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Troubleshooting

Written by helper on . Posted in Maintenance, Troubleshooting

Often, many water and surface problems can be handled by the individual pool owner. The information below provides solutions to some common pool issues. Always make sure the water is properly balanced prior to any addition of corrective chemicals.

Read more on Cloudy Water problems and solutions.

Read more on Algae Maintenance.

PROBLEM
DESCRIPTION
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SOLUTION
ALGAE AND OTHER GROWTHS
Green Algae Murky, green water Possibly some growth Low sanitizer

Poor maintenance

Improper Water Balance

Poor circulation

Shock Treatment.

Algaecide

Clean the Filter

Check the System

Black Algae Rough, black spots on the bottom of the pool that brushes off with effort Low sanitizer

Poor maintenance

Improper Water Balance

Poor circulation

Algaecide

Brushing

Clean the filter

Check the system

Mustard Algae Yellowish-gold growth that easily brushes away

Yellowish-green water

Low sanitizer

Poor maintenance

Improper Water Balance

Poor circulation

Brush

Algaecide

Pink Slime Pink, slimy bacterial growth that brushes off easily Low sanitizer

Poor maintenance

Improper Water Balance

Poor circulation

Brushing

Algaecide

Clean the filter

Check the system

Water Mold White mucous or tissue paper-like substance Low sanitizer

Poor maintenance

Improper Water Balance

Poor circulation

Shock Treatment and Algaecide

Clean the filter

Check the system

Animals and Insects Water bugs, ducks, dogs, frogs, etc. taking a dip in the pool Environmental Shock treatment to kill the organic elements

Algaecide

Chlorine Demand Unable to maintain the free chlorine level or cannot break the high combined chlorine Foreign environmental contaminants

Poor maintenance

Shock Treatment
Cloudy Water Hazy or extremely cloudy water

Difficulty seeing the pool bottom

Poor filtration and circulation

Chloramines or low sanitizer

Poor water balance

Particulate matter

Check the pump and filter

Clean and run the pump continuously

Shock treatment.

Balance the water

Crystal Bright and Filter Cleaner & Degreaser

DISCOLORED WATER
Gray, clear green or turquoise water Copper Equipment corrosion.

Outside contamination.

Fill water

Use of copper algaecide

Metal Out

Algaecide

Coffee brown or purple water Manganese Equipment corrosion.

Outside contamination

Fill water

Super Floc

Vacuum out waste

Add Metal Out

Reddish-brown or rust Iron Outside contamination

Fill water

Super Floc

Vacuum out waster

Add Metal Out

Filtration problems Clogging filter or short filter runs Dirty filter

Media not cleaned.

Improper amount of filter media

Water Balance

Replace filter media

Clean with filter cleaner

Odor and eye irritation Pool has a sharp, irritating odor Chloramines

Swimmer waste, oils and organic waste

Shock Treatment
SURFACE PROBLEMS
Scale build up Sandpaper-like buildup on the surface

Grayish or tan coloration that is difficult to brush away

Improper water balance – high TA (total alkalinity)pH and/or CH (calcium hardness) Metal Out or Stain Out

Balance water

Acid wash

Etching Pitting of plaster surfaces Improper water balance – low TA (total alkalinity)pH and/or CH (calcium hardness) Balance water

Replace the plaster surface

Liner wrinkling Wrinkles in a vinyl liner Improper water balance – low TA (total alkalinity)pH and/or CH (calcium hardness) Balance water

Replace the liner if necessary

Bleaching Pale to white, spotty discoloration on the surface Improper chemical addition Replace the liner if necessary

Repaint the surface

Predissolve dry substances before addition

Staining Black, green, turquoise or brown spots on the bottom that do not brush up Metal stains

Fungus under the liner.

Tannic acid

Stains (leaves and debris)

Metal Out or Stain Out

Pull up the liner and clean from the underside

Shock the pool

TESTING PROBLEMS
Reagent Bleaching Color of test fades to clear High chlorine or bromine levels Add up to 5 drops of a chlorine neutralizer
Reagent Discoloration Reagent color is different than it should be – for example, the pH test turns purple or the DPD turns brown. High chlorine or bromine levels

Old reagents

Let the chlorine levels come down, then retest

Replace reagents

OTHER PROBLEMS
Foaming Bubbles on the pool surface Excessive algaecide

Foreign substance

Defoamer

Determine the source and partially drain if necessary

Use Algaecide

Green Hair Blonde hair turns green after swimming Copper Metal Out

Lemon juice or vinegar in the hair to remove the color

Rain Rain washes debris into the pool and raises the water level, increasing the sanitizer demand Environmental Rebalance the water after circulating for 24 hours

Shock the pool

Water Loss Noticeable difference in water level Less than1/2” daily – evaporation.

1/2” to 1” daily – active bather load

Over 1” daily – possible leak.

Solar cover for the first two levels of water loss

Professional assistance for anything over 1” daily

Information from regalchemicals.com

Water Filtration

Written by helper on . Posted in Maintenance, Water Filtration

Pool filters are essential to reliable operation. The truth is that no matter how hard we try, it is inevitable that dust, dirt and debris will make their way into the water of any swimming pool. Leave such unwanted pollution untreated and it’s likely to accumulate rather quickly, creating cloudy water and ideal conditions for an algae population. Which variety you opt for can be as much a matter of personal preference as it is necessary.

How do pool filters work? The basic operation is the same across the board – such filters operate by pumping the swimming pool water through some kind of barrier to trap particulates in the solution. Nearly every pool will completely cycle its water through the filtration system several times a day. Choosing which filter to buy requires that you understand something about the benefits, cost and maintenance regimen associated with each.

Pumps and Circulation

Written by helper on . Posted in Maintenance, Pumps and Circulation

To the amateur eye, a swimming pool is a beautiful, fun oasis to relax and play. We don’t see most of the expensive machinery in a pool system, because it’s usually tucked away in a nearby pump room.

The heart of the pool system is the water pump. In a typical pump system, an electric motor spins an impeller inside the pump housing. The impeller drives the water from the various drains through the filter and back out to the water inlets. Just before it flows into the pump, the water passes through a metal strainer basket that catches leaves and other large debris that might clog the pump.

Opening an In Ground Pool

Written by helper on . Posted in Maintenance, Opening an In Ground

PROCEDURE FOR OPENING INGROUND POOLS:

1.  PUMP ALL WATER OFF COVER WITH COVER PUMP.

2.  REMOVE ALL DEBRIS OFF COVER.

3.  WITH A HELPER, PULL COVER OFF POOL (LEAVE A COUPLE OF WATER TUBES IN PLACE

AT FAR END OF POOL TO PREVENT IT FALLING IN WHEN YOU ARE PULLING IT OFF).

4.  REMOVE RETURN PLUGS AND REINSTALL RETURN FITTINGS

5.  REINSTALL ALL PLUGS IN EQUIPMENT (2 IN PUMP, 1 IN FILTER, 2 IN HEATER PLUS

RECONNECT PRESSURE SWITCH INSIDE CABINET, ALSO PUT PRESSURE GAUGE BACK

ON FILTER IF IT WAS REMOVED, ALSO REINSTALL CHLORINATOR IF IT WAS REMOVED.

6.  REMOVE PLUGS AND/OR GIZZMO IN SKIMMER(S).

7.  RAISE WATER LEVEL TO MIDWAY IN SKIMMER.

8.  IF POOL IS EQUIPTED WITH IN FLOOR CLEANING SYSTEM AND IT WAS WINTERIZED

MAKE SURE THAT ACUATOR IS PUT BACK TOGETHER BEFORE STARTING EQUIPMENT.

9.  START EQUIPMENT UP AND CHECK FOR LEAKS.

10.  CLEAN POOL OF DUST AND DEBRIS

11.  TEST WATER OR BRING IN SAMPLE TO STORE FOR TESTING.

12.  ADJUST WATER BALANCE AND SANITIZER LEVEL.

13. FOR POOLS EQUIPTED WITH A HEATER, TURN MAIN GAS SUPPLY ON, TURN GAS CONTROL

INSIDE HEATER CABINET TO PILOT, PUSH DOWN AND HOLD WHILE LIGHTING PILOT, CONTINUE TO HOLD

DOWN UNTIL PILOT FLAME TAKES HOLD, THEN TURN KNOB TO ON/RUN (IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES FOR

PILOT TO TAKE HOLD SO DON’T GIVE UP TO EARLY).

Opening Above Ground Pool Tulsa | Glenpool | Broken Arrow | Bixby | Jenks | Owasso

Written by helper on . Posted in Maintenance, Opening an Above Ground

PROCEDURE FOR OPENING ABOVE GROUND POOLS:

Are you opening your above ground pool?  Follow the directions below for best results.  Feel free to call us or come on by for help or for a free water test.opening above ground pool

1. REMOVE ALL WATER OFF COVER WITH COVER PUMP.

2. REMOVE ALL LEAVES AND DEBRIS OFF COVER.

3. REMOVE COVER OFF POOL.

4. INSTALL ALL PLUGS IN EQUIPMENT THAT WERE REMOVED FOR WINTERIZATION.

5. REINSTALL EQUIPMENT IF REMOVED IN WINTER, REMOVE RETURN PLUGS AND REINSTALL RETURN OUTLETS

6. RAISE WATER LEVEL TO MIDWAY IN SKIMMER (IF SO EQUIPPED).

7. START PUMP, CHECK ALL CONNECTIONS FOR LEAKS.

8. CLEAN POOL OF DUST AND DEBRIS IF NEEDED.

9. TEST WATER OR BRING SAMPLE INTO STORE FOR TESTING.

10. ADJUST BALANCE AND SANITIZER LEVEL TO PROPER LEVEL, ADDING ALGAECIDE AND STAIN

PREVENTIVE IS RECOMMENDED FOR SPRING START-UP.

Maintenance Tips

Written by helper on . Posted in Maintenance

For a safe and fun experience, be sure to thoroughly clean your pool every week during the swimming season. Here are some tips to keep you on track.

Skim Off Leaves and Debris

Use a long-handled leaf skimmer to gather up leaves, insects, and any other debris floating on the surface of the pool. Try to remove debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool where it becomes difficult to remove and may create stains.

Brush

Use a brush to remove dirt that has collected on the sides and bottom of your pool. Brush sediment toward the main drain so it can be easily vacuumed.

Vacuum

Submerge your vacuum head and hose, before hooking up the vacuum to the filter.

Clean Skimmer(s)

You should also clean out your skimmer(s) weekly or more often if necessary. Removing debris allows the skimmer to operate at maximum efficiency.

Check Water Circulation

Your pool’s circulation system includes the skimmer, pump, pump strainer, drains, and filter. The system helps chemicals work effectively and ensures that water is properly filtered. Run your pump long enough each day to make sure the water is properly filtered and keep each item clean and in good condition.

Check Filter

The three most popular types of filters — sand, cartridge, and vertical grid DE — screen out debris and particles from your pool water. You should clean and maintain your filter according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Shock

Test your pool water frequently (daily or weekly depending on use) and add chemicals if necessary, following manufacturers’ directions. A regular shock treatment cleanses the water of algae, bacteria, dirt, and any other organic matter that may have entered the pool. Follow manufacturer’s directions for shock treatments.

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