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Pool & Spa Tips

Following are some helpful tips to make caring for your pool much easier…

  • Do not backwash a sand filter too often. A somewhat dirty filter works more efficiently than a freshly cleaned or backwashed filter. Backwash, when the pressure readings are too high or the water flow is too low.
  • Not all cloudy water problems are filter problems. If there seems to be no chemical cause of a clarity problem — that is the chemistry is right and the sanitizer level is stable — the possibility of a filter problem should be explored.
  • When cleaning up around the pool, don’t use steel wool. Inevitably, some will end up in the pool and cause staining.
  • Household cleaning products may not be suitable around the pool. Some contain ingredients that can cause foaming or chemical reactions with other chemicals in the water.
  • Do not add chemicals through the skimmer unless specified on the product label. This may result in clogged lines, corrosion of equipment and decreased effectiveness.
  • pH is more important than total alkalinity. Controlled pH helps keep chlorine efficient, reduces the possibility of corrosion, and helps keep the water comfortable for bathers. Total alkalinity helps keep the pH from fluctuating.
  • Calcium hardness can be raised by the addition of calcium hardness booster if the level is too low. The negative effects of high calcium hardness levels, cloudy water and scale formation can be controlled or minimized by lowering the pH and total alkalinity towards the lower end of the optimum range.
  • Minerals in your source water can lead to discoloration and staining. It’s important to test your water at the start of the season to detect any minerals present.
  • If visible algae is present, it may require much more shock than the product label indicates. Use the label information as a guide. Retest the water frequently and add more product based upon the actual test readings and the appearance of the water. The longer it takes to do this — the longer the algae will be able to keep growing.
  • As bather usage increases and as water temperature increases, more sanitizer will be required. Keep this in mind, when adding product or changing settings.
  • When using an automatic chlorinator or brominator, don’t wait for all of the product to dissolve before adding more. Add replacement tablets weekly, to make up for the amount that has dissolved. This will help provide a more consistent application of sanitizer to the pool water.
  • Avoid chemicals being in direct contact with vinyl liners. This is especially true of chlorine products.
  • When sampling water, try to get a representative sample. Have the filter operating and take a sample from approximately 1 foot below the surface. Make sure that the sampling container was clean.

Spa Tips
Following are some helpful tips to make caring for your spa much easier:

  • You should drain spa water every 2-3 months, depending on use.
  • Any time you fill or refill the spa, you should test the water and adjust accordingly.
  • You should run your filter/pump for at least 4 hours every day to circulate the water.
  • Test the pH and sanitizer levels frequently – at least several times weekly.
  • Maintain the sanitizer levels, even if the spa is infrequently used.
  • Sanitizer usage depends on spa usage: use label dosages as a guide for adding product and add more based on test results.
  • If using softened water, make sure to add the proper amount of calcium hardness booster.
  • Properly sanitized spas are generally odor-free and should not have slippery underwater surfaces.