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Swimming Pool FAQs

Swimming Pool FAQs

You've Got Questions About Swimming Pool Care - We've Got Answers


If there is growth, or fuzzy or stringy stuff on the walls, this could be algae. You will have to bring your chlorine level to at least 5ppm (bromine 10ppm) and brush everything including walls, steps, floor and ladders. Test and make sure you are still at 5ppm (10ppm) if not add more chlorine or bromine. Then you will add the proper amount of algaecide for a final treatment. Once the dead algae drops to the pool floor you will want to vacuum the waste. If there is no growth on the walls or floor this could be copper. If so, you will add a metal sequestering agent per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Poor water flow and dirty filters are two common reasons your water may be cloudy. First, perform a water test to make sure your water is balanced. If it is, then make sure your water flow is at the level it should be (GPM). Low water flow happens when air is getting into your system. Make sure your filter is clean (PSI). You can add a clarifier using manufacturer’s instructions to help speed up the process. You may have to clean your filter frequently to clear your pool.

It depends on the filter media you have. If it is a cartridge filter you turn the pump off and remove your cartridge. Spray it off with water, soak it or spray it with a filter cleaner (per manufacturer’s instructions) then spray it VERY well with water again so you do not load your system with soap. If you have a sand filter you must perform a backwash and rinse if possible.

There are two ends to a vacuum hose, one swivels or turns, and one does not. The swivel end goes on the vacuum head, which is lowered into the deep end of the pool. Next, push the rest of the vacuum hose under water to remove all the air. Now take the end of the vacuum hose that does not swivel and attach it to a vacuum plate, then place this over your skimmer basket. Make sure your skimmer valve is fully open. Close your main drain valve if you need more suction.

“Shock” is a term we use in the industry that just means putting the amount of product you need in quickly. You can use chlorine “shock” to raise your chlorine, an oxidizing “shock”, or non-chlorine (Mono persulfate) to lower chloramines. If you pour an entire bottle of algaecide in the water you technically shocked with algaecide.

Yes we can! We will use sophisticated computer equipment at the South Airport location. An accurate water
analysis and print out will tell you what needs to happen and walks you through step by step.


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