Have Questions?

How do I prevent algae growth?

First things first. Make sure the filter is clean, baskets are not clogged, and your basic water chemistry is balanced. (i.e. chlorine, pH., conditioner) If problems persist we like to start with phosphorus removers and then move to copper/silver algaecides.

Should I drain my pool down due to rainstorms?

No, accept the free water and let the level come down naturally. A common misconception is that the pool will suddenly flood into the house. If the pool level gets to the top, it will simply run onto the deck and follow the path of the deck water.

How does phosphorus effect my pool?

Algae feeds on phosphorus. So the higher the levels in your pool, the more algae growth you will experience.

What is conditioner? Why do I need it?

Conditioner is the layman’s term for cyanuric acid. Cyanuric acid provides a molecular bond to chlorine to extend the life of chlorine in the pool. Without it, maintaining a chlorine residual between service calls would be impossible, resulting in cloudy, algae conditions. Our company checks conditioner levels throughout the year, and adds when necessary.

What can I do to lower my electric bill?

The main thing is to make sure your pump horsepower is the minimum you need to keep your pool sparkling clear. Too many pools built before 2005 have pump motors that have horse power that is way more than what is needed. Many pumps can be modified to draw less power, or a new pump may be in order. Over-sized pump motors cause huge electric bills, add pressure to filters/grids, and cause more frequent filter cleanings.

Quite often we can save our customers $500-$1000 per year on electricity. Also, as policy, we adjust time clocks seasonally to reflect the needs of your pool. Pump motors can run for much less time in the middle of winter as opposed to the heat of summer. It depends on your situation.

My pool always seems to be cloudy, what can I do?

You may have low conditioner levels, your filter may have holes in the grids or may need new cartridges. Or, you may just need a clarifier.

What is black algae?

“Black Algae” (actually called blue-green algae) typically grows in cracks and crevices on pool surfaces. Black algae is normally found growing in shady areas of the pool, however it can be found in lighter areas as well. It is known for a heavy slime layer and is impervious to normal chlorine levels (1.0 – 2.5 ppm). Slight cracks in plaster or fiberglass walls are perfect breeding grounds for black algae especially when the pool is not properly maintained.

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