool Systems Check = Improved Pool Performance

With a pool systems check, you will receive a thorough visual inspection of every aspect of your pool, a free water test, and expert recommendations to improve your water chemistry. Our certified pool technicians make sure your pool is sparkling and healthy, and your weekends are blissfully stress-free.

Pool systems check includes the following:

  1. Check your water chemistry
  2. Expert water chemistry recommendations
  3. Check automation
  4. Check automatic cleaner
  5. Equipment inspection (filter, heater, pump)
  6. Diagnose heater issues
  7. Inspect structural integrity
  8. Energy audit

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Healthy Pool Through Personalized Solutions

Keeping your pool water clean and safe for swimming is a crucial task for any pool owner. Regularly testing the water chemistry levels is essential in identifying any imbalances and ensuring that your pool is ready for use. Poolwerx water testing services are so advanced that we produce tailored chemical prescriptions based on your pool’s unique requirements. Our high-quality chemical solutions make pool maintenance a breeze while giving you the healthiest, safest water imaginable for your friends and family. 

Maintaining balanced water is crucial for the longevity and safety of your pool. High pH levels can lead to scale buildup that can damage your equipment while creating a nasty layer of residue on your pool walls. Low pH levels are just as damaging because the water can turn acidic and corrosive. Not only is the damage expensive to repair but neglecting to properly address your pool’s chemical balance from the beginning can lead to even bigger problems down the line.

Remember, just because your pool water appears clean, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe for swimming. Panic dosing your pool with chemicals can upset the balance, leading to more issues and expenses in the long run. With customized solutions from Poolwerx, you can rest assured that your pool is in good hands, and your water is safe for the whole family.

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Variable Speed Pump = Power Savings

Did you know your pool pump could be costing you an extra $561 each year on average?

  1. Using a variable speed pump custom programmed to your pool’s cleaning, filtration and sanitation requirements will save you hundreds of dollars a year on your energy bills compared to a traditional single-speed pump.
  2. With a variable-speed pump, get ready to SAVE! These pool pumps can use up to 70% less energy, saving you up to $1,100 per year.

Improve your pool’s energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, just by making the switch to a variable speed pump.

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Robotic Pool Cleaners: Working Smarter, Not Harder AND Saving Money

Robotic pool cleaners are a great way to keep your pool clean while reducing energy consumption and chemical usage. In fact, they are up to 83% more energy-efficient than traditional suction or pressure pool cleaners, which could save you up to $250 per year in energy costs!

Instead of randomly lurking around the bottom of the pool, robotic pool cleaners use smart navigation technology to methodically and accurately cover every inch of your pool in record time. Why waste electricity on a mediocre job when you could save money, time, and frustration?  

When your pool is free of dirt and grime, you won’t have to use as many chemicals which not only saves you money, but it reduces your footprint while increasing the quality of your experience. Reducing energy and chemical usage while saving time and money to create a healthier pool experience for your friends and family is a huge win for everyone.

By buying a robotic pool cleaner, you’ll be able to work smarter, not harder.

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We’ve got you Covered When it Comes to Pool Covers

Owning a pool doesn’t mean your wallet has to “take a bath.” You’d be amazed at all the problems you can solve and the money you can save by simply using a pool cover

Pool covers save you time and money by slowing down the natural process of evaporation and reducing your need to replace water due to evaporation loss.  

Pool covers reduce chemical use by up to 50%. It makes sense, if you are losing less water, you won’t need to constantly adjust the balance when replacing the evaporated losses.  

Pool covers help lower your energy bill for temperature-controlled pools which is great for the environment and your wallet. They can even warm up your pool by 10 to 15°F, making it more comfortable to swim in.

Overall, using a pool cover is a smart investment that can help to reduce energy costs, save on chemicals, and conserve water.

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Poolwerx: At Your Service!

If you want a healthy car, you have to change the oil at every required milestone. Otherwise, you can do some serious damage to your engine. Pool maintenance is no different and is essential in keeping your pool healthy as well.

 With Poolwerx’s pool service, our experienced technicians can identify any potential issues with your pool equipment early on which can minimize expensive expenses that may arise in the future. By keeping your pool healthy and well-maintained year-round, you can avoid unexpected bills when it’s time to use your pool.

Regular pool maintenance also helps to keep your pool pH balanced and swim-ready. This means that you can enjoy a safe and clean swimming experience every time you use your pool.

Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your pool to get it serviced. Scheduling routine maintenance appointments is a lot less costly and frustrating than calling when something breaks. Contact us today to schedule your pool maintenance appointment and keep your pool in tip-top shape.

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The Beginner's Guide to Pool Maintenance Basics   Owning a pool is a dream come true for many homeowners. The glistening water, the laughter of family and friends, and the sense of relaxation are all part of the appeal. However, achieving and maintaining a pristine pool isn't just about filling it with water and adding chlorine. It's a delicate balance between sanitation and water chemistry, backed by proper circulation, filtration, and maintenance. In this blog, we'll delve into the basics of water chemistry for new pool owners, emphasizing the crucial relationship between sanitation and water balance. Sanitation: More Than Just Chlorine The first misconception many new pool owners have is that chlorine alone will keep their pool clean and safe. While chlorine is indeed a vital component of pool sanitation, it's not a standalone solution. The effectiveness of chlorine depends on maintaining the correct pH levels and ensuring the Cyanuric Acid levels are just right. pH Levels: pH measures the acidity or alkalinity of the water, with 7.4 to 7.6 being the ideal range for pool water. When the pH is too high, chlorine becomes less effective, and when it's too low, it can corrode pool equipment and irritate swimmers' skin and eyes. Cyanuric Acid:  Also known as a stabilizer or conditioner, helps protect chlorine from the UV rays from the sun.  The ideal range is 30 - 50 ppm.  Levels below 30 ppm will result in the UV rays from the sun quickly deactivating all residual chlorine in the pool.  If the levels are above 50 ppm cyanuric acid will overprotect the chlorine and prevent it from properly sanitizing the water.  If cyanuric acid levels reach 100 ppm, the water should be lowered or completely drained and refilled with fresh water. Water Balance:  The Key to a Truly Healthy Pool Along with having a properly sanitized pool, other factors play a key role.  Water balance is key in maintaining a pool that is truly healthy.  There are 5 factors used to determine if pool water is balanced:  pH, Total Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, Water Temperature and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).  The most widely used calculator for determining if the water is balanced is the Langelier Saturation Index (LSI)  Langelier Saturation Index Calculator pH Level: pH measures the acidity or alkalinity of the water, with 7.4 to 7.6 being the ideal range for pool water. Alkalinity: Alkalinity acts as a buffer for pH, helping to keep it stable. A proper alkalinity range is 80-120 ppm (parts per million). Calcium Hardness: This refers to the amount of dissolved calcium in the water. Maintaining calcium hardness between 200-400 ppm helps prevent water from becoming corrosive. Water Temperature:  While the water temperature is an important factor in determining if the water is balanced, temperature is not a factor that is typically adjusted to bring water into proper balance. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS):Total dissolved solids is a measure of the total concentration of solids in the water, expressed as ppm.  Dissolved solids come from one of three main sources:  fill water, treatment chemicals and swimmers.  TDS builds over time and the only way to reduce it is to drain some or all of the water and refill with fresh. Circulation and Filtration: The Heart of Pool Maintenance To maintain clean and clear pool water, you need excellent circulation and filtration. This means ensuring that water flows consistently and efficiently through the pool's system, including the skimmer, main drain, pump, and filter. Skimmer: The skimmer is your first line of defense against debris and contaminants. Regularly emptying the skimmer basket and cleaning it will ensure it functions optimally.  75% of the water drawn into the filtration system comes from the skimmers because most of the contaminants in a pool live at the surface. Main Drain: The main drain sits in the bottom of the pool at the deepest point.  It is critical in pulling water into the filtrations system from the bottom of the pool.  25% of the pools’ water should be drawn from the main drain. Pump: The pool pump is the heart of your pool's circulation system. Regular cleaning and maintenance are crucial. Ensure the pump basket is free of debris and in good repair.  Even the smallest crack in a pump basket can lead to costly consequences such as having to replace the pool pump. Filter: Pool filters come in three main types—sand, cartridge, and diatomaceous earth (DE). Regardless of the type, they all need routine cleaning and maintenance to keep the water clear. Determining Pool Size and Turnover Rate One of the often-overlooked aspects of pool maintenance is knowing the exact volume of water your pool holds. Astonishingly, estimates suggest that 70-75% of homeowners don't know how to properly measure their pool's gallons. This knowledge is essential because it directly impacts how long your pool pump should run and the amount of chemicals needed to maintain a healthy pool. Step 1 - Measure the length of your pool Step 2 - Measure the width of your pool Step 3 - Calculate the average depth of your pool   (Shallow end depth + Deep end depth) ➗ 2 =Average depth Step 4 - Length X Width X Average Depth X 7.5 = Gallons of water in the pool *For odd shape pools, measure the pool in sections, determine the amount of water in each section then add the gallons of all the sections together. Turnover Rate: Is the amount of time, measured in hours, that it takes to move an amount of water equal to the gallons of water in the pool through the filtration system one time.  However, According to the Gage-Bidwell Law of Dilution, water that is recirculated (turned over) one time has only filtered 63% of the water in the pool.  After two turnovers 86% is achieved.  Three turnovers achieves 95% and four achieves 98%.  The law goes on to state that to achieve 99.99%, the pool must turn over ten times.  While a public pool is required by code to turn over four times per 24 hour period, due to far fewer swimmers, a residential pool should turn over two times per 24 hours.  Gage-Bidwell Law of Dilution To calculate the turnover rate, it's important to know how many gallons of water your specific pool pump can move per minute (flow rate).  That information can be obtained by adding a flow meter to your pool system or through some testing to determine the system's Total Dynamic Head and convert to gallons per minute using the manufacturer’s pump curve chart. Once you determine the flow rate of your pump, you can now calculate the turnover rate. Pool Gallons ➗ Flow Rate ➗ 60 = Turnover Rate For instance, if your pool is 25,000 gallons and your pump flow rate is 70 GPM 25,000 ➗ 70 ➗ 60 = 5.95 hours to turn your pool over one time. To achieve the required two turnovers, simply double that time.  In the above example I would need to run my pump twelve hours per day ensuring effective circulation and filtration. . Achieving the Perfect Chemical Balance Maintaining the proper chemical balance in your pool is an ongoing process. Regularly testing your water and making necessary adjustments is crucial for water clarity and swimmer comfort.  Here are some tips to help you achieve and maintain that balance: Invest in a quality water testing kit or test strips to check your pool's chemical levels regularly. Free water tests are done at your nearest Poolwerx location if you want to leave this to the professionals. Make sure your Alkalinity is always within the correct parameters as this will affect the ability to manage your pH. Test at least weekly. Balance your pH levels as this affects the effectiveness of sanitizing chemicals as well as the acidic or alkaline nature of the pool water.  Test at least weekly. Keep your chlorine levels within the recommended range, typically 1-3 ppm (parts per million).  Test at least weekly.  You must ensure the chlorine level never drops to zero. Adjust calcium hardness level monthly as needed to keep it within the desired ranges. Shock your pool periodically to eliminate organic contaminants and maintain chlorine effectiveness.  Even if your pool is a salt pool, it will still require occasional shocking with chlorine or a non-chlorine based shock treatment. In summary, being a responsible pool owner involves much more than just filling your pool with water and adding chlorine. Achieving and maintaining crystal-clear pool water requires a deep understanding of water chemistry, coupled with proper circulation, filtration, and diligent maintenance. Remember to determine your pool's volume, adhere to the law of dilution, and regularly test and adjust your pool's chemical balance. If you ever feel overwhelmed or need professional assistance with your pool maintenance, don't hesitate to contact your nearest Poolwerx location or book a service. We have the expertise to keep your pool in great shape, ensuring you make the most of your pool ownership experience.
Extending Your Pool Season: Pool Covers     In an era where energy efficiency is paramount, a simple solution has emerged that not only extends your pool season but also saves you money. The secret? A pool cover! Savings That'll Make You Smile Did you know that using a pool cover can reduce heat loss by up to 80% in your pool, regardless of what type of heater you have?  That's right! These covers act as a thermal barrier, preventing precious heat from escaping into the chilly night air. This translates into significant energy savings and a longer swimming season. If you have a single speed pump, we recommend upgrading to a variable speed pump so you can maximize savings with your pool heater.  Keeping the Heat In As temperatures drop, maintaining a comfortable pool temperature becomes a challenge. However, with a quality pool cover, you can keep the warmth in and enjoy a cozy swim even when the weather isn't cooperating. Most heat loss is through the top of the water, and so putting a barrier between the pool surface and atmosphere is important for heat retention. Additionally, using a pool cover slows evaporation, so you won't have to fill your pool as much. Your pool will be the go-to destination year-round. Protection Beyond Compare Safety pool covers offer more than just energy savings. They also shield your pool from debris, leaves, and other unwanted intruders. This means less time spent on maintenance and more time spent enjoying your pool oasis.   The Poolwerx Advantage Don't let the changing seasons put a damper on your pool enjoyment. Embrace the power of pool covers and make your pool a destination for relaxation and recreation no matter the weather! Find a Poolwerx location near you or schedule a service with a Poolwerx team member to get started on extending your pool season and reaping the rewards of energy savings, year-round warmth, and enhanced pool protection.
Navigating Post-Storm Pool Care: How Poolwerx Becomes Your Trusty Partner   As a pool owner, it's crucial to have a plan in place to deal with the aftermath of such a disaster. This is where Poolwerx steps in – a reliable partner that not only repairs damages but also ensures the safety and longevity of your pool. Restoration and Repair Expertise One of the foremost concerns after a hurricane or rainstorm is assessing the damage inflicted on your pool. From fallen debris to damaged equipment, the aftermath can be overwhelming. This is where Poolwerx's expertise shines. With a team of skilled professionals experienced in storm damage cleanup, we  identify and rectify the issues that threaten the integrity of your pool. Our proficiency extends beyond the physical aspects, encompassing the repair of pool equipment that might have been impacted. This proactive approach ensures that your pool is not only functional but also safe for use. Balancing Pool Water and Chemical Correction A storm’s havoc isn't limited to the visible damage – it can disrupt the chemical balance of your pool water. Poolwerx understands the importance of maintaining water chemistry and offers free water tests to balance your pool. If balancing your pool on your own sounds like too much work, our experts can skillfully adjust the chemical composition to ensure the water remains clean, clear, and safe with our algae free guarantee. This attention to detail extends the lifespan of your pool equipment and ensures the health of those who enjoy it.    Qualified Professionals for the Task Storm damage cleanup demands expertise in various fields, including pool equipment repair, and structural integrity assessment. Poolwerx's team is not only equipped with technical knowledge but also possesses hands-on experience in dealing with the aftermath of storms. Our qualifications guarantee that your pool's restoration isn't just a cosmetic fix but a comprehensive solution that addresses all aspects, leaving no room for hidden issues to resurface. Protection Through Pool Covers Prevention is always better than cure, and that's why Poolwerx goes the extra mile to provide pool covers that shield your oasis from the wrath of nature. Pool covers act as a barrier, preventing debris from entering the pool during a storm. Additionally, they reduce the risk of water contamination and help in maintaining the chemical balance even in adverse weather conditions. By offering a variety of covers designed to suit different pool types, Poolwerx ensures that your pool is safeguarded, rain or shine.     Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry, we're here to help. Schedule a service or health check here. We'll have your pool looking and performing its best in no time!