Comments for http://blog.intheswim.com Blog for swimming pool owners, Care & Repair, Buyer's Guides and Pool Fun information Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:45:31 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Comment on Best & Worst Trees to Plant around a Pool by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/best-worst-trees-to-plant-around-a-pool/comment-page-3/#comment-4208 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:45:31 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=16206#comment-4208 Hi Steve, beautiful trees, with powerful, expansive root systems. Generally speaking, the root spread is equal in width to the canopy width. So if the tree canopy is 30 ft overall, the roots will also expand to about 30 ft. Kind of like how one’s outstretched arms equals a person’s height. A tree expert could calculate it more expertly than me, and if you have an arborist come visit, he can provide more detail, a good idea if you plan to excavate within the root zone of the trees.

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Comment on Painting the Pool vs. Plastering the Pool by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/painting-the-pool-or-plastering-the-pool/comment-page-1/#comment-4207 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:42:19 +0000 http://50.87.183.84/?p=3279#comment-4207 Hi Victor, that is correct that is the only suitable way to remove the old paint, which must be completely removed before the pool can be replastered. One of the drawbacks of painted pools, is exactly this, if you want to ever revert back to plaster, and stop painting the pool, you will need to sandblast, beadblast, or in some cases a very strong pressure washing, followed by a strong acid washing may do the job.

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Comment on Swimming Pool Stains Removal Guide by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/swimming-pool-stains-removal-guide/comment-page-2/#comment-4206 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:40:08 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=1363#comment-4206 Hi Sharon, what can sometimes happen is a film of calcium carbonate can settle over the surfaces, locking in algae. Try lowering the pH to 6.5, using a nice test kit like the K-2005 that can do an acid demand and base demand… broadcast pH decreaser over the pool (granular) then brush hard with a steel bristled pool brush, 3 times if needed during one day. If you have a heater or salt cell, leave the pump off for the day (make sure chlorine is a little extra high the morning of…) so the low pH won’t cause problems. If that doesn’t do the trick and remove the stains, you can try EZ Stain Remover, a mild acid granular that is sprinkled over the area.

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Comment on Intex Pool Filter Pump Upgrades: A Buyer’s Guide by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/intex-pool-filter-pump-upgrades-a-buyers-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-4204 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:33:25 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10075#comment-4204 Hi Debbie, if you have the steel frame INtex pool, you could attach the bonding wire to a lug, screwed into one of the rails. I’m not sure if it needs to be done or not in your location, contacting the pool inspectors within the local building and zoning dept would find a definite answer, but if you want to connect it, like it was on the old pool, that seems like a solid plan.

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Comment on Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/setting-up-an-intex-pool-for-summer/comment-page-2/#comment-4203 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:26:46 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10126#comment-4203 Zac, no issues that I can see, as long as there is a border around the edge, to lock the sand in place. Even if there isn’t, it sounds perfect actually. It may settle somewhat under the weight of the pool, but probably not more than 1″. The biggest problem may be sand in the pool, but you probably have a plan for that too. pathways, maybe a foot bath

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Comment on The Many Types of Pool Shock by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/the-many-types-of-pool-shock/comment-page-1/#comment-4202 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:23:09 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=611#comment-4202 Hi Kara, first thing is to lower the pH level to 7.2. Chlorine loses over half of its potency at 8.0, costing you money, and wasting chemicals. For your pool that would be 2.5 oz of muriatic acid, or 3 oz of dry acid (pH decreaser). Add it directly to the pool, and allow 15 minutes for it to disperse, then shock the pool with 1/2 bag of shock. Pour it into a bucket filled with water, and use something to stir, to dissolve the granules, then pour into the pool. For the remaining half bag, immediately fold it up tight and use a large clamp or 2 paper clips to keep the bag sealed, to lock out moisture, insects, dirt, etc. Half open bags of shock can be hazardous, so be careful with them to keep them closed tightly, and separated from other chemicals, in a dry and clean location. Normally, you may only use 1/4 bag (4 oz) of shock for your pool, but if it’s already green, use 1/2 bag. If really, really green, use the whole bag.

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Comment on Pool Liner Problems – Repair or Replace? by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/pool-liner-problems-repair-or-replace/comment-page-1/#comment-4201 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:17:32 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=4779#comment-4201 Hi Tiffany, there is a lot of stress on liners at those corners. A large vinyl patch could be applied, with vinyl glue, or you could use this product I saw on an infomercial (lol), FlexTape – it’s black, but looks like it could seal up a battleship! https://www.flextapeoffer.com/FLXTP/4.0000/Index.dtm?mid=8890105&otsid=3758

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Comment on Stain Removal in a Plaster Pool by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/stain-removal-in-a-plaster-pool/comment-page-1/#comment-4200 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:14:01 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=13918#comment-4200 Hi Millie, there could be a calcium Film that attached itself to the pool walls, locking in the stains. First thing I would try is to drop the pH to 6.8 – testing with an accurate kit, to compute acid demand to get precisely to 6.8. Brush the pool two or three times thruout the day, and after 12-24 hours or so, bring the pH back up to 7.2, using a Base Demand test, or other accurate means of calculating the pH increaser dose. The paint won’t like the low pH, so don’t keep it there for too long. Other methods could be using ascorbic acid, in StainFree or our A+ Stain Remover products. Or EZ Stain remover, another mild acid that could be successful on ‘Film Scale’. Good luck! If you do drain the pool, and acid wash, use a mild solution, just 1 part acid to 10 parts water. Go stronger if needed, but test first with mild.

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Comment on 5-Step Hayward Pool Filter Repairs by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/hayward-pool-filter-problems-5-step-diy-repairs/comment-page-2/#comment-4199 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:06:23 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10711#comment-4199 Hi Terry, the floating debris makes me think your skimmer is not working to capacity, perhaps the skimmer weir is missing, or an old skimmer pipe has collapsed, or other valves like the main drain need to be closed, to deliver more suction to the skimmer? As for the filter, if the water looks good usually, with few bouts of cloudy water or algae, blue and clear, then the filter could be said to be operating effectively (given a proper amount of daily run time). Some pools just don’t skim the surface as much as they need to, the supply does not meet the demand. In such cases, for such pools, if the skimming cannot be further optimized, then you supplement with a nice Leaf Rake, dragging the surface once per day, or as needed. Good exercise for you, too!

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Comment on Intex Pool Filter Pump Upgrades: A Buyer’s Guide by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/intex-pool-filter-pump-upgrades-a-buyers-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-4198 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:01:26 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10075#comment-4198 Hi Shamonica, the 500/1000 are the same, and the 1500/2500 are the same, so I see your problem. Fortunately, there is an adapter available. Intex-Conversion-Adapters-Design-10722, we don’t carry part 10722 (by Intex), but you can find online.

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Comment on Swimming Pool Water Balance Problems by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/swimming-pool-water-balance-problems/comment-page-1/#comment-4197 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:51:23 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=9981#comment-4197 Hi Trish, it will come down naturally, usually within 3 days. We do sell chlorine neutralizer (Sodium Thiosulfate), but that’s mostly used in commercial settings where the pool or spa must be operational for the guests or users. Remove any covers on the pool for faster reduction in chlorine levels, and to protect the cover.

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Comment on Intex Pool Filter Pump Upgrades: A Buyer’s Guide by Debbie Smith http://blog.intheswim.com/intex-pool-filter-pump-upgrades-a-buyers-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-4196 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:50:28 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10075#comment-4196 OK. So an INtex pool does not need to be grounded? Our old pool was steel and had a ground wire going to one leg of the pool from the Hayward sand filter and pump. Can we still ground the INtex pool the same way…just because that was how the old pool was done?

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Comment on Pool Filter Sand Alternatives by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/pool-filter-sand-alternatives/comment-page-1/#comment-4195 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:48:22 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=3135#comment-4195 No mention of that from the manufacturer, and I can’t think of a reason why size would make a difference. Good Stuff, Zeosand…

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Comment on Stains and Discoloration in a Vinyl Liner Pool by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/stains-and-discoloration-in-a-vinyl-liner-pool/comment-page-2/#comment-4194 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:45:09 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=3638#comment-4194 Hi, For Iron, you would use Stain Solution #1 as a remover http://jacksmagic.com/product/stain-solution-1-the-iron-cobalt-spot-etching-stuff/ – we don’t carry it unfortunately. You could also try Stain Free or our A+ Stain remover, followed up with regular treatment with a sequestering agent, like the Blue Stuff for Vinyl Liners.

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Comment on Stains and Discoloration in a Vinyl Liner Pool by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/stains-and-discoloration-in-a-vinyl-liner-pool/comment-page-2/#comment-4193 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:07:10 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=3638#comment-4193 Hi Karen, those are probably metal stains, possibly from overuse of copper algaecide, or from well water, or old metal pipes. Keep using metal remover, weekly, to keep minerals and metals in solution, and be careful when shocking the pool (use low doses with a low pH), to keep the metals from dropping out of solution, from a heavy shock treatment.

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Comment on Pool Shock: Best Shock for your Pool Type by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/pool-shock-best-shock-for-your-pool-type/comment-page-1/#comment-4192 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:04:49 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=6605#comment-4192 Hi Brian, Baquacil or other Biguanide products like Soft Swim, Revacil or Aqua Silk, are the only standalone sanitizer option to chlorine. I have some experience with pools that were treated with it – personally I don’t like it because of the side effects – gummy goo that clogs filters, or pink slime problems or endless cloudy water issues. However, thousands of people use the product and are very happy with the results, with few ‘side effects’. Phosfree is not a sanitizer, only a phosphate remover. Another option to Biguanides is to use Ozone, UV systems or Mineral Systems. Using Minerals + UV, or Minerals + Ozone, coupled with a weekly non-chlorine shock, and algaecide treatment – and you can be chlorine free – although I would still shock monthly with chlorine, just to be sure all the bacteria is dead.

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Comment on The Ultimate Guide to Pool Clarifiers by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-pool-clarifiers/comment-page-3/#comment-4191 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:57:27 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=12953#comment-4191 Blue Water? Not a complaint from most pool owners, lol. I suspect it will naturally diffuse and dissipate in a few days, or you can shock the pool, and it should break apart the clarifier. The larger problem may be that over-dosing with clarifier can have the opposite effect, acting as a dispersant, not a coagulant.

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Comment on 19 Common Pool Opening Mistakes by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/19-common-pool-opening-mistakes/comment-page-1/#comment-4190 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:54:51 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=18979#comment-4190 Hi Leah, low pH will definitely make the chlorine more active. At 7.8, over 50% of chlorine is inactive. The calcium reading (74) is quite low, (should be 150 ppm minimum), and the CYA is also low at 8 (20 ppm minimum). If the pool is still green-ish, keep adding chlorine (with a pH of around 7.2), until the water turns a blue-ish color. Backwash only when the pressure gauge reads 5-10 psi higher than the clean pressure, and keep running 24/7. The pool store advice doesn’t sound wrong, yet I’m surprised your water is not clear with (20?) gallons of bleach. Phosphates at 200 ppb is rather low, so likely not a problem there. I suspect the filter is old and tired, using a clarifier (closely following dosage instructions), may be the ticket, or new filter media (sand or cartridges). Good Luck – keep at it!

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Comment on Salt Chlorinator and Salt Cell Maintenance by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/salt-chlorinator-and-salt-cell-maintenance/comment-page-2/#comment-4189 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:48:39 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=5387#comment-4189 Hi Heidi, backwash water should not enter the return line, so I would suspect your multiport valve needs a new gasket, or rotor spring. Or if you have a push-pull valve to backwash with, one of the o-rings is missing or damaged. Not sure about the “Hot” code, check the manual or manufacturer website for causes of that…

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Comment on Hayward Pool Pump Troubleshooting by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/hayward-pool-pump-troubleshooting/comment-page-7/#comment-4188 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:46:20 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=13771#comment-4188 Hi Jim, check the wire connections, and the voltage coming into the motor. Is this a 2-speed pump, or variable speed pump? If not, I would suspect voltage issues, especially with the overheating, be sure pump is wired to accept the incoming voltage (115V or 230V), and it doesn’t fluctuate more than 10%, +/- ….

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Comment on Hayward Pool Pump Troubleshooting by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/hayward-pool-pump-troubleshooting/comment-page-7/#comment-4187 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:32:34 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=13771#comment-4187 Hi Tim, smoke from the motor? Whenever I’ve seen that it’s from too much voltage, like connecting 220V to a motor wired for 110V. But not likely, since it’s been there for years. Tripping the breaker, could possibly be a bad breaker, allowing too much voltage to pass thru to the pump. The motor may be dead, or possibly not. If you can, you can check voltage with a meter, on the breaker, to see how much voltage it is passing. Also check that wires are tightly attached, at breaker, timer and pump.

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Comment on Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/setting-up-an-intex-pool-for-summer/comment-page-2/#comment-4186 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:26:43 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10126#comment-4186 Hi Francesca, I don’t think that it can leak from the heat, there must be a small hole in the top ring. Try adding more air, a bit overinflated, and then spray the top ring with a soapy water solution, to look for bubbles. Then patch with a dab of silicone, or Anderson’s Flexible Sealer, when you find the leak

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Comment on Multiport Valve Settings Demystified: by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/multiport-valve-settings-demystified/comment-page-1/#comment-4185 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:24:05 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=18931#comment-4185 Hi, to lower the water level, from too much rain, you can use Backwash setting. Just don’t vacuum using backwash, or in other words, you can’t vacuum to waste with your system…

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Comment on Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer by Davy Merino http://blog.intheswim.com/setting-up-an-intex-pool-for-summer/comment-page-2/#comment-4184 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:20:38 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10126#comment-4184 Hi Steve, it must not be as level as you think, even an inch off level can cause the pool to roll to one side. If it’s not full yet, it may be wise to drain and try again. Use a carpenter’s level on a 8′ 2×4 – and then flat shovels to lower high spots. Having a yard of sand delivered is another way to level the area.

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Comment on Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer by Steve http://blog.intheswim.com/setting-up-an-intex-pool-for-summer/comment-page-2/#comment-4183 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:34:07 +0000 http://blog.intheswim.com/?p=10126#comment-4183 We’re trying to install a 12′ foot pool, ground is level yet it seems to be bowing to one side, the top isn’t rising with the water either. Any suggestions?

Steve

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