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How to Prep your Pool for a Hurricane or Rainstorm Poolwerx Pointers How to Prep your Pool for a Hurricane or Rainstorm     Storms are serious business, and can definitely cause a great deal of damage. Having a storm preparedness plan is very important, so you will be ready to keep your family and property safe during hurricane and tornado season. And preparing your pool is an important part of hurricane prep, which shouldn’t be overlooked! During a storm or hurricane, dust and debris gets washed or blown into your pool, phosphates get deposited into your water and your chlorine, salt and minerals get diluted. Your pool can also potentially flood, damaging surrounding structures. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Before rain hits: Balance your pool properly. Get a free water test at your local Poolwerx for the best advice on what your pool needs to be balanced. Consider adding some algaecide. This will help fight off many of the organic contaminants the rainwater introduces, making your pool easier to clean after the storm dissipates. Algaecide adds an extra layer of protection for your pool, preventing black, green and yellow algae growth, giving your pool a fighting chance. Don’t drain your pool. Keeping enough water levels in your pool provides the weight necessary to hold the sides and bottom in place during the storm or hurricane. This is especially important as the heavy rains begin to fall, which could cause damage. If you have surrounding structures that can be damaged by water, you can lower your water levels by 1-2 feet. Turn off your power! All electrical power to your pool should be turned off at the circuit breakers before the hurricane hits. Any and all exposed electrical equipment, such as motors for the pumps, should be tightly covered. If you have a gas heater, turn off the gas. Remove all loose objects such as chairs, tables, toys, and pool equipment. Store all items in a secure indoor place. If applicable, you should also trim your trees. Any of these objects can become dangerous flying projectiles during a powerful storm. Now your pool has weathered the hurricane. What should you do after the storm? We have an after-storm pool care guide for you! Click here to read more.   Read More
Safety Tips for Pool Owners Poolwerx Pointers Safety Tips for Pool Owners How can I keep my pool safe for my children? What happens if I don’t clean my pool? And how important is showering really? Find out the answers and more pool safety tips below! 1. Prevent potential drownings   According to the CDC, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death for American children between the ages of 1 and 4. An average of 10 people drown each day, and about one in five people who die from drowning are children age 14 and under. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Backyard drownings increase during the summer months, so keeping a safe and secure pool area is crucial, whether you have children or not. If you do not already have one, a pool fence would be a good addition to your backyard. A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to having just your property-line fencing. Some safety questions to ask yourself: Is my pool gate latch at least 4 feet above the ground? Are the vertical gaps between the fence panels less than 4 inches apart? Have you securely stored pool toys and accessories out of view? Have climbable objects near the pool fence been removed? 2. Never leave a child unattended near water.   Leaving your child unattended at the pool–even for a minute–can lead to devastating consequences. You not only have the potential of drowning to worry about, but them slipping, falling and seriously injuring their head as well. Kids like to run and play with caution to the wind–that’s why you have to be there just in case to protect them. 3. Routinely test your pool.   To avoid developing a recreational water illness, make sure to regularly check your chlorine and pH levels. Chlorine kills most bacteria such as E. coli in about a minute if it is kept at proper disinfection levels and under ideal water conditions throughout the pool. Need any assistance with testing? Bring a sample of your pool water to your nearest Poolwerx, and we’ll test it for free! 4. A strong chlorine smell means something’s wrong. Have you ever gone to a public pool and been overcome by the strong smell of chlorine? You may have felt better, thinking that the pool was completely decontaminated. However, If the pool is properly cleaned and maintained, you shouldn’t smell much chlorine, if at all. The heavy chemical odor is not from chlorine, but from chloramines instead–a mix of chlorine and contaminants. The presence of chloramines means your pool is not performing at its best. If your pool is starting to smell like this, you might need a shock treatment to clear up those chloramines and reset your pool. Give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions or perform this service for you! 5. A shower is recommended before jumping into your pool. A study by the Water Quality Health Council found that although 93% of American adults would never reuse someone else’s bath water, 44% percent skip the shower before entering the swimming pool. When it’s your own pool, it’s your choice whether or not to shower before jumping in, and you may only be surrounded by your family’s germs. But showering can play a big role in keeping your pool clean and helping your chlorine not work so hard in killing off nasty bacteria. When swimmers shower first, they help reduce the risk of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin infections. 6. Consider a barrier, pool cover or safety net when not using your pool.   Pool covers help solve multiple issues. They help reduce water erosion, keep debris from falling into your pool, which allows for easier cleaning, and they prevent your kids and pets from falling into the pool accidentally. Not sure what type of pool cover to get? Find out here.  7. Ensure all pools and spas, both in your backyard and any pool you visit, have compliant drain covers. Powerful suction from a pool or spa drain can even trap an adult underwater! All public pools and spas are required to have drain grates or covers that meet pool safety standards, but it’s good to check anyway. 8. Learn CPR and teach your children how to swim.   Swimming is not just fun, it’s a lifesaving skill! Teaching your child how to swim is essential if you have a pool to not only help keep them safe from potential drowning, but so they can enjoy their pool to the fullest. Also, learning CPR can help put your mind at ease just in case an emergency happens at your pool. You never know when you might need the skills necessary to save someone’s life. 9. Inspect your pool regularly and conduct maintenance when needed. Maintenance is an important part of pool safety too! Regularly perform routine checks to make sure everything is running optimally. It’s a key part of keeping your pool in top shape! It’s also important to have a pool maintenance expert check in on your pool equipment periodically too. A properly trained and accredited technician will be able to thoroughly inspect your equipment to ensure the safety and efficiency of your equipment. They may be able to pick up on smaller faults or damage you haven’t noticed before it becomes a bigger issue. At Poolwerx, our local knowledgeable technicians are ready to help put your mind at ease. Read More
4 Pool Workout Tips Poolwerx Pointers 4 Pool Workout Tips With gyms closed due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to get creative on getting a workout in and having fun while doing it. Getting outdoors and in our pools are great ways to soak up some Vitamin D and fresh air. Exercising in the pool provides more buoyancy which creates greater resistance and a more challenging workout. Working at a higher resistance, we burn calories at a greater rate so the workouts can be shorter. Plus, working out in water is easier on joints on muscles. So let’s jump in our pools and start exercising! Here are some great tips to grab a quick workout in your pool. Read More
4 Small Backyard Landscaping Ideas Lifestyle 4 Small Backyard Landscaping Ideas Say you want to remake your backyard for the coming spring. If you hire a professional landscaper, you will most likely get grandiose plans of revolutionizing your whole yard. Yet what if you have relatively little space to work with? There are several backyard ideas for small yards out there: it is just a matter of finding the right ones for you. Below we give you 4 new small backyard landscaping ideas to get you started along the right path.   Read More
Tips to care for your pool after a storm Poolwerx Pointers Tips to care for your pool after a storm When heavy rain, strong winds, and severe storms hit, your pool needs extra care to ensure it’s safe and healthy. Typically after heavy rainfall, a pool will require phosphate removers and adjuster chemicals, but always start with the basics after bad weather strikes and check these things first: Rain heavily dilutes chemicals, especially chlorine and salt. Add extra chlorine, even if you have a salt system, to prevent the levels dropping too low. This minimizes the time for algae to bloom. Check that none of your electrical equipment (i.e. pump, chlorinator) have been damaged by the weather and that no puddles have formed around them. If it looks like there’s a safety issue, contact a professional right away. Storms can cause the following: Debris & damage to equipment and surfaces. Motor burnout/fusion. Dilution of chlorine, salt and other chemicals, reducing their effectiveness. Additional phosphates can wash into your pool. Phosphate is food for algae, meaning a potential green pool. Electricity and safety issues, such as pumps and lights, short-circuiting or blowing out. After a storm: Balance your pool water and correct any chemical imbalance. Bring a water sample into Poolwerx and we can quickly analyze it and advise you what you need to get your pool back in balance Make sure you call a professional for all electrical issues. If it’s all too much, give us a call. You can book a service or health check at the link below and we’ll get your pool back in tip-top shape! Book a Service Read More