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Pool Care and Cleaning

Parent Category: Swimming Pools
All pool owners must know how to keep their pool sparkling clean. A pool pump and filter are the first line of defense against leaves and other particles. Chemical treatments should likewise be used to kill bacteria and control contaminants.
No , above ground pools are different in that you can drain them ,  the reason you cannot drain an in ground pool is because the pool  is built to have water pressure , and it is very stressful on the  walls , I hope this answered your question :) .
I've been trying to figure that out, and based on my research I think not.
Mop the floor with the tile cleaner. Spray the cleaner on walls and  counters then wipe it down with a soft sponge. Avoid abrasive mops  and sponges because these scratch the tile and can damage old  grout.
You can vacuum a salt water pool the same way you would a non salt water pool. If you are vacuuming on the filter setting, your filter will help to clean the debris out of the pool. If you are dealing with a very dirty pool and use the waste setting, you will be wasting some of the water from the...
  can you use bromine tablets in a small above ground poll instead of clorine?
If you are not getting rid of it you are Probably leaving too many live traces of it in the pool after having cleaned it. This is a drastic method that worked like a beauty for me when I had a similar problem years ago. (1) throw in double the recommended copper based algaecide, (2) over dose it...
You don't have to change anything The only thing you have to do is make up your mind about the saltwater chlorinator you intend to use, fit it along the pipe according to instructions or better still get an expert to do it and then add salt to the water. the filtration equipment need not be changed.
  Filter unless you don't want to filter the water
distinguish between slow and rapid sand filter
check your filter it might need to be replaced.
To little and bacteria can thrive, to much and it can be harmful to the body.
Answer is noYou can remove a round one and install an oval after, of course, you make necessary adjustments to the ground--making the ground level in an oval instead of a circle. The only things you might be able to re-use from the round pool are the pump/filter, ladder, skimmer and return fittings,...
  == draining a pool ==   The water can be drained out with a hose.
Without going to the trouble of using a flow meter test which will normally read some where between 222 l/pm or 13320 l/pH that is 58.65 g/pm or 3518.7 g/pH at its weakest to 110 l/pm or 6600 l/pH that is 29.5 g/pm or 1743.5 g/pH A pretty good indicator would be that with the pump going you cant or...
  == Answer ==   ok, first, you have to get the water level at least an inch below the skimmer. Then, make sore the pump(and plumbing) is dry. Now you con pull the valve off. Cut it off with a pipe saw, the use flexible couplers to connect it. I'm replacing mine too, but now i just need a...
There are three basic tests for outdoor swimming pools: chlorine (ppm - parts per million)pH (in pH units, from 0 - 14, 7.0 - 8.0 is normal for a pool)stabilizer (ppm, from 20 - 100)This applies to all chlorinated pools, INCLUDING 'salt water' pools, which are also chlorinated by the salt water...
If they are bullfrog tadpoles, usually yes
You don't.The good part is that if they do simply wet it, wait a couple minutes and wipe it off easily.Reference:Cleaning bird poop off my floor every day from my pet birds.
Answer . \nIf you have a harsh winter then as soon as the last frost. Usually around late April or May is good. \n. \nMarcy
Unless you have some experience with concrete or any kind ofplaster, i do not recommend it. This is a ultra specialized trade.it takes years to become a decent trowel man. First, your poolneeds to be drained, as soon as you can get to the main drain onthe deep end of your pool, remove the cover and...
  As long as there are not too many it shouldn't be a problem, However it cauld be a sign that you have a small leak somewhere between the pump and the pool on the intake side.
PH will increase with rain water or debris such as leaves that are blown into the pool during a storm. Due to the increased PH level, combined with depleted chlorine sanitizer levels, this generally leads to quick algae growth, even in winter when the water is colder. Several steps will help lower...
  == Answer ==   www.polarpools.com/pool_care_maintenance/bacteria-fungus-stains.html     Some types of bacteria and fungus found in the soil can actually penetrate through a vinyl liner and cause stains to appear on the liner. Usually they will start off as spotted or cloud-like...
  == Pool Liquid acid instructions ==   Make sure your pump is running 15 minutes before adding liquid acid to your pool. This will insure that there are no areas in the pool with water that is not moving and circulating. Now get a bucket a fill it with pool water 2/3 full. Now add the acid...
  == Borax is a safe alternative ==     Borax is perfectly safe in swimming pools. We started using it in our inground pool two years ago and would not use anything else. Not only is it less expensive (a lot less expensive) but the water feels softer when we use it. My husband had to...
Baking soda actually raises the total alkalinity of your pool. This does also increase your pH, but should only be used if your test kit shows low alkalinity. Otherwise you'll raise both pH and alkalinity and then have to use alkalinity down. Borax will raise PH and not alkalinity, but it raises it...
You probably have the same problem I have - take a sample of your water to a pool store and have it tested. I did and needed to add alkalinity, pH enhancer, algaecide and one other chemical. You need a balance. Without doing this you could just continue to spin your wheels.   IN ADDITION:Water...
  == YES ==   YES. Muriatic acid is just another name for hydrochloric acid and is extremely corrosive and will severely irritate the skin.See the Web Link and Related Questions links for more information.
  That depends on how big the area on the bottom of the pool is.
wow slow down there!!! adding to much stabelized chlorine over time will add too much cyanuric acid aka stabelizer or (CYA).So this means your pool water is out of balance a lot. red burning eyes,itchy skin are the first signs of improper balance. The only way to reduce cya is to drain out water and...
  == Answer ==   The direction of the pool circulation: within the pool; water should circulate in a counter clockwise direction. Starting at the skimmer, water travels from the skimmer to the pump (the pump is what makes everything work like the heater etc, from the pump to the filter,...
  == Answer determining volume ==   http://www.worldofwater.com/pond_volume.htm This website is for ponds but the formula is the same to determine volume. 
Over-chlorinate before you go on vacation and put your filter on a  timer so it runs every day. Last year I also got one of the  neighborhood kids to brush my pool once a day while I was gone for  ten days and came home to a clean pool.
define water^what kind of answer is that? "define water." its a simple question. is swimming pool water cold? the water found in swimming pools. now for an answer, water temp varies between pools. some are cold and some are warmer.
Well oven cleaner is rubbish so there!! It doesnt clean ur oven it just breaks it. Never use it.
  == Answer ==   Wack a load of chlorine in it, pronto! This is the beginning of bacteria about to breed at an exponential rate. Leave the pool for a few days and then run the pump and filter until it clears. You have some residue on the pool floor which will need removing. 
Because it is highly flammable. it is poisonous and can make a person breathing the fumes very sick, and because it will evaporate if you do and you will have to buy more of it.
Water turn into a gas called water vapour. The air depending on its temperature will hold a certain amount of this. when the air comes into contact with water if the humidity of the air is such that it can hold more water vapour then the water that is touching the air will turn into the gas water...
pool acid is made up of muriatic or hydrochloric acid that is it.
  == Answer ==   More filtration. What is the filter run time? What delineates "perfect"? 3.0 Chlor, 7.5 pH, spot on alkalinity?
  == Answer ==   It will leave scum marks at the water line -- on the tile, the plaster, the vinyl. It will plug the most filters very quickly and render some unusable. K
  == Answer ==   You'll need to see if your county has a code concerning that.  We have a pool, but live in the city and our city had a code that was more stringent than the state code.   Keep in mind liability.  If someone or something (pet) drowns in your pool and you don't...
yes depending on the temperature it might freeze completely
  == Answer ==   Salt chlorine generators use about 500kw. Tablet in-line feeders use none. They're just plumbed so the water passes through them during normal circulation.
A sand filter has laterals (plastic tubes with holes in them) in the bottom, covered with a foot or more of sand of a particular size grain. Pool water is flowed onto the top of the sand and vacuum pressure draws the water through the sand. The particles in the water are trapped in the upper level...
I would wait for at least 2-hours afterwards. Keep in mind it takes 1 full hour to cycle around the entire radius of your pool once you add a chemical to your water
  ==Answer==   We always filled ours with a garden hose and it took forever. You can have a water truck fill it up, but that costs money. We filled it until the water was half way up the skimmer hole. Good luck.
Its OK as long as you don't dump salt in the intake as this will make the concentration of salt too strong for the equipment
  Have a look at a Dragonfly Super skimmer it doesn't clean the pool floor but stops so much dirt from going down that you will hardly need to look at the bottom.
If there is something so wrong with it that you can not correct it.
  == Answer ==   The main drain should have a removable cover. If your cover is broken you need to replace it with an approved antivortex cover. ( a cover that will prevent entrapment). Some covers are screwed in place while others just snap on. Consult with a local pool supply store for...
Answer . Pools are a hard deal to correctly determine. My first suggestion is to go the Building Official in your area and ask for clarification, as this is only my opinion of what the code says. Your Building Official may interpret the code differently or the codes may not be the same in your...
  == short answer ==   it cost from $15K to $100k depending on what you want and where you are.
Yes, there is no problem with using salt in a concrete pool.
  This depends on the condition of the existing plaster, Up to a couple of days for some one that knows what they are doing.
Rapid oxidation (rust) occurs when oxygen, in the surrounding air, is allowed to reach the molten pool. Time does not factor into the equation. Most welding processes utilize a medium to protect the weld puddle until it solidifies. An inert gas ( ie: argon, helium, CO2) and or a liquid material...
Muriatic acid will clean away corroded metal nicely, however you have to treat the stuff carefully as it is very corrosive. suggest rubber gloves and good quality eye protection.
I have found my salt pool much cheaper than chlorine. If you also factor in the labor with a chlorine pool then you really see a difference.Combine the salt generator with an automatic pool cleaner and the pool is almost maintenence free. Last year I only added a little stabalizer to the pool....
Common causes:Filter not working properly (Needs cleaning or replacement.)You are using calcium hypochlorite as your shock.Water is out of balance (pH, Calcium, etc.)
  == Answer ==   It may not be the "metals". How long are you running the filter and pump? When was the last time you cleaned the filter ( the large tank)? Have you added chlorine in large enough doses? Have you adjusted your pH to the right levels? k
  The biggest problem with doing this, is you have to drain your pool to where the wrinkles are for this to do any good. If it is on the floor you will have to drain the pool that far. But to answer your question, if the liner is too tight to get a grip on, you can take a hair dryer and...
  == Answer ==   Yes.  Just becasue you are using salt, doesn't mean you are not producing chlorine, so if your chlorine levels are low and you need to bring them up, you can add chlorine for a fster result.
Pool water has chlorine in it which is a very strong powder that makes the pool clean. If you swallow a lot of pool water that is strong you could die. Pure water is clean with no chemicals.
  == Answer ==   Three to four times the normal rate
They use some kind of chlorine bleach to disinfect the dirty pool water.
== Answer ==   Gunite and plaster have a high demand for acid because of the lime in the cement. And or high calcium make up water. k   Your pool will naturally increase in pH due to swimmer's waste, sweat, urine, etc... Keep your pH at 7.6-7.8, not 7.2. 7.2 pH is base upon the Langelier...
  You probably have a water pressure problem check the pump and filters
  Yes, just empty the shop vac often so it wont overfill.
  You would be best of taking a sample to a pool shop for testing and getting their advice on the remedy.
  1 gallon in 50 gallons or 1liter in 50 liters 0r 1 jar in 50 jars Or 2%
O2 levels will rise, then when the algae dies, it will float to the top of the water and block out sunlight. The still living algae will not produce as much O2 and animals that cannot survive in low O2 levels will perish. This can cause a dead pond.
  A lot of people will use a scouring pad with a strong detergent. this is not necisarily good for the chemical composition of pool water. it is wisest to seek advice on this from your local pool shop as they will carry exactly what you need.
  == Answer ==     You must first DRAIN the water off the pool cover!! Get a hose or plastic tube (available from most pet stores (fish department) and syphon off the water. This will take th weight of the water off the cover so you can lift it off of the pool.
  == Answer ==     GPM stands for gallons per minute, what you do is take the amount of gallons of your pool, divide by the gallons per minute and you'll find out how long it takes the pools water to be cycled once.     A pool should be cycled at least 4-6 times a day.
Answer . \nNot as long as it is maintained properly. Most important is to keep the PH level correct.
When you consider that a teaspoon of water in your lungs is enough to drown you. The amount of chlorine water you get down there would definitely not be enough to bleach your lungs anymore then any other part of your body.
total dissolved solids
I just had this happen. I have an in-ground vinyl pool. About 10,000 gallons of water was under my liner this weekend. I took off the trim ring around the (normally summerged) pool light and slipped a small submursable pump with hose attached under the liner at the deep end. Plugged in the pump and...
the way i clean my pool to remove calcium deposits stained by algae  is with a sponge and (baking powder 1 cup mixed with1/3 cup of  vinegar)
Answer . Sounds like mineral deposits or algae. Have a water sample analyzed by a local pool supply co. They should be able to help you with specifics.
  Ive used a salt (Sodium chloride) water pool for years and have alway thought they were great the only thing you need to make sure of when you have it set up is that the unit is big enough for the pool other wise you will be adding chlorine from time to time or have to run it constantly. I...
the skimmer that is normally fitted with the pool is designed to take care of this problem, however it rarely does because more often then not it is int he wrong place in the pool or the water is too high as the result of rain or leaving the hose in too long or the water is too low for the skimmer...
Our bodies hold oxygen. Oxygen is lighter than water, so when we go in water our body weighs less.
yes it is a filter for the speedy pool spa.
  Typically these components are not sold separately. Most often if you can find swimming pool walls, tracks, and other structural components sold separately the parts will cost a great deal over their real value.     The other thing to be aware of is many manufacturer's actually have...
Answer . thats a bad idea to have an inground salt water pool in concrete. the salt water it self may eat away some parts of the concrete, plus the fact that its underground and contains salt it attracts worms. maybe you should pour alot of clorine in the pool to kill them, then empty out the...