Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Back-washing Sand-Based Filter

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Back-washingSand Changes and Back-washing

If you’re unfamiliar with how pool filters work, you may be confused when someone mentions changing the sand in the filter having sand in a filter, to some, may sound like a problem. Pool filters often use sand to help trap dirt and very small particles (between 20-100 microns). Sand filters are some of the lowest maintenance filters on the market.

Most sand filters need to have the sand replaced after around 7-10 years because they will eventually require frequent back-washing or they get calcified or other forms of buildup caused by water balance issues.

Soft Swim or Baquacil (Biguanide chemicals) filters requite annual cleaning to keep it running smoothly. Eventually, the water being pumped over the sand will wear down the sharper edges of the sand, decreasing functionality.

Back-washing your sand-based filter is important. When the pressure gauge reads at 8-10 pounds above the clean, it is time to backwash. This process is done by turning on the valve so the water runs through the filter backwards (removing dirt). This process can be done roughly every 4 weeks. More often backwashing may indicate a problem (such as the sand needing to be replaced). Make sure to shut off the filter pump before doing anything to the filter. Detailed steps on backwashing can be found here.

There is one very common misconception about sand filters that we need to address. Yes, a “dirty” sand filter can be more efficient than one with fresh sand, but there is always a point where the amount of dirt is hindering the ability. Brand new sand doesn’t always filter as efficiently, but regular cleaning and replacement is key to a clean pool. Detailed instructions on replacing the sand in a poll filter can be found here.

There are other filter options for pools, but the sand filter option is commonly chosen because the sand is easily, and cheaply replaced and the back-washing process is not very complicated. Those looking for cheap maintenance often choose this option, though the biggest downside is the frequency at which the sand needs to be back-washed. They are great for pools with high GPM (gallons per minute) capacity and are simple to use and operate. Some may be concerned with the amount of waste water created when using and cleaning sand filters, which is understandable—so always check with your local codes before considering using sand filters.

No matter what type of filter you have or how often you need your sand filter maintained, Pool Daddy is here to help. Our weekly or monthly services can include back-washing, sand replacement, and more. Our technicians will help keep your pool running smoothly year round! Why replace the sand in your filter or backwash yourself when our technicians can do it with ease while you relax!

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Pool Winterization!

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Steps of Pool Winterization !

Winter is officially here! It’s time to winterize the pool. You may be thinking “but it’s so warm out, I can use my pool year round!” but unless you plan on using the pool and cleaning it regularly, you may want to consider winterization to save time, effort, and money during the season you probably won’t want to swim.

Let’s talk about the steps of winterization.

Pool Winterization

  1. Remove debris. Using a pool vacuum or a net, remove leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris from the pool water. Clean the skimmer and pump basket. Clean tile with tile cleaner, to prevent buildup over winter.
  2. pH levels: Adjust the water to the recommended pH levels to keep corrosion and build up from damaging your pool. Things like alkalinity, calcium, and chlorination should also be checked and adjusted. Some chemical kits are designed for winterization and should be considered. They often contain algaecide and extra chlorine.
  3. Be careful of chemical levels: More chlorine isn’t always a good idea. To prevent damage to equipment, avoid using tablets or floaters. If you’ve used a tablet or other chemicals recently, you may want to wait for those chemicals to wear off before adding a winterization kit.
  4. Drain water to below the skimmer: Do not fully empty the pool, it can cause freeze damage if temperatures get low enough.
  5. Disconnect pumps and heaters: Once the water is drained, unplug pumps and heaters, and if possible, turn them upside down to ensure excess water is removed. You can use a compressor or shop vac to assure all water is removed from a heater. Drain plugs should be removed and stored. Also remove jet fittings, skimmer baskets, and pump baskets.
  6. Remove water from all pipes: using a compressor or a wet-dry shop vac, force all air out of plumbing and skimmers, drain lines, gate valves, etc.
  7. Clean filter: Remove filter hoses, spray the filter elements and diatomaceous earth grids with Filter Cleaner, and rinse. Sand filters will need back-washing. Drain water from the filter as well.
  8. Flotation device: This is used to balance the rainwater and ice that will form on the winter cover and it eases the pressure on the pool walls.
  9. Cover: These covers are stronger and more reliable than summer covers, since they’re meant to withstand rain and ice. Ensure the cover has no rips, tears, or holes. They can be patched to an extent, but replacement may be needed. There are multiple cover options, so do your research or ask your local pool companies.
  10. Store diving boards, ropes, floats, and supplies: Keep things like ladders, diving boards, pump baskets, and anything that was removed during winterization and keep them in a garage or other dry place to prevent damage.


Contact Pool Daddy about Pool Winterization services. You can do this process yourself, but it never hurts to have the professionals do it.

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Green Pool? Here’s Why And How To Fix it!

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Green Pool? Here’s Why And How To Fix it!

Green Pool in ScottsdaleAny time you suspect there’s a problem with your pool (functions, filtration, aesthetics, and more) you can always call Pool Daddy and we’ll come take a look. Green pools are a common problem and should always be taken care of quickly. Today we’ll talk about how this happens, how you can prevent it, and how it can be fixed once it happens.

Causes: It’s common to open up your pool in the Spring only to find a gross green pool! Algae is the culprit here, so do not get in the pool until the problem is addressed. Algae loves warm water, especially if it’s still. If your pool is left still for too long (with little water circulation through the filters) it’s likely to get green due to bacteria and algae.

Improper pH balance, clogged filter and weather are all factors to consider as causes of green pool. Improper pH balance leads to the algae and bacteria being able to thrive. Clogged filters keep the culprits from being properly removed (even with good pH levels) and warm water is a breeding ground for gross things.

Treatment: One method of fixing a green pool is a shock treatment. After the sun begins to set (to avoid excess sun exposure which can ruin the treatment), fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and add a bag of shock. Add it to the pool and keep the filter and pump running. Light green pools often needs 2 pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of water in the pool. Green to dark green water requires 3 pounds of shock for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. Dark green/black water (think “lagoon”) requires 4 pounds of shock per 10,000 gallons of water. Cloudy blue water is the goal after the shock treatment. Blue or white water means the treatment is working and it will turn gray when all of the algae is dead. Keeping the filter and pump on continuously will remove the dead algae and return the pool to the normal color. Consider checking your filters before starting this treatment (And probably getting them cleaned afterwards).

It is possible to reverse the green effects with regular and thorough cleaning, but the most effective method is the shock treatment.

Green PoolAvoiding the Green Pool Mess: Regular maintenance is the best way to battle green pools. Having the bottom of the pool vacuumed, scrubbing/vacuuming the walls, skimming the surface, cleaning/checking/replacing the filters regularly, and checking the pH and chlorine levels are all ways to prevent green pools (and even fix minor levels of green-pool-syndrome). Pool Daddy will help you set up weekly (or monthly) pool services to make sure all systems are working in harmony to prevent your pool from growing colonies of algae and bacteria. Proper winterization can also prevent the green algae, but even proper winterized pools are at risk.

If you suspect your pool is becoming infested with algae, contact us and we’ll check it out to keep your pool clean and your family swimming in clear beautiful water.

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Hot Tubs Installation and Maintenance

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Hot Tubs

With the weather getting a little cooler (though still warmer than other parts of the country) you may want to spend more time in your hot tubs—or you’re considering installing a hot tub. Today we’ll talk about the installation and maintenance of hot tubs.

Installation: Not all hot tubs require constant water supply. Many just requires the ability to fill it up with a garden hose. This can work with above-ground and in-ground versions. In-ground hot tub are generally much more expensive because it requires much more work and can include major remodeling of the surrounding area.

Hot TubsMaterials: Most hot tubs are made from man-made materials. They can be made from plaster, tile, or wood but it’s much harder to maintain. Due to the ease of installation and maintenance, most hot tubs use an acrylic tub with a fiberglass back. They provide easy cleaning and reliable insulation. Centrex (tough thermal plastic) is sometimes used in tubs, but it has color restrictions—white only. Another popular option is ABS plastic with foam or fiber backing.

Sizing: Two person hot tubs generally hold around 250 gallons while the larger 6 person tubs hold up to 500 gallons. The heating bill tends to increase by around $12 per month and the water should be replaced at least every 6 months (meaning an increase in the water bill at every refill).

Locations: Many hot tub owners opt to have their unit installed outside, but some choose inside installation in the master bedroom/bathroom. The indoor options can also include a number of different shower system, steam options, whirlpools, and more. These installations recommend additional ventilation systems for the room to decrease the chance of damage done by the increased humidity.

Features: Modern hot tubs can include many new and interesting features like: stereo/speaker combo, head rests, additional lights, exercise swim jets, and more.

Hot TubsOzonator: these devices spray ozone gas into the spa water, which kills bacteria better than bromide or chlorine without the chlorine smell. It needs to be used for a short time every day and in conjunction with other chemicals, so it cannot replace chlorine, but it’s a great additive.

Winterization: Speak with our Pool Daddy technicians when you’re ready to winterize your hot tubs, especially if you plan on shutting it off completely for a few months at a time. Any water left in the tub or piping can cause cracking and other expensive damage.

Filters: Anything with a filter needs to be checked regularly to work properly. To avoid hair or bacteria build up you cannot neglect your filter. Speak to technicians for regular maintenance or opt for programmable filtering functions available for newer hot tub models.

No matter who you are or how often you use your hot tubs or how long you’ve had your hot tubs, Pool Daddy is here to help. Schedule regular cleaning, checks, and maintenance and call us whenever you have a hot tub (or pool) related emergency to keep your water-based entertainment safe, clean, and fun year round.

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