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Old 08-28-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I live in in Ocotillo area to be exact...

Any responsible pool guys in this area or nearby to recommend?

Thanks!
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:49 PM
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Location: Gilbert
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I use a service I am very happy with, Epic Pool Svc. Dependable, good price thorough.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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I found this Chandler based company on Yelp and they look pretty good. In my experience, yelp reviews have been fairly reliable.

Phoenix Pool Boys - Chandler, AZ
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:52 PM
 
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I take care of my own pool. I had pool companies do it when I first moved here but once a week is not nearly often enough to take PROPER care of a pool not to mention the expense.
Pool companies make most of their money selling chemicals and most of those cause other problems so guess what? They sell you more chemicals to fix what the other chemicals caused. The chlorine pucks in the floater is a good example. Those pucks are insidiously easy to use. Unfortunately, over time they will cause big problems. Those constantly add chlorine which is good but they also add a conditioner that builds up over time and that conditioner eventually makes your chlorine not work. Suddenly, even though you have chlorine in your pool, it turns green. Go figure. So then you have to spend a lot of money on chemicals to fix the problem and eventually, you'll have to empty your pool and start over.
My pool has not had an algae bloom or any other problem this year and I've never shocked it. That's because my water is balanced and stable so I don't need all that other junk to keep the water clear. It's naturally clear. I like simplicity.
As it turns out, caring for a pool is very simple and requires very little time. I spend about 5 minutes or less per day or every other day and I sweep it when it needs it. Usually a couple of times a week unless there is a dust storm.
I only use two chemicals to keep the pool sparkling clear. So clear in fact that I can see what kind of screws are holding down the main drain through 10 feet of water. I'm talking clear. The two chemicals I use are pretty simple. Liquid chlorine as the sanitizer and muriatic acid to keep the PH where it should be. Once a month I test for the other stuff that is necessary but if you keep the chlorine and the PH right, the other stuff usually stays stable.
Pool care is simple. Pool stores make it complicated and expensive. I spend about $30.00 per month to keep my pool clean.
Go to troublefreepools.com and save yourself some time and money. Those guys are awesome, they aren't trying to sell you anything and they know what they are talking about. One of the guys is a chemist so he can explain why you don't need all the stuff a pool store tries to sell you.
Interesting stuff and it works to perfection. Check it out.
Nothing against pool stores and pool guys but once a week just isn't enough to keep up a pool properly IMHO.
Look at it this way. 6 days a week the pool isn't cared for.

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Old 08-29-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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What is the monthly budget for a quality pool service?
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:05 AM
 
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What is the monthly budget for a quality pool service?
They are usually somewhere in the $80.00 per month range unless you need extra chemicals. (see above)
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Ma
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if you keep your pool running for about 8 hours a day, the water should stay clear. Letting the pump not work enough daily will cause the water to go stagnant and turn green. i learned this the hard way years ago. Now i also put a gallon of shock in the pool weekly and my pool is always crystal clear.

u really dont need to waste the $80 plus a month..
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Victory Mansions, Airstrip One
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I agree with taking care of the pool yourself, at least the day-to-day stuff like testing/adjusting the chlorine and pH levels, emptying the skimmer screen, backwashing, etc. I learned on a different website: www.poolforum.com. This the summer I've been testing every two days.

As a compromise, you could hire someone to come out a couple times a year to clean the filter and do any other needed maintenance. Then do the day-to-day stuff yourself.

hikernut
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:57 PM
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Location: Gilbert
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Adding a gallon of shock every week is not a good way to maintain your pool. Sure it is clear, chemical
Levels are also through the roof. Pouring chemicals in every week to keep he water
Clear is not smart.
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