Well, a lot of preparation goes into this. Like, get the water level back up. Clean the filters before turning them on. Get the water tested for minerals, alkalinity pH, etc. You need to keep the chemicals in balance; the pH of the water should be between 7.2-7.4. The alkalinity of the water should be from 80 to 120, calcium hardness from 150 ppm to 250 ppm, and chlorine from 1 ppm to 3ppm. Wait for the water to get filtered. But, this may take a few days, so keep cleaning your filters.
The most common reason for this slimy, slippery feel is the early indication that you might soon have a severe problem of algae and bacteria in your pool. If left untreated or unidentified, it may turn into a bigger problem that can cause considerable damages to the pool. Therefore, before it becomes a significant problem, it is advisable to contact the maintenance company and get the pool checked.
The water should be drained every 2-3 years depending upon the climate of the area and also based upon the frequency of your pool maintenance schedule. During this course of time, the pool water gets treated with harsh chemicals, faces harsh climates and also gets its shares of, oils, hairs, dead skin, acids, etc., so after a certain amount of time draining the water is the only option available.
Phosphates may enter your pool through contaminates like makeup, body lotions, leaves, shampoos, etc. So to remove them from the pool, the first thing that you need to do is to remove the algae from the pool floors and walls. Then you need to make sure that the water pH and alkalinity levels are correct.
The frequency of cleaning a pool is a rational subject. It depends upon many factors like the climate, heavy usage, etc. According to us, it should be done daily because every day you will find leaves, hairs, etc. floating in the pool, so it is best to clean them right away, rather than letting it build into a bigger maintenance problem later.
After rain showers, the chemical balance of your pool may get disturbed, so you need to take a sample of the pool water and get it tested for the pH level, alkalinity, and sanitization. You may have a lot of leaves, small branches, etc. which need to be skimmed and vacuumed from the pool. Lastly, you need to bring the water level of the pool back to normal by draining the excess water.
To get rid of these algae first you need to do rigorous brushing of the pool walls and floor. Then you need to remove the debris from the pool using a large net. After all the large debris has been removed, you need to vacuum the pool. Then get the pH levels correct and shock the pool water and then run the filters for at least 24 hours.
To clear up the cloudy water firstly, you need to balance free chlorine levels, secondly eliminate ammonia. Next, remove the young algae that may have formed in the pool, then balance the pH and TA levels and get the calcium hardness levels under control. Lastly, clean the filters and remove all the debris and scrub and vacuum the pool surface and walls.
The pool water should ideally have a pH balance of somewhere between 7.0-7.6. The pH level should be monitored carefully as it can cause significant hygiene complications and also damage the pool equipment.
After the pool has been sanitized, it should not be disturbed for the next 26 hours, as the sanitization stops the growth of the harmful bacteria and microorganisms. If disturbed, it may tamper with the process of sanitization.
To regulate the temperature of the pool, an extra piece of machinery is required, the equipment is complicated and tends to breakdown very quickly if not cared for properly. Regular cleaning and maintenance of the machinery can enhance the performance of the device and even ensure that it takes up less energy for heating the pool.
Chemical imbalance, mainly caused by high or low pH level, alkalinity level or the calcium hardness can cause many problems such as eye or skin irritation. In the heated pool, you may get a rash commonly known as the hot tub rash, caused by the contaminated hot pool water.
The reason behind it may be that you have an outer ear canal infection, commonly known as the swimmer’s ear. The reason for having this is that the water in your pool has harmful bacteria and that water was in your ear for too long, causing you to have this infection.
It affects frequency. If an area experiences more storms and rains, then it can affect the frequency of service required. As you will have more foreign objects in the pool water and the rainwater will tamper with the chemical balance of your pool.
Pool service is an integral part of owning a pool; servicing of the pool ensures that there is no illness-causing bacteria and microorganisms in the pool water. It ensures that both the outer and inner areas of your pool area safe and hygienic. Proper water quality check and balance ensures that the equipment’s in the pool are working at their best performance.
Filters are probably the essential part of the pool machinery. They ensure that the water getting into the pool is clean and dirt free. If the filters are damaged or not present, the water will become full of algae, garbage, and dirt, which eventually will hamper with the whole structure of the pool.
During months with good sunlight, the Sun eats up the chlorine on your pool. Sunscreen makes chlorine in your pool stay stabilized. What you need to do is use stabilized chlorines that have a good amount of sunscreen in it. Sunscreen in your pool saves you about 50% on your chlorine expenses. In saltwater swimming pools, sunscreen leads to shorter chlorination times.
You should check monthly for the chlorine levels of your pool.
Superchlorination menas are adding more than the required amount of chlorine in the pool water. Usually, to the extent of 10 parts per million. Through this process, chlorine can burn resistant compounds, oils, chemicals, and potent algae. This process is also called chlorine shocking or just shocking.
You should super chlorinate every week to keep the pool hygienic and safe. This can be done more often if there is more massive usage or if it rains.
Always remember to super chlorinate with the filters on, and never off. The reasons behind this are, firstly, the filters distribute the chlorine evenly all through the pool water. So, the effect is even. Secondly, the filters will filter out the dead algae or bacteria that super chlorination will kill. Otherwise, they will keep floating in the water.
Your pool has very high levels of chemicals during Superchlorination, which is harmful to you to swim in. Superchlorination stays only for a day after you add chlorine to it. After one day check for chlorine levels, and if they are 1 or 2 ppm, then now the pool is safe.
Removing ammonia from the pool water is the hardest. Because it reacts with chlorine to form chloramines, and these do not do any filtering. And while testing may say that chlorine level is right, it will be worthless. Thus, chlorine shocking once a week, removes such compounds.
Sand Filters are filters that use sand as a filtering agent. Water passes through sand and debris, and large particles are trapped in it so that only clear water passes through it into the pool.
The pool water passes through the sand and water quickly passes through it, but things like leaves, insects, and debris cannot. This gets caught in the sand, and a pump pumps the clean water back in the pool. And the best part is that with time more debris collects in the sand, and this makes the filter better.
Big particles like gravel, leaves, and insects will surely be caught by the sand of the filter. And smaller particles of the size of 20 to 100 microns can also be contained by the sand. Also, the filter can filter out smaller particles as it collects debris over time. These filters indeed get better with time.
Backwash Cleaning is the cleaning of your sand filters. There is a backwash cleaning, and you need just to turn it on. In backwash cleaning, the flow of water is reversed, and all the debris and dust gets self-cleaned. And that within a matter of minutes.
As filtration happens and more and more dirt and debris are captured, the pressure inside the filter increases. And by the time the pressure increases by 55 to 70 kPa, it is time for a backwash. You must note the pressure of the sand filter initially, and then check every week or two.
Firstly, switch off the pump that is cycling water through the sand filter. Once it stops completely, attaches or unroll the backwash hose. Now, set the pump to “Backwash”. Switch the pump back on. Slowly dirty water will start coming out, and once the dirt is all out, it will automatically turn clear. Once it is clear, then once again shut the pump. Now, turn the filter setting to Rinse, and keep it so for 30 to 45 seconds. Lastly, remove the backwash hose and reset the pump to normal before you start it again.
Water channelling reduces the efficiency of your filter, and it cannot perform its functions in an optimum manner. Thus, you should change the filter every 5 to 7 years approximately.
It is a time taking task but can be done by the owner. First, do a backwash and leave the pump off after done—the first open the pressure valve and then the drain valve. Now, start unbolting the canister. Do it on alternate sides to minimize the chances of damage. Now, remove the top and scoop out the sand. Once all of it is out, check for broken or overly lose lateral components. Tend to these. And then fill the canister half full with water and start scooping in the new sand. Fill it to approx—5 to 6 cm from top. Once done, reattach the canister top, perform another backwash, and start the usual filtering.
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