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When should my pool be opened for the summer season?
By properly closing your pool for winter: You spend less time and money opening your pool in the spring through eliminating chemicals and cleaning. Plus you avoid possible freeze damage to equipment and plumbing.
Depending on the length of your pool swimming season, it is recommended that a filter be replaced every 1 - 2 seasons. You can greatly increase the life time of your cartridge with the proper cleaning and care of the cartridge.
How often should I run my
pump and filter?
is the difference between a sand, cartridge, or D.E. filter?
Cartridge – Filter Range 10 to 20 microns. Cartridge filtration has been available for a relatively long time and recently has begun to enjoy rapid growth and acceptance. When water passes through a cartridge filter, dirt is screened out at the surface of the cartridge element. When clean, the element will trap larger particles, with finer particles being filtered out as the pores of the element become clogged by the larger debris. The cartridge element can be removed and cleaned by pressure washing inside and out with a garden hose.
D.E. (Diatomaceous Earth) – Filtration Range 1 to 3 microns. Many pool professionals consider D.E. filtration to be the finest, because it is capable of removing smaller particles than either sand or cartridge. Diatomaceous earth is a porous powder with microscopic openings, that, when magnified, look like tiny sponges. Clear water can pass through these openings but particles, as small as 1 to 3 microns are trapped. Internal elements are coated with D.E.. It is this “filter cake” that strains dirt, dust, algae and some forms of bacteria from the water. When a D.E. filter becomes dirty, it is cleaned either by backwashing the clogged D.E. to the “waste” line or regenerating and draining. To restore filtration, a fresh “charge” of D.E. is added to the filter.
Should I upgrade to a larger pool filter?
Should I do anything to my filter or equipment when I close
my pool down for the winter?
If I have an automatic
pool cleaner, do I still have to brush my pool?
I am having trouble
keeping my pool clear. What should I do?
How often should the sand
in my filter be changed?
there any way of sealing a leak in a filter tank?
My Polaris is not moving.
What is wrong with it?
Why is water coming out of
my backwash hose when my multi-port valve is in the filter
If I am loosing 1/2" of
water a day in my pool should I be concerned that I might
have a leak?
What is the difference
between an overlap and a beaded liner?
A winter cover is a tarp designed in common pool shapes and sizes. These covers are available in a solid material, which allows no water to pass through, and in mesh, which will permit water and very fine silt to seep through. Winter covers only keep debris out of a closed pool, not people or animals. If you just want to keep your pool free of most debris during the colder months, a winter cover is adequate. If your pool is in an area subject to a lot of falling leaves in autumn, the addition of a leaf net is worth considering.
A safety cover is designed to prevent accidental drowning as well as keeping leaves and other debris out of your pool. Designed in either solid or mesh material, safety cover fabric is much stronger than a winter cover. A safety cover is held in place by straps and springs that attach to anchors, which are drilled into the deck around the pool at regular intervals. The straps, anchors and safety cover material make these covers very secure. You can safely walk across a properly installed safety cover. Many pool owners with small children use these covers for the protection of their family and for the peace of mind of knowing the pool is securely sealed. Due to the need to install the anchors, safety covers are made for in-ground pools only.
Designed to retain heat from the sun and/or a heater, a solar cover shields your pool from cool winds and lower nighttime air temperatures. Solar covers float on the surface of the water when the pool is not in use. They come in blue and clear materials, the blue being thinner and less expensive. The clear solar blankets are preferred because they are thicker and also allow more sunlight to pass through the material. This helps increase your pool temperature as well as prevent the loss of accumulated heat. Many manufacturers of heaters and heat pumps recommend the use of a solar cover for more efficient heating. The expense of running a heater is decreased when used in conjunction with a solar cover.
How do I calculate my pool
The first formula is for a
round pool and it is as follows:
Example: a 24' round pool
that was 4 ft. deep would look like this:
The second formula is for a
Example: a 20' x 40' pool
that went from 3' to 8' in depth would look like this:
How often should my
reagents and test strips be replaced?
Why won't my pool hold
Why does my pool turn green when I shock my chlorine?
Why does my pool have a
very strong chlorine odor? Did I add too much chlorine?
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