The pool is for relaxation. But maintaining an in-ground pool can sometimes seem complicated. On this page, we have collected answers to the most frequently asked questions of our clients in the Lower Laurentians. This way you can better understand the problems you are experiencing and find the appropriate solutions! If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
What Is the Ideal Chemistry for Pool Water?
N.B. These numbers may vary depending on the temperature of the water.
My water is blurry, what should I do?
Do I stop using chlorine when I 'switch to salt'?
Contrary to popular belief, by "going to salt", we still continue to use chlorine to disinfect the pool water. Indeed, as its name suggests, the salt chlorination system (SCS) converts salt into chlorine using an electronic cell. A digital control board not only accurately calibrates the desired chlorine level, but also makes certain water quality diagnoses, such as salt level, temperature, etc.
There are spots on my liner, what should I do?
There are two types of stains:
1. Those that brush off: they are usually algae.
If there are just a few
First, brush all stains. Begin the treatment by pouring 150 ml of algaecide (40 % minimum) per 10,000 liters of water. Then, it’s time for a shock treatment: dilute the shock treatment (quantity according to the pool’s measurements) in hot water and spread it everywhere onto the pool. 24 hours later, create a good backwash. Finally, make sure the water is balanced.
If there are a lot
Do not hesitate to contact us so that we carry out an appropriate treatment.
2. Those that do not brush off: they are stubborn algae or metals. Contact us so that we proceed with the cleaning.
What are the benefits of "going to salt"?
1. Effectiveness of water disinfection
The biggest advantage of SCS is undoubtedly the effectiveness of water disinfection. Although there is always the risk of formation of algae, bacteria, viruses, etc. is practically nil. In addition to the fact that a SCS allows a constant and predictable production of chlorine, a SCS limits the interventions of an operator, which are, it must be admitted, often at the root of many problems.
2. Ease of use
SCS is relatively easy to use. Since salt stays in the water, a SCS requires very little intervention from an operator. Note, however, that a SCS is not everything: disinfection of water is facilitated by a SCS, but it does not balance the water. This always requires the intervention of an operator.
3. Human and material security
Another great benefit of SCS is the security aspect. Firstly, a SCS eliminates the manipulation of many chemicals, often potentially dangerous, starting with chlorine. Secondly, by reducing the risk of lack of chlorine, a SCS makes it possible to avoid the appearance of algae, bacteria and viruses harmful to human health, not to mention the "loss of enjoyment" of the pool when these nuisances make their appearance. Thirdly, a SCS maintains a lower chlorine level, which makes the water less corrosive and therefore safer for the water filtration and heating system, thus extending the useful life of these systems.
After how many years do I have to change the filtration sand?
In general, the life of the filter sand is 3 to 5 years. However, this time can be shortened if the sand is contaminated with algae, metals, etc. If the water is continuously cloudy, this is a good indicator that the filter sand is changing.
What are the steps to follow to maintain my pool?
Check the water level and add if necessary (expect a loss of about one inch due to water lost during backwashing).
What should be an acceptable water loss?
Generally, a pool should not lose more than an inch a week. This may vary depending on the temperature (evaporation) and the use made of the pool.
How do you know where a leak comes from?
To discover the source of a leak, the first thing to do is to measure the loss of water for 24 hours when the filtration system is on and off.
If the water loss is the same while the system is on or off, it means there is probably a hole in the fabric. If the loss is different, it is probably a crack in one of the lines of the pool. In any case, it is best to consult an expert to make a proper diagnosis.