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7 Good Reasons to Build a Swimming Pool in AZ

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Do you ever wonder why swimming pools are such an important part of our lives? In thinking about all the reasons I hear for owning pools, there are 7 that seem to always come up.

The Ugly Pool Guy’s Top 7 Reasons for Owning a Swimming Pool in Arizona

1. TAKE A STAY-CATION:  Instead of ‘sheltering in place’, how about vacationing in place? If you weren’t spending so much on traveling, think of what you could do around your home with the same investment. In addition to the savings in travel expenses, think of how much more time you’ll have to spend with your family. With the money that you’ll save, you might want to consider a backyard pool for some real quality family time. With all the distractions of modern life pulling at family members, it can be tough just to find time together. A backyard pool can change that immediately, the kids just won’t want to leave! No more worrying about what your kids are doing at someone else’s house. Swimming pools are a wonderful incentive for children, and their friends, to stay home (your home) versus going other places. Trust me when I say it’s comforting to watch your children relate to their friends as they grow from little kids to young adults. Create the place you want your kids to be… with THEIR FRIENDS! A backyard pool is truly a memory maker.

2. FITNESS:  The fitness benefits of owning your own pool are plain to see. From the time the kids wake up till bedtime, they’re in the pool all summer. Even if you’re not into water aerobics, the kids can surely benefit physically from all the activity they will take part in. My youngest daughter, Klaire, will spend, literally, hours and hours in the pool swimming, diving, running and laughing. Every summer, my children undergo a physical transformation from the end of spring to the end of summer. This is because they’ve usually gained a little bit of extra weight due to being inside so much during the winter and then they find themselves playing in the pool 3 – 5 hours a day once the summer is in full effect. Instead of being bored and looking for a snack in the pantry, they instead turn their focus to creating new and exciting games and activities in the pool. And the beauty is that EVERY activity they do in the pool involves exercise of some shape or form.

3. STRESS RELIEF: We work hard. In fact, in some cases, too hard. One of the best reasons to build a swimming pool and complete backyard is the ability to escape. Being in and around water is one of the most natural stress relievers out there. There is something serene in being at “home” and watching your family benefit from your years of labor, otherwise, what is it for? And if you’re having trouble getting the kids to go to bed on time, nothing will exhaust them faster than a day in the sun and water.

4. CHURCH/GROUP/ COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: This benefit isn’t necessarily for everyone, but it’s one that many families embrace. Many families host church and youth group activities in their backyards that lead to wonderful experiences and stronger relationships with others. I am a believer that pools bring people closer and that those relationships and memories can, and will, last a lifetime.

5. AQUATIC THERAPY: Aquatic therapy can be one of the best reasons of all to build a pool. In fact, swimming pools have enriched the lives of those with such major health issues as arthritis, cerebral palsy and fibromyalgia as well as other illnesses, not to mention recuperation from major surgery. I know a Mesa Police Officer (motor unit) that was involved in a traffic incident who credits his recovery to aquatic therapy, saying without it, the time would have been longer with more pains.

6. THE GRANDCHILDREN: As a major segment of society grows older, we have to look to the second life of these pools and what we can do to start enjoying them all over again. Bring in the wonderful grandchildren. When it comes to giving the grandkids a reason to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, nothing adds quite the incentive as a truly awesome swimming pool! In fact, during our many years in the pool business, I can list hundreds of pools installed, and even more renovated, specifically for this purpose. And let me assure you the incentive works (sometimes) all too well!

7. HOME VALUE: Probably the number one reason for building or renovating a pool – The National Association of Realtors recently came out with an article discussing the fact that in-ground pools increase the value of homes on average 5%. There are three types of home buyers:
#1) Those who want a pool
#2) Those who don’t want a pool
#3) Those who can take a pool or not

Bottom line, a pool and landscaped backyard is the final piece of “value” when selling your home. No matter which of the three listed above comes to look at your home to buy, if you have it all, especially a comforting backyard, you may find that even a person who argued against a pool will succumb to the allure.

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Professional Pool Repair

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Professional Pool Repair

A backyard swimming pool is a complex system of pumps and pipes, heating and thermostat controls.

Pools are designed and installed by professionals, and periodic maintenance and repair work should also be left in the hands of professional pool repair experts.
Do-it-yourself repair work can be much more costly than having a licensed professional take care of the project. If the materials involved are still covered by warranty, an expert repair technician may be the only choice in order for the warranty to remain valid. Before attempting any major repair or refurbishing work on an existing swimming pool, consider the short-term costs vs. the long-term benefits of having the work performed by experienced personnel.

Repair Of Plumbing And Pump Systems

Most homeowners are unfamiliar with how the mechanical components of their pool operate.

If something goes wrong it can be extremely difficult for the novice to pinpoint the source of the problem.

Professional pool repair experts can quickly analyze the working condition of all pumps, motors, filters, chlorinators, feeders, heat pumps, and blowers. These field technicians are specially trained in the areas of electrical component and motorized equipment. Their repair work is also guaranteed and covered by its own separate warranty.

Pool Resurfacing And Crack RepairPool Repairs should be left to the experts

Depending on the original construction of the pool, the materials used will vary and may include the installation of a sublayer of mesh and plaster. If a crack develops, water seepage can cause a great deal of damage to the inner sections of the pool walls. Repairs of this type are very costly for the homeowner to complete because of the specialized materials needed for the job. In addition, skill at cementing or plastering, affixing tiles, and water sealing are needed in order for the job to be completed successfully.

A professional pool repair company comes prepared with all necessary equipment and tools. Crack repairs can be completed in less than one day and at a fraction of the cost incurred by homeowners who attempt this type of service work on their own.

Preventative Maintenance

This is the best way to ensure that the pool and its mechanical components are in good operating condition. Most motors parts, valves, feeder lines, blowers, and heat pumps show signs of fatigue and loss of structural integrity over a period of time. However, it takes an expert to properly diagnose the problem.
Calling in a professional pool maintenance technician is the best way to take care of small problems before they become big ones. Drain-and-clean services, chemical checks, motor and pump operations checks, and sediment removal are easily performed at an affordable price by licensed, expert service personnel.

World Record Pool Building Time!

The World's Fastest Pool BuildOn average, you’d assume it would take at least a few weeks (more likely months) to completely build a pool right? Wrong! Brian Morris and the We Fix Ugly Pools team have proven that a pool can be built in less than 6 hours! The pool building started at 6 am and with the help of 150 workers, the pool was completed in 5 hours, 56 minutes and 7 seconds. The team completed 22 different phases of construction including- rebar, plumbing, shotcrete, tile, decking, filling, excavation of 85 tons of dirt (in 48 minutes), and they even built a playground.  The previous pool building record stood at 13- 16 hours. That is more than 2x the amount of time it took We Fix Ugly Pools. Home owners Julie and Michael Fish, of Phoenix AZ, were very pleased (and amazed) that their pool had been built in one day. Their new pool features limner jets, color- changing fiberoptic lighting, a salt chlorination system, an energy efficient pump and filter, a solar heating cover, and a desert-friendly landscape.

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Pool Remodeling and Repairs

Even the most elegant of backyard swimming pools can become quite an eyesore as the years go by. A pool is an inviting place to gather and have fun so long as the area contains a special level of visual appeal. Cracked or broken tiles, excessive grime and slime buildup, and poor choices of surrounding foliage can create the effect of swimming in a city collection pond rather than a backyard recreation center.

Pool Remodeling and restoration

If you are annoyed at the way your pool setting affects your senses, you can perform some extensive renovation work, or you can call the experts. A licensed pool installation and restoration company may turn out to be the most feasible and least costly solution.

Common Problems With Pool Materials

The most common problem with an aging pool is water infiltration into the tiles or plaster. Over time, a small crack allows water seepage into the supporting soil, and any organic matter that escapes the action of bleach water will discolor the tiles to such a degree that polishing them becomes impossible.

A shiny new pool may look as though it requires very little maintenance. However, sediments in the water will immediately begin to eat away at the burnt protective coating of plaster. Although impossible to detect with the unaided eye, this protective coat – which was applied when the plaster material was prepared by the installer – is what keeps water from percolating through the junction between tile and plaster.

Delamination occurs when sediments are allowed to seep through to the back side of the plaster.Tiles are installed over a mesh that covers the sides of the pool. If water seeps into cracks in the tiles, the underlying plaster becomes delaminated and the tiles will pop loose. Repairing the tiles involves draining the pool, stripping and grinding away the plaster, removing the mesh, and replacing it with a new adhesive material. This type of work is beyond the capability of most homeowners.Adding A Stone Surface Around The Pool

Highlight Your Pool

Nothing sets off and highlights a pool more than a beautiful walkway and splash zone covered in marble, slate, travertine, or other natural stone. However, most homeowners are not sure how to install stone properly, nor can they get the best price on materials from the local flooring surface retailer. Installing stone surfacing involves leveling and compression of the soil, using specialized grouts and cements to secure the individual tiles, and coating the tiles with sealant. This is a job best left to the professionals.

Creating A Stunning Background

Professional pool installation and refurbishing contractors can assist you with choosing the best foliage for your backyard. The correct use of trees and shrubs will complement the look of the pool while adding shade to the proper areas. When remodeling a backyard pool, you must consider all the probable costs involved. These include pool materials including tile, plaster, new drain valves and covers, and adhesive materials. The cost of replanting foliage or adding a splash zone must also be considered.

The obvious choice is to contact us for a complete home pool inspection. We offer professional advice about how to transform your backyard pool into a recreational facility that is fit for visiting royalty. Best of all, our work is guaranteed and backed by an unbeatable service warranty.

Cleaning Your Pool

Properly Cleaning Your Pool

If you have a personal swimming pool, it is extremely important to clean it properly. Cleaning not only ensures that the water is clear and safe to swim in, but also helps to keep all of your equipment functioning properly. By simply spending a few minutes of your time each day on the up-keep of your swimming pool, you will be able to enjoy it throughout the season without having to worry about the health of your pool and whether it is safe to swim in or not. In fact, cleaning your pool does not have to be as cumbersome as some may think. Routine care can help with common problems such as build-up on the bottom and sides of the pool, murky water and chemical levels of the water. These tips will help you to learn how to properly clean your pool.

 Brushing The Pool

Brushing is one of the most important pool cleaning tips. Brushing the walls and tile of your pool should be done at least once a week. This maintenance technique will help to prevent, minimize and even eliminate algae build-up along with deposits of calcium. Those with concrete walls in their swimming pools should opt for a stiff brush while those with vinyl walls should choose a soft brush for cleaning their pools.

 Vacuuming The Pool

Vacuuming should be performed every week to keep the pools water clean and clear. There are a wide variety of different vacuum types that you may choose from. This includes both manual and automatic models. After vacuuming, be sure to clean out the filter of all debris so that it is able to continue circulating the water and working properly.

 Maintaining Your Chemicals

Maintaining the chemical levels of the water is an important pool cleaning tip. Chlorine and pH are especially important, as these help to keep your pool as clean and healthy as possible. Use test strips to effectively measure the acidity or alkalinity of the water and add chemicals as needed.

Misconceptions on Solutions to Cleaning a Pool

One of the most common pool cleaning misconceptions is that too much chlorine in the pool can cause eye irritation. In fact, this is exactly the opposite. High chlorine levels do not cause this irritation but instead is caused by chlorimines which is formed when chlorine bonds with nitrogenous products. Chlorimines can be treated and prevented by using higher levels of chlorine when cleaning your pool.

With these cleaning tips, you’ll keep your pool in tip-top shape throughout the year. Now you can swim with confidence, knowing that your water is as clean as possible with just a little bit of time and work.

Pools and Home Value

How A Well-Kept Pool Increases Home Value

My pool has been a perfect investment for my family. We enjoy it for relaxation and exercise, especially when summer rolls around. Although there was talk that it would deter buyers when we sold the home, we’ve found that it actually increases our home value when it is cared for properly.

 Reflection Of Home

When you take care of your pool investment, the effort is a reflection of the homeowner and home. Buyers see that you take care of the entire property, giving them assurance that there are no major repair issues hiding in the rafters. Your home value goes up as different buyers bid higher and higher. A well-kept home and backyard is sometimes difficult to find, depending on the area. Our water feature has fresh tiles and clean water at all times.

 Hot Days Prevail

In Fort Worth, Texas, we have many weeks of hot weather. Our property value soars, especially if we list our property in the spring or summer. Buyers see the pool as a reprieve from the heat. No one wants to be relegated to the indoor air-conditioning when it is beautiful outside. A well-kept water feature brings everyone outside for a cool afternoon of swimming or relaxing. Bids may be competitive if an especially hot summer arrives during a sale.

Upscale Amenities

Some homes are in wealthier areas, making competition for sales even more fierce. A well-kept water feature definitely sets the property apart from other local listings. Every home on the block may have pools, but the cleanest one shines brightly above the rest. When I visit my neighbor’s home, I can immediately see the difference between my water feature and their property. Decaying tiles and decks only decrease home value during selling.

 Buyers That Entertain

I know that I have a good chance at a high property value if buyers are looking for a home to entertain guests. A water feature works well as a backdrop to eating outdoors and socializing. It also works for more casual parties, from birthdays to family reunions. I have even decorated it with floating centerpieces for more formal occasions, including a wedding reception. Buyers with entertaining on the mind are bound to pay more for a well-kept water feature to show the property’s beauty.

I constantly examine my property for any maintenance needs on a monthly basis. Taking care of your water feature will help your property value shine during the selling process.

We build pools to look natural, cool and inviting.

The Dangers of Improper Pool Service

Most everyone would agree that being able to swim in or sit beside a crystal clear, pristine pool is a real joy, especially for those of us living in the Phoenix, AZ area. Keeping the pool looking good though, and safe for swimming, requires proper maintenance. Some Arizona homeowners elect to maintain their own pools in order to save a little money, or maybe they just enjoy doing-it-themselves. Regardless of who maintains the pool, there are some dangers of improper pool service everyone should know about.

First of all, anyone performing pool maintenance should be aware that the task requires the use of hazardous materials. Chlorine is one of the main chemicals used to keep the water clean and clear and to avoid the buildup of algae and other bacteria. It can be used in solid or liquid form, both of which are hazardous and require careful handling, in addition to a safe method of storage. When improperly used or stored, chlorine can cause or contribute to respiratory problems, plus skin and eye irritations. If stored indoors, toxic gases can be released. Accidentally mixing chlorine with ammonia or certain hydrocarbons can actually cause an explosion. A proper balance of the pool’s acidity, known as pH, also has to be maintained. Chlorine is most effective when the pool’s pH is at the proper level. If the pH level is too high, the usual solution is to add muriatic acid, another hazardous substance.

Secondly, a complete understanding of how to properly use the chemicals is required. Not only are most of the chemicals considered hazardous, they can present other dangers if used improperly. This means they have to be applied in precise amounts using specific procedures. For instance, some chemicals are added directly to the pool water while others have to be diluted before applying. Additionally, there are timing factors involved with the use of some chemicals, limiting the amount of chemicals that can be applied over a discrete time period.

While there is certainly nothing wrong with a homeowner wanting to maintain their own pool, it may be beneficial to hire a pool contractor. In most cases, the contractor will furnish the chemicals required which eliminates the homeowner’s responsibilities for handling and storing hazardous materials. The contractor will have trained personnel who can test the pool chemicals on a regular basis and keep them balanced. If any non-routine items requiring maintenance are observed, the contractor can call it to the attention of the homeowner and repairs can be made before major problems develop.

Three Common Pool Repairs and How to Avoid Them

Although most of us that live around the Phoenix, AZ area enjoy the warm climate, we all know it can get pretty hot from time to time. Many of us have swimming pools that require regular maintenance to keep them looking beautiful and to prevent health hazards. From time to time, problems will occur that require a repair to be made.

One of the items commonly requiring repairs for Arizona pools is the pool’s vinyl liner. Temperature changes over the course of a year can cause the vinyl liner to expand and contract, which may result in the liner sagging or creating gaps where the liner is attached. The best way to avoid this is to keep an eye on the liner and immediately correct any minor sags before they become major ones. Sometimes, this is as simple as pulling on the liner and snapping it back in place. Another common problem with vinyl liners is the development of holes. To prevent this, never use sharp instruments or toys with sharp edges in the pool. Be careful with cleaning tools, especially around seams. If your vinyl liner is getting some age on it, it may be time to think about replacing it with a thicker liner that is more resistant to holes and tearing.

Repairs to the pool pump and filtering system are also fairly common. Pool pumps have moving parts that will wear out after extended use, just like an automobile engine or an air-conditioning compressor. The pool pump is one of the most important elements in keeping the pool water clean and pure. In order for the chemicals to work properly, the water must be circulated and filtered. The best way to avoid pool pump problems is to make sure you are using a good quality pump. Check it frequently to make sure it operating properly. Look for any signs of improper operation, such as cracks in the housing, leaks that may indicate a bad seal, or excessive noise that could be caused by defective bearings.

Another common item requiring repair is the plumbing system. Every in-ground pool has buried pipes that allow the water to flow from the skimmer and drain to the pump and back. From time to time, these pipes can come apart at joints due to expansion and contraction of the soil, or they may become clogged. Although excavating the pool’s plumbing in order to repair it can become very expensive, there are new techniques available that may be effective in repairing a leak without excavating it.

Finding a Pool Remodeling Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

If you have an in-ground pool, you know that from time to time, maintenance will be required. Even if you clean and maintain your own pool, occasional problems may require the services of a professional pool contractor. Or perhaps your pool is getting to the age where you want to consider a remodel. While there are several reputable pool contractors in the Phoenix, AZ area, how can you find one you will be happy with and avoid being scammed by a bad contractor?

First of all, ask for recommendations from friends and family. Find out who they used and if they would use them again. Do some research online. Examine the websites for various Arizona pool contractors and make a list of the top few that appear to be reputable. See if you can determine from their website whether they provide the services you are looking for. Check to make sure they are licensed and insured and can meet all federal, local, and state codes in performing the work you are interested in.

Next, contact several of the companies you listed during your initial research and ask questions. Find out about the services they provide and what type of experience they have. Ask for a list of customers with contact information. Find out how they will price their services and what kind of warranty they will supply. For those that remain on your list after the initial contact, visit their showroom and meet some of their people. Try to get a feel for how professional and courteous they are and what the likelihood is that you will enjoy working with them.

Once you have narrowed your search to the top two or three contractors, set up an appointment for them to come to your residence and survey the work to be done. Ask for a written estimate or flat turnkey price and make sure all the terms are clear and understandable. Beware of any contractor that demands to be paid up front or that wants an unusually large down payment. Finally, check with organizations that can vouch for the integrity of the contractor, such as the local chamber of commerce and the Better Business Bureau.

By going through these steps, you can find a professional pool contractor that will perform the work you are looking for at a reasonable price, and avoid getting scammed in the process.

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen in Phoenix

An outdoor kitchen is one of the best types of living spaces for your property if you love spending time in nature. The dry desert climate of Arizona may require some special additions to ensure you and your guests are comfortable while spending time near the grilling area and help to prevent damage to the local environment. You can find exactly what you need to build the perfect kitchen for your climate and personal tastes.

Outdoor Kitchen Basics

One of the basic things that you will need for your outdoor kitchen in Arizona is a shady place for entertaining. Make sure that you include umbrellas and other coverings, such as awnings over picnic tables or seating areas, to stay cool while grilling outside. You can also try building your kitchen on the shadiest side of the house and connecting it to the wall of the home.

Connecting your outdoor kitchen to the exterior wall of the home creates the look of a traditional kitchen with all the beauty of the outdoors. Plus, the wall may provide some additional shade during the evening hours. You will need to install a brick wall, or another type of wall that is heat and fire resistant, to protect your home from the heat of grilling and cooking. Adding a colorful tile backsplash over the retaining wall is a simple way to add some flair to your kitchen while adding an important safety feature.

Safety Requirements

You will need to follow local building codes and regulations when building an outdoor kitchen in Phoenix, AZ.  For instance, you may be required to have an up to date fire extinguisher near the grill at all times and you may need to have a building permit before making any additions to your home.  Most outdoor kitchens are covered by a shelter of some sort.  Pavilions, ramadas, and pergolas can all make a great shelter and traditional gazebos are typically too small to have enough room for cooking.  To compare the differences between these shade shelters, take a look at the design your own gazebo feature at Amish Country Gazebos.  We can typically build the custom outdoor kitchen and any shade structures you may need near your pool.

Some features, such as gas lines, will need to be installed by a professional. You will also want to opt for the highest quality grills and equipment if you want your cooking area to stand up to Arizona’s extreme heat and weather. A We Fix Ugly Pools professional can assist you in finding and installing an outdoor kitchen that meets safety requirements and that fits your personal tastes perfectly.

Adding an outdoor kitchen in AZ is a much more useful feature than one in less temperate areas.  Outdoor kitchens are a proven way to increase your home value.  Even pool builders in Massachusetts, were the useful season is only four months can see the value of an outdoor kitchen.

Your outdoor kitchen is only a few weeks away.  If you need the right kitchen at the right time, call We Fix Ugly Pools.