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Tips to Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

It’s finally spring and time to pull back the cover on your pool. But don’t jump in just yet! Over the winter season, rain, snow and leaves have gotten into the pool and the water pH is probably not ready to welcome bodies just yet. While just getting the cover off may be a lot of work, there’s much more to do, but fear not. A Better Pool Service is here to help with these tips to get your pool ready.

First, the Pool Cover

Whether mesh or solid, a pool safety cover accomplishes the task of keeping leaves, runoff and other items out of your pool. It also keeps the area safe so that family pets, children and wild animals don’t fall into the pool and drown.

So it stands to reason that the pool cover needs to be cleaned, removed, set out to dry, and properly stored until it’s time to pull it out again. You’ll want to use a submersible pump or another kind of siphon to remove the collected rainwater and melted snow from the pool cover to keep it from falling into the pool. Once that’s done, grab a buddy and remove the cover from the pool. Don’t worry about some debris falling into the pool during the removal process, as you’ll be doing more cleaning in a bit.

An easy way to remove the pool cover is to for you and your buddy to fold it accordion-style from one end of the pool. Then take it to your driveway and unfold it, hose it down and then allow it to dry. Throw talcum powder on it (to keep mold and mildew away), and loosely roll the pool cover to store it. To make it easier to install the cover in the fall, fold it accordion-style again, placing talcum powder between the folds to stave off mildew.

If the water level is low, use a hose to fill it back up. The level should be near the middle of the skimmer or a little up the tile.

De-Winterizing the Pool

If you’re a new pool owner, chances are you won’t have to worry about this part until later in the fall, but getting your pool ready for winter typically means disconnecting your pool’s filter, pump, heater and other pool equipment. Now, you’ll want to reconnect all of this pool equipment and make sure it still is in working condition.

Remove winter plugs (they help keep lines from freezing) from the heater, pump, filter, booster, cleaner, skimmer, chlorinator, return lines and anything else that has a drain plug on it. Replace the regular drain plugs. Throw cracked and/or dry-rotted plugs away and keep all your winter plugs together in one big zip-seal baggie. Store near cover for later.

Turn on the equipment, including the pump and filtration system. If your filter has an air relief valve, open it to let air out of the system.

Spring Maintenance and Cleaning

Now is a good time to do a walk-through and inspect your pool and perform preventative maintenance. Look for any electrical hazards like exposed wires and broken connectors, and make sure there is proper grounding. Check for pressure leaks in pipes. Lubricate O-rings in your pump. Correct any issues immediately. Check around the pool for slip hazards and cosmetic issues, such as missing or broken tiles. Install pool handrails or other pool accessories.

Call the pool experts at A Better Pool Service for your annual maintenance!

Grab the brush and long pole and get to scrubbing the walls of the pool. Vacuum, skim and brush the pool, and scoop debris up from the pool floor. If your pool has a lot of debris or algae, bypass the filtration process and vacuum dirt and debris direction out of the backwash line. If your filter has a multiport valve, this is an easy step. If not, it might be harder to vacuum to waste. Cut the pipe from the pump and reconnect once you’ve finished brushing the pool thoroughly.

Water Chemistry

Once you’ve connected everything and allowed a few hours to elapse while the water gets circulated again, you’ll want to test the water’s pH, total alkalinity and chlorine levels. To do this,pool maintenance you’ll want to grab a few test kits from your local pool supply store. Buy more than one because it’s a good idea to test your pool’s water at least once a week during months of high use.

For pool water to be ideal, the levels for pH need to be between 7.4 and 7.6, total alkalinity should be between 80 and 120 parts per million (ppm), and chlorine should be at a low 2 to 4 ppm.

Once you’ve tested your pool and recorded its levels, adjust the chemistry. Begin with total alkalinity. Adjusting total alkalinity first makes it easier to adjust pH and chlorine levels. If it’s too high, you’ll want to lower alkalinity with bisulfite or muriatic acid. Follow the directions on the product and add only as much as you need. Wait 6 hours before re-testing.

If total alkalinity is too low, simply add baking soda to the pool to raise it. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. For a pool, you’ll need more than the small container you’d find in your refrigerator. Buy a few big five-pound containers of the product, and only add a pound for every 10,000 gallons at a time. Wait at least 5 hours before testing again. Once total alkalinity is within range, your pH level should test in the normal range as well. If not, add muriatic acid in small amounts, testing between applications.

Lastly, you’ll want to shock your pool to free chlorine, eliminate bacteria and ward off algae blooms. Follow the directions on the shock product to make sure you don’t use too much. Wait a few hours and test your pool. If all your levels are within range, have a test swim! You’ve certainly earned it!

How To Pick a Pool Filter

Behind every picture-perfect gleaming clear swimming pool is a pool filter. Pool filters are so vital that using the wrong one is just as bad as not using one in the first place. This guide covers the types of swimming pool filters, how to determine flow rate and pool capacity, and what to look for in order find the filter that’s right for your pool.

Three Kinds of Swimming Pool Filters

The basic types of filters include sand filters, cartridge filters, and diatomaceous earth (DE) filters. All three of these filters work well when set up and preserved correctly. The main differences between them depends on the efficiency of the filter as time passes. Upfront costs and the total price of upkeep is another factor to consider.

Sand Pool Filters

Sand pool filters are the most commonly produced and used filter type. Sand swimming pool filters function just as well as cartridge and DE filters for the majority of purposes, yet on a microscopic level, sand filters do not operate as efficiently as the other types.

Sand pool filters work by pumping dirty swimming pool water over the upper layer of sand inside of the filter. As filthy pool water permeates through the bed of sand, layers of pool-grade # 20 silica sand work to filter out pool pollutants. To clean the filter, pool owners have to backwash the system by reverse-circulating the pool water into the filter to purge it out.

Cartridge Pool Filters

Cartridge pool filters are much more effective than sand swimming pool filters in a lot of ways. These filters function by filtering filthy pool water through a round fabric-like cartridge.

These pool filters are much more reliable considering that they are easier to maintain over the long run. Essentially, all you’d have to do is remove the cartridge from the filter housing and also spray it down with water. On the other hand, washing these filters is much faster than clearing out a sand filter which must be backwashed on a routine basis.

Confused yet? Let us help you select the right filter for your pool!

Diatomaceous Earth Filters

DE swimming pool filters are the most expensive as well as most highly advanced of all filter types. The reason for this expense is that DE filters can sort pollutants as small as 1 to 3 microns in size. DE filters include grids which make use of diatomaceous earth powder, which looks like pale, ultra-fine sand. DE powder, however, is a much much better purification medium compared to silica sand due to the fact that the products are incredibly different on a microscopic level. Most DE filter owners wash the filters by hand a few times a year because DE filters are a lot more fragile compared to sand filters and can tear if they are not gently cleaned on a consistent basis. Most DE filter owners typically vow by them since no other filter keeps the swimming pool cleaner.

Do Some Math

Pool maintenance and repair professionals highly encourage swimming pool owners to pick a slightly oversized swimming pool filter. A swimming pool filter that is too small may trigger damages to the pool’s pump because the pressure inside can stress the pump’s electric motor. The key to choosing a large swimming pool filter is to match the swimming pool’s dimension to the filter’s flow rate.

Calculating Swimming Pool Capacitypool filter

Swimming pool capacity is the amount of water a swimming pool holds in gallons. For a rectangular swimming pool, calculate the capacity in gallons by multiplying the width by the length by the average depth by 7.5. For a circular swimming pool, square the diameter and multiply that by the average depth and then by 5.9. The capacity of an oval swimming pool can be found by multiplying the full length of the pool by the width by the average depth and afterwards by 6.7. Since round and oval swimming pools are often above ground, their average depth is computed at 4 feet instead of 5 feet. Those with oddly formed pools need to call their swimming pool builder or swimming pool professional.

Determining Flow Rate

Next, compute the flow rate needed in a filter in order to totally filter the swimming pool in an set amount of time (described as the “turn over”). For example, if a 20,000-gallon swimming pool has to be completely filtered every eight hours, the filter’s circulation rate has to filter at least 2,500 gallons per hour, which is 41.6 gallons per minute (gpm). Due to the fact that different filters have various circulation rates based on the filter location and the filter maker’s mentioned filter rate, the difficulty arises.

The manufacturer’s filter rate (not to be confused with your preferred circulation rate) is the filter’s circulation rate for each square foot of area. Multiply the 2 numbers (provided by the vendor) to find the filter’s circulation rate and choose if it filters quickly enough your pool. For example, a filter with an area of 5 square feet and a filter rate of 10 gallons per minute will achieve a circulation rate of 50 gpm, which is certainly fast enough of a filtration process for the pool in the aforementioned example. Choosing a filter that has the fastest rate of circulation is a good idea, since the flow rate will steadily fall over time as the filter is used, and a bigger filter easily accomplishes a faster flow rate.

Getting the Correct Pool Filter

When the right flow rate has been determined and you’ve decided on the type of filter you want, the last step is to compare various brand names and models of filters. Swimming pool filters of all kinds can be located at brick-and-mortar pool supply establishments and also online. When there is no method to review the seller’s online history, filters are often less expensive online but it could be tough to find a respectable vendor. Online retailers like eBay and Amazon offer product reviews and low prices that we’ve all come to expect when shopping online.

Cleaning Pool After Incliment Weather

Cleaning Your Pool After Inclement Weather

When you own a pool, it helps to have general knowledge of and healthy respect for the unpredictability of weather and nature. When storms blow branches, leaves and other debris into your pool, knowing how to handle the situation yourself can be both efficient and cost-effective. Time can sometimes be a concern, as after a storm, you’ll want to prevent algae growth by adding chlorine to the pool as soon as possible. Of course, the pool technicians at A Better Pool Service can restore your pool to its previous glory after any winter storm or other inclement weather.

List of Pool Cleaning Supplies

If you’re new to owning a pool, you’ll want to gather some general supplies. Remember, while tedious, maintaining your pool has its benefits. Though you’ll have to make an initial investment with the supplies, you’ll save money in the long run. Gather these supplies:

  • Telescopic pole
  • Leaf net or skimmer
  • Pool brush
  • Vac head and hose
  • Pool chemicals
  • Water tests

Balanced water chemistry is the goal of proper pool maintenance, and a weekly routine helps with that. Designate one day every week to clean the pool during seasons of high use, and up to two days per month during seasons of low to medium use. You’ll learn how to balance, chlorinate, and shock your pool and add algaecide. First, remove large pieces of debris from your pool. If a storm knocked large branches and poolside furniture into the water, remove these before starting.

Balance It Out

A properly balanced pool has the right pH level, calcium hardness, and total alkalinity levels. Maintaining these levels at least monthly means a beautifully balanced pool ready to welcome you and your family. Balancing the chemicals in your pool helps protect your metal equipment and plaster surfaces and accessories from etching and corrosion.

Additionally, keeping a clean, perfectly balanced pool prevents eye and skin irritation and cloudy water, and saves pool equipment from scale formation and stains.


Not sure how to test your pool’s water? Don’t feel like doing maintenance on your pool? Call A Better Pool Service at (214) 347-8016. We’ll get your pool up to specs.


Find out which chemicals are off [by testing the water.] Make sure your water tests are of good quality that checks and helps you track pH levels, chlorine, and total alkalinity.

Chlorinate Your Pool

For proper sanitation, your pool’s chlorine level should consistently fall in the 1 to 4 parts per million (ppm) range. This range ensures that your pool is clean and safe from bacteria and algae. There are many options you can take to properly chlorinate your pool. You can try slow-dissolving chlorinating tablets, which have a stabilizer to protect the chlorine from burning off in the sun. Chlorinating tablets work best when dropped into a skimmer, floating dispenser or automatic chlorinator.

Pool CleaningSimilar to household bleach, you could also use liquid chlorine. While it is an effective sanitizer and easy to use, be sure and get the proper amount for your pool, as it has a very low shelf life compared to other products. If your pool is seeing high use, and you’re cleaning it weekly, you should be able to carry the leftover liquid chlorine to the next treatment, as you can only store it for a few weeks at most.

For a do-it-all-at-once solution, try chlorinating granules. These products can perform several pool maintenance tasks at once. While they vary from brand to brand, chlorinating granules shock, chlorinate and kill algae with a daily application.

Shock It!

When chlorine enters a pool, it bonds with ammonia and nitrogen compounds to help clean the pool. The dirtier the pool is, the lower the amount of free chlorine available. Shocking your pool increases the amount of unused chlorine in your already chlorinated pool. Shock your pool every week to rid it of contaminants that cause odor, cloudy water and skin and eye irritation.

There are two types of shock products for proper pool maintenance. Basic shock products kill bacteria and help disintegrate cosmetics like suntan lotions, sweat, deodorants and other swimmer byproducts that the pool’s filter can’t handle. Basic shock products keep your pool clear and reduces eye irritation.

Much like its name suggests, multifunctional shock products do more than the bare minimum of basic shock products. They destroy swimmer byproducts and bacteria while balancing pH levels, aiding filtration, and further protecting your pool against algae. What’s more, multifunctional shock treatments do all this work extra fast, some of which work effectively after only 15 minutes.

Add Algaecide

Algae are microscopic plants that can grow fast and quickly destabilize the balance of your pool, clog filters and reduce the effectiveness of your pool chemicals. Prevention is key, since an algae infestation can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive to control and remove. Algaecides help keep algae from taking over your pool by stunting its growth as soon as applied. Some algaecides kill multiple types of algae and keep them from returning with regular (read: weekly) applications. If you’re properly testing your water at least monthly, you’ll be able to tell when algae is on the rise. Catch an algae outbreak before it becomes a bigger issue with algaecides.

Leaf Net

In this last step, get out your pole and leaf net and get ready to work your arms. Skim debris out of the pool on a daily basis, especially when the pool use is high and in season. The first time doing this might prove to be the most difficult, as you get used to using the pole and fishing debris out of the pool. The more you do it, the easier it’ll be and the faster you’ll finish this task. Clean skimmer baskets once you’re done.pool cleaning dallas

Next, hook up your vacuum and use the brush ends to scrub the walls and floor. Use pool manufacturer recommendations for pool cleaners and brushes. Begin at the shallow end and move onto the deep end, overlapping each stroke during the vacuuming and brushing process. Make sure the vacuum head stays underwater and brush thoroughly, then hose down the pool area once you’re done. Be sure to direct the hose spray away from the pool to prevent runoff.

Repeat this process at least twice a month for the cleanest, clearest, most balanced pool that will incite jealousy from your neighbors, especially the ones without a pool. Don’t feel like doing all this yourself? Call A Better Pool Service. We can schedule weekly or monthly pool maintenance so you don’t have to do all the work yourself. We’ll have your pool clear, blue and perfectly balanced all year long.

When inclement weather hits your town, it can leave your backyard and pool area in a total shambles. Branches, leaves and other runoff are a breeding grounds for algae infestations that can turn your pool green and unswimmable. Learning how to maintain your pool will help ensure that you can have as many swim days this summer as possible.


Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

As the season transitions from winter to spring again, now is the perfect time to empty your swimming pool, do maintenance on it and upgrade it for the coming summer months. Because the North Texas area has had such a mild winter, you can already predict that summer will be even hotter than last year. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to upgrade your pool. Get started now to avoid high costs and be able to get the best use out of your pool during what’s sure to be a hot summer.

Peel Back the Pool Cover

After a long winter, remove the pool cover and turn back on your pool’s motors. You can now now perform some basic tests on the water to check the chemicals and make sure the pH level is balanced. It’s best to test your pool weekly and compare the results to keep the water completely balanced.

Gather a water sample from below 18 inches in your pool, or about a full arm’s length.pool maintenance

Buy a quality test kit that includes tests and reading for pH, total alkalinity and total chlorine, and follow its directions precisely. Total alkalinity is a pH buffer, so keeping total alkalinity in check will help stabilize the pH level in your pool and keep it from fluctuating. You’re looking for pH levels to be between 7.2 and 7.6; total alkalinity should be in the 80 to 120 range; and total or combined chlorine should be between 2.0 and 3.0.

If your pH level is too high, lower it by very carefully add muriatic acid to the pool away from other chemicals. If your pH level is too low, add soda ash. Muriatic acid can also be used to lower total alkalinity. To raise this figure, add sodium bicarbonate to the pool to strengthen the pH buffer. Testing your pool weekly will help keep it balanced and help you maintain a clean pool all year round.

For best results, call A Better Pool Service at (214) 347-8016, and schedule weekly service. We’ll keep your pool properly maintained week to week.

Security Updates for Your Swimming Pool

This period of transition between the seasons is a good time to check all kinds of safety equipment throughout your home, including fire extinguishers and CO2 and smoke detectors. While readying your pool for the summer, you should perform security updates around the backyard and pool areas.

Check the fencing around your pool to make sure there aren’t any gaps that small animals can crawl under. Check your pool’s anti-entrapment devices to keep hair and body parts from being pulled toward the pool drain. Install a safety ladder near the deep end of the pool, and make sure the safety rails near the swimming pool’s main steps are secure and in
good condition.

You can even upgrade the entire system to be able to manage it remotely. With this upgrade, you can turn on or off your pool’s heater, lights, and pumps and monitor and manage chemical levels from anywhere with just your cell phone.

Now is the Best Time to Do Some Pool Upgrades

Local Pool ServicesWhat better time to upgrade your swimming pool than a full season before summer! Itching for a whole new look for your backyard? Resurface the pool area with new pool tile, add a small cabana area, or integrate a new water feature like a fountain. Have your Jacuzzi jets repaired or some new ones installed. Attach accessories like a water slide for the kids to enjoy the pool some. You might even get a kick out of it yourself!

If you want more drastic changes done, you could definitely do a complete overhaul on the pool area. Drain the pool and pick new tile or plaster for the pool floor. Pay attention to the design elements around you to make your pool remodel project look distinctive while belonging with the general decor of your home. By remodeling the pool area, you’re sure to be able work highly sought-after features like luxurious and romantic waterfalls and rock formations into your design and create an oasis you won’t want to leave all summer.

Energy Efficient Swimming Pool Upgrades

Making sure all your equipment is energy-efficient is one of the best ways to save big on your monthly energy bills. Extend that efficiency to your swimming pool by upgrading your regular pool pump to a variable speed one. A variable speed water pump is nearly three times more efficient and operates on less than half the electricity a standard water pump uses. You could also upgrade your pool cover to a solar one in order to save money heating your pool. While not necessary for much of the summer, if you tend to swim in the cooler months, a solar pool cover helps drive down your heating costs while keeping your pool warm throughout the year.

Top of the Line Pool Service in Dallas

If you’ve got a pool that needs to be brought back to life before the heat of summer hits us, give A Better Pool Service a call. Restoring a pool to its former glistening glory can be a delicate process of balancing pH levels, chlorine and alkalinity. With A Better Pool Service, you don’t have to worry about all of that. You can just dive into a perfectly clean pool with our weekly cleaning services.

If you’re like some of our customers and prefer to test and clean your pool by yourself, we offer our Chemicals-Only service. We will bring the tests and chemicals with us so you don’t have to worry about storing chemicals at your home. Starting at only $70 per month, our Chemicals-Only service offers you substantial savings as well. Read more about it here, and give us a call to schedule a cleaning today.

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Avoid These Common Pool Care Mistakes

Relaxing in your pool during a hot summer day, playing water sports with the kids, and inviting friends over for pool parties are just a few of the fun activities your pool provides each year. If you’ve already had your pool a few seasons, you know it’s important to maintain regular swimming pool service and keep up with the pool cleaning each year.

However, you might be making some mistakes that are aging your pool too fast and making it more likely you’ll require unexpected pool repairs. With the right care, your pool will last decades, but not if you make the following common mistakes.

1. Not running the pool pump enough

There’s no denying that a backyard swimming pool will increase the cost of your utilities, but there are a variety of ways to reduce your electricity and water costs when you have a pool. However, some pool owners take this idea a little too far and don’t run the swimming pool pump enough.

You might find that your pool is growing more algae than usual. Not running your swimming pool pump as a way to save money could actually result in an increase in the need for pool chemicals. Run your pump about seven or eight hours a day for a clean pool, and call A Better Pool Service if you find your pump isn’t cleaning the pool even when you run it.

2. Population in the pool is too high

Inviting the neighborhood kids over for the afternoon creates a fun and boisterous atmosphere in the backyard, but your pool probably can’t handle big pool parties every day. With each extra swimmer in your pool, you need to use more chemicals to keep the water balanced and clear.

If you’re likely enjoy your pool with friends this season, consider letting your pool service technician know. He or she can help you get the level of chemicals in your pool at the correct level for optimum clarity.

3. Foreign objects frequent your pool water

How many internet videos have you seen and enjoyed of a dog frolicking in a swimming pool like it’s a recreational fishing hole? Although dogs adore the water, and you love seeing the family pet play around in the pool, excessive dog hair is a filter killer.

Even if you’re willing to schedule extra swimming pool cleaning visits to accommodate your swimming pooch, you’ll need to clean your filter and skimmer basket frequently to prevent the eventual destruction of the filter. You may also think about pool upgrades like a sturdier filter if you feel you’re asking too much of your current filter.

4. Improper use of chemicals

If your pool develops a chemical imbalance and you find you need to use an algaecide to clear the water, you’ll need to adjust your chlorine levels to compensate. A good rule of thumb is to increase the chlorine level prior to adding the algaecide so as to maintain enough chlorine post-application.

Pool care mistakes are common because they’re not immediately obvious to the average pool owner. You’ve budgeted the cost of your backyard pool, but don’t forget to budget time to learn about caring for it, too.

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Swimming Pool Safety Tips for Parents & Kids

You care for your pool by maintaining it with regular pool service and cleaning, but a clean pool isn’t the only way to keep your family safe. As you get the pool ready for swimming season, you’ll want to go over some simple safety rules with the kids. These rules are essential even if they’ve already taken safety lessons and have enjoyed the pool each summer for many years.

Go Further than Lessons

One of the simplest ways to ensure your child’s safety in the pool is through swimming lessons. You may choose to teach your child to swim, or you may think about hiring a local teacher. City pools and neighborhood recreation pools often also provide lessons.

A child who knows how to swim may also benefit from learning simple safety rules that all swimmers need to observe. Ensure your child feels comfortable and safe in the water through swimming lessons, but also make sure those lessons come with information on pool safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals swimming lessons may reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for children aged one to four years.

After the first swimming pool cleaning of the season is complete and your pool is ready to use, remind the kids of the following rules before they jump in the water:

  • Never run around the pool
  • No horseplay around the pool
  • Never dive into the shallow end
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Never push anyone else into the pool
  • Know how to dial 911 for emergencies

Swimming Pool Safety SignIn addition to these basic safety rules, it’s also important to have a talk with teenagers who might be inclined to drink and then swim in the pool. Alcohol greatly increases the risk of drowning. Also, encourage teenagers to remain vigilant when young children are in the pool.

Pool Safety for the Adults

Children who know the rules of the pool will enjoy a safe and happy summer, but adults should also remain aware of safe habits and pool rules.

Install safety equipment: Consider swimming pool upgrades from A Better Pool Service like alarms, fences, and pool covers to enhance safety when the pool is not in use.

Inspect the pool regularly: Keep up with regular maintenance and pool repairs to ensure there aren’t any electrical problems or other issues that could pose a safety threat.

Pool Safety and Small Pools

There’s a misconception that large pools require lessons in safety while small plastic pools that take just a few minutes to fill aren’t dangerous to anyone. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case since a small child doesn’t need a deep pool in which to drown.

Remember: Supervision is always priority number one when any pool of any size is in use.

Greet the season with a safe and happy pool experience. After arranging for your seasonal swimming pool service visits, sit down with the family and go over these simple safety rules.

Baby Brain Development and Swimming

If you already own a backyard swimming pool, you know the benefits cover everything from physical health to mental well-being to aesthetic enjoyment. But did you know that learning to swim helps babies develop their brains?

Having fun in your pool is one of the best things about having a pool, but getting a boost in brainpower makes those fun summer afternoons of splashing and playing that much more valuable. Keeping your pool in healthy, beautiful condition with regular pool service might be one of the most important maintenance calls you make this season.

Science Proves the Mental Benefits of Swimming

A study conducted in 2012 at Australia’s Griffith University suggested that kids who learn how to swim learn faster and reach essential developmental milestones earlier than children who don’t get in the pool.

The study included parents of 7,000 children under the age of five living in Australia and New Zealand. Researchers followed the kids for more than three years, and the researchers also conducted in-depth testing on 180 additional children.

No matter a child’s socio-economic background, learning to swim helped children enter their first years of school and achieve greater academic success. Children with swimming skills had better visual-motor ability and also developed better reading and math skills.

When children are old enough to start participating in competitive swimming, they’ll continue to build valuable life skills that they’ll retain and use as adults. Some of those skills include listening and interpersonal skills, as well as goal setting skills and a positive self-image.

Physical Benefits of Swimming for ChildrenBaby Swimming

Regular swimming is a low-impact and effective way to stay healthy, and it’s also a fun way to engage in a comprehensive type of exercise every day. Introducing your baby to the water early in life is a terrific way to ensure your baby’s health during his or her most important years of development. Also, arranging regular swimming pool cleaning keeps your pool safe whenever your kids want to head outside and play.

Why is swimming a terrific activity for children?

  • It improves coordination of young swimmers
  • Swimming is low-impact, and injuries are rare
  • Daily swimming helps build self-discipline
  • Builds healthy muscles and boosts flexibility

Pediatricians also suggest parents include swimming as a daily activity for children because it enhances the natural flexibility with which a child is born.

Teaching Children the Benefits of Exercise

Remember when you were a child, and you spent the summers outside no matter how hot the weather? Riding bikes with friends, swimming at your best friend’s pool, and climbing trees kept you healthy and your mind active.

Today, your backyard pool is a terrific way to introduce your children to the benefits of outdoor exercise and healthy activities. What better way is there to exercise than playing “sharks and minnows” with the kids?

If you’re looking for ways to improve your pool for your family’s enjoyment, A Better Pool Service will make recommendations on swimming pool upgrades, and make sure your pool is safe for your kids and their friends.

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Why You Should Consider a Solar Pool Cover

When it’s time for raking leaves instead of swimming in your backyard pool, you’ve got a few projects ahead that will keep your pool in good condition during the winter. You also might want to see how a few swimming pool upgrades may help make your pool more comfortable well into the colder months. One project you’ll want to consider is the installation of a solar pool cover.

Benefits of a Solar Pool Cover

One of the best reasons to invest in a solar pool cover is the energy savings you’ll enjoy when you reduce evaporation and heat loss from your pool. Your backyard swimming pool is a source of enjoyment in the summer, but there’s no reason to stop using your pool when the temperatures start to get a little chilly.

Some of the benefits of installing a solar pool cover include:

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  • Reducing the cost of pool chemicals
  • Lowers pool service and maintenance costs over time
  • Reducing water used to fill the pool
  • Captures free heat from the sun
  • Helps reduce swimming pool cleaning costs

Sometimes called a “bubble” cover, solar pool covers look much like the bubble wrap you might use to keep fragile items safe in the mail. They also feature special construction and thicker plastic to ensure they can withstand UV rays.

Wasted Energy from Your Pool

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), swimming pools lose the majority of their energy through evaporation. Characteristics that impact the rate of evaporation include humidity and air temperature, as well as wind speed at the surface of the pool.

Installing pool upgrades like a swimming pool cover helps reduce evaporation for pools located indoors and outdoors. In addition, covering your pool when it’s not in use during the off-season helps reduce wear and tear and the need for pool repairs come spring.

The National Weather Service says the drought is in its 5th year, and that some of the most impacted areas are around the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Conserving water is a responsibility of every homeowner in a drought-stricken area.

Remember: Solar pool covers aren’t meant to keep your pool or its users safe. A solar pool cover is a device that should always be used and maintained by an adult. Never assume small children are safe without supervision because a solar pool cover is in use.


Questions or need assistance with your swimming pool maintenance including a cover? Contact A Better Pool Service today!


When to Replace Your Swimming Pool Cover

Pool care, Dallas swimming pool cleaning, winter pool cover, pool safety coverSolar pool covers don’t last forever; however, they don’t require incredible investment. The easiest way to tell whether your pool cover needs replacement is when the special bubbles start to fall off or the plastic begins to degrade.

Even if you need to replace your solar pool cover every few years you’ll still save money in the long run on the costs associated with heating your pool. You’ll also save water by reducing your pool’s rate of evaporation.

A Better Pool Service can help you choose a solar pool cover to best fit your needs. You’ll enjoy lowering your electricity bills and water costs with this simple and inexpensive enhancement for your pool.

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How to Fight Depression with Swimming

Managing depression feels like a full-time job for some sufferers. However, did you know that swimming in a pool might help reduce the severity of depression? Doctors often recommend engaging in healthy activities like swimming to help treat this debilitating mental illness.

If you, a friend or one of your family members suffers from depression and you have access to a swimming pool, now might be the time to schedule pool cleaning and maintenance to take advantage of your pool’s healing and restorative benefits.

Recognizing Depression

On occasion, everyone experiences feelings of sadness, but those who suffer from depression actually experience physical pain when their illness is left untreated. Doctors commonly prescribe medication and psychotherapy to help people cope with depression.

Medication helps restore proper chemical balance in the brain, and therapy teaches a patient how to cope with his or her illness. Depression may occur after an accident or traumatic event, such as the passing of a loved one.

In addition to the physical symptoms of depression, which may include insomnia, agitation, or changes in weight, depression may also cause suffers to have suicidal thoughts or even act upon those feelings.

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Aerobic exercise helps reduce the physical and mental impact of depression. The brain remains a complicated piece of anatomy, but one thing scientists understand is that exercise stimulates special chemicals in the brain such as endorphins. Activity also boosts the power of “neurotransmitters,” which help us deal with stress and anxiety.

One of the reasons why swimming is so incredibly beneficial is because it improves the body both physiologically and mentally. Spending a half hour in the morning swimming laps releases endorphins, which are the brain compounds that help make you feel happy.

Further, an issue of “Swimmer” magazine suggests that swimming could even help foster the growth of new brain cells, as well as help the body absorb and neutralize stress hormones. Like a relaxing afternoon cup of tea, a regular date with the pool could help someone suffering from depression find consistency and relaxation in a stressful life.

Beyond Depression

Swimming is an amazing fitness tool and offers proven therapeutic benefits, but there are many more reasons you’ll want to make an appointment with A Better Pool Service to get pool upgrades and repairs handled.

Eldery SwimmingYour backyard swimming pool is an amazing tool for socializing with friends. If you have an elderly parent or friend who doesn’t get out much, a swim in your pool might be just the thing to boost mood and offer a low-impact type of exercise.

Additionally, swimming is an amazing tool for improving your physical conditioning. In addition to burning calories, swimming also helps with flexibility, balance, and endurance.

The benefits of your backyard swimming pool are immeasurable when you consider the benefits to your mental and physical health. A clean and well-maintained pool will inspire you to improve your health and mind with a daily swim. Arrange regular swimming pool cleaning to make sure your backyard pool remains enjoyable throughout the season.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Swimming Pool

It’s much more enjoyable to swim in a pool than it is to perform regular maintenance on it. However, as with most things in your home the work you do today will reduce the need for pool repairs in the future. With the New Year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make a resolution to perform regular maintenance and ensure your pool is a beautiful and sparkling place to swim.

Your Pool Maintenance & Chemistry Expert

On each visit, your swimming pool service expert will test the chemicals in your pool to ensure the right pH balance. You’ll also want to understand how to perform these tests on your own to keep your pool clear and fresh between visits. Bringing a pool back from an imbalanced chemical state can become a costly project, and it makes pool cleaning difficult.Swimming Pool Maintenance

Enhance the functionality of your pool’s filter system with regular testing. Take a lesson or two on how to test the chemicals in your pool, so you can maintain good pool chemistry at all times. You’ll even save money on chlorine in the long run, as well as extend the lifespan of your pool equipment.

Boost Pool Safety

Nobody wants to consider their pool dangerous, but sometimes it’s easy to forget the importance of pool safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ten people die each day from accidental drowning, and some of those deaths occur in family swimming pools. Unfortunately, home pools represent a danger if you don’t keep up with pool maintenance.Swimming pool maintenance cost

Pool upgrades you’ll want to buy may include safety covers, alarms, and fencing. In addition, you’ll want A Better Pool Service to inspect existing systems like the pool lights to ensure functionality of the electrical system and pool equipment. Finally, if you have children living at home, a refresher course on pool safety is never a bad idea, particularly when it’s time to remove the winter pool cover and enjoy your pool again.

Swimming Pool Upgrades That Will Restore Its Original Beauty

Over time, the need for swimming pool repair is all but inevitable even if you perform dedicated maintenance. However, small issues like a worn pool liner or a weak filter may eventually prove rather costly if you ignore them. A little leak in your pool today could turn into gallons upon gallons of wasted water, which is particularly stressful in the drought-stricken areas of Texas.

One of the best reasons to make a New Year’s appointment for pool service and repair is that it might be possible to take advantage of sales or clearances on equipment during the slow season. When the summer arrives, those sales will disappear, and clearance racks will empty.

Hopefully, you already have regularly scheduled swimming pool cleaning to maintain the clarity and appearance of your pool. However, if you’ve been neglectful, now’s the time to get ahead of any problems that could make your space unusable this summer. Don’t risk starting summer with a dirty pool or a broken filter. Make a New Year’s resolution to keep up with your pool’s care and maintenance.