pool contaminants

Do you have red eyes after swimming? Chlorine isn’t the culprit! Chlorine is added to pools in order to balance the water and keep it safe for swimmers. However, if chlorine combines with contaminants such as urine, sweat, poop, sunscreen, dirt, or make-up, it can cause a problem.

How can this cause a problem?

These contaminants will bond with the chlorine and form Chloramine. Chloramine is the culprit behind red eyes and a strong chlorine odor. Another factor that could be contributing to red eyes is a poorly managed pH level. Keeping a pool properly balanced can help keep swimmers and their eyes safe.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that health effects associated from Chloramines can include, “respiratory symptoms such as nasal irritation, coughing, and wheezing (especially in those that have asthma), red and itchy eyes, skin irritation, and rashes.”


Why do your eyes turn red?

According to vision doctor, Dr. Arthur Kobayashi, “red eyes occur when blood vessels near the surface of the eye become enlarged and dilated.” He states that “increased exposure to irritants or chemicals may cause your eyes to become irritated.”


How can you prevent Chloramines from forming?
• Use the bathroom before getting in the pool
• Take frequent restroom breaks
• Don’t swim if you are sick or have diarrhea
• Shower before you get in the pool
• Don’t drink or swallow the water
• Don’t urinate in the pool

To help prevent red eyes:
• Don’t swim with contact lenses in
• Wear goggles

If your eyes do become irritated after swimming, then these tips could help:
• Wash your eyes out with water
• Use a cool compress
• Use a saline solution
• Use lubricating eye drops after swimming

Red eyes can be prevented by following the tips above and by keeping the pool chemicals balanced. To remove Chloramines from the water, add a high dose of chlorine and non-chlorine shock to the pool. Re-test to make sure that the pH levels are stable also.

Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. The 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!

Check out our other blogs for more information on pool care:
https://swimnfun.com/blog/pool-definitions-and-terminology
https://swimnfun.com/blog/algae-pools

sunscreen

It feels like summer already with hot days and lots of sunshine. Perfect pool weather! When you are outside either by or in the pool, make sure to use plenty of sunscreen. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Swim ‘N Fun wants you to enjoy your time in the sun and in the pool but be safe.

Help prevent skin cancer and stay safe with these tips:
• Apply plenty of sunscreen. The American Dermatology Association recommends a SPF of 30 or higher. Apply at least one ounce (about the size of a shot glass) to your entire body and reapply often (at least every 2 hours or after swimming/sweating)
• Make sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your body. Common areas that are forgotten include the backs of feet, the tips of ears, back of neck, back of hands, your scalp, and your lips
• Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure
• Use sunscreen every time you go outdoors
• Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen
• A water-resistance sunscreen will help protect you longer
• Add a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing as well as sunscreen
• Choose shade whenever possible
• Before applying sunscreen, check the expiration date. Use sunscreen that hasn’t expired for the most protection


There are different types of sunscreens to choose from. Chemical sunscreens help prevent damage to the skin by utilizing chemicals that absorb UV rays. Mineral sun blocks, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, sit directly on the skin to form a barrier. Mineral sun blocks are a good option for those with sensitive skin since they cause less reactions. However, they usually leave a white residue and can cost more. There are also different ways to apply sunscreen such as a spray, a gel, a cream, or a lotion. Sunscreens also come unscented and scented. It ends up being a personal choice on what you like the best. Ultimately, the best sunscreen to apply is the one that you will use.


Swim ‘N Fun offers tips on choosing sunscreen. Before taking a dip in your pool, make sure that it is in tip top shape. If you’re tired of maintaining your pool and battling the green, let us help. Swim ‘N Fun offers weekly pool maintenance. Routine maintenance is provided by our pool techs as well as a check of equipment.


If your pool is blue but having issues with items such as pool lights, pool pumps, or pool filtration systems, please give us a call at 407-699-5588. We offer pool repairs for those items and more. We have been serving Central Florida since 1986. Rely on Swim ‘N Fun for all of your pool maintenance and pool repair needs. Please call us today at 407-699-5588!

definition of swimming pool

Are you a new pool owner? Have you been taking care of your pool for years? Either way, owning a pool means that you need to know pool definitions and terminology especially when you need repairs, its easier for you to explain what needs to be fixed.


Swim ‘N Fun can help. Check out our important list of pool terms:
• Acid – This is used to help reduce the pH level in your pool

• Algae – A plant-like organism that contains chlorophyll. It enters the pool from rain or wind. It grows quickly and can turn your pool various colors such as green, black, and yellow, most often green

• Algaecide – This is a chemical used to combat algae

• Automatic pool cleaner – a cleaner that vacuums your pool automatically

• Backwash – Where you clean the filter by reversing the flow of water. This is done to get rid of debris that is in your filter

• Cartridge filter – a filtration method to help keep the water clean

• Chlorine – A pool disinfectant, it can be used in liquid form or tab form. It keeps the pool clean and safe for swimmers

• D.E. filter – a type of filter, this filter can filter out the smallest of particles and is the most effective filtration system. This filter system uses D.E. which is Diatomaceous Earth. This is a white fossil powder which is used in the filter

• Hand skimmer –a screen attached to frame that is on a pole. The skimmer is used to remove debris from the pool such as leaves and bugs. Oftentimes, the skimmer is on a telescopic pole

• Oxidizer – a non-chlorine shocking compound that removes contaminants without raising the chlorine level of the pool

• pH – abbreviation for potential hydrogen. This is used to know the level of acidity or alkalinity of the pool water

• Pool pump – mechanical device that’s purpose is circulation and filtration of the pool water. The pool pump works in tandem with the pool motor.

• Shock – an oxidizing chemical that destroys contaminants such as bacteria and algae in the pool

• What are the different parts of the skimmer? The skimmer is the most vital part of any swimming pool. Most common skimmer parts include the skimmer cover, skimmer baskets, and skimmer weir flap that water flows over

• Gas heaters – while they require more maintenance, a gas heater is lower in cost to purchase. A gas heater is known for heating your pool up quickly despite the temperature outdoors.

• Main drain – there are typically 2 main drains at the bottom of most residential swimming pools. The purpose of these drains is to remove any dirt and debris that sinks to the bottom of the pool. These drains serve as suction devices and aid in keeping the pool clean. There are covers over these drains or grates to prevent people, their hair or other objects from getting trapped in the drain.

Knowing your pool lingo will help when communicating with our pool technicians in the event you need a repair. Our team of highly trained pool maintenance and repair technicians look forward to assisting you with your pool needs. We have been in business since 1986 and serve all of Central Florida. For all of your pool service needs, please contact us at 407-699-5588. We are ready to serve you!

baby learning swim lessons

The weather is heating up and spring is near! Families will be spending even more time in and around their backyard swimming pool. Before heading out to the pool, make sure everyone including children are safe around the pool. This may mean putting up safety features around your backyard swimming pool, and getting your kids swim lessons. Our team at Swim ‘N Fun emphasizes the importance teaching children how to swim, whether they like the water or not! Swim safety is essential for kids.

Knowing how to swim adds a layer of safety around pools and other bodies of water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “drowning is a leading cause of death for children. In the United States, more children ages 1 -4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except for birth defects. For children ages 1-14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes.”

Safety in and around water is the number one priority of teaching children how to swim. However, there are other benefits that come with knowing how to swim that children will appreciate as they get older. A few of those benefits include:
• Getting exercise
• Helping to improve your endurance
• Builds up muscle
• Helps with your cardiovascular health
• Improves sleep
• Reduces stress levels and anxiety
• Is fun

While swimming is an important skill and can prevent drowning, it is only one layer of safety. To help keep children safe around the pool, it is important to always have focused supervision, never let kids swim alone, make sure to block access to the pool during non-swimming times, and know CPR.

There are several safety precautions parents can implement around their pool to prevent an accidental drowning. Many people have relied on these types of safety measures:

Pool netting
Pool fencing
• Added locks on doors going from the house into the pool area

A backyard oasis can be both relaxing and entertaining for the entire family but before heading back into the pool this summer we encourage all parents to keep safety top of mind.

If you haven’t run your pool filter or pool pump in a while or you notice your chlorine or salt water system is malfunctioning give us a call at 407-699-5588. We handle all types of jobs, large and small.
We are fully licensed and insured and have been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our family owned and operated pool service is looking forward to helping you get more out of your pool this summer!

boy freezing in swimming pool

Florida may be the sunshine state but you can still experience freezing temperatures during the winter months. Recently, Florida had temperatures that were in the 30’s. Due to these low temps, many people have asked us how to maintain their pool during freezing temperatures. During low temperatures like the ones that just occurred, it is important to keep your pool and pool equipment safe.

Swim ‘N Fun offers these tips to help protect your pool during a freeze:
• Make sure to maintain proper water levels in your pool
• Keep the pool chemicals balanced
• Run your pool pump continuously to keep the water in the pool moving (to prevent the water from freezing)
• You do not need to run your pool heater during freezing temperatures
• Clean skimmer and pump baskets
• Double check to see that all of your valves in the pool plumbing system are open

Occasionally, a winter storm could cause power outages. If this occurs, then follow these tips:
• Turn off the circuit breakers to your equipment and make sure that all of the equipment has been shut off
• Open the air relief valve on the pool filter
• Remove lid and drain plugs from your pump
• Remove plugs and lids from chlorinators, filters, motors, and heaters

What do do if my pool is damaged?

Call Swim ‘N Fun, we can help. Pumps, filters, heaters, and more can be affected by freezing temperatures. For example, frozen water could cause pipes to break. During a freeze valves can break, knobs can break off from your water lines. There are multiple issues that can result during a hard freeze in Florida. Homeowners don’t realize the severity a freeze can play on a backyard swimming pool.

If you have any concerns about your pool equipment after a freeze, please give us a call at 407-699-5588 for help. Swim ‘N Fun is fully licensed and insured. We have been serving Central Florida since 1986. Our pool repair technicians are qualified to make repairs on all types of pool equipment such as pool heaters, pool chlorinators, pool filtration systems, pool pumps, pool lighting, pool vacuums, and more. If you have damage from our recent freeze, we invite you to give us a call at 407-699-5588 or fill out our online form.

Read our other blogs:

Keeping your pool maintained in the winter months

Best Pool Repairs

Algae in Central Florida Pools

person exercising in pool

Swimming in your pool can do this!

Swim ‘N Fun is ready to help you achieve your goals. We offer pool repairs to make sure that your pool is ready for you. We are fully licensed and insured and our pool repair technicians can repair items such as pool heaters, pool lighting, pool vacuums, pool pumps, pool chlorinators, and more. Before getting in the pool, make sure that it is in tip top shape.

With the stress of COVID, jobs, schooling if you have kids life can be stressful. It’s still important to keep physically and mentally fit. Swimming is a great way to achieve this not to mention the added health benefits including:


• Low-impact exercise with less stress on your joints
• Will keep your heart rate up
• Helps you to build up your endurance
• Can help you maintain a healthy weight or lose weight
• Releases endorphins which can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
• Let’s you exercise without sweating! A big bonus since we live in Florida
• Is a full-body workout since it uses many muscles in your body
• Swimming is a great option for rest days (days between other types of workouts)
• Swimming uses deep breathing which can help stimulate your brain to help promote nerve cell growth as well as releasing endorphins
• Swimming keeps you away from screen time. Too much time in front of screens can add to your stress level
• Swimming is great for all ages, abilities, and disabilities
• Improves flexibility
• It’s just fun to swim!


Swim ‘N Fun has been helping families keep their pools fine tuned and in repair since 1986. We serve all of Central Florida including Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, and surrounding areas. If you have a pool repair such as a clogged drain line, a clogged skimmer, leaking hoses, pool heater not working, pool lights flickering, or other repairs, then give us a call at 407-699-5588.


Pool repairs can be big or small. Our pool techs are ready to help. We service all major brands of automatic pool cleaners, pool pumps, pool heaters, pool lights, and more. Keep your New Year’s resolutions this year by getting in shape and let your backyard oasis help you get there! Call 407-699-5588 and let us know how we can help you!

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

The winter months are here!  Florida enjoys mild temperatures during the winter months.  However, you still need to care for your pool during this time. Keeping your pool maintained during the winter months will ensure that your pool is ready for swimmers. 

Swim ‘N Fun offers these tips for keeping your pool maintained during the winter months:

  • Do NOT drain your pool.  Draining your pool could cause issues that might result in your pool popping out of the ground.
  • Keep your pool cleaned.  Skim leaves and debris, brush the sides, and vacuum your pool to help maintain cleanliness.
  • Make sure that the chemicals are balanced in your pool.  Even if no one is swimming in your pool, keeping it balanced ensures that algae won’t grow.  Plus, it will make it easier to get your pool ready for when people do want to swim.
  • Run the pump. The pump circulates the water and the chemicals throughout the pool which helps to keep the pool clean and blue. This also helps to keep algae from forming in your pool.
  • Make sure to monitor your water level.  Add water to your pool if the water level drops below the skimmers.
  • Remove any pool toys from the pool.  Store them in a dry area to help prevent mildew. 

Swim ‘N Fun wants you to enjoy your pool year-round.  These tips can help keep your pool sparkling blue during the winter months. You can also check out our press release to learn about common pool maintenance mistakes and how to avoid them. If you don’t have time to maintain your pool or don’t want to deal with the hassle, we offer weekly pool maintenance. During your weekly pool maintenance, our pool techs will test your pool water, balance the chemicals, skim the pool, brush the pool walls, empty the baskets, clean or backwash filter, vacuum pool as needed, check the equipment to make sure it is running properly, and will notify you of any issues.  Our service is affordable and has no contract required. For more information or to sign up for our weekly pool service, please visit https://swimnfun.com/weekly-pool-service or call us at 407-699-5588.

Need pool repair services?

Do you have a pool heater? Is it on the fritz?  Are your pool lights still working?  If not, we also offer pool repair services. We are fully licensed and insured.  We can repair items such as pool filters, pool pumps, pool lights, pool heaters, pool chlorinators, and more. No job is too big or too small for Swim ‘N Fun. Please give us a call at 407-699-5588 to see how we can help you.

Keep your pool sparkling clean these winter months. Follow the tips outlined above to make sure that your pool is in tip-top shape. To stay up to date on what is going on over here at Swim ‘N Fun, give us a follow on Facebook. If you have any questions or need pool maintenance or pool repair, please give us a call at 407-699-5588 or visit online.

08 Nov 2021

Best Pool Repairs

repair truck

Want to find the best pool repair company in Central Florida?

Look no further than Swim ‘N Fun. We have been in business since 1986 and are family owned and operated. Your neighbors across Central Florida including those residing in Winter Springs, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Sanford, and Maitland have relied on us for their pool repairs throughout the years. We offer a wide array of pool repairs to meet your every need.

Here’s a list of common pool repair problems:
• Pool pumps
• Pool skimmers
• Pool filters
• Pool heaters
• Pool lights
• Pool chlorinators for both chlorine and salt water systems
• Pool vacuum
• Air in the pump basket


This is a sample of the variety of pool repair issues that Swim ‘N Fun can tackle and conquer.


How do you know if you need a pool pump repair?

For example, a pool pump can have many things wrong with it since it has numerous moving parts. The pool pump could have a motor problem, could be leaking, or could be clogged. You might notice that the water in the pool isn’t circulating, isn’t filtering correctly, is leaking out of the bottom of the seal plate, or that the water flow is falling. The water might look cloudy or dirty since it isn’t being filtered correctly. The pump pressure could drop or the motor could be running at a higher pitch than normal.


Pool skimmers also require attention.

Skimmers are important since they help remove debris from your pool and keep it clean. Skimmers can get clogged, leak, or need to have the lid replaced due to wear.

Pool Heaters

Pool heaters tend to give issues if they haven’t been used for a while. Pool owners typically don’t realize there is a problem with the pool heater until November when Florida temperatures drop into the 50’s and 60’s for a daily high. Wiring may be corroded, the pool heater switch may need to be replaced, the heating element may have just burned out due to long-time use. There are a whole host of problems that can arise with pool heaters. Our technicians fix pool heaters.

This is just a sample of the many types of pool repair problems that our technicians have handled. All of these issues and more can be resolved by our highly trained service technicians.


Swim ‘N Fun is a fully licensed and insured pool repair business. Looking for the best pool repair company in Seminole County, Florida? Our pool techs are ready to help! Pool repairs and malfunctions don’t always require an expensive repair.

Our pool techs can evaluate your pool repair, locate the issue, and repair it for you. Our pool techs arrive at your home in our fully stocked service truck and are fully equipped to solve even the toughest pool problems. To schedule an appointment for a pool repair, please call us at 407-699-5588 or fill out our online form, https://swimnfun.com/pool-repair and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

swimming pool with yard debris floating in it from a hurricane

Prime hurricane season is now!

While hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th, the most active time for hurricanes in Florida is from mid-August through the end of October. In fact, 90% of hurricanes occur after August 1st and September 10th is the peak day of hurricane season, statistically.

Hurricanes can wreak havoc on swimming pools! Swim ‘N Fun wants you to be prepared before a storm hits.

Prepare your pool by doing the following:

•Put away loose items such as patio tables, patio chairs, pool toys, grills, and patio umbrellas. Do not store these items in the pool as the pool chemicals could damage them or the items could leave rust stains after removal.
•Turn off the power to the pool. If there is a chance of flooding, wrap exposed electrical equipment in a waterproof cover and make sure it is tied tightly. You can also place sandbags near the equipment to help protect it from the elements.
•If you have a pool cover, leave it off.
•Balance pool chemicals (shock for extra boost).
•Don’t drain the pool. Draining the pool can cause the pool to pop out of the ground.
•Trim tree branches and shrubs that are near the pool. Clean up any debris that could end up in the pool.

How to clean up after the hurricane:

•Clean pool of all debris such as leaves, limbs, and mulch.
•Check the electrical equipment to your pool to make sure that it hasn’t been damaged.
•Turn power back on to re-start pump and filter.
•Make sure to re-set your pump times and circuit breakers if you had lost power during the storm.
•Brush and vacuum the pool to help remove any grime.
•Re-check the pool chemicals. Bring a water sample to Swim ‘N Fun. We will analyze your water for free and let you know what chemicals you need to properly balance your pool. Our 10-point water test checks for pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness, free available chorine, total available chlorine, Cyanuric acid, total dissolved solids, metals, phosphates, and salt. We use the latest “Spin Disk” technology for the most accurate water test.
•Continue to monitor your pool to make sure that everything is working properly.

Swim ‘N Fun has been in business since 1986. We are family owned and operated. We are proud to serve our local community. At Swim ‘N Fun, we offer weekly pool maintenance and equipment repairs.

We are open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm.  We look forward to serving you.

algae in a swimming pool

Summer is in full swing, how is your pool holding up?

Is it still blue in color? Does it have tints of green yet?

Who wants to swim in a green algae infested pool? Don’t worry, Swim ‘N Fun is here to help. Read on to learn about algae, where it comes from, and how to get rid of it.

What exactly is algae?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “algae are plants or plantlike organisms that are chiefly aquatic usually chlorophyll-containing nonvascular organisms.” Algae produces oxygen through photosynthesis and it grows quickly. This causes an issue with your pool as it will turn your pool green and can contaminate your pool water. Algae comes from soil and plant debris and its spores can blow into your pool. Higher temperatures and those daily Central Florida summer thunderstorms can also help introduce algae into your pool. Poor water circulation, lack of balance of pool chemicals, and a dirty filter can all contribute to algae. No matter how it gets there, algae is a nuisance.

How can you get rid of algae?


Proper maintenance of your pool including balanced chemicals and vacuuming your pool can help prevent algae growth. If your pool already is showing signs of that pesky green algae, then follow these steps:
•Vacuum your pool
•Brush the walls, floor, and steps of your pool
•Test the pool water and balance the chemicals
•Shock your pool
•Add algaecide
•Run your filter
•Test the pool water again
•Make sure to clean out your pool filter

We can help fine tune your pool water and combat algae.  Our weekly pool cleaning staff can recommend what chemicals and procedures you will need to do in order to eliminate algae.

Swim ‘N Fun is a full-service pool company. We offer weekly pool maintenance and equipment repairs.  For more information call us at 407-699-5588. We can help you take your pool from green to sparkling clean!