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How to remove the black, green and yellow algae from the pool? 

To make sure that your pool is algae free, rigorously brush the floor and wall of the pool, get rid of any debris using a net. Get the floor vacuumed to remove the dust from the bottom. Make sure the pH levels are correct, and the pool filters are running, and the water has been shocked. 

What to do after the pool has been sanitized? 

You should, in all circumstances, avoid getting into the pool for the next 26 hours. The sanitization ensures that growth of the undesirable bacteria and microorganisms is stopped. If you disturb the pool water after the treatment, then it will hamper with the process.  

How can I get rid of phosphates from my pool? 

Different items like leaves, makeup, body lotions, accessories etc. contaminate you pool with phosphates. You need to remove the algae from the pool walls and floor and keep in mind that the water pH and alkalinity levels are in check and accordance to the prescribed value. 

Pool preparations to do before the summer season comes? 

The preparations can be broken down to a few points like, first of all, get the water level back up. Then clean the filters and get the water pH between 7.2-7.4, get the water tested, the calcium hardness should be between 150ppm to 250ppm, the alkalinity between 80 to 120 and chlorine should be in between 1 ppm to 3 ppm. After all this, you just need for the water to get filtered for 3-4 days and you are ready for summer. 

What is the appropriate pH for the pool water? 

The pH level plays a significant role in maintaining the hygiene of the pool and also to avoid pool equipment breakdown. The ideal pH is in between 7.0 to 7.6 for the swimming pool water. 

How to treat cloudy water in the swimming pool? 

Get rid of all the debris from the pool, vacuum the surface and walls properly. Remove all the algae that may be developing. After this balance, the free chlorine levels and then eliminate ammonia. Lastly get the pH levels, TA levels and Calcium hardness levels under control. 

How does rainwater affect the pool water? 

Along with rainwater the winds also deposit sand, leaves and small branches in the pool, so vacuum and filter the pool surface and water. The rainwater mixes up the pool water chemical balance, to make it appropriate again you need to get the water tested and make sure that the pH, alkalinity and calcium hardness levels are all back to normal.  

Can I get pus-filled rashes from my swimming pool? 

Usually, this problem emerges in a heated pool, when they are not correctly sanitized as advised by the professionals. This condition is caused by the bacteria called Pseudomonas Dermatitis, also known as the “hot pool rash”. In this, you will find pus-filled blisters near your hair roots etc. 

Why did I develop an ear infection after being in my swimming pool? 

You may have a case of the swimmer’s ear, which is an outer ear canal infection. The cause of this may be that your pool water has undesirable bacteria; the water might have stayed in your ear for a long time, which resulted in this infection. 

Can I get a bacterial infection from the pool water? 

The bacteria called cryptosporidium contaminates the pool water, this bacteria is found in the feces, no matter how cleanly we wipe after excreting, traces of this bacteria can still get into the pool water if we enter into the pool without showering. Symptoms can trouble you for two weeks. 

What causes skin irritation after swimming? 

Disrupted pH level, alkalinity level and calcium hardness level create chemical imbalance. This can cause eye or skin irritations and infections, to get rid of this problem, you need to wear proper swimming gear like goggles etc. and take a freshwater shower after coming out of the pool.    

Can the pool get over-chlorinated? 

Yes, if too many chemicals get dumped into the pool water, the water smells as the free chlorine gets completely consumed with germs. This forms a gas which is called chloramines which gives out the foul smell and causes irritation. 

Can head lice get transferred from one person to another in the swimming pool? 

It is very improbable of the lice to transfer in the pool water as it is not a favourable condition for breeding as far as the lice are concerned. The chemicals in the pool won’t kill the head lice, but they sure will prevent its transmissions.  

Can my hand or leg get sucked in the pool filter opening? 

In old pools, they usually have a single filter opening which has quite powerful suction. It can trap small things like hair or small fingers etc. hands and legs are too big for the filter opening, so they cannot be sucked into the filter pipe.  

Should my pool have a single filter opening or multiple filter openings? 

Single filter opening is an old filtration technique this can be hazardous as it has potent suction, it can suck in small accessories, hair etc. which can result in equipment damage. But multiple openings ensure that the suction in each opening is low, which is safer in the long term.  

How many types of swimming pool filters are available in the market? 

A basic level only three types of filters are popularly used in the swimming pools, first is the Sand Filters second is the Cartridge Filters and lastly the Diatomaceous Earth Filters. These filters are used separately, or in a combination, it all depends upon the needs of the owner. 

Which is the most inexpensive filter option available for the swimming pool? 

At the basic level, the Sand filter is the most inexpensive pool filter. It functions by passing water through a sand bed—tubes below the sand separate clean and dirty water. The clean water goes to the top, and the dirty water exits from the bottom. Its maintenance is also the most affordable and accessible. 

What are the DE filters? 

DE filters are the Diatomaceous Earth Filters the unique feature of these filters are that they use diatomaceous earth to filter particle out of the water. But these filters may cause some problems as they cause water flow loss because they run at a higher pressure as compared to other basic filters in the market. 

Which filter is the best considering the economic aspect? 

Cartridge Filters are the first choice when someone wants filters that are budget-friendly in maintenance. The clogging is minimum in these filters when compared to other types. These are designed to run on low pressure. The cleaning of these filters is done once in maybe two months and that too by merely spraying them off with clean water. 

What do you mean by sand filters? 

These are a type of filters that primarily use sand as a filtering agent. Sand traps debris and considerable objects and releases the clear water back into the pool. 

What objects can be filtered through the sand filter? 

Foreign objects that enter the pool water like leaves, insects, small stones etc. are filtered by the sand. Objects that have a size of 20-100 micron will be trapped in the sand. Usually, filter degrades with time, but these work better with time.  

What do you mean by backwash cleaning?  

When the sand filters are cleaned, it is termed as backwash cleaning. In most filters hardware, there is a button for backwash cleaning which needs to be turned on manually after you turn it on the debris and dust gets self-cleaned through reverse water flow. It is a swift process. It gets completed in a few minutes. 

What is the optimum time for backwashing the filter?  

As time passes and the filters are used, they collect dust and debris, and the pressure inside them increases. As the pressure surpasses 55-70 kPa, you need to backwash the filter. It is best to check the pressure every fortnight.  

What is the process to backwash the sand filter? 

Before starting you need to switch off the pump which is responsible for cycling water. Then wait for it to stop and unroll the backwash hose after that set the pump option to ‘backwash’. Then make sure everything is done correctly and switch on the pump. Within a few seconds, water with sand, debris etc. will start to ooze out of the filter, wait for clear water to come. This is the indication that the sand is now clean. Now you just need to shut the pump, turn the setting to rinse, keep it like that for 30-45 seconds. Lastly, roll and remove the backwash hose and turn the setting back to the standard option.  

When should the sand in the sand filter be changed?  

Optimally the filter should be changed every 5-7 years approximately. 

Why do the walls and floors of my swimming pool feel slippery and slimy? 

The reason behind this can be the presence of early young algae in the pool, combined with bacteria. They can cause significant problems and damages to the pool if not treated timely. 

When should I drain the water from my pool? 

This depends mainly upon the climate of the area your pool is built-in, and the frequency of the pool maintenance is also a significant factor. Typically the water should be drained from your pool in 2-3 years. Due to the chemicals added in the water, debris, foreign items that came In contact with the water etc. it becomes essential after a point of time to drain the water completely. 

What should be the frequency of pool cleaning? 

Your pool should receive regular cleaning even if it is used very rarely. The factors like climate, frequency of usage etc. also determine the cleaning schedule. The solid floating foreign material should be skimmed through net regularly so that they don’t create any bigger problem later. 

Do heated pool require special care and precautions? 

An extra piece of machinery is installed in the heated pool, which is responsible for the heating of the pool water. This particular equipment is very complicated, and it malfunctions easily if not cared for properly. That’s why you need to get this equipment checked time to time from trained professionals. 

What role does climate play in my pool service schedule? 

Climate has a significant part in deciding the frequency of the service. If you live in an area which experiences extreme climates, like too much rain or scorching summer or wind or dust storms, then you will have to get your pool services routinely. 

Are filters critical in the swimming pool? 

Filters ensure that the water in the pool is safe and hygienic. Without the filters, water in the pool will accumulate dust and debris which will eventually promote the growth of bacteria and algae in the pool, finally resulting in the complete breakdown of the structure. 

What does sunscreen do? 

In the months when there is good sunlight, the chlorine level gets disturbed by the sun, as it eats up the chlorine from the water. That’s where sunscreen helps to stabilize the chlorine and save around 50% chlorine usage.  

What is meant by super chlorination? 

The process of adding more than the required amount of chlorine in the water, to burn down oils, chemicals, healthy algae etc. The amount can be extended to 10ppm. The other name for this process is chlorine shocking.  

What are the precautions to be taken during super chlorination?  

Make sure that the filters are on during this process as they ensure equal distribution of the chlorine throughout the pool water. Filters also remove the dead algae and bacteria that gets released during this process; without the filters, they will just keep floating in the water, which will undermine the whole purpose of this process.  

Why should I choose Pools Shepparton? 

Pools Shepparton is an old and responsible entity of the Shepparton Pool servicing industry. We are known for attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of our field. Our many happy customers are a testimony to all this and more. Also, we assure you that there will be no nasty surprises at the end of the service.