Tips & Tricks
Using enzymes during the swim season will allow a lower chlorine level to be more effective.
The PH of the human eye is 7.4 maintaining this level in your pool will reduce eye irritation.
The basket of the skimmer must be checked regularly for debris. The effectiveness of the filtration system will be inhibited if the basket is blocked by debris. The pipe from the floor drain goes into the bottom of the skimmer. Your system includes a dome shaped valve with a sliding tab in the bottom of your skimmer that regulates the amount of suction to the skimmer and floor drain. If you have a HaywardTM or Kreepy KraulyTM style cleaner you want this tab to be wide open. Close the tab only when you want to maxin3ize the suction to the floor drain. Always clean skimmer of debris after high winds.
If you hear a gurgling sound at the skimmer it is usually due to the water level of the pool being too low, keep the water level at mid-tile for normal operation.
The pump circulates water from the pool through the filter and heater and back to the pool. The basket in the pump pot needs to be cleaned periodically. If you do not keep it clean, the debris can inhibit the suction ability of the pump and will not get effective circulation and cleaning. The following instructions walk you through this maintenance.
TO SERVICE THE PUMP:
- Turn off the pump and pump breaker.
- Remove the see-through pump lid.
- Remove the inter basket and dump out all debris.
- Reach into the rear interior of the pump opening and inspect impeller for blockage.
- Replace the inner basket, reinstall the pump lid and tighten snugly.
- Turn on the pump breaker and pump to circulate water.
- Open air relief valve on top of the filter tank until you get a continuous stream of water, then close valve for normal operation.
If water does not circulate, repeat steps I through 6 making sure pump lid is seated snugly, “O” ring is cleaned and properly lubricated, water level in the pool is at the proper level and all valves are set to the proper positions. See Pump troubleshooting.
As water flows through, the filter cartridges remove small particulate matter from the water.
Over-time, the filter cartridges become caked with this debris and will need to be cleaned. The
cleaning frequency will depend on how dirty the water is from pool use, winds and rain. As the
filter cartridges get filled with debris the pressure inside the filter builds and the effectiveness of
the system diminishes. You should note the pressure of your system when the cartridges are
clean. Once the pressure has increased by 8 to I0 pounds, it is time to clean the cartridges.
TO SERVICE THE FILTER:
- Turn off pump and pump breaker.
- Loosen air relief valve on top of filter.
- Remove bolts from clamp band.
- Remove belly band from middle of filter tank.
- Lift off top section of tank and set aside. Do not lift tank by the relief valve.
- Remove filter cartridges.
- Using a spray nozzle thoroughly clean the cartridges. It is important to clean in between the pleats of the filter elements to remove all debris.
- Re-install the cartridges.
- Clean and lubricate the “O” ring.
- Re-install filter lid and clamp band.
- Tighten band clamp bolts evenly until the springs touch.
- Turn on the pump breaker and pump.
- Open air relief valve on top of the filter tank until you get a continuous stream of water. Then close the valve for normal operation.
If you have a in floor cleaning system run the pump for I or 2 minutes, then turn off the pump and pump breaker loosen the union located at the top of the dome that controls the in floor pop-ups remove and clean the screen of any debris that may have gotten past the filter while cleaning.
Vacuuming The Pool
A vacuum head and hose are recommended options for your pool. The system is simple to set up and use. The vacuum suction is extremely powerful. Be sure to follow the instructions below to achieve the best results.
- Turn off the pump.
- Assemble the vacuum system on your pool deck, attach the telescoping pole to the vacuum head, uncoil and attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum head.
- Open your pools skimmer lid and take out the debris basket and diverter valve.
- Place the vacuum head, pole and hose into the pool water.
- Turn on the pump.
- Submerge the vacuum hose vertically this helps fill the hose with water. When the entire hose is filled and water comes out the top end, quickly place hose end into the skimmers plumbing. If air gets into the system, open the air relief valve on the filter to expel the air.
- Begin to vacuum by moving the vacuum head slowly across the walls and floor of the pool. Do not allow the vacuum head to come to the surface and suck air.
- When finished turn off pump, remove vacuum hose from skimmer, replace skimmer basket, diverter valve and lid.
- Turn on the pump, check the filter systems operating pressure and clean filter if necessary.
- Test your water chemistry 1 to 2 times a week and adjust as necessary.
- Store your test kit away from freezing conditions.
- Check and maintain your water level weekly.
- Lubricate all “O” rings as recommended in the manufacturers literature.
- Clean internal components of your filter
- Drain solar system.
- Adjust any auto chlorinator or purification system to its lowest setting.
- Remove debris from pool to avoid staining of plaster.
FREEZING WEATHER PROCEDURES
- Run pump and filter continuously.
- Carefully break any ice formations to prevent ice damage.
- Clear skimmer of any ice.
- Maintain water levels.
- DO NOT run your heater during freezing conditions. It may cause damage to your heater.
- Turn directional returns in pool towards the surface.
LOSS OF ELECTRICITY DURING FREEZING CONDITIONS
- Shut off all pool equipment breakers.
- Open air relief valve on filter and remove drain plugs from filter, pump and heater.
- Remove pump cover and basket.