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The Importance of Adding Conditioner to a Pool

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Adding conditioner to a pool water is not complicated, but it is important to follow every proper instruction. The truth is that pool conditioner takes time to dissolve. Some take days and not minutes. Pool conditioners also expand in water. So, the application process will be different than chemicals. Here are some guidelines to apply when adding conditioner to a pool.

1. Always make sure to add the correct amount when adding conditioner to a pool. The application should be around 30-50 parts per million or 100 parts per million at most. An acid level test kit can reveal the pool’s acid levels.

2. Shut the pool system off, and remove the filter basket and skimmer. Baskets may halt the conditioner’s flow once you have added the filter. Replaced any lids and turn the system back on. Now add the correct amount of conditioner into a bucket of pool water and stir it up in a slurry. Add your slurry into the skimmer, and make sure you do it will small amounts.

3. Add the next recommended dose until all the conditioner is gone. Run your pump for an hour or so and replace all system baskets.

People add conditioners to help keep the pool free of germs and other harmful elements. A conditioner does this by helping protect chlorine from evaporating in the sun. Chlorine kills viruses, ameba, bacteria, and kills or prevents algae from building up. It also oxidizes waste from urine, lotions, and skin oils. Pools require a lot of upkeep. They can provide a lot of fun, or a lot of woes if not maintained properly.

Adding conditioner can be a little tricky, even intimidating to some people. The application process may also vary by product. Pool Masters is the expert at servicing pools. A swimming pool service company has the chemicals, equipment, and experience to keep pools fit for family enjoyment.

Broken Pool Equipment?

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Every pool owner has experienced it at some point in time. A pool party is planned for a celebration and the day before, the pump decides to pack it in. Now you are left with a pool that can’t be filtered. The following are the most likely reasons you now own broken pool equipment.

The Seals

The seal plate is what joins the motor with the pump. If the motor or housing nuts and bolts are not properly fitted it will create problems such as leaks. Cracks can also appear, but this is usually caused by someone overtightening the bolts.

Motors

The motor is what turns the pump, in order for the water to start flowing. After a period of time, it will start making different types of noise. If it’s a screeching sound then its most likely the bearings. A humming sound indicates a failing capacitor. If there is no sound at all when you turn on the motor then most likely the shaft that drives the pump has stopped turning. Hence, the reason why this is the most serious of all broken pool equipment. In this case replacing the pump is the only course of action.

Gaskets

There are three different types of gaskets, housing, lid and diffuser gasket. The housing gasket is located between the seal plate and pump. It acts as a seal and it is easy to spot. Over time, the gasket starts to give, and water starts to leak out. If you see a wet pump pad, then this is most likely the reason. If air is entering the pump system then it is because of a faulty lid gasket. The diffuser gasket increases the water pulling power. If this starts to go, there will be a decrease in water pressure.

Impeller

The motor spins around and around turning the impeller. The impeller is what actually pumps the water from point A to point B. Think of it as a propeller on a boat. Everything else, including the motor, can be in perfect condition, but if the impeller is not, then the water isn’t going anywhere. If you hear a rattling sound when the pump is turned on, then most likely it’s the impeller issue.

If you are in need of pool service in Modesto or Ripon, contact The Pool Master Service today.

Is Your Pool Green?

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Now that spring is well under away, things are really greening up all over outside. Do you have a green pool as well? While new green growth on plants and trees is always a welcome sign, it’s a different story where your swimming pool is concerned. The reason why you’re seeing that green pool is generally due to algae. Algae can be introduced to swimming pools by everything from wind to swimsuits, and colonies or “blooms” of it do very well in water temperatures over eighty-five degrees. While these blooms usually don’t pose a health risk to swimmers, they can quickly clog pool filters and permanently stain and discolor pool surfaces. Algae’s fine in a pond, but it shouldn’t linger for long in a swimming pool. Is removing it a DIY job?

There are certainly many products that pool owners can buy to treat discolored and infested water. And after using them they often discover that they have a green pool. DIYer efforts to correct pool problems effectively often fail because owners don’t diagnose the problem or treat it correctly. So what do professional pool services recommend to end those green pool blues?

1. Prevent Algae Blooms In The First Place
This means diligently covering the pool nightly, checking and cleaning pool filters on a regular basis, and checking the pool’s water PH and chlorine levels every few days. If water chlorine levels drop to below 1,000 PPM, algae blooms can quickly form.

2. Balance PH Levels
You need a PH level of 7.8 to effectively treat algal blooms. To increase PH levels, turn on the pool pump and add sodium carbonate. To reduce levels, add sodium bisulfate.

3. Filters
Make sure filters are working and are clear of debris, then allow them to “backwash” the pool by running them for twenty-four hours.

4. Clean Pool
Without draining it, remove all visible algae with water skimmers and by scrubbing pool walls and all visible surfaces in addition to hidden crannies.

5.”Shock” Pool
Add chemicals to “shock” surviving algae. Follow directions carefully. Multiple applications may be needed for large algal blooms. If chlorine levels have fallen below 5.0, it may be necessary to add an algaecide as well.

6. Check and Clean Filters Daily
Dying algae may be pulled into and clog filters during this process.

All of this work can be avoided with frequent inspections and maintenance. To ensure that it’s done right, call The Pool Master Service today for an estimate, and keep the green in nature this summer and out of your pool.

It’s Time to Prepare Your Pool for Summer

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Whether you have a swimming pool, spa or just a decorative garden pool, maintenance nags you the minute spring temperatures stabilize. The sight of a pool laden with debris accumulated over a long winter makes you cringe at the thought of the work involved to prepare your pool for summer.

Pool That’s Smarter, Not Harder

All pool owners should consider the labor intensive job of preparing a pool for summer versus the cost of allowing the professionals to do it. To the surprise of pool owners in many areas of California, for example, the cost of professional pool service is very affordable.

The drawing card for professional pool service is the convenience of expert pool consultants who manage all of the work from start-up to closing at the end of the swimming season. What takes you weeks to prepare your pool for summer use, takes professionals less than a day or two, depending on the size of the pool and surrounding trees and vegetation.

How Ripon, California Residents Get More Enjoyment from Their Pools

Residents of Ripon, California in San Joaquin County choose The Pool Master Service for professional pool service consultants.

Mark and Annette Schroen, The Pool Master Service owners, provide the Ripon community with complete service, repair, and maintenance. As licensed contractors, (Contractor License No. # 957813), there is never a question of their experience or expertise. The Pool Master Service prides itself on excellent customer service. Their high volume clientele proves this.

Pool Maintenance Affects Your Property Values

Pool owners know regular pool maintenance keeps pools in great shape and ready for the swimming season when they are. The best reason to choose The Pool Masters when it’s time to prepare your pool for summer is to protect your property value.

There’s nothing as attractive or beneficial to property value as an expertly maintained pool. Pools absorb a lot of wear from weather and general use. The Pool Master Service provides an annual inspection of your pool to ensure structural integrity and protects it from costly repairs. For more details on professional pool services in the Ripon, California area, call us at (209) 531-3373.

Does Your Pool Use Too Much Electricity?

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Swimming pools are energy hogs. Most people do not know that they can consume as much as three times the energy of an average size refrigerator. How can a swimming pool consume so much electricity? Some may ask. After all, it’s only a pool with some water in it. The answer is simple. Swimming pools need a pool pump. Pumps need electricity to run. Even the smallest pump will be at least 1.5 horsepower which will draw around 1800 watts of electricity! This is especially true with older, single speed pumps.

Types of Pumps

What happens is, most people tend to leave the cleaning pump on a lot longer than it needs to be. Running a 1.5 or 2 horsepower motor for many hours is not only a waste, but it is not needed. Swimming pools in most cases will only require five to six hours of cleaning. Therefore, the fastest way to save on energy is to go with variable speed pumps. These types have two motors built in. usually, one will be 1.5 and the other pump will be half that amount. However, some pumps are capable of running at different RPMs. What needs to be understood is that when RPM is reduced, the amount of wattage used will be exponentially lower. This makes it easier to understand how energy is saved with a variable speed. However, there are other ways to help save on energy.

Savings Checklist

  • Unless you own an Olympic sized pool, go with the smallest pumps. Most residential pools do not need 2 horsepower pumps. In most cases, a three-quarter horsepower will suffice.
  • When choosing the type of pump, go with a variable speed or at least a two-speed pump. Single speed pumps are the least efficient of the three.
  • Next on the list is the plumbing. The pipes should be at least 2inches in diameter. Instead of using 90-degree elbows, go with long sweep 45’s.
  • Do not run the pump for more than 5 hours. Most residential pools only require five hours of cleaning.

The Pool Master is a pool service company located in Ripon, California. We provide pool services of all types. We also sell and install pool equipment. Increase flow and efficiency with a new pump. The INTELLIFLO® Variable Speed Pump is only $1500 installed and includes setup and programming. Contact us today at (209) 531-3373.

How Much Does Swimming Pool Heat Pump Cost?

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There is a lot of information available for those looking to purchase a swimming pool heat pump. You will need to consider several different factors which will directly impact how much you will initially pay and how much it will cost in the long run. Read ahead if you are considering adding a heat pump to your swimming pool in the near future. Read more

Eliminate Environmental Sources Of Black Algae

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Most of us live in California because we love sunshine and warm temperatures.  However, with the warmth and our region’s proximity to water comes a rain.  Rain can have several negative effects on your pool.  It tends to wash black algae off of screens, tree, plants, and decks and into your pool.  In most circumstances, the chlorine in your water is at a high enough level to kill black algae before it takes root in your pool and begins to bloom. Read more

How long does a pool pump last?

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Though pool pumps should last a number of years, they do however wear out over time. How long should your pool pump last? We will go over the different aspects that dictate the lifetime of your pool’s pump.

Pool pumps consist of two main parts: the pump and the motor. The pump is the part that pushes water through the system, and the motor is the part that provides power to the pump. While the motor likely needs to be replaced every few years, modern pool pumps should last significantly longer, usually only after replacing the motor two or three times.

Pool pumps will eventually wear out after enough time in service, and will need to be replaced as the hard plastic will warp over time. Older style metal pumps will wear out more quickly, and it’s best to plan replacement as soon as possible.

Pump motors need to be replaced more often, as the consistent usage wears them out quickly. However, modern magnetic drive motors should last between five and ten years.

How often should I change my pool filter?

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One of the most common questions regarding pool maintenance is how often the pool filters should be replaced. The short answer to that question is, “it depends.” This article will give you a more in-depth answer to the oft-asked question.

Cleaning and changing your pool filters is dependent on multiple aspects of your pool’s environment and usage. But even if you clean your pool filters regularly, in order to maintain effective filtration, they will need to be replaced on occasion.

During regular cleaning of you pool filters, look for signs of wear and tear.

If your filters have bands, are the bands fraying or broken? The bands play an important role to the filtration process: they keep the filter from flattening, thus reducing the effective filtration. Broken bands are a sure sign that the filters need to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to replace the filter if the pleats have become flattened.

Have a look at the fabric of the filter. Are there bald or fraying areas? The material used to filter your pool water will eventually become worn out and will not filter as well. When you see loose fibers or holes in the fabric, it’s time to change your filter.

Are the plastic end caps cracked or rotting? Damaged end caps can cause leaks in the filter, making them essentially useless. Replace your filters if you notice any damage.

What to look for in an automatic pool cleaner

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With so many different kinds and brands of automatic pool cleaners, it can be very difficult and confusing to settle on the right one. Though you might know you’re in the market for an automatic pool cleaner, you might not know what to look for. Here are our tips for what to look for when shopping for an automatic pool cleaner.

The right pick for the right pool

The first thing to look for in a cleaner is whether it’s right for your pool. Make sure to pick an automatic cleaner that is specific to either an above ground or in-ground pool, whichever you have.

Compatible Equipment

Before picking a pool cleaner, you will need to know what your pool is equipped with. Does it have a dedicated cleaner line? Is that line a suction or pressure line? Make sure to pick a cleaner that is compatible with your equipment.

Cleaner Type

There are three main types of automatic pool cleaners: suction side, pressure side, and robotic. The first two are dependent on what toure pool is equipped with, but robotic cleaners are simply plugged in and dropped into your pool, and it’ll take care of the rest for you.

Suction side automatic cleaners are the cheapest option, as your pool needs to be equipped with a suction line.

Pressure side cleaners are middle of the road in terms of price, as they need to be coupled with a secondary pump.

Robotic pool cleaners are the most expensive, as you can imagine, since they’re quieter, smarter, and more efficient.

The best option for you depends on your use. Do you have a large pool that needs cleaning often? A robotic cleaner might be better suited for you. Do you have a smaller pool with a suction line? A suction side automatic cleaner will probably be your best bet. And a pressure side cleaner might be the right choice if you have a larger pool but don’t want to worry about frequent maintenance.

When shopping for an automatic pool cleaner, keep things like budget and maintenance regimen in mind. Are you ok with fixing your cleaner yourself? Are you seeing high energy usage from your current cleaner? In all likelihood, there is a pool cleaner that is perfectly situated for your needs and preferences.

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