POOL CARE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Premier Pool Service has received a lot of questions over our years in the pool service business. Below, you will find answers to the most common pool care questions. If you have pool care questions, contact us and we will be happy to help!
How long should I run my pool equipment?
We suggest your filter system runs 6 to 8 hours per day. When water temperatures start to climb above 80° run the system 8 to 12 hours per day.
Do I need to drain my pool every year?
Keeping water in the pool during the winter can actually protect the bottom of the pool from cracking during freezing temperatures. We do, however, recommend a pool cover during the off-season to protect the pool from debris and cold temperatures. To extend your swimming season, consider a pool heater.
How often do I need to clean my pool?
To protect your pool from algae and bacteria growth, you should clean your pool at least once a week. The walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed to remove debris that the filter misses. Brushing is a must, even if you use an automatic pool cleaner or retain a weekly service.
How often do I need to clean my skimmer and pump baskets?
A dirty or clogged skimmer basket restricts water flow. If water can’t flow through your skimmer, your pool can’t circulate properly. The same is true of your pump basket. If water is restricted the pump can overheat. Clean skimmer baskets daily and inspect for cracks, replacing if needed.
Why are pool chemicals necessary?
Pools tend to grow algae and get dirty from the chemicals and skin cells from all those swimmers, plus debris and other natural contaminants can also cloud the water and create a bacteria-infested environment.
Does my saltwater pool require any chlorine?
The nature of a saltwater system is that it actually converts ordinary salt into chlorine. There may be an occasion that you might need to super chlorinate the pool or “shock” the water.
How long should I wait to use my pool after a chemical shock treatment?
To stay on the safe side with chemical water treatments, we recommend waiting 8-12 hours after administering treatment. The best time to shock a pool is during the evening, to let the system run overnight. If you use a non-chlorine shock, you can swim within 30 minutes of the pool treatment.
What is the proper pH and alkaline balance for my pool water?
The pH level should be between 7.4 and 7.6 and the total alkalinity should be between 100 -150 ppm. For gunite pools, the calcium hardness should be between 200-250 ppm.
Why is it important for my pool chemical and water levels to be correct?
Keeping the right levels in your pool allows for a safe and healthy swimming environment. If there are not enough chemicals in the water, it can create a haven for bacteria and create unsanitary conditions. Too many chemicals can cause a harmful environment and dryness of skin, hair and eyes.
Does a swimming pool need to be serviced year-round?
Yes, properly maintained pool throughout the year will reduce the amount of staining in the pool. Pumps and other equipment should also be properly maintained to prolong their life which in turn saves you money in the long run.
What Causes Green Pool Water?
Green pool water is usually caused by imbalanced chemistry, but can also be the result of filtration or circulation issues. Read more about green pool water and how to correct it.
What is Pool Automation?
An automated control system schedules and operates your filtration cycles, heating, pool and landscape lighting, sanitization, water features and more, through easy, one-touch control. Premier Pool Services can install and service your automatic pool system. Read more about pool automation here.
Can Dogs Swim in Pools?
With proper care and safety measures in place, YES! Read more about allowing your dog in your pool here.