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Benefits of a Power Ionizer

Show of hands… how many of you have gone to a pool supply store to have your water analyzed only to hear, “Oh my goodness, you only put bleach in your water as a way of sanitation? You need to shock your pool!” I would feel safe in saying that the majority of you raised your hands or at the least nodded your head to say yes. This is perfectly understandable considering that most pool stores do not carry the Power Ionizer and therefore are not educated on the product. So for those of you that shot your hands up and/or nodded your head or those that would just appreciate the extra info… this blog is for you.

A Power Ionizer is a trouble free sanitizer system that discharges copper and silver ions into your swimming pool killing algae, bacteria and viruses. The copper ions main role is an algaecide attacking the algae that may be in the pool. The silver ions are the more dominant and most effective while attacking the enzyme balance of bacteria viruses and even zinc. The silver and copper are both safe and can be used in drinking water as well as swimming pool water in quantities greater than the requirement for purification. They are inexpensive compared to chemical sanitizers and instead of a daily maintenance regiment; your upkeep is reduced to once a week.

With a swimming pool ionizer, you will spend less time balancing the water due to ions being pH neutral so your pH will not change your water balance nor will the ions evaporate like chlorine or bromine. A mild chlorine, such as Clorox bleach is to be added under normal circumstance. Although after a storm or a large amount of swimmers, you can add an extra bottle of Clorox to speed up the clarifying process. Since you are using the system for an extended period, only a 0 ppm of chlorine is required. This means there is not enough corrosive chemical chlorine to damage your pool liner, equipment or your families’ health.

Some additional benefits of the Power Ionizer are…
  • Reduces itchy skin, irritated eyes, faded swimsuits & chemical odors
  • Pet friendly
  • Environmentally friendly
  • One-time application of salt which leaves no residue
  • Non- corrosive
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Easy to use

Simply put, the Power Ionizer is safe and effective.



PUT YOUR MONEY BACK IN YOUR POCKET

Summer is officially here. Being that we are now in July, most of us have our pool up and going. We have conquered the mysteries, challenges and even the little surprises that opening our pool entails. So for that…Congratulations! We can take a sigh of relief, pat ourselves on the back and start putting our hard earned money back in the piggy bank.
Any pool owner knows just how expensive owning a swimming pool can be. We at Blue World Pools would like to share some of our saving money tips with you to assure that you are getting more bangs for your buck!

Backwash Correctly

The most common mistake pool owners make is too frequent backwashing, which can reduce filter effectiveness. Backwash only when indicated by the change in pressure (when the psi reach 8-10 above the “clean” pressure) and only for as long as it takes for the water to run clear in the sight glass.

Maintain Pool

It is not exactly everyone’s favorite chore to maintain their pool. We can not stress enough how critical it is to maintain proper chemical levels and adequate circulation. (Recommended time of running pump is 8-12 hrs during the day) Pick one day a week to test your pool water and balance accordingly. You should also brush your walls twice a week. The good news is that this will only take a few minutes each week with our pool.

Winter and Solar Covers

Covers are an excellent way to conserve money. While they maintain the heat in the pool, they also assist in keeping debris out and prevent evaporation. This helps considerably with your water usage as well as saving time with your maintenance schedule.

Chemical Substitutes

Not every pool specialist will tell you that there are substitutes for the chemicals that you purchase in pool stores. Did you know that you can purchase some of your swimming pool chemicals at your local grocery store? When only small amounts are needed, these substitutes will help in keeping your dollars where they belong; in your pocket!

  • Chlorine- Bleach
  • Alkalinity Increaser- Baking Soda
  • PH Increaser- Borax Laundry Detergent


TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR YOUR PUMP AND FILTER

PROBLEM: High filter pressure
Cause: Solution:
Insufficient backwashing Backwash until water is clear.
Sand bed clogged with mineral deposits Chemically clean filter.
Partially closed valve on return line Open valve or remove obstruction in return line.
PROBLEM: Short filter cycles
Cause: Solution:
Improper backwashing time Backwash until water is clear.
Clogged sand bed Remove one inch of sand from the surface of the sand bed and chemically clean filter.
PROBLEM: Return water flow to pool has diminished. The filter pressure is low.
Cause: Solution:
Obstruction in the strainer basket Clean basket in the strainer housing.
Obstruction in the pump impeller Disassemble pump and clean impeller.
Obstruction in the suction line group to pump Remove obstruction.
Dirty filter Backwash the filter.
PROBLEM: Sand returning into the pool
Cause: Solution:
Broken underdrain laterals Replace laterals.
Bad multi-port valve Replace spider gasket (valve seat gasket).
Too much sand in filter Remove sight glass, backwash until sand stops.
Plumbing is backwards Contact Blue World Pools.



POOL OPENING PROCEDURES

A pool properly maintained during the winter months can be prepared for a new season of swimming fun with a minimum of effort.

  1. Pump, hose or sweep away water, dirt or debris from the cover. Remove the cover and plugs from all openings.
  2. If the water was balanced at the end of last season, proper cover removal will ensure that your pool opens relatively clear.
  3. Turn on the electric power and start up the filter system. Check for leaks and proper operation. If you find any problems, consult your owner’s manual or contact Blue World Pools immediately.
  4. Test and adjust the PH and total alkalinity. Add recommended amounts of bleach and adjust the PH and Alkalinity levels of the water. Run the pump 24 hours a day at the beginning of the season when it may be difficult to get the pool water balanced. You can reduce the pump operating time once you’ve got the water chemistry in the correct ranges.

OPENING THE POOL (GENERAL)

The reopening process begins the moment the pool is closed. By keeping an eye on the pool over the winter, the reopening process becomes much easier. Snow or rain can raise the water level or sink the cover. Since heavy debris can fall in, it is critical to remove it immediately rather than waiting till the spring. Reopening the pool entails reversing the instructions for closing it. The following is a handy checklist:

Supplies. Take the supplies out of storage and replace those that have exceeded the expiration date.

Uncover. Remove the cover and clean it. Allow it to dry (to prevent mildew) before folding and storing it for the summer.

Equipment. Reinstall or reassemble the pump, filter and other removed items.

Steps and ladders. Reinstall steps and ladders. Spray them with bleach and rinse before putting them in place.

Refilling the Pool. Bring the water level up to normal. This is within one inch of the top of the skimmer.

Electrical. Restore circuit breakers, switches and time clock trippers to normal operating positions.

Cleaning. Cleaning. Restart the circulation equipment and clean the pool.

Chemistry. Balance the water chemistry and check the levels frequently during the first few days (until they are in the correct ranges).

OPENING THE POOL (DETAILED)

1. Remove the leaves and debris from the pool cover with a leaf net and/or skimmer net.

2. Pump off any excess rain water with a submersible pump. The excess water may also be siphoned off.

3. Remove cover. Try to minimize the amount of water and/or debris that gets into the pool water. Some dirty water will always manage to get in - don’t worry about it.

4. On above ground pools deflate the air pillow. Clean off items, fold properly and store away.

5. Unplug all piping, both in the pool and at the filter system area.

6. Re-attach any equipment you have such as ladders, rails, etc. Make sure to reconnect any grounding wires or straps that may have been attached to the metal parts last year.

7. Lubricate all bolts on the ladders and/or rails. This will prevent them from rusting over the summer. Remember, you are probably the one who will be closing the pool, so you want the bolts to come off easy at closing time!

8. Re-install the skimmer baskets and any return jet eyeball fittings also hookup any hoses from the skimmer and return jets to the pump and filter.

9. Hook up pump, filter and any other additional equipment you might have such as your ionizer.

10. Turn on the power to the pool system. You may have to turn on the circuit breaker from the house. Start and check system. Check for leaks or drips. Make sure any grounding straps or wires are properly connected to the pump and any other components that need them. Make sure pump primes properly. Check for proper flow. Backwash the filter thoroughly. If there is a problem and you cannot repair the problem yourself, contact Blue World Pools for professional assistance.

11. Once everything is in proper working order, you now need to add bleach to water. On start up add at least 2 gal.

12. If your pool is a “green swamp” when you open it, you will need to add extra bleach or shock.

13. If your pool water is relatively clear, accurately test your water for copper, PH and Alkalinity levels. Adjust these chemicals to the proper levels. Add a high quality algaecide to the water.

14. Let pool run for at least 24 hrs. Vacuum any debris out of the bottom. Retest water. Do not go into pool until water is clear and PH level is between 7.2 and 7.6; Alkalinity is between 80 and 120 as well as your copper level at an average between 0.3 and 0.6.



SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER

The time has come that every school aged child looks forward to, summer. This means that kids have more free time in their schedule. A popular pastime that children partake in is playing video games and watching television. While entertaining they are not always educational. Did you know that swimming can not only get your kid from out of front of the television but also make them smarter?

According to a study from Griffith Institute for Education Research, children that participated in swimming were ahead in certain developmental milestones.

The study focused on “early years” swimming; surveying parents of 7,000 children. This study revealed that children developed a wider range of cognitive and physical skills earlier than their piers. As far as six to 15 months ahead benefiting them in skills such as mathematical problem solving, language and following instructions. We as parents can appreciate those skills being advanced, especially the last one!

There are several games that your child/children can enjoy while in your pool. Marco Polo, Beach Ball Racing and Pool Tag Survivor just to name a few. There are websites that you may be interested in for educational water experiments as well. Two popular ones are discoverwater.org and sciencegames.4you4.free.com.

Another positive aspect of teaching your child to swim is the possible prevention of drowning. In the summer of 2013 at least 202 children drowned in a swimming pool or spa. In the U.S. alone drowning is the lead cause of unintentional death among children aging one to four years and the second leading cause of death for children five to fourteen years of age.


There are simple precautionary steps that should be taken to prevent such a horrific incident
  1. Never leave your child unattended.
  2. When watching children avoid activities that distract you such as a Smartphone or reading.
  3. Educate yourself and others on how to perform CPR on children and adults. The American Red Cross offers reasonable priced classes or your community may offer free classes.

We at Blue World Pools Pools hope that have a safe and enjoyable summer!



Backyard Retreat

Having a swimming pool in the privacy of your backyard can be ideal. After all, it is easier to relax in an area that is free of stress.

There are several pros that instantly come to mind when considering adding a pool to your yard.

  1. Time. You no longer have to spend your time searching and packing up everyone’s favorite accessories and snacks. Only to drive to your swimming facility to stand in line before entering and search for an acceptable space.

  2. Expenses. On an average; one adult and two children attending their local public pool only a few days a week throughout the pool season can spend up to $2,000 with refreshments. The expense to maintain your pool, depending on pool size and sanitization preference, will only cost a fraction of that.

  3. Sanitization. There can be hundreds of people that enter a public pool within a single day. The body oils, lotions, cosmetics and other bodily substances wash off into the water. The pro of having a pool within your backyard is that there are fewer people so there is less contamination.

  4. Fitness/Exercise. Have you ever tried to swim more than a few feet in a public pool? This task can be easily successful in your own pool. Many doctors will recommend water therapy to restore or maintain the ability to move. Water is a constantly changing environment that can keep you motivated.

  5. Mental. Contact with water is beneficial and helps to loosen not only the body but the mind as well. Swimming has been known to relieve stress and release endorphins making you happier. Being able to participate in aquatic therapy at your convenience is a sure way to boost your confidence and discipline as well.

We know that we may not have covered all the potential benefits to owning a swimming pool, but hope that we have covered the majority of them. If you should have other benefits that we have not covered, we would love to hear from you! Look for new articles in the near future.



THINK SAFETY FIRST

Above ground swimming pools are fun but with that fun comes responsibility. Be sure good times are safe times. Establish rules and enforce them. Always supervise your pool when in use.

First Time Users Run the Highest Risk of Injury
Before anyone enters your pool, inform them of the safety rules. Informed users should be concerned about safety because serious injuries, and even death, can result from unsafe use of above ground pools, pool equipment, and associated products. Here are some examples:

Drowning in Swimming Pools
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in this country especially for children under age five. Although the greatest percentage of drownings occur in natural aquatic settings, ( oceans, lakes, etc.) drownings do occur in swimming pools as well. The water depth of any pool is sufficient for drowning to occur and there have been reports of children drowning in water buckets and even toilets. Protecting young children from accidental drowning and near drowning in aquatic environments, whether natural or constructed, is a primary concern of the aquatic industry and health and safety organizations. It is the responsibility of the parent, caretaker and pool owner, to prevent swimming related accidents.

Paralysis
Do not Jump, Dive, or Slide into your above ground pool. An above ground pool is not designed for these activities. Diving, jumping, or sliding into an above ground pool is prohibited and is considered product misuse. If you jump into the pool, you could seriously injure yourself and others. If you dive or slide into the pool, you could hit your head on the bottom or side sustaining any number of injuries. Inform family and guest who come to enjoy you pool of the safety rules you have established.

Don’t Dive, Jump, or Slide. Practice safety. Remember it is the responsibility of the parent, caretaker and pool owner to prevent accidents .

Important information about your pool
Above ground swimming pools are designed for swimming and wading only. They are not designed for diving, jumping or sliding. Diving, jumping or sliding is prohibited and is considered product misuse.

  • Only use an above ground pool ladder or staircase to enter or exit your pool.

  • Do not use diving boards, slides, trampolines or any other similar objects or platforms on above ground pools.

It is the pool owner’s responsibility to secure the swimming pool against unauthorized, unsupervised, or unintentional entry. Remember, pool misuse can result in serious injury or death.

Always obey and enforce safety rules. Above ground swimming pools are intended to provide many hours of enjoyment. Sensible use of the product is the key to safety. The pool owner must supervise the pool’s safe use, operation and maintenance.



OPENING YOUR ABOVE GROUND POOL EQUIPED WITH AN IONIZATION SYSTEM

Welcome to the new swimming pool season! Blue World Pools, Inc. is excited to be a part of your Summer staycation again this year. Blue World Pools, Inc. wants to ensure that opening your above ground pool equipped with an ionization system is done right. Follow these simple steps and your swimming pool should be running like new! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Service department at 1-800-706-0907 ext 5.

  • Remove debris and/or pump water from your winter cover if one has been used, then remove pool cover, dry and store until winter.

  • Use a leaf rake or skimmer net to remove any leaves or other large debris in your swimming pool water that can be reached. Other debris, silt or sludge remaining on the bottom may be vacuumed or removed with a self-contained pool cleaner.

  • Inspect your skimmer, return, hoses, fittings, pump, filter system and any other components for hairline cracks, defects or other signs of excessive wear or damage. Repair or replace damaged items.

  • Attach all hoses, fittings, components, drain plugs, etc, that had been removed for the winter. Pool steps or ladders can be installed now or after your swimming pool is filled. You should now replace your ionization chamber if needed.

An above ground swimming pool should be filled to within one inch of the top of the skimmer opening prior to turning on your filter system. Check for leaks at fittings and hoses prior to turning on equipment and again once equipment is turned on and pressure is in the system.

This is the time to add 2 gallon of Clorox bleach or 2 lbs. of pool shock. This helps to balance ph levels and keep your water clean.

Run your filter system for 24 hours with your ionization set on the number 4 which is the ideal setting for the ionization system.

After you’ve added bleach and let your filter system run for a full day, it’s time to start testing, and balancing your pool water chemistry levels.

Using your test strips, test your copper, ph, and total alkalinity. Adjust these as needed. Ph needs to be between 7.2 and 7.6. Total alkalinity needs to be between 80 and 120 PPM. Copper levels should be between 0.2 and 0.5. Always adjust your water by the alphabet. Alkalinity, copper or chlorine, then PH.

Continue running the pool pump, 24 hours a day, until the above levels are achieved. Then you may start running your pump 12 hours a day. Suggested run time is 8 am to 8 pm daylight hours.

Maintain your above ground swimming pool with weekly maintenance. On the same day each week you need to add bleach or shock to oxidize the pool water. You must adjust the levels as needed.

Following these simple instructions will assure you will have a great swim season.




SUPERVISING YOUR ABOVE GROUND POOL
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ADULT SUPERVISION

As a swimming pool owner, you may be legally liable for the safety of all persons who use your above ground pool. Be sure your insurance policy is updated to include ownership of your pool and keep in mind that you are responsible for the safety of all persons who swim on your property. Facing ownership responsibilities does not mean taking the fun out of using your pool and if you apply good safety practices and use good judgment, you will find that the benefits of ownership can far outweigh the risks.

Adult supervision is the key to getting the maximum, safe, enjoyment from your swimming pool. One person must assume responsibility for supervising the pool at all times. The supervisor must be thoroughly familiar with the safe operation and maintenance of the pool to mitigate risks and ensure proper care. He or she must take responsibility for communicating safety information to all persons who enter the pool area. Designate a backup for times when the primary supervisor is unavailable.

The supervisor is responsible for enforcing the rules. Draw up these rules from information you can get from informed sources, such as the YMCA or American Red Cross. These rules should cover such things as the proper use of swimming pool games, consumption of food, alcoholic beverages, maintenance, use of electrical appliances and handling of chemicals. Using the pool or swimming, while taking prescription drugs, should only be on the advice of a physician. Establish rules immediately. Write them in simple language and post them near the pool where they are easy to see. These rules should be clearly communicated and understood by all persons, young or old, who enter the pool area. Never leave your pool unsupervised. When adult supervision is not available, even for a moment, close the pool to avoid unwanted swimmers or injury.

You must pay special attention to educating young children and non-swimmers about important safety precautions. Make sure your children learn how to swim. Swim lessons are available from groups such as Learn to Swim, Swim America, The American Red Cross, the YMCA or YWCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and many others. As your children age you may want to teach them about equipment maintenance and proper upkeep of the swimming pool. By doing this your children will learn from your example that they must respect the rules and act responsibly.

It is also a good idea for the supervisor and other responsible family members be trained in artificial respiration and/or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This training is available from local community organizations and is the best way to keep everyone safe who plans to use your above ground swimming pool.