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How to Clean Your Pools: Complete Maintenance Guide

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To have unparalleled bathing comfort throughout this summer, your above-ground pool needs to be cleaned regularly. Simple actions, a little equipment, a little time and you make sure to keep the water clean and the equipment efficient.

Treatment and filtration products help clean water from impurities and keep it clean. However, dirt is also deposited in the bottom, on the walls, and in the equipment, which is why it is necessary to clean your swimming pool regularly.

Step by step cleaning

1. Remove debris from the surface of the water

Using a landing net, remove any debris floating on the surface of the water, blown by the wind: insects, plants, and others.

Redo this as soon as debris is present on the pool water.

2. Empty the baskets

If your pool contains a skimmer, empty the basket which contains large debris such as insects and plants.

Check the skimmer regularly and empty the basket if it contains debris.

The filtration of your pool is initiated by a pump. It has a transparent cover in order to control the pre-filter basket which may contain debris passed through the skimmer. As well as the skimmer basket, empty the pump basket when it is not in operation.

Check the pump regularly and empty the basket if it contains debris.

Be sure to increase the frequency of checks during the high season.

3. Vacuum the bottom and sides

Once a week, clean the bottom and sides. This can be done using a manual or automatic vacuum cleaner, or an automatic robot, both connected to the filtration. Be careful to have a pump powerful enough to connect a vacuum cleaner or a robot.

Clean the debris from the bottom of the pool once a week using a vacuum cleaner or robot. If, before the season, the pool is used less, reduce the frequency of cleaning.

4. Clean the water line

Dirt clings and the water line becomes greasy, which is why it is important to clean it once a week, before or after vacuuming the basin. The water line is cleaned manually using special sponges. Note that some automatic robots make the waterline.

5. Wash the filter

  • Sand filter

Wash the sand from the sand filter once a month when the pool is not used a lot to once a week in high season. To know when to wash the filter, look on the manometer (if your filter has one), if the needle is in the red, you must backwash the filter.

Regularly check the pressure gauge and backwash when the filter is not in the filtration phase.

  • Cartridge filter

In high season, the filter cartridge must be changed every 2 to 3 weeks. For regular filter maintenance, clean the filter cartridge with clean water twice a week.

Follow this advice and you will enjoy your above-ground pool even better this summer. Plus, it is a healthy way to maintain your pool cleanliness.

If you need professional help with cleaning your pool…

Here at the specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we offer a wide range of pool cleaning services! I will first start off by telling you that a clean pool is a lot more enjoyable. When your pool is clean and everything is right, you can expect to swim with your eyes open and not worry!

Pool Tile Cleaning and Replacement

When you get your pool tile repaired or replaced by us, you can expect everything to look as good as new. We can help you if they’re discolored as well!

Pool Makeover Special

Another service that we offer as well would be our pool makeover special. If your pool hasn’t received the care and attention that it requires you can probably start to notice some discoloration going on. How we address this issue is first we have to completely drain the pool, followed by an acid wash to clean the plaster, and then lastly calcium removal on the tiles. But just like any other job, it all depends on the pool size!

Power Washing

The third most popular service that we offer would be power washing. When we power wash you can expect to have your deck completely clear of any old dirt marks. This is usually what people get as well as the pool makeover. These both go together really well, leaving your backyard as you could remember it years ago.

Ceramic tile with heavy build up

Many pool owners know that owning a pool can be difficult at first and very irritating. So why go through all of the problems that arise with pool owners when you could have a trusted company like specialty aquatic tile cleaning take care of it for you!

Here at specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we charge by the linear foot. In some cases very rarely though, it is by the square foot. Our goal is to satisfy our customers and demolish the competition. We offer free estimates to anyone within 35 miles of us. So why are you waiting?

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate!

Why Should You Work With a Pool Maintenance Professional?

There are several reasons why you should hire a professional to take care of your pool.

The first and most important reason is to maintain the chemical integrity of your pool water.

Chemically treating a swimming pool can be very frustrating for pool owners, at least if you want to maintain a level of quality!

In fact, this is a big reason why people prefer a professional review of their pool, as it can be confusing for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

Most importantly, your swimming pool is a breeding ground for nasty little organisms. Proper chemical treatment can effectively treat water and ensure the health and well-being of your family.

The next big reason for hiring a pool maintenance professional is to properly maintain the pool equipment. Most owners are not good at mechanically and are a little intimidated by the pool equipment.

In addition, there are a large number of moving parts and if anything moved, it could drastically affect the normal operation of your pool and its filtration process.

A pool maintenance professional will not only keep your pool running smoothly, but will also use preventative maintenance techniques to save you time and money.

The last and most important reason to hire professionals is to enjoy your pool! 

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate! Proudly taking care of Covina CA and all of its pool owners! Feel free to also give us a call with any other questions or concerns regarding your pool!


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How to Use Chlorine in Your Pool Correctly?

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Keeping your pool clean and healthy should be the entire point of regular pool maintenance. And that pool that looks so great week in and out, is an absolute delight to the pool owner.

The most common solution to achieve this is a regular treatment of the pool water to remove lime and debris.

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However, the wrong dosage of cleaning products can lead to the accumulation of several layers of limestone on the walls and in the pool’s bottom. To remove this debris, you need to understand everything that can make them appear.

The Importance of Chlorine for the Pool

Chlorine is the first choice for maintaining healthy pool water. Chlorine has been used for years in swimming pools around the world.

It is a highly reactive chemical that reacts with all kinds of biological impurities in water.

If these organic impurities are not treated with care, bacteria can develop algae or even a bio-film.

What Happens if a Swimming Pool is not Well-balanced?

If the pool water has a high calcium hardness or other debris, this can cause technical problems. Like fouling or lime in the pipes and in the pool itself.

As a result, the maintenance and cleaning of the pool will increase. If the supply water is very hard, large amounts of lime can deposit on the sides of the pool.

Even if there is only a little calcium carbonate in the water, and following an unbalanced addition of chlorine and PH, lime will form at the level of the evaporation line of the water as well as on the pool walls. These lime deposits at the edge of the pool are often difficult to remove and involve manual work.

Water Filtration Rings: Less Effort, Less Cost

Compared to the maintenance consequences described above, the solutions seem incredibly simple.

The main configuration of a swimming pool is always the same. There is a filter system, a pump, and maybe a heating element, that’s all.

In accordance with the size of the pool, you must install a ring at the freshwater supply line and another ring in the circulation line. In the case of a large public swimming pool, install in the circulation line of each swimming pool, to get the same results in all swimming pools.

What’s the result?

In the case of calcium hardness, the ring keeps the dissolved calcium in the pool water, which will have a more fluid texture. Over time, the pool water will be much softer, despite the calcium.

Less crust will form on the evaporation line. And limestone debris will be much easier to remove. When you use these filters and rings, you are also fighting the growth of algae in the pool.

Many owners have stopped using chemicals since the installation of these rings.

No chlorine or other pool chemicals. Without having problems with water quality.

I would not recommend such a thing for a public pool. If countless visitors use this pool, the risk would be too great. I am sure the regulatory authorities would not agree.

However, it is preferable to use these rings even for public swimming pools in order to reduce maintenance costs for protecting pipes or walls of the swimming pool. By doing this, you will need a lot less chlorine to disinfect the water than before while maintaining the same quality of water.


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Why Calcium is Not Good for Your Pool

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Calcium is great for your bones but not for your pool.

Here’s why…

When calcium forms on your pool, an effect known as limescale, your pool can look unsightly and even be in danger.

If lime develops in your pool, you should hire pool maintenance professionals to inspect and clean up debris from its surfaces. Most pool cleaning services make a diagnosis for the localization, as well as the elimination of limescale.

If you want to do it yourself, read the rest of the article.

So how do you know if your pool contains lime deposits?

Look for white or light gray spots on the sides and bottom of the pool, as well as the edges of the pool deck. Limestone forms scaly spots or streaks when the pH of the pool water and the calcium levels in the water are out of balance.

Although this build-up of lime can be removed, it can be difficult to do so. This article provides homeowners with tips that any pool maintenance company wouldn’t want you to know to remove lime deposits from the pool walls and prevent their return.

Lime stains in the pool

If you have ever noticed, you will have seen that there is a white line on the walls, at the height of the surface. This is caused by lime deposits.

In pools with well water, these lime deposits form in a short time, and if they are not removed, the layer becomes thicker and difficult to clean.
Another problem is the roughness that is noticeable on the walls, when passing the hand the touch is rough.

Over time, this texture favors the accumulation of dirt and makes cleaning more difficult.

In addition, if you apply acid to dilute the lime, you are also diluting the cement in the joints, damaging the lining, until you have to empty the pool to repair it.

What if you use well water for your pool?

On many occasions, especially in pools installed in rural areas, there is no access to running water, so there is no choice but to use well water to fill the pool.

Well, I have a trick to remove lime from the pool with well water.

Well water treatment

This trick is not for everyone. It is not difficult to apply, but you have to be careful to follow the steps correctly.

If the pool is already affected by the remains of lime, you should lower the pH as much as possible, adding a lot of acid, or liquid pH-.

With a pH lower than 6, the lime will start to thin, but so will the cement joints.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that no one takes a bath during the process. The acidity of the water will be very aggressive for people.

After a few days in this state, empty the pool completely, clean the surfaces well with acid (better to use a specific liquid or pH reducer based on sulfuric acid, because hydrochloric acid or sulfonate emits a lot of vapors).
Finally, you will have to re-grout (apply Borada or seal with cement) all the joints.

As you can see, it is slow and hard work, and it is better to do it out of season, to avoid the effects of heat on the empty pool.

With the pool empty, the next step is filling (you probably already guessed that).

Start filling it by adding shock bleach.

The well water contains a lot of organic matter, is very “alive”, and then the plant matter, such as algae, begin to react to the light of the sun. Water can go bad in a matter of hours. Sometimes the same water is already green. Don’t worry about adding more chlorine than necessary, while no one takes a bath.

How to purify well water

Now comes the secret.

Add flocculant to the water. Yes, it’s that easy, but wait, this is just the beginning.

The flocculant causes all elements other than water to stick together, forming solid “flakes” (flocs) that settle to the bottom of the pool or remain stuck in the sand filter.

Be very careful not to overdo the dose of flocculant, because the sand can stick, and you will have to replace it.

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You will have to do sand washes every few hours so that the sediment is expelled.

These remains will include lime, algae, metals, and other elements.
The water will be practically pure. You will also have to help by sweeping the bottom so that the dirt does not stay there.

You can increase the effectiveness by adding a layer of diatomaceous earth, or diatomaceous sand over the filter sand, to retain a greater amount of debris.

Anyway, think that diatomite is difficult to find and somewhat expensive, so it is not necessary to use it unless you want to do a cleaning worthy of an operating room.

Most of it will go down the drain when doing a sand wash, so this is disposable.

The process time will depend on the type of water you are treating, so you will have to experiment and observe.

You can also repeat the process after a few days. However, it is better to do it before adding salt, in salt chlorination systems.

Types of Calcium that Leave Deposits

There are 2 common types of calcium that form lime in a pool: calcium carbonate and calcium silicate. It is important to understand which type harms the walls of your pool.

The calcium carbonate is white, scaly and easily detached. Calcium silicate is slightly gray and more solid, which makes it more difficult to remove.

If the walls of your pool contain calcium silicate, the scale on the walls of your pool is a symptom of a more serious problem: calcium scale in the plumbing and filtration system. This is a problem that only a professional pool maintenance company can deal with.

If you don’t know what type you have on your pool, use a dropper to pour muriatic acid on the deposits. Calcium carbonate will foam in reaction to acids. Calcium silicate, being a more solid substance with robust construction, will remain unchanged.

Removing Calcium Carbonate

If your pool contains calcium carbonate, removing it is easy, but takes time.

You can use a rough but harmless object for tiles such as a wet pumice stone or an eraser to flake off deposits.

You can also get calcium descaling treatment solutions from a pool service company or a pool supply store. Follow the product instructions to avoid damaging the pool water or injuring yourself.

Removal of Calcium Silicate

Calcium silicate is incredibly difficult to remove on your own. You can try using a pumice stone, but it will take a ton of elbow grease and time to complete the process successfully.

If you have a vinyl or fiberglass pool, this will not work at all. Even some descaling treatments can take months to break down the lasting calcium silicate.

You will probably need to hire pool maintenance professionals to remove lime build-up if you cannot do it yourself. They can also adjust the quality of your pool water, including pH and calcium levels, to prevent future buildup.

Remove limestone with a blowtorch and a polishing machine

If you have emptied your pool to clean it and you notice traces of lime, there are two methods that can get rid of this debris. These methods are effective but can take a long time depending on the size of your pool.

To remove the lime that is in the walls of your pool, just use a blowtorch to make the tartar less robust and then rub it with a wire brush. With the effect of heat, the tartar will be easily removed.

If you have limestone at the bottom of the pool, simply clean the pool thoroughly with a vacuum cleaner, then sand it with a sanding and polishing machine.

Once descaling and polishing are finished, rinse your pool with a karcher to remove debris. Then evacuate your pool, let it dry, and fill it again if you want to reuse it.

If you do not want to fill it immediately, choose a tarpaulin or a protective cover. Your pool will therefore remain intact and ready to be filled at any time you wish.

Good to know

The disadvantage of chlorine is that it makes no difference between organic impurities and the human body. The consequences after a long stay in the water are red eyes, caused by chlorine. This is the reason why most people wear swimming goggles.

Here’s a video that summarizes all we’ve said:


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How to Remove Ugly Grime From Your Pool Tiles Without Trying Hard

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Swimming pools—like most other things you own—require regular maintenance to serve you in the best way. A poorly maintained pool can be healthy and get ugly to look at. Pool tiles, for one, can start getting dirty and piling up with ugly slimy residue and dirt if you don’t maintain it.

In this blog post, we’ll show you what you can do to avoid getting your pool tiles in that condition. We’ll show you how to clean grime from your pool tiles and give you an option to avoid all the hard work.

Let’s Begin

For cleaning your tile joints, mix 1/3 liter of dishwashing liquid in a liter of hot water. Rub vigorously and rinse.

Besides commercially available household cleaning products, there are several natural and affordable solutions to whiten your tile joints.

Bathroom, kitchen… Over time, grease residues, mold, and yellow stains can appear on the tile joints. To overcome this dirt and restore its shine to your joints without getting tired, there are natural tips to test without hesitation.

How to clean the tile joints?

Before cleaning the joints, first, wash the tiles around them. If they are dirty, the seals will be too. Then, to clean the tile joints you can recycle an old toothbrush which you will use as a joint brush. On the product side, you have many possibilities: white vinegar works miracles in the house, claystone, and Meudon white are very effective at cleaning joints. Black soap cleans thoroughly.

To use these natural products, soak a sponge of warm water and do not hesitate to scrub the dirtiest parts well.

What products should I avoid when cleaning tile joints?

To properly clean the tile joints, avoid using a steam cleaner repeatedly. This could take off the tiles. In the same way, forget about bleach and acid, these products toxic to health and the environment, wear out the seals, and can damage the seal. Water could then infiltrate and cause the tiles to peel off.

Which product should you use to whiten tile joints?

Weather and humidity damage the tile joints, which will then be stained and blackened. This is quite unsightly and gives the impression that the tiles are dirty and old. To whiten the joints, a miracle and natural product can be used: baking soda! Add with white vinegar and washing up liquid, the baking soda will allow you to whiten the tile joints naturally. Let this mixture sit for a few minutes on the joints before rubbing with a brush. They will then be white as on the first day!

But what if you don’t want to do this yourself?

Hire the services of a professional pool cleaner near you. We offer a vast array of services to keep your pool in tip-top condition, healthy and pleasurable to take a dive in.

Types of Services We Offer?

Here at the specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we offer a wide range of pool cleaning services! I will first start off by telling you that a clean pool is a lot more enjoyable. When your pool is clean and everything is right, you can expect to swim with your eyes open and not worry!

Pool Tile Cleaning and Replacement

When you get your pool tile repaired or replaced by us, you can expect everything to look as good as new. We can help you if they’re discolored as well!

Pool Makeover Special

Another service that we offer as well would be our pool makeover special. If your pool hasn’t received the care and attention that it requires you can probably start to notice some discoloration going on. How we address this issue is first we have to completely drain the pool, followed by an acid wash to clean the plaster, and then lastly calcium removal on the tiles. But just like any other job, it all depends on the pool size!

Power Washing

The third most popular service that we offer would be power washing. When we power wash you can expect to have your deck completely clear of any old dirt marks. This is usually what people get as well as the pool makeover. These both go together really well, leaving your backyard as you could remember it years ago.

Ceramic tile with heavy build up

Many pool owners know that owning a pool can be difficult at first and very irritating. So why go through all of the problems that arise with pool owners when you could have a trusted company like specialty aquatic tile cleaning take care of it for you!

Here at specialty aquatic tile cleaning, we charge by the linear foot. In some cases very rarely though, it is by the square foot. Our goal is to satisfy our customers and demolish the competition. We offer free estimates to anyone within 35 miles of us. So why are you waiting?

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate!

Why Should You Work With a Pool Maintenance Professional?

There are several reasons why you should hire a professional to take care of your pool.

The first and most important reason is to maintain the chemical integrity of your pool water.

Chemically treating a swimming pool can be very frustrating for pool owners, at least if you want to maintain a level of quality!

In fact, this is a big reason why people prefer a professional review of their pool, as it can be confusing for someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

Most importantly, your swimming pool is a breeding ground for nasty little organisms. Proper chemical treatment can effectively treat water and ensure the health and well-being of your family.

The next big reason for hiring a pool maintenance professional is to properly maintain the pool equipment. Most owners are not good at mechanically and are a little intimidated by the pool equipment.

In addition, there are a large number of moving parts and if anything moved, it could drastically affect the normal operation of your pool and its filtration process.

A pool maintenance professional will not only keep your pool running smoothly, but will also use preventative maintenance techniques to save you time and money.

The last and most important reason to hire professionals is to enjoy your pool! 

Pick up the phone and call 626-275-8959 and get your free estimate! Proudly taking care of Covina CA and all of its pool owners! Feel free to also give us a call with any other questions or concerns regarding your pool!


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