Loop Loc Pool Covers
Loop Loc pool covers are the most popular and safe pool cover on the market. Call Crystal Pools Inc. today for your free consultation on our swimming pool covers or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loop Loc pool covers are the most popular and safe pool cover on the market. Call Crystal Pools Inc. today for your free consultation on our swimming pool covers or you may email us at email@example.com.
Routine checkups should be included in your swimming pool maintenance schedule to keep your swimming pool water looking beautiful and clear. Your local pool retailer uses professional water testing equipment to determine which chemicals are needed to get your pool water off to the right start. Proper pool maintenance includes frequent poolside testing of the pool and spa water (DPD test kit recommended). This is your first line of defense in preventing common problems and protecting your family and pool or spa. Be sure to contact your local pool retailer if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pool maintenance schedule.
Take a water sample to your local pool retailer, for a complete water analysis. Be sure to test these levels:
AIR-RELIEF VALVE: A manually-operated brass or plastic valve located at the top of a filter tank for relieving the pressure inside the filter and removing the air inside the filter (bleeding the filter). Also known as a pressure-relief valve.
ALGAE: Microscopic plant-like organisms that contain chlorophyll. Algae is nourished by carbon dioxide (CO2) and use sunlight to carry out photosynthesis. It can be introduced by rain or wind and grows in colonies, producing nuisance masses. Algae can harbor bacteria and can be slippery. There are thousands of known species of algae. The most common types of algae found in pools are black, blue-green, green and mustard (yellow or drawn).
ALGAECIDES: Chemical compounds designed to kill, prevent and control algae.
AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANER: A pool maintenance system that will agitate and/or vacuum debris from the pool interior automatically.
BACKFLOW: The backing up of water through a pipe in the direction opposite to normal flow.
BACKWASH: The process of thoroughly cleaning the filter by reversing the flow of water through it with the dirt and rinse water going to waste.
BALANCERS: Chemical compound designed to prevent corrosion and staining by balancing the pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness in pool water.
BROMIDE: A common term for a bromide salt used to supply bromide ions to the water so they may be oxidized or changed into hypobromous acid, the killing form of bromine. Used as a disinfectant.
BROMINE: A common name for a chemical compound containing bromine that is used as a disinfectant to destroy bacteria and algae in swimming pools and spas. Available as a tablet or as sodium bromide, a granular salt.
BTU: Abbreviation for British Thermal Unit. The amount of heat necessary to raise 1 lb. of water 1 degree Fahrenheit.
CENTRIFUGAL PUMP: A pump consisting of an impeller fixed on a rotating shaft and enclosed in a casing or volute and having an inlet and a discharge connection. The rotating impeller creates pressure in the water by the velocity derived from the centrifugal force.
CHECK VALVE: A mechanical device in a pipe that permits the flow of water or air in one direction only.
CHEMICAL FEEDER: A device that dispenses chemicals into pool or spa water at a predetermined rate. Some dispense chlorine or bromine while others dispense pH-adjusting chemicals.
CHLORINE NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.
CHLORINE: A term used to describe any type of chlorine compound used as a disinfectant in swimming pool and spa water or to kill, destroy or control bacteria and algae. In addition, chlorine oxidizes ammonia and nitrogen compounds cause by swimmers.
COPING: The cap or top lip on the pool or spa wall that provides a finished edge around the pool or spa. It can be formed, cast in place or precast, or prefabricated of extruded aluminum or rigid vinyl. It may also be part of the system that secures a vinyl liner to the top of the pool wall.
CORROSION: The etching, pitting or eating away of the pool or spa or equipment. Can be caused by improper water balance, misuse of acid or acidic products or from soft water.
COVER, SOLAR: A cover that, when placed on the water’s surface of a pool, spa or hot tub, increases the water temperature by absorption and transmission of solar radiation; reduces evaporation and prevents windborne debris from entering the water.
D.E.: Diatomaceous Earth — a porous substance used in certain types of pool filters.
DIVERTER VALVE: A plumbing fitting used to change the direction or redirect the flow of water. Some diverter valves are used on pool/spa combinations to allow the use of the spa and then switch the flow back to the pool.
DRAIN: This term usually refers to a plumbing fitting installed on the suction side of the pump in pools, spas and hot tubs. Sometimes called the main drain, it is located in the deepest part of the pool, spa or hot tub. It does not function like a drain on a kitchen sink. Pool main drains do not allow the water to drain to waste but rather connect to the pump for circulation and filtration.
FIBERGLASS: Finespun filaments of glass which are available in a rope or mat form. When used in a process with polyester resins, catalysts and hardeners, can be formed or molded into pools and spas.
FILTER: A device that removes dissolved or suspended particles from water by recirculating the water through a porous substance (a filter medium or element). The three types of filters used in pools and spas are sand, cartridge and D.E. (diatomaceous earth).
FILTRATION RATE: The rate at which the water is traveling through the filter, expressed in U.S. gallons per minute (gpm) per square foot of filter area.
FLOW RATE: The quantity of water flowing past a designated point within a specified time, such as the number of gallons flowing past a point in 1 minute — also known as gallons per minute or gpm.
GPM: Abbreviation for “gallons per minute.”
GUNITE: A mixture of cement and sand sprayed onto contoured and supported surfaces to build a pool. Gunite is mixed and pumped to the site dry, and water is added at the point of application. Plaster is usually applied over the gunite.
GUTTER: An overflow trough at the edge of the pool through which floating debris, oil and other “lighter-than-water” things flow. Pools with gutters usually do not have skimmers.
HAND SKIMMER: A screen attached to a frame which is then attached to a telescopic pole used to remove large floating debris, such as leaves and bugs, from the water’s surface.
HEAT EXCHANGER: A device located inside the heater providing for the transfer of heat from the heat source to the water. This is usually a series of metallic tubes with fins located just above the flames.
HEATER: A fossil-fueled, electric or solar device used to heat the water of a pool, spa or hot tub.
LINER: Also called a vinyl liner. The vinyl membrane that acts as the container to hold or contain the water in some types of pools.
MAIN DRAIN: A plumbing fitting installed on the suction side of the pump in pools, spas and hot tubs. Sometimes simply referred to as the drain, it is located in the deepest part of the pool, spa or hot tub. It does not function like the drain on a kitchen sink. Pool main drains do not allow the water to drain to waste but rather connect to the pump for circulation and filtration.
NEUTRALIZER: A chemical used to make chlorine or bromine harmless. Used in test kits to counteract the bleaching effect of the chlorine or bromine in order to increase the accuracy of pool water tests. Sold as chlorine and bromine neutralizer, it is used to destroy excessive amounts of chlorine or bromine so the high levels will not affect swimmers.
OXIDIZER: A non-chlorine shocking compound that removes or destroys built-up contaminants and chloramines in pool water without raising chlorine levels.
POOL COVER, (HARD-TOP): A cover used on pools, spas and hot tubs that rests on the lip (coping) of the pool or spa deck ; not a flotation cover. Used as a barrier to swimmers and bathers and for maintenance and thermal protection.
PUMP: A mechanical device, usually powered by an electric motor, which causes hydraulic flow and pressure for the purpose of filtration, heating and circulation of pool and spa water. Typically, a centrifugal pump is used for pools, spas and hot tubs.
PUMP CAPACITY: The volume of liquid a pump is capable of moving during a specified period of time. This is usually listed in gallons per minute or gpm.
PUMP CURVE: Also called a pump performance curve. A graph that represents a pump’s water flow capacity at any given resistance.
pH: Abbreviation for Potential Hydrogen. Indicates the level of acidity or alkalinity of water on a scale ranging from 0-15. A low pH can cause etched plaster, metal corrosion and eye irritation. A high pH can cause scale formation, chlorine inefficiency and eye irritation. The ideal range for pH in swimming pools is typically 7.4 to 7.6.
SANITIZERS: Chemical compounds designed to kill bacteria, algae and other living organisms. Also protects water from the effects of the sun.
SHOCK TREATMENT: The practice of adding significant amounts of an oxidizing chemical — (usually non-chlorine oxidizers, such as sodium persulfate or potassium peroxymonosulfate) — to the water to destroy ammonia and nitrogen compounds caused by swimmers, the environment and/or weather.
SKIMMER: A device installed through the wall of a pool or spa that is connected to the suction line of the pump that draws water and floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing much flow restriction.
SKIMMER BASKET: A removable, slotted basket or strainer placed in the skimmer on the suction side of the pump, which is designed to trap floating debris in the water flow from the surface without causing flow restriction.
SOLAR COVER: A cover that, when placed on the water’s surface of a pool, spa or hot tub, increases the water temperature by absorption and transmission of solar radiation; reduces evaporation and prevents windborne debris from entering the water.
TEST KIT: An apparatus or device used to monitor specific chemical residuals, levels, constituents or demands in pool or spa water. The most common pool and spa water tests are: pH, total alkalinity, free available chlorine, water hardness, cyanuric acid, iron and copper.
TEST STRIPS: Small plastic strips with pads attached that have been impregnated with reagents that can be used to test pool water for residuals, levels, constituents or demands. The strips are usually dipped in the water, and the resulting colors of the pads are compared to a standard set of colors to determine concentration.
TURBIDITY: The cloudy condition of the water due to the presence of extremely fine particles in suspension that cannot be trapped by the filter because they are too small. Adding a clarifier, such as an organic polymer or alum, will coagulate the particles and make the filter more efficient.
VACUUM: Devices that use suction to collect dirt from the bottom and sides of a pool or spa. Most common is a vacuum head with wheels that attaches to a telepole and is connected to the suction line, usually via the opening in the skimmer. Pool vacuums must be operated by a person, and debris is collected in the filter.
VINYL LINER: The vinyl membrane that acts as the container to hold or contain pool water.
WATER CLARIFIER: Also called coagulant or flocculant . A chemical compound used to gather (coagulate or agglomerate) or to precipitate suspended particles so they may be removed by vacuuming or filtration. There are two types; inorganic salts of aluminum (alum) and other metals or water-soluble organic polyelectrolytes.
WEIR: The small floating “door” on the side of the skimmer that faces the water over which water flows on its way to the skimmer. Adjusts automatically to small changes in water level to assure a continuous flow of water to the skimmer. The weir also prevents debris from floating back into the pool after the pump shuts off. Also known as a skimmer weir.
We offer full service cleaning consisting of the following: Surface netting, tile brushed, pool vacuumed, skim & pump, baskets emptied, filter backwashed (if app.). Water chemistry tested, balanced, logged on work order. Copy of work order left on site. Our goal is to provide you Tulsa’s best quality pool services and supplies at competitive pricing. We consider your pool our pool and intend to treat it as we would our own pool.
We offer twice weekly, weekly, bi-monthly and monthly services (Bi-monthly and monthly are seasonal)
Water tested and balanced. Work order left after each visit.
Most available in 25, 50, & 100 lbs buckets. Free delivery or visit our supply store.
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We provide gunite pool remodels for your swimming pool. Take a tired looking pool and refresh it with a remodel at a much lower cost than installing a new pool.
Backyard shade is hardly new; umbrellas and awnings have been around for decades. But today they have been modernized, much like the kitchen fridge or the American automobile. Current cover-ups have gone high tech providing motorized and remote operation, sturdier fabrics that last longer, greater selections and a whole bunch of new options for comfort and durability.
When entertaining poolside, you may want to offer swimmers a chance to cool off under the span of a large market umbrella placed tableside or under a telescoping umbrella set over a chaise. An awning may be a better option if you want to move guests who desire shade to a patio or porch area closer to the house.
Most patio umbrellas range in size from a standard 7.5 feet to custom-made models that span up to 13 feet in diameter. Awnings can cover a wide gamut: small enough to shade a bathroom window or large enough to cover the entire rear of a home. With this in mind, also consider factors such as fabric, UV protection, durability, size and price in your buying decision.
Just about as much selection and variety can be found in outdoor umbrella choices as in furnishing selections for the interior of your home. Options include:
While there are some variations in quality and durability, according to Charlie Emmons, vice president of sales and marketing for Dayva International, it comes down to a matter “of highly personal preference.”
For Emmons, important factors to consider in purchasing an umbrella are sun blockage, craftsmanship of the frame and finishing work.
The traditional aluminum frame patio umbrella has undergone a transformation from a simple push-up operation to the more sophisticated crank and, presently, to an even smoother rope-and-pulley system with remote. The advent of woven acrylic fabrics that endure the elements and provide protection from the sun has produced products that last longer, says Emmons. “Now you can have an aluminum market umbrella without the wood pole, using a simulated overlay. You can even add a tilt or crank feature.”
Accessorizing market umbrellas with clip-on lighting adds a soft glow and a luxurious atmosphere. The solution for those in windy environs might be a two-tiered umbrella or vented top umbrella.
According to Emmons, “Two-tiered umbrellas are phenomenal for wind resistance.” For poolside lounging, there is, of course, the telescoping umbrella, with offset pole, which can protect an entire chaise or two. Remote-controlled umbrellas can be operated much like car remotes and include options like wind sensors. At the touch of a button, you can close them when unexpected weather arrives.
If it’s an awning that you’re after, there are fixed and retractable awnings, awnings with woven acrylic fabric or solid vinyl. Solid vinyl can provide strong protection from the elements and wear well, especially since most are treated against sun-fading and UV degradation.
However, “One of the biggest complaints about awnings,” says Jerry Barrette of Patio Sunshades, Buena Park, CA, “is that they darken too much. Vinyl-coated polyester will last twice as long, but it does not protect from rain.” Patio Sunshades is introducing a roll-up window shade fabric that will protect from the elements as well as provide a filter for light.
New fabric styling with clean and updated takes on traditional shades, like blue, green and neutrals with an added touch of red and black, provides unusual combinations of stripes.
The question of quality in awnings comes down to not only the fabric, but also to the craftsmanship. Mary Ann Mays, advertising/marketing manager for Anchor Industries, believes that in the past, retractable awnings may have had problems with cumbersome cable and noise. Anchor Industries has recently introduced the latest in European craftsmanship which operates the awning through a resin-covered cable system that is encased in flexible ribbon. The resulting operation is smooth and noiseless, increasing the life of the awning.
Of course, the top-of-the-line model is always great, but even if you were to choose a traditional retractable awning, it will only take a minute or so to set it up. There are, as expected, remote control options and ways to accessorize your awning, with products such as sunshades that clip onto the awning frame and roll down for protection from particularly tricky sun angles.
Pay as much attention to the care of your purchase as you would to the quality of your purchase. Manufacturers do what technology and cost permit to make products carefree, but they still will need proper care, like storage in bad weather or an occasional cleaning. Traditional warranties on umbrellas are one year; awning warranties are generally longer, depending on the type that you buy.
To add a fresh look to your backyard, poolscape or spascape, don’t worry about tackling the entire outdoor space or spending big bucks. Think mini-makeover and get ready to accessorize.
These days pretty much everything indoors has worked its way outdoors, and that does mean everything, including:
Woven designs, colored fabrics and innovative textures have been technologically developed and improved through the years. They are extremely durable, weather-resistant and functional, and now come in enough style choices to complement any existing décor.
“Design is not a product of trends or rules, but an expression of individuality, whim and delight,” says interior designer Celerie Kemble.
To update an area quickly, the first thing that comes to mind for Kemble is to create a special nook — a place for one to read or two to cuddle. Cuddle chairs are more comfortable than most indoor furniture, Kemble assures. “They are so cushy, it is hard to believe they are made for outdoors.” Some oversized chairs have a canopy, which can be adjusted or removed for sunning or shading.
In the great outdoors, Kemble suggests that you can “go wild and be daring with décor. If you like chocolate brown, for example, go with a vibrant contrast of turquoise, pale yellows or white.”
Kemble prefers to start with a relaxing solid, what she refers to as “base cloth,” and then add “selective accents, using little blasts of color wherever you can afford.” Mixed subtly around the property or tucked away in complementary pillow stripes, flowers, lava stones or table décor, coordinating tones provide the finishing touch.
On outdoor products, Kemble is comfortable in attesting that today’s offerings work so well, you can just “stick them outside and forget about them.” Indeed, these materials can get wet, will dry, will not rot and will withstand the test of time, in all climates. Faux leather is spectacular, Kemble points out, referring to how much she loves her white faux-leather outdoor set at her Florida home.
“Lighting is extremely important in transforming an area,” notes seasoned designer Richard Frinier. “For some people, seeing floor and table lamps outside may take some getting used to,” Frinier continues, “but they are functional and offer an upscale panache.”
Crafted with 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic fiber, it is hard to believe that some of these styles were designed for the outdoors, as they look perfectly at home when placed in an indoor setting. Even the brass framework will not rust or need painting with exposure to the elements. It weathers beautifully with age and exposure, resulting in a soft patina.
In addition to traditional lamp styles, attractive lanterns, path lighting, uplights, downlights and appropriately placed spotlights illuminate the way to an updated area.
A trendy accent piece looms large in the right spot. Here are some ideas:
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The first thing you will need is a copy of your platted survey. This would be included in your closing documents from the home purchase. During our first meeting at your site, we will have some questions about how you intend to use the swimming pool, what available options you might prefer, things you like and things you don’t like. From this meeting, we will be able to provide you with a starting design and price.
Numerous variables will affect the price of your new swimming pool. A base pool will start in the $30,000 range and an elaborate pool could be in the $100,000 range.
The size of the project and weather are key factors in the time line. A base pool with good weather will take approximately 6-8 weeks after permitting your project.
Crystal Pools, Inc. is a one stop shop. If you wish to have someone take care of your new swimming pool, Crystal Pools, Inc. has a complete service department able to satisfy all your swimming pool maintenance needs. If you are a do-it-yourself person, you can take advantage of our fully equipped pool store. Crystal Pools, Inc. provides in-store technical support, a complete line of maintenance equipment and chemicals, and an excellent selection of toys and accessories.
Excellent quality and care is taken into each project with your needs in mind.
For answers to any questions or to schedule an appointment with our design team call 918.299.8228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal Pools Inc. has been serving the Tulsa area since 1994. We are your one stop shop for your swimming pool needs.
Crystal Pools Inc. is located at 121st St South and Highway 75.
Construction: Design and Construction of custom inground gunite swimming pools. Crystal Pools Inc. also provides complete remodel services for your existing gunite swimming pool.
Swimming Pool Maintenance: Let us worry about keeping your swimming pool crystal clear. Call us today to see how our service department can help you with any of your swimming pool repair or maintenance needs.
Swimming Pool Supplies: Our retail store stocks a wide variety of parts and equipment, pool chemicals, spa chemicals, pool toys, and maintenance items. Come in today for your free water test.