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Maintenance - Fibreglass Pools

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Your beautiful new Factory Pools, Swimming Pool is finished and almost ready to enjoy. There are however, things you will need to know in order to maintain the pool and equipment like new.

 

This personalised customer pool handover will explain to you in simple terms how easy it is to look after and enjoy your pool for many years to come.

 

We realise you may not remember all the points discussed in this handover, so we have put it all in writing on the following pages, so you can refer to this at a later date.

 

Remember, the way you look after your pool could affect the manufactures warranty on the Pool and Equipment. So read carefully. 

GENERAL CARE

 

Pool Weekly

 

  • Test pH of water

  • Test Chlorine levels (Salt water chlorinated)

  • Test Copper levels (EnviroSwim® System)

  • Brush waterline, steps and benches

  • Empty skimmer basket & Pump Lint basket (more frequently in leafy areas)

  • Keep water levels at least half way up skimmer mouth

  • Run Pool Lights for a minimum half an hour, twice a week

  • I you have a Robotic Cleaner, use once a week or fortnight (Depending on pool use). Remembering to clean it after.

    Pool Monthly

  • Have your pool water tested monthly by our local pool maintenance pro, Lyall from a Better Pool & Spa – 0408526243

    Equipment Weekly

  • Salt Water Chlorination: Run filtration 8-10hrs a day minimum up to 50,000 litres as Salt chlorinators must run at least

    8 hrs per day, with an Eco Pump 10hrs per day

  • EnviroSwim® System: Run filtration 4hrs a day up to 50,000 litres in hotter weather less in cooler weather

  • Check for leaks around any equipment (there should not be any)

  • Listen for noises that were not there before – evident on start up

    Equipment Monthly

  • Backwash Sandfilter or clean Cartridge Element when [pressure gauge nears 100kpa or 50 kpa above / every 2-4 weeks

  • Backwashing: With pump turned off, turn valve to BACKWASH and turn pump on for 2-3 minutes until sight glass is clear

  • Turn pump off and turn handle to RINSE, turn pump on for 20 seconds then turn off

  • With pump off turn back to VACUUM and turn pump back on

  • Listen for leaks and noises that were not there before

  • Clean out the pump basket for leaves and pebbles

  • Very sparingly grease al silicone O’rings with silicone grease (DO NOT USE VASELINE) 

GENERAL HINTS

 

  • Running pump filter and chlorinator less than 8hrs a day may result in unhealthy water. (Despite how it looks)

  • During winter halve pool filtration to approx 4 hrs a day & winterize with pool algaecide

  • Cloudy water is due to pool sanitizer level, poor water balance or poor filtration. All outdoor pools must have at least

    30ppm of stabilizer (pool sunscreen) to prevent excessive chlorine loss by the sun, or you will have used double the

    amount of sanitizer used.

  • Pools can lose 50-60mm in evaporation per week, this is normal especially in warm windy conditions.

  • Set Salt chlorinators to 100% output in summer and reduce to 80% in winter with reduced filter times.

  • In winter run pool solar in Winter Mode.

  • Never mix chemicals together and keep separated in a very well ventilated area. 

SANITISERS Salt Water Chlorination

 

Your balanced chemical levels should be: (ppm=parts per million)

  • pH: 6.8 to 7.2 ppm (fibreglass pools)

  • Chlorine: 2 to 3 ppm

  • Alkalinity: 80 to 100 ppm

  • Sunscreen (Stabiliser): 30 to 60 ppm ideal

  • Salt: 4000 ppm or 2700-3500 ppm for Low Salt Chlorinators like the Davey EcoSalt & Hayward Salt & Swim 3C

  • Calcium Hardness: 200 - 230 ppm (fibreglass pools)

  • Pump: Run pump 4hrs in am and 4hrs in pm. Early morning. Late afternoon. (Add 1hr am & pm for Eco pumps)

    Pool water should be balanced as above at all times. This is easily done at home by checking weekly your pH & Chlorine levels. Your mobile pool technician or pool shop can do the rest on a monthly basis.

  • Chlorine: check the chlorine levels daily when swimming. Low or high chlorine can cause injury to swimmers. If the levels are low you can either shock dose with liquid or powder, or boost with your salt chlorinator. Expect on hot and heavy bather load days to need to add extra at the end of the day. 

SANITISERS - EnviroSwim® Fresh Water Systems

 

Your balanced chemical levels should be: (ppm = parts per million)

  • Alkalinity: 80 - 100 ppm

  • pH: 7.0 - 7.2 ppm (fibreglass pools)

  • Copper Content: 0.2 – 0.4 ppm

  • ORP: 500 – 750 millivolts minimum; equivalent to a reading of 0.5 – 1.5

    ppm of chlorine using DPD test lab.

  • Calcium Hardness: 200 - 230 ppm (fibreglass pools)

  • Pump: Run pump 1hr per 10,000lts daily in summer, less in winter.
     

Pool water should be balanced as above at all times. This is easily done at home by checking weekly your pH & & copper levels. You can arrange for Lyall our local pool maintenance pro from a Better Pool & Spa – 0408526243, to do the rest on a monthly basis if you wish. Lyall is very familiar with the EnviroSwim® System. 

FILTERS - SAND FILTER

 

VALVE POSITIONS

  • FILTER: Normal filtration and vacuuming position.

  • BACKWASH: Used to clean filter by flushing water backwards through sand bed, washing dust and dirt down the drain.

  • RECIRCULATE: Water returns to pool without being filtered (for circulating chemicals.)

  • RINSE: Used after backwashing to re-bed sand and clear any remaining dirty water.

  • WASTE: Water is sent to the drain unfiltered, for vacuuming excessive dirt from pool floor.

  • CLOSED: Used to close and stop water entering and leaving filter (pump must stay OFF).

 

BACKWASHING: Backwash when pressure gauge nears 100kpa or 50kpa above start up pressure - every 3-4 weeks (or after vacuuming).

  • With pump turned off, turn valve handle back to BACKWASH, turn pump on again until sight glass is clear.

  • Turn pump off and turn handle to RINSE, turn pump back on for 30 seconds then turn off.

  • With pump off turn handle back to FILTER and turn pump on to resume (leave 15 Sec) normal filtration.

  • Repeat this procedure for extremely dirty filter.

 

NOTES

  1. Valve handle should NEVER be operated when pump is running.

  2. Don’t backwash unnecessarily as a dirty filter is more efficient.

  3. Disconnect cleaner when backwashing.

  4. Never vacuum on backwash position. 

FILTERS - CARTRIDGE FILTERS

 

  • Check system pressure on filter gauge at start up of system kpa.....

  • Clean cartridge when pressure on gauge reaches 40kpa above start up/every 2 weeks.

  • With pump OFF open the air relief valve situated on top of the filter until any pressure inside the filter has been released.

  • Unlock the filter lid, the lid will unscrew or unclamp. Remove lid.

  • With lid removed gently remove dirty cartridge from filter, if filter has a steel rod through the middle, take care not to unduly knock or bend.

  • The cartridge is made up of woven material and assembled in a concertina fashion; the dirt is trapped on the outside of this material.

  • Hose off the dirt in a downward manner making sure the jet of water cleans deep into the folds of the cartridge. The hose pressure should not be too strong or damage to the cartridge will occur over time.

  • When clean put back into filter making sure it goes back as it came out.

  • Cartridge to be chemically cleaned as seasons end to remove oil grease and contaminants. This will extend the life of the cartridge and assist better filtration.

  • After cleaning, pressure should have dropped to near start up pressure, if the time between cleaning becomes shorter and shorter, use cartridge filter cleaner – Most pool shops stock it.