Having your own backyard swimming pool can provide a lot of fun, but the cost of upkeep isn’t always such a thrill. We do our best to help you maintain your pool properly, so you can avoid costly repairs, but some parts of pool ownership simply aren’t cheap. For example, just the necessity of running your pool’s pump can increase your electric bill dramatically. However, we do know of one simple switch you can make, that can save you about a thousand dollars per year or more.
This secret to saving money isn’t complicated: If your pool has a standard one-speed pump, replace it with a variable speed model. How does this help you save money over time?
A standard pump runs at one speed only, even when that speed isn’t necessarily appropriate for your current needs. The electricity used is equivalent to keeping twenty 100-watt light bulbs turned on, for each hour that the pump is running.
But variable speed pool pumps allow you to adjust the speed, so that your pump won’t be running more than you actually need. In contrast to the standard speed pump, a variable speed pump set at 1,400 rpms will use about the same amount of electricity as only one 100-watt light bulb! As you might have deduced by now, that means running your pool’s pump at a lower speed will use one twentieth of the amount of electricity in the same amount of time!
For many homeowners, this means you could slash your overall electricity usage by about half (depending upon other appliances and factors within your home). Certain “smart” pumps even allow you to monitor your electricity use by wattage.
For more information on variable speed pool pumps, and to discuss your potential electric savings, give us a call. We can explain different models to you, and help you select the one that is right for your circumstances.
Have you noticed anything “off” about your pool lately? Maybe it doesn’t look as inviting as it once did, or you’ve noticed problems with the water level. You might be concerned about its appearance from a purely aesthetic point of view, or you might be worried that the appearance of your pool detracts from the value of your home. Whatever your concern may be, pool resurfacing could be the answer, if you’ve noticed any of these signs…
The water level drops for no apparent reason. Cracks in the pool surface are not always visible, especially when the pool is full of water. But of course, water will leak from even the smallest of cracks. If your water level keeps dropping for no apparent reason, pool resurfacing might be the solution.
Tiles are coming loose. If you have tiles within your pool, you might notice that they start to pop off or break. This is a sign that the tile grout is corroded, and the pool’s surface is often part of the problem.
You notice stubborn stains. Stains can be caused by a variety of factors, such as an imbalance in your pool chemicals, metals in your water, algae, or debris that isn’t cleaned away promptly. Over time these stains become unappealing, and pool resurfacing is the answer.
You can see or feel erosion marks. Over time, the movement of water over the pool’s surface will cause erosion marks. This is just an inevitable part of nature. An improper chemical balance can speed up this process, which is why correctly maintaining your pool is so important. You might even feel scuff marks with your feet, and they will become more uncomfortable over time. Once erosion occurs, resurfacing the pool is the only way to correct the look and feel of its surface.
If you suspect pool resurfacing is needed in your case, give us a call. We can check out the situation, and make a recommendation. And once your new surface is installed, we can help with proper maintenance so that the surface lasts as long as possible.