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Pool Care 2017-04-24T13:25:24+00:00

Start Up After Pool Has Been Lined And Filled With Water

Step 1) BACKWASH your filter. Make sure the filter is working properly without a pool cleaner. (See filtration below)

Step 2) PH: 6.8 – 7.5 on test kit. Add 1 litre of pool acid at a time until the target of 6.8 is reached. Thereafter check WEEKLY.
*** Acid should always be diluted in a bucket of 5 litres of water before adding to the pool
*** DO NOT continue to Step 3 until pH has correct reading on test kit.

Step 3) CHLORINE: 1 TO 2 parts per million (ppm) on test kit. Add one to 2 cups of granular chlorine at a time until target of 2 ppm is reached. Thereafter check WEEKLY.
Avoid using floaters. Keep chlorine constant and do not over-chlorinate
***DO NOT continue to step 4 until correct chlorine levels have been reached.

Step 4) TOTAL ALKALINITY: 60 ppm on test kit. Add 1 to 2 kgs Sodium Bicarb on start up.
Thereafter check MONTHLY and add 1kg per month to maintain 40 to 60 ppm.
***DO NOT add Bicarb and stabiliser at the same time; wait for a 2 to 3 day interval.

Step 5) STABILISER: Add 1 kg per 50 000 litres of water, on start up.
Follow instructions on packaging.
Thereafter check BIANNUALY by having pool water tested at a pool shop.
AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANERS: Use 2 days a week only.
FILTRATION: See instructions below for Filtration.
COPPER RELATED PRODUCTS: Definitely NOT recommended.

Filtration System

The most common cause of green water in your pool is usually insufficient circulation of the water through the filter and not a chemical cause.
Ideally all the water should pass through the filter in 8 hours or less.

Filters should run approximately 6 hours in winter and 8 to 10 hours in summer.

Most systems filter between 8 & 10 kilolitres per hour WITHOUT a pool cleaner or skimmer connected to the system. If automatic cleaning devices are used, disconnect them when the pool is clean. This way you ensure maximum flow rate through the filter, resulting in cleaner water and using less chemicals. The most efficient cleaning system is manual vacuum with an 8 wheel sweeper.

Filter Sand

For a sparkling pool you need to manually wash the filter sand (backwash) every 3 months or at least twice a year.

Sand should be replaced between 3 to 5 years.

Good filtration ensures less running time, cleaner water, less chemical usage; which altogether saves time, money and energy.

Automatic Pool Cleaners

By design pool cleaners reduce the flow rate of water through the filtration system, which means less water passes through the filter. The filtration system without a pool cleaner will filter approximately 10 000 litres per hour. Some cleaners will reduce the flow by 50%. This poor flow rate is often the cause of green water.

Brown Stains On Pool Surface

***Stains are usually caused by metal precipitation.

All water generally contains some particles of metal. The existing metal content of the pool water will be increased with the use of aftermarket products that contain metals (e.g. copper). Brown stains are often caused by a high chlorine level and very alkaline water (pH too high). Simply follow the maintenance procedure by correcting chlorine levels to 1 – 2 ppm and pH to 6.8.