Weekly pool service is simply the best way to maintain the safety, condition, and appearance of your swimming pool. Professional pool service goes far beyond swimming pool cleaning. Pool cleaning is just the beginning of professional pool service. The pool service provided by a professional pool service company should include:
- Brushing of Water Line Tile. This prevents the formation of a “soap ring” on your pool tile. Once this “soap ring” forms it can be difficult to impossible to remove. This is an important, but often overlooked, part of pool cleaning.
- Brushing All Walls and Features. Brushing is a key element of pool cleaning. It removes dirt from walls and features such as steps and seating areas. It also helps prevent algae growth. Algae growth typically begins on pool walls. Regular brushing helps keep this under control.
- Netting Surface Debris. This is one of the more visible parts of weekly pool cleaning. The entire surface of the pool water should be cleaned by netting. This goes beyond simply removing leaves and other large debris. Proper netting of the entire surface removes even very small particles of debris and gives the water a “sparkling” appearance.
- Vacuuming Pool Floor. A professional pool service company will use an electrical “HammerHead” pool vacuum to clean the entire pool floor as a part of weekly pool cleaning. Similar to netting, the entire floor of the pool should be vacuumed as a part of weekly pool service. Vacuuming the entire floor of the pool removes both visible debris and fine particulate matter which settles to the bottom of the pool. After each pool cleaning there should be nothing visible on the floor of your pool.
- Chemical Management. Chemical management is the least visible and most misunderstood part of weekly pool service. Most pool owners know that chlorine is added to their pool as a part of weekly pool cleaning. This is important, but is only one of the water chemistry balances that will be managed by a professional pool service company. The following chemical balances should be checked and adjusted weekly by your pool service professional.
- Chlorine. The chlorine level in your pool water should be maintained at 3-5 PPM (Parts Per Million). Chlorine sanitizes the pool water by breaking down organic matter such as sweat and suntan lotion. It also kills algae and potentially harmful bacteria. If chlorine levels are too low algae growth may begin and harmful bacteria may also be present. High chlorine levels can “sting” a swimmer’s eyes and may fade clothing.
- Stabilizer. Stabilizer is a chemical (Cyuranic Acid or “CYA”) used in swimming pools to prevent rapid breakdown of the chlorine added to the pool water during pool service. Chlorine is susceptible to rapid breakdown by the ultraviolet light found in sunlight. On a sunny day a pool without adequate stabilizer can loose all of its chlorine in a single day due to this effect. CYA levels should be checked and adjusted weekly during pool service. Recommended CYA levels vary by geographic region but should generally be maintained between 50-90 PPM. If stabilizer levels are tool low the pool will not maintain appropriate chlorine levels and it may begin to turn green before the next weekly pool service. If CYA levels are too high the stabilizer can interfere with the function of the chlorine. This can result in a green “locked out” pool condition which can only be resolved by partial or complete draining of the pool.
- pH. pH is the third chemical balance maintained during weekly pool service. pH levels should be tested weekly and adjusted by the addition of muriatic acid if the pool is too base and sodium bicarbonate if the pool water is too acid. pH should be maintained between 7.2 – 7.4. A proper pH balance results in comfortable swimming water and is similar to the pH of human tears. pH levels which are too high or too low may result in discomfort to swimmers’ eyes and may interfere with the function of other pool chemicals.
- In addition to the three chemicals which must be maintained during weekly pool service there are two other chemical balances which may be maintained either weekly or monthly as a part of complete pool service and pool cleaning.
- Calcium Hardness. Calcium hardness is a measure of the amount of calcium dissolved in your pool’s water. The recommended level for calcium hardness is 250-500 PPM. This level should be checked at least monthly. Low calcium levels are harmful to the life and condition of your pool’s finish. If calcium levels are too low the pool water will dissolve or “leach” calcium from your pool’s finish. Pool finishes such as DiamondBrite contain significant amounts of calcium. Leaching calcium from the pool finish will shorten its life and degrade its appearance. High calcium levels may result in “scaling”. Scaling is the process of pool water depositing excess calcium as white scale on pool surfaces and equipment. This scale, in addition to being unsightly, will also be deposited inside pool equipment such as pumps and heaters. This significantly shortens the effective life of this equipment.
- Alkalinity is a measure of the buffering capability or stability of your pool water. Alkalinity is not generally well understood by pool owners but the proper management of this chemical balance by your pool service professional is essential to the life and quality of your pool and its water. Low alkalinity can result in unpredictable swings in the chemical balances of your pool water. It can also result in water becoming corrosive causing damage to pool finishes and equipment. High alkalinity can result in scaling and cloudy water in a manner similar to excess calcium hardness. Your pool service professional will maintain alkalinity levels between 80-100 PPM.
- Filtration Management. Pool water needs effective filtration in order to remain clean and “sparkling”. Your pool service professional will clean your pool filter as needed and will recommend when it needs to be replaced. Cartridge pool filters should generally be replaced 1-2 times per year.
Weekly pool cleaning is a part of weekly pool service, but it is only the first set of steps. The simplest and best way to ensure maximum enjoyment of your pool is weekly pool service by your pool service professional.
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Weekly Chemical Balancing includes
Testing the water for Cyanic Acid, Calcium Hardness, Total Alkalinity, Ph and Free Chlorine. After testing the water our technicians will use a water balancing App to calculate the exact amount of each chemical needed. They will then add the appropriate amounts. This is done weekly.
Filter monitoring is done on a bi-weekly basis. We use three factors to monitor the filter’s condition. Upon visual inspection we make sure that the bands are intact, we note the pressure that is displayed on the pressure gauge and make sure it does not exceed 15 PSI. We then check the weight of the filter to determine if all the pores of the filter are already filled.
Proper flow is one of the most important aspects of keeping a pool blue and clear. The pool system is designed to flow every gallon of pool water through the filter and pump 1.5 times during its daily run cycle which is most commonly 6 to 8 hours a day. If you come across a situation that causes you to believe the pool is not flowing or filtrating properly the first item to check is the filter. If the filter is not cleaned properly or frequently enough it will block flow and cause issues for your pool system.
Surface skimming is normally done with a net and pole during each weekly pool service visit. The pool itself does have a skimmer function that is designed to also skim the surface of the pool. It is called a skimmer and it is designed so the pump sucks water from the surface collecting leaves and debris in the pump basket to be removed during the weekly visit.
A standard run cycle is 6 to 8 hours. This allows for every gallon of water in the pool to flow and filtrate through the pump and filter during each daily cycle. The number of hours should be increased for summer operations. The hotter weather allows for algae to grow at a much faster rate. The extended run times help prevent this algae growth.
Variable Speed Pumps
Variable speed pumps are the most modern and energy efficient way to keep your pool flowing. Almost all new construction since 2014 will have a variable speed pump. There is tremendous energy savings as well as other features that allow a variable speed pump to protect itself from motor overheating.
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