How Often should I have my pool Cleaned?
If you don’t maintain your pool properly, you could cut the lifespan in half. Or, if you don’t maintain it at all, you could cut it down to a quarter! That's tragic.
If you don’t take care of your pool for 2-3 weeks, it will turn green. In fact, if there are heavy rains, like say during monsoon season in Tuscon, it can turn your pool green in 24 to 48 hours. And that green is more than just algae — it can contain E. coli and other bacteria.
Rain and sun are both rough on a pool's Chlorine balance. Chlorine, which keeps your pool from turning green, dissipates in direct sunlight: you can put liquid chlorine in a sunny pool on Monday and by Wednesday it will have almost no chlorine in it. You always have to keep testing your pool water 1-2 times a week.
Can Solar heat my pool?
You can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by installing a solar pool heater. They're cost competitive with both gas and heat pump pool heaters, and they have very low annual operating costs. Actually, solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates.
Most solar pool heating systems include the following:
- A solar collector -- the device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun
- A filter -- removes debris before water is pumped through the collector
- A pump -- circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool
- A flow control valve -- automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.
Pool water is pumped through the filter and then through the solar collector(s), where it is heated before it is returned to the pool. In hot climates, the collector(s) can also be used to cool the pool during peak summer months by circulating the water through the collector(s) at night.
Some systems include sensors and an automatic or manual valve to divert water through the collector(s) when the collector temperature is sufficiently greater than the pool temperature. When the collector temperature is similar to the pool temperature, filtered water simply bypasses the collector(s) and is returned to the pool.
What do I do if I broke a glass in the Pool?
Close down pool immediately.
Shut off filter for 1-2 hours so all glass shards may settle to the bottom.
Vacuum entire pool slowly in and in and out movement down the entire length of the pool.
Clean pump basket to check for glass.
Vacuum entire pool slowly in and in and out movement down the entire length of the pool for a second time.
Clean pump basket to check for glass.
Repeat steps 3 & 4 until the pump basket is free of glass for two consecutive times.
If you find out if clear one time, and glass in it the next time. You need to restart the process for two consecutive clean baskets.
WHY did my pool turn green?
When chlorine levels drop below 1 ppm, it can cause algae to grow in the pool, turning the pool water green. When this happens it is necessary to "shock" the water with chemicals to kill the algae and return the pool to normal chlorine levels.
Are Salt Water Pools healthier?
The role of salt in salt-water pools is to act as a continuous source of convertible chlorine.
Salt-water pool disinfection systems rely on chlorine to kill germs and neutralize contaminants in the water, just as traditional chlorine-based systems. A unit containing two slightly charged titanium plates allows the salt or NaCl to pass through them. In a process called electrolysis, the salt breaks down and reforms in water to form the hypochlorous acid responsible for disinfection in traditional chlorine-based systems. Because the salt is dissolved in the pool water, there is a continuous and steady supply of chlorine flowing into the pool.
Salt-water pools avoid the buildup of harmful chloramines because the chlorine levels replenish themselves constantly and do not depend on pool owners or pool workers to add more chlorine to the water as needed.
The main benefit of salt-water pools is the lack of side effects often associated with traditionally chlorinated pools.
Salt-water pools are not chemical-free systems. Salt-water pools depend on the steady and continuous flow of chlorine into the water for the benefits it delivers.
How Often do I need to drain my pool?
It may surprise those who've never had a pool, but typically in-ground swimming pools do not need to be drained. In the case of fiberglass pools you should NEVER drain your pool without first consulting your dealer. Even if the water seems beyond help, draining usually isn't the answer.
The big reasons for draining a pool are either that a repair needs to be performed that can't be done with water in it or that you need to stabilize the level of Total Dissolved Solids (TDI). Almost every other problem can be solved without draining.