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HOW CHARLOTTE'S RAIN IS EFFECTING YOUR POOL

by Nikole on 08/08/13

Due to the abundance of rain, the Charlotte area has seen this year; many people have struggled with keeping there pool clear and balanced. Rain affects pools in many different ways. It most notably affects your chlorine, and PH levels.

            Rain can make holding chlorine a nightmare for any pool owner. Rain takes contaminants from the air and washes them into your pool. After any big rain it is always a good idea to shock with one pound per 10,000 gallons. Shocking will get rid of the contaminants, and remove the imbalance between your free and total chlorine. These contaminants can overpower the available chlorine you have in your pool, and cause your free chlorine level to drop to zero, and in this case it is recommended that you double shock (2lbs. per 10,000 gallons). Algaecides can also help manage these problems.

            Another area of concern when dealing with rain is your PH level. Rain can cause your PH level to lower, causing swimmer discomfort. When PH levels are not held in range they can cause irritation to both swimmers skin, and eyes.

 

 

 

PH levels are also very important in how well your chlorine is working in your pool.

           

Active Chlorine

 

pH Level

 

97%

 

6.0

 

91%

 

6.5

 

76%

 

7.0

 

66%

 

7.2

 

<<< 50% >>>

 

<<< 7.5 >>>

 

33%

 

7.8

 

17%

 

7.9

 

10%

 

8.0

 

            Rain can wreak havoc in pools but can be easily managed with the right balancing and chemicals. Remember to test your water after any big rain, and adjust accordingly.

Salt Systems

by Nikole on 02/19/13

More swimming pool owners are building their pools and installing a salt water chlorine generator to produce natural chlorine as opposed to traditional tablet, granule or liquid chlorine. A salt chlorinator processes water that has had pool grade salt added to it and uses the salt to produce chlorine that is eco-friendly and safe for bathers.

Without having to go back to high school for a chemistry class, the way a salt chlorine generator works is this: first, pool grade salt is added directly to the swimming pool. Pool grade salt may be purchased at Pool Xperts.

Next, as the salt water passes through the salt cell, a small electric current runs through the plates. At that point, a chemical reaction occurs and results in the release of chlorine gas. As the water is pushed through the cell, it combines with the gas and goes back into your pool. The fresh chlorine in your pool is 100% pure and kills contaminants as well as traditional sanitizers. Here is a diagram illustrating the process:

Now that you know how a salt chlorine system works, we should talk about the advantages and disadvantages of using this type of system instead of a traditional chlorine system.

Advantages:

  • The biggest benefit of having a salt chlorine system is the low maintenance. After you add your initial batch of salt to swimming pool, you shouldn’t have to add more salt for at least three months. It is important to continue testing your pool water.
  • Salt cells normally last from 3-5 years before they need to be replaced.
  • Your pool water will feel silkier, smoother and better on your skin while making your water look cleaner.
  • Using alternative sanitizers is better on the environment because of the reduced use of chemicals and waste.

Disadvantages:

·         The initial cost of the salt system and installation.

·         Replacement costs of the cell. Cells can last 3-5 years or more. Replacing the cell is easy to do but can be expensive to replace depending on which system you have.

·         Most salt systems do not generate chlorine well in colder water. You can simply add manual chlorine and/or chlorine tablets during the colder seasons.

·         Salt systems tend to drive up your ph in the pool. You need to balance the water more often than traditional methods. Failure to balance your pool will result in premature cell damage/replacement  

As suppliers and consumers become more environmentally conscience, items like salt chlorine generators are just one of the many small changes we can make to help reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals. The initial cost may be more at the start, but in the long run, the overall savings you will experience is well worth the investment. Come in or call Pool Xperts and we can go over all the great benefits with you

Basic Pool Care Schedule

by Nikole on 02/05/13

Basic Pool Care Schedule

Daily
  • Look at the water, notice the clarity and color.
  • Test the chlorine level and adjust if needed.
  • Test the pH and adjust if needed.
  • Examine the skimmer(s) and clean if needed.
  • Use a leaf rake to remove any surface debris.

Weekly
  • Clean out the pump strainer basket(s).
  • Brush and/or vacuum the entire pool or run pool cleaner.
  • Check the filter pressure and backwash/clean the filter if needed.
  • Test the TA level and adjust if needed.
  • Test the CH level and adjust if needed.
  • Check the water level and add water if needed.

In the spring, mid-summer, and any time there has been substantial water replacement
  • Test the CYA level and adjust if needed.
  • If you use salt, test the salt level and adjust if needed.
  • If you use borates, test the borate level and adjust if needed.

This schedule is a good starting point, but every pool will be a little different. As you become familiar with your pool you may find that some tasks can be done less often while others need to be done more frequently. How frequently you need to do some of the tasks will also vary by season.

Looking at the water can tell you a lot about how your pool is doing. The color of the water and how sparkling or dull it appears can tell you in an instant if there is a problem that needs attending to. Look at the water every day and watch for small variations in clarity and color. You may not be able to tell much at first, but after a while you should be able to tell if there is a problem at a glance.

Ph ?

by Nikole on 01/27/13

We just got our website up and going and thought we would try it out with a little test question.

Can anyone tell me what Ph stands for....?      No cheating and looking it up

Good answer CC....Potential Hydrogen or Potential for Hydrogen.