Posts Tagged: pool

Extending the Pool Season

We know you want to hold onto the swimming season as long as possible, especially on those beautiful, but cool fall nights.  Here’s a heating lesson that will help you heat your pool efficiently. Heating Options For pools, the choices are gas heaters and heat pumps. Gas heaters are better suited to raise a pool’s water temperature fast, but heat pumps are far more energy efficient. Hayward heat pumps can save you up to 80% on your energy costs by using heat from the surrounding air to heat the water.  They’re quiet and durable even in harsh coastal environments and are an excellent, energy-efficient solution for maintaining a constant temperature vs. the quick heating of a gas pool heater. Hayward’s gas heaters can save up to 18% on energy costs because of their advanced hydraulics and feature low-NOx emissions making them a perfect choice for environmentally-concerned pool owners. They’re ideal when you’re looking to heat your pool water temperature quickly. Small electric heaters are great for spas and hot tubs. They can heat small bodies of water fast and they’re very compact, so they can be hidden under spa skirts or steps. Energy Saving Strategies The best way to retain your pool’s heat, is to invest in a pool cover.  Covers help to keep the water temperature where you want it and double as an additional layer of protection when considering safety options for your pool.  They have the added benefits of safety, keeping debris out of the pool, as well as minimizing water evaporation and loss of valuable chemicals. Another way to conserve energy is by turning your heater down or off when the pool is not in use.  This may sound like an obvious tip, but many people leave their heaters or heat pumps on because they want a consistent temperature for their pool. If you go a few days without using your pool, it’s a good idea to give the heater, and your wallet, a break. Myth: It’s a myth that it takes more energy to heat a pool back up to a desired temperature than you save by lowering the temperature or turning off a heater.  Myth buster provided by To learn more on how you can save energy, check out our Energy Calculator.

Fall Resurfacing Renovations

Fall is the perfect time for backyard and pool and spa renovations.  Most everything is on sale this time of year and you can probably work out a great deal with pool renovators and servicers as their seasons are slowing down.  If you’re looking for a pro in your area, check out our Pool Professional Locator. Pool Resurfacing and New Water Introduction Chemistry questions always arise when a pool is drained, or a new liner or surface is applied and refilled with water. Before draining a pool for any reason, please check with your local authority for any requirements on draining it. First and foremost, it is important to follow the instructions provided by the contractor installing the new liner or applying the new surface.  It is also a good idea to have the fill water tested by your local pool pro. This will give you a head start on where your water is…balance wise, and what you may need to bring levels into proper range. With your new surface, your water chemistry will change.  To get a better understanding of how much that is, compare new test results with ones taken before the water was drained.  You may be surprised at the difference.  Pros often like doing before and after tests to give pool owners an idea on what chemistry requirements they need to consider.  Fill water can vary from water district to water district; some may have low calcium hardness, while other could be high.  This can also be the case for other testing results. New plaster pool surfaces can affect the pool chemistry.  Water with low calcium hardness (in general 150 ppm or lower), may leach calcium out of the plaster. Keeping calcium hardness levels between 200-400 ppm, will help prevent this from happening. Low pH – below 7.2, can also increase your chances of the pool water leaching calcium. In many cases, depending on startup methods used by your contractor, calcium will naturally leach until the plaster cures. Vinyl liners in most cases will not affect the pool chemistry at all. Just remember this simple rule of pool chemistry.   Never add anything to the pool without a thorough testing of the pool water to determine what is needs. Enjoy your newly-renovated pool and happy swimming!

Ten Steps to Closing your Pool the Right Way

Closing your pool for the season may make you a little melancholy – it’s a sad but important process so here are 10 steps to make sure it’s done properly. As always, Hayward recommends contracting a reputable pool professional to close your pool for the season.  A properly closed pool will ensure there is no damage due to freezing and that spring start up is a breeze and less costly. Find a servicer in your area. Balance water chemistry: The week you’re closing your pool, make sure your water falls within the ranges below. pH:  7.2 – 7.8 Alkalinity:  80 – 120 ppm Calcium Hardness:  180 – 220 ppm Add shock and algaecide: Shock your pool by following the manufacturer’s package directions.  Allow the chlorine level to reach 1.0 – 3.0 ppm before adding winter algaecide.  Never add shock and algaecide to the pool at the same time. Clean pool: Vacuum and brush the pool’s walls.  If your pool is especially dirty or has a lot of algae, vacuum pool to waste.  This means to bypass the filter and vacuum waste out the backwash line.  This prevents constant filter clogging and cleaning.  Place the multiport filter valve on drain to waste position.  The pool should be as clean and clear as possible before covering. Store equipment: Remove skimmer baskets, wall fittings, cleaners, solar blankets and ladders from the pool and store for the winter.  Don’t coil pool cleaner hoses tightly. Lower water level: Using the filter pump or a submersible pump to lower the water level 12″ – 18″ below the skimmer for mesh covers, and 3″ – 6″ below the tile for solid, floating covers.  Some covers do not require you to lower the water.  Check with your manufacture’s manual. Drain pump, filter, chlorination and heating equipment: Use drain plugs to drain water from your pump, filter, heater and chlorinator.  All water must be drained or blown out so your equipment doesn’t freeze and crack.  After draining, D.E. filter grids and cartridge filters should be removed and cleaned thoroughly.  If possible, store filter and pump indoors.  If not, use a shop vacuum or compressor to blow out any water that may still be in the equipment. Lubricate: Fall closing is a good time to lubricate the pump lid o-rings.  If you have a push-pull valve (also known as a slide valve) on the filter, lubricate its o-rings as well.  If you have a gas heater with cast iron plugs, lubricate these threads or leave the plugs in after draining to prevent rusting. Winterize plumbing: If you have an in-ground pool, you should blow out the lines from the skimmer, through the equipment and back to the pool, then plug the lines at the pool using expansion plugs.  If you don’t blow the lines, add swimming pool antifreeze into the lines following manufacturer’s package directions.  If you have an above-ground pool, you usually just need to disconnect the hoses to and from the pump and filter and plug the wall

New Free Mobile App for AquaConnect® Pool Management

Would you like to access your pool from anywhere; from your mobile phone with no monthly service fees or App charge?  You can with Hayward’s new Mobile iPhone® and iPad® App for AquaConnect and it’s FREE.  Hayward’s AquaConnect remote pool management platform has been helping pool owners and the trade to simplify pool and spa maintenance for years.  But now, it’s even easier to use with the introduction of their FREE mobile app.  You’ve always been able to access settings and diagnostics via the web, this new App just streamlines what you see on your phone, making changing turning on/off functions and changing settings with your smart phone much easier and convenient. About AquaConnect Designed for busy pool owners who may travel frequently, have vacation homes or have multiple pools in various locations, Aqua Connect Web can help identify problems remotely so adjustments can be made from anywhere. Traditional pool remote controllers are great, but they can only be used in and around your pool.  AquaConnect gives you total control from anywhere – with access to more than 100 pool and spa conditions, parameters and settings.  This premium remote management service is ideal for busy pool owners who want to monitor and control their pools from any location, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using their phones.  You can also have your pool service company monitor and maintain your pool with Aqua Connect. More about Aqua Connect. Download the iPhone® App in the Apple® Store Today!

Replacing D.E.

After backwashing your Diatomaceous earth filter (D.E.), you’ll need to replace it.  The process of replacing D.E. is also known as recharging your filter.  You should always protect yourself by wearing a mask when handling and dispensing D.E. About D.E. D.E. is a soft, chalk-like sedimentary rock that is ground into an off-white powder.  It is used to coat the grids in your filter housing and act as tiny sieves that can trap particles or debris as small as 2 to 5 microns. What does this mean? This fine powder thrives and adheres extremely well to wet surfaces and holds on tight until backwashing.  If it’s great in a pool filter environment under high pressure, just imagine how it would do in your lungs if breathed in.  So protect yourself by adhering to the safety instructions found on your D.E packaging. D.E. Filter Frequently Asked Questions More on D.E. Filters