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!


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.



Why It Does Matter Where You Buy Your Chemicals For Your Pool

It seems to me that people are always drawn to the big name brand stores that call themselves “cheaper”. Throughout the years we have all become smarter consumers (with the help of the internet!), and we have so many choices on where to purchase just about anything. But does cheaper mean better? Exactly how educated and informed are you when it comes to buying pool chemicals? Some shoppers seem to be steering away from any store that claims it is a “specialty” store. The word specialty denotes more expensive, right? Wrong! Specialty might mean that what you buy in that particular store is a little more expensive and it might not. Take chemicals for your pool or spa for example. You might think, well, I have to stop by Walmart to pick up some things, I’ll just grab a couple of bags of shock while I am there. So you go into the store, get your items and then go to select your shock, and oh no! There are several types of shock to choose from! Which one do you choose? You look around to see if there is a person in a red vest anywhere around to help you, and there isn’t. So you go and look for him/her, and lead them back to where the pool supplies are and ask them which type of shock you should use for your pool. He stares at you blankly, and asks you, ” Well, what do you usually use”? Ha Ha. Funny. If you had known that, you would have just picked it up and gone! “Let me go and get my manager” he says. The manager finally makes his way over to you and again you propose the question. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know the answer either so he bumbles out some sort of response, hands you what he thinks you should use, and off you go, wondering if it is the right thing or not. What does it matter you ask yourself, it’s “cheap”. And there you have the story of “cheaper”.
Now, if you had gone into a specialty store, let’a say like Admiral Pools, that ONLY deals in pools and spas and asked the same question, you would have heard this: “What type of pool do you have? Is it a vinyl lined pool? Is it a concrete pool? Is it a painted pool? Do you need this shock just for your weekly oxidation of the pool water, or are you experiencing cloudiness or some sort of algae, or do you need it to boost the chlorine level in the water? Did you bring a water sample in from your pool today? “Water Sample”? you ask. “Yes, here at Admiral Pools we offer FREE water testing from state of the art equipment. After testing your water, we give you a “cook book” print out that tells you exactly step by step how to regulate your pool water. You go home, follow the instructions, and you’re done! The test results tell you exactly how much of each chemical you need to add to your pool water, so there’s no guessing as to what you need. You would then be offered and sold the exact correct chemical that would offer you the benefit you are desiring. You would leave the store feeling confident because the person that just helped you has been trained in the art of pool water chemistry, and you would love the results! You go home, follow the instructions, and you’re done! Now that’s a specialty store my friend. Cheaper? I think that if you really compare, you would agree that the pricing is not that much more, and in some cases, it’s the same.

What about the ingredients in the package you are buying? There are differences. Cheaper chemicals mean more ingredients in the mix that don’t really do anything for your pool water, but fill up the bag and allow the big store to sell it for less. At Admiral Pools you get the purest form of chemicals, with less inert ingredients , so that you will get more benefit in the results. This is just a very small example of what you can expect from a “specialty” store like Admiral Pools. Now that you are more educated and informed, what was this information “worth” to you, and…. would you consider going BACK to the big cheap store to ask what type of chlorine to use!?

Two Sides to Every Story

When a customer comes to me with a brand new pool and asks me how to take care of it,  I have always said to them “well, there are two sides to every story”.  This helps my customer to separate the two different sides to caring for their pool water, sanitize and water balance, and helps them to remember.

Side 1: Three Simple Steps. Sanitize, Oxidize, and Algaecide.

Sanitize: The method in which you are killing germs and bacteria “all the time”. Chlorine Tabs, Sticks, Salt Water Generation, Biguanide, etc.

Oxidize:  The weekly adding of a strong boosting agent to come to the aid of your sanitizer.   This is where the word “shock” comes from.

Algaecide: The addition of a chemical that helps the water fight off plant life in the  pool.

Side 2:  Balancing: Adjusting the water’s Alkaline & pH Levels. Adjusting the Calcium Hardness level, (keeping hard water and other things from creating etching  on your pool walls, ladders, etc.), and the addition of Stabilizer (which helps by holding your chlorine in the water longer.)

And there you have it. Both sides of the story. Simple, isn’t it? How much of these items do you add? Bring in a sample of your pool water to Admiral Pools LLC and let us test it in our computerized water testing station. The test takes about 3 minutes and it’s FREE!

See you soon!


Hot? Shock!

In times of extreme heat, like this week, you want to pay more than usual attention to your chlorine levels. The higher the temperature, the faster your chlorine levels evaporate. Run the pool pump during the day, if not twenty four hours a day, so there is constant circulation of your water , thus constant circulation of chlorine in the water. Have some bags of shock on hand, and test the pool each night when all swimmers are out, and shock the water if the chlorine level is low. This will ensure that as the next hot day breaks, your pool water will have enough sanitizer in it to ward off plant life(algae) and will help it keep up with the more than average amount of swimmers. Happy Swimming!

Vinyl Liner Replacement

Does your vinyl liner pool need a face lift? Have you been running to the pool store season after season for that old standby, pool “patch kit”? Is the liner in your pool wrinkled and ill- fitting? Maybe the color has just plain faded away.
Now is the time of the year to start considering a new liner. With the swimming season coming soon, now is when you should start your planning. There are two types of liners for an above ground pool. there is a “beaded” liner which snap into a track, and an “overlap” liner that hangs over the top of the wall. One question that we hear from customers is “Can I install it myself”? “Should I have a professional do it”? You might be able to install it yourself if it is an above ground pool. But you need to make sure you read the instructions and follow them completely to make sure it is installed correctly. One main problem do it your selfers have is making sure all of the wrinkles are out. In an in the ground pool I would always suggest having a professional do it. Above ground pools are standard sizes. In-ground liners are always custom made for each pool. If you measure incorrectly it will never fit.

There are many patterns and colors to choose from today. We have all of the color samples in our store so feel free to stop by. If you have an in ground pool call us and we will be happy to come to your home for a free estimate! Happy Lining!

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!

Pieces and Parts

Now may be the time for you “do it your selfers” to make a mental check list of the parts you told yourself to remember that you would need for the spring to get your pool up and running. Are you missing parts to your pump? Your filter? We stock a great number of parts, but, unfortunately with so many manufacturers and so many models we can’t stock everything. We can, however, order from numerous sources and get any parts we don’t have, hear quickly. Waiting until the last minute can be frustrating, never mind the kids standing there jumping up and down asking “Is it fixed yet? Can we swim yet”? Take a few minutes and go out and look at your equipment. Take charge and order any parts you may need NOW from Admiral Pools LLC, and have a smooth and “non-frustrating” pool opening!

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.

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.


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!!

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.

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!!


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!