Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pools Are and Should Be Relaxing


So many times I am in the retail store and hear a customer come in and say that they "just want to fill it in." The frustration that they are feeling is troublesome to me and somewhat disheartening.  A pool should be fun and relaxing and not a hex that makes your summer miserable.  Is some of the frustration self-inflicted?  Perhaps.  With some smart investments, you can save your something in your life that is truly invaluable...time.  

SO, you open the pool, or maybe you have a pool service who opens the pool for you.  Great, now you have a green swamp, a filter running overtime, and the prospect that for the next three weeks your free time will be spent brushing, skimming, backwashing, and vacuuming.  Note this is when I hear many customers state that they will be filling in the pool.  My first thought is to say, "this too shall pass" and then duck as I am sure someone somewhere will likely throw something at me.  Like so many things in life, a swimming pool can be time consuming and feel like too much work to be worth, but it does not have to be.  There are many things a pool owner can do to make life easier and being here in Massachusetts, with a limited season, why not make some investments that put the fun back into pool life.  

1.  Preventative Steps - before you even take the cover off

First, remember that often it helps to take some proactive measures before taking off the cover.  If you can, pull back the cover before the pool is officially opened and throw in some liquid chlorine and algaecide. It must be liquid because the granular won't dissolve without the pool water filtrating.   Getting a head start can make a world of difference.  

2.  Equipment matters

Be sure to keep up with your equipment.  Are your filter cartridges old but you have been holding off on replacing them?  What about your pump?  The ability to clean up your pool in a reasonable amount of time greatly hinges on the efficiency of your equipment.  The money you aren't spending on making sure your equipment is working properly is likely being spent in extra chemicals, electricity, and time.  

If your equipment is on the older side, you may want to talk with your pool company about upgrades. Filtration systems today are easier than ever to run and maintain.  Gone are the days of spending an entire afternoon cleaning your filter.  They are now made much easier to disassemble, clean, and reassemble.  Additionally, new equipment will run more efficiently saving you not only time but money in energy costs.

3.  You put WHAT in your pool?

Repeat after me...What you put in the pool matters... A LOT.  Think you scored a great deal on chlorine and algaecide at that discount store?  Think again.  The active ingredients are often more than a third of what is in quality pool products.  There is also often fillers that may throw off the balance of other levels in a pool.  So if you want to use the cheap stuff, which we don't advise, at least save it for when the pool is up and running.

4.  Doesn't matter whether it is in your home or in your pool, no one wants to vacuum

Today's swimming pool autocleaners are like no others.  Pool robots are the way to go whether you have a gunite, vinyl liner, or even an above-ground pool.  Investing in a bot to clean your pool will save you valuable time which you can use to sit and enjoy your backyard.  Prices ranges vary for bots depending on the bells and whistles and the horse power.  It is best to do your research so that you get the right bot for your pool.     

5.  Sometimes it is just worth having someone else do the dirty work.

If you are in New England, it is a short season, so why not treat yourself right and pay someone else to maintain the pool.  Whether it is a weekly cleaning service or just a limited service, it is a small cost to pay for your peace of mind. 

Make sure when you look into a weekly service company you find out what is included and what is not included.  At Aquaknot, for an hourly charge, your pool is vacuumed, brushed down, water surfaced is skimmed and your baskets are cleaned from debris.  Additionally, we will make sure that you have chlorine in your baskets and your water is tested and balanced (chemicals are an extra charge).  

Perhaps you are just in need of some early in the season assistance.  While we do not provide short-term weekly service, we do provide filter cleaning services.  It is a good idea to pre-schedule your filter cleanings at the time you schedule your open.  Consider scheduling a weekly filter clean for the first few weeks after your pool is opened.  It can make an amazing difference in how fast you are up and running.

This is just a glimpse of some of top ways to make pool ownership easier.  Call us today to find out more tips!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Aquaknot Pools, Inc.: POOL CARE: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE GOING ON VACAT...: POOL CARE:  WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE GOING ON VACATION Going on vacation is oftentimes exciting and stressful at the same time.  Pre...



Going on vacation is oftentimes exciting and stressful at the same time.  Preparations need to be made to prepare for your voyage. While you make your packing lists, you are also probably making your to do list for the house such as putting mail and paper delivery services on hold, maybe scheduling pet care, and for someone to keep an eye on your home.  If you are a pool owner, you should also be making preparation to ensure that you do not come home to a scene from swamp thing.  Our service manager, Patrick O'Connor, talked with me today about what steps you can take to keep your pool running and beautiful even if you aren't there.

1.  Keep the pool filtering

Many of our pools today have iAqualink systems.  This system allows a pool owner to run their pool from their home or even their smartphone.  This is a great system for people that are going to be out of town as it allows for simple programming.  If you do not have an iAqualink then be sure that you have timer pins to allow for ongoing circulation of the pool.  Patrick suggests running the system for at least 12 hours per day while you are away.

2.  Chlorinate Chlorinate Chlorinate!!! 

Chlorinating your pool is so important to keep the algae away during your trip.  If you have an automatic chlorination system, be sure that it is filled with chlorine sticks.  If you don't be sure to add new sticks before you leave.  

In addition to being sure you have chlorine, it is best to shock your pool the evening before you leave.  Superchlorinating the pool will bring your levels high for a day or so and will kill any algae that may already be growing.  

3.  Algae Preventative

An "initial dosage" treatment with Algae All 60, algae preventative, is a great way to prevent an algae breakout while you are away.  

4.  Ask for help

Do you have a friend or a neighbor nearby that could look in on your pool?  If you have a trusted neighbor or a nearby friend, it is always a good idea to have someone that can pop over and make sure the skimmer baskets are empty from debris, there is chlorine in the baskets and the pool is running properly. If you have a company that knows your pool, be sure to give your neighbor/friend their number in case of an emergency.

5.  Don't forget to lock the gate!

Any empty house is often a worry to vacationers.  You take steps to make the home look "alive" whether it be movement activated lights, timed lights or perhaps you left a car in the driveway.  It is very important to be sure that your pool gate is also locked.  Remember to give the code or key to the neighbor or friend who will be looking in on the property.

6.  Going to be gone for an extended period of time?  Consider a service

Aquaknot Pools offers a vacation chemical check service where we will come to your pool, check and treat the water chemistry, as needed, as well  make sure everything is still running fine.  Such a service can be extremely valuable to a family that may be taking an extended vacation this summer as it will be less costly than having to spend considerable money on balancing products and shock if the pool is not treated while you are away.  

Thanks Patrick for the great tips.  Need our vacation service?  Call us today to learn more!

Friday, July 1, 2016


Aquaknot Pools, Inc.: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THESE FIVE CHEMICALS IN YOUR PO...: Your menu is set, your guest list is confirmed, the holiday weekend is almost here.  Time to make sure your pool is ready to go and y...


Your menu is set, your guest list is confirmed, the holiday weekend is almost here.  Time to make sure your pool is ready to go and you are prepared for anything:


Liquid shock is a great product in a pint. It packs a quick punch.  A couple bottles of this can clear a pool quickly.  


Are there some black spots that have popped up on the pool or some green algae that just won't go away?  Banish is a strong algae killer for those tough to get rid of algae issues.  Pour it in and give it a good brushing (along with a shocking) and you will be rid of that algae in no time.  


Smart shock is an awesome product that doesn't get enough attention, in my opinion at least.  Wake up on the morning of your cookout to a dead animal in the pool or is green due to algae?  Don't want to lose the pool with lots of excited guests on their way?  Bioguard Smart Shock shocks your pool and gets you swimming in 15 minutes.  This is a MUST HAVE for a holiday weekend.  


Did you need to add some water to the pool?  Many towns in Massachusetts have high mineral contents.  Ever seen a blonde with green hair?  Ever shock the pool and see it transform to a mint green before your eyes?  Minerals + Chlorine = Green.  Prevent it by adding Pool Magnet Plus if you need to add water.  Pool Magnet Plus acts as a coating around minerals to prevent it from reacting with chlorine (or blondes for that matter).  


Have you still not tried this stuff????  Pool Complete is Bioguard's newest product and the results have been amazing.  A capful of Pool Complete once a week removes phosphates and buildup from lotions and other oils from the water and leaves it sparkling and clear.  Don't believe me?  Click here to check out this awesome Bioguard Testimonial Video.  I can't decide what I want more after seeing this video - Pool Complete or a drone!

 Aquaknot Pools is opened all weekend (closed on July 4th) for your swimming pool needs with store locations at 55 Woodrock Road, Weymouth, MA and 54 Main Street, Lakeville, MA.  Come in for all your needs and make this Fourth of July carefree.  

From all of us at Aquaknot Pools, here is wishing you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July!!!