Now that the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder, your home maintenance routine changes too. If you own a vinyl pool in your backyard, you need to start preparing a plan for maintaining it throughout these chilly months. DMG Pool Builders has some pool maintenance tips for the fall. And if you need the help of experts, we are only a call away! We service the Houston area and are always ready to help.
Remove Leaves From Your Vinyl Pool
During this time of the year, it is crucial to use your skimmer to remove any leaves or debris that fall into the pool. You will be using the skimmer more frequently during the fall, as the old leaves make their way off the trees. The sooner you bring out the pool cover, the less time you will spend removing the soggy leaves. This pool maintenance tip is crucial.
Inspect Pool Cover Regularly
Now that the days are colder, you are less likely to go swimming outdoors. It’s time to bring out the pool cover. Before you cover the vinyl pool, ensure that there aren’t any leaves or other debris sticking to the inside. You don’t want to have old soggy leaves stuck to the cover for months.
As leaves start to fall, so do branches and other types of objects, such as acorns. These sharper objects can puncture holes into the pool cover. If there are holes or tears in the pool cover, they need to be repaired before other objects fall onto it. Otherwise, the repair becomes more expensive or you will need to get a completely new cover. Inspect your pool cover regularly to ensure that there aren’t any holes when branches fall.
Check Pool Chemicals and Clean Filters
Your pool needs a lot more chemicals in the summertime when it is being used more often. Now that fall is approaching, the number of chemicals can be reduced significantly. Throw out any remaining chemicals before closing the pool for the winter. You shouldn’t use these old chemicals in the following year.
Make sure the pool filter and pump are clean before fall begins. Also, check the pool’s heater to ensure that it works properly and is ready for the colder temperatures if you plan to use the pool during these months still.
Clean Up the Yard Around the Pool
Pick up any toys or items around the pool that can get blown into it. The storms were delayed this summer, which means they will be making more appearances during the fall months. We recommend trimming nearby trees and bushes to avoid any branches or other debris from getting blown into the pool.
DMG Pool Builders Is Ready to Help
Our experts can inspect your pool pumps, filters, heaters, and more to ensure they work properly. We can also ensure that the appropriate pool chemicals are in place. If your pool cover or another aspect of your pool needs a repair or replacement, we are on it. Follow these pool maintenance tips and give DMG Pool Builders a call today to schedule an appointment for this fall.
Although we are halfway through summer, there is still a lot of time to enjoy your backyard pool. Whether you want some alone time or a way to hang out with your family, you can enjoy a relaxing, entertaining day right in your backyard. It does not get better than that. DMG Pool Builders has come up with 5 ways to enjoy your backyard pool for the remainder of the summer.
Play Water Games With the Family
Splashing around your backyard pool is a great way to bond with your family. Bring some squirt guns or set up a volleyball net and have some friendly competition! Here are a couple more entertaining water games to enjoy with your family. It is time to make some unforgettable memories!
Read a Book and Take in the Sun
Catch up on your novel while relaxing on your pool float or a comfortable lounge chair. This is a perfect opportunity to take in some sun as well. But don’t forget to put on some sunscreen!
If audiobooks are more of your style, crank up those outdoor speakers and immerse yourself in the book’s world while floating around your pool.
Need to Relax? How About Some Water Meditation?
Pull up a guided meditation and swim a couple of laps or float around your pool as you listen. If you don’t want to listen to a guided meditation, just train your attention inward and focus on your breathing. This will help you get rid of distracting thoughts. Enjoy the calming effect of water by yourself or with your loved ones!
Increase Your Depths With an Underwater Photoshoot
Is your photo game on point? Have you taken pictures on cliffs and with celebrities? Well, how about underwater? Do you think you can hold your breath long enough to do an underwater photoshoot? Even just a few seconds underwater can get you some glamorous pictures. Buy a cheap disposable camera or seal your phone in a tight waterproof case and start posing!
Get Your Work Out In
Is it too hot to go for a jog, but these gas prices are telling you to stay home instead of driving to the gym? We don’t blame you! You don’t need to leave your house to exercise when you have a backyard pool. Just blast your favorite songs and swim a couple of laps. If you want to spice up your workout, do some water jumping jacks, dips, pool planks, and some leg kicks!
Get Your Pool Maintenance With DMG Pool Builders
If your backyard pool needs repairs or just regular maintenance, DMG Pool Builders can take care of it. We service Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas and have over 35 years of combined experience. We are here to help you get the best of your pool this summer. Give us a call or send us a message and we will schedule a date and time that works best for you.
It’s no surprise that you want to maintain your vinyl pool clean during the summer months. Who wants to swim in a pool with dirty water full of mold and soggy leaves floating around? Just imagine accidentally drinking that water or finding wet trash stuck to your body in places no one wants to even think about. DMG Pool Builders has some insiders for keeping your vinyl pool clean these upcoming months, so you can enjoy your pool to the max.
Why Does Your Pool Need Regular Maintenance?
Regularly maintaining your pool will help it last for many years. In fact, neglect is the main reason pools lose their durablity and nice appearance. Not only does maintenance keep your pool water clean and inviting, but it also reduces the risk of algae and it helps keep your drains clear and functioning properly.
What Pool Cleaning Items Should You Invest In?
We recommend investing in a leaf skimmer, a pool brush, a vacuum, and a tile and vinyl cleaner. And as a heads up, when the pool brush is no longer in good condition, don’t hesitate to chuck it out. Worn-down bristles can damage the pool liner by creating rough edges.
You can also use ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to clean the pool. It can be found in pool supply stores and it removes stains and discoloration without harming the vinyl. All you need to do is mix the acid with water and spread it on the discolored areas. After you leave it on there for a few minutes, scrub it off with the pool brush and rinse the area.
DIY Cleaning Supplies
Although cleaning supplies aren’t too expensive, they can add up in the long run. Luckily for you, we have some DIY supplies that work just well in keeping your vinyl pool clean.
If you have Borax in your laundry cleaning solutions, you can also use it to clean your pool. Just mix it with some water to create a thick paste. Apply the paste to a pool stain, leave it on there for several minutes, and then scrub it off. It might lighten colored liners, so test it out first in an area that is not too visible.
Undiluted White Vinegar
You can remove mold and mildew with undiluted white vinegar. Apply the vinegar with a rag or sponge. Leave it in there for a few minutes, then scrub it with a brush.
Wet Melamine Sponge
To remove grime, you can gently scrub it with a wet melamine sponge. An example of this type of sponge is a Magic Eraser. Don’t use soap or any other cleaning material when going down this route.
Dish Soap Solution
You can create a dish soap solution by adding water and vinegar to the soap. Use a sponge and scrub the areas that need cleaning.
Get Repairs Done with DMG Pool Builders
If your pool needs a repair or you want a team that can maintain your pool for you, get in touch with DMG Pool Builders today. We have the resources and skillset to keep your vinyl pool in top shape!
The Texas summer is slowly creeping up, and it’s time to come up with a plan to cool down while the temperatures increase dramatically. It is no surprise that pools are everyone’s top choice in Texas. Whether it’s a personal one in your backyard or a community pool, everyone looks for a source of fresh water to dive into. If you are thinking about installing a pool in your backyard, get in touch with DMG Pool Builders. We are a top vinyl pool provider in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. Just let us know your vision, and we will make it a reality!
What Are the Benefits of a Vinyl Pool?
Vinyl pools have a lot of benefits over other pool options, so let’s dive into them!
A vinyl pool is less expensive than concrete or a fiberglass one. A concrete pool is expensive to install and maintain. A fiberglass pool is more cost-effective than a concrete pool, but still costs more than a vinyl pool. You will need to replace the latter one eventually, but it’s not as expensive as resurfacing the other ones.
What Determines the Cost?
There are many factors that determine the cost of your vinyl pool, such as the type of pumps, walls, filtration equipment, pool care, maintenance needs, if it’s a traditional or saltwater pool, custom features, and the list goes on. So, it’s hard to say how much it will cost you, but you can rest assured it is one of the cheaper options on the market.
Vinyl pools are extremely durable and have a nonporous surface. This means that they won’t require any chemicals as a concrete pool would. A vinyl pool’s smooth surface makes it difficult for algae to take hold and cause damage to your pool. You will need to replace the vinyl liner eventually, but the cost of this replacement is significantly less than refinishing a concrete pool.
Vinyl pools are also less vulnerable to freeze and thaw cycles that affect colder climates.
Right now is the perfect time to install the pool for this upcoming summer. DMG Pool Builders can install a vinyl pool between two to four weeks. That’s about half the time it would take to install a concrete or fiberglass one. The sooner we install the pool, the quicker you can dive in and cool down!
Some people don’t like a grainy or rocky surface when swimming. That’s where vinyl pools come into play. You get to glide over a smooth surface. There’s no need to worry about scraping your elbow or knee on a concrete surface.
DMG Pool Builders Can Design Your Dream Pool
Possibilities are endless with us! We can create any pool shape you desire, with any features you want to add, such as spill-over spas and tanning ledges. Get in touch with DMG Pool Builders today, and let’s get your vinyl pool installed before summer rolls around!
Vinyl pools are a great addition to your home, but like anything else, they need continuous maintenance. They are inexpensive to install, but if they aren’t properly cared for, they won’t last very long. Luckily, there are some simple steps and routines you can take to prolong your vinyl pool’s life. Once you get into a habit, the maintenance will be minimal to keep the pool in top shape.
Keep Your Pool Clean
No one wants to take a swim and be surrounded by dead bugs and soggy leaves. Instead of having to pick each one out individually, there are easy ways of preventing it from happening in the first place, as well as tools for cleaning that will save you time. Invest in a vinyl pool liner vacuum and use it regularly on the bottom of the pool. This will keep debris, mold, and algae from building up.
You should also use a pool cover. Make it fits your pool securely, so no foreign particles or bugs can get in from the top, or the sides of the pool. The pool cover performs many functions. First, it keeps water from evaporating, saving you money on water costs. Second, tarps or pool covers can help keep the water at the perfect temperature. Third, you will spend less time cleaning the water, and it will prevent staining on the liner from dirt or leaves.
Vinyl liner is sensitive to rips and tears. Invest in a soft nylon pool brush that is specifically made for vinyl pools, and gently scrub the pool’s sides. Keep the deck and surrounding areas clean too. Leaf skimmers will get rid of those mushy leaves and keep your pool’s surface clear. There are professional cleaning solutions that you can buy when using these tools as well. It is highly recommended to get your pool cleaned by professionals at least once a year, to lengthen your pool’s lifespan.
Correct Chemicals Levels
Having the proper pH levels allows chlorine to kill threats, such as algae and bacteria. Your pool needs proper water balance in order to maximize its life and appearance. If the pool is frequently used, the water should be tested twice daily with a DPD kit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pH level should be between 7.4-7.8. This will effectively kill germs, prevent the liner from wrinkling, and won’t irritate swimmers’ skin. Free chlorine should be between 1.5 and 2.5 ppm to stop algae and bacteria from growing; however, if it is higher than this, the liner will get wrinkled. When mixing in chemicals, do one at a time and wait until it dissolves before adding the second one.
Your Pool Should Always Have Water
Water keeps the vinyl liner from wrinkling, rising, shrinking, or bubbling. It’s never a good idea to drain the water because your pool might lose its shape. Water provides pressure that keeps your pool intact. There is no need to get rid of the water if you perform regular maintenance. If you need to drain some of the water for whatever reason, contact DMG Pools to get professional advice before you take action.
DMG Pools is Here to Help
Our team has been in the vinyl pool industry for 35 years. We have encountered all sorts of maintenance situations and have the expertise to guide you towards the right practices. DMG Pools will provide you with all the information to maximize your pool’s life. Apart from suggesting the best cleaning supplies and tips, you can also schedule yearly professional cleaning with DMG Pools as soon as you get the pool installed. Give us a call today, to learn about our services and ways to keep your pool durable and strong.