Pool FAQ's and Tips

FAQ's

What do I do when algae shows up in my pool?

We offer many solutions based on your individual needs.  There are green and black algae, some that float freely and others than cling to the wall. It can range from patches to covering the entire pool. Highly effective, non-foaming algaecide kills algae within 24 hours and prevents it from returning.

How do I fix cloudy water?

Your pH may be high, your filter could be dirty, or chlorine levels could be too low. We can test the water and correct this problem with various cleaning substances.

Why do I have to “shock” my pool water?

Shocking your pool water chemically destroys organic contaminants introduced by people and the environment. It restores clarity and water balance, preventing eye and nose irritation.

How often should I clean my pool filter?

You should clean your filter two times per season, in mid-summer and the fall. It should also be cleaned at spring opening if it was not cleaned the previous fall. Products we have remove oil, grease, dirt, scale, and metals from all filter types.

What is calcium hardness?

Calcium hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium in the water. Keeping it at the proper range will protect equipment and keep water sparkling.

Tips

Skim debris and clean out baskets

Skimming every day is one of the easiest ways to keep your pool clean. Floating debris will eventually sink, making it harder to remove.  Also, clean out strainer baskets once a week. Doing this lowers the amount of chlorine you’ll need to add to the pool.

Vacuum the pool and brush walls and tile

Do this at least once a week to keep water clear. These tasks can minimize algae buildup. Be sure to choose the right type of brush for the type of wall your pool has.

Clean the pool filter

There are three types: cartridge, sand, and diatomaceous earth.  Don’t clean it more than needed, but clean it when there is an increase in flow between the pressure gauge and flow meter.

Maintain the water level

You will lose water in your pool due to evaporation, splashing, and exiting the pool. Check the water level once a week and use a garden hose to bring it up to optimal levels when needed. Do completely drain your pool when not in use, either.

Find and repair leaks

If you have a leak in your pool, repair it right away. There is an easy way to discover leaks. Fill a plastic bucket three quarters full of water. On the inside of the bucket, mark the water line. Place the bucket in the pool and mark the water level on the outside of the container. Let it float for a few days, then see if the water inside and outside of the bucket have gone down the same or different amounts. If it has gone down more outside the bucket, your pool has a leak.

If your pool heater needs maintenance, get is done professionally. It may need to be disassembled and have its tubes cleaned out with a wire brush or acid.