Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wideman Pools
2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63028

Closing Your Pool

It is easy to get excited about getting the pool ready for the summer. You've been spending time inside all winter and are itching to get back in the water again. It just isn't as thrilling to close the pool up again when the weather gets cold. However, winterizing a pool is a critical part of pool maintenance. If you want to find your pool in great condition again in the spring, learn how to prepare your pool for the winter.

Complete Cleaning

Take an afternoon to clean the entire pool. Remove leaves, bugs, sticks, and other garbage from the skimmer basket and filtration devices. Use a pool vacuum to clean out any garbage that has sunk to the bottom of the pool.  During this cleaning process, take the time to empty the skimmer basket on a regular basis. This allows the water to flow smoothly from the return back to the pool and maintains a strong vacuum suction to clear out larger garbage. Finish the cleaning process by backwashing the pool to clear out tiny debris.

Chemical’s for The Winte

A pool requires a final dose of chemicals before it is closed up for the colder months. This treatment helps the water get through the winter, leaving it ready for warmer months. Make sure to include a super-chlorinator or check treatment and a dose of algaecide to prevent algae growth during colder winter and spring days. When you've finished with the chemical treatment, do one last check to ensure that the chemicals are balanced.

Toys, Decorations and Equipment Storage

As you consider how to prepare your pool for the winter, don’t forget to consider storage for pool toys and other pool equipment. Rinse off all of the pool toys and deflate them, then store them in a semi-heated area where they will not get brittle.

Detach the hoses from the filter, skimmer, and pool vacuums and drain them completely. Water left in hoses may contract and expand, resulting in cracked or torn hoses. If your pool filter has a winterize setting, turn it on before closing up the pool. Take off the drainage plug or cap to prevent moisture build-up.

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2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63028


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wideman Pools, LLC
2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63028
3 Tips for Pool Care During Drought Season



Owning a pool often means three-digit summer temperatures that usually make pool owners powerless with a bowl of ice cream in hand. The scorching summer heat can sometimes bring a little more than just a sunburn and sweat. A drought can be problematic for pool builders and customers. For example, unresolved equipment leaks or pool leaks can result in high water bills and, more importantly, a reduction in precious water reserves. 

While some problems may require professional help, below are a few things pool owners can do to aid in keeping their pool up and running during the drought:

How to Check for Leaks
Normal evaporation is one inch per week. If your customer is unsure they have a pool leak, ask them to do the bucket test as follows:

1.Make sure the pool is filled halfway up the skimmer, which is the proper water level.
2.Fill a container with water and place it on your top or second step, level with the pool water. 
3.Mark the water level on the outside of the bucket with tape or a marker.
4.Run the system 24 hours.   
5.If the water level in the pool is lower than the bucket, they may have a leak. Normal evaporation will occur in the bucket, but it won’t lose water.  
6.If the water level in the pool dropped, make a note of how far. If it drops ½ inch or more in 24 hours, they may have an underground leak.
7.Refill the pool to the proper water level and maintain it so the system doesn’t “run dry” and burn up the equipment.
8.If the pool has lost more water than the bucket, you may be in need of leak detection.

Possible Leak Locations
If you think you're dealing with a leak, start by looking for equipment leaks at the backwash valve, filter band clamp and or other fittings, any of which can cause the pool to loose water. Leak detections should be done when there are no aboveground leaks and the bucket test indicates higher than normal water loss. During summer drought, detecting leaks ASAP is important in saving water and keeping the pool running properly, as well as saving your client time, money, and frustration.   

Maintenance Matters
Proper pool maintenance is especially vital during high temperatures. Proper chemical balance is crucial to healthy water — if the system goes down, a pool should never turn green. The pool can be safely shocked by broadcasting 8 to 10 lbs. of granular chlorine, then brushing the sides and bottom for circulation.
The pool will be cloudy for 2 to 3 hours, and the process may have to be repeated. It’s imported to note that this should not be done with a saltwater pool or on a pool with colored plaster. 
And don’t forget the filter. Regular filter cleans and routine backwashing are crucial as the filter grids collect pollen, dirt, and debris, and will cake to the grids over time. This leads to poor water circulation, algae, high pressure and chemical imbalance, making pools unusable and even dangerous for swimmers. 

These are just a few tips for pool owners during a drought season. With water restrictions, it's important to provide customers with valuable information to help keep their pools running in peak performance.

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2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63028


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wideman Pools, LLC
2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63025


As you dream about your new backyard living environment, remember to consider exterior design elements like outdoor lighting and sound options. When they are seamlessly incorporated into your outdoor living area, these features can really help to complement your new custom swimming pool and create an oasis for entertaining. Here are some examples of the different design choices you can make when it comes to outdoor lighting and sound options:
Outdoor Lighting 
Outdoor lighting has a practical use to light driveways and walkways so you can safely navigate without running off the path or bumping into something around your house.  Outdoor lighting is obviously helpful for protection purposes to keep intruders away from your precious home and property.
But outdoor lighting can be a beautiful enhancement to your home and lawn as well.  From backyard events to attractively presenting the front of your home, there are some exciting lighting trends that can make your home stand out.
Lighting Features: Things to Consider
Artisan Lights: These artfully crafted lighting fixtures have all of the practical capabilities of typical outdoor lights but have enhanced flare and artistic appeal. 
Spotlights: New light technology, special lenses, and easier installation can take a traditional spotlight and transform it into a beautiful showcasing device.
Water Features: Adding soft lighting to ponds, bird baths, fountains or other water features provides a serene and peaceful feel to your patio, pool area or backyard. Use it to spice up pool parties and add an extra element of fun!
Sculptures:  From friendly forest creatures to impressive stone or ceramics, you can utilize lighting to accentuate the beauty of and create the right ambiance for your outdoor exhibits.
Outdoor Sound Systems
Integrating sound into your outdoor entertainment experience is an exciting trend that everyone can enjoy.  Whether you have a small patio or a complete walking path in your backyard you can enjoy outdoor sound options to suit your particular lifestyle.

Sound Systems: Things to Consider

Waterproofing: When looking for pool area speakers, be sure to find well protected equipment that will resist water damage at the connectors, the wiring, and the power receptacles.

Receivers: Choose a high quality receiver that can support around ten speakers. With this type of flexibility you have the option to make adjustments depending for your specific needs.

Concealment: You can utilize planters or ceramic rocks to conceal your outdoor speakers so the sound is still perfect but the technology is carefully hidden from view.

Party Placement: Consider the best placement of outdoor speakers for optimal sound. Wireless speakers can work great in these situations with the right speaker positions.


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2565 Hwy 67 So.
Festus, MO  63025

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