In the agrarian days of the pre-industrial world, just about everyone worked outdoors. We’ve come a long way since then. Today, the majority of people work indoors in an office environment. Although this has its advantages — protection from the elements, comfort, etc. — it has the side effect of leaving most people somewhat disconnected from the natural world. By spending so much time in a climate-controlled indoor environment surrounded by artificial lighting and recycled air, the amount of time most people spend in the fresh air and sunshine is minimal.
That might not seem like a problem to many people, but the truth is that keeping a connection to nature can be highly beneficial. Human beings aren’t machines — we need to maintain at least a small connection to nature in order to feel our best.
Research has shown that offices featuring more connections to nature had a more positive impact on workers’ well-being than offices without those connections to nature. For property owners or employers interested in creating a more hospitable office environment, adding a touch of the outdoors can be a highly effective way to do so. Workers who feel more comfortable and happier at work also tend to be more productive, so a hint of nature indoors can be a great way to boost productivity in an unobtrusive way.
The benefits of connecting an indoor office space to nature are numerous. From small decorating choices to major landscaping projects, there are plenty of ways that offices can be brought closer to nature.
For example, simply choosing a color scheme for the office that reflects natural elements such as earth tones and greens can help create a subtle connection to nature. Many offices choose to add a natural touch by using indoor planters, where plants and trees can bring some life to indoor spaces. A living green wall made of hanging plants can introduce some natural touches to a lobby or meeting room. A water feature such as a fountain or waterfall brings a literal splash of nature into the office, along with its calming visual effect and soothing soundscape.
Some of the methods offices can use to bring nature indoors also have the bonus of making the office more energy efficient. For example, lowering cubicle walls and using glass partitions permits more natural daylight, which not only improves an office’s connection to nature but also reduces the amount of energy used for artificial lighting. LED lighting is more natural-feeling and energy efficient than harsh fluorescent lights.
Creating a stronger connection to nature within an office environment is a great way to improve the atmosphere of the workplace as well as boost workers’ productivity by making them feel better and more relaxed. The accompanying checklist from Midwest Tropical contains numerous suggestions for bringing nature indoors, so review it and find some ideas you can use in your workplace.
When winter arrives in Houston, swimming season typically comes to an end. As much as you may not want to venture out into the cold to protect your pool, proper maintenance extends equipment lifespan and ensures you will have crystal clear water to enjoy when temperatures start to rise. With Houston’s warmer climate, it’s possible to avoid a pool cover. When keeping your pool open through winter months, proper care will stop cold weather from damaging the pool itself and its filtration system. We service pools throughout the Northern suburbs of Houston, including Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe and more.
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In this article, we will explore Viking Fiberglass Pools and Leisure Fiberglass Pools in three areas; Distribution or Logistics and Marketing and Warranties. Of course, these are my views and opinions based on information provided to me.
Most views posted on the web site are anonymous and posted by some one that has an ax to grind or a competitor of the product. That is the blessing and the curse of the internet. We will go over some of the advantages and disadvantages of both manufacturers as well as warranties. We are a mega builder who specializes in fiberglass and have installed both Leisure and Viking as well as almost every fiberglass pool made. We are a Leisure Pool Foundation award winner in 2005 upon their introduction into the country from Australia. We are currently and have been a Viking Gold builder every year as well as a multiple Centennial award winner. Both pools are great pools. We love the owners and founders at Leisure. Since Viking was bought out by a large corporation and investment group, it has lost some of its intimacy. The founders of Viking and the current President are both amazing people of great integrity.
This seems to be an area of confusion. It's confusing to me and I’m in the industry! Let's face it, most warranties are written by attorneys to protect the manufacturer, not the consumer. It's my opinion that a warranty covers what ever the manufacturer wants it to cover. It's extremely important to purchase any product from a large volume reputable dealer. A great dealer or builder will stand in the gap for their customer. A dealer or builder that does large volumes has almost unlimited clout with the manufacturer and wields a big hammer. Manufacturers do not want to lose top producers with little or no complaints because they are extremely rare. It appears that Leisure has two levels of pools offered, the standard and the composite armour. The standard looks to have a 20 year structural warranty or water loss due to defects. The standard pool does not cover against water loss due to osmosis. The composite armour seems to have a 35 year structural warranty or water loss due to defects, and a lifetime against osmosis. It looks like both levels of pool have a 10 year surface warranty.
This type of marketing seems to open the door to a lot of questions. Is the customer being told about the two different warranties and quality of pool? Does the dealer builder recite the composite armour warranty and order the standard pool? Im assuming the better pool costs more. If the customer pays for the better pool, how does he know he is receiving it? Is there some sort of big sticker on the pool that identifies the product? It's my opinion that this type of structure just opens the door to unscrupulous behavior. Let's face it, there are a lot of horror stories and bad builders in this country. Why provide opportunities for them to be unscrupulous.
The Leisure warranty provided to me by Leisure has maybe one page of what's covered and three pages of what is not covered. Here are some of the highlights of what is not covered in the Leisure warranty. Leisure does not cover normal wear and tear. What does that mean? Is normal wear and tear swimming in the pool? It does not cover tree roots. That's a big one in TX. You need to maintain a monthly written record of water
levels in the pool, including the levels of chlorine,PH,Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness to be tested by a pool shop every six months. Who in the heck does or wants to do that? Another exclusion is failure to maintain pool in good order and condition. Who determines that? It does not cover changes in color, fading of color, stains of the internal gelcoat finish or the external finish of the pool. It does not cover surface cracking and surface imperfections on the internal and external surface finish of the pool. Does not cover problems or damages with a standard pool caused or contributed by osmosis. They recommend that only chemicals from Leisure pools be used. Who does that? Does Leisure have some special chemical recipe? The use of improper or incorrect chemicals voids the surface warranty. What does that mean? Who determines that? It also states if the Limited warranty is applicable. Purchaser must return a completed warranty card prior to any surface Limited warranty services and within six months of delivery of the pool. Who does that? I'm not even sure what it means. Both warranties cover the original purchaser only.
The Viking warranty is two pages and pretty cut and dry. Coverage of the structure: Manufacturer warrants the Pool against leaking due to structural failure caused by faulty workmanship or materials used in the manufacture of the shell as long as the original buyer owns the pool. The surface warranty is warrantied against osmotic blistering due to defects in materials or workmanship for as long as the original buyer owns the pool.
The Viking exclusions are very reasonable. They don’t cover the work of a bad installer. They don’t cover grass waterfalls or any damage created by the installer. They don’t cover loss of water or work if a repair is done. I have attached copies of both warranties provided to me by the manufacturer for you to read.
Freight is a huge part of the costs of a Fiberglass pool. Here are some things to consider. Viking has factories in Odessa TX, Breau Bridge LA, Fayetteville TN, Rockingham NC, Williams CA, Zepherhills FL and Jane Lew, WV. Leisure has one Manufacturing facility in Knoxville, TN. Both manufacturers use distribution yards. The close proximity of factories to the end user gives Viking a huge advantage in pricing and availability. Remember, most builders bring these pools in one or two at a time. Even with distribution yards, the pools still incur costs of freight, labor and cranes to the distribution yard then again to the builder. Every movement requires labor, crane and shipping expenses. Builders that are close to factories and builders that can afford to ship large quantities at a time have extreme advantages. A low volume dealer that brings in one at a time with no volume has a huge disadvantage. Remember, the less movements and the more pools on a truck bring the cost per pool down dramatically. Small builders that are close to the factory can pick their own pools up at a substantial savings. With Viking, having seven factories and distribution yards compared to Leisure having one factory and distribution yard, there is no doubt Viking wins hands down on distribution costs to the end user. In closing, when it comes to fiberglass pools, the more expensive product does not necessarily mean the superior product.
Leisure Pools has a great internet presence. They have developed web site templates for their builders. They can easily recruit new dealers and provide a web site that can almost be set up instantaneously. This makes it extremely easy for people with little or no business experience to have their web presence set up and running with minimal expense or experience. They also have a phone system set up at their factory for customers. You call the factory, follow the prompts, type in your zip code and it transfers you to the builders phone that services that zip code. That's a pretty nice feature if the builder actually answers the phone. Leisure also has a strong presence in paid internet ads or pay per click. Viking pools has recently changed their phone system at the factory to make it easier to find a dealer. You follow the prompts to find a builder and you are transferred to a person. Again, a nice feature if they answer the phone. The Leisure brochure is a little tough to navigate through. They offer two models, a standard pool and then an upgraded pool that I think costs more. The Viking brochure is pretty easy to navigate through. The Leisure web site is nice, simple, and easy to navigate. In closing, my opinion is Leisures web presence is better. I think the Viking brochure is better.
Colors have advanced dramatically and have become striking and brilliant over the last decades. Leisure pools has six colors, Viking has nine. The Leisure colors are a tighter grained finish with sparkles. The Viking has three tighter grained finishes with sparkles similar to the Leisure colors, It has two solid colors, and four granite type finishes. The granite finishes do cost extra and are much more forgiving. Both pools have 100% textured bottoms which is important. When you compare the granite finish to the others, the textured bottom seems to dissapear in the granite or Crystite finish. Dirt, scum line and water spots are very difficult to see in the Granite or Crystite finishes. It's my opinion that the Crystite or Granite finish is superior.
Please follow or cut and paste these links to see the warranties.
When pay lot of electricity bill for your swimming pool, when your pool light bulb burnt out.You may considering change a inground pool led lights for your pool.Here are the steps to guide how to change the swimming pool light bulb, don’t need drain your pool, easy to follow.
Step 1: Material and tool prepare.
1, A inground pool led light, it can be white or color change, if you have any query to choose led pool light. Read the article How to choose a inground pool led lights
2, A lens gasket replacement kit and a pilot screw, it must same type as your pool light fixture.Most pool light fixture are from Pentair and Hayward. With the light fixture series NO, You can find suitable gasket and screw online shop or your local shop. Usually online shop is cheaper.
3,A dry towel
4,Two screwdriver,one flat and one Philips.
Step 2: Turn off all pool electricity
Very important; before next steps, you must cut off all the pool power.
You can find the square electrical box near the pool,Some pool has two box,one is transformer which transfer 120V to 12V. You need shut off the electrical box button not the transformer. When you shut off power. It’s better to make sure power is off. You can test via switch on the pool light and see whether it can light up.
Step 3: Get the light housing out.
It might be two scenarios, the light fixture on the poolside wall which very easy to reach with your hand, Just lean over unscrew the screw, then get the housing out. or the light fixture install at the bottom of the pool, you need jump in water to take out.
Step 4:Open the light fixture niche
Use the Philips screwdriver unscrew the niche clip screw, the one with a stainless circle.Different housing have different clip and clip screws.Some old light fixture might have several this type clips need unscrew. Or some type need use wrench to unscrew the screw
Step 4: Open the cover
Use the flat screwdriver to prize up the cover and gasket.
Step 5： Screw out the light bulb
Step 6: Clean the niche inside, make it clean and dry
Step 7: Put the led light bulb in niche.
Step 8: Turn on the power test the light
If your inground pool led lights is multicolor ,test the switch control or remote control. Then turn off the power again.
Step 9: Change the gasket and clean the cover .
Step 10: Reassembling the light fixture and put back in pool.
Before screw it on pool wall. It is better put the light fixture in water several minutes to test whether will leak water inside the niche.
For more pool lights articles ,read www.homelightpro.com
Compare with incandescent bulb, a inground pool led lights has follow advantages.
1，A halogen bulb last about 5000hours, LED bulb is able to work more than 50000+hours. And halogen light decay very quickly，2000hours light decay 25%. LED light decay only less than 15% 30000hours.We will see black inside the bulb. Because it cost too much electrcity to heating，only 20% electrical energy transfer to light lumen. LED light transfer rate is 90%
2，LED light composed by led chips,driver and housing. In one PCB borard have many chip series connection and parallel connection.And only need very thin current can light up the high lumen efficiency led chip. That’s one of reason LED light save 80% energy than incandescent light.
3，Incandescent light only for lighting, with led light we can changing many different color just turn on/off the light switch.And also can control by remote.
If you want change your inground pool light bulb to led, follow below steps you will find the most suitable led light bulb for Hayward or Pentair fixture .
Step 1: Size.
There are many type of led light bulb for swimming pool in the market. Before we go to choose one we need know whether it can fit the niche. So we need know the niche’s inside diameter. Take out the incandescent bulb, take the measurement of the diameter.
Step 2: Wattage
Here has chart which we have test many types led light lumen, follow it you choose the suitable power of led pool light. If your pool is new, you can select the wattage according to the gallon.
LED Bulb Wattage
Step 3: Voltage
The input voltage is very important, before you buy a led light bulb, must check what the input voltage you current have. 120Volt or 12Volt. If you have a new pool want install a 12volt led pool light. You will need install a voltage transformer to convert 120v to 12v.
Step 4: Light Color
Incandescent bulb only white light color, LED inground pool light bulb have many light colors .In the market, there are two type led pool light bulb only white or RGB(multicolor) color changing. And the multicolor types has remote control and switch control, or both. Price is big different. If you want the led light bulb just for save electricity fee, choose the white light. If you want it have multicolor to create romantic atmosphere. You may need a RGB led pool light bulb. If you want a led pool light with remote. You need check your niche material first.If it PC , you can choose a remote control led pool light. If it is all made with stainless steel, the remote signal will be weaken by the metal housing. When you use remote you may need walk very close to the light bulb, if the metal thick or the pool light fixture install very deeply. The remote even cant work. Because the signal cant reach. If this situation, a switch control color bulb is more suitable for your pool, which control way is turn on/off the wall light switch. But only very few metal light fixture can make the signal missing. Most metal housing just weaken the signal, you still can control via remote when you walk close to the pool light(7-10feet).
Conclusion, The inground pool led lights is the best choice for your swimming pool. Even it will cost higher than Incandescent bulb. But it life span enough long and excellently energy saving feature will help you save lots of electricity money. Besides, it is able to change color to create atmosphere. And if you need help to install the led light bulb , we have a guidance post “How to change swimming pool light bulb to led.”
Well, this is actually my first blog post on the net. I found this website so useful in my search for hot tubs that I felt I should contribute my own experiences. I'm not looking for advice since I already put my money down on one but thought I'd share a little comparisons between the 3 main options in my market that I experienced via wet test incase there were others doing their due diligence.
I live far away from a metropolitan area and the only hot tub dealers in my area dealt with these three manufactures: Sundance, Hotsprings, and Bullfrog. I was looking for something fairly mid to high end level for 5-6 people that was in the 7'0" - 7"6" square range.
A little personal information about me. I'm 40 y/o, 6'2, 260 lbs (not pudgy but bulky, Think ex football player). My wife, just the opposite at 5'2 and athletic. We also have two small children. I say this because it was important to find something that had different seat heights for our entire family. My wife would fit into any lounger we tested but I was too long. I'd have to step up to the 7'10" square or larger model to fit into one that was comfortable for me. All the research I've done indicated that these 3 overall had very good reviews. Personally it came down to the Jet Power and Layout. I had was considering a tub from Costco but I didn't like the idea of buying something sight unseen and untested. Maintenance and service was also important after the sale which is why I wanted to buy local. Who needs 120 individual jets? The more holes the more leak potential.
Jet Power was important because I had back surgery 12 years ago and I needed something that felt like I was getting something more than just a relaxing soak in the tub. All 3 of them tested great. The most powerful jet by far was the Hotsprings Vanguard. Their MotoDX (?) jet was amazing! The jet was very firm and really felt like I was getting a sweetish message at my local spa (up and down my whole spine). The Optima and Bullfrog A7 I tested were very close but more powerful all around with other jets. The Bullfrog A6 was NOT that powerful or comparable due to the single pump that ran 4 jetpacks including any peripheral jets. This was my initial major concern with Bullfrog because it was the first tub I wet tested and had to wait a week to test the two pump A7. The Jetpacks are nice for customization but I don't see rotating them around in my tub once they are set. I was SO happy I asked my dealer to hook up the R7 on the floor but had to wait a week to test out the two pump system. I felt a very noticeable difference between a 2.5 HP pump on full blast running two jetpacks on the R7 vs a 2.5HP pump running four jetpacks a week earlier on the A6. That difference sold me on the Bullfrog A7. The A7 comes with 5 jetpacks but I can customize one side of the tub that has one of the 2.5 HP pumps running only two jetpacks, maxing out the power from one pump. The other side has the other 2.5 HP pump but it runs 3 jetpacks. In addition, for an added boost, there was a noticeable increase in jet pressure if I closed the other Jetpack(s) while on the same pump.
After looking into the Bullfrog R7/A7 this weekend, I felt the jets were fairly comparable to the others. Another huge contributor to my decision on all 3 was I did not like the floor plan and seating plan of the Optima. I'm 6'2" and that foot rest with the jets in the Optima felt like my knees were in my gills. My wife would have liked it but this was a family tub and my boys might be my size soon. The Vanguard had an open floor plan but I didn't really like that cool off bench. I felt like that was a waste of space and if I or anyone else wanted to cool off, they could sit on the side of the tub. The Filter system also took up another corner. However, those MotoDX jets were SO nice. The other Hotspring tubs with more corner seating were too big for my tub placement.
The Bullfrog was the best all around tub in my opinion for what I was looking for. I've heard the maintenance might be easier due to the reduced plumbing used in the construction but this is my first tub so I'll have nothing to compare it to. I ended up ordering the Bullfrog A7. There is a promotion for a free stereo but I couldn't care less about it because it will probably be the first thing that breaks but what the hell, it's free. I also felt like the lady treated me well and gave me a good deal.
In time, I'll post another review but this tub won't be delivered for a few weeks.
You went out to check your hot tub and found the water cool and three dashes on your control panel. Or, you might have seen a FLO message on the LED.:
When you have a FLO error, your hot tub is telling you that it doesn’t think it has water flowing through its heater. If there’s no flow, the hot tub turns off the heater to prevent it from burning out. This error is caused by one of two problems:
One of the sensors that detects water flowing through the heater isn’t working right, or
Water really isn’t flowing through the heater.
We get two or three telephone calls every week from hot tub owners who are encountering FLO errors. What we always recommend, before making an appointment for a service call, is to check your hot tub’s filters. Before you dismiss that advice as too simplistic, listen to what some of our customers have told us:
“But I just changed the filters last month.”
Most hot tub manufacturers recommend that you clean your filters once a month. The reason that recommendation is made is because dirty filters cause hot tub problems. If you changed them last month, you’re due to change them again.
“I just checked and they look clean.”
Filters catch debris in the paper pleats, so unless you took the filters out of the hot tub and looked inside the pleats, you didn’t check them.
“I checked them last week and we’ve only used the tub once since then.”
How did you use the tub? If you had a party and ten people were in and out of the tub over an evening, then every bit of shampoo, sunscreen, hair conditioner and body lotion your guests had on their skin is now in your filters.
After just one night’s use at a busy party, a hot tub filter can get clogged with a slimy coating of beauty products. Under water, the coating is almost invisible, but when you run your fingers through the pleats, you’ll understand how the water flow through your hot tub is impacted.
When a customer requests a service call for a FLO error, the first step we take when showing up at their home is to examine their filters. About 25% of the time, their FLO error is caused by dirty filters. And that’s after they told us they already checked the filters.
So, how do you check the filters yourself, the right way, to make sure you’re not charged for an unnecessary visit?
Believe it or not, you can’t trust your eyes. Besides what we’ve already mentioned, hot tub filters can also get clogged by mineral impurities in your water. The best way to see if your FLO error is caused by dirty filters is to just take the filters out. That’s right, it’s as simple as removing the filters from your hot tub. If you notice your water flow suddenly increases, then your filters need to be cleaned or replaced.
Some hot tubs will lose the FLO error as soon as a clogged filter is removed. Some hot tubs will require a reset, by turning off power to the hot tub at the circuit breaker, and then turning it back on after a 15 second wait.
A Simple Hot Tub Filter Maintenance Routine.
Get yourself two complete sets of filters. One set is in your tub, and the other is on the shelf where the rest of your hot tub supplies are kept.
On the first of every month, replace the filters in your tub with the set that’s on your supply shelf. Take the dirty filters from your hot tub and clean them:
Spray through the pleats with a hose.
Soak the filter in a bucket of filter cleaning product, following the product’s instructions.
Rinse the filters to get the cleaning product out. Then let the filters dry.
Finally, put the filers away until next month, when you’re going to put them into your hot tub and repeat the cleaning routine with the other set of filters.
Following this simple hot tub filter cleaning routine will save you money on unnecessary service calls, and it will help you have a clean tub that’s a pleasure to sit in.
For more information about how to take care of your hot tub, visit our website at www.JerseyHotTubRepair.com
The winter is the worst time of year for a hot tub failure. Put together an emergency first aid kit to make sure your hot tub can survive winter’s emergencies.
You can develop small leaks, a few jets might pop out, a bulb or LED might burn out, but there is only one real Emergency that needs to be immediately addressed: heater failure during sub freezing temperatures.
Heater failure can be caused by a bad heater element, an electronic problem in the hot tub or an electrical problem from your home. Regardless, as soon as you stop heating it, the water in your hot tub will begin to cool. And wWhen the water in the pipes inside the hot tub cabinet finally drops to 32 degrees, it will begin to freeze and expand. That’s when the pipes can crack.
The perfect emergency first aid kit for your hot tub only needs two items: a screwdriver and a space heater. The screwdriver is to remove the sides or the hot tub, and the space heater is to put inside the base of your tub to keep the water in the pipes from freezing. Get the smallest 1500 watt space heater you can find. You should have no problem finding one that’s smaller than a shoe box.
To use the space heater, you must first remove the front of your tub. That’s where the screwdriver comes in. On most hot tubs, directly under the topside control panel, the side is held in by several screws. On Jacuzzi brand, there can be up to 24 screws. on Hotsprings brand, there are only 4. You’re going to have to look in your owners manual, or figure it out for yourself. Maybe you can do it today, before you have an emergency and you’re fighting time.
After removing the side, place your space heater inside the tub. It doesn’t matter exactly where you put the heater because it will heat the air inside the hot tub’s compartment, which will heat the pipes. But you have to use a little common sense, don’t put the heater where it will get wet, because that will cause it to short out. We usually put the heater on top of a brick or ceramic tile. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to check it every couple of hours, at least until you are sure that there is no fire hazard. We always put the heater as far away from any flammable parts as we can. Remember, you want to heat up the air, not the wood or pipes.
Don’t have a heater around? In a pinch, you can use a drop light to generate heat. Make sure you have an incandescent bulb in your drop light, as low energy LED bulbs don’t generate any heat. A couple of 100 watt bulbs will keep your hot tub warm enough to avoid a freeze up while you await a hot tub repair technician who can help you out.
Whether you’re using a space heater or drop light to keep your hot tub warm, make sure you use outdoor extension cords that won’t melt from the heat generated by the electrical draw. Don’t use the type of drop light that has a coiled wire, it will generate enough heat to melt the wire together. And remember, a 100 watt bulb is going to generate a lot less heat than a 1500 watt heater. It’s better than nothing, but do yourself a favor and go out and invest the $20 in a heater. That way, if your $8000 hot tub has a problem, you’re prepared.
For more information about how to take care of your hot tub, visit our website at www.JerseyHotTubRepair.com
You should close and winterize your pool ahead of the frost to keep your equipment and water lines from freezing. Try not to close your pool too early though - if you wait until the water temperature is consistently below 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit) then you'll have less algae growth throughout the Winter season. The following guide will work for inground pools sanitized using chlorine or salt water.
Step 1) Get your equipment organized
Before you close your pool check your equipment to ensure it's in good shape and you have everything you need. This includes:
- Your winter cover - check for rips or tears. Try repairing small rips or tears with a vinyl pool patch (for vinyl covers) or pool cover patch tape (for lightweight covers)
- Water bags - check for leaks and ensure you have enough bags to cover the perimeter of your pool
- Your skimmer plugs (Gizzmo is recommended) - check for cracks or holes
- Return jet plugs - check for cracks or holes
- Winter chemicals (including shock, algaecide, stain and scale remover - for salt water pools, be sure to use a non-chlorine shock treatment)
- Air compressor or a powerful shop vac to clean out the lines.
TIP: Purchase one of our pool closing kits to get all of the winter chemicals you need in one handy package! Plus, our deluxe pool closing chemical kits include a non-chlorine shock, perfect for use with both chlorine and salt water pools.
Step 2) Prepare the pool
- Remove the diving board (including bolts), flotation devices, ropes, toys and any other pool accessories before cleaning, drying and storing for the winter
- If you have a water slide or waterfall you will need to drain and blow out the piping systems
Step 3) Prepare filters and pumps
- Disconnect your pump and filter, ensuring the pump is completely drained
- If your pump and filter system have quick disconnect fittings or unions then you should unscrew them, ensuring all water has been removed
- After you've disconnected the pump, pull out the drain plug and completely empty all the water
- Leave the pump drain plug out and store it in the basket for the spring
- Clean the filter and drain the filter tanks, remembering to leave the backwash valve open:
If you have a sand filter then unplug the drain plug and leave it open, making certain that the multi-port valve is completely drained
If you own a cartridge filter unit then disconnect it from your lines, clean the cartridge and remove all water
- Blow the multiport valve out with a shop vac or compressor until all water is removed
- Remove jet fittings
- After you've drained your pump turn it on only for a second to remove the water. If you turn the pump on for too long you can damage it
- Store the pool pump and filter in a dry place for the winter
TIP: Put your drain plug, fittings and other small items in the pump basket so you can find them easily come spring.
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Step 4) Prepare your pool heater (if applicable)
- If you have a pool heater ensure you drain it completely, then blow out the lines with a shop vac or compressor
- Pull out all drain plugs and use the shop vac to blow out the lines. Leave the drain plugs out, but remember where you store them. You'll need them in spring.
- Check your heater's instructions to see whether the manufacturer recommends removing the heater tray
Is your family complaining about the temperature of your pool? Browse our pool heaters to find the right option for your pool.
Step 5) Drain and blow out your lines
TIP: Avoid using anti-freeze, which can cause a mess when you open your pool. Anti-freeze is not necessary if your lines are properly blown out.
Use a shop vac or a compression pump to blow out the water from your plumbing lines:
- Hook up your compressor or shop vac to the return lines of the filter system. Or you can screw the compressor fitting into the drain plug of the pump
- Keep the air blowing until air bubbles are visible from the return jets in the pool. Put a plug in the fitting under the water when you see the bubbles blowing. It's very important to make sure you plug the jet tightly
- Ensure you drain the water from each line (don't forget any) and that you plug each line once it is clear and empty
- If you have a main drain line you can create an air lock by blowing out the line until bubbles appear from the drain, at which time you can plug the line by closing the valve
What type of plugs should you use?
Threaded plugs are best. Plugs with rubber gaskets or 'O' rings help form a proper seal so that water does not enter the line. If your pool fittings are not threaded you'll have to use a rubber freeze plug.
Step 6) Plug the skimmer hole
Many people prefer to use a Gizzmo, which allows for expansion without damaging the skimmer system. A Gizzmo is a hollow tube that collapses if water gets into the skimmer and freezes. It is a great device to help you seal the skimmer line.
Another option is to use a skimmer plate over the mouth of the skimmer. The Skimsaver is a plastic plate that keeps water out of the skimmer. The benefit of using a skimmer plate is that you can leave the water level up for the winter season. A skimmer plate is only recommended for use in pools with vinyl linings.
To plug your skimmer hole:
- Remove skimmer baskets
- Lower the water below the mouth of the skimmer
- Blow out all the skimmer pipes using your shop vac or compressor pump
- If you're using a Gizzmo make sure you put tape on the threads before you install it to ensure a tight seal
Step 7) Balance your chemicals
Whether you have a salt water or chlorine pool, you want to ensure your water chemistry is balanced before closing up for winter. Balancing the following areas will help you protect your pool liner from staining:
- Total pH
- Total alkalinity
- Calcium hardness
A Closing chemical kit will keep your water cleaner for the next season. Make sure that any granular chemicals are well dissolved. Always follow the instructions and test the chemical levels after you've added them to ensure they are balanced.
- Use a floater containing chlorine or bromine. A floater could stick against the wall, staining it
- Throw chlorine or bromine tablets into the pool, which could stain your pool's liner if they sink to the bottom and don't fully dissolve
Step 8) Install your pool cover
With a winter cover that's properly installed and in good condition, you'll be better able to keep your pool clear of winter debris and you'll have a cleaner pool in spring, which means it'll be easier to open.
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Installing a Winter pool cover
Lay the cover on the pool and place filled water bags along the edge of the cover, end to end, surrounding the perimeter of the pool. Ensure you place the water bags through the loops on the cover of the pool. Tuck the water bags into the corner pockets of the cover to strengthen the anchoring.
Don’t overfill the water bags because when the water inside freezes they will expand and if the bags are too full they could burst.
Installing a safety cover
If you have a winter pool safety cover then you won't have to deal with water bags. Before installing the cover inspect the condition of the anchors that have previously been installed on your pool deck. They should be in good shape and remain flush with the deck of your pool.
Snap the cover into the anchors, as per the manufacturer's instructions. If you've got a safety cover you should perform light maintenance over the winter months by removing leaves or other debris from the cover with a leaf blower or rake. This maintenance will make opening the pool easier in spring.
Step 9) Clean and store your equipment
Once your cover is in place you can store any remaining pool equipment and accessories in a clean, dry place throughout the winter months.
Closing your pool will protect it during winter and make life easier in spring when it's time to open it up and enjoy it again. Ensure you have properly blown out the lines to remove all water, keep your liner in good shape by ensuring all chemicals are dissolved and in balance, and use a cover to protect your pool from the elements.
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I have a Calspa 5000, I believe it is a 2006, and it's intermittently overheating. I started having issues with it after our electric went on and off at least a dozen times a few weeks ago. I have read on different forums that it could be the temp. sensor or a relay sticking. My question is would the thermostat still be showing the correct temp if the sensor is bad. I have the spa set to 100 and it will just keep raising the temp until OH finally appears. So to me this shows that the temp sensor is working properly because it is reading the correct temp or is there another sensor that reads it for the thermostat? I'm an HVAC technician so I do know my way around, I am just not familiar with the sequence of operation of the spa. Any help would be much appreciated.
Shopping for a hot tub cover is even easier today with the many online options available. In order to guarantee you are getting a proper hot tub cover for your needs it is best to ensure you know a little bit about the basic components of a hot tub cover and what specific features you need to look for.
First we will begin with the three basic components of a hot tub cover, which include the foam core, the vinyl covering and the heat seal.
1. The Foam Core
One of the most important components of a hot tub cover is the foam core. The foam core not only provides the insulation for the cover, but it also helps to give it strength. The majority of hot tub covers use a standard EPS foam core that is gauged at a 1.5-pound density, however there are also covers that are available in the 2-pound density, which will provide extra durability and insulation. Although the latter cover is typically used for larger hot tubs.
2. The Vinyl Covering
A good vinyl cover will be able to withstand the stresses put on it by the elements, which include sun, rain, snow and ice, and other factors such as mold and chemicals. Furthermore the top portion of a hot tub cover will also need to be able to withstand the harmful effects of UV rays and deter the formation of mold growth. You will want to look for a hot tub cover that is made with at least 25-ounce durable marine grade vinyl and treated to resist the impact of UV rays, mold and mildew, and chlorine, as the bottom portion will be subjected to the sanitizers used in the water.
3. The Heat Seal
Other than keeping the water clean and protecting your hot tub, the hot tub cover also needs to have a good heat seal in order to make it energy efficient. When you are looking for a hot tub cover you know you will have a good one if the R-value rating is 12 to 13.
Some other features that you want to keep in mind when shopping online for a hot tub cover are the safety features, warranties, and the repair and return policies.
If safety is a concern you will want to look for a hot tub cover that is labelled as a safety cover and meets ASTM standards. The hot tub cover should also have reinforced tie-down straps and locking hardware with keys. This will help to ensure children do not get into the hot tub when unsupervised.
When shopping online it is a good idea to look into the manufacture warranties available for the hot tub cover you are looking to purchase. Take the time to read the policy to ensure that you do not accidentally void the warranty and if available look into the extended warranty options.
Repair and Return Policies
Before you purchase the hot tub cover online make sure you are familiar with the entire repair and return policies of the company. If anything unforeseen happens you want to make sure you can easily return or send back the product for repairs or an exchange.
By following the recommendations in this article you will be able to easily purchase a good hot tub cover online that will help to keep your hot tub clean, your children and pets safe from injury and your energy bills low.
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Every year in Texas many homeowners choose the wrong pool builder and the worst case scenario becomes a hard reality - the builder goes belly up before finishing their pool. The homeowner is left with a big whole in their backyard and their initial checks of payment cashed and gone. These questions can help you avoid that situation. These days, it is easy to look big and successful on the internet, even if the company is a small startup with no cash flow to support a dump in their operations.
How many years have you and your company been in business under your current name and what are your previous business names?
Has your company or the owners ever declared bankruptcy?
Who are your pool suppliers and can you provide their phone numbers?
Will my checks be paid to a business account or an owner's personal account?
Do you have liability insurance? How much? Explain the limits of your policy.
Is all necessary work included in my pool quote? How do I know the quoted price is not a bait and switch?
Why should I use your pool company to build my pool? (open ended question with no right answer, just let them talk and use your own intuition).
Things that are NOT important because it is too easy for a company to check off and has zero effect on their professional status as a business.
Company has a mailing address near you.
Lots of logos on their website such as profiles on Houzz, APSP, Youtube, Angie's List, etc.
Company has no negative reviews online (usually means the positive ones are artificial).
Thank you and good luck to everyone in the market for a pool!
Blue Science - Dallas
4254 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75244
Blue Science - Houston
2121 Brittmoore Rd STE 200
Houston, TX 77043
I have four main concerns.
My swimming pool builder tells me the wall of the swimming pool must be at least 30 cm. away from the wall of the house so as not to disturbe the foundations of the house. I have however seen photos of pools that are right next to the walls of the house. How can this be achieved?
My swimming pool builder tells me that in order for the watter not to spill outside the pool a wave breaker must be built all along the edges in the form described in the attached picture. I have seen photos of pools that do not have this wave breaker, I would prefer not to have this for aesthetic reasons. What is your advice here?
Again my swimming pool builder tells me a tile interior is best because there is no algae build up and a smooth surface is more pleasing to the skin. However my architect friend tells me many new pools are built in natural stone . What would you advice?
There is a new system of watter purification that I find very interesting , it is the fluorescent tube light treatment. What experience do pool owners have with this system? Pros and cons?
Thank you for your help.
I have a aqua pure salt water system. i just purchased a new cell which lasted about 5 years. My problem is when i try to set the percent of chlorine on the front panel of the system i have to put the aqua link in service mode to change the % of chlorine and than go to time out and than auto. when the system goes off at night and restarts in the morning the setting is back to 0% i am not sure why my setting is not staying in the system. i hope someone out there can answer this.
Among the luxuries we know of, swimming pools are surely one of a kind. While one has a refreshing experience while swimming, he/she also burns a lot of calories with the help of this activity. Also , the presence of a swimming pool adds more appeal to a residence – it is more than exciting to have a pool party with friends or even a meal with the family sitting at your poolside table.
All the enjoyment of a swimming pool aside, anyone who owns it has a major job to do, that is maintaining it. Unless you don't want the pleasure of swimming in your pool to last long, you will have to care for it, checking it regularly and solving problems if any. One of the major troubles is water contamination, which is why several pool owners install D.E. filters.
Nearly matching the cleaning efficiency of sand filters as well as cartridge filters, diatomaceous earth (DE) filters happen to be a favorite of many. Like every other type of filter, a DE filter also is an assembly of multiple electrical and mechanical components. The major one among these is a set of D.E. filter grids. Pool water passes through these grids which contain the filtering element, that is diatomaceous earth (DE). In some cases, however, you might notice DE powder in your pool water.
Here's what you can do in these cases:
Check the O-ring filters. Sometimes this rubber ring provides a poor seal, which in turn causes DE powder to be spilled out of filter grids into the pool water. You need to change the ring in this case.
Examine your pump and see if there are any suction leaks. These leaks cause air to get trapped in the system. As a result, DE powder is forced out of the skimmer or main drains. To solve this problem, you can either seal the leaks or replace the gasket on your pump.
Sometimes the multiport valve of the filter suffers a damage. When its seal gets broken, it releases DE powder in pool water.
Broken nipples on filter grids can also be responsible for the spillage of DE powder in pool water. In this scenario, you need to replace the grids.
The manifold that holds the filter grids together sometimes develops hairline cracks due to which an additional amount of DE powder enters the pool. Replacement of the manifold is the best way to deal with this trouble.
I have a 2001 cal spa. We have replaced heating element. Tested to make sure everything has power. All filter and inlet for water is clean. Bypassed thermostat to make sure heat light would come on and it does. Not sure what else could be wrong. Need some advice thanks in advance.
The Hot Tub Company.
Barrow on Soar (UK).
Please - Avoid the Hot Tub Company at all costs!
In my experience their warranty isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
They will try to blame any fault within the warranty period on you, even though you have followed the guidelines.
If you are unlucky enough to have already purchased from them and your unit develops a fault, please make sure you are present to see what the engineers do when they check the fault. Unfortunately, we we’re out and they said our pump fault was caused because ALL our jets were closed. Yeah Right… because we always sit in the hot tub with the jets closed. Even if they were, WHICH THEY WEREN’T, and their diagnostic is correct (I am currently checking with the manufacturer), I would guard against buying a tub that obviously has a poor quality pump unable to handle loaded and unloaded pressure that develops a fault after only 11 months. (The jet excuse is ridiculous especially when you take into account there are jets that can’t be closed so the pump should never be fully loaded - They were so blunt in their refusal to act under the warranty it was unbelievable - we even offered to pay half but they wouldn't budge).
I have reported this to trading standards.
From our experience - Please buy from a reputable company and avoid the Hot Tub Company.
I am looking to sell my D1 Nautilus spa and have no idea what it is worth. The guy I had come out and service it when I bought the house thought it was installed in early 2007. A dealer offered to buy it so I wanted to get an idea of what it might be worth since I am a newbie. It is in great shape.
Hot tub leaking. Removed front panel to see where it was leaking. Water seems to be accumulating around "smart jet system lever" and leaking through to pump/heater area and then out the bottom. How do I remove the lever to check the seal and reseal if necessary?
Nothing surpasses the experience of stepping into a pool filled with clear and shimmering water. Our pool water can be affected by millions of contaminants and it is a common fact that even if the pool water appears to be clean and clear it is most probably contaminated by microbes; the main source of these contaminants are usually swimmers themselves, but there can be other sources too like-
Algae- Algae are the most common contaminant found in pools and can fill up an entire pool overnight if allowed to grow. To get rid of algae, one can use chlorine tablet or can also go for effective algaecides in the market. In order to eliminate algae completely, it is also important to keep your pool free of phosphorus as it provides suitable condition for algae.
Copper- If you notice gray, green or turquoise colored water then it is probable that it can be caused by copper discharge. Copper discharge often occurs because of equipment corrosion and the most effective way check it is timely replacement of your equipment.
Apart from these there can be problems caused by insects, or corrosion of equipment can also lead to discharge of other chemicals such as manganese, iron or there can even be scale buildup because of improper balancing. These problems can be taken care of by timely replacement followed by chlorine treatment and pH level of water should be checked and balanced using chemicals such as Sodium Bicarbonate.
Even after using effective algaecides and chemicals, it is necessary to install swimming pool filters as a pool has constant oil and lotion build up and there is a constant influx of impurities. Generally, there are three types of filters- Cartridge filters, Sand filters and D.E. filters. Each filter comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Cartridge filters are more popular for their ease of maintenance along with effective cleaning. Hayward pool filter is a favorite among pool owners as it offers impeccable hygiene. Even these cartridge filters need to be maintained and cleaned regularly. These cartridges should be cleaned with a garden hose fortnightly and should be deep cleaned after every 3 weeks.
Hayward pool filter cartridge is also available in case of replacement. If there is a constant decrease in filter pressure, it is advisable to clean it thoroughly but if it continues then that indicates replacement. A cartridge should also be replaced if the bands are broken.
Hayward Pool Filter Parts are also available on online stores and are popular as they are both efficient and durable. One can also use heaters, ozonators and even lights to adorn the pool.
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There is probably no other luxury as pleasurable as a swimming pool or a spa. You can find a lot of people taking a swim in their pool or a dip in their hot tub to relax themselves after a long tiring day. While the experience in a pool or spa is amazing, its maintenance may sometimes seem overwhelming. This is because the owner of a pool or spa not only has to ensure the cleanliness of water in it but also has the responsibility to make sure that other parts such as pump also function efficiently.
Maintaining clean and clear water is a top priority for any pool or spa owner. Cloudy or green water not only ruins the look of a pool or spa but also makes it unsafe for use. A high-quality filter is the first and most important requirement for keeping pool or spa water free from dust, oils, sweat and microbes such as bacteria and algae. Coordinating with the pump, the filter traps these impurities. The function of the pump is to keep the water moving so that impurities do not get settled in it.
Nowadays, most people choose cartridge filters over other types of filters mainly because these do not require much effort for installation. Furthermore, operation and maintenance of cartridge filters is much easier when compared to that in other types of filters. Over the years, the design of these filters has become much more advanced. For instance, System 3 cartridges are quite popular these days.
Knowing About Filter Cartridges
Before installing a cartridge filter in your pool or spa, it is essential for you to have some basic information about it. The efficiency of these filters depends on their cartridges. A cartridge is actually a cylindrical pleated object. Pleats of the cartridge act as a filtering media – impurities get trapped in between these pleats and are removed later. Regardless of whether you are using System 2 cartridges or those of any other type, you need carry out certain tasks regularly to maintain them in the best condition.
The following are the most important ones among these tasks:
A filter cartridge needs to be backwashed once in every two weeks. Here, the cartridge is thoroughly rinsed with a garden hose, ensuring that the water does not exert too much pressure on it. Excessive water pressure will cause the impurities to get settled further inside the cartridge.
Deep cleaning of the cartridge is another important task that needs to be done once in every 3 months. Here, the cartridge is immersed in a cleaning solution overnight – it is scrubbed gently with a brush the next morning.
Prolonged usage can cause a filter cartridge to lose its efficiency. Hence, it is recommended that you replace it once in every 12 months. Do the same if your cartridge has any cracks or tears. You can find high-quality replacement cartridges on a number of online stores.