AquaBlue Pools and Spas

2014 Home Show

March 8, 2014

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care — Cindy @ 1:15 pm

Come by today to see us at the 2014 Home Show. March 7 – 9 10:00 – 5:00

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Vote for AquaBlue

October 11, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cindy @ 3:08 pm

AquaBlue is the running to be selected for our very own Superbowl Commercial. Intuit is conducting a contest, called “Small Business Big Game“, and AquaBlue has made it to the second round. Please take the time and click on the link. Once on that page, you will be able to view our profile and most importantly VOTE!

Click Here to Vote

Thank you for your continued support, voting will continue through October 16th.

… and as always, Swim Beautifully!

Black stains showing through your vinyl liner?

August 19, 2013

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Pool Care Tips — James Springer @ 2:57 pm

Lately, here in the store, we have had a lot of calls from our customers about black stains showing up on their vinyl liners.  They are always showing up on the bottom.  The customers say that these stains WILL NOT go away!  As hard as they scrub, it won’t budge.  Well guys, I’m here to tell you, it’s not a stain – its a mold or fungus.

Yes, it is a mold or fungus.  No, no it will not come up by scrubbing and shocking the affected area.  The stains may decrease and fade for a little while if you shock the affected area and use a copper-based algaecide, but this is only temporary.  There is only one permanent solution: a new liner.

The only way to rid yourself of these hideous stains is to rip out this old liner and get a brand new one.  This time, however, before you place the liner in, you should consider this: spray the ground with a hypo-chlorite solution of 10 – 15%, then lay out a polyethylene sheeting.  The polyethylene does not allow for mold or fungus to come through the sheet.  Therefore, after you have done these steps, your pool liner should stay beautiful on the inside and outside.

Just another helpful tip from the guys at AquaBlue!

 

- Swim Beautifully

How to keep Chlorine in your pool longer

August 13, 2013

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Pool Care Tips,Spa Care Tips — James Springer @ 3:32 pm

Customers come into the store everyday to get their water tested.  They will tell me they just added ten pounds of shock, and when I test their water, the chlorine level has already diminished significantly.  ”How can that be?” they ask.  Well, it is simple.  Chlorine and pH are not the only things involved in water balancing.  To keep your chlorine levels at a steady, “stable” level, you need cyanuric acid.

Cyanuric acid, also known as “stabilizer” or “conditioner” is an essential component of keeping your chlorine levels from wavering so fast.  The UV rays from the sun can kill the chlorine you just added to your pool in a matter of two to three hours when cyanuric acid isn’t present.  Before 1956, people had to add chlorine to the pool everyday.  With the introduction of cyanuric acid in the pool, however, they found that chlorine levels stabilize and stay present in the water up to eight times longer!  That’s a pretty significant increase.

When chlorine is attached to this cyanuric acid, the UV rays cannot destroy the chlorine immediately.  The acid protects your chlorine.  The ideal amount of chlorine in ppm is 2.0 – 4.0,  Therefore, it takes 10 ppm of cyanuric acid to protect up to 1.5 ppm chlorine in the water.  With that being said, if your chlorine level is at 3.0 ppm of chlorine, you need 20 ppm of cyanuric acid.  The ideal range for cyanuric acid is between 30 – 50 ppm.  So make sure your chlorine levels are up to par before adding that much acid.  The minimum range is 10 ppm.

In conclusion, if you want your chlorine to last longer in your pool, get your water tested and make sure you have proper cyanuric acid levels in the pool.

As always,

- Swim Beautifully

Accidental Fecal Release (AFR)

July 10, 2013

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Pool Care Tips,Uncategorized — James Springer @ 3:46 pm

As much as we do not want to believe it, let’s get real people…  IT HAPPENS!  I’m talking about accidents in the pool.  Our children get in the pools and create accidents all the time.  Therefore, it’s not uncommon for them to have a “fecal” accident.  Yes, poop.  It’s a stinker, but facts are facts.  With that being said, what do you do after this occurrence?

For “solids”:  First and foremost, get EVERYONE OUT OF THE POOL.  Open cuts and kids drinking the water can create illnesses and disease.  Scoop the matter out of the pool with a net or scoop and dispose of it properly.  Hyperchlorinate, or shock the mess out of the affected areas and keep the chlorine levels at 20 ppm for 30 minutes.  Be sure to check the pool at three different areas spaced out from one another to ensure the levels are all at 20 ppm.  When the 30 minutes is up, if chlorine levels are down, you can let everyone return to the pool.

Diarrhea:  Go through the same steps.  However, shut the pool down for 24 hours.  Keep chlorine levels at 20 ppm throughout the time frame.

Refer to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website: www.cdc.gov and search fecal release.

-”Swim Beautifully”

How to vacuum above-ground pools

July 5, 2013

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Fun Notes,Pool Care Tips,Spa Care Tips — James Springer @ 4:52 pm

Here at AquaBlue, we like to help our customers out as much as possible.  We have been receiving alot of questions on how to vacuum above ground pools.  So, we took the liberty of coming up with a procedure to help everyone out.  Eleven steps is all it takes!

1. Make sure your water level is high enough (about 3/4 of the way full in the skimmer).

2. Put water hose in pool to begin filling up, due to the fact you are about to lose a significant amount of water.

3. Back wash filter.

4. Clean out the pump basket.

5. Turn off pump.

6. Get vacuum head, pole, and hose assembled and ready to go.

7. Make sure ALL air is out of the hose by running the entire hose under water.  When you see no more bubbles, your hose is entirely full of water.

8. Put other end of hose in skimmer (DO NOT let any air into the hose).

9. Turn pump to waste.

10. Begin vacuuming pool.

11.  Once you are done, turn everything back to its original position.

There you have it!  An easy eleven step process to get your pool looking awesome.

 

-”Swim Beautifully”

Cleaning Tiles

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Fun Notes,Pool Care Tips — James Springer @ 4:26 pm

I know I have already posted on cleaning tiles once.  There are tons of ways to go about this process.  The truth is, however, cleaning tiles isn’t fun any way you do it.  The best way to clean tiles, though, and yes I will preach it again, is to CLEAN THEM REGULARLY!

So, why am I posting again about cleanng tiles, you ask?  Well, the other day, our guys were at a pool, and decided to try out something new.  What they tried were MAGIC ERASERS.  Yes, magic erasers from the store.  The God’s honest truth about this?  They’re the best thing since sliced bread ( as cliche’ as that might be)!

These little guys work extra hard and get the grime off fairly easy.  Anyone who has ever cleaned tiles knows that elbow grease is the number one required ingredient in this process.  But if you use these erasers, an keep your tiles maintained to a healthy level, it will be a 20-30 minute process everytime you get ready to clean.

 

-”Swim Beautifully”

When should I add salt to my saltwater pool?

June 21, 2013

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Fun Notes,Pool Care Tips — James Springer @ 4:57 pm

Customers who have converted their pool from chlorine to salt always come into the store asking me when and how often they should put salt in their pool.  This is due to the excessive amounts of chlorine they were previously routinized into dumping into their pools.  The answer to this question is: RARELY.

Salt is added to your pool when you do your initial start up.  This salt remains in your pool for a very long time.  The only reason your salt level gets low is from excess “splash out” from kids jumping into the pool, rain overflowing your pool, and potential leaks.  Evaporation does not affect your salt levels at all.

In conclusion, you only need to have about a bag or two of salt on hand to keep your levels steady.  That’s the beauty of salt water pools – LESS MAINTENANCE!

-”Swim Beautifully”

How do I clean my pool deck?

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Fun Notes,Pool Care Tips,Uncategorized — James Springer @ 4:24 pm

Customers come into the store frequently telling us about how their decks are stained brown and how they are becoming discolored.  This is quite common in Mississippi.  It is common because usually pool owners have trees surrounding their pools.  Leaves and dirt can stain the pool deck just like it can stain the bottoms of your pool.

No worries, a good pressure wash will usually do the trick and restore your deck to its original color.  Also, you can try acid washing if you have more serious stains that are more troublesome to get up.  Just a helpful tip to keep your deck and stones looking as beautiful as your pool.

-”Swim Beautifully”

Why is my water cloudy/hazy?

June 19, 2013

Filed under: AquaBlue Pool and Spa Care,Pool Care Tips — James Springer @ 3:11 pm

Your pool can become cloudy or hazy from a variety of reasons.  The weather is a big contributor to this as well.  People come into the store all the time asking why there water keeps becoming cloudy.  I always tell them: “TEST YOUR WATER!”.   Most of the time it results from chemical imbalances in the pool.  Here are a few of the reasons why your pool may become cloudy:

  • Improper balancing of the water:  Check your pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness.  These are key factors in having clear water.
  • Bad circulation:  Backwash your pool on a regular basis to keep the water on top as fresh as possible.
  • Low Sanitation:  Shock your pool to get the chlorine levels back up to par.
  • Algae Growth:  It’s always nice to have an algaecide on hand for random algae growth.

These are just a few tips and resources that may help get your water back to normal.  If problems continue, you might need to contact your pool professional.

-”Swim Beautifully”

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