Q. How do I know how big my
pool is in gallons?
simple, just click
Q. How often do I need to
test my pool water?
Ideally, chlorinated or brominated pools need
to be tested DAILY. SoftSwim®
pools can be tested weekly.
Q. How come I need to test my pool water?
Regular, accurate testing of your pool water
prevents water problems which lead to down time & unhappy pool users. It
also prevents long-term problems such as corrosion of filters & metal pool
accessories & parts. Prevention of scaling of a pool's heater is another
Q. Why do I have to worry & test the pH in my pool?
Your pool's pH is a critical factor in how well
everything works. When the pH is high, the water becomes cloudy, the
sanitizer works less efficiently, algae & bacteria grow more quickly, scale
can begin forming on metal surfaces (especially heaters). Low pH causes very
clear, but unhealthy water in that the sanitizer is used up quickly, the
water becomes corrosive, eye & skin irritation are noticed. That's what's so
important about pH! Here's more
Q. How often should I have
my water tested at a store?
We recommend that a water sample be brought in
about once a month for routine testing & analysis. Water samples should also
be brought in at pool opening & closing. Many customers bring in samples
weekly, just to be sure. Find a good, reputable local dealer & have it done.
Just for peace of mind.
Total Alkalinity &
Calcium Hardness need to
be tested & adjusted regularly for optimal water balance.
Q. How come my pool water is
Cloudy water is caused my many things & is an
indicator of other pool issues such as: high pH or Total Alkalinity high Calcium
Hardness (especially true for regular users of calcium hypochlorite in
mid-season as the water warms) early algae growth improper filtration
improper circulation unfilterable matter such as suntan lotion, body oils,
urine, etc., need to be oxidized from the water. Chlorinated/brominated
pools need to be shocked at least every 2 weeks. Prevention is
normally the solution!
Here's the scoop on
Q. Why does my pool turns green every couple of weeks?
You may have what we call, chronic algae.
Chronic algae is normally a symptom of a larger pool care problem, such as
the items listed above. We would definitely suggest using
Soft Touch. The
initial cost of Optimizer Plus will definitely pay for itself even with 1
bad algae problem. Chronic algae can be eliminated, but it will take some
effort. Chemicals alone won't treat or prevent it. Prevention is normally
the solution! For more detailed information on algae found in swimming pools
plus how to prevent or treat it,
Q. Why do I have to "shock" my pool so often?
Pools MUST be "shocked" on a regular basis to
eliminate unfilterables that can cause short filter runs that lead to cloudy
water & algae growth. More serious problems such as white water mold & pink
slime WILL occur if the water is not properly & regularly oxidized.
"Shocking" should be done at least every 2 weeks in a chlorine/bromine pool
and every 3 - 4 weeks in a SoftSwim®
or biguanide pool. Try to concentrate the shock treatment near suction &
skimmer openings so that a higher concentration will be drawn in through
those fittings. Pink slime & white water mold breed especially well in those
areas. Remember that sunlight is a great oxidizer, so the more sun that you
get on the pool & all of its surfaces, the better (consider removing the
skimmer top for several hours a day or week to get sunlight in the skimmer.
Take caution on inground pools that no one is in the pool area near the
skimmer & accidentally trips or falls in.) Shock whenever: Heavy
or large amounts of rain, parties or large bather loads (some people
shock before the party ). Large amounts of make-up water are added
(more than 1/2 inch). Your yard or a neighbor's yard has been
fertilized or sprayed The last "shocking" was longer than 2 weeks.
cheaper & easier to prevent a problem than it is to cure it.
Q. Why do I have to "shock" my pool after I've added fresh water?
Isn't that water already treated?
Yes, the tap water may already be
treated (well water is generally untreated), however as complaints about
chlorine in the water system have risen, the water suppliers have cut back
on the amount that is used in treating the water system itself. Because of
that, people are seeing much higher incidents of common bacteria and algae
in a variety of places; sinks, toilets & most important to you, garden
hoses. Pink slime & white water mold love dark, moist, warm areas in which
to breed. Your garden hose that is used to fill the pool is a perfect
habitat. Let the water run for one or two minutes before putting the hose
into the pool. This will help flush out most residue that is
accumulating in the hose & prevent it from getting into the pool.
the scoop on cloudy water.
Information used by permission.