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Pool Maintenance Guide

Swimming Pool & Spa Maintenance Guide!

Whether you are keeping your own pool clean (DIY) or you have hired our company or another pool service provider it would not hurt to have a helpful pool maintenance reference guide on hand when you need it!

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In this pool & spa care guide we will cover all of the most important factors to consider if you are doing it yourself. This guide is best for pools that are in good running order and not requiring any special attention. If you are experiencing issues outside of the scope of normal maintenance then you may need to contact us to help get you going.

Pool Maintenance Guide Includes

  • Weekly pool maintenance tasks
  • Daily checks for the pool & spa
  • Tools for cleaning the pool
  • Proper chemical levels & adjustments
  • Best practices & Tips / tricks

 

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Your Pool Cleaning Guide

Cleaning the pool yourself can save a few dollars, but not much. On average weekly pool maintenance in Texas can cost about as much as doing it yourself. We know that some pool owners like to keep up with their homes & pools themselves and we promote this DIY attitude. If you are ever struggling beyond your expertise you can always call on us when you need to!

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Having this guide will help you protect your backyard investment.

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OTHER RESOURCES: SWIMMING POOL MAINTENANCE

Our goal is to provide as much help as possible and we are always on call when you need professional pool services. Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful. Thanks for considering our company and happy pool servicing!

 

Filter Cleaning

Cleaning A Pool Filter

Filter Care for Inground Pools

Tips for proper care and maintenance, plus how to clean your swimming pool filters.

At the center of your swimming pool plumbing system & equipment is a very key component, the filter. Without it your pool water would never be clear, and the same if you do not care for it properly and clean regularly. Your can hire a pool filter cleaning service, or you can do it yourself – Are you keeping your pool filter clean?

If you are here to find out how to clean a swimming pool filter, you may want to know how a swimming pool filter works in order to be effective at properly performing a break-down and manual clean-out.

See this diagram as a visual reference to start: (Cartridge Filter Type)

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The above diagram shows how water will enter into the pool filter inlet port and is forced through filtration media (Cartridge, DE, Sand) to leave behind any debris when exiting the filter from the returning port. Generally in most swimming pool filter models both of the inlet & outlet ports are close together and are called the bulkhead assembly. The inlet receives dirty water from the pool pump, and the outlet sends clean water back to the pool.

Key parts of a swimming pool filter:

  • Pressure Gage
  • Tension Band Clamp Assembly
  • Air Relief Valve
  • Type of Filtration Media

Before attempting to clean your filter, verify the type of swimming pool filter that is installed onto your pool equipment. There are 3 common types of pool filters for residential pools, in order of popularity they are; cartridge, DE, sand. Each of these types of filtration media offer varying degrees of efficiency, options and performance. The type of pool filter selected will depend on the application, usage, and type of swimming pool.

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A cartridge swimming pool filter uses porous media pleated cylinders to collect high amounts of debris from the pool water that is circulated from the pump system. This type of pool filter is the easiest to clean, and the more long term cost effective type of swimming pool filter to own.

To clean a cartridge swimming pool filter you will need just 1 hour and a few tools:

  • Water Hose
  • High Pressure Jet Water hose nozzle
  • Socket set
  • Shop Towel
  • Teflon Based O-Ring Lubricant
  • Adjustable Wrench 1.5″

Since we can not cover all existing models of pool filters in this article, in general, these are the steps needed to break down the filter:
Note: ALWAYS TURN POOL EQUIPMENT OFF

  1. With the pool pump system OFF, release the air relief valve so the water inside of the tank will begin to drain.
  2. Locate the bottom drain plug on the front or back of the filter and remove.
  3. Using a standard socket set locate the correct size for the tension band clamp bolt.
  4. Remove the tension band bolt and clamp assembly, and top of filter.

At this time you should immediately inspect for any damages. Extended periods of high pressure can cause cracks on the internal parts of a pool filter.

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Step 6 – Remove each element and clean. (Clean in each pleated opening)

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TIPS:

  • Never use a pressure washer to clean your filter elements
  • Cleaning more frequently will help prolong element lifespan
  • Never use harsh chemicals on the cartridge elements

Once you are satisfied with how clean you can get the elements, make sure to rinse out the inside of the bottom filter, and replace each element back onto the lower manifold.

TIP:

  • Use the shop towel the clean the o-ring seat on both halves of the filter casing, also clean the large o-ring.

IMPORTANT: Tighten the tension band clamp all the way!

Now just replace the bottom drain plug, hand tighten, and you’re all set!


We hope you have found some useful information about servicing your swimming pool filter, and we will cover different types of pool filters in future articles. If you still have questions about your filter or a problem that this article did not solve, don’t hesitate to ask! If you are in the Montgomery County TX area we can provide routine swimming pool care, swimming pool repairs, and more to help you keep enjoying that favorite place in your backyard!

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Green to Clean

Green Swimming Pools

Green Pool Service Tips

How to turn a green pool blue again.

A nice blue swimming pool is all we’d ever want to see in our backyard, and have never been a really big fan of the “pond look” so if you are anything like us you kind of freak out when the pool turns green. No matter what caused it to turn into pea soup, it looks bad and needs to be fixed right away, but how..?

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It is more science than magic, but believe what you want, we will turn the pool blue again almost overnight. Follow along and we will give you some tips to get your pool back in order and to hopefully keep it from turning green again.

Common Reasons Pool Turns Green

Based on the environment where the swimming pool is installed there can be many factors contributing to a pool turning green, but for the most part it boils down to attention and routine care to the pool on a regular basis. Here are some of the more common reasons a pool may turn green:

  • Loss of care for more than 2 weeks
  • Loss of power to pool equipment for an extended period of time
  • Neglect of proper chemical administration
  • Extreme deluge of flooding rain
  • The pool filter has reached capacity / pool water circulation
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Lack of cleaning the swimming pool filters leads to reduced performance.

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Steps you can take for a green pool

In the unfortunate event your pool turns green, there are a few things that you can do to help the situation before the professionals show up to take care of turning it blue again. Only if you are familiar enough with the pool equipment should you apply the following steps or tips.

DE FILTRATION SYSTEMS ONLY

  • You can move the filter selector port to “Bypass” and this will divert the water from the pool filter straight back to the pool. This will help to keep the filter from getting clogged with the green algae.

ALL POOL SYSTEMS

  • If you have a cartridge pool filter you are going to need to clean it repeatedly.
  • If possible keep the pool pump running 24/7 and add 2 – 4 chlorine tablets to the skimmer baskets.
  • Brush the entire pool and / or spa, and all of the green spots.
  • Use liquid pool shock to super chlorinate the pool after brushing.
  • Balance the pH by testing and adjusting as needed.

If the green conditions of the pool do not improve by following the above steps repeated at least 2x then you will need the help of a professional Green to Clean Pool Service. In edxtreme cases some or all of the water inside of the swimming pool may need to be removed and start again with new water. In most cases you can turn your pool around in about 4 – 5 days, it just depends on many factors.

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Here is a video from our pool service friends in California on how you can clear up a green pool

A green swimming pool can happen to the best of us, so whether you have returned from vacation to a green pool or inherited one one call can solve it all! We hope you have found some tips and advice in this post about cleaning a green swimming pool, but if you still have any questions we’d be glad to answer them for you!


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How to Clean Your Swimming Pool

Routine Pool Care

Weekly Swimming Pool Maintenance tips for Montgomery County pool owners

Here is our How-To Clean a Swimming Pool the right way – a guide for you.

Owning a swimming pool means that either yourself, a friend, a reluctant family member or a professional swimming pool service provider, like us * wink wink, will need to make a routine about keeping it clean. Despite all of our technological advancements we still can’t make a swimming pool clean itself. Because there are so many affordable swimming pools installed each year, and not everyone who purchases one is a water chemistry expert there is a true need for professional help when it comes to maintaining a swimming pool if not each week then at least from time to time. After-all, an in-ground pool is a large investment, so why not treat it with personalized care!?

 

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swimming pool service company specializing in pool care, maintenance, and remodeling services in around and near Conroe, TX and Willis, TX areas.

3915 W Davis St. Ste 130212
Conroe, TX
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