Frequently Asked Questions
First things first. Make sure the filter is clean, baskets are not clogged, and your basic water chemistry is balanced. (i.e. chlorine, pH., conditioner) If problems persist we like to start with phosphorus removers and then move to copper/silver algaecides.
Algae feeds on phosphorus. So the higher the levels in your pool, the more algae growth you will experience.
You may have low conditioner levels, your filter may have holes in the grids or may need new cartridges. Or, you may just need a clarifier.
No, accept the free water and let the level come down naturally. A common misconception is that the pool will suddenly flood into the house. If the pool level gets to the top, it will simply run onto the deck and follow the path of the deck water.
- The initial installation of a Saltwater pool can be costly, but after that you do not have to add chlorine. This saves you money on chlorine, which can add up over time.
- Salt is softer and gentler on your skin than chlorine.
- No toxic chemicals to store or handle.
- No stinging eyes or chlorine smell.
- The new salt systems require less maintenance than traditional chlorine pools.
- You won’t need a tab floater
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Any time you have different metals (copper, stainless steel, etc.) in a salt water pool you create a battery, some amount of current flows between the metals.
The electrons that make up the current are supplied by one of the metals giving up bits of itself in the form of ions to the pool water: This Is called galvanic corrosion galvanic corrosion causes plaster discoloration and metal erosion.
The best way to inhibit the effect of galvanic corrosion is to use a Zinc Anode (sacrificial anode).
Zinc is a metal that gives up its metal ions faster than other metals in the pool water.
In other words, the zinc anode will erode instead of other metals (i.e.: pool light, light niche, heater & hand rail and ladder). The zinc ions will not discolor the pool plaster.
The zinc anode should be replaced when half of it has been lost to erosion.
The main thing is to make sure your pump horsepower is the minimum you need to keep your pool sparkling clear. Too many pools built before 2005 have pump motors that have horse power that is way more than what is needed. Many pumps can be modified to draw less power, or a new pump may be in order. Over-sized pump motors cause huge electric bills, add pressure to filters/grids, and cause more frequent filter cleanings.
Quite often we can save our customers $500-$1000 per year on electricity. Also, as policy, we adjust time clocks seasonally to reflect the needs of your pool. Pump motors can run for much less time in the middle of winter as opposed to the heat of summer. It depends on your situation.
“Black Algae” (actually called blue-green algae) typically grows in cracks and crevices on pool surfaces. Black algae is normally found growing in shady areas of the pool, however it can be found in lighter areas as well. It is known for a heavy slime layer and is impervious to normal chlorine levels (1.0 – 2.5 ppm). Slight cracks in plaster or fiberglass walls are perfect breeding grounds for black algae especially when the pool is not properly maintained.
Conditioner is the layman’s term for cyanuric acid. Cyanuric acid provides a molecular bond to chlorine to extend the life of chlorine in the pool. Without it, maintaining a chlorine residual between service calls would be impossible, resulting in cloudy, algae conditions. Our company checks conditioner levels throughout the year, and adds when necessary. This service is billed annually in the month of March at $60.00 per year.