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Pool School Notes

POOL SCHOOL NOTES

CUSTOMERS RESPOSIBILITY FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS

  • Brush pool plaster for two weeks, twice daily to remove plaster dust. After the two week period, one time per week or as needed.
  • Leave automatic pool cleaner out of the pool for the first two weeks. (Plaster needs time to cure before cleaner is installed.)
  • Do not touch or turn on any equipment, lights, water features, heater etc. unless you are instructed on when and how to properly do so by one of our service techs.

AFTER POOL SCHOOL

  • Test the water daily for the first week or until water is balanced or until you feel comfortable with testing. Take a fresh water sample into a local pool store to have it professionally tested.
  • Clean cartridge or D.E filters.
  • Install automatic pool cleaner. (My Pool Helper will do this at pool school)
  • Pumps should be scheduled to come on for 8-15 hours per day. (less in the winter more in the summer)
  • Settings for automatic cleaners 2-3 hours daily.
  • If your pool has an automatic remote unit you will need to refer to your own notes or to the owner’s manual for operation instructions.
  • You will now begin your normal routine maintenance.

NORMAL ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

  • Check chemicals weekly or as needed. (Especially after heavy rain, storms or heavy use)
  • Chlorine
  • Ph
  • Total Alkalinity
  • Other Chemicals to test for periodically (Every 3-6 months)
  • Calcium Hardness
  • Cyanuric Acid
  • Metals
  • Manually vacuum and skim pool and or spa as needed. (Typically weekly)
  • Brush pool and spa weekly (or more if needed)
  • Empty pump baskets and skimmer baskets (Typically weekly)
  • Cartridge or D.E filter needs to be serviced as followed:
  • D.E. – Backwash once every two months or when pressure on filter increases ten pounds greater than the normal running pressure. The D.E. Filter must be broken apart and cleaned one time per year.
  • Cartridge filter – clean filter when pressure increases ten pounds greater than the normal running pressure or at least once every six months.

If you are interested in weekly maintenance please give us a call 281-395-1995

WATER BALANCE FOR QUARTZ AND PEBBLE PLASTERS

CALCIUM HARDNESS IDEAL RANGE 200 – 250 ppm (200 – 400 for pebble)     

Low                                                    High

Etches Plaster                                      Scale on surface

Increases corrosion                              Discoloration

Shorter plaster life                               Rough surface

Rough plaster                                      Hard to clean

Hard to clean                                      Piping scale reduces recirculation

Increase mottling 

  • Low correction – Add calcium hardness
  • High correction – Dilute pool water and add scale inhibitor

 

TOTAL ALKALINITY IDEAL RANGE 80 – 120 ppm

 Low                                                    High

Staining                                               High acid demand

Increase corrosion                               Scale

Spot Etching

  • Low correction – Add bicarb
  • High correction -Add muriatic acid

 

 PH BALANCE IDEAL RANGE 7.2 – 7.4 ppm (7.4 – 7.6 for pebble)

Low                                                    High

Faster chlorine loss                              Forms Scale

Eye irritation                                       Clouds water

Etching of plaster

  • Low correction – Add soda ash
  • High correction -Add muriatic acid

 

CYANURIC ACID – AKA : “CONDITIONER” OR “STABILIZER” DO NOT EXCEED 50 ppm Most 3”Tablets release CYA into water and can build up over time. IDEAL RANGE 30 – 50 ppm –Prevents loss of chlorine to ultra violet rays (same for pebble) If salt pool 60-65 ppm is recommended.

Low                                                    High

Chlorine dissipates                              Chlorine less active

  •  Low correction -Need to add cyanuric acid
  • High correction -Drain pool and refill with new water

 

CHLORINE – SANITIZERS – IDEAL RANGE –1.0 – 3.0 ppm (same for pebble)

Low                                                    High

Algae growth                                      Eye irritation

Clouds water

  • Low correction -Add chlorine
  • High correction -Add water or additional time