Check chemicals and balance as needed (Chlorine & Acid)
Empty skimmer basket
Empty pump trap
Empty leaf trap
Net pool of large debris
Empty pool cleaner (Kreepy Krauyl etc)
Brush pool as needed
Annual chemicals maintance (conditioner etc.)
Advise of any issues discovered
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We are happy to recommend and introduce you to the best repair personnel for any equipment issues you may have. Our referral is of course no cost to you. It is our pleasure.
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Annual filter cleaning
Pool start ups
Demonstrations & education
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Frequently Asked Questions
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How often should I have my filter cleaned?
A dirty filter can have a dramatic effect on circulation. As water passes through the filter, millions of tiny particles cling to the filtration elements. Eventually, these accumulated particles make it difficult for water to pass through the filter. A dirty filter can reduce pump efficiency by up to 75%. In other words, circulating your water for 10 hours a day when the filter is dirty is the equivalent of circulating the water for 2 hours a day when the filter is clean. Often a homeowner will find their water is cloudy and greenish, even though the chemical levels are fine, and the pump is running for an adequate amount of time each day. A dirty or damaged filter is usually the source of the problem.
Even with regular backwashing, D.E. filters accumulate debris and it is a good idea to have your filter dismantled and cleaned at least once a year. This affords an opportunity to check internal elements for wear and tear, and to ensure that the filter is working at peak efficiency.
CHLORINE – What is its purpose and application?
Disinfection is the most important factor in maintaining a safe and healthy swimming pool. Chlorine is the most widely applied disinfecting agent and is used by By The Sea Pools. Without the proper amount of chlorine in the pool, it’s just a matter of time before algae and bacteria begin to form. One day without chlorine is all it takes for a pool to start turning green. It is very important to keep chlorine/disinfectant in the water at all times.
CONDITIONER OR STABILIZER – What is its purpose and application?
Conditioner or stabilizer is an essential chemical used in the proper disinfection of swimming pools. Its chemical name is Cyanuric Ccid and it forms a protective bond around the Chlorine, making it more resistant to being burned off by the sun. This chemical is usually added once a year during the spring months, but pools with high water loss will need to be reconditioned once or twice more during the summer. This is a very expensive chemical so backwash before adding this product is most prudent. Pools should also be stabilized whenever large amounts of fresh water are added. It will sometimes appear as a white powdered substance on the bottom of the swimming pool, but will dissipate after a few days. With additional brushing, it will diminish even quicker.
ALGAE – What is algae?
Algae is very tiny plant that grows in untreated water. Once present in water it can be recognized initially by the formation of slime on the sides and floor of the pool. Intense sunlight is very conducive to algae growth by causing increased water temperatures and more rapid loss of residual chlorine.
The following three forms of algae are most common;
Green algae is the most common form of algae. It appears as a streaky, slimy buildup, first noticeable on steps, in corners, and on the plastic surfaces of skimmers and return fittings.
Yellow or Mustard Algae:
Yellow algae, also known as mustard algae, usually starts on the shady side of the swimming pool. Yellow algae has the same slimy texture as green algae, but it is more difficult to remove. Yellow algae thrives in shade, and will often appear in covered pools. This form of algae grows in a long, streaky pattern, appearing on pool walls, in corners, and on steps and love seats.
Black algae is the least common form of algae, but once it blooms it is the most stubborn and is the most difficult of the three to eradicate. Black algae is a water borne spore, and is carried into your pool through the fresh water used to fill your swimming pool. Black algae is usually the result of insufficient chlorine levels for an extended period of time. Black algae is most often found in leaky swimming pools that require near-daily replenishment of pool water. As large amounts of water are added to the pool, chlorine and stabilizer levels drop, promoting an inviting environment for black algae to form its roots.
Should algae be allowed to gain a foothold in the pool, “shock” treatment is often necessary to remove the growth.
STAINING – Why is it happening? Can I prevent it?
The mineral content of your water increases every day. This is due to evaporation, which removes only distilled water and leaves the minerals behind. In time, these minerals begin depositing on the walls of the pool, creating “staining”.
Unfortunately it is not possible to prevent staining completely, but here are some tips to help minimize it:
– Drain your pool periodically to keep the mineral hardness down. If your pool water hardness is high, it will accelerate straining.
– Keep your pool clean! If dirt and debris is left on the plaster it will cause staining. We highly recommend that all swimming pool systems have an automated vacuum connected to the filter system.