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The Importance of Your POOL PUMP

Posted by Brad Morris on March 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Morris Pool Service wants you to know the importance of your Pool Pump!!

All swimming pools have a filtering system to keep the water clean and free of algae and bacteria. An integral part of your filtering system is the pool pump. Without a pump your filtering system will not work and your pool will get too dirty to use rather quickly. Most pool pumps are self priming which mean if the pump housing is not full of water when you turn the system on, it will fill it by it's self. This is a very helpful feature because priming a pump can be a difficult task. Pool pumps come in various horse power depending on the size of the pool and how many gallons of water it must pull through the filtering system each hour.

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The pump has a motor that turns at a high speed when the pump is on. At the other end of the pump there is an impeller that is driven by the pump motor. The pump housing, also known as the vacuum chamber, is filled with water. This creates a vacuum which allows the pump to pull the water out of the pool. Some pools have a diffuser in the pump itself and some have an external diffuser. The diffuser takes the air out of the pump, hoses or suction piping. If the air does not get out you can loose your prime. All self priming pumps have diffusers. Another part important to your pump is the pressure gauge. As the impeller creates the water pressure it is measured by the gauge. When the pressure gets too low you will know that the filter is dirty and needs to be cleaned or back washed. Here at Morris Pool Service we can provide you with any parts or pump service you may need! We can also come and prime your pump as well!! Please visit our website for any needs you have or call us 816-807-1570. We are glad to help!

How the Pump Works

Now that you know how the individual parts work it is easier to understand how the whole process works. When the pump is turned on and it is properly primed, the motor turns the impeller. This helps to pull the water into the vacuum chamber which is the pump housing. The water goes through a filtering system which could be sand, diatomaceous earth or a cartridge. The water is cleaned by the filtering system and pushed back into the pool. All the while the diffuser is helping to get rid of any air bubbles that have made their way into the pump. When the pressure gauge shows the low pressure you will need to back wash the system. This is done by switching valves to redirect the flow of the water and stopping water from going into the pool. The water is pulled from the pool, only this time it goes into the bottom of the filter, pushing the dirt up where it is drained out. This is done until the water comes out clean. Then the valves are put back to their original position and the pump starts pulling the water through the filtering system again.

Here at Morris Pool Service we are happy to provide you informative information keeping you in the “know” when it comes to your pool or spa!! Please visit us or give us a call today for all of your pool needs 816-807-1570

Why Hire a Professional to Clean?

Posted by Brad Morris on February 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM

1. Peace of Mind

By investing in routine cleaning and maintenance for your swimming pool, you are ensuring that your pool is being cared for properly. You never have to worry that the condition of your pool is deteriorating, that it's not safe, or that it's not functioning correctly.

2. Water Balance and Filtration

Part of the job for a good pool cleaning service will be to test and regulate the water in your swimming pool, and to ensure proper filtration. These are critical aspects of pool maintenance because pool water that's not being filtered correctly or is out of balance can have a direct impact on the health of those using it.

3. Free Time

Life is short enough as it is - let alone when you have to spend your time cleaning the pool! Proper pool care requires a serious time commitment; if you rush the cleaning process, the quality and cleanliness of the pool will likely suffer as a result.

4. Openings and Closings

Pool owners who already have a company providing regular maintenance also have someone on hand who can handle the time-consuming tasks of opening and closing the pool at the beginning and end of swim season.

5. Pool Equipment.

As issues with the pool arise, there may be times when parts may need to be replaced or special equipment will be needed to make repairs. When pool maintenance is a DIY venture, these issues can easily turn into major problems. If you have hired professional cleaners, they will be able to spot these issues early on, make the repairs, and provide any equipment or replacements needed to get your pool up and running again.

6. Customize Your Service

One nice thing about hiring pool cleaners is that you can have them come out as you need them. For the best results, cleaners should be used for weekly or twice-a-week service.

Ultimately, hiring a pool cleaning service lets you enjoy your pool to the fullest. If you are interested in scheduling routine maintenance for your inground pool, call Morris Pool Service today for a free quote.

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Pool Shock

Posted by Brad Morris on February 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM
 

The term shock treatment might sound extreme, but it’s a term well known to most pool owners (or it should be!). Shocking your pool protects you and your family from bacteria and organic contaminants, and helps to prevent and correct most common pool water problems in chlorine-based pools.

The best way to keep your pool water clear of unwanted contaminants this pool season is by shocking your pool with a regular infusion of chlorine.

What is Shock Treatment?

Shock treatment is the addition of heavy doses of chlorine to your pool, in excess of your normal water balance routine. Although a normal chlorine dosage is between 1 and 4 ppm, when you shock treat, you add between 5 and 10 ppm available chlorine.

Why is Shock Treatment Important?

The primary reason to shock treat your pool is to kill algae spores in your water before they form unsightly algae colonies. You want to get the algae before it multiplies, otherwise you’ll have to add three times as much. The high amounts of chlorine added through shock treatment also destroy other organic matter in the pool such as ammonia and organic contaminants, and helps prevent unpleasant odors and eye irritation for swimmers.

When Should You Use Shock Treatment?

Shock treat your pool weekly throughout the summer. It’s best to do so right before sundown so that the treatment has a chance to take effect before the sun’s rays begin to damage the chlorine. Shock treatments are also useful if an event occurs that is likely to contaminate your water with organic matter. Such events include inclement weather, such as rainstorms or heavy wind, and seasonal pollen blooms. Every rainfall brings algae spores into your pool. It’s also a good idea to shock treat your pool if you’ve had more people using the pool than usual, such as after a pool party or family gathering.

How Should You Shock Treat Your Pool?

Before adding the shock treatment to your water, remove any organic material or debris from the pool. If there are leaves floating in your pool or skimmer baskets, they will absorb the chlorine you add, requiring you to use more product to get the same effect.

Next, use test strips to check the pH level of your pool water, and adjust to between 7.2 and 7.4. The chlorine is more effective at these pH levels.

At this point, you’re ready to add the shock treatment. Make sure your filtration system is operating, then add 5 to 10 ppm of your preferred  brand of shock product according to the instructions on the product label. Handle the product carefully to avoid eye and skin burns. Be sure to follow the product labels carefully when broadcasting the product.

After shock treating your pool, wait 30 minutes before testing the chlorine levels. When the chlorine level is 4 ppm or less, it’s safe to jump in and enjoy! Shock treating your pool on a weekly basis will keep your pool water shimmering and your family splashing all summer long.

Pool Algae

Posted by Brad Morris on February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Algae are single-celled marine plants-and there are literally thousands of different species that can potentially develop in swimming pools and spas. Here is a look at the common types of algae found in swimming pools:

• Green algae: This is the most common type of algae found in pools and spas, and can be free-floating or wall-clinging. Fortunately, it's also the easiest type to treat.

• Yellow algae: Also called mustard algae, this type can resemble a layer of slimy dirt at the bottom of the pool. Yellow algae are more difficult to treat than green algae, though most treatment products will be effective if the layer of algae is thoroughly brushed prior to treatment.

• Black algae: Black algae, which actually appear more blue-green in color, typically form in the cracks, crevices, and holes of pools, and are often found in areas that receive more shade. This type of algae is resistant to normal chlorine levels, and can require more aggressive methods of treatment.

Preventing Pool Algae

There are several measures that you can take to prevent algae from forming in your pool:• If you own a chlorine pool, be sure to maintain levels between 1 ppm and 3ppm at all times. This is a critical measure that will prevent most types of algae from forming.

• Regularly clean your pool and pool equipment. This includes routine skimming, brushing, vacuuming, and thorough cleaning of all pool accessories and cleaning equipment.

• Perform frequent checks to ensure proper water balance and chemical levels.

• Immediately fix any cracks, holes, dead corners or rough surfaces that develop in your pool. Many algae problems develop in these types of conditions.

• Ensure that your water is being treated with the proper filtration system, and that you are using the appropriate size pump for your pool.

• Ask swimmers to shower before entering the pool.

Treating algae in your pool can be a difficult, time-consuming task, and can require repeated brushing, vacuuming, pool shock treatment, and the use of commercial grade algaecides. Preventing pool algae from forming is much easier than treating it. Many pool owners opt to schedule regular cleaning and maintenance services to make sure that their pools are always properly cleaned, algae-free, and safe to enjoy.

Give Morris Pool Service a call for all your needs! 816-807-1570

Winterizing

Posted by Brad Morris on February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

The process for winterizing the pool is one with several critical steps - which is perhaps why a large percentage of inground pool owners prefer to let the professionals have the honors each year. Keep in mind that it's important to winterize the pool not only to protect it from hazards of the cold weather, but also to prevent it from becoming an algae-filled germ factory over the winter months.If you have questions about how exactly this is done, here are some dos and don'ts when it comes to winterizing the pool.

Do have the pool thoroughly cleaned and examined for cracks and leaks beforehand. Not only should all cracks be repaired and all objects removed (toys, baskets, rafts, ladders, diving board etc.), but it's also important to skim the water, have the floors vacuumed, and brush the walls of the interior. Leaving objects, cracks, debris, or dirt in the pool is a surefire way to encounter more serious problems when it's time to reopen the pool next year.

Don't completely drain the pool. The level to which the water should be drained depends on the type of material with which your pool is made, but you should never drain all of the water. This can be a tricky step, and most pool owners have service technicians drain the pool to avoid problems. For more information, read our previous blog post that explains how to drain an inground swimming pool.

Do add winterizing chemicals to the pool. Once the water has been balanced and shocked, the winterizing chemical kit can be introduced into the pool. This solution helps to prevent the proliferation of algae and works to ensure clean, clear blue water when the pool is opened again.

Don't turn off the filter weeks before winterizing the pool - even if no one is swimming in it. The idea is to have the water at the balanced and treated properly when it's ready to be closed, and this task becomes harder if the filter hasn't been running for the last week or two.

Do install a good winter cover when winterizing the pool. If your pool cover is an old patchwork of tears and duct tape, it's worth investing in a new one to avoid any surprise debris or animals entering over the winter.

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Winterizing the pool every year takes time and care, and pool professionals can ensure that everything is done properly and efficiently.If you live in the Midwest Kansas City area or the suburbs of the Kansas City area and would like assistance winterizing your inground pool, or your above ground pool feel free to contact us for a free quote or call us at Moriris Pool Service at  816-807-1570.

Pool Opening

Posted by Brad Morris on February 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

While it may seem hard to imagine now, the time is quickly approaching to open your swimming pool for the season. Opening the pool is a big chore that many pool owners would rather not have to deal with - and a growing number of owners opt to have a professional service company take care of the process to ensure that it's done quickly and correctly. For those who choose to open the pool themselves, there can be a lot of work involved. Here's a closer look at how to open an inground swimming pool.

Uncover the Pool

The first step to opening the pool is to remove the pool's cover, which should then be cleaned and stored in a safe place where you won't forget about it. At this point, you can evaluate the general condition of your pool. Take a minute to examine the surface for cracks, leaks, stains, and for the formation of algae in the pool. It's better to identify these problems first before going through the process of draining and/or cleaning the pool. The next step will be contingent upon the condition of water and what type of pool you own.

Drain and Clean

Depending on your type of pool, this may be the time to get down to the business of draining the swimming pool. The majority of experts will recommend using a professional to drain your pool; for a more detailed look at the draining process, read our blog post on How to Drain an Inground Swimming Pool. Once the water has been drained, the pool should be cleaned with chlorine or acid. Now, any pool-related items such as fittings, handrails, or baskets can be installed, the pool deck and equipment can be rinsed off, and water can be added back to the pool.

Vacuum Pool Opening

For some pool owners, a vacuum pool opening will be the best way to open the pool. This process is similar to the drain and clean opening with the exception that the pool is not drained. Instead, the pool should be vacuumed to remove debris from the water and clean dirt from the pool floor. Next, the walls and floor of the pool should be thoroughly brushed, and the water and walls should be shocked with chlorine so that all organic staining is removed. Next, water can be added back in to refill what was removed during the vacuuming. Given the amount of time and effort involved in opening your inground swimming pool - not to mention the chemicals, equipment, and know-how needed to complete the job - it is not hard to understand why so many pool owners would rather let professionals handle the task. If you have any questions about opening your inground swimming pool, or if you'd like to schedule an opening, don't hesitate to Morris Pool Service today!

Pool Questions

Posted by Brad Morris on February 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Summer weather seems to have arrived early this year, and the rising temperatures are a reminder that it's time to think about opening your swimming pool for the season. It's typically right around this time of year that pool owners will start asking the questions: Is now too early to open my pool? Is it better to wait?

These are good questions, and we hear them often. The best time to open your swimming pool will depend to a certain extent on where you are located and whether you're in the midst of a warmer or colder spring. That being said, a general rule of thumb is that when the daytime temperatures are at or above around 70 degrees, you should go ahead and open your pool.

Given that our warm weather looks to be here to stay, below are the top five reasons to open your pool sooner than later:

1. Money. One common reason pool owners will hold off on opening their pool is the perception that an open pool is an expensive pool. But when you take into account the modern filtration systems and the growing number of owners with salt water pools, total expenses for electricity and chemicals are lower than ever. What can be expensive are the additional chemicals that are often needed to properly prepare and clean a late-opening pool for swimming.

2. Algae. Most people love warmer temperatures - but so do algae. If you are using a mesh winter cover, sunlight is getting through, and your pool can become a breeding ground for various types of algae. The sooner you open, the more likely you are to find a cleaner pool when that cover comes off.

3. Kids. If you have children, the warm weather means you are undoubtedly already hearing it: "Can we go swimming now?" If you get the pool open early and let them start swimming, your kids will thank you for it (probably not - but at least they'll stop asking about it!).

4. Improved Aesthetic. Your pool looks great once the cover is off. When you open for the season, your yard is instantly more attractive, and suddenly it feels like summer again! The sooner you open, the sooner you can take advantage of that feeling.

5. Swimming! Chances are good that if you have pool, you enjoy swimming. It's fun, it's great exercise, you can cool off, relax, and socialize with friends and family. Maximize the benefits of your pool and open it soon! If you're ready to start enjoying your pool, don't hesitate to Morris Pool Service for a quote and to schedule your pool opening today!

Pool and Spa Care Tips

Posted by Brad Morris on February 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

It usually costs about .50-1.00 per day to heat the spa in winter climates it might be closer to that 1.00-2.00 per day. Chemicals depending on the system and brand can cost typically about $200-$250 per year that's including if you need a pH increaser and decreaser, but you may not even need those at all. And I know jacuzzi filters are a little bit more on the pricey end versus QCA which is what spas I sell. I believe they are about $50, thankfully they are only replaced once a year and cleaned every four months when you drain and refill your spa. I also help customers with parts and mechanical and pretty much anything that happens on a Jacuzzi brand spa can happen on any of them. More common is a heating element and you will know when this happens because the breaker will trip instantly and pop your finger back. Another thing is usually pumps have a life of about 5-7 years, but keep an eye on the calcium hardness because low calcium (if it is on the soft side) is very corrosive to all copper elements in the spa, the barrings, pump seal, heating element etc... Jets will eventually need to be replaced, if they are plastic the chlorine breaks the jet down over time and seals can go bad. Also make sure that you filter at least 10-12 hours per day. The more you filter, the less chemicals you will need to maintain.

I recommend the Frog Mineral Reservior- it allows you to run 0-1 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine which is drinking levels of chlorine.

Weekly you would do:

1oz of a clarifier

1oz stain and scale inhibitor

2oz non-chlorine shock

After each use:

Add 1tsp per person for every half hour in the spa

The next time you go in there is hardly any chlorine and it saves the equipment in the long run!


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