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Is pool automation right for you?

In this day and age technology rules the world. There isn’t anything you can’t do with a smart phone. There are apps for just about everything you can think of. It’s no wonder so many home owners choose to automate their swimming pools. Pool automation is becoming a part of daily life for so many. Keep reading to learn why pool automation is right for you.

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What is Pool Automation?

Pool automation is just what it sounds like. Taking systems in your pool and having the technology to start, stop, or schedule by the click of a button. Whether you just want your pump and heater to run on a schedule, or you want to tell google to go ahead and get the spa ready for you. All it takes is a WiFi connection, an adequate automation system, and a few hours of setup. Soon you and your smart pool control will be ready to go.


How Does Pool Automation Work?

As was mentioned before, pool automation relies on a good WiFi connection. You will want a upload and download speeds of at least 3 Mbps available wherever your pool pad is located. If you’re unsure about your home WiFi upload and download speeds you can always use an online speed tester. You have the option of wireless smart control systems, and most people opt for these. However if you prefer a wired network you can use a wired Ethernet connection.

The smart pool control hub is connected to your pump, heater, and smart relays. This can also control additional devices such as lights or booster pumps. A touchscreen control pad means you can always operate all your equipment from the pool pad, even if you lose your internet connection. Keep in mind that installation require working with electricity followed by a software set up.

You can expect the set up to generally take about two hours. Be sure to read instructions carefully and consult he user manual when necessary. If you aren’t familiar with electrical work, it may be best to hire an electrician. Safety first!

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When Will I Use Pool Automation?

Are you wondering if taking steps to automate your pool is a good idea? Will you really use the system? Is it worth the time and money? Ask yourself if you enjoy making your life easier. Pool automation takes care of some of the hassle of having a pool for you. You can set a schedule for your pool pump and filter to be on, ensuring that your pool gets the proper maintenance with the touch of a button.

Date night or party planned in the near future? You can automatically warm up the spa or pool on your way home from a romantic evening or night with friends . This can be done through an app before you arrive home, that way the water is ready for you. You can do this and much more very simply from your smart phone, amazon Alexa, or even google home.

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How to Properly Clean a Pool Filter

Every homeowner should know how important their pool filter is. As a part of your pools circulatory system, the pool filter helps ensure that dirt and debris are screened out of the pool water. It aids in overall water flow and keeps your pool clean and safe to swim in. Keep reading to learn how to properly clean your swimming pool filter.

How do you Properly Clean a Pool Filter?

How do you properly clean a pool filter? The answer depends greatly on the type of filter you already have. There are three main pools filters to have in your swimming pool. The DE filter, Sand Filter, or a cartridge filter. However, the one thing they all have in common is how you begin to clean them. Start with a clean filter, take a reading, then clean the pool filter when the pressure rises about 10 psi. In other words, your filter will let you know when it needs a cleaning based on the rise in pressure.

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DE, aka Diatomaceous Earth, Filters

Almost always, DE filters will need to be back-washed after about one to three months. Once a year the whole pool filter will need to be taken apart and thoroughly cleaned. If your pool is in use all year round, for instance if you live in a very warm area, the DE filter will need a full cleaning at least twice a year. How is a DE filter cleaned? Simply back-wash it! Again, you will know you need to back wash when the pressure in your filter has risen 5 to 10 psi.

Cartridge Filters

Typically a cartridge filter requires cleaning every two to six weeks. The efficiency of the filter depends greatly on the water flow it is receiving. Too much water flow can decrease the cartridge life and thus send debris back into the swimming pool. So regularly check the water flow. On the outside of the filter, you will find a maximum pressure reading label. Be sure that your filter does not exceed this pressure. How do you clean a cartridge filter? Simply remove the filter and wash off any debris with a hose. Don’t worry if the filter isn’t perfectly white. Once the filter is properly rinsed, you will need to soak it in a cleaning solution for about twelve hours. These solutions can be purchased at your local pool supply or on amazon.

Sand Filters

Typically a sand filter requires cleaning every one to four weeks. Like the other two filters it needs to be cleaned when the pressure rises 5-10 psi. Of course, you need to take a reading when the filter is clean. Something to keep in mind , if you have a painted pool, you should remove and replace the sand once a year.  However, if not, you only need to change the sand about every five years. How do you clean a sand filter? Simply backwash! Since sand filters do not lose any of the filtering material during back-washing, so there’s no need to refill it.

All in all , cleaning your pool filter is absolutely necessary ! It does not have to be hard or complicated, in fact you now know how easy it is!

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What is the Best Type of Filter for my Pool?

You are contemplating taking the plunge and purchasing your very own swimming pool! How exciting! You know you are going to need a filtration system and are not quite sure which one is right for you. Depending on the type of swimming pool you are planning on building, you may need a different type of filter. Keep reading to figure out what pool filter is the best for your swimming

What is the Best Type of Filter for my Pool?

There are three types of swimming pool filters. Sand, DE, and cartridge. Everyone has a different opinion as to which is the top performer. However all three do the same thing, they filter out dirt and grime from your pool water.

Do I need a Sand Filter?

Sand filters are the oldest filtration systems around. Sand filters work by filtering water through a layer of silica sand. The bacteria, dirt, and other particles in the water are trapped and held in the very small openings between the fine grains of sand.

With a sand filter water enters the filter through the top of the filter and then is evenly distributed across the surface area of the sand bed, and pushed to the bottom of the filter. A brand new sand filter will filter out small particles from your pool filter very easily, as it ages however, it will have more difficulty. As the filter gets older or dirtier the pressure inside the tank will begin to rise. This rise in pressure will result in a higher psi. A psi rise of 7-10 means the filter needs to be cleaned. This is done by simply back-washing the filter.

Sand Filters are traditionally the most common of the three filter types. They also tend to be the least expensive of the three filter options. This fact makes them both accessible and highly sought after. However they also have the lowest filtering ability, so depending on the size of debris you may encounter, you may need to search out the other two options.

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What about a DE Filter?

The next type of filter is a DE filter or diatomaceous earth. Unlike a sand filter in which the sand in the filter is cleaned and reused the DE powder is discarded along with all the dirt and grime when you backwash the filter. Every time you backwash a DE filter you need to add more DE powder through your skimmer. There are 2 different types of DE filters the vertical grid filter and the regenerative filters also known as bump filters. In both filter types DE powder  traps the dirt as the water flows through the powder.

DE filters have the strongest filtration ability of the three filter types. This type of filter is ideal for those people who may have swimming pools that suffer from a lot of debris. DE filters certainly keep pool water much cleaner than a sand filter or a cartridge filter. The downside is they are certainly the most expensive option as well.

What’s the Scoop on Cartridge Filters

Cartridge filters are the most environmentally friendly of the three filter types. One advantage of this type of filter is that there is no multiport vale. This means that to clean the filter you do not need to  backwash it. This will save water and money, and saves the ground from harmful chemicals associated with the other filter types.

Cartridge filters are simple and easy to clean. Simply spray the filter don and then soak for 10 to twelve hours in a filter solution.

How Weekly Pool Maintenance Works in Heart of Texas

Swimming pool maintenance is vital to the longevity of your swimming pool. Keeping your swimming pool clean is not only what a homeowner wants, but it will also help keep your swimming pool running longer. If swimming pool maintenance is done properly than your pool will require less repairs. Keep reading to learn how to properly keep up with your swimming pool maintenance.

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How to Clean a Pool in Heart of Texas

With high humidity and high temperature weather, Heart of Texas is the perfect place to build and own your own swimming pool. No doubt that your swimming pool in Heart of Texas is put to good use. To ensure a safe healthy swimming environment a weekly pool cleaning is a absolute must! You may wonder how to clean a pool properly in Heart of Texas. It’s a lot simpler than you would imagine. Here is what you need to do.

Skim Leaves and Debris Out of your Swimming Pool

The first step to complete during swimming pool maintenance is skimming the top of the swimming pool for multiple forms of debris. Leaves, insects, dirt, flowers, feathers, and the like sit on the top layer of your pool. This is due to the area surrounding your pool. That is why it is important to know your surroundings and plant plants that don’t shed every season near your pool. If you have trees or plants, perhaps a garden nearby than you can expect debris in your pool. Use a long handed leaf skimmer to gently gather the debris on top of your pool. This first step is essential because it limits the amount of debris that ends up on the bottom of the pool. The debris that rests on the pool floor often causes stains and creates more headache for you later.


Next you want to grab a pool brush and use the pool brush to scrub the sides of the pool walls. After scrubbing the walls, push the debris in the pool towards the pool drain. Doing this allows the dirt and debris to be vacuumed up more easily.

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Now it’s time to vacuum the pool! Insert the vacuum head and hose into the water before hooking them up to the filter. Then let it work its magic. The vacuum will suck up most of the dirt and bacteria that can grow into algae in and on your pool walls and floor.

Clean your Skimmers

Weekly pool maintenance includes cleaning the skimmers! This needs to be regularly maintained in order for them to work at an optimal level. Think of your skimmers as your pool’s own gutter system, you want those to stay clean.

Water Circulation

Every week you want to check on your water circulation. You pool’s water circulation is made up of several parts. These include the skimmers, pumps, drains, and a filter. The circulation helps chemicals work effectively and ensures that water is properly filtered. Run your pump long enough each day to make sure the water is properly filtered. Remember that stagnant water breeds bacteria. You should run your pool pump for at leas 8 hours everyday to ensure that the water is flowing constantly.

Check your Filter

Your filter literally does what it’s name describes. It filters out or screens dirt and debris from your pool. Your filter should be cleaned regularly; however, depending on the type of filter you have the instructions will be different. Consult your user manual whether you have a DE , Sand, or Cartridge filter.

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Shocking your Pool

Finally you will want to periodically shock your pool. Shocking helps cleanse your pool water of algae and other bacteria. Of course you’ll want to test your pool water before and after for alkalinity. This will determine the proper amount of chemicals that you will want to administer post shock. Not only is shocking your swimming pool important, but testing the chemicals in your swimming pool is vert important.

Contact Premier Pool Service of Roseville for weekly swimming pool maintenance

Owning a swimming pool is every homeowners dream, and when that dream comes true responsibility comes with it. Owning a swimming pool means that you have the option of a luxurious and relaxing backyard oasis. Most homeowners want to spend all of their time relaxing poolside, not worrying about the maintenance of their pool. Keep reading to learn why you should hire a professional pool service company.

Contact Premier Pool Service of Roseville for Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance

Northern California is heating up! Everyday we get closer to summer. The summer months in Northern California are May to August, and our summers up here get hot! No doubt that you will be getting the most use of your pool during this time. Roseville is no exception. So how can you truly make the most of your pool this summer? Proper swimming pool maintenance. Now, more then ever, it is essential that you maintain your swimming pool. Otherwise, you may find yourself in deep at sun splash on a regular basis because your pool is out of order.

The most efficient way to maintain your pool is to hire a professional for the weekly upkeep. You have way more important things to be doing this season then slaving over your pool in the summer heat. So, naturally you turn to Premier Pool Service of Roseville for all of your pool maintenance needs. This way you can rest assured that your pool will be sparkling all summer long. They will take care of all your pools unique and specific needs, while keeping you in the loop about the maintenance taking place.

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What to Expect from your Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance

Weekly swimming pool maintenance is essential, but what exactly does it include? Premier Pool Service has multiple service packages to choose from, so the next steps listed can vary from package to package.

Here is a breakdown of some basic pool maintenance practice that you can expect to be preformed on your pool. First off your service professional will remove leaves and debris from both the skimmer basket and the strainer-housing basket. Next, they will use a leaf skimmer to remove any leaves, dirt, or other debris that have fallen into the pool. Afterwards they will likely vacuum the pool to remove any dirt and debris that may be resting on the pool floor of the liner.

Once the pool is free of debris, a service professional will test your swimming pools water for total alkalinity and pH balance. If the pool is not alkaline they will add the appropriate amount of chemicals to help it achieve alkalinity. Next they will test Free Chlorine and Total Chlorine and add chlorine tablets to your chlorinator as needed. Followed by adding 1 oz. per 5,000 gallons of Clarifier and 1 oz. per 5,000 gallons of Algaecide. This of course is per your request and swimming pool maintenance needs.

They will check for filter pressure and backwash the filtration system if necessary. Although, this process may not be done every single week. They will check the pool’s water level and adjust accordingly. As a rule of thumb the second screw from the top of the skimmer is an easy way to tell if water needs to be replenished or if water needs to be drained. Your service professional will access your pools overall health and determine what kind of treatment it needs going forward. For example, if your pool water is cloudy, looks like milk, or is the color green, they may add 1 pound of shock per 5,000 gallons to treat the issue.  Now that you have a basic understanding of what goes into weekly swimming pool maintenance, you can sit back, relax, and let Premier Pool Service of Roseville get to work. 

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What is the Cost of Maintaining a Pool?

Most homeowners like to save money, get a good deal, or find a bargain where you can. In this day and age DIY projects are ever growing, and you most likely can find a how-to video on almost anything. Since your swimming pool was a sizable investment in itself, you may think to yourself “How hard can it be? I can just DIY and YouTube my way through pool maintenance.

While some tasks certainly can be done yourself, others may require the expertise of a service professional. Another point to weigh in on is the labor involved. In some instances you may believe you are saving money, but it’ll cost you in time and energy. So let’s go over what you can maintain on your own , and compare it to the things you may wish to have a professional take care of.

What Can you Take Care of on your Own?

Everyone’s level of comfort is different. What one pool owner feels confident doing will vary from another. So take this with a grain of salt. However most pool owners feel like they are capable preforming tasks such as replacing the pump and motor, changing pool light bulbs, painting, replacing parts on your filtration system, replacing the liner, and balancing pool water. Some things that pool owners must avoid taking on are residential and commercial heating and similar projects. This is because they usually require commercial equipment, as well as a license to install. Otherwise, you run the risk of voiding the warranty on certain systems and products.

Comparing Cost

The cost of maintaining a pool is charged one of two ways. You will be charged either per job or per hour. Most large service companies will charge you per hour due to the ease and safety of charging this way. Some companies choose to charge per weekly service. So what is the difference in cost ? It really depends on your swimming pools specific needs. However as a general rule of thumb pool service companies charge about 100.00 per hour. Most simple jobs only take about one to two hours. Larger jobs such as replacing a pool liner range from about 8-10 hours.

What about weekly/monthly pool service? Most pool owners who take advantage of a weekly service are essentially just paying for a weekly pool cleaning. This can range between 80.00-125.00 a month. This service usually includes skimming, vacuuming, brushing, cleaning and changing filter cartridges or media, balancing the PH/Alkalinity, and shocking the pool. At the end of the day most people will spend between 200.00-500.00 dollars annually on basic swimming pool maintenance.

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What it comes down to

At the end of the day the cost of maintaining a pool really depends on you. Do you want to spend the money and have a professional take care of your weekly pool cleanings for you? Do you want to commit to maintaining your pool by yourself and just pay for the cost of chemicals? Premier Pool Service offers multiple different packages to choose from, and at the end of the day you should be relaxing next to your swimming pool instead of worrying about the cost of maintaining a pool.

Why You Need an Automatic Pool Cleaner for your Pool

No doubt you are doing your best to keep your swimming pool clean and well maintained. You most likely already own an telescoping pole, pool brush, skimmer, and vacuum. You are keeping up with all the weekly pool maintenance, like testing your pool water and doing your best to keep algae and dirt under control. With all your responsibilities, you rarely have the time to actually enjoy your swimming pool. What can you do? Keep reading to learn why you should own an automatic pool cleaner.

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Why You Need an Automatic Pool Cleaner

Here is what will help you will all of that pesky and time consuming pool maintenance, an automatic pool cleaner! Automatic pool cleaners take the hassle out of pool maintenance. You deserve a more relaxed pool cleaning routine. Automatic pool cleaners keep debris out of your water, maintain the solid surfaces in your pool, and aid in the overall health of your swimming pool. So say goodbye to netting, scrubbing, and bending over your swimming pool.  Before determining which one is right for you, let’s breakdown the three types of automatic pool cleaners, pressure-side, suction-side, and robotic.

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Pressure-Side Pool Cleaners

Pressure side pool cleaners are probably the most common of the three types of automatic pool cleaners. Pressure-side pool cleaners hook up to the return jets in your pool and uses the water pressure to propel itself through your pool. Pressure-side pool cleaners have wheels, a filtration bag, a sweep hose, and a return-jet hose. They’re great at picking up medium and large debris in your pool. The water from the pool pump pushes the cleaner through your pool, while also pushing debris through the filter bag. Pressure-side cleaners range generally anywhere between 200.00-900.00.

Suction-Side Pool Cleaners

Suction side pool cleaners are the most budget friendly of the three types of automatic pool cleaners. A suction-side pool cleaner works by literally sucking up debris and sending it through the filtration system. It does best with medium size debris. You can purchase a suction-side cleaner for 100.00-400.00. However, although they are cheaper, remember that the suction-side pool pump cannot operate without your pool pump running. These cleaners also rely heavily on your pool filter, so you will need to clean the filter more often.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners are extremely efficient. They pick up debris of all sizes, the don’t hook up to your pools circulation system, do not require a hose, and they run off electricity. These qualities make robotic pool cleaners hands down the best of the three options. That being said, robotic pool cleaners are on the higher end of the price scale. You can purchase a robotic pool cleaner for around 500.00-1,000.00. Spending the extra money on a more efficient pool cleaner is recommended because it’ll do all the basic pool maintenance for you.

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Additional benefits of Automatic pool cleaners

The obvious benefit of automatic pool cleaners is the extreme reduction on manual labor. However there are many additional benefits that you may not realize. Your pool filter does not have to work as hard, so the wear and tear is reduced, resulting in less filter cleaning. Regular use of an automatic pool cleaner also lightens the load for your skimmer. If you have a heated pool you’re in luck! Automatic pool cleaners aid in even disbursement of heated water.

How Does Pool Algaecide Work?

Algae is something that no one wants in their swimming pool. One way to make sure algae is never present in your swimming pool is by keeping up with your swimming pool maintenance. Making sure the chemicals in your swimming pool are balanced and that your pool filter is running is a great way to ensure that algae won’t be returning to your pool. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of algae if it has invaded your swimming pool.


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What is Algae?

You know you have a problem when your pool suddenly overnight turns from blue to green. What is the cause? Algae! However, what exactly is algae? Algae is a living marine organism that uses photosynthesis to create energy and multiply. Therefore it thrives best in warm, bright sunny environments. So naturally the summertime is a prime breeding time for little marine monsters such as Algae. That being said, it’s no wonder that it thrives so well in a swimming pool if left unchecked.

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How Did Algae Get into my Pool?

Algae can be brought into your pool via the wind, contaminated pool equipment, or debris. Of course, the number one culprit for an algae infestation is poor pool maintenance practice. Poor pool circulation and filtration is the main cause as to why algae would grow in a swimming pool. There are a few options each pool owner has when deciding how to tackle an infestation of algae. For minor cases , simply shocking the pool seems to work just fine. Pool shock is a chemical made up of calcium chloride, or in other words chlorine. However, what about those tough to deal with situations? These may call for a different type of approach. This is where pool algaecide comes into play.

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What is Pool Algaecide?

Pool Algaecide is a chemical treatment used as the quick and easy solution to removing algae. Algaecide isn’t just used in swimming pools, it is also commonly applied to fish ponds and similar aquatic bodies of water. It comes in two forms, Quaternary ammonia and metallic which is made of silver and copper. Both are extremely effective, however ammonia based algaecide is more commonly used because it does not stain the pool and tends to be the cheaper of the two.

A side effect to using ammonia is that it commonly foams up. Make sure when deciding between the two that you choose an algaecide that has a concentration of thirty percent or more. If you neglect to do so, you will not effectively remove the algae. Keep in mind though, that some types of algae such as Black algae cannot be removed by metal or ammonia algaecide.

For black algae you are going to need to search out very specific products. No need to fret though, good pool maintenance practice should prevent situations like black algae from happening in the first place. Algaecide has some added benefits you may not have previously thought of.

Algaecide prolongs the life of your pools filtration system as well as reduces the need for chlorine as a way to purify the pool water. How? It’s simple both of these mechanisms are set in place to aid in water purification. A weekly dose of algaecide cuts down the level of bacteria and debris in the pool all together, meaning that your pool filter doesn’t have to work as hard. If your water is being regularly purified by way of the algaecide , you will need to use less chlorine. It’s a win win situation. So going forward, keep these key tips in mind and always practice regular pool maintenance.

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How to Successfully Clean a Pool Filter

You recently became the proud owner of a brand new pool! You are so excited! However, you don’t know how to exactly keep your swimming pool water clean. The pool filter is one of many factors that will help keep your swimming pool clean! Keep reading to learn how to properly clean your pool filter.

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How to Successfully Clean a Pool Filter

Pool filters help keep your pool clean and sanitized by filtering out dirt and debris that has either fallen in the pool, or bacteria that has grown in the swimming pool. However, how do you end up with a perfectly clean pool filter? Well, how often you should clean your swimming pool filter depends on the filter and condition of the pool water. As a general rule of thumb for any type of swimming pool filter is to take a reading when the filter is clean, then clean the pool filter when the pressure rises about seven to ten pounds. Know that no matter which filter you have, when it becomes clogged with dirt and debris two things happen. First the pressure rises and second the overall pool circulation drops. 

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Cartridge Filter

Generally, cartridge filters need to be cleaned every two to six weeks. One of the most important factors that affect the life of your cartridge filter is too much water flow. This is because too much flow significantly shortens the life of the filter and certainly lowers the efficiency of the filter. How do you clean a cartridge filter? Simplest of the three methods, cartridge filters can be washed off by hose. After you wash it off, soak your cartridge filter in filter cleaner for twelve hours.

Sand filter

Most sand filters need to be back-washed after building up around five to ten pounds of pressure. This usually occurs between one week to four weeks. Note: If you have a painted pool, you should remove and replace the sand in your sand filter once a year. Otherwise, replace the sand and check the filter every four to five years. Sand filters are the lowest maintenance of the three options. This is because when you backwash your sand filter you don’t lose any of the sand.

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DE Filter

DE or diatomaceous earth filters need to be back-washed between the first and third month of use. Otherwise, the DE filter would be back-washed at five pound of pressure. Once a year you are going to want to completely disassemble the Diatomaceous earth filter and thoroughly clean it. However depending on how often your pool is used throughout the year, you may need to clean the filter more than once. Diatomaceous earth filters your pool by straining debris through the DE. After back-washing the DE filter you will need to replenish any of the DE that was lost.

  • Cartridge filters are pressure washed with a garden hose and then subsequently soaked for twelve hours in a filter cleaner.
  • Sand filters require back-washing after a build up of filter pressure.
  • DE filters require back-washing after a build up of filter pressure, as well as a replenishment of the diatomaceous earth.


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How to Get Rid of Algae That is in Your Swimming Pool

How to Successfully Get Rid of Algae in Pools

It’s the height of swimming season, the kids are out of school, and it’s nothing but swimming and sunblock. So far it’s been a great season, except for one thing. As per usual you are faced with a irritating problem, a green pool. Why does this keep happening to you? What is it? Unfortunately, you’ve run into a case of algae. Thankfully, the reason why algae is growing has an easy explanation. The process to keeping it at bay is also quite simple and easy to follow. Keep reading to learn how to tackle the algae that has grown in your swimming pool.

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Why is your pool green?

When the chlorine in a pool drops below 1 ppm it creates the perfect circumstances for algae to grow. As algae in your pool increases it will begin to change the waters color. The best way to do this is to shock your pool. Shocking your pool basically means adds a super amount of chemical, usually chlorine to the water. This is effective because chlorine kills algae. Typically one pound hypochlorite granular chlorine for every 10,000 gallons of water is necessary for shocking. However, an algae infestation it is going to require a lot more.

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Treat by Color

Your pool is likely one of three shades when faced with an algae infestation. Teal, Green, or Black. Teal or sea foam green if you will is the lesser of the three evils. In order to shock a teal swimming pool you will need a ratio of two pounds for every 10,000 gallons of water. Green pools typically tend to resemble something close to a swamp. A green pool will require a bit more attention. The typical ration is three pounds of calcium chloride to every 10,000 gallons of water. Finally, a pool that appears black in color. This pool is going to need some serious man power. Starting out at four pounds of calcium chloride for every 10,000 gallons of water and increasing from there depending on the damage. Remember to always test your pool water prior to shocking it. PH levels should be at or around 7.5 alkalinity. Also, shock your pool at night when dealing with an algae problem. It is also important to keep your swimming pool pump running during this entire process.

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Keep Your Pool Under Control

By this point you have shocked your pool once, maybe even twice. Likely, the water appears a little cloudy, this is normal. Make sure to keep your filter running. Watch for a possible rise in pressure. If it rises more then twenty-five percent, backwash the filter. Continue testing the alkalinity of the pool. During this whole process you will want to have your pool filter running 24/7. Do this until the water clarity is restored. Once restored, reduce the filter schedule to about eight to ten hours a day. Don’t forget to empty the skimmer baskets! Finally you can return to the normal schedule of running the filter about ten hours a day. Your pool should be back to normal, clear crisp blue water free of algae and bacteria. As a precaution, you can add algaecide on a weekly basis to your regular maintenance routine, although that is not required.