How do I know how many gallons of water my pool holds?
This is a simple rule that will get you pretty close to the total size
width X the length X (the deepest depth/2) x 8 = total gallons
This will give you the approximate total gallons in your pool.
How do I choose a filter?
There are many factors including the distance that the filter, the size
of the pool, the size of your pipe and how many feet the filter is from
the pool. It is probably something you want to have a professional
look at before you choose a filter. Once you have, it is best to pick a
filter that will cycle all your pool water in 6 to 8 hours. The more
powerful the filter and pump, the shorter time you will need to run it.
This can save you money on your electric bill. Your better off to
oversize the filter and make it work less hours.
What is the best filter for my pool?
There are 3 kinds of filters -- cartridge filters, DE filters and sand
filters. Cartridge and DE filters do the most complete filtering of your
water. The most popular are the Cartridge Filters which are slightly
more eco-friendly. The DE filters actually filter little better.
Cartridge filters generally do not require an extra valve.
Is it time to get a salt chlorinator?
It might be. Generally the water is easier on your skin and your eyes.
The actual salt content of the water is less than the salt in your
tears. It will make your water more consistently in balance and you
will save the cost of most chemicals that are used in the pool. There
are two kinds of units --- one that handles the chlorine balance and
upgraded units that handle both the chlorine and PH side of keeping your
pool in proper balance.
What is the best pool cleaner for my pool?
There are 3 kinds of cleaners. In terms of effectiveness, the robotic
cleaners do the best job, the pressure cleaners do slightly less and the
suction cleaners rank third but do an excellent job. Suction cleaners
that run off the skimmer on your pool -- pressure cleaners that require
an booster assist pump to operate and robotic cleaners that run off
electrical hookup. They all do a good job. The suction cleaners
generally will not clean steps -- they just travel around the bottom of
the pool and climb up the walls to to the waterline to clean your pool.
Pressure cleaners generally do climb up on stairs and cover the other
areas. Robotic Cleaners do more of a scrubbing job and generally cover
all pool areas.
How difficult is it to set up the automatic pool cleaner?
Each automatic pool cleaner comes complete with hose to set it up and a
video that shows you exactly what you need to do. You will not need any
tools to get the job done and typically it will only require 5 to 10
minutes to setup.
What do I have to do to make my automatic pool cleaner work?
Just run your swimming pool filter 3 to 4 hours a day along with the
automatic pool cleaner and the majority of your swimming pool
maintenance is done. Check the swimming pool chemicals once a week with
one of our testing kits and in most cases the only other pool
maintenance you will need is once a year pool filter cleanings. This is
not a difficult job but it is a little messy, so most swimming pool
owners call in a pool maintenance professional to get it done.
What else can I do to keep my swimming pool clean?
For most swimming pools just sweeping down your pool steps, cleaning
your swimming pool straining filter (basket filters), checking and
correcting your swimming pool chemicals once a week will keep your
swimming pool in good condition and your pool maintenance to a minimum.
How do I know if my swimming pool filter needs cleaning?
If your filter gets noisy check it. and do check the filter pressure
once a week Most pool filters have a gauge and keeping the pressure
low is key. If the pressure gets above the red line or if you just see
that it is shooting up, then the pool filter is getting dirty. This
means the pool filter either needs a cleaning or a back flush. When you
see the pool filter needs cleaning it is time to maintain (clean or back
flush) the filter, or you may call a pool maintenance professional to
do the job.
How do I check my pool chemicals?
It is very simple. The swimming
pool testing kit has gauges that tell you exactly how much water to
scoop up from your swimming pool. You just add the recommended drops of
the testing liquids included in the kit and it tells you what you need
to add to the pool. It is about a 2 minute job once a week. You also might want to look into electronic testers for you pool chemistry.