Author: Vicki Price

How to Take Care of Your Home Swimming Pool

An inground swimming pool offers utter entertainment and ample opportunities for luxury & workout sessions. As luxurious as it might sound, maintaining a home swimming pool is an equally challenging task. Right from keeping a record of the pool’s circulation to water temperature, chemistry, and so more –you have to consider a lot of factors when you wish to ensure the best condition for your swimming pool.

A typical swimming pool would require a few weekly or monthly maintenance tasks in addition to several daily tricks to keep it in the best possible condition. In this post, we will help you understand some of the basic tips to take care of your home’s inground swimming pool.

In-season Care

  • Check the chlorine & pH levels of the pool’s water every week at least twice. The pool water should maintain the pH level of around 7.4 to 7.6. Similarly, the chlorine level in the pool’s water should be around 1.0 to 3.0 ppm (parts per million). You should check the level of water in your pool at dusk –at least 4 hours after all the swimmers have left the pool. If it is required, you can add products to re-balance the standard levels of the pool.


  • Try cleaning your pool area at least once a week. For ensuring a thorough cleaning, you should empty the skimmer baskets and skim all the leaves & debris from the pool water. If there is dust & debris collected at the bottom of the inground pool, you should make use of a vacuum cleaner for cleaning it properly. Skim the pool’s surface with the help of a cleaning net.


  • Make use of the pool surface cleaner on the walls of the pool. These cleaners will help in eliminating all the waterline stains from the walls & sides. As such, your swimming pool will appear fresh & clean.


  • Shock the water in the pool at least once a week. Shocking of the pool water involves the addition of a slightly larger dose of chlorine to the pool water. This will help in removing all the algae & other contaminants present in the pool area. Perform pool shocking during dusk. At the same time, you should allow the filter & pump to run overnight. At such moments, you should avoid swimming in the pool for at least 24 hours.


Off-Season Care

  • Before closing your swimming pool for the season, you must inspect it properly. Look out for any cracks, damage or leaks that need immediate addressing.


  • Test the chemical levels of the pool’s water and try adjusting accordingly. Cleaning & shocking the pool will help in eliminating all the algae and other contaminants from the water.


  • Drain out all the water from the filter, heater, and pump of the pool before drying it out.


  • Try lowering the water level in the pool by draining the excess water into the local sewer lines.


Ensure the best care for your swimming pool!

Home Remodeling: 2 Most Popular Projects of 2018

Buying your first home is an exciting experience that everyone should try at least once.  If you start from scratch, you can build anything you desire.  However, most people purchase a “starter” home.  Consequently, they often choose remodel at least one area of the house – the pool or the kitchen.  These types of home remodeling projects require experienced contractors.  We have relationships with many of them, which allows us to deliver a more complete package of services to our clients.

#1 Most Popular Home Remodeling Project – The Pool

During the summer, the most common home remodeling project is a new pool installation.  This process typically takes a couple weeks.  First, our contractors drive to your home to learn what you envision.  Shortly thereafter, we analyze your backyard to determine space requirements and estimate the potential cost to install your ideal pool.  Once we’ve agreed on a date and you’ve signed the contract, we proceed to purchase the required raw materials and plan for the project.  There are a plethora of details to consider, which is why we partner with other contractors to complete the work; each contractor specializes in a different area of home remodeling.

The first step in the process is digging the hole and removing dirt, which needs to be done by a certified excavator, by law.  The hole is dug in the shape of the pool, and it can take anywhere from 1-3 days depending on the amount of rock in the ground.  If rock is present, jackhammers are used to break it up and then it’s removed with bulldozers.

The next step is to shape the depression by hand with a trowel or other small tool.  After that, we prep the ground by laying a base, such as sand or gravel.  While this occurs, our metal fabricators weld together a steel frame for the shell of the pool.  The prefabricated structure is then lowered into the ground and outfitted with water pressure, heating, and filtration piping by a qualified plumber.  Then, our electricians set up pool lighting.  Finally, all utilities are connected and the concrete is poured into the hole or sprayed on and shaped.

#2 Most Popular Home Remodeling Project – The Kitchen

Due to high demand for home remodeling, B-Rod Pools has partnered with Let’s Remodel to offer pool installation and kitchen renovation in one package.  For our clients, this means one bill and a guaranteed level of quality.  The kitchen remodeling process is less complicated than pools, but still requires strong attention to detail.  Let’s Remodel has more than 10 years of experience in this field, which is why we’ve chosen to collaborate.

The first step in the kitchen remodeling process is to decide on a layout.  There are many kitchen designs available, so there’s something for everyone.  Generally, the choice comes down to a closed-off space or an open layout that blends into nearby rooms.  Open kitchens are the most common and are considered more modern, so many people go that route.

After choosing a design, you need to decide on materials.  This is the largest factor affecting the cost because raw material pricing varies greatly.  The first choice is cabinets.  Would you rather have generic cabinets or custom cabinets?  Should they be made of solid wood or decorative laminate?  The second choice is the island’s countertop.  Which type of island would you like – moving, static, fully-functional? What material should it be – limestone, slate, crushed quartz, marble?  Each material has a different benefits, so it’s important to review that.

Once you’ve chosen materials, you sign the contract and Let’s Remodel’s contractors begin your kitchen remodeling project.  This process takes two weeks on average.  Appliances are removed, old cabinets are taken down, and the area is cleaned and prepped.  After that, the new cabinets are installed and secured to the walls and floor.  Finally, the countertop is set on the island and glued into place.  Due to its weight and the use of commercial grade glue, it won’t move.

Contact us for More Information

If you have any home remodeling ideas you’d like our team to review, please give us a call.  We also welcome any questions, concerns, or feedback.  We look forward to serving you and your family.


Portland Pool Repair: The Common Issues

Everyone in Oregon knows that when you have a pool, it will be the source of hours upon hours of fun memories! Who would not want to hold a barbecue with some good pals or the closest of family members living in Portland? Having a pool party is – and will always be – a big hit with children! When something like a pool is constantly used, it is understandable then, that with time, it will start showing it’s age. Eventually small or large issues will start to crop up and your precious pool will need some attention.  When it’s time for a Portland pool repair, give us a call and we’ll take care of it.

Let us discuss the most common issues that crop up in pools. The information listed below will help you determine what to look out for, why they may occur, and what would be a solid go signal to have your pool repaired.

Hairline Cracks: These are the rather thin but usually deep cracks. These cracks are either set after the concrete has settled or the start of longer and ‘active’ damage. Surprisingly, hairline cracks are often the subject of quick do-it-yourself type fixes. Most owners make use of a basic cement mix then pour the mixture into the crack. When the mixture has been poured, a trowel is used to scrape and smooth the affected area. It takes roughly five days for the patch to finish curing. When that is done, the area is checked to see if the curing has settled well and that no water will get in.

Offset Cracks: These cracks are the more visible and often larger form of disrepair on concrete pool foundations. This is the type of crack where one side is lower than the other. Uneven surfaces beneath the concrete like a tree root or if the soil has expanded or receded can be the cause of such a crack. This sort of crack may also be due to shrinkage in the slab base. In any case, these types of cracks need to be repaired immediately as they are a safety hazard that can cause tripping. Larger cracks may need professional intervention as incorrect fixes can be the cause of further damage to your pool area.

Faulty Drain: A pool drain is an important piece in maintaining the integrity and longevity of your pool. It also helps keep your friends and family safe from any stagnant water that can be a breeding surface for mosquitoes or a haven for mildew. When you spot standing water around your pool deck, it is a fairly certain sign that there isn’t a working drain in place. Or perhaps your existing drain is clogged and is in need of some TLC.  Our pool repair is comprehensive, so fixing the drain is part of it.

Discoloration: When the concrete around your pool has started to show a faded or even grimy looking color, it can look older than it actually is. A good way to disguise the minor flaws like discoloration is through carving in or cutting a pattern or design upon the surface. This is called Concrete Engraving. The process starts with a staining and through the use of a special routing machine, a specific pattern or design is placed into the surface, creating faux grout etches.

Flaking Surfaces: When previous treatment has been done, it is important to remember that they do not last forever. Despite being a surface and aesthetic issue, it can be quite the eyesore. Good thing, then, that the way to fix this is relatively easy. Removing the flaked surface can be achieved through a scraper or through a high pressure washer. After cleaning the area thoroughly, apply a new treatment.

Shrinkage Cracks: This type of crack normally happens when the concrete slab dries. This sort of crack occurs around the control joins. Control joins are placed in an attempt to identify the areas wherein cracks may happen.

When the concrete is mixed, it is important that there is sufficient water required for hydration when mixing the dry components (sand, aggregate, and cement). It is normal for the water to evaporate and be another reason for shrinkage cracks across the surface of your concrete slab.

Thermal Cracking: When the temperature varies in great degrees, cracks tend to develop. The chemical hydration method wherein concrete hardens makes heat and causes the concrete to expand. Invariably around the same point, the concrete at the surface of the slab is continuously exposed to air and water loss happens because of evaporation. These two conditions make the perfect combination of cooling and shrinkage of the concrete near the surface.

Plastic Cracking: When the water evaporates from the surface of the slab faster than the moisture can migrate from the underlying concrete, surface concrete will dry faster—this leads to a difference in the moisture levels of the surface area and the underlying slab. This leads to tensile stresses that are relieved only by cracking of concrete near the surface.  In this case, pool repair is needed immediately to avoid further damage.  

Now that several errors have been listed above, what can you, as a Portland pool owner, do about it? There are several options that you can choose. First of all, you can always choose not to do anything. Just avoid being surprised one day when your investment dies on you. Of course, no one wants that to happen, right? So what you can choose to do instead is to have it repaired. You can either repair it by yourself for the minor stuff like discoloration. However, don’t be stubborn and still choose to DIY something major like offset cracks. Those can be dangerous and if done incorrectly, will pose as an even greater hazard for yourself and your loved ones. There are always a plethora of pool companies in your local area. Do your research and select which company works for you and your pool.

That way, you’ll be doing yourself a major favor and even your pool will thank you.