Protecting Your Pool Equipment during a Freeze

Run your pool equipment continuously during the freeze. You’ll need to change your timers to run the pool equipment at night and continue to run the equipment if freezing temperatures continue into the day. If you have Freeze Protect, your equipment should turn on automatically and will cycle on and off throughout the day.

DO NOT WRAP YOUR PIPES: The pool pump will get hot and create a fire hazard.
Don’t forget to have your pool water tested during the winter, so you can enjoy it immediately in the spring.

For a free Winter Water Analysis, visit your nearest Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture store in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, or Gonzales.

How to Care for Pools after Heavy Rains

Heavy rains wreak havoc on your beautiful clear blue pool water.  Don’t delay treating it, and you can prevent a small problem from turning into a big issue.   Here are steps for getting swimming pools back into pristine shape:

1. If the pool is operational after heavy rain, remove any excess water from the pool by backwashing or wasting through the filter.

2. Test the pool water’s pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness ( or take about a pint of pool water to your local Sabine Pools for a quick computerized water analysis). Make adjustments as needed.

3.  For chlorinated pools, apply a double dosage of a chlorinating shock product such as BioGuard’s Burn Out3® or Smart Shock®. Circulate pool for 24 hours.  Monitor the chlorine level for the next 24 hours to ensure you can maintain a 1 – 3ppm level. Add chlorinating shock as needed to maintain levels.   If Mineral Springs or Salt is applied in the pool, check those levels and add as necessary.

4.  If using a non-chlorine, biguanide system such as BioGuard’s SoftSwim®, add both sanitizer and a double dosage of the shock product.  Circulate pool for 24 hours.  Monitor sanitizer level (holding 40ppm) and shock levels (maintaining 40ppm – 60ppm) for 24 hours. Add products as needed to maintain proper levels.

5. After water is balanced and sanitizer levels are stable, you can resume use of the pool.

If heavy rain led to flooding please follow the steps described in an earlier blog: http://www.sabinepools.com/how-to-repair-flood-damaged-swimming-pools/

How to Repair Flood-Damaged Swimming Pools

How to Repair Flood-Damaged Swimming Pools

  1. Remove all solid debris from the pool.
  2. For in-ground pools, examine pool edges and the ground around the pool for damage.  For above-ground pools, inspect the pool structure.  Seek help from a professional pool builder or repair service to correct any structural problems.
  3. Ensure the pump motor is adequately dry before resuming operation.  Drain down any excess water from the pool.
  4. Use a floccing agent such as BioGuard’s PowerFloc® and vacuum the waste.  Flocculants are chemical compounds that when added to water cause suspended agents to sink.  Once settled on the bottom of the pool, the previously suspended articles can be vacuumed.
  5. Circulate the pool for 24 hours, and then test the pH, Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness (or take about a pint of water to your local Sabine Pools for a quick, computerized chlorine demand analysis).  Make adjustments as needed.  For chlorinated pools, apply a double dosage of a chlorinating shock product such as BioGuard’s Burn Out3® or Smart Shock®.  If using a non-chlorine, biguanide system such as BioGuard’s SoftSwim®, add both sanitizer and a double dosage of the shock product.  Circulate pool again for 24 hours.
  6. Monitor the chlorine level for the next 24 hours to ensure you can maintain a 1 – 3ppm level.  Add chlorinating shock as needed to maintain levels.  For biguanide pools, monitor sanitizer level (holding 40ppm) and shock levels (maintaining 40ppm – 60ppm) for 24 hours.  Add products as needed to maintain proper levels.
  7. Clean the filter using a cleaner such as Kleen It® or Strip Kwik®.
  8. After water is balanced and sanitizer levels are stable, you can resume use of the pool.

For more information, please call your local Sabine Pools store directly or 1-800-960-7665.  Online scheduling for maintenance and repairs is also available at http://www.sabinepools.com/maintenance/submit-a-service-request/

PREPARING YOUR POOL WHEN A STORM IS COMING

 
In South Louisiana, we are accustomed to acting quickly to prepare for incoming hurricanes or storms.  We rush to get our groceries, supplies, and gasoline, and still have time to prep the pool.  We hope for best and plan for the worst!  Here’s a quick checklist to prepare the pool.
Storm Prep Pool Tips:
1) Keep the pump running 24/7 to prepare for heavy rains.
2) Get chlorine levels above 5 ppm.
3) Keep tablets or sticks in the skimmer or feeder, or keep the sanitizer boost on, because rain will dilute the chlorine level.
4) Secure items around the pool to avoid wind damage.
If you have enough advance warning, bring in a water sample for a free computerized analysis.  For more information, contact your nearest Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, or Gonzales LA.  We will maintain normal store hours as long as possible during storm prep periods.

10 Tips & Time-Savers for the Best Summer Ever!

Make this the best summer ever with the following 10 tips, time-savers, water-care ideas, and maintenance and safety suggestions for backyard living.

1Safety
first.
  Follow a few commonsense
rules in the backyard and around the pool: keep each child within arm’s length
at all times; designate an adult as water watcher; ensure that the pool’s fence
is always locked, and install both gate and pool alarms to alert you to
unsupervised pool use.

2Use plants
to dress up the landscape.
  A bit of
backyard greenery can be both pretty and functional.  Use shrubs for form, foliage-heavy plants for color, and sturdy perennials for reliability.

3Add years
to backyard furnishings.
  If mildew
spots appear on outside chairs and tables, wash the fabric according to
manufacturer directions and dry in the sun.
Then mix together equal parts lemon juice and salt; spread on the
stain.  Dry in the sun again and rinse thoroughly.

4 Organize
backyard toys and tools.
  Two simple
storage rules for keeping backyard clutter to a minimum: air out wet things by
storing them in big mesh bags or open-weave crates; toss all the little bits –
sunscreen, dive toys – into a clear plastic shoe organizer hung on the fence
where everyone can easily find them.

5 Stay healthy
with a water workout.
  According to
the Centers for Disease Control, just 21 minutes a day of exercising in a pool
can decrease your risk of chronic disease.
If swimming laps doesn’t excite you, there are other great ways to get
moving.  Try kickboxing using water as
the resistance and enjoy the benefits of strength, endurance and balance.  Depending on intensity, a typical water
exercise session of 40 to 50 minutes can burn up to 600 calories.

6Maintain a
perfect pool.
  A pool filled with
cloudy water equals no fun.  Fortunately
there’s a pool-care strategy – Circulation, Filtration, Cleaning, Testing and
Chemistry – that equals a stellar pool season.
Maintaining a pool, its equipment and beautiful water requires proper
water treatment.  The pool care
professionals at your BioGuard dealer, Sabine Pools, can provide computerized
water testing and recommend the best regular care schedule for your pool.

7 Convert an
ordinary salt pool into a backyard oasis.

Instead of using typical bulk salt, try a product such as Mineral
Springs from BioGuard.  It contains a
special blend of minerals, pool equipment protectors, water enhancers and pH
adjusters that all work to make silky, relaxing water.

8Soak in a
sensational spa.
  A backyard spa can
offer the same soothing effects as a professional spa with a few easy,
affordable ideas.  Place flameless LED
candles around the edge of the spa.  Take
tunes into the spa with a floating speaker that connects wirelessly to an MP3
player.  Add a soothing scent to the
water with single-use aromatherapy packs.

9Make a
smaller footprint on the Earth.
  In
order to be more environmentally friendly, make sure to always keep pool
chemicals properly balanced.  Overworked
filters and motors waste energy and hike utility bills.

10Help pets
swim safely.
  It may seem like fun to
let the dog paddle around, but before you let a pooch jump in, make sure he can
get out without damaging the pool or hurting himself.  Also check with the vet – swimming in a pool
should be appropriate for the breed.
Finally, make additional time to monitor the pool’s water.  A typical dog can be the equivalent of about
50 swimmers in the pool, meaning extra vigilance is needed to maintain the
chemical balance.

For more information, visit your local Sabine Pools, Spas & Furniture store in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, or Gonzales LA.