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LA Pool Guys Glass Bead Blasting and Tile Cleaning Service Los Angeles

Are you tired of Calcium and grime build up on your pool, spa and fountain? If so, glass bead blasting service is exactly what you are looking for.

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Tile Cleaning Service Los Angeles Pool Guys

I’ts that time of year again and it’s time have that water feature ready for summer. Weather it’s your swimming pool, fountain, or spa it seems that each new hot season you’re ready for annual tile maintenance. Calcium and grime can build up pretty quickly and it is important to clean these surfaces with some regularity to see that fresh new looking finish that you are looking for. Fountains and water features that have a water flow over a wall have high tendency to accumulate calcium build up due to the evaporation of water as it flows in a thin sheet over the pool tile surface (pic above). The evaporation pulls the water away and leaves that unsightly white staining that can only be removed with harsh chemicals or by our preferred way of removal which is glass bead blasting.

Glass Bead Blasting Service Los Angeles Orange County and Surrounding Cities

Glass bead blasting is a very effective and safe way to remove scale and calcium from your swimming pool tile, spa tile, or fountain walls. It is effect for cement and hard stone surfaces with build up as well. So what is glass bead blasting anyway? Glass bead blasting is a non damaging high pressure wash that uses fine glass beads to remove calcium, grime, and embedded fungus. It also helps restore the grout to a brighter color since it effectively removes the top layer of grim from the surface. As a pool service company, we have found that this is the best and most effective method of restoring your pool tile surface. Here are some before and after pictures so you can see what your pool, spa or fountain tile could look like after a glass bead blasting service from LA Pool Guys

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Contact us today to get your tile back on track and your pool spa or fountain looking perfect for that upcoming BBQ or pool party. We will be happy to provide a quote for your job. You can fill out our request a bid form or send an e-mail directly to with pictures of your job attached. We will send you a bid for your specific job on a first come first serve basis. During the busy summer season this service is in very high demand so be sure to schedule today! Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions (213) 999-7665

LA Pool Guys is the premier pool, spa and fountain service company in Los Angeles, Orange County and Surrounding Cities. Sit back, relax. We’ve got you covered.

Pool Servcie Los Angeles

LA, home of the Dodgers, home of Lakers, home of the entertainment capital and above all LA Is the home of LA Pool Guys. That’s right, your premier swimming pool, spa, and fountain service company since 2001.

As summertime gets close and you and the family are gearing up for the pool and beach season, make sure that you have a certified pool cleaning service taking care of your pool maintenance.

LA Pool Guys professionals are certified through the Los Angeles Health Departments for pool service in Los Angeles County. Surprisingly very few pool owners realize that Los Angeles has a certification process for swimming pool professionals.

Take your pool service to a higher level this summer and hire swimming pool, spa, and fountain service professional. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your clean swimming pool. Call today! LA Pool Guys providing top quality pool service for Los Angeles since 2001.

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We service your area and were ready to provide you the best swimming pool, spa, and fountain service this summer. Aren’t you tired of looking at that dirty pool? Let our certified professionals take care of your pool service this summer. Request a free service bid today! LA Pool Guys specializes in commercial and residential swimming pool service, spa service and fountain service in Los Angeles, Orange County, Lancaster, Palmdale, Pasadena, Long Beach Huntington Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Hollywood, Beverly Hills …. well, you get the idea =)

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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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Another Green Pool At the Rio Olympics

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Green Pool Rio Olympics 2016

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.

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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.

Swimming Pool Water Recycling: Never Drain Your Pool Again!


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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!

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What are TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) and Phosphates?

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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
Scaling increases
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
chemical use.

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 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.

Phosphate Levels: 

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.

Acid Wash

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. 


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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.

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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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Award winning pool service company LA Pool Guys is now providing their professional commercial and residential swimming pool, spa, and fountain services in Lancaster CA ,Palmdale CA,  and Santa Clarita CA , and surrounding areas. Contact us today!

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