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LA Pool Guys has been proudly providing professional pool service ( try to say that five times fast =) to Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach, Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, and surrounding cities for the past 17 years. Swimming pools service, spa service, and fountain service has been our main focus. As the swimming season approaches, our professional technicians are gearing up for another hot summer full of sparkling pools.
All of you swimming pool, spa, and fountain owners in the LA area we hope to meet you this summer. Contact us today for a free service estimate. Let us get that pool sparkling for you. Then you can enjoy some sparkling water by your sparkling pool!
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So I turned on the Olympics last night to watch the diving event and couldn’t believe my eyes. The first thing out of my mouth was, ” That pool is not clean!” As a pool guy I always notice these things when I walk into a hotel and the water is the slightest bit cloudy. But you don’t need to run a pool company to see that the pools at the 2016 Rio Olympics are more than cloudy. They have completely turned green! I’m not sure how this happened, but it really is a bummer that it happened on the largest stage.
These pools at the Rio Olympics show how quickly a swimming pool can turn. Unfortunately with a pool this size it could take a good amount of time to clear up. It takes a standard size (20,000 gallons) pool approximately 6 hours to filter through the system one time! Figure that these pools are in the hundreds of thousands of gallons. Well….we might be looking at green pools through the Olympics.
A little while back I wrote an article regarding water quality What are Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Phosphates and the necessity to drain your swimming pool based on the overall water quality reading of your pool.
Now you’ve reach the point where your swimming pool needs to be drained to restore water quality but with the drought in Southern California, you can’t justify wasting 25,000 gallons of water. There is an alternative, and that is to filter and purify your water with Pool Water Recycling.
LA Pool Guys is now offering Pool Water Recycling by using a mobile filtering truck that can remove TDS & Phosphates without draining. pool filtration and purification system removes contaminant buildup without having to drain your pool! The process is quick and effective and most residential pools can be treated from start to finish in a single day. Now you can have the best water quality available while being 100% conscious of water consumption requirements Southern California!
In the past, residential swimming pools have required a drain and refill every 2-3 years to maintain proper water balance and to protect plaster and equipment. Commercial pools should be done even more frequently due to greater usage and higher chemical levels required for sanitation. Exposing the plaster during a drain and refill can cause plaster damage and/or failure. On other occasions, pools have “popped” out of the ground as the water is removed and the pool “floats”.
Why risk damage to your pool, or waste your existing water when there is a better, safer solution that also allows you to be a good steward of water resources? Water conservation, no risk to your pool, and clean, safe water that requires less chemicals to maintain… It’s a win-win situation!
LA Pool Guys perform an annual preventative maintenance water testing service that address outside agents that affect water quality issues that cannot be resolved through routine pool maintenance. Poor water quality affects the service technicians ability to maintain proper water chemistry. High TDS and/or Posphate Readings are a result of solid and organic materials introduced the water that contributes to cloudy water, algae growth, staining corrosion etc., High TDS & Phosphate levels cannot be prevented by standard weekly chlorine and acid balancing, they can only be corrected through drain (TDS), & or treatment (Phosphate), or mobile drainless treatment services.
What are Total Dissolved Solids?
TDS are all products dissolved in the water. All dissolved matter added to pool/spa water contributes to TDS, including salt, bather waste, algaecides, metal and stain control chemicals, clarifiers, de-foamers, enzymes, wind-borne debris, and water balance chemicals. This includes chemicals, debris entering the pool from the environment and swimmer waste products. When TDS levels increase
Chlorine effectiveness is reduced
Algae growth increases
Water becomes cloudy
Galvanic Corrosion will occur
Staining of plaster increases
TDS will cause the water to look dull or “tired” and may exhibit a bad or salty taste. Hot water facilities such as spas or pools in hot weather climates develop high TDS as a result of evaporation, excessive bather load, and
It is commonly recommended that the TDS levels should not exceed 1,500 ppm In a non salt generating system. In the case of a salt system the TDS should not exceed 1,500 ppm higher than the recommended ppm of salt needed to operate the salt chlorine generation system. For salt systems you should consider draining your pool around 4500ppm.
TDS Levels (High):
Greater than 1500 ppm above fill water TDS level = full or partial drain
1500 ppm is the lowest level of TDS for a recommended drain. LA Pool Guys notification and recommendation starts once your water passes this threshold.
Salt System Greater than 4500 ppm = full or partial drain
What are Phosphates?
Below is a great excerpt from an article written in by poolcenter.com regarding phosphates in swimming pools
Phosphates Accumulate in Pools….
What’s true for lakes is also true for swimming pools. Phosphate is a natural component of most swimmer wastes. It is also present in rain water. Phosphate is persistent and does not break down naturally. Landscaper’s fertilizers, which may blow into the pool, have high phosphate content. For all of these reasons, pools can quickly build up high phosphate levels.This creates an abundant and tasty food source for all strains of algae, and can make controlling their growth difficult. Remove the food, and you have a strong weapon against algae.
When Phosphates are Present, Algae Grows….
Phosphate is the main ingredient in fertilizer. Phosphate is plant food, and algae are plants. If you have had persistant trouble with algae, every year – and it always seems to come back, you may have a phosphate problem in your pool. When excess phosphate is present in a swimming pool, the symptoms often include the following:
- Cloudy, Green Water
- Slippery and Slimy Surfaces
- Mustard and Green Colored Debris
- Excessive Chemical Consumption
- Poor Water Quality
Remove the Phosphates and Solve the Problem….
The maximum level of phosphate in pool water should be 0.1 ppm. Once the phosphate climbs above this level, the water quality begins to decrease and slime deposits can begin.
greater than 500 ppb to 5,000 ppb = Treatment.
Above 5,000 ppb (parts per billion) would be considered excessive and may need draining
A Phosphate treatment can significantly improve the clarity of your water, and keep algae at bay through the season since phosphates are a major contributor to algae growth.
Before Phosphate Treatment
After Phosphate Treatment
If a drain is required due to High TDS Levels it will also remove phosphates and postpone the need for a phosphate treatment. This is why LA Pool Guys uses tests for both TDS & Phosphate simultaneously. Both TDS and phospahtes are contributors to algae growth and several other water quality/balance issues.
If it is time to drain your pool due to water quality, you might want to consider doing an acid wash at the same time. This is one way to take care of several water quality issues and pool aesthetics at the same time at a fraction of the cost of a re-plaster. No all pools can be acid washed due to plaster quality and results may vary depending on the staining of your pool.
BEFORE & AFTER
Drought Concerns & Drainless Treatment:
LA Pool Guys can also recommend a company who has a mobile filtering truck that can remove TDS & Phophates without draining. This is a technology that has been created to combat water usage do to high drought conditions in our area. The cost to do a drainless treatment can be significantly higher, however all water usage penalties in your area should be taken into consideration in making your decision.
LA Pool Guys has serviced hundreds of Commercial pools and spas. Every once in a while we will get a complaint from a property manager for a commercial spa that the spa is not heating properly, or working intermittently. Continue reading
A fantastic article was written by the LA Times recently regarding swimming pool water usage and its effect on total water consumption as California’s drought continues. Drought is a serious threat to the pool service industry in Los Angeles, Orange County, and all of California cities that are considering putting a ban on pool filling. It is very helpful to have some clarity on this issue.
I have always thought landscape sprinklers would have a much higher impact on water usage over time and this Los Angeles Times article confirmed my suspicions. If you are a pool owner in California and have been wondering how your swimming pool water usage effects the drought this is a must read.
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L A Pool Guys Receives 2014 Best of Long Beach Award
Long Beach Award Program Honors the Achievement
LONG BEACH July 29, 2014 — L A Pool Guys has been selected for the 2014 Best of Long Beach Award in the Swimming Pool Service & Repair category by the Long Beach Award Program.
Each year, the Long Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Long Beach area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Long Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Long Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Long Beach Award Program
The Long Beach Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Long Beach area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Long Beach Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Long Beach Award Program
By this time most commercial properties in Los Angeles have taken care of the Virgina Graeme Baker retrofit requirements, but if you have not already Design Plastering has helped LA Pool Guys with bringing our commercial properties into compliance since the law was enacted. If you are still looking to retrofit, give them a call and tell them that LA Pool Guys sent you.
I just received the swimming pool service technician letter from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and it included an update to Virginia Graeme Baker Act of 2010. This is the update and current requirements:
By July 1 2010, all public pools should have been brought into compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. This required retrofitting the pool with approved drain covers and making sure that the suction drains were split or protected by a safety vacuum release system.
In addition, pool owners/contractors were required to send a certificate of compliance to our department once the work was done.
Pools that are not in compliance are being closed by our department until they comply with the VGB act. The process is not complete until we receive the compliance form.
click here to get the full PDF of the VGB requirments according to the Los Angeles Health Department