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Why do you leave water in your Orange County pool during the winter?

As winter closes in pool owners are preparing to close their pools and wait for the next summer season. Closing your pool is not complicated, and by following the correct guidelines, you should be able to do it properly so that it is ready for use during the next season. You should avoid leaving your pool open during winter with no cover.  So, do you drain your pool of all the water or just some of it? Pool resources have information on how to maintain your pool as a pool owner.
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Summer Vacation? Keep Your Pool Clear While Away!

Do you have plans for going for summer vacation, and perhaps not sure what to do to your pool while  away? Below are a few tips of how to keep your pool clean while away.

Leave somebody in charge when on summer vacation

It is essential to have a family member or neighbor stop by at least two times a week while you are away, to add several products to the swimming pool to ensure that it stays well maintained during summer. Before leaving, have them come over and show them these few essential things:
  • How to switch on/off the filter system.
  • How to check if the filter requires cleaning or backwashing; show them the way this is done.
  • How to examine the water with your test kit or test strips; show them the proper ranges.
  • Show them where the chemicals are kept.
  • Clarify each chemical and the right dose for each.
  • Show them where pump and skimmer baskets are and show them the way to clean them.

Have your water examined before leaving

Get a sample of your swimming pool water to your local pool store and have it expertly examined. Ensure when you get it examined that you fix any issues before going. You want to ensure that your alkalinity and pH are balanced correctly and your levels of sanitizers are right.
  • pH: 7.4-7.6 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 100-150 ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 175-225 and 225-275 ppm for plaster swimming pools
  • For Salt Water or Chlorine Swimming Pools: 1-3 ppm
  • For Bromine swimming Pools: 3-5 ppm
  • For Biguanide swimming Pools: 30-50 ppm
  • For Mineral System Swimming Pools: 0-5 ppm of chlorine

Pool covers and solar blankets

Remove your solar blanket from your swimming pool before you leave. It will just heat your swimming pool and decrease the effectiveness of your system and skimmer. Purchase a mesh swimming pool cover for safety and put that cover on the pool before leaving. Getting a safety cover on the swimming pool not only keeps your pool clean but also increases sanitation and filtration.

Secure your swimming pool safety

You can never be too careful with regards to swimming pool safety. It is important to keep barriers around your swimming pool; in case a neighbor’s children attempt to swim in your unsupervised swimming pool you will be pleased you did. Locking the fence can assist in preventing a disaster while you are not around. Make sure you do not leave a solar blanket over the swimming pool; this will reduce skimmer effectiveness and can be a safety risk if somebody falls on top of it. summer

Set your pump timer

If your pump does not have a timer, purchase one. Buying a timer will help you to save time in maintenance year round and money in energy costs. Set your pump to run 8 to12 hours every day. If you do not have a pump timer, it is advisable to have a swimming pool sitter manually switch it on and off or leave the pump continuously running.


Ensure not to switch off the filter system before going for summer vacation. The filtration system must run many hours every day. You can buy an automatic timer, which will run your filter at least 8 hours daily. If you do not have a filter, ensure somebody can keep an eye on the filter and swimming pool while you are away.

Summer Vacation? Keep Your Pool Clear While Away!


Summer Fun Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Do you have a small issue that is getting in the way of your beach dreams? Worried insufficient funds will get you down? No worries! If there is an issue, there is a hack. Discover a solution to your summer fun problems with 6 of our preferred hacks for the pool and beach.

Night swimming with glowsticks

Turn your family’s swimming pool into a classic underwater laser display by tossing in some glowsticks. These are quite affordable and can and are available in many stores. Your children will love you! They will be able to take a dip at night and will have a lot of fun searching for the glowsticks at the bottom of the swimming pool and bring them up to the pool surface. summer fun  

Create a floating cooler and take summer fun to a different level

Do you not detest having to exit the swimming pool to go and get your preferred ice-cold drink? Bid farewell to those days by creating a floating cooler from swimming pool noodles. The idea is easy and only requires a couple of minutes to create. summer fun

Accelerate sand removal

Baby powder is not only for baby’s bums, regardless of what the packaging informs you. True, it may help get rid of some of the foot odor, but it is also a beach bag essential. Preparing to go inside but feel as though your hands are covered in sand-gloves? Shake out a bit of baby powder and use it to remove sand. Not only are you going to be sand-free but you will even be baby-scented.

Become an s’mores expert

Summer fun is not complete without campfires and s’mores. But the worse time comes when you have to wait for your turn with a roasting stick. Using this hack you will make multiple s’mores for everybody at the same time. Purchase a new rake and you are all set. Not only is this an excellent investment for assisting you to make awesome summer fun treats, but you will even be in a position to use the rake as soon as fall hits.

Cool the burn

Aloe gels are good and calming sunburn relief. To enhance upon perfection, place your bottle of aloe into the refrigerator before going to the beach or swimming pool. The cool temperature will increase the relief. Whatever you decide to do, ensure you are using aloe gel, not some moisturizing skincare lotion with aloe. Lotion will only trap the heat from a burn, making longer your pain rather than relieving it. summer fun

Summertime reading bingo

This summer hack is fun for adults and children alike. Help your kids continue reading over the summer by taking part in summer reading bingo. Create a chart with your children and place it in the refrigerator. Give them rewards as incentives once they get a bingo. This hack does not need to be performed with reading only. Try it with anything that you would like your children to work on while they are out of school. Do not worry; you can try this hack even if you do not have children. Pick a habit that you would like to develop over the summer. Make your own bingo boxes and reward yourself every time you get a bingo. For instance, you can have the target to shed some weight before a certain period. One square would be to exercise with a friend and another would be to go an entire day without sugar. This is a more innovative and fun method to accomplish change in your life instead of simply checking off a to-do list.

Summer Fun Hacks That Will Change Your Life