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The Benefits of Saltwater Chlorination for Swimming Pools

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Why Should You Consider Switching to Saltwater?

Saltwater chlorination systems are a significant upgrade from your run-of-the-mill chlorine-heavy counterparts. With the simple addition and maintenance of a saline mixture no different than the table salt you use at home, you can cut costs and enjoy healthier, more natural water!

The Water
That’s an important aspect of any pool! The saltwater produced by saltwater chlorination systems contain 1/10th the salt of seawater, so you don’t have to worry about burning your eyes. In fact, mild saltwater has fewer negative effects on you than chlorine water does. No more red eyes, discolored hair, itchy skin, or faded swimsuits, and you can say goodbye to that heavy chlorine smell! Better yet, the more natural saltwater composition is much healthier for allergy sufferers and asthmatics.

Maintenance
If you prefer easy pool care, saltwater is the way to go! Along with practically cleaning itself via a chlorine converter, saltwater chlorination systems require less in the way of chemicals, making them a clean and environmental choice. On top of that, algae grows much more slowly due to the absence of stabilizer, a chemical used to offset the harshness of chlorine. The salt solution may corrode certain metals and improperly sealed stone, though this won’t be an issue if you practice proper maintenance.

Cost
Now, don’t let the price scare you away; the long-term benefits of switching to saltwater far outweigh the initial cost. Saltwater chlorination systems are much cheaper to maintain in the long run, since they require less in the way of chemicals. Salt is cheaper than chlorine, after all. If you convert your standard pool into a saltwater pool, you’ll make up the cost in only two years.

Ease of Installation
Saltwater systems are versatile! They can be used in any body of water you’d like, from hot tubs to commercial pools. Installation of saltwater purification systems is easy enough that you can do it yourself.

By | 2017-01-16T19:35:42+00:00 June 30th, 2014|Swimming Pool Maintenance|0 Comments

Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

Summertime is around the corner, which means the pool covers will be coming off. Odds are, what you find under there will be a leafy chemical soup that isn’t suited for leisurely swims. By following a few maintenance guidelines, you can have your swimming pool clean and ready for the hotter seasons in no time.

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Hopefully, you kept your swimming pool filled during the winter months. The water table, which is the natural water level in the ground, can actually lift your pool out of the ground if it is empty. That would mean severe damage to the structure, likely resulting in a full replacement. Expensive, unfortunate, and unnecessary. Unless you’re explicitly aware of the water table level in your area, do not empty your pool in winter.

Replacing broken or misplaced drains and suction supplies can save you a lot of money in the long run. A leaky suction can pull air into the system, which can cause pumps to run dry then freeze. Suffice it to say, repairs/replacements are not cheap. In order to check if you have an air leak, run your equipment and look at the water coming from your return lines. An excess of air bubbles signal a leak, so you’ll know what to replace.

You may not feel as though you need a professional to check your pool’s water, but better safe than sorry. Chemical balance is a huge factor of pool safety. Take a sample of your pool water and bring it in to a local swimming pool store. They will test the mineral content, alkalinity, pH levels, and chlorine levels, then tell you which needs adjustment and by how much.

Here are the recommended levels:

  • pH levels between 7.2 and 7.4. Your pool’s pH level controls how much chlorine will change into hypochlorous acid. Soda ash will increase the pH levels, while muriatic acid/sodium bisulfate will cause a decrease.
  • Overall alkalinity between 80 and 120. Alkalinity affects the consistency of pH levels in your pool, so a regulated alkaninity will result in easier-to-manipulate pH levels. Apply sodium bicarbonate to increase alkalinity, and muriatic acid to decrease it.
  • Calcium hardness between 150ppm to 250ppm. This depends heavily on the hardness of the water used. Softer water will absorb much more calcium from its environment. Without maintenance, it can absorb grout from tiles, marble dust, or even vinyl. Calcium chloride can be used to control the hardness levels.
  • Chlorine from 1ppm to 3ppm. Cyanauric-based tablets can be placed in your pool to effectively dampen the sun’s ability to burn off chlorine. Pool sunscreen, in a manner of speaking.

For more information, or to talk with a pool professional about your remodeling plan, contact Lifetime Pools today!

By | 2017-01-16T19:35:43+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Swimming Pool Maintenance|0 Comments

Causes and Remedies for Swimming Pool Water Problems

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While regular maintenance can keep a pool looking beautiful, it will not prevent all potential issues. If you’ve noticed some unusual and/or consistent abnormalities with your pool, this list may prove an invaluable resource in helping you find a solution.

Foamy Water

In most cases, foam forming along the pool’s edge relates to higher levels of shampoo, soft water, dissolved skin cream, or algaecide in the water. Hot tubs and smaller swimming pools are particularly susceptible to this condition. Balancing the water should resolve this issue, but if it does not, you can buy a de-foamer at almost any pool supply store.

Milky or Cloudy Water

Clouded water is more common in outdoor pools, but the variety of possible causes makes the real one hard to determine. By performing these steps in order, you can potentially resolve the issue without needed to call a professional:

  • Check disinfectant levels; add more if low
  • If the chlorine levels are adequate, check the pump. Loose wires or triggered circuit breakers may cause erratic functionality, or stop the pump altogether.
  • Finally, make sure the strainer lid is tightly secured.

Green Water

The most common cause of green water is algae, but if treating the pool for algae has no effect, it may be caused by the presence of trace metals. Copper from heating elements or older, corroded pipes may be leaching into the water. If this is the case, a sequestering or chelating agent may prove an effective solution.

(Ref: Ezine Articles)

By | 2017-07-13T15:48:51+00:00 August 16th, 2012|Swimming Pool Maintenance|0 Comments