Posts By: Hayward Poolside

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.

Stylish Pool Enclosures

Deciding to upgrade your backyard by adding a swimming pool is a big investment. Half of the country can’t even enjoy it for more than a few months due to the cooler weather creeping in. So what do we do if we still want to showcase our pool in the cooler seasons? Well, there is something that we can do that will still protect our pool from the weather but won’t completely seal off the luxury pool we have worked so hard to create. Stylish Pool Enclosures According to Home Design, pool enclosures come in different types. There are low pool covers, midsize enclosures, high swimming pool enclosures, and much more. These stylish pool enclosures serve to protect your pool from the elements of the bad weather all while adding to the beauty of your backyard paradise. Screen & Concrete Design This pool enclosure design was built to surround the pool and to create the sense of a pool house. It fully protects from the bad weather and adds to the beauty of the luxury pool. Low Profile Design This low profile pool enclosure design is meant to keep your pool safe, while enhancing the look and feel of your backyard. Best of all, it can be completely removed when your pool is in use. Wood Design Much like the concrete design, this wood pool enclosure design serves the same purpose to protect from the elements of the bad weather. It can also be opened during the cooler seasons by removing the screen doors. Don’t compromise the beauty of showcasing your pool due to the cooler weather. Use that as an added advantage to have some fun and make your pool look different than it normally does during the warmer seasons, without compromising attractiveness.

Build the Perfect POOLSIDE Escape

When life gets too hectic, you’ll find yourself searching for just the right escape. As days pass, you continue to feel like a vacation is what you need in order to relax and unwind from the daily stresses of adulthood. Take relaxation to a whole new level and have your worries melt away as you indulge in the sweet serenity of a pool or spa. What better place to be for this, than in your very own backyard? What You Need In Order To Create Your POOLSIDE Escape Escape, by definition, is an avoidance of reality. In order to truly escape, even for just a few hours, you need to have a pool, privacy, and a great smoothie. 1. Design Your Pool When it comes to designing your pool, you have to decide if you want a unique pool design, or just a simple standard pool design; a standard shaped pool or a free-formed pool. If you are one of those people who have a contoured backyard, then looking into a free-form pool will be in your best interest. Because it features curves instead of hard angles, a free-form pool usually has a more natural appearance and can blend into your landscape nicely. To really make your pool design unique, make sure to incorporate water features such as a natural waterfall, water jets with lights, or even a fountain in the center or end of your pool. 2. Create Privacy   After you have created your perfect pool, start thinking about what surrounds it. The one thing that remains the same throughout the year is our constant battle for privacy. Although you may put up a simple fence or divider, sometimes that just isn’t enough and sometimes it isn’t the most attractive feature you’d like to have in your backyard. Forget about that standard fence and upgrade to a different type of fencing such as those made from wood, PVC, or ornamental aluminum. You can even use gazebos, shrubs, or recreate walls that you’d like covered up in order to create a little privacy. As an added bonus, consider building a fire pit for those nights that get a little chilly. 3. Relax With Smoothies After your project is finally complete, all that is left to do is grab a healthy smoothie and prepare for your relaxing poolside escape. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with the enormous crowds that public attractions normally have when on vacation. It’s time to swim or soak your thoughts away. Don’t waste another second! Locate a pool professional and get started creating your perfect POOLSIDE escape. Subscribe in the blue box to the right to learn more tips and tricks for your POOLSIDE adventures!

2015 Commercial Pool Product Training Seminars

Hayward Commercial Pool invites you to attend our 2015 educational seminars featuring training on CAT Controllers and a high-level overview on the entire Hayward Commercial Pool Product line.  Seats are filling up fast, so reserve your spot today. To secure your desired date/s, please e-mail Troy McGinty ( with the following information: Number of participants that wish to attend Names and email addresses of each attendee Specific dates each participant will be attending All seminars will be held at Hayward Commercial Pool headquarters 10101 Molecular Drive, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850 Seminar Dates: Friday, February 13th, 2015 – CAT Friday, February 27th, 2015 – CAT Thursday, March 19th – CPO and Friday, March 20th – CAT Additional Fusion Seminar Dates: CPO Fusion, CAT Controllers® Training & Hayward Commercial Product Overview Thursday March, 19th  and Friday, March 20th, 2015 Please take notice of the CPO Fusion Classes. Contact Troy McGinty at Hayward Commercial Pool to request your CPO Primer Online Code and finish your first day of CPO class on-line. After finishing the online portion of the CPO class, pick the above date to complete your CPO Course and follow up the next day with a full FREE CAT Controllers Training and Hayward Commercial Product Overview. For more information on CPO Primer and Fusion view the National Swimming Pool Foundation website at Seminar Agenda 9:00am             Welcome Breakfast 9:30am             Advanced Water Chemistry and the ORP Method 10:30am           CAT 2000® Microprocessor-based Controllers 11:30am           CAT 4000® & 5000® Wireless Web-based Controllers 12:30pm           Catered Lunch 1:30pm             PoolComm® 2:30pm             Troubleshooting 3:00pm             Sales Strategies and Water Quality Management Programs 3:30pm             Hayward Commercial Product Overview – Saline C 6.0 4:00pm             Dealer input and feedback on existing equipment and future improvements In addition to training, each attendee will receive a CAT Controllers training notebook, Hayward Commercial Pool product specification and engineering binder, thumb drive with digital copies of all provided information and a certificate of course completion. Please email Troy at with your confirmation. ***ALL TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS ARE TO BE PAID FOR BY THE ATTENDEE OR ATTENDEE’S EMPLOYER***

AquaNaut 200 & AquaNaut 400

Hayward has expanded its extensive line of automatic pool cleaning products with the introduction of two new suction drive cleaners, the AquaNaut® 200 and AquaNaut®400. Available respectively in two or four wheel drive models to accommodate any pool size or shape, the new automatic cleaning solution has patented, self-adjusting variable vanes, known as V-Flex technology to ensure maximum power at almost any flow, along with effortless debris management. According to Hayward’s Global Product Manager for Automatic Pool Cleaners, Patrick Caty, both the 200 and 400 models feature patented adjustable roller skirts and robust tire treads that work in concert with a multiple pre-programmed steering sequences – creating enhanced climbing ability and obstacle maneuverability. “AquaNaut’s unique combination of design and technology ensure fast and efficient cleaning and obstacle management, while optimizing pool coverage,” he said. The AquaNaut 200 travels 8 to 10 feet before turning, and comes with 33 feet of hose. The AquaNaut 400, which is intended for larger pools and pools with deep ends, travels 11 to 14 feet, before turning, and is equipped with 40 feet of hose. Additionally, three interchangeable throats allow optimization of suction performance and debris passage at lower flow or for larger debris. “This makes AquaNaut the ideal suction cleaner for use with variable speed pumps,” Caty said. AquaNaut features include: Handles most size debris without clogging V-Flex™ technology: patented self-adjusting variable vanes provide maximum power at almost any flow and handle most types of debris without clogging. Expertly navigates any surface Patented robust tire treads provide superior climbing power and obstacle maneuverability. Maintains constant suction Patented adjustable roller skirt maintains optimal suction on uneven surfaces. End-to-end cleaning Multiple pre-programmed steering sequences ensure complete pool coverage. Available in 4-wheel drive AquaNaut 400 maintains power and balance in larger pools or pools with deep ends. Optimal suction at almost any flow Three easily interchangeable throats improve debris passage and suction performance (ideal for use variable-speed pumps). For more information on the AquaNaut 200 and AquaNaut 400, please visit or speak to a pool professional near you.