Posts By: Hayward Poolside

What is a SwimClear Single Element Cartridge Filter?

Hayward® SwimClear reaches new horizons in cartridge filter technology due to its industry leading hydraulic performance and filtration efficiency, reducing energy costs and improving water clarity. These filter tanks are made from a reinforced co-polymer material for the ultimate in strength, durability and long life – even for the toughest applications and environmental conditions. SwimClear single element filters are simply the most efficient single element cartridge filters ever produced. They capture more dirt for superior water clarity without the need of supplemental media or backwashing while the industry’s lowest head loss reduces energy costs by allowing the pump to run at a lower speed or for less time. Cartridge filters conserve up to 92% on water by rinsing the cartridge filter elements versus backwashing like you would typically do with other pool filters. SwimClear is also the easiest cartridge filter to service due to the Easy-LokTM ring design, ergonomic grip handles and lowest lift height which provides fast cleaning and element replacement. For energy savings, reliable performance and cleaner, purer water, the choice is crystal clear: SwimClear. Have you tried the new SwimClear Single Element Cartridge Filter yet? Connect with us on Facebook, Google+ and Houzz to see how we can help transform your ordinary backyard pool into your dream pool.

Hayward Introduces Omni Interactive

Hayward is excited to announce the release of Omni Interactive, a companion sales app to the OmniLogic® Automation System. The first of its kind in the industry, Omni Interactive is an app that helps swimming pool builders show homeowners the different options available for their backyard such as water features, landscape lighting, and energy-efficient equipment. It also allows the homeowner to experience the simplicity of controlling these features using OmniLogic automation. The innovative iPad® app communicates with the real OmniLogic controllerapp (accessible on iPhone®, iPad® or Android™) to simulate using pool automation to control an actual backyard. The iPad becomes a virtual pool, which allows a builder to create a simulated backyard experience for the homeowner during the sales process. Through the Omni Interactive app, a potential pool buyer can see and experience virtual control of water features like spillovers, waterfalls and bubblers, to pool and spa equipment such as variable speed pumps and color pool lighting, to controllable items in the backyard such as landscape lighting. A pool builder can also more easily demonstrate OmniLogic’s theme functionality, and the ease of orchestrating full backyard control with the touch of a button. The traditional swimming pool sales process is typically restricted to photography or computer-generated renderings, and has never before been able to simulate actual backyard control, or demonstrate features the way Omni Interactive can. The Omni Interactive Sales App is available for free to Totally Hayward™ builders selling Hayward’s OmniLogic Automation System. For more information regarding Omni Interactive or OmniLogic Automation, connect with us on Facebook and subscribe to the Hayward POOLSIDE Blog.  

OmniLogic®: The First Pool Controller Certified By Control4® Home Automation Systems

OmniLogic is the first pool controller to be certified by Control4® for seamless integration with its home automation systems. This new integration option utilizes the newly released pool and spa user interface from Control4. With the purchase of the Hayward OmniLogic pool controller, homeowner with Control4 home automation now have the ability to control swimming pool and spa heaters, filter pumps, lighting, water features and more. OmniLogic can be controlled from any Control4 interface including apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™. “As a leader in the home technology space, we are proud to partner with Control4,” said Hayward’s Senior Product Manager for Automation and Backyard Synergies Greg Fournier. “Control4 users can now control the most important aspects of their backyard from the same interface as the rest of their home and property.” “With the new OmniLogic backyard control system, Control4 smart home owners can now enjoy touch-of-a-button access to independent temperature controls for the pool and spa as well as control over spa jets, pool lights and event system filter pumps,” said Control4 Product Manager, Jamie Hawkins. “The ability to tie your pool, outdoor audio, deck lighting and even the entertainment system together is a really compelling and cool outdoor experience that Control4 customers crave.” Click HERE for more information on OmniLogic. Click HERE for more information on Control4.  

Hayward Launches a New Product Support Center

For the first time, homeowners will now have quick and convenient access to the majority of Hayward product manuals, troubleshooting guides, videos, FAQs, and quick reference guides – all in one centralized location. This new section of Hayward.com is designed to facilitate the maintenance of all our products. The Support Center offers users yet another path to acquire substantial information. As people continue to utilize the Internet more and more, it only makes sense that we provide better support in their preferred delivery method. With this new tool, users can now visit the Support Center from their mobile device to search “How to adjust EcoStar timers,” for example, and are likely to find the answer quickly and efficiently. This will, in turn, lead to lower wait times for those who call or email our technical support group regarding a more complex inquiry. As you peruse the product support site, you may notice that we purposely left out certain reference materials that our professional servicers might use, such as gas or electrical troubleshooting guides. This material can still be found by logging into our Totally Hayward site and visiting Hayward University. We invite each of you to take a look at this new tool at Hayward.com/Support and let us know what you think. Should you have any questions regarding the product Support Center, please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on Facebook or Tweet us. We’re here to help!

Simple Pool Opening Procedures

With the pool season just around the corner, it’s time for owners to prepare their pool opening procedure and get ready to have some PoolSide fun. Whether you’re emerging from a long snowy winter or a quick brush with cooler temperatures, opening your pool can be a simple process. The first step in the pool opening process is deciding whether or not you will embark upon the journey on your own, or will you enlist the help of a pool professional to inspect and start up your pool equipment. Hayward recommends speaking to a pool professional for this process, especially if it is your first time opening your pool, because a trained professional can more likely spot safety issues and concerns such as missing suction covers, electrical and/or gas problems. A pool professional can assist you with your pool opening procedure as well as supply you with tips on how to easily open your pool for future reference. 15 Pool Opening Steps to Follow For the selected few who have chosen to open their pool on their own, make sure to follow these steps in order to maintain a simple pool opening process. Remove any standing water from the pool cover Take out the winterizing plugs in fittings, such as skimmers, and return fittings Make sure the water is at the proper level. See Hayward Pool Products, Tool, And Resources Reinstall or assemble any equipment stored for the winter Lubricate or replace O-Rings on pump lids and the equipment’s plumbing connections Visually inspect equipment — pump, filter, heater, lights, automation system and chlorinator Ensure drain covers are properly installed and secure Make sure your heater is free of debris and has proper clearance of any combustibles Power-up equipment and check for leaks or drips, tighten connections, and replace O-Rings as needed If using a DE (diatomaceous earth) filter, add the proper amount of DE.  If you’re using a cartridge filter, clean cartridges. See the differences between filter types Run your pump for several hours, then check and adjust water chemistry to proper balance (Make sure your testing kit and chemicals are not expired.) Before running your automatic pool cleaner, remove any heavy debris from the bottom of the pool Check the operating pressure on your filter and verify good water flow. It may need to be backwashed or the cartridge(s) cleaned Operate your heater to make sure that it works properly Re-install ladders and accessories that were removed and stored for the winter Remember, if you run into any difficulties, a pool professional is just a phone call away. If you’re looking for a pool pro in your area, or wondering where to get your Hayward salt chlorination Turbo Cell tested, locate a dealer here. What has been your experience with opening your pool? Leave us a comment on Facebook or Tweet us. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Product of the Month: AquaVac® 500

Robotic pool cleaners, like the Hayward AquaVac® 500, are powered by a transformer that plugs into a GFCI outlet and converts the electricity to a very low voltage. Robotic cleaners are equipped with their own onboard pump and filter, an addition that works independently of your standard pool pump and filter system. They also have computer chips to facilitate different programming modes and conveniently adapt the cleaner to the specifics of your pool. Robotic cleaners are capable of scrubbing and sucking up debris from the bottom of your pool as well as the walls. They are great at increasing the circulation of water by using their own filtration system and incorporated pump. Robotic cleaners exceed others in performance and reliability. Why is AquaVac® 500 the Product of the Month? The new AquaVac® 500 robotic cleaner comes equipped with a microprocessor-based program that determines the most efficient cleaning path possible using up to 94% less energy. Our robotic cleaner features a Dual-Mode technology which allows users to now choose from two cleaning programs versus just one standard pool cleaner option. Hayward AquaVac 500 cleaning programs consist of: A Fast 90-minute Bottom Only A Deep 3-hour Full Bottom, Wall, and Waterline Cleaning The Hayward AquaVac® 500 features and benefits: Top-Access debris container allows for quick debris removal and easy clean up New microprocessor-based program calculates the most efficient cleaning path Integrated Recurring Timer allows you to choose cleaning frequencies every 24, 48, or 72 hours Includes a Clean Now option that doesn’t repeat Dual powerful scrub brushes for a sparkling clean pool Cord swivel just about eliminates cord tangling Out-of-Water Sensor which prevents cleaner from starting when out of the pool Take a closer look at the AquaVac® 500. Locate a dealer and experience this robotic cleaner, today. If you already use a Hayward robotic cleaner, leave us a comment on Facebook or Tweet us! We’d love to hear about your experience.

How Rain Affects Your Pool Water

Rainwater is known to have acidic properties that can negatively affect your pool water chemistry balance. This can affect anything from the pH balance to alkalinity levels and more. The pH of rain across the US, which is all acid rain, is due to industrial gasses (i.e. NOx, SOx) which make nitric and sulfuric acid. Aside from rainwater falling directly into your pool being a bad thing, something even worse can happen. When you have rainwater coming off your landscape or deck, you now have an added source of water to deal with. When rainwater and ‘run off’ enter the pool, they can change your water’s pH, calcium hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), alkalinity and other chemical levels as well as bring contaminants (e.g. debris, dirt) into the pool. Because rainwater is generally acidic (see map showing pH of rainwater across U.S), then your pool water can become corrosive and cause damage to the plaster and metal parts of your pool. The extent of the chemistry issues you’ll experience will depend on how much rain you get. A light rain, for example, should have very little affect on your pool water. Although, it is always best to be certain that your pool water chemistry is properly balanced at all times. What Should I Do Now? Keep ahead of the changes to your water by testing frequently during heavy rain periods.  It is also a good idea to drain excess water, bringing your water to an appropriate level for proper skimming.  If you have a Diatomaceous (D.E.) or Sand Filter with a multi-port valve, you can simply put it from vacuum to waste mode, to eliminate the excess water without putting the water through the filter. If rain is a consistent problem, pool owners with cartridge filters should consider installing an outlet valve, after the pump, to pump water down to the proper skimmer level. Always be careful not to drain the water below the skimmer as you could run the pump dry and cause other problems. Speak to a local pool professional for assistance on re-balancing your pool water after a heavy rainstorm.