We all know that feeling when Winter has come and gone and spring is starting to warm up and it is time to start the pool up for summer and daily swimming, changing the chlorinator to summer settings and the pool pump is making a loud grinding sound and won’t start.
Here are a few tips and warning signs that will save you money in preventative maintenance rather than paying largely for it in the long run.
Spa and hot tub maintenance is similar to pool maintenance, it is a trade off between equipment, chemicals and routine. Most spas or hot tubs have an extremely small body of water (between 1000L to 2500L) compared to most pools, this requires spas or hot tubs to be emptied and refilled to remove the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). We recommend changing the water every 4 months, this allows spas or hot tubs that use “Zodiac Nature2 Natural Spa Purifier” and “Zodiac Spa Power Purifier” (Lithium Hypochlorite) as a sanitation method to be replaced at the same time.
Before using the spa it is always best to test the water before use, a home test kit can make this quite simple and easy. The spa filtration is similar to a swimming pools filtration and should run once a day at least for 1 - 2 hours a day to remove any debris and allow them to filter out.
There are several reasons why pool pumps tend to lose their prime or are unable to reprime themselves, the most common problem results from air in the pipes or filter. This is usually caused by the pools water level being too low or sometimes is caused by loose fittings or perished o'rings.
Identifying factors can vary when a pool pump is struggling to prime or has completely deprimed. Some salt water chlorinators will prompt a sound or light indicating that there is no flow through the salt cell, some will even turn themselves off as a safety precaution. Most pumps will also have an increased noise level while deprimed and in cases where there is still a slight prime your suction at the skimmer box will make a loud screeching sound. If any of these problems occur it is best to attend to the problem as soon as possible, switching the system off at the wall is a good way to stop any damage to the pump and other equipment until you can address the problem.
If the pump is running dry for extended periods it can burn out or damage the mechanical seal, ceramic, diffuser plate and other parts that the pump requires to function correctly.
Below is a basic guide to remedy a deprimed pump.
Cleaning your Salt Water Chlorinator Cell is required to remove calcium from the plates of the cell which is a by-product of chlorination. The mixture required for cleaning is extremely corrosive and protective wear is highly recommended.
If the Sallt Cell has an increased amount of calcium and it has not been removed after the ten minutes in the cleaning solution it is advised to use a specialty product "Cell Cleaner" which is not as corrosive or damage the cell in any regard. The cell can be left in Salt Cell Cleaner for up to 1 hour and will completely remove calcium.
We recommended using Salt Cell Cleaner at all times over the traditional Hydrochloric mixture, it is a safer alternative and not harmful to your Salt Cell at all and reusable.
The following is a “general guide” to the maintenance requirements for a 50,000L pool salt water swimming pool during the Summer months. Depending on the environment and amount of use your swimming pool receives and the quality of chemicals used and equipment your requirements may be different.