How do I get rid of green algae in my pool?
Algae growth is usually the result of low chemicals, inadequate filtration and/or poor brushing. Make sure the chemicals are balanced, that your filter is clean and running long enough, and that you brush the pool surface at least weekly, more if the surface is old or rough. Try running your filter for 24 hours continually as a first step in getting rid of algae.
How do I get rid of black algae?
Black algae grows in layers and is very resistant to treatment. Keep chemical levels high and brush algae spots at least daily.
Why should I maintain my chemical service in the winter?
Your pool is an investment costing tens of thousands of dollars. Why would you neglect it for several months of the year? Most corrosion, staining, equipment breakdowns, surface erosion, and water problems occur during the cold weather months when the pool is ignored, not during the high use months of the summer. Horribly green pool water, draining the pool, costly repairs and spending large amounts of money on clean-up chemicals each spring is not the norm. You avoid this by maintaining Pool Chlor service year round.
How long should I run my filter?
In summer heat, top of the line filters should run 12 hours daily; in winter 6 hours daily. Other filters may need to run longer. Some filters need to run continually after unusual weather events such as heavy rain, excessive pollen in the air, or long stretches of heat.
How often should I backwash?
Backwash D.E. filters every 6 weeks from April through October and once in the middle of the winter. Backwash sand filters monthly. Of course, backwash whenever the pressure increases to over 20 psi regardless of whenever you last backwashed.
How often should I have Pool Chlor clean my filter?
Filters should be cleaned when the circulation is so poor that you can easily cover the return jets with your hand. The frequency depends on factors such as size of the filter, the degree of use the pool gets, the foliage around the pool, and how often you backwash. Most D.E. filters must be cleaned at least once a year, twice is better, provided they have been backwashed on a regular basis. Cartridge filters require cleaning anywhere from each month to quarterly. Sand filters cannot but cleaned, but the sand in them should be changed every three to five years.
What causes stains on my pool and how do I get rid of them?
Most stains are caused by minerals that naturally occur in the tap water or from decaying organic matter. The mineral content of your water increases every day. As your pool water evaporates, it leaves minerals behind. Gradually, these minerals deposit on your pool walls. We call this gradual build-up 'staining'. Chlorine and filtering keep your water sanitary and clear, but have absolutely no effect on the minerals in the water or on the pool walls. Prevention and treatment of stains requires a different chemical process: a sequestering agent. Using a sequestering agent will keep your pool looking nice longer and may eliminate or postpone the need to acid wash the pool. Pool Chlor has available to its customers what we consider the best sequestering atent on the market. Call to find out about adding this to your routine chemical service.