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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR YOUR PUMP AND FILTER
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.
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.
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
We at Blue World Pools Pools hope that have a safe and enjoyable summer!
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.
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
Drowning in Swimming Pools
Important information about your pool
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.
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.
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
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.