Lehmann Pools & Spas is all about friendly & helpful service.  Trained & knowledgeable staff are ready to help you because:

  • Summer Is Still Here!
  • Hot-Hot-Hot weather for quite a while yet!
  • You and your family are going to want to cool down

We’ll help you keep your pool safe and your pool water clear and sanitary.

  • poolife® – the only full-line dealer in the area
  • Zappit® – we still have stock

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Classes forming now!  We’ve got NSPF® CPO® and PA Pesticide Recertification classes in October in the beautiful Laurel Highlands!

Contact 814-266-2236 for more info.  Click here to learn about Lehmann Pools & Spas’ full range of commercial pool services.

Class Dates Oct 12-13, 2015

Holiday Inn, Downtown Johnstown, 250 Market St., Johnstown, PA 15901.

 

Lehmann Pools & Spas can help you get the most from your swimming season!

  • Pool Heaters
    • Natural Gas
    • Propane
  • Heat Pumps
    • Ultra-efficient
  • Hydronic Heat Exchangers

Lehmann Pools & Spas even installs & services

  • No sub-contractors
  • Factory-trained techs
  • Year round service

Great brands like: RayPak/Rheem – Hayward – Heat Siphon – Pentair – Jandy/Zodiac/Laars – Coates Electric – Lochinvar

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Lehmann Pools & Spas has you covered with all your pool care needs as this weekend really heats up!

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BEFORE You Close Your Pool —

  1. Get your water tested – our testing is complimentary if you’re a customer
  2. Balance your water – preserve your liner
    1. Total Alkalinity
    2. pH
    3. Calcium Hardness
  3. Clean it up
    1. Back-To-Blue™ – if you’ve got algae
    2. Remove all debris
  4. Winterize with any of the following
    1. Natural Chemistry® PoolMagic™ Spring & Fall®
    2. PoolStyle® Winter Kits – sized for your pool
    3. PoolStyle® Winterizer – 1 Gallon size – 1 per 10, 000 Gallons

A little bit of time and effort now then put your pool “to bed” clean.  When you open next spring, you’ll have an easier job!  And, you’ll spend less money!

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Lehmann Pools & Spas is your exclusive full-line poolife® dealer in the Laurel Highlands! And, we’re your source for poolife® Back-To-Blue™ system that quickly takes your pool from swampy green to crystal clear and blue.

  • Kills algae
  • Clarifies water
  • Removes phosphates

No other system does all 3 things.

So, if your pool has gone green – bring it Back-To-Blue™!

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Look at the weather this next weekend!  Warm, lovely – great for swimming!

Talk to Lehmann Pools & Spas about how you can extend your season:

  • Heaters
  • Heat Pumps – Ultra Energy Efficient
  • Solar Covers
  • Solar Reels

Best prices of the season!

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“My water is crystal clear!”  We hear it often.  We know that cloudy water is not safe, but is clear water safe?  The answer, simply, is no.

Clear water isn’t safe – not unless it is balanced and sanitized.

Why?  Well, balanced water allows your sanitizer to be most effective while keeping you pool equipment, liner, and structure safe from aggressive or corrosive water.  pH has a dramatic effect upon chlorine’s effectiveness.  Low pH makes pH much more effective.  And, high pH DRAMATICALLY reduces the effectiveness of chlorine.  See here.

So, why not keep your pH low?  Because low pH make water extremely aggressive and corrosive.  The water attacks – well – pretty much anything, but especially metallic components.  Stuff like heat exchangers in most heaters are made of copper – easily and quickly attacked by low pH water.  Metal ladders?  Yep.  We’ve even seen pool top tracks made of coated steel corroded and destroyed by just one season of exposure to low pH water.  Read more in this post about heater parts failing.

However, balanced, clear water is no safer to swim in than someone else’s bath water.  You need an effective level of sanitizer in the water to kill organisms.  Just because no algae is showing yet doesn’t mean you’ve got sanitary water.  You use stabilizer?  Too much can dramatically reduce chlorine’s effectiveness.

The only way you know if your water is balanced and sanitized is to test your water.

  • Test strips – OK
  • Test kit using reagents – Better
  • Photometric colorimeter – Most accurate

The advantage to the photometric colorimeter testing, like we do in our lab, is it eliminates errors based on eyesight, ambient lighting, background colors, varying drop size, etc.  Then, we are able to give prescriptive dosing based upon established standards for water quality.  In other words – we eliminate the guesswork!  Helpful info here.

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Authoritative Sources 2 Authoritative SourcesAt Lehmann Pools & Spas, our #1 commitment is to providing your family with a clean, safe, and fun aquatic experience.  We think our knowledge base is key to making a safe experience for you and yours.

Have a problem with your pool?  How about the questions you have for how to maintain it?  Don’t understand why you’ve got to use a certain chemical?  Heard there’s an easy way?  “My <friend/buddy/neighbor/cousin> just does this and <his/her> water’s perfect.”

There’s a ton of information out there for how to manage your pool – so how to decide what’s right?

At Lehmann Pools & Spas, we get our information from authoritative sources.  Then, we train our staff using that information.

  • We use materials like the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Pool Operator (CPO®) program.
  • We follow PA state guidelines, using Penn State published manuals for pool operators.
  • We use information provided by equipment manufacturers.
  • And, we get information from places like the CDC or APSP, as well as many other authoritative sources.
  • And, our principal chemical manufacturers are all leading researchers and suppliers of biocides for all types of applications like farming, water treatment, and hospitals/healthcare so we have the latest in quality knowledge to provide you.

That’s why we should be your #1 source for accurate information on how to manage your pool or spa.  And, should you have a problem, we have the best methods to clean up your water.

 

In the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania where we are located, we’ve had a hot, mostly dry run of weather since early July.  Now we’re starting to see some waves of frontal rains as cooler air tries to push southward out of Canada. As each impulse comes in, it runs into warmer, more humid air; the interaction – the boundary – becomes a zone of heavy precipitation to be relieved by a spell of still mostly warm, pleasant, and drier air. Yes – there are many more swimming days ahead!  So how do you keep your pool water safe, clean, and sparkling with all of this rain, followed by warm sunny days?

We have the 5 Factors that determine the quality and safety of your pool water.  Read more herePS: Cloudy water is Unsafe – but “clear” water isn’t necessarily “safe” water.

  • Keep the Pool Clean – Clean out Debris
  • Filtration/Circulation – 24/7
  • Water Balance
  • Sanitization & Oxidation
  • Water Testing

However, with rainy weather followed by warm and sunny weather, many people – maybe you too – report having trouble keeping their pools clear.  So what can you do to keep your pool clear throughout?

If we had to pick just 1 factor of the 5?  Well, we pick Sanitization & Oxidation.  Why?  Rain water brings with it dissolved and suspended contaminants from the atmosphere, transporting in a combination of living organisms and nutrient material.  This rapid influx of material puts a higher-than-normal demand on your sanitization and oxidizer system.  The high level of contaminants can quickly use up any residual sanitizer and oxidizer.  Unless you take some steps to make sure your pool water has enough of both to last through the onslaught brought on by rain, your pool can get cloudy – quickly.  And, once either (or both) your sanitizer and oxidizer are depleted, any remaining contaminants transported in by rain will quickly start growing or feeding growth.

Cloudy pool water following rains is a sign telling you that you’ll get algae growing quickly unless you take action quickly to restore your sanitizer and oxidizer.  Since cloudy water is often composed of material that has been affected partially by the sanitization and oxidation process, it is primarily composed of material that has to be broken down.  Generally, these materials when fully broken down are gasses that can be transported off into the atmosphere.  If you have cloudy water then, you are dealing with a situation where theirs is not enough oxidizer level to break the contaminants into gasses.

To prevent cloudy water, you must bring your oxidizer levels up – if not before the rain, then certainly immediately after.  In biguanide pools, bring your oxidizer level toward the upper limit (200 ppm) and maintain it at least greater than 100 ppm.  Of course, you want to make sure your sanitizer is topped up to 50 ppm at the same time.  In chlorine pools (and, yes, your “salt system” is really just a fancy way of putting chlorine into your pool) keep your free chlorine level toward the high end of the scale, up to 4 ppm.

So the answer is?  Shock your pool!

But, did you notice how we had specific amounts of oxidizer you need in your water?

That’s why there are 5 Factors, not 1!  Testing, especially accurate testing like we do in our lab, is the only way to measure results accurately.  And testing is the only way to tell you for sure how much stuff to add to get the results you want.

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