Is your pool well loved by all the members of your family? Even the four-legged ones?
Some dogs are natural swimmers and L-O-V-E getting in the pool. Dog breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundland Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Portuguese Water Dogs, and Golden Retrievers even have webbed feet which help them be more proficient swimmers. Cat lovers—you may already know this, but there are even some cats that enjoy a good swim too!
At Advanced Pool & Spa, we are animal lovers and even have two dogs in our office daily! Daisy is a two-and-a-half-year-old Miniature Schnauzer. Gracie is an eighteen-month-old Golden Retriever. Daisy is not a huge fan of the water, but loves being around her family poolside. Gracie, on the other hand, loves the water so much, it is hard to keep her out of it (in fact, she was caught trying to swim in the bird bath at her first Thanksgiving)!
Here are the top five things to consider if your furry friends are enjoying your pool with you!
- The average size dog is equivalent to approximately three people in terms of the load on your sanitation system. That means, if your furry friends are regular swimmers in your pool, you should be testing your chemicals more frequently to make sure you are maintaining the proper balance. Any dirt, fecal matter, and bacteria that may be on their fur will end up in the water, so it is important to stay diligent with testing your water.
- If your dog is a big shedder (like our sweet Gracie) that hair will be in your pool so it will be important to regularly clean your filter or even change your filter out to a large capacity filter, if possible!
- Your dog’s skin is very similar to yours. That is—just as people’s skins can become irritated from the chlorine and chemicals in your pool, your dog’s skin might too. It is important to rinse your fur-baby off after they’ve been in the pool.
- Not all dogs are fond of water (or swimmers). Be sure to take extra precautions to keep your dog safe. Some dogs may need, or would be more comfortable with, a life jacket to help keep them afloat. Some dogs are not able to swim at all and pool owners need to be cautious to keep their dogs from accidentally falling into the pool.
- Dogs often have very sharp nails too, so it is important for the safety of your dog and the people who would be swimming with your dog, to make sure that your dog’s nails are properly trimmed to prevent scratches (we do not recommend your dog swimming in a vinyl liner pool for this reason too)!
And, here are three things to consider if you are remodeling your swimming pool that would make the pool even more enjoyable for you and your dog!
- Your pool entry/exit. Your dog may be more likely to give swimming in your pool a try if they don’t literally have to take the plunge to do so. Beach entries are very popular for dogs because they create a more natural feeling, like how it would be entering a lake or an ocean, for your dog.
- Dogs need rest too and they can’t hold onto the wall like you! Consider whether there are swim outs or sun shelves, or other places in your pool where your dog can take a rest if they need!
- If you have a puppy, an older dog, or a dog that cannot swim, consider adding a baby fence around your pool to prevent them from accidentally falling in. Our dogs are like children, so it is important to always supervise them when they are around the pool and it is important to take whatever precautions you can!
Finally, here are a few extra things to keep in mind if your dog enjoys your pool with you: make sure to always supervise them when they are swimming; take extra precautions if your dog is swimming with children or the elderly to prevent your dog from scratching them; and be sensitive to your dog’s comfort level—swimming is supposed to be fun and if your dog doesn’t enjoy it and you force them to swim, it could scare them from getting in the pool again in the future.
If you are considering remodeling or refinishing your swimming pool, please give Advanced Pool & Spa, Inc. a call. We have been in business for 35 years and have the experience to assist you in making your pool beautiful and enjoyable for the whole family! Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and on Instagram (@advancedpools.fl) to see some of our work and to see more of Daisy and Gracie!
Why do so many pool owners struggle to take care of their swimming pools? The first reason is simply not understanding the technical aspects of pool maintenance such as water chemistry. If you do not understand pool water chemistry values or how to interact with these values then it would seem obvious that you might struggle with the difficulty of caring for your pool. Aside from not knowing what you are doing, which is an obvious concern, the next most common problem is complacency. This series of articles is intended to impress upon you the importance of establishing some good fundamentals when it comes to how you care for your pool. Nothing on this list should come as a surprise to a seasoned pool owner, but what is surprising is how often these important fundamental pool care steps are skipped. By going back to basics you can make it much easier to care for your pool.
Swimming pools are complicated and there are 1000s of ways in which you will need to interact with yours to one extent or another. This is one of the main reasons why pool owners can lose track of what is important over time and begin to skip on some of these fundamental processes. In the vast majority of cases with “pool problems”, the cause of the problem can likely be traced back to one or more of these simple, fundamental steps being skipped. Things such as showering before entering the pool, brushing the walls and floor, balancing your pH, vacuuming and skimming your pool, and most importantly, having your pool resurfaced with a Marquis Quartz or Mini Pebble surface will make the pool more resistant to stains with a smoother surface applied. So stay tuned for some easy ways to take care of your new surface.
- Skim all debris from pool surface to keep it free of floating leaves, bugs and organic matter
- Vacuum all debris from the floor of the pool (failure to do this will impair your ability to maintain chemical balance)
- Keep skimmer strainer basket and pump strainer basket free of leaves and debris at all times
- Maintain 1-3ppm of free chlorine levels in the water at all times
- Backwash sand filters as needed (weekly typically) and clean cartridge filters every six months on average
- Do not drain your pool without speaking with a professional first as this can potentially break your swimming pool
- Fix leaks and deficient items like old liners or broken tiles to prevent further damage to more expensive pool components
These key items are not a comprehensive list of how to care for your pool but instead a few key highlights of regular pool maintenance and upkeep. The maintenance aspect of your pool is likely going to be less challenging than the chemical upkeep and water balancing for most new pool owners. Stay tuned for a comprehensive article of tips and tricks pool owner’s can easily forget that will make maintaining your pool that much easier – or you could go the easiest route of all and have your swimming pool resurfaced by Advanced Pool & Spa, Inc. and have it look brand spankin’ new!
As the Florida spring arrives, it is time to start thinking about getting your pool primed for the swimming season. When opening your pool, our favorite approach is to take stock of what chemicals you have on hand as well as checking other pool supplies like your net, brush, skimmer, lights, and other accessories to make your pool maintenance routine the easiest to execute during the busy season. Once doing this, it’s time to head outdoors and open your pool! Advanced Pool & Spa, Inc. explains what you need to do to get your pool ready for spring:
Inspect Your Surface
Inspect the interior surface of your pool for any wear and tear, such as pitting, etching, delamination, etc. to determine if your pool needs to be re-plastered. A new surface is much easier to maintain.
Once your pool is running and the water has had a few hours to circulate, you will want to test the chemical levels including pH, alkalinity, hardness, and chlorine. Since your pool has not been in use much, the chlorine level will most likely be low to nonexistent.
Depending upon the size of your pool, you will need to adjust your chemical levels bit by bit with the filter running to distribute and dilute chemicals to bring your pool water up to proper levels. You are shooting for a chlorine reading of 1.0-3.0ppm, a pH between 7.2 and 7.6, alkalinity between 80-120ppm, and calcium hardness between 200-350 ppm.
Hello, I’m Dr. Pool, and today’s class will focus on the prevention of stains, on inground pool plaster surfaces. It’s a topic that has all the elements of a good chemical story, with great play between the main characters – a semi-porous cementitious surface, 1000’s of charged particles, and of course, water.
Let’s start with pool plaster itself, typically a mixture of white Portland cement and marble dust. Mixed with water and applied by hand in uncontrolled (outdoor) conditions, it cures underwater, with proper chemical management.
Pool Plaster is a natural product, and as such is subject to variations in shading or hue, some undulations or streaking may be expected on troweled plaster. Most pool plaster companies offer additives, such as quartz, bead or pebble aggregates, added to diffuse color and hide such variations.
The winter brings about plenty of changes; not only do you swap out your summer wardrobe for your winter selection and start preparing for holiday gatherings and parties, but you also must consider how to prepare your backyard pool for incoming cold. Your preparation will ultimately be determined by your geography. Pools in Pennsylvania need to be completely winterized, but pools in Florida require less maintenance. Read through the following information to make sure that you are treating your own pool right this winter.