main·te·nance
ˈmānt(ə)nəns,ˈmān(t)nəns/
noun
1. the process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained.

Once your pool is constructed, like our competitors, we will add the initial chemicals to your pool. However, we manage the pool until the chemistry is in balance, come back and take you through Pool School and leave you with about 3 months of chemicals to start! This allows us to check the pool operations and chemistry with you, teaching you how your pool operates, what to look for and how to make sure it is kept operational.


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Flamingo Maintenance
The other option available is to allow Flamingo Custom Pools to maintain your pool for you.
Many owners like the thought of just being able to enjoy the pool with the family and not having to ‘deal’ with the pool.
If you’re interested in having Flamingo provide your pool maintenance to keep it in top condition, let us know.
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Chemistry Balancing

Pool water needs to be maintained at a balance of multiple chemistry’s. Ph balance (acid to alkali), metals, chlorine and calcium are a few of the most common. This balance of the chemistry ensures that the water is crystal clear providing that sparkle when the sun hits it but it’s much much more.
Having the right chlorine levels helps hold algae growth at bay. Warm water is a natural spot for plant forms like algae and bacteria to attach and grow.

Chlorine is an inhibitor as long as its kept at the right level. Too much and water is irritating, can have a strong smell and damage clothing. Too little and the water will lose its lustre, algae and bacteria can form on hard surfaces requiring constant cleaning and scrubbing to keep it from over taking the pool.

Calcium is naturally occurring in the water as well as in the surrounding grout and decking materials. Sometimes people notice white deposits forming around the edge of trickling or slow moving water sources such as a spillway. These can be calcium deposits. Often time the homeowner will mistake this for excessive calcium and mis treat the water increasing the problem. When the water lacks sufficient calcium it will leach it out of the grout and decking materials to achieve balance.

Couple these types of balance needs with the fact your pool is outside in an ever changing environment (evaporation, rainfall, debris, etc) and keeping your chemistry in check is very important.
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Physical Cleaning
The process of physically removing dirt and debris from the pool surfaces and equipment.

As pictured its important to remove debris that float (surface and edges of the pool) , sink (to the bottom) and stick (inside filter baskets and filter systems). Allowing physical debris to remain does a couple things: decomposes causing chemistry changes (see paragraph above) and clogs pool equipment operations. Clogging equipment operations does a couple of things: stress and strain on equipment causing premature wear and failure as well as slowing water circulation and impacting water chemistry (see paragraph above).

Finally the basics of moving the physical dirt toward the drains so that it can more efficiently remove and filter the it out of the water helps in two ways: taking the material off of the pool surface allowing it to reflect sunlight and your pool to sparkle and breakup any plant development like algae.
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Equipment Management
Your pool uses expensive equipment to maintain itself as best it possibly can.
At the heart are the pumps (no pun intended) that force the water circulation; for cleaning by running it through the filter and pool cleaner and for enjoyment by forcing water through various water features (spa, waterfalls, bubblers, etc). Today’s pumps are well engineered and constructed and they work throughout the schedule providing their service. But even these water warriors require care and attention to provide years of trouble free service.

Making sure the pump baskets are kept clear of debris is a starting point. This allows the pump to work with less effort and extend their life and improve efficiency.

Cleaning the main filter (either cartridge or diatomaceous earth-DTE) is important for the water health and pump longevity.

Anytime a pump is put in a strain it causes more stress on the motor as well as all the connections. O rings, fittings and seals all can wear prematurely leading to leaks, higher water costs and chemistry imbalances.
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