Thursday, 16 April 2015

Significance of a Balanced Swimming Pool

Balancing the water is undoubtedly a critical step for the pool owner. Usually, comprehending water balance can be challenging. Balancing the pool and sanitizing the pool is not necessarily the same thing. A pool can be sanitary and not balanced. A balance pool should not be corrosive or scaling and be sanitary. A balanced pool will be kind to the skin and eyes, not scaling or corrosive and should not have the smell of chlorine.

These are reasons why having a balanced swimming pool is so vital:

CH-00152AIf you’re employing either a salt-based swimming pool generating chlorine or a chlorine-based tablet swimming pool, then your pH requires to be accurate. If the pH isn’t balanced appropriately then the chlorine sanitizer would not be operating at full power killing bacteria and germs. The proper pH for comfort and sanitization is 7.4-7.6, Lower pH causes the chlorine to be too active and corrosive. Higher pH causes the chlorine to be less effective and possibly be the cause of scaling.


Properly balanced pool requires all parameters be within an acceptable range. If balanced properly it will be pleasing to your eyes and skin. The pH must be neither too acidic nor basic to feel comfortable and should be free of chloramines. Chloramines are chlorine and ammonia combined. Chloramines are strong irritants and can be the cause the pool smells like chlorine. Water that is balanced and chloramines free will be comfortable to the eyes and skin.


An imbalanced swimming-pool can be acidic to the hand rail, ladders, liner, and other gear such as the pool pump.

What is involved in water balance?

Total alkalinity – total alkalinity or TA refers to how much alkaline is in the water. pH and TA go hand-in-hand. The average pool must have an alkalinity reading of 100 ppm. Higher for Vinyl or Fiberglas pools.

Pool water pH levels – keeping the pH level of your swimming pool is essential. pH refers to the acidity of your swimming-pool water. An appropriate pH level is about 7.4-7.6 on a pH test tool’s numeric scale.

Calcium solidity – the appropriate quantity of calcium in your swimming-pool is vital. If there’s too little, your plaster can wear away. Extreme amount of calcium can make your water become cloudy. 200-400 ppm is the common range for calcium hardness, whereas 300 ppm is perfect for the standard pool, lower for Vinyl or Fiberglas pools.

Total dissolved solids: All water holds dissolved minerals. As swimming pool water evaporates, minerals stay behind and become concentrated. The more concentrated these minerals become, the harder it’s for chemical stabilizers to work and stains can form. If you’ve 3000 ppm or more of total suspended solids, you may require removing some water and replacing it with fresh water.

urlFor a detailed explanation of how these interact please see saturation index.

Please note: Water balance does not include chlorine or stabilizer. Stabilizer may contribute to alkalinity, but is not actually part of water balance.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

How to Clean the Skimmer & Pump Basket ?

Insuring the skimmer and pump basket are clean is essential for the proper maintenance of your pool. Blocked skimmer or pump baskets can restrict the water going into the pool. This can cause the pump to work harder and possible seal failure. Once the seal fails, the motor is likely to be damaged and result in failure of the motor.

urlClean baskets will allow your pump to work at maximum efficiency, cooling the pump and preventing seal failure. A damaged pump basket should be replaced. If not, debris that is allowed to get past the basket can clog the impeller, causing reduce water flow. Remember, a properly running pool pump will allow for proper circulation of chemicals and a sparkling clear pool. Clean the pump basket and skimmer at least once a week by following the guidelines below:

Sanitizing the pump basket:

• Switch off the heater; allow water in heater to dissipate the heat before turning off the pool pump.

• Turn off the booster pump, if one is installed.

• In some cases, shut skimmer and main drain valves.

• Remove the pump lid.

• Reach into the pump basket and remove as much debris as possible before removing the basket.

• Remove basket. Use a garden hose to clean the basket. If needed, inspect basket for cracks and basket integrity. Replace pump basket if necessary

• Reinstall pump basket. Don’t over squeeze the basket.

• Examine the pump lid and o-ring for damage or cracks and grease pump lid with a light coating of silicone grease. Make sure the o-ring is clean, a single leaf, grain of sand or hair can cause the lid not to seal properly.

• Put the lid back in place, Do not over tighten. If it is necessary for you to tighten the lid to get the pump to prime, the o-ring might need replacement.

• Open the skimmer and main drain valves if closed.

• Turn on the pool pump.

• Use filter air bleed valve to remove trapped air.

• Turn on Pool booster pump and heater.

Cleaning the skimmer basket:

BA-0107G• Turn off the pool pump

• Take away skimmer lid

• Take away skimmer basket and drain out

• Set up the basket back into the skimmer

• Set up skimmer lid and urn on the system

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Facts to Consider Before Choosing a Filter for Your Swimming Pool

A swimming pool filter is used to remove debris from the pool. For this, you need a pool filter that is good in quality. In the far distant past it was not uncommon to drain the pool when the water quality deteriorated and refill it with fresh water. All pools today must have a properly sized and installed filter. The size of the filter is determined by determining the size of the pool in gallons and dividing it by Four Hundred and Eighty. The resulting number is the gallons of water that the filter must be capable of handling per minute (eight hours x 60 minutes per hour). For example: 80 GPM. The swimming pool pump must be capable of pumping this number of gallons. There are other factors that should be considered, but this discussion we will ignore them. The pump and filter are sized to the gallons of the pool, the pressure of the filter should be within the normal specifications for the filter. A larger filter will lower the operating pressure and increase the time in-between cleaning the filter.

There are three types of swimming pool filters, they are D.E, sand system and cartridge filters. Each has its own characteristics, cost, ease of use, and water quality.

Cartridge filters are made of paper like material, supported on a frame. When water comes into the filter, the debris is captured on the substrate and the clean water is passed back to the pool. The cartridge portion of the filter must be replaced periodically, typical every two to four years. While cartridge filters can be used on any size pool, larger pools require larger filters. Replacing these larger filter elements can be costly. Therefore, cartridge filters are best suited for small to medium sized pools.

While sand filters are less efficient than cartridges. There ease of use not having to buy replacement cartridges is a great economic advantage. Sand filters, water enters the top of the filter, flows downward through the sand and back to the pool. Sand filters are best for medium and large pools. If water quality is maintained properly the sand could easily last 5-10 or more years.

D.E. stands for diatomaceous earth, which’s the petrified remains of diatoms, a kind of hard-shelled algae. It’s rough and cruse texture makes it a great, organic filtration medium. D.E. filters produce the finest water quality. The D.E. powder is coated on to a nylon cloth material, the water is passed thru the D.E. thru the substrate and back to the pool. D.E filters are the most costly to buy and medium in cost for on-going expenses. They are best suited for medium to large pools.

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