Repairing or Replacing a Damaged Swimming Pool Cover – When to Repair

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Winter is winding down and it is time to start thinking about opening the pool up for the season.  Given the harsh winter most of the country has endured, you may notice that your pool cover did not fare so well.  Whether you have a mesh cover or an easy drain winter cover, you may notice damage after months of brutal temperatures and heavy snow and ice.  Falling tree branches during the winter is also a very common way covers can become damaged.  Strong winds are also a source of danger during winter months, as they can blow damaging items onto your cover and/or cause your cover to rip.

When the time comes for you to remove the cover for the season, take the time to look it over carefully.  Search out any holes or tears.  Look for unraveling and damaged strapping. Now is the time to make repairs, or invest in a replacement if needed. Repairing your cover is 218-4350-Product_Primary_Imagepossible when dealing with smaller holes or tears, usually those under 3” in diameter.  There are many patching kits available on the market that work well on mesh covers. If you are dealing with many holes or those larger than 3” wide or longer than 6”, you will probably want to send your cover to a professional pool repair shop.

If you have a solid vinyl cover, it is imperative that you repair the holes immediately. Don’t wait until you remove it for the season.  If not repaired, damage can lead to contaminated pool water and/or the pool water can easily flood your entire cover. Following the same9918-4375-Product_Primary_Image rule of thumb as with mesh covers, if the holes are large and many, it is better to have a professional repair it or replace entirely.

If after determining that the damage is too significant, repairing will not work, and a replacement cover is in order, visit Acepools.com.  Here you will find a complete line of not only repair products, but also an extensive selection of all types of pool covers.  Depending on your needs, you will find mesh and vinyl covers, leaf catcher and safety covers, solar and winter covers as well as most other pool maintenance repair and replacement items.

Do not wait until the end of pool season, when it is time to close down and winterize your pool.  Repair or replace you damaged cover in the spring.  This is will save you valuable time and money in the fall.

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Maintaining Your Swimming Pool Filtration System

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Part of owning your own swimming pool is maintenance.  It may not be glamorous, but it has to be done if you wish to keep everything in operating order and wish to extend the life of your investment. A major aspect of pool maintenance is your filtration system.  A whole host of problems can occur if you neglect your filters.  These are some of the most common:

  • Pool water becomes murky.  There are certainly other reasons this can occur, but after ruling them out by testing your pool water chemistry and making sure your water cycling feature is running long enough, you should check the filter.  Is it dirty?  Does it fit properly?
  • Filter (and/or housing) is leaking.  You hear a dripping sound or notice water beside the system. Although your pool will probably not leak all of the water out, this can still be an annoying problem.  You may need to check and repair the belly band on a split tank type of filter.  Also, drain plugs are also known to leak, so make sure to maintain these as well.  If your filter housing has a hole in it, replacement is your only option.
  • Filter seems to be washing debris back into the pool.  This is likely a backwash valve issue.  Make sure to inspect all of the valves and fittings for damage and repair or replace as needed.

There are 3 major types of filtration systems.  Here are general maintenance guidelines for each:

  1. Sand Filter: This type should be backwashed whenever sand pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  The frequency depends of how heavily the pool is used.  A lightly used home pool may only need once each week.  Additionally, the sand should be changed every 3-5 years, again depending on use.
  2. Cartridge Filter: Should be cleaned when pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  After safely removing filter, simply use a standard garden hose to spray out debris.  If the water alone does not remove embedded dirt and debris, it may be necessary to use specially formulated filter cleaner.  If this doesn’t work, you will need to replace the filter.
  3. DE Filter: Backwash when pressure rises 5-8 lbs. above normal.  If this is needed more than every 3-4 weeks, then you may need to clean your filter.  Cleaning is needed generally twice during the season.  After backwashing, disassemble filter and all parts, clean with your garden hose, cleaner (as needed) or replace.

Maintaining your swimming pools’ filtration system is of utmost importance. Yes it can get messy and it’s not always fun, but by adhering to maintenance guidelines for cleaning and replacing filters, you can relax and enjoy your pool all season long.

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How to Change Your In-Home Furnace Air Filter?

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Changing your HVAC filter (furnace filter, air filter, A/C filter, etc.) is one of the most critical things you can do in your home. It is also one of the easiest.

1. Locate/remove the vent cover. Some HVAC systems will place the filter in the intake. This will look like a large ventilation grate in a wall, ceiling, or floor. Some systems will have the filter inside the unit itself. Find out which one is yours before proceeding further.

2. Take note of the direction the air filter goes into the unit by observing the direction of the arrows. Air filters are designed to filter the air from one direction. If it is placed in the wrong direction, the filter will fall apart or collapse as it loads with dirt, dust, etc. Note: the air filter arrows should always point in the direction the air is flowing. If you do not see any arrows on the filter, it does not matter which direction it points.

3. Take out the old filter. When doing so, place it into a bag to avoid getting dust onto the ground.

4. Place in the new filter with the arrows facing the same way as the previous filter.

5. Replace the vent cover and any clips used to hold the air filter in place.

Additional tips:

- To determine the correct filter to buy, look at your old filter. It will be labeled with dimensions

- Change the filter on a regular basis. It is advised to change them every 3 months

- If air from your furnace still appears dusty, look up a local service that will vacuum and brush out your furnace ducts

That’s it. Changing your home air filter is easy and takes less than 3 minutes of your time. It is best to check your filter on a monthly basis, and replace it when it is dirty (generally, it should be replaced every 3 months). It is always advisable to have some extras on hand so you are ready to go for your next air filter change.