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Will I save with solar energy for my pool?

Solar energy through a solar heating system is the most economically attractive option for heating your pool and extending your swim season! Compared to systems that run on electricity, fuel oil or propane, our Solar heating systems feature:

  • The shortest payback period and highest return on investment
  • The lowest operational costs due to free solar energy
  • The longest lifespan, thanks to the components that neither move nor corrode
  • The lowest maintenance costs?minimal, if any
  • The cleanest, safest and quietest source of energy

How much would a solar pool heater cost for my pool?

Solar pool heating system prices for a residential pool can vary based on the location and size of the pool, location of the solar panels, desired temperature and season, and type of pool equipment. Because of all the variables, it is impossible to give an accurate estimate without careful inspection of the site. To set up an appointment for a free analysis and estimate, contact Waterworks Pool & Spa today!

Will a solar pool heating system save me money?

If a pool owner heats their pool with natural gas or propane through the normal swimming season, an investment in solar can pay for itself in 2 to 3 years. If the pool owner does not have a gas heater or wish to use one, solar will not really “save” money, but the pool will be much warmer and more inviting throughout a much longer portion of the year. A swimming pool, with decking and landscaping, represent a sizable investment for the homeowner. Maintenance costs exist whether the pool is used or not. The investment in solar pool heating will assure that the pool is used and enjoyed much more.

How much does a solar pool heating system cost to operate?

Solar pool heating systems use an automatically controlled valve to divert the existing filtration flow to the solar panels, so there is no additional cost to operate the solar pool heater. Some pools might require an additional solar boost pump that would cost a few dollars per month to operate during the swimming season. For more information, please contact Waterworks Pool & Spa today?at 828.277.8557.

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Tips For Uncovering Your Swimming Pool

covered swimming poolThis week is the perfect time to uncover you swimming pool for the Summer 2014! If you’re uncovering your pool for the first time, or just need a refresher, we have information to help you get this project complete so that you can start enjoying your swimmming pool.

If your swimming pool, has been properly maintained throughout the year, the process of uncovering your pool should go smoothly, but still takes time and man power hours.

You should begin by cleaning the pool cover of debris and then removing the cover. Once you’ve cleaned the cover, remove and dry and put in storage, at least for the next three months! Then remove any plugs from openings.

If the water was in good shape at the end of last season, proper cover removal will ensure that your pool opens relatively clear.

Once everything has been opened, turn on the electric power and start up the support system. Check for leaks and proper operation.

The next step to opening your swimming pool is to test the water for proper PH levels and total alkalinity. Super chlorinate and adjust the PH & Alkalinity levels of the water. Run the pump 24 hours a day at the beginning of the season when it may be difficult to get the pool water balanced. You can reduce the pump operating time in one-hour increments once you’ve got the water in shape. Treat the water with an algaecide. After several hours of operation, test the chlorine level and adjust it as needed. If the chlorine level is high, do not use the pool until it drops to normal levels.

shutterstock_192852041This process can take several days to ensure that your pool is in proper shape to begin swimming and all your favorite summer games. And your pool may not be in its best shape and need extra care and attention that only trained professionals can can tackle!

If that’s the case, give Waterworks Pool and Spa a call! We are a staple in Western North Carolina and have over 30 years experience in swimming pool and spa construction.

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Water Features Create One of a Kind Experience

Create Focal Points and Fun with Water Features

swimmingpooltrends_waterfeaturesAs school draws to a close and you are putting the finishing touches on your summer kick off parties, wouldn’t it be great to unveil your pool with a brand new focal point?? Nothing enhances a swimming pool or spa like the soothing sound and shimmering sight of falling water. Not only do water features add additional sights and sounds to your pool, but they will create years of additional fun!

Waterworks Pool & Spa has many options available that allow you to integrate these spectacular water features in either dramatic or subtle ways to transform any pool environment! Bring your pool to life with the addition of fountains, fountain accessories, waterfalls, wall accents, illuminating waterfalls with LED lighting and more.

Sheer Descent Waterfalls

Create a waterfall in your own backyard! A Sheer Descent Waterfall produces a clear arc of water that projects away from the pool wall and can easily be adjusted to suit any mood or environment.

Aqua Accents

From the drama of a spouting lion?s head to the sophisticated elegance of Neptune, Aqua Accents bring a refined beauty to everypool and spa they adorn. The gentle sound of water splashing from these stately medallions transforms a pool into a classical fountain.

Laminar Jets

Laminar Jets create arcs of water up to 7′ high and project out 8′ into the pool as they silenty cascade into your swimming pool. These fiber optic ready water features can create fun day and night. Creating a new source of fun for the kids in the family, and creating breathtaking displays at night for the adults.

?Learn More About Waterworks Pool and Spa Water Features

Waterworks Pool and Spa is your one stop shop for swimming pool construction, maintenance, and home entertainment. Not only can we help you build and maintain the swimming pool of your dreams, we can also help you to keep your back yard secure with swimming pool fencing. Looking to add additional fun? We also have an extensive collection of hot tubs and swim spas that can be previewed at our showroom at 1200 Hendersonville Road and we can also install top of the line wine racks and saunas. Contact Waterworks today at 828-277-8041

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Fun In the Sun: 5 Classic Swimming Pool Games

May 26 is Memorial Day, the unofficial kick off to the summer swimming pool season in Asheville, NC. This also aligns with the end of the school year, and swimming pools provide fun for the entire family year after year.

Below are five classic swimming pool games that you probably played growing up and your own children and grand children now play as well. Keep your brood busy all summer long! Which games were your favorites growing up? Contact Waterworks Pool and Spa to get your swimming pool opened for the summer season!

?Marco Polo

One player is chosen as “It”. This player closes his/her eyes and tries to find and tag the other players without the use of vision. The player who is “It” shouts “Marco” and the other players must respond by shouting “Polo”, which “It” uses to try to acoustically locate them. If a player is tagged, then that player becomes “It”. The game’s name sake was an Italian merchant.

Chicken Fight

Really hoping to get the kids tuckered out? Chicken fight it out. Chicken fight is also known as shoulder wars. Get together two teams of two with the lighter person sitting on top of the bottom player’s back or shoulders. The object of the game is knock down or separate an opposing team through a team effort. But remember, safety first! Only play this game in deep water and in the center of the pool so nobody gets hurt on their way down.

Holding Your Breath Underwater

We can all remember the delight of playing make believe as kids. We all loved to pretend we were fish or even mer-people in the swimming pool, right? And what good is a fish who can’t hold their breath under water?? This classic game is so simple, yet it can lead to hours of fun. The challenge throughout the summer is to train yourself to stay under the water longer and longer. Someone may start out only being able to hold their breath a few seconds and by the end of the summer worked their way up to an entire minute or more.

Sharks and Minnows

Essentially, sharks and minnows is a game of tag in the water. The game starts out with one person dubbed, “The Shark” and this person has to race through the swimming pool churning up water and tagging victims as they attempt to swim from one side of the pool to the other without getting “bitten”. As people are tagged, they then become “sharks” until the last person is tagged. This person becomes the lone shark at the beginning of the next round!

Racing

On your mark, get set, go! Anyone who grew up with siblings or family members who were close in age know just how much the competitive spirit is alive and well-even in the swimming pool. Racing is a simple game that never gets old for kids with tons of energy to spare. Over and over, kids will try to touch the edge of the pool lip first, and the last one there is a rotten egg!

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3 Reasons to Purchase Swim Spas

MT6While swim spas have been produced and sold since the late 1980s, swim spas continue to be the wave of the future for home owners looking for a convenient, size efficient alternative to swimming pools in their home.

1. Quick Installation

One of the benefits to purchasing a swim spa for your home is the reduction in time and energy necessary to install the product. While traditional swimming pool installations can take anywere from a few weeks to several months depending on the project scope, swim spas are modular by nature, and take less time to install, although depending on the installation there will be some amount of construction required. It is important to remember that installations should be reviewed with a conctractor to ensure that everything is installed safely and that your swim spa will be structurally sound for years to come.

2. Size and Convenience

Swim spas are a great alternative for home owners looking to save space in the backyards or install a swimming pool indoors. Swim spas range in size, but many are just a few feet wide and a few feet in length, making them a bit larger than hot tubs, but with the added benefit of swimming laps against the current. Their size and shape allow them to be placed almost anywhere, including in ground!

3. Luxury Features

As swim spas continue to be popular in the United States, new features have been added for buyers seeking a truly luxury experience. Many of the pools can now be purchased with a dedicated hot tub section, while many also come equipped with televisions and radio features.

To learn more about swim spas, contact Waterworks Pool and Spa at 828-277-8041 for product and installation information.

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The Science Behind Swimming Pool PH

What is PH?

shutterstock_161878937If you currently own a swimming pool, you’re familiar with the term PH. You also know that to keep your swimming pool looking its best and clean, it is important to keep your PH versus water levels balanced. But what is PH and why is it so important to your swimming pool? PH is a measure of a water’s total acid to alkalinity balance.

What is Acidity and Alkalinity?

An acid is a chemical substance whose aqueous solutions are characterized by a sour taste, the ability to turn blue litmus red, and the ability to react with bases and certain metals (like calcium) to form salts. An aqueous solution is a solution in which the solvent is water. Aqueous solutions of acids have a pH of less than 7. A lower pH means a higher acidity, and thus a higher concentration of hydrogen ions in the solution. Chemicals or substances having the property of an acid are said to be acidic.

Alkalinity is the name given to the quantify the capacity of an aqueous solution to neutralize acid mentioned above.

Why Are Acidity and Alkalinity Important to Measure?

swimming-pool-phIt is important to keep your swimming pool PH levels balanced because either end of the spectrum can cause damage to your pool and your health if not corrected. If the water is too acidic, it will corrode metal equipment, cause etching on the surface materials, and cause skin irritation. If the water is too alkaline, it can cause scaling on the pool surface, and plumbing equipment, and can cloud the water. Additionally, both high acidity, and high alkalinity alters the effectiveness of the chlorine.

How to Maintain a Proper Swimming Pool PH Level

On the pH scale, zero indicates extreme acidity, 14 indicates extreme alkalinity and 7 indicates a neutral state. Proper PH levels fall somewhere between 7.2 and 7.8.

Maintaining the proper balance of chemicals in your swimming pool is a continual process, because many elements effect the water’s acidity and alkalinity. Things such as oils from a swimmer’s body, a shot of chlorine, or items that fall into the water, including animal droppings can shift the water’s total chemical makeup.

Call Waterworks for Proper PH Maintenance

Waterworks Pool and Spa are experts in building and maintaining swimming pools in Western North Carolina. As a busy person with a job, family, and tons of interests and hobbies, you may not have time during the summer months to keep your pool’s PH levels maintained or you may simply need help on where to get started. Waterworks can provide you with the information you need, as well as regularly scheduled maintenance visits!

Call Waterworks Pool and Spa at 828.277.8041 for more information

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5 Tips For Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance

improper swimming pool careTo keep your swimming pool looking its best and being as clean as possible so that everyone can enjoy it, there are several steps that should be followed on a weekly and monthly basis.

Never owned a swimming pool before and considering the purchase, or have you recently moved to a home that includes a pool or just installed a swimming pool of your own?

Waterworks Pool and Spa has you covered with these five helpful tips for swimming pool care and maintenance that will help you avoid a swimming pool like the one pictured at right!

Skim Your Swimming Pool

While it may seem like a chore, the only way to keep your pool clean is to regularly and routinely perform certain tasks. Skim Swimming PoolAs much as possible, Keep animals, plant life, and chemicals you use to maintain your backyard away from your swimming pool.? The Nitrates from bird droppings and waste from animals and people are food for algae which can then grow in your pool, making it unswimmable.

While it won’t be possible to keep everything out of your pool regularly skim the pool’s surface by hand every few days. Floating debris will eventually sink, becoming harder to remove. Use a long-handled net called a hand skimmer or leaf skimmer to remove leaves, bugs and other unwanted items. Skimming significantly increases the efficiency of the pool’s circulation system and lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to your pool.

Vacuum the Pool and Brush Walls and Tile

Swimming Pool VacuumYour pool should be vacuumed on a weekly basis to keep the water clean and to reduce the amount of chemicals that need to be added to the pool. Use the speciality pool vacuum to clean the pool surface, using it as you would a normal vacuum.
Also remember to brush the the side of your pool walls with the vacuum, as this will minize algae buildup and calcium deposits.

Clean Pool Filter

While it isn’t necessary to clean your pool filter out each week, you should maintain the filter on a regular basis and clean it every few months. There are three kinds of pool filters: Swimming Pool Filtercartridge, sand and diatomaceous earth. While there are different maintenance procedures for each type, all require periodic cleaning depending on the type of filter and how often a pool is used.

Avoid cleaning the filter more than every few months, unless there are extenuating circumstances such as a major storm, because a completely clean filter can actually make it more difficult for the filter to complete the action of cleaning your pool.

A clean filter is less efficient than one with a mild amount of dirt in it because the dirt helps trap other particles, which removes debris from the water.

However, the filter should still be cleaned every four months to continue to function optimally.

Check and Maintain Water Levels

It is necessary to check the water levels on a weekly basis. Water is lost through natural evaporation, as well as swimming, exiting the pool and splashing.Empty Swimming PoolThis task can be completed when you skim your pool and you can use your skimmer as a measuring tool. Check that the water doesn’t Efall below the level of the skimmer, otherwise the pump could be damaged. If the water is low, use a garden hose to bring it up to safe levels.

Check and monitor water level at least once per month, adjust as needed. Water level should be at the center of the tile or skimmer.

Maintain the PH Level

Maintaining the PH Level of your swimming pool is important for the safety and cleanliness of your pool. Swimming Pool PH TestThe pH scale is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity that runs from 0 to 14. A reading between 7.2 and 7.8 is ideal; this range is safe for swimmers and helps sanitizers work at top efficiency.
Your can monitor your pool by purchasing an at home testing kit. Each kit will come with a set of instructions of the specific needed to test PH levels. Normally most homeowner versions are either reagent kits or test-strips.
Reagent kits require you take a sample of pool water, then add liquids or tablets to it. The water changes color, indicating its chemical balance.
Test-strips work differently. When you submerge them in the pool for a few seconds, dyes they contain cause them to change color. Next, match up the strip to a color chart to determine the pool’s pH level. Use this information to gauge what kind and how much of the chemicals your pool needs.

Waterworks Pool & Spa Can Help With Weekly Maintenance

While it’s possible for you to manage your swimming pool yourself, it can be difficult to maintain everything properly with your busy schedule! Let Waterworks Pool & Spa help! We have over 40 years of experience and serve most of the Western North Carolina. Our showroom is located at 1200 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, NC. Visit us today to discuss your weekly maintenance plan or swimming pool additions or call us at 828-277-8041.

 

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Swimming Pool Maintenance Services

waterworks-logoWaterworks Pool and Spa, located in Asheville, NC has been providing their swimming pool and spa construction expertise to the WNC region for over 40 years.

We can help you build and execute the backyard of your dreams. And we understand that to maintain your paradise, it requires proper Swimming Pool Maintenance Services.

We provide Maintenance Services that will keep your pool and spa like new for years to come. We have the knowledge to treat your pool water and providing superior pool repairs is our specialty.

Swimming-Pool-Maintenance-ServicesWaterworks Pool & Spa?offers flexible pool service plans and a list of repair and pool maintenance services to meet your family?s needs and budget.?We respect small jobs such as filter cleaning and tuning your pool cleaner to the more technical jobs evolving repairing a pool heater and replacing a worn out motor or pool pump. Often times these repairs are a result of poor water chemistry. This is why we feel weekly pool service is one of the greatest investment you can make. Don?t let your pool turn green, instead call Waterworks Pool and Spa for excellent customer service and top notch maintenance and repairs! We can help you with any of the following maintenance needs:

  • Weekly Service: Have a technician visit your home on a weekly basis to test PH and/or salt levels to insure that pool stays clean and maintains its beauty. Have other questions or concerns? Let our knowledable team provide answers on an as needed basis.
  • Repair: Do you have cosmetic damage to custom tile work, a broken pump that is clogging up your pool? Call us for a repair. We can quickly have your pool back in working order!
  • Green Pool Care: Waterworks Pool and Spa specializes in providing top of the line solar heating elements! Learn more
  • One Time Cleans: Have a special event coming up and you want your pool to look its very best? We can help get your backyard ready in no time!
  • Equipment Upgrades: Have you been considering upgrading your swimming pool? Maybe you want to add custom features such as water features or a new diving board? Maybe you want to convert your PH pool to salt water. Whatever the case, we can help! Give us a call to schedule a consultation at 828-277-8041.
  • Diagnostics: Let us diagnose potential problems with your swimming pool before they cost you more money and time!
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Swimming Pool Construction: Frequently Asked Questions

With only two months left until June and the start of summer, if you haven’t started your new swimming pool projects or restorations to existing swimming pools in the Western North Carolina area, now is the time!

Swimming Pool Construction QuestionsSwimming pool construction can take just a few weeks, but can take up to several months for customizations and larger projects and any necessary construction. Don’t forget that if you’re building a completely new swimming pool, you’ll want to give your grass and flowers and other landscaping time to grow back in, as they will more than likely need time to rebound. It generally takes a minimum of eight weeks to construct an inground swimming pool once you’ve received the proper permits for construction.

If you haven’t gotten started yet, you may be feeling overwhelmed at where to get started, so we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below!

Is my backyard big enough for a swimming pool and can it be built if it has a sloping yard?

There are many swimming pool sizes and styles that are available for installation in small sized backyard spaces. It is also possible to install a swimming pool in your backyard if you do have sloping, however extra construction may be necessary to flatten the area out and prepare it for installation.

With so many different styles available, how do I determine the right type of pool for me?

Your custom swimming pool will be built with your needs and wants in mind. For example, if you are a lap swimmer, you’ll want a rectangular pool, while someone purchasing a swimming pool for recreation may prefer a round pool. Before you get started, determine what you’ll use your swimming pool for, how often, and consider the size of your yard and how much land you’re willing to trade.

Do I have to have a permit?

Yes, permits are required for swimming pool construction. Permits can sometimes hold up the process, which is why it is recommended that you start your project sooner in the year rather than later.

Do I need to have my above ground pool installed by a professional?

Pool installation is a task often best handled by the experts. While most above ground pools are designed to be easy and fast to install, a professional installation crew can provide you with assurances regarding getting the job done right the first time. However, spring and summer are the most hectic time for pool professional, so it?s very important to set a schedule and book a crew early if you want to make the most of your pool for the entire season. Find out when the pool can be installed and how long it will take before you make your purchase.

Do I need a safety barrier around my above ground swimming pool?

Yes. You can place a safety barrier around the stairs or construct a small fence around the top perimeter of the pool.

What is the first step in getting a pool built?

The first step to building your swimming pool is hiring an experienced contractor who can answer your questions, help you make decisions on your swimming pool needs, and build a durable and long lasting swimming pool that will give you years of enjoyment.

Waterworks Pool and Spa has over 40 years experience in swimming pool and spa construction and can work with you to assess your yard, provide a time table for your construction and build you the backyard of your dreams! Call 828-277-8041 to set up an appointment and get started before this summer!

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Dream Maker Spas Offers Affordable Luxury

dream maker spas fantasy-top-showroom Hot tubs and swim spas can be used all year long for therapeutic and recreational benefits.? Are you searching for a hot tub that will fit your home beautifully and fit your budget?

Dream Maker Spas? are among some of the most affordable hot tubs and spas on the market today, while still offering long-lasting usage and beauty.

The company utilizes manufacturing processes that allow you an affordable alternative and offer factory-direct prices.

Dream Maker Spas? are simple, but durable and each spa is design to allow the customer to relax and rejuvenate. The installation is quick and simple, allowing you to plug and play within just a few short hours of your hot tub installation.

Advanced technology and the highest standards to ensure you will savor many years of indulgence in your own personal oasis of calm, thanks to your Dream Maker Spa?.

Dream Maker spas big-ez-top-showroomDream Maker Spas? was the first company to introduce the benefits of rotationally molded products to the spa industry in 1997. Since then, Dream Maker Spas has dominated the market by producing 8 quality spa models that all plug into your regular 110 volt 15 amp outlet and retail for less than $3499.

All Dream Maker spas? are one-piece units and totally portable. They are not comprised of wood, metal or vinyl parts, and therefore they will not rust, rot, or rip. They back that claim with our lifetime shell warranty. Dream Maker Spas is also very conscience of the environment. That is why all Dream Maker spas? use a State of the Art ?Dual Hot Stick? heating system that heats the water without the use of your typical energy guzzling electric heater. Not only is our heating system good for your electric bill it also has a lifetime warranty!

For more information on Dream Maker Spas contact us today at 828-277-8041.

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3 Benefits of Heated Swimming Pools

heated-swimming-poolsWhile solar heating is an energy efficient and cost effective method of heating your swimming pool, it isn’t the only option available.

Other widely used options include electric heat pumps and gas. Electric heat pumps work similiar to central air conditioning heat pumps. Instead of removing heat from the inside of your home and expelling it to the outside air, a pool heat pump removes heat from the outside air and transfers it into your swimming pool water.

Gas pool heaters, which burn either propane or natural gas, can maintain your pool at any desired temperature, although the costs can be overwhelming, depending on the temperature maintained.

Many people may question why heated swimming pools are necessary at all. The truth is, there are many benefits to heating your swimming pool.

Return on Investment
For many homeowners, their greatest investment is their home.? The cost of installing a swimming pool can take years of savings and planning, so an unheated swimming pool may not feel like much of a return, as they are only able to use the pool during specific times of the year. The added costs of the swimming pool in the mortgage, taxes, insurance and electric bill payment come every month whether or not owners are regularly swimming,? so installing a heating system to allow for swimming for a larger portion of the year will allow for more of a return on investment. Furthermore, if homeowners ever sell, the addition of a heating element should allow for a slightly larger asking price.

Swimming Pool Usage
Everyone is familiar with traditional “swimming pool season”. For many public swimming pools, the start of summer is marked by Memorial Day, and the end of summer comes with Labor Day. Swimming pools are open, schools are out, and everyone rushes to cram as much fun in the sun as possible during this short window of time.

Owning your own heated swimming pool allow you to enjoy fun in the sun for a larger portion of the year. Depending on the heating system used, you may be able to enjoy swimming all year long, and at any time of the day.

Long term Swimming Pool Care
Draining your swimming pool can be a chore, however, if your swimming pool isn’t heated, it is a necessary requirement to maintain your pool and prevent future damage to it. Otherwise, water could freeze and cause damage to your pool’s surface and require more work than necesary. By heating your swimming pool all year, you avoid this problem!

For more information on heated swimming pools, contact Waterworks Pool & Spa at 828.277.8041.

 

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