Pool Cleaning FAQs


What chemical levels do I need to test for regularly?

The four main tests to perform are pH, chlorine, total alkalinity and calcium hardness. Cyanuric acid levels should also be maintained on outdoor pools that use chlorine. Mineral content, total dissolved solids and acid or base demand tests may also

be performed as needed.


How often do I need to test the water?

Commercial pools are required to check chlorine levels every hour and record their findings in a log. Homeowners should check their pH and chlorine levels at least twice a week. Total alkalinity and calcium hardness levels tend to fluctuate less so weekly testing is sufficient.


What are the recommended chemical levels?

pH: 7.2 - 7.8

Chlorine: 1.0 - 2.0 ppm

Total alkalinity: 80 - 120 ppm

Calcium hardness: 180 - 220 ppm, though some say 200 - 400.

Cyanuric acid: 40 - 80 ppm

Total dissolved solids: below 5000 ppm


How long should I run my pump/filter?

We recommend you run your filter 8 to 12 hours in the warm months and 6 to 10 in the winter, depending on your filter type, pool flow rate and chemical balance.


Can algae make me or my family ill?

Algae itself doesn't make people ill, but it can harbor disease-causing organisms that cause illness. Algae on the pool surface can make it dangerously slippery.


My motor is making a screeching sound. What could be causing this?

If your motor is making horrible noises, it's probably the motor bearings. As the motor ages, the grease lubricating the bearings deteriorates causing the bearings to screech and the armature to wear down. If neglected, the motor may need to be replaced. To help keep your pump and motor in good condition, regular cleaning of the strainer basket and lubrication of the lid ‘O’ ring or gasket is recommended.


What service does a diatomaceous earth (DE) filter need?

DE filters should be backwashed when the operating pressure rises 8 to 10 psi above the filter’s baseline pressure. DE filters should also be disassembled and thoroughly cleaned every year (more often on pools with heavy usage). Pool Boy Services inspects the grid fabric and structure, the manifold, the air relief screen, the tank clamp and o-ring and the air relief assembly.


What service does a cartridge filter need?

Cartridge filters should be carefully disassembled and thoroughly cleaned 2 to 6 times per year based on the size or when the operating pressure rises 8 to 10 psi above the filter’s baseline pressure. Cleaning will be needed more often on pools with heavy usage. We inspect the fabric and structure, thoroughly clean the elements and re-assemble the filter.


What causes the ring around my pool's tile line?

The ring around the pool's tile line can be caused by two different things. The first is a white ring caused by a buildup of calcium carbonate. The warmer the pool water is, the less soluble calcium is in it. The result is a scale forming on pool surfaces and inside pool heaters. The second is known as a scum line a can be brown, grey, green or blue. A scum line is usually caused by skin fragments, suntan oils, debris in the water, cosmetics, detergents and other materials. The best way to prevent a scum line from forming is to prevent suntan oils from getting into the pool by rinsing off with fresh water before going swimming.







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