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BLUE IGUANA POOLS - BLOG
1-29-18
What To Do After A Storm Or Wind Like Last Night... (Facebook Live)
Good morning Arizona, I don't know if it's just me or if you've noticed that it was pretty windy over the weekend. 

Saturday and then last night, it was pretty windy. 

Wind wreak havoc on our pools. 

When I was cleaning a pool on a Monday a couple years back, it was a pretty bad pool, it had a bunch of trees over the pool and I had left and literally that day, the wind came and it blew a lot of the leaves into the pool and the baskets were just packed and when the pool equipment turned on throughout the whole 
week, there wasn't, it didn't allow enough water to come through the baskets to run the pool equipment and so the pool equipment, the pump would over heat because it wouldn't run enough water. 

And those pumps, if they don't have enough water going through it, it'll actually eventually get hot enough inside that pump to boil water and when that happens, all of the joints on your pump, they need new seals. 

They'll start to leak out the back of the pump. 

I even have one here to kinda show you. You'll leak where the pipes come into the pump and they'll even expand. 

So just a little thing that customers can do or people can do after a wind storm that would save you a lot of money is to just empty your baskets. 

So I'm gonna kinda go through it, we're talking about wind and how it wreaks havoc on us. 

So, if you have wind or a storm, there's a few things you need to check. 

We all know, our skimmer baskets that are in the deck, just pull those out, dump in the trash can, put it back in, make sure that that helps bring in all of the leaves from the top of the pool into the skimmer basket. 

In your skimmer, there's usually a wier door or a skimmer door that when the pool is on, it'll open up and it'll allow leaves to come in and sit in here. 

If you don't have a skimmer door, when your pump shuts off, all the leaves in your skimmer just go right back out into your pool and it looks dirty. 

It doesn't even look like the cleaning system was on. 

So clean your baskets, make sure there's no cracks in them and then make sure the skimmer door is working or that you have one. 

Most people don't realize they don't have one because it's hard to see if they're there. 

Vacuums- these vacuums work great until there's sticks or rocks in your pool. 

So if the trees are breaking sticks off into your pool, you need to look at the bottom of the vacuum and see if there's any debris in there. 

Now, when you're pool equipment's on, you don't just pull this out of the water. 

You need to make sure your pool is off and then you pull it out of the water and then you stick it back in and the way to make sure there's no air in the lines. 

Any air in your pool system could cause your pump to deprime and stop working and so you gotta be very careful when you pull these vacuums out that you don't allow air to get into the system. 

Sometimes as a pool guy, I would just bring it up toward the surface but don't bring it out of the water and just look and see if there's something stuck in the bottom. 

But I would say make sure you shut your pool equipment off because there is a lot of pressure and suction and you could get your finger stuck in there.

And then your pumps- you need to make sure your pump baskets are cleaned and I'm gonna kinda go through a pump with you here just to kind of show you how to make sure it's clean. 

So here's an older pump that we've pulled out a pool. 

You just pop open the lid, open it up, pull your basket out and make sure it's clean and make sure there's no cracks. 

If you've got a lot of debris in here and so much that it cracked the basket, you're gonna need to make sure that the impeller is not clogged because if the impeller inside the pump is clogged, you're not gonna have any water flow and you're not gonna have any pressure on your filter so make sure again, the pump is off. 

Stick your finger in there and just see if you can feel any debris. 

Then once you've got all of it out, sometimes you get a little screwdriver and pull out that debris. 

Then once you've got it all out, put your basket back in and then you need to reprime this pump. 

Now the way you do that, some of them will just take off once you put the lid on, but most of them, you have to put some water in the hose and throw your lid back on. 

Make sure there's no leaves around the o-ring and around the side because that will bring air into your pump. 

So make sure it's clean. 

Put it back on, turn it on and make sure it actually primes up and starts running and then shut it back off and it'll be ready for it tonight or whenever you have it turn on. 

If you have some leaks to look for, it's usually right here. 

The pump coming out or the water coming in and then in the bottom, when your pump seal goes bad. 

So clean your baskets, it'll save you a ton of money and your pool will look a lot better and it doesn't take very long. 

Thanks guys! Arizona stay classy!

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3/27/2017

What Is A Heat Pump?

How Does a Swimming Pool Heat Pump Really Work?

  

Here in Phoenix, Arizona we are known for very hot temperatures during our summers. Seriously though, it gets so hot that you can cook an egg out on the street in front of your house. What most people outside the state of Arizona don’t realize is our temperatures drop at least 40 degrees once we get into late fall and into winter.

  

When you are used to 110+ degree summer days for over 4 months straight, then we get to October when the temperatures drop to the 90’s and then in November the temperatures can fluctuate between the 60’s and 70’s. We really don’t have a gradual decrease that gets us used to colder weather in our so called “winter months”.

      

As you can imagine people use their pools almost every day
in the warm summer months. It’s almost unbearable to be outside in the summer if you don’t own a pool. As much as people use their pools during the summers here there are a lot of homeowners that also use their pools during the winter months as well. Yes, lots of people use their pools during the winter.

We don’t have the winters that most states have where
temperatures get as low as the 20’s or 30’s and snow is the norm. While we’re so use to hot temperatures, when our winter months’ dip to the 60’s, to most of us in the phoenix valley, that’s really cold. But that doesn’t stop us from using our pools. Many people here in the valley have pool heat pumps to keep their pool water warm which allows them to continue enjoying the benefits of their pool.

    

The thought of swimming in the winter may seem crazy to those who don’t live in Phoenix, but we know better than that. Even though temperatures get cold by our standards, we still have a lot of sunny days that we can enjoy our pool.

    

When your pool water is kept warm by a heat pump, you’re able to stay active with swimming exercises and stay consistent with your regular pool lounging activities. While most people see a pool heat pump as something that allows them to swim all year long, most don’t stop to think about how this unique piece of pool equipment actually works.

   

     

Let’s break this down.   

Pool heat pumps are circulatory systems typically powered by electricity, solar, or even gas.

   

Electric Pool Heat Pump:

This is a Heat Pump that uses electricity to operate but they also use the sun-warmed air which contributes to the efficiency of the unit. Heat Pump Pool Heaters do not generate heat externally. Your existing pool pump circulates the water through the heater and warms the pool. The FAN circulates air through the outer EVAPORATOR AIR COIL that acts as a heat collector. The liquid refrigerant in the air coil absorbs the available heat in the ambient air transforming it into a gas. The refrigerant gas is then pumped into the COMPRESSOR. When this warmed gas is compressed, it intensifies or concentrates the heat like a magnifying glass in the sun. This intensely hot gas is then pumped into the HEAT EXCHANGER CONDENSER where the actual heat transfer takes place. As the pool water passes through the heat exchanger, the hot gas gives up its heat to the cooler pool water. The refrigerant returns to a liquid state and is pumped through the EXPANSION VALVE then into the evaporator air coil to start the process all over again.

Another feature of the electric Heat Pump, is there is an option for cooling as well. If you have a pool that seems to get too hot at different times in the summer, you can just turn on the cool option and get it to the temperature you most enjoy!

   

    

Solar Pool Heat Pump:

Solar heating systems harness free energy coming from the sun. The way they work is by pumping water from the pool and conducting it through a series of flexible tubes or else through a series of panels – otherwise known as, in either case, a solar collector. On its passage through the solar collector which is usually mounted on the roof of the house, the water is heated by the sun before being allowed to flow back into the pool. Since the size of the solar collector area depends entirely on the size of your pool, the purchase price of the solar heating system will vary.

If you live here in Phoenix, AZ and own a pool, a heat pump can make the difference between swimming for 4-5 months a year and swimming all year. If you enjoy your pool and love lounging or exercising in the water, you may want to consider a heat pump for your pool. For those who currently do not own a pool heat pump and have questions please feel free to contact us!

Live in Phoenix area?             Want a Heat Pump For Your Pool?       Call Blue Iguana Pools for an estimate. 602-357-8828

Live in Phoenix area?             

Want a Heat Pump For Your Pool?       

Call Blue Iguana Pools for an estimate. 602-357-8828

2/20/2017

Draining a Plaster Pool?

Unlike Pebble Tec, Plaster pools need constant moisture in order to remain stable. Which means it would be a bad idea to drain a plaster pool in the middle of an Arizona summer. Doing so could cause the plaster to crack or pop, making it a very costly drain. 

  

If the pool plaster is very old, it may be best to wait until your ready to remodel the plaster, instead of chancing it with a drain. 

       

Is your pool too old to drain? At Blue Iguana Pools, we do not drain any plaster pools over 8 years old unless we deal it to be suitable for a drain. We also do not drain a plaster pool when the temperature is over 75 degrees. As a rule of thumb we do our best not to drain any type of pool during the summer unless absolutely necessary because of how damaging the hot sun can be to pool plaster. 

Old plaster can also be very costly. Because old plaster does deteriorate, it becomes more porous, which makes it more susceptible to all types of algae. This makes it much harder for the chemicals to effectively kill the algae, causing repeat dosages of expensive chemicals. 

     

We recommend a professional drain your pool, that way you can have it done the right way. The draining season is typically from October to early April, depending on the weather. Feel free to call Blue Iguana Pools for any questions about draining your pool.  

Live in Phoenix area?             Need to drain your pool?       Call Blue Iguana Pools for an estimate. 602-357-8828

Live in Phoenix area?             

Need to drain your pool?       

Call Blue Iguana Pools for an estimate. 602-357-8828

Calcium Buildup?

2/13/2017

There comes a day when your enjoying a nice day in your pool, when you notice the calcium line around the rile of your pool got noticeably bigger than when you last saw it. 

  

What causes that line to appear? It's actually caused by many different things that can change depending on your circumstances.  But they are all made of two different types of scaling.

There comes a day when your enjoying a nice day in your pool, when you notice the calcium line around the rile of your pool got noticeably bigger than when you last saw it. 

What causes that line to appear?

It's actually caused by many different things that can change depending on your circumstances. 

But they are all made of two different types of scaling. 

  

What is the scaling mad out of and how can you get rid of it?

Type 1: Calcium Carbonate, which happens to be the easiest to remove... The easiest way to find out if you have this type of scaling is to drop a bit of Muriatic acid on it, (Every pool tech should have this on their truck) if it foams up or fizzes right away, then you have Calcium Carbonate, otherwise it won't do anything. 

Type 2: Calcium Silicate, This type of scaling is much harder to get rid of. Simply apply the above test and if nothing happens, then this type of calcium is the culprit. 

  

How do you get rid of it?

Calcium Carbonate, 

The nitty gritty way to get this stuff off is to break out the Pumice stone and scrub it off the old fashioned way. 

Just be sure the stone stays wet, and that you don't use it on anything other than concrete or ceramic tile. Also be prepared to spend some time on it depending on the size of the area that needs the treatment.

Another way is to use some solution (many different kinds are available on the market) that your pool tech would suggest or by doing some research on the internet for different products with good reviews. 

If the build up of this type of calcium is on the plaster or pebble tech of your pool, then a simple acid wash should do the trick to getting it all cleaned up. 

   

Calcium Silicate,

Is another story, you can apply the above method, but be prepared to quite your day job if you want to get it looking new again. 

The best (& easiest) way to get rid of this type of calcium, is to hire a pro that can get his media blast machine out there to blast it right off. 

Just ask your pool tech if they or someone they know has the equipment to get the job done right. 

Live in Phoenix area?             Need to clean that calcium off your tile?       Call Blue Iguana Pools for an estimate. 602-357-8828

Live in Phoenix area?             

Need to clean that calcium off your tile?       

Call Blue Iguana Pools for an estimate. 602-357-8828

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