lady floating in her inner tube in swimming pool

In the sunshine state of Florida, where balmy weather and stunning landscapes beckon residents outdoors year-round, the allure of a poolside retreat is undeniable. Yet, for those seeking to elevate their outdoor living experience to new heights we recommend a pool enclosure or lanai. Although our team at Swim ‘N Fun does not install screen enclosures we do highly recommend them so you as the pool owner can protect your pool investment. Your pool will stay leaf and pollen free much longer with a screened in lanai!

Keeping Nature Out of Your Pool:
The seasonal shedding of leaves and the release of pollen can pose a challenge for pool owners seeking to maintain crystal clear water quality. A lanai provides a natural barrier against debris, effectively keeping leaves, pollen, and other forms of nature from contaminating the pool water. With a screened-in design, a lanai acts as a protective shield, allowing residents to enjoy their pool without the hassle of constant cleaning out leaves and more.

Keeping Out Alligators and Other Critters:
While Florida’s diverse ecosystem is teeming with wildlife, encounters with unwelcome visitors such as alligators and other critters is not fun, particularly for pool owners with young children or pets. A lanai serves as a secure enclosure, preventing access to the pool area by unwanted guests both human and animal. If you live close to another body of water, you might want to consider adding reinforced screens and secure entry points, to create another barrier to keep alligators, snakes, and other critters out.

Preserving Pool Chemicals and Water Quality:
In addition to providing shelter from the elements and enhancing privacy, a lanai plays a crucial role in preserving pool chemicals and maintaining water quality. This is probably the most important reason to enclose your pool with a screen. By shielding the pool from direct sunlight and exposure to the elements, a lanai helps prevent the rapid dissipation of chlorine and other chemicals, ensuring that they remain effective in sanitizing the water. A covered lanai can also reduce evaporation, minimizing the loss of water and helping to conserve resources. With its protective canopy, a lanai also keeps rainwater out of the pool, which prevents chemical dilution and can help you maintain optimal water balance.

Ideal Temperature, year round:
There’s nothing worse than jumping into your pool on a hot day hoping for it to cool you down and finding the water warm. A lanai acts as a natural insulator that helps regulate the temperature of the pool water. By shielding the pool from direct sunlight and exposure to the elements, a lanai helps prevent rapid heat loss, keeping the water at a comfortable temperature even during the hottest days of summer. Additionally, during cooler months, a lanai helps retain heat generated by pool heaters, allowing residents to extend the swimming season and enjoy their pool year-round. With its ability to maintain optimal water temperature, a lanai ensures that your pool remains a welcoming oasis of relaxation and recreation in every season.

Prolong the life of pool equipment:
The investment in pool equipment is significant and protecting it from the harsh elements is crucial to prolonging its lifespan. A lanai adds another layer to safeguard pool equipment such as pumps, filters, and heaters from exposure to sun, rain, and debris. By providing a covered environment, a lanai helps mitigate the wear and tear caused by prolonged exposure to the elements, thereby extending the life of pool equipment and reducing the need for costly repairs and replacements.

While we at Swim N Fun are not contractors and do not build lanais, we can honestly tell you it’s a great way to protect your pool investment and make your pool water treatments last longer.

About Swim N Fun:
Owning an inground pool in Central Florida comes with unique challenges due to Florida’s extreme heat in the summer months. By staying proactive and investing in regular maintenance, pool owners can address common issues quickly to keep their pools in the best shape all year. Regular professional inspections, prompt repairs, and the use of quality materials are key to preserving the integrity and longevity of inground pools in the Sunshine State.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

child floating in inflatable ring

Choosing between a saltwater or chlorine pool can feel like a never-ending pro-con list for homeowners but it doesn’t have to end in confusion.

A saltwater pool uses a salt chlorinator, which converts salt into chlorine to naturally sanitize the water. By using salt, pool owners effectively minimize the amount of direct chemical handling. Most saltwater pool owners highlight the “silkier” feel of saltwater, which may also be overall more gentle on skin and eyes than traditional chlorine, especially for those with sensitivities.

Saltwater pools have a lower long-term cost than their chlorinated counterpart. Installation is slightly higher, but the savings show up in the reduced need for chlorine tablets and other chemicals.

Chlorine pools use chlorine tablets to disinfect the water. Chlorine acts quickly to kill bacteria and maintain clean water which is particularly crucial in Central Florida’s warm climate. Overall, chlorine pools are affordable as chlorine tablets are readily available. Initial setup and maintenance is more budget-friendly with a chlorine pool, though the cost of chemicals can increase over time. Additionally, chlorine does have a very strong smell which can be bothersome, and improper handling can irritate skin and eyes.

Saltwater pools have a slightly higher initial carbon footprint due to manufacturing, but ongoing chemical use in chlorine pools can also have an impact on the environment.

Comparatively, saltwater can be corrosive to certain pool components, such as those made of metal, requiring careful selection and maintenance of equipment. Of note, salt cells do require occasional replacement.

Central Florida’s warm weather and high humidity create a breeding ground for bacteria. Swim N Fun advises that chlorine and saltwater pools can effectively sanitize under proper maintenance, but chlorine’s faster-acting nature might be preferred for frequent pool users or those hosting large gatherings.

Both options require routine upkeep. Saltwater systems need regular cell cleaning, while chlorine requires consistent chemical balancing. Choose a system you can commit to maintaining.

Before you make a final choice, consider your family’s needs. If skin sensitivity is a concern, saltwater might be ideal. If budget is a primary factor, chlorine might be the winner.

If you’re still on the fence about which is better for you, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Swim N Fun’s experienced staff to help you assess your specific needs, budget, and property to recommend the perfect pool solution.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Both saltwater and chlorine pools offer distinct advantages and disadvantages. By understanding your priorities, consulting experts like Swim N Fun, and considering Central Florida’s unique climate, you can make an informed decision that creates a backyard oasis perfect for years of refreshing enjoyment.

About Swim N Fun:
Owning an inground pool in Central Florida is a sizeable investment. Owning a pool comes with unique challenges due to e our climate and environmental conditions. By staying proactive and investing in regular maintenance, pool owners can address common issues quickly to keep their pools in the best shape all year. Regular professional inspections, prompt repairs, and the use of quality materials are key to preserving the integrity and longevity of inground pools in the Sunshine State.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

high level of water in a pool

Owning an inground swimming pool in Florida offers relaxation and opportunities for entertaining, but it also comes with unique challenges, especially during our abnormally wet winter we are experiencing. While we often focus on the perils of low water levels and evaporation, the dangers of high water levels in your pool can also cause significant problems. Maintaining the right water level in your Florida pool is crucial to the safety and longevity of your investment.

Excessively high water levels can disrupt the hydraulic balance of your pool. Proper water circulation is essential for the efficiency of the filtration system, appropriate chemical distribution, and overall pool functionality.

Pool skimmers play a pivotal role in keeping the water clean by removing debris. However, when water levels are too high, skimmers become less effective. The skimmer door may not function correctly, allowing debris to escape back into the pool. Have you noticed your water is cloudier than normal? Compromised skimmer efficiency can lead to cloudy water, increased chemical consumption to maintain the proper balance, and the need for more frequent cleanings.

Did you know that your pool structure can be at risk with a higher than average water level? High water levels can also exert excessive pressure on the pool structure, including the walls and surrounding surfaces. The added stress can weaken the structural integrity over time, potentially leading to cracks, leaks, and other costly damages. Regularly monitoring and maintaining the appropriate water level helps preserve the longevity of your pool investment.

If you live in Florida, you know heavy rainfall during the rainy season is not uncommon and can come in short downpours or over several days. If your pool’s water level is already high, heavy rains can make the situation worse, leading to potential flooding around the pool area. Pool equipment, such as pumps and filters, can be damaged by flooding and require costly repairs or replacements.

If your pool is up to its brim, it may be time to get rid of excess water. Extra water in your pool will cause your water chemistry to be out of balance. High water levels can dilute the chemicals, making it challenging to maintain the ideal pH, chlorine, and alkalinity levels. This imbalance not only affects water quality but also poses health risks for swimmers.

Pools with consistently high water levels can add additional expenses to operating costs. Inefficient skimming, compromised filtration, and poor water circulation all add to higher energy consumption. With all the work you do to keep your expenses down, don’t let incorrect water levels raise your expenses.

From a safety perspective, high water levels can obscure the visibility of the pool’s bottom, making it challenging to identify potential hazards or submerged objects increasing accident and injury risk. If you can’t see the bottom of your pool clearly, stay out of it and call us for assistance.

Maintaining the right water level in your Florida pool is a delicate balancing act. While too low water levels can lead to equipment damage and compromised water quality, excessively high water levels present their own set of challenges. Regular monitoring, proper skimmer maintenance, and timely adjustments are essential for ensuring your pool remains safe, enjoyable, and cost-effective.

Owning a pool in Florida is not one that you can “set it and forget it”. It is more than enjoyable during our hot Florida summers, but owning a swimming pool does require year round attention. By staying proactive and investing in regular professional inspections, you can address common issues quickly. We are more than happy to help in these areas.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair(s). Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

child floating in inflatable ring

As we move into the winter months here in Florida and our temperatures drop sometimes to unseasonably record lows, we don’t use our pools quite as much as other times of the year so it’s a great time to review the most common inground pool issues.

Florida’s sunny climate makes inground pools a popular feature for homeowners. However, the state’s unique environmental conditions can contribute to specific challenges and issues for pool owners.

With our nearly four decades of experience in the Florida pool industry, we’ve seen it all. We’ve found the following are the five most common things that break in inground pools.

Challenges with Water Chemistry:
We’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: Florida’s warm and humid climate creates an environment conducive to algae and bacteria growth in pool water. Improperly balanced water chemistry can lead to issues such as algae blooms, scaling, and surface corrosion. Regular testing and maintenance of the pool’s water chemistry is critical to prevent these problems. Pool owners should monitor pH levels, chlorine, and alkalinity, and give us a call if they are having trouble maintaining the proper balance, even in the winter months.

Saltwater Pool System Corrosion:
Many Florida pool owners opt for saltwater systems for the overall lower maintenance and reduced use of traditional chlorine. However, the corrosive nature of saltwater can pose additional challenges, particularly in the longevity of pool equipment and fixtures. Pool owners must regularly inspect the salt chlorinator cells, metal components, and pool accessories to be able to identify the signs of corrosion early. Coating metal surfaces with protective substances and using corrosion-resistant materials can help mitigate these issues but nothing beats early detection. We check for signs of corrosion in every saltwater pool we service.

Pump and Motor Failures:
The high temperatures in Florida necessitate frequent operation of pool pumps and motors to maintain water circulation and filtration. Over time, the continuous use can lead to wear and tear, resulting in pump and motor failures. Adding in a below-freezing nighttime temperature can lead to freezing and expansion of these critical components. If you need help protecting your pool from temperature variations, be sure to let us know. Our regular maintenance inspections include lubricating of moving parts, checking for leaks, and cleaning debris from pump baskets. You also may want to consider upgrading to energy-efficient pump systems to contribute to your pump and motor longevity and reduce energy costs.

Tile and Grout Deterioration:
Florida’s humidity and frequent rain can contribute to the deterioration of tile and grout in pool areas. Cracked or damaged tiles not only compromise the aesthetic appeal but can also lead to more severe structural issues if left unaddressed. Routine inspections of pool tiles and grout, along with timely repairs or replacements, can prevent water infiltration and protect the pool’s structure. Just like road surfaces, a little bit of water can become a big problem, like potholes.

Pool Surface Cracks:
The intense Florida sun, combined with frequent temperature fluctuations, can lead to surface cracks in the finish of an inground pool. In addition to being an eyesore, over time, these cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the pool. To address this issue, it’s crucial to invest in high-quality pool finishes that are specifically designed to withstand the harsh Florida climate. We regularly inspect your surface whenever we service your pool. It is important to address minor cracks as soon as possible to keep them from turning into major structural problems down the road. While we don’t do crack repair or leak detection we can certainly refer you to other companies that offer those services.

Owning an inground pool in Florida comes with unique challenges due to the state’s climate and environmental conditions. By staying proactive and investing in regular maintenance, pool owners can address common issues quickly to keep their pools in the best shape all year. Regular professional inspections, prompt repairs, and the use of quality materials are key to preserving the integrity and longevity of inground pools in the Sunshine State.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

cloudy pool water

A crystal-clear pool is the epitome of aquatic bliss, but what happens when your pool’s water resembles more of a foggy mystery than a refreshing oasis? Cloudy pool water is a common problem for Florida pool owners year-round and its causes can range from simple to complex. At Swim N Fun, we’ve seen it all. In our experience, we’ve highlight 10 of the top reasons your pool is still murky or cloudy.

  1. Imbalanced Chemistry
    A delicate balance of chemicals is essential for maintaining clear pool water. Imbalances in pH, alkalinity, or sanitizer levels can wreak havoc on water clarity. Testing your pool water regularly and adjusting these chemical levels is a fundamental step in preventing cloudiness. If you’re still at a loss, we would be happy to assess your pool’s chemical balance.
  2. Insufficient Filtration
    We’ve said it before (link) and your pool’s filtration system plays a crucial role in removing impurities. If the filtration system is undersized or not running for an adequate duration, it may struggle to clear the water effectively. Even if your filtration system is the right size and running for the correct amount of time, a dirty filter could undo all that hard work. If you’ve checked these three items and are still running into trouble, you may have an undetected leak.
  3. Poor Circulation
    Proper water circulation is vital for distributing chemicals evenly and preventing stagnation. If your pool lacks adequate circulation, certain areas may become prone to cloudiness. Adjusting the return jets, using a pool brush, and checking to make sure all areas receive proper water flow can address this issue.
  4. Algae Invasion
    Algae are notorious for turning pool water from clear to murky green. Algae growth is often fueled by inadequate sanitation or poor water circulation. Regularly shocking your pool and ensuring proper filtration can help keep these green invaders at bay.
  5. Organic Debris
    Leaves, grass, and other organic debris introduce contaminants that cloud your pool water. Skimming the surface and using a pool cover when the pool is not in use can prevent organic debris from making your pool cloudy. We have a whole list of trees to avoid planting near your pool and we also recommend preventing any grass cutting from being blown into your pool.
  6. High Calcium Hardness
    Excessive calcium levels in your pool water can lead to cloudy conditions. This is particularly common in areas with hard water. Regularly testing and balancing calcium hardness levels can prevent the formation of cloudy water due to calcium scaling. Unchecked calcium can also lead to a sandpapery feel on the bottom or the sides of the pool, which can damage your pool lining.
  7. Contaminated Pool Equipment
    Pool equipment, if not properly maintained, can become a breeding ground for contaminants. Dirty skimmer baskets, clogged pump baskets, or malfunctioning filters can compromise the water’s clarity. Regularly inspecting and cleaning pool equipment is essential to prevent cloudy water caused by internal contaminants.
  8. Weather Woes
    Inclement weather can introduce various elements that affect your pool’s clarity. Heavy rainfall, for instance, can dilute chemical concentrations, while strong winds may carry debris into the pool. Monitoring weather patterns and adjusting your pool maintenance accordingly can help mitigate the impact of nature’s whims.
  9. Bather Load
    The more people using the pool, the greater the introduction of contaminants. Sunscreen, sweat, and other personal care products carried into the pool by swimmers can contribute to cloudy water. Encouraging showering before swimming and maintaining proper sanitizer levels can help manage the effects of bather load.
  10. Excessive TDS
    Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) represent the cumulative concentration of minerals, chemicals, and other impurities in your pool water. As TDS levels rise, water clarity can be compromised. Regularly draining and refilling a portion of your pool water helps control TDS and prevents cloudiness.

In the quest for a clear and inviting pool, understanding the reasons behind cloudiness is the first step toward a solution. Regular maintenance, water testing, and a proactive approach to pool care are the keys to ensuring that your pool remains sparklingly clear. If you have gone through our top 10 reasons and can’t identify the issue, let our experts help.

More about Swim ‘N Fun
While you can do a lot on your own to keep your pool looking good and ready for you whenever you want, sometimes you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced at least once a year just to make sure everything is as it should be. Plus, we are really good at checking your equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems for major and minor issues.

Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Our trained pool technicians service the pool by testing the pool water, balancing the water chemistry, skimming the pool, brushing the pool walls, emptying the baskets, vacuuming the pool as needed, cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed, and checking the equipment to ensure that it is running properly. Routine pool maintenance helps a pool owner to save money and time. A properly balanced pool will also help keep swimmers safe and healthy.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

pool damaged by a hurricane

As we know all too well, Florida is a state that frequently faces the wrath of hurricanes, and the aftermath can be daunting. When hurricanes strike, the focus is primarily on ensuring the safety of people, securing property, and managing power outages.

For pool owners, one common misconception is that draining your pool is the best course of action before or even after a hurricane. However, this notion couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, draining your pool after a hurricane can lead to various problems and should be avoided. Here’s why:

  1. Water Table Levels: Florida has a high-water table, which is the level at which the ground becomes saturated with water. In most areas, this is typically just a few feet below the surface. When you drain your pool, you risk the water in the ground pushing up against an empty pool, which can result in it popping out of the ground – a costly and avoidable problem.
  2. Structural Damage: Draining your pool can also lead to structural damage. An empty pool is vulnerable to the immense pressure from the wet ground, which can cause cracks and other forms of structural damage. These repairs can be expensive and time-consuming, and they are usually unnecessary if you leave your pool full.
  3. Liner Damage: In addition to structural damage, an empty pool can damage the liner. Liners are designed to be supported by the pressure of the water against them. When the water is removed, the liner can wrinkle, shrink, or even tear. Replacing a pool liner is a costly repair that you can easily avoid by keeping your pool full of the right amount of water.
  4. Costly Refilling: Draining your pool may seem like a quick fix, but refilling it is neither quick nor cost-effective. Depending on the size of your pool, it can take a significant amount of time and water to refill it. Even during hurricane season, the water loss from evaporation can be substantial, leading to increased water bills and potentially water restrictions. This cost and hassle are entirely avoidable by retaining the water during and after a hurricane.
  5. Environmental Impact: Florida’s ecosystem is highly sensitive, and draining your pool after a hurricane can have an adverse impact on the environment. The water you remove may end up in local waterways, affecting the delicate balance of local ecosystems. Florida’s wildlife, including aquatic animals, relies on the stability of these ecosystems. Keeping your pool full is a small but responsible contribution to protecting the local environment. Improperly draining your pool could also lead to state or local fines.
  6. Safety Concerns: Drained pools can be safety hazards. An empty pool is an enticing danger for children and pets, presenting the risk of accidents. If your pool is typically secured, leaving it full makes it a safer environment during hurricane recovery.
  7. Pool Equipment: Draining your pool can have consequences for your pool equipment. Many pool systems are not designed to function correctly without water in the pool. Running equipment without water can damage pumps and filters, potentially leading to costly repairs or replacements.
    So, what should you do to safeguard your pool during and after a hurricane in Florida? We recommend the following:

    Keep the Water Level Consistent: While it could be essential to reduce water levels to allow for rain runoff, you should never completely drain your pool. Typically, lowering the water level by 12 to 18 inches is sufficient. If you aren’t sure how much to lower your pool water level, give us a call.

    Secure Pool Furniture and Equipment: Remove or secure any loose items, such as pool furniture or equipment, that could become projectiles during a hurricane. If you have a place to store these items inside, that’s the safest place.

    Turn Off Electrical Equipment: Power down your pool equipment to prevent damage during power surges or fluctuations. This also ensures the equipment is not running when the pool water level is low.

    Post-Hurricane Inspection: After the hurricane has passed and it’s safe to do so, inspect your pool for any debris or damage. Ensure that your pool equipment is functioning correctly. We would also be happy to conduct a post-storm assessment.

    Consult a Professional: If you’re unsure about how to prepare your pool for a hurricane or how to assess potential damage afterward, it’s a good idea to give us a call. We can provide guidance and assistance in safeguarding and maintaining your pool.

Draining your Florida pool after a hurricane is a costly mistake that can lead to structural damage, liner issues, environmental harm, safety hazards, and unnecessary expenses. By keeping your pool full and following recommended precautions, you can protect your pool and the surrounding environment, while also ensuring a safer and more cost-effective recovery process.

More about Swim ‘N Fun
While you can do a lot on your own to keep your pool looking good and ready for you whenever you want, sometimes you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced at least once a year just to make sure everything is as it should be. Plus, we are really good at checking your equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems for major and minor issues.

Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Our trained pool technicians service the pool by testing the pool water, balancing the water chemistry, skimming the pool, brushing the pool walls, emptying the baskets, vacuuming the pool as needed, cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed, and checking the equipment to ensure that it is running properly. Routine pool maintenance helps a pool owner to save money and time. A properly balanced pool will also help keep swimmers safe and healthy.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

Keeping your Florida inground pool free of pollen this spring is important for several reasons from aesthetics to maintenance.

Pollen can make your pool look dirty and uninviting by keeping it free of pollen you won’t have to think twice about enjoying your pool. Beyond just looks, for people with allergies, exposure to pollen can trigger symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes by keeping the pollen from building up, you can mitigate these symptoms for you and your guests.

Pollen is hard on your pool’s filtration systems. Pollen can clog your pool’s filter and make your pump work harder to circulate the water. This can burn your pump out sooner and increase your maintenance and repair costs.

Beyond aesthetics and your filtration systems, pollen affects your overall water quality. Pollen can introduce contaminants into your pool, such as dirt and bacteria. Algae love dirt and bacteria and by keeping pollen in your pool you are encouraging algae growth.

By keeping your Florida inground pool free of pollen this spring, you can help ensure that it remains a clean, safe and enjoyable place to swim and relax. Plus, keeping it free from pollen is not as hard as you may think.

Our top six tips are:

  1. Skim the pool regularly: Use a pool skimmer to remove any floating pollen from the water’s surface. It’s best to do this at least once a day, preferably in the morning before the wind picks up.
  2. Use a pool cover: If you don’t plan on using your pool for a few days, consider covering it with a pool cover. This will help prevent pollen from falling into the water.
  3. Brush the walls and floor: Pollen can cling to the sides and bottom of your pool, so use a pool brush to scrub them regularly.
  4. Use a pool filter: Your pool’s filter can be a great ally in keeping pollen out of the water. Make sure to clean or replace the filter regularly to keep it working effectively.
  5. Consider a robotic pool cleaner: If you have a lot of trees or plants around your pool, a robotic pool cleaner can be a great investment. It can help remove any pollen that settles on the pool’s surface or walls.
  6. Keep the area around the pool clean: Regularly sweep or blow away any pollen that collects on the deck or patio around your pool. This will help prevent it from being blown into the water.

We are also here to help! Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Our trained pool technicians service the pool by testing the pool water, balancing the water chemistry, skimming the pool, brushing the pool walls, emptying the baskets, vacuuming the pool as needed, cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed, and checking the equipment to ensure that it is running properly. Routine pool maintenance helps a pool owner to save money and time. A properly balanced pool will also help keep swimmers safe and healthy.

More about Swim ‘N Fun
While you can do a lot on your own to keep your pool looking good and ready for you whenever you want, sometimes you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced at least once a year just to make sure everything is as it should be. Plus, we are really good at checking your equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems for major and minor issues.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

When we install a pool or hot tub automated system we recommend our clients follow these steps to make sure the process is as easy as possible:

  • Selecting a system: Choose an automated system that meets your specific needs and preferences. Consider factors such as compatibility with your existing equipment, features, and cost. At Swim N Fun, we recommend and install the Pentair EasyTouch automated system, which simplifies the management of your pool and hot tub, allowing you to easily control the water temperature, lighting, jets, and other features.
  • Preparing the site: Make sure the area around the pool or hot tub is clear and accessible, and that there is a power source nearby. Before we arrive to install the Pentair EasyTouch automated system, spend some time picking up around your pool. Make sure you’ve removed anything blocking the power source, trip hazards and general pool items. Giving us a clear path will make the process much faster.
  • Installing the control panel: We will mount the control panel in a convenient location near your pool or hot tub and then connect the control panel to the power source. We will check any additional electrical and plumbing components. The user-friendly control panel enables you to control all of the functions of your pool or hot tub from a single location.
  • Connecting sensors and actuators: Once the control panel is installed, we will install sensors and actuators to control the various aspects of your pool or hot tub, such as water temperature and circulation. We will also test the connection to the control panel to make sure these components are properly working.
  • Programming the system: Once we’ve confirmed everything is correctly working, we will configure the automated system according to your preferences. One of the benefits of the Pentair EasyTouch automated system is you can set systems such as the filtration cycles, heater settings, and chemical balance to turn on and off at specific times or under specific conditions, so if you only want to turn the heater on when the outdoor temperature is below a certain point, you can program that into the system. If there’s forecasted rain and you want to run an extra filtration cycle, you can do that without having to remember to turn it on and off.
  • Testing the system: Before we leave, we will test the automated system to ensure that it is working properly and that all components are communicating with each other. This includes testing the remote access feature which allows you to control your pool or hot tub from anywhere. You can use your smartphone or tablet to adjust the settings of your pool or hot tub, even if you’re not at home.

Beyond the capabilities to make your pool or hot tub automatically set to your preferences, the Pentair EasyTouch system is designed to be energy-efficient, helping you to save on energy costs. It automatically adjusts the settings of your pool or hot tub to minimize energy usage and maximize efficiency.

The system is also expandable, meaning you can add additional features or components as needed. For example, if you add new lighting elements or a water feature, you can control them with the Pentair EasyTouch system.

More about Swim ‘N Fun
While you can do a lot on your own to keep your pool looking good and ready for you whenever you want, sometimes you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced at least once a year just to make sure everything is as it should be. Plus, we are really good at checking your equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems for major and minor issues.

It’s important to note that while the process of installing a pool or hot tub automation system may seem straightforward, it can be quite complex and may require technical expertise.

Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Our trained pool technicians service the pool by testing the pool water, balancing the water chemistry, skimming the pool, brushing the pool walls, emptying the baskets, vacuuming the pool as needed, cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed, and checking the equipment to ensure that it is running properly. Routine pool maintenance helps a pool owner to save money and time. A properly balanced pool will also help keep swimmers safe and healthy.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Contact us today either online or give us a call at 407-699-5588.

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What is pool or hot tub automation?

Pool and hot tub automation is simply using technology to your advantage. Pool automation systems control and manage the various functions and features of swimming pools and hot tubs, such as temperature control, water filtration, lighting, spa jets, and more. Automated systems allow for convenient and efficient operations, often through the use of a control panel, smartphone app, or other remote-control devices. By automating these systems, you can save time, energy, and resources, while also enhancing the overall enjoyment of your pool or hot tub.

Why should I use an automated pool and hot tub system?

There are several reasons why you may want to use an automated pool and hot tub system, including:

• Convenience: Automated systems allow you to control and monitor your pool or hot tub from a single, central location, often using a smartphone or tablet. You can adjust water temperature, turn on lights or spa jets, and manage other functions without having to physically be near the pool or hot tub.

• Energy efficiency: Automated systems can help you conserve energy and reduce costs by controlling water circulation, heating, and filtration. Some systems also feature timers and schedules that allow you to optimize energy usage based on your specific needs.

• Improved safety: Automated systems can help you maintain a safe and healthy swimming environment by monitoring water chemistry, temperature, and circulation. Some systems also have safety features such as automatic shut-off in case of an emergency.

• Enhanced user experience: Automated systems can enhance your overall enjoyment of your pool or hot tub by providing customizable features such as lighting, spa jets, and temperature control. With the touch of a button, you can create the perfect swimming environment.

• Ease of maintenance: Automated systems can help simplify pool and hot tub maintenance by automating tasks such as water circulation, filtration, and cleaning. This can save you time and effort, while ensuring that your pool or hot tub is always in optimal condition.

When is the best time to install an automated pool or hot tub system?

The best time to install an automated pool or hot tub system depends on several factors, including your climate, personal schedule, and budget. However, there are two times when planning to implement an automation system is the easiest.

• During construction or renovation: If you are building a new pool or hot tub, or renovating an existing one, this is an ideal time to install an automated system. This allows you to integrate the system into the design and construction of your pool or hot tub, making it easier and more cost-effective to install. We would love to make recommendations if you’re in this situation to help you make the most of your time in the water.

• Before the spring season: Spring and summer are the busiest swimming season as the weather warms, and we recommend installing your automation system before the season starts to give you time to test and make any necessary adjustments.

Ultimately, the best time to install an automated pool or hot tub system depends on your individual needs and circumstances. Call us at 407-699-1952 for a personalized recommendation.

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While you can do a lot on your own to keep your pool looking good and ready for you whenever you want, sometimes you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced at least once a year just to make sure everything is as it should be. Plus, we are really good at checking your equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems for major and minor issues.

Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Our trained pool technicians service the pool by testing the pool water, balancing the water chemistry, skimming the pool, brushing the pool walls, emptying the baskets, vacuuming the pool as needed, cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed, and checking the equipment to ensure that it is running properly. Routine pool maintenance helps a pool owner to save money and time. A properly balanced pool will also help keep swimmers safe and healthy.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.

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Unpredictable winter and spring temperatures should not keep you from enjoying your outdoor swimming pool year-round! We have several tips to make sure you are maintaining your Florida pool during the winter months so you can keep using it now and in the summer.

With proper planning and preparation, there’s no need to stop using your Florida pool just because the temperature dropped. With a few important tips and maintenance tricks, you can make sure your pool is ready to swim – even when it’s not extremely hot and humid!

Check and Adjust Your Chemical Levels Regularly.
We say it a lot because it is the most important to make sure you regularly test your chemical levels. This is particularly critical to do when the temperatures dip and then spike back up. The main levels to keep an eye on are chlorine, pH level, alkalinity, and calcium hardness. We suggest weekly testing year-round and if you plan to continue using your pool in the cooler months, our recommendation doesn’t change.

Keep Leaves and Debris Out of the Pool.
During fall and winter months, leaves can often be the biggest nuisance when it comes to pool maintenance in Florida. Taking the time to properly cover your swimming pool when not in use will go a long way toward keeping debris and leaves out of your pool. Additionally, it’s a good idea to check your pool’s skimmer basket regularly to make sure no extra debris accumulates in the filter system. Debris doesn’t just make a pool less inviting it can throw off your chemicals and promote algae growth.

Regularly Monitor for Algae Growth and Stains.
Even during the cooler months, algae growth and pool staining can occur if your pool is not properly maintained. This is another area where weekly maintenance can prevent this from occurring. If you have already noticed signs of algae in your pool, taking steps such as adding extra sanitizer or reducing your water’s alkalinity can help keep your swimming pool stay clean and crystal clear all winter long.

Clean or Replace the Filter Regularly.
Replacing or cleaning your pool filters regularly is an important part of effective pool maintenance. A dirty filter allows debris and algae to remain in the water, causing congestion, cloudy water, and staining. Every few weeks during winter months, it’s important to make sure you are changing out the cartridge or Diatomaceous earth (an effective, natural way to kill algae in swimming pools) filter for your pool output pipes and preventing any dirt or grime from entering your swimming pool. We offer D.E. filter cleaning, which includes carefully removing the filters and cleaning them, as well as cleaning out the bottom of the filter and removing the used D.E. and cleaning the backwash the filter, which means using the extra hose line to push the dirt out.

Check for and Treat Pipes, Lines, Plumbing Leaks and Cracks.
There’s nothing like a freeze-thaw cycle or quick temperature decrease to put extra pressure on pool lines and pipes. Your pool’s pipes, lines, and plumbing should be checked each season to make sure they are free from cracks and leaks which can cause a significant amount of damage if left untreated. Be sure to inspect the inside of your walls for any loose or broken pipes before adding any more water. Once you’ve identified the areas of your pool where repairs are needed, it’s important to address them quickly in order to prevent further damage. Sealants and epoxies can be a good option for repairing small cracks and holes as well as keeping larger ones from becoming major problems.

More about Swim ‘N Fun
While you can do a lot on your own to keep your pool looking good and ready for you whenever you want, sometimes you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced at least once a year just to make sure everything is as it should be. Plus, we are really good at checking your equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems for major and minor issues.

Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Our trained pool technicians service the pool by testing the pool water, balancing the water chemistry, skimming the pool, brushing the pool walls, emptying the baskets, vacuuming the pool as needed, cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed, and checking the equipment to ensure that it is running properly. Routine pool maintenance helps a pool owner to save money and time. A properly balanced pool will also help keep swimmers safe and healthy.

Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured and has been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool company is ready to help you with any pool repairs that you may need such as repairing a broken pool pump, pool filter, pool vacuum, pool filtration system or pool lights. Our pool technicians will arrive at your home in our fully stocked service trucks. They will evaluate the problem and then make the repair. Many times, an extensive or expensive pool repair is not needed. No job is too big or too small!

We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588.