Swimming Pool Steve YouTube Channel 1,000,000 Views
The Swimming Pool Steve YouTube Channel started late in 2014 and just this month has rolled over the milestone marker of 1,000,000 views. I could not be happier about how well my videos about swimming pools and spas have been received - and judging by the relatively positive comments that I get from viewers it would seem that this kind of first hand technical information is in demand by pool owners.
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As of current there are around 350 videos available on my channel ranging in length from about 1:30 up to 20 minutes long. The information in these videos is intended to be educational and conversational - just how I would speak with a pool owner while standing in their backyard. The pool and spa industry is notorious for being difficult to get good advice, with many conflicting opinions, and so my aim is to educate pool owners and pool professionals to improve the understanding of pool and spa construction, maintenance and repair everywhere. As a second generation pool and spa builder, and with experience with all classes of pools up to and including world class aquatic structures, you will find the information available through my YouTube channel to be some of the most accurate, technically sound and educational information you can find anywhere about pools and spas.
Thank you to everyone who reads my website and watches my YouTube channel. I enjoy making this content as much as you enjoy reading and watching it and hopefully I can continue to create pool and spa instructional content for years to come.
Highlights From The Swimming Pool Steve YouTube Channel
With 350 videos it will not be easy for those new to my YouTube channel to find all of, and most specifically, the best content. If you are new to my channel or would just like a Cole's notes for what you should watch then consider some of these videos below which are my most popular content.
How To Clean A Used Hot Tub - This is the most popular video on my YouTube channel to date. In this video I talk about how you clean a used hot tub and the importance of why a specific method of flushing the water must be used. The information in this video does not just apply to cleaning used hot tubs. Every time you drain the water in your spa you should be following the pipe flush procedure discussed in this video. Failure to use a pipe flush product every time you drain your hot tub will result in a buildup of (disgusting) biofilm inside the plumbing lines. Without a chemical made to remove this biofilm you will have persistent bacterial growth in the water which will make it very difficult to maintain sanitizer levels as well as increasing your chances of developing a bacterial infection yourself when you use the spa.
The importance of properly cleaning your hot tub can simply not be overstated. Surprisingly the vast majority of people who own hot tubs do not use pipe flush when changing water and I am always pleasantly surprised when I encounter spa owners taking the time to use this product when changing water. I would never - NEVER get in a hot tub that has not had regular pipe flushing. Once you do one neither will you. It is not uncommon to develop a foot or more of black foam during a pipe flush on an older spa...and this is the bacteria living in your plumbing lines which get shot directly into your back as you sit in front of the massage jets. Hot water, open pores and persistent bacteria is simply a situation you should avoid. Pipe flush your spa and send this video to anyone you know with a hot tub.
Hot Tub Pipe Flush is something that every spa owner needs to use regardless of how else you care for and maintain your spa water. You should be using this product in the OLD WATER prior to draining and refilling. Simply remove the filter from your spa, add this product as per the directions, and circulate your jets for a few back to back cycles before dumping the water, rinsing and refilling. Pop in a new (or freshly cleaned) filter and you are good to go for another three months.
How To Inspect Your Pump, Filter & Heater Installation - This is my most popular video series and something that every single pool owner and pool technician should watch. In total this is 50 videos of reviews of pool equipment installations where I discuss the most common deficiencies that you see time and time again. The knowledge gained from watching these videos will put you light years ahead of other pool owners, and I am constantly receiving feedback from pool installers and service technicians about how they have learned to improve the quality of their installations with this video series. Definitely a long watch but well worth the time invested for how much you will learn by watching these. It is surprising how often you see the same mistakes repeated time and again.
In a blog article I wrote in January 2017 I further examined these most common installation errors in an article called Common pool equipment problems & solutions. This article summarizes the most common installation errors encountered during the 50 pool equipment installation review videos. The simple tips discussed in this article can literally save you thousands of dollars in failed pool equipment. Most of the time pool owners are aware there is a problem - they just can not appreciate fully how these little problems can add up to equal big, fat, expensive repairs. The hard reality is that improper installation accounts for almost as much early pool equipment failure as poor water chemistry...which is a lot.
Swimming Pool Leak Detection - In this video playlist I talk through the process of finding a leak in your pool from beginning to end. This video series begins with the simple problem of an unexplained water loss in your pool. By using a process of elimination along with some standard leak detection tests that anyone can do, you can very likely determine if your pool is leaking, and where it is leaking from. This video series will drastically increase your understanding of how pool leaks are found, specifically using procedures which do NOT require any expensive or specialized leak detection equipment.
For over 20 years the only piece if leak detection equipment that I used day to day was a stethoscope and if you, as a pool owner, want to increase your ability to pinpoint leaks then this would be a smart purchase considering how inexpensive stethoscopes are. The only other possible (inexpensive) item that you might want if you are attempting to locate a leak in your pool might be some dye testers for helping to locate leaks in the structure of your pool.
How to winterize a pool - Opening a swimming pool for the season is largely a labor process and there is not a whole lot that can majorly go wrong if you try to open your pool yourself. Closing a swimming pool, especially in an area that has sub-zero winter temperatures, is the total opposite. If you do not perform the winterizing of your pool properly there is a very high likelihood that you could have a problem over the winter that results in something breaking. Closing a swimming pool is not rocket science but there is a process to doing it correctly. This video series talks you through each aspect of the pool winterizing process to help you understand what can go wrong, and what the established industry standard methods are for winterizing each component of the pool system.
If you are planning on winterizing your own pool then this pool winterizing playlist from my YouTube channel will help you to understand each component of your pool. In these videos I talk about pumps, filters, heaters, skimmers, returns as well as discussing things like water level in your pool and types of pool covers and how they affect how (and when) you should close a pool for the winter.
How to fix a floating pool liner - This video shows the process of pumping out water from underneath your liner. This is a very common problem for vinyl liners pools to have, especially in the spring when ground water tables are highest. Also this is a problem that can develop if you have a leak in the pool, which was the case for the pool shown in this video.
In addition to the video here you can also read this recent blog article that I wrote to accompany this video about floating pool liners to help you to better understand what went wrong that arrived you at the conclusion of having a floating liner in your pool. Problems with ground water and floating vinyl liners is the hallmark of poorly built pools. If you do not specifically control the ground water around a vinyl pool, and you end up with floating liner issues, there are no easy fixes to permanently solve the problem. A well point or sump pit may very well be your best (and cheapest) long term option.
How to inspect a vinyl pool - This is a very useful video playlist for any person who is looking to buy a new house that has a vinyl liner pool. Obviously you should have a pool professionally inspected before you buy a new home with a pool, but this information will help you to make an initial assessment on your own. If you have the ability to inspect a pool for deficiencies then you will have a much better idea as to which houses warrant further investigation and which houses (and pools) are going to need a lot of work to fix the deficiencies.
In this video series on vinyl pool inspections I discuss each aspect of the pool one by one starting with the pool structure, coping track, liners, walls, floor, skimmers, returns, lights and in-wall steps. If you want to increase your knowledge about vinyl liner pools then this would be a great starting point. If you already have an understanding of vinyl pools then these videos will increase your technical understanding of how vinyl pools tend to fail.
How to inspect a concrete pool - Along the same lines as the vinyl liner pool inspection but this time specific for concrete pools. Concrete pools in general, given their very technical nature, require an experienced eye to spot potential problems brewing...and unfortunately there are very few "cheap" repairs that you can make when a concrete pool start failing. This video series will walk you through the initial inspection of a concrete pool of unknown age and condition. With this information you will have a MUCH better idea as to the current condition of the pool as well as what potential components will need to be repaired.
This video series on concrete pool inspections starts with an introduction, then videos on coping, tile, introduction to interior surfaces lesson, pool paint, pool plaster and pool & spa combination systems. Concrete pools are a deep subject and you should absolutely hire a professional to inspect any concrete pool on a house you are looking to buy - especially older concrete pools which can be in need of tens of thousands of dollars of repair and renovation. This video series will explain what you need to look at and the significance of any deficiencies you note within the pool or pool system. This is a great resource for pool owners looking to be able to ask informed questions and understand more about how a concrete pool works, how they break, and what the integral components of a concrete pool installation are.
Thank you to everyone who reads my website and watches my YouTube channel! I plan to rededicate to my YouTube content moving forward as a priority and I look forward to providing more, and improved content in the future. Please subscribe to the Swimming Pool Steve YouTube Channel to be notified of new content as it comes out.
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