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Year: '2016' - Month: '3'

22 Mar
Balancing Pool Water Chemistry: The Ultimate Guide Posted by Esposito Pool | Comments: (0) | Pool Repair

Balancing pool water chemistry – it's really like a balancing act as you need to maintain the correct levels of different chemical components in the pool water. Your pool water keeps on constantly changing. From cosmetics to dirt or oil, anything that comes in contact with pool water will affect its chemistry. Pool cleaning and continuous filtration remove contaminants but they don't restore or balance the pool water. To chemically balance and sanitize water, you need to take care of the three important components – pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness.

Adjusting alkalinity level
•    Total alkalinity refers to how much of carbonates, bicarbonates, hydroxides, and other alkaline substances are present in the pool water. 
•    Pools should have a total alkalinity level of 100 ppm. Alkalinity level should be adjusted first, and then the pH. 
•    You need a test kit to determine the alkalinity of your swimming pool. If it shows low alkalinity you can raise it by the addition of a base such as sodium bicarbonate whereas high levels of alkalinity can be lowered by the addition of an acid.  

Regulating pH level 
•    pH refers to the acidity or baseness of your pool water. The most desirable pH level is around 7.4 to 7.6 on a pH test kit's numeric scale.
•    Keeping proper water pH levels is important for swimmers' comfort as well as essential for keeping your equipment and pool in good condition. 
•    If the results of your pH test show high pH level, you can reduce it by adding liquid hydrochloric acid and dry acid. If the pH is low, it can be          increased with an alkali (sodium carbonate).
•    To lower pH level, fill 3/4 of a bucket with water from the pool, add the above mentioned acid to the bucket and pour it slowly into the pool.
•    To raise pH level, add sodium carbonate into the pool at the return jet sight. The powder gets dissolved into the water easily and you can re-test the         pH level after 6-8 hours.

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Balancing calcium hardness
•    Having the right amount of calcium in pool water is crucial. The general range for calcium hardness levels is 200 to 400 ppm.
•    First test your pool for calcium hardness and determine the ppm you're away (either on lower end or higher end) from the ideal hardness level. 
•    Calcium chloride can be used to increase water hardness for pools. Pour it directly into the water as per instructions on the product label. Wait for          about 6 hours before testing hardness level again.
•    To lower the calcium hardness, you may need to drain about one-fourth of your pool. Refill the pool with fresh water and wait for six hours for fresh           and existing water to mix together. Then re-test your pool for calcium hardness.

Apart from these three important components of your pool water chemistry, you should also check and balance stabilizer level and total dissolved solids (TDS). Maintaining proper water quality and chemistry requires a lot of knowledge and efforts. It's better you hire a professional pool service company for the task! Esposito Pools, a leading pool maintenance, repair and replaster services company in Houston, has expert technicians who can help you maintain the correct water chemistry in your swimming pool. All you need to do is to enjoy your sparkling clean pool.

14 Mar
How to Clean Your Pool Filter Posted by Esposito Pool | Comments: (0) | Pool Care, Pool Service

 While most people realize that regular pool maintenance is essential for safe use of pool water, only few of them know that pool filter needs to be cleaned periodically for its proper performance. 90% of filter cleaning is simple manual process while the rest 10% requires some professional expertise, but you can do it. The main purpose of cleaning pool filter is to remove the debris and impurities in order to improve water flow and quality, circulation and prevent wear & tear on the pool equipment. Cleaning process is different for different types of pool filters. Check out here the cleaning process for each type of filter:

Cleaning Cartridge Filter

•    Turn off pump and air bleed valve before opening the body of the filter. 
•    Remove the filters and take them to where you want to clean them.
•    Rinse off the loose debris and dirt from your filter cartridge using sprayer or garden hose with a nozzle. 
•    After rinsing, soak your cartridge in a cartridge cleaner solution (containing 1 part chlorine and 6 parts water) for overnight in order to kill microorganisms. 
•    Next, immerse the cartridge in a clean water completely to remove chemicals. Then thoroughly rinse the cartridge with water again to remove remaining chemicals and allow it to dry under sunlight.
•    Now your filter is ready for reassembly and follow the manual to reassemble the filter parts.

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Cleaning Sand Filter

•    After a certain time period, sand filter starts to clog and its performance diminishes. To start the cleaning process, turn off the pool pump at the circuit breaker.
•    Sand filter is usually at FILTER setting during normal operation. By depressing the multiport valve, move it to BACKWASH setting.
•    Now turn the pool pump on and run for at least 2 minutes. You will see side water inside the filter to change from cloudy to clear. 
•    Turn the multiport valve to the RINSE setting to prevent dirt or cloudy water from returning to the pool. Whenever changing the position of the valve, switch off the pump.
•    Turn the pool pump on and run filter at the RINSE setting for 2 minutes and depress the valve to FILTER setting again for normal operation.

Cleaning DE Filter

•    DE filter has the same backwashing procedure as the sand filter. The only difference with DE filter is that most of the DE is removed during backwashing so you need to add clean DE (80% as some DE will still be inside the filter) after cleaning process. 
•    To drain the inside portion of the DE filter, open the Air Release Valve for a few minutes to allow water to drain out from the bottom.
•    Open the filter and disassemble the grids. Lift out one grid at a time and clean it with a garden hose. After that you can soak the grids in soap solution or acid bath. Finally, immerse it in a bucket full of clean water.
•    You can clean the rest of the filter body such as bottom rack, top manifold, filter case and clamp.
•    Assemble the grids carefully and place them inside the filter body. Follow manual to reassemble filter parts.
•    Finally, turn on the pump and recharge your filter by slowly pouring the DE-water slurry into the skimmer. 
•    Open the air release valve to remove air from the inside of the filter and note the pressure reading to ensure your filter is working properly.

Need professional pool filter cleaning service? With professional pool company in Houston having expertise in pool remodeling, repairing and maintenance, you can rest assured that your pool filter will be cleaned in the most effective manner possible. With professional pool maintenance service you are can enjoy your outdoor oasis for many years to come.

03 Mar
5 Easy Steps to Clean Your Swimming Pool Posted by Esposito Pool | Comments: (0) | Pool Care, Pool Repair

Having a swimming pool on your property is a pretty good deal for you, but keeping it sparkling clean will give you years of enjoyment. Weekly pool maintenance is not a cumbersome task as you might think it is. Every pool construction is different and so are their maintenance requirements. The secret to maintaining pristine pool condition is regular pool cleaning. Follow these five easy steps to clean your swimming pool:

# Step 1 - Remove floating debris: Pool skimmer or leaf net is the best tool to skim out leaves, toys, insects and debris floating on the surface of pool water. Try to remove these floating elements as soon as possible because once they sink down, it will be harder for you to remove them.

# Step 2 - Brushing and vacuuming: Once you've removed floating debris, move on to brushing the sides of the pool and the ladder. Attach pool brush to a telescopic pole and run the brush on these areas of the pool. You can use force to remove grime from areas with pool water circulation. You can use manual or automatic pool vacuum to clean the floor of the swimming pool. Vacuuming is essential to remove debris and bacteria that get collected at the bottom of the pool.

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# Step 3 - Clean the pool filter: Regular filter cleaning is essential for residential pools. Nearly 98% of residential swimming pools in Houston, Katy and surrounding areas have either diatomaceous earth or cartridge filters. These filters can trap debris as small as 2-15 microns. You need special equipment and expertise to clean pool filters and make them free of debris & grime. Consider for professional help in Houston if you're not experienced in filter cleaning. You should hire a company that is specialized in pool maintenance, pool repair & remodeling services in Houston for your pool cleaning task.

# Step 4 - Check water chemistry: The water circulation system of your pool includes, pump, drainer, filter and strainer. Clean them to make sure they remain in good condition and work effectively. Test the pH level of water using water tester kit to make pool water safe for use. Remember a good pH level should be between 7.2 and 7.8, so you can add pH reducer or increaser, depending on the water chemistry.

# Step 5 - Pool shock treatment: Certain debris such as suntan oil, body lotion, perspiration, algae and bacteria can cause skin irritation if not removed from pool water. To shock a pool, add a shock treatment formula, available in chlorine or non-chlorine formulations, to 5 liters of water in a bucket and then add it to pool water to keep your pool crystal clear. 

Follow these 5 easy cleaning steps to keep your swimming pool clean and safe for use. Regular pool cleaning is the best way to get a healthy swimming environment for you & your family as well as avoid costly future repairs.


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Recent Entries

24 May
Follow These Tips To Spend Less on Swimming Pool Repair & Maintenance

For most pool owners, having a swimming pool means much more than just being able to go for a swim whenever they want. There is a lot of maintenance involved in owning a swimming pool no matter what size the pool is and where you live. While a pool owner may do all of the work to keep a pool well maintained, there will be times when a pool will need repairs.

Everyone wants to save money in whatever task they do, hence, swimming pool repair job is no different. So, check out these tips to reduce your pool maintenance costs.


HIRE A REPUTABLE COMPANY – By hiring a reputable swimming pool repair and maintenance company, you are taking a step forward to maintain your pool, which is otherwise a difficult task if done on an individual basis. Allowing chlorine levels to dip too drastically will allow algae to begin to grow. Levels that are too high can result in chemical burns and itching eyes. Your pool filter should be cleaned and replaced at regular intervals to help it continue functioning at its best. The team of experts of Esposito Pools is knowledgeable in all aspects of swimming pool repair and maintenance needs. Allow us to reduce some of these stress-inducing things and call our professionals to keep your pool repaired and maintained.

CLEAN & MONITOR YOUR POOL FILTER – Pool pumps use a significant amount of electricity. You can enjoy clean water and smaller electric bills by limiting the amount of time that your pool pump runs. In most cases, four hours per day is enough to maintain optimal water quality. It will help you save money by running your pump for limited time period. On a regular basis keep monitoring all your pool equipment to get small repairs done on time, so that you can avoid costly repairs later on.

POOL COVER – KEEP THE MAINTENANCE COST LOW – A pool cover is also an excellent way to keep the pool maintenance costs low. Having a pool cover that fits properly and used appropriately can help reduce the number of those pesky “love bugs” from getting in. Once you start seeing them flying around ensure that your pool is properly covered, and if you happen to neglect, they will be everywhere. It will also keep leaves, grass and even tiny little objects, which create the most hindrances in the proper functioning, away from your pool.

Regular pool maintenance is very much vital for the proper functioning of your pool. Being the most trusted pool repair company in Cypress, Esposito Pools can help you keep your pool well-maintained. We will handle all your repair needs, from top to bottom with utmost care and perfection.

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16 May
Troubleshooting Tips To Help You Avoid Pool Pump Failure

Owning a pool can be an exhilarating and luxurious experience. Swimming pool is a paradise where you can relax and unwind, have fun, or create memories with your family that will last a lifetime. However, sometimes pool problems such as pool pump failure can create stressful moments. Esposito Pools, specializing in pool service in Cypress, is capable of handling all of your pump related needs.

Below are mentioned the troubleshooting tips that will help you stop a small problem before it becomes a gigantic mess.

Troubleshooting Tips To Help You Avoid Pool Pump Failure

INSPECT YOUR POOL ON REGULAR BASIS – Make it a habit to visually inspect your pump and filter the system on a regular basis. Look for the signs of corrosion on bolts, pump housings, and between threaded connections. Also, keep a check on any type of water stains that might have developed in the time span. O-rings, gaskets or cracks in the unit need professional repairs, so call your pool repair company before complete pump failure sets in.

CHECK THE WATER FLOW – You have to inculcate the habit to determine if the flow from your water return is weak or strong. This can be easily done by simply feeling the flow with your hand. If the flow is weak, 9 times out of 10 it is a dirty filter. However, there can be other reasons, such as an obstruction in the inlet or outlet lines or your pump system could be sucking air. If you have cleaned your filter and skimmer but still need help to get the optimum flow from your pump, give our knowledgeable technicians a call.

DETERMINE ITS CYCLING – While the pump is still operational, keep a check whether it is cycling between on and off at irregular intervals. Check out if the motor is overheating or shutting itself down. This type of problem occurs due to faulty electrical cords. If this is the case, an electrician should be contacted to fix the problem. However, if the electrical wires are not the actual cause, then probably it can be the malfunctioning of the internal part. Contact your reliable company specializing in pool services in Cypress to prolong the life of your pump.

Pool pump failure can lead you in a troublesome situation where you will be left with no solution, but hopefully the aforesaid tips can be of some help. Therefore, choose a company that can provide you with satisfactory pool services in Cypress. Give Esposito Pools a chance to help you with your swimming pool repair or maintenance needs, so that you can enjoy your pool every day.

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17 Apr
Choosing the Right Type of Pool Cleaner: Suction Side, Pressure Side or Robotic

Pool cleaning is always considered the great activity as it enables the pool owners to cut back on a large portion of pool maintenance. People often wonder as to which type of cleaner is best suitable for their swimming pool? Esposito Pools, being a leading provider of impeccable range of pool cleaning services in Cypress and surrounding areas, knows what are the prons and cons of different pool cleaners. Before you purchase pool cleaners, check out the prons and cons of these three types of cleaners - suction side, the pressure side, and robotic cleaners.

Choosing the Right Type of Pool Cleaner: Suction Side, Pressure Side or Robotic

SUCTION SIDE POOL CLEANERS – Suction-side pool cleaners work along with the dedicated suction line in your pool. They get attached to the suction line and utilize the suction to propel the cleaner throughout the pool while scrubbing the pool surface, eliminating dirt and debris from your pool.


The moving parts are fewer

The cost incurred in less

Easy to maintain


Increases the pressure on filter

Requires pool pump to run

PRESSURE SIDE POOL CLEANERS – Pressure-side pool cleaners make use of existing pressure side line so that the cleaner propel throughout your pool. The water returned back into your pool fuels the cleaner, but it can require an additional booster pump to run. Unlike suction side cleaners, pressure side pool cleaners do not use your pool’s filtration system. Instead to accumulate dirt and debris they make use of filtration bag, thus relieving pressure and avoiding wear and tear of the filtration system.


Relieves pressure on filter

The cost incurred in less

Easy to maintain


Can sometimes require extra booster pump

Requires pool pump to run

ROBOTIC POOL CLEANERS – Likewise other pool cleaners, robotic cleaners do not use pool cleaning equipment and nor do they run off the power from your house. The best thing is they free up pressure on your pool equipment and reduce overall power costs and consumption while providing superior cleaning power. They use the simple technology of “plug and play” and pick up large and small debris in the built-in filtration system. Many times they also scrub the pool floor and steps clean thus eliminating the need to clean your pool walls with a brush. The reason why the robotic cleaners are considered ideal for most pools is that they reduce the maintenance cost and wear and tear of the pool equipment.


It offers superior cleaning

Energy efficient

Eliminates wear and tear of pool equipment


The upfront cost involved is higher

With it arises the need to clean the filter

Professional pool technicians send by Esposito Pools provides reliable pool cleaning in Cypress at an affordable price along with pool equipment inspection & maintenance as well as monitoring of pool water level. Along with outstanding pool service, we give our clients the direct estimate of their pool cleaning and maintenance requirements. The cleaning service rates might slightly vary depending on the size of the pool, trees & shrubs, and other additional features that a pool might have. 

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15 Mar
Rebound Cracks – Solution Is To Get Your Pool Repaired

Rebound cracks are predominately horizontal cracks that occur 2-3” below the top of your pool steps. It occurs when the excess gunite bounces off the wall upon application that has a low cement to sand ratio and is weak in strength. Upon immediate visual inspection, it is impossible to see any issue. As the pool ages and settles with time, the steps built with low cement content don’t have the strength to withstand the stress and the weakest areas crack. Usually, the crack runs horizontally under the step.

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So for this, you need to get your pool plastered again or get it fully repaired by the company specializing in pool repair services. But before you seek professional help from a pool repair company, check out the reasons for pool cracks:

•    INADEQUATE BEARING OF THE SOILS OR SOIL RELATED ISSUES – When the pools are built, no one is bothered to take into consideration the soil over which the pool is being built. When you consider all the construction material and the pool water, then a pool can weigh more than 450,000 lbs. The soil in the Texas region is very reactive and that is why the soil cannot withstand the weight of the pool until and unless the soil is properly prepared. Moreover, the construction efforts put in by the company specializing in pool repair in Houston are always in place to deal with the soil issues and avoid any future problem like this.
•    LACK OF TENSILE STRENGTH – Inadequate tensile strength and improper placement of reinforcing steel can also cause pool steps to crack. The rebar installed in older pools varies on its placement. Often rebar is installed in larger than 10”x10” on center grid patterns which are bad. 8”x8” on the center grid pattern is standard in today’s pools.
•    INADEQUATE COMPRESSIVE VALUES OF THE GUNITE – Guinte application is considered great and perfect in pool construction if all rebound and trimmings are thrown out of the pool during construction. However, if this is done the total cost of the construction would increase. The areas of the pool that have rebound in them have no compressive strength and the pool structure is weak in that area. Hence, do not throw any of that dead material, instead, wind it up on the pool floor, steps, and benches of the pool and spa. 

If your pool is also facing rebound cracks, it’s time to think about a pool remodel or pool repair.  Cracks in swimming pools must be addressed to prevent them from becoming worse, such as allowing the pool to lose water. Water loss may not appear to be a concern; however, any amount of water loss over a period of time can result in the major structural problem for the pool. Esposito Pools – the reliable and professional company offering pool repair services in Houston takes pride in going beyond your expectations and will do everything to explain the most efficient way to operate your pool or make repairs or remodels.

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24 Feb
Check Out The Best Materials For A Pool Hardscape

With each passing day, options available for the hardscape of a pool area are increasing widely. The plain concrete patios are becoming a thing of the past. Ranging from natural bluestone to composite wood, homeowners can now achieve a look that matches the natural landscape around the pool area seamlessly. While for those who prefer a concrete patio, stamped surfaces and pavers can update this material and give it a more stylized & modernized look. When planning your hardscape area, safety, aesthetics, and durability are the main considerations to be taken care of. For the same you can fix an appointment with the company offering pool repair services in Houston as their team of experts can ease your work by delivering the best services.

Best Materials for a Pool Hardscape


The biggest advantage of natural stone hardscape is that it is durable and offers a sophisticated appeal to the swimming pool area due to its different types and colors. However, the natural stone is porous so it should be sealed yearly to protect it from chemicals and weather. If individual stones break or become withered, this type of patio can be repaired by replacing them without disrupting the entire patio.

•   BLUESTONE – Bluestone hardscaping is a blue-gray flagstone which is both non-slip and resistant to water. It is a good choice for swimming areas     for it stands up well to hard use. Bluestone is available in uniform, non-uniform, and smooth textures and offers a perfect blend with the natural     landscape.
•   FLAGSTONE – Likewise bluestone all types of flagstone create a non-slip surface that is resistant to hard wear and water. It is available in warm,     earth tones. 
•   SLATE – Slate is just another type of flagstone that is highly durable. The material can be cut in different ways to create a customized look thus     making the installation an easy process.
•   TRAVERTINE – Travertine is a hardscape material that is as beautiful as it is durable. Colors include ivory, brown, and gold. One of its distinct     advantages is its resistance to heat, providing a cool surface for swimmers and patio loungers. The porous nature of travertine causes it to absorb     water incredibly quickly, which provides a non-slip surface.
•   LIMESTONE – Limestone can be cut in many shapes and sizes, it is an easy stone to work into virtually any design. It is available in multiple colors     including pink, brown, blue, and gray and can hold up well to hard wear and weather changes.


Concrete is a highly versatile and durable hardscape material, and its maintenance cost is also low. It is less expensive than the natural stone, concrete can be textured, stamped or treated in other ways to resemble other natural materials, making it a good option for homeowners seeking to save money without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. With concrete, you can achieve any shape and it is also easier to incorporate curves into your hardscape design with this material. There is a drawback, stamped concrete tends to crack, hence, proper maintenance becomes quite critical. But concrete pavers tend to crack less and can be more easily replaced.

Planning the hardscape that surrounds your swimming pool is an essential part of the design process. Discuss the options with a reliable company offering pool repair services in Houston to determine the best option for your outdoor living area.

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