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New Year, New Pool: How to make your pool look good as new Poolwerx Pointers New Year, New Pool: How to make your pool look good as new Do you have a New Year’s Resolution of tidying up your home, or improving the look of your pool? Poolwerx has your back with a list of tips to make your pool look good as new for the new year.   1. Look into Pool Resurfacing One thing you can do to dramatically change the look of your pool is to resurface it. Have a plaster pool? If your pool is starting to look and feel a bit rough, it’s probably time to re-plaster. Standard pool plaster can usually last anywhere from 8 to 1​2 years. After that, you likely need to re-do the plaster. Another option to give your pool a makeover is to upgrade your pool tile. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary blue glass tile with a glossy finish to complement the blue water of your pool, or possibly the more natural & earthy appearance of stone tiles, Poolwerx can meet your needs. 2. New pool coping Coping is the edge around your swimming pool wall. Today’s high end pools are treated to an upscale coping of thick natural stone. This coping can be irregular to blend nicely with flagstone decking, adapting well to the irregular edges of natural pools and integrating nicely with rocks and boulders. We also offer brick coping for people wanting a more traditional look for their pool. The key is to choose a coping material finished in a way that is most compatible with the decking material. 3. New pool decking Your pool deck is not only the backdrop for the entire pool but the immediate area around your swimming pool. This is also often called your pool patio, and is where most family members and friends spend the majority of their time lounging on lounge chairs or sitting by the pool. When deciding on what coping you want, you have many different options. Different styles include Cantilever Concrete, Bullnose, Rolled Edge, Precast Coping, Custom Stone and more. You also will need to determine what kind of material you would like. Read more about this here! 4. Patio Decor Improvements Adding a new awning or shade structure will not only add more interest to the look of your backyard, but will give you the gift of much-needed shade in the hot summer months. Ordering some new loungers, coordinating outdoor sofas, chairs, or other poolside accessories will make your pool look more inviting. 5. Add a Water Feature There are so many possibilities when it comes to swimming pool water features! Water features can tie together your indoor or outdoor environment to the surrounding landscape and really make it feel like home. The addition of features such as a spillover, fountain or waterfall will certainly class up your pool. Read More
Poolwerx Franchise Partner Selected as Pool Pro Magazine Panelist Franchising with Poolwerx Poolwerx Franchise Partner Selected as Pool Pro Magazine Panelist   We are proud to announce that Frank Disher, Franchise Partner and owner of Poolwerx North Richland Hills, has been selected as a 2021 pro panelist for Pool Pro Magazine! Pool Pro Magazine is a leading pool industry publication serving the hundreds of thousands of professionals in the swimming pool and spa industry in the U.S. and abroad. This panel was created by Pool Pro Magazine with the aim to share the opinions and expertise of knowledgeable professionals in the industry from around the U.S. Each edition of the magazine poses questions to the members of this group. Frank is known to be a leader at not just at Poolwerx, but around the industry as well. He is very opinionated and vocal in calling for higher standards in education, ethics, and professionalism for pros in the swimming pool and spa industry. In 2019, Frank and his incredible staff at Poolwerx North Richland Hills were awarded the Poolwerx Franchise of the Year award, which Poolwerx grants one U.S. location each year that demonstrates excellent performance among their peers. Click here to read more at Pool Pro Magazine Read More
5 Tips for Cold Weather Pool Maintenance Poolwerx Pointers 5 Tips for Cold Weather Pool Maintenance Cold Weather Pool Maintenance is Important… Here’s Why Pool maintenance is still important in winter The weather is getting colder… that means you can forget about maintaining the pool until next summer, right? Not quite. But if you’re not using your pool, why do you need to worry about it? A neglected pool is a prime breeding ground for harmful bacteria that could lead to outbreaks of illness. Possible complications include respiratory problems as well as gastro, skin, ear or eye infections! Your pool might look clean and clear right now, but after a few months of little or no monitoring, most likely… it won’t be. You may think that because the pool is not being used as much in cold weather, it doesn’t need as much cleaning. But unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for harmful bacteria and germs to grow. Still not sure on why cold weather pool maintenance is important? Take a look at what the CDC says on the importance of regular pool cleaning: “The best way to kill germs is by properly maintaining the free chlorine concentration and pH. To do this, pool and hot tub/spa owners must routinely test and adjust both the free chlorine concentration and pH… Combining good chlorine and pH control and encouraging swimmers to follow the healthy swimming steps will help prevent the spread of germs that cause recreational water illnesses.” It hurts your wallet, too If you decide to not test your pool, it can cost you considerably, both with your health and your wallet! After winter, once the weather starts to warm up, the results of your neglect can really add up. You can find yourself shelling out for extra chemicals and replacement parts for neglected filter and pump systems, or having to fix a pool that has turned green. The good news is that you can avoid all this by simply keeping up a regular pool maintenance schedule throughout the winter season. How to Maintain your Pool in the Winter Reduce pool pump operation time to up to 6 hours and switch timer onto an off-peak tariff. Install a pool cover to reduce evaporation, chemical usage and protect your pool from fallen leaves. Ensure chlorine levels and pH levels are in a healthy range through regular water testing and maintenance. This will make life easier when spring arrives. Thoroughly clean your skimmers, filters and pool cleaning equipment. These items can be hiding bacteria. Clear the skimmer basket and remove debris from the pool’s surface every week. Read More
How often should you test your pool water? Poolwerx Pointers How often should you test your pool water?   No one wants a green pool. It’s unsightly, unsanitary, and can be costly to fix. So how do we avoid it? The easiest way to avoid this is to make sure your pool is kept clean and the chemical levels correct. But how frequently do you need to test your pool water? As seasons change and we experience bad weather such as rain and snow storms, pool maintenance has to change with it. Read more to find out clear guidelines on how often you should check your pool water year-round to make sure your pool stays healthy and clean.   Water Testing In Cooler Months During the cooler months, we use our pools less often. The cooler weather can significantly decrease the chlorine demand your pool requires. This can lead to excessive chlorine levels which can damage blankets and pool equipment. Therefore, you should be testing your pool water’s chlorine and pH levels every two weeks. Maintaining proper water chemistry will reduce the amount of work needed when you’re ready to start swimming again. We recommend getting a free water test in store at Poolwerx every other week, which will not only test your pH and chlorine levels but also calcium hardness, salt level, stabilizer and alkalinity. If you’re facing freezing temperatures, read up on some more tips here. Water Testing In Warmer Months The weather is warming up and pool season is about to start. Yay! But before you grab your sunglasses and inner tube, you need to make sure your pool is tip-top shape after sitting unused throughout the fall and winter months. You likely need to clean your pool filter, top up your water, and check over your equipment. In addition to all this, you will need to start testing your water more.  As the summer season heats up and the pool is getting more use, it’s important to also ramp up your water testing, increasing to at least twice a week in the peak of summer. Testing should be done even more frequently if you have pets or young children regularly in your pool. Our Poolwerx team can provide you with the tools and expert advice so you can test at home anytime, using our test strips. In Bad Weather If you’ve experienced a lot of rain or storms, this can greatly affect the pH and chlorine levels of your pool. After these bouts of bad weather, you should immediately test your water to prevent an algae outbreak and a costly clean up bill. Alternatively, if you are experiencing abnormally hot weather, the water can evaporate, which can also cause the chemicals to lose their effectiveness. Again, if this is the case you need to increase your water test frequency. Free Water Testing Poolwerx provides free water testing in-store. Simply bring in your sample and we can analyze it in 60 seconds. Collect a sample about an arm’s length under the water surface and take it to your local Poolwerx within a few hours. We’ll then be able to provide you with a complete analysis of your pool water, completely FREE! Next- Water Testing: What is pH? Read More
Helpful Facts New Pool Owners Should Know Poolwerx Pointers Helpful Facts New Pool Owners Should Know Congratulations on your new pool! Time to enjoy… But first, we put together a few useful facts for first time pool owners, so you can learn more about what having a pool entails. new pool owner 1. Your pool will lose a lot of water. Many new pool owners are surprised to find out how often they need to add more water to their pools. Evaporation alone will cause you to lose over 25,000 gallons of water each year! Typically you will need to add two to four inches of water each week, although this can vary a bit based upon weather and usage. If you find yourself needing to add significant water to your pool frequently during the summer months, don’t worry, it is normal. Pools typically lose ¼ – ½ inches of water per day due to evaporation. We recommend checking your water levels regularly to ensure it doesn’t drop below the skimmer box. If that happens, you might end up running your pump dry until it burns out. Also, when your pool water evaporates, you don’t only lose water; you lose the chemicals in the water as well! Conducting regular water tests will determine if things are still balanced.   2. Pool covers provide a multitude of benefits.   Pool covers prevent evaporation, which saves you money on water, salt and chemicals and energy! If you don’t have one already, your pool is probably costing more than it should. Protecting your pool with a cover can help you prevent up to 99.84% of water loss from evaporation. A pool cover acts as a protective barrier from these elements, stopping your water from disappearing. This means you don’t have to fill it up as often, saving you on your water bill. Pool covers also have these added benefits: Conserve water by reducing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%–50% prevents debris from falling into and building up in the pool when you’re not using it Helps out your filter by making its job easier Reduce the pool’s chemical consumption by 35%–60% helps keep your children and pets safe by preventing them from accidentally falling in. Find out more about pool covers here.   3. Chlorine can kill bacteria, such as E. coli, in as little as one minute.   Chlorine is a mighty worker. It quickly dispatches harmful bacteria and keeps algae away. It’s also fast-acting, killing most bacteria in just a minute if the chlorine is kept at proper disinfection levels and your pool’s water conditions are ideal. But, it can’t kill all illness-causing germs that quickly. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 10 days for some other viruses and parasites to be eradicated. To avoid acquiring a recreational water illness, make sure to regularly check your chlorine and pH levels.   4. Failing to regulate your chlorine and pH can lead to a lot of problems.   What happens if your pool’s chlorine or pH gets out of whack? When this happens, bacteria may develop which can lead to some very unpleasant illnesses. Algae will also build up, which makes your pool look green and murky and creates an icky texture. Even worse, algae can also lead to skin conditions as well as other illnesses, and creates an unsafe slippery surface. Also, did you know too much algae can result in a cracked pool lining? The cost of letting algae develop in your pool really adds up, so we recommend new pool owners start their water testing routine right away! 5. Robotic pool cleaners may actually help you save money in the long run.   Designed to move around the water as they clean, robotic pool cleaners provide increased circulation to your pool’s water. This stops the risk of ‘dead spots’ appearing on your pool walls and floor. you definitely want these dead spots gone, since they lead to the development of algae. Using a robot can save you money that would otherwise be spent on additional chemicals to remove algae and other growths from the pool. Your pool won’t only look cleaner–there will be less debris and dirt as well. Robotic pool cleaners are extremely thorough and clean all wall and floor surfaces of the pool. They also have their own filtration system, so the pool filter is used less often. This can make the pool’s filtration system less likely to clog up. Giving your pool filter more of a break will help reduce wear and tear. It will also reduce how often you need to replace the filter since it’ll collect less debris.   6. Consistently cleaning your filters will extend your pool pump’s life.   If your pump goes out because your filters get too clogged, it will need to be replaced, which will cost you more in the long run. Regularly cleaning your filter will help keep your filter and pump working optimally so you do not have to make as many replacements down the road. Want some help keeping your filters clean and healthy, year-round? Check out the Poolwerx Filter Care Plus program! We’ll schedule out filter cleanings and inspections throughout the year, for easy, hands-free professional service. 7. Safety checks are important.   While pools are fun, they can still present some dangers. And we know that keeping your loved ones safe is always a priority. Regular maintenance, water tests, and safety checks are all necessary to ensure your pool stays happy and healthy. Read more to find out all the ins and outs of pool safety! Welcome to your new pool! Maybe you just moved into a house with a pool. Or you completed your dream pool project and have a built a new pool, but now you’re not sure how to care for it. Either way, Poolwerx has your back. With our pool handover and training service, rest assured that you’ll learn all the basics of pool ownership from our expert technicians. Find out more about what our technicians offer here, or go ahead and request a service below! Read More
Poolwerx growing internationally, opening 11 stores in 11 months Franchising with Poolwerx Poolwerx growing internationally, opening 11 stores in 11 months Poolwerx USA would like to congratulate our Australian counterparts on opening one new international store for every month this year! Poolwerx is continuing to grow even in these difficult economic times, both in the U.S. and abroad. Franchise Business Executive reports, “Poolwerx opens 11 stores in 11 months, with conversions and new outlets in the mix. The openings are evidence, says founder and CEO John O’Brien, of the demand for home services. The pool care chain has acquired five independent pool servicing stores across Australia and New Zealand– in Baulkham Hills in New South Wales, Kings Park and Hampstead Gardens South Australia and another two due to open on New Zealand’s North Island. John O’Brien said “In all of these acquisitions, we’re helping long term industry veterans with their exit strategy. I’m also buoyed to see our existing franchise partners continue to grow their business and open new retail locations, which speaks to the resilience of our business model, even in the midst of a recession. “The home service industry has proven time and time again to be recession-resistant and this has become particularly evident during Covid-19,” O’Brien said. Click here to read more at Franchise Business Executive Read More
Four Poolwerx locations win Top Service Award Franchising with Poolwerx Four Poolwerx locations win Top Service Award Four Poolwerx locations have had the honor of receiving the Pool and Spa News and Jandy Service Award for 2020! Poolwerx Forest Lane in Texas, Poolwerx Union Hills in Arizona, Poolwerx Redlands in California, and Poolwerx Beaches in Florida were among the 50 winners of this prestigious award. This top service award is Pool and Spa News and Jandy’s annual recognition of the top 50 service-only firms and service operations attached to builders and retail firms. The judging criteria for this award includes revenue, staff management, web presence, industry participation and community participation. According to a survey of this group, whose results are found on the following pages, these companies didn’t miss a step this year, despite the unprecedented times. Thank you to Jandy for its sponsorship, and congratulations to our Poolwerx Franchise Partners for their excellent performance! Click here to read more at Pool & Spa News Read More
Top 5 Benefits of Having a Pool Heating System Poolwerx Pointers Top 5 Benefits of Having a Pool Heating System Are you on the fence about whether to install pool heating? There are plenty of ways your lifestyle (and wallet!) can benefit from a pool heating system. Here’s our top benefits of pool heating, and some reasons why you should maybe consider adding it. Use your pool year-round Wouldn’t it be great to be able to use your pool for longer than just a season? This is one of the biggest reasons pool owners invest in a pool heating system. Adding a heater to your swimming pool helps you extend the swimming season so you can enjoy a swim at the perfect temperature whenever you want. If you’re concerned about pool heating costing you more, there are energy efficient options that can help keep ongoing costs low. Solar pool heating is one of the best ways to save money on energy costs. A solar pool heating system uses the energy from the sun to heat your pool. On a sunny day, it can produce up to 4 times the heat energy of a heat pump or gas. Pool heaters are long-lasting Another benefit of pool heating systems is that they require very little maintenance, and they generally have a relatively long life expectancy. That being said, by having your pool regularly serviced, your technician can ensure the system is kept in working order, no matter what season it is. Take a look at our blog ‘7 Reasons to Hire a Pool Service’ to see why regular pool services are so important. Make the most of your investment Your pool is a significant financial investment, so why let it sit there unused for half of the year? Enhancing the pool with a heater means that you can use it more and optimize the investment you made into your pool. It may also add value to your property if you decide to sell in the future. Buyers are more likely to purchase a property with a pool they can use throughout the year, rather than just in the warmer months. Keeps you fit and healthy year-round Swimming is a great form of exercise, and what could be more enjoyable than doing laps or partaking in water aerobics in a warm pool. What’s more, for those with joint problems or injuries, swimming provides a low-impact alternative that is gentle on the body. Heat your pool by remote control! Many of the pool heating systems available have smart features. These features include controlling your pool from your smart phone or tablet. This means you can set your heater to turn on a certain time, no matter where you are, and it will be the perfect temperature when you’re ready to dive in. Plus, it will save you money on electricity costs as you’re only using the heater when you need it! Now you know a bit more about the benefits of having a heating system for your pool. Interested in finding out more? Contact your local Poolwerx and a knowledgeable technician would be happy to discuss the heating options and their benefits with you! Read More
7 Benefits of Pools you Didn’t Know About Lifestyle 7 Benefits of Pools you Didn’t Know About Pools are popular. Fun fact: there are 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools in the United States, according to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). That’s a lot of pools! Why do people love pools so much? What kind of perks do pools offer anyway? Here are some benefits of pools that you may not know about. 1. Swimming is the 4th most popular sport in America.   The number 1 spot is walking, while the 2nd and 3rd spots were weightlifting and exercise with cardio equipment, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Swimming is also the most popular recreational activity for children and teens (ages 7-17). Which is not that surprising when you think about it, because it’s so fun!   2. The presence of blue water in your backyard creates a calming effect in your brain.   “Blue Mind” is a scientific term associated with water-related calm and peace. This science tells us that as humans, we’re naturally drawn to blue space. This natural phenomena leads to a feeling of wellness and peace when we are in or around bodies of water. Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of the best-selling book Blue Mind, says, “Research has shown that being near, in, on or under water can provide a long list of benefits for our mind and body, including lowering stress and anxiety, increasing an overall sense of well-being and happiness, a lower heart and breathing rate, and safe, better workouts. Aquatic therapists are increasingly looking to the water to help treat and manage PTSD, addiction, anxiety disorders, autism and more.” 3. It adds value to your home.   In addition to the benefit of aesthetic appeal that a pool adds to your home, a pool could boost your home’s value by as much as 7% in some areas! In the Sunbelt especially, where the Summer heat can be unbearable, it can be a deciding factor against competition when you sell your home. 4. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.   Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout, which strengthens both the heart and the lungs. It burns more calories than walking or biking and uses every major muscle group in the body! You can burn up to 850 calories per hour in the swimming pool by swimming vigorously, and can still burn a ton of calories with a low intensity swim session. Active water aerobics is another calorie burner that gets your heart moving faster. Plus, the low impact water workout a pool provides targets all major muscle groups without causing joint pain! Going swimming or doing water exercise in your pool will also lead to many other benefits besides keeping fit. It is an excellent way to improve or maintain cardiovascular health, as well as improve strength, balance, flexibility and posture. 5. Swimming relieves stress.   Swimming is also a superb stress reliever. In an article on this topic, Swimmer magazine interviewed Moby Coquillard, a psychotherapist and swimmer from San Mateo, CA., who prescribes exercise to depressed patients. He claims: “I absolutely believe swimming can serve as a kind of medicine. For me, it represents a potent adjunct to antidepressant medications and, for some patients, it’s something you can take in lieu of pills.” Aside from potential biochemical changes in the brain, swimming requires a type of muscular and breathing technique very similar to the relaxing techniques used in yoga and meditation. When you swim, you typically alternate between stretching and relaxing your muscles while at the same time, deeply inhaling and exhaling while sometimes also holding your breath. Combined with the cool water, tranquil appearance and sunshine, it all adds up to total relaxation! 6. More time outdoors!   Having a pool can also lead to spending more time outside, and being outside has health benefits of its own. Enjoying the sunshine more can potentially improve memory, increase focus and creativity, fight depression, and lower blood pressure. And let’s not forget about that added vitamin D! 7. It can lead to increased social activity and family bonding.   Think back through your past memories in search of fond experience with your family or friends at the pool. Most people can probably remember at least one! Pools are a wonderful way to bring your family together. Kids, teens, and adults alike all can enjoy a day of splashing, playing, or lounging together in some sparkling water on a sunny day. Plus, with a pool, everyone will want to come to your house, which will make you a popular host! You know all about the benefits of pools now… so what’s keeping you? Get out there and enjoy your pool! Read More
Poolwerx Welcomes Campbell’s Pool & Spa Franchising with Poolwerx Poolwerx Welcomes Campbell’s Pool & Spa Knoxville, Tenn.-based Campbell’s Pools and Spas has signed on as a franchisee with Poolwerx. Campbell’s also relocated its Lenoir City store and reopened as a Poolwerx-branded dealership. In addition to the stores, the company adds four service vehicles to the Poolwerx network. Tony Campbell will continue to own and operate the stores, which include hot-tub showrooms. It is expected to retain its current staff. He also will continue to operate his construction business as Campbell’s Pools. Click here to read more at Pool & Spa News Read More