Yes. We'd be happy to take a look at your specific system and determine what can be done.
It is important that your system be drained for winter so that the water does not freeze, expand and burst the solar panel(s).
Every pool is different. Run time is dependent on filter type, size, flow rate, bather load, chemical balance and maintenance routine.
Your pool should turn over (all the water runs through the filter) twice a day during the hottest months.
In general, summer months average run time for our area should be 8-10 hours.
The easiest way to approximate the time is 1 hour for every 10 degrees temperature. If the average temperature is in the 80's, then run your filter for 8 hours.
When you run your filter the proper amount of time you have less chance of ending up with algae and/or cloudy water.
Your pool filter is fundamental to keeping your pool clean.
The easiest way to know that it is time to clean your filter is when the filter pressure rises by about 5-10 psi from its "clean" number.
When this happens, then it is time to clean your filter.
If your filter pump is running the recommended hours each day and your water is chemically balanced, but you still have algae, it is recommended that your filter be cleaned.
We are very experienced in filter cleanings for the various types and manufacturers and are happy to perform this service for you.
Even when your pool water chemicals are properly balanced, algae can occasionally appear.
There are a variety of forms of algae and it can appear for several reasons. Algae spores are all around us.
They are microscopic, single-cell organisms that can be blown into a pool by the wind, carried into a pool in rainfall, or even brought into a pool on swimmers' bathing suits or skin.
These tiny spores will bloom under conditions such as warm weather, low water circulation and too short filtration time.
When this occurs, algae is likely to be an unsightly bright green, mustard yellow, or black.
There are three main factors that enhance algae growth.
First in inadequate filtration. Your water needs daily filtration and circulation to remain clear. Anything that slows or stops water flow from the pool to the filter encourages algae growth.
Clogged skimmer baskets, a pump motor that does not work properly, a dirty or damaged filter, or inadequate pump run time can all contribute to algae growth.
One of the first indicators of a filtration problem is hazy or cloudy water. Unchecked cloudy water can lead to full algae bloom very quickly.
Secondly, algae can develop when chlorine is depleted. The lower the level of chlorine, the more risk of an algae bloom.
Chlorine depletion can occur from sunlight, temperature, evaporation, number of swimmers and the frequency of use. The use of a stabilizer will help slow chlorine depletion.
The third factor is the simple fact that algae thrives in a dirty pool.
Leaves, dirt and debris left on the pool floor for an extended length of time can promote algae and also can lead to staining.
The longer debris stays on the bottom, the greater the likelihood of algae bloom and staining.
Yes. Please call us to make an appointment and we'd be happy to take a look and provide you with an estimate for the recommended service.
Sometimes green pools can be managed through intense chemical treatments and other times severely green pools require draining, refilling, and new chemicals.
Congratulations on your new pool. We are experienced in "new pool" start up and would be happy to provide you with an estimate.
It is important that the chemicals balance be right as you bring your new pool into service. We wish you many years of enjoyment on your new pool.