WINTER COVER PUMP OFF

Automatic pool cover pump #2With the fast melt down of snow and ice, make sure cover pumps are able to operate properly.  Make sure ice is out of discharge hose.

Be aware with heavy ice and snow loads, water in pool may have displaced, leaving the level lower than at closing time.

Why it is important for YOU to monitor your swimming pool carefully!

Swimming pools delight family’s world-wide and are a great source of fun and exercise. However, it is important for you to keep tabs on your swimming pool regularly! Some of you hire companies like ours to provide service and cleaning throughout the season. While there, we do a visual check of your pool equipment and levels, and will make you aware of anything we observe that is out of the norm. We recommend that homeowners keep a close eye too as conditions can change like the weather. We want to provide this information to you in order to avoid costly damage or repairs.

For the purpose of this article, we are referring to in ground swimming pools.

1. Water levels: It is imperative that you monitor the water level in your pool to ensure that there is sufficient water flowing to prevent pump burnout and not allow air into your system. Windy or hot days will provide more evaporation!

2. Over the winter months, keep heavy snow/ice loads, leaves and debris off the top of your cover! Too much weight could damage your cover or block your cover pump from operating properly. Use caution with your tool of choice however so that you do not damage/puncture your cover. See. #3.

3. If you notice your cover sagging more than usual, check your water level in the pool. Add water if necessary and monitor. Is there a hole in your cover? You could be pumping your pool water out of the pool with your cover pump!

4. Chemically balance your pool weekly! This is one of the easiest and most important tasks homeowners should do to protect their surface, pool equipment, and family. Need help? Contact us!

5. Monitor your filter pressure! Know what your “normal” starting filter pressure is on your system and monitor it regularly. If your filter pressure rises 10-15psi above your starting pressure, it’s time to backwash or clean your filter cartridges! Note: Your starting filter pressure will NOT be the same each year, due to age and condition of your filter media.

If you have questions about any of the information posted above, feel free to contact us by visiting our website at www.redrosepoolservice.com.

DUCK! How to discourage ‘FOUL FRIENDS’ from visiting your pool

Living in beautiful Lancaster County, PA provides us with four separate seasons of weather. Its springtime now and swimming pool opening season is here! In addition to the lush green grass and daffodils popping up everywhere, our fine feathered friends are also “busy” mating, laying eggs and cleaning out their nests. Many times that involves your swimming pool. Birds will deposit their waste and nest material around or in your pool to ward off predators. Momma ducks sometimes use your swimming pool for her ducklings’ first swimming lesson. This is not very sanitary or safe for you or them.

More than once I’ve had a Mother Mallard duck flying directly at me like a 747 while cleaning the swimming pool. I didn’t realize that I was “too close” to her nearby nest perched in the tall grasses around the pool. QUACK! That explains the term “DUCK” I suppose?

There are some simple solutions to help avoid these ‘foul friends’ from using your swimming pool or deck as a landing place. While we can’t guarantee unwanted guests, we have had good feedback from our customers who gave this a try.

1) Purchase plastic owls and snakes and place them strategically around your yard. You may want to inform the other family members so no one gets…uh…surprised.
2) Keep your pool covered with a solar blanket when it’s not in use. If you receive “droppings” gifted on top of the cover, remember to clean the cover before putting it back on the pool. We’ve got cover cleaner in-stock!!
3) Try one of our friendly floating penguins or dolphins in your pool. Just the movement in the water will distract visitors.

ADA Pool Lift Compliancy

Attention all Commercial & Public Pool owners. You must be ADA Pool Lift Compliant at your facility. THIS IS THE LAW!! There have been 21 reported cases of major hotel chains that have been cited for the lack of their compliancy. The fines will be heftier than the price of the lifts themselves. Call us today if you need our help becoming ADA Pool Lift Compliant.

DUCK! How to discourage ‘FOUL FRIENDS’ from visiting your pool

Living in beautiful Lancaster County, PA provides us with four separate seasons of weather. Its springtime now and swimming pool opening season is here! In addition to the lush green grass and daffodils popping up everywhere, our fine feathered friends are also “busy” mating, laying eggs and cleaning out their nests. Many times that involves your swimming pool. Birds will deposit their waste and nest material around or in your pool to ward off predators. Momma ducks sometimes use your swimming pool for her ducklings’ first swimming lesson. This is not very sanitary or safe for you or them.

More than once I’ve had a Mother Mallard duck flying directly at me like a 747 while cleaning the swimming pool. I didn’t realize that I was “too close” to her nearby nest perched in the tall grasses around the pool. QUACK! That explains the term “DUCK” I suppose?

There are some simple solutions to help avoid these ‘foul friends’ from using your swimming pool or deck as a landing place. While we can’t guarantee unwanted guests, we have had good feedback from our customers who gave this a try.

1) Purchase plastic owls and snakes and place them strategically around your yard. You may want to inform the other family members so no one gets…uh…surprised.
2) Keep your pool covered with a solar blanket when it’s not in use. If you receive “droppings” gifted on top of the cover, remember to clean the cover before putting it back on the pool. We’ve got cover cleaner in-stock!!
3) Try one of our friendly floating penguins or dolphins in your pool. Just the movement in the water will distract visitors.

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