Pool Owner Hacks that Will Make Your Life Easier

As a pool owner, you should never feel like your pool owns you. However, it’s easy to slip into a pattern where you become a slave to your pool, manually cleaning it the hard way, ineffectively using chemicals and constantly making minor repairs.

The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way! There are a lot of “pool owner hacks” out there designed to make your life easier. While not all of your pool-related issues will be quick fixes, there are quite a few that are. Take a look at these few ideas for how you can reclaim ownership over your pool and enjoy more time relaxing, rather than working.

Remove calcium scaling with vinegar.

Before you run out to the pool store for cleaners to remove calcium scaling on your pool walls, start with an all-natural and cost-effective solution. Dilute white vinegar and scrub away! The vinegar quickly breaks down the calcium, leaving you with squeaky clean walls.

Use a solar cover or solar rings.

Sure, it’s one more step when closing up your pool at the end of the day, but this one is worth the small effort. Using a solar cover is a smart way to keep your pool warm overnight or when not in use and prevent water loss. Better yet, the cover can keep debris like leaves, sticks and dirt from winding up (at least so easily) in your pool. If your pool is a unique shape and a solar cover is challenging to find, consider opting for solar rings, which are mini solar covers in ring form that more easily take to freeform pool shapes.

Run your pool pump at night.

Running your pool pump at night will help you save on electric costs and ensure you wake up to a well circulated pool the next day. Depending upon your electric company, you may be able to save money by using electricity during non-peak hours or throughout the night. So by running your pump at night, you reap all the benefits of healthy water circulation while cutting down on your swimming pool bills.

Use fresh lime juice to remove metal stains.

If you’ve noticed a rust or metal stain around your pool, just bust out some fresh lime juice. The lime juice helps to break down even the peskiest of stains. Best of all, it’s all-natural so you don’t have to worry about this causing skin irritation for swimmers or throwing off the balance of your water.

Replace single speed pumps with variable speed pumps.

Switching your single speed pump to a variable speed pump comes with some significant benefits. Variable speed pumps are drastically more energy efficient because the multiple speeds make it easy to manage electrical consumption. It’s also a sound investment. Most variable speed pumps are built to last longer than traditional pumps.

Use a tennis ball to reduce oils in the water.

It’s true. The outer material of a tennis ball is great for absorbing oils from skin, sun tan lotions and soap run off. Simply throw a tennis ball in the pool and let it float. It won’t disrupt your swimmers (maybe just the four-legged kind) and it will help to keep your water clear and oil-free.

Use a time to automate filtration.

Let’s face it. We all get busy and forget to do something. As it applies to pool maintenance, it’s common that people forget to turn off their pool filters and heaters when they aren’t needed. One easy solution is to add an automatic timer. If building a new pool, you can also incorporate technologies that allow you to control everything right from your smart phone. So whether you’re just away for the day, the week or the month, you can be sure your pool isn’t unnecessarily working overtime and costing you money.

Make your filtration system more efficient with pantyhose.

Use an old pair of pantyhose and wrap them over your skimmer basket, like you would a trash bag inside a trash basket. The added filtration of the pantyhose fabric will help capture even more debris and keep it inside the basket for you to easily remove before it reaches your main filtration system.

Keep up with maintenance to save on repairs.

Most importantly, keep up with the ongoing maintenance of your pool’s heat and filtration systems. Ongoing maintenance will keep your pool functioning at its peak performance while preventing undue wear and tear on your systems. Regular maintenance now will help prevent major expenses in the future.

Do you have another pool owner hack to share? Share the wisdom so we can all enjoy a low-maintenance pool this summer! Leave a comment below.

5 Signs You’re Working With a Quality Pool Company

There are different pool companies that serve very different needs. A company’s size, specialties, experience and scope of work will ultimately attract a unique clientele that it can best serve. Some people have a very specific vision for their pool that can only be created by a certain pool company with the experience and resources to do so. Other people may desire a simple and straightforward pool project that requires less specific skills.

No matter your budget or “must-have” features for a pool, inevitably there will be certain things that require compromise. However, you should never have to compromise on quality or customer service. If you’re searching for the right pool company to build your dream pool, be sure you look for these five signs that you’ve found someone who will provide you with a high quality product and exceptional customer service.

  1. They are responsive

Foremost you want to work with a professional pool company who is quick to respond to your questions or requests. You shouldn’t be left waiting weeks or longer to get the information you need to make decisions or solve an issue. Especially if your situation is urgent, you want to be confident that your pool company is ready to respond and help fix things so you can spend more time enjoying your pool.

At Aquavisions, we pride ourselves on be easily accessible to our customers. This starts with the pool design process and carries through project completion into regular maintenance. Every project we complete has a designated project manager who remains in direct communication with the customer to ensure their needs are met and they are kept informed of progress.

  1. They Listen

In addition to being responsive, you want to look for a pool company who listens carefully to your wants and concerns. It can be frustrating if you feel like you’re running around in circles and not coming any closer to a pool design you love. This is often the result of ineffective communication between you and your pool company. Finding a company who really “gets you” will save you a lot of time and headache in the future.

Our team of pool professionals understands how important it is to listen to our clients early and often in the pool design process. We love when we can “hit the nail on the head” with a design without it taking rounds and round of editing and back and forth. This is most commonly because of carefully listening to what clients are telling us they want, even if it’s simply describing how they want the space to “feel” or showing us a few inspiration photos. This is all we need to connect the dots!

  1. They are knowledgeable

The best pool companies have grown a successful business because they are experts in their field. They have substantial industry knowledge and they stay on top of emerging trends and technologies. In your search for a pool company, be sure you’re evaluating the knowledge of the person you’re working with. How in depth is their advice? Do they give you options and explain each clearly to you? You want to be sure you work with someone who has a vast understanding of pools as well as access to resources that can help you overcome even the most interesting challenges with your pool design.

  1. They are respected by clients and other industry professionals

You can tell a lot about a pool company by the way other industry professionals, and their own customers talk about their experience working with them. At Aquavisions, we are honored to produce award winning projects that are recognized by industry organizations nearly every year. In 2018 we attended the Northeast Spa & Pool Association's Outstanding Achievement Awards where we received the following awards: Gold Award/Judge's Best of Competition; Gold Award/People's Choice Best of Competition; Silver Award; and Merit Award. But the biggest award we receive are testimonials from satisfied customers who share the many ways their new pools are enhancing their lives!

  1. They do what they say they will do – and go beyond!

Lastly, you should look for a pool company who consistently delivers what they promise, on-time and as expected. If you run into situations where this does not happen, especially early on in your relationship, it’s a red flag of more trouble that may be yet to come. You want to have complete confidence in your pool company’s capabilities and the promises they make. Additionally, you don’t want to settle for the bare minimum. Look until you find a pool professional who doesn’t just meet your expectations, but works hard to exceed them!

Are you currently trying to decide what pool company will best meet your needs? While searching, be sure to keep a lookout for these signs of a quality pool company!