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Proper Water Maintenance It   is   crucial   that   you   take   the   time to     understand     the     key     factors     that constitute    proper    water    balance.    The key factors are as follows: 1. Total Alkalinity 2. pH 3. Calcium Hardness 4. Free Chlorine
Testing    of    your    pool's    water    should    be    done    frequently    and necessary   chemical   adjustments   made   as   soon   as   possible   based on   your   tests.   In   addition   it   is   suggested   that   you   take   a   sample   of your    water    in    at    least    once    a    month    to    have    all    of    your    levels tested   at   a   professional   pool   retail   outlet   with   a   water-   testing laboratory, and keep a record of these tests. Basic Pool Water Chemistry Terminology SANITIZER     -    These    are    the    chemicals    such    as    chlorine    or bromine   which   are   used   daily   to   kill   bacteria   and   algae.   The most common types are as follows: 1.   3"   Pucks   or   Tabs    -   These   are   probably   the   most   common form   of   chlorine.   These   products   are   sometimes   called   tri- chloro chlorine. They should be placed in the skimmer.. 2.   Sodium   Di-Chloro   -   This   granular   form   of   chlorine   dissolves   rapidly   so   that   the   chlorine   is quickly dispersed in the water. 3.   Chlorine   Generators    -These   devices,   such   as   the   Nature   Soft   System,   produce   chlorine from    brine    (saltwater)    and    subsequently    introduce    chlorine    into    the    pool    during    the filtration    cycle    of    your    pool's    equipment.    (You    will    still    need    to    check    chlorine    levels regularly and be prepared to add chlorine should the automatic generator malfunction.) 4.    Brominating    Tablets     -    These    small    1"    compressed    tablets    are    used    predominately    to sanitize spas. 5.   Ozonators   -These   devices   produce   ozone,   which   is   introduced   into   the   pool   during   the pool's    operating    or    filtration    cycle.    Ozone    will    kill    most    forms    of    bacteria    and    remove swimmer   wastes   but   a   small   residual   of   chlorine   or   bromine   (for   spas)   must   be   kept   in   the pool to prevent algae growth. OXIDIZERS   AND   OXIDATION   -   These   chemistry   terms,   which   (for   all   practical   purposes),   refer to   the   breaking   down   of   organic   contaminants   in   the   water   Oxidizers   remove   swimmer's   waste such as perspiration, urine, body oils, and cosmetics from the water. There   are   two   primary   types   of   product   used   to   oxidize   your   water.   This   process   is   sometimes referred to as "shocking" the pool. Chlorine   "shocks"   or   Oxidizers    -   These   are   usually   granular   type   products   such   a   calcium hypochlorite   which   will   remove   swimmer's   waste   through   a   process   known   as   "break   point chlorination   or   shocking".   It   is   important   to   follow   the   instructions   on   the   container   or   package and   these   products   should   be   used   at   least   every   two   weeks   during   the   swimming   season   and every   four   weeks   in   the   fall/winter   when   the   pool   is   no   longer   in   use.   (This   can   be   accomplished with the Nature Soft System also.) Non-Chlorine   Oxidizers    -   Are   granular   products   such   as   potassium   monopersulfate,   which   do not   use   chlorine   to   remove   swimmer's   waste   but   will   allow   a   much   quicker   return   to   swimming activities. Non-Chlorine Oxidizers will allow you t swim in 15- 20 minutes after its use. pH    -   the   measure   or   scale   of   whether   the   water   is   acidic   or   base.   It   should   be   tested   2   to   3 times   weekly   and   the   ideal   range   is   7.4   to   7.6.   If   the   water   tests   above   7.8,   muriatic   acid   should be   added   to   bring   the   pH   back   down   and   if   the   water   tests   lower   than   7.2,   then   granular   pH increaser   should   be   added.   Your   local   retail   test   station   pool   professionals   can   advise   you   how much to add. Total   Alkalinity   -   the   key   to   your   water's   balance   (test   2   to   3   times   weekly).   Total   Alkalinity   is a   measurement   (in   parts   per   million)   of   buffering   minerals   present   in   your   water   that   provide   a buffering   capacity   to   resist   rapid   pH   change.   The   ideal   range   varies   based   on   the   type   of   sanitizer that   you   use   and   the   type   of   interior   finish   that   you   have   (see   chart   at   conclusion   of   terns).   Total Alkalinity   may   be   lowered   through   addition   of   acid   if   to   high.   If   your   Total   Alkalinity   is   too   low you   will   need   to   raise   the   level   with   additions   of   sodium   bicarbonate.   Consult   your   test   kit   or pool professional at a pool retail test station. Calcium   Level    -   Calcium   Hardness   is   a   measurement   in   parts   per   million   of   the   dissolved calcium   in   your   pool's   water.   Ideal   levels   for   pools   and   spas   is   200-300   ppm.   If   your   calcium   level is   low   then   additions   of   calcium   hardness   increaser   will   be   required.   If   your   calcium   hardness levels   are   high   you   may   have   to   partially   or   completely   drain   you   pool.   Consult   with   a   retail   test facility   pool   professional   for   either   low   or   high   levels   of   calcium   hardness.   Calcium   Hardness should   be   tested   2   times   a   week   for   the   first   month   and   monthly   there   after   at   your   nearest retail pool water test station. Stabilizer    -   A   cyanuric   acid   (stabilizer)   test   is   not   included   with   the   AquaChek   Select   test   kit. However,   a   separate   cyanuric   acid   test   strip   is   available   under   the   name,   AquaChek   Green   for Stabilizer.   The   dichlor   or   trichlor,   you   will   not   need   to   add   extra   cyanuric   acid   since   it   is   already part   of   either   of   these   sanitizers.   The   National   Spa   &   Pool   Institute   standard   for   cyanuric   acid concentration   in   pool   water   recommends   a   minimum   of   10   ppm,   an   ideal   range   of   30-50   ppm   and a   maximum   of   150   ppm,   although   health   authorities   often   set   a   maximum   of   100   ppm   for   public pools   and   spas.   (Note:   Stabilizer   must   be   in   the   recommended   range   for   Nature   Soft   System   to operate properly.) Sequestering     or     Chelating     Agents     -    Are    chemical    compounds    that    tie    up    iron,    copper    or calcium and thus minimize staining or scaling. Algaecides   -   An   Algaecide   is   a   chemical   added   to   the   pool   water   to   kill   established   algae infestations    and    to    prevent    their    recurrence.    As    there    are    many    different    types    of    algae, yoshould   bring   in   a   sample   of   your   water   along   with   a   description   of   the   suspected   type   of   algae (green,   yellow   and   black)   to   your   pool   retail   test   station   and   they   will   advise   you   on   the   proper algaecide. Note - Most algaecides are not intended to be used on a weekly basis. General Information The   pH   and   chlorine   instructions   are   only   to   be   used   as   a   guideline.   They   do   not   take   into consideration all the water conditions in the greater DFW area. 1. Always run pool filter and pool cleaner at least two hours before and after adding chemicals. 2. Store acid and chlorine separately. 3. Store chemicals in a dry place with plenty of ventilation. 4. Never add chemicals to a dirty pool. 5. Have a sample of your pool water analyzed every month. REMEMBER CHEMICAL BALANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!
Pool Maintenance Summary Chemicals: 1. Test and adjust every other day or as needed. 2. Maintain alkalinity between 100& 140 ppm. .maintain Ph at 7.5. maintain chlorine at 1.5. 3. Calcium hardness between 200 & 400 ppm. (above 600 considered unmanageable) 4. Maintain stabilizer between 35 & 60 ppm. 5. Shock your pool once a month in winter, twice a month in summer. 6. Shock your pool when chlorine reading drops below 0.5 7. Have a sample of your pool or spa water analyzed every month. Brushing Brush   pool   twice   a   week   or   as   often   as   necessary.   pay   special   attention   to   places   where   the pool vac cannot reach. Skimmer and Filter Baskets Clean skimmer and pump hair/lint baskets once a week or as needed. Backwashing D.E.   filters:   backwash   when   pressure   reaches   ten   pounds   over   normal   or   once   every   three months. Sand   filters:   backwash   once   a   week   or   sooner   if   pressure   reaches   ten   pounds   over   normal pressure.
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
Hartsell Pool Renovations
817-485-7525
©hartsell pools 2017
Call Today
Proper Water Maintenance It    is    crucial    that    you    take    the    time    to understand     the     key     factors     that     constitute proper    water    balance.    The    key    factors    are    as follows: 1. Total Alkalinity 2. pH 3. Calcium Hardness 4. Free Chlorine
Testing    of    your    pool's    water    should    be    done frequently           and           necessary           chemical adjustments   made   as   soon   as   possible   based on   your   tests.   In   addition   it   is   suggested   that you    take    a    sample    of    your    water    in    at    least once   a   month   to   have   all   of   your   levels   tested at    a    professional    pool    retail    outlet    with    a water-   testing   laboratory,   and   keep   a   record   of these tests. Basic Pool Water Chemistry Terminology SANITIZER    -   These   are   the   chemicals   such as   chlorine   or   bromine   which   are   used   daily to     kill     bacteria     and     algae.     The     most common types are as follows: 1.   3"   Pucks   or   Tabs    -   These   are   probably the    most    common    form    of    chlorine. These    products    are    sometimes    called tri-chloro     chlorine.     They     should     be placed in the skimmer.. 2.   Sodium   Di-Chloro   -   This   granular   form of   chlorine   dissolves   rapidly   so   that   the chlorine    is    quickly    dispersed    in    the water. 3.   Chlorine   Generators    -These   devices, such      as      the      Nature      Soft      System, produce          chlorine          from          brine (saltwater)             and             subsequently introduce   chlorine   into   the   pool   during the     filtration     cycle     of     your     pool's equipment.   (You   will   still   need   to   check chlorine       levels       regularly       and       be prepared    to    add    chlorine    should    the automatic generator malfunction.) 4.   Brominating   Tablets    -   These   small   1" compressed          tablets          are          used predominately to sanitize spas. 5.    Ozonators    -These    devices    produce ozone,    which    is    introduced    into    the pool    during    the    pool's    operating    or filtration    cycle.    Ozone    will    kill    most forms   of   bacteria   and   remove   swimmer wastes   but   a   small   residual   of   chlorine or   bromine   (for   spas)   must   be   kept   in the pool to prevent algae growth. OXIDIZERS     AND     OXIDATION     -     These chemistry    terms,    which    (for    all    practical purposes),    refer    to    the    breaking    down    of organic       contaminants       in       the       water Oxidizers   remove   swimmer's   waste   such   as perspiration,       urine,       body       oils,       and cosmetics from the water. There    are    two    primary    types    of    product used   to   oxidize   your   water.   This   process   is sometimes    referred    to    as    "shocking"    the pool. Chlorine   "shocks"   or   Oxidizers    -   These are   usually   granular   type   products   such   a calcium    hypochlorite    which    will    remove swimmer's   waste   through   a   process   known as   "break   point   chlorination   or   shocking". It   is   important   to   follow   the   instructions   on the      container      or      package      and      these products   should   be   used   at   least   every   two weeks    during    the    swimming    season    and every   four   weeks   in   the   fall/winter   when the   pool   is   no   longer   in   use.   (This   can   be accomplished   with   the   Nature   Soft   System also.) Non-Chlorine    Oxidizers     -    Are    granular products             such             as             potassium monopersulfate,   which   do   not   use   chlorine to   remove   swimmer's   waste   but   will   allow a      much      quicker      return      to      swimming activities.   Non-Chlorine   Oxidizers   will   allow you t swim in 15- 20 minutes after its use. pH    -   the   measure   or   scale   of   whether the    water    is    acidic    or    base.    It    should    be tested   2   to   3   times   weekly   and   the   ideal range   is   7.4   to   7.6.   If   the   water   tests   above 7.8,   muriatic   acid   should   be   added   to   bring the   pH   back   down   and   if   the   water   tests lower   than   7.2,   then   granular   pH   increaser should    be    added.    Your    local    retail    test station   pool   professionals   can   advise   you how much to add. Total     Alkalinity     -     the     key     to     your water's   balance   (test   2   to   3   times   weekly). Total   Alkalinity   is   a   measurement   (in   parts per   million)   of   buffering   minerals   present in    your    water    that    provide    a    buffering capacity    to    resist    rapid    pH    change.    The ideal    range    varies    based    on    the    type    of sanitizer    that    you    use    and    the    type    of interior   finish   that   you   have   (see   chart   at conclusion    of    terns).    Total    Alkalinity    may be   lowered   through   addition   of   acid   if   to high.   If   your   Total   Alkalinity   is   too   low   you will   need   to   raise   the   level   with   additions of    sodium    bicarbonate.    Consult    your    test kit   or   pool   professional   at   a   pool   retail   test station. Calcium   Level    -   Calcium   Hardness   is   a measurement    in    parts    per    million    of    the dissolved    calcium    in    your    pool's    water. Ideal    levels    for    pools    and    spas    is    200-300 ppm.    If    your    calcium    level    is    low    then additions    of    calcium    hardness    increaser will   be   required.   If   your   calcium   hardness levels   are   high   you   may   have   to   partially   or completely   drain   you   pool.   Consult   with   a retail    test    facility    pool    professional    for either     low     or     high     levels     of     calcium hardness.     Calcium     Hardness     should     be tested   2   times   a   week   for   the   first   month and    monthly    there    after    at    your    nearest retail pool water test station. Stabilizer    -   A   cyanuric   acid   (stabilizer) test    is    not    included    with    the    AquaChek Select      test      kit.      However,      a      separate cyanuric   acid   test   strip   is   available   under the   name,   AquaChek   Green   for   Stabilizer. The   dichlor   or   trichlor,   you   will   not   need   to add   extra   cyanuric   acid   since   it   is   already part     of     either     of     these     sanitizers.     The National   Spa   &   Pool   Institute   standard   for cyanuric   acid   concentration   in   pool   water recommends    a    minimum    of    10    ppm,    an ideal   range   of   30-50   ppm   and   a   maximum   of 150   ppm,   although   health   authorities   often set   a   maximum   of   100   ppm   for   public   pools and   spas.   (Note:   Stabilizer   must   be   in   the recommended      range      for      Nature      Soft System to operate properly.) Sequestering    or    Chelating    Agents    -   Are chemical     compounds     that     tie     up     iron, copper     or     calcium     and     thus     minimize staining or scaling. Algaecides   -   An   Algaecide   is   a   chemical added   to   the   pool   water   to   kill   established algae    infestations    and    to    prevent    their recurrence.    As    there    are    many    different types   of   algae,   yoshould   bring   in   a   sample of   your   water   along   with   a   description   of the   suspected   type   of   algae   (green,   yellow and   black)   to   your   pool   retail   test   station and    they    will    advise    you    on    the    proper algaecide.   Note   -   Most   algaecides   are   not intended to be used on a weekly basis. General Information The   pH   and   chlorine   instructions   are   only to   be   used   as   a   guideline.   They   do   not   take into   consideration   all   the   water   conditions in the greater DFW area. 1.   Always   run   pool   filter   and   pool   cleaner   at least    two    hours    before    and    after    adding chemicals. 2. Store acid and chlorine separately. 3.    Store    chemicals    in    a    dry    place    with plenty of ventilation. 4. Never add chemicals to a dirty pool. 5.     Have     a     sample     of     your     pool     water analyzed every month. REMEMBER    CHEMICAL    BALANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!
Pool Maintenance Summary Chemicals: 1. Test and adjust every other day or as needed. 2.   Maintain   alkalinity   between   100&   140   ppm. .maintain   Ph   at   7.5.   maintain   chlorine   at 1.5. 3.    Calcium    hardness    between    200    &    400    ppm. (above 600 considered unmanageable) 4. Maintain stabilizer between 35 & 60 ppm. 5.    Shock    your    pool    once    a    month    in    winter, twice a month in summer. 6.   Shock   your   pool   when   chlorine   reading   drops below 0.5 7.    Have    a    sample    of    your    pool    or    spa    water analyzed every month. Brushing Brush    pool    twice    a    week    or    as    often    as necessary.   pay   special   attention   to   places where the pool vac cannot reach. Skimmer and Filter Baskets Clean   skimmer   and   pump   hair/lint   baskets once a week or as needed. Backwashing D.E.      filters:      backwash      when      pressure reaches    ten    pounds    over    normal    or    once every three months. Sand    filters:    backwash    once    a    week    or sooner   if   pressure   reaches   ten   pounds   over normal pressure.

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