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We  at spring pool builder have decided to put into your hands some of the most “FAQ’s”. These are just five of them but hopefully they will help you get some answers.

Question: I am considering getting a salt system.  What is the environmental impact of the salt water?  Are there any regulations regarding discharge of salt water from back washing, etc.?

Answer: Saltwater pools work on a very low level of salt, approximately 10% of sea water’s concentration.  The average salt pool discharges only a fraction of the salt levels that a standard water softener discharges.  This is easily verified by counting the number of salt bags that need to be added to a salt pool annually versus the number of bags that get added to a standard water softener.

Question: How many hours per day should I run my pool pump?

Answer: Depending on the horsepower of your pump, the gallons per minute your system can handle, you then can determine how many hours the pump needs to run in order to create turnover at least once per day and 1.5 times a day is even better For example a 15,000 gallon pool with a circulation system that provides 45 gpm (gallons per minute) would turn the water over in 5.5 hours Runnung the system 6 hours per day would be adequate

Question: How can I tell how many gallons of water my pool holds?

Answer: Simple formula of: Lenght of your pool times the width, times the average depth times 7.48. Length x Width x Avg. Depth x 7.48 = Volume. I.E 15′ x 30′ Rectangle that is 3′ to 6′ deep equates to a pool volume of 15,147 gallons.  Calculated as follows:15 x 30 x 4.5 x 7.48 the 4.5 is the average depth based on 3′ & 6′, add the two together to get 9, divide by 2 for average depth of 4.5

Question: Do I have to drain my pool to change the light bulb?

Answer: No, providing the light fixture was installed properly. Most modern day pool light fixtures are self contained in a housing that is recessed in the pool wall in what we call a light niche, that light fixture if properly installed would have enough cord wrapped around the light to allow the fixture to be removed and pulled out of the water onto the pool deck. At that point the fixture can be dissasembled to replace the bulb, the gasket that seals the light from water should also be replaced at the same time.

Question: How often do I need to clean my filter?

Answer: Most people would answer this question by starting off with “it depends”. Yes all pool filters are different, all pools have different bather loads, environmental exposures and different maintenance habits but, they all share one commonality which is: Clean you filter when ever the pressure guage reads 10psi than the clean pressure. So how do you determine the clean pressure? Simple, immediately after cleaning your filter weather it is sand, cartridge or a DE filter take note of what the filter pressure guage reads after the pool pump comes to a full prime. Whatever that number may be, that is your clean filter pressure, whenever it gets 10 psi higher then its time to clean it again.I personally would add to the above rule that you should clean your filter whenever the psi reaches 10 higher than the clean psi or every 30 days, whichever comes first.

For any other questions or if you would like service of any kind please contact your local pool builder today.