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.

person automating their pool from their smart phone

Owning a swimming pool can bring joy and relaxation, but it also comes with headaches and responsibilities, especially when it comes to managing your energy consumption. Pool automation offers more than convenience and control, it can make your pool more energy efficient and save you money in the long run

Preventing Winter Heat Waste
One common source of energy waste in traditional pool heating systems is the tendency to maintain pool water at a comfortable temperature even when the pool is not in use. During the chilly winter months when you won’t be swimming anyway keeping your pool at the perfect temperature can lead to substantial heat and energy loss.

Pool automation can make a big difference in how and when your pool is ready for you to use. Automated systems can detect the pool’s usage patterns and adjust the heating accordingly. When the pool is not in use, the automation system can either lower the water temperature or switch off the heating system entirely, preventing unnecessary heat and energy waste. This intelligent management ensures that energy is used only when required, reducing energy bills, and minimizing environmental impact.

Remote Temperature Control
Beyond automating based solely on use, an additional feature of pool automation is the ability to remotely control your pool’s temperature. If you’re planning a pool party or an evening swim, you likely want the water to be your preferred temperature when you jump in. With pool automation, you can set the desired temperature from your smartphone or tablet, giving your pool the right amount of time to be at the temperature you want.

This remote temperature control is not just about convenience, it can also be an energy-saving feature. Instead of keeping your pool heated continuously, you can set the temperature just before use. This on-demand approach minimizes energy consumption and, subsequently, energy costs. This enhancement to your pool experience also reduces your carbon footprint.

Optimized Filtration and Cleaning Schedules
Proper filtration and cleaning are essential for maintaining a sparkling and healthy pool. (link to prior posts on keeping your pool clean) However, running the pool filter and vacuum cleaner 24/7 can be a considerable drain on energy resources. Automation can provide optimized schedules for these tasks.

Pool automation systems can be programmed to run the filter and vacuum cleaner during specific times when community or personal energy demand is lower, such as during off-peak hours. Additionally, automation can adapt to changing conditions, such as heavy leaf fall, and adjust the cleaning schedule accordingly, to maintain efficient use of energy while keeping your pool pristine.

Energy-Efficient Pump Operation
The pool pump is a critical component for circulation and filtration, but it can also be one of the largest energy consumers in a pool system. Traditional pumps often run at a constant speed, regardless of the actual circulation needs. Pool automation introduces variable-speed pumps and intelligent control.

Variable-speed pumps can adjust speed to match the pool’s requirements, reducing energy consumption during periods of lower demand. Automation systems can further optimize pump operation by syncing it with filtration, heating, and cleaning schedules. This level of coordination ensures that the pump runs efficiently, reducing energy costs while maintaining water quality.

The Bottom Line: Savings and Sustainability
Pool automation is more than a luxury, it can be a smart investment that pays dividends in energy savings and sustainability. By preventing winter heat waste, enabling remote temperature control, optimizing filtration and cleaning schedules, and promoting efficient pump operation, automation systems significantly reduce the energy footprint of your pool.

The benefits go beyond cost savings. With pool automation, you’re not only enjoying a more energy-efficient pool but also contributing to a greener future. As technology continues to advance, pool automation is becoming an essential tool for pool owners who want to maximize enjoyment while minimizing energy consumption. Automation gives pool owners a smarter and more sustainable way of maintaining their investment.

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.

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.

woman in swimming pool on a raft with her dog

YES! It very well could!

Some dogs love the water and keeping them out is difficult, other dogs avoid it completely. If you’re a pool owner with a water loving dog as part of your family, you may still want to keep your dog out of the pool to avoid possible extensive pool problems.

Dogs affect pool chemical balance
Pool chemicals can irritate both people and canine skin. Beyond irritated skin, even well-balanced pool chemicals can irritate your dog’s nose and eyes. You pool water is also likely to look dirty, possibly be contaminated with E. coli from the fecal matter on their skin and fur. The phosphates, nitrates, and bacteria naturally on dog skin can significantly disrupt the pH and the chemical balance of your pool water. You will have to test it and shock it more often to keep the chemicals in balance. Quick reminder of what the levels should be:

• pH should always stay between 7.2 and 7.8 ideally, 7.4 and 7.6. An off-balance pH may lead to calcium buildup which puts undue stress on your liner and can be uncomfortable to swim next to.
• Chlorine should be between 1.0 and 4.0 parts per million (ppm), too much makes your pool look green. Too little means your pool is a good home for bacteria and algae.

Dogs of any size can cause your water level to drop
There’s a saying one dog is equal to several additional people in the pool at the same time so all that splashing could cause your water level to drop, which in turn could create problems in the pool pump and can cause the pump to run dry or burn up. Just like you would check the pool water level after a party, check the pool water level after a dog, even a small dog, has been in your pool.

If you have a pool liner, a dog’s toenails put your pool liner at risk for punctures
Most in ground pools in Florida do not have a liner, however, there is a coating on your in ground pool that can be damaged by a dog’s toe nails scratching the surface of it. If you do have a liner, it is at risk of a puncture or tear when a dog is in the pool. Even if the dog’s feet don’t touch the bottom of the pool, when a dog climbs in and out of the pool, they will look for traction. Also, water increases a dog’s weight increases with the water and an accidental sharp toenail could easily puncture the liner as they climb out and scratch at the sides.

Filters are more easily clogged when a dog enters the pool
Dog hair, debris can also clog your filter. Some pool owners find the dog hair manageable with more skimming and vacuuming but you risk clogging equipment. If a dog has been in your pool, even just for a few moments, be sure to check and empty both the pool skimmer basket (by the pool) and the pump basket (inside the pump) as soon as possible.

If you’ve had a dog in your pool, get checked out by the pros
While you can do a lot on your own to mitigate the impact of a dog swimming in your pool on your own, you might need professional help. In fact, we recommend you have your pool serviced more often if you have dogs swimming with you. You may be good at checking your pool equipment such as filters, pumps, and heating systems but we can assess all of those 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.

We serve all of Central Florida including Casselberry, Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Oviedo, Longwood, Maitland, Sanford, and the surrounding areas. Rely on us for all of your pool maintenance and pool repair needs. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588 to see how we can assist you. Call today!

algae in a swimming pool

Summer is prime pool weather! Between the kids being out of school, parties, celebrations, barbecues, and those long summer days, your pool is being enjoyed often. While it is wonderful to host gatherings, to let the kids cool off, or to just relax in the pool after a hard day of work, it can be time consuming to keep your pool sparkling blue. Add in the daily afternoon rain showers and the scorching heat and you could have a recipe for a chemically unbalanced and green pool.

Various factors can contribute to an unhealthy pool. Factors such as:
• Rain – Daily Florida rainstorms can upset the chemistry of the swimming pool. Rainwater is acidic and reduces the pH levels in a pool. This in turn could result in the chlorine and alkalinity levels going low. This could cause cloudy water, calcium buildup, and increase bacteria growth. High water levels could also cover the skimmer opening which means that debris won’t be able to get into the skimmer and will stay in the pool.

• Sun – On the flip side, scorching temperatures can lower the level of water in the pool. Low water levels could cause damage to your pool equipment such as burning out your pool pump motor. Low water levels could also lead to inadequate water circulation. The sun can also breakdown chlorine levels. This could cause an increase in bacteria in the pool.

• Algae – Algae can build up and multiply quickly in the summer. The summer rains and the sun soaking up all of the chemicals in the pool is a perfect recipe to form algae. Keeping the chemicals balanced in your swimming pool helps prevent algae from forming.

• Travel – Your summer vacation could leave your pool in a lurch. While you are gone enjoying your down time, your pool is being neglected. Florida weather can be brutal in the summer. This means that your pool needs to be regularly maintained in order to keep the chemicals at a consistent level.
As you can see, maintaining a pool can be time consuming and hard work. Especially with the challenges that Florida summers provide. Isn’t it time for you to relax and leave the hard work to us? Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance to keep your pool the perfect oasis.

Our expert pool maintenance technicians will maintain your pool by:
• Testing the pool water
• Balancing the water chemistry
• Skimming the pool
• Brushing the pool walls
• Emptying the baskets
• Checking the pool equipment to ensure it is running properly
• Vacuuming the pool as needed
• Cleaning or backwashing the pool filter as needed
• Notifying you if there are any issues

Swim ‘N Fun will keep your pool sparkling clean and healthy all year long! We are here to help by keeping your pool chemicals perfectly balanced, your pool algae free, and your water healthy for swimmers. What are you waiting for? Rely on the experts of Swim ‘N Fun. Get started today by calling us at 407-699-5588.
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When it comes to landscaping around your Florida pool, it’s important to choose trees that
won’t cause excessive debris, invasive root systems, or pose any danger to your pool structure.
There are several tree species you may want to avoid planting near your Florida pool, or trim
back from near your pool if they are already in your yard.

The top trees to avoid are:

  1. Oak Trees: While oak trees are majestic and provide ample shade, their shedding leaves,
    acorns, and pollen can create a mess in your pool. Additionally, their extensive root
    systems can be aggressive and invasive, potentially damaging pool infrastructure.
  2. Pine Trees: Pine trees are common in Florida and offer beautiful foliage. However, their
    needles can easily clog pool filters, and the sticky sap they produce can be difficult to
    remove from pool surfaces. Furthermore, their shallow root systems may interfere with
    underground plumbing.
  3. Eucalyptus Trees: Eucalyptus trees are known for their rapid growth and aromatic
    leaves. However, their leaves can create a significant debris problem in pools.
    Moreover, the volatile oils in their leaves can affect water chemistry and increase the
    maintenance required for your pool.
  4. Palm Trees with Large Fruits: While palm trees are synonymous with tropical
    landscapes, some varieties produce large fruits that can drop into the pool, creating a
    hassle to clean. Coconuts and large seeds can cause damage if they fall from a
    significant height.
  5. Sweetgum Trees: Sweetgum trees are attractive, especially during the fall when their
    leaves turn vibrant colors. However, they produce spiky, round seed pods called
    “gumballs” that can be a nuisance in the pool, making cleaning a tedious task.
  6. Rubber Trees: Rubber trees have gained popularity as houseplants but should be
    avoided near pools. These trees shed leaves and produce a sticky sap that can be
    difficult to remove from pool surfaces. Additionally, their invasive root system can
    damage underground structures.
  7. Weeping Willow Trees: Although weeping willow trees create a beautiful, cascading
    canopy, they have aggressive roots that can damage pool foundations, underground
    pipes, and plumbing. Their constant shedding of branches, leaves, and twigs can also
    burden your pool maintenance routine.
  8. Ficus Trees: Ficus trees, including the popular Ficus benjamina, have invasive roots that
    can cause significant damage to pool structures. Their leaves shed throughout the year,
    creating a constant need for cleaning. Moreover, their sticky sap can be challenging to
    remove.
  9. Jacaranda Trees: Jacaranda trees feature stunning purple blooms that add aesthetic
    appeal to any landscape. However, their flowers can fall into the pool, creating debris.
    Additionally, their extensive root systems can be invasive and potentially cause damage
    to pool structures.
  10. Bamboo: While bamboo can create an exotic and tranquil atmosphere, its rapid growth
    and aggressive root system make it unsuitable for poolside planting. The dense foliage
    can cause excessive debris, and the running root system can infiltrate pool plumbing
    and crack foundations.

When choosing trees for your Florida pool area, consider low-maintenance options with non-
invasive root systems, minimal shedding, and a smaller stature. Consulting with a local
horticulturist or landscape professional can provide valuable insights into the best tree species
for your specific pool and landscape requirements.

Though we at Swim ‘N Fun are not certified arborists, we can make general recommendations
and are happy to share our insights, so don’t be afraid to ask at your next appointment.

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. Sometimes your pool pump may lose pressure, we can repair that. No job is too big or too small!
 
We service all major brands. Let us help you with your pool repairs. Contact us today at 407-
699-5588.

Keeping pool maintained during the winter by cleaning debris out with a net.

How can a pool service lend a hand when you are on vacation for an extended period of time? It’s never fun to come home to a green pool with water bugs swarming under water. Hiring a pool service can be a life saver EXPECIALLY while you’re out of town! What would a pool service offer while you are away so you don’t come home to a green pond in your backyard oasis?

  1. Balance the water chemistry: Our pool technicians will ensure that your pool’s water chemistry is properly balanced each week. We test the water’s pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels, and adjust them as necessary to maintain a healthy balance. Balanced water chemistry helps prevent algae growth and other water-related issues.
  2. Shock the pool: If this is needed our technicians may consider shocking your pool with a chlorine-based shock treatment if the algae growth is plentiful. This helps to eliminate any organic contaminants and bacteria in the water, keeping it clean during your absence.
  3. Clean the pool: Our technicians will thoroughly clean the pool each week by removing any debris, such as leaves, twigs, or insects. Skimming the surface of any pool is a weekly task, vacuuming regularly too, and possibly brushing the walls may also be required to keep the pool clean. A clean pool reduces the chances of algae growth and helps maintain water clarity.
  4. Maintain water level: Our technicians will ensure that the water level in your pool is at the appropriate level. If it’s too low, the pool equipment might not function properly, and if it’s too high, there’s a risk of flooding. Monitoring water level is also key to a healthy pool.

What can you do while your away to ensure your pool is secure?

  1. Secure the pool area: Make sure your pool area is properly secured to prevent any unauthorized access while you’re away. Lock gates and ensure that fences are in good condition. This helps to ensure the safety of your pool and prevents any potential accidents.
  2. Set pool equipment timers: If you have automated pool equipment, such as pumps, filters, or chlorinators, set them to run for the appropriate duration during your absence. This helps to circulate and filter the water, maintaining its quality.
  3. Enlist the help of a reliable neighbor or friend: In Florida we tend to have frequent summer thunder and lightning storms. These can cause some minor flooding or worse case and electrical fire if lightning strikes your home. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your pool while you’re away. Request them to check the pool area regularly, ensure the equipment is functioning, and report any issues to you. Leave your neighbor our phone number so if they notice any issues they can give us a call for service.
  4. Notify us: Give us a call and inform us about your absence so our technicians will be aware in case there are issues when they arrive for weekly maintenance.

Our team at Swim ‘N Fun regularly services pools for clients on vacation all summer long to make sure everything is functioning properly and in good condition so our customers can come home to a pool ready for swimming.

We offer a variety of services to help ensure that your pool is safe and well-maintained, including pool cleaning, equipment repair, and maintenance services.

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. Pumps, filters, lighting, heating systems, filtration, pressure in the lines, and valves are all components that can break at any given time. During their weekly visits our technicians will check these different areas to ensure everything is working as it should.

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, 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.