Pool Q & A

Hot Tub Or Spa?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Sat, Nov 22, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

Hot Tub or Spa? For as long as I have been in the industry we have debated what the proper term should be for this appliance. When I hear spa I think of either a nail salon/massage parlor or one of those giant vessels located in a bathroom. I believe that the term Hot Tub is more definitively associated with those stand-alone boxes that are installed in our back yards. I am a firm believer in hot tub use for medical benefits and it has been my life long mission to help others discover the benefits of owning a hot tub. Outside of the medical benefits I believe that there are social benefits of hot tub ownership. I do think there is a stigma associated with hot tubs that prevents most people from entertaining the idea of ownership. As an industry if we can dig into those stigmas we can help the hot tub become the next great American home appliance. Deciding on a name is the first step in vaulting hot tubs from being a discretionary item into the next great appliance that is a must have in each American home. The next step is to educate the consumer on options available that allow us to create a visually aesthetic product that will mesh well with the flow of each unique backyard AND provide enjoyment for all 5 senses.

describe the image Memphis Pool's Josh Henderson & Family

For my schedule and my convenience tolerance a dishwasher is a perfect appliance. It fits nicely under my counter, works well with the color scheme of my kitchen and does its work with little maintenance required. A major obstacle with getting more hot tubs into backyards congruent with dishwashers in kitchens is the aesthetic presentation of a hot tub. Earlier I referred to hot tubs as “stand-alone boxes that are installed in our back yard.” I’m afraid that that description summarizes how most of our population views a hot tub. There are, however, things that can be done to soften the appearance and make a hot tub less aesthetically intrusive and more cosmetically appealing. In my 18 years of installing Hot tubs I have utilized many tricks to help my customers get more satisfaction out of their backyard with a Hot Tub. Here are 5 ideas that have been most common in my installations.

Most hot tub manufacturers have picked up on the unappealing aesthetic quality in hot tubs and have designed cabinets that resemble stone. While these faux products do a better job of matching the “box” to its outdoor environment there is still no avoiding the distraction. In some of my installations I have used a faux stone cabinet and then used a container garden to soften the rigidity of the stone. I am a huge fan of using container gardens around the perimeter of a hot tub to enhance the appearance of the hot tub area. Plants, when planted in containers, allow you to move or reposition foliage for seasonality and functionality. Also, properly placed containers and plants can be used to create flow to the hot tub area.

For those of us that live in suburban areas light pollution is an unfortunate side-affect of living close to the city. Light Pollution is a by-product of lights facing upwards or sideways and the light scatters in the atmosphere and reflects back to the ground. The result of light pollution is our inability to view the stars in all of their heavenly splendor. Have you ever travelled to a remote destination and gazed up at the sky at night? Did you notice the abundance of stars and celestial attractions? Did you ever go back home and at night gaze up only to be disappointed at the view in your back yard? This limited view is the result of light pollution. For Hot Tub owners who want to minimize the effects of light pollution in their backyard there are things you can do to help! First I always try to create some sort of barrier between the lights of the city and the view from the hot tub. Using the house is the most obvious way to reduce light pollution. When determining the final destination of a hot tub and trying to minimize light pollution it is essential to make a pre-delivery visit to the homeowners' house at night. Take a lawn chair with you. While sitting in a lawn chair you are approximately at the same height you would be at while sitting in a hot tub. Now move the chair around the yard until you find a spot where the lights from the city are reduced the most. If there is not obvious spot, then you can use a structure to create a barrier.

 Anti Light Pollution

I have often heard people state that they wouldn't use a hot tub because of the "bad chlorine smell". When I dig in to address the concern the first thought that enters my head is that the person hasn't used a hot tub recently. On most new generation hot tubs, an ozone and mineral cartridge combo is the preferred method of sanitation. When using ozone/mineral cartridge as the primary means of sanitation there is no chlorine smell to the hot tub. Once you have eliminated the chlorine smell there are many tricks you can utilize to make the water smell pleasant. Aromatherapy is the use of natural organisms to enhance your psychological disposition. In the hot tub industry there are many manufacturers of aromatherapy. Essentially you pour an oil-based product into the hot tub and it produces an aroma that is very soothing. In addition to aromatherapy I prefer to plant fragrance plants in close proximity to my hot tub installations. To me, aromatherapy or the smell of honeysuckle or mint while soaking in my hot tub is the perfect compliment to a good massage.


Audio stimulation is another way to further enhance the hot tub experience. Knowing where to install a hot tub in proximity to a neighbor can determine enjoyment of an audio system. Most Hot Tub manufacturers include an option to upgrade to an audio system on the hot tub. Operating the jets on a hot tub necessitates a higher decibel level of conversation. When sitting in a hot tub while operating the jets and trying to listen to music installed on outdoor speakers you will find that it is nearly impossible to hear the music without inconveniencing your neighbors. So unless you live a great distance away from your neighbors and you want to hear music outdoors you may want to consider purchasing a hot tub with a stereo. For consumers who have already purchased a hot tub, but did not get an audio system there is still hope. Soundcast is a manufacturer of premium portable outdoor speakers. The advantage of Soundcast over another manufacturer is that Soundcast speakers are water resistant and you can use your smart phone or tablet to transmit the signal wirelessly. Wireless options are great around bodies of water. Nothing ruins your day like dropping electronics in water. Since Soundcast speakers are portable you can take their speaker and set it on the filter lid of your hot tub and enjoy the audio stimulation at an acceptable decibel level to your neighbors. For those that like the intimacy of headphones I have a solution for that too. Dry Case manufactures water resistant headphones and cases for your electronic devices. Dry Cases are clear pouches that you put your phones or tablets in to enable use in the water.

Sound For The Spa

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My favorite Hot Tub installations are those in which I get to hide the hot tub in plain sight. Hiding the hot tub in plain sight involves pouring a concrete pad for the hot tub to sit on, then sitting the hot tub on the pad, and then building hardscapes around the hot tub to make it seem as if it is part of the terrain. I have used remedial tactics such as surrounding the hot tub with wood decking all the way up to creating a vault and installing the hot tub below grade. Custom installations are a way to truly hide the hot tub and blend the complete installation in a unique way for each back yard.

If you are contemplating hot tub ownership, or have a question about design of your ultimate outdoor areas, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at jhenderson@memphispool.com.  I would be happy to answer your questions or help you find a professional in your area with the resources you need. 

Wishing you well,

Josh Henderson  - Memphis Pool


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What Is A Beach Entry Swimming Pool?

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 @ 03:32 PM

What is a swimming pool with a beach entry?  This swimming pool design incorporates a gently sloping transition from the deck into the water.  The slope is very similar to a real beach. Beach entry is a popular option that replaces the top step with a gentle slope. The depth starts out at zero and slowly slopes to a depth of one foot. 

Symphony Pools Beach Entry The above award winning design by Symphony Pools, Simi Valley, California

Beach entry pools can be very accommodating to a wide variety of pool patrons.  For toddlers, beach entry provides a special splash area for them and a great way for adults to supervise.  Chairs can easily be placed on the slope keeping watchful eyes and helping hands close while allowing adults stay cool on those hot summer days.  

Beach-entry swimming pools are also excellent options allowing ease of entry by people with physical limitations.  The gentle slope makes it easy to either roll the person into the pool or for that individual to use an other assistive walking device to gain entry. 

Klimat Master Pools The above award winning pool design by Klimat Master Pools, Kentucky

Materials and design options are best discussed with a builder who has a proven track record of successful design and construction.  

For more great design resources, check out our digital library or contact the Master Pools Guild member builder nearest you!

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What Is A Gunite Pool?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 01:37 PM

There are many options available to today’s consumer when selecting materials for a swimming pool.   Gunite has long been a popular choice because it is highly durable and it can be used to create a swimming pool in practically any shape. Gunite pools utilize a rebar framework sprayed over with a concrete and sand mixture. This method is preferable over traditional poured concrete that uses a wooden framework to hold the shape of the basin. Gunite is exceedingly durable ensuring that swimming pools made of this substance are built to last. The versatility added to swimming pool design is a major benefit as it provides designers with the ability to create an unlimited array of shapes.

Creative Master Pools

Above pool & spa by Creative Master Pools, Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA

GUNITE: A mixture of cement and sand sprayed onto contoured and supported surfaces used in building inground swimming pools and spas. 

Alka Pools Construction

Above pool & spa by Alka Pool Construction, Vancouver, British Columbia

Gunite pools also allow designers and homeowners the ability to select from a variety of finishes and coordinate the swimming pool finish with the rest of the outdoor living area. Plaster finishes come in an array of shades that can be coordinated with the pool decking of your choice.   There is also the option of utilizing a pebble aggregate finish for a truly unique, high-end feel for your swimming pool design.   Glass tile is another popular, style-setting trend used with Gunite pools.  Tiles come in a variety of colors shapes and textures and add a beautiful artistic element to the finished swimming pool design. 

Lombardo Pools

Above pool & spa by Lombardo Pools, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Gunite pool construction also allows homeowners the option of adding a variety of additional features to the poolscape design.  These include waterfalls, baja ledges and steps, custom spas, the list is endless.  Working with Gunite offers a flexibility in design that means you can customize a swimming pool to your specific taste and budget.

Memphis Pool

Above pool & spa by Memphis Pool, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Geremia Pools

Above pool by Geremia Master Pools, Sacramento, California, USA

Their beauty, versatility and durability make Gunite pools a top choice by today’s consumer and, should a Gunite pool owner decide it is time for a remodel, again, the list of options available is endless. 

 Master Pools of Austin

Above pool & spa design by Master Pools of Austin, Texas, USA

For more information on swimming pool construction and design, we invite you to visit our online resource library or find the Master Pools Guild member builder nearest you.  

Morehead Pools

Above swimming pool & spa by Morehead Pools, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Galloway Pools

Above swimming pool by Galloway Pools, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Watermania pri 2437

Above pool by Watermania, S.A. Guatemala

AquaBlue Pools

Above pool by AquaBlue Pools of Charleston, Charleston-Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA.

We wish you a lifetime of happiness in and around your swimming pool!

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How Do I Know How Much Water Is In My Pool?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

calculationsPool season has arrived in many places and along with opening your pool, pool care becomes part of those wonderful days of summer!

To maintain proper balance in your swimming pool, it is essential to know how many gallons of water your pool holds i.e. your pool’s volume.  Here is a quick explanation of the formula for calculating swimming pool volume:

Four Steps For Calculating Pool Volume

Step 1:  Average Depth

Use the minimum depth and the maximum depth of the pool and divide the result by 2.  For example, your shallow end may be 3 feet deep and the maximum pool depth may be 7 feet.  Your calculation would appear as:

            3+7 = 10

            10/2 = 5

The average depth of your pool would be 5 feet.

Step 2:  Average Width

This can seem a bit more complicated, especially if you have a freeform pool design, but, all you'll need to do is measure & add up the different widths of your freeform pool.  Once you have that figure, simply divide it by the number of widths.  We will use an example of a pool with three widths: 8 feet, 12 feet and 20 feet.  The calculation would be:

            8 + 12 + 20 = 30

Since there are three widths, we divide the 30 by 3:

            30/3 = 10

The average width of the pool would be 10 feet.

Step 3: Measuring the Length

Measure the longest part of the pool.  For our example, let's say that it's 35 feet. 

The average length of the pool would be 35 feet.

Step 4: Finding The Volume Of Your Pool

First we start by determining the cubic feet of the pool, which is multiplying the three numbers above together:

5 feet x 10 feet x 35 feet = 1750 feet cubed

Take your cubic feet of 1750 and multiply by 7.48 x 1750 = 13090 Gallons  Now you know how much water your swimming pool holds  (aka Pool Volume). 

Note measurements above should be taken from the water line.  If any doubt of measurements please always refer to your swimming pool professional.  A one time visit from a professional can save you a larger expense later.

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Can I Build A Swimming Pool In A Small Backyard?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 @ 01:22 PM

Barrington Pools

Master Pools Guild member, Barrington Pools, headquartered near Chicago, Illinois, recently shared a post on their blog regarding swimming pools in small spaces.  Take a look at some of the information/tips they shared if you should have the same question:

Not everyone has a massive backyard just waiting to be developed into an summertime oasis of fun.”  Fortunately, by working with a team of experienced designers you may find you have more options that you had originally thought. 

Patio Pool & Spa This pool designed by Patio Pools & Spas

Barrington shares that the first question to their consumers is usually, "What do you envision in your backyard?" Often the answer comes quickly and today’s consumer may have a Pinterest, Houzz or other platform in place where they have collected photo ideas.  If that is not the case, referring to online photo galleries provides a quick source of photo inspiration but the key to success really rests within the conversations held with the customer.  When a designer gets a clear idea of what the family’s needs/wants/desired lifestyle elements are, then the consideration of yard limitations, grade and soil compositions, lot size, existing vegetation, building codes, etc. are more easily incorporated into a plan. 

Rainey           This pool designed by Rainey Pools

It is very rare for us to tell a customer we can't help them” – Barrington continues. “For instance, most pool designs can be scaled to fit a smaller yard and yards that aren't flat can often have terracing installed so that the hot tub may be slightly above or below the main pool for both an aesthetic as well as functional balance”. 

Genesis Pools This pool design by Genesis Pools

Key takeaways are the following:

 - Make a list of the activities you & your family want to enjoy in and around the pool.

 - Never rule out a space, speak with a professional in your area for guidance and additional       design ideas.  You may be amazed at the possibilities!

Visit our online resource center for more helpful info & free downloads!

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How To Open Your Swimming Pool For The Summer

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Many swimming pool owners keep their pools open year round, even if only for the asthetic value...but for a large percentage of pool owners, each year we have to "open" the pool.  In an effort to provide consumers with guidance on that subject, Master Pools Guild member, Keith Lombardo, of Lombardo Pools offers the following 6 step process to get you "back in the swim." He also suggests pool owners ALWAYS follow any specific instructions given by your builder in reference to opening and closing your pool.  When there is a question, ALWAYS reach out to your builder or your local swimming pool professional for specific guidance.

Lombardo Swimming Pool This award winning swimming pool design by Lombardo Swimming Pools, NC.

As soon as the first warm breezes of spring float across the backyard, our thoughts turn to sparkling water and relaxing days spent living poolside.  Here's is a Six Step Guide for opening your swimming pool.

Step 1 – Remove the cover.

Ok, sounds like an obvious step but you need to remove the cover.  FIRST however, remove any large debris or standing water so that neither slip into your pool when the cover is removed.

Safety Cover - if you have a safety cover in place, you will need an installation rod and hex key in order to remove the springs and the anchors.  Take care to screw the anchors down flush to the concrete. 

Tarp Cover – if your cover is a standard tarp cover, remove any weights (some may be filled with water –those should be emptied).  It is easiest to remove if you start at one end & fold the tarp as you go.  It is a good idea to now unfold & clean the tarp,  (check your local pool supply store) allow it to dry prior to storing for the summer.

Step 2 – Remove All Winter Plugs

Remove all the winter plugs from jets and return lines. 

Step 3 – Skimmer Bucket Maintenance

Remove ice compensators from the skimmer buckets & replace baskets.

Now, check to make sure your water line is mid-way up the skimmer opening prior to starting your filter system. 

Step 4 – Focus On The Filter System

Prior to starting the system, make sure all the drain plugs are properly in place.  Your filter system should have one main drain plug and your pump may have two.

Next, replace the pressure gauge on your filter system + any other parts that belong.

Now inspect the o-ring on your pump lid.  Is it in good condition?  Bend it between your fingers to look for cracks.  If all appears ok, apply a swimming pool o-ring lubricant before putting the pump lid back in place.

Check all the valve settings for proper flow.

Once you have everything back in place it is safe to start your system. 

Note:  You will have to prime your pump, prior to starting. 

1-While pump is off, remove the lid 2- Use a hose or large bucket to fill the pump housing with water 4-Replace the lid & o-ring, then start your pump, it should prime itself.

Step 5 – Test & Shock

Once your pool equipment is running – take a water sample to a professional for water analysis. Make sure that your water is properly balanced. 

Shocking your pool right away as well as adding the appropriate sanitizer, are recommended at this step in the process. 

Be sure all chemical levels are back to normal along with a safe sanitizer level prior to allowing anyone to swim. 

Step 6 – Vacuum.  Vacuuming your pool using a manual vacuum to remove any heavy debris.  This will be a big help if you have an automatic pool cleaner as it will take that initial heavy hit.  After the initial vacuum, you can rely on your automatic cleaner to handle the rest of the season.

Screen Shot 2014 04 06 at 1.57.11 PM  Another custom designed outdoor environment by Lombardo Pools, NC. 

Enjoy your swimming pool! & Enjoy Living Poolside all year long!

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Glass Tile In Swimming Pool Design, What You Should Know

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 @ 01:25 PM

Alka Pool Construction, an award winning swimming pool design and construction firm, offers an "Insider's Guide" to selecting glass tile for your swimming pool project.

Alka Pools ConstructionAward Winning Design By Alka Pool Construction, Ltd.

One of the hottest trends in pools and home décor these past few years has been glass tile.  In our area of Vancouver, BC Canada it has been an ever growing trend that sets the style setters apart from the followers. 
Glass tile is a beautiful product that comes in so many shapes, colours and textures.  It can change a pool from a basic backyard oasis to an elegant, stunning work of art.
It can run from affordable to the extremely expensive and everything in between.  But one thing that remains is the ability to transform any poolscape from drab to fab instantly.
Ok, not really instantly but you get what I mean.  A few tips for pool owners to consider when looking at glass tile;
  • Tile today comes from all over the world.  Here in North America we see a lot of glass tile come from China, Mexico and Italy.  Each have different qualities to attract Consumers.  Some are clean lines and elegant while others have more of a handmade artesian quality.  The style possibilities are endless.
  • What’s your style?  Consider your options;
    • Glass tile comes in clear, glass with white backing, opaque glass (venetian), rough glass and a whole host of various style, shapes and sizes. 
    • Some are straight and consistent in sizing/shapes, while others have a more haphazard look to them.


Tile Samples By Alka Pool 

  • Think about what you like to see.  If you like the refraction of light to bounce off the tile pick one that is either all clear or clear with a white backing.
  • Only want the smoothness of glass but not the transparency? – pick a venetian glass.
  • Take time at the selection stage to do your research.  Whichever style, size or colour you choose, remember your personal style and the environment in which you are using it.  If you like bold colours, purple maybe a great option, if you prefer a more monochromatic in style, matching the tile to the surrounding decking colours would suit you better.




  • Most common sizes we see installed in pools are 1”x1” and ¾”x ¾”.  However, you can also get 1”x2”, 3/8”x3/8” and other sizes.  When looking at glass tile keep in mind a few facts.  If you can see-through the tile you will be able to see the thinset bed as well. So the white or grey thinset will show through and alter the colour of your tile accordingly, regardless of grout colour.  If you have a see through tile try to keep the grout the same colour as the setting materials for consistency of look. 
  • Find a tile in your budget and consider the additional costs;
  • Glass tile pricing ranges greatly.  This is because of where tile is manufactured, how far it travels to us and as always the quality.  You can even get glass tile with gold specks. It’s best to understand how much area you are tiling in square feet or square meters before you start shopping.  That way when you are presented with prices you can do a quick calculation to see if it is in your budget.  If you find you are totally in love with a tile out of your budget consider using it as an accent only to limit your costs.
  • Glass tile is harder to install than regular ceramic or porcelain tile so your labour cost will be higher as well.  This is due to the fact that glass tile has to be cut by hand and in individual pieces to fit in places where a full tile can’t be used, especially in the curved corner of a pool where the floor meets the wall.
  • Also of consideration is an anti-fracture membrane.  This membrane is applied immediately over the mortar bed and provides a bit of flex for the tile.  In frost/freeze climates this is a must on tile bands and particularly any tiled areas which are above ground like vanishing edges.  While these precautionary steps add to the initial investment it contributes to a lasting product.  Many glass tile manufacturers insist on using this product under their tile.
  • It’s wise to have a sample sheet for your tile setter to see when they price out your project.  This way no one has unpleasant surprises.
  • Not all tile setters are skilled in glass tile and not all know what setting materials to use.  Glass is smooth and so creating a solid bond for an underwater application is essential.  Using the right setting materials is critical. Ask your tile setter if they have had experienced in setting glass tile in underwater applications.  Some tile manufacturer’s, such as Bisazza, offer training certification courses in glass tile installation.
  • To mesh or not to mesh…
    • Most tile comes in sheets, generally a 12” x 12” square, held together on a mesh backing or a paper/plastic facing.  For underwater applications a paper/plastic facing is ideal.  This allow the setting material full contact with the tile.  With many mesh backings sometimes the glue used to stick the mesh to the tile is over applied in the manufacturing process.  This limits the bond of the setting materials to the tile.  While mesh is the more popular backing available and often the more affordable choice, care needs to taken to determine whether it is suitable for underwater applications.   Some tile distributors/manufacturers have glass tile on mesh which are guaranteed for pool installation.

 Alka Pool Tile Photo


  • When considering where in your pool, whirlpool or waterscape you will want glass tile, think about the practical use of it.  Glass is very slippery so on steps might not be the best choice.  Adding one or two rows of a non-slip tile for safety can help.  If you are installing glass tile in a whirlpool you might not want to install a tile that has sharp edges; sitting or leaning your back on these types of tiles can cut a person’s skin as grout wears over time.  These are better suited to a tile band where people rubbing up against is not an issue.  Rub your hand over a non-grouted sample.  If you can feel rough edges poking at your skin you will feel the same on your whirlpool seat.


Alka Pool Image - Tile  

Glass tile is a wonderful and beautiful surface.  My personal favourite and a top 10 trend as rated by the Master Pools Guild for 2013.  I see this stunning finish to be even more popular in the future as prices and options in North American are becoming more consumer friendly.  There is no better way to bring that resort feel to your home than with a glorious glass tile pool and whirlpool - by Carla Sovernigo-Pawella - President, Alka Pool Construction.


For more information on the advantages of working with a Master Pools Guild member builder, please visit our About Us page.   

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Is There Something I Need To Do To My Pool Cover In The Winter?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 01:54 PM

During the frigid winter months, many pool owners see their pool as “out of sight, out of mind.” However, just because the pool is “shut down” for its long winter nap that does not mean that maintenance is not required.

Klimat Master Pools      This swimming pool designed & constructed by Klimat Master Pools, Highland Heights, KY


A well balanced pool with properly maintained water level and a clean cover will make your spring opening a breeze!

Klimat Master Pools

Maintaining balanced chemistry is important throughout the winter. Not only will this make life easier when opening your pool in the spring, but it will also benefit your pool’s finish. For example, allowing pH to remain low or high throughout the winter months can cause damage to the plaster, reducing the life expectancy of the plaster, or can cause ugly scale build up. We recommend checking the water chemistry once a month during the off season and making any necessary adjustments. Keeping the water balanced will help keep the water clear, making your opening less stressful and less expensive!

Klimat Master Pools

                  Depending on how you cover your pool, if at all, the pool’s water level may need to be monitored.  While mesh safety covers look great and provide a necessary safety benefit, they are still made of mesh. This means that all of the snow, rain, and ice pass through the cover and into the pool. It is important to monitor the water level as it rises due to the precipitation. When water reaches the tile level, there is potential for some of the water to find its way behind the tile. If that water then freezes and then subsequently thaws, it can cause the tile to crack and/or fall off during the freeze/thaw process. It is important to check the water level of the pool once a month, and if the water level nears the tile (as a general rule we pump pools when the water level gets within 3 inches of the tile), you will need to pump some of the water out of the pool.

                  Finally, keeping a clean cover while the pool is closed will make the pool opening much easier. This goes for all types of covers, whether it be mesh, solid, or an automatic cover. With mesh covers, debris and leaves can disintegrate and get into the pool. It is important to try to brush leaves and debris off of the cover using your telescopic pole and pool brush. With solid covers, the rain and leaves can build up over the winter. This makes the cover very heavy and very difficult to take off, and many times results in stale, stagnant, and debris filled water falling into a clean pool when the cover is pulled off. Using a cover pump and dip net to get water and leaves off the cover once a month during the winter is an easy way to prevent this from happening.

Klimat Master Pools     Another award winning swimming pool design by Klimat Master Pools, Highland Heights, KY

                  Keeping up with this program on a monthly basis makes the job easy. Following these steps can make your spring opening a fast and easy experience. Opening a clear, clean and balanced pool by taking off a clean cover saves time, money and the headache of trying to fight an algae filled pool. But more importantly, it also means that you will have more time to enjoy your backyard vacation in the spring and summer!  


This article contributed by Klimat Master Pools, Highland Heights, KY.  Klimat is an award winning member of the Master Pools Guild

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What Is Geothermal Technology And Will It Heat My Swimming Pool?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 03:01 PM

Lately, geothermal technology has been receiving a good bit of attention in the press.  Master Pools Guild member Geremia Pools, Sacramento California, has been a pioneer in this technology, an early adaptor and a integral member of the industry propelling the technology forward.  But how can that help you economically heat your pool?  Let us explain:

Geremia Pools. CA Design and Construction By Geremia Pools, CA USA

The earth is constantly absorbing heat from the sun.  The term “geothermal” means “the heat in the earth.”  In  many areas the  temperature of the earth, just a few feet below the surface, really does not vary as much seasonally as you might think.  These areas work extremely well for geothermal technology which, in heating mode pulls heat from the ground and unheated pool, and in the cooling mode does the opposite transferring heat from the house to the pool and the ground.   As we stated earlier, Geremia Pools stays on the cutting edge of this technology.  

What is so unique about Geremia’s  GeoSmart Technology is that by using your pool, they are able to dramatically reduce the system's installation cost verses a traditional geothermal system. Their patented equipment connects the system to your pool thereby reducing the number of in-ground panels required. You will find this to be a much more efficient way to lower installation costs while maximizing the energy saving potential for your home.

Geremia Pools

Pool Design and Construction by Geremia Pools, CA  USAP

"GeoSmart Technology will redefine what a swimming pool's overall value is to its owners," says Mike Geremia, President of Geremia Pools. "It is a hidden asset that will yield a good return. By installing our GeoSmart Technology system when building a new pool or remodeling an existing one, pool owners will reduce their home energy bills by up to 70% per month."

The technology not only heats and cools the water in your pool but it also works to help heat and cool your home reportedly saving home owners up to 70%.  For more detailed information click here to access the GeoSmart website.

Homeowners should investigate Federal Tax Credits available on the total investment of this hybrid geothermal system as well as the Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance program, that can  offer financing  up to 100%  for energy efficient improvements that are permanently fixed to residential property.

Geothermal systems have been recognized by The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the most environmentally friendly, cost effective and energy efficient heating and cooling technology available today.  

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When Is The Best Time To Close My Swimming Pool?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

When is the best time to close my pool? That’s a lot like asking “What kind of car should I drive?”. There are different answers for different people, as well as different regions of the country.

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In all but extreme cold climates, pools equipped with heaters can be operated year round. However, it can be cost prohibitive for the average family. In general terms, if you experience extended periods of freezing weather, it’s always a good practice to cover your pool and winterize the piping and filtration equipment before the danger of freezing temperatures occur.

Automatic pool covers are popular in areas that drop below freezing at night but recover to swimmable temps during the day. The cover aids in heat retention and allows the heater to run far less than a pool with no cover at all. These type covers are more expensive than your typical tarp, but in some cases can allow you to enjoy your pool year round. One of the best features of an automatic cover, just turn a key to open or close the pool.

Methods of winterizing differ depending on your area. Nevertheless, it’s always preferable to be overly cautious and take the extra steps to minimize trapped water in pipes or other equipment that could be exposed to freezing temps.

Bottom line, leave your pool  open as long as possible to get the full enjoyment out of your investment. However, don’t delay when you know freezing weather is on the way. Freeze damage repairs can be costly. When in doubt, contact a local, professional resource for guidance.  

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*A special thank you to Memphis Pool's Mark Reed for his assistance in providing this information.

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