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Pool Chemicals Acid

pool chemicals acid
I have alot of black algae on the walls of my pool. What is the easiest and least expensive way to get rid of?

it? chemicals? drain and acid wash? anything else??/

You need to shock it with pool chemicals.

Depending on whether you have vinyl or cement walls, which you didn’t state if you have above or inground, then if you have cement, then you can add a few gallons of bleach.

After a few hours, brush the walls down.
Let it settle.
Vacuum it up and then backwash.

Keep your chemicals in check afterwards.
Add algecide.



Pool Products Cleaners

pool products cleaners
Do auto or robotic home and above ground pool vacuum cleaners work?

The home one I saw at Costco.com is the : iRobot Roomba Scheduler Vacuuming Robot; does it pick up dog fur from carpets?

The pool vacuum is here that we are looking at: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11115401&search=pools&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Mo=74&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=5000043&whse=BC&ViewAll=75&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=pools&Ntt=pools&No=48&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1
Does anyone have either or both types of these automatic vacuum cleaners than can tell us whether they actually work or not? They are expensive so we don’t want to invest if they don’t. We are crunched for time and need something like this to get the jobs done. Thank you!
Thanx, I really appreciate your review!

I have the home vac (the Sage – which is designed for pet hair) and LOVE it. Now, I only have a cat – not a dog but it works great!!! This is my 2nd Roomba & I am hooked. I too, am looking into the pool vac. So far, have read great reviews.

Good luck. P.S. Roomba support is wonderful & if not satisfied, return policy is great & easy.

Baracuda Pool Cleaner, Spa Supplies

Swimming Pool Maintenance Vacuum

swimming pool maintenance vacuum
is this possible???????

i know you can make underground stone pools.

i want an undergrond stone pool but with freshwater, no chlorine. and i want to have tropical freshwater fish living in there. i would have the heater on daily so the water stays at the same temp.
also i would have a waterfall to keep the water moving. and i would have drains more than one around the pool to keep it really clean(i would put a screen over the drains so the fish dont get in there)

also i would have sucker fish, and those pool vacuums?

aalllssooo!!! this would be an indoor pool, so no bugs would get in.

this is possible right? meaning, people can have freshwater pools with fish and swim in the pool too if i do all the maintenance right?

am i forgeting anything?

and say money is not the issue.

It is possible but I wouldn’t recomoend it. Your body has a lot of toxins and oils that when mixed in to a little pond could potentially kill your fish. If money is no object then you should be able to but it would be a waste with having to treat the water every time you leave the pool. It will be alot of work to keep up on it but it is possible.

How to vacuum a swimming pool

Pool Chemicals Muriatic Acid

pool chemicals muriatic acid
Low Cyanuric Acid ??

When we bought our home/pool the former owner left all the chemicals and equipment including Cyanuric Acid.
Recently we ran out of it, and when I went to get more at the pool store I was told ‘you don’t need it, use Muriatic acid’.

My water has measured in the ‘ok ‘ to ‘ideal’ level for everything else (below). I used the muriatic acid a month ago and it didn’t change the cyanuric level. The muriatic acid says ‘to reduce ph and total alkalinity’. If those levels are fine, why would I do that?
I’m confused as to if/why I need Cyanuric. Did I get bad info from the pool supply store?
Help would be greatly appreciated!
Here are my readings on the test strip:

Total hardness: between 250-500 ppm
Total chlorine: 3 ppm
Total Bromine: 5 ppm
Free Chlorine: between 1-3ppm
ph 7.2 ppm
Ttl. alkalinity between 80-120ppm
Cyanuric acid 0-30 ppm

Cyanuric acid is stabilizer. It’s function is to keep chlorine from getting knocked out by the sun’s UV rays. Adding muriatic acid won’t do a thing for it. Muriatic is only used to effect changes in pH and TA, depending on where it’s added to the pool. Shallow end in front of a return to adjust pH. Deep end away from any returns, skimmer and with main drain suction off ( if equipped), to adjust TA. It’s called “slugging”.
If you are using stabilized chlorine pucks, they actually contain stabilizer in them. Not enough to dose a pool that has no stabilizer, but enough to maintain a proper level for a sand filtered pool or in the case of a cartridge filter or DE filter, eventually raise it beyond proper levels.
Your stabilizer level needs to be properly tested. That 0-30 reading is crap and is to be expected from those test strips and not a proper titration. Too great a range of possibility here.According to that reading, you either have it or you don’t. Big difference there. 0, 10, 20 or 30? You can’t tell.
If you’re in a northern area, a reading of between 20-40 will be minimum to ok. Southern areas because of a heavier sun hit, require a bit more, in the 40-80 range. 100 to 130 is fine as well. Anything over 150 can be an issue, requiring a partial drain of the pool and dilute it with fresh water. You see, you need it, but just not too much of it.
You should be testing it’s level at least twice in a season. There’s no need to check cyanuric weekly. It won’t creep up that fast. The beginning of the season and then mid way is just fine unless you’ve drained the pool at some point and need to establish the stabilizer level again or you’ve accidentally added stabilizer when you shouldn’t have.
Stabilizer comes in a granule. Usually the bucket comes with a sock that you put the required amount of chemical in and then put that sock in the skimmer for slow dissolving of the stabilizer. It’s not a chemical you will use on any regular basis. Once you’ve established an acceptable level, you need only test those two times during the season or if you have an issue keeping your sanitizer levels up and add if required and only after determining the cyanuric level somehow dropped below acceptable. It should never have to be a weekly thing.
The rest of those readings are ok although the pH is a little low, it’s still acceptable and hopefully that calcium hardness is actually below 400 ( those test strips again!!!!!!)The only thing you need to be aware of is that you ought to be measuring either Bromine or Chlorine. Not both since you’re only possibly using one or the other. Disregard what you’re not using.
You also might want to ditch those test strips in favour of a proper titration test kit that does at least pH, TA and Cl/Br. They’re far more accurate.
As for your pool shop giving you bad info, probably not. It’s likely with all those terms being bandied about there was just a miscommunication.

Benedict’s Reagent

Polaris Pool Products

polaris pool products
what is the best automatic pool cleaner for a fiberglass pool?

I am wondering what is the best pool cleaner for a fiberglass pool, i have heard many different opinions from stores trying to sell their products, some say baracuda X7 is the best then another store said no way for a fiberglass pool, that i should use polaris. Anyone have any input? what are my options?

i own a pool company.and have seen many different auto pool cleaners.( 13 years) and by far a polaris would be your best bet.however you would be better off if you by one online as it is cheaper.look for SWIMMING POOL DEALERS. buying one online you cut out the middle man because of the price mark up they have.if you go to a pool store expect to pay a thousand 1000.00 dollars or more.buy it online most of the time it is cheaper