How can I tell if my pool has a leak?
Simply fill a bucket with pool water and put it in the pool so that the water level of the bucket and the pool are the same. If the water level in the pool is lower than the water level in the bucket
after one week, you probably have a leak. This method is relatively reliable, because the condensation behavior is the same in both tanks. If you determine you have a leak or dont want to have it
profesionally done call our friends at Sneaky Leaks @ 812-230-4088, or visit them online at sneakyleaks.net
What is balanced water?
Water is known as the universal solvent. It seeks to dissolve everything that it comes into contact with. That includes your pool's surface, pump, filter,
heater, plumbing, you name it. Balanced water is water that is chemically maintained within very strict tolerances to reduce its impact on your pool components.
Pool water can be in one of three states; scaling, aggressive/corrosive, or equilibrium. Corrosive/aggressive water can etch pool surfaces, corrode heater coils
and cause premature wear on the pump/filter systems. Scaling water can deposit minerals (calcium) on tiles, surfaces and inside plumbing lines and pumps. Balanced water has reached equilibrium. It's
mineral saturation has been satisfied so it doesn't pull them from your pool walls, which adds years to your pool finish. Moreover, it does not drop minerals out of solution where it forms calcium
scales on tiles and aggregate. The pH is steady so it does not allow intermittent or long term corrosiveness, thereby preventing premature wear on finishes and pump/filter components.
Why is my pool green?!!?
The most obvious is poor circulation. Even water that contains adequate chlorine can form algae or turn cloudy if there's no circulation. If you're pump is
running 6-8 hours per day, and your filter is relatively clean and no obstruction in flow exists, circulation is probably fine.
It could also be that the level of phosphates in your water is extremely high. Phosphate is algae food. The more there is, the more food algae has to grow on.
Make sure your pool service measures phosphates and kills it. Many pool services rely solely on shocking with chlorine to remove algae. Shocking does that, but it does NOT remove phosphate. In fact,
when algae are killed they release phosphates back into the water where it fuels subsequent algae blooms. After shocking, phosphate killer should be used to remove the algea-growing food released
after algae have been killed.
Normally, when chlorine levels are maintained and water still turns green, it's the stabilizer level that's to blame. Stabilizer (cyanuric acid) is added to
pools to keep UV rays from burning off chlorine. It binds with chlorine and protects it from the UV rays. Excess amounts have a negative effect, rendering the chlorine powerless. If this is the case,
you may find that it takes many times the normal amount of chlorine to keep algae at bay.
Stabilizer levels should be maintained at 30-50 PPM. If you've maintained your pool on a strict diet of chlorine tablets, there's a good chance your stabilizer
level has risen to 100 PPM or even higher. Tablets are stabilized and their constant use causes an excess build up. When that happens, you'll need much more chlorine than normall to keep your pool
sanitized. There is no way to reduce stabilizer levels except by draining pool water.
What is alkalinity?
Alkalinity is the water's ability to withstand changes in pH. Additions of chlorine can cause swings in pH, as can rain water, acid additions and other chemical
additions. When the alkalinity is within a very specific range, the water has the ability to buffer these pH changes, thereby allowing a more steady-state pH.
Call us at 812-249-4037 for a WATER ANALYSIS.
From a water chemistry standpoint, your pool service should analyze the pH, chlorine, and alkalinity each week. Every two to three weeks they should analyze for
stabilizer levels and calcium. Every four to six weeks they should check for phosphate buildup. Every three to 6 months they should analyze for metal buildup.
From a systems standpoint, your service should check the operation of your filter and pump each week. As well, they should inspect for water or air leaks in
plumbing lines. At least monthly, your filter should be cleaned and inspected (cartridge). If you have a sand filter, it should be backwashed every 4-6 weeks. If you have a DE filter, it should be
backwashed and re-charged with DE every month.