Everything You Need to Know About Pool Chemical Feeders

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Swimming pool chemical feeders are devices that accurately manage the quantity of chlorine, bromine, or pH-control chemicals released into the pool. Consistent chemical levels benefit both inground and above ground pools; automated chlorinators and pH chemical feeders assist pool owners avoid sanitation and pH control peaks and valleys.

Depending on the pool chemical that you wish to use, there are a variety of pool feeders available.

Chlorine and Bromine Tablet Feeders

The 3″ chlorine tablets or sticks are meant to dissolve slowly and are intended for use in tablet feeders, not in the pool skimmer, where they might cause damage to the pipes and pool equipment. When the pump is turned off for many hours, the tablets in the skimmer continue to leach, contaminating the skimmer and pipes. This overflows the skimmer’s wall, discolour the plaster and puckering the vinyl over time. When the pump is activated, the caustic water is sucked through the system, which may cause damage to the pump and valve seals, filter elements, and pool heater exchangers.

Bromine tablets can be used in most automatic chlorine feeders and floaters mentioned below, but only if the feeder has never been used for chlorine tablets. Never mix chlorine and bromine, and never add a granular chlorine product to a tablet feeder.  Many companies sell an automatic feeder with greater flow, optimized for use with bromine tablets. 

Inline Chlorinator vs Floater

Floating Chlorinators:  An inexpensive option to using the skimmer as a chlorine feeder, a floating chlorinator can be used in any pool by simply filling it with chlorine or bromine tablets and adjusting the openings to allow the pool water to flow through the tablet chamber.  Pool chlorine floaters are inexpensive and simple to operate, but they must be closely watched to avoid spilling their contents or colliding with a step or ladder. When not in use, floating chlorinators should be removed from the pool and, if used as a winter pool floater, tied off so they stay in the pool’s centre.

The standard blue & white floating chlorinators are available in many sizes, and in a variety of styles that pop-up or flip over when the tablets or sticks have depleted, to give you a visual cue to refill the floater.  Also available are large pool tablet floaters with fun and colorful designs.

In-Line Automatic Chlorinators:  Plumbed into a horizontal return line pipe near the ground, and after the filter and any heater, in-line pool chlorinators are available to match any pool size.  In-line chlorinators often have fewer issues than their off-line relatives, seen below. However, not all pool plumbing configurations allow for the installation of an in-line chlorinator.

Chlorinators put in-line must be mounted last on the line, behind the filter and heater, on a horizontal return pipe at ground level. Installing a chlorinator before to the filter or at the same level as a gas heater may result in equipment damage. Between an in-line tablet feeder and other equipment, check valves may be fitted to assist minimise issues with chlorine gas or liquid backing up when the pump is not functioning.

Above ground pools with in-line automated chlorinators may utilise threaded hose adapters to connect to flexible hose, or unions or threaded pipe adapters can be used when plumbing with rigid PVC.  Chemical feeders can be used with all pools.

Also important to mention is to use caution when opening a chlorine feeder or bucket of chlorine tablets; strong fumes are under pressure and can quickly es ape to burn throat and lung tissue if inhaled. When opening a chlorinator or chlorine bucket, hold your breath and turn away. When closing a pool for the season, be sure to empty the chlorinator of tablets and tiny bits of chlorine and dry completely. Keep the lid loose to avoid dangerous gas build-up.

Off-Line Automatic Chlorinators:

Where no room exists to plumb an in-line chlorinator in place properly or conveniently, off-Line automatic chlorinators are installed easily.  Two hose sections are utilised; one is connected after the pump to bring water into the feeder, and another is attached after the filter and any other equipment to inject chlorinated water straight into the return pipe. Screw the feeder base into the concrete or into a long board to secure it while removing the feeder cover or top.

Off-line chlorine feeders enable you to locate the chlorinator in the most convenient place and inject chlorine straight into the pipe, horizontal or vertical, well after any other equipment on the line. The sole disadvantage of off-line chlorinators is that the small injection fittings and check valves might clog and the hoses degrade with time in the sun. Every 3-5 years, a new hose and fitting kit may be required.

Liquid Chlorine Feeder for Pools

Liquid chlorine, or sodium hypochlorite, is the most often used liquid pool chemical. It is pushed directly into the return line from enormous vats using peristaltic chemical pumps. Muriatic acid may also be put straight into a return line to reduce the pH and alkalinity (using a separate chemical pump).

Chemical pumps of different sizes are available to match the chemical demand of the pool, from the small model which pumps 1 gpd (gallons per day) up to the model, capable of 77 gpd.  A dial and three-way switch on the front of the chemical pump provide further control, including the ability to postpone the pumping motion. When the 3-way switch is set to ON, it runs continuously; when set to TIMER, you may change the dial to determine the length of run time within a 9-minute cycle.

Chlorine feeders for swimming pools. have the potential to leak, in the feed hose, at the pump tube connection, or at the injection fitting.  Chemical pumps should always be firmly positioned above the chemical on a wall or level shelf. They must be kept inside to protect the feeder and chlorine from the environment and to keep youngsters out of reach.

Liquid Automation Systems:   Taking liquid chemical pumping to another level, automation systems combine a digital ORP/pH controller with two chemical pumps, one for liquid chlorine and one for muriatic acid.  The controller is capable of automatically adding a precise quantity of chlorine and pH/Alkalinity control by using a pH sensor and an ORP sensor. 

Erosion Chemical Feeder is What Type of Feeder?

The erosion feeder is the most often used form of chlorine feeder. The feeder is filled with solid, compressed chlorine or bromine (in the form of a chlorine stick or tablet). Water passes over the chlorine pucks or tabs, dissolving them and allowing for a gradual release. 

Acid Feeder for Pools

Is it necessary to lower the alkalinity or pH of a swimming pool? If this is the case, you may need to add acid. This article recommends introducing acid through a feeder. Calculate the alkalinity to estimate the amount of acid to add. This will determine whether to utilise acid products and how to appropriately apply acid to a pool. Yes, the manner in which (and where) the acid is thrown into the pool DOES important.

You have a 20,000 gallon home pool that has a pH of 8.0 when tested, and you wish to reduce the pH to 7.5. How much muriatic acid is required?

We’ve been asking this question a lot recently since the responses confirm our belief that we are an industry of habits…many of which are in desperate need of updating. The majority of folks say around half a gallon. Which is scarey, considering the correct answer is around half of that, depending on the pool’s alkalinity. It is critical to use the appropriate quantity of acid.

There is a clear link between how much acid is pumped into a pool and how difficult it is for the pool to maintain its alkalinity levels.  Acid problems are common everywhere, and much of it is because muriatic acid is 1.18x the density of water (18% denser). 18 percent may not sound like a lot, but in water, it is a big enough difference to cause acid to plummet to the bottom of a swimming pool. 

Using an acid pool feeder is essential.

Maintaining your pool will ensure that you are protecting your most important investment.  For the enjoyment and safety of everyone, add a pool chemical feeder today.  It will pay for itself in no time as you are not overusing chemicals. Toronto Pool Supplies has a wide variety for your convenience.  We are here to answer all of your questions.

When & How to Replace a Pool Pump

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Each swimming pool includes a circulation system that maintains the pool’s water quality. The swimming pool pump is a vital component of this system.It acts like the heart where it pumps water throughout, like the circulation system.  It must be in excellent functioning order at all times in order to execute this duty.  However, no matter the quality or the brand of your pump, it will need to be replaced at some point.  You probably wonder when to replace a pool pump.

After a lengthy winter or an endless summer, your swimming pool pump may have problems. If the pump won’t turn on or it makes unexpected noises, then you might start to wonder if you should replace your pool pump motor, the bearings or the whole pump.  You may want to try to replace the motor or bearings before replacing the pump.

There are numerous factors to consider when determining the best way to maintain your pool pump, including the time required to disassemble the pump and diagnose the problem, the length of time required to wait for a service technician to install a replacement, and the possibility of receiving bad advice and paying more than necessary. Trust Toronto Pool Supplies’ experts when deciding what to do with your pump.

How to Check Your Pool Pump Health

A good rule of thumb is to set a price point for replacing or repairing.  If the cost to repair is less than 70% of the cost to replace the pool pump, repairing is financially wise.  However, if the price to repair the motor is close to the cost of a new pump, then buying a new pump makes sense, as it comes with a warranty for the near future.  Pumps average from $300 to $1,200 depending on the type. 

Check the Housing

The motor and outer casing are the most expensive components of the pump. If the housing is fractured or damaged, it is possible that the inside workings are as well. When all damaged components are added together, repair costs may surpass replacement prices.  It makes sense to replace the pool pump.

Know the Age

Pumps that are in their second or third decade of life might be too costly to repair. Eventually, parts become too challenging to find, and technicians do not know how to fix older pool motors. Aging pool pumps are not as efficient as new ones, so by replacing your old and worn down pool pump, you could save money on your energy bills.

Outdated Materials

If you have an older pump made of metal, you might struggle to find replacement parts. Today’s manufacturers use composite materials that weather the elements better than the bronze or cast iron dinosaurs.  These older types are also often single-speed pool pumps. In the long term, a variable speed pool pump will be more energy efficient. When components become outdated, they become prohibitively costly, making it prudent to replace the complete pump.

The Sound of Silence

If your pool motor fails to operate at all, it may be irreparable. Silence does not necessarily indicate that nothing is operating, but it might indicate that a wire is disconnected or a gasket is misaligned. If the wires and gaskets are checked and nothing turns on, the pump may be fully dead and will need to be replaced.

How to Replace Your Pool Pump Motor

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Pool pump motor replacement is a common practice among pool owners.  The most typical causes for replacing a motor are failed bearings, corrosion on the interior and/or exterior of the motor, failed start and run capacitors, and motor age.

Tools/Supplies Needed

  • Gloves 
  • Safety Glasses
  • Closed-Toed Shoes
  • Replacement Motor
  • Go-Kit specific to pump
  • Pool and Spa Lube
  • 9/16” Socket or Wrench & 7/16” Wrench
  • Standard and Phillips Screwdrivers
  • Strap Wrench or Impeller Puller

Procedure

  1. Shut off power to the pump at the breaker to prevent unintended operation of equipment and for safety precautions. Remove the electrical whip from the rear of the motor.  Mark the hot, neutral, and ground wires with tape and a pen.
  2. Depending on the pump model, remove the clamp assembly or 9/16” bolts holding the seal plate to the pump housing. Remove the engine and rear of the pump carefully from the housing and set them on a table or workbench.
  3. Remove the diffuser.
  4. Grip the back of the motor shaft with the 7/16″ wrench or a comparable size wrench to prevent it from rotating. 
  5. Using the strap wrench or impeller, puller remove the pump impeller. Note:  Remove any locking screws from the impeller before trying to remove it.  The locking screw will be reverse thread.
  6. Remove the pump seal plate using the 9/16″ socket or wrench.
  7. Remove the mechanical pump seal from the seal plate and impeller.
  8. Wipe down and clean the components being reused during assembly.
  9. Using the appropriate Go-Kit (per the pump model), replace the mechanical pump seal. Note:  When installing the mechanical seal, use extreme caution to avoid touching the white ceramic or black graphite surfaces with your hands or other impurities. 
  10. Remove the new motor from its packaging and place the seal plate on the motor in the appropriate orientation and complete installation with the 9/16” bolts.
  11. Use the 7/16” wrench to hold the rear of the motor shaft and prevent the shaft from rotating. Install the impeller on the now secured motor shaft until the impeller is hand tight. Note:  Ensure that the impeller locking screw is installed if necessary. Install the diffuser in the appropriate orientation. 
  12. Bring reassembled motor and rear of pump to pool area and slide the motor and rear of pump into the pump housing.  Utilize the clamp assembly or 9/16″ bolts to secure the seal plate to the pump housing.
  13. Connect the electrical whip securely.
  14. Turn on the breaker to provide power to the motor.
  15. Turn on the pump to test for leaks and pump operation.

There you have it.  You now have the know-how to replace a pool pump motor.  If any of this seems daunting, be assured that we are here to assist you. 

How to Replace Your Pool Pump Bearings

With just a little time and technique, you can replace your own pool motor bearings.

Tools/Supplies Needed

  • Nut drivers, Screwdriver, Hammer, Pliers
  • Bearing Puller and Tamping tool (or Pipe)
  • Spray Lubricant (WD-40)
  • Bearings

Procedure

  1. Shut off power at the breaker.
  2. Remove motor from pump housing. Remove wiring harness from rear of motor.
  3. Remove pump diffuser.  With pliers/wrench, grasp it at the back of the motor and spin the impeller counter-clockwise off the shaft. 
  4. Lubricate 4 through-bolts with WD-40. Gently loosen and remove through-bolts.  Make a mark or scratch over the end bell and body of the motor to facilitate alignment later.
  5. Use a flathead screw driver and small hammer to loosen and pry off the front end bell (the end where the impeller attaches).
  6. If entire rotor does not come out, pry off the rear end bell.
  7. Clean the bearings and look closely at the bearing number. Look for 202, 203, 303 or 304. Buy these at a motor shop or online.
  8. Using bearing pullers, pull off the old bearings.  Clean the shaft and press the bearing into position on the shaft using a tamping tool or a piece of pvc tubing.
  9. Reassemble the rotor into the stator, secure the end bells in the marked or scored positions made earlier, and tighten down the through-bolts.
  10. Reassemble the impeller, wear ring (if present), reverse threaded impeller screw (if present), diffuser and wiring to rear of motor.
  11. Test motor wiring by turning motor on briefly.  Reinstal the motor in the pump, filling it with water, and savouring the new quiet! 

How to Replace Your Pool Pump

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Pool pump motors may not last more than 10 years before needing replacement. This article reviews how to install a pool pump when an old one needs to be replaced or upgraded. 

Step 1: Turn off Power to Pump

It is important to turn the power off to the pump and filter before removing it.  If the pump motor is hardwired into the breaker, you may either unhook it or turn off the circuit.

Step 2: Stop Water Flow From Pool

To remove the old pool pump you will need to stop the flow of water from the pool to the pump. Once the clamps on the hoses are removed, the water will drain from the pool. Remove the basket from the skimmer and cover the opening with a rubber stopper. You will also need to do this for the water inlet jets too so the water does not backwash out of the pool.

Step 3: Disconnect Hoses from Pump

Adjustable clamps are used to connect the hoses from the pipes to the pump. These clamps have a little screw that allows the band around the hose to be loosened or tightened. To release the hose, use a screwdriver to back out the screw. Keep a small pail nearby to collect any residual water in the hoses. Disconnect the hose from the inlet and output of the pump.

Step 4: Disconnect Pump from Filter

The pump is attached to the filter through a tiny tube that is clamped in place. Additionally, there are four little bolts on the bottom of the pump that secure it to the pump assembly’s bottom panel.  Remove the bolts with a socket wrench and disconnect the hose leading to the filter. 

Step 5: Remove the Old Pump

If you are only replacing the pump, you will need to lift out the old pump and then set in the new one.  If you have the identical model, it will fit perfectly without modification. If you are replacing the complete filter and pump assembly, you must remove it and replace it with a new one.  

Open the pressure release valve on the pump to release any trapped pressure and then shut it. Detach the incoming wires from the old pool pump using needle-nose pliers or a nut driver. Remove any nuts holding the pump in place. These may be required to secure the new pump, so have them handy. Disconnect the pipes leading to and from the front input and rear discharge ports of the old pump using a PVC pipe cutter. Allow sufficient pipe to remain intact to connect a union or other fitting. Remove the old pump.

Step 6: Install the New Pump

After putting the new pump in place, you may want to wire the pool pump before attaching the plumbing, as the installed plumbing may limit your access to the pump motor. 

Confirm the voltage specifications. Above-ground pool pumps are typically 115 volts and come with a wire to connect into a grounded outlet. The motors for in-ground pool pumps are delivered 

at 230 volts but may be converted to 115 volts. Unscrew the rear end of the motor’s cover using a screwdriver. To ensure safety, wire using insulated equipment. 

The three wires should be fed via a conduit fitting and into the motor’s rear. Connect the power wires to the power terminals and the ground wire as directed by the manufacturer. With a screwdriver, replace the motor cover and reset the circuit breaker.

Determine the size and placement of the new unions, PVC fittings, and o-rings that will be required. As needed, replace PVC fittings on the plumbing lines. Thread seal tape should be applied to the unions to provide a tight seal. Attach the unions to the front input and rear discharge ports using PVC primer and cement and then to the PVC pipes.

Allow the glue to cure according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, which may take up to eight hours. Anchor bolts may be used to secure the pump if necessary. Open the intake and output water valves. Check the water flow to ensure the pump is operating correctly.

Step 7: Connect pump to filter

Connect the pump to the filter through the hose and clamp that you disconnected previously.

Step 8: Double Check All Connections on Pump

Secure the pump to the bottom plate with the bolts and make sure they are tight.  Connect the hoses to the pump’s inlet location and secure them using hose clamps. 

Step 9: Prime the Pump

Remove the rubber stoppers from the skimmer and inlet water jets. Reconnect the pump to ensure proper functioning. You may need to prime the pump first by directly injecting water into it. This initiates the suction necessary to drain the pool of water. 

Step 10: Dive in!

Congratulations!  You replaced your pool pump!  All that is left to do is plan a pool party. 

If you have some basic knowledge and the right tools you should not have to hire a professional to install a pool pump and filter, even given the need to rewire and replace the plumbing for the unit.  Make sure you have an energy-efficient water pump in good working order as part of your pool maintenance. Toronto Pool Supplies is your DIY headquarters. Looking for a product to complete your project?  We have a huge selection of everything you need to maintain your pool.

How to Choose the Perfect Slide for Your Swimming Pool

Pool Slides: What to Consider Before Shopping

Sure, pools and playgrounds are quintessential outdoor fun.  However, combine the two and you’ve got a formula for amazing summer memories. While visits to your local water park may seem like an enjoyable family adventure, we’re about to reveal a little secret!

You are not need to leave your backyard to enjoy a pool slide.  Like a good diving board, a high-quality slide can be the perfect add-on to your inground or above ground pool.  All you have to do is choose the appropriate match for your pool, deck, and backyard, as well as your adventurous spirit.  A swimming pool with slides is a mouse-click away.

Before You Purchase

Sure, we’re all kings and queens of our own castles.  But we also have outside forces like local ordinances and homeowners’ associations to consider.

For example, your city or province may require you to have a fenced-in yard if you install a residential slide.  Additionally, your homeowners’ organisation may have limitations regarding the slide’s height.

Before you invest in a pool slide, check with your homeowners’ association and your local and provincial governments.  Although many restrictions apply solely to public swimming pools, it is preferable to get authorization now rather than battle a fine later.

That being said, a pool slide is a terrific investment for your family.  They are not just for kids anymore.  Backyard pools with slides are the envy of the neighbourhood!

Swimming Pool Slide Ideas

The market provides a variety of models – plastic and inflatable are the two most common – and we propose that you focus on those water slides that give their owners not only an outstanding value for money and good quality, but also simplicity of installation and maintenance.

Not every slide for the pool can be easily installed and suitable for your swimming pool – you need to take into consideration not only the size of the pool itself, but also the surrounding area.  Make sure that the installed slide does not block the movement around the pool deck and is absolutely safe for any child when using it.

Additionally, it is prudent to select the most recent varieties of water slides, which have extra structural components that contribute to the overall safety of this pool attraction.

We shall look at the different types of water slides for swimming pools, their advantages and disadvantages and will help you find the best solution for your own water slide swimming pool.

When choosing your slide, you will need to know the size of your deck so you can determine how large a slide you can place there.  Additionally, you will need to measure the depth of the pool.  That will guide your choice in terms of how deep the swimmers can go before your slide is too big or too high. 

Making That Choice

When it comes to purchasing the most appropriate form of water slide, you must exercise extreme caution and pick for those that have received the backing of several people who have previously tried them.  Do your research.

For existing pools, you should consider slides that allow for flexible height adjustment and can be installed in almost any space, including the tiniest spaces.

Above ground pool slides are available in many different sizes so get the one that fits.

True, the market offers pool slides in a wide price range but, depending on your particular needs, you can find a high-quality and reliable slide that will not be too expensive.  However, there are some general requirements that every slide for your pool should meet:

  • Children’s slides must be safe.  It should be securely planted on the ground and should not move in the event of a little physical collision.
  • The load-bearing capability is another consideration.
  • The surface of the slide must be smooth, so that the child is not scratched or hurt.  Additionally, the surface must be wet in order for sliding to be safe.
  • At the end of the slide, the swimmer must land in a safe pool depth. The rule is straightforward: the greater the height of the slide, the deeper the pool must be. Consider the slope of the slide; it should not be too steep.
  • The slide must be appropriate for the child’s age in order for him to feel secure on it.
  • The slide must be safe for the user, the material and paint that is covered in the inventory should not be toxic.  For example, fiberglass is ideal for this purpose.

Should I Choose Plastic?

Pool slides made of a rigid material (plastic, reinforced fiberglass) have their advantages – they are more durable, because they are made of materials resistant not only to unfavorable weather conditions like UV rays, shocks and temperature fluctuations and other weather, but also to mechanical damages.

These are safe and reliable structures and can be used indoors and outdoors.  However, more time and effort will be required to install them than for inflatable counterparts. Throughout the installation process, it is vital to ensure that the structure is securely fastened, does not swing, and does not stagger, thus it is recommended that you supervise.

Shop from a responsible retailer who has an ideal reputation like Toronto Pool Supplies.

The undoubted advantage of this category of slides is the presence of handrails, which is especially important for the safety of children.  Ladders on such slides are often coated with an anti-slip materia.

Water slides made of plastic come in an array of forms, sizes, and colours. They’re rather lovely, and you can combine them with a flume water slide for added enjoyment. However, their price can be significantly higher, depending on the complexity of the model.

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What About Inflatable Slides?

Children and adults alike may enjoy inflatable pool slides. A distinct feature of this kind of water attraction is its portability — such structures are lightweight and can be put almost anyplace. When selecting an inflatable water slide for your pool, it’s important to consider the maximum load capacity and the maximum number of people that can ride the slide simultaneously.

inground pool slides are also inflatable, not just those for above ground pools.

Manufacturers provide slides in a variety of sizes, ranging from little children’s slides to large commercial-grade slides. Inflatable constructions may be fitted with water pumps that send water to the very top – this makes sliding quicker and faster, while also minimising injuries.  A pump of this kind may be connected to the garden hose in a private residence. Inflatable pool slides can be manufactured in bright colors which additionally decorates the pool. 

Inflatable slides should be made from materials resistant to frequent dynamic loads and resistant to the constant effect of water.  The majority of manufacturers include an air pump, a carrying box, and a repair kit for minor damage, which contains an appropriate adhesive and material for tiny repairs. These slides are simple to build and may be deflated and folded compactly on wet days. Do not forget to thoroughly dry the slide before removing it for storage. 

Ease of Installation

You always have the option of installing a pool slide on your own.  If you try to avoid hiring extra help as much as possible, make sure you can understand the manufacturer’s installation instructions and that you own all the tools needed to get the job done before you choose a slide.

The majority of manufacturers make their owner/installation manuals available for download on their websites. Additionally, you may be able to locate such manuals using a search engine.

If you’re not comfortable installing a slide on your own, professionals at Toronto Pool Supplies can help you choose.  Before you make a final decision on your slide, make sure you can arrange installation for the slide you purchase.

How Much do Pool Slides Cost?

Pool slides can range in price depending on the design.  For a prefabricated slide with a ladder, you might spend $8,000 – $10,000 or more on average after installation.  If you shop for a pool slide online, you’ll likely find that most pool slides have a price tag that is significantly lower, with smaller pool slides usually being cheaper.

You may even spend up to $20,000 on enormous, sophisticated pool slides.

If you want a personalised pool slide bordered by rocks and featuring exciting twists and turns? That kind of thing might cost you up to $100,000.

Where to buy pool slides?  Right here at Toronto Pool Supplies!

Choosing the Right Slide for Your Swimming Pool

Once you know your provincial and local laws, the size of your deck, and your water depth, all you have to do is pick a slide that jibes with your pool vibe.  And, of course, double-check the manufacturer’s space and depth recommendations before making your final selection.

Once that is accomplished, all that remains is to set up, figure out how to keep it wet, and then enjoy it. Once you’ve installed a pool slide, you’ll wonder how you survived without one.  

Search here today for your new slide!

Best Swimming Pools in Vancouver for 2022

Vancouver may not have a lot of outdoor pools, but the ones they have are some of the most picturesque in the world. Take the kids for a splash in the turquoise waters this summer and soak up the views. Their indoor and hotel pools are also not to be missed. Discover the best pools in Vancouver here.

Best Outdoor Pools in Vancouver

  • Second Beach Pool
    Heated outdoor pool near the beach, forest and trails of Stanley Park. The perfect place for kids to cool off in the summer heat, and close to Stanley Park playground, seawall and West End. It can get windy so bring something warm. 735 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
  • Kits Pool
    Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming pool, and for the lap keeners, it is also the longest pool in Canada. Its spectacular coastal position provides breathtaking views, and you’re directly on Kits Beach, so you can easily spend the whole day there. Beach access for children and a snack kiosk selling kombucha! 2305 Cornwall Street, Vancouver
  • New Brighton Pool
    This calmer (but still popular) outdoor pool is nestled away behind the PNE grounds on the coastline. It’s heated and warm, and offers beach entry, a slide and a restaurant, as well as great views of the North Shore mountains, Burrard Inlet and working docks. Additionally, New Brighton Park has picnic areas and two playgrounds. 3201 New Brighton Road, Vancouver
  • Maple Grove Pool
    This local gem in Kerrisdale is a favourite among families. With a graded beach access, a fascinating spray fountain, and lush grass around it, it’s great for little children… as well as picnics. 6875 Yew Street, Vancouver
  • Hillcrest Pool
    The cute outdoor pool attached to the Hillcrest indoor pool is a great way to get a little outdoors fun, with a hot tub within a short walk. Sprayers and shallow areas abound. 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • Seveston Pool
    Great little neighbourhood pool in Richmond’s Steveston neighbourhood. Great on a hot summer day, and located next to a playground and Steveston Village’s shops and restaurants. 4151 Moncton Road, Vancouver

Best Indoor Pools in Vancouver

  • Hillcrest Aquatic Centre
    This facility frequently tops lists of where to swim in Vancouver, and it’s easy to see why. The location contains an indoor and outdoor pool, as well as other kid-friendly amenities like as spray jets, water cannons, a lazy river, beach access, and an abundance of toy boats, balls and pool noodles, plus several racks of life jackets. Their family change rooms make it easy for moms or dads to get the kids ready for the pool. 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver
  • Killarney Pool
    If you’re looking for a quieter alternative to Hillcrest, check out Killarney. It is an indoor pool that is often referred to as a family favourite. You’ll find ozone-treated water, beach-style entry, a lazy river, spray features, a giant water slide, diving boards, a whirlpool and breathtaking views of the mountains. 6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Aquatics Centre
    If you’re in the downtown area, this naturally lighted indoor pool on Sunset Beach, just across from the Burrard Street Bridge, is an excellent alternative. It offers a rope swing, slide, dive tank and diving boards (including a 10-metre board), sauna, whirlpool and family change rooms. There’s a separate wading pool for parents with kids. 1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
  • UBC Aquatics Centre
    There is a new indoor pool in town, and the water is perfectly wonderful to swim in. The newly constructed UBC Aquatic Centre, next to the UBC bus loop, has three pools, a 34-person hot tub, lazy river, steam room, and sauna. 6080 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver
  • Canada Games Pool
    For nearly 40 years, the Canada Games Pool has been a popular response when asked where to swim in Vancouver. The facility, which is located in New Westminster, offers four distinct pools: a kiddie pool, a teach pool, a lap pool, and a deep tank. Additionally, there is the Green Thunder Waterslide, which is the province’s longest indoor water slide. The pool toys, kid slide, and rope swing will keep the children entertained. Canada Games Pool also has family changing rooms, a whirlpool, and a sauna. 65 East 6th Avenue, New Westminster, Vancouver
  • Edmonds Community Centre
    The Fred Randall Pool at Edmonds Community Centre is Burnaby’s newest pool. The facility includes a lazy river, a 60-meter-long water slide, a bubble table, a dump bucket, and a preschool climbing structure. Additionally, a hot tub, sauna, lap pool, and family changing rooms are available. Edmonds Community Centre also has a coffee shop and an indoor playground, so it’s not only a place to swim in Vancouver; it’s also a place to play on a wet day in Vancouver. 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby, Vancouver

Best Pools in Vancouver Hotels

  • Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
    Peer toward Stanley Park and take in some of the most beautiful sites in the city, then relax in the indoor pool which also houses two whirlpools and a fitness centre. Windows accent the space so sunlight floods in, making it a truly lovely place to wind down at the beginning or end of the day. 1000 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Rosewood Hotel Georgia
    Rosewood Hotel Georgia is one of the nicest hotels in Vancouver. It is elegant, luxurious, and brimming with early 1900s grandeur. The indoor pool is magnificent, illuminated by creative lighting that reflects off the bottom. Lounge space is abundant on this 4th-floor retreat, and the ceiling stretches dramatically high, further adding to the openness. Complemented by a world-class spa, Rosewood is fit for royalty. 801 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Element Vancouver Metrotown
    The whole Element Vancouver Metrotown hotel exudes a spa-like, Mediterranean vibe. The pool, on the other hand, will leave your jaw on the floor. While the structure is enclosed, large, gorgeous windows allow for natural light on pleasant days. Within the pool, deep blue water sparkles and an airy lounge area wraps around. Soak up the sun in the grassy courtyard just outside, or simply stay shaded inside while soaking in the whirlpool. 5988 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, Vancouver
  • Auberge Vancouver Hotel
    After your adventures, unwind in the colossal indoor pool with its domed glass ceiling. Stone walls and more giant windows revealing mountain views give the amenity a polished feel, and appropriately there’s a spa on site for massages and other wellness treatments. Whether taking a few laps or relaxing in the whirlpool, it’s a fantastic facility. 837 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver
    A big skylight hangs over The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s enormous square pool, and a wide hot tub is only feet away. The hotel’s five-star charm is ever apparent in this welcoming indoor space, which is also complimented by a small outdoor courtyard with lounge chairs and canopies. Due to the hotel’s strategic position, there are really breathtaking views from every angle. 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver
    Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver is an apt moniker for a property with such a striking rooftop pool. Oddly shaped, the pool is surrounded by shaded lounge chairs and glass railing. The views from the terrace are unbeatable. Swim or just relax in the hot tub—it’s paradise. 1129 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Best Swimming Pools in Vancouver

This gorgeous city on British Columbia’s west coast offers a long list of exciting attractions. Very often, there will be a unique pool offering spectacular views. How amazing does it sound to take a swim while enjoying the skyline? Explore them here and plan your next adventure!

How Long Should You Run Your Pool Pump?

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Want to know how long you should run your pool pump daily? –  you’ll need to be familiar with certain pool equipment and have a basic understanding of your pool’s quirks. You will establish a deep connection with your pool pump and filtration system as you read this article.

Your pool’s pump circulates the water to help distribute chemicals and then filter out certain matter from your water to keep your water clean and safe.

Not only can your pool pump and filter maintain your pool looking gorgeous, but they may also significantly increase your power cost, so you must use it wisely.  Every day, your pump works tirelessly to keep your water clean and safe, so it’s critical that you operate it effectively. You are wondering how long should i run my above ground pool pump?

Reduce your power cost and ensure the pump’s longevity.  This is one of those pool maintenance tasks that, if performed poorly, may wind up costing you a lot of money. The challenge is to understand your pool pump’s function, the kind of pump you have (or should have), and how to maximise its features.  .How Stuff Works

How Long Per Day? 

The easy answer to the question of how often to operate the pool pump is that you should run it every day, for around 8 hours if everything is correctly proportioned. However, why did we say everything needs to be accurately measured?  That is because, in the majority of cases, the pump is either too small or too large for the pool.  It is quite difficult to come across pool pumps that are the proper size.  This is why it is difficult to say how many hours a day a pool pump should run.  It really is until the water cycles through completely. 

Why Monitor Use?

For two reasons.  If your pool pump operates for an inadequate period of time and does not sufficiently circulate all of the pool water, it is a waste since a part of your pool water will stay stagnant. The water will remain unfiltered and that will leave debris and other impurities in your water. 

The second reason is the economy. Leaving the pump running after the water has been thoroughly circulated is a waste of energy (since the water has already been filtered), and wasting energy means wasting money. Having a set pool pump schedule can save you frustration and resources.

Flow Rate

Your flow rate is how much water your pump filters in a set time period.  That speed is your flow rate.  You can also find the flow rate on the manufacturer’s instructions for your pool pump.  It’ll be measured in gallons per minute (gpm) or gallons per hour (gph) or in litres per minute/hour.  It will dictate how many hours a day a pool pump should run.

Which Pump Speed Should I Choose?

Now you need to determine the speed options on your pool pump.  Typically, there are two different types of pool pumps – a single-speed and a two-speed.  Does the pump speed answer the question should I leave my pool pump on all the time?

A single-speed pump has a single flow rate.  This is the simpler of the 2 pumps in that it has a timer to do most of the work for you.  You don’t have to think about when to turn the speed up or down.  However, the downside is you don’t have an option to run your pump at a lower speed to save energy.

A two-speed pump is a step up: you can flip a switch between a high speed and low speed. Lower speeds also means lower noise which is a nice benefit.  This type of pump allows you to have a pool pump schedule.

Neither speed requires you to run the pump all of the time, but the single speed will run longer. 

Something to also keep in mind is that your pump will need to run longer and at higher speeds after you have had a large number of swimmers, or if it is extra warm during the summer months.  So, after your kid’s birthday party with their 12 friends, it’s a good time to run it more often and especially run it longer during those hot Canadian summers.  In this situation, it is nice to have a two-speed pump.

Computing Pump Time

To establish the run time of your pump, you’ll need two critical pieces of information. The first is the volume of your pool, and the second is the flow rate of your pump. The math is quite simple, actually.  Take  your pool’s volume, divide it by the flow rate of your pump and you should have the time needed to completely cycle your pool water and therefore answering the question of how often to run the pool pump?

Let’s look at a simple example. Let’s say you have a pool that’s 110,000 litres and a pump that has a flow rate of 210 litres per minute.  110,000 litres / 210 litres per minute = 523.80 minutes.

This means that your pump is undersized and you’d need to run your pump for 8 hours and 40 minutes to fully circulate your pool water.  That is then how many hours a day a pool pump should run.  You may need to run it longer if the water is not clear.

If this was your setup and you were only running your pool pump for say 6 hours a day, you would find that your water will progressively get harder to balance and it will be tougher to keep it clear as it has not been fully filtered out.  Essentially you need to run the pump until the water is transparent and chemically balanced.

Other Times to Pump

Many experts will have several recommendations on how often the pool pump should be run per day, but for us and many others, one cycle is enough to keep your pool crystal clear and the chemicals working properly.  But there will be situations where you need to keep your pool pump running longer than what’s typically needed.  If you are wondering should I leave my pool pump on all of the time, the answer is “no”, except possibly in these situations.

  • Following a significant algae incident — If you’re dealing with green pool water and algae and you’ve just shocked the pool, you may need to run the pool pump continually to enable the chemicals to circulate thoroughly.
  • After a rainfall – Rainstorms are known for dropping significant amounts of debris and poisons into your pool.After one, you may need to run your pool pump longer to make sure that every little bit is filtered. Don’t forget to re-balance your pool as well.
  • After prolonged usage – If you have guests or a party, use your pump longer to thoroughly filter and sanitise the water.
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Can I Run My Pool Pump 24/7?

Knowing how long to operate your pool pump each day is critical for maintaining a crystal-clear pool while also saving money. If you have one of the older single-speed pumps, an easier option may be to get a newer variable speed or pump which allows you to run your pump longer and save money at the same time.

In fact, the right pump will pay for the price difference in under a year just through your energy savings.

 The time of day you operate your pump may also play a significant role in lowering your expenditures. Operate your pump during off-peak or overnight hours. The power rate you pay varies during the day. It is based on what electric suppliers refer to as peak hours, which are times when more people use more energy, placing a greater pressure on the system. This also dictates how many hours a day should a pool pump run. 

Time for an Upgrade?

You now own the solution to “should I leave my pool pump on all the time?”. Overall, the lesson learned today is that you should run your pool pump an average 8 hours a day to properly circulate and clean your water.  The pump should push your entire pool in gallons/litres in this 8 hour period of time.  If not, your pump may be too small or too old.

Do you need a new pump or are you looking to upgrade to an energy efficient variable speed pump to save on your electricity bills without worrying about pump run times?  Browse the selection of pool pumps.  A little research will save you money and protect one of your biggest investments – your pool. 

10 Tips for Above Ground Pool Installation

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You decided to treat yourself and your family to a new pool.  You already know they are a great investment that raises your property value.  But more important than that, a pool will bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces.  Above ground pools are a perfect choice.  Above ground pool setup is simple if you follow these tips.

Above ground pools are easier to install than inground pools and you can still swim and splash around.  It is essential to install the pool properly following the advice of professionals.  Before you start doing your laps or planning your first pool party, follow these above ground pool installation tips.

  1. Prepare the ground for above ground pool

This is a critical piece of advice since many people underestimate how difficult and time-consuming it will be to prepare the ground for pool installation.  Above ground pool installation is much simpler if you grasp the procedure. Above ground pool setup is a lot easier if you understand the process.

Knowing that the biggest job will be preparing the ground for above ground pool installation will get the work off to a good start.  Rushing this huge part of the project is not prudent.  You want to avoid above ground pool wall problems later on. 

Don’t make the job a lot more challenging by adding a hard base material.  Carefully choose and prepare the base for above ground pool.  Don’t use too much sand.  The foundation won’t be stable enough.

  1. Determining how much grade there is

It will be very helpful if you know how much earth leveling has to be done before starting the installation. Here’s a self-evident point that many people overlook: Swimming pools must be level. Many things do not need to be level but a pool most certainly does.  And it’s because of the water.  Leveling ground for above ground pools is essential.

To assess the slope of your yard for an above ground pool, mark the area where the pool will be located and thread a string with a line-level over the area. Now, with relation to the line, determine the earth’s highest and lowest points.  The difference between the two measures indicates the area’s degree of off-grade.  This will significantly simplify the process of installing the above ground pool.

  1. Clear and level more ground than you need for the pool

When including the frame, an above-ground pool will have a bigger footprint than what its size is.  Most models will add 6”-8” (15 – 20 cm) for the uprights and top rails.  This is an essential step in installing an above ground pool.

As an example, a 24’ (7.3 metres) round pool will take up about 24’, 8” (7.5 metres) of actual area for the pool and frame. To be safe, clear an area of the yard than you need.  Leveling the ground for an above ground pool is a necessity. 

  1. Get the ground level to within 2 inches (5 cm)

After the sod has been removed, your next step is to level the earth.  Before doing anything else, make your install site level to within at least two inches (5cm).  You may need to rent a level if you are following these above ground pool installation tips. Your time and money will pay off later.

You want the pool site to be level before proceeding. Although this may seem self-evident, some will begin laying the track before the ground is level. That will make everything more challenging.  Preparing ground for above ground pools will make the rest of the job easier.

  1. Make sure the track is round

What we mean here is that you want to make sure that the bottom track is shaped correctly. Many round above-ground pools become more oval as a result of poor rounding at this stage.  You want to avoid above ground pool wall problems.

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  1. Get the track measurements right

A metal-walled above-ground pool’s bottom track is very adaptable. At each bottom connecting plate, the spacing between each piece of bottom track is adjusted.  This is how to build an above ground pool.

If you don’t get the measurement of the bottom track at least close to what the length of the wall of the pool is, then it will be very difficult to get the wall to come together later on.  These above ground pool installation tips will save you a lot of frustration. 

  1. Secure the top rail with clips 

Once the foundation and the track is laid it is time to start building the wall.  Correct installation will avoid above ground pool wall problems. A metal-walled above-ground pool’s bottom track is very adaptable.  At each bottom connecting plate, the spacing between each piece of bottom track is adjusted. Put a big spring clip on top of each upright which will clip to the wall, otherwise you will have to have someone hold the wall for hours during this part of the above ground pool setup.

Additionally, when rolling out the wall, secure the top stabiliser bars to the top of the wall temporarily. This will form the wall and provide enough top support.  These tips are a guide to installing an above ground pool properly.

  1. Tips for installing the wall

The goal is to avoid above ground pool wall problems so follow these tips. The pool’s wall is coiled and must be unrolled before to inserting it into the bottom track.  This implies that when the wall is built, it will move around the inside of the pool.

Put something hard down like plywood to roll the wall onto.  That way the wall will move smoothly rather than getting stuck in the dirt.  This is where leveling ground for above ground pool is important and you will be glad you did.

The wall may be too big or too small, so be prepared for that.  You can always trim the wall but you can’t make it any longer so you will have to adjust the track.  You will be glad that you prepared the ground for above ground pool installation.

  1. Set the top rails before installing them

Most homeowners will worry and wrestle in trying to get the top rails on perfectly the first time. Don’t stress if you need to adjust.  Some won’t fit that precisely – even for a professional.  Check the fit first, then attach them. This above ground pool installation tip will make the process much smoother.

Each top rail needs four screws to attach to the top connectors (2 for each end).  Where it screws together is only based on how the top caps go together as they are what hides everything and is the finished look.  You now know how to build an above ground pool.

  1.  Wait until the pool is partially filled before finishing the installation

As a DIYer, you have plenty of time.  Don’t rush this part.  You don’t want any above ground pool problems.  

Wait until the pool is half full before installing the skimmer box and return fitting and cutting the holes for them.  When the pool is half full of water, the liner is set, so installing these two components has a much smaller margin for error.  This above ground pool setup will ensure correct installation. 

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the backyard, you bought a pool.  Installing it seems like an impossible task, but you owe it to yourself to try.  With some elbow grease, and a little time, you will be jumping into your new pool thanks to a few simple above ground pool installation tips.

All that is left to do now is to buy the pool noodles!

The 10 Most Common Furnace Problems

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Homeowners’ everywhere wonder, “What is wrong with my gas furnace?”  If you are one of them, read this article.  Before you call a professional, empower yourself with information.

Every year, thousands of homeowners ask, “What’s wrong with my gas furnace?” If you’re in that situation, this article will arm you with information before you call a furnace company.  Knowledge is protection against being taken advantage of – though most repair professionals have sound ethics.  You will learn how to deal with some common furnace issues.

We are providing you with a furnace problems troubleshooting guide that you can use to understand what is wrong with your furnace.  It also will allow you to be proactive in ensuring that the furnace is repaired before it stops working.   Diagnose furnace problems on your own.

  1. Furnace not working 

This is one of the most common furnace problems and is very frustrating.  If you attempt to set the temperature above what the temperature is currently set in the home and it doesn’t work, make sure the switch is turned on.  If it doesn’t work, the following may be why:  

  • The circuit breaker is turned off; if the circuit continues to trip when it is put back on, the furnace most likely has a mechanical short.  The circuit breaker is off, and if the circuit continues to trip after it is turned back on, there is likely a wiring short in the furnace
  • It’s possible that the thermostat isn’t set on “heat,” which is simple to check and fix.  The thermostat isn’t set to “heat,” which is easy to check and remedy
  • If nothing else works, the furnace’s main circuit board/control board is faulty, which may be evaluated by an HVAC specialist.  The furnace’s main circuit board/control board is bad, an issue that can be diagnosed by an HVAC technician if nothing else solves the issue.
  1. Change the furnace filter

One of the first things you want to check is the air filter.  Over time, furnace filters get dirty.  Dirt and dust can quickly clog the filter, which impedes airflow, worsens indoor air quality, and can even prevent the furnace from turning on in some cases.  If the furnace is not working, this can be why.  It must be installed properly as well. 

  1. Check the thermostat

To test the furnace, make sure the thermostat is set to “heat,” and attempt to set it higher than the current room temperature.  Make sure it is set to “heat,” and try setting the temperature at least 5 degrees higher than the current room temperature.  If it does not turn on, try replacing the batteries.  You may also need to give it a good dusting inside with a paintbrush.  This is part of the annual furnace problems troubleshooting.  

Make sure your thermostat isn’t getting any misleading readings from sunshine, lights, ovens, space heaters, or any other heat source.  This may cause it to think the room is warmer that it is and not turn on.  

Check the location of your thermostat and make sure it isn’t receiving any false readings from sunlight, lamps, ovens, space heaters, or any other heat source.  If the thermostat is receiving the wrong input, it will send out the wrong output. 

  1. Furnace is blowing cold air

This is another common gas furnace problem.  One more thing to try if the furnace is not producing heat, is to verify that it is receiving electricity by switching the fan switch from the “Auto” to the “On” position.  If the fan begins to spin, the furnace is receiving electricity.  If the furnace won’t produce heat, you can check to see if it is getting power by moving the fan switch from the “Auto” position to the “On” position.  If the fan comes on, then the furnace is getting power. The likely issues then are:

  • The gas is turned off, so check the gas cock near the furnace to make sure it is parallel to the gas line, set to the on position
  • You need a new gas control because it not working 
  • The gas control valve isn’t opening and must be replaced
  • The ignitor is failing and must be replaced
  • The draft motor isn’t functioning, or the fresh-air intake is blocked, perhaps by snow or debris, and needs to be cleared

You may need to hire a professional to replace any parts that aren’t working but you can do the diagnosing of furnace problems yourself first to see what you can repair on your own.

  1. Draft motor running but furnace won’t start

This common furnace issue can be troubleshot as well with a few simple steps. Sometimes referred to as an inducer motor, the draft motor draws gas from the furnace and releases it out the exhaust stack. The draft motor is also called the inducer motor. It pulls hot combustion gases through the furnace and out the exhaust stack. If it starts and then the furnace shuts down, the following may be the problem:

  • You may need to get a new circuit board if the furnace motor has failed The motor or the board that controls it has failed and must be replaced.
  • Check for a blocked exhaust chimney and remove any debris A blocked air intake or blocked exhaust chimney (snow, debris and bird’s nests are common causes) must be cleared.
  • One of the issues discussed above with gas, gas valve and ignitor must be addressed.
Common Furnace Problems & How to Troubleshoot Those Problems
  1. Draft motor won’t start

The next step in our home furnace troubleshooting is to address the draft motor not working.  If the draft motor does not start, then you probably either have a thermostat issue, thermostat wiring problem, electrical issue, control board problem or a bad draft motor.  You may need professional advice. 

  1. The flame starts but the furnace shuts off

If the burner starts making heat but soon shuts off without warning, the flame sensor isn’t working.  The senser may simply need to be cleaned well.  Alternatively, you may need to purchase a new one.  If the sensor has corrosion on it, sanding it might work, though replacing it is a longer-lasting fix.  This common furnace issue requires a little troubleshooting.  If it just needs to be cleaned, the homeowner can do it.  Otherwise, a repairman will need to be hired. 

  1. The furnace turns on but the house isn’t warm

Your home should be very warm if you have the right sized furnace.  Ensure that the issue is not just that the furnace is too small.  If your furnace is properly sized for your home, then it should keep your home warm even in extreme cold.  If it runs constantly but isn’t providing enough heat, this is another common furnace problem.  The likely cause is:

  • That you need to make certain your air filter is installed properly.  You may need a new one  The filter is the wrong type for your furnace and restricts airflow, so should be replaced.
  • The filter is installed backwards, an issue that can be checked by looking for the arrows on the filter frame that show proper installation direction with the flow of air.
  • Your air ducts may be leaking if they are making a lot of noise.  Have them sealed as soon as possible Air ducts are leaking, sometimes producing telltale whistling noises, and it is time to have them sealed.
  1. Check the furnace flame

Your furnace flame should be a healthy blue colour, with perhaps a small yellowish tip.  If you see a blue flame, you can be confident that your furnace is using gas properly. The blue flame indicates that your gas furnace is burning the fuel safely and efficiently.

If the flame is red, yellow, purple, green, or any other colour than blue, contact a professional right away.  Never attempt to fix your furnace flame colour on your own. This is a common gas furnace problem that a homeowner should not repair. 

  1.  Pilot light and gas valve

If your furnace is not working, this may be why.  If you check the furnace flame and it is out, you will need to relight it.  While you may manually relight the pilot, use caution and check your owner’s handbook for correct procedures.  While you can relight the pilot on your own, be extra careful and consult your owner’s manual for proper instructions.

Never try to relight the pilot without first turning off the gas for about 10-15 minutes.  Don’t forget to turn off the gas for around 10-15 minutes before attempting to relight the pilot.  If you continue to smell any gas, do not continue.  You may have a leak.  In which case, you should evacuate the household immediately, then call your gas company and the fire department from a safe distance.  This is one time you should not be diagnosing furnace problems. 

Your furnace is one of the most important items in your home.  It keeps you and your family warm and safe if it is running properly.  Do some routine furnace problems troubleshooting, and you will save a lot of money.  You will also have peace of mind.  

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The Benefits of Swimming in Winter

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Swimming in cold water — also known as winter swimming or ice swimming —describes swimming outdoors (lake, river, sea, or swimming pool), mainly during the winter or in the colder or polar regions.  This particular form of endurance sport is becoming increasingly popular.  Cold water swimming can be used as a general umbrella term for cold to ice-cold water swimming.  Swimming in winter implies specifically that it must be that season.  Colder countries can be synonymous with ice swimming when the water is frozen over because ice swimming explicitly requires the ice to break.  Canada has recently adopted the sport of ice swimming. As winter experts we will be leaders in this new endurance sport. But is swimming in cold water good for you? 

Taking the Plunge

In certain parts of the world, such as Finland, Poland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, cold water swimming is practiced regularly as a pastime known as winter swimming.  In addition, in Eastern Europe and Russia, swimming in cold water is part of religious celebrations.  So naturally, many stories about the benefits of this pastime prompted research into the effects of cold water on the body. 

These reports come from these northern countries on various topics such as adaptation to the cold, changes in the metabolism, effects on the immune system, hormones, or body heat regulation.  Events in which large numbers of people swim over a relatively short distance in cold water in winter can also be called classic winter swimming. 

Canada is newer to swimming in the winter, but it is becoming more and more popular there too.  It is, healthy and the pool is readily available in the backyard.  Venture out to see what the fuss is all about.

Beat the Winter Blues

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Any enthusiast will tell you that the joys of swimming in winter are plentiful.  There is nothing like immersing yourself in cold open water in the ocean, a creek or your backyard.  You will reap the health benefits of swimming in cold water – they are numerous.  But is swimming in winter good for you?   

Do you want to lose weight? 

If you swim outdoors, your body has to work hard simply to stay warm.  As a result, you burn more calories.  If you are health conscious at all you will love what winter swimming does to your waistline.  Cold water swimming burns more calories than your regular workout because your body has to fight to stay warm.

Get that heart pumping!

When we leap into cold water, our heart is signalled to pump extra blood to our organs due to the drastic temperature difference. As a result, circulation improves and toxins are pushed out of our system more easily, resulting in brighter skin and a healthy glow.

Working out chemically alters the brain. We know that exercise boosts the synthesis of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals. This improves our mood and helps to tackle depression and anxiety.

Stress is on vacation

The natural motion of swimming can help any stressful feelings fade as you focus on your body’s movement.  It is almost a meditation exercise as you glide through the water.  Furthermore, when you swim in ice water, you feel a stinging sensation on your skin, which your body combats by producing even more endorphins.  This results in an extreme feeling of euphoria when you are finished swimming.   

If you take to the open water regularly, you will find that your sleep is improved.  This is because cold water stimulates the nervous system, which helps your body rest and repair itself.  Promoting a feeling of relaxation and calm, swimming in the winter results in a better night’s sleep. 

Body and mind

People with rheumatism, fibromyalgia, or asthma who swim in winter report that they generally experience helpful pain relief, less fatigue, and a better mood.  So, there are both mental and physical benefits of this pastime practiced globally.

Winter swimmers are overall healthier than non-swimmers.  Some claim to demonstrate a reduction in respiratory infections in people who swim in winter.  This finding is supported by what is reported in other parts of the world.   The benefits of swimming in cold water are well known.  

Keep on swimming!

Winter swimming has untold health benefits, one of  which is improved circulation.  Our bodies slowly adapt to the cold water with repeated exposure.  Jump into your pool today and begin to love this unique sport. Because swimming in the winter is so good for you  it is gaining popularity in Canada.  Unlock the secrets the rest of the world already knows, that it boosts the white blood cell count in your blood.  This has many benefits.  It also allows you manage in the cold better.  So, over time, your body becomes better at activating its defences.

Is Winter Swimming Safe?

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The short answer is yes.  As long as you are healthy and careful, winter swimming is safe.  And the wellness benefits far outweigh the dangers.  There are dozens of places worldwide where winter swimming is part of daily life, so we know more about its impact on our health.  In addition, we understand the effects of cold water on the body. 

It is crucial to get your body ready for the cold water gradually.  Make sure that you do not swim alone in case there are problems.  One risk of swimming in the winter is cold shock.  As a result, you may lose muscle tone or suffer cognitive impairment.  If your body temperature is too low, there is a possibility of hypothermia, another danger of swimming in the winter.   It is necessary not to swim in water that is too cold. 

One day at a time

To acclimate to the cold water, you must practise.  Ideally, this should be done slowly and often, two to three times a week.  Gradually increase the time you spend each day.  Stop when you need a break.  Set goals for yourself before you try swimming in winter. 

Water that cold can cause numbness and pain, particularly in the hands and feet.  It is essential to monitor yourself closely, stopping if you need to.   If you swim in ice water, wearing boots and gloves will increase safety and comfort.  This is one of the few adverse reactions of the body to cold water.  There are so many more positive benefits.  Just be safe and heed the signs that your body needs a break. 

You may want to learn how to swim in the summer or in an indoor pool first.  Keep attending your lessons until you have become comfortable enough to swim in the warmth first, then try the cold.  Natural bodies of water can be freezing, so you may want to stay in the pool in the backyard, where you know the temperature at first.  

A New Pastime

The world knows how enjoyable swimming in cold water is, and Canada is catching up.  Swimming pools are a terrific investment, and it would be wonderful if we could use them year-round.  So, if you have never done it, break out the wetsuit and give it a try.  We have discovered many positive benefits because swimming in winter is already popular in so many places.  It improves overall health, reduces stress, and increases happiness.  This pastime will become as popular as swimming in the summer before long.  So don’t miss out on the fun!

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5 Tips for Winterizing Your Pool

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The days of lounging around the pool and enjoying summer barbecues are slowly giving way to the onset of fall. With changing weather, it’s important to be prepared and aware of what a new season means for your pool. Learning how to properly close a pool for winter is integral to prevent costly leaks and damage and keep your pool ready for next summer. Follow these 5 tips on how to winterize a pool to help make the process quick and painless!

1. Start to winterize your pool once the temperature begins to consistently dip below 18 degrees Celsius. Closing your pool before the weather gets cooler might result in algae developing.

2. Thoroughly clean your pool. By using skim nets to remove floating debris and a vacuum and pool brush to tackle the bottom of the pool, it will be much easier to balance any chemicals and prevent algae growth throughout the winterizing process.

3. Don’t completely drain the water. Instead, lower the water level a bit but keep it just under midway or above on the skimmer. A higher water level makes sure there is no added pressure from weather changes and the liner remains in place and in good condition.

4. Flush the pipes and any other equipment when closing the pool to make sure they don’t rupture. Doing so will prevent a major headache because frozen water can expand and create a lot of damage. 

5. Check on your pool periodically during the winter to make sure the water level is still where it’s supposed to be. This way, any possible cracks or leaks won’t cause a big surprise when you take the pool cover off again in warmer weather.

13 Pool Maintenance Tips Every Owner Needs to Know

From summer pool parties and weekend barbecues to a quick workout, swimming pools can improve your day-to-day happiness and increase your home value. However, there are a number of things a homeowner must do to keep their pool clean, safe, and well-maintained. That is why it pays to develop a strong basic understanding of pool maintenance. 

To help you stay on top of things, we reached out to pool maintenance experts from Huntington Beach, CA to Victoria, BC and asked them to share their best advice. Here are their top 13 pool maintenance tips for ensuring your pool stays in good condition for years to come.

1. Designate your service day routine. To properly care for your pool or spa, you must test and balance your pool water once a week to keep ideal pool water chemistry at all times. Keeping your chlorine, pH, and alkalinity at consistently ideal levels will ensure your pool water, pool equipment, and pool finish are healthy, clean, and safe. – Pool Heaven

2. Familiarize yourself with your pool’s equipment. Doing so will help keep your pool clean and safe, and you can avoid smaller problems from becoming much larger and more expensive ones. You can learn about your equipment by consulting with a local pool professional, but it would also be helpful to speak with the previous homeowner about your new pool’s equipment, equipment warranty, and quirks/intricacies. – Spring Clear Pool Service

3. Clean the pool filter as required. Just like a home furnace/AC, many homeowners do not check and clean/replace their filters as often as they should. In a pool, this can lead to any of the following problems: heater not working; salt system not working; low chlorine levels = green pool; unable to vacuum/clean debris from the floor of the pool. All of the above eventually lead to a pool that is not desirable so better to check and clean the pool filter as needed before this happens. – Lakeshore Pools & Hot Tubs

4. Circulate that water. One commonly overlooked aspect of pool maintenance that has a huge impact on the clarity of pool water is circulation. Circulating the pool water is helpful for a plethora of reasons: it disperses the chemicals evenly throughout the pool, discourages algae growth on surfaces, and pushes water through the filter, removing small debris. We like to see increased run time on the primary circulation pump in the summer months, to the tune of up to about 1 hour of run-time per 10 degrees of air temperature (in Fahrenheit, at the hottest point in the day) for a single-speed pump, and potentially even longer for variable speed. – Poolwerx Redlands

5. Consistency is key. When it comes to pool maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Set aside time each week to check your pool’s chemistry, empty baskets, brush the walls, and remove debris. In the spring and summer, a pool can turn dirty very quickly, especially after a monsoon, so be prepared to give your pool some TLC. – Blue Iguana Pools

6. Test your pool water consistently. Pool water should be tested regularly, but the most important part of testing the water is to be disciplined about when you are doing this chore. Choose TWO days of each week such as Monday / Thursday, Tuesday / Friday, or Wednesday / Saturday – at the same time and write down your results. This simple hack will ensure your pool chemistry is safe and ready when you are. – Claropool

7. Winterize your pool. Maintaining your pool during the summer season is very important, but it is even more important to keep it healthy in winter. Taking the necessary steps to winterize your pool can save you a lot of time and money on repairs at the beginning of the next season. In short, buy a water test kit to ensure your pool’s water chemistry is balanced, drain the excess pool water, and get a reliable cover to protect your pool from debris. – Toronto Pool Supplies

8. Treat your pool like it is your pet. Feed it: add chlorine weekly or every few days (3.0 to 5.0 ppm). Walk it: run the pool pump to circulate it and prevent algae and bacteria (run it as long as possible in the season). Clean up after it: keep your filter as clean as possible for best water quality (when the gauge on top goes up by 10 PSI it is time for cleaning). – SwimmingPoolLearning 

9. Add borates to keep your pool clean. Borates help stabilize your pool’s pH level, prevent the development of algae, give your pool water a soft and shiny appearance, allow you to use less chlorine, and prevent swimmers from getting dry skin and itchy eyes after swimming. – Platinum Pools

10. Circulation, filtration, chemistry. The more you run your pump, and the better you filter, the fewer chemicals you’ll need to sanitize and the better water quality you’ll have. This may sound repetitive, but maintaining your pool is literally this easy. – Easy Pools

11. Clear cloudy pool water. The best way to clear cloudy pool water is to run pool pumps and chlorinators for around 4 hours a day in winter and 8 hours a day in summer to keep the water clean and safe. It is common during late spring when the weather and water start to warm up for pool water to turn cloudy. This is because the chlorination system may still be in winter mode (4 hrs. per day) when the weather starts to warm up and this can lead to low chlorine levels. This means that the warming pool water will have low chlorine levels that cause cloudiness in the water. – The Pool Stain Removers

12. Don’t forget to clean your baskets. Empty your baskets to make sure you have a proper flow and your motor doesn’t overwork. – Master Touch Pool Services

13. Maintain a proper water level in the pool during the winter months. If your water level rises in the pool or on top of your winter cover, you must pump the water out. Pump as often as needed and try your best to pump before the winter freeze. As for the water that remains inside your pool, periodically check that the water is below the tile line. Serious damage to your tile and coping may result if this task is overlooked. – South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas

Originally published by Redfin