Proper Start Up Care For Plaster Pools

By Kurtis Bednarcyk Thanks to Mother Earth’s mild manners this winter, we were able to get several projects prepared for plaster and start-up early this spring! That, along with a regularly busy spring and summer ahead has inspired this post, as proper care of new plaster is vital to the aesthetics and longevity of your surface! The plaster finish that is applied over the concrete shell is what we refer to as a “biological system” – it’s not actually “alive,” but we use the term because it is quite vulnerable early on. As such, it is important to follow an appropriate start-up procedure. DP&S will typically handle the initial step…

Two Simple Tips to Ensure a Smooth Opening This Spring!

By Kurt Bednarcyk Spring is on the way, folks! I have a hunch we’re not out of the winter woods just yet, but as upstaters we know the weather can swing without much warning, and we want to be ready to dive right in – literally and figuratively – when pool season finally returns. It’s not uncommon to uncover a pool after the offseason and reveal what pool guys sometimes refer to as “pea soup.” The unfortunate reality in these cases is it may take several days and multiple vacuum sessions to attain clear water, taking away from your swimming and relaxation and putting unnecessary strain on your filter.  Whether…

Pool Filtration News: Ultraviolet Sanitation System

By Bucky Frusco One technology many pool owners may not know about for pool maintenance is Ultraviolet sterilization. UV light is a powerful tool in the fight against algae, germs, and bacteria, and can be used in conjunction with a sand filter to keep your pool water healthy and sparkling. How UV Sanitation Works: UV Pool systems are designed to take the power of ultraviolet light in order to reduce levels of chemicals and eliminate the need for chlorine byproducts while keeping a pool clean, manageable, and healthier for all. The system can be easily installed just in-line of a pool’s filter system. Once installed, the system will attack the pool’s…

Salt Water Pool Pros and Cons

Saltwater pools have become one of the most common trends in the swimming pool industry over recent years. Naturally, many of our customers have questions regarding salt sanitation. We hope the following information will be helpful in determining whether or not salt is the right fit for your own backyard or commercial project. What is a saltwater pool? Rather than using a traditional (usually off-line) sanitizer such as liquid chlorine, or chlorine or bromine tabs, a saltwater pool uses a chlorine generator to produce chlorine on site, from regular table salt (NaCl) which is dissolved in the pool itself. During circulation, saltwater passes through an electrolytic cell that uses electric…

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Choosing Pool Heaters and Heat Pumps

Enjoy Your Pool Longer with the Right Heater Here in Upstate New York, an energy-efficient and reliable heater or heat pump is a must. They will add to your comfort and extend your swimming season. In fact, some of our clients swim until Halloween! Below you will find information on some of the different heaters and heat pumps that we recommend. All of these units deliver fast heat-up times, low operating costs, and long life. And, since winter shows up every year, each has a rugged housing, built to withstand the elements. MasterTemp MasterTemp® is as easy to use as your home heating system, plus, user-friendly indicator lights make system operation…

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Choosing an Inground Pump

Reliable, Durable Pumps For Inground Pools Circulation/filtration pumps for inground pools are the heart of the swimming pool’s circulation system. Pumps pull water from the pool through the skimmer and main drain, push it through the filter, and return it to the pool through the main returns.  Design Pool & Spa can help you choose the pump model and size that will efficiently meet the specific requirements of your pool.  Here are some of most trusted pump options: INTELLIFLO® – Variable Speed Pump IntelliFlo pumps have amassed a record of field-proven reliability that’s unmatched by any other variable speed pump thanks to its energy efficiency, near-silent operation and long service life.  …

Choosing a Pool Filter

Filters: High-efficiency filtration systems for sparkling clear water Every pool needs a filter. By removing impurities such as dirt, leaves, grass, hair, body oils, sunscreen, and even many bacteria from the water, today’s high efficiency filters keep your pool water clean, clear and inviting. Choose from three different filter technologies—cartridge, D.E. or sand.  For more information and further technical detail, visit Pentair. Sand: Simple, effective, low-maintenance filters Sand filters are one of the most popular ways to filter water. For good reason. They are simple, effective, and require very little attention. Pool water is routed through a sand-filled pressure vessel. Over time, dirt accumulates in the spaces between the sand particles causing…

Duck, Duck, Don’t!

Ducks are cute – but they don’t belong in your pool. There are three really good reasons to try to keep them out. It will harm the ducks. Drinking large amounts of pool water can damage their kidneys. Duck droppings can contain harmful bacteria. According to the Center for Disease Control, many germs in bird droppings can infect humans, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, or Cryptosporidium (“Crypto” for short). Duck droppings and feathers will clog pool filters, sometimes leading to costly repairs. Keeps Ducks Away Here are some simple, harmless ways to keep ducks out of your pool. These tips will help keep your family and your neighborhood ducks,…