2016 On-Time Pool Service Newletters

SUMMER 2016 – We have experienced many changes at OTPS recently as our business has grown. About a year ago, we moved our operation headquarters to a building that provides us with secure truck…

SPRING 2016 – Even though the calendar tells us Spring just started, we can already feel the humidity and heat. We know the hot and humid Summer months are just around the corner…

WINTER 2015 – We have swimming pools in our backyard because we enjoy getting into the water. If the water is too cold, however, the pleasure of our pool’s use is diminished. Fortunately, we live in sunny Sarasota which helps keep our pools naturally warm. This doesn’t mean the water is warm enough year round though…

FALL 2015– During the warmer months of the year we use chlorine tablets for their ability to supply a continuous stream of chlorine as they dissolve. In the Fall and Winter, with the decreased amount of sunshine, lower pool temperatures and generally less pool use, we switch over to liquid chlorine.

SUMMER 2015 – Many pool owners will wonder if their pool is losing water due to an undisclosed leak. Fortunately, there is an easy method to find out if this is the case. All pools will lose water due to evaporation, generally about 1/8 inch per day. This loss can equate to almost an inch a week but the rate of loss can vary greatly based on water temperature, air temperature, humidity and pool use…

(From the Spring 2015 Newsletter)

  • There are 10.4 million swimming pools in the United States and 309,000 public pools.
  • The leading manufacturer of pool noodles makes 6 million of the personal floats each year.
  • The world’s first swimming pool was created in the 26th Century BC. Located in India, it was composed of bricks covered with a tar-based sealant to hold the water.

2014 On-Time Pool Service Newletters

WINTER 2014 – The cooler, drier months of the year are upon us and affect your pool’s water chemistry and its weekly care. For instance, we’ve switched to liquid chlorine from tablets as there is less chemical demand with the decreased sun and swimming. Liquid chlorine has a high pH though and as a consequence, we’ve been using more pool acid for balance.

SUMMER 2014 – You might think that the high heat & humidity are our #1 enemy during the summer. Actually, our biggest problem is rain – with an average of over 9 inches per month through the summer! Sure, it rains during our work hours occasionally and lightning makes carrying a metal pool pole dangerous. The real issue though is what all this rain does to a pool’s water balance and chemistry, which promotes algae growth…

(From the Spring 2014 Newsletter)

  • Increasing pump run times, generally by two hours as the longer water circulation lowers the opportunity for algae to gain anchor and start growing.
  • Switching to use of chlorine tablets – these ‘hockey pucks’ slowly dissolve to release chlorine into the water over the entire week (see related story).
  • Get more Spring Pool Cleaning tips…

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