The majority of pumps will have a longer lifespan if they run continuously. The stopping and starting motion is what takes a toll on the motor.
If you only want to swim during the hot months, then you don't need a heater. If desired to swim all months of the year, it is advised that you purchase a pool heater. There are many efficient opportunities out there, ask us what we would recommend.
No, it's not necessary. Pools are able to handle cold temperatures better when somewhat filled with water. A drained pool has the ability to crack or pop out of the ground from the pressure of ground water.
Chlorine in swimming pools kills the germs that may make people sick, but it's not immediate. Chlorine in properly disinfected pools kills most germs that cause RWIs within minutes. There are some germs that can lost longer than a few days even in a properly cared for swimming pool or spa.
It’s possible for dirt, rust and other minerals to stain your plastered pool. If it’s an organic stain, such as leaves, granular chlorine can be added to the location. Let it settle and the stain will usually be removed.
It’s important to never place chlorine tablets directly into your swimming pool. They can and will stain and etch the pool plaster. Acid washing is usually a more aggressive approach to removing stains on a plastered pool.
A nice leaf rake comes in handy for this situation. There are chemical products on the market, that can keep surface tension high, which moves small debris to the sides of the pool.
A possible problem could be the skimmer. It's important to make sure your pool is operating properly so it draws debris into the skimmer basket.
It’s a good idea to be cognizant when building a pool that there are no trees or plants nearby that have wide-reaching roots. Roots have the ability to be very destructive. They may damage swimming pools, which in turn can be very expensive repairs. A general rule of thumb is to plant trees or plants at least eight feet from the edge of your swimming pool or spa.
Calcium deposits can originate from grout or setting mortar. To remove calcium, scraping it off is the best method. Another technique for removing calcium deposits is pumice stone. Ask us for more detail.
Evaporation rate depends on the surface area of the pool, temperature, and relative humidity with wind. "Splash-out" water is a more significant source of water loss than evaporation. Alert us if you think your swimming pool is losing a significant amount of water and we will do an evaporation test to determine a solution.
When the pool is installed, salt is initially added to the swimming pool. Top-up salt is required to maintain lost salt through water splash-out, rain overflow, filter back flushing, leaks in the pool etc. It’s important to note, evaporation doesn’t reduce the salt level nor is salt consumed in the saltwater system process.
Weekly testing is okay for general backyard, swimming pools. Although, we recommend that you test your pH and chlorine levels at a minimum of twice per week. Chlorine should be fed continuously through a pool, chemical feeding device to maintain consistent levels.
We recommend that you refill your hot tube every 8 weeks on average. If the hot tub isn’t used quite as often, you could stretch that timeframe out to 12 weeks between water changes. Maintaining regular water changes will help guard against possible heater coil corroding.
The answer to this varies on your swimming pool usage, proper maintenance of chemicals and the usage of hard water. Generally, acid-washing is recommended every two to seven years. In areas where water is hard, yearly draining is necessary. Ask us if you are concerned.
In fresh-water pools or spas, salt is added to the water to produce a salinity of approx. 3000 ppm (parts-per-million). This makes it 1/12th as salty as the ocean, or 1/3rd as salty as human tears.
Avoid using any type of acid that you would normally use on clay house bricks. First, try scrubbing with a firm brush and regular kitchen, dish soap. If the stain is still prevalent, paver supply companies usually carry cleaning solutions that are safe to use on pavers. If none of these work, remember that the stained pavers can always be individually be replaced.
A cloudy pool can often mean that the pH is not in proper range; high amounts of calcium or the filter needs to be cleaned. Confirm that all the levels are within the proper range, and then for secondary measurement, clean the filter.
Taking the time to brush your pool regularly will keep dirt from occupying small pores, and avoid organic farms of buildup. Algae brushes are very effective, these steel bristled brushes can be found at any pool cleaning company. Note: never use a steel brush on a vinyl-lined pool.
When brushing is done a regular basis, it can reduce the amount of time spent vacuuming. Start brushing at the shallow end, making your way towards the deep end in overlapping strokes. Circle the pool towards the main drain, to effectively sweep dirt into the filter.
The answer is no, the salinity is not high enough to cause corrosion. The water salinity is similar to that of eyewash solution.
Automatic cleaners help increase the chances of your pool always being in swim ready condition! There are different brands and kinds of automatic pool cleaners, and you are more than able to find one that suites your needs. Plus, they take an amount of pool cleaning stress off your shoulders.
Your pool lighting should be checked occasionally to ensure that your bulbs are operating correctly. If bulbs become burnt out, that can overload other fixtures.
A strong chlorine smell most often means that chlorine needs to be added to your swimming pool. High levels of chloramines emit a strong odor, and these form when interacting with contaminants, such as sweat and body oil.
Routine shock treatments are necessary to destroy any water contaminates that lessen the effectiveness of the disinfectant. Contaminates such as suntan oil, cosmetics, or other organic materials react with chlorine causing skin irritations and an unpleasant smell.