We recently told you about attending a conference where we got to meet with other people in the industry, and where we received an award. The APSP International Awards of Excellence program distinguishes and rewards spas, hot tubs and pool installation, plus other water features that showcase the most attractive and creative work within the industry.
Our official award was the 2014 APSP International Award of Excellence merit award in the “Freeform” category. It was truly an honor to be recognized as one of the best in the industry of water features and pool installation, as there were many companies that put together great scenes for the competition.
But the best part is that this award is giving us some great tools to better serve our customers. In the coming months, you will see some videos and mailings from us with some of the great information and products we learned about while we were in Orlando.
Winner photos can be viewed at www.aqthemagazine.com. Come on down and see our plaque and pictures from the event, and see what we can offer you to be our next award winning backyard.
Who doesn’t love the cool, refreshing waters of swimming pools on hot, summer days? Whether you cherish your time relaxing with family and friends on the weekend or rely on your pool for exercise, a sparkling clean swimming pool is a superb addition to any home. Keeping it in top shape throughout a season confronted by bacteria, environmental pollutants, and body oils can be a challenge, however. Whether you have an in ground gunite pool or a vinyl liner pool, here are five tips to preserving the life of your investment:
- Routine maintenance – Maintenance is key. Swimming pools need to be tested and cleaned at least once per week, whether or not they are used. This maintenance includes skimming the leaves and debris from the water and emptying the baskets. If you don’t own an automatic vacuum, be sure to remove any debris from the bottom using a manual pool vacuum.
- Brush down the pool – It’s important to apply surface cleaner to the waterline on the pool walls and use a pool brush to remove any recent discoloring or residue. This will keep your pool looking sparkling clean and help prevent staining. It’s also vital to use a pool brush on the bottom of the pool to help prevent algae buildup and help disperse chemicals and improve circulation.
- Check pH and chlorine levels and treat accordingly – The pH and chlorine levels on swimming pools need to be checked at least twice a week using a commercial test kit. It’s best to keep chlorine levels at 1.0 to 3.0 parts per million (ppm). The pH should stay in the range of 7.4 to 7.6. Pool experts recommend you test your pool water at least four hours after swimming and eight hours after rainfall or a storm. For best results, experts suggest testing at dusk. If you are uncertain of your results, many local pool care businesses offer advice and free testing services.
- Shock the pool – In an effort to eliminate containments and algae, experts recommend you super chlorinate your pool water at least once a week, also known as “shocking” the water. This process helps keep your pool water safe as it requires the use of three to five times the normal amount of chlorine or chemical sanitizer to drastically raise chlorine levels. This process kills anything organic. It’s best to shock the pool at dusk and avoid swimming for at least the following 24 hours.
- Run a filtration system regularly – While running a filtration system can get costly, the process is vital to the health and longevity of swimming pools. A pool pump helps remove debris from the water and keeps chemicals well-mixed. Experts recommend running the filtration system as often as possible for best results.
Please give Treescapes a call at 316-733-6388 or drop by our showroom at 1202 N. Andover Road if you have questions about how to effectively maintain swimming pools, or if you need a professional pool service.
There’s nothing better than coming home from a long day at work and entering a backyard filled with luscious landscaping and a cool swimming pool. Perhaps a quick dip in the sparkling waters could help reduce your stress. Or, perhaps your family could use some quality time together. Maybe it’s time for pool construction!
Before you call the experts, for instance Treescapes, you have to think about whether you can afford to build a private pool, and if so, how you could begin to decide which type of pool is right for your budget and location?
There are many styles of pools available with differences in pool construction, cost and lifetime maintenance. Two of the most common, the vinyl liner and the gunite pool, are very popular in the United States and each carries disadvantages and advantages.
- Vinyl Liner Pool
A vinyl liner pool is not actually made of vinyl, it’s really a concrete or steel-sided pool which uses a vinyl lining as its membrane. You can design a vinyl pool in virtually any shape you want and construction turnaround is usually a matter of weeks. These pools are very popular as vinyl pool construction is less expensive than gunite pools and can last for several decades.
- Gunite Pool
The most popular design in the United States, the gunite pool is constructed using a framework grid with steel reinforcing rods. A heavy coating of cement and sand (gunite) is sprayed around the rebar which is then smoothed by hand. A final finish is added to the rough surface about a week later and the pool can be decorated with tile. Similar to the vinyl pool, you have a lot of design freedom with the gunite pool.
- Vinyl Liner Pool
While it can be repaired with a quick and inexpensive chemical weld, it is possible to cut or tear a vinyl liner which could cause a leak. Full replacement runs $3,000 to $5,000 depending on your pool size. Not every backyard is a contender for a vinyl pool, especially if there is a major slope in the property or there is the presence of ground water.
- Gunite Pool
Depending on where you live and your climate, construction of the gunite pool can take a few months to because of the curing of the concrete. While very durable, the gunite pool may need to be replastered every 12-15 years, depending on the level of pool care.
- Vinyl Liner Pool
In addition to being more cost effective to construct than gunite, vinyl liner pools are said to provide better insulation and there are endless liner patterns and colors available. The non-slip finish is popular with swimmers and the liners are treated to help discourage algae growth. Depending on maintenance, the estimated life of a liner is about eight to 10 years and a replacement takes only a couple of days.
- Gunite Pool
The sky is the limit when designing the gunite pool. You can add all sorts of customized finishes from decorative tile to pebbles and glass to make your pool unique. You can add a variety of features such as custom steps and waterfalls. These pools are highly durable and can be enjoyed for decades.
Please give Treescapes a call at 316-733-6388 or drop by our showroom at 1202 N. Andover Road if you have pool construction needs, or if you have questions about pool maintenance.