Fort Worth, Aledo & Benbrook Pool Construction & Service FAQ’s
Stewart Pools answers some of the most popular questions asked by customers about pool construction, service, and maintenance. Please click on the Show Answer button to reveal the answer.
Q. Do you service my area?
Stewart Pools is happy to provide Weekly Service (pool cleaning) to the zip codes of 76008, 76035, 76049, 76087, 76107, 76109, 76116, 76126, 76132, & 76133. These are the areas where we are currently running Weekly Service routes, but our coverage area is growing day by day. We are also happy to provide Repair/Remodel services to the Tarrant County area including the cities of Aledo, Arlington, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Colleyville, Cresson, Euless, Fort Worth, Granbury, Hurst, Lake Worth, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Weatherford, Westover Hills, and White Settlement. If there is any question as to whether your particular area is within our coverage zone, please do not hesitate to call at 817-386-POOL (7665).
Q. Are there “green”, energy-efficient, or more environmentally-friendly ways to operate my pool?
Absolutely! We have all felt the increase in energy prices over the last few years. Stewart Swimming Pool Management has great news! You can save up to 75 percent of your pool energy bill by upgrading to newer, more efficient pool equipment. Listed below are a few examples:
Two-Speed & Variable-Speed Pumps- Two-speed pumps are just that, they have two speeds, a high speed for tasks such as backwashing and vacuuming, and a low speed for routine filtering. The majority of the time, the pool is in routine filtering mode, so why would we need a pump that runs on high speed all the time? We don’t. Unfortunately, most pools have single high-speed pumps that waste a considerable amount of energy ($60 per month in some cases). It is not at all uncommon to see a customer save 75 percent on their pool energy bill by simply converting to a two-speed pump. Variable-speed pumps work on the same principle as a two-speed pump, with the exception of being computer controlled. They carry an onboard computer system that senses the flow rates being demanded by the pool, and automatically adjusts itself to run as efficiently as possible. When two-speed and variable-speed pumps are running in low speed mode, they consume about the same amount of energy as a 60 watt light bulb.
Saltwater Systems- Saltwater Systems are by far the most eco-friendly, cost effective and healthy way to sanitize your swimming pool. Read more about them on this page under the section titled “What are the benefits of a saltwater system? How do they work?”
Efficient Plumbing Schematics- Did you know that your plumbing can affect the efficiency of your pool? Excessive bends and turns create friction inside the pipe, decrease flow and make your pump work harder to accomplish the same task.
If you are looking to save some money on your energy bill, either call Stewart Swimming Pool Management today at 817-386-POOL (7665) or request service to set up a consultation. We have the knowledge and expertise it takes to get your pool running as efficiently as possible! In most cases we can estimate your monthly savings over the phone!
Q. What are the benefits of a saltwater system? How do they work?
Saltwater systems utilize water softening technology to provide wonderfully smooth, and gentle-on-the-skin water for swimming. Say goodbye to red, irritated eyes, itchy skin, green hair, faded swimsuits, and expensive buckets of chlorine.
Start by installing the saltwater system. Then dissolve low levels of ordinary table salt into the pool. Chlorine is generated automatically and naturally by the saltwater system, and then distributed into the pool. Once the chlorine’s purification work is done, it automatically converts back to salt, to be used over and over again.
Saltwater systems are a safe, economical and environmentally-friendly way of purifying your pool and spa. Imagine having all the benefits of soft, luxurious swimming pool water without the high cost of chlorine. Stewart Swimming Pool Management can make that a reality! Call 817-386-POOL (7665) to order your saltwater system today!
Q. When should I service my pool filter & what are the different types?
Different types of filters require different maintenance regimens. There are three basic types of pool filters:
Diatomaceous earth, or D.E. filters, typically contain 8 filter “grids” which are coated with D.E., as a means of filtering the pool water. They are the most popular type of filter because they offer the lowest maintenance while providing the best filtration. They don’t need to be backwashed as much as a sand filter, and don’t need to be disassembled as much as a cartridge filter. Routine backwashing is typically done when the gauge on the filter increases by 10 psi, or every two months, whichever comes first. All manufacturers of D.E. filters also recommend that the filter be disassembled and thoroughly cleaned on a semiannual basis. Stewart Swimming Pool Management provides this service as stand alone, or coupled with our Weekly Service.
Cartridge filters contain paper-like elements known as cartridges as a means of filtering pool water. One major drawback to cartridge filters is the fact that they cannot be backwashed. Instead, when the pressure on the gauge increases by 10 psi, they must be taken apart and cleaned by hand. Depending on the pool location, surrounding environment, and bather load, this might have to be done weekly, monthly or quarterly.
Sand filters use silica sand as their filtering media. They have several major drawbacks. First, they do not offer a precise level of filtration. Sand filters let small particles of debris flow right through the filter and back to the pool instead of becoming trapped within the filter. This can create cloudy water. Second, they must be backwashed frequently. It is not at all uncommon to backwash a sand filter every week. This wastes a lot of water. Third, sand filters cannot be disassembled and cleaned; instead they have to have the sand inside them changed every 3 to 5 years. This cost is usually quite substantial. On the upside, sand filters are the most durable type, rarely having any mechanical issues or broken internals.
Stewart Swimming Pool Management can service or repair any type of pool filter. Please call 817-386-POOL (7665) and schedule a consultation if you have any questions regarding filter types or maintenance schedules.
Q. What is the appropriate water level for my pool?
Halfway up the tile line is always a good rule of thumb.
Q. How long should I run my pump?
Your pump and filter system should have been matched to the size of your pool when it was built. If so, the total water volume is re-circulated roughly twice a day. In most cases this means running the pump for about 8 hours during the summer, and about 4 hours during the winter. Generally speaking, cleaner pumps should run about 4 hours a day, or however long it takes to maintain a clean pool.
Q. What is the best time to run my pump?
It is generally recommended that the pump be set to run during the heat of the day. It is during this time algae and bacteria have the best opportunity to grow. At Stewart Swimming Pool Management, we suggest setting the timer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the winter. Cleaners should run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Q. Why is my pump making noise?
Your pump could be making noise for several reasons. What sort of noise is it? If it is a gurgling kind of sound, then the water in the pool is most likely too low, and you will need to fill it up to the middle of the tile line. If however, the sound is a loud whining or screeching then most likely the pump will need to have the bearings and/or seal replaced. At Stewart Swimming Pool Management our technicians can promptly diagnose the problems you may be having with your pump so that we can have you swimming again soon!
Q. Why are air bubbles blowing back into my pool?
This could be due to several things. First, you want to make sure the pool has plenty of water (halfway up the tile line). If the water level gets low, the skimmers suck in air (typically accompanied by a gurgling sound coming from the skimmers). When air goes in, it must come out. Second, if the pool is not low on water, there is probably a suction leak somewhere in the plumbing system. If a suction leak is a possibility, call Stewart Swimming Pool Management as soon as possible, as suction leaks can create a multitude of other costly swimming pool repairs.
Q. How much maintenance does my pool require?
Routine maintenance of your pool is extremely important. It shouldn’t be labor intensive, but just like you can’t ignore your car, or the HVAC system in your home, the pool does require some attention. At Stewart Swimming Pool Management we have designed a variety of pool service plans that are customized to your needs and the needs of your pool. Please refer to our services page for a complete explanation of cleaning services we provide. Should you choose to do so, you may also request service from this site.
Q. Is it easier and more cost effective to service my pool myself?
Because our service technicians have been expertly trained and certified in water chemistry, hydraulics, filtration, plumbing and sanitization you can have the peace of mind that your pool is constantly well maintained. An improperly maintained pool is not just an eyesore, but also possibly an extremely unhealthy environment for your loved ones and friends. Furthermore, improper service techniques and water balance can result in substantial pool repair costs. At Stewart Swimming Pool Management we want you to spend your time enjoying your pool, not worrying about it!