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Summer 2015

It’s becoming that time again! We are getting pool openings scheduled for this spring.

Some of you are ready to open within the next few weeks! Others are waiting until May. Remember it’s all about comfort for you and also your pool cover. With mesh covers they allow particles to enter into the pool with the water, so you may want to open sooner than later so that you avoid the algae that could grow. Solid covers, while keeping the water out, need to be pumped off before we can open. We don’t want that messy water to go into your pool and dirty it up. Just a few things to think about.

Give us a call, text or e-mail and we will happily get you set up to open your pool so you can start to enjoy it!

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Winterizing Your Pool! Do It Yourself Helps

Not long ago I wrote a blog about closing your pool. We have been doing a lot of that in the past couple of weeks.

But what if you are interested in doing it yourself? What do you need to know? I’ll give you a few tips (but not all the trade secrets!!) to get you started!!!

First of all, we know that having a clean pool is helpful when closing, but mostly when opening! Dirt and leaves can leave nasty stains on your liner or painted pool bottom. So a good cleaning is advisable, and also please make sure that you dissolve your granular chlorine shock in a bucket before adding to the pool. You want to be careful because undissolved chemicals can also leave unsightly stains!

Don’t forget to remove your ladder, handrails, slide and diving board. Anything else? Yes!! Remove the skimmer baskets, heaters, vacuums, pool cleaners and anything else that shouldn’t be in the pool. Again, remember that dirt doesn’t belong in your pool either, so remember to vacuum that up as well.

Your filter will also need to be back-washed and water level lowered. Drain and plug up your equipment, you don’t want that water to freeze in the pipes. We had many repairs this year from do-it-yourselfers forgetting to blow out all the water from the pipes and they burst because of our cold winter!

Last but not least, make sure your water chemistry is good and put on the cover! Solid or Mesh, take your time to do it right!

I hope this helps some, please feel free to give us a call or an email and we will be happy to help!!!

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Autumn is here! Pool Closings are starting.

We are all sad that summer is coming to an end. That means cooler weather and less swimming. It also means that it is time to start thinking about closing your swimming pool for the season.

Why close your swimming pool? There are a couple reasons.
Weather- with mild weather in the fall, many customers don’t mind keeping their pool open until the middle of October. If this is you, it is important to keep your pool water circulating during the evening hours just in case the weather happens to fall below freezing overnight.
Save Energy- With cooler temps you have to run your pool heater more often and sometimes even longer. Some customers don’t mind paying the extra cost to swim into the late fall months. You will have to run your pool pump longer to ensure water is constantly circulating through the pool and equipment.

If you have questions about getting your pool closed for the winter, would like to schedule your closing or would like further information, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 919-360-5426. We would also like to help you if you need a new pool cover, liner, or equipment.

During the off season we will be going through more training to give you the best service for next year! We hope to hear from you soon.

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Pool season is almost done

Yes, it is getting to be that time again. School is back in session and many of the commercial pools are closing or have already closed. Are you thinking the same thing?

Have you wondered what the reason is to close your pool? The main reason is that you want to protect it during winter months. Last winter it was very cold and many had broken pipes.

Uncovered pool in the winter.

Uncovered pool in the winter.

Also, when you close your pool it also makes things easier when you are ready to open. By keeping the debris out of the pool, it makes for cleaner water in the spring.

When you look at your pool cover, does it have holes in it? Are you using blocks to hold it up? It might be time to get a new one. We offer both solid and mesh safety covers.

What is the difference between the two covers? Solid covers are designed to keep debris out of the pool, while using waterbags to keep the cover on. The downside to these is when too much water sits on the cover it has to be pumped off. solid cover fixed

This is one problem with pool covered not installed correctly

This is one problem with pool covered not installed correctly

solid cover

Mesh safety covers are made from porous material to allow water to flow through while keeping the leaves and branches (as well as wildlife) out the the pool.

Poor little bat stuck in the pool! No worries though, our brave tech got it out!

Poor little bat stuck in the pool! No worries though, our brave tech got it out!

This does allow for easier openings due to the water level being higher from the water being able to enter the pool.
Mesh safety cover as well as a spa cover

Mesh safety cover as well as a spa cover

Which one is best for you? That all depends on you! We would be happy to help!

Please feel free to give us a call and we can help with pricing and other details you need!

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Spa Cleaning

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$200 off liner replacement or $20 off pool opening or cleaning. Special for new customers only. Please call or email for details.

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Spa Maintenance

When properly cared for, a spa can be a great way to unwind and loosen up those sore muscles at the end of a long work day. However, maintenance is key. When left unmaintained, the water in your spa can become filled with bacteria. This can be a serious health hazard. When was the last time you had the water in your spa changed? We recommend this be done every 8 – 12 weeks. Regular maintenance should be done every 2 weeks. Call to schedule your service today!

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I know I am not the only one not happy about the pollen all over everything.  It gets EVERYWHERE!!! That along with the allergies… Such a mess.

But did you know that your pool suffers too? All that pollen on your pool  makes it an ugly mess.  It is best if you can circulate your water a few hours a day to get it moving and off the top.  There may also be some extra wall brushing you may need.

If you don’t want to deal with it yourself, give us a call and we can schedule you for a cleaning.

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Spring!!!! Pool Opening Season!

I am so happy to say that spring is here, or nearly anyway. We can see the trees are blooming, birds are singing, the swimming pools need opening. Yes, I had to slip that in there.

So what do you need to know about openings that we do? If you have a cover, we remove it, rinse it off, fold it up and put it away if you have a place to store it. If you have a mesh safety cover, we remove the cover, remove the anchors, clean them and reinstall them. For all pools, cover or not, we reconnect your filter system, lubricate all the valves, start your system and balance your chemicals.

We highly recommend opening your pool early if you have a mesh safety cover. With a mesh cover, the algae is likely to grow faster, causing you to have a green swimming pool when you open it. Opening it early in the spring does help with algae growth because we can easily treat it.

Please give us a shout when you are ready to open, either calling us, emailing or leaving us a note on our Facebook page!

Hope you all have a great spring, and don’t forget to change your clocks ahead!


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Welcome to Blue Horizon Pool & Spa’s Pool FAQ’s Blog

Now it’s the time of year when the pollen attacks our pools. Don’t be afraid to open the pool! There is a risk that with the rising temperatures your pool may begin to turn green.
You can add a enzyme like Pool Perfect by Natural Chemistry that will allow the pollen to be bonded to each other and captured into the filter. For more info please call 919-360-5426

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