Proper Pool Care Guide Information

Proper Pool Care Guide Information

As a swimming pool prefessional I have asked lots of questions. Here’s a quick list of the seasons most popular questions. <!–More–>

Treating New Water

Something most people do not know is that tap water isn’t pool water. To make tap water to pool water, adjustments have to be made to the alkalinity and calcium hardness. Metals and minerals from the water has to be sequestered. Stabilizer needs to be added so that your chlorine will remain in the pool. Last, the Ph is actively managed and sanitizer (chlorine) is added. If, while adding water, the pool is overflowed, all of the new water has to be treated. Similarly, if the pool is over drained and refilled, the water has to be treated. Not doing so can lead to damage and discoloration to the plaster, damage to the equipment, algae growth and dangerous swimming conditions. This should be addressed any time 12 or more inches of water is substituted. For more detailed information about how they fill our water tank, you may visit this website for their bulk water delivery services for your larger water needs.

Dogs In Pools

People ask all the time if it’s OK for their dog to swim in the pool. The answer is yes. But you should expect the pool to need more care, more chemicals and more filter cleanings. Don’t let your dog swim after playing in the sea, river, lake, creek, etc.. Those waters are full of things that we do not want in our pools. Also, don’t let your dog swim to wash soap off after a bath. Soaps and detergents can add phosphates into the pool and cause uncontrollable algae growth.

Valve Settings with Cleaners

If you don’t understand what the valves do, then have a pool man out to tag them for you.
In an attempt to accelerate the cleaner, occasionally people will alter the valve to be”all cleaner”. This is never okay. Neither the cleaner the pipes are designed for this.


Filters should be cleaned regularly. Under normal conditions, for each 100 square feet of filter, you’ll get 1 month between cleanings. By way of instance, for those who have a 300 sq.ft. Filter, it must be cleaned every 3 weeks. They should NEVER be pressure washed. In the most desperate of situations, only an expert should try pressure washing. When cleaning the filters, then use a hose nozzle with a solid, single ray of water. If you’re not using a fantastic hose nozzle, you aren’t getting a great cleaning.

You’ll also have to replace filters. For every 100 sq.ft. Of filter you’ll receive 1 year of life span. The exact same 300 sq.ft. System will last 3 decades. Going beyond the life span will cause difficulties like poor water clarity, heavy chemical needs, algae growth and broken inner components.

DE filters are somewhat different than described above and won’t be addressed as Elk Grove Pools doesn’t support DE systems.

Draining Pools

Draining a pool can result in serious issues. The pool may”float” from the floor, plaster could delaminate, gaskets and o-rings dry outside. Plus, when you refill with fresh water then it will require a complete fresh water start up, $$$. We never suggest draining.

Rather, we water swap. This is where a sump pump is put on the second or first measure to eliminate 6 to 8 inches of water at one time, even though a hose is in the bottom of the deep finish including the new water. This procedure is more and more costly, but doesn’t take any of the draining dangers.

Solar Blankets

Solar blankets are utilised to warm the pool. In case you have one, follow these tips.

Do not allow water to pond on the surface. It’ll grow algae or bacteria and eventually get in the pool. Set the cover away if it’s going to rain. While pools can deal with the slow daily accumulation of dirt and dust and stuff, using a wonderful downpour wash a few months worth of debris in can not be managed.

For those who have a chlorine floater, place it next to the skimmer. This helps circulate chlorine and is much easier to get to.

Salt Water Pools

Here’s the short version of my tirade against chlorine generators:

If you would like soft water, simply add some salt. That’s the only portion of the sales pitch that’s true. Everything they tell you is misleading or a flat out lie. You don’t need or want a chlorine generator. It’s expensive, only works half the year (so you include chlorine another half), creates a enormous acid requirement, requires regular cleaning (with acid), lasts about 4 decades. . .and this magical equipment does is make exactly the same chlorine you might have obtained from an $8.00 floater and a tablet.

Additionally, not all equipment is rated harmonious with salt water, the concrete around the pool isn’t going to enjoy the salt and the landscaping won’t .


Phosphates are the prevalent ingredient in compost. Since algae is a plant, high levels will encourage robust algae growth. Indications of this problem are green algae on walls, but not in the water, algae accumulation on the cleaner and its hoses, massive consumption of substances and quick return of algae following cleaning and shocking.

There are too many ways that phosphates are introduced into the pool to record here, but a number of them are: dead skin cells, decaying plant (leaves), bird droppings, lawn fertilizer (carried in by feet or accidentally air into swimming ), landscape escape, any soap/ cleanser, bubbles or just from dust and dirt in the air. If plants or trees grow over or into a pool there’ll always be a problem with phosphates.

Treatment is complicated and can easily cost $150.00 or more. Repeat offenders may wish to use a monthly maintenance dose rather than waiting for problems to develop.