While no pool can be considered truly “zero maintenance,” we’re getting closer and closer all the time, thanks to many new features and developments. Great minds in the industry have been working hard to take the drudgery out of swimming pool ownership. Check out some of these “secrets” that will make your swimming pool practically take care of itself:
- Automatic Cleaning
- Alternative Sanitizers
- Automatic Covers
- Long-life Interiors
- Computer Automation
- Maintenance Contracts
The latest development in automatic cleaning is "in-floor cleaning." Somewhat similar to an automatic sprinkler system, these nearly-invisible fixtures will pop-up automatically to drive all dirt and debris down to the drain and out of the pool. At Southernwind Pools, we recommend the Paramount PV3 in floor cleaning system.
Features and benefits of PV3 system:
- Automatically cleans walls, floors, steps, benches and even spas, so you don't have to.
- Your pool is guaranteed to be 99% clean and is always "swim ready".
- Enhanced Circulation that saves money on heating and chemical costs.
- Nozzles have no moving parts and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
- Available in 8 designer colors to complement any pool surface.
Paramount Ultra UV (www.1paramount.com/products/uvwatersanitizer/) offers an in-line ultra-violet sanitizer that uses simple UV light to kill any and all bacteria in the water.
Paramount ClearO3 (www.1paramount.com/products/clearo3/) offers an ozone-generator to oxidize any and all organic matter in the pool water. “Oxidation” is essentially what chlorine does, but with ozone, the leftover byproduct is pure clean oxygen.
You may have heard of a "salt pool," which is actually a chlorine generator that converts simple salt into chlorine, thus saving you the hassle of ever having to handle chlorine. Rather than dump powdered chlorine into your pool every week, you add a few bags of salt to the water twice a year.
While an automatic pool cover offers safety around a pool, it also can greatly reduce maintenance requirements. On days when leaves are falling, just cover the pool and keep all the debris out of the pool. Throughout the rest of the year, the chemicals will last a lot longer if the pool is covered when not in use, because of reduced evaporation and also because of protection from the sun.
There are a lot of different pool cover brands available, and they’ll all help with cutting down on maintanence. We’re particularly fond of CoverPools (http://www.coverpools.com), because of their high quality, their long-standing reputation in the industry, and their ease of use.
The high-quality plaster used on most swimming pools will typically last eight to twelve years, depending on conditions. Some newer interior finishes use a fine, exposed aggregate to create a beautiful and unique finish that will easily last twice as long as the typical plaster finish. These finishes are also less likely to show dirt and debris.
With computer automation, all the advanced controls of your pool can be put in the palm of your hand – literally. From pumps to lights to water features to sound systems to anything else you can think of, these modern controllers allow you to adjust any and all functions without ever getting up out of your chair or out of the pool. Naturally, these controllers are waterproof, so you can leave them floating in the pool or spa, or wherever you want. Most people have a second controller installed in the house, so they can make adjustments without ever going outside.
The other advantage of the new modern controllers is that the equipment can be programmed for optimum efficiency throughout year. The Easy Touch Controller by Pentair is simple to program and operate.
For the ultimate in a “zero-maintenance” pool, get a qualified service company to handle the maintenance of your pool. If you happen to use Southernwind Pools, the trained cleaning technicians will visit your pool once a week, to clean your pool, empty baskets, and conduct a 28 point check of the pool, the chemicals and the operating systems. If anything needs adjusting, the tech will handle it during his brief visit. All you ever have to do is go outside and enjoy your pool!
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