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How long should a pool run for?

In the summer months a pool should run on average between 8 – 10 hours a day. Remember that on chlorine based pools the solid form of chlorine only gets dispensed into the water when the pump is on and the water releases the chlorine into the pool. With salt based systems they may need to run slightly longer in order that the system generates enough chlorine during the running cycle of the pool. Ideally a pool water volume should be filtered twice in a day.

How often should cartridge filters be washed?

At Premier Pool Services, our cartridges are normally washed every two (2) weeks to prolong the life of the filter. Washing filters every week is not something we endorse as it simply washes the life out of them too quickly and they begin to collapse which interferes with the circulation. With this regime, the life span of a quality manufactured cartridge is typically 18 months to 2 years. Filter cartridges only need replacing when a cleaned filter operates in excess of 10psi over the normal operating pressure. It may not be necessary to renew annually.

Is draining and acid washing the only way to deal with a pool that has turned green or black due to a lack of regular maintenance?

NOT AT ALL! Premier Pool Services can recover 99% of pools regardless of how long they have been sitting stagnating. However, it can be difficult if the pool is not screened in as much debris can be sitting on the bottom and a good circulation cannot be established. Therefore, draining is the only option. There may be some occasional natural staining left behind that sometimes can come out with continued balancing within 4-6 weeks. Any stains left after this time can be treated.

How long does it take to recover a pool from green/black to swimmable?

Typically between 2 and 10 days, depending upon the extent and condition of both the water and equipment.

What are Phosphates and their effect on pool water?

Phosphates are known to be a major water pollutant. In your swimming pool they can cause numerous water quality issues including:

• Discolored cloudy water
• Poor water quality that leads to extra chemical usage and demand
• Excessive scale damage to heaters
• Lower efficiency of salt generator systems

To explain phosphates easily – its plant food! This comes from a variety of sources – body oils, chemicals, fill water, washing powder, rain and general environmental. Do you ever remember seeing hotels, cruise liners asking you to reuse your towels? This is because washing powder is high in phosphate and gets into the ground waters. There have been many studies done on the effects of phosphate in the environment and the internet is an ideal source to educate you further on the environmental effects.
In pool water – think of it as plant food and algae as the plant. When there is food, water and the right temperature the algae will bloom very rapidly. The algae feeds on the food rendering the chlorine useless and this becomes a vicious circle. It’s like algae on steroids!!
The shell of the pool will first show signs of yellowing although the water may be crystal clear. The chlorine consumption may also seem a lot higher than before. These are both signs of high phosphate.