Salt pools are still sanitized by chlorine. The difference is the salt cell, control board, and salt in the water. As water passes through the salt cell, the sodium chloride (salt) molecule is converted to chlorine through a process called electrolysis.
Swimming pools should be fully serviced once a week. Pools can turn green quickly if not regularly maintained. Heavy debris, faulty/failing parts, and chemical burn off can transform a blue pool to a green pool in a matter of days. A clean pool does not mean a healthy pool. Make sure your pool is properly serviced once a week.
A good rule is to run your system 1 hour per 10 degrees outside, daily. This means less time in colder months and more time during hot weather. Running your system the appropriate amount of time per day is important for chemical circulation, water sanitization, and equipment health. If you are concerned with high electric bills, as pool pumps are the second highest electric consuming appliance in the household, you may want to upgrade to a variable speed pump.
There are 3 types of filters. In order of filtration strength: Sand, Cartridge, and DE. Sand filters must be backwashed twice per month and have the sand changed out every 5 years on average. Cartridge filters do not get backwashed but must be taken apart and cleaned 2-4 times per year. DE filters need to be backwashed once per month and recharged with DE powder. They also must be taken apart and cleaned 2-4 times per year.
Salt cells require cleaning every 3 months.
There are many reasons why a pump may not prime up. Heavy debris in the pump/skimmer baskets, clogged/broken impeller, compressed/dry gaskets, insufficient water level in the pool, clogged valves/plumbing, or a suction leak. We inspect and address for all of these, every visit.
First, verify that the system is on. Second, verify that the cleaner is not stuck on debris (check inside the cleaner as well). Third, make sure the hoses are secured and not leaking. If all of these check out, the cleaner may need repair/replacement.
Pool water may become cloudy if the pool was recently shocked. Additionally, the culprit may be chemical imbalance, algae, or debris. Most commonly, cloudy water is due to a faulty or clogged filter.
Pools need to be chemically balanced and cleaned once a week. Part of cleaning the pool is brushing and vacuuming weekly as algae prevention. If the pool has a high chlorine reading but algae is still present, there are 2 possible factors. If your stabilizer (or cyanuric acid) level is high, your pool water has a high total dissolved solids reading, which will prevent chlorine from being effective in your pool. If your stabilizer reading is in range, your pool may have phosphates. Phosphates are essentially algae food and are found in many things. Shampoo, organic plant matter, and laundry detergent to name a few. Test for phosphates and adjust accordingly. All of these chemicals are checked regularly with our services.
Cyanuric acid has many names: CYA, conditioner, and stabilizer. Cyanuric acid safeguards chlorine from UV and allows it to stay in the water longer. Too little of this chemical in your pool, and chlorine will burn off at an accelerated rate. Too much of this chemical, and your chlorine demand will soar, causing the pool to require much more chlorine. Every chlorine tablet is made up of mostly cyanuric acid, leading to an elevated level after 2 years of use. For this reason, pools must be drained and refilled with fresh water every 2 years.
This is a very popular question we receive. For pools with heavy staining, we recommend an acid wash. For pools with severe algae problems, we recommend a chlorine bath. It is very important that you hire a professional for these services as a lot can go wrong without experience.