There are a plethora of ways which you as a fibreglass pool owner will be able to keep your pool squeaky clean which you may or may not have heard of. While we do continue to mention more technical aspects within the articles that follow. This article will outline basic cleaning techniques.
One of the most important aspects of a clean pool is without a doubt the water level. Water levels need to be 3 inches above the bottom of the skimmer opening so as to allow for water to flow, skimming and cleaning surface debris. Should water levels become too low (causing the pump to run dry) while the pump is running you may cause exponential damage to your pool pump.
Inspect the filters in your system on a regular basis (every 2 weeks), a pressure indication of 4 pounds will possibly indicate a dirty filter cartridge. Remember to clean your system with the pump turned off, and once the filter is removed, clean it with a running hose and not a brush. Reinstall the filter with the pump turned off and then proceed to switch it back on once it has been completely assembled.
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A close cousin of pH, the level of alkalinity in the water is a measurement of all the alkaline substances found in the pool water. Alkalinity is defined as the ability of the water to resist changes in pH. Low alkalinity is raised by the addition of a base such as sodium bicarbonate. High levels of alkalinity are lowered by the addition of an acid.
A very important component of water balance, alkalinity should be maintained in the 80-120 ppm range. Levels should be tested weekly.
When we speak of scale, we are talking about Calcium Carbonate that has deposited itself on surfaces. The test for Calcium Hardness is a measure of how hard or soft the water is. Hard water can have high levels of calcium and magnesium. If these levels are too high, the water becomes saturated and will throw off excess particles out of solution, which then seek to deposit themselves on almost any surface inside the pool. This is calcium carbonate scale, a whitish, crystallized rough spot. If the levels are too low, the water is under saturated. The water becomes aggressive as it attempts to obtain the calcium it needs. Such soft water will actually corrode surfaces inside the pool which contain calcium and other minerals to maintain its hardness.
If your Calcium Hardness levels are too high, you can use TSP to lower the levels, or a product called Hydroquest. It can also be accomplished by dilution (adding water to the pool which has a lower calcium hardness content). Levels which are too low require the addition of calcium chloride. Recommended range for calcium hardness is 200 – 400 ppm.
Levels should be tested weekly.
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Algae spores constantly enter the pool, brought in by wind, rain or even contaminated swimsuits or equipment and a bloom can occur overnight. Caused by out of balance water, high pH and low chlorine, warm temperatures, sunlight and presence of nitrates and/or carbon dioxide, improper circulation, filtration and sanitation. Algae is not only unsightly, it will clog up the pores in a filter and require greater quantities of chemicals.
Very common and easy to treat with basic chemicals
Small black spots with a root system, very difficult to treat]
Usually found in shady areas or shaded pools, treat harshly
A bacterial slime that forms in corners and on pool equipment
Regular brushing of seemingly clean pools is not only good exercise for you, but prevents dirt from harboring in the pores of the plaster, which is a good start for an algae colony. The use of specialty chemicals or algaecides is highly recommended:
We need a process specific to fibreglass pools here please. Read through above information and check that it is also relevant. It talks about plaster and about algae that you don;t get in fibre glass pools.
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Drowning can occur in a split second to people of all ages and swimming ability. Drowning is a silent death, not accompanied by screaming or splashing. Educate yourself and your family to the hazards of drowning and take precautions at every opportunity: