5 Tips Better Backyard Swimming Pool Looks

Here are five great things for better backyard swimming pool looks on a budget. Homeowners on our service routes in the Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill areas often ask us decorating tips. The first place to start is neighborhood garage and yard sales to find lots of backyard furniture for less than what’s charged at a big box store. Local thrift stores also host many items that can spruce up the looks of your swimming pool and the entire backyard for a few bucks.

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5 Tips Better Backyard Swimming Pool Looks


  1.  Find furniture at neighborhood yard sales
  2.  Cheap decorations from thrift stores
  3.  Search local swap meets
  4.  Second-hand item smart phone apps
  5.  Craigslist free items section

Just walking around the block you’ll also find lots of great items to improve the looks of your backyard and swimming pool. Many times homeowners also have their old outdoor furniture sets for sale at very low prices.

There’s great thrift stores also in Palmdale and Lancaster for decorations that will look great outside near the water. We’ve seen everything from portable tiki bars to also bird baths with fountains.

Many of our clients go to the swap meet and get very inexpensive potted plants and hanging plants that are also great decorations for the backyard.

Besides doing incredible things like automatically controlling the lighting around your swimming pool smartphones also have great apps to find local items in your neighborhood. This is the new way that’s best to connect with local folks just a few miles away.

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Use the internet for free items in your neighborhood that also enhance the looks of your backyard Oasis. With Craigslist check the free item section. Folks are throwing away furniture, inflatable lounges, plants, and many other items. These items will be a great addition to the backyard and the swimming pool. And the best part of those deals is that they are free!

Our company has serviced Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill area swimming pools for decades. We hope these tips get rid of the problem of affordably updating the pool area. Get rid of that sparse look in the backyard and on a budget create an enjoyable experience for your friends and family.

Summer Pool Maintenance

Summer Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

When it gets hot in the Antelope Valley summer swimming pool maintenance is vital. Summer months are the busiest for residential pool owners. This is because there’s no better way to beat the heat then taking a dip in the water. And with the extra use is the need to increase the maintenance. With the hotter days comes more usage each day of the week.

Extreme weather be it hot or cold effects how pools get maintained. When it’s hot and the sun is beating down on the water for longer hours it’s important to check the chemical balance of the pool water. During July and August it’s best to run the filter a bit longer, at least an extra 2 hours. If a filter doesn’t run long enough during days and weeks of the summer months water will start to lose its crystal clean look.

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Summer Swimming Pool Maintenance Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz Hill

When water temps start to rise with the hotter days in the Antelope Valley more folks are using the pool boosting chlorine levels. Adding extra tabs to the chlorinator or turning the dial-up to keep the levels of the chlorine maintained. Shocking the swimming pool water also prevents bacteria and algae from creating cloudy looking water.

Pools with lots of folks going in and out daily means suntan lotion or sunblock will be entering the water too. When commercial or residential pools are not maintained each week during summer these oils will end up sticking to the pool side water line. Next thing you know there’s a dirty ring all around the pool.

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Boosting summer swimming pool maintenance keeps water swim safe for yourself, family and guests using the pool. We hope some of these tips lets you keep your pool a clean sparkling blue all summer long. Remember with hot days the things mentioned above need maintaining a bit more. This helps prevent your Palmdale, Lancaster or Quartz Hill area pool from turning cloudy or greenish looking.







Pool Party Theme Ideas

Antelope Valley Pool Party Ideas

In the Antelope Valley pool parties are a plenty because there’s nothing better than a fun pool get-together with family and companions. Could be a child’s birthday gathering or perhaps just wanting to appreciate the sun with a pool party. Before the invites are sent here’s some fun ideas to create a unique themed pool party. There’s no limits to the look you give the backyard oasis but here’s a few festive ideas. Whatever your pool party theme it’s best to give enough seating areas and areas for serving drinks and snacks.

Remember before you start planning don’t forget to have the pool professionally cleaned the day or day before on the week of your party. Having a dirty pool or murky green water as the centerpiece of your event is the last thing a host wants to deal with. You’d be surprised at the amount of times we’ve had Antelope Valley pool owners call us on the same day as their party with just hours to go.

Antelope Valley Pool Party Themes for Summer

  • Tropical Theme
  • Beach Theme
  • Vegas

Tropical Theme

Tropical Antelope Valley Pool PartyGo tropical with a party than involves palm trees, pina coladas and some coconuts for decorations. Inflatable palm trees are inexpensive at most department stores. Many stores also have inflatable flamingos and tropical fish that really will make the theme complete. With not much time transform your pool into a spot in the Hawaiian or Caribbean islands for your guests by also adding tropical plants or flowers. Experiment with different accents of tropical colors to complete your back yard tropical oasis. There is no shortage of tropical drinks to serve so grab your favorite rum and make the party extra festive.

Beach Theme

Beach Pool Party Palmdale CAWhy not bring the beach to your Lancaster and Palmdale area pool. A vintage throw back beached themed party will bring the so-cal coast to the heart of the Antelope Valley. Add a few beach chairs, some hand-made beach signs, and a couple old surfboards and transform your backyard to a scene from your favorite Annette and Frankie 60’s beach movie. Set up a cabana, blast some beach boys and don’t forget the hawaiin shirts. Get the BBQ going with some shrimp and steaks and your guests will think its a surf and turf Malibu beach party. Accent tables with starfish and shells and keep colors to sand and blue shades.

Vegas Theme

Vedas Style Pool Party LancasterA Las Vegas Pool Party theme is also a fun idea. Vegas is known for pool gatherings and this is fun for a grown-up pool party. Use colors like red, dark, and white, with splashes of gold and green. Dice prints and gaming party table cloths are cheap and available at most discount shops. Break out the poker chips, set up some game tables and roll out that portable bar and it’s on. Of course a nice lawn area is best for this theme but not mandatory. We’ve seen pool party Vegas thmes that even had waiters and waitress serving drinks to guests as they play Vegas games. You can serve drinks while visitors play poker by the pool. Urge participants to wear their best Vegas pool outfit to make this thought finish.


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Spring Swimming Pool Maintenance Savings

With warm weather on the horizon in the Antelope Valley, folks are thinking about summer swimming pool maintenance. With those warm days of swimming ahead, Great White Pool is offering a $25 spring discount until 05/17/17. Save on maintenance and equipment repairs to prepare for fun days in the sun with friends and family. Even use the savings for that new snorkel and mask or also an inflatable for the kids.

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Save on weekly maintenance or cut costs on fixing a broken pump or filter. Our technicians also check equipment, adjust water chemical balance and make sure the pool is swim-safe and ready for summer. This includes skimming the water surface, brushing the walls and vacuuming the pool’s bottom.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

  • Once a week cleaning services
  • Pump and filter repairs and installs
  • Green water cleanups
  • Chemical balancing and adjusting
  • Lighting installs and repairs

Whether it’s a one-time cleaning to prepare for the season or setting up a regular maintenance plan we’re here to lend a hand. With today’s busy lifestyles for many families, it’s common that maintenance is left undone. To make sure the pool and water are safe for swimming it’s best to hire professionals. We know many folks also don’t have extra time to properly clean, inspect equipment and make sure the water chemicals are correct. Our company has managed hundreds of pools in Palmdale, Lancaster, Quartz hill and all parts of the Antelope Valley for more than 20 years.

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Antelope Valley Pool Cleaning CompanyOur family business based in Palmdale has spent decades cleaning and servicing swimming pools all throughout the Antelope Valley. From once a week to custom scheduled visits we work closely with clients giving maintenance solutions. A full-service company offering everything from certified variable speed pump installs, heater repairs, filter replacements to also tile cleaning. We love to clean pools and it shows after each time we visit. With great reviews for trusted commercial and residential maintenance plans now save a little extra this spring until May 17th, 2017.

Changing Pool Water Lancaster Palmdale

Changing Swimming Pool Water

Changing swimming pool water and how often is a question many of our Antelope Valley pool service clients ask. This is because of the recent lift on restrictions when it comes to water conservation in Palmdale and Lancaster. As a general rule of thumb change water every five to seven years. Factors like chemicals, filter, and vacuum usage, plus water type (soft or hard) plays an important role when changing water. Other things that play an important role on how often water is changed are water evaporation levels and how often pools get serviced.

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Changing Swimming Pool Water Factors

As mentioned above how often you change the swimming pool water has many factors to consider. One important reason water needs changing neglected chemical balancing. If for any reason the chlorine and PH levels are not correct and drop between levels of 1.0 PPM it becomes ineffective at keeping water swim-safe. Algae and other bacteria at this point will flourish. It’s always best to have PH levels between 7.2 and 7.6.

Another thing to remember is water type. Many swimming pools and the Antelope Valley use both hard and soft water. Pools that use hard water need servicing more often because of the buildup of minerals. It’s important with hard water swimming pools to scrub and brush walls often.

If water is cloudy or green for long periods of time or smells bad those are reasons to consider changing water. There are times when shocking the pool will fix been cloudy and bad-smelling water but in cases that are very bad, it’s best to completely change the pool water.

Got questions about changing swimming pool water for you Lancaster, Palmdale or Quartz Hill area swimming pool? Our technicians have over 20 years experience maintaining swimming pools in the Antelope Valley and are here to help.


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Holiday Swimming Pool Decorations Last Minute Ideas

Need last-minute ideas for Holiday swimming pool decorations? Check out these great tips for Palmdale and Lancaster area homeowners who want to enhance their pool area for the holiday season. During the festive season why stop at the inside of your home with decorations. Holiday decorations for the pool are not as common like the items bought for the inside and front of your home. Because decorations for the pool designed for the holidays are not as available we offer some holiday pool decorating tips.

Holiday Swimming Pool Decorations

One easy idea for decorating the pool are inflatable DIY floating decorations. With some cheap inflatable rings and holiday lawn decorations transforming your pool into a wintertime wonderland is quite easy!

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Even the most minimal effort will deliver some of the best-looking results. Adding underwater pool lights in red and green will bring colorful festive results.

Holiday Swimming Pool Lighting

Swimming Pool Holiday Lighting

Even if you don’t feel like decorating your pool just adding simple underwater lights will do wonders. With holidays come family and friends and what better way to entertain than to spruce up the pool lighting. Waterproof submersible lights are great decorations too. With clear casings, they help light spread the light across the water. Because submersible lights are clear they blend with the water to create a lighting effect that illuminates the water as if it’s been colored. Just a few color changes and the result will be immediate to the eye. With current automated pool lighting technology, it’s possible to know have entire color schemes changing from a smart phone.

If pressed for time right before the family gathers and want to include your pool as part of the festivities these tips will help. Our pool service company has seen great lights and effects over the years of supporting residential swimming pools. Make this year one that includes a new look for the pool area. And from us to all of you have a great holiday from us here at Great White Pool and Spa.



Pool Winterizing Tips Palmdale

Pool Winterizing Lancaster Palmdale Area Pools

Pool winterizing Lancaster Palmdale pools is not the same as other parts of the country where temps are lower. We get calls often from clients asking about pool winterizing. The Antelope Valley gets chilly in winter and during this time pools go inactive for periods of time. During the drop in weather there’s less use of the pool so here’s some tips to protect your pool and equipment. One tip is reducing pump run times to cut operation wear. Another option is having a pool cover to stop heavy winds from blowing dirt and debris into the water. If temps do get to freezing remember to run your pump to keep your water lines safe.Pool Winterizing Lancaster

Pool Winterizing Lancaster Palmdale

When the weather chills much effort goes into getting a pool ready for winter. In climates where freezing is a winter issue this means draining a part of the pool, put anti freeze into water lines and reducing run times on equipment. Whereas here in Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill winterizing swimming pools is not as intense. Just like summer it’s vital in winter for regular pool service. Many times owners will cut back on the amount of regular cleanings and within a few days problems arise. Issues like algae spots appearing will lead to extra cleaning costs if left untreated for a few weeks.

It’s best to keep an eye on the pool during cold months when used less. Our Lancaster Palmdale area pool cleaning company gives professional winterizing services for the off-season. Everything from making sure freeze units are working correctly and monitoring equipment like, pumps, filters and motors. This is important because regular maintenance like this keeps weather related issues at bay and pumps and filters running smooth. Is your Palmdale, Lancaster or Quartz Hill pool ready for winter? Contact our company today and speak with one of our aquatic technicians about pool winterizing services.

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Great White Pool Cleaning Company Baby Tips

Baby Swimming Tips Great White Pool Cleaning

Our pool cleaning company is often asked by Lancaster Palmdale owners of pools about babies and their first time swimming or being in the water. When getting your young one ready for their first day it’s best to start in the bathtub. At six months a baby with an adult is safe in the pool but many feel safer in the tub. One tip is to join the baby in the bath to show the young one how relaxing in a water environment is. Having a regular cleaning schedule for both your pool weekly and child daily in the tub makes keeping kids and backyard pools clean and happier. Of course, it’s best to bond with your recent newborn because this type of service has a value impossible to measure.

Great White Pool Cleaning Lancaster Palmdale Baby TipsStart off getting in the tub with your baby to make him or her feel more relaxed. It’s best to splash water lightly on the face because it’s like a splash of pool water. Once comfy a quick dunk of the head underwater. Once the baby enjoys their head dunked learning to float is next. While holding the baby lower them into the water. Keep holding the child until they become relaxed and comfortable. In no time you’ll see your little one splashing, laughing and loving the water. Adding floating toys suitable for babies will further improve water skills where they are moving their limbs in the water. Believe or not some of these kids even start their own pool cleaning companies as adults. Now that’s a love of being near water!

Great White Pool Cleaning Baby Swimming Tips

  • Set regular cleaning time for baths
  • Make sure baby is not hungry or tired
  • Have a warm & comfortable water temp
  • Create a fun environment for cleaning in the tub

Always supervise your baby, toddler or young one when in the water whether the tub or swimming pools. Reinforcing fun in the water builds a toddler’s confidence and it’s all because you started in the bath. When moving to swim pools to teach children swimming there are lots of great articles online to read. As parents of children ourselves and residents of the Palmdale Lancaster area, we’ve seen toddlers become swimming greats through the years while cleaning pools of our customers.


Pool Filter Maintenance is Important

Pool filter maintenance in this part of the Antelope Valley is vital but many homeowners do not know this. Ones that do know try to do cleaning and repairing cartridges on their own, but is it worth it? Pool filter cartridges are not cheap and if not kept up weekly you’ll end up losing some money.

Our pool cleaning company operates in Palmdale, Lancaster and Quartz Hill providing a full spectrum of services. Some of our services include week by week maintenance, swimming pool equipment fixes and green water cleaning. If there’s one thing we know it’s filters and the damage that can occur when not properly maintained.

Pool filter maintenance Palmdale CA

If you want to keep up water cleanliness then it’s vital to keep your pool filter clean. The main type of filter systems include sand, cartridge and DE filter systems.  And for over 20 years we’ve worked with all makes and models.

Our Lancaster, Quartz Hill and Palmdale clients often ask how often filters need cleaning? This is different with different filters but the best thing to do is take a reading when the filter is clean. If the PSI pressure goes above 10 then it’s time to do a cleaning. Be careful because  clogged filters get dirty and back pressure rises and overall rate of flow drops.

Pool Filter Maintenance

With cartridge filters It’s always important to watch their operation and make sure there’s never too much flow through the filter. Most filters have a label that will show the greatest pressure rating. Make sure to always stay within this guideline. Pressure readings vary depending on the filter and if it’s properly sized for your system.

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Our company offers filter repairs and replacements for most popular filters. Our annual pool filter maintenance includes removing large particles and debris and letting it sit in a cleaning solution. This will get rid of any nasty build up. If you can’t remember repairing your filter or having it checked out call us to help.

Our company provides pool filter cleaning and replacement services in Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill.

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