What Does a Pool Service Include?

What Does a Pool Service Include?

At Benson Pools, we understand that not every pool owner has the time and energy to keep up with their pool maintenance. Summer schedules are already jam-packed, and you deserve to kick your feet up and leave the maintenance work to the pros.

Our pool services are designed so that you can make the most out of your pool without having to lift a finger. We offer several pool services that will make your summer stress-free, including pool design and installation, maintenance and repairs, and everything in between.

Pool Maintenance and Cleaning

Our pool maintenance and cleaning services are perfect for those who have busy schedules and need some help with the upkeep. Life can get busy and knowing that you have one less thing to worry about can make all the difference. Whether you’re looking for help to open and close your pool, or just need high-quality maintenance that you can count on, we have you covered.

Pool Construction and Designing

Everyone has a different vision when it comes to pool design. Regardless of your preferences, the design process is always fun and exciting for future pool owners as it’s the first step in getting the pool of your dreams. With our help, you can see these dreams come to life, and watch your backyard become that relaxing space for you and your family that you’ve been longing for. Before you know it, you’ll be spending all of your summer days in your backyard oasis.

The options are endless with our pool construction and design services. Whether you’re looking for a pool installation or an upgrade to your current pool, no job is too big or too small for us to handle. For endless design options, consider our custom gunite pools. We work hard to deliver the ultimate poolscapes and keep our clients in the loop at all times. From classic designs and infinity pools to waterfalls and stairs, no style is off-limits.

Pool Repairs and Refurbishing

Wear and tear on your pool is completely normal. From summer days spent jumping off the diving board to the harsh winter weather, a well-used pool can definitely feel the effects after a while.

Our repair services are designed so your pool can look and feel as good as new with just a few simple steps. Our wide range of repairs and refurbishments include deep cleaning, tiling, plastering, and painting, however, we also offer complete backyard overhauls. With your needs in mind, our team will work hard to give your pool a fresh look and also save you from having to pay for larger repairs down the road.

Pool Leak Detection

A leaking pool can be a frustrating and costly situation, and unfortunately, completely out of your control. If you sense that your pool or hot tub is leaking, there are ways to tell. The water level dropping, wet spots in your yard, algae growth or suspiciously high water bills are just a few ways to diagnose this issue. Our pool leak detection service will identify the issue and move fast to fix it so you can have peace of mind. Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art leak detection equipment to ensure that every diagnosis and treatment is accurate. We take all precautions to make sure the leak doesn’t return.

At Benson Pools, we’re here for all of your pool-related needs. If you notice a leak, want to have a pool installation, or require maintenance service, contact us today!

7 Common Pool Repairs

7 Common Pool Repairs

Swimming pools are a fun addition to any home. They offer an outlet to relax, exercise, and have fun together with the whole family. But like anything, there will come a time when your pool needs a few repairs. If you’re in the process of getting a pool or are considering one in the future, here are some of the most common pool repairs that you should expect as a pool owner.

A Leak in the Pool Pump

The pool pump has a big job to do. It carries and disperses the chemicals that keep the water sanitized all throughout the pool. So it gets placed under a lot of pressure, especially since it has to keep running to maintain safe swimming conditions. This combined with the intense pressure from the sun and chemicals naturally makes it wear down, which can result in cracks and leaks. When a leak happens, it can occur in pipes, the lid of the pump, or the drain plug.

Skimmer Leaks

Leaks are often caused by the skimmer. This can get damaged during the harsh winter weather when the temperature dips well below freezing and causes cracks to form. Skimmer leaks can also be caused by a skimmer gasket that wasn’t installed properly. Thankfully, it’s a relatively quick and easy repair if it’s caught and fixed early.

Dirty Pool Filter

Another simple but frequent problem is with the pool filters. The filter prevents dirt and debris from circulating in the water and it helps to maintain all of the other components of the pool. But these can get clogged up fairly quickly. If it’s too dirty, the pool water will begin to look murky and dirty. Usually, it just means it’s time to give your pool a good cleaning, or it could indicate that it’s time to change your filter. On average, the filter should be changed every 3 to 5 years.

Leaks in the Filter Tank

If there’s a leak in the filter tank, don’t wait to have it repaired. The tank is what creates pressure that’s needed to keep the pool clean. If you notice a problem, we recommend turning it off, trying to identify the exact source of the leak, and calling in a pool expert to fix it. Older tanks can face more problems, with leaks usually occurring around the drain caps or air bleeder assembly. Either way, don’t ignore it.

Pump Basket

When the skimmer misses some debris, the pump basket is there to catch it. It stops larger particles from clogging the impeller and getting lodged in the components of the pump. If air enters the pump basket through a leaky impeller or loosened O-ring, it can cause the pump to run dry. If this happens, you might need to replace the pump fitting.

Clogged Pump Impeller

During the springtime when everything starts to blossom, it can wreak havoc on the pump and cause it to clog up. If you notice a drop in the pump pressure or a dip in the water flow, it could indicate that too much debris has accumulated in the impeller veins.

Melting Pump

In a more serious situation, when air enters the pump basket and causes it to run dry, this can actually create a significant amount of pressure for the pump, which can eventually heat up and cause components to melt. When this happens, the pump will need to be removed and replaced.

If you experience any of the above problems with your pool in Ottawa, give our pool experts a call at Benson Pools. Contact us today!

How to Choose the Best Pool Shape for Your Backyard

How to Choose the Best Pool Shape for Your Backyard

So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and get a pool. That’s great! It’s an exciting process, but it’s also one that comes with a range of decisions that you’ll need to make. One of the first things that you’ll need to think about is the shape of the pool, which will depend on some important factors such as your backyard terrain, the size of your yard, the main purpose of the pool and of course, your budget. There are many different pool shapes available today, and your pool builder will go over each of them to help you decide which shape is best for your needs and budget. To help you get started, here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing the shape of your new pool.

What’s the Purpose of the Pool?

Though this may seem like a silly question with a very simple answer, different pools can serve different purposes. For example, if your goal is to swim laps, then a long, rectangular pool shape is best. If it’s primarily for the kids to splash around and cool off in the summer, then a smaller pool shape, like a circular or semi-inground oval pool might suit you best. Whether it’s for recreation, laps, entertaining friends, lounging, or for the kids, it’s important to be clear on this before deciding on the shape.

How Big is Your Backyard?

Aside from the purpose of the pool, the size of your backyard is one of the most important factors that will influence your pool shape. For those with a large and expansive yard, there will be more options to play around with and consider. If you don’t have a whole lot of land, then designs like a large Roman or infinity pool likely won’t be possible. In this case, an oval or circular pool shape might be your best option.

Where Will the Pool be Located?

The terrain and position of the pool in your backyard can present certain challenges to your design as well. If your yard is sloped, or if you’re located in a densely populated area with several trees or underlying cables, the shape may be restricted. This will also influence how deep the builders can dig. You’ll need to get the right permits to ensure you comply with city by-laws and regulations. Your pool builder will help you sort through all of these potential challenges.

What’s Your Budget

Some shapes and designs will inevitably cost more than others. So when you’re considering your design and shape, make sure you first know how much you’re willing to invest in your pool. This will also help to narrow down your scope and make it easier when deciding.

What’s Your Architectural Style

The overall look and design of the pool should look cohesive with the style of your home. For example, if you have a very modern looking home, then a square or rectangular shape with clean, minimalistic lines will look best. On the other hand, if your home is more rustic with a cottage-like design, a kidney shape, circular or custom pool shape might be better suited.

These are just a few questions to consider when contemplating the design and shape of your pool. If you’re ready to transform your backyard in Ottawa, contact our team at Benson Pools. We can assist you through the entire process and help you determine the best type of pool for your budget, backyard, and lifestyle.