Sunset Pools and Spas

What Does Snow Do to Your Swimming Pool?

In the dead of winter, it is not uncommon to have ice and snow absolutely barrage your pool. While it’s easy to assume everything will be fine because you weatherproofed everything the way you were supposed to back in the fall, the reality is that ice and snow can have seriously negative impacts on your pool in a number of different ways. Here at Sunset Pools & Spas, we want to help ensure that your pool will open this summer without any major problems or pool damage, but doing so means being made aware of what those problems may be.

It Can Change the Chemistry of the Pool

The most common problem from melting snow is that the acidity of the precipitation can negatively affect your pool water’s chemistry balance. Because of air pollution, natural precipitation is more acidic than ever, which can affect everything from the water’s pH balance to its alkalinity. Calcium hardness, total dissolved solids, and even the amount of dirt and debris that makes its way into your pool water all can be altered negatively because of standing snow.

Those Changes Can Corrode Your Pool’s Plaster and Metal

For those that know little about Pool Chemistry 101, a change in the chemical balance of any pool, be it aboveground or in-ground, can be terribly detrimental to your pool. Lower pH balances and alkalinity can make the water corrosive, which could mean that these frustrating chemicals could eat away at the plaster or metal parts of your pool. That is the type of damage that can grow very expensive, which is why it’s so important to check your chemical balances even in the winter, especially when a big batch of snow has recently melted into your pool water.

Ice Can Damage Pools in Multiple Ways

The weight of that melting snow can be a problem as well, especially for aboveground pools. Of even bigger concern is when that snow starts to melt, raising the water level and possibly causing it to make contact with your pool cover. When this happens, broken ice can acquire sharp edges and slice through your cover or even the lining of the pool itself, requiring massive swimming pool maintenance. Here at Sunset Pools & Spas, we sell little pillows to help keep the cover separate from the water, but there may come a time when you have to drain your pool a bit to offset the excess water.

Pool Cover Pumps Can Help

There are some tools that can help keep the water level reasonable, though, including pool cover pumps, which work to keep that excess water from weighing down your tarp or finding its way into the pool. It’s a minor investment, but one that could save your pool cover during an especially harsh winter.

If you would like any other winterization tips, give us a call or stop by here at Sunset Pools & Spas any time. Winter weather isn’t good for your pool in general, but knowing how ice and snow can affect your pool is one huge step toward making sure it isn’t damaged this season.

The Potential Health Benefits of Regular Spa Use

Soaking in an in-ground spa can be the perfect way to unwind, and there are a number of biological reasons that doing so is such a revitalizing experience. While many people who visit us here at Sunset Pools & Spas are usually most interested in price quotes for swimming pools, there are plenty of reasons to consider investing in an in-ground hot tub, as well, as there are several health benefits available to those who frequently use them.

The many health benefits of spas include:

Improved Sleep & Relaxation

While it does not take a scientist to explain that soaking in a nice warm spa is both incredibly calming and incredibly relaxing, there is plenty of data in support of the fact that people fall asleep more quickly and easily when their bodies are comfortably warm. In fact, people who indulge in a soak before bed have been known to fall asleep more quickly and sleep more soundly than those who go to bed cold. Science or not, it’s hard not to feel relaxed and tune out the world a bit while in a spa or hot tub.

Cardiovascular Health & Blood Pressure

According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. That’s around one in every three people, but thankfully the heat of an in-ground spa can help lower these numbers. In a hot spa, the heat makes your heart work harder to disperse the extra heat. This increases blood flow and cell dilation, meaning a lower overall blood pressure over time. Add that to the fact that being submerged to the neck in water actually makes your heart work a little harder, which makes a good spa soak is an outstanding all-around cardiovascular experience.

Pain Alleviation

While have the warm bubbles rolling over your body may feel good in a general sense, the heat and buoyancy of the bubbles coming from the hot tub’s jets help people relieve the gravity that causes so much pain in people with chronic arthritis and joint pain. As already stated, blood circulation increases in spas, helping the muscles to relax and consequently alleviating the tension that exists in our most sensitive joints.

Release of Toxins

While it doesn’t clean the human body quite same way as an actual bath or shower would, a soak in an in-ground spa does clean the body by opening the pores in a clean environment, which gives the water an opportunity to clean out those pores of dirt and other toxins, effectively exfoliating the skin and helping to feel smoother and be healthier. Not only that, but ridding yourself of those toxins should improve your general sense of well-being, too.

If you would like information on pricing for a new in-ground spa here at Sunset Pools & Spas, simply give us a call or stop by any time. There are so many health benefits to these spas that adding one into your life absolutely could you make you happier, healthier, and better-rested. And who doesn’t want that?


Four Tips for Protecting Your Pool from Damage This Winter


As the year winds down, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your home for winter. Pool owners need to make sure they are doing everything they reasonably can to ensure that their pools don’t experience major damage during the year’s more frigid months. To avoid winter damage, follow these simple swimming pool winter maintenance tips so that you do not end up with cracked or damaged pool parts come summer. The last thing anybody wants is a pool that doesn’t work after waiting six months to get back into the water.

Winterize Your Pool

It would make sense that preparing your pool for the cold months would include some measure of winterization, but it’s a process that can be a little intimidating for those who aren’t familiar with the machines and chemicals. Obviously a quick call to Sunset Pools & Spas will get the job done, as we will come to a home with algaecide, rust protection, and shock treatment to ensure that a pool can survive harsh weather conditions. The type and amount of chemical used depends on the type and size of the pool, which is why this process often is best left to professionals.

Cover with Winter Tarp

If you don’t have a winter tarp yet, it’s time to buy one. These are not necessarily the same as the tarp you may use on your pool during the swimming season, as winter ones are a little heavier duty. Despite that, it is essential that pool owners find a tarp that is the right size and shape for the pool that they own. Basically, you want to keep debris out of the pool and protect the liner, and a strong, appropriately-sized winter tarp will do that.

Store Accessories and Equipment for the Winter

Once the pool is all wrapped up for the winter, the next step is to make sure that any equipment or accessories that aren’t attached to the pool itself find their way into a warm, dry space for the winter. A lot of people find space for these items in their garage or storage shed, but really anywhere warm and dry should keep this equipment from getting damaged.

Repair Damage Immediately

Of course, if anything does incur damage over the winter, it is important to repair that damage as quickly as possible. A crack or leak in the pool, for example, could grow exponentially worse if left unattended until spring. We always are available here at Sunset Pools & Spas to help with these types of repairs, so if anything does pop up, make sure you give us a call as soon as possible!

Protect your investment by ensuring that your pool winterization is done correctly. We’re also available to design and construct custom inground pools all year round, including the winter if you want to get a jumpstart. Contact the experts at Sunset Pools & Spas to schedule an appointment today if you’re in the Chicagoland area!