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My name is Bryan Mallory and I have over 25 years of experience in swimming pool, spa maintenance and repairs. With my experience and knowledge I can return your pool back to its best and keep it in peak condition.
Author Archives: Bryan Mallory
My name is Bryan Mallory and I have over 25 years of experience in swimming pool, spa maintenance and repairs. With my experience and knowledge I can return your pool back to its best and keep it in peak condition.
Are you serious about pool sanitization? Do you really want to raise chlorine levels in your pool? Fine, then you must have known its importance.
Anyways, let’s discuss in brief why chlorine is important:
So, you must have now understood that you should be adding chlorine to your pool at a constant rate as the usable chlorine levels in your pool will be continuously decreasing. So just relax and read to know how to raise chlorine level in pool.
On an average, for residential pools, you need to maintain a level of 2 to 3 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine in your pool. If you have a commercial pool then, you need to add 3 to 5 ppm of chlorine as the pool usage will be more. If you do not follow the ideal levels, then your pool may not be sanitized and might get into unsafe zone.
Don’t overthink and too much chlorine because, if the chlorine level is between 3 to 8 ppm, swimmer finds it extremely difficult. However, up to 5 ppm is acceptable and if the range crosses 8 ppm, then you should forget swimming!
Before you start adding chlorine to your pool, you should first know the existing chlorine levels in your pool. Based on the existing level, you must calculate how much chlorine to add. You can decide if you just need slight adjustment or need to shock the pool in case if you have combined chlorine in your pool.
Let’s discuss about different ways of adding chlorine to the pool. Each method has its own benefits and disadvantages. Whichever method benefits you the most, you can go for it.
If you are using an outdoor chlorinated pool then, Trichlor can be a better choice. Trichlor or Trichloroisocyanuric Acid is the most commonly used chlorine additive by many pool owners.
If you are using an indoor chlorinated pool then, dichlor can be a better choice. Dichlor or Sodium dichloroisocyanurate is the most commonly used chlorine additive by many spa and above ground pool owners.
Chlorine based shock can give your quick results. You have two options to choose when it comes to pool shocking – chlorine based shock and non-chlorine based shock.
Chlorine based shock is generally preferred if you are specific about intentionally raising chlorine levels in your pool. The key ingredient used for this type of shock is calciumhypochlorite.
You can shock your pool only when the chlorine levels are raised to above 10 ppm. You can calculate the amount of chlorine to add to the pool by considering the volume of water and the present chlorine levels in the pool.
Follow the instructions mentioned on the shock container and leave it uncovered for some time as you need to let the oxidation gases to escape into air. Avoid chlorine based shock in sunlight as the chlorine levels will be depleted fast during the shock treatment.
Generally, you will get two categories of chlorine in market – stabilized and non-stabilized. The type that is added to pools is the stabilized one. This type of chlorine has cyanuric acid added to it and hence when it is added a sunlit pool, it will stay stabilized. Hence, you should prefer it for outdoor pools and is 3 to 5 times stable when compared to the results you get by adding non-stabilized chlorine. If you are using non-stabilized chlorine, you should cyanuric acid separately to it.
If you want to perform chlorine based shock to your pool then, you must be using non-stabilized chlorine as the stabilized chlorine may result in increased cyanuric acid levels in the pool waters.
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It is essential to know how to raise chlorine level in pool. You should maintain proper sanitation for a harmless swimming environment. You should seriously understand how chlorine works to improve sanitation for a pool and how much quantity you should add. You must be aware of different devices used for adding chlorine and also about different variations of chlorine.
If your pool is regularly chlorine-balanced, then you can enjoy safe and sanitised swimming environment, minimum contamination, and above all - minimum maintenance costs on adding chemicals and testing.
Have you ever wondered why water levels decrease in pools in spite of taking every possible safety measures? Water requires no big tunnel to drain; even a small hole is enough to leak.
Though you may think that since water can leak through holes and it is easy to identify the leak spot by looking at the wet area, the condition is not always the same. When it comes to pools, this is not an easy task at all.
Especially, if the leakage is in the liners, then you will sometimes end up in never identifying the leakage spot. So, how to find leaks in pool liners and how do you repair it? The answer is:
As we move forward, let’s discuss about each of it in detail.
A pool liner can leak due to a number of reasons. A simple tear in the liner can cause your pool to leak. Other common reasons can be holes and punctures to the pool liner.
If it ages beyond 5 years, then you may not expect efficient results and its time that you replace it once it starts troubling you.
Fixing a leak is very easy. Finding it is very difficult. Inspecting for the spot is a great job that requires lot of patience. It takes lot of time and sometimes, you might end up with not detecting even a single leak.
Leaks can be anywhere in the pool and of any size. The biggest problem is when the leakage spot resides in the pool liner.
You may find by following some methodical techniques and find out if the leakage spot is in the equipment or surface or walls of the pool. But, if the leakage is in the pool liners then, you will be the luckiest to have found the leakage spot.
Again, if you found one, that doesn’t mean that, you have successfully completed your work. You may have unfound leakage spots. This means, you can never confirm that there is no leakage existing in the pool liner.
Before you start searching for a leak, first you should confirm that there is a leak in the pool. You can check for the same by keeping an eye on the pool for one complete day. For this, you will need a 5 gallon size bucket, water and painter’s tape.
Now that you have invested one completed day and have come to a conclusion that there is a leak in the pool, the next job is to detect its location.
Swimming pool industry offers you a variety of tools that help you detect the leakage in a pool liner, but they are very complicated to use. Moreover, they are not affordable.
Some of the leakages detecting tools are:
Unfortunately, both of them do not guarantee you to find the leakage spot. It is like an expensive effort to guess something out of nothing. First of all, biodegradable dyes may help you confirm if something is a leak spot or not, but will not help you to find where the leakage exists.
Before you touch the liner section, it is easy to check with electrical and plumbing systems for leaks. If you find that there is moisture in the conduit lines that pass from the pool’s lighting system, then call a professional to handle the situation and repair it. You are not suggested to handle the issue as you may get shocked.
If you find that the water system of the pool is leaking, turn of the filters and check all the pipes, fittings and pump to find for moisture. If you confirm that the leak is in the filtration system and if the pump is failing to turn on, then you may seek for a professional service.
Have patience and wait till what level the water keeps leaking. If the water level stops decreasing at a specific point, then most probably the problem is near the point at which the water stopped draining. If the water has been leaking throughout, until it reached the pool liner then, most probably the problem is with the pool liner.
So, try to check with the liner if you can find any holes or punctures or if you can see any wear and tear. After checking all possible places, if you still end up with disappointing results, then you should replace the liner rather than further wasting your time.
Now that you are confirmed that the leakage spot resides in the pool liner, you have narrowed your search to only the liner part.
To move forward, all that you will need is food colouring.
Now you have achieved a great success in detecting the location of the leak by performing a tedious task, you have now entered into the final part – repair. Identify the size of the leak and see if a patch will suffice.
If the leak is too big to repair then ALAS! All your efforts to search for the leak have again gone in vain! You have no chance to repair! You can only replace the pool liner!
If you doubt that the problem is with the liner, first you need to confirm it. Then you should locate it by following specific methodical technique till you locate it. Once you find the leak, repair it if possible. If the leak is too big to repair, then replace the liner.
If you did not find the leak, but doubt that the leak resides in the liner, don’t get disappointed. By now, you know how to find leaks in pool liners. So cheer up! Move ahead and get the issue fixed!
You need to fix the leak as soon as possible or else the subsoil underneath will weaken. Contact a professional and get the work done professionally so that you may enjoy the warranty in case if the history repeats!
Well, If somebody tempts you to spend time in swimming pool and then slowly reveal that if you get in, then your hair and nails will be stained, will you ignore and just get in? No, right? Not only you, nobody will like to get into such pools. What is that actually present in the pool that end up in staining you? The answer for all these questions is iron and copper.
Before we talk about how to remove iron/rust from pool water, we should first know about the side effects of having iron in the water. How do you recognize water that has high levels of iron concentration? Let’s discuss about all of them and then briefly find a solution to get rid of high concentration levels of iron in pool water.
The biggest problem if iron is present in more than adequate quantities in pool water is that they cause stains. Discoloration is very unpleasant to our sight. The water changes its color and will not please the swimmers. However, it will not turn them cloudy.
The coloured water will stain the pool surface at the bottom, walls and not only that, it will stain even the hair and nails of the swimmers.
Imbalanced levels of iron will rust the pool equipment. This corrosive nature will in turn result in releasing unwanted copper metal into the water. So, as a part of pool equipment, the victims of corrosion will be pool’s pump, pipes and many other metal accessories.
Iron is the fourth most commonly found metal in the earth’s crust. The metal shines in a beautiful silver shade but when reacts with water and air, it corrodes.
Iron is generally found from fill water. If the source is a well, then the well may contain iron metal in its ionic state. When you purify these water, the metals get collected in the pipe or plumbing network before it reaches the pool. This gradually corrodes the pipelines and other pool equipment through which it passes. This in turn releases copper into the pool water.
If you think that cheap pool equipment will do your work, then you might not be thinking correct. The cheaper ones are made of iron and this will easily corrode very soon down the road.
Usually, you can take your pool water sample to your local pool store and get it tested for iron.
If your pool is having high concentration levels of copper, then your pool looks green. On the other hand, if it has highly concentrated levels of iron, then your pool looks rusty brown.
Again, note in your mind that this is not the same every time. This is generally true in many cases, but when you test the water, you might surprisingly find a different result. So do not come to a conclusion until you test it.
First of all, if iron is present in your pool in normal levels, it is very difficult to identify. But as the concentration increases, the water starts to discolour into rusty brown. Sometimes, they may turn into bright green or black hue. Obviously, pools filled with such water will not please the swimmers.
The answer is Yes! It is difficult to treat a pool that is rich in calcium, where you need to remove complete water and start over again by taking water from a different source. However, if your pool water is high in iron, you can treat it.
Swimming pool industry offers iron remover that works effectively to deplete iron levels in your pool waters. In many cases, your pool suffers high quantities of iron when the source of water is well. So, in such cases, you can add iron remover while the pool is busy filling up with well water.
To remove iron and other metals from water, you have many solutions but, you should choose the right method only after analysing your pool. For this, you should first get the pool water tested by a lab in pool store.
After they confirm the high levels of iron in your pool water, you can take their guidance for solution.
Let’s discuss about some of the commonly used iron removal methods in detail:
Before you go ahead with this type of treatment, it is important for you to consult pool professionals to know which type of shock treatment would be apt for your pool.
Usually, shock treatment is of two types:
After you choose appropriate type of shock treatment for your pool, you should follow it up with clarifier treatment so that your pool gets free from iron build up. You need to carefully read the instructions on the shock label.
This method effectively works to give you an iron free pool waters.
If the source of water is rich in iron and you are not in a position to find an alternative source to fill up your pool, then you should regularly add sequestering agent or chelating agent. These agents are also referred to as ‘metal out products’.
When you regularly add metal out products to the pool, any new metal that arrives the pool water from the source will then be held by the pool in an inactive complex.
When you doubt that you pool water has lot of iron, you should first get the water tested by a lab in pool store. Once it is confirmed, the pool professionals can tell you how to remove iron from pool water and can guide you with appropriate iron removal method.
Once you follow a specific method to successfully remove iron from the pool, resume normal pool maintenance activities and at the same time, take measures to avoid the situation to recur.
Usually, the situation recurs when you are unable to avoid the source to fill the pool. In such scenarios, you need not worry if you regularly add metal out products to your pool to keep away metals in your pool.
Getting inside an icy swimming pool makes you very uncomfortable especially during cool climatic conditions. If you really want to experience the ecstasy of swim as you did during your summers, you need to put yourself in a warm pool. This can be achieved by making use of ground pool heaters.
These are the proven devices that work efficiently while being faster. Above ground pool heaters are categorized based on the type of energy they make use of in order to operate. They are generally categorized as wood heater, electric pool heater, propane pool heater and solar pool heater.
Each model has its own pros and cons and hence you need to match the right model based on the size of your above ground pool.
Most of the FAQs about ground pool heaters are about their installation, maintenance cost, customer support, product durability and reliability. The heater cost mainly depends on its engine power, brand, services and the type of power it uses to operate.
If you have a very small pool that contains few hundred gallons of water, you might not need heater in the first place since the pool warms up as soon as the surrounding climatic conditions heat up due to sun.
However, if your swimming size is large, ground pool heater can be your best survivor.
Let’s discuss some of the frequently asked questions in detail:
Different types of swimming pools make use of different types of pool heaters to warm up the water.
Above ground pools can range in size from small that holds few hundred gallons of water to big that holds thousands and lakhs of gallons of water. Smaller ones can make use of heat pumps as they are energy efficient and are intended to prove years of pool comfort.
Most of the DIYs to heat above ground pools are solar models as they save lot of money and contribute in reducing greenhouse effect. Homemade solar pool heaters are inexpensive and simple.
The pool systems that use DIY solar pool heaters are constructed by making use of simple, inexpensive and unglazed plastic collectors. Hence, the pool itself is the thermal storage for the complete system.
To filter pool water, pumps are used that circulate water through solar collectors. The simplest DIY solar pool heater can cost you as low as $100.
There are a number of simple homemade solar pool heaters that you can use to heat your above ground pool within a very low budget. Let’s discuss about simplest models:
Solar covers are inexpensive and simple solution to pool warming. Make use of solar blanket that covers your pool while getting soaked in solar energy, thereby transferring the solar energy to the pool waters to warm them up.
Ideally, by using solar blanket, the pool temperature increases by 5 degrees for every 12 hours of coverage. Solar blanket covers your pool to benefit you in many ways like minimizing water evaporation, safeguarding the heat in the pool, preventing debris from entering your pool thereby reducing the quantity of chemicals needed to add to your pool.
One thing you must know about Intex above ground pool heater is that, Intex does not make them. However, it is quite easy to find an above ground pool heater that fits your Intex pool. The top suggestion to find an alternate for warming up Intex pool is to use solar pool heater that does not make use of gas or electric power to operate. These are the cheap and best options available in today’s market.
Solar pool heaters are designed for both above ground and in ground pools. They make use of sun’s solar energy to heat the pool. Solar pool heaters benefit you in numerous ways. They work efficiently while proving to be environment friendly and cost efficient.
Solar above ground pool heaters work by circulating the water through a spacious heat exchange surface, thus allowing the pool to absorb sun’s heat. Most of the pool owners from cool countries enhance their solar pool heating system with traditional electric heating system.
In such cases, you can compare the costs incurred by both the systems to only find out that the solar pool water heater far outweighs the benefits while being incomparably cheaper.
Solar pool covers are one of the cheapest and cost efficient models often recommended by the pool builders. This heating system can extend your swimming season by two months.
The important characteristics of a solar pool cover heating system are as follows:
Most of the DIY pool heaters are of solar models. One of the best things about DIY solar pool heaters is that their construction is very simple. They can be built with ordinary daily used materials and assembled with ordinary tools that most of the average house owners have with them.
Let’s discuss about a simple DIY model:
Solar pool heaters run on natural current, solar energy. Nature has gifted us with abundant resources and solar energy is an unconventional resource available at free of cost. Solar energy applications are numerous and can be the solution to most of our daily reliable activities that make use of other conventional resources.
It is wise to make use of this unconventional natural resource as an alternative to other conventional resources and do our part of responsibility to the nature by saving them.
Solar above ground pool heater models help you save money and keep yourself from freezing. They work on natural source of energy generated by the sun that is absolutely free. You will only need to incur investment costs and the results obtained in the long run are beneficial.
For DIY models, most of the constructions are absolutely simple and can be made of ordinary materials that are available in our day-to-day life.
You can enjoy your swim even in freezing climates by making using of pool heating system. If you want to enjoy the comfort of a gas pool heater, but live in an area where natural gas services are not easily available, you can make use of a propane pool heater.
Propane above ground pool heater installation is same as that of LPG pool heater except that the orifice sizes for gas valve and burner differ and the gas hook-up is different. In this article, we will discuss how to install/ hook above ground pool propane heater with instructions.
The propane pool heater installation can be done in few hours. Proper maintenance and installation of your propane pool heater can help you optimize its efficiency. It is better to take the help of a qualified pool professional to install the heater.
They expertise in the field and hence can perform complicated maintenance or repair tasks. The installation instructions are as discussed below:
Usually, large size propane pool heaters need 500 gallon tank while medium to small size heaters need a propane tank of 250 gallon. Your propane service provider can be the best to suggest you with the right propane tank size based on the size of your propane pool heater.
Usually, a propane pool heater operates by using 1 gallon propane per hour per 100,000 BTU’s. Propane prices are not constant and on an average, it costs around $2.50 per gallon of propane.
Propane above ground pool heater can be installed within few hours and it is suggested to take the help of an expertized professional to avoid complicated maintenance or repair risks. The installation procedure is just like how you install a gas pool heater except that the orifice sizes differ.
A heat pump can be the best solution for your pool that freezes throughout the cool climatic conditions. Heat pumps are more economical than the traditional gas heaters. You can use the energy of heat pump only when you want to warm your pool.
A pool heat pump makes use of electricity to pull the heat from surround air and transfers it to the pool water. Hence it is ecologically safe and clean while proving to be cost efficient. Read More..
If you want to extend spending your time in an above ground swimming pool even after summer, you can make it possible by using above ground swimming pool heaters. These heaters come in various models based on the type of energy they to operate.
Among all, above ground pool solar heaters are the most inexpensive and simple and these come in various models to support different types of swimming pools. Based on your swimming pool construction system, you can select the right model that benefits you in a better way while costing you minimum.
Well, finding a leakage spot especially in an above ground pool is like achieving the most difficult task of your life. If you have succeeded in finding it, then that’s definitely a good and celebrating news for you. However, if you don’t succeed in finding it then, that’s obviously a bad and irritating news.
Many companies come forward to offer services to repair the leakages that are already found. However, many of them do not offer services to find the leakage. So, you must be understanding how difficult it is to find a leakage.
You will be surprised to know that in many cases, leakage is never detected and hence the only possible solution would be to replace the entire liner.
These are facts and are not intended to panic you. Stop worrying if you are finding it difficult to find the leakage in your above ground pool. We will guide you through best ideas that help you how to find a leak in an above ground pool.
Before you start implementing tips and ideas to detect a leakage spot, we suggest you to first check the pool equipment. When you are trying to find a leakage spot in an above ground pool, the most difficult place will be in the vinyl liner.
Do you know that some leaks will start to leak only after the pump turns on. When you turn on the pump, you will have more possible opportunity to find a bigger leak.
We all know that water is wet. That itself is the sign to find for a leakage. Check all the possible surrounding equipment area that is outside the pool to find if there is any wetness which is only possible if there is any leakage.
Check the pool skimmer box and return spot as the leaked water will directly travel into these places. If you checked but still not sure, then try placing a dry towel at the pool’s wall to find if the wetness reoccurs. Be patient as detecting a leakage is no easy work.
If you found very less possibility of leakage near pool equipment area, you will now need to detect for the same in vinyl liner. If you found a leaking spot, please don’t jump in excitement because there is no rule that a pool can have only one leakage!
If the pump is turned on, you cannot see the pool floor clearly. So, turn it off and let the water stand still. Stand outside but closely to the pool and observe nook and corner of every area inside the pool to find a clue for leakage, if possible.
Most of the above ground pools have sand or earth based floors. So, if there is any leakage in the vinyl, it is possible that the water leaks out in the ground, just underneath the pool.
Sometimes, the leaked water that travels through the sand or earth based bottom will wash away the earth, thus leaving small valleys or holes underneath the pool. If this is the case, then you can come to a conclusion that the leakage is in the vinyl liner.
If you have not yet found the leakage, then while you are still standing outside the pool, check the outside bottom area of the pool. If it is covered, dig and clear rocks and dirt around the wall to uncover the bottom track.
Now, don’t get tricked if you found a wet floor to be a sign of leakage as you know that ground may naturally hold moisture. If the wetness seems to be abnormally excessive then that might be a sign of leakage.
Now that you are clear that there is very less possibility of leakage outside the pool, it’s time to get into the pool. Before you do that, first clean and vacuum the pool. If there are leaves and other organic or inorganic debris on the pool floor, they might cover the leakage spot.
Get into the pool after you secure your eyes with suitable mask or goggles. Carry a color dye and applicator along with you so that you can monitor closely and confirm the leakage spot. At this point of time, ensure once again that the pool pump is off.
The ratio of the size of the leakage hole and the pool is incomparable. So, get into every nook and corner of your pool to find if there is any tiny hole at the bottom of the floor or pool’s wall.
Inspect too closely for holes, small valleys, or divots that you have seen while standing outside the pool. If you found them, shoot some of the dye you carried with you into the hole to find if it travels into the hole or travels back to mix with the water.
If the dye entered the hole and did not come back, then hurry!!! You have found the leakage spot!
Have you still not found the leakage spot? Then still you have chance to find if there is a leakage in another area – and that is the pool wall. Many pool walls leak at the lower areas.
So, invest your time searching for the leakage near the foot area of the pool walls. If you found any, shoot the dye into the hole to confirm if it is a hole or not.
Check in a methodical manner and follow the procedure below:
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Now that you have tried all the possible methods of searching for leakages, you are left with only one option and that is to get and install a new liner. Practically, once the liner crosses its age above 5 years, it is obvious to have more leakage spots. Hence, it is recommended to get a new liner rather than wasting your time searching for leakage spots.
It is obviously a patient job to find leakages in above ground pools. Since you know how to find a leak in an above ground pool, and tried every possible method, and if you have been unsuccessful, please don’t take the pain to your heart.
If your vinyl liner is more than 5 years old, and the leakages are troubling you, just replace it with a new one.
Most of us want to spend time in swimming pools for relaxation, exercise, mental peace and earn good and fit body. Are you one among them? If so, you need to think about mosquitoes as they will not help you enjoy the purpose of spending time in pool.
If your pool is constantly busy with buzzing sounds of tiny insects and mosquitoes then, you need to start finding out how to keep mosquitoes away from pool. It can be extremely annoying and excruciating. Moreover, they carry diseases and if you are a victim, then you will soon need to see a doctor.
If you are planning to find simple and effective solutions to keep these tiny flies far away from your pool then, we can guide you with the best possible solutions. First of all, you need to know what invites mosquitoes so that you will know how to find the solution.
Improper maintenance of pools can be the host for breeding mosquitoes. One of the simple and obvious facts is that if your pool is unhygienic and has a lot of stagnant water around its surroundings, then you will be opening doors to invite mosquitoes.
If your pool is already witnessing issues with these annoying flies, its high time that you take steps to find a solution. Let’s discuss briefly about what all solutions we can implement to our keep away mosquitoes from the pool surroundings.
If you are planning to go for swimming, take a precautionary step by applying a waterproof mosquito repellent to your body. This way, though the mosquitoes are busy buzzing in your surrounding environment, you can still feel better as they cannot bite you.
It is better to quickly implement actions to kill mosquitoes while they are still in larvae stage or too young to bite. If you neglect to take action at this state, the mosquitoes will be too difficult to manage as they will grow into adults and start biting. If possible, try using fine dip nets to monitor for larvae.
Lit citronella candles and place them around the swimming area. Citronella acts as a natural mosquito repellent. When you lit these candles, they emit scent that is unfavourable for mosquitoes. Ensure that you lit and place them to be out of reach for children and pets.
Some plants act as natural and living mosquito repellents. Prefer to plant them in the surrounding areas of your pool. The scent emitted by these plants will reach a height of 5 to 6 feet and 2 to 3 feet wide. When mosquitoes enter the scent zone, they get confused due to the mask of the smell emitted by these plants.
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Mosquitoes carry diseases and itching can be extremely annoying. Now that you know what invites mosquitoes, and the possible solutions, you must have got a clear idea on how to keep mosquitoes away from pool.
Keep in mind that stagnant water resides in uneven and unused areas in the pool surroundings, on the pool cover, pool toys and rafts. Ensure that you work your best to scoop out the water from all these places and ensure that you dry them thoroughly in the hot sun so that the insect larvae will be killed.
Use possible living mosquito repellents that require minimum maintenance and grow fast. Plant them to be scattered and mingled with other flowering plants so that the scent emitted by these living repellents can be scattered throughout the pool surroundings. Choose flowering plants that act as mosquito repellents like geranium and marigold.
Run the filters regularly so that mosquito larvae that is already present on the surface of the pool will be killed.
Okay. Now that you have just relieved yourself from a stressful and hectic schedule, you are now wanting to relax yourself in the hot tub. It’s a great idea! But, have you ever thought about the improper pH levels in your tub?
First of all, do you know that high pH levels in your tub can harm your skin and irritate your eyes? Secondly, it can reduce the effect of chlorine you use to keep the algae under control. Thirdly, remember that you are planning to relax in the hot tub and hence, the appearance of water is also important for you. If the pH levels are too high, the color of the waters will turn green and cloudy.
High pH levels will build up hard and crusty mineral scales on the floor of your tub. This will in turn reduce the life expectancy of your hot tub. If you neglect this important hot tub maintenance, be prepared to face costly issues down the road.
After getting to know so much about the adverse effects of high pH levels, you must have now understood the importance of lowering pH levels. So, don’t panic and just think about the best solution you can implement. We will tell you how to lower pH in hot tub.
If you think that pH balancing is really important then, total alkalinity is even more important. Total alkalinity is the buffer of pH and if you don’t concentrate of balancing total alkalinity then, pH reading will never cooperate with you.
Total alkalinity is the capacity to buffer water and resist changes to pH levels of water whereas pH is an expression of the intensity of basic or acid levels of water. If you can bring back total alkalinity levels to range between 80 ppm to 120 ppm, then you can reduce pH levels to acceptable levels which is between 7.2 and 7.8.
Now that you have just detected that your hot tub is suffering from high alkaline levels, you have to take up measures to reduce it.
So, your target is to bring back the alkalinity to the acceptable levels. If you have come here to know how to reduce alkalinity in your hot tub, then we assure you that by the end of this reading, you have a clear idea about how to approach the problem.
Now that you are aware that total alkalinity and pH levels are closely connected, let’s start correcting both of them at the same time.
You can make use of alkalinity testing strips or test kits, whichever is available for you. Let’s talk about how to use testing strips:
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Hot tubs can greatly relax your body and mind to give you better health and sleep. If you love using your hot tub, ensure that you use it only after you are confident enough that the water is safe for you. Keep a regular check on the alkaline levels of the water. After every drain, ensure that you refill and add appropriate chemicals to your tub to balance the alkalinity.
Now that you know how to lower pH in hot tub, do not wait anymore and start working with a positive motive!!
A sand filter pump is an essential equipment for filtering an above ground pool or below ground pool. It can be used in a hidden swimming pool also. A sand filter is considered to be the most compact and affordable way of cleaning the pool.
There are many pool owners who do not know how to clear cloudy pool water or how to remove algae in the pool. For such people, the first step in the cleaning process is to use a sand filter pump and after that, they can use algaecides to remove algae and prevent it from appearing again in their above ground swimming pool.
A sand filter consists of a pool filter stand that is roughly shaped and is capable of removing all the debris and dirt from the pool. The cleaned water goes back to the pool through the bottom of the sand filter.
Through the back washing process, the flow of water is changed to make sure debris and dirt are removed from the sand and goes to the waste line directly into the ground. You need to make sure the wastewater that flows out does not get blocked by pool decks if decks are installed. The life span of a sand filter is about five to eight years depending upon the quality of the product and its usage.
The first factor to consider when choosing a sand filter pump for your above ground swimming pool is the size of the sand filter pump.
You should know how much horsepower you need for your sand filter pump. If your pool is around 24 ft, then you can choose a sand filter pump of 1HP whereas if it is more than 24 ft, then you can go for 1.5HP.
For an above ground pool, you can get the sand filter pump and filter combined in one unit.
Therefore, you need to make sure you buy from an established manufacturer known for providing sand filters and pumps.
If you’re concerned about energy and require a sand filter pump that consumes less energy, then you need to buy sand filter pump with the dual speed option. You can get sand filter pump that runs both on low speed and high speed. So, whenever you need the pump to work on high speed, you can just turn the button to high speed.
Cost is an important factor to consider when buying a sand filter pump. There is no point in going for an expensive model when you can get good models that cost half the price of an expensive model. You should select a model that will last long and is user-friendly so that you don’t have to spend too much time on it.
Consider the above-given factors when you’re planning to buy a sand filter pump for your above ground swimming pool.
It is very important to have good filter pump for your swimming pool. If you are serious about maintaining a healthy and sanitary environment in your swimming pool, then you must invest your money wisely in a good swimming pool filter pump.
The sand filter is a good option if you’re not going to use salt water in your swimming pool. The easy to use and simple to operate sand filter can remove 20 - 40 microns sized dirt and debris from your swimming pool.
They are more reliable when compared to DE filters and Cartridge filters and therefore are the most commonly used filter pumps for your swimming pool.
Intex Krystal clear sand filter pump is one of a kind sand filter pump that can keep your pool clean. The natural sand filter keeps your swimming pool water soft and refreshing.
The 6 function control valve of the Intex Krystal ensures that the pool water is filtered, backwash, rinsed and recirculated. It has a built in 24 hour time that ensures there is no problem in keeping your pool free from dirt and debris.
The strainer basket will make sure the cleaning is completed without any problems and ensure the lifespan of the sand.
The Intex Krystal clear sand filter pump is capable of generating a pump flow rate of 3000 gallons per hour and is an ideal investment for the above ground pool. It is the most efficient and cost effective sand filter pump you can have today.
There is no need to buy a replacement filter every year when you’re using the Intex Krystal clear sand filter pump.
The sand will last for 5 years and you need to replace only after that period. Therefore, this sand filter pump requires no maintenance compared to other models. The powerful sand filter pump is able to remove even the smallest algae and dirt and keep your swimming pool fresh. The product has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 805 Amazon Customer Reviews.
The best choice Pro 2400GPH 13" sand filter is one of the best above ground swimming pool sand filter pumps currently available in the market.
The filter pump is designed in such a way that it can meet all your requirements. Without any maintenance, the sand filter pump is capable of keeping your swimming pool clean.
The highly efficient sand filter pump takes water from the skimmer to filter without any room for mistake.
The multi-function valve has six different positions and therefore it becomes easy to filter the debris and dirt.
The best choice Pro 2400GPH 13" sand filter has 19-pound size capacity and a maximum suction of 32 feet. The 13-inch sand filter has a drum that can hold up to 43 pounds of sand and has the ability to handle pools that are up to 10000 gallons.
The easy to use and simple to maintain sand filter pump is one of the most selling sand filter pumps. The product has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 129 Amazon customer reviews.
The Blue Wave 12-inch sand filter pump is designed specifically for an above ground swimming pool.
It comes with the ½ inch horsepower pump. The easy to assemble sand filter pump is known for excellent performance and reliability.
It is the perfect replacement for any Index pump and can be easily installed in your above ground swimming pool.
The filter tank is made of polyethylene that is durable and can resist winter storms easily. It is also corrosion proof making it best for every home. The top mount sand filter pump is designed to make backwashing easy and fast.
The blue wave 12-inch sand filter system with optimum flow rate ensures clean and clear swimming pool water. The product has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5 customer reviews.
Hayward brand, well known for producing high-quality Pro Series above ground pool sand filter pumps, has come up with another high performing sand filter system called Hayward Pro Series S210T93S 21-Inch Top-Mount Above Ground Pool Sand Filter System.
This cost effective and easy to use above ground pool sand filter pump provides high performance and high durability. Just like other Hayward products, the above ground pool sand filter pump makes sure your swimming pool is free from debris and dirt.
Hayward Pro Series S210T93S 21-Inch Top-Mount Above Ground Pool Sand Filter System has a top diffuser that makes sure the water from the swimming pool is distributed evenly to the sand bed in an umbrella-like pattern.
This process ensures the swimming pool water is filtered from every angle and clear water is sent back to the swimming pool and also allows thorough backwashing.
The energy saving technology of the Hayward Pro Series ensures you save maximum energy as the pump and filter need to be used only for a shorter period of time for cleaning the pool.
The 7 position valve gives you maximum flow at the low-pressure drop. The product is suitable for those who love to have a high performing, energy efficient sand filter for the above ground pool. It has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 121 Amazon customer reviews.
Rx Clear Radiant Swimming Pool Sand Filter is designed to handle the filtration needs of any swimming pool. It is easy to use sand pump that can be installed and operated by anyone with minimal knowledge about filters and pumps.
Rx Clear Radiant swimming pool sand filter comes with a 6-way valve and is able to hold a maximum of 300 lbs of sand. The product has won many hearts within a short period of time and is known for its great efficiency, high performance, and zero maintenance costs.
The high performing sand bed ensures all the debris and dirt from the above ground swimming pool is caught and removed completely and keeps your swimming pool water clean and free from any bacteria.
You can easily use the Rx Clear Radiant swimming pool sand filter for years without worrying about contaminated water.
The sand needs to be replaced only after 5 years. The energy efficient product has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 18 Amazon customer reviews.
Above ground pool sand filter pumps are easy to install. These pumps will ensure your swimming pool remains clear and free from dirt and debris. First, you need to find a location to place your sand filter pump. You can install it near your above ground solar pool heater. It is better to keep the filter and pump within 2 feet from the pool. Now, dig down and now place the pump and the filter on the patio block to get the maximum stability.
The next step is connecting the skimmer and then the hose clamps on both the ends of the hoses. Connect one end of the hose to the skimmer basket and then screw the clamp tightly. The other end of the hose should be connected to the fitting on the front of sand filter pump and make sure you screw that tightly.
Now you need to connect the return hose. Then, place hose clamps on both the ends. One end is to be connected against the pool wall and other end to the filter. Make sure the clamps are tightened. After this, the next step is to connect the filter discharge. One end is placed at the top of the pump and the other end is marked as “pump in”. Now, fill the sand in the filter and turn on the pump. Your filter is now ready and it will start the cleaning process immediately.
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Water from the pump is pushed up to pass through the sand. Dirt and debris are caught by the sand.
The clean water then goes through the filter to your swimming pool. Through backwashing, the sand filter ensures debris and dirt that are caught by the sand do not reach back to the pool.
In this process, the flow of water is changed thus ensuring debris and dirt are removed from the sand and goes to the waste line directly into the ground.
For cleaning your sand filter pump, you need to turn off the pump and move the filter valve to backwash. Then, connect your waste water hose and turn the power on. Run the pump for 2 to 3 minutes.
You can see the cloudy water will become clear. Now, change the setting to Rinse and switch the pump on again for another 2–3 minutes. Once done, you can go back to the original settings.
To choose a sand filter for your swimming pool is not an easy task. The best option is to get the help of experts. The size of the sand filter for an above ground pool and in ground pool depends upon the size of your swimming pool. For example, for a 24 feet pool that can have 13500 gallons, you will need a powerful sand filter that can have a turnover of 18000 gallons in 10 hours time.
There are mainly 3 types of filters for pools. They are the sand filter, the DE filter and the cartridge filter.
Sand Filter is the classic and oldest pool filter that is the least expensive among the other types of pool filters.
You can see a sand filter in almost 90% of pools in America. Special quality sand is used in the sand filter.
After the water is filled in the pool, it goes through the sand and even the minute debris is removed.
The dirt and debris are removed through the filtering process and the pool water is kept fresh and free from debris by this process.
Works similar to a sand filter with the only difference being the filter media that is used in both the filters.
In DE filter, it contains filter fingers instead of sand. The fingers have a coating of DE power, which is a mix of crushed sea shells and silica secretions of sea organisms.
The water in the pool goes through these fingers. The fingers remove the dirt and debris present in the water and keep the pool neat and clean.
It is an expensive way of purifying the water and hence not many people use DE filters.
Cartridge filter is the most expensive type of filter and it is very popular too.
You can see the cartridge filter in premium pools where you have a multi-element cartridge filter.
Water goes through the cartridge and the debris is blocked by the folds in the cartridge.
If maintained well, a cartridge filter can last up to 8 months.
The most common problem with a sand filter pump is leakage. To fix the leakage, you need to first find the source of the leakage and then fix the leakage. Sometimes, you need to replace the cracked components as it is not easy to fix it. Another problem is that your water may turn cloudy.
The water may be cloudy because of the growth of algae or a dirty sand filter. You can either drain a pool or try to fix the problem.
Find out if your sand filter pumps are dirty. If so, clean it to remove all the dirt. To remove algae, use best algaecides available in market. You can also raise the ph value in the pool to keep your pool fresh and good for use.
A saltwater filtration system is better compared to sand filtration but the problem with a saltwater filter is that it is more expensive compared to sand filters.
Do you own a swimming pool at your home or at your property? Are you looking to make it more beautiful and useful by constructing an above ground pool deck?
Nowadays, the demand for above ground swimming pools is more and to make your above ground swimming pool more beautiful, you will need a beautifully designed above ground pool deck made either of wood or stone.
An above ground pool deck is affordable, easy to install, requires less maintenance and is easily available in the market. You and your family can have fun and enjoy the above ground pool deck if it is installed properly with a wooden deck around it.
A wooden deck will allow all your family members to spend enjoyable time and make it easy for everyone to use the pool without climbing a ladder. You can also use the deck for sunbath, dining, and playing.
The main advantage of having an above ground swimming pool with a deck is that the cost involved in it will be less compared to having a normal swimming pool or a hidden swimming pool.
An above ground swimming pool requires lower maintenance and lesser area. Therefore, it is a very popular option among most Americans today.
If you have a vast area, then you can easily create an above ground swimming pool with deck, where you can conduct poolside parties and functions. It adds value to your home.
Above ground pool decks are normally of two types-freestanding decks and attached deck. A freestanding deck is one that stands adjacent to the pool whereas an attached deck is attached to the house.
Both are good. So, depending upon your budget and the type of deck you prefer, you can choose one for your above ground pool.
In most houses in America, you can see freestanding decks as it is more cost effective and easy to construct compared to an attached deck.
A freestanding deck in most cases allows two people at a time to stand on it and has a pair of staircases for entering and leaving the pool.
They are supported by traditional foundations or floating footings.
The main difference between an attached deck and a freestanding deck is that attached decks get support from the house.
There is a direct connection between the house and the attached deck. An attached deck makes you feel that the pool is a part of the house or is within the house.
Another advantage of an attached deck is that it requires less space compared to a freestanding deck.
But when it comes to cost and complexity, attached decks are more expensive and require more effort and time to build.
There are many popular designs for above ground pool deck.
The most common above ground pool deck designs are
A platform deck consists of a deck that is small in size. It is raised to the level of your pool so that you and your family members can sit on it. In most cases, a platform deck is not constructed based on the design of the pool.
Just like the name, a single side deck is constructed only on one side of the pool so that people after swimming in the pool can sit there and relax for some time. It is a very common type of pool seen in houses where there is no much space to construct large decks.
All around deck is the biggest and most expensive of the lot. It is constructed completely surrounding the pool. This allows people to come out of the water and spend time on the deck from any point in the pool.
Oval pool decks are oval shaped and it is built according to the design of the pool. They are very attractive as they match the overall design of the pool.
Just like the oval pool decks, the round pool decks are built for pools that are round in shape. These type of decks allow people to come out of the pool and spend time on the deck from every direction as the deck covers the pool completely.
Normally, a majority of the above ground pool deck designs or plans focus on making the surrounding area look more functional and appealing. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the best above ground pool deck design for your home.
One of the main factors to consider when choosing an above ground pool deck design is the cost of construction. You should have a clear budget in mind before you start looking out for options. If you’re thinking of a cost effective above ground pool deck, then, you should choose a design accordingly. Decks that are built using wood and stones can be expensive.
When choosing an above ground pool deck design, you should consider your primary users. If there are small children or elder persons at home, then you should choose a design that suits them.
Another factor to consider when choosing an above ground pool deck design is the shape and size of your pool. You should carefully decide whether you need your deck to be in level with the bottom of the pool or the top of the pool. If you have kids or elder people, it will be better to choose an above ground level deck design that levels with the top of the pool. Otherwise, you will have to use a ladder to climb up and this becomes difficult for elders and small kids.
You should decide how much space your deck should occupy. If you wish to keep beach chairs on your deck and have some space for a grill, then, you need to have a spacious deck. It is better to know in advance what all features you need in your above ground pool deck before you choose a design plan.
Finally, your above ground pool deck should not feel like it is cramped. Also, if you’re someone who plans to conduct poolside parties, then you need to think about the number of guests that are likely to occupy the place. You need to make sure your pool deck will have enough space and room for fresh air.
Today, a variety of materials are used to construct above ground pool decks. People use wood, tiles, cement or free form style to build an above ground pool deck. So, you need to have a clear idea about the look and kind of deck you want for your home before you choose a design.
Whatever be the design, safety comes first. If you have small kids, then it is better to have a fence so that you can keep uninvited guests like wild animals out of the deck and also protect children from falling into the pool.
It is very important to drain a pool on a regular basis and therefore you need to have some space so that the drainage is done properly. Most people when constructing a pool deck forget about it and finally end up having a poor drainage facility.
Last but not the least you should decide where you want your deck. Whether you need it to be attached to the house or keep it as a separate unit. Also, you need to make sure it will match with the overall design and color of the house.
The materials used for constructing an above ground pool deck are very important as it can not only improve the look of your pool area but also ensure that it is cool and easy to walk. Also, you need to make sure the surface of the deck is non-slippery.
There is no doubt that wooden decks are a symbol of natural beauty.
But, when you’re going to choose wood as a material for your above ground pool deck, you need to understand how much care and maintenance it requires.
Pine is a good option if you’re looking for an inexpensive material, teak is more durable and naturally resistant to insects and mold. Redwood is a good option if you’re ready to spend a few extra dollars as it can last long and give a robust look to your deck.
The problem with the wood deck is that it should be maintained properly. You need to seal and waterproof your wood deck every year so that it lasts long.
Also, the time to construct an above ground pool deck made of wood is more compared to other materials.
Concrete is an inexpensive material that can be used for constructing above ground pool decks.
To create a lasting impression, you can add color to concrete to make it more beautiful and matching with the overall design of the house.
The problem with concrete is that it may break or leak, so you must maintain it properly.
Also, you should make sure some texture is added to make it slip-resistant.
If you’re looking for more sophisticated look for your above ground pool deck, then you can have one which is made of tiles.
You can get an unglazed tile that gives an impression of natural stones.
If proper maintenance is provided, above ground pool decks made up of tiles can last longer and withstand winter and colder temperatures.
Tiles are expensive; therefore, you need to have a good budget in hand for your above ground pool deck if you need to use tiles.
After reviewing the different types of above ground pool decks and the most common designs, it is time for you to look at the best 5 plans for above ground pool decks. Here are the most popular plans used for above ground pool deck.
If you’re having a shortage of space, then you can build an above ground pool deck with stones and wood that goes with your backyard.
You can construct a pool wall that is about off 4 ft in height with stones and wood. The pool can have 15’ * 30’ measurements and can be constructed as an in-ground pool and raised walls on one side of the pool will make it look more beautiful.
The advantage of this type of plan is that no space is lost and every inch of your backyard is used properly to make a splendid looking above ground pool deck.
One of the easiest and inexpensive types of above good pool deck is the deck designed in the form of staircase using wood.
You can create a wooden deck that functions like stairs, has enough space for you to sit and relax and wraps the pool completely.
You can make two sides of the wall have retaining walls made up of wood or stone depending upon your interest.
You can easily have a 10’ * 28’ pool that saves a lot of space and money. This type of plan is suitable for homes that have less space in the backyard or for those who want to save space in their backyard.
This cost effective plan can be constructed using concrete also in case you do not want to use wood.
If you have enough space, then you can choose another more popular plan where you can have a raised above ground pool deck that is made up of pine.
The raised pool deck has panel walls that will keep wild animals from entering the pool area and also keep small children from entering the pool alone in the absence of adults.
You can easily have an in-ground pool that matches with your above ground pool deck design.
The easy to construct, cost effective above ground pool deck can be built within a short period of time, therefore making it one of the most popular above ground pool deck plan.
If you have an oval-shaped pool, then you can easily build an oval shaped above ground pool deck made with wooden panels within the ground.
You can build pool deck that covers half of the pool wall and then have a small staircase that leads you to slide into your pool.
The advantage of oval shaped above ground pool decks is that it provides extra safety for kids and pets.
The elegant looking pool deck can be constructed within a short period of time and is easy to keep clean.
How about an above ground pool deck that is placed at ground level? One of the most sought after plans is where you have an above ground pool deck with pool rails and pool walls made of wood with wide planks.
The pool is seated on the ground and can save a lot of money and time. You can also continue to keep your nearby trees and plants without harming them. It is one of the safest designs as small kids and pet animals cannot climb on their own in the pool.
The five plans of above ground pool decks discussed above are widely seen in many houses in America and are considered to be the best above ground pool deck plans.
Depending upon your budget and requirement, you can choose one of the plans for your above ground pool deck.
After you have decided on the design and location of your above ground pool deck, the next step is to actually start building your above ground pool deck.
It is always better to get the help of professional pool deck builders as they have the experience and tools to build the right above ground pool deck.
When selecting a pool deck building professional, you need to ensure that he has a complete understanding of the area you’re living in and he knows the rules and regulations for constructing the above ground pool deck.
Also, you need to make sure you hire an experienced person rather than a person who is new to this field as an experienced person will be able to handle any complications that may arise during the construction.
Talk with your builder before you sign the contract. Make sure you specify your requirements clearly and get a proper estimation from the builder before starting the work.
Also, you need to make sure you are hiring a licensed and insured person so that there won’t be any problems for you in the case of any accident or fall out.
When you’re having a pool, the chances of your pool forming algae is high especially when you don’t use it for a few days or due to the bacteria formation in water.
Algae in the pool can be controlled using good quality algaecides that you can buy from registered shops.
Also, it is better to install an above ground solar pool heater as it helps you to control the temperature of your pool during winter and keep debris away.
Maintaining a good level of pH value in your above ground pool is a very important aspect of pool maintenance.
To raise pH in the pool, you can try adding soda ash and keep the pool undisturbed for a few hours. You can also try adding a small amount of baking soda into the pool to increase the level of pH.
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Cost depends on many factors like the material you’re going to use for your deck. But, on an average basis, it can run into $3000 - $8000 with additional installation charges around $1000 - $3000.
Some of the common mistakes that can be avoided when building a deck are not getting all the permits from authorities to build the deck, selecting low-quality materials, over-spanning, going overboard with your plan, exceeding your budget in mind and not following safety measures.
You can have winter covers that are made of mesh and vinyl for your above ground pool deck and for your pool. Check with your local winter cover supplier to measure the deck and pool to see what type of cover you need to buy and how much.
Depending upon your budget and requirement, you can choose any of the materials to build a deck for above ground pool. Wood, Vinyl, Aluminum, and Stones are the most common materials used for decks.
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Depending upon your budget and the type of deck you are constructing, you can choose the framing material. You can use wood, vinyl, and aluminum for constructing deck frames.
The main reason for cloudy pool water is a poor filter. Therefore, when your pool is cloudy, to clear and purify it, you need to clean or replace your pool filter. Adding chemical substance named “Floc” can help and turn your cloudy pool water into clear water.
You have always longed for a swimming pool at your house but the space in lawn is limited but the danger of your kids going to pool unattended often discourages you to have a pool at home. The fast growing futuristic technology today, has answer to fulfill such desires you have cherished for years.
Yes, a new trend of hidden swimming pools is quite a rage today. If you have a lawn in hour home then it can be converted to swimming pool but that too without eating the lawn space. Courtesy: A new invention called hidden water pools.
Hidden pools work like conventional pools but you have the option of converting them into normal floors with a simple button click making them just invisible. The floor of swimming pool is movable and it can move down a few inches or a few feet as per design of your hidden pool.
The up and down movement of top panel of pool is controlled with a help of mechanism similar to that of a hydraulic lift. Several companies are now engaged in design and implementation of these hidden swimming pools, which can be customized as per the space available or your specific requirements.
Do hidden pools have hidden costs? You have to be careful and should know the details of every cost very minutely while buying hidden pools. The price tag sometimes may not be the final price and you may have to pay additional money as installation charges or maintenance costs.
The initial cost of hidden pools is somewhat higher than conventional pools considering the hydraulic lift technology and other electronics involved in the system.
But you can surely put a limit on its expenses while getting it customized according to your needs.
The estimated costs of hidden pools range between $20,000 and $60,000, but if you take care, you can cut down the cost by following these steps.
While buying these invisible pools, you have to consider 3 important aspects.
Hidden water pools are quite a buzz among pool-lovers. In recent times, these invisible pools have essentially revolutionized the world of water pools.
Depending upon your budget and area, pool-builders may offer you varying plans and designs.
You can transform your backyard lawn into a hidden water pool and preserve the space as well! The same space can be utilized for mini family soccer or pool time!
This versatile pool technique has countless benefits associated with it but there is a lot of hard work and time needed for creating a hidden pool.
Here are the steps involved in construction of hidden pool.
Important: The pool installation work should be carried out by professionals only and keep the children away from construction site. These steps are just to let you understand all the steps involved so that you can properly oversee the installation process for the best hidden pool for your home.
The cost difference between in-ground and hidden pools comes from the amount spent on material and machinery to hide the pool. So, hidden pools are higher in price as compared to both in-ground and above-ground pools. Although the initial cost is much higher for hidden pools but the running cost of maintaining these pools is much less as compared to in-ground or above ground pools.
No doubt, in the changing and technically growing world, everything that existed in yesteryears is integrated with latest innovation to improvise the existing things. Such twists add to the appeal, utilization and space saving of existing utilities.
Hidden swimming pools are one of such innovations that create a luxurious environment in your stylish homes to carve out a small spaces of relaxation, without demanding much in form of space. But yes, they may not be economically priced, but the happiness and elegance you have in return, will be priceless.
A swimming pool must always be well maintained and in the maintenance, having a balanced pool water pH is an important factor not to be ignored at any cost. The installation of hidden pools is incomplete without attaining required pH levels.
If pH is optimal, then the metal fittings inside the pool as well as the walls of the pool will remain clear. Also, enjoying swimming in a pool is possible only at the right pH level, so that you don’t have an itchy or burning skin experience (How To Setup A Fresh Water Pool).
The optimal pH of a swimming pool must be maintained between 7.4 and 7.8. If your pool water fails this pH level test, then below are the techniques to help you raise the pH,but first let us know the exact reasons of drop in pH levels.
A number of factors are responsible for low pH.
The most common reason is that your source of water supplies water with low pH.
Excess quantity of pH reducer is one of the cause, which you might have used earlier to control high pH levels. Sometimes we need to add chlorine tablets which are also responsible for a reduction in pH level, bringing it around 2.8. If you have been using bromine in your pool then the pH will remain at 4. Shocking is another treatment that leads to lowering of water pH.
You may sometimes observe that after a heavy lash of rain, pH of your pool has more acidity. If flood water enters into your pool it can also reduce the pH.
If your water pool is surrounded by trees then the leaves, bugs or grass will be another reason of reduced pH level.
Using a pool also contributes to the imbalance of pH due to addition of sweat, body oils, saliva, and urine. So it is always a good measure to monitor the pH some days of pool usage.
If pH of your pool water is low, you can add sodium carbonate also called soda ash. A general rule to add Soda Ash is that you must add 2 lbs of soda ash in 10,000 gallons of water of the swimming pool each time you perform the treatment.
The soda ash must be spread in the pool surface, beginning from the deepest part of pool. At the same time the pump must be kept ON to circulate and distribute the soda Ash added in water evenly and test after an hour later for the new pH value.
Add more Soda Ash if the pH is still less. If your pool water becomes cloudy it will clear in a day.
If the pool water pH still remains low despite adding soda ash, then low alkalinity may be the reason. It should be between 80 ppm and 150 ppm.
To raise it by a value of 10 ppm, add 1.4 lbs of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in 10,000 gallons pool water.
Check again after an hour after applying more circulation.
Aerating pool water is another useful step to raise pH. Use water jets to keep the water moving towards and around the pool surface. Carbon dioxide will be driven out in this process and raise the pH with no effect on the total alkalinity. It is a time consuming process and may take many days to complete but still the most reliable method for maintaining a stable and low pH.
The pool water pH tend to change after some time due to the factors discussed above. The best thing to do is to check the pH level regularly to do the needful whenever it falls lower than the threshold. This will keep the equipment and metal components of pool, safe from damage as well as the pool with remain stain free.
A swimming pool gives a lot of pleasure and enjoyment for humans of every age. Many people use it to relieve from stress after a hectic schedule. Swimming is one of the best body exercises that help to maintain fit body.
Since it is a man built structure that stores enough water to provide a provision for swimming and since there is no option of continuous running of fresh waters into the pool, there is an obvious reason for the water to get polluted due to reasons like continuous swimming, debris, dust, algae and so on.
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Also, the TDS (Total Dissolved Salts) levels in the pool waters become too high over time and gets difficult to maintain chemistry.
Too high TDS levels begin to build mineral stains on the floor and walls of the pool structure. Since it is very difficult to lower the TDS levels in the water, you might want to drain, clean and refill your pool to start over again with clean and chemical balanced waters.
Let’s now discuss about some of the well-known and best working power water pumps in today’s market. These products are known for their brand and have achieved plenty of happy customers.
The WAYNE WPC250 is an automatic ON/OFF water removal pool cover pump. This model offers:
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This pump is one of the on-demand pumps in the market today. The features and inclusions of the package are as follows:
This model eliminates waste water and offers hot water at every faucet.
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This model manages dirty water from holding tanks by using self-priming and powerful macerator pump.
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This model is a part of PumpPro Series. It can be mobilized with Universal Wheel Kit sold separately by the manufacturer.
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This model is known to be durable and ideal for basement installations.
Wayne Water Systems is one of the leading providers of residential water handling solutions and has been in the market over 80 years, offering successful solutions to provide dry basements, reliable working of wells and sewage systems, lawns, (pools such as hidden inground and above the ground) and other outdoor areas.
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If you are planning to drain out the water from the pool, you need to plan it during the early hours of the day so that the pool becomes empty before it is dark. For this, you will need to get the required devices and plan the drain method on the before day to avoid unnecessary chaos.
You will need a submersible sump pump to pump out the water to a sewer point. Ensure that the drain point is not more than 100 feet long from your swimming pool.
The sump pump should include a rubber fire hose that has enough length to access the drain point.
Usually, the regular hose length will be 50 feet and you might need two if the drain point is more than 50 feet long from your pool. If you do not have one, you can buy or rent it from your nearby home improvement store.
Choosing a drain point for your pool is very important as you need to drain huge volumes of water. If you are unable to decide, you can take the help of pool professionals who can guide with their expertise skills. Usually, you will have two options to drain your entire pool:
If you choose to drain your pool directly your cleanout then, you will need a plastic pipe of 3 to 4 inches’ diameter that is usually outside your bathroom or kitchen. This water directly falls into the sewer from where the city reuses the water.
The water is drained out into a lawn or plants or shrubbery area. If your water has excessive salt or chlorine, then it is not advisable to drain into salt-sensitive plants as they do not react well to chlorine.
Lower the pump into the pool and ensure that both the ends of the hose are in proper positions. One end of the hose should be properly attached to the pump that is lowered into the pool and the other end should be properly placed at the drain point. Try to push the hose at least 3 feet or more into the drain point to ensure that it is not hit out by any obstacle.
Once the pump drains out the pool, you will be left with the last waters of about a foot depth that you need to drain out manually. You might need to make use of buckets, mugs and sponge to drain out. A helper can surely come handy during this process.
You can blast the debris at every nook and corner with a heavy water pressure force out of your hose.
You can make use of your in-house cleaning kit and brush out the entire floor and walls of your pool construction.
At this stage, if you encounter that your pool needs repairs, you can contact the pool department to send a professional to do the work for you.
While treating the pool waters with chemicals, you might end up with lot of chemical scales inside the pool structure.
CLRs (Calcium, Lime and Rust remover) will make the work easy for you. Tough build ups can be removed by making use of devices like knives and scrubbing pads.
Ensure that you wear gloves while cleaning as the cleaning chemicals may hurt your skin. While using pointed or sharp tools to clean the built up scales, make sure that you do not damage the lining of the pool.
To avoid chemical scales from reappearing in the future, you can make use of ‘stain and scale inhibitors’. You will need to reapply them at every month in the future as well for future maintenance.
An acid wash will not only clean your pool, but will also make the cleaning process easy for you.
A good acid wash will keep your pool walls clean and bright, giving a pleasant experience for the pool users.
If your pool is already clean and if you don’t have much time to spend, you can ignore this step.
You need to plan the source of water to refill the pool even before you start to drain the water. If you have enough ground water to fill the pool, then all that costs you is the power that is used to run the pump. If you do not have such provision, then you need to search for call the water department of your city to enquire the charges and the services they can offer you.
It is very important to calculate the time it will take to refill your pool with your pump. You cannot wait near you pool till the time it needs to fill as it will take huge time and you might have plenty of works around. Hence, if you estimate the time to refill the pool, you can ensure that you will be available near the pool to stop the pump. If you are careless, you might end up with a lake in your backyard.
Now that you know how long it takes to refill the pool, you can turn on your pump to start filling the pool. Connect one or more of your garden hoses to the spigots and drop them into the pool. If the pool was recently constructed or plastered due to repairs, you might need to send the water with less force from the hose to avoid messing of the recent plastered area. For that, you can tie socks to the spout of the hose and secure with a thin rope or rubber bands to reduce the force of water.
Now that your pool is refilled, you have ended up with fresh water that has no chemicals or chlorines. In order to maintain the pool, you need to first know the alkalinity and pH levels of the water. This will help you how to adjust the alkalinity, pH level and hardness of water.
Now that you have tested the alkalinity, pH levels and hardness of water, you need to calculate the amount of chlorine, cyanuric acid and/or other salts to add to the water. You can do this with the help of a professional so that you might not end up with wrong calculations which will in turn cost you unexpectedly too high.
Set up the sand and debris filtering system to offer you longevity for the pool waters. Try to perform maintenance for the pool from the first day so that give less chance for the pool to get worse.
Draining the pool without pump is very economical. Just like you plan the drain point for a pool with pump, you need to do the same for a pool that you plan to drain without pump as well. It is not that tough as it sounds.
To drain the pool without pump, you will need a water hose of 3 to 4inch diameter. The length of the hose should be long enough to reach the drain point. If you want to reduce the drain time, you can use multiple hoses at multiple points in the pool, but you need to again ensure that you will not strain the drain point.
Place one end of the hose such that it reaches almost but will not touch the bottom surface of the pool as you need to create a gap between the hose and the floor to allow the water to enter into the hose.
This is very important step, and once you get successful, you can just sit back and take rest till the pool drains completely. You need to such the water from the other end of the hose until the water reaches your mouth.
Be alert that you will not swallow and spit out the water. Do the same for all the hoses that you have placed in multiple places in your pool. Once the water starts to flow, it will continue until the water is finished in the pool and the air enters the hose.
Keep checking occasionally to ensure that the hose is always inside the water till the end, to avoid the air entering into it.
Once the water starts to exit from the hose outlet, place it into the drain point at least 3 feet deep so that you can ensure that the water will enter the drain point successfully till the end.
If your pool is left with very little water that are not ready to enter into the hose, you can make use of mugs, buckets and sponges to remove the water from the pool
To clean an empty pool, the usage of a pump is very minimum or nil. You will need a pump when you want to drain away the water used for cleaning the dirt.
Since the quantity of such water will be very less, you can make use of mugs, buckets and sponges to manually drain out the water.
To clean the pool, the step by step procedure is as follows:
To refill a pool without pump, you need to have temporary water storage system or a well with ground water. Consider the following steps:
Add the appropriate chemicals and if required, do it under the supervision of a swimming pool expert.
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You can drain an above ground pool in two ways:
By Using Pump
Without Using Pump
Plan 3 things:
For both above ground or in ground variety, the dirty waters accumulated on the top of the swimming pool cover have to be removed.
You can do this by few methods like:
Submerge the pump into the dirty waters
Place the other end of the hose into the drain point
Turn on the pump until the water drains
Remove dirty waters by using buckets and mugs
Dump the dirty waters into the drain point
Place one end of the hose into the dirty waters that need to be siphoned
Siphon the dirty waters so that they start to spout at the outlet of the hose
Place the dirty spout into the drain point
A swimming pool needs continuous maintenance to maintain cleanliness and longevity as the setup of a pool is very expensive.
Draining, cleaning and refilling a pool are very expensive both financially and environmentally. If your pool has balanced TDS levels and if your pool demands drain and refill to due unavoidable repairs, you can drain existing pool waters into a temporary storage, perform repairs and then refill back the waters.
If the TDS chemistry of your pool has lost its balance then you need to drain, clean, refill and add proper chemicals to your pool to start over again with a clean pool.
Both above ground and in ground pools require equal maintenance and you can perform draining, cleaning and refilling of your pool with the best method that suits you from the available plenty of methods.
Algae are always a problem when they start to develop in your swimming pool or pond. They can grow at a rapid speed and take control of your swimming pool. Therefore, you need to find ways to kill them and prevent them from damaging your swimming pool or pond.
To remove algae and prevent it from occurring again, we need to use a good quality algaecide. It is not easy to decide which algaecide to use in your swimming pool unless you know the exact type of algae present in the pool.
Nowadays, different varieties of swimming pool algaecides are available for sale, making it more difficult to choose the right one for your pool. So, before you decide what the best algaecide for your pool is, let’s get into the basics.
Alga or algae are aquatic organisms that can produce oxygen through photosynthesis. They are seen in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Microalgae include both blue-green color algae and green, brown and red color algae. For microalgae to grow, sunlight, carbon dioxide and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous are needed.
You can find algae everywhere in the world. Even though algae play an important role in our ecosystem, it can cause numerous problems also. When algae are formed in swimming pools or ponds that are used by human beings, it can create a lot of headaches. Therefore, you need to find different ways to remove them so that you can use your swimming pool and ponds without any issues.
A pool algaecide is a chemical that is used in swimming pools to kill algae that are present in the pool. The pool algaecide is the most effective way to get rid of algae present in artificial water bodies like swimming pools and artificial ponds.
There are different types of algae like yellow algae, black algae, and green algae. Depending upon the type of algae present in the pool, we need to use pool algaecide to remove it completely from the pool or pond.
The most common type of algaecide that is used is quaternary ammonia and metallic. We can also use chlorine, which is capable of killing algae through oxidation. Chlorine also has the ability to clean the water and remove other kinds of germs from it. Pool algaecides are to be used on a regular basis so that you can keep your pool clean and free from algae.
If you ask experts about the main benefit of using an algaecide, they would tell you that the main benefit of algaecide, is that it removes algae quickly. Algaecide is capable of killing the algae and keeping the surface of ponds and swimming pools, be it a hidden pool, clean and free from algae.
The best algaecide is liquid or powdered algaecide as it can chemically get rid of the algae quickly. There is no other substance that can remove algae as quickly as an algaecide. That is why people are ready to spend money on buying algaecide.
Algaecide does have some drawbacks as well. One of the major problems of using algaecide is that it reduces the oxygen content in the water. Again, if you use algaecide in ponds, it can cause severe harm to plants, fish and other organisms present in the pond. You also need to make sure the algaecide you’re using is an approved one and does not contain banned chemicals that can cause serious health issues.
As discussed earlier, it is not easy to select the best algaecide for your swimming pool as there are so many options available.
To help you choose the right product, you must consider the following factors when buying algaecide for your swimming pool next time.
Once you decide to buy an algaecide for your swimming pool, you need to consider the color of algae present in your pool. Many algaecidesare specifically manufactured for treating specific algae. So, the next time when you go out to buy algaecide, look at the color of the algae in your pool.
If your pool has red or pink color algae, then it means your pool is infected with bacteria. Therefore, you need to find a specific algaecide that can treat bacteria and remove it completely from the swimming pool.
When you are buying algaecide for your swimming pool, you need to make sure that the product you buy is pool friendly. You can check that on the algaecide label where it will be mentioned if it is pool friendly.
You need to buy algaecide whose effect will protect the pool from algae formation for a long period. There are few algaecide whose effect lasts only for a few days. It is a waste to invest your money and time on such products. You can get products that provide 90 days of guarantee from all kinds of algae.
No one likes to invest money in a product that takes days to get into action. You need to buy algaecide that acts fast and quickly removes algae from your swimming pool and makes it ready to use.
Lookout for the stain removing feature, when you buy an algaecide. There are a few algaecide that can cause stain when used in the swimming pool. No one would like to end up in having a swimming pool that is full of stains. So, carefully select your algaecide and make sure it does not cause any stains but helps remove existing stains, if present, in the swimming pool.
Are you living in a place where you need to close your swimming pool in winter? There are a few areas in the US that force house owners to close their swimming pools during the winter season. Such people need to use winter pool algaecide to remove algae and prevent them from recurring. Once you open the pool, you can go back to your normal algaecide.
Another factor to consider when selecting an algaecide for your swimming pool is whether the algaecide is foaming or non-foaming. It is better to use non-foaming algaecides so that you can use your swimming pool within hours of applying the pool algaecide.
Do you like to swim in water that is not clear? How about having an algaecide that can clean the water and make it crystal clear. There are many brands that offer cleaning and purifying of water in the swimming pool. So, look out for those brands of algaecide that help you to keep your water clean and bright.
Just like buying any other product, you need to look out for the cost when buying an algaecide for your pool. There is no guarantee that you will get the best product when you pay more money. Therefore, look out for the features, reviews, and brand value, before you choose one algaecide for your swimming pool.
The above-given factors can help you decide which algaecide to buy. So check them out before you buy your next algaecide.
The different types of algaecides available are..
Copper algaecide contains copper that can prevent algae from growing in swimming pools. Copper algaecides are good against green color algae and mustard algae. Another advantage of copper algaecide is that it does not produce foam when used in the swimming pool.
Other algaecides like quat algaecides do produce foam when used in the swimming pool. The main drawback of copper algaecide is that it can produce stain if not used properly in the swimming pool. Therefore, you need to be careful when using a copper algaecide.
Cutrine plus algaecide contains copper ethanolamine complexes. It is considered to be a rapid acting algaecide that can be used in the swimming pool. Cutrine plus algaecide is best suited for surface algae in swimming pools, ponds and canals.
The advantage of cutrine plus algaecide is that it does not contain any corrosive sulfates like other algaecides. Cutrine plus algaecide begins to work immediately. It breaks down the algae and does not allow it to photosynthesize. Due to its high efficiency, Cutrine plus algaecide it is used by many.
Polyquat 50 and 60 algaecide contains ammonium compounds that can prevent the growth of various types of algae in different ways. Polyquat 50 and 60 algaecides are more popular algaecide compared to copper algaecide as they do not stain the swimming pool like copper algaecide.
But unlike copper algaecide, it is becoming very difficult to find good quality polyquat 50 and 60 algaecide in the market nowadays. Polyquat algaecides are manufactured and sold by “Buckman Laboratories” in the US.
Therefore when buying the product, make sure you check the label correctly as there are many duplicate versions of Polyquat 50 and 60 algaecide in the market. The only drawback of Polyquat algaecide is that if not properly used, it can cause foam in pools. So, you need to be extra careful when using it. Polyquat algaecides are more expensive compared to copper algaecide and should be bought from reputed shops or online sites.
Kem-Tek algaecide is another popular algaecide that can be used in the swimming pool to remove algae. Kem-Tek algaecide is capable of removing any type of algae from the pool and also prevents it from foaming again.
All Kem-Tek algaecide are safe to use in pools and contains 60% concentrated algaecide that maintains the clarity of water at the desired ph level. The Kem-Tek algaecide, when added to water, has a longer effect, thus preventing any type of algae formation for a long period of time.
Kem-Tek algaecide is compatible with different kinds of pools including salt water pool. By applying Kem-Tek algaecide on a weekly basis, you can prevent algae forming in your pool and keep your family safe.
Green clean granular algaecide is a non-copper algaecide that can remove algae from your swimming pool. When added for the first time itself, green clean granular algaecide starts working and prevents algae from blooming in the pool.
The award-winning formula of green clean granular algaecide releases oxygen in the water that biodegrades algae and thus prevents it from foaming. It is an EPA-registered organic product. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about any side effects at all.
It not only eliminates algae from the swimming pool, but also from ponds, fish tanks, and walkways. The green clean granular algaecide starts its action within 60 seconds after applying and works like magic in removing algae from your swimming pool.
There are many algaecides in the market that you can buy. It is a difficult task to choose the best algaecide for your swimming pool. Here, we have listed 5 top selling algaecides for swimming pools that will help you choose the right algaecide based on your budget and requirement.
In the swim, algaecide is a multi-purpose algaecide that can remove any type of algae. Based on the 10 percentage quaternary formula, the ‘Swim Algaecide’ can be used in the swimming pools and ponds and is 100% safe and secure.
When using it for the first time, you need to mix 26 oz for 10000 gallons and then you can reduce it to 16 oz from the second time onwards. The copper based algaecide prevents stains and is non-foaming. It contains chelated copper in 7.1% (23.5% Copper Triethanolamine) that prevents it from staining.
This low odor polymer based algaecide works within seconds of applying in your swimming pool. It can easily remove all kinds of algae including green and black color algae. You can get the desired result from the product irrespective of whether it is applied in a swimming pool or a pond.
The easy to use, the user-friendly product comes with a low price tag, making it one of the most used swimming pool algaecides. The safe product allows you to use your swimming pool within hours of applying the algaecide. The product has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 59 Amazon customer reviews. Click Here For More Info
The GLB Pool & Spa products 7111 pool algaecide is considered to be one of the best algae removers that are currently available in the market. GLB Pool and Spa algaecide can easily remove green and mustard algae from swimming pools and ponds within hours of applying.
Made with concentrated and economical formula, GLB Pool & Spa algaecide starts working as soon as it is added to the pool and removes algae and prevents it from re-occurring. GLB Pool & Spa algaecide is not only efficient for removing all types of algae, but also efficient for chlorine, ozone sanitizers, bromine, and salt water pools.
When applied on a sunny day, GLB Pool & SPA algaecide can give the best result. You need to dilute the solution in 1:9 ratios. After preparing the solution, you just need to sprinkle the solution in your swimming pool and GLB Pool & SPA will ensure your pool has clean water that is 100% safe.
What’s more, GLB Pool & SPA algaecide will prevent algae from appearing again. The super concentrated formula of GLB Pool & Spa algaecide ensures all kinds of algae are removed from your swimming pool and your pool is ready to use.
Another attraction of the GLB Pool & Spa algaecide is that when used as per instructions given in the manual, it can keep your water clean for a longer period of time. No other algaecide is capable of doing this and thus GLB Pool & Spa products 7111 pool algaecide remains a hot favorite among buyers. The product has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 89 Amazon customer reviews. Click Here For More Info
The Clorox Pool & Spa algaecide is one of the top selling algaecides that is capable of removing all kinds of algae. It is very good at killing green and black color algae and also removes mustard color algae from your swimming pool within hours of applying.
Clorox Pool & Spa algaecide protects your pool water from causing eye irritation and it reduces chlorine odor. It is protected against sunlight to last longer and prevents corrosion and scaling. Developed Clorox Pool & Spa keeps your swimming pool water clean, clear, silky smooth and free from all types of algae.
The non-foaming based algaecide can be used for any type of swimming pool and can also be used in ponds and fish tanks. The easy pool care feature of Clorox Pool & Spa algaecide ensures your swimming pool will remain free from algae for a long period of time.
The product gives a guarantee that no other algaecide can give you water as clean as what is given by Clorox Pool & Spa algaecide. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on other SPA products, you can save your money by buying this amazing algaecide that gives your swimming pool a clean and fresh look. The product has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 119 Amazon customer reviews. Click Here For More Info
One of the most reliable and effective algae removers, SeaKlear 90-Day algae prevention & remover algaecide, comes with 90 day guarantee period and is one of the most popular algaecides currently available in the market.
Manufactured using concentrated formula, the SeaKlear 90 day algae prevention & remover algaecide ensures all types of algae are removed from your pool and your pool is kept clean for a 90 day period after the first application.
It kills all kinds of algae like green algae, yellow algae, blue-green algae and black colored algae. SeaKlear 90-day algae prevention & remover algaecide is non-foaming and non-staining and needs to be used in the correct way given in the instruction manual.
This powerful algaecide contains 11.8% copper sulfate pentahydrate and 3% copper. It is also very effective against mustard algae. This simple, easy to use algaecide helps you to have a swimming pool free from algae problems and ensures your family can use the swimming pool within hours of applying the algaecide.
The SeaKlear 90-day algae prevention & remover algaecide helps you to save money and time as it guarantees that there will no algae formation in 90 days period after the algaecide is applied. The product has an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars from 323 Amazon customer reviews. Click Here For More Info
Kem-Tek algaecide’s are known for their superior quality and excellent performance. The latest addition to this list is the Kem-Tek KTK-50-0006 Pool and Spa 60-percent concentrated algaecide. The concentrated algaecide is safe for all kinds of pools and is one of the best, long lasting algaecide that we have today.
The polyquat algaecide has 60% concentration that will ensure maximum clarity and quality of the swimming pool water. The non-foaming algaecide makes sure your pool remains clear and free from all kinds of algae, be it yellow algae, blue-green algae or green algae.
You can also use the Kem-Tek KTK-50-0006 Pool and Spa 60-percent concentrated algaecide for cleaning and treatment purpose in your swimming pool. Just like other Kem-TEK algaecides, Kem-Tek KTK-50-0006 Pool and Spa 60- percent concentrated algaecide is long lasting and continues its fight with algae for days and months.
You can use this super quality product in any kind of pool including the salt water pool. It can not only be used to remove algae and other bacteria but also in swimming pools to remove any other water viruses that can cause irritation to your body and skin. One of the top selling algaecides in the world, this product has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 468 Amazon customer reviews. Click Here For More Info
There is no doubt that excess amount of chemical is not good. If you have added an excess amount of algaecide, then there are a few options you can try.
Removing some water from the swimming pool and then adding fresh water is an option you can try if you want to use the swimming pool.
If you are not in a hurry to use the swimming pool, then you should wait for a couple of days so that some quantity of algaecide is lost due to evaporation.
Follow the instructions given in the user manual to decide how much quantity of algaecide is needed for your pool.
You should use algaecides in your swimming pool if you see algae in pool. Usually, you can see a greenish yellow color film at the bottom or side of the pool and it will start growing within no time.
Algaecide 50 is a polymer algaecide that has 50% strength whereas algaecide 60 is a polymer algaecide that has 60% strength. Both are very effective against all types of algae.
Yes. Kem-Tek KTK-50-0006 Pool and Spa 60-Percent Concentrated Algaecide are very good against green algae. It can turn green color pool to clean water within hours of adding the algaecide. You can also use chlorine which can kill all types of algae and then add any other algaecide to turn a green color pool into a clean pool.
You need to first add chlorine. Chlorine can kill green algae and then add any good algaecide. This will make your pool clean.
To know how to clear cloudy pool water, you need to know the reason first. There could be many reasons for a cloudy pool. Bad filter is one of the reasons. Check if your filter is working properly. Try to add a good amount of chlorine in water so that it can kill all the bacteria and algae present in it. In most cases, removing the filter and adding chlorine along with algaecide will solve this problem.
Yes. You can make homemade algaecide for swimming pools. There are a few shops that sell homemade algaecide.
How to raise pH in pool and how to keep temperature under control?
Add soda ash and baking soda helps to raise pH in pool and to keep temperature level under control you can use above ground solar pool heater.
Algae in a swimming pool should be treated as early as possible as swimming in water containing it is not good for your skin and health. Depending upon the type of algae present in your pool, you can select any one of the popular algaecides discussed here.
A heat pump can be the best solution for your pool that freezes throughout the cool climatic conditions. Heat pumps are more economical than the traditional gas heaters. You can use the energy of heat pump only when you want to warm your pool.
A pool heat pump makes use of electricity to pull the heat from surround air and transfers it to the pool water be it above ground, in-ground or hidden water pools. Hence it is ecologically safe and clean while proving to be cost efficient.
Both AquaCal and Hayward are best known to offer wide variety of heat pump models to meet the varied requirements of swimming pool industry.
AquaCal was founded in 1981 and offers different varieties of heat pump models and are manufactured in United States of America. AquaCal distributes its products worldwide by taking the help of HornerXpress.
Typically, one of the most selling models, SQ175 with 6.1 COP , 134,000 BTU and titanium exchanger, AquaCal offers warranty of 7 years on parts, 2 years on labor, 7 years on compressor and life time on heat exchanger. This shows how confidently AquaCal guarantees their quality.
On the other hand, Hayward has been in this industry since 80 years and is known to offer high quality heat pumps, swimming pool solutions and outstanding customer support. Like AquaCal, Hayward also manufactures its products in USA. In the year 2008, they acquired Summit Heat Pumps to enhance their heating product line.
They offer economical heat pumps, constructed in horizontal or vertical models that are best sized for small above ground swimming pools of size 13,000 gallons. They use less energy than a traditional propane or natural gas heater. The titanium exchanger provides outstand resistance for salt water and chemical corrosion.
Hayward Heat Pump HP50HA is known to be one of the best heat pump models. It is designed to support both in ground and above ground pools up to 13,000 gallon. The manual for this product is available online as well and it mainly covers installation, service and maintenance.
You are suggested to read the complete manual cautiously before you start installing and maintaining the unit. The manual clearly warns that the manufacturer cannot be held responsible for any fatal injury occurred while installing or maintaining the product. They suggest to get the product installed by a highly qualified personnel.
The manufacturer only provides the heat pump unit. The other parts required for installation should be bought by the users of the system.
The HP50HA model heat pump manual provides wiring diagram that helps you get the electrical wiring done efficiently. Every detail is clearly described here with all the technical terms explained. As the manufacturer warns, you must get the wiring done by a qualified professional as they are specially trained and can handle any situation in a better way than you do.
The cost incurred by a heat pump is usually least when compared to other gas, electric or wooden pool heaters. Heat pump is the best option for you if you live in an area where natural or propane gas services are difficult and electricity is expensive. Heat pumps are not as fast as the gas pool heaters but the cost difference is high.
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Heat pumps are ecologically safe, cost efficient and offer consistent results throughout the cool climatic conditions. They take the heat from the surrounding air by making use of electric energy and transfer the heat into the pool water.
You have a luxurious and expensive pool at home and one day you are enjoying swimming or in a sparkling clear water and the next day you see a transparent pool water has turned into muddy looking cloudy water, much to your annoyance.
Swimming in cloudy water is prohibited since it can cause swollen eye and many kinds of skin diseases. Once the pool gets cloudy, it is not an easy job to clean it.
There are many factors that contribute to the cloudiness of pools; even the well maintained pools face the wrath of this contamination.
Certain chemicals are necessary for upkeep of pools but uncontrolled dosages can disturb the balance needed in pool water. Following levels of chemicals can make the pool cloudy
All the above factors create extra particles and contamination that make the pool-water look cloudy.
The major reason of pool growing cloudy is either mal-functioning or non-functioning of filters, which are responsible for cleaning of pools. It is therefore necessary to keep an eye on filters installed in pools. The filters must work for at least 8 hours in a day to achieve the optimal conditions of pool water. Remember, stagnant water for longer period of times means higher chances of water getting cloudy.
The surrounding environment is equally important in affecting the condition of pool-water. Too much dust, non-fencing of pools, presence of algae, invasion by Mosquitoes, birds weather conditions and behavior of pool users can lead to cloudy water.
Once you know the reason, it is easy to diagnose the problem. So first and foremost step is to clean the cloudiness is to know the most apparent reason for cloudiness. Easiest way is to get one test-kit which helps in knowing the chemical proportions present in pool water. If you find any discrepancy in the balance of chemicals, you can correct it by taking appropriate action and which might be the reason behind the cloudiness.
The filters installed in pools are effective to collect and remove only large particles but smaller particles are often left behind in the pool which contributes to pool cloudiness. Here the role of pool clarifier is very important, whose main objective is to collect or in more scientific terms coagulate the tiny particles, bind them to form larger particles, which can be then filtered easily.
Floc is another, very effective method to clear the pool overnight (another pool maintenance tip). You have arranged a pool party next day but suddenly you observe the pool is cloudy and not in a condition for swimming, there is no point losing the hope and with some extra efforts, the pool can be de-clouded by using this miracle chemical called floccunant.
Floccunant works by collecting all the particles and contaminants, responsible for cloudy pool and sends them to the bottom of the pool. Remember these particles will not be able to get filtered out by filters rather you have to look for some alternative method to eliminate the contaminants from the floor.
Any filter system installed in pool is effective only to clean the pool at the top layer of pool only and is not able to collect and filter the particles from the bottom of pool. Following ways can help you clear the pool at the bottom as well.
A pool clarifier collects together all tiny particles from the pool and this helps the filter to efficiently remove them, thus giving you clean water.
However, before using a clarifier, you need to read all the directions carefully.
If your pool appears cloudy even after shocking; there might be issues with the filters. You must know that there might be several reasons to turn the pool waters cloudy. Hence, shocking alone will not clear up your cloudy pool.
If you want to clear up you cloudy pool water to quickly appear clean, you can follow one or more of the methods mentioned below:
If there is an algae growing all around your swimming pool then, the pool waters start turning green. On the other hand, your pool can also turn you off if it looks cloudy. The water might not be green, but if it appears cloudy and not crystal clear, you might again not desire to enter the pool waters.
The water appears cloudy because of tiny particles that could not get filtered efficiently at the filtering system. The other reasons could be debris or chemical imbalance or over treating your pool with clarifiers.
Whatever the reason is, you pool will not look crystal clear if the above discussed reasons are not cleared for your pool. Depending on the type of tiny particles in the pool, or the type of debris, your pool might turn cloudy from light to heavy, also heating your pool with heater will help immensely.
In general, all of the terms like cloudy, foggy, milky or murky are used interchangeably. If the pool contains less tiny particles of dirt, it might look cloudy, which is a bit next to not being crystal clear.
On the whole, finally, all the terms are used interchangeably depending on how you personally feel about the pool waters appearance. There is nothing much difference between these terms.
When it comes to have a pool at home, whether it is hidden, in-ground or over-ground, the major concern that comes to one’s mind is the safety. According to WHO report, there are around 3,72,000 annual drowning cases worldwide. This challenge of pool safety can be met with an effective fencing around the pool. Along with the safety, other factors that are also considered important today, are its appearance and cost.
The safety barriers may increase the overall cost of hidden water pools, which are already quite expensive than the in-ground and over-ground pools but the money spend on fencing is worthwhile if safety is a major factor in a home with kids and pets.
Various options of fences are available but the latest trend in pool enclosure designs is glass fence. The see-through fence lets you supervise the activities in pool due to its non-obstructive view. The invisible pool fence not only take care of our safety concerns, but it also helps in creating a pleasing landscape around your pool as well as blending with the surroundings. With newer technologies available today, there is no need to sacrifice the aesthetics to create a safe pool. These transparent fence options add an appealing decor in both modern or classic homes, hotels and theme parks.
The invisible pools are constructed with glass, plastic or mesh. All these three components provide invisibility to fence around the pool. The support components include the outer or side frames, double coated marine-grade systems, aluminum vertical posts and auto closing gates. These supporting structures are available in attractive colors and many companies are offering wide range of possibilities matching your landscapes.
These invisible fences whether made of toughened glass or transparent mesh fabric adds grace and beauty to the surroundings while providing un-interrupted view. The designs integrate so well with the backgrounds that the focus remains on the pool and its surroundings rather than the fence.
The fencing solutions are available both as ready-made or can be built on- site suiting your own design parameters.
One such latest design which has gained popularity nowadays is a frameless glass pool fence. These are the no-obstructive frames which hold the glass panels ½ inch thick and are supported by stainless steel clamps. The high strength clamps are drilled deep inside the ground and are mounted at the base.
The following are some of the technical features that will help you in finalizing invisible fence.
IMPORTANT: Avoid collisions on the edges of glass fences as the impact may prove to be a fatal one.
These sophisticated and stylish invisible fences are not only for good for pool safety, which blends into surrounding environment naturally, there are other benefits which are mentioned here.
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Talking about invisible pools, these are the latest in pool design with immense benefits of visibility, safety and beautification of pool area, makes it a popular choice over other kinds of fencing possibilities.
The cost of invisible fence depends upon the customization done as per specifications by the customer. The pools have been hidden and now the fences too are vanishing. With latest innovations in technology, one can expect more such invisible solutions in the coming days.
Algae is a common word known to almost every pool owner. Algae, an aquatic organism contain chlorophyll and catalyses, when comes in contact with sunlight, photosynthesis the growth of this algae in water.
There are different factors that lead to growth of algae in your pool. It might be in-appropriate use of chemicals, carbon dioxide present in water, excessive exposure to sunlight or poor filtration of pool.
There are 4 major types of algae present in swimming pools irrespective of the fact whether they are in ground or over ground pools
Out of these four algae, the most common is the green algae which affect your swimming pool the most. So, if you want to know different ways to get rid of green algae, read along.
This is the simplest of all the methods to get rid of algae from in-ground pools and above-ground pools.
Special attention should be paid to nooks and corners or behind the pool stairs, where the algae growth is maximum.
Be enthusiastic and brush wholeheartedly to eliminate the algae as much as possible by this easy method.
You can make this a family activity involving your kids to participate. I am sure they will amaze you with their energetic contribution.
“Always use a brush that is compatible to the pool-type. Nylon brush for vinyl-coated pools and steel brushes for concrete tools are recommended”
Green water pools may look good and fascinating, but only the natural-pools not the in ground pools or the above ground pools.
Green water is a clear indication of algae in pool. As soon as you see such a condition, treat the pool with high quantity of chlorine.
This is also called shocking because of sudden treatment of the pool with high amounts of chlorine.
This is an effective measure but may take a few days (up to 5 days), depending upon the extent of deterioration of pool due to algae.
Growth of Algae directly depends upon the pH level of water. Algae will start growing if the pH level of water is not in the desired range of 7.4 to 7.6. Algae will breed if pH level is between 6.5 and 12.5.
Optimum pH level of water lets the chlorine present in water to work effectively thus maintaining the overall fitness of pool.
Regular Sanitation of pool keeps the algae away from pool. The pools must be treated with trichlor, which is considered an effective sanitizer but beware of using it in vinyl-pools since this chemical can bleach the walls and floor.
You can also use liquid chlorine. Another point to take care is that you should always sanitize the pool in evenings since UV rays from sun diminish the effect of sanitizer.
Once the pool is shocked with sanitizer, it is essential to circulate the water for at least 3 days.
Once the live algae are destroyed, it is time to rub off the dead algae, which can be done by manual vacuum machine.
The other way to get rid of residual algae is by using the installed filter system, which may take few days to achieve 100% algae-free pool.
Adding a flocculent will ease the work of vacuum since flocculent will clot all the algae together and will be easy to filter out.
“Flocculent treatment should be followed by chlorine shock treatment before using the pool, to achieve the desired pH levels."
Certain parameters have to be checked in routine to maintain the freshness of pool water. These parameters are:
Algaecide is one such chemical that will prevent the initial growth of algae in your pool. It can be added to the pool weekly, as a preventive measure for pool hygiene.
Phosphate is one of the nutrients on which algae feed. To stop the breeding of algae in pool, phosphate should be removed and to do so, phosphate removal kits are available from swimming-pool chemical store.
You will never appreciate the complete draining of the pool to get rid of algae. So if you want to keep the pool clean and avoid trouble of treating the pool, it is better to stop the algae growth by taking the action now, than to repent later.
Just a few years back indoor pools were considered a luxury affordable only by the rich and famous. But the scenario and opinion about these space utilizing pools have changed tremendously. Thanks to the innovation in providing affordable versions of these high-end home comforts, that the so called middle class families can also afford to fulfill their dream of owning hidden swimming pools.
The way the indoor pools have reached a wide range of homes, they are no longer seen as something that is out of reach. They are right here with great features in their fabulous appearances and saving home space at the same time providing you a best way to great home and a source of relaxation and enjoyment.
No doubt this new kind of pool will cost you more than an outdoor pool and you have to seek official permission as well as advice for its construction, but the advantages you will have are immense. You will be able to relax in a hygienic pool any time you wish in any weather, with your family. It will surely give you the best ROI considering the health benefits you will have.
If you compare the cost of constructing an Indoor swimming pool then definitely it is much higher than an outdoor pool.
To make you understand the exact factor that adds up to hidden pool cost are:
The pool liners and other construction materials used for an outdoor pool can be used in constructing an indoor pool. You can control the cost by using a decking not as strong as the outdoor pool since the indoor pool is safe from varying weather conditions of an open garden.
You also don’t need to install any safety fencing as well. If you have limited space in your home, then making the space for an indoor pool will be a great challenge. But if you are constructing a new house, then you can plan beforehand. In the existing home, creating a complete space for indoor pool is the most difficult and costly part of this project.
The indoor pools do not get direct sunlight, so heating the water becomes almost necessary. If you ignore this you will find a little use of such an expensive investment as water may be too cool to relax you. You have a better and economical way by using the solar panels to implement the needed heating system. The solar water heaters are the best bet to keep the pool water at the warmth you will enjoy.
A big problem that comes with indoor pools is the humidity. To make a humidity free enclosure for an indoor pool you may have to spend anything between $1,500 and $2,000 on a very basic dehumidifier model.
Since the indoor swimming pool is indoors, the enclosed space needs an effective and efficient ventilation system unlike ventilation system if other sections of your home. If you ignore this necessity, it may lead to the humidity affecting your home completely including the interiors and the quality of air at your home. If you want to cut down on this feature then a better option is to have an automatic pool cover to cover the pool while it is not being used.
A very convenient safety measure to prevent any accidents in homes with kids, will be buy locking the doors locked. But you can double ensure safety with some door alarms as well as by providing automatic or manual covering of the pool. Of course it will be an additional cost.
Days are really fun when you plan your indoor pool with a number of roof and wall windows as well as sliding doors to allow natural light fill the space with brightness.
But if you have only night time to enjoy in the pool due to your work engagements, providing lighting will pose additional expense. If you have plan to get only the basic lighting system the it will still be fine, but if you want to have attractive illumination underwater too, then you must be ready to handle an escalating budget.
Overhead lights must be avoiding since changing such bulbs will be very risky. But is you want to create a certain mood in this special area of your home get the subtle illumination that helps in creating an enjoyable ambience,
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Having an indoor pool is a sign of classic taste and an urge to enjoy the life in completeness. If you consider you happiness above everything, then reach out to your architectural adviser right now and plan for a suitable indoor pool to fit your lifestyle. It’s in your hands to select the style, construction material and safety measure to get a perfect, hygienic and indoor pool, so that the expenses limit to the constraints you have defined for your indoor pool budget.
Everyone in his lives, at some time, have dreamt of swimming under a waterfall or in fresh water lake.
With the help of technology, you can fulfill this dream right in the comfort and hygiene of your home and enjoy swimming in fresh water in the in-home pools.
The normal swimming pools are often treated with harsh chemicals for cleaning, which pose a serious threat to not only our skin, but also cause a variety of other serious ailments affecting the respiratory system or contracting eye-infections.
Chemical-free pool is the need for the people who care for their health and want to prevent their families from poor water conditions of a pool or spa. By taking some extra efforts and some routine maintenance, we can have a natural fresh water pool at home.
Salt water in swimming pools is not only hazardous to your health, but also damages the pool surface and landscape.
There are many environmental and health benefits of fresh water pools. The environment friendly pools are very easy to maintain.
The expenses to upkeep and maintain pools involves electricity charges, chemicals used and the cost of replacing the equipment affected by chemicals.
Since fresh water pools are chemical-free, the overall life of equipment, glass fencing, internal walls, stairs and even surroundings is enhanced, protecting them from discoloring and rust.
People who are suffering from asthma or eczema, often have to suppress their desire of swimming.
But with the possibility of having fresh water pools at home, they can also enjoy this leisure without any worry about their skin condition. Another benefit is that the recycled water can be used in the lawn and garden for watering plants.
Fresh water pools are the chlorine free pools, are the choice of millions of people now. It is regarded as a healthier alternative to chemically treated pools.
Rather than thinking of how to buy fresh water pools, you can convert your chlorine water pool to fresh water pool by following certain steps.There are certain steps which are to be followed to manage clean and fresh water.
Once you are successful in creating a fresh water pool, it will help you to reduce your operational and maintenance costs along with un-matched health and environmental benefits.