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The weather outside is starting to cool down, the leaves are changing color, and the number of days you have left to use your pool this season are dwindling. You will soon need to winterize your pool. Remember if you hire a pool professional who may not be familiar with Waters Choice, make sure they do not add all the costly traditional chemicals. You do NOT need them! But you DO need to add Waters Choice each week for two weeks prior to closing. Add 2 ounces per 10,000 gallons of water 2 weeks in a row BEFORE you close your pool. This will make your opening process much easier.
Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with us about winterizing your pool? We would love to hear about them.
The fall season is nearly upon us, and that means it is the perfect time to throw an incredible hot tub party with your friends. A hot tub party is the perfect way to spend any crisp fall night, and your guests will have a blast. However, there are some things to consider when throwing a party in your spa to make sure it goes smoothly. Here are some important tips for throwing an amazing hot tub party!
1) Make sure your spa is clean and properly maintained- The first thing you need to do when deciding to throw a hot tub party is to make sure your spa is properly prepared for guests. The last thing you want to do is have guests show up, and realize your hot tub is dirty and not suitable for soaking in. Make sure to properly balance the pH level of the water, remove all debris, and add the right amount of sanitizer to make sure it is ready to go.
2) Prepare the guest list- One important thing to remember about a hot tub party is that you have limited room in the spa, so make sure you do not invite too many people. A huge damper on your spa party can be having guests unable to enjoy the spa, and simply sitting on the deck. Make sure to properly plan out who to invite to your get together, and make sure each guest is fun to be around. Don’t invite people that will bring down the group’s good time.
3) Plan out food and beverages- A good hot tub party definitely needs snacks and drinks! Plan to have some great food available for your guests, and make sure everyone has enough beverages to have fun. Make sure to have some water bottles, non-alcoholic drinks, and if you are serving alcohol, remember that sitting in hot water can cause alcohol to affect the body more rapidly.
4) Prepare non hot tub related activities- Chances are people will not be able to spend the entire length of the gathering in the hot water, so make sure you have some backup activities ready. Also, make sure to provide extra towels and swimsuits just in case guests show up unprepared.
5) Entertainment- A hot tub party should definitely have some background music, and make sure you select songs that are right for the setting. If it is just a few friends gathered for some conversation, pick softer music. If you are planning an all out party then play some dance songs. Be prepared! Another good option for entertainment is to bring the TV outside and have movie night in the tub, or play the game while comfortably soaking! Have fun with it.
Waters Choice is helping change the way people maintain their pools and spas. Traditional pool and spa maintenance products can not keep up with our revolutionary enzyme treatment system. Waters Choice products have several advantages over standard pool/spa products, and here are some of the most important ones.
1) Fewer harsh chemicals/healthier- Waters Choice products use natural enzymes to help clean your pool and spa, and this allows you to use drastically lower amounts of chemicals in your water. Nothing is more important than your health. Sitting in a spa or swimming in a pool filled with harsh chemicals is counterproductive to the healthy act of swimming.
Think of both the short and long term effects of breathing in chemicals, having them cover, and often dry out, our skin; burn our eyes, and make our hair dry, discolored and frizzy.
These chemicals are also harsh on the environment when we empty spa or pool water onto the ground or into sewers. Think of how many pools and spas there are in North America alone, and the effect all that chemical infused water can have on our soil and water systems. Our products allow you to enjoy water in a more natural state, and you will feel much healthier because of it.
2) Less maintenance time- Waters Choice requires much less work than traditional pool chemicals to function correctly. We know you are busy, and you do not have an unlimited amount of time to make sure your pool and spa are properly balanced. With Waters Choice you’ll cut your water maintenance schedule to twice a month, while keeping your water cleaner than other products. You can reduce the need to refill your spa from every 3 months to as little as once a year. Stop wasting more time than you need to checking your pool and spa, and spend more time enjoying them!
3) More affordable- Waters Choice is more affordable than traditional products in the long run because you will need less sanitizer, less maintenance on your pool equipment, and will need to drain your pool and spa less frequently.
4) Fresher water- Because Waters Choice requires fewer chemicals, your water will feel much more natural and fresh. Additionally, Waters Choice is more efficient at cleaning water, so you will have cleaner, fresher, and healthier water.
Waters Choice is a revolutionary line of pool and spa treatment products that have a lot of benefits over traditional products. If you would like to learn more about properly maintaining your pool/spa, contact us today!
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The summer is almost here, and we all know what that means. The season on swimming is almost upon us! Swimming in the summer is one of my all-time favorite activities, and if you are anything like me, you have been counting down the days till it is warm enough to get in the pool. It’s the time of year when most people living in Northern climates have Spring fever and begin to think about swimming. You are definitely ready to swim, but is your pool? Here is some helpful information to make sure your pool is completely ready for the swimming season!
If you have ever gotten to pool-opening season to find that the water in your pool has turned green, know that you can prevent this from happening! Peel the cover back to see how your water is looking. If you are using Waters Choice, your water should be looking crystal clear. If you aren’t on our system and your water isn’t clear, add chlorine to the water to clear it up before it is time to open the pool. Remember with enzymes, you cut out your opening and closing chemicals. BIG savings!
Make sure to add your Waters Choice two weeks before you are ready to swim. When you open your pool or start the enzymes for the first time you add 2 ounces per 10,000 gallons of water the first and second week. Add 1/2 ounce per 10,000 gallons every week during the season. In case you forgot how many gallons of water your pool holds, click here.
It is important to watch the PH and alkalinity. They will tend to stay on the higher end of the scale and you will need to bring them down periodically. Maintain pH between 7.2 and 7.6 and alkalinity between 80 and 120. Maintain a minimum amount of chlorine.
We know winter-like weather may still rear its ugly head, but Summer is just around the corner. You will be swimming and enjoying the hot temperatures before you know it! Make sure to follow these steps to make sure your pool is completely ready. For more information on how to properly maintain your pool or spa, contact us today!
Chlorine has been a popular water cleaning chemical for decades, and was first discussed as a purification tool as far back as the late 1800’s. This well known chemical has helped swimming pools remain safe for human use for a long time, and it has powerful effects on killing bacteria and other pathogens. However, chlorine also has quite a few negatives as well. An overexposure to chlorine can be very dangerous, and this chemical has been linked to several health issues. In this entry, we will discuss some of these negative health effects of excessive chlorine, and provide some tips for how to avoid them.
Short term health effects- When someone is exposed to too much chlorine in a swimming pool, they are commonly exposed to many negative short term health problems. This can include:a bloody nose, eye irritation or burning, chest pain, coughing, burning or irritated skin, vomiting, nausea, burning lungs, and many more problematic symptoms of overexposure to chlorine. These symptoms can occur while you are still in the water, or just after you exit the pool or spa. If you start experiencing any of these symptoms after swimming, it may be a good idea to see a doctor.
Long term health effects- In addition to short term health problems caused by chlorine, being exposed to high amounts of this chemical for a long period of time can cause people to experience chronic conditions. These chronic conditions are typically experienced by people that spend a great deal of time in the pool. Long term exposure to chlorine can contribute to the development of lung problems such as bronchitis and asthma, damaged and corroded teeth, and even certain types of cancer.
Prevention and treatment- If you experience any symptoms of overexposure to chlorine after swimming, it is important to immediately rinse your skin and eyes with fresh water, and go see a doctor right away. To prevent being exposed to too much chlorine while swimming, try to make sure you wear goggles to protect your eyes, keep your mouth closed so you do not ingest pool water, check your pool’s chlorine levels frequently, avoid pools that smell strongly of chlorine, and shower after swimming. Additionally, using Waters Choice products will drastically reduce the amount of harsh chemicals you need to add to your pool, so these products are great for limiting your exposure to chlorine as well.
Being exposed to too much chlorine can be be very detrimental for your health, so make sure to be aware of over chlorinated pools and spas. If you would like to learn more about how Waters Choice can make your pool and spa more healthy and fresh, contact us today!
The end of summer is near. Soon, kids will be back in school, and the weather will grow colder. This means that it is the perfect time to have a pool party, and enjoy the remaining days of nice weather and freedom. Pool parties are always a great time. It is hard to beat good friends, good drinks, BBQ and fun in the water. However, in order to enjoy your party, there are a few things you should do to make sure your backyard is ready to go. Here are some tips on how to get your yard and pool prepped for your end of summer pool party.
1) Make sure your water is clean- Before you have guests over to swim, make sure your pool and spa are ready to go. First clean all leaves and debris out of the water using a pool net. Secondly, enzyme users should add their normal weekly dose of sanitizer the morning of the party. This will prep your pool for the increase of contaminants brought in by your guests. Having clean water is extremely important in order to achieve a successful gathering, and exposing your guests to dirty water is not good etiquette.
2) Make sure your lawn and yard are well kept- Before your guests arrive, make sure your yard is looking as appealing as possible. Remove all weeds, trim all vegetation, and mow your lawn. Also, make sure you avoid using fertilizer or mulch the day of the party. You want to make sure your lawn and plants have an opportunity to absorb fertilizer and mulch before they are walked on and exposed to the traffic a pool party brings. Additionally, you do not want your guests tracking fertilizer into your pool. A clean and presentable yard is very important for a successful pool party.
3) Plan guest accommodations beforehand- First, decide whether your party will be BYOB and potluck style, or if you will provide food and drinks. Either way, make sure that enough food and drink will be there for everybody. You can make a list of what guests are bringing to help make sure you have everything. In addition, make sure you have ample amounts of space for seating, and plan a few games or activities in case the party becomes dull. A little planning can go along way in assuring a great summertime party.
Pool parties are a fantastic way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. If you follow the above tips, your party will be a lot of fun and a great success. If you have any additional party ideas, or would like to ask any questions about our tips, give us a call!
Your pool is an investment that you probably spend a great deal of time and money on. Pools are a great addition to a home, and provide countless hours of fun for the entire family. So with an investment this important, it makes sense to protect your pool against possible harm during storms. When a storm is coming we typically think to protect our home and car, but these 4 simple steps will help guard your pool from severe damage during rough weather.
1) Secure all accessories- The first step of protecting your investment is to assure all non secured items are places somewhere safe. This includes lawn chairs, pool toys, grills, pool cleaning devices, pool vacuums and anything else in your yard in danger of being blown away. Damage caused to all of these miscellaneous items can quickly become very expensive to replace, and they can be thrown into other items and windows, causing more damage.
2) Protect the pump, filter and lines- If you are expecting a very severe storm, it might be wise to protect your pools interior equipment. Pool filters and pumps can be very expensive to replace, and it is a good idea to remove them for their protection. Additionally, gas lines and electrical wires should be disconnected to avoid dangerous leaks and breakage. All pool power sources should be turned off before the weather turns ugly.
3) Take off any covers- It might seem like a good idea to cover your pool to protect it from debris and contaminants during a storm, but you are actually better off leaving it uncovered. Debris caught in the winds can damage and puncture your cover. Also, if enough water and debris build up on top of it, your cover can completely collapse causing extensive damage. Finally, high winds can actually lift up your cover, turning it into a heavy projectile. It is a lot cheaper and less dangerous to rebalanced your water after a storm then it is to deal with the dangers of a cover caught in the bad weather. Remove your cover and place it somewhere secure before the weather picks up.
4) Protect the water- It is a good idea to balance your water, and get it ready for any contaminants it will receive during a storm. Treating your pool in preparation of a storm will help the water fight off contamination and make cleaning it after the storm easier. Also, it might be a good idea to lower the pool’s water level by a foot to avoid too much overflow. However, do not ever empty your pool before a storm. This will leave your pools floor unprotected, and also water tables under your pool swell during a storm, and an empty pool can actually be pushed out of the ground with severe enough conditions.
Storms can cause pool’s a lot of expensive and frustrating damage. If you follow these four tips, you can help minimize this danger to your swimming pool. If you have any questions or concerns about this, or any other topic, give us a call!
Posted by Laura Macauley at August 4, 2015 1:32 pm | No Comments »
With summer here, we thought it was a fun idea to discuss some of the best toys for a fun day in the pool!
1) Sinking Weighted Toys for Diving- Whether these toys are shaped like rings, balls, sticks, or many other combinations their purpose is the same. These toys sink to the bottom of the pool, and are searched for and retrieved by players. This is an excellent toy for building underwater swimming skills, and can be a lot of fun. Just make sure to play safely!
2) Underwater Torpedo- What is more fun than playing catch? Playing catch underwater! These rubber torpedo shaped toys are thrown underwater, where they glide to their intended target. You will be amazed how accurate you can throw these with some practice.
3) Floats, Tubes and Lounges- We all love these devices. Not much beats relaxing on these comfortable toys on top of the water. You can find one of these floats in practically every shape and color.
4) Rainbow Reef Turtles- These turtles are battery powered and self propel through the pool. Kids will love playing with these, and interacting with them as they swim all around the water.
5) Swim Through Rings- These allow you to make your own underwater obstacle course! These rings can be adjusted to sit at the correct depth allowing participants to swim through them. These will provide useful practice for swimming and changing directions underwater.
These are just a few options for great pool toys. These items enhance the swimming experience, and also help teach good skills in the water. Always remember to use these tools safely and responsibly.
Posted by Laura Macauley at June 25, 2015 10:12 pm | No Comments »
We are here to Answer Your Questions
Congratulations on your Waters Choice purchase! We know that you made a great choice. Putting a new chemical in your pool can sometimes do some unexpected things. This is normal and will soon go away! Keep reading below for frequently asked questions our customers have asked.
Why did my water become cloudy after we started using Waters Choice?
Several issues can cause this, but most commonly it is organics from the spa plumbing being loosened up into your water. We recommend adding a teaspoon of sanitizer when this condition occurs. It won’t typically last any longer than 2 or 3 weeks until the Waters Choice system is set up in the spa.
Why does my water have an odor?
As the enzymes work in your spa water, they create carbon dioxide, which can give your spa a musty smell. Typically opening the cover will allow this gas to escape and the smell will return to normal. If the smell remains, check the filter to see if it smells musty as well. If the filter has the same smell, soak it in a solution of bleach/water, (about 1 cup in the water it takes to cover the filter), then rinse. Additionally, check the cover and other surfaces for any lasting odor. If these surfaces retain the odor, rinse with a bleach/water solution.
I have a green tint in my water. Is that normal?
This is common in areas with high metals and will disappear within 2 or 3 weeks. If the green tint is focused in the foot well only, it could be algae which will be cleared up with the tsp of chlorine.
Why do I have small particles floating in my water?
This is also common as the Waters Choice takes control of the spa. This will only last a few days, and is a result of the organics loosening up in the lines. Clean the filters if you see this take place.
What can I do about a slimy cover?
Enzymes are breaking down organics that are on the surface. When this happens wipe your cover down with a mild water and bleach solution.
If you still have a question feel free to give us a call at 208-949-2800
Posted by Laura Macauley at June 15, 2015 2:39 pm | No Comments »
It is already May! That means that the temperatures are going to continue to rise and children are going to be out of school before you know it! Children at the pool ensures for a great time! Pools are a perfect way to keep kids happy and active all summer long.
Is your pool ready for the summer?
Now is a good time to check the phosphate level. If your phosphates are higher than 200 PPB, it is time to add a phosphate remover. Remember phosphate removers clog filters.
Water Choice has a new monthly of treatment to keep your eyes from burning in your pool! Pick yours up today! They are available in our 16 and 32 ounce concentrate.
Tip: Although pools can be a lot of fun, make sure that you keep your eye on small children at all times. If you are in charge of a child, avoid distractions and let them have your undivided attention. Keep checking back at our blog for more tips during pool season!
Posted by Laura Macauley at May 20, 2015 1:35 pm | No Comments »