What is the point of a having a swimming pool that you can't enjoy?
Trophy Outdoor Environments is among the best in pool service in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and we strive everyday to outdo our competition.
Without the proper care, pools can have unsafe chemical levels, dirt and debris that can damage components and even spawn its own ecosystem of algae and bugs.
Whether you moved into a house with a pool or had it built yourself, keeping it cleaned and taken care of is the difference between owning an amenity or a big hole in the ground.
This leaves you the two options. Do it yourself or hire a professional. Could it be done yourself? Of course. But the real question is...
Do you have the time or actually want to hassle with learning the processes and the chemical balancing acts that Trophy Outdoor Environments has already mastered?
Pool Cleaning Services
Weekly Pool Service
A weekly pool service or maintenance is essential for a clean and safe pool environment to enjoy. Without the proper care, you run the risk of bacteria and organic matter (algae and bugs) buildup, dirt and debris collection, and malfunctioned equipment. All of these rendering your pool unsafe and unsightly.
In order to protect and improve the lifespan of all aspects of your swimming pool, Trophy Outdoor Environments implements the Three C's of pool service.
Chemicals are needed in order to keep your pool bacteria and algae free. And knowing what chemicals to add comes down to a knowledge of basic pool chemistry.
The 5 chemical levels checked weekly are Chlorine, Acidity, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and Cyanuric Acid.
Chlorine is the sanitizer or cleaning agent in your pool. It kills bacteria and algae to provide you with a clean environment to swim. So why can't you just add chlorine and never give it another thought? Well, chlorine breaks down when killing germs and is also burned off by the sun. Because of these two factors, as well as rain diluting the water, chlorine must be monitored weekly to ensure proper levels are maintained.
The Acidity, or pH as it's commonly known, tells us how acidic your swimming pool water is. Too low of a pH level and the water can burn your eyes. Too high of a pH level and the water can damage the metal components that run your pool equipment. Luckily, there is a sweet spot between 7.4 and 7.8 that Trophy Outdoor Environments technicians are trained to achieve.
Just like chlorine, your pH level fluctuates and can change quite rapidly. This is where Total Alkalinity comes into play. It is the buffer that keeps pH levels from changing out of control and must be checked and maintained just as every other chemical level of your pool. Too low of alkalinity and our pH wildly varies, too much alkalinity and it will slowly rise too high.
Calcium Hardness measures the amount of calcium in your pool water which sounds strange but is very important for the longevity of your pool. If calcium is too low, the water will extract the calcium from the plaster walls and floors threatening the structural integrity of your swimming pool. Calcium that is too high will cause calcium deposits to form that are tough to get rid of and ruin the aesthetic look of your pool.
Last but not least is Cyanuric Acid, or CYA. This acts as a sunscreen for your chlorine to keep the sun from breaking it down too quickly. You might think, let's just dump a bunch and be done with it, but too much can lower the chlorine's ability to perform its job correctly of removing algae and bacteria.
This all sounds very complicated but our team is fully trained to monitor and maintain the entirety of your pool chemical levels to ensure safe swimming.
Circulation is by far the most important component of a swimming pool. Without proper circulation, pool water remains unfiltered and any chemicals added to the pool have trouble dispersing effectively.
The main components of your system are the pump, filter, drains and returns. If anything goes wrong with these, the pool loses proper circulation and its ability to make use of the chemicals needed for safe swimming.
The pump does just as the name suggests, pumps pool water through the filter and back into the pool. It uses a motor to create suction that pulls water from your pool drains at many gallons per minute, passes it through the filter and then pushes it back through the returns (a.k.a. jets). Without the pump, there is no circulation.
A filter helps remove any dirt, debris or algae from the water pulled in by the pump. Just like any other filter, over time they become clogged or too restricted to properly filter. At this time, a filter cleaning is needed to bring it back to working order.
On each visit, our technicians check each component, verify its operation and inform you of anything that needs attention.
As many swimming pool owners know, it's only a matter of time before your pool is covered in dirt and debris. Leaves, twigs and bugs float across the water surface and dirt lines the floor and walls.
Although the pump does a great job of circulating and cleaning your pool, it just can't get all of it. This is where a trained Trophy Outdoor Environments Technician picks up the slack.
The skimmer baskets must be emptied as well as the pump basket. The dirt on the walls must be brushed off and vacuumed up with the rest of it lining the pool floor. Last but not least, the surface must be cleared of any leaves, twigs or bugs that have fallen in and now float the top of the pool.
Is it mundane? Sure. But it is necessary for proper pool care and we are happy to do it.
If your swimming pool filter is doing its job, then eventually it's going to need a cleaning. But how do you know when is the right time? The two easiest ways to check if you need a filter cleaning are:
- High Filter Pressure
- Cloudy Water
High filter pressure can be due to restriction of water flow through the pool filter. This happens because as the dirt and bacteria are caught by the filter, they start to build up and eventually clog the filter, making it harder for water to pass through.
This can not only hinder the filter from properly cleaning your pool water but also damage seals in your equipment and cause leaks.
As a precaution, we check your pool filter pressure at every weekly pool service visit and will inform you if a filter cleaning is necessary.
Cloudy water can also be a sign that your pool is in need of a filter cleaning. If a filter is clogged and cannot do its job, water is returned to the pool without ever being cleaned by the filter which can result in cloudy water and even bacteria and algae build up.
In any case, regular filter cleanings are a must for proper pool care. Contact us to find out if a filter cleaning is something you need.
Green-To-Clean (Algae removal)
Has your beloved swimming pool turned green?
We understand the frustrations that come with a green pool. Without being a able to use it, you essentially have a giant pond in your backyard that is home to bacteria and algae.
Local pool supply stores will tell you to "shock it" and sell you large quantities of chlorine. But how much do you add and what the heck is "shocking"?
Basically, shocking a pool means to bring up the chlorine levels high enough to kill all the algae. Sounds easy enough but just adding chlorine doesn't fix the problem.
If you fail to kill ALL of the algae, it will find its way back into your pool and put you back at square one. This involves scrubbing it off the walls, vacuuming the floors, adding chlorine and checking chemical levels to ensure the algae is no longer present.
One major factor often overlooked is the cyanuric acid levels. As mentioned above, cyanuric acid is the "sunscreen" for your chlorine that prevents the sun from breaking it down as quickly. When cyanuric acid levels get too high, though, it has a numbing effect that inhibits chlorine from doing its job.
So, just "shocking it" doesn't always do the trick and you can waste lots of time and money trying to do so.
Unfortunately, the only way to lower cyanuric acid levels is to remove the water. This is what we call a drain n' fill. This is the fastest and most efficient way to rid your pool of algae and go from green to clean.
At Trophy Outdoor Environments, we determine whether you need a shock treatment or a complete drain n' fill and make sure it's done right the first time so you can enjoy your pool the way it should be.
Has your swimming pool turned green? Call us to get it fixed right away