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Water Line Repiping

In a Water Line Repiping, your home’s old sewage pipes are replaced with new ones. The average repipe consists of 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch piping. The piping size will vary depending on the number of fixtures in the house, the location, and the size of the home. The plumbing team will make small cuts in your walls and cover your furniture. The entire process takes one day to complete, but some repipes may take more time. The plumbers will shut off water and turn off your water supply so you won’t have to worry about running out of water.

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The repiping process will be completed in a day or two, depending on the complexity of the work. The first step is to cover the work area with plastic. The next step is to access the pipes that are located in your ceiling or flooring. The plumber will use special tools to locate and cut small sections of drywall to access them. Once the job is finished, the plumbers will clean up and restore your home to its original condition.

A homeowner who wants to avoid the expense of a water line repipe can also benefit from better water pressure and reduced water bills. The first sign that your water line needs to be replaced is low water pressure. This is a common problem for older homes, but it can signify larger problems that require a professional’s attention. This problem can cost you a lot of money and time if left untreated.

A Water Line Repiping can expand the current plumbing system to a new addition. In a home addition, repiping involves removing the old system and installing a new one. By using new pipes, you can also add more modern fixtures and water heaters. A new repiping project can also result in a new look for your home. In some cases, repiping can also involve replacing your current water heater.

You can also get a Water Line Repiping service by calling a professional plumber. They will evaluate your existing plumbing system, determine the exact cause of the problem, and recommend the best solution for your situation. For example, if you suspect that your pipes are damaged, a professional plumber will conduct a thorough evaluation of your home’s plumbing system and determine what should be done. A repipe is the best solution for your home’s leaking pipes.

Another common repiping service is Water Line Repiping. A repipe will replace all of your water lines, including those under the sink. This is a quick, affordable way to update your home’s plumbing system. Repiping will help you save money and prevent constant repairs to your pipes. If you have a water heater that has recently ruptured or is leaking, it may be time to repipe your house.

A Water Line Repipe can be an effective option for homeowners. A repipe can be an excellent option for your home and your wallet. It will ensure that your home has fresh, clean water and will be much cheaper to maintain than ever. Fortunately, a Repipe will last you for generations, which means you will never have to worry about your plumbing again! Just call a licensed plumber.

A Water Line Repiping is the most cost-effective solution. A repipe is the best way to repair leaking pipes. Compared to a repair, repiping is faster and more effective than a plumbing overhaul. While a repipe is more expensive, the results will be worth it. Repiping is not only more efficient, but it will also improve the value of your property. And, it is the most cost-effective choice.

Repiping is a major investment for any home. A full repipe is a laborious process, but the savings will last for years to come. Repiping is also a great way to upgrade your home with low-flow fixtures. However, repiping your entire house can be an expensive process, so it’s worth it to have a professional evaluate your home and decide on the best approach. It would be best if you considered the cost of repiping when choosing to hire a professional plumber to fix the problem.

Pool Maintenance

Top 5 Benefits of Owning a Pool

Top Five Benefits of Owning a Pool

Installing a pool in your backyard is a major decision. Here at Premier, we believe in the customer’s peace of mind, and that’s why we’ll be with you at every step of the process if you decide to get a pool.

Below, we’ll go over the benefits of owning a pool, so you have all the information you need to figure out if a pool is suitable for your family.

#1 – Save Money

You read that right.

While installing a pool costs money upfront, owning a pool can save you money in the long run. And that’s probably one of the most surprising benefits of owning a pool.

Your pool will raise your staycation game considerably. A vacation involves travel expenses and can also be mentally taxing. How many times have you returned from a trip only to feel like you need a vacation from your vacation?

Plus, with a pool, your backyard becomes the prime destination for family gatherings, barbecues, and parties of all kinds. Not only are you saving your own money, your saving other people money on going out. 

Make it a potluck or a BYOB affair, and they’ll bring food and beverages to pay tribute to your backyard oasis.

They’ll be happy to do it, and you’re spending next to nothing to have a good time.

Other Ways to Save Money

If you know you’re going to spend the day in the backyard, you can turn down your A/C to save money and help save the environment.Using solar panels to heat your pool isn’t just energy-efficient but also extends your swim season into the colder months.

Yeah, but What About Maintenance Costs?

Fiberglass pools are the lowest maintenance pools–no algae buildup.A lot of pool maintenance is automated.Get a pool cover for the off-season.

Find out how affordable a pool can be by requesting a free quote at the bottom of this page!

#2 – Mental Health

With the ever-increasing pace of modern life, it’s more important than ever to take care of your mental health.

According to a survey from leading research specialists Ipsos MORI, 74% of people agreed that time in the pool relieves stress. 70% said that they felt mentally recharged after using a pool. And 68% felt good themselves just from being in the water.

In addition to this, a recent study found that just looking at a video of the ocean can elevate your mood. So that tropical screensaver on your work computer is doing you some good, but imagine having your own body of water right in your backyard!

You probably don’t need a scientific study to convince you that floating in a pool is one of the most calming things you can do. Movie characters floating in pools have become visual code for rich and successful.

You don’t have to be rich to own a pool, though. Click here to see how easy it is to get your pool fully financed.


#3 – Physical Fitness

According to the CDC, “Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running, can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses.”

Out of those three activities mentioned, swimming has the lowest impact on your bones and joints.

Not to mention your physical fitness is linked directly to your mental fitness. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise boosts your cognition, memory, and mood regulation while reducing stress and anxiety.

But you don’t have to be an athlete to get those benefits. 

Just moving about your pool casually for a sustained period will work your body out more than your average household activity. If you’ve ever spent a day in the pool, then you know you don’t need to swim laps to feel spent at the end of the day. And that spent feeling combined with getting Vitamin D from the sun will lead to much better sleep.

And better sleep leads to better mental and physical fitness in the long term. It’s a compound effect!

quatic Therapy

One of the major health benefits of a pool is the ability to do aquatic therapy. Swimming pools are a low-impact cardio option to keep your body fit without putting too much stress on your joints and tendons. Pools have also improved the quality of life for people who have fibromyalgia and cerebral palsy. 

#4 – A Great Excuse to Get Outside More

“Specifically now, in the age of coronavirus, many buyers are seeking a pool. They like the idea that their home is a one-stop-shop for all their summer entertainment activities since they are concerned about leaving the house.” 

~ Melissa Zavala, Broadpoint Properties broker in San Diego

Unless you’re a millionaire with a huge mansion, your pool will most likely go in your backyard. So this may seem like one of the most obvious benefits of owning a pool. But how often do we ignore our instinct to go outside and spend most of our time indoors?

Coming home from a long day at work and jumping in your pool, even for just 15-20 minutes, can make a huge impact on your happiness after staring at a computer screen all day.

Also, the great outdoors are proven to ease burnout, and we do more than put pools in the ground—we can landscape your backyard into a resort-style oasis.

We’ve talked about the therapeutic benefits of swimming pools. But really, each of the top five benefits of owning a pool is therapeutic. Sometimes it’s just nice to get outside.

Check out this WebMD article to find out how many benefits there are to spending time outside. It’s a great way to keep the kids healthy and happy.

Benefits of Owning a Pool

#5 – Increase the Value of Your Home

There’s some debate on this, but in just a few short paragraphs, you’ll see that installing a pool is definitely a home improvement that adds value.

Some experts say that compared to the cost of installation and maintenance, the average 7% increase in a home’s value with a pool isn’t enough to claim that a pool adds value.

Here’s the thing. Most things you invest in lose value. Your car, your boat, the exercise equipment you’re trying to sell on Craigslist.

Nobody looks at owning a pool as strictly a means to add value to their property. You’re reading this because you want a pool for the first four benefits. The fact that a pool will increase your home’s value and overall attractiveness down the road is just a bonus.

According to this article, an analysis of 19 warm-weather markets found that a pool can add between $11,591 and $95,393 in value to your home.

The real investment is the enjoyment you and your loved ones will receive over the lifetime of the pool. And if you’re in your forever home, a Fiberglass or Gunite pool can last you a lifetime. The fact that it adds to the value of your home is a pleasant bonus if you think you might move in the future.

You also have to look beyond just the pool. Premier can upgrade your entire backyard’s value through landscaping and hardscaping. Check out our brochure to see all of the jaw-dropping resorts we’ve built in our customer’s backyards.

Or imagine this out your window–

A beautiful backyard oasis

Hopefully, you’ve learned some benefits of owning a pool you didn’t already know.

And remember, no matter your budget, we can find ways to make the area around your pool look just as inviting.

Learn more about financing through Premier Finance, or use the form below to get a free quote!

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Pool Care

An Update on Supply Chain Issues

n Update on Supply Chain Issues

From 2020 to 2021, our world experienced unprecedented events that contributed to supply shortages in our industry and beyond. Factories had to shut down due to the Covid pandemic, which produced a real shortage of the materials needed to build your pools.

The Texas Freeze damaged hundreds of thousands of pool equipment sets in our customer’s backyards. Because of that, we needed hundreds of thousands of replacement sets, but most manufacturers of the equipment needed are located in Texas and were also damaged during the Freeze. That meant petroleum-based products like pipes and valves weren’t being manufactured.

Lastly, due to various factors related to the pandemic, we’ve been experiencing a labor shortage like never before. Not only are there not enough materials to go around, but the available materials that have been shipped into ports around the nation, there wasn’t enough labor to unload them.

Together, these events created an extremely challenging environment that we’ve been learning to navigate on the fly.

So what does this mean for you? 

Your pool is probably taking longer than normal to build. We know that the faster we can install your pool, the happier you will be at Premier Pools. And we want nothing more than to keep you happy. We didn’t become the number one pool builder in the nation by shirking customer service. 

Unfortunately, due to the supply chain issues and the lack of materials, we are simply unable to operate at the speed we’re used to at this time. 

As the world’s largest installer of swimming pools, we have access to resources, distribution, suppliers, and manufacturers no one else has. We are trying our best to use those resources and connections to keep your pool coming along.

We ask for your patience as we navigate through these uncharted waters. Our lines of communication are open–if you’re frustrated, let us know. We expect a hundred percent transparency from our franchises in keeping you informed of all new developments as we move forward with the construction process.

Please know that we are working around the clock as hard as possible to keep projects moving forward and are as committed today as we were in 1988. We hope to work through this process together in the coming months and get your pool finished so your family can enjoy it for years to come.

We thank you for your patience, and we will continue to serve you however we can during this time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local Premier Pools and Spas.

 

Pool Care

The Durability of 3 Popular Inground Pool Types

The Durability of 3 Popular Inground Pool Types

 

Hey Pool Fans, today we’re comparing the durability of the three most popular inground pool types.

Table of Contents:

Vinyl Inground PoolsFiberglass Inground PoolsGunite Inground Pools

Below, we’ll compare each of them and help you figure out which inground pool is best for your backyard. Let’s get our feet wet!


Or our entire bodies!

Vinyl Inground Pools

Not just for Grandpa’s record collection anymore, vinyl is a slick-looking, affordable option. It’s also the quickest to install—about four weeks from purchase to pool party. 

Vinyl’s texture is very smooth and non-porous, so you don’t have to worry about algae build-up or similar maintenance issues. However, the vinyl liners can puncture if you’re too rough with them. 

We install the vinyl liner over a metal or concrete perimeter wall, and we can customize the shape to an extent. While most vinyl pools are rectangular, it is possible to customize their shape, size, and depth.

While a vinyl pool is significantly cheaper than fiberglass or concrete, they deteriorate quickly and are easier to damage. For instance, a severe storm could toss a table umbrella into your pool and pop goes the liner. 

Barring any projectile-inducing storms, you’ll need to replace your vinyl liner every five to nine years, which will run you about $4K or more.

Durability Factor 5/10

A well-maintained liner needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.Easy to keep clean, but pool chemicals do wear out liner faster.Longevity lessens with increased roughness.

Fiberglass Inground Pools

Fiberglass pools require the least maintenance. Similar to vinyl, fiberglass is non-porous so you won’t have to deal with algae blooms. Plus, you’ll never need to resurface them or replace the liner. 

That’s because fiberglass pools are single-piece shells made in a factory. However, many shell designs come with built-in features like raised spas and tanning shelves. They’re delivered to your house at the time of installation, so installation time depends on the factory.

Fiberglass pools are constructed from glass threads woven into fabric then hardened with a special polyester resin and smoothed out with weather-resistant gel. Boats and planes are also made from this, so you know fiberglass can party.

A well-maintained fiberglass pool will last you over 25 years. In fact, some fiberglass pools installed in the 60s and 70s are still holding up today.

Durability Factor 8/10

A properly kept fiberglass shell lasts for 20 to 30 yearsEasy to keep cleanPrefabricated—makes it hard to add features down the road

Gunite Pools

If you’ve ever swum in a pool, chances are it was concrete—what we call gunite or shotcrete. Gunite is a type of concrete we spray through an industrial-strength mega-hose with a high-pressure nozzle.

Many yards out there can’t fit a pre-made fiberglass pool, or they aren’t suitable for a vinyl pool. If you’re familiar with our work on the hit DIY show Pool Kings and you want your own masterpiece in your backyard, then we’re talking gunite, pal.

You want an infinity waterfall? Done. How about a tanning shelf with a built-in spa above your rock waterfall? No problem. What’s that? You want a water slide, a lazy river, and your own private island in the middle of your pool? BAM!

The Durability of the 3 Most Popular Inground Pool Types

Concrete will get you all of that. Plus, it will last you the rest of your life and beyond. When humans perish, gunite pools shall inherit the earth.

There are a couple of downsides compared to fiberglass. A plaster finish will last 7 to 15 years until it needs to be refinished, depending on how well you maintain it. However, a pebble-based finish can last a lifetime. Both interior finishes can be rough on your feet if you spend a lot of time in your pool.

With maintenance, concrete is also prone to algae buildup. However, Premier’s state-of-the-art equipment combined with regular service will keep your pool pristine all year long.

Durability Factor 10/10

Lasts foreverEasy to add on features in the future

The Wrap-Up

Vinyl is the cheapest at first, but eventually, the costs will surpass fiberglass. Fiberglass is slightly more expensive but lasts for decades. For max customization and longest lifespan, go with gunite.

Either of these pools will look beautiful, especially when you have the best pool builder in the nation doing the install. Premier will work with you to ensure you have the perfect pool for your backyard and your budget.

Seeing is believing—check out our brochure and contact us for a free estimate.

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Without this pool, this dog would get injured.

 

Pool Services

The Pool Finishing Process: What You Need To Know

Filling Up Your Pool

Here at Premier Pools, we want to see you enjoying your pool as soon as possible. 

But there are a few steps you’ll need to complete during the pool finishing process so that your pool finish looks great for many summers to come. We’ll cover those steps below.

Before Filling Up Your Pool

Before fill-up begins, contact your water district and let them know you’re filling up a pool. Otherwise, they might think you have a leak and shut off your water.

Your Pool Finish

The next thing that affects how long the fill-up will take is your pool finish.

A plaster finish will complete in one day. We’ll spray the plaster on, trowel it into a smooth surface, and begin filling up your pool that day.

With an aggregate pool finish like pebble or glass beads, we’ll apply it in a day and let it sit overnight. Then the next day, we’ll acid-wash it, pressure-wash it, and then start filling it up.

What do I need to do during the pool filling process?

Once started, do not stop the water until your pool is full. If you shut off the water, you’ll get a ring around your pool where it stopped. You can slow it to a trickle, but make sure it doesn’t stop until it gets to the middle of the waterline tileFill from the deep end first. If you start from the shallow end, you’ll create streaking on the bottom of your pool, from the shallow end to the deep end. Once your pool is filled, move your hose into your raised spa or any raised features you may have.Let Premier know if you plan on filling your pool with well water. We’ll need to get a water sample to see the calcium and hardness content and know precisely the water quality we’re putting into the swimming pool. We also want to make sure we don’t dry up your well—pulling 20,000 gallons will quickly dry it up.

How long will it take to fill up my pool?

Depending on a couple of factors, it could take anywhere from four hours to four days.

Multiple garden hoses flowing at once will speed things up, but mostly, it depends on how much water you have coming into your house. Lower water pressure means a slower fill. With good water pressure, expect it to take up to a day and a half.

Remember!

Stopping water flow during fill-up will create a ring around your pool, so make sure you call your water district. That way, you’ll avoid interruptions and be working on your tan in no time.

Don’t Forget To Brush Your Pool

Pool brushing is a crucial part of the pool finishing process and will make sure your pool stays looking fresh.

As the plaster cures underwater over the first 30 days, some of the material will make its way to the surface. Brushing your pool finish will keep it from setting into your pool finish.

To do this, you’ll brush the entire surface of your pool several times a day. It would be best if you did this for up to the first week. We’ll give you a brush and pole and instruct you on how to get it done properly and regularly. 

Your Premier Service Technician will tell you what brushing schedule is best for your particular finish.

The Chemical Process

The last part of the pool finishing process is making sure the chemicals in your pool water are balanced. But don’t worry, a Service Technician will take care of your pool water’s total alkalinity, calcium hardness, pH balance, and more.

With a plaster finish, it can take 30 days before you can introduce heat and start balancing your pool water so that it’s safe to start swimming.

With a pebble finish, you can start swimming within a week, but don’t introduce heat for about two weeks.

Your Service Technician will let you know when it’s safe to do your first cannonball.


We recommend one cannonballer at a time.

One Last Important Step

Contact your gas company and tell them you just installed a pool gas heater or other fire features in your backyard. Your Premier pools construction supervisor can tell you how many BTUs your backyard is pulling so you can give that info to the gas company. They’ll make sure you have the correct gas meter to keep your features working correctly.

Pool Care

May Pool of the Month

Premier Pools & Spas Selects May’s Pool of the Month

Rio Grande Valley, TX Pool Builders Construct Timeless Piece

PPAS has selected Premier’s Rio Grande Valley franchise as May 2021’s Pool of the Month winner. This project was submitted by Anna Mandea, the salesperson and co-owner of this Texas office.

Anna and her husband, Alex, have been Premier franchise owners since 2020. They are excited about this recognition and are overjoyed by the success of their entire team. 

This month’s pool, built in McAllen, Texas, is a gunite/shotcrete classic with clean and stunning custom features that provide a complete backyard transformation. The 15’ x 37’ pool includes a calming waterfall and a sunken patio with a wood-burning fire pit, making it a homeowner’s personal retreat. 

The pool has a Laguna interior finish and features beautiful designs such as blue tile and ivory travertine. 

Anna said this project was challenging, as problems and last-minute changes emerged during the process. The pool had to be shifted after a request from the homeowner, which caused the excavation line to cut close to the house.

After consulting with code officials, all parties were able to agree that the pool did not compromise its surrounding area. The Rio Grande Valley team was able to make the unforeseen circumstances of the project work and did so with the customer in mind. 

Their team worked endlessly to provide the homeowners with their dream backyard and were pleased with how well the project turned out. Their favorite part was seeing how much their work transformed the yard and the impact it made. 

Anna is proud of the accomplishments her team made, especially with being so new to the swimming pool industry. She valued their role in this life-changing opportunity not only for the homeowners but for themselves.

Pool of the Month winners receive the opportunity to have a donation made out to their favorite charity on behalf of PPAS. Anna and Alex picked Engineers Without Borders International (EWB-I) as their charity as it is very dear to their hearts. Before becoming a franchisee, Alex had always wanted to be an engineer in Romania, building bridges and roads. EWB-I sends engineers to areas where a bridge can make all the difference in a child’s life. According to Anna, the addition of a bridge could make attending school a possibility for a village. With the work of this charity, communities can get the help they need to survive and improve their lives, fulfilling the Mandea family’s wish to help make a difference.

Premier franchisees are encouraged to submit their backyard projects for a chance to be featured. 

Pool Care

April Pool of the Month

Premier Pools & Spas Names April’s Pool of the Month

Swimming Pool Builders in Souderton, PA Triumph

 

Premier Pools & Spas (PPAS), the nation’s largest pool builder, strives to acknowledge and praise the work of its franchises. To show our appreciation, we select a “Pool of the Month” recipient among our franchisees. We are proud of our franchises and are always finding ways to highlight the work and achievements they make with our company.

Premier Souderton, our Pennsylvania location, has been chosen as April 2021’s Pool of the Month. This project was submitted by Jeff McGalliard, the builder behind this stunning pool.

Jeff and his family have been a part of the Premier family since 2012. The McGalliards have been in the pool business for over 50 years and are Pool of the Month veterans.

This gunite/shotcrete swimming pool, built in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, has eye-catching water features such as sheer descents, a raised beam, and a lion fountain that complement and add to the beauty of this backyard paradise.

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The design and structure of the pool provide a luxurious and lush finish to this Northeastern backyard. With a size of 20’ x 40’, this pool provides enough space for both relaxation and play.

Jeff encountered challenges along the way, listing grade changes as the greatest. He and his team had to work with a 15 feet elevation change that was from the top of the project to the pool. A part of this challenge included having to incorporate roughly 15 steps from the top of the driveway to the pool.

Despite the challenges, he was able to carry out the requests of the homeowners and give them the backyard of their dreams.

Jeff’s favorite part of the job was seeing the reaction of the homeowners, who were left satisfied and pleased with his work.

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As a bonus, each Pool of the Month winner receives the opportunity to have a donation made out to their favorite charity on behalf of PPAS. The McGalliards picked the American Heart Association (AHA) as their charity as it hits close to home. AHA was chosen as a tribute to Jeff’s late father, making it a charity that holds a special place in their hearts.

Want to be featured next? Submit your best backyard project for a chance to be named Premier’s Pool of the Month!

Pool Services

How to Properly Water Your Gunite Pool’s Shell

Gunite Swimming Pools—How to Properly Water Your Gunite Pool’s Shell

Cleaning, maintenance, and inspections—the responsibilities that come with owning a pool.

Each type of pool requires its own routine of upkeep, and the routine for gunite pools is one every owner of a concrete pool should be aware of.

Watering Gunite

An essential step in caring for your concrete pool is to saturate the bond beam.

What does this mean?

To avoid your shell from drying out too quickly, you must wet the concrete frequently. It is important you focus not only on the bond beam but also on the steps and cabos. These are the thickest parts so they will need some TLC.

Pro Tip: Remove the nozzle or sprayer of your hose to soak and saturate the beam as much as possible. It will not only make your job easier, but more effective too!

When spraying, be mindful of your surroundings and watch where you step. It is recommended you spray from inside the pool. Failure to do so could result in serious injury.

For the remainder of the pool, we suggest first spraying from the shallow end of your pool and working your way to the deep end. The water will naturally cover more ground as it flows. Watering the raised walls will also prove to be beneficial.

The color of the concrete will be an indicator of what is left to cover so be on the lookout. This is helpful for saturating all areas of your pool’s shell.

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Maintaining Your Gunite Shell

While watering is an important component, it is how much and for how long that counts the most. Not enough watering throughout the day will leave a negative impact on your pool’s shell.

It is recommended you water 3-5 times daily for about a week. Your concrete pool will thank you!

Gunite Pool Will Look the Best When Cared for

A normal part of the process is the development of holes and other imperfections. They are shrinkage cracks on the top layer of the gunite so don’t worry if you start to notice them.

Please note that the slower your concrete cures, the stronger it will be.

If you see a formation of a puddle in your pool or spa, don’t fret as it is perfectly normal. It indicates you have been watering and that the pool is holding water.

By properly caring for and being mindful of your pool’s maintenance needs, your pool is set to be in tip-top shape!

Pool Maintenance

Testing the pH Balance of Your Pool

What You Need to Know About the pH Balance of Your Pool

The ideal pH level that’s safe for swimming is between 7.2 and 7.8, the same range as our body’s pH level.

When your pool’s pH level goes over 7.8, it’s considered alkaline. High pH in the pool is dangerous for swimmers. Chlorine and other sanitizing chemicals won’t be able to do their job, and bacteria will flourish in your pool. The water will also become cloudy, and you’ll see scaling on the sides of your pool.

If your pool’s pH balance dips too low (under 7.0), then your pool will become acidic. This can cause skin irritation and burning eyes if you open them underwater. Water with low pH will also render chlorine and other chemicals ineffective. If you have a vinyl pool, the liner may wrinkle, and any metal in your pool can corrode.

When your water is too alkaline, it can also cause calcium hardness levels to increase, and you may have to get your pool acid-etched more often to keep it looking nice and clean.

What Causes the High pH in Swimming Pools?

Nature

The pH of your pool is going to change naturally, and this is to be expected. When your pool is just sitting there, carbon dioxide in the air will dissolve in the water, forming carbonic acid, lowering the pH. Swimming and splashing will break up that carbon dioxide and cause the pH to rise.

Algae also raise the pH because it consumes carbon dioxide. Left unchecked, algae can push the pH of your pool well over a safe level. But with ongoing maintenance from Premier Pool Service, your pool will never get to this point.

Pool Chemicals

Every type of pool chemical you use on your pool will affect the pH balance. Granulated or liquid chlorine will raise the pH, neutral sanitizers like Bromine have the slightest effect, and acidic cleaners like chlorine gas will lower the pH.

These chemicals are used in a few parts per million, and the change won’t be that drastic. It’s just something to keep in mind when trying to achieve balanced pool water yourself.

Chasing the perfect pH level can become frustrating if you’re not aware of the specific effect of the sanitizer you use.

Other Factors

A sudden temperature rise can cause the pH level to go up. Whether you warm it up with a pool heater or you experience a heatwave, this could cause it to spike.

One more thing to consider: if your pool has a new pebble or plaster finish, this will raise the pH. You don’t have to worry about this with fiberglass or vinyl.

Staying On Top of The pH Balance of Your Pool

For the chlorine to be most effective in your pool, you’ll want to keep your pool water balanced in the optimum range mentioned above. Here’s how you can stay on top of this.

When you’re in the middle of swim season and using your pool daily, consider testing daily.It’s recommended you test the chlorine twice a week, so if you’re already doing this, add pH testing into the mix.Debris and rainfall after inclement weather can also change the pH, so test after a storm.

The more acidic or alkaline your pool gets, the longer it will take to get the pH right. So heading off these problems will make sure your pool is soft, clean, and safe for you and your family to enjoy all year long.

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Testing the pH Balance of Your Pool

Testing your pool’s pH and alkalinity level is relatively straightforward using strips and test kits.

Whether you go with dissolvable tablets or test strips, follow the instructions from the water testing kit manufacturer. Also, keep these tips in mind:

You’re looking for an optimal pH range between 7.2 and 7.6.Your total alkalinity should be between 80 ppm and 150 ppm.If your pH level is too high, use a mild acid to bring the alkalinity down.

Moving water will alter your sample, so take it from as closest to the middle of your pool as you can.

Things that can cause an inaccurate reading from your test:

Residual chlorine levelsBromineTaking a sample from near your jets

Leave it to the Pros

Having regular pool service is the best way to keep your pool ready whenever you need it. If any of this sounds too tedious, or you don’t want the hassle, we will gladly test for high pH levels and every other aspect of pool maintenance.

Contact Premier Pool Service today if you want to leave the pH balance of your pool up to professional, keeping your pool soft, safe, and clean all year long.

Pool Services

New Pool Construction Offerings in West Chicago, IL, and Richmond, VA

Premier Pools and Spas Opens Locations in West Chicago, Illinois, and Richmond, Virginia.

Premier Pools and Spas, the world’s largest swimming pool builder, announces the addition of two new build franchises—West Chicago, Illinois, and Richmond, Virginia. PPAS is an award-winning pool building franchiser with 119 locations across the nation. They’ve won several awards, including the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) International Award of Excellence for Design. They’ve also ranked as the #1 National Pool Builder by Pool & Spa News.

The President of Premier Franchise Management, Aaron Gurley, is proud to announce the owners of each location: veteran owners of the Central Illinois location, Nathan and Rachelle Whiteman, are expanding their territory into West Chicago, and Chuck Mihalcoe is the new Premier franchise owner in Richmond, VA.

“Our company culture is unlike any other because our franchisees are supportive of one another, share knowledge, and celebrate successes.”

~ Paul Porter, founder

With these new additions, Premier continues building its reputation for innovative design and excellent customer service. And it all begins with an in-home consultation where Premier works with each client to bring their backyard vision to life without going over budget.

Premier began offering franchise opportunities in 2014 to like-minded entrepreneurs with high standards for quality and value. If you’re interested in owning a Premier franchise, please visit premierpoolsfranchise.com or call (844) 366-2102.

West Chicago, IL | Owners: Nathan & Rachelle Whiteman


Nathan has a background in upper management for well-known insurance brands and brings ten years of experience in the pool industry before joining PPAS. Rachelle has upper management experience in her family’s commercial and residential cleaning company.

When asked how they found PPAS, Nathan answered, “My feeling is that PPAS found us. I was searching for a way forward in the family pool business, but the industry is not one where your competitor down the road would share his best practices or give advice or a helping hand. PPAS provides that family atmosphere, and as soon as we discovered each other, I knew it was our path forward.”

Nathan and Rachelle have been married since 2016 and have three children. They enjoy time with family, weekend camping trips, and performing music with their church’s worship band on Sundays.

 

Richmond, VA | Chuck Mihalcoe

After earning a BBA in Marketing from Radford University, Chuck Mihalcoe became a concrete salesperson for Branscome Incorporated. He
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then moved on to start his own concrete construction company, which he owned for 24 years.

“I’m a person who values quality first, so choosing Premier was the obvious choice,” said Chuck. Chuck’s knowledge of concrete construction will help him bring a Premier-quality pool building experience to his clients, fulfilling their visions and dreams.

Chuck’s wife, Wendy, is a reading specialist with Newport News Schools. His daughter Hope, a freshman in college, will be working with him at Premier, while his two younger boys are still in high school, where they play baseball.

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Founded in 1988, Premier Pools & Spas (PPAS) has a reputation for first-class results within the customer’s budget.

Owner/CEO Paul Porter and his son, Brian Porter, hosted season 7 of the DIY TV show Pool Kings, where they built ten spectacular pools.

PPAS builds and services swimming pools and spas for homeowners across the country.