Thursday, June 14, 2018

Choosing an Automatic Pool Cleaner for your Pool: Suction, Pressure or a Robotic Cleaner


There are three types of cleaners to choose from for your pool care needs. Prices start as low as $100 and if you want the top of the line cleaner with all the bells and whistles you can spend over $1500. So there is a cleaner for everyone's budget and in this Podcast I go over the choices between a Suction side, Pressure side and Robotic Pool Cleaner.



Robotic Cleaners:
A good Robotic cleaner with all the bells and whistles will run you over $1,500 in most cases. Quite an investment but you do get a good return for your money. Today's robotic cleaners are much improved over the 1st generation which came out a few years ago. The motors are more reliable and longer lasting, they can now clean the walls and tile line and there are added features like a programmable cleaning cycle, remote control and an anti-tangle cord swivel. Most of the higher end Robotic cleaners come with a 2 or 3 year warranty. They are that well built and reliable and the manufacturer can offer the longer warranty since it is unlikely you will have to use it.

Some of the benefits of a Robotic Cleaner are:

It runs independent from your pool system which means your filtration system stays cleaner and it doesn't matter if your equipment is old or not  functioning well.

There are no hoses to worry about and once you
are done cleaning the pool you can remove the Robotic cleaner and store it.

They clean the pool very well in most cases -the more expensive models will even clean the tile
line.

The negative factors are a high price point in most cases and the need to send it out for service vs fixing any problems yourself. Most now come with at least a 2 year warranty so that is not a deal breaker. They are highly reliable and effective pool cleaners.




Pressure Side and Return Side Cleaners:
Pressure Side cleaners are extremely effective. They have a large debris opening and a large bag on top for debris. They can clean a large pool in 2- 3 hours or less. The drawbacks are that they need a separate booster pump installed and a dedicated return line. So usually Pressure Cleaners are installed when the pool is constructed or remodeled.

I have several pressure cleaners on my pool route and they leave the pools spotless each week. If you are having your pool built or remodeled maybe consider a Pressure Cleaner.


The Return Side cleaner is a great option if you have a newer pool with 1 1/2" threaded return lines. This cleaner connects right into your existing return lines and works much like a Pressure cleaner with the exception that no booster pump is needed. I have these on several accounts and love them.

The only major drawback is that since you need to restrict one or more return jets to generate sufficient pressure the skimming action of the pool is reduced. It is not a deal breaker but something to be aware of. So if you have lots of large debris in your pool and think a Pressure Side cleaner would work, try a non-booster pump Return side cleaner as an alternative to remodeling your pool.


Suction Side Cleaners:

This is the most familiar type of cleaner to most consumers and the most popular type. A suction cleaner works off of your pools existing pump and attached to the skimmer or a side/ vacuum port in your pool. Depending on the pool and type of debris this can be the most effective and cost effective cleaner type for you. Most suction side cleaners retail for $400 or less.

The Suction side cleaner is the one most popular on my pool route as they are affordable, effective and there are a lot of different models to chose from. In most cases I will suggest a good suction side cleaner since they are also easy to set up and easy to repair when something breaks.
Here is a a listing on my website of the Top Cleaners in each Category.

Best Robotic Pool Cleaner:

Best Suction Side Pool Cleaner:

Best Pressure Side Pool Cleaner:

Here is a video where I go over the choices for you also:
Which Pool Cleaner is Best for my Pool? Robotic, Suction, Pressure or Return Side?: https://youtu.be/T9c4zJbL_64




Monday, June 11, 2018

Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500


The Aquabot Breeze XLS is an underrated Robotic Pool Cleaner that works surprisingly well considering it is an entry level machine. It operates with a simple back and forth pattern with a slight tilt of the front axle allowing it to easily clean your entire pool in one to two hours. It also filters down to 2 microns and is priced at about the same a high end suction side cleaner. Here are some of the key features of the Breeze XLS below.



Product/Pool Features:
    For Above-Ground & Small In-Ground Pools
    Shape: Rectangle, Lap, Kidney, L-Shape, Round, Oval
    Surfaces: Vinyl, Gunite/Concrete, Fiberglass, Tile
    Pool to Wall Transition: Curved
    Equipped with Hydro-Robotic Technology
    Aqaubot no tangle swivel prevents cable from tangling
    50’ Cable with Swivel
    Power Washing Jets
    Fixed Scrubbing Brushes
    Cleans:Pool Floor, Cove and
    Wall with *Radius (minimum 6")

    Never Stuck System
    1 & 2 hour timer settings
Water Mixing Capability 80 Gallons per Minute
Filter Type Basket Top Loading
Added Fine Filter Insert to help filter down to 2 microns

Warranty
    2 Years, 1st year 100%,
    2nd year limited
What I like about the Breeze XLS is the simple design of the cleaner. This will allow it to operate years and you won't be making expensive repairs to this cleaner every season. The non-marring wheels allows you to use the cleaner in all pool surface types, so if you have an above ground pool this cleaner will be a great choice for you. I also like the top loading debris chambers which are really easy to empty and clean. The 50 feet of cable makes this cleaner ideal for a small, medium to large pool and the power unit allows you to run two different cleaning cycles depending on your pool size and shape.

Bottom line, if you are looking for an entry level robotic pool cleaner and don't want to spend over $500, the Breeze XLS would be a great choice for you.

Other Aquabot models:
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8





Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pool Equipment Lifespan and Replacement Cost Averages


If your new to pool ownership by having a pool constructed or purchasing a house with a pool one thing you have already learned is that having a pool can be expensive. I am not talking about just the chemicals you need for each pool season but the electricity use and the replacement and repair of the pool equipment over time. These two cost, higher utility bills and equipment replacement can really strain your household budget.



The best way to save money on your utility bills is to replace your standard single speed pump with a Variable Speed Pump or VS pump. This will significantly lower your electricity bill each month by dropping your total usage down. I will go over this in a separate article in more detail but if you can make the switch do it. Your single speed pool pump is probably your home's number one energy consumer next to your Air Conditioner.

I wanted to touch more on equipment replacement costs and how long a piece of equipment will last from my experience in the industry. Like everything else they don't make products like they used to. Nothing seems to last as long as it should and that is the same thing we run into in the pool industry nowadays. Let me list the pool equipment for you with their serviceable lifespan and replacement cost. I also like using a yearly sinking fund to help budget for overall equipment replacement cost. I go over this more in the Podcast audio attached to this article.

Pool Motor:
This is the piece of equipment that you will be replacing most often if you have a standard single speed pump. If you have a Variable Speed pump the motor will last a very long time – 10 years plus. But for a standard single speed pump you will get 3-5 years out of it at best. Then you will need to replace it. Typical cost for having a new one installed is $400-$700 depending on your region and the pump HP rating. This will be the most common piece of equipment you will be replacing.

Pool Pump:
The pool pump is the wet end where the pump basket sits as well as the motor on back. Typically they last several years before needing replacement but figure every 10-12 years or after 3-4 motor replacements. The parts do wear and age over time and it is a good idea to just change the whole thing out over time. Again, I suggest a VS pump if your single speed pump is due for a replacement. A good Variable Speed pump will run you $900-$1,500 installed.

Pool Filter:
The pool filter shell is usually made our of fiberglass and will last upwards of 10-15 years before you see cracks in the tank or fiberglass flaking. Some filters like the Sta-Rite System 3 filters will probably last 100 years – those shells are so thick and well made. If you have a smaller single cartridge filter figure about 8-10 years before you start to see cracking. Sand filter shells are very long lasting also but for your typical DE or large Cartridge Filter the tanks do wear out over time.

The internal DE grids will last about 3-5 years and then you will need to replace all 8 grids. A single Cartridge for a smaller filter will last maybe 1 year and then need replacement. The larger 4 Cartridge filters will require Cartridge replacements every 3-4 years. DE Grids rn about $30 each and depending on the Cartridge you are looking at $30-$70 per cartridge. The System 3 being the excepting with cost of upwards of $400 for both Cartridges. A typical large filter installed will cost $1,000-$1,400 depending on the size, type and region of the country.

Pool Heater:
The pool heater is the most expensive piece of equipment and having a new one installed will run you $2,000-$3,000 depending on the BTU size and your region. You can keep your heater running with part replacements but figure 8-12 years you will need a new one installed. The plus side is that the newer heaters are more efficient and better built than your old one and every year they make improvements. But they are pretty expensive to replace.

Salt System:
Your typical salt cell will last about 10,000 hours at 100% output. So if you run your pool all season at 100% output figure to get 3-4 years out of the cell. The system itself is typically long lasting but you probably want to upgrade the entire system every 8-10 years as newer and better ones become available. You can get a completely new system installed from $900-$1,400 and most salt cells will run you $400-$600. A salt water system will cost you more to operate in the long run but there are great benefits from having one - mainly you will not need to worry about adding chlorine to your pool week to week.

So that is the most common pool equipment that you typically will find at your home and the average lifespan and replacement cost. To learn more listen to the Podcast attached to this article.



Monday, June 4, 2018

Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!


The Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus is one awesome machine. It is loaded with many great features making this Aqaubot's flagship cleaner. It comes with a very responsive remote control and a transport caddy for easy storage and transport. If your looking for a premium robotic cleaner the Turbo T4RC is worth a look.



Here are the key features of the Turbo T4RC:

The responsive remote control gives you all the control at your finger tips and cleans hard to reach areas using Dual-Drive Motors and an advanced 6-button wireless remote control.

Just drop your Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus robotic swimming pool cleaner into the pool and press a button — everything from the waterline to the walls to the floor is completely cleaned.

This state of the art robotic pool cleaner has rotating brushes loosen waterline build-up and break down large debris while the Patented Power Washing Jets, pressure wash the pool floor to loosen stubborn debris and algae.

The Turbo T4RC pool cleaner is equipped with the NeverStuck™ system that easily rolls over most obstacles including VGB Drain Covers.

Self-contained with onboard filtration system and drive and pump motors free operator from traditional cleaning methods that require pool’s filter, hoses, booster pumps, assembly or installation.

Only Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus provides you with quadruple functionality to scrub, power wash, vacuum and microfilter clean your pool.

This cleaner really moves in the pool and since the impeller is on top it won't blow dirt and debris all over the pool as it is cleaning. It pumps an amazing 75 gallons per minute as it is running and since it also filters down to an industry leading 2 microns it acts a mobile pool filtration system. The traction is so good on this cleaner that it will move sideways on the pool walls just as if it was on the level pool floor. It also will easily climb the walls of your pool and scrub the waterline. It is a fun cleaner to watch as it cleans your pool.

The Dual Drive Motors will allow the Turbo T4RC to turn and pivot in the pool allowing it to get the best coverage in the shortest amount of time. The cleaner features Independently operated Split-Wheel for maximum 4 Way turn maneuverability and it will clean most pools in about 1 hour. The Power Washing Jets on the bottom will quickly loosen up debris and dirt as the cleaner passes over the pool floors and walls speeding up the cleaning even more.

If you have a large pool the Turbo T4RC would be ideal for you. You can program the included timer for up to 7 hours and with 75 feet of cable this cleaner is designed for even the largest pools. The cord swivel on the cable will prevent any kind of tangling and is a great upgrade from the standard Turbo T4RC.

Other Aquabot models:
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Loaded with Great Features and a 3 Year Warranty!:
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner - True 4WD, Filters Down to 2 Microns and a 3 Year Warranty!: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner, True 4WD & Filters Down to an Industry Leading 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: Filters down to an Amazing 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aqaubot Breeze SE: Best Robotic Cleaner Priced Under $500, Period!: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner -Remote Control, 75 FT of Cable and More!: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: Filters Down to 2 Microns, Cleans Floor, Walls & Waterline!: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Cord Swivel and Filtration down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review - Priced Under $500: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner with Remote, Cord Swivel, Caddy - Filters to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: 60 ft of Cable & Filters Down to 2 Microns!: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner for Above-Ground and Small In-Ground Pools: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner -Review: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner with Power Washing Jets: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner with Caddy – Review: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner – Review: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Advanced Cleaning Tools to Save You Time on Your Pool Route

In This Podcast I cover some tools I use on my Pool Route to speed up my day out in the field. These tools will cut hours off of your work week allowing you to add more accounts or to just finish your day earlier. Here is a brief preview of some of the equipment I talk about in the Podcast.



PRECISION 2.0
This is the Precision 2.0 Li Battery Powered Cleaner by Water Tech. The Precision 2.0 is Water Tech's latest cleaner made exclusively for the pool service professional. The Precision has been in the works for over two years and Water Tech has made many improvements that make this cleaner reliable and highly effective.

The Precision is only for sale to pool service professionals and won't be available online. For more info on pricing and availability check with your local pool supply wholesaler. With that said, if you are a homeowner looking for a powerful portable vacuum like this one, check out their Volt FX-8 cleaner. Water Tech may in the future make the Precision available to homeowners, but for now it is marketed and sold to pool service techs.

The Precision is Water Tech's upgrade of the Pro 1500 which is a solid cleaner in it's own respect. The Precision is designed to be used as a portable vacuum separate from the pools filtration system and it comes with three bags for various situational use. The Xtreme Multi Layer Bag is for standard use and is great at picking up dirt and debris. The Sand & Silt Bag is designed for fine dirt and sand and works well at trapping smaller dirt particles. And the All Purpose Bag is for pools with large leaf debris with little dirt.  These bags all work great and they really trap the dirt and debris well.

The Precision comes with two Lithium Ion Batteries that will last longer and are much lighter than their previous batteries. Also included is a car charger that you can use to charge the battery while you are driving around on your pool route. Each battery will last for about one hour of continuous use. It takes about 4 hours to charge the batteries from the wall charger, less time for the car charger.

Water Tech Precision 2.0Li Professional Pool Vacuum Overview & Review: https://youtu.be/oY5uGxSRLOI

POWER VAC:
This is the Power Vac Large Service Cart for the Power Vac PV2100, PV2200 and PV2500. The service cart is truly a thing of beauty. If you are thinking about getting a Power Vac for your pool route definitely get it with this cart. You will love it.

Getting the PV2100 with the Large Service Cart is actually a good package deal. The PV2100 without the cart is around $1,000 and with it about $1,600. If you decide to purchase the cart later it sells for around $1,000 just by itself. So you get the cart along with the PV2100 for about half price.

There are so many great details about the cart, I couldn't cover all of them in the video otherwise it would be too long. I will touch on each point here.

The cart has a powder coated aluminum frame that is welded so well that it feels like it was cut out as one solid piece. The welds are that good and that strong. The powder coating is so thick I doubt you will have to get it re-coated for years. It is a a solid piece of equipment made in the USA. It just looks and feels very well built.

Power Vac Large Service Cart for PV2100, PV220 & PV2500 Vacuum: https://youtu.be/y9ORwr_DQtI

RIPTIDE  SL VACUUM SYSTEM:
This is the New Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System. The Riptide vacuum uses a 30 Lbs thrust motor to spin a propeller on top and suck large debris into the large debris bag on top. I have been using the Riptide Commercial Cart on my Pool Route and the SL cart uses the same Vacuum head but the cart is more compact and maneuverable.

The Riptide Vacuum System is an essential tool if you service pools that get destroyed by the winds or work in an area where the pools get a lot of large debris all season long. For the homeowner or service tech who doesn't want or need the SL cart, you can now order the Riptide Vacuum Head with just a Battery Box. It will work exactly the same as far as vacuuming power, but the time between charges will be shorter. The 35 AH battery for the Battery Box should last around 3 hours of continuous use before charging.

The SL Cart can hold up to a class 27 100 AH battery which gives you about 6-8 hours of vacuuming time with the Riptide.

The Riptide SL cart comes loaded with some great features which I will touch on briefly here. One of the things I really like is the dedicated plug on the cart itself. The Vacuum Cord plugs right into the cart  and the plug is very well made and actually holds the cord in even if you tug really hard on t while vacuuming a pool. Right above the plug is the easy to reach on/off switch. The ease of use of the Riptide SL makes this an ideal Vacuum System for you. Simply connect your pole to the Riptide Vacuum head, uncoil the cord from the top, plug it in, drop the vacuum in the pool and turn it on.

Riptide SL Pool Vacuum System Review & Overview: https://youtu.be/Wp2c9CLDrgY


PORTAVAC BY ADVANTAGE MANUFACTURING:
The PORTAVAC by Advantage Manufacturing is a self contained portable filtration system that can be used for a great many swimming pool applications. The best way to describe it to you is that the PORTAVAC is like having your pool equipment on a a dolly that you can move around.

Here are some specs on the PORTAVAC directly from the manufacturer:

1.5 HP self priming pump with oversized trap
150 Sq. Ft. cartridge filter
35' of 12 gauge insulated cord
Heavy duty tubed tires
Rugged 0.090 wall steel
Powder coated finish
On/Off switch with GFI

I will touch on these features some more later in this article. I wanted to highlight some uses for the PORTAVAC. First, let me make a distinction from the closest portable Vacuum type when compared to the PORTAVAC. This is not at all like the Hammer-Head, Riptide Vac, or Power Vac. Those types of portable vacuums use a fine filter bag on top to trap debris and work off of a Deep Cycle Marine Battery attached to the cart. The limitation of these types of vacuums is that they only trap dirt and debris down to about 60 microns, with the finest bag attached.

The PORTAVAC uses a 150 sq ft cartridge filter, so it traps dirt and debris down to about 10 or 15 microns. This means that the PORTAVAC will pick up very fine dust, sand and algae dust where the other types of vacuums fail at this. You would use your standard pool vacuum head and a 1.5” pool hose attached to the PORTAVAC to pick up the dirt and debris. It is just like manually vacuuming from your pools existing filtration system.

PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing – Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Green Pool Clean Up a Step by Step Video Guide: Using PoolRx


I have filmed many Green Pool Clean Up Videos over the years with various different Algaecides and pool types. In this video I focus on a Green to Clean using the PoolRx Unit. PoolRx is a great way to prevent algae from forming in your pool but it can also be used to clear up a Green Pool. I will list the steps here for you and they are the same found on the PoolRx website with a slight variation.



Here is the step by step process:
Step One: Clean the pool filter – more than likely it is full of green algae. If you have a D.E. Filter check also for torn or damaged grids. Also check the Top Manifold for cracks. If you have a Cartridge Filter hose off the cartridges. If you have a Sand Filter simply backwash it and get the filter pressure down. Depending on how bad the pool is you may need to clean the filter one more time or several more times.

Step Two: Brush the pool. At this point you will not be vacuuming the pool. First you want to aggressively brush the pool walls and floor to loosen up the algae so it can be destroyed more easily. If the pool is full of debris you can skim it out also.

Step Three: Check the Water Chemistry. More than likely the pool will have no chlorine in it. This is basically what you are looking for in this step. If the Conditioner levels are high at this point I wouldn't worry about it for now. First things first, the chlorine level at zero is contributing to the problem more than high CYA.

Step Four: Balance the pH. In a normal Green Pool Clean Up I don't worry too much about the pH. But for the PoolRx, the Minerals are more effective if the pH is at 7.2-7.4. So if the pH is high add some Muriatic Acid to lower it down to that range.

Step Five: Bring Chlorine level up to 10.0 ppm. This is where the steps differ from the PoolRx Green Pool Guide. They suggest a level of at least 2.0 ppm but in my experience it is better to add more Chlorine as the organics in the water will destroy much of the chlorine within the first few hours. I post different green pool levels in the video from a light green or level one to the very swamp like level five where you will have mosquito larvae and frogs in the water. With each shade of green you will need to add more and more Chlorine to get the pool to 10 ppm. For example in a level 2 Green Pool you can easily bring the pool up to 10.0 ppm with just 2 gallons of 12.5% liquid Chlorine (20,000 gallon pool). But the same size pool at a level four Green Pool you will need to add 8 gallons of 12.5% liquid Chlorine to hope for 10 ppm. All of the organic junk in the water will destroy the Chlorine level rapidly.

So basically you are adding more and more Chlorine as the pool get greener to reach that 10 ppm threshold.



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Step Six: Insert a PoolRx unit into the pump basket. You will want to choose the right size PoolRx unit depending on the pool size and how green it is. If your pool is 15,000 gallons but the pool is dark green you will want to use the Black PoolRx Unit which is rated for up to a 30,000 gallon pool. Much of the Minerals will be used up by the green algae and the Black Unit has 12 oz of Minerals as opposed to the Blue Unit which has 8 oz of the Mineral. If your pool is 20,000 gallons but just a very light green, you can use the Blue PoolRx Unit. So it is pool size and the severity of the Green Pool which will determine which size unit to use.

Step Seven: Run Pool for 24 Hours. This is a critical part of this process for two reasons. First, you want to run the pool for 24 hours because you want as much of the green water to pass through the filter as possible - this helps clear up the pool. This also allows the Chlorine to circulate in the water. And if you run the pool 24 hours this allows for the Minerals to completely dissolve in the water since you may need to clean the pool filter a second or third time. This will ensure that most of the Minerals are in the water and not trapped in the filter.

Step Eight: Recheck the pool water chemistry. After 24 hours under normal circumstances most of the Chlorine will be used up from the green algae. It is not uncommon for a pool to have zero Chlorine again the next day. Even if you pour in 8-10 gallons this is likely to happen. So recheck the Chlorine level and add more if needed. I prefer to bring it back up to shock levels again – 10.0 ppm.

Step Nine: Vacuum out the pool. Once the dead algae settles on the bottom you can vacuum the pool out. If you have a Sand Filter or D.E. Filter with a Multi-Port Valve you can vacuum to “Waste.” If you don't have that valve or have a Cartridge filter you will need to vacuum it into the filter. You may need to clean or backwash the filter after vacuuming the pool. It might be a good idea to invest in a Portable Clean Up Pump – I have a video that shows you how to build one or if you are a pool service tech you may want to invest in a Portable Filtration System.

Portable Clean-Up Pump to Vacuum out a Pool: https://youtu.be/bU8No8Jfjrw
Prime A Portable Clean-Up Pump: Installing a Check Valve: https://youtu.be/raZH8QmJses
PORTAVAC Portable Filtration System - Set Up and Use Video: https://youtu.be/Qm4zSrKyY48
PORTAVAC: Portable Filtration System by Advantage Manufacturing – Overview: https://youtu.be/uhGYALoLdWs
Mini Vac II Portable Filtration System Set Up and Use Video: https://youtu.be/Wm0EMR3PVSk
Mini Vac II Portable Pool Vacuum System by Advantage Manufacturing: https://youtu.be/rRBYY6scShg

Step 10: Clean the pool filter a second or multiple times. Depending on how bad the pool is you may need to clean the filter a second time and sometimes 4-5 times. You will know to clean the filter again if the PSI rises after one day or the pool circulation is slow. All of the dead algae really clogs up the filter and a second or third cleaning is not uncommon.

So PoolRx to clean up a Green Pool is highly effective. To learn more about PoolRx see these videos:

PoolRx Overview and Use Video: Eliminates and Prevents all Algae: https://youtu.be/vYodIg3hu8g
PoolRx will Solve: Algae Every Week, Constant Low Chlorine Levels, High Phosphates: https://youtu.be/LA7HZ_nIQcA
PoolRx Spa Unit for Crystal Clear Water, Algae Free Water and Use Less Chlorine Each Week!: https://youtu.be/FCOBOPwcEC0



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Swimming Pool Algae 101: Treatment & Prevention


Algae in your swimming pool is a common problem and one that is easily treatable if you jump on it right away. Some of the common causes of algae are no chlorine in the pool, a poorly running pool, a pool that is not running long enough, lots of leaves in the pool, sunny hot weather, and a food source for algae such as phosphates, nitrates, sun tan lotion, body fluids etc. Once you get algae you need to take corrective steps to eliminate it.



YELLOW OR MUSTARD ALGAE:
Any Sodium Bromide product will work effectively in treating Yellow Algae. As long as the active ingredient is Sodium Bromide it will work in clearing up the algae.

Bring the chlorine up to what we refer to as "Blazing High" if it is at zero ppm. One common mistake is not starting with a good chlorine level. Sodium Bromide will convert the chlorine to Bromine and the Sun will also burn some off as the Bromine Molecule does not bond with the Cyanuric Acid molecule (conditioner does not protect Bromine) so even more chlorine will burn off. And some of the chlorine will be "eaten" or used up by the Yellow Algae itself.

So it is very important to have a good chlorine level first 5-10 ppm and to also add a gallon of liquid chlorine or Clorox bleach with each 4 oz. capful of Sodium Bromide. Otherwise you might have an even worse problem.

But if you follow the procedure in the video below the yellow mustard algae will be destroyed and you can use a maintenance dose to prevent it from returning - about 1 oz.
per 10,000 gallons.

I use Sodium Bromide almost exclusively on my route and week to week it is the most effective way to treat algae.


Yellow Algae Removers - Using Sodium Bromide to Treat Mustard Algae: https://youtu.be/tnMUEOTbloA

Green Pool Clean Up Step by Step:
Make sure the pool can be cleared up vs draining it and refilling the pool. A rule of thumb is that if there is more than 4 inches of sediment on the bottom, a draining may be better. This would be a lot of algae and dirt on the pool bottom so more like a pool that has been sitting unattended for over a year or more. Generally a pool that has only been green for a few months can be cleared up with just chemicals and algaecide.

Step One: Scoop out all of the leaves and debris from the bottom and surface. Don't worry about stirring everything up, you will vacuum at the end of the treatment.

Step Two: Brush the pool as best as you can. Some of the algae might be really tough to brush off. If you have a plaster or Pebble Tec Pool a Steel Algae Brush will help. But a lot of the algae will be loosened once you add the chemicals to the pool.

Step Three: If you have a D.E. Or Cartridge filter take it apart and clean it. The filter type is usually on the label on the filter.
If you have a Sand filter you will just be Backwashing it during this process. For a D.E. Or Cartridge filter you probably will have to clean it again at least one more time or more.

Step Four: Bomb the pool out. You want to bring the chlorine level up to 30-50 ppm to start to kill the algae. A lot of the chlorine will be destroyed by the algae and other organic material in the pool in the first 24 hours. A shorthand guide:

14,000 gallon pool: 4-6 gallons of 12.5% liquid chlorine or a combination of that and 1 lbs. Bags of shock.

20,000 gallon pool: 8-10 gallons of 12.5% chlorine.

30,000 gallon pool: 12-16 gallons of liquid chlorine.

Again, you want to bring the chlorine level up to Blazing High levels.

I suggest using Sodium Bromide to help kill the algae. Sodium Bromide is very effective, however it does “use up” some of the chlorine so don't over do it. I suggest one capful added with one gallon of liquid chlorine. So if you are adding 8 gallons of liquid chlorine, 4 capfuls of Sodium Bromide should be sufficient. You want some of the chlorine to be active so you don't want to add 8 capfuls of Sodium Bromide to the pool. Each Capful is about 4 oz.

Step Five: Run the pool for 24-48 hours straight during the process. You may have to add more chlorine after 24 hours and clean the filter again. No need to vacuum the pool yet. Let everything slowly settle to the bottom first. This may take a couple of days.

Step 6: After the pool has cleared enough for you to see the bottom, you can manually vacuum out the pool. The stuff on the bottom will be dead algae and other organics like dead mosquito larvae and other bugs and plants. If you have a sand filter or a D.E. Filter with a “Waste Mode” vacuum the pool with the Multi-Port Valve to that setting. If you do not have a backwash valve with a “Waste Mode” you can vacuum directly to the filter. Note that you will need to clean the filter after vacuuming if you do not vacuum to Waste.


BLACK ALGAE:
Black algae can be tough to treat and get rid of as the roots extend into the plaster and even if you keep high chlorine levels in the pool the black algae can still persist. It doesn't help that the heads of the black algae also offer a protective film that keeps the chlorine from killing it.

The most effective treatment in a white plaster pool or older color plaster pool is with granular Trichlor which is the same chemical found in the 3” tablets but in granular form. A popular brand is the HASA Algi-Ban. You would aggressively brush the heads off the black algae and then sprinkle the granular Trichlor even on the pool bottom, covering as much black algae as possible. Unhook any automatic cleaner and turn the system off for 24 hours if possible. The chlorine level will be really high so no swimming for at least a week or more. By the next day the black algae should be gone. I typically use a 10 lb bucket in a large pool (20,000 gallons) with moderate to severe black algae. If you pool us smaller you can use less. Careful not to let it pool up in a pile in one area as it could stain the plaster.

Watch this video to see the Black Algae Treatment Step by Step:
Black Algae Treatment, Get Rid of Black Algae in Your Pool: http://youtu.be/qga1ZxU6m6U