Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sparkling Clean

  • Check pool chemistry 1-2 times per week during the summer and once per 1-2 weeks in the winter. PH should be kept between 7.2 and 7.8 the lower the pH on this scale the less chlorine your pool will need. Why? Because as pH rises chlorine starts becoming less and less active therefor many consumers just keep adding it. Chlorine at 7.0 pH id about 50% active and at 8.0 is about 10% active. Control pH properly and you will need and use much less chlorine. See chart at bottom optimal pool test results & Aquatic Management companies.
  • Clean out skimmer basket(s) weekly, or as needed if conditions exist. The skimmer is installed in the side of the pool and its primary job is to skim the surface of the pool before debris and contaminants become saturated and float down to the bottom of the pool. Everything in your pool enters at the surface of the water, the effective the skimmer is, the more stuff it can skim off the pool the better. There is a round access panel on your deck, open it up and dump the contents of the basket as needed. Keep it cleaned out at all times & Swimming Pool Management.
  • Clean the hair and lint pot located on the front of the pool pump every couple of weeks or as needed. Turn off the pump to do this and release pressure on the system. This is the basket installed just inside the clear glass of you swimming pool pump. People with any of the various styles of will rarely need to do this. Instead, they will clean out the debris catcher or leaf basket. I highly recommend a leaf trapper, debris removal system on all pools, especially new ones. Get a variable speed or 2-speed pump sooner than later if you have not upgraded already. The variable speed pump will easily pay for itself relatively quickly. I started using these multi-speed pumps 20 years ago. They are worth the initial expense.
  • Check your water level when you are out near your pool, is it too high or too low? Your water needs to be right at the center level of your pool skimmer or pool tile for optimal results and performance. If it is low, it can run the pump dry and burn it up, or if too high, the skimmer door will not work properly. That door keeps the debris in the skimmer.
  • If you have a deck chlor or inline chlorinator these need to be regularly checked for proper chlorine tablet levels, loading or possible clogging. (In Arizona use quality Tri-Chlor Tablets). This unit depending on style and features has the ability to add a constant residual of needed chlorine.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.

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Keeping your pool Healthy

With a little tender loving care, your pool can sparkle all year round.

Pool maintenance varies greatly through the seasons and is also dependent on climate. But for all pool owners, there are a number of key steps you need to take to ensure you keep your pool in tip top condition.

By following a regular maintenance program – either by doing it yourself or by engaging a licensed pool maintenance company – you will save both time and money, and make the most of your very special asset & Swimming Pool Management.

Firstly, testing your pool water and ensuring it is safe to swim in is a vital part of managing a pool. It’s important to monitor the pH balance and chlorine levels regularly, not only to ensure the water is safe, but also to keep the water aesthetically pleasing. If you leave pool water untreated it could cause bacteria, viruses, algae and other organisms to develop in the water. The water will also become cloudy and affect the skin and eyes of swimmers.

Secondly, the proper use of chemicals is essential for the longevity of the swimming season and for the health of users. Too much chlorine can cause health problems for swimmers whereas too little chlorine can encourage the breakout of algae which can make the water go green. Not only that, incorrect chemical levels can seriously damage your pool equipment and shorten its lifespan.

And thirdly, maintaining your pool equipment and using it properly will ensure your swim season runs smoothly. Anything that moves needs servicing and a preventative maintenance program is the best approach in the long run & Aquatic Management companies.

Seasonal maintenance

Pool owners are increasingly opting to extend their swimming season, thanks to advances in pool covers and more economical solar and gas heating solutions. However, for most of us, the traditional swimming season is tied to the natural seasons – and during winter, our pools remain covered and unused.

Summer

  • Operate the filtration system six to eight hours a day
  • Regularly check sanitiser levels, ideally on a daily basis
  • Check the pH every two days
  • Check the Total Alkalinity (TA) weekly
  • Check and clean the skimmer basket and hair and lint pot basket weekly
  • Have your pool water checked at your local pool shop every two weeks
  • Thoroughly backwash your sand or DE filter or remove and clean the cartridge from your cartridge filter, depending on pool use
  • Maintain the water level at least half way up to the skimmer box opening
  • Clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor of the pool regularly

Autumn

  • Clean your pool more regularly to remove autumnal leaves and other debris
  • Use your pool cover more often to prevent leaves and debris causing damage to your skimmer
  • Reduce filtration hours to two to three hours a day or in salt pools, reduce the chlorine output as the days get cooler
  • ‘Winterise’ your pool using a winter treatment kit

Winter

  • Cover the pool completely
  • Check the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks
  • Empty the skimmer basket when full
  • Occasionally check the water level is half way up the skimmer box opening
  • Occasionally check the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating ‘backwash’
  • Turn the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to prevent build-up of moisture within the light and wiring

Spring

  • Thoroughly clean the pool and vacuum the walls and floor
  • Check the pump is working properly and organise a full pool equipment service by a licensed pool and spa technician
  • Check or replace fittings and check for leaks
  • Check the chlorine and pH levels every two weeks
  • Empty the skimmer basket when full
  • Occasionally check the water level is half way up the skimmer box opening
  • Occasionally check the pressure gauge on the filter is not indicating ‘backwash’
  • Turn the pool lights on for at least 30 minutes a week to prevent build-up of moisture within the light and wiring.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.

Keeping Your Swimming Pool Sparkling Clean

  • If you have a deck chlor or inline chlorinator these need to be regularly checked for proper chlorine tablet levels, loading or possible clogging. (In Arizona use quality Tri-Chlor Tablets). This unit depending on style and features has the ability to add a constant residual of needed chlorine.
  • If you have an Ozonator make sure the light is on and it is actually working. Ozone as well as UV or a combination thereof can reduce the amount of chlorine your pool uses. They are worth the investment and I have used them for over 20 years with nothing less than great results. There are different types, and many have different installation and use instructions. Make a point to be familiar with the one installed on yours. There are also other products on the market such as the Pureion System that have amazing benefits and give great results & Swimming Pool Management.
  • If you have a salt system, salt pool, or what some call a no-chlorine pool (a misconception) they are properly called a chlorine generator, then heed these tips. All this unit does is produce chlorine for you so you do not have to buy it, store it or handle it. This convenience comes at a cost and has some inherent risks. The cell must be kept clean and your pool chemistry becomes even more critical for its proper function. Do not add to much salt, if you can taste it, your pool is likely over salted. Salt systems artificially push pH up. You will use more acid as a result. This unit will not bolt on and solve everything. In the end you have to pick your poison. They are great when used and understood properly. Can be costly to buy and maintain, but provide a wonderful experience in the water & Aquatic Management companies.
  • Clean your filter regularly or as needed. The best filter for Arizona pools, in my opinion, are cartridge filters (there are exceptions though), they provide maximum flow rates, waste little valuable water (no backwashing), get the water crystal clean and only need to be cleaned a couple of times a year. Yes, they may need to be cleaned after a heavy storm or once every few months depending on conditions in your pool. It would be best to clean them about every 4-6 months. Just remind yourself to do it each time you come back from the dentist, or every other oil change in your car if you are a planner. If you have an extra set of elements — which is a great idea — it is a much easier and quicker job. Soak dirty filters in a 10% solution of muriatic acid or a solution of TSP (Trisodium phosphate). Use a rubber trash can. Wear gloves and eye protection. Be careful! Always add acid to water, NOT water to acid. Afterwards, rinse until clean and let them dry. Put your supplies away until your next swap-out.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.

Water balance

Everyone knows pools are heaps of fun for the whole family. A squillion kids have grown up with their own backyard pool and spent heaps of summers swimming, splashing and playing with their family and friends.

You don’t need a chemistry degree to look after your pool. Really, all you need is an understanding of the basics of pool maintenance and a regular program that ensures your pool is always safe for the kids to swim in and looks sparkling and inviting. And that’s what Pool Care is all about!

Water Balance

There are a couple of key essentials for safe, sparkling water, and it all starts with the correct pH level in your pool. The pH affects three areas of swimming pools.

  1. Swimmer comfort

The pH of blood is around 7.5, and blood comes closest to the surface of the human body in your eyes. So, if you swim in water that is too far away from 7.5, guess what, you’ll get sore eyes! Lots of people think it’s the chlorine that causes red eyes, but chances are, it’s because the pH level is incorrect. That’s why we want a pH between 7.4 – 7.6!

  1. Chlorine effectiveness

How well chlorine works in water, depends on what the pH level is. At a pH of 8.0, chlorine is only 20% effective! That means green and cloudy water and dangerous bacteria. The higher the pH, the less effective chlorine is. At a pH between 7.4 – 7.6, chlorine works best.

  1. Water condition

When the pH level is too high (above 7.8), water becomes more alkali. What this means for your pool is the water can hold fewer chemicals in solution, and starts to turn them into solids. This is called precipitation. Your water can turn cloudy, and you will start getting calcium build ups on the floor and wall of your pool. You will also need to clean your filter more often. The pool floor and walls can also become rough and scaly & Pool Management Companies.

When the pH is too low (below 7.0), it becomes acidic. This makes the water corrosive, and metal parts in and around the pool can rust and it can actually damage the interior of your swimming pool. For a vinyl lined pool it can cause the liner to become wrinkly and unsightly. OK, so we’ve seen just how important maintaining a pH between 7.4 – 7.6 really is. So how do we keep it there? Well, that’s where water balance comes in. Water balance describes the condition water is in, in relation to maintaining a correct pH level. The pH of water will always want to change. Whenever we add chemicals to the pool, they all can affect the pH. Bathers can also affect it just by suntan lotions etc. Wind-borne debris can also affect the pH. Correct water balance helps us to slow pH change.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.

Pool maintenance water balance

Everyone knows pools are heaps of fun for the whole family. A squillion kids have grown up with their own backyard pool and spent heaps of summers swimming, splashing and playing with their family and friends.

You don’t need a chemistry degree to look after your pool. Really, all you need is an understanding of the basics of pool maintenance and a regular program that ensures your pool is always safe for the kids to swim in and looks sparkling and inviting. And that’s what Pool Care is all about!

There are 3 factors that affect water balance.

pH. We’ve already seen how important this is, and that it needs to be kept between 7.4 – 7.6. We either use Filtrite pH Up or Filtrite pH Down to adjust it.

Total Alkalinity Sometimes this is abbreviated to TA. TA refers to the amount of dissolved alkali material in the pool water. It is measured in parts per million (PPM). TA helps absorb pH movement. It’s like blotting paper in your pool, pool management and helps to slow pH movement. Let’s say we had a pool with a TA of 40 (that’s very low). If we added some pH down, the pH would drop significantly. However, let’s say the TA was 150. The pH would not fall as much as if the TA was low. TA is increased by adding Filtrite pH Buffer to your pool. TA is usually kept between 120 -150 ppm.

Calcium Hardness Calcium hardness is a measurement of dissolved calcium in the water. Water will hold a certain amount of dissolved material in solution. If there isn’t enough, the water will actually go looking for it and become ‘hungry’. It can damage the pool interior, even eating into concrete pools! If the calcium hardness level is too high, the water will keep precipitating material, causing cloudy water and rough calcium build ups on the wall and floor. The calcium hardness level varies throughout Australiwa. In ‘soft’ water areas it is very low, such as Melbourne. In ‘hard’ water areas it is very high, such as Northern Australia.

We can increase calcium levels by using Filtrite Hardness Increaser, and decrease them by using Filtrite Calcium Decreaser. Calcium hardness is usually kept between 100 and 200 ppm. Phew! If that all sounds a bit complicated, don’t worry. What most pool owners do is take a sample of their pool water into their local store every couple of weeks and get their water tested. Our professional staff can analyse your pool water and give you a print out that tells you what you need to do and how much chemicals you need to add & Pool Management Companies.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.

 

Water management services

Swimming Pool Management across the country. Pool Management, Inc. has over 20 successful years in the swimming pool management industry. We have have been providing City’s, Country Clubs, Communities and Home Owner Associations with America’s finest Lifeguards, Aquatics Directors, Swim and water instructors. We assemble a team for your facility based on your criteria. We also have pool construction division that has been building new pools and renovating existing pools for over 20 years….

Pool Management Inc./PMI is a professional full service pool management company that provides staffing solutions for aquatics centers, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility. We also offer new facility design and build options or renovations and upgrades. Does your facility simply need weekly chemicals and maintenance? We offer that as well.   Pool Management Inc./PMI is com…

A full range of pool related programs are available including: Swim lessons, personal training water aerobics, and water fitness programs. Excellent Workers Compensation coverage. We carry a $1,000,000 general liability insurance program coupled with professional and punitive damages for your protection.

Certified and affiliated with National Associations such as; CAI, (Community Association Institute) CMAA, (Club Managers Association of America) NRPA, (National Park and Rec. Association) and NPMA (National Pool Management Association) & Swimming Pool Management.

PMI will provide your aquatic facility with professional water safety. PMI will place the right lifeguard according to your pools specific needs. We only recruit and hire the best so you can relax and enjoy your summer. Certified and affiliated with National Associations such as; CAI, (Community Association Institute) CMAA, (Club Managers Association of America) NRPA, (National Park and Rec. Association) and NPMA (National Pool Management Association). Automated computerized timekeeping and sta…

Pool Management, Inc. has over 20 successful years in the swimming pool management industry. We have have been providing City’s, Country Clubs, Communities and Home Owner Associations with America’s finest Lifeguards, Aquatics Directors, Swim and water instructors. We assemble a team for your facility based on your criteria. We also have pool construction division that has been building new pools and renovating existing pools for over 20 years. Whether it be Pool or Deck resurfacing, New shade structure installation, Salt System conversions, or pump room repair and design, Pool Management, Inc. has the resources and experience for all your facility’s needs.

Full compliance with local, state and federal codes including OSHA regulations of Blood Born Pathogens and MSDS chemical data sheets & Aquatic Management companies.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.

Lifeguards job

A lifeguard is responsible for assisting in swimmers’ safety and well being in swimming environments such as public pools and beaches. Lifeguards hold a physical job that requires the ability to swim and perform rescues for individuals in distress. Proper knowledge of AED, CPR and similar life-saving techniques is needed; proper first aid skills are mandatory, as is lifeguard certification. The lifeguard’s environment is predominantly outdoors with the exception of indoor swimming pools. Coworkers are typically fellow lifeguards; aside from coworkers, lifeguards participate in substantial social interaction with beach- and pool goers. Their hours vary depending on their facility’s hours of operation and available shifts & Swimming Pool Management.

A lifeguard must ensure that all beach-or pool goers are abiding by the rules. Lifeguards must also be knowledgeable about – and able to share – information on current water conditions. They must be responsive to any emergencies that may arise, such as someone in need of first aid or a potential drowning victim. Additionally, they look out for unsafe conditions in the water, such as the presence of dangerous objects & Aquatic Management companies.

A lifeguard must renew their certification each time it expires. They are also expected to remain in sufficient physical shape to perform their duties. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact well with pool- and beach goers are needed as well. Lifeguard salary is mostly based on what the job can pay and very little to do with experience.

Lifeguard Tasks

Notify the pool, spa, and sauna maintenance operator to ensure regulations are maintained.

Respond to emergency situations in the water or surrounding areas.

Administer first aid and contact emergency medical personnel in case of serious injury.

Maintain a safe swimming environment and enforce all policies, procedures and regulations.

PMI will place the right lifeguard according to your pools specific needs. We only recruit and hire the best so you can relax and enjoy your summer.

Certified and affiliated with National Associations such as; CAI, (Community Association Institute) CMAA, (Club Managers Association of America) NRPA, (National Park and Rec. Association) and NPMA (National Pool Management Association).

Automated computerized timekeeping and staff attendance system.

Highly trained national and international certified lifeguards. Coupled with our own training and written review examinations.

Full compliance with local, state and federal codes including OSHA regulations of Blood Born Pathogens and MSDS chemical data sheets.

A full range of pool related programs are available including: Swim lessons, personal training water aerobics, and water fitness programs. Excellent Workers Compensation coverage. We carry a $1,000,000 general liability insurance program coupled with professional and punitive damages for your protection.

PMI is a professional full service Pool Management jobs that provides staffing solutions for Aquatic Management companies, water parks, community pools and city pools. We manage facilities in multiple states and can provide you with multiple solutions for your facility.