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Cleaning your pool with success

Feeling Helpless??

We all feel helpless when we just can not get our pool water clear and clean.

I chatted to a couple of pool maintenance companies and this is what they had to say.

The most common Pool Algae

Green Algae – Murky, green water with some growth

Possible Cause

  • Low sanitizer
  • Poor maintenance
  • Improper Water Balance
  • Poor circulation

Solution

  • Shock Treatment.
  • Algaecide
  • Clean the Filter
  • Check the System

Black Algae – Rough, black spots on the bottom of the pool that brushes off with effort

Possible Cause

  • Low sanitizer
  • Poor maintenance
  • Improper Water Balance
  • Poor circulation

Solution

  • Algaecide
  • Brushing
  • Clean the filter
  • Check the system

Mustard Algae – Yellowish-gold growth that easily brushes away & Yellowish-green water

Possible Cause

  • Low sanitizer
  • Poor maintenance
  • Improper Water Balance
  • Poor circulation

Solution

  • Brush
  • Algaecide

Some Surface Problems

Scale build up – Sandpaper-like buildup on the surface. Greyish or tan coloration that is difficult to brush away

Possible Cause

  • Improper water balance – high TA (total alkalinity)pH and/or CH (calcium hardness)

Solution

  • Metal Out or Stain Out
  • Balance water
  • Acid wash

Etching – Pitting of plaster surfaces

Possible Cause

  • Improper water balance – low TA (total alkalinity)pH and/or CH (calcium hardness)

Solution

  • Balance water
  • Replace the plaster surface

Staining – Black, green, turquoise or brown spots on the bottom that do not brush up

Possible Cause

  • Metal stains
  • Fungus under the liner.
  • Tannic acid
  • Stains (leaves and debris)

Solution

  • Metal Out or Stain Out
  • Pull up the liner and clean from the underside
  • Shock the pool

Testing your Pool Water

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TEST YOUR WATER

Pool water testing is important in order to achieve and maintain a sanitary and well-functioning pool. The timespan for testing your pool water depends on how heavily or how lightly your pool is being used along with the daily air and water temperature. It also depends on the specific test being done. As a pool owner, you should be testing for:

  • Chlorine
    •  Chlorine sanitizes your pool water and should be checked between 2 to 3 times a week. Free chlorine is the most important test as this tells you available chlorine for sanitizing
  • pH
    • Check your pH just as frequent as you check your chlorine balance, 2 to 3 times a week. By keeping your pH balanced your chlorine will stay at its highest level of effectiveness
  • Total Alkalinity
    • This should be tested once a week as the stability of this test influences the stability of your pH levels
  • Calcium Hardness
    • Calcium harness should be tested once a month.  This tends to fluctuate due to local water and chemicals added to your pool.
  • Total Dissolved Solids (chemical reactions, dust, pollen, wastes)
    • If this level is too high, it can disturb the efficiency of your pool chemicals. This is why these levels should be checked on a monthly basis as well.
  • Metals
    • Every 3-4 months you should test for metals (copper, iron, manganese). Metals can cause staining if left in your water. If you detect metals in your water, the source should be determined if possible and they should be removed. Now that you are informed on the frequency of when to test your pool water, the following is a guide to what your results should look like.

Here’s a general guide for the results you’ll want to see when you test each of these:

  • Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0ppm
  • pH: 7.4 – 7.6
  • Alkalinity: 80 – 100ppm
  • Calcium Hardness: 200 – 400ppm

The advantages of having a Pool Cover

Pool Cover
Automatic Pool Cover
Pool Cover

Evaporation of water and chemicals is a major factor on your monthly spent, by covering your pool with a pool cover the evaporation is cut by 90%. If you have a pool heater your heating pump will work 70% less after covering your pool.

Did you know that an average swimming pool can evaporate up to 95,000l of water per year?

Convert all these savings to Rand and you will find that your cover is paid of in 2-3 years.

Not to even speak of the time you save by not having to clean your pool, time you can spend enjoying the pool with your family.

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