Are you having problems with your pool water? If so check out the problem and symptoms in the table below.
|Green / Cloudy Water / Slippery Sides||Algae||Shock dose with Chlorine and add Algaecide|
|Too much chlorine||Overdose||Drain pool to minimum mark and re-fill with fresh water to maximum mark, this will help to dilute the excess chemical.|
Remove cover from pool to allow evaporation of the chemical (keep the pool filter running constantly).
|PH hard to control||Alkalinity too low or too high||After testing the PH with your dip test strips you can use the following chemicals to increase or decrease the PH.|
Please re-test the pool after a couple of hours and before use.
|Can’t maintain chlorine levels||Chlorine levels are fluctuating, the pool has been left and gone stagnant or other chemical levels are not correct.||Use the test strips to check chemical levels everyday, the filter pump should be left on for a minimum of 4 hours a day when there is water in the pool.|
If chlorine levels are fluctuating, you will need to check other chemical levels are correct. If the pool is being used quite a lot you may need to increase the chlorine levels.
If you are going away we would suggest emptying the pool and cleaning it so the water is not left to go stagnant. Do no re-fill until you return from your trip.
|Cloudy water||Poor chemical control or inadequate filtration||Clean cartridge, check chemical levels with Dip Test Strips and adjust if necessary (chlorine/PH). If problem persists buy a Pool Clarifierto remove small particles|
|Rough pool sides / edges||Scale formation due to high calcium levels in water||Ensure PH levels are correct using Dip Test Strips and use Scale Remover.|
Clear and clean debris screens, pipework and check pool filter for build up. You may need to descale the filter pump as well.
|No colour change on test strip dip test||Too high chlorine leading to bleaching of indicator pads (over 15ppm chlorine)||Check expiry date on Pool Test Strips. Wait for chlorine level to drop and re-test (See overdose instructions).|
|Foaming||Detergent present from incorrect cleaning products or excessive algaecide use.||Reduce water level and top up with fresh water. Avoid domestic household cleaners.|
Avoid using domestic household cleaners, washing detergent, sun lotion, make-up, moisturiser, hair products and fake tan. We would also recommend showering before using the pool. We would also recommend using Foam Remover.
Use ClearWater Dip Tests to test the water supply for pH and Total Alkalinity levels.At this stage the water is unlikely to have much chlorine (if any),so to avoid algae and bacteria from the start add a “shock” or starter dose of ClearWater Stabilised Chlorine Granules.
|Free Chlorine||1 – 3 ppm*||*ppm = parts per million|
|pH||7.2 – 7.6|
|Total Alkanlinity||125 – 150 ppm*||*ppm = parts per million|
When using ClearWater Dip Tests follow the instructions on the bottle for best results being observant of the optimal reading times and always holding strips level (to avoid indicator pad colours mixing). Also make sure strips are completely dry before use to avoid cross contamination.
Normal Dosing – ClearWater Stabilised Chlorine Granules:
|POOL VOLUMES||INCREASE BY 1ppm (ONLY) CHLORINE LEVEL|
|1000 Gallons (4,545 Litres)||9 Grams|
|2500 Gallons (11,364 Litres)||23 Grams|
To ensure the ideal reading of 1 – 3 ppm is maintained it is advised to aim for 3 ppm to provide a useful “buffer” for fluctuating conditions such as bathing loads and hot weather. The rate of chlorine consumption can and does vary depending on different conditions and chlorine will be consumed even when there is no swimming (i.e. by sunlight or by algae). Because of this,the only way to be sure that there is chlorine present in the water is to test regularly.
pH – The pH scale of 0 – 14 measures acidic or alkali conditions respectively.The middle reading of 7 is neutral, so pool water with a pH below 7 is acidic and pool water with a pH above 7 is alkaline.For above ground pools the ideal pH level is slightly alkaline between 7.2 – 7.6, ensuring plant protection and bather comfort are maintained (the pH level of the eye is consistent with this level).
|pH LEVELS||SUMMARY OF LEVEL|
|Skin / eye irritation|
Reduces chlorine effectiveness
|7.2 – 7.6||IDEAL LEVEL|
|Plant corrosion especially metals|
Unpleasant smells and bather discomfort
Chlorine quickly used up
If the pH of your pool water is above 7.6 then use ClearWater pH Minus to reduce it,using the application instructions on the bottle.
If the pH of your pool water is below 7.2 then use ClearWater pH Plus to increase it,using the application instructions on the bottle.
Algae are microscopic forms of plant life that can multiply quickly in untreated water, turning clear water to “pea soup” in a matter of hours. Chlorine used in pools helps prevent algae,but extra protection using ClearWater Algaecide really is both prudent and cost effective. Dose as per bottle instructions.
|POOL VOLUMES||INITIAL START-UP DOSE||WEEKLY DOSE|
|1000 gallons (4,545 litres)||50ml||25ml|
|2500 gallons (11,364 litres)||125ml||62ml|
Periodic cleaning of waterline grease,steps and pool equipment will not only make your pool look good but it will optimise the use of your chemicals during a swimming season.
We would suggest using washing up liquid, miracle pads or stain remover.
Use pool preparations when cleaning areas around swimming pools since household cleaners often contain phosphates which nurture algae growth or detergents which cause foam.
Working out pool volumes can be tricky when considering how much chemicals to add to your pool. On most pool instructions the typical measurement will be provided in US gallons. See the table below for a typical guide:
|TYPICAL POOL SIZE||VOLUME UK GALLONS (US GALLONS)||VOLUME (LITRES)|
|10 ft diameter x 30 inches deep||800 UK Gallons (961 US Gallons)||3639 Litres|
|12 ft diameter x 30 inches deep||1183 UK Gallons (1421 US Gallons)||5377 Litres|
|15 ft diameter x 36 inches deep||2240 UK gallons(2689 US gallons)||10,179 Litres|
|15 ft diameter x 42 inches deep||2720 UK gallons(3266 US gallons)||12,362 Litres|
|15 ft diameter x 48 inches deep||3038 UK gallons(3648 US gallons)||13,807 Litres|
|18 ft diameter x 42 inches deep||4203 UK gallons(5046 US gallons)||19,100 Litres|
|18 ft diameter x 48 inches deep||4661 UK gallons(5596 US gallons)||21,182 Litres|
A quick guide to products needed for treatments:
|TASK||IDEAL LEVEL||PRODUCT||DOSE FREQUENCY|
|Disinfect||1 – 3 ppm (aim for 3)||ClearWater Stabilised Chlorine Granules||Daily when pool in use to maintain ideal levels|
|pH||7.2 – 7.6||ClearWater pH Minus to reduce|
ClearWater pH Plus levels to increase
|Weekly or as required to maintain ideal levels|
|Prevent Algae||n/a||ClearWater Algaecide||Weekly|
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Clearwater on +971 424 76700.