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FAQs

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Why does the water in my pool look green?

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Green pools can be caused by low sanitizer or chlorine levels. A low stabilizer can cause your chlorine to deteriorate quickly. Also, your pool could be green due to the filter not being run long enough. Make sure to always check your PH and alkalinity levels.

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How important is water chemistry for my pool?

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Believe it or not, water chemistry is the most important part of any pool’s maintenance routine. Pool water that is not balanced correctly will not only damage the pool equipment but will also ruin the interior finish of the pool. Here are some helpful tips to maintaining proper water chemistry:

  • Test water chemistry at least once a week
  • Always follow manufacturer’s directions for use of chemicals.
  • Never mix chemicals.

Recommended Water Chemistry Parameters

    • Free available chlorine (FAC)
    • 1 to 3 parts per million (ppm)
    • Combined chlorine
    • 0 ppm
    • Total available chlorine (TAC)
    • Equal to free (represents 0 ppm combined)
    • PH
    • 7.4 to 7.6 (7.2 to 7.4 colored plaster)
    • Alkalinity
    • 80 to 120 ppm (80-100) colored
    • Calcium hardness
    • 200 to 400 ppm (175-250 colored plasters)
    • Metals
    • 0 ppm
    • Cyanuric acid (stabilizer)
    • Below 80 ppm
    • Total dissolved solids (TDS)
    • Below 1200 ppm

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How long should I run my pumps?

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The amount of time required to run your system depends on the time of year and the conditions around your pool area. In the spring and summer months as the weather turns warmer and swimming increases, the demand for chemicals and filtration increases. It is recommended that the entire volume of water be filtered through twice a day. This can typically be achieved in a 8-10 hour run time per day. In the Fall and Winter the weather turns cooler and the demand for chemicals and filtration decreases. It is recommended that the entire volume of water be filtered through once per day. This can typically be achieved in a 4-6 hour run time per day. Consider the following when determining the amount of time to run your filter: If your pool is on a heavily wooded lot, you will want to extend the run times during the Fall and Spring. If you heat the pool in the Winter your demand for both chemicals and filtration does not decrease and you will want to continue to use the guidelines for Spring and Summer operation.

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Is Chlorine Safe for Pools?

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Yes. Chlorine sanitizers are safe when used according to package directions approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Chlorine sanitizers have been used safely and successfully as pool and spa disinfectants for over a century.

The majority of public pools and 9 out of 10 residential pools are sanitized with chlorine.