Maintenance

FAQ

The majority of pumps last longer when they run constantly. There is starting and stopping that is tough on the motor.

A professional inspection is needed. The pressure from a water table is the biggest problem with draining the in-ground pool. It can damage an empty pool and lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Most of the liner warranties are voided if the swimming pool is emptied.

You don’t need a heater if you only want to swim during hot months. But if you like to extend your swimming season then consider a heater.

No, swimming pools can handle cold temperature better when filled with water. Drained pools can also pop or crack out of the ground because of pressure from ground water.

No, you only need to lower the water below return inlets that is approximately 20-24”.

Yes, chlorine can help you get rid of recreational water illness. However this takes time. Harmful chemical named chloramines can be eliminated by chlorine treatment too. Chlorine addition is best in totally disinfected pools.

Keep the water point as high as possible. The problems occur most when pools are pumped down. After having the pool professionally winterized add some water to it.

Add a small amount of granular chlorine at that infected location and allow settling on the stain. It will remove them instantly. But non organic stains will not be removed by it. Chlorine will stain and etch the pool plaster if you place chlorine tablets directly into the pool. Draining and acid washing will be helpful to remove thin layers of plaster and expose fresh new looking plaster beneath.

At first check if it is actually a leak or evaporation. Locate where it is. Pool professionals use a listening device what puts a small electrical charge into the swimming pool tracking the flow of electricity.

There is various tile cleanser products that are applied with brushes or scrubbing pad. Never use abrasive cleaners. Clean the inside if the skimmer frequently. You can also try enzyme products that eliminate lotions, oil and organics in hot tub and pool water.

Purchase a nice leaf rake first. There are many chemical products available that are used to keep surface tension high. They move small debris to the sides of the pool. Skimmer can be another problem. Look out that it is working properly because it creates a draw or waterfall into the skimmer basket. Check that the water level is not so high and also make sure to trim some of those bushes and trees near the pool.

You can measure evaporation by doing the bucket test. First you need to place a 5 gallon bucket in the second pool step and then fill it to match the water level. After 2-3 days the bucket will lose water from evaporation and collect water from rainfall at the same rate as the pool. If your swimming pool level drops more than the bucket level then you must have a leak.

It is better to have a pool expert open and close your pool. There are owners who try to open and close their pools without the proper manpower, knowledge and equipment. If it is done incorrectly than it could lead to a return lines or broken skimmer and also cost you much.

Scrape it off the tile to remove. You can also use pumice stone to rub over a pool stain.

It will also keep your pool surface cold as well. You can add a heater as a solution.

Wait for 15 minutes to one hour after chemical treatment.

You should wait 8 to 12 hours after water treatment.

The evaporation depends on the surface area of the swimming pool, the wind, the relative humidity and the temperature. If your pool is 10 ft by 20 ft then multiply 120 inches by 240 inches to get 28,800 square inches. You need to multiply this by the inches of water lost.

Just a top up salt is required to make up for overflow due to rain, leaks, splash out, filter back flushing etc.

It is best to check the pH and chlorine levels twice per week.

You can generally change the water between 12 weeks.

Acid washing is required every 2-7 years. But in some areas it is recommended to drain the pool every year. Ask your professional for the best knowledge.

You must discard or replace the chemicals if they pass the expiration date. Always try to buy new chemicals from spring pool opening plan from your local professional retailer.

Normally you can remove them by scrubbing with a dish soap and brush. But it the stain is persist than get help from brick paver supply companies cleaning solution. And if it’s impossible to remove than you can just replace them.

Yes and it is proved according to package direction approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Yes, your pump needs to turn the water through your filter in the swimming pool at least once each day.

Brushing your pool keeps the dirt from occupying the small pores and it is very effective. It is not must but best to do it regularly.

There is common cause named high level of chloramines formed with the combinations of chlorine with body oils, urine and other contaminants. However this can be treated by adding chlorine properly into the water.

It means there is high level of chloramines in your water which can be treated by chlorine.

It is a good option when you need to keep your pool clean and decent as always.

Powder the area with baking soda and you can try pressure washing too.

A small amount of bleach can be used to eliminate algae if there is no fish in the water.

Check the lights periodically to ensure bulb operation. Also look out that  no other materials or leaves are touching the bulbs.

You can use high pressure cleaner to keep pavers clean.

Two things you need to maintain that is cleaning the debris and the filters. Algae are also a common threat. You can add a small amount of bleach if there are no plants or fish present.

With some tips, your pool can last fro decades.

  • Weekly: addition of water, cleaning out debris from pumps and baskets, chemical maintenance, scrubbing tile
  • Seasonally: winterization for pool opening and closing, acid wash of entire plaster surface for heavy staining
  • Long term: re-plaster, re-set and re-tile should be done every 15-20 years.

To destroy contaminants, routine shock treatment in needed. It reduce the efficiency of the sanitizer and disinfectant.

The reasons are given below:

  • You may have leak in the liner
  • Winter cover could have a hole in it
  • The weight of the snow, ice and water pushes the cover down on the water and force the water out over the pool

Improper range of pH, dirty filters or high amount of calcium can be the reason of cloudy pool. Make sure to work on these facts.

No, the sanity does not cause corrosion. It’s similar to the eye wash solution.