Choosing the Right Pool Service

December 27, 2014

This  is a very difficult thing to do.  The main reason is there is no restrictions on the pool service industry.  Anyone can call themselves a pool guy.

1.  Make sure the Pool Guy is Licensed (CPO or La County Certified): This means he had to at least pass a test in the pool service industry.  The scary thing is all you need is a business license and you can go to any pool supply house to open an account and buy anything you want.  One example of this is:  If you mix Chlorine & Muriatic Acid together (every pool guy has a lot of these 2 chemicals on their truck) you get mustard gas.  If you are not educated you don’t know what to do when these chemicals mix in the event of a spill.  I have seen entire city blocks shut down because a pool guy’s truck flipped over and he had no idea what to do to stop the gas.  

2.  Make Sure the Pool Service Carries Insurance: Now days pool guys are getting sued left and right.  There are so many reasons it is important.  If he were to fall in your back yard and get hurt.  If he spilled chlorine or acid on the deck of the pool.  Sometimes it is not the pool guys fault but sometime it is.

3.  Hire Someone Who Looks the Part,Makes You Feel Comfortable, and is Knowledgeable in the Field:

Looks the part: If you are interviewing someone in a suit and tie to clean your pool something is wrong.  They should be dressed like a pool guy.

Makes you feel comfortable: They should be able to communicate effectively to you when they come by to look at the pool.  You shouldn’t have to worry about them in your back yard.  If anyone is honest you will get good and bad news when they go into your backyard.  I have never walked into a perfect pool in someone’s backyard.

Knowledgeable in the Field: Technology finally hit the pool industry 10 years ago.  Within the last 5 years it has exploded.  Every pool show we go to some one has some sort of new technology they say is the next best thing.  Bottom line is this.  With technology comes convenience and usually more cost.  However some technology like Variable Speed Pumps will save you a ton of money over time.  A good Pool Service Company will educate you. When they come to your house they will give you options, tell you the pros and cons of each and let you make the decision.  There is no 100% right answer for every customer.  Every customer is different and every pool is different.

Donating to Team Kicker!

April 5, 2014

Professional Pool Maintenance is extremely proud to announce that we are donating 5% of profits over the next 3 1/2 years to the Kicker Johnson Family whose’ 3 year old son is currently battling Leukemia.  We started doing this in January of 2014.  At the end of every month we are extremely excited to see exactly how much we can donate.

Josh and Season Johnson are maybe the nicest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  Here is a very small glimpse of who they are.

Josh works for the California Highway Patrol and Season is a Nutritionist.  After Josh and Season were married they decided to adopt a child simply because there is a need for it in the world.  So in 2009,  they adopted Selah.  Then, in 2011,  Season gave birth to Caleb “Kicker” Johnson.

Everything was fine until December of 2013.  Kicker was almost 3 years old, and he just stopped walking one day.  They took him to the doctor and they were told he has Type B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Having been roommates with Josh in college and having a child who is only 1 month younger than Kicker,  this news hit very close to home with me.  The good news in this is, the type of Leukemia Kicker has is the “best” of the Leukemia’s to get.  Kicker is doing extremely well and is a poster child for how proper nutrition can heal (thanks to Season).  On top of everything Season does for Kicker, he is also going through chemo.  They have had to move from their home in Mammoth to Loma Linda and now back to Mammoth.

After speaking with Josh, I found out it is going to cost them over $100,000.00 out of pocket with insurance over the next 3 1/2 years.  The total medical bills will be over $1 million and they have to pay 10%.  If you would like to donate, you can go to https://fundly.com/team-kicker-johnson.  As I mentioned earlier,  Kicker is doing extremely well for the time being.  They have a long road ahead and God willing everything will be fine. If you would like to follow his treatment you can go to https://www.facebook.com/teamkicker.

Josh and Season

How to choose the right algaecide for your pool

February 26, 2014

There are a lot of different algaecides out there and it can be very difficult to pick one.  There are 3 basic kinds of algaecides that are sold.

1.  Copper Algaecide

2.  Silver Algaecide or Algaedyn

3.  Sodium Bromide

 

There are pros and cons to each.

Lets start with the copper algaecide.  It is the most common algaecide sold because it is the least expensive.  The way it works is simple.  It adds copper to the water and algae doesn’t like metals in the water.  The problem is algae will build up a resistance to the copper algaecide.  Then your cheap algaecide will be useless.  The other problem is you are adding metals to the water with can lead to staining of the plaster down the road.

Next is the silver.  Works the almost the same as copper algaecide.  Most people don’t use it because it is about 2 to 3 times the price as the copper algaecide.  But it does work better.  Algae really hates the silver.  If you had to choose between the silver and the copper go silver.  But again after continual use the algae builds a resistance to the silver and renders it ineffective.  Also again you are adding metals to the pool with can stain the tile and the plaster.

 

Once the algae builds a resistance to the copper or the silver you can try the opposite IE if you were using copper try the silver and vice versa.

Last is the sodium bromide.  This is what most professional pool guys use.  I stress the word professional because this one is easy to screw up.  Sodium bromide is not an algaecide.  It is a sanitizer & algae inhibitor.  In a nut shell in not only kills algae but it also kills bacteria.  It is more stable than chlorine and works semi-in conjunction with the chlorine.  It prevents the algae from growing so you don’t get it in the first place.

The Pros

1.  Kills everything in the water that you don’t want in the water like algae, bacteria, fungus and disease.

2.  Water has less of a “chlorine” smell.

3.  Prevents more problems than just algae

4.  Inexpensive

5.  If used properly the algae will not build a resistance to it.

The cons are these.

1.  It must be added weekly.  If you miss a week you are in trouble (This is why I stress a pool professional).

2.  It will not solve a problem.  It prevents them. (Pro and a Con)

3.  If you miss a week you are in trouble.

4.  If you miss a week you are in trouble.

 

I personally use the sodium bromide.  It just keeps the water nicer and my customers happier.  If you are having a problem my advice would be put in the silver.  Then once the problem is solved use the sodium bromide if you are responsible enough to do so.

 

 

 

Why Is My Pool Cloudy

December 16, 2013

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There are a number of reasons pool water can be cloudy.  Unfortunately there is never just 1 answer on how to fix a pools water.

1.  Basic Water Chemistry – PH, Alkalinity, Chlorine, Calcium, & TDS levels.

a. If any of the above is off this can cause cloudiness in the water.  It is imperative to keep them at the appropriate levels all of the time.

2.  Poor Circulation – If the water is not moving then you will have lots of problems.

a. Make sure are turning the water over at least once a day (LA County says in 6 hours).

3.  Poor Filtration – If the filter is dirty so is the water

a. Make sure your filter is clean.  If the filter is dirty you have poor circulation and no filtration.

In truth I see cloudy water quite often when I am called out to a prospective clients home.  There are few things more dangerous than this.  Cloudy water is present 85% of the time when someone drowns.  When someone drowns there is very little splashing.  Typically they are completely under the water.  If the water is cloudy…  You cannot see them.   A general rule of thumb is if you can not see the main drain do not swim.  Keep your water safe and hire a professional

 

Is your pool cleaning service keeping your family safe?

October 23, 2013

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You need your pool cleaned, but do you really have the time to make sure your pool service knows what he or she is doing? No, we didn’t think so.

We get it, pool cleaning is not something most people think twice about – but we do, and here’s why (and not just because it’s our job):

Imagine if your children jumped into a pool filled with harmful chemicals that were used to so-call “clean” your pool?

Unless used correctly, chemicals are a safety hazard. With our professional pool cleaning services, you don’t have to worry about all of the chemical mumbo jumbo. Each of our pool cleaners completes a rigorous certification process, which guarantees your pool will be treated correctly and thoroughly.

We take the time to ensure that each of our professionals is equipped not only with the proper cleaning materials, but with the most current knowledge of chemical processes available today.

Going back to why choosing a professional pool service matters:

  • It’s all about safety: It’s our number one concern. As our customer, you can rest assured that your safety is our priority, and we do everything we can to guarantee it.
  • We only hire certified cleaning professionals: And if you didn’t know there was a certification for pool cleaning, now you know. We exclusively hire certified cleaners who are educated in proper cleaning methods.
  • We take pride in what we do: We love what we do, and we strive to maintain the highest industry standards.

At the end of the day, making the decision to hire a pool service may seem like a small one. Let us make it easy for you. Make the safe, smart choice: choose a pool cleaning professional.

Make the right call – call us today!

Why Did My Pool Turn Green?

September 6, 2013

Sometimes Pools Turn Green – But They Can Be Fixed

Swimming enthusiasts probably have already heard of peoples’ hair turning a greener hue after a dip in an over-chlorinated pool, but it may be a surprise to some that a pool can turn green, too. Though there are plenty of reasons why you may wake up one day to find a green pool, every reason has a very simple solution. Here are some of the most common reasons why you may be dealing with a green pool.
1. “Oops! I forgot the chlorine!” Without chlorine in your pool, you will end up having to deal with some naturally occurring denizens deciding to make your pool a home. Chlorine kills the bacteria and plant life that can cause a green pool in a pinch.
2. “How long do I have to filter the pool, again?” Every pool location is different, and some pools may need to have a much longer filter time than others. Not filtering the water in your pool frequently enough can cause issues like more algae, more bacteria, or even discoloration due to errant chemicals. When in doubt, try to filter your pool a little bit longer every day.
3. “Okay, the filter may be broken.” A broken or incapacitated pool filter will not be able to pick up the small impurities that can cause a pool to turn green. The worse shape the pool filter happens to be in, the more likely it is that your pool will turn colors. You should try to replace your pool filters regularly, or at least get someone to maintain them on a regular basis.
4. “What’s this TDS thing?” Having a very high level of total dissolved solids can cause a green pool, and this is often caused by a pool that is too high in acidity. If you see that your cyanuric acid levels are too high, a complete and total drain of the pool may be necessary. If you can help it at all, avoid getting a cyanuric acid level that gets too high.
5. “I just shocked the pool…why is it green?” Sometimes, pool maintenance and sanitation practices can yield strange results. If you recently shocked the pool to clear out algae and bacteria only to watch your pool water turn green, it could be that you have iron in your pool.
Of course, if you are dealing with green pool issues from month to month, it can be annoying. Keeping and cleaning a pool can be a hassle for many people, so if you are tired of having to do the guesswork, then it may be best to call a professional who is able to tell you exactly what is wrong with your pool, and take care of it for you. Professional Pool Maintenance is a company that is staffed with some of the greatest professionals in the pool maintenance world, and we offer our services at a very affordable rate. If you’re ready to get your pool to be more refreshing than ever before, it’s time to call us. Hurry up – we book very quickly.

San Gabriel Valley Pool Cleaning – (Pasadena, Monrovia, Arcadia, Duarte)

August 26, 2013

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(626) 536-2008

 

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May 12, 2013

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Are Variable Speed Pumps Worth The High Price

March 26, 2013

pumps-pentair-intelliflo-011018The short answer is absolutely.  If it is set up correctly you will save anywhere from $600.00-$900.00 per year in electricity, or $50.00 to $70.00 per month.  Typically they pay for themselves in 1 1/2 years.

 

 

How To Turn Your Pool From Green To Clean

January 8, 2013

Pools that turn green are dangerous and just plain gross.  To get your pool clean follow these steps.

Step 1 (Green Pool)

  1. Add lots of chlorine.  Get your chlorine level up to 10 ppm (parts per million)
  2. Check your conditioner level.  It should be between 30-80 ppm
  3. Check to see if your filter needs to be cleaned (Not Back Washed).
  4. Brush down the entire pool
  5. Run the pump for about 8 hours
  6. Wait for tomorrow
  7. Repeat until the Algae settles at the bottom of the pool.

Step 2 (Pool with a bunch of algae settled at the bottom)

  1. Check your chlorine get it up to 5-10 ppm
  2. Backwash the filter (or clean it if it is a cartridge filter).
  3. Vacuum up all the algae to waste if possible.   If not you just have to keep back washing or taking apart the filter and cleaning it until you get it all out.
  4. After it is vaccumed you need more circulation.  So again backwash the filter and add a little DE (Sometimes at this point even back washing doesnt help. You may need to clean the filter again).

Step 3 (Clear Pool)

  1. Check your chlorine and keep it about 5 ppm
  2. Look at the water.  If it is clear throw a party!
  3. Clean your filter again
  4. Keep your chlorine at 5 ppm
  5. Keep the conditioner level at 30-80 ppm
  6. Keep the PH between 7.2-7.8 (up to 8.2 on a salt pool)

 

If you noticed the theme here was Chlorine at 10 ppm and a clean filter.  You need 3 things for clear water.

  1. Chemicals
  2. Filtration
  3. Circulation

If you are missing 1 of the 3 you will have lots of problems.  When your filter is dirty you lose both filtration and circulation.  A clean filter will solve a lot of problems you may have.