If you live in an area where you get heavy winds and your swimming pool is surrounded with trees your pool may look like this one in the photos or worse. If this happens and your pool service man can't go clean your pool the same day or the day after, it is important that you turn off your pump. What will happen if you don't is that your vacuum will get clogged with debris and it will not function properly. It will waste energy and it will not be cleaning your water. It also has the potential of burning out. So be sure to turn your pool pump off during windy conditions, your swimming pool will generally not turn green with algae if the pump doesn't run for two days. I recommend buying your own pole and net and if your pool man is not going to service your pool in a few days you can take matters into your own hands and take as much debris out as possible. I will be posting a video on how to clean the bottom of your pool with a pole and net. The bottom is the hardest to clean and it's what causes your pump to get clogged. Keep an eye out for my video or visit www.camarillopoolcleaning.com or my YouTube channel to watch important videos. https://youtu.be/H1KKUxsuUl8
As you may or may not know, over time, calcium levels in your pool accumulate, and the water becomes "harder"
This is something that you may not feel directly, but your pool, your pocket and your health do feel it and suffer. Calcium in the water acts like a "sponge", it absorbs much of the chlorine you add to the water, so it cannot properly do its job to sanitize your pool water. So each time you have to add much more chlorine and you don't achieve the same effect you want.
The same goes for other chemicals you add to your pool water. You simply have to add more and more each time because calcium obstructs their performance your pool gets increasingly loaded with chemicals. Also calcium builds-up in your pool's tiles and interior finish, degrading their appearance. And with time, calcium deposits become harder and harder to remove. Calcium affects your pool pump, filters and heater as well, rendering them inefficient and even causing obstruction and malfunction that will end up costing you money and time. Ojai Pool Service has options to prevent this from happening, but here's more info on what continues to happen if you don't take action.
As a result of calcium and other undesirable mineral and organic residue buildup, the only available solution until now was to completely drain the pool and re-fill it. Thousands of gallons of water, completely wasted, there are other options to clean your pool water so give us a call before you drain your pool.
What you need to know to make your pool look new again.
Follow the instructions below for the best results.
1. Remove most of the large debris from the pool floor with a large leaf net (not a hand skimmer!). This will stir up the water, and may make your pool look much worse temporarily, but the stirred up debris will settle within a few hours. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO VACUUM THE POOL IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE BOTTOM OF IT OR IF YOU HAVE A LOT OF DEBRIS ON THE BOTTOM. YOU MAY CLOG YOUR SKIMMER, FILTER OR UNDERGROUND PIPES !
2. Adjust the pH and Alkalinity levels of the water using pH Plus, pH Minus and Alkalinity Plus. These levels must be within the proper ranges or the water will never clear.
3. Shock the pool. This means super chlorinating the water to kill off any bacteria and algae. If your pool is very dirty, it may need MANY gallons of liquid chlorine (shock) over a period of days before the water clears. Start off by adding 3 or 4 gallons, and if you see no results overnight, add 3 or 4 more gallons the next day. Continue this process until you notice the water changing color to either cloudy white, light green or clear. YOU CANNOT OVER SHOCK A POOL ! The more you add, the quicker it will clear ! Note…shock is available in liquid or powdered form, but we recommend using liquid (it works faster). You may also want to add a high quality algaecide to the water at this point.
4. Run your filter 24 hours a day and backwash 3 or 4 times a day for quickest results. Green or cloudy water will quickly clog a filter, therefore you may have to backwash your filter many times a day until the pool clears. THIS IS NORMAL ! Remember, you cannot over-backwash a pool filter. The more you run your pool, and the more you backwash the filter, the faster the pool will clear up. If you have a D.E. filter, remember to add new D.E. to the skimmer closest to your filter after each backwashing. A D.E. filter is more work than a sand filter, but the D.E. filter will clear a green pool about 50% faster than a sand filter.
5. If you follow these instructions and your pool does not clear up within 4 or 5 days, your filter may not be functioning properly. If this is the case with your pool, have the filter system checked out by a professional. The pool will never clear up if the filter is not working properly !
6. Once the water does clear up, you will most probably see debris on the pool floor (dead leaves, algae, etc.). If there is only a small amount of debris present, you may want to vacuum it up using your own pool vacuum system. If there is a lot of debris on the pool floor, you should have the pool professionally POWER VACUUMED. This will save a lot of wear and tear to your filter system, as well as assuring that no debris gets clogged in your pool pipes.
7. We strongly urge you to watch our most popular You Tube video How To Clear Up A Green Pool for complete details
8.Make sure you have all the necessary chemicals and cleaning products that you will need to do this job before you start. Here is a short list of some of the products you may need:
PH Adjusting Chemicals
9.Read up on the basic concepts of a swimming pool, so you are familiar with your system and your chemicals. Here is a short list of some of the articles you should read. You can search for them on this site.
Winter in So California is not bad at all. If you don't use your pool as much in the winter you should consider doing the work you've been putting off. Work like valve replacement, motor rebuilt or replacement, replace filter cartridge or even empty your pool and replace the water. Experts say you should empty your pool every two to three years. Give us a call and let us get your pool ready for the spring and summer. 805 222-4947. www.camarillopoolcleaning.com
This is a really good vacuum if you're looking for a new pool vacuum. It runs slow and crawls up the walls with ease. We recommend it!
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