Pool Water Chemistry 101

Balancing Your Pool Water

Water chemistry is probably the most important aspect of owning a swimming pool. Proper water chemistry protects your liner and filter equipment. Most of all it protects us as swimmers. The clearest pool in most cases is the pool that is most out of balance.

Pool Water Balancing ChemicalsThere are four components to balancing pool water:

Alkalinity – Buffers the PH, holds it more steady.

PH – When levels are low, this is acidic. This can cause skin and eye irritation and is harmful to filter components.

– When it’s out of balance it will cause your liner to become hard and brittle cutting life expectancy down.

Stabilizer / Conditioner – It holds chlorine molecules from being dissipated by the sun. Proper stabilizer/ conditioner levels can cut your chlorine consumption in half!

Home Test Tips

There are a variety of home test kits such as dip and read strips as well as vials with reagent droppers. When testing your water always be sure to reach elbow deep for your sample. The surface water is typically warmer and somewhat stagnant.

Always remember to size up your test results on a white back drop and away from the sun. Remember these home test strips are to help you be close to optimal levels. It is very important to bring your water into the store once a month to acquire accurate readings.

Buying an In Ground Pool

What You Must Consider When Buying An In Ground Pool

pool installation tipsIs your pool builder accredited with the BBB, Angies List, etc.?  Here at Daigle Pools we are A+ accredited with the BBB and A accredited with Angie’s List.

Does your builder deal direct via cell phone to cell phone?  Our philosophy here at Daigle is Service First. All In-Ground clients deal directly via cell phone with their sales person who is also their project manager/ foreman.

Is your builder available to you 7 days a week?  With Daigle your sales person / foreman is available 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Is your builder fully insured?  We carry 1M/ 2M coverage and supply our customers with a certificate of proof of insurance.

Does your builder have a full disclosure of what’s included and what can come up with ground conditions?  When you sign on with Daigle, we have a full disclosure page stating all possibilities with what could be under ground. We can’t see it until we expose it. However, we will give as much information as possible for you to make an informed decision.

Is your deposit fully refundable with your builder?  We all work here at Daigle Pools. 7 days a week from April through the 4th of July. When the unexpected occurs, we understand. Call your sales person/ foreman he will take care of everything.

Do you know what’s under your liner?  There are still companies using sand or even stone dust under pool liners. Here at Daigle we strictly use pool base which is a Portland cement/ vermiculite mix. It hardens like cement but is porous and breathable for our wet springs.

Do you have a solid time line for the start to finish of your pool?  We tell all our customers, it’s a 3 week project weather permitting. We haven’t had a job go over 2 weeks and 3 days in about 5 years. Our quickest install was in October 2014. It took 8 days from start to finish!

Do you know what warranties come with your new pool?  We will explain to you all warranties for structure, liner, labor, filter, pump, safety cover, salt system, etc. Remember all our liners come standard with a 5 year 100% replacement on manufacturer defects including labor and water.

Does your builder have a service department?  We started as a service company and truly believe if you service your customers and build relationships, they will always call us for service and refer us to their friends and family. With two full time service crews, we are happy to assist in any way possible.

Pool School! We’ll have one of our experienced service technicians come out for Pool School 101 upon completion of your new in-ground pool to make sure you have the knowledge to enjoy your pool for years.

As you can see there is a lot to know about pools. Hopefully this information helps you ask the right questions to make sure you find the pool contractor that will work best for you!

Getting Your Pool In Shape For Spring

Getting Your Pool ReadySpring has finally arrived! The birds are chirping, the snow is almost gone, and you can finally see your pool. Now is a great time to do a quick inspection to make sure everything is okay.

For above ground owners. Be sure to check around the top of the pool for any bending of the rails or pinching of the verticals. On the base of the pool make sure the wall hasn’t creased anywhere from either too much weight pressing down or the ground expanding upward with the frost. If everything looks good, break out that pump and start getting any water off the cover as soon as you can.

For In-Ground Pools. It’s important to inspect your safety covers for broken springs or tears in the cover. If all looks good now is a good time to pour a gallon of algaecide through the cover to help keep the algae growth down. Remember to never pour liquid shock or powder shock on a safety cover.

Lastly, make that call to get into the schedule for your pool opening. The spring is the busiest time of year in the pool industry. Lock up that time slot and we will see you soon!

Daigle Pools

Daigle Pools offers swimming pool installation, maintenance and repairs to home owners in southern New Hampshire. We also carry a full line of products and accessories for all types of pools and spas.