Pool and Spa Care

Causes:

The cause of this could be fine particles floating in the water or the build-up of dirt and bather pollution due to insufficient chlorine or poor filtration. Milky water could be an indication that there is an excess of chlorine in the swimming pool.

Remedy:

Check and balance pH, Alkalinity in the water.

Causes:

There are possibly high levels of copper in the pool. This can arise either because of over-use of copper based algaecides, or because the pH of the water has been allowed to drop to lower than 6.8.

Remedy:

Check copper levels in the swimming pool water. Correct pH levels and if necessary add Metal Remover.

Causes:

Swimming pool surface will become rough with age. The balance between pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness is incorrect, and the water is technically ‘scale forming’.

Remedy:

Check and correct the calcium level in the swimming pool water.

Causes:

This is probably due to algae growing on the pool surface due to insufficient chlorination at some stage, or to a ‘dead spot’ in the water circulation.

Remedy:

Check and correct sanitation levels; introduce an algaecide to the water.

Causes:

Sand has escaped from the filter leaving insufficient filter media to remove suspended particles, the filter is blocked by accumulated debris or the sand particles could be coated in calcium.

Remedy:

Ensure that the filter is the correct size for the swimming pool and that the filter sand is changed every two years.

Causes:

Often, air leaks will develop in swimming pool filter pumps or in your return pipes to the aimflow, resulting in air bubble-laden water being sent to the pool.

Remedy:

Ensure your pump lid is not cracked. Check all O-rings on filter lid, multiport valve and pump lid are in good condition. Ensure there are no broken or cracked pipes on the suction and return line.

Causes:

There are two reasons for this, evaporation or there is a leak somewhere.

Remedy:

Somewhere between the weir and pump there is a hole where the water is leaking, and it needs to be repaired. Preferably consult a pool professional.

You should backwash a swimming pool filtration system regularly at least twice a month. You will be able to tell it is time to backwash by a number of factors:

  • When the system doesn’t run as well as it has been, i.e. it is slower to push water through the pump and filter, the suction strength of the skimmer box is weak, the pressure at the outlet pipe is weak, or the pump is getting air into the system
  • When the pool is turning cloudy, and doesn’t seem to be filtering effectively

Sand should be changed every 2 years.

Causes:

Swimming pool filters should be run long enough to filter all the water in the pool twice per day. The larger your pool the longer you need to run the pump. Calculate the water volume (L x B x Average Depth) x flow rate per hour. Experts recommend that pumps should run for at least 8 hours per day.

Recommended:

Summer 12 hours
Winter 8 hours

Causes:

The backwash valve is under pressure from the pump. If a gasket fails in the valve, water will leak. The main reasons for this problem are that the valve gaskets are missing or have moved out of place.

Remedy:

Replace multi-port gasket.

There are a few reasons why the pump motor won’t turn causing a humming sound.

  • The starting capacitor has failed
  • The start switch has failed
  • A damaged pump seal has allowed water into the motor which has caused the bearings to fail
  • Debris has got caught between the impellor and the diffuser and the impellor is stuck

Causes:

Sand will flow back into your pool if any of the filter fingers are damaged or broken.

Remedy:

Remove sand and check or replace all filter fingers.

Yes, disconnect the pool cleaner to get more pressure when doing a backwash.

Causes:

Back pressure builds up from the filter and pump which can cause the hose to pop out of place.

Remedy:

Install a non-return valve or flapper valve on the suction line.

There are different levels for each brand of salt chlorinator, but the parameters are 3000ppm – 7000ppm’s

Solar heat panels use the sun to generate heat and heat pumps use electricity.

Yes, sand filters build up pressure as they get full of debris because sand filters the waste material from the water; backwashing removes waste material from the sand and dumps it.

Make sure you have the correct amount of panels for the size of your swimming pool. Check the timer to see that the water is running through your panels during the day and that the valve is not closed and water is bypassing your solar panels. Install a solar blanket to retain the heat.

The chlorinator might be too small to maintain the chlorine levels in the pool. The pool water still needs to be balanced, chlorinators maintain only the chlorine levels and therefore sanitise, it doesn’t control pH and alkalinity.

Sizing pump to filter correctly will give you the right amount of water flow to volume of water. If the pump is too big for the filter, it could burst the filter. If this happens the warranty on the pump and filter will be null and void.

Causes:

There is metal in your water, probably copper.

Remedy:

Use a metal-removing product to get rid of the metals in the water.

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