At Build Your Own Pool, we answer a lot of questions.
For your benefit, we’ve compiled a list of the ones the crop up most frequently from our customers. Their topics span the gamut but if you have a question and can’t find the answer here, don’t’ hesitate to reach out and call us. We’d love to help you!
Should I put in a play pool or a diving pool?
Both of these options provide different advantages and you need to weigh what you want out of your pool. A diving pool is going to give you the depth you need for deep swimming and diving action. Think about how frequently you will be diving or jumping in. Bear in mind that diving pools require much more water than play pools. With play pools, they are a great style for wading and playing water games. Both pools grant you the same amount of surface area and contribute similarly to the beauty of your yard. The feedback we most often receive from our customers is that they prefer the shallow end of their pool for relaxing and several of them regret the additional depth of diving pools.
When is the best time to run my pool?
When the weather is warm enough for you to swim that means it’s warm enough for algae to thrive in your pool. Our recommendation is that when it’s swim season, the best practice to combat algae is to run your pool system during the heat of the day to keep your water cool and combat algae. Many people operate their pools on time saving programs to avoid peak rates but the money you save in electricity will cost you in chemicals, time, and headaches. Another easy solution to consider is the Intelliflo Variable Speed Pump.
Is there a method of controlling pH in my swimming pool?
There are three common ways to control pH levels in your pool. The first is by manually adding approximately half a gallon of chlorine a week but never more than 2 cups at a time to maintain levels between 7.4 and 7.6 pH. The second way is by using a Pentair Intellichlor feeder that utilizes salt cells to control acid levels in your pool. The third way is to use Pentair’s Intellichem, which also utilizes salt cells but also tests your ORP and pH constantly and automatically makes any adjustments necessary.
Can you recommend a good pool cleaner?
The most popular pool-cleaning route is selecting an automatic vacuum. Our personal favorite is the Pool Cleaner. It’s our number one seller and has always received amazing feedback. It works by roaming the bottom of your pool and vacuuming up all dirt and debris then sending it directly to your filtration system.
Another route, that’s secondary to a great automatic vacuum is a Paramount in-floor pop-up system. This system works with a series of strategically placed pop-up heads in the floor and elevated areas of the pool that vary in size. Typically they are a between 2-4” in diameter. They work by a distribution valve that’s powered by returning water from the pool pump that powers the heads, which in turn enables them to push dirt and debris into a central drain at the bottom of the pool. The water from here is then moved into the filtering system.
Are variable speed pumps worth it?
Absolutely. The Intelliflo variable speed pump is the newest and greatest thing to happen to pools in a long time. The three phases of this pump run on only 220 volts so there’s no special wiring involved, no winding or burn up since it’s magnetically driven, and with the timer on board, no external timer is needed. It runs on an lower RPM to match your existing horsepower on your current pump. This means an overall savings on average of between 18 to 20% off of your current utility bill! Plus, between the monthly savings and the rebate you’ll receive from your utility company, your variable speed pump can do a lot more work for around the same cost as your single-phase pump.
Is it necessary to drain my pool?
Evaporation is Mother Nature’s natural filtering system for your pool water. When water evaporates, it leaves behind all of the solids including led, copper, calcium etc. All of these deposits concentrate in the water, which means that you will eventually have to drain your pool. Our recommendation is to drain it on average of every other year.
What kind of filter system should I choose for my pool?
We are asked this question frequently and the answer is, it depends. What are you expectations in terms of your maintenance routine? How willing are you to spend time cleaning your system? At AZPWE, the Clean and Clear cartridge and the Pentair F&S D.E. filters work to filter down similar particulates (6-7 microns) and while these require more frequent attention, they are less cost effective. Other filters, like the Triton, a sand filter, is only capable of filtering particulates that are in the 35-40 micron range therefore although requiring less maintenance and also less costly down the road, provides inferior filtration for your pool.
Can I retrofit my pool lights with new color changing LED lights?
LED lighting is more reliable than regular incandescent lighting since LEDs are made up of many smaller bulbs meaning that it will take a longer amount of time to burn out. They are also brighter than incandescent bulbs. Since the LEDs are externally made the same way as existing bulbs, you can add the brilliance of the 5G Intellibright. Or, for people who have the old fiberoptic lighting system, you could add the new compact style Globrite from Pentair to your pool. Pentair also provides bubblers and other deck jets that include an LED component as well. And all Pentairs lighting systems colors and features, sync together. The old standard light commonly used by pool builders use to be 400 watt white incandescent bulbs. This is rapidly changing with new and popular color changing and light-show lights that produce ambience and fun.
What’s the best way to heat my pool/spa?
The quickest way to heat your pool or spa is with the Mastertemp gas heater but it’s not the most cost effective solution. We recommend the Ultratemp electric heat pump. This pump doesn’t use fossil fuels and it runs at a considerably lower cost than other gas heaters. Solar heating are also great alternative options to add to conventional heating methods and to capitalize on your existing heating systems. Which heating system you choose should be based on the expectations and needs of the customer.
What kind of equipment should I use?
Again, this is a difficult question because people have different needs. Talk to your local professional to help you make your selections.
How to salt systems work? Should I buy one?
Salt systems are a great way to sanitize your pool water. They use electrolysis to convert salt particles into pure chlorine that is then released into the pool to sanitize. After the chlorine performs this action, it is then converted back into a salt particle. Salt levels are raised to 3500 parts per million in comparison to the ocean, which averages 35,000ppm. Many customers are concerned about feedback that salt systems corrode deck and other pool equipment but the truth is that proper pH and alkalinity are the key to reducing these issues. Keep in mind that when it comes to salt systems, you get what you pay for. Our recommendation is the Intellichlor system around $880, it’s a great chlorine generator at a reasonable price! Salt systems are increasing in their popularity and nine out of ten customers who use them say they will never go back to chlorine!
What color of return fittings, main drains and spa therapies look best?
Most pools we see our fitted with light grey colored return fittings, main drains, and spa therapies. Black and white is becoming rarer, plus they contrast with the natural colors of more contemporary pool finishes. Light grey will match with more than 90% of common pebble colors used today.