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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.

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.

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.

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