When looking to save money on managing your swimming pool there are things, that when adhered to, save lots of money over the course of a year. Of course, there are variables to remember like the size of the pool and the climate you live in. At the end of the day, it’s best to remember that you only get out what you put in. That means being responsible for the daily and weekly management of your swimming pool and equipment. Either with a professional pool cleaning company or doing it on your own regular maintenance is vital.
Cut Swimming Pool Expenses
1. Swimming Pool Covers
Pools that have covers reduce water evaporation rates. This means adding more water becomes less frequent. They don’t cost much and are a great investment with a big return for saving cash. Pools with covers also keep the water warmer and because of this, the heater works less.
2. Weekly Maintenance (at least)
There is a saying, “Non-use is abuse” and that is true when maintaining your pool. Each week things like adjusting water chemistry, cleaning filters, skimming water surface and vacuuming walls and bottom are important. For instance, if the water chemical balance is left unchecked you soon will be facing an algae problem which is costly to correct.
3. Water Features (Fountains, Waterfalls)
Backyard swimming pools that have waterfalls or fountains also eat up lots of energy when left running. Sure they look great, give a nice ambiance and are soothing to see and hear but they cost money to run. When not at home make it a point to turn off fountains, waterfalls or cascades. This will add up to a great savings over time.
4. Swimming Pool Pump
Does the pump run more than 10 hours a day? Do you still have an old one-speed pump? If the answer is yes to either of these questions there is money ready for saving. Cutting run times by 2 hours each day of the week will save around $10 a month. More money is also saved when pumps run during off-peak times. Also, replacing your old single speed pump with a variable speed pool pump dramatically cuts operating costs each month.
5. Water Temperature
Many folks love having a nice warm swimming pool ready to use. A warm pool with friends on a cold night in the Antelope Valley is a great thing. With those good times comes a price when keeping the water warm. Save extra money by lowering the temp of the water a few degrees to where it is still comfy for swimming. A rule of thumb is when not in use, keep the water temps down.
We hope the advice above helps some of our Palmdale, Lancaster and Quartz Hill clients save money managing their swimming pool.
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.
5 Tips Better Backyard Swimming Pool Looks
- Find furniture at neighborhood yard sales
- Cheap decorations from thrift stores
- Search local swap meets
- Second-hand item smart phone apps
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Go 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.
Why 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.
A 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.
Representing the Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill communities Great White Pool and Spas family member Andrew Mitchell got nominated for high school performance of the week in track and field. Andrew a Senior at Lancaster Desert Christian ran 14:25 to win seeded race at 43rd Bell-Jeff Invitational, No. 10 all-time on the 2.94-mile Griffith Park course. This is a national poll so lets help make team Great White Pool and Spa and Lancaster CA proud!
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