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Q. What does it take to maintain a swimming pool in Gilbert, Arizona?
A. While every pool has its own little ecosystem in play, all pools need the following tasks completed on a weekly basis: Empty all baskets (skimmer, pump, leaf trap(s)), test for free chlorine, combined chlorine, ph, and total alkalinity - adjust as necessary. Monitor filter pressure and backwash as needed. Brush walls and steps. Test equipment and check for leaks / proper operation. Ensure cleaning system is operating properly. Remove all large debris from pool. It would also be beneficial to keep a written record of water chemistry and filter pressure. In addition, you will need to clean and lubricate o-rings and seals 2 to 3 times per year, test for total dissolved solids, calcium hardness, and cyanuric acid levels twice per year. Basically everything we do as part of our Gilbert pool service. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to clean it 2 to 4 times per year.

Q. Why is my pool green?
A. The answer to this question is very pool specific, but here are a few things to check. Are all the baskets clear? Has the filter been backwashed / cleaned? Has the chemistry been monitored / adjusted on a regular basis? Did you test for phosphates? (Most pool stores will not perform this test unless specifically requested) Is the cya level above 200ppm?

Q. How do I recover my green pool?
A. Again, this is a very pool specific question, but here's a start. Clean out all baskets, with filter pump running - brush or vacuum complete pool depending on amount of dirt/debris. Backwash (if DE or sand filter) Shock pool using manufacturer's recommended dose (I use trichloro-s-triazinetrione) and add clarifier as recommended. If that doesn't work, give us a call!

Q. How often should I clean my filter?
A. It depends on the size of filter to size of pool ratio, among other things. Usually about 2 or 3 times a year. As a general rule the pool filter should be cleaned when the pressure rises 8 to 10 psi above clean pressure.


Q. Does my pool need year-round maintenance?
A. Yes! Although chemical consumption does drop considerably during the winter, the pool equipment still needs to be maintained on a regular basis.

Q. Will my pool crack if I drain it?
A. While drianing your pool when the ambient temperature will be over 80 degrees fahrenheit will greatly increase the chances of cracking (especially plaster finishes), there is always a chance of cracking. Leaving a pool drained for extended periods of time (weeks or months), will almost always result in some cracking

Q. How long should my pool pump be running?
A. This is a pool specific question. During the winter months you could get away with 2 to 3 hours a day and during the summer months it will be more like 8 to 10 hrs. Run times will vary depending on size of pool to pump and filter ratios, what type of filter ( sand, DE, or cartridge ), whether or not you have a salt system or ozone generator, and what the bather/debris load is.

Q. Why is algae growing in my pool even though chlorine is present?
A. The most common reason is phosphates, closely followed by a dirty filter. Other reasons could be a clogged or broken pump impeller, "old" water (high cyanuric acid and total dissolved solids), or it could simply be a lack of brushing.

Q. What are phosphates?
A. A phosphate, an inorganic chemical, is a salt of phosphoric acid. In organic chemistry, a phosphate, or organophosphate, is an ester of phosphoric acid. Organic phosphates are important in biochemistry and biogeochemistry or ecology. Inorganic phosphates are mined to obtain phosphorus for use in agriculture and industry. IT GOES ON!! Basically it's algae food.

Q. Where do phosphates come from?
A. The environment. Bird droppings (especially ducks), will cause problems, dogs (especially outdoor dogs) are a common source, yard clippings (cutting your grass next to the pool on a windy day = not a good idea), fertilizer, even some sun block lotions. The list goes on, but these are the most common sources.

Q. What's the best type of pool filter?
A. Best filtration / most maintenance = DE
Good filtration / moderate maintenance = Cartridge
Acceptable filtration / minimal maintenance = Sand

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