Pool maintenance tips
Pool maintenance tips
Backwashing and rinsing of the filter needs to be done religiously and consistently on a weekly basis. Rinsing the filter every other week or on Saturday this week and then only on Thursday the following week is the single biggest mistake most pool owners make since the filter, being the heart of the filtration system, needs to be clean and clear in order to do its job effectively.
The backwash cycle should run for no less than about 1 full minutesmall pools) and no less than about 2 full minutes (for medium to large) pools. The rinse cycle should be done straight afterwards as it is a secondary yet final cleaning cycle and need only run for approximately 15 -20 seconds. Very important to note is that the pool cleaner (Kreepy Krawly or Barracuda etc.) should be unplugged during this cleaning cycle as the resistance offered by said pool cleaner drastically reduces the flow through the filter which results in totally ineffective rinsing of the filtration system.
It is imperative that one cleans out the weir basket as well as the pump basket before attempting to clean the filter as leaves, etc. found in these areas can also drastically reduce the flow through the filter.
A ph. testing kit is very important to have at hand during the weekly maintenance routine since the ph. of the water is what really matters at the end of the day. A balanced ph. allows for the chemicals one administers to effectively be absorbed and react as they should. Generally, if the ph. is either too high or too low then the chemicals will not work. It is that simple.
In the past, and until very recently, salt chlorinators were the so called answer to low maintenance pool water treatment systems. This was more or less true except for the fact that the salt in the pool water is highly corrosive and over time it corrodes the lime in the paving as well as the grout in between the paving, which leaves the paving pitted and groutless, which is a real eyesore! These days we are able to generate ozone (O₃) via corona discharge orlight, which is 3000 - 3500 times more effective than chlorine in purifying water. Ozone is not as dependent on a balanced ph. as other chemicals, including chlorine, and it just about creates mineral water for you and your family to swim in. Ozone is the most highly oxidative substance known to man and it is known to destroy up to around 98% of all known bacteria and viruses. Ozone generators are therefore the more eco-friendly option for any pool since the pools chlorine consumption is drastically reduced and as a result the water can be backwashed and rinsed into the garden without causing any problems for the grass or plants.
General tips for a healthy looking pool would be to do regular cleaning of baskets and the filter as well as regular testing of the ph. and it is always a good idea to add a cup or two of chlorine granules straight after a storm or cloud burst. Keeping the pool free from leaves and other floating debris is also very important to prevent decomposition which ultimately leads to the growth of algae. The addition of either a salt chlorinator or an ozone generator is supposed to lower the maintenance of the pool water but in reality these systems still need to be managed as they create either chlorine or ozone respectively and do nothing for the ph. of the water.
If ever one feels the need to re-line or waterproof ones pool then stick to marbelite or if you can afford it, fibreglass. Algae cannot manifest on fibreglass as it does on marbelite and therefore it can be brushed off with ease leaving a clean, smooth surface.
Benefits of a fiberglass surface
- A long-lasting solution to surface problems. Fibreglass lining eliminates the need for acid washing, painting and re-plastering for good. A fibreglass lining by far outlives and outperforms all other resurfacing methods including re-marbling, vinyl lining and paint.
- An effective measure in combating cracks and leaks. Because the surface is a structurally strong, waterproof barrier, it prevents or covers unsightly surface cracks and reduces water loss through leaks. In turn, less chemicals and water need to be replaced.
- A beautiful, sparkling white appearance. The Fibreglass Lining surface permanently cures a faded, lacklustre look and instantly improves the pool's image. No more frustrating, embarrassing signs of too many seasons in the sun.
- Reduces chemical consumption.
- A method for reducing heat loss by up to 10%. Since heat is not lost through absorption into the surface walls, the water is kept warmer and your swimming season is expanded.
- Highly resistant against algae and stains. Because the surface is smooth and non-porous, there is nowhere for algae to grip or for stains to penetrate. The easy-to-clean surface virtually puts an end to wire-brushing and scrubbing.
- A non-abrasive surface. The smooth coating means fewer skinned elbows, scraped knees or snagged swim wear, so swimmers will love it. Also drastically reduces wear on automatic pool cleaner.
- A quick process installed by trained, authorized dealers. Since the fibreglass lining process cures quickly, the facility is subjected to very little down time.
Procedures to Facilitate Leak Detection
being prepared to answer the following questions can save a service company time and save you money when attempting to locate a leak.
- What type of pool do you have? (Vinyl liner, Concrete, Plaster, Fiberglass, etc.)
- How much water is the pool losing per day?
- Is there any visible water around the filter system?
- Does the pool lose more water with the pump on or off?
- Monitor the pool's water level for 12 hours with the pump on and then 12 hours with the pump off.
- If the pool loses more water with the pump on, the leak is most likely in aline (return line or jet line).
- If the pool loses more water with the pump off, the leak is most likely in a suction line (skimmer line, vacuum line, or bottom drain line).
- If the pool loses the same amount with the pump on or off, the leak is most likely in the pool shell or liner.
- Was the pool covered with a solar blanket during period of water loss?