Don’t waste your valuable time searching for chemicals and educating yourself on how to properly maintain your swimming pool. Your investment into your pool was for one reason, PERSONAL ENJOYMENT! Stop worrying about its maintenance.
1. Whether your child knows how to swim or not, never leave them unattended while swimming.
2. Insure your pool is surrounded by a fence with vertical bars no more than 4 inches apart with self-locking, self-closing gates.
3. Water in your pool or spa lighting is a dangerous hazard…call a professional immediately.
4. Learn CPR and insist that anyone who watches your child knows CPR as well.
5. Make sure you always have lifesaving equipment like poles or flotation devices by your pool at all times.
6. Ensure that insulators are properly installed in timer boxes.
Here are some of the most common causes of weak suction.
• Your pool filter may need to be cleaned.
• Your pool cleaner may be clogged with a rock, dirt or leaves.
• You might be missing the lid O-ring.
• The pump suction side and plumbing could have a suction leak.
• The pumps impeller may be obstructed or it may have a bad weir ring or diffuser.
• Your cleaner hoses might be cracked and sucking in air.
• The motor bearings may be going bad causing drag on the motor.
• There may be a high side restriction.
• You may have an obstructed filter or faulty backwash valve preventing water from going through.
• The return lines might be accidentally closed off.
Typically, you simply have a bunch of leaves or a rock lodged in the cleaner that’s preventing it from moving. The first thing you should do is shut off the equipment, remove your cleaner from the pool, check the bottom for obstructions and remove it. With the obstruction removed, submerge the cleaner into your pool, turn on your pump (let it prime up) then check your cleaner again. Most likely it will be working. If not, it may be a problem mentioned above or it may need new parts.
Here are some helpful tips to maintaining proper water chemistry:
• Test water chemistry at least once a week
• Always follow manufacturer’s directions for use of chemicals.
• Never mix chemicals.
Phosphates can be introduced to swimming pool water from a variety of sources. These would include rain, runoff from lawns and gardens, fertilizers, birdseed, plant material, dust, suntan oil, and leaves.
In time, these sources will cause a buildup and increase the concentration of phosphates in the water and thus promote a progressive algae growth. Phosphate removers are available to reduce the level of phosphates in your swimming pool water. (Ideally, you want it as close to a zero reading as possible.)
1. Bring pool water to normal level (middle of skimmer).
2. Place a bucket on the first or second step of the pool.
3. Fill the bucket with pool water to the same level as the pool.
4. Mark the water level on the inside of the bucket.
5. Shut off the pump and mark the pool water level on the outside of the bucket.
6. Resume normal pump operation.
7. After 24 to 48 hours, compare the two water levels:
• If the pool water level (outside mark) goes down more than the water level inside the bucket, you probably have a leak.
• In case of rain, repeat the test.
• If your pool is equipped with an auto-fill, you will want to shut off the water supply.
Test is invalid after 48 hours.