Successfully maintaining above-ground pools results in healthy,
crystal clear, inviting pool water, and long equipment life. Doing
it right is easy and involves just a few steps:
Pool Water Balancing
A properly balanced pool has water which is neither too acidic
(low pH) nor too alkaline (high pH), and which has the correct
calcium hardness and total alkalinity levels. Correct balance
ensures optimal performance of your sanitizer system to keep
bacteria in check. It also minimizes corrosion or scale buildup on
pools or parts, and makes the water feel smooth and comfortable
while helping to prevent eye and skin irritation.
Strips we can determine water chemistry levels:
||Twice a week
||80 - 150 ppm
||Twice a week
||7.4 to 7.8
||200 - 400 ppm
*above chemistry levels may vary slightly with different systems.
Low pH (which cannot be brought up into range with
Alkalinity Control alone) can be raised by adding
||Low TA and pH can cause
corrosion. High TA and pH can cause staining and scale
formation. TA & pH which is in proper balance also promotes
Low hardness is raised by adding
High hardness can be decreased by draining a portion of the water
and diluting with fresh source water. Treating with
Control will also help sequester calcium as well as other pool
staining metallics such as iron and magnesium which are present in
||Water with the proper
hardness level feels better to the skin and is better for
equipment longevity. Low hardness levels can also result in
Pool Water Sanitizing
Healthy pools require the use of a sanitizer system
to kill bacteria and prevent algae. Although the most common pool sanitizers
are chlorine products (available in tablets, which are
dispensed in a float, as well as in granular form) there are
Alternative sanitizers are becoming more popular, as
people prefer to reduce their chlorine exposure. For 12-18 ft. above ground pools, we recommend the high-effective and economical new Flippin' Frog mineral/reduced chlorine system. For in-ground and
above-ground pools using a cartridge filtration system, we recommend the Nature2
CF Mineral Sanitizer because it greatly reduces the amount of
chlorine residual required. It's simple to install, requires very
maintenance, is very economical, and is gentler to the pool's vinyl
liner. If your above-ground or in-ground pool has a sand or DE
Express is an excellent choice for pools up to 25,000
||Alternative sanitizer systems
such as Nature2 have less odor and are gentler to skin,
eyes, hair, and swimsuits. They also require less
AquaChek Select or AquaChek Yellow
Strips we can determine chlorine levels:
||Once or twice a week
||Twice a week
||1.0 - 3.0 ppm
|*Nature2 CF requires 1-2 ppm during
startup period. Consult instructions.
Nature2 CF System
CF drops right into your pool's pleated filter
cartridge. No complicated installation or extra
equipment to buy. Water flows through its mineral sanitizer, destroying
microorganisms without high chlorine
Refer to Nature2 CF manual for start-up, required filtration times, and
installation information. Not compatible with biguanides, bromine
or copper based algaecides. For
cartridge filter systems only.
After installation, the pool water is superoxidized
with chlorine according to the manufacturer's instructions. This
burns off contaminants and activates the Nature 2 cartridge. We
Granules, pre-dissolved in a clean
plastic pail of water. After initial super-oxidation, the
circulating pump is run for the time period specified in the
instructions, maintaining 1-2 ppm free chlorine. Trichlor or other
EPA registered pool chlorine products may also be used.
Upon completion of the initial startup period, let
the chlorine level dissipate to 0.5 ppm, and maintain that level.
(Do not enter the pool if chlorine level is above 3 ppm). Follow the
pool manufacturer's instructions for keeping the pool pump in proper
working order, and operate at least six hours per day. Nature
2 CF is designed to sanitize pools from 5,000 to 25,000 gallons, and
lasts 4 months.
|Nature2 Express System
For above ground pools with sand or DE
filters, we recommend the inline
Express. It's quite easy to install, and features an
economical replacement cartridge. Another
earth-friendly product from Zodiac Pool Care.
||With cartridge versions for larger pools (up to 30,000 gallons) PoolRX is the eco-friendly solution that simplifies pool care, reduces chemical usage, and lowers overall cost of maintenance. Pool RX improves your swimming pool experience with mineral technology and makes water sparkle. PoolRx contains a proprietary blend of minerals that continuously eliminate algae for up to 6 months.
Conventional Chlorine Sanitizing Systems
If you prefer a traditional chlorine pool sanitizer,
there are several options including
Tablets in a
Dichlor Granules. These will require maintaining a higher
residual free chlorine level than with Nature2 CF. Apply according
to the manufacturer's instructions.
If using a typical non-stabilized chlorine sanitizer
such as Trichlor, the use of cyanuric acid
Conditioner/Stabilizer is required to slow the breakdown of
active chlorine caused by sunlight. Cyanuric acid is also measured
Using a good pool water clarifier eliminates cloudy
water caused by oils, sunscreens, lotions and cosmetics, as well as
organic matter and dirt.
Natural Clarifier for pools. Unlike synthetic
petroleum-based clarifiers, Sea Klear actually removes oils
from the water. It's earth-friendly and contains no harsh or
SeaKlear also reduces unwanted metals, but
does not interfere with metal ions from ionizers or mineral-based
purifiers... so it's the only clarifier that we recommend for use
with Nature2 products.
Almost every pool owner has had to deal with
cloudy water caused by occasional algae blooms. Our
Algaecide 60 is the best algaecide we have found and is very
effective to eliminate all types of swimming pool algae. It is
concentrated and very economical to use.
Unlike copper-based products, Total
Algaecide 60 is poly-based and 100% compatible with Nature 2
and other mineral sanitizers, as well as chlorine or
problems can be caused by sunlight, warm temperatures, water
imbalance, and the presence of nitrates-- all of which can
be part of the swimming pool environment.
Shocking Your Pool
When your pool is used, compounds called chloramines
are formed when organic contaminants such as suntan oils,
perspiration, cosmetics, and other foreign matter enter the water
and then combine with the pool's chlorine residual. This combined
chlorine has no sanitizing ability and produces a strong chlorine
odor. It can cause red eyes, cloudy water, and promote the formation
of bacteria and algae.
Periodic shock treatments break down these
chloramines and oxidize organic contaminants. We recommend
Dichlor if needed, per the label directions. (Do not
enter the pool if the residual chlorine is above 3 ppm). In
oxidizing shock is an odor free, monopersulfate (MPS) compound
which also promotes cleaner, clearer water, while reducing
chloramines. Safe for vinyl liner pools and may be applied several times per week to help
maintain great water quality. Follow label directions for use.
Cleaning & Periodic Pool Maintenance
Keeping your pool free of dirt, scum and accumulated
debris is essential for maintaining water quality. Remove floating
leaves with a
Net attached to a
Pole. Use a
Brush for the pool sides.
Maintain your filtration system, per the
filters should be cleaned periodically and replaced annually.
Use the filter rotation method by keeping a clean dry spare filter
cartridge on hand. Our liquid
Filter Cleaner works on all types of pool filters: DE, Sand, as
well as pleated filter cartridges.
|The Blaster Automatic Filter
Cleaner makes short work of cartridge
maintenance and is available in two sizes to
accommodate the length of your pleated cartridge:
Protect the exterior surfaces of vinyl pool
sidewalls from fading, cracking and UV damage with
Aerospace Protectant. It will keep your pool looking like
303 Protectant is also great for winter pool covers.
It blocks surface sun damage, greatly prolonging cover
life. Nothing works better than 303!