Frequently Asked Questions
What are your company credentials?
CPS Pools & Spas is an official member of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. In business since 1957.
What criteria should I use when choosing a pool builder?
The best source of information will be people who have used the builder for their own pools. CPS Pools & Spas will provide you upon request a list of referrals. Ask your builder for the same. Call the customers on the list and ask about their experience. If at all possible, visit pools built by the builder and see first-hand how the pool was designed, constructed, and maintained.
Ask the builder as many questions as you want and make sure that you are satisfied with the answers. You may also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints against the builder and if there was a response from the builder and if there was a response from the company to rectify any problems. And finally, check into how long the builder has been around. You cannot receive warranty protection or services if the company you have chosen has gone out of business. Look for a company that has been well established in your community.
Do the benefits of owning a pool make the cost worth it?
Absolutely! Owning a pool can be one the most rewarding investments that you will ever make! The lifetime of memories created by owning an in ground pool are priceless and irreplaceable. Plus, your own pool improves your mental, physical well-being by providing both stress relief and the perfect exercise solution. So what are you waiting for? Make your family Pool People today
I have a certain design in mind for my pool. Would your company be able to create it?
All our pools are custom designed. If you can conceive it, CPS Pools & Spas can build it in a Gunite pool. We can accomplish almost the same thing in Vinyl Liner pools.
Gunite Pools versus Vinyl Lined Pools?
CPS Pools & Spas builds both Gunite and Vinyl Liner Pools.
Gunite is a seamless, superior strength concrete applied under high pressure from a special machine…then finished with the interior surface of your choice.
No other pool can match the long term durability, creative designs and beauty of a Gunite pool. Gunite will cost more than vinyl lined pools, but the added value of Gunite is something most homeowners can easily see and appreciate.
Vinyl liner pools offer you all the design and custom look of Gunite yet at a cost that is considerably less. You can take your pool to the next level by adding brick coping, stained decks, and choices of colors and patterns of your vinyl liner.
Salt versus Chlorine?
A Salt-Water Swimming Pool is often the Pool of Choice for pool owners today. Chlorine is the most common disinfectant used by pool owners. It is an effective sanitizer. Chlorine has some drawbacks. Some people do not like its obtrusive smell, or by its effect on skin, eyes, hair, and clothing.
Salt Chlorine Generators are the most prominent sanitization system used in pools that are built today. These units make the water feel smooth and silky with less irritating effects of normal chlorine such as sore eyes and flaky skin. Salt Chlorine Generators systems also take away the hassle and cost of buying chlorine which can save you money and time. Salt Chlorine Generators are the answer.
What is Pool Service?
Pool Service is the hiring of a trained professional to take care of your pool so you don’t have to. Things you might find a pool technician doing would include; Checking Ph, Total Alkalinity and Conditioner. Brushing the walls, steps and skimming the pool with a net, emptying the pump and skimmer baskets, and brushing debris from tile. Last but not least, a Pool Service professional will provide the pool owner with an accurate diagnosis of any problems he or she may be having with the pool.
Following chemical treatment, how long do I have to wait before I use my pool?
With the exception of super chlorinating (which requires waiting until the chlorine level drops to recommended levels), you can generally use your pool when the chemical is dispersed throughout the pool. Fifteen minutes to one hour is a good rule of thumb.
Why do I need to shock my pool? (Super Chlorinate)
Pool water composition always includes some undesirable elements that actually contaminate your pool water and reduces the efficiency of the disinfectant or sanitizer. Material such as hair spray, suntan oil, cosmetics, perspiration and other organic material react to combine with the chlorine in the water to form “combined chlorine”.
I added algaecide to my pool, but the algae did not go away. What did I do wrong?
First, you must add the algaecide according to the directions. If you do not add the correct dosage amount, it won’t kill any of the algae. However, be aware that using the entire bottle of algaecide is also ineffective. Not only will you spend additional money, large doses can also lead to staining and foaming in your pool.
In addition to properly dosing your water, it is also recommended that the algaecide be added in the morning on a bright sunny day for best results. Algae are plants and grow in the presence of sunlight. Adding algaecide during the algae’s best growth time will increase intake of the algaecide and make it more effective. If black algae are present, brushing the algae at least once daily will also help expedite algae removal. Brushing the dead cells away makes the living more vulnerable to the algaecide.
Vacuum to waste?
When you “vacuum to waste” you are pumping the debris you vacuum out of the pool through the waste line, and nor through the pool filer. This method removes a large amount of water from the pool in a short time so be sure the pool is full before you begin. This method is used for large amounts of debris and dirt. This method will only work for circulation systems that use a 6-position filter valve.