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    Exploring the Different Types of Pool Filters

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Pool filters may contain cartridges, sand, or even powdered fossilized algae, but their function is the same: to keep your pool clean and sparkly. Before you buy a pool filter, however, it’s important to know the maintenance and costs required with each type of system. If you are building an inground pool or dissatisfied with your current pool filtration system, read this article to determine which type of pool filter is best for your swimming pool.

    Sand Filters

    This type of pool filter contains a layer of special sand that traps debris and dirt as water is pulled through it. Pool gauges on the outside of the sand filter tank monitor the pressure of the inlet pipe and outlet pipe to help determine the level of blockage inside. If there is more pressure at the inlet pipe, the sand is too full of debris and must be backwashed. Over time, the sand becomes less coarse and loses its ability to trap debris, so be sure to change the sand every five years for the best results.

    Diatomaceous Earth Filters

    Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine powder made from the fossil remains of diatoms, a single-celled alga with a silica cell wall. Extremely fine and porous, DE powder serves as a very effective filter. DE filters feature a fabric-covered grid that keeps the DE powder from washing into the pool. We recommend backwashing and adding new DE once or twice annually.

    Cartridge Filters

    Cartridge filters contain a fine filter surface that captures impurities as water flows through. These impurities stay trapped in the filter until the filter cartridge is cleaned or replaced. Because of their larger filter surface area, cartridge filters experience fewer clogs than sand filters and are easier to maintain. In addition to cleaning the cartridge filter regularly, we recommend replacing the filter every three to five years.

    Learn more about your pool filter options by contacting the pool equipment and service experts at Custom Pools of Minneapolis. We have more than 40 years of experience to offer. Call us at (952) 933-2255 or visit our website for more information.

    A Look at the Process of Removing a Pool Cover

    Last updated 22 days ago

    When you’re ready to open your inground pool for the season, clear debris off of the pool cover. Then, remove the pool cover and check the water level. You can do this easily by looking in the pool skimmer. If the water level is high enough, you can start the filtration system; otherwise, you will need to add water to the pool first. As you remove the pool cover, take care to fold it properly so before storing it. For more tips on removing the pool cover for the season, watch this video clip.

    At Custom Pools, we have over 40 years of experience with pool service in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Call us at (952) 933-2255 or visit our website for more information about the wide range of pool equipment and services we have to offer.

    A Homeowner's Guide to Designing a Custom Pool

    Last updated 28 days ago

    The goal when designing a custom pool is to envision the final product. To help you do this, we recommend collecting ideas in pool magazines and from people you know. For more tips that will help you design a custom inground pool that’s perfect for your home, read this article.

    Talk to People Who Have a Pool

    Some of the best insights into designing a custom pool can be gathered from homeowners who have a pool. Ask friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have inground pools if they would share with you some of their experiences designing the pool. In particular, ask about things they do and do not like about their pool, how long the entire process took, and unforeseen costs that came up along the way.

    Collect Pool Design Pictures and Information

    Professional interior designers will usually ask you if you have pictures of the room designs you like, as this gives them insight into the themes, colors, and materials you appear to be most interested in. Similarly, if you have a collection of a dozen or so pictures of pools that catch your eye, you and your swimming pool company can look at them and identify common themes that will guide the design process. In addition to clipping pictures, write down the features, designs, and other elements of a pool that you want to have in your custom pool.

    Do a Garden Hose Layout

    An easy and inexpensive way to experiment with pool shapes and sizes is to use a long garden hose to trace the pool design in your backyard. You can also do this with marking spray paint or lime.

    At Custom Pools, we have more than 40 years of experience helping our customers in the Minneapolis area design the custom pool of their dreams. Visit our website to see the pool equipment and inground pool design services we offer, and call us at (952) 933-2255 to speak with a pool specialist today.

    Tips for Landscaping Your Swimming Pool

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A well-landscaped inground pool will make your backyard look beautiful. First, consider the plants near your swimming pool. Large trees or vine-covered fences can provide beautiful greenery as well as privacy and shade. Talk with a pool renovations company to find out which plants will convey the look you are going for. Installing a grotto, waterfall, or some other type of water feature will add personality to your pool and your backyard, while increasing the value of your home. Carefully select the color and materials you use for your pool deck and seat walls, as this will influence the style and usability of your pool.

    For more ideas on how to landscape your swimming pool, contact Custom Pools, where we have more than 40 years of experience serving the Minneapolis area. Visit our website to learn about our pool renovation experience, and call us at (952) 933-2255 for more information about our pool design and construction services.

    Understanding the Importance of Balancing Your Pool Water

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Keeping your swimming pool water in balance is an important pool service that must be performed at least once per week. Keeping the alkalinity, pH level, calcium hardness, and chlorine level in check is important for the safety and comfort of your family, as well as the longevity of your pool and pool equipment. Learn more about why you should balance your pool water by reading this article.

    Ensure Your Safety

    The most important reason to regularly balance your swimming pool water is to make sure everyone who swims in the pool is safe. An imbalanced swimming pool will probably contain excessive levels of germs and bacteria, which can lead to algae growth. Be sure not to swim in the pool immediately after balancing the pool water, especially if your pool contains water that has never been balanced, as this can put anyone who swims in the pool at risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.   

    Stay Comfortable

    An improperly balanced pool will probably have a pH level that is unsuitable for swimming. Anyone who gets in a swimming pool that is too acidic or too basic will likely experience irritation of the skin and eyes. Excessive chlorine levels may also lead to hair damage that requires a specialized product to fix.

    Protect Your Pool

    Imbalanced pool water can promote corrosion, which can damage the ladders, handrail, concrete, PVC pipes, heater elements, and liner. Other pool equipment such as the pump, filter, and chlorine tablet holders can be affected by corrosion, too. Many pool equipment manufacturers do not cover damage caused by imbalanced water.

    To ensure your pool water is regularly balanced, call Custom Pools of Minneapolis at (952) 933-2255. We have more than 40 years of experience with pool water analysis and testing. Visit our website to learn about the pool service, pool installation, and pool equipment repair services we offer for homeowners throughout the Minneapolis area.

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