Why is filtration important to the quality of swimming pool water?
How do I know when it’s time to clean my swimming pool filter?
There is water leaking out of my waste line! What should I do?
Why do I need to shock my swimming pool?
Once “combined chlorine” forms, it acts as a very poor disinfectant, contributing to eye and skin irritations and the forming of unpleasant chlorine odor. Swimming pools with this problem are often inaccurately accused of having too much chlorine. Routine shock treatment is necessary to destroy combined chlorine compounds and restore the chlorine sanitizer to “free chlorine” efficiency. A swimming pool can be shock treated by adding large doses of chlorine, commonly referred to as super chlorination.
My swimming pool has a very strong chlorine odor. Is there too much chlorine in my pool?
Too much combined chlorine in your swimming pool causes the ammonia-like odor. When the combined chlorine level reaches 0.2 ppm or more, it is time to shock your water. Shocking will eliminate the odor.
I added algaecide to my swimming pool, but the algae didn’t go away. What did I do wrong?
In addition to properly dosing your water, it is also recommended that the algaecide be added in the morning on a bright sunny day for best results. Algae are plants and grow in the presence of sunlight. Adding algaecide during algae’s best growth time will increase intake of the algaecide and make it more effective. Brushing the algae off the walls at least once daily will also help expedite algae removal. Brushing the dead cells away makes the living algae more vulnerable to the algaecide.
I have heard of people talking about pink algae. What is that and how do I treat it?
What does “Vacuum to Waste” mean?
Why don’t I have any suction when I’m vacuuming?
Your pump system should not require any adjustment to the valves to vacuum. But in some cases you may need to create suction only from the skimmer by closing the valves to the other suction lines. Be careful because closing the valve too far will cause the pump to starve for water. If the pump begins to shudder and make interesting noises, open the valves until this ceases.
If you still cannot get suction, check that the filter pressure is not high by checking the pressure gauge or placing your hand in front of the return. The pump basket, and skimmer basket must be clean. Also, make sure the vacuum head is not clogged by stones, acorns, or other debris.
When I vacuum, sometimes I see dirt come back in through the returns, what causes this?
How do I care for and store my robot cleaner?
2. The robotic cleaner is not designed to run on an extension cord. It is not recommended but if you must use an extension cord make sure the cord is as heavy duty as possible and as short as possible.
3. After each time the clean is used the cord must be disconnected from the power supply and unraveled to prevent kinking and damage. Simply disconnect and walk the cord away from the robotic cleaner and let it spin out any twists.
4. The bag on the robotic cleaner should be removed and hosed off after each cleaning. If the bag is very dirty it can be put in the washing machine on gentle cycle with detergent, then put back on the robotic cleaner to dry.
5. Do not drag or roll the robotic cleaner over on the pool deck. And scuffs or jagged edges on a cleaner can cut and damage liners. Inspect the robot often for any sharp or jagged edges!
6. At the end of the season it is required that the robotic cleaner, cord, and power supply be brought inside a warm garage or house for winter storage. -FREEZING WILL DAMAGE THE ROBOTIC CLEANER!
All questions and concerns can usually be answered at www.smartpool.com which has some videos and manuals for your cleaner. If not please call Yorktown pools.
Can I swim with the Nitro Automatic cleaner in the swimming pool?
Can I swim with my solar cover on the pool?
How can I check to see if my water loss is from evaporation?
My pool water is cloudy and I can’t clear it up. What could be causing this?
Several things could be the cause.
First, check to make sure that the pH is within proper range. If the pH is within range, it could be that you have a dirty filter and it needs to be cleaned. If you have a sand filter, this doesn’t necessarily mean to replace the sand, but to use a filter cleaner that will remove both organic materials and minerals.
Check to make sure the sanitizer in the swimming pool is in proper range. If it is not, raise the level. Another cause could be the amount of calcium in the water. If too much calcium is present, it can become cloudy. Also make sure that you are running your filtering system long enough each day. Most swimming pool problems are more filtration then chemical balance.
What should I do if my liner comes out of bead?
What should I use to touch-up or repaint my coping?
Why are there bubbles coming out of my returns?
Bubbles indicate that air is getting into the system somewhere between the skimmer and the pump (suction side) Check the following things to try to alleviate the problem:
- Make sure the gasket around the pump lid is not cracked or kinked and is seated correctly
- Be sure the pump plugs are tight and the o-rings around them are not cracked
- Be sure the union in front of the pump is tight and the o-ring in it is good
- Check that the water level is high enough, keeping the skimmer from drawing air
Bubbles up or down on the solar cover?
Do I need to clean my mesh winter cover?
We understand risks accompany the addition of pools and spas on your property, so our main rule of thumb is to always be prepared!
At Yorktown Pools & Spas, we recommend using resources such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) or the Pool Safety Council (www.poolsafetycouncil.org) to become educated on the dangers and prevention methods for keeping you and your family safe.
Yorktown Pools & Spas’ Pool Safety 101
- Never remove the No Dive signs from any swimming pool or spa
- Always have an adult supervising children in or around the swimming pool
- Install a fence or barrier around your swimming pool or spa
- Keep a phone near the swimming pool area
- Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills in case of an emergency
- Have first aid equipment available at the swimming pool or spa
- Always have your swimming pool and spa cover inspected by a reliable resource