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In the summertime, every other day would be ideal. For hot tubs, 3 times a week.
In the summertime, as often as once a week might be needed depending on use.
1) Total Alkalinity; 2) pH; 3)Chlorine; 4)Stabilizer
A 4 in 1 liquid drop test kit is good, but test strips are quick, easy and are now just as accurate.
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Whenever the pressure rises 7 to 10 lbs. above the filter’s normal, clean pressure.
There are many different types of algae that require different methods and products to get rid of them. Bring in a sample of water to Pool & Patio, and we will figure out the best algae treatment for your pool.
Apply our Scum Off Tile and Vinyl Cleaner directly on the build up and scrub it off. Use a natural enzyme on a weekly basis to keep the build up from happening.
We suggest you filter your pool 24 hours a day. The pool will stay more clear and you will not have as many problems such as cloudy water or algae.
We suggest every 3 to 5 years for a residential pool, and 1 to 3 years for a commercial pool.
The cartridge should be cleaned at least once a month. The average life of a cartridge is 3 to 4 years. It is a good idea to always have a spare ready to install when cleaning the other.
Every 3 to 4 months depending on use.
The water level should be half way into the skimmer opening.
There are very few chemicals that should be added directly through the skimmer. You should follow the product labels for application.
If your pool pump is screeching or making unusually loud noises, the bearings might be failing. It is probably time to replace the motor on the pump, and sometimes it might mean to replace the whole pump depending on the age of the system.
There are several advantages to having or converting your pool water to salt system for sanitizing the water. First, salt water pools are a more stable source of chlorine, so the level will be more consistent and it will bounce back easier after heavy rains. A salt system actually generates chlorine through electrolysis. You will also enjoy the benefit of not handling chlorine on a routine basis. By eliminating the use of acidic chlorine tablets, you will be balancing the pH & Total Alkalinity less frequently. Second, the water has a softer, silkier feel with less eye and skin irritation. Usually the initial cost associated with the salt system is offset by eliminating a great amount of chlorine tablets that were purchased before. In the long run, the cost balances out.
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If Phosphates occur naturally in your swimming pool. They can also be introduced to your water through other means. Sources range from decaying plant matter, fertilizers, mineral treatment chemicals, acid rain, ground water runoff, fresh water fill, bather wastes, and even dead skin particles.
Phosphates are plant or algae foods and nutrients. Even at low concentrations, phosphates can cause accelerated algae growth in pools that are just slightly out of balance. Properly maintained pools are less susceptible to the impact of phosphates, but may still be affected by them. Higher levels of phosphates can create higher chlorine demand and make for greater difficulty in getting rid of algae and keeping it out of your pool.
Phosphate levels over 300ppb require attention. This is a simple process achieved with the addition of a liquid phosphate remover which precipitates out the phosphates in the water. With high phosphate levels more than one application may be required.
See your Pool and Patio professional today for more information on this pool water culprit.
Not all products contain the same chemical % or the same size containers from one company to another. For example: We sell chlorine shock (calcium hypochlorite) in various sizes. All of our shock is at least a 68% and some as high as 73% active chlorine. Many suppliers carry a lower grade shock with active chlorine percentages as low as 10%! With chlorine tablets we are seeing more and more suppliers carrying “cal hypo” tabs low percentage chlorine whereas we carry exclusively a 99% Tri-chlor tablet.