Useful Swimming Pool Tips:
- Tip 1: Possible pool leakage:
If you suspect that your pool is leaking place a bucket filled with water on a pool step (weight it down with a rock or brick). Mark the water level on both the inside and outside of the bucket. The starting points should be about the same. Check the mark 24 hours later. You may have a leak if there is a greater drop in the line on the outside of the bucket as that compared to the pool water level.
- Tip 2: Ideal pool water levels:
Make sure the water level in your pool is only halfway up the skimmer box. Overfilling the pool stops the skimmer from working efficiently and wastes water.
- Tip 3: Regular swimming pool maintenance:
Regular manual cleaning of the pool, skimmer box and other collection points will reduce the load on the filter and also reduce the need to backwash.
- Tip 4: Pool Surroundings:
If using trees or shrubs for a windbreak, be sure to choose non-deciduous or evergreen plants and keep them neatly trimmed to reduce the amount of plant debris that could end up in the pool.
- Tip 5: Pool covers:
Install a pool cover to save water, chemicals, heat, energy and maintenance efforts.
Useful Spa and Hot Tub Tips:
What is the difference between a hot tub and a spa?.A hot tub is a large tub or small pool full of heated water and used for pleasure or hydotherapy. Some have jets for massage purposes. In contrast to a typical bathtub, a hot tub is designed to be used by more than one person at a time and is usually located outdoors. Also, the water is not changed with each use, but is kept sanitary using similar methods as swimming pool sanitation. Hot tubs are sometimes also known as spas or by the trade name Jacuzzi.
- Tip 1: Shower before entering the spa:
Detergents and body lotions generally cause water to foam and bubble. Showering before entering the spa usually helps.
- Tip 2: Draining a spa:
That a simple way to drain a spa, is by connecting a garden hose to the tap, putting the other end in the spa, then turn on the tap for approximately 30 seconds. Next, turn off the tap, unscrew the hose, and let it fall to the ground. Water should be flowing from the hose at this point created by a natural siphon.
- Tip 3: Refilling your spa:
When refilling your spa with new water remember to place hose in filter pipe (to help eliminate air blocks).
- Tip 4: Spa water quality test:
A water quality test kit is a necessity. Because warm water aids in the growth of bacteria and algae, owners should regularly test the water. A test kit can determine: pH level (acidity); total alkalinity; and calcium hardness.
- Tip 5: Replacing spa filters:
Portable spa filters should be replaced yearly - In-ground spa filters, every two years.