Finding Problems, Troubleshooting FAQ
How much will it cost me to have my pool cleaned?
This depends on the size, volume of water and the general use of your installation.
Advice: Never compromise on maintenance, health or safety for the sake of a few Euros. This is total false economy and will eventually catch you up.
What discount will I get for out of season cleaning, many people advise to only clean once per week?
Advice: We or our clients don’t control the weather, poor winter maintenance generates problems at the start of the season which could lead to extra expense. Again, don’t compromise on maintenance.
I clean my own pool how often do I test my water?
Advice: Invest in good quality test equipment, the most common treatments from doctors come from people who maintain their own installation. Or get your water tested for you at least once per month.
How often do I run my pump and filter system?
Advice: Standard pools need around 6 hrs constant running for the whole volume of water to run through the filter system. Again don’t compromise or guess, bring you pool info to our office and we will calculate exactly for you.
My pool water looks dull, its lost its shine!
Advice: If you cannot repair this at your first attempt get professional help or you could end up spending a lot on different chemicals and find that your water is at the end of its life and needs replacing, this will be very costly .
How often do I put chemicals in my pool?
Advice: Use only quality chemicals, E.U or USA products are generally regarded as the best. False economy on cheaper chemicals may not only be ineffective but could damage your installation.
Would it be beneficial to winterise my pool?
Advice: My experience would tell you not to winterise the pool especially if it’s a holiday home as time away from the installation may result in further unexpected damage.
Why do I need a qualified pool cleaner?
This is especially important if you are renting your property as clients will not think twice about making a claim!!
Advice: Protect yourself, Protect yourself, Protect yourself. Look at another scenario , its not a client who may make a claim but a friend or member of family. if they are infected with Crypto , Shigella or Giardia ( the most common forms of Bacteria in pools ) and are taken ill it could mean hospitalisation due to dehydration. Who pay`s ? what if they are not allowed to fly home until the illness is clear, who pays for the extra flights? Protect yourself !!
There is a lot of talk and advertising regarding Ionisers or Ozonators not needing chlorine and reducing running costs. Is this true?
Ionisers and Ozonators are simply 2 of the many forms of mechanical pool sanitisers. Yes they replace the majority of chlorine, but only if they are running your pump 24 /7 .. Once the pump stops running the water stops passing through the Ioniser or Ozonator and therefore stops sanitising . They are a very good form of Sanitisation but more commonly found in larger or commercial pools where the pumps run 24 / 7 , then they are very effective ” however “ If you use one in a residential pool where the pump only runs for the typical 6 hrs per day you must have at least 1ppm of Chlorine in the pool at all stages. This allows for total sanitisation when the pumps are inactive. Both the unit and the chlorine work in harmony to very good effect , but, your pool operator must be educated in pool water chemistry to know exactly how the whole system works or it could be a costly purchase.
Costs: If you use an ioniser or Ozonator correctly you will be running your pump 24 /7 so naturally the running costs will increase, but, you will be using far less chemicals so one will offset the other. This calculation can be done by your pool maintenance person who will be able to calculate via flow rates and pump power output the exact amount of electricity you will be using. Then you can calculate the extra electricity used against the reduced monthly chemical amount to find your exact running cost. If your current pool engineer cannot give you this basic information you need to evaluate their position and ask a suitably qualified person.
Advice: Automated pool sanitisers can be very effective but please consult a qualified person for a second opinion prior to purchase and only purchase if it’s a benefit to you, many people are trying different angles to sell products because they sound good without having the general knowledge of pool chemistry or pool operation. This advice applies to all aspects of your pool mechanical purchases, if in doubt always ask a suitably qualified person for a second opinion. For further information please call 26 623 342