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Clarkee's Pool Care Guide - Problem Solving
Automatic pool cleaners connect to your skimmer box and operate on the suction from your existing pool pump. They randomly move about the pool interior like a ‘mobile vacuum cleaner’ picking up dirt and small debris so your pool always looks freshly vacuumed and inviting.
Lots of things can cause staining in pools. Decaying vegetation, hairpins, metal objects that drop into the pool to name just a few. However, one of the most common causes of staining is from metals coming out of solution. This is usually caused by incorrect water balance. Clark Rubber has a range of products that will help you to remove the stain and also prevent it from recurring.
Algae spores are introduced to a swimming pool either by the wind or through the water used to top up your pool. There are a number of different types of algae, such as blue/ green, mustard and pink algae. They all have one thing in common: once they get into the water they can grow amazingly quickly, often turning a crystal clear swimming pool into a swamp overnight. In fact, algae are so prevalent and so adaptable to different environments, when NASA started exploring the different planets in our solar system they specifically went looking for algae! The best treatment for algae is, of course, preventing them from growing in the first place.
The use of a long life algaecide such as Filtrite Algygone in conjunction with Filtrite Phosphate Remover is your best protection. But if your pool does turn green, don’t worry. Your local Clark Rubber store has all the advice and products you’ll need to get your pool looking sparkling clear in no time.
Most people think sore eyes are caused by an allergic reaction to chlorine. In fact, the most common cause of sore eye complaints is either an incorrect pH level, or the presence of chloramines in the pool. The pH of blood is around 7.5, so swimming in an environment where the pH is higher or lower can cause sore eyes because blood comes closest to the surface of the body in your eyes! Chloramines are caused by insufficient chlorine. Even though the water smells strongly of chlorine, it is actually a chemical reaction caused by ammonia in urine and sweat combining with chlorine. The most effective way to remove chloramines from the wateris to use a non-chlorine based oxidiser. Not only is it the most effective, but you can swim in the pool one hour after dosing. A non-chlorine based oxidiser used regularly will provide you with a clean, sparkling and healthy pool.
Every pool should be sparkling and crystal clear. However, pools can become cloudy for mainly the following reasons:
1. Incorrect water balance
If the pH is too high, (above 7.8), or the water has positive imbalance, the water can become cloudy. The best remedy is to take a sample of the pool water to your local
Clark Rubber store to get it professionally analysed and rebalanced.
2. Insufficient sanitiser
Chlorine is a very strong oxidiser and destroys many of the impurities that enter your pool via wind borne debris or bathers. A strong shock dose of chlorine, or a non chlorine based oxidiser like Oxy Boost will help remove cloudiness from the pool
3. Filtration issue
Your filter is designed to remove suspended particles from the water. However, a blocked or dirty filter can slow down the amount of water passing through the filter. For a sand filter, it may need backwashing, or the sand may be due to be changed. For cartridge filters, soaking the cartridge in Filtrite Filter Cleaner & Degreaser can help remove embedded particles.