Posted on November 28th 2012 10:00:00 PM
how to correct green swimming pool water
Let’s face it, every pool will experience green water at one point or another. With the unusually high temps we have been experiencing these last few days it can happen quickly if you have neglected your pool. The main mission is to get it as clear as possible as quickly as possible. The second item that needs attention is we want to make it happen without breaking the bank. There’s more shocks, phosphate treatments and water clarifiers than one knows what to do with. Not to mention the countless “novelty” chemicals that are available that can cost an arm and a leg! Let’s focus on the basics first.
When treating green swimming pool water, there are 4 key steps that need to be addressed. Let’s begin!
Treating green swimming pool water step #1: Circulation. Water circulation is an absolute must. You can add all the shock and other chemicals you want, but if water movement isn’t taking place, it won’t change the look of the water. While you’re turning the pool around, run the equipment 24/7. For most standard residential swimming pools, this will allow for about 3 full water rotations. Meaning, that all of the water will have gone through the filter about 3 times.
Treating green swimming pool water step #2: Shock treatment. Ideally, shoot for a granular shock because it has the fastest reaction time The more available chlorine, the more effective (and faster) it will be in the pool water. It’s important to stress that one cannot over shock a swimming pool. Depending on how green the water is, I’d recommend starting with 3-4 lbs of shock, wait 2-3 hours, then check what the water looks like. There’s no need to test the water at this point using a test kit as the results will be meaningless…regardless how much “free chlorine” it’s showing present.
Treating green swimming pool water step #3: Filtration is key. The more effective the filter is throughout this process, the faster the water’s going to get clear again. The best way to ensure this is taking place is to backwash/clean your filter several times a day. If you’re using a sand filter, place the multi port valve in the backwash position and let it run for around 90 seconds or until the water is clear. This may take a bit longer depending on the duration of time between backwashes. If you have a cartridge filter, remove the dome of the filter, lift the cartridge filter(s) out of the filter unit and thoroughly clean it.
Treating green swimming pool water step #4: As the water begins turning clear (still may be cloudy, but blue (not green), begin administering a quality water clarifier. This will speed up the process to getting clear water again. I’d recommend adding it the first time immediately once you notice the water is blue and not green, then again about 12 hours later. During this process continue running the equipment nonstop. During this time you should also be stabilizing the pH and Total Alkalinity levels. I wouldn’t worry about testing or adjusting free chlorine as it’s likely going to be elevated for a few days while the water adjusts, but it is important to test and adjust your pH and TA levels.
Using this system, it’s possible to turn your green swimming pool water around in a few days. We hope this helps! If you need our help feel free to call us as we offer weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly pool cleaning service.
Posted on October 25th 2012 01:38:00 PM
t’s that time of year, cooler weather has arrived and thoughts begin to turn to firing up your hot tub for the season. We would like to give you some easy tips to make the start up as trouble free as possible.
1. Filling Your Hot Tub: One of the most common mistakes when filling a hot tub is not purging the air out of the plumbing. Remember to place your garden hose directly into the bottom of the skimmer and fill the hot tub through the lines. This purges the air as you fill.
2. Install a Clean Filter: A clean filter is vital to keeping the impurities out of your hot tub water. Always start with either a new filter or a filter that has been chemically cleaned and your hot tub will stay sparkling. It’s also a good idea to always keep a second filter on hand for uninterrupted hot tub use.
3. Hot Tub Covers: Covers are notorious for producing a musty smell after a while. Instead of purchasing a new one be sure to wipe down the inside of the cover at least every 90 days with a bleach and water solution.
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Posted on August 9th 2012 08:57:00 AM
What is “The Parrot Life”? It’s our culture, it’s the attitude with which we live, work, and most importantly play. What does a Parrot look like? Well, we all look different. Some of us are doctors, nurses, business people, bus drivers, teachers, attorneys, mechanics, CEOs; We are the people who dance in the rain, we don’t wait for it to stop. We take a lot of vacations, we spend a lot of quality time with our families, we are less concerned with the worries of the world. You might think that sounds careless or lazy. Not the case, never confuse a vacation with laziness. Parrots work hard, harder than everyone else. We know that when everyone is sleeping, we are working, because it takes a long time to create the good life. It’s not handed to us. When you work that hard and care that much, you have to rest and recharge. Like everything else, we do that big. It might be with a lush backyard pool design or with a tropical vacation. What we Parrots have in common is a zest for life, no wasted time, an ambitious spirit, and a need to create the life we desire, not the one handed to us. We all have heard the saying, It’s not what life gives you, it’s what you do with it, it’s how you respond. Parrots all have learned this. We know it very well and when everyone else gives up, we don’t. We create the life, love, business, family, etc. that we want. Some of you reading this are thinking, that’s not possible. You are not a Parrot yet. Some of you reading this are shaking your head in agreement. You are our people. So how does one become a Parrot? It sounds good, but I am so tired of being thrown curveballs. Well, don’t give up, we have all been there, but we had the perseverance and the mind set to see past the storm. Come and visit us, find other Parrot people, birds of a feather flock together. Remember, the only thing we can’t create more of is time. How will you spend yours? Let us help you create your memories with the most important people in your life.
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Posted on August 5th 2012 08:21:00 PM