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Our New Website!!

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our new Website.  We’ve spent this winter designing an all new one, and it’s a new look for us. One that we feel is much more aesthetically appealing, easier to navigate and packed full of more information. we’ve also redesigned our logo and would love to have your feed back on both! Thanks. and good swimming!

 

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Winter and Your Swimming Pool

A lot of people think that once they close their Swimming pool and put it to bed that’s is good until spring. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Obviously, it starts with the closing. An improper closing could result in thousand of dollars in repairs cause by freeze damage. It is best to have a pool professional close your pool, but that is a subject for another time.

If you have a solid cover on your pool, when snow and rain collects on it, whether the cover is anchored, automatic or held in place by water bags, the weight of the snow or rain will displace water in your swimming pool, this is completely normal. If this happens it is imperative that you remove the water from your cover as soon as possible and replace the water in your pool. If you don’t, your cover may end up either destroyed or in your pool. In addition, if the water is not replace, if enough hydrostatic pressure were to build up your pool or liner could float.

We do not drain or recommend draining any water out of pools at closing, except for concrete pools to protect the tile line. If the water level were to get to low and ice forms, when that ice shifts it could pull out the winter plugs protecting your plumbing, exposing your plumbing to freeze damage.

water chemistry is also important even over the winter. If you close your pool with water temperatures above 60 degrees or open it after the temperatures are above 60 degrees, even a properly closed pool will be highly susceptible to algae and bacteria growth. So it is important, even during the winter to maintain a proper sanitizer level. In addition, the water chemistry in concrete pools with a plaster finish, can also change dramatically over the winter, especially on newly plastered pools. the PH in all plaster pools will drift up over time. If you have a plaster pool you know this because you constantly have to bring down the PH while the pool is in use. This doesn’t change in winter. I’ve seen many concrete pools that were closed in perfect shape, but when they were opened the finish felt like sand paper because the high PH caused scaling to occur. This can be very time consuming and expensive to correct. This doesn’t have to occur. Checking and adjusting your water chemistry 2 or 3 times during the winter can prevent this. Remember, your system does not have to be running to maintain proper water chemistry. Also remember our store is open through out the year and is available for free water testing.

 

 

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Weather……And the Pool Builder

I would like to consider myself rather adept at being able to address the various issues and dilemmas that those of us putting water in the ground sometimes face. However, sometimes you can come across something, written by someone else, that addresses an issue so perfectly that you can’t say it any better.

I found that recently while looking at an other pool contractor’s Website. They had made a post relevant to weather and I want to re-post it here while taking only a little creative liberty by inserting the name Admiral Pools LLC 🙂 where necessary.

So, thanks to Presidential Pools and Spas in sunny Arizona for this perfect post.

When it comes to building pools, it’s an understatement to say that weather delays are not a popular topic.

However, it’s important to know that before Mother Nature brings you days of sunny poolside fun—she could rain on your construction parade: Unfortunately, weather delays are something that all pool contractors and some of their clients will have to face.

What can be confusing and particularly frustrating for pool buyers everywhere is how delays can be longer than the duration of the inclement weather. In other words: one day of rain does not equal a one-day delay in construction. There are several reasons why.

One is that the ground needs to dry before crews can proceed with certain construction phases; this process of soil drying out usually takes several days or longer.

In cases where rain was unexpected, an excavated pool hole that was awaiting a concrete collar or gunite may fully or partially cave in, or it may fill with rainwater. Sometimes, water in a hole like this must be pumped out before the soil can even begin to dry out.

There is also the dreaded domino effect. Typically, pool builders have several or more jobs that are simultaneously under construction. When it showers on multiple pool sites, even a modest downpour can throw a wrench into construction schedules for everyone.

This domino effect even can occur when you would never expect it—it’s the phenomenon known as a “sunshine delay”: Even if a single drop does not fall at your house, a downpour in another part of town may delay crews from finishing work on another pool. This in turn holds up their arrival to work on your pool!

In addition to rain, other weather conditions can sideline progress. For example, pool plaster cannot be applied during gusty winds that could blow sand, leaves, or other debris into the smooth, freshly applied material.

Naturally, weather delays can be trying for anyone waiting for their new Admiral Pool to be completed. Do keep in mind that you and Admiral Pools LLC will be on the same page regarding your pool’s completion: Like you, we want to finish as soon as possible.

Admiral Pools will also want to ensure the integrity of the pool structure—even if it means taking longer. Maintaining quality requires that we do not take risks during construction that could adversely impact the end result.

A pool is a major backyard addition. Ultimately, a well-built one will add beauty to your home and give your family years of enjoyment—all making any extra wait well worth it!

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Admiral Pools LLC Announces Alliance with RicoRock Inc.

RicoRock 4Admiral Pools LLC announces a new alliance with RicoRock Inc. Admiral Pools LLC has been using manufactured  water features and rocks for years. The problem with most of these types of features is they are usually very light weight fiberglass, are not modular, and you are very limited in terms of shapes and designs. RicoRocks are precast concrete and modular. They are heavier, much stronger and we can better anchor them into place. We can also attach safety covers to them which you cannot do with the lightweight fiberglass types.Ricorock 3

The modular design gives us unlimited creative possibilities. They can be added to any type of new pool construction, and can also be added to any type of pool renovation. Contact Admiral Pools LLC today and let us show you the possibilities.

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Going Green

The swimming pool industry, like many others has gone green. There are numerous ways you can use a “green” philosophy or technology with your swimming pool. We will touch on different ways in different posts, but today I want to address pumps. A variable speed pump brings you substantial savings in the cost of operating your swimming pool. The motor for a standard swimming pool pump is made with copper windings that can operate either as a single or 2 speed pump. The motor for a variable speed pump consist of magnets made from rare earth elements which allow you to vary the speed of you pump much like you do when using a dimmer on your interior home lights. variable speed pumps also have programmability built into them so, you can program then so they use as little as 10% of the energy of a standard pump, unless you need the full power for cleaning or use of a water feature. Yes variable speed pumps cost considerably more than a standard single speed pump, however, the energy savings will result in a return on investment in approximately 3 years.

If you have an existing pool and your pump is in good shape you can even replace just the motor with a variable speed motor at considerably less cost than replacing the whole pump. what ever your needs are, whether it’s a new pool, a replacement pump or a replacement motor Admiral Pools LLC is here to help you make the right decision and support you in any way we can.

 

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Time to schedule that Renovation!

Spring is rapidly approaching. If you are considering or need a renovation of your swimming pool now is the time to schedule it. Whether it’s a major concrete pool renovation, a simple liner replacement, a new pump or filter many customers are planning ahead so they don’t loose any of the up and coming season with down time to do a major repair. Give Admiral Pools LLC a call and we will be glad to discuss your options, inspect your pool and provide you with a written proposal for what it will take to get your pool looking like new again. Don’t lose a single day swimming this summer call us now!!

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Time to schedule your spring opening

Our schedule fills up fast. The sooner you schedule the more likely you will get the date you want. Remember, you are better off opening your pool a little early than to late. Your pool should be opened and closed based on the weather conditions and not the calendar. If you open your pool a little early you can run short timer cycles and will only use a little bit of chemicals. If you open to late you may have a swamp to clean up, and it could cost you a lot more than if you had opened it a coupe weeks earlier when it was still crystal clear.

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Admiral Pools LLC begins showroom renovation

Admiral Pools is in the midst, this off-season, of renovating our showroom. For those of you familiar with us, we have moved the water testing station and register to the back of the store. We are replacing some flooring and will be adding shelving so that we can bring more products to you. there will be some other changes as well. We can’t wait for another season to arrive. We look forward to seeing you soon!!

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ADMIRAL POOLS ANNOUNCES IT’S NEW MOBILE WEB SITE

Admiral Pools has designed a new smart phone web site just for you.  A simple format with large buttons enable you, at the push of a button, to find us, easily call, request we call you, send us an email or look at our gallery. If that’s not enough you can click on full website to see our whole website. Let us know what you think. We hope we’ve made it easy for you to find and contact us!

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