A swimming pool is a gem for any residential property. The sunlight reflecting off the crystal clear water and dappling the bottom of the pool creates an inviting atmosphere. And your neighbors, friends, and family all have the same question when summer rolls around: “Can we come over for a swim?”
However, as summer continues, your pool water may become murky. The colorful pool tiles that add character might start to look dull, and your guests won’t be as eager to come over for a swim.
What causes these changes? Well, the dedicated team of pool maintenance and cleaning specialists at Liquidus Pool Services can tell you. Your pool is suffering from summer grime, and it needs a bit of tender love and care to restore its appeal.
Many homeowners enjoy their pool but need help putting the time and effort into keeping it sparkling clean. Thankfully, our team offers comprehensive pool cleaning and maintenance services for the individuals of Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding areas.
We get a lot of questions about our pool cleaning services, and we offer numerous solutions to suit your needs. If you need help with any of the following, give our certified team of pool operators a call, and your pool will be sparkling again in no time.
Pool Brushing Services in Dallas, Texas
Brushing your pool is a crucial part of maintaining your pool’s surfaces. The pool walls, floor, and steps must be brushed regularly to avoid grime buildup. Here is a closer look at Liquidus’s pool brushing services:
What Do Liquidus’s Pool Brushing Services Prevent?
Liquidus’s pool brushing services help prevent the following common pool issues:
- Scale buildup: Pool water absorbs particles from the air. Over time, these particles settle on your pool’s floor and walls, creating a layer of white film known as scale.
- Pool stains: Pool stains result from dirt, minerals, oils, and tiny debris rubbing against the pool’s surfaces. Brushing these areas helps remove grime from the pool surface, preventing stains.
- Algae: Algae grows best in dark, murky areas, like the micro-pores of a pool’s surface. The algae feed on the dust that builds up on these surfaces. By brushing your pool’s floor, walls, and stairs, you remove the algae’s food source, causing them to die off before it becomes a problem.
- Etching: Etching is the rough feeling that many pool surfaces–especially the walls and flooring–gain over time. Corrosion causes this rough surface, but you can combat it by regularly brushing your pool and adding salt, calcium, and a pH decreaser.
When Should I Brush My Swimming Pool?
The best time to brush your swimming pool is after the following:
- After you get your pool replastered. Pools need to be replastered every 10 years to protect its shell and prevent damage and leaks. But pool replastering leaves a layer of dust behind, which needs to be brushed and filtered to avoid staining and scaling. You should brush your pool twice daily for 2-3 weeks after replastering.
- After you balance or add chemicals to your pool. Many powdered and granular pool chemicals do not dissolve as soon as they hit the water. Instead, some may float in your pool’s water for a while, increasing the risk of scaling, staining, or etching the pool’s surface. Brushing the pool helps dissolve these chemicals and disperses them to prevent these issues.
- During a stain or algae removal service. You’ll need more than basic chemicals to get rid of stains and algae. Algae and stains need to be scrubbed off of the pool’s surfaces with soap and a good brush. This ensures that any algae spores and grime are removed from the surface and properly disposed of through the pool’s filter.
- Routinely once a week. If the above circumstances do not describe your current situation, then brushing your pool once a week can serve as preventive maintenance. As mentioned earlier, this essential service aids in the prevention of scaling, algae buildup, and etching.
Don’t Have Time to Brush Your Pool Every Week?
No problem! The team at Liquidus Pool Services offers comprehensive weekly pool cleaning services, including pool brushing. We work thoroughly around your pool, making sure that every inch of your pool gets the care it needs to stay squeaky clean.
Pool Skimming Services
Skimming is one of the most important pool maintenance tasks. It ensures that your pool is free of debris and swim-ready. The team at Liquidus Pool Services offers pool skimming as part of our weekly pool cleaning and maintenance. We use the best materials on the market and ensure that decomposing debris, such as leaves and dirt, is properly removed from the pool. This removes additional dirt and grime so your pool looks crystal clear between each service.
Pool Vacuuming Services
Our team can also vacuum your pool during your weekly pool cleaning service. Vacuuming removes dirt, debris, and grime to prevent the bottom of your pool from becoming discolored. Our pool vacuuming services follow these steps:
- Skimming the surface of the pool. Our team starts by using a skimmer net to capture as much debris as possible from the surface of your pool.
- Turning on the pool pump and adjusting the filter valve. Next, our team turns on the pool pump and ensures water flows properly through the filter. Next, we check that the filter is clean before vacuuming.
- Beginning by vacuuming at the shallow end of the pool. Once we assemble our professional pool vacuum, we start at the shallow end and work to the deeper end. We work slowly to ensure we don’t kick up too much debris, making the water cloudy.
Emptying the Pump and Skimmer Baskets
The next step in our pool cleaning services is emptying and cleaning the pump and skimmer baskets.
Cleaning the Pool Pump Basket
- First, we turn off the pool cleaner pump and pool heater.
- If the heater is running, we wait about 10-15 minutes for the heater to cool down before turning off the pump.
- Next, we close the skimmer and main drain valves.
- If the pool pump is located below the water level in the pool, we will close the filter valve.
- We remove the pump lid.
- Using a garden hose, we wash down the basket.
- As we clean the pump basket, we inspect it for signs of damage and replace it if needed.
- Then we reinstall the pump basket.
- Once the pump basket is in place, we check the pump lid and O-ring for signs of wear and tear, such as cracking, and then lubricate the lid O-ring with petroleum jelly to ensure that it doesn’t dry out.
- We then install the pump lid and replace the O-ring.
- We open the main drain valve, ensuring the filter valve is in the “filter” position.
- Next, we open the air relief valve on the pool filter and turn the pump back on.
- Once the pool pump is ready, we individually reopen the remaining skimmer valves.
- When we see a steady stream of water from the air relief valve, we close it and turn on the pool cleaner pump and heater if desired.
Cleaning the Skimmer Basket
- Our team turns the pool pump off.
- Next, we remove the skimmer lid.
- Then we remove the skimmer basket and empty it.
- Next, we place the basket back into the skimmer.
- Finally, we put the skimmer lid back and turn the entire pool pump system on.
Chemical Testing and Balancing
Dirty pool water can contain bacteria and viruses, including E. coli, protozoa, and hepatitis A. These can cause your family and friends to get sick after a swim. Thankfully, most pools use chemicals to keep the water clean and sanitary. The team at Liquidus Pool Services checks your pool’s chemical levels during every cleaning service so we can treat it properly.
What Kind of Chemicals Does My Pool Need?
A wide range of pool chemical products are on the market to keep your pool clean and balanced. Most pool chemicals fall into the following categories:
- Sanitizers disinfect the pool water, protecting it from viruses and harmful bacteria.
- Water balancers include pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness, and chlorine levels.
- Oxidizers – Used to supplement sanitizers and make them more effective.
- Niche-purpose specialty chemicals – These chemicals, like flocculants, help floating particles clump together so they are easier to remove.
Here are common pool chemicals that every pool owner should know about:
- Algaecides – Algaecides aid in the prevention of algae growth on your pool surfaces.
- Alkalinity increasers – Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, will increase your pool’s alkalinity.
- Calcium hardness increasers – These chemicals raise your pool’s calcium hardness level.
- Chlorine neutralizers – Excessive chlorine irritates your skin, eyes, and lungs. It is also known to corrode pool equipment and lead to costly damage. Chlorine neutralizers prevent this by reducing the free chlorine level in the water.
- Filter cleaners – Keep your pool filters clean and functional by using filter cleaners. These products break down oil and grime.
- pH adjusters – You can raise or lower your pool’s pH level by adding appropriate measurements of sodium carbonate, sodium bisulfate, or muriatic acid.
- Phosphate removers – These chemicals destroy phosphates, which deprives algae of their food source.
- Pool shock chemicals – Shock is high-dose chlorine that rapidly raises the chlorine level in your pool to rid it of dangerous bacteria.
Pressure and Equipment Check By a Dallas Certified Pool & Spa Operator
The final step is to check your pool’s pressure and equipment for signs of potential issues or wear and tear. This is an essential step for keeping your pool working properly and extending the lifespan of your equipment. We inspect the following equipment during each pool cleaning and maintenance service:
- Pool filter
- Pool pump
- Pool heater
- Pool GFCI (circuit breaker)
- Pool plumbing system
Take Your Weekend Back and Enjoy Your Dallas Swimming Pool Without the Stress
Liquidus Pool Services offers weekly swimming pool cleaning and maintenance services to ensure your pool stays in tip-top shape. We handle all the time-consuming tasks that take you away from the things that matter most. Enjoy the most of your summer—leave the cleaning and maintenance tasks to the professionals. Contact us today for more information about our pool cleaning services or to schedule an appointment with our cleaning team.