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What Type of Information is Needed to Receive a Safety Cover Quote?

By Debbie
There is a variety of things that are needed to be able to give a safety cover quote. For instance here are a few questions we will ask:
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Maintenance and Care For Safety Covers!

By Debbie
Safety Covers  must always stretch tightly across the swimming pool. After the initial installation, some stretching may occur. The springs on the safety cover should be compressed 50%, you may need to readjust  the  straps. The water level in your pool can not go below 18” from the top, as a safety cover is designed to set down on the water with the weight of snow and ice. Without having the proper water level, the  safety cover will stretch too far, placing undue strain on the cover and voiding the warranty.
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Replacement Parts for Safety Covers

By Debbie
It is the time of year people are closing their pools. When you have a safety cover you should always inspect your hardware and replace any damaged or missing parts. Royal Swimming Pools is glad to be able to offer replacement parts for your safety cover.
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Summerizing Your Pool

By Greg
After a long winter, its nearly that time of year again! It's time to open the pool. If you followed the proper procedure for winterizing & you have kept up with winter maintenance, you should have a smooth opening. Before you get started there are a couple of preliminary steps that need to be taken. The first thing you'll want to do  is to drop a hose under the cover in order to bring the water level up high.Once the hose is under the cover you can begin to remove any debris that's on top of the cover. I've found that the easiest way is to use your pool pole and an old nylon brush. Pull the debris toward you to the edge all the way down the length of the pool. Do NOT drag sharp objects!
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The Importance of Ph in Your Pool

By Greg
pH is one of the most important factors in pool water balance. It should be tested and corrected  at least once every week. pH is the measure of how acid/ alkaline the swimming pool water is. The pH of the human body is 7.2.  This may conclude why this number is also  perfect  for the pool. When pH drops below 7.0 the water becomes acidic.  Anything above 7.0 is alkaline.  There are many problems that can occur from having low/high ph.
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What are Some of the Things That Can Cause Cloudy Pool or Spa Water?

By Debbie
There are several things that can be causing your swimming pool or spa water to appear cloudy. Rain, pollen and leaves are one, however the more people you have swimming  in your pool or relaxing in your spa increases your chances of cloudy water. Suntan oils or lotions, deodorants, makeup, small children urinating in the water, and oily or even dry skin can contaminate your pool or spa water.
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Caring for your Winter Mesh Cover

By Greg
  Typically during the winter months, homeowners do not have to worry about their pools quite as much. With the cold temperatures and lack of sunlight, algae tends not to grow. With this in mind, a lot of pool-people tend to wait until late into the spring to open their pool. This may save you a few bucks, but it also gives those pesky spores time to grow. With a solid safety cover its usually fine to wait, but if you have a mesh cover or poly cover, there are a few minor steps you can take to ensure your pool is nice & pristine upon opening. Every few weeks pull up a corner of your cover. Depending on your pool's size, put in a few pounds of shock. Next, take your brush & brush the chlorine out toward the center of the pool. Doing so will circulate the water and spread the chlorine throughout the pool. Every time you do this, do it on the opposite corner.
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Polaris Issues

By Greg
Polaris cleaners are the most popular cleaners on the market. They are durable, reliable, & can save the homeowner a ton of work by keeping the pool swept on a daily basis. Like everything else though, issues do arise. The most common issues I hear are the cleaners getting stuck, running slow, and tangling itself up. You can determine the cause of your problem with a process of elimination. The first things you will want to check are; A. Is my pump & skimmer baskets empty  B. Has my filter been backwashed recently C. Are all of my hose connections tight & secure   D. Are all the valves on my suction header & pressure side in the correct position  E. Is my pump impeller free and clear of debris
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Phosphates

By Greg
Phosphates are a vital nutrient that is used for plant growth. Its great for nature , but can be extremely troublesome  for the pool owner.  Phosphates cause chlorine not to activate and sanitize therefore allowing algae to bloom at tremendous rates. If you have ever encountered this problem, then you know what I'm talking about. So you ask, "where do phosphates come from and how do they get in my pool"?
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I am finding small metal objects in my spa that look like BB's

By Debbie
With winter time being here it seem like everyone is gearing up to use their hot tubs and spas. One of the most common things I have been hearing about is people are finding small silver metal objects that look like BB's in the bottom of their spas and hot tubs. Many of the older rotating spa jets have bearings in them, when the jets start to deteriorate the bearings go out and you will start to find those small metal objects in the bottom of your spa. It is a sure sign that you have a jet that needs to be replaced. Improper ph, alkalinity, chlorine levels, and age can cause deterioration to the spa jets.
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