Stormy weather

13251888 - rainbow colored umbrella s in heavy rain to use as backgroundAre thunderstorms rolling through your world?

Window-shaking crashes of thunder, waves of lightning, and rivers swollen to overflowing with the resulting rain – we’re seeing it all! Hopefully, you know to stay out of the water when lightning strikes!

But did you realize your Skovish pool needs special attention once things settle back down? Once power is restored and it’s safe to venture outdoors again, gather up your pool supplies and follow this post-storm checklist:

  • If you have enough warning before the storm, make things a little easier on yourself later by moving patio furniture, grills, pool toys, and plants into your garage. It’s no fun fishing them out of the pool when a heavy wind sends them flying! Throw a little algaecide in the water, getting a head start on fighting contaminants. And turn off your pump and disconnect your electrical lines. If you have covers for your equipment, now’s the time to use them!
  • Following the storm, clear debris from your skimmer and pump baskets – watch for any critters that may have taken refuge there – before turning on your pump and filter. That will remove the smaller debris from the water.
  • Now head for the surface debris! Use a skimmer for the leaves and such floating on the water and using a hose, hit the deck, spraying away from the pool to keep the debris from going in the water.
  • Pull out the vacuum and clean the bottom of your pool, again targeting the debris settling there. This is a good time to get rid of any excess water. Turn your filter to “waste,” hook up your backwash hose and turn on the pump, removing enough to put the water level about halfway up the skimmer window.
  • Once all is back in order, check your chemical balances. Storms are known to throw them out of whack and it’s not a bad idea, after a major thunderstorm, to give your pool a shock treatment. Rain often lowers your pH and again, you’ll want to make sure to add the necessary sanitizers to fight any organic contaminants the storm brought in.

When you’re all done and everything’s back in order, go ahead and jump in! You deserve it.

Pool Materials To Consider During Construction

Pool Materials To Consider During Construction When undergoing a Shickshinny pool construction or remodel, your contractor will present many options for your pool. At times, these options may seem overwhelming. There’s so much to choose from! One of the most important decisions you are going to be required to make is the type of materials used to build your pool. There are three primary materials used for pool construction. You should be familiar with them before you confirm which material you would prefer. Continue reading “Pool Materials To Consider During Construction”

Adjust The Water Temperature Of Your Swimming Pool

Adjust The Water Temperature Of Your Pool One of the great luxuries of owning your own in-ground Luzerne swimming pool is that it’s just that – YOURS! This gives you the ability to enjoy it as you see fit, free to make any tweaks and adjustments to it that you’d like. One of the best ways to customize your in-ground Luzerne pool experience is by altering the water temperature. But how can you go about altering the water to reach your preferred temperature? Continue reading “Adjust The Water Temperature Of Your Swimming Pool”

The beauty of vinyl

lit rock pool skovish (1000x667)Don’t let history scare you away from a vinyl-lined Skovish swimming pool.

Back in Grandpa’s day, pools were pedestrian, cookie-cutter rectangles surrounded by uniform concrete decking. Even the color was non-negotiable in most cases.

But those days are long past. Technology and our customers’ needs have changed with time. Today, vinyl liners have a stronger infrastructure, there is more durable vinyl and we have a better understanding of pool maintenance. Vinyl liners make a lot of sense.

They’ll also save you money. Here are a few more reasons to go vinyl:

  • It feels good. Vinyl is soft to the touch and won’t scrape your feet. That same nonporous surface is resistant to algae, which takes an entirely different concern off the table. With the right maintenance and chemical balance, you could go more than a decade before replacing a liner (and even that costs a fraction of resurfacing a concrete pool).
  • When it comes to design, you’re only a sketch away from your dream. Vinyl offers great versatility in shape, size and color unlike, say, fiberglass shells that can only go 16-ft. wide. It’s the perfect anchor to your private retreat. We pride ourselves on creating a backyard paradise.
  • Finally, vinyl-lined pools go with the give-and-take of soil expansion. That’s particularly important if your ground freezes in the winter.

Give us a shout and we can talk about what best meets your needs. At Skovish Pools, our care doesn’t end with installation. Through the various services we offer and the essentials we carry at our Luzerne and Shickshinny outlets, we are literally a phone call away from anything you need down the road.

Hot Tub- Prepare Your Backyard For The Pennsylvania Summer

Prepare Your Hot Tub For The Pennsylvania SummerAs the weather begins to warm and we approach the summer months in Luzerne and Shickshinny, you are probably getting excited about the thought of using your hot tub. There are some things you need to know and tasks you should do before using your hot tub in Luzerne this summer. The sooner you prepare your hot tub, the less you will have to worry about maintenance issues come summer. Continue reading “Hot Tub- Prepare Your Backyard For The Pennsylvania Summer”

The Facts About Salt Water Pools

The Facts About Salt Water PoolsSalt water pool systems have been around for a few decades, but recently they’re becoming very popular. People like it because it uses less chlorine, which means no chlorine smell, no chlorine taste, and no chlorine residue to make your skin itch or your hair turn green. In fact, the salt content in the water is so low that you can’t taste that, either.

However, there are some facts about salt water systems you should know before you decide to install one in a new or existing pool. You may have seen a few horror stories written by people who switched to salt water and regretted it, but if you know what to expect, you shouldn’t run into any major problems.

“Less Chlorine” Is Not “No Chlorine”

Even with a salt water system, your pool will keep itself clean using chlorine. After all, salt, sodium chloride, is half chlorine. The way the system works is by separating chlorine and sodium with electrolysis so there’s enough unpaired chlorine in the water to kill algae, bacteria, and other germs. The sodium bonds keep the chlorine from evaporating away, which is why you don’t need as much as if you only used chlorine.

Sodium Is Caustic

As any ocean sailor can tell you, the sea breeze is really good at rusting steel and other metals. A salt water pool doesn’t have nearly as much sodium as ocean water, but it can still corrode non-stainless metal pool equipment. It can even damage concrete over time, although this is only a real problem in very dry parts of the country like Arizona and Southern California since the salt can build up without washing away. For salt-water in-ground pools in Shickshinny or Luzerne, Pennsylvania, your concrete should be safe. Just make sure you replace any pipes with corrosion-resistant alloys.

Salt Water Is Not Low Maintenance

A salt water system means no more chlorine tests or shocks. The salt water pump can test the chlorine level and adjust it automatically. However, you still have to watch the pool’s systems and chemical balance. The pH can rise and calcium can build up, the extra sensors and moving parts can fail, and you’ll have to replace the salt water cell every 5 years or so.

A salt water system can be great for your pool. You just have to know what you’re in for first.

3 Ways To Cool Your Schickshinny Swimming Pool In The Summer

3 Ways To Cool Your Schickshinny Swimming Pool In The Summer The reason we have these awesome pools in our Schickshinny backyards are because of the heat, it can be our only defense at times. There are plenty of great things about having an awesomely constructed pool in your own yard but during our hot summers, struggling to keep it cool isn’t one of them. The most functional and best part of having the pool Is the contrast of the heat outside and the cool temperature of the pool. When the water sits in the hot sun all day it can be difficult to keep this contrast achievable. There are some simple tricks we can offer you to keep your pool cooler as it sits during the day so it is ready to be enjoyed at anytime. Continue reading “3 Ways To Cool Your Schickshinny Swimming Pool In The Summer”

How high’s the water, Mama?

32995600 - blue clear water in the swimming poolSummer is here, and it’s time to put your Skovish pool to good use.

You’ve probably checked the chemical levels already. We’re hopeful you’ve also headed to our stores in Luzerne and Shickshinny with any questions or for supplies. You’ve run the pump, changed the filters and checked for leaks.

Chances are good you’ve added some water in preparation for the coming swarm of people seeking to escape the summer heat. For most of us, there’s one appropriate level–full–and that’s what we maintain throughout the season.

In reality, though, your water level affects your pool equipment, water loss and chemical levels.

Here are a few things to consider before you haul out the hose:

  • Use your pool’s skimmer as a guideline. If your water is too full and covering the skimmer opening, debris floating on the surface will pass right by. But if the level falls below the opening, you stand the chance of drawing too much air into the system and possibly burning up your pump. What’s the happy medium? Somewhere between one-third and halfway up the opening.
  • Once you make that adjustment, you won’t need to refill the pool as often. That’s because the factors that lower water levels, such as evaporation because of wind blowing across the surface and water splashed out of the pool, disappear when you keep it a couple inches lower than usual. Keeping the pool covered when it isn’t in use to cut back on water evaporation and the amount of chemicals needed to maintain the right balance.
  • Play particular attention to water levels after a big rainstorm, during a heat streak and after you’ve vacuumed the pool. All affect water levels and will probably call for action.

If you have any questions or concerns about water levels or other pool-related issues, we’re always just a phone call away.

Why You Should Consider An Above Ground Pool For Your Luzerne Summer

Why You Should Consider An Above-Ground Pool For Your Luzerne SummerWhen we first consider adding a pool to our backyard we immediately imagine an in-ground option. However, there are many reasons to look into our fantastic above-ground options to enhance your Luzerne summer with a pool. Lower costs, low maintenance, attractive options, high-end construction, versatility, safety, and much more the list of reasons above ground swimming pools are fast becoming a popular choice to liven up the backyard. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider An Above Ground Pool For Your Luzerne Summer”

Turn Your Luzerne Backyard Into An Oasis

Turn Your Luzerne Backyard Into An Oasis Having a pool in your backyard is one of the most fun, inviting and entertaining additions you can make. The concept of an in-ground pool is exciting enough on its own but if we take a few minutes to look at some of the remarkably beautiful and landscaped options to your pool construction we can help you build an Oasis right at your own home. Continue reading “Turn Your Luzerne Backyard Into An Oasis”