Green Pool Causes & Fixes

The cause of green pools is usually simply a lack of chlorine.

There are several issues that can be the cause for low chlorine and it’s best to investigate to find why your pool turned green pool right now.

Knowing the cause also helps to not have the green issue repeat itself anytime soon.

You don’t want to go through the process of fixing the pool, only to have it immediately turn green again.

For algae to begin, chlorine has to have been low at some time. If algae begin to grow when chlorine was low and the chlorine levels return to ideal, algae can still survive in this environment.

Green Pool Causes

There are nine main reasons that could have been the cause of your pool turning green.

  1. Low Water Levels

Insufficient water levels in your pool can affect the operation of your pump.

  • Monitor your pool water level regularly. During summer months monitoring your pool for evaporation is required weekly or more frequently during hot and windy periods.
  1. Power Failure

If there is a power failure, chlorinators or equipment controllers can sometimes not resume in “auto” and continue to automatically sanitise the pool.

  1. Manually Chlorinated

If your pool is manually chlorinated and not enough chlorine is being added, this can cause low chlorine levels.

  1. Equipment Failure or Power Outage

If the pump, chlorinator or equipment controllers stop to work, the chlorinator won’t be producing chlorine.

  1. Clogged Skimmer or Pump Baskets

The skimmer or pump basket having too much debris can cause lower water-flow and either reduce or stop the amount of chlorine being produced at the chlorinator.

  1. Low or High Stabiliser Levels

Stabiliser or cyanuric acid is used in outdoor pools to protect chlorine from UV exposure. 

  • If the stabiliser level is too low, your pool can lose as much as 80% of its chlorine within 2 hours. With stabiliser levels between 20-40 ppm the pool would only lose about 20% of chlorine over the same time period.
  • If stabiliser is high, the chlorine molecules will be restricted and not be able to sanitise effectively.
  • Free chlorine should be 7.5% of stabiliser levels . With high stabiliser there may not be enough chlorine to be able to sanitise effectively, which can also be a green pool cause.
  1. Low or High Salt Levels

Chlorinators need a minimum amount of salt to be able to generate chlorine, but this will vary depending on the chlorinator manufacturer.

  • Check monthly that your salt levels are within manufacturer’s recommendations. Use an electronic salt meter for undertaking your salt tests. 
  • High salt levels can lead to corrosion of electrodes or cell plates and could cause malfunction or failure of the chlorinator.
  1. Pollen

Pollen can be carried into your pool by the wind or rain.

  • Pollen is harmless to yourself or your pool and is easily removed.
  • Pollen provides a food source for algae and can contribute to its growth.
  1. Metals

Pool water with low pH coming into contact with copper pipes, heat exchangers, fittings or fixtures can result in copper leaching into the water.

  • Copper based algaecides or imbalanced pool water with high levels of copper can also lead to green water.

Fastest Fix

Draining your pool is the fastest way to resolve your green pool issue, but should only be considered if time is of the essence, if there is excessive debris in the pool, or if the water quality is beyond repair.

It is a good idea to drain your pool every 8-10 years to remove total dissolved solids built-up in the water over this time and start again with fresh water. Resolving your green pool may coincide with this timing.

Do not drain a fibreglass or vinyl liner pool yourself, consult with a pool professional.

For draining your pool, a submersible pump and wet-vac are required. The water should be drained to sewerage and not to the garden or onto the lawn, because salt and chlorine in the water can easily kill plant matter.

Quick Fix

Dose with liquid chlorine and add clarifier. Run the filter non-stop until the water is clear.

The quantities will vary depending on the severity of the algae bloom and the size of the pool.

  • Second method is to increase the pH to a minimum of 7.6 to 7.8, add liquid chlorine and add flock.
  • When adding liquid chlorine, pour it gently from the container (to avoid splashing) around the pool’s perimeter, proportionally distributing more in the deeper end than the shallow end.
  • To add flock, refer to manufacturer’s instructions for dosage quantities and procedures for adding it to your pool.
  • If a media filter, after adding chlorine and flock, run the system with the filter on recirculate for 24 hours. After this time all of the algae should be killed and settled to the floor of the pool.
  • If a cartridge filter and also after adding chlorine and flock, remove the cartridge filter element, run the system for 24 hours. After this time all of the algae should be killed and settled to the floor of the pool.
  • For the clarifier or flock method, when all of the algae have settled on the bottom of the pool and the water is clear (not cloudy), vacuum the dead algae to waste.
  • If a cartridge filter and you don’t have a way to vacuum the pool without going through the filter, call a pool professional to assist with the vacuuming.

Traditional Fix

Add liquid chlorine, the amount will vary depending on the severity of the algae bloom and the size of the pool.

  • When adding liquid chlorine, pour it gently from the container (to avoid splashing) around the pool’s perimeter, proportionally distributing more in the deeper end than the shallow end.
  • Run the filter for its normal filtration cycles and re-check after four days.
  • If a media filter, backwash the filter each day until the water is clear. For a cartridge filter, clean the filter elements each day until the water is clear.
  • When the algae the pool will turn cloudy, which is the dead algae suspended at different levels in the water.
  • Eventually the dead algae will become water-logged and sink to the bottom of the pool.
  • After four days if the pool is still cloudy, add 75% of the initial chlorine dosage and repeat the filtration and backwashing or cleaning the filter elements processes above.
  • Once all of the algae have settled on the bottom of the pool and the water is clear (not cloudy), vacuum the dead algae to waste.
  • If a cartridge filter and you don’t have a way to vacuum the pool without going through the filter, call a pool professional to assist with the vacuuming.

Slower & More Economical Fix

Adjust your chlorinator to maximum chlorine output and run the system non-stop until the water is clear.

  • If a media filter, backwash the filter each day until the water is clear. For a cartridge filter, clean the filter elements each day until the water is clear.
  • Once all of the algae have settled on the bottom of the pool and the water is clear (not cloudy), vacuum the dead algae to waste.
  • If a cartridge filter and you don’t have a way to vacuum the pool without going through the filter, call a pool professional to assist with the vacuuming.

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We are a dedicated team of pool professions who have been looking after customers' pools for more than 15 years. Currently we have just over 800 pools we regularly maintain and each year we do approximately 500 pool leak detections & repairs. Several years ago, because we couldn't buy software that we needed to calculate chemicals, along with costs, automatic invoicing, payment reminders, scheduling and reports, we decided to custom write our own software. The aim was to be able to record any work done or goods sold and have it easy for staff to finalise costs for their visits with a few simple clicks. We soon realised that the software being created wouldn't just be needed in our business, but it would suit every pool business. This was a great concept for pool businesses, but didn't help the home user who looks after their pool themselves. We then decided to create separate software to cater for the home market and modify by removing invoicing, payments, etc. For several years, each time one of our technicians visited a customer’s pool, they tested the customer's pool with a photometer (high-end chemical reader) and also tested the same water with a 4-Pad and 6-Pad test-strip. Our programmers have calibrated the inputs so that now our test-strip results match high-end photometer readings. Our growth in business has been fast to date, because our company philosophy is that we understand the longevity value of a client. Our long term ambitions are to become a household name internationally. We aim to ensure your family can relax and make the most of your pool all year round.

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Please note, however, that We may need to retain certain information when we have a legal obligation or lawful basis to do so. Disclosure of Your Personal Data Business Transactions If the Company is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, Your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before Your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy. Law enforcement Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency). Other legal requirements The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: Comply with a legal obligation Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public Protect against legal liability Security of Your Personal Data The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security. Detailed Information on the Processing of Your Personal Data The Service Providers We use may have access to Your Personal Data. These third-party vendors collect, store, use, process and transfer information about Your activity on Our Service in accordance with their Privacy Policies. Payments We may provide paid products and/or services within the Service. In that case, we may use third-party services for payment processing (ie payment processors). We will not store or collect Your payment card details. That information is provided directly to Our third-party payment processors whose use of Your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information. Square Their Privacy Policy can be viewed at https://squareup.com/legal/privacy-no-account GDPR Privacy Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under GDPR We may process Personal Data under the following conditions: Consent: You have given Your consent for processing Personal Data for one or more specific purposes. Performance of a contract: Provision of Personal Data is necessary for the performance of an agreement with You and/or for any pre-contractual obligations thereof. Legal obligations: Processing Personal Data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Company is subject. Vital interests: Processing Personal Data is necessary in order to protect Your vital interests or of another natural person. Public interests: Processing Personal Data is related to a task that is carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the Company. Legitimate interests: Processing Personal Data is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the Company. In any case, the Company will gladly help to clarify the specific legal basis that applies to the processing, and in particular whether the provision of Personal Data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract. Your Rights under the GDPR The Company undertakes to respect the confidentiality of Your Personal Data and to guarantee You can exercise Your rights. You have the right under this Privacy Policy, and by law if You are within the EU, to: Request access to Your Personal Data. The right to access, update or delete the information We have on You. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of Your Personal Data directly within Your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact Us to assist You. This also enables You to receive a copy of the Personal Data We hold about You. Request correction of the Personal Data that We hold about You. You have the right to have any incomplete or inaccurate information We hold about You corrected. Object to processing of Your Personal Data. This right exists where We are relying on a legitimate interest as the legal basis for Our processing and there is something about Your particular situation, which makes You want to object to our processing of Your Personal Data on this ground. You also have the right to object where We are processing Your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes. Request erasure of Your Personal Data. You have the right to ask Us to delete or remove Personal Data when there is no good reason for Us to continue processing it. Request the transfer of Your Personal Data. We will provide to You, or to a third-party You have chosen, Your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Please note that this right only applies to automated information which You initially provided consent for Us to use or where We used the information to perform a contract with You. Withdraw Your consent. You have the right to withdraw Your consent on using your Personal Data. If You withdraw Your consent, We may not be able to provide You with access to certain specific functionalities of the Service. Exercising of Your GDPR Data Protection Rights. You may exercise Your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition by contacting Us. Please note that we may ask You to verify Your identity before responding to such requests. If You make a request, We will try our best to respond to You as soon as possible. You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about Our collection and use of Your Personal Data. For more information, if You are in the European Economic Area (EEA), please contact Your local data protection authority in the EEA. CCPA/CPRA Privacy Notice This privacy notice section for California residents supplements the information contained in Our Privacy Policy and it applies solely to all visitors, users, and others who reside in the State of California. Categories of Personal Information Collected We collect information that identifies, relates to, describes, references, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular Consumer or Device. The following is a list of categories of personal information which we may collect or may have been collected from California residents within the last twelve (12) months. Please note that the categories and examples provided in the list below are those defined in the CCPA/CPRA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were in fact collected by Us, but reflects our good faith belief to the best of Our knowledge that some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been collected. For example, certain categories of personal information would only be collected if you provided such personal information directly to Us. Category A: Identifiers. Examples: A real name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account name, driver's license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers. Collected: Yes. Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)). Examples: A name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, or any other financial information, medical information, or health insurance information. Some personal information included in this category may overlap with other categories. Collected: Yes. Category C: Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law. Examples: Age (40 years or older), race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, veteran or military status, genetic information (including familial genetic information). Collected: No. Category D: Commercial information. Examples: Records and history of products or services purchased or considered. Collected: Yes. Category E: Biometric information. Examples: Genetic, physiological, behavioral, and biological characteristics, or activity patterns used to extract a template or other identifier or identifying information, such as, fingerprints, faceprints, and voiceprints, iris or retina scans, keystroke, gait, or other physical patterns, and sleep, health, or exercise data. Collected: No. Category F: Internet or other similar network activity. Examples: Interaction with our Service or advertisement. Collected: Yes. Category G: Geolocation data. Examples: Approximate physical location. Collected: No. Category H: Sensory data. Examples: Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information. Collected: No. Category I: Professional or employment-related information. Examples: Current or past job history or performance evaluations. Collected: No. Category J: Non-public education information (per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g, 34 C.F.R. Part 99)). Examples: Education records directly related to a student maintained by an educational institution or party acting on its behalf, such as grades, transcripts, class lists, student schedules, student identification codes, student financial information, or student disciplinary records. Collected: No. Category K: Inferences drawn from other personal information. Examples: Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes. Collected: No. Category L: Sensitive personal information. Examples: Account login and password information, geolocation data. Collected: Yes. Under CCPA/CPRA, personal information does not include: Publicly available information from government records Deidentified or aggregated consumer information Information excluded from the CCPA/CPRA's scope, such as: Health or medical information covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) or clinical trial data Personal Information covered by certain sector-specific privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) or California Financial Information Privacy Act (FIPA), and the Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994. Sources of Personal Information We obtain the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources: Directly from You. For example, from the forms You complete on our Service, preferences You express or provide through our Service, or from Your purchases on our Service. Indirectly from You. For example, from observing Your activity on our Service. Automatically from You. For example, through cookies We or our Service Providers set on Your Device as You navigate through our Service. From Service Providers. For example, third-party vendors for payment processing, or other third-party vendors that We use to provide the Service to You. Use of Personal Information We may use or disclose personal information We collect for "business purposes" or "commercial purposes" (as defined under the CCPA/CPRA), which may include the following examples: To operate our Service and provide You with Our Service. To provide You with support and to respond to Your inquiries, including to investigate and address Your concerns and monitor and improve our Service. To fulfill or meet the reason You provided the information. For example, if You share Your contact information to ask a question about our Service, We will use that personal information to respond to Your inquiry. If You provide Your personal information to purchase a product or service, We will use that information to process Your payment and facilitate delivery. To respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order, or governmental regulations. As described to You when collecting Your personal information or as otherwise set forth in the CCPA/CPRA. For internal administrative and auditing purposes. To detect security incidents and protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent or illegal activity, including, when necessary, to prosecute those responsible for such activities. Other one-time uses.2 Please note that the examples provided above are illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive. For more details on how we use this information, please refer to the "Use of Your Personal Data" section. If We decide to collect additional categories of personal information or use the personal information We collected for materially different, unrelated, or incompatible purposes We will update this Privacy Policy. Disclosure of Personal Information We may use or disclose and may have used or disclosed in the last twelve (12) months the following categories of personal information for business or commercial purposes: Category A: Identifiers Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) Category D: Commercial information Category F: Internet or other similar network activity Please note that the categories listed above are those defined in the CCPA/CPRA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were in fact disclosed, but reflects our good faith belief to the best of our knowledge that some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been disclosed. When We disclose personal information for a business purpose or a commercial purpose, We enter a contract that describes the purpose and requires the recipient to both keep that personal information confidential and not use it for any purpose except performing the contract. Share of Personal Information We may share, and have shared in the last twelve (12) months, Your personal information identified in the above categories with the following categories of third parties: Service Providers Payment processors Our affiliates Our business partners Third party vendors to whom You or Your agents authorize Us to disclose Your personal information in connection with products or services We provide to You Sale of Personal Information As defined in the CCPA/CPRA, "sell" and "sale" mean selling, renting, releasing, disclosing, disseminating, making available, transferring, or otherwise communicating orally, in writing, or by electronic or other means, a Consumer's personal information by the Business to a third party for valuable consideration. This means that We may have received some kind of benefit in return for sharing personal information, but not necessarily a monetary benefit. We do not sell personal information as the term sell is commonly understood. We do allow Service Providers to use Your personal information for the business purposes described in Our Privacy Policy, and these may be deemed a sale under CCPA/CPRA. We may sell and may have sold in the last twelve (12) months the following categories of personal information: Category A: Identifiers Category B: Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) Category D: Commercial information Category F: Internet or other similar network activity Please note that the categories listed above are those defined in the CCPA/CPRA. This does not mean that all examples of that category of personal information were in fact sold, but reflects our good faith belief to the best of Our knowledge that some of that information from the applicable category may be and may have been shared for value in return. Sale of Personal Information of Minors Under 16 Years of Age We do not knowingly collect personal information from minors under the age of 16 through our Service, although certain third party websites that we link to may do so. These third-party websites have their own terms of use and privacy policies and We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children's Internet usage and instruct their children to never provide information on other websites without their permission. We do not sell the personal information of Consumers We actually know are less than 16 years of age, unless We receive affirmative authorization (the "right to opt-in") from either the Consumer who is between 13 and 16 years of age, or the parent or guardian of a Consumer less than 13 years of age. Consumers who opt-in to the sale of personal information may opt-out of future sales at any time. To exercise the right to opt-out, You (or Your authorized representative) may submit a request to Us by contacting Us. If You have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 (or 16) has provided Us with personal information, please contact Us with sufficient detail to enable Us to delete that information. Your Rights under the CCPA/CPRA The CCPA/CPRA provides California residents with specific rights regarding their personal information. If You are a resident of California, You have the following rights: The right to notice. You have the right to be notified which categories of Personal Data are being collected and the purposes for which the Personal Data is being used. The right to know/access. Under CCPA/CPRA, You have the right to request that We disclose information to You about Our collection, use, sale, disclosure for business purposes and share of personal information. Once We receive and confirm Your request, We will disclose to You: The categories of personal information We collected about You The categories of sources for the personal information We collected about You Our business or commercial purposes for collecting or selling that personal information The categories of third parties with whom We share that personal information The specific pieces of personal information We collected about You If we sold Your personal information or disclosed Your personal information for a business purpose, We will disclose to You: The categories of personal information categories sold The categories of personal information categories disclosed The right to say no to the sale or sharing of Personal Data (opt-out). You have the right to direct Us to not sell Your personal information. To submit an opt-out request, please see the "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" section or contact Us. The right to correct Personal Data. You have the right to correct or rectify any any inaccurate personal information about You that We collected. Once We receive and confirm Your request, We will use commercially reasonable efforts to correct (and direct our Service Providers to correct) Your personal information, unless an exception applies. The right to limit use and disclosure of sensitive Personal Data. You have the right to request to limit the use or disclosure of certain sensitive personal information We collected about You, unless an exception applies. To submit, please see the "Limit the Use or Disclosure of My Sensitive Personal Information" section or contact Us. The right to delete Personal Data. You have the right to request the deletion of Your Personal Data under certain circumstances, subject to certain exceptions. Once We receive and confirm Your request, We will delete (and direct Our Service Providers to delete) Your personal information from our records, unless an exception applies. We may deny Your deletion request if retaining the information is necessary for Us or Our Service Providers to: Complete the transaction for which We collected the personal information, provide a good or service that You requested, take actions reasonably anticipated within the context of our ongoing business relationship with You, or otherwise perform our contract with You. Detect security incidents, protect against malicious, deceptive, fraudulent, or illegal activity, or prosecute those responsible for such activities. Debug products to identify and repair errors that impair existing intended functionality. Exercise free speech, ensure the right of another consumer to exercise their free speech rights, or exercise another right provided for by law. Comply with the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Cal. Penal Code § 1546 et. seq.). Engage in public or peer-reviewed scientific, historical, or statistical research in the public interest that adheres to all other applicable ethics and privacy laws, when the information's deletion may likely render impossible or seriously impair the research's achievement, if You previously provided informed consent. Enable solely internal uses that are reasonably aligned with consumer expectations based on Your relationship with Us. Comply with a legal obligation. Make other internal and lawful uses of that information that are compatible with the context in which You provided it. The right not to be discriminated against. You have the right not to be discriminated against for exercising any of Your consumer's rights, including by: Denying goods or services to You. Charging different prices or rates for goods or services, including the use of discounts or other benefits or imposing penalties. Providing a different level or quality of goods or services to You Suggesting that You will receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services. Exercising Your CCPA/CPRA Data Protection Rights Please see the "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" section and "Limit the Use or Disclosure of My Sensitive Personal Information" section for more information on how to opt out and limit the use of sensitive information collected. Additionally, in order to exercise any of Your rights under the CCPA/CPRA, and if You are a California resident, You can contact Us: By visiting this page on our website: https://app.poolwater-pro.com/contact Only You, or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that You authorize to act on Your behalf, may make a verifiable request related to Your personal information. Your request to Us must: Provide sufficient information that allows Us to reasonably verify You are the person about whom We collected personal information or an authorized representative Describe Your request with sufficient detail that allows Us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it. We cannot respond to Your request or provide You with the required information if We cannot: Verify Your identity or authority to make the request And confirm that the personal information relates to You. We will disclose and deliver the required information free of charge within 45 days of receiving Your verifiable request. The time period to provide the required information may be extended once by an additional 45 days when reasonably necessary and with prior notice. Any disclosures We provide will only cover the 12-month period preceding the verifiable request's receipt. For data portability requests, We will select a format to provide Your personal information that is readily usable and should allow You to transmit the information from one entity to another entity without hindrance. Do Not Sell My Personal Information As defined in the CCPA/CPRA, "sell" and "sale" mean selling, renting, releasing, disclosing, disseminating, making available, transferring, or otherwise communicating orally, in writing, or by electronic or other means, a Consumer's personal information by the Business to a third party for valuable consideration. This means that We may have received some kind of benefit in return for sharing personal information, but not necessarily a monetary benefit. We do not sell personal information as the term sell is commonly understood. We do allow Service Providers to use Your personal information for the business purposes described in Our Privacy Policy, and these may be deemed a sale under CCPA/CPRA. You have the right to opt-out of the sale of Your personal information. Once We receive and confirm a verifiable consumer request from You, we will stop selling Your personal information. To exercise Your right to opt-out, please contact Us. Limit the Use or Disclosure of My Sensitive Personal Information If You are a California resident, You have the right to limit the use and disclosure of Your sensitive personal information to that use which is necessary to perform the services or provide the goods reasonably expected by an average Consumer who requests such services or goods. We collect, use and disclose sensitive personal information in ways that are necessary to provide the Service. For more information on how We use Your personal information, please see the "Use of Your Personal Data" section or contact us. "Do Not Track" Policy as Required by California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Our Service does not respond to Do Not Track signals. However, some third party websites do keep track of Your browsing activities. If You are visiting such websites, You can set Your preferences in Your web browser to inform websites that You do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable DNT by visiting the preferences or settings page of Your web browser. Your California Privacy Rights (California's Shine the Light law) Under California Civil Code Section 1798 (California's Shine the Light law), California residents with an established business relationship with us can request information once a year about sharing their Personal Data with third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. If you'd like to request more information under the California Shine the Light law, and if You are a California resident, You can contact Us using the contact information provided below. California Privacy Rights for Minor Users (California Business and Professions Code Section 22581) California Business and Professions Code Section 22581 allows California residents under the age of 18 who are registered users of online sites, services or applications to request and obtain removal of content or information they have publicly posted. To request removal of such data, and if You are a California resident, You can contact Us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with Your account. Be aware that Your request does not guarantee complete or comprehensive removal of content or information posted online and that the law may not permit or require removal in certain circumstances. Children’s Privacy Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that Your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, We take steps to remove that information from Our servers. If We need to rely on consent as a legal basis for processing Your information and Your country requires consent from a parent, We may require Your parent's consent before We collect and use that information. Links to Other Websites Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit. We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services. Changes to Privacy Policy We may update Our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let You know via email and/or a prominent notice on Our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "Last updated" date at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page. Contact Us If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, You can contact us: By visiting this page on our website at https://poolwater-pro.com or https://app.poolwater-pro.com/contact.

Calendar

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The Calendar pages of PoolWater-Pro have been specially developed to help you add Scheduled Maintenance with a repeat frequency for your pool. Once you have saved the maintenance schedule, PoolWater-Pro will automatically create appointments and provide you with reminders when your pool maintenance is due. This not only helps you stay on track with your pool maintenance routine but also ensures that your pool remains in great condition year-round. If you mark the Scheduled Maintenance as completed when done, any chemicals added or tasks completed will become part of your pool maintenance records that can be viewed or searched at a later time. This feature is particularly useful for pool owners who want to keep track of their pool maintenance history, make adjustments to their pool maintenance routine based on past experiences and ensure that their pool is consistently well-maintained. With PoolWater-Pro, you can easily manage your pool maintenance tasks and keep your pool in top condition with minimal effort. The intuitive and easy-to-use interface of PoolWater-Pro makes it easy to add, update and view your pool maintenance schedules and records. You can then focus on enjoying your pool rather than worrying about its upkeep. Whether you are a seasoned pool owner or a first-time pool owner, PoolWater-Pro is the perfect tool to help you keep your pool in great condition.

Scheduled Pool Maintenance

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The Calendar pages on PoolWater-Pro offer a simple and user-friendly way to add new scheduled pool maintenance tasks. Whether you need to clean the filter, balance chemicals or perform any other maintenance tasks, you can easily add them to the calendar and set a frequency for them to repeat if required. This feature helps you stay on top of your pool maintenance tasks and ensures that your pool remains in pristine condition year-round. In addition to adding new scheduled maintenance tasks, you can also edit or delete any previous tasks from the same section. This allows you to make any necessary adjustments to your pool maintenance schedule as and when required. For example, if you need to reschedule a task or remove a task from your maintenance routine, you can do so easily and quickly from within the Calendar pages. The ability to edit or delete previous scheduled pool maintenance tasks is particularly useful for pool owners who want to keep their pool maintenance schedule up-to-date and make changes as needed. By making adjustments to your maintenance routine, you can ensure that your pool remains in excellent condition and avoid any potential issues that may arise from a lapse in maintenance. PoolWater-Pro provides an efficient and hassle-free way to manage your pool maintenance schedule. With the ability to add, edit and delete scheduled maintenance tasks, you can keep your pool in excellent condition with minimal effort and enjoy your pool to the fullest.

PoolWater-Pro

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PoolWater-Pro is an excellent resource for pool owners who want to ensure that their pool water remains healthy and sparkling all year round. The main page allows you to enter specific details about your pool, such as pool surface, service analysis, pool size, chlorination type, and chlorinator model. Any changes that you make to these details will be automatically saved and will populate the relevant fields when you use the PoolWater-Pro next. If your pool requires treatments that require more than one day to complete, any additional treatments required will be recorded into the Calendar pages as future appointments. This feature ensures that you receive reminders when additional treatments are due, allowing you to stay on top of your pool maintenance and ensure that it remains in excellent condition year-round. The ability to record additional treatments into the Calendar pages is particularly useful for pool owners who want to keep track of their pool maintenance history and make any necessary adjustments to their maintenance routine based on past experiences. By viewing the Calendar pages, you can quickly and easily identify when treatments were last performed and ensure that your pool maintenance routine remains consistent and effective. The pages within PoolWater-Pro provide an easy-to-use and convenient tool for pool owners to maintain healthy and sparkling pool water. With features such as automatic saving of pool details and the ability to record additional treatments into the Calendar pages, PoolWater-Pro provides an effective tool to keep your pool in excellent condition.

Is Your Pool Safe to Swim?

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Free Chlorine Optimal Zone: 2-3 ppm – it’s the sweet spot where the water is just right for a safe splash. Warning Signs: Below 2 ppm means bacteria may thrive, and over 3 ppm can irritate your skin and eyes. Keep it balanced! A chlorine level of 4-5 parts per million (ppm) is slightly higher than the standard recommended range of 1-3 ppm for swimming pools. While it's not extremely unsafe, it can cause some issues:
Skin and Eye Irritation Higher chlorine levels can lead to irritation of the skin and eyes, making swimming uncomfortable for some people, especially those with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.
Respiratory Issues High chlorine can also affect the respiratory system, causing discomfort especially for asthmatic swimmers.
Swimwear and Hair Damage Elevated chlorine levels can have a harsher effect on swimwear and hair, leading to faster wear and tear or discoloration. While a chlorine level of 5 ppm is not typically dangerous, it is advisable to adjust the levels back into the recommended range to ensure a comfortable and safe swimming environment. If you find your pool's chlorine levels consistently high, it might be good to reevaluate your pool maintenance routine or consult a professional. A chlorine level of 8 ppm is considered unsafe for swimming. It significantly exceeds the recommended range of 1-3 ppm for pool water and can lead to a variety of unpleasant and potentially harmful effects: Reducing the chlorine level to within the recommended safe range is crucial for ensuring the health and comfort of all swimmers. Total Chlorine In Sync: Ideally, it should match your Free Chlorine level to ensure effective sanitation. Treatment Needed: If Total Chlorine is higher than Free Chlorine (resulting in chloramines over 0.2 ppm), it’s time for some pool maintenance! If the total chlorine in your pool is 0.2 ppm higher than the free chlorine (or higher), it suggests the presence of combined chlorine (chloramines), which isn't ideal. Here's a breakdown of what that means and the safety considerations.
Understanding Combined Chlorine Free chlorine refers to the chlorine that is actively sanitizing your pool. Total chlorine is the sum of free chlorine and combined chlorine (the chlorine that has already reacted with contaminants but is still present in the water). The difference between the two indicates the level of combined chlorine.
Safety and Comfort A combined chlorine level of 0.5 ppm can lead to some discomfort for swimmers, including eye and skin irritation, as well as a strong chlorine smell. It's generally recommended to keep combined chlorine levels as low as possible, ideally under 0.2 ppm.
Swimming Safety While a 0.5 ppm level of combined chlorine might not pose a severe health risk, it can make the swimming experience less pleasant and could potentially cause irritation, especially with prolonged exposure. Action Steps: To improve water quality and safety: Shock Treatment: This involves adding a large amount of chlorine or a non-chlorine shock to the water to break down combined chlorine. Regular Maintenance: Ensure your pool's pH and other chemical levels are properly balanced to optimize chlorine effectiveness and minimise chloramine formation. By managing these levels effectively, you can ensure a safer and more enjoyable swimming environment. pH Just Right: 7.2-7.8 – keeping pH in this range helps chlorine do its job efficiently. Imbalance Issues: Below 7.0 can lead to corrosion, and above 7.8 reduces the effectiveness of chlorine, leading to scaling and cloudiness. Alkalinity (TA) Balanced Base: 80-120 ppm – within this range stabilises pH and keeps your pool from mood swings. Extreme Levels: Under 80 ppm can cause erratic pH levels, while over 120 ppm locks pH in place, making it hard to adjust. An alkalinity level of 200 parts per million (ppm) in pool water is on the higher side but still within a range that is generally considered safe for swimming. However, there are a few considerations:
Impact on pH Stability High alkalinity can help stabilize pH levels, preventing them from fluctuating too much, which is beneficial. However, when alkalinity is too high, it can make adjusting the pH more difficult if changes are needed.
Potential for Scaling High alkalinity can lead to scaling, which is the buildup of calcium deposits on pool surfaces and equipment. This can affect the efficiency of your pool systems and the clarity of the water.
Comfort and Clarity While an alkalinity of 200 ppm isn't typically dangerous for swimmers, it can lead to cloudy water and might affect swimmer comfort over time, particularly in terms of water feel. Optimal Range: The ideal range for total alkalinity in pool water is usually cited as 80-120 ppm. Maintaining alkalinity within this range helps ensure effective pH balance, optimal sanitizer performance, and overall pool health. If your pool's alkalinity is consistently high, you might consider using a chemical reducer specifically designed to lower alkalinity without dramatically affecting pH levels. Regular testing and balancing of your pool's chemistry are key to maintaining a safe and pleasant swimming environment. Total Hardness Perfect Hardness: 200-400 ppm – it’s ideal for preventing corrosion and scaling. Off the Scale: Below 200 ppm can be corrosive, and above 400 ppm might lead to unwanted calcium deposits. Calcium hardness levels over 500 parts per million (ppm) in pool water are considered high and can pose some issues, but generally, they are still safe for swimming. Here are the primary concerns associated with high calcium hardness:
Scaling High levels of calcium can lead to scaling, which is the buildup of calcium deposits on the pool surfaces, fixtures, and within the plumbing. This can reduce the efficiency of your pool equipment and lead to potential damage.
Cloudy Water Excess calcium can cause the pool water to become cloudy, which reduces water clarity and can detract from the overall aesthetic and enjoyment of the pool.
Water Feel High calcium hardness can make the water feel harder, which some swimmers might find less pleasant compared to softer water. While these issues primarily affect the maintenance and appearance of the pool rather than posing direct safety risks to swimmers, they can indirectly impact swimmer comfort and increase maintenance costs and efforts. To address high calcium hardness: Dilution: One of the most straightforward methods to reduce calcium hardness is by partially draining the pool and refilling it with softer water, if available. Chemical Treatment: There are specific chemicals available that can help sequester or bind the calcium, preventing it from forming scale and keeping it in solution. Regular Maintenance: Keeping the pool’s pH and alkalinity within the recommended ranges can help manage problems associated with high calcium hardness. Regular testing and balancing of all pool chemicals are crucial to prevent scaling, maintain clear and healthy water, and ensure a pleasant swimming experience. Stabiliser (CYA) UV Shield: 20-40 ppm – this level protects chlorine from burning off under the sun. Efficiency Drop: Below 20 ppm, chlorine dissipates quickly, while above 40 ppm, chlorine’s effectiveness is dulled. A stabiliser level over 80 parts per million (ppm) in a pool, specifically referring to cyanuric acid (CYA), is generally considered too high but not immediately unsafe for swimming. However, excessive levels of stabilizer can lead to several issues that indirectly affect pool safety and maintenance:
Reduced Chlorine Effectiveness Cyanuric acid helps protect chlorine from being degraded by sunlight, extending its effectiveness in the water. However, when CYA levels are too high, it can overly stabilize the chlorine, making it less effective at sanitizing the pool. This means bacteria and algae may not be controlled adequately, which could lead to unhealthy swimming conditions.
Chemical Balance Challenges High levels of CYA can make it difficult to maintain balanced water chemistry. This imbalance can affect the effectiveness of other chemicals and the overall clarity and quality of the pool water.
Potential for Algae Growth With chlorine's effectiveness reduced, there's an increased risk of algae growth, which can make the pool unsafe for swimming if not properly controlled. Safety Measures and Recommendations: Water Dilution: The most straightforward method to reduce high CYA levels is to partially drain the pool and refill it with fresh water. This dilutes the concentration of CYA. Avoid Additional Stabilised Chlorine: If you need to add more chlorine, use non-stabilised chlorine until the CYA levels come down to the recommended range (usually 30-50 ppm for outdoor pools). Regular Testing: Keep a regular schedule for testing your pool water, not just for CYA but for all chemical levels, to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming environment. While swimming in a pool with a CYA level over 80 ppm isn't immediately hazardous in terms of acute toxicity, the reduced efficacy of chlorine and potential for uncontrolled algae and bacteria growth make it advisable to adjust the CYA level back to a safer range. This ensures that the pool remains both safe and pleasant for all swimmers. Copper Micro Amounts: 0-0.2 ppm – enough to prevent algae without staining or turning hair green. Excess Alert: Above 0.2 ppm might cause stains and a noticeable green tint in hair. Copper levels above 0.5 parts per million (ppm) in pool water are generally considered high and can lead to several undesirable effects, though they may not pose immediate health hazards for swimming. However, it's important to address high copper levels to avoid these issues:
Staining Copper levels above 0.5 ppm can cause significant staining of pool surfaces and equipment. This usually appears as green or blue-green stains that are difficult to remove.
Hair and Skin Discoloration Swimmers, particularly those with lighter-colored hair, might experience green tints in their hair after swimming in a pool with high copper levels. Additionally, prolonged exposure to high copper levels can cause skin discoloration and irritation.
Corrosion Elevated copper levels can also lead to the corrosion of metal components within the pool system, especially if the pool water's pH is not well-controlled.
Health Considerations While short-term exposure to high copper levels isn't typically dangerous, long-term exposure can potentially lead to health issues such as gastrointestinal distress or more severe conditions depending on the exposure level and individual sensitivity.
Actions to Take Identify the Source: Determine where the excess copper is coming from, which could be from corroded pool equipment (like heaters) or copper-based algaecides. Water Treatment: Use a metal sequestrant to bind the copper ions and prevent them from causing stains or discolouration. These treatments don't remove copper from the water but can help manage its effects. To permanently remove or reduce copper from the pool water, draining or part-draining is required. Pool Equipment Check: Inspect and possibly replace any corroding copper parts in your pool’s circulation system. Regular Testing and Maintenance: Continuously monitor your pool's copper levels, along with pH and alkalinity. Keeping the water chemistry balanced can help minimize the dissolution of copper into the water. Reducing copper levels below 0.5 ppm is advisable to maintain pool aesthetics, protect equipment, and ensure swimmer comfort and safety. Regular water testing and maintenance are key to achieving this. Copper levels above 0.5 ppm in pool water are considered very high and can lead to several serious issues that affect both the pool's condition and the safety of swimmers:
Staining Copper at this level will almost certainly cause staining on the pool's surfaces and equipment. These stains are typically green or blue-green and can be very difficult to remove.
Hair and Skin Discoloration Swimmers, particularly those with lighter-colored hair, are likely to experience green tints in their hair after swimming in a pool with such high copper levels. There can also be noticeable skin discoloration and irritation, especially after repeated exposure.
Corrosion High levels of copper can accelerate the corrosion of any metal components in the pool system, including heaters, ladders, and pumps. This can lead to expensive repairs and replacements.
Health Risks While brief exposure might not lead to immediate health problems, prolonged exposure to high levels of copper can be harmful. Possible health effects include nausea, vomiting, and long-term damage to the liver and kidneys. Taking immediate steps to reduce copper levels and prevent future accumulation will help ensure the safety of swimmers and the longevity of your pool infrastructure. Phosphates Low Key: 0-100 ppb – keeping phosphates low minimizes algae risks. Growth Trigger: High phosphate levels can turn your pool into an algae hotspot. Phosphates above 1000 parts per billion (ppb) in pool water are not immediately harmful to human health, but they can significantly impact the water quality and maintenance of your pool:
Algae Growth Phosphates are nutrients that promote algae growth. High levels of phosphates provide the ideal conditions for algae to thrive, which can lead to frequent and severe algae blooms. This not only affects the appearance and clarity of the pool water but can also create conditions that demand more intensive chemical treatment and cleaning.
Increased Maintenance To combat the algae growth fueled by high phosphate levels, you'll need to use more sanitizer and algaecide. This increases the chemical demand and ongoing maintenance costs of your pool.
Water Quality While phosphates themselves are not directly harmful to swimmers, the resulting algae blooms can decrease the overall quality of the pool water. Algae can make the water murky and slippery, potentially obscuring visibility and leading to a less safe swimming environment.
Steps to Manage High Phosphate Levels Test and Treat: Regular testing of phosphate levels can help you manage them more effectively. If levels are high, use a phosphate remover product specifically designed to reduce phosphates in pool water. Remove Debris: Keep your pool clean by regularly removing leaves, dirt, and other debris, as decomposing organic matter can contribute to phosphate levels. Maintain Proper Filtration: Ensure that your pool’s filtration system is working efficiently and is cleaned regularly to help remove phosphate sources from the water. Balance Pool Chemistry: Apart from focusing on phosphates, maintaining balanced pool chemistry with proper pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels will help prevent algae growth and keep the water clear. Routine Maintenance: Regular brushing and vacuuming of the pool can physically remove algae and reduce the likelihood of it taking hold, even in the presence of phosphates. While phosphates themselves do not make the water unsafe, their impact on algae growth can indirectly lead to a pool environment that requires more chemical treatment and maintenance. Managing phosphate levels is crucial for maintaining clear and healthy pool water and ensuring an enjoyable swimming experience. Salt Beach Feel: 2500-5500 ppm (depending on chlorinator model) – it makes your pool feel like a natural lagoon. Salinity Check: Too little salt can impair your chlorine generator; too much can be corrosive and leave your pool tasting like the sea and damage the chlorinator cell. Salt levels over 6000 parts per million (ppm) in a saltwater pool are considered high and may not be safe for swimming for several reasons:
Corrosion Risk High salt concentrations can lead to corrosion of metal components in and around the pool, such as ladders, pumps, heaters, and other hardware. This can reduce the lifespan of your pool equipment and fixtures.
Water Balance Issues Excessive salt can affect the overall balance of the pool water, making it more challenging to maintain proper pH and alkalinity levels.
Discomfort for Swimmers High salt levels might cause discomfort for swimmers, including eye irritation or a more pronounced salty taste, which could detract from the swimming experience.
Potential Damage to Pool Surfaces Prolonged exposure to high salt levels can also deteriorate pool surfaces, particularly if they are not designed or treated to handle high salinity. Optimal Salt Levels: For most saltwater pools, the ideal salt concentration is typically between 2500 and 5500 ppm. This range helps ensure that the saltwater chlorinator, which generates chlorine from the salt, operates efficiently without the negative effects of too much salt. What to Do: If your pool's salt level is over 6000 ppm, consider the following steps: Dilution: Partially drain the pool and add fresh water to dilute the salt concentration. This is often the most effective method to quickly reduce salt levels. Check Equipment Settings: Ensure that your saltwater chlorinator settings are adjusted correctly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular Testing and Maintenance: Continuously monitor your pool’s salt levels along with other chemical parameters to maintain a healthy, balanced, and safe swimming environment. Addressing high salt levels promptly will help maintain the integrity of your pool’s structure and equipment, while also ensuring a comfortable swimming environment. Keeping these chemical levels in check means you can enjoy a pristine pool that’s both fun and safe for everyone. Let’s keep those waters balanced and enjoyable!

PoolWater-Pro for Accurate Dosages

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With our PoolWater-Pro page, you can easily specify your pool characteristics, chlorinator type and specific testing requirements by selecting a few simple options from the drop-down menus. Once readings are input automatically through Computer Vision technologies (or manually entered), the “Calculate” button at the bottom of the page instantly displays exact quantities and costs of chemicals required to have your pool water perfectly balanced. Complicated algorithms in the background code compensate for the inter-relationship between
pH-Alkalinity and Salt-Calcium readings for mineral pools.
Our PoolWater-Pro results will enable you to instantly become a “water expert” and know exactly what is chemically required to have a healthy pool.

4-Pad & 6-Pad Test-Strip Reader

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Water Testing Problem Health departments internationally require public swimming pools to test chemicals multiple times each day with a photometer. A photometer is a device that converts the strength of colour from different chemicals into digital readings. For most homeowners to test their pool water this way is cost prohibitive, because photometers are expensive. Using test strips conventionally is not accurate, because you have to try match the different colours of the strip to a comparison chart and the results do not match photometer readings. Test Strip Solution The largest manufacturer of test strips for testing pool water make the brands Aquachek 7 and Aquachek 4-in-1. The pool industry‘s leader in photometers is Waterlink‘s Spin Disc. We’ve developed software utilising Computer Vision and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to analyse test strips from Aquachek 7 and Aquachek 4-in-1 and have calibrated the results against Waterlink’s Spin Disc readings. Extensive fine-tuning of ML algorithms has optimised our model’s accuracy. Our software now enables homeowners to have a photometer’s level of accuracy for their pool chemical readings… just from test strips! Ease of Use Simply take a photo of the test strip on your phone and our software recognises if the photo is a 6-pad or 4-pad strip. Readings are directly imported into our PoolWater to then display the precise quantities of chemicals needed to balance your pool water.

Green Pool Treatment

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If your pool has turned green, it can be a frustrating and time-consuming problem to resolve. PoolWater-Pro is here to help you through the process by providing a step-by-step guide to turn your pool water from green to crystal clear. By specifying the necessary chemical quantities and time intervals required to resolve the issue, you can avoid the guesswork and get your pool back to its blue and sparkling self. To get started, all you need to do is select the green color of your pool, along with your preferred chemicals to use (ie liquid or granular chlorine). PoolWater-Pro will then display a comprehensive treatment plan, including the specific amount of each chemical required and the time intervals that each treatment should be applied. Simply follow the plan, and you will be on your way to a crystal-clear pool in no time. If the green pool issue persists, there's no need to worry. Simply repeat the treatment can be repeated to ensure complete elimination of the algae. With the help of PoolWater-Pro's advanced technology, you can avoid costly trial-and-error methods, saving time and money in the process. By providing clear and concise instructions, PoolWater-Pro makes it easy for pool owners to resolve the issue of green water. With PoolWater-Pro's guidance, you can be confident that you have the necessary tools and knowledge to restore your pool back to its original pristine condition.

Black-Spot Algae Fix

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If you're dealing with a Black-Spot Algae outbreak in your pool, PoolWater-Pro will develop an effective treatment plan. Once you select the intensity of the Black-Spot and your preferred chemicals to use, PoolWater-Pro will display a customised treatment plan that's tailored to your pool's needs. This feature provides you with a convenient and hassle-free way to resolve the outbreak and get your pool back to its pristine state. In some cases, the Black-Spot Algae may persist even after following the initial treatment plan. In such instances, a modified treatment plan will need to be created based on the current outbreak status of your pool. This modified treatment plan could involve adjusting the concentration of chemicals used or increasing the frequency of treatment until the outbreak is under control. With PoolWater-Pro, you can easily modify your treatment plan as necessary to address any Black-Spot Algae outbreaks in your pool. The clear and concise instructions provided by PoolWater-Pro make it easy for you to know when to make modifications and what changes to make to your treatment plan. PoolWater-Pro is an effective tool that provides customised treatment plans and the ability to modify those plans as necessary. With PoolWater-Pro, you can address any pool maintenance issues without the need for professional assistance, saving you both time and money.

Drain Pool

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Setting-up drainage costs on PoolWater-Pro is not essential but doing so can provide more accurate maintenance schedules for your pool. If you choose to set-up drainage costs, any drainage maintenance will be automatically populated on your Calendar pages with more precise times. If you leave these settings as default, the maintenance task will remain the same, but the required time to complete the task may not be accurate. By default, PoolWater-Pro assumes the pH of your water source to be 6.8. If your water source pH is different or contains other chemicals, PoolWater-Pro allows you to enter these values and makes necessary allowances in calculations that display. This feature ensures that any chemicals added to your pool will have your water chemistry properly balanced. Not only does PoolWater-Pro allow you to set up drainage costs, adjust pH levels, and take into account other chemicals from your water source, but it also provides you with the ability to modify your maintenance schedule as needed. If you need to make any changes to your pool maintenance routine, you can easily edit or delete previous maintenance tasks on your Calendar pages. Overall, PoolWater-Pro provides an excellent tool for pool owners to maintain their pool in excellent condition. By taking into account specific pool details such as drainage costs, pH levels, and other chemicals in your water source, PoolWater-Pro ensures that your pool chemical dosages are accurate and tailored to your pool's specific needs.

Sand Filter Media Replacement

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To keep your pool filter in optimal condition, it is recommended to replace the sand in your filter every 5-6 years, or if glass media every 10-12 years. Glass media is the most common replacement option as it is capable of filtering particles as small as 3 micron, while sand media can only filter particles to around 20 micron. When replacing the filter media with glass, it is important to follow the correct installation process. The coarse glass should be placed into the filter first. Once the media replacement is completed, run the filter on the “Backwash” setting for two minutes, followed by the “Rinse” setting for 30 seconds. This will flush the finer particles of glass and save you from having to do a vacuum to waste to remove them. By replacing the filter media as recommended and following the correct installation process, you can ensure that your pool filter operates effectively and efficiently. A well-maintained pool filter will help to keep your pool water clean and clear, while reducing the need for additional chemical treatments. Replacing the filter media of your pool filter is an essential component of ongoing pool maintenance.

Pool Water Volume Verification

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Pools shapes are irregular because of curves, varying depths, unique designs or being man-made. Most pool owners don't know the exact volume of their pool in gallons or litres, which is necessary for adding precise chemical adjustments required to maintain a healthy pool. The way to determine the exact water volume of your pool is through a salinity test. This test involves measuring the salt levels in your pool beforehand and two weeks after adding salt of minerals to your pool. With this data input into PoolWater-Pro, the exact water volume of your pool will be determined. To determine the precise water volume of your pool is through a salinity test. This test involves measuring the salt levels in your pool both before and two weeks after adding salt or minerals. With this data input it into PoolWater-Pro, the exact water volume of your pool will be displayed. Knowing the exact volume of your pool and making the necessary updates into PoolWater-Pro, will ensure accurate dosages are specified in PoolWater-Pro that matches your pool size.

Water Loss PoolWater-Pro

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When a pool loses water it can cause significant stress for some home owners. It is important to determine the amount of water being lost in order to differentiate between natural evaporation and a possible leak. During the hot summer months, pools can lose a substantial amount of water each day due to evaporation. Our water loss PoolWater-Pro can provide assistance with this issue. By entering the amount of water lost each day on the first page of our Water Loss PoolWater-Pro and clicking the “Calculate” button, our PoolWater-Pro can help determine the exact amount of water being lost. The second page PoolWater-Pro's Water Loss PoolWater-Pro displays the amount of water lost per day, minute and hour. This information can be quite helpful for pool owners and maintenance professionals, as it can help to identify if the water loss is normal or if there's a leak in the pool system that needs to be addressed. If the water loss is more than evaporation, a bucket test can be done to confirm whether the water loss is more than evaporation and if a leak detection professional is required to find the cause. To do a bucket test, place a brick or rock in the bottom of a bucket and sit the bucket on the steps of your pool. Fill the water in the bucket to be the same level as your pool and clearly mark the water level in the bucket. For stability reasons, try to have the bucket 3/4 full and have the water in the bucket completely cover the brick or rock. Run your pool equipment normally and check one or two days later, if the water level in the bucket is higher than your pool there is a leak. If you do have a leak, repeat the test with the pump turned-off. This will help to isolate if the leak is coming from the pool shell itself, or from the pool equipment, fittings and plumbing.

Permissions & Access Level

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This particular page is where you can configure access privileges for users depending on their level of access. The options for access levels are low, medium or high. By assigning an access level to a user, you can grant or deny access to various parts of the site and this can be customised to suit your requirements for individual users. If a user is not granted access to a particular section of the site, any relevant links or data will be invisible to them. This feature ensures that confidential or sensitive information is protected and that users only have access to the areas that they are authorised to view. Customising access levels can be beneficial in various situations. For instance, it can be used to control access to sensitive data, such as chemistry target levels or chemical costs. It can also be used to ensure that certain functions or features of the site are only available to users with the appropriate level of expertise or experience. The ability to determine access levels ensures that each user has access only to the information and features that they need to perform their tasks.

Users

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In PoolWater-Pro, you have the option to add different users to assist with assigning and sharing tasks related to pool maintenance. Adding users allows for more efficient task delegation and better organisation of tasks. Users can be added, deleted or hidden from the system, providing flexibility in managing access to the site. To manage access for different users, the “Permissions & Access Levels” section of the site can be utilised. This feature allows administrators to manage what sections of the site each user has access to. This helps to ensure that any sensitive data or functions are only accessible to authorised users. By customising the level of access for each user, users with lower access levels may only be able to view certain data or sections of the site, whereas users with higher access levels may be granted more extensive permissions. Adding users to PoolWater-Pro can help to distribute maintenance tasks. This ensures that tasks are completed efficiently and effectively, reducing the risk of errors or omissions in pool maintenance. The ability to add and manage users in PoolWater-Pro provides a range of benefits. By utilising the “Permissions & Access Levels” feature, administrators can determine access to the site to ensure that users are only able to view and interact with the data and functions that are relevant to specific maintenance tasks assigned.

Pool Set-up

pool setup

The Pool Set-up area of the site is a crucial component of PoolWater-Pro, as it is where all the back-end parameters are configured. This area allows administrators to set a range of parameters related to pool maintenance, including the chemicals used, their costs, target levels, time requirements and unit of measurement. This area provides options for configuring more advanced settings such as drainage costs, green pool and black-spot algae calculations and other relevant settings. By customising these parameters, administrators can ensure that the site accurately reflects the details of their specific pool maintenance requirements. Any updates made to these parameters in the Pool Set-up area will be instantly reflected in the PoolWater-Pro pages. This ensures that the site is always up to date and that calculations are accurate and relevant to the latest settings. It is worth noting that the Pool Set-up area includes default settings as standard, which can be reinstated at any time. This feature provides a safety net for administrators, ensuring that the site can be easily restored to its default settings in the event of input errors or other issues that may arise. By providing this capability, administrators can make changes to the site with confidence, knowing that they can always revert back to the original settings if needed.

Chemistry Target Levels

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This area of the site allows for the customisation of chemistry target levels, which are set up with default settings. It is recommended that only individuals with high levels of experience or expertise in pool maintenance should alter default settings. This is important to ensure that the pool water remains safe for swimming and that any changes made do not compromise pool safety. The default settings ensure that the PoolWater-Pro accurately reflects the requirements for maintaining optimal pool chemistry. Altering these settings without the necessary knowledge and expertise can potentially result in inaccurate calculations and may compromise the safety of the pool. Before making any changes to default settings, it is important to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge and expertise to do so. This can include consulting with professional pool maintenance service companies or conducting research on best practices for pool chemistry maintenance. If an administrator has custom requirements, they can change these settings and save them as new default settings. Once these new settings are saved, they will be instantly reflected in PoolWater-Pro results. By customising the chemistry target levels, administrators can change OK- Levels, Target Levels, OK+ Levels and Drain Point. Any changes made to the settings can be reverted back to the original default settings. This ensures that the site can remain functional and effective in the event of input or other errors. This feature also provides a safety net for administrators, ensuring that they can easily restore default settings if customised settings are not working as expected.

Chemicals Used to Balance Water

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In this part of the site allows for the selection of specific chemicals for PoolWater-Pro to use in dosage calculations. This includes options for liquid chlorine, granular chlorine, muriatic or hydrochloric acid, dry acid and reducing calcium hardness either chemically or by part-draining. By being able to specify different chemicals, site administrators can ensure that PoolWater-Pro is using preferred chemicals for dosages required to balance the pool water. It is worth noting that the customisation of these chemicals requires a high level of knowledge and expertise in pool maintenance. It is recommended that only individuals with the necessary experience and knowledge should make changes to these settings. This can include consulting with professional pool maintenance services or conducting research on best practices for pool chemistry maintenance. The ability to specify the chemicals used in pool maintenance provides a range of benefits for administrators, including enhanced flexibility in the face of supply issues or changing preferences for chemicals to be used. By customising these settings, administrators can easily adjust the chemicals to be used in PoolWater-Pro to reflect changes in supply or preferences. As an example, if a particular chemical is no longer available or is in short supply, administrators can quickly adjust the settings to reflect the use of an alternative chemical. This helps to ensure that pool maintenance tasks can continue to be performed efficiently and effectively, even during supply constraints.

Chemical Costs

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Any changes to the cost of chemicals can be input here and the changes will instantly be reflected throughout PoolWater-Pro. One of the useful features of the PoolWater-Pro system is that it retains data for all chemicals purchased within the system. This means that administrators can generate reports that show not only the combined products used but also individual products used, along with the date that they were purchased and their costs. This feature provides a helpful tool for monitoring the use of chemicals in pool maintenance tasks. By analysing this data, administrators can identify trends in chemical usage that may indicate issues such as a leaking pool or other problems. This information can be particularly useful in identifying excessive usage trends that may be costing more than necessary. For example, if the data shows a sudden spike in the usage of salt or minerals, this may indicate that there is a leak in the pool that needs to be addressed. By identifying this issue early on, administrators can quickly take steps to address the problem, reducing costs and minimising the impact on the pool.

Salt & Mineral Pool Management

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The Salt & Mineral Pool Management section of the PoolWater-Pro system contains pages that allow administrators to input a range of important parameters related to manufacturer-recommended salt levels for the pool, as well as the "OK-" Level and "OK+" Level for salt concentration. This information is essential for the system to accurately calculate the amount of salt or minerals needed for pool maintenance. Additionally, if an ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) probe is installed in the pool, this can also be specified in the Salt & Mineral Pool Management section. ORP probes work by measuring the pool water's ability to oxidise contaminants effectively, which is a key indicator of sanitiser effectiveness. Another important parameter that can be customised here is the manufacturer-recommended Stabiliser (CYA) levels for the pool. The Stabiliser (CYA) level helps to prevent the breakdown of chlorine by sunlight, which is essential for maintaining optimal pool chemistry. Having an ORP probe usually means reducing the target level for CYA to 20 parts per million, instead of 40 parts per million (but check with your chlorinator manufacturer). The Salt & Mineral Pool Management section of the PoolWater-Pro provides important customisation options for managing both Salt & CYA (if an OPP probe is installed). Any changes in Stabiliser (CYA) set-points here will over-ride any set-up for Stabiliser (CYA) from the Chemistry Target Levels part of the site.

Water Test History

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The Water Test History pages within the PoolWater-Pro system provide a valuable tool for tracking the chemistry of your pool over time. By viewing previous tests and their results, administrators can gain valuable insights into the chemical composition of their pool and identify any problems that may be affecting water quality. This information can be helpful in identifying probelms such as chlorinator issues or leaks, which may be affecting the pool's chemistry. By tracking these changes over time, administrators can determine whether the pool is consistently maintaining optimal chemistry or whether there are underlying issues that need to be addressed. Another important feature of the Water Test History pages is the ability to view cost summaries for the pool's chemical usage. By tracking the costs associated with each testing, administrators can identify patterns in chemical usage and adjust their pool maintenance routine as necessary to improve efficiency. The Water Test History pages provide a valuable tool for tracking pool chemistry over time and identifying potential issues affecting water quality. By tracking previous tests and their results, administrators can gain valuable insights into the chemical composition of their pool for analysing consistency.

Inventory

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The Inventory section of PoolWater-Pro is a useful tool for keeping track of all the chemicals that you have in stock. When you first set up the system, you'll need to enter the initial quantities of the chemicals you have on hand and then update the inventory as you replenish your supplies over time. One of the key benefits of the Inventory section is that it allows you to enter the cost of purchases per litre or kilogram when you receive new supplies. By doing so, PoolWater-Pro can help you keep track of the cost of chemicals over time, enabling you to monitor your pool maintenance costs accurately. Whenever you add chemicals to your pool during maintenance, these quantities are verified and then deducted from the remaining quantities in your Inventory. This feature is designed to help you keep track of your chemical usage and ensure that you always have enough chemicals on hand for your pool maintenance tasks. It also provides a convenient way to track and manage your pool's chemical usage, enabling you to maintain optimal water quality and know the costs for maintaining your pool.

Reports

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The Reports section of PoolWater-Pro provides a convenient way to access and view past records of scheduled maintenance and purchases completed for your pool. This feature enables you to track and monitor your pool's history and performance, helping you to identify trends and patterns that may be affecting the water quality or efficiency of your maintenance routine. One of the key benefits of this feature is that the Reports section is fully customisable. You have the ability to separate reports by user and generate reports over specific time periods, giving you a more granular view of your pool maintenance activities. This enables you to tailor your reports to your exact needs and better understand how your pool is performing over time. For example, if you want to see how much money was spent on chemicals during the previous year, you can generate a custom report that details all chemical purchases made during that period. Alternatively, if you want to monitor a specific pool maintenance task, such as backwashing the pool filter, you can generate a report that tracks the frequency and effectiveness of this activity. The Reports section of PoolWater-Pro is a powerful tool for tracking and monitoring your pool's history and performance. By providing customisable reports, this feature allows you to tailor your reporting to your specific needs, giving you a more comprehensive understanding of your pool's maintenance activities. This information can help you to optimise your pool maintenance routine, ensuring optimal water quality and minimising costs over time.

Calendar

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The Calendar pages of Poolwater-Pro have been specially developed to help you add Scheduled Maintenance with a repeat frequency for your pool. Once you have saved the maintenance schedule, PoolWater-Pro will automatically create appointments and provide you with reminders when your pool maintenance is due. This not only helps you stay on track with your pool maintenance routine but also ensures that your pool remains in great condition year-round. If you mark the Scheduled Maintenance as completed when done, any chemicals added or tasks completed will become part of your pool maintenance records that can be viewed or searched at a later time. This feature is particularly useful for pool owners who want to keep track of their pool maintenance history, make adjustments to their pool maintenance routine based on past experiences and ensure that their pool is consistently well-maintained. With Poolwater-Pro, you can easily manage your pool maintenance tasks and keep your pool in top condition with minimal effort. The intuitive and easy-to-use interface of PoolWater-Pro makes it easy to add, update and view your pool maintenance schedules and records. You can then focus on enjoying your pool rather than worrying about its upkeep. Whether you are a seasoned pool owner or a first-time pool owner, Poolwater-Pro is the perfect tool to help you keep your pool in great condition.

Scheduled Pool Maintenance

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The Calendar pages on PoolWater-Pro offer a simple and user-friendly way to add new scheduled pool maintenance tasks. Whether you need to clean the filter, balance chemicals or perform any other maintenance tasks, you can easily add them to the calendar and set a frequency for them to repeat if required. This feature helps you stay on top of your pool maintenance tasks and ensures that your pool remains in pristine condition year-round. In addition to adding new scheduled maintenance tasks, you can also edit or delete any previous tasks from the same section. This allows you to make any necessary adjustments to your pool maintenance schedule as and when required. For example, if you need to reschedule a task or remove a task from your maintenance routine, you can do so easily and quickly from within the Calendar pages. The ability to edit or delete previous scheduled pool maintenance tasks is particularly useful for pool owners who want to keep their pool maintenance schedule up-to-date and make changes as needed. By making adjustments to your maintenance routine, you can ensure that your pool remains in excellent condition and avoid any potential issues that may arise from a lapse in maintenance. PoolWater-Pro provides an efficient and hassle-free way to manage your pool maintenance schedule. With the ability to add, edit and delete scheduled maintenance tasks, you can keep your pool in excellent condition with minimal effort and enjoy your pool to the fullest.

PoolWater-Pro

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PoolWater-Pro is an excellent resource for pool owners who want to ensure that their pool water remains healthy and sparkling all year round. The main page allows you to enter specific details about your pool, such as pool surface, service analysis, pool size, chlorination type, and chlorinator model. Any changes that you make to these details will be automatically saved and will populate the relevant fields when you use the PoolWater-Pro next. If your pool requires treatments that require more than one day to complete, any additional treatments required will be recorded into the Calendar pages as future appointments. This feature ensures that you receive reminders when additional treatments are due, allowing you to stay on top of your pool maintenance and ensure that it remains in excellent condition year-round. The ability to record additional treatments into the Calendar pages is particularly useful for pool owners who want to keep track of their pool maintenance history and make any necessary adjustments to their maintenance routine based on past experiences. By viewing the Calendar pages, you can quickly and easily identify when treatments were last performed and ensure that your pool maintenance routine remains consistent and effective. The pages within PoolWater-Pro provide an easy-to-use and convenient tool for pool owners to maintain healthy and sparkling pool water. With features such as automatic saving of pool details and the ability to record additional treatments into the Calendar pages, PoolWater-Pro provides an effective tool to keep your pool in excellent condition.

Is Your Pool Safe to Swim?

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Free Chlorine Optimal Zone: 2-3 ppm – it’s the sweet spot where the water is just right for a safe splash. Warning Signs: Below 2 ppm means bacteria may thrive, and over 3 ppm can irritate your skin and eyes. Keep it balanced! A chlorine level of 4-5 parts per million (ppm) is slightly higher than the standard recommended range of 1-3 ppm for swimming pools. While it's not extremely unsafe, it can cause some issues:
Skin and Eye Irritation Higher chlorine levels can lead to irritation of the skin and eyes, making swimming uncomfortable for some people, especially those with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.
Respiratory Issues High chlorine can also affect the respiratory system, causing discomfort especially for asthmatic swimmers.
Swimwear and Hair Damage Elevated chlorine levels can have a harsher effect on swimwear and hair, leading to faster wear and tear or discoloration. While a chlorine level of 5 ppm is not typically dangerous, it is advisable to adjust the levels back into the recommended range to ensure a comfortable and safe swimming environment. If you find your pool's chlorine levels consistently high, it might be good to reevaluate your pool maintenance routine or consult a professional. A chlorine level of 8 ppm is considered unsafe for swimming. It significantly exceeds the recommended range of 1-3 ppm for pool water and can lead to a variety of unpleasant and potentially harmful effects: Reducing the chlorine level to within the recommended safe range is crucial for ensuring the health and comfort of all swimmers. Total Chlorine In Sync: Ideally, it should match your Free Chlorine level to ensure effective sanitation. Treatment Needed: If Total Chlorine is higher than Free Chlorine (resulting in chloramines over 0.2 ppm), it’s time for some pool maintenance! If the total chlorine in your pool is 0.2 ppm higher than the free chlorine (or higher), it suggests the presence of combined chlorine (chloramines), which isn't ideal. Here's a breakdown of what that means and the safety considerations.
Understanding Combined Chlorine Free chlorine refers to the chlorine that is actively sanitizing your pool. Total chlorine is the sum of free chlorine and combined chlorine (the chlorine that has already reacted with contaminants but is still present in the water). The difference between the two indicates the level of combined chlorine.
Safety and Comfort A combined chlorine level of 0.5 ppm can lead to some discomfort for swimmers, including eye and skin irritation, as well as a strong chlorine smell. It's generally recommended to keep combined chlorine levels as low as possible, ideally under 0.2 ppm.
Swimming Safety While a 0.5 ppm level of combined chlorine might not pose a severe health risk, it can make the swimming experience less pleasant and could potentially cause irritation, especially with prolonged exposure. Action Steps: To improve water quality and safety: Shock Treatment: This involves adding a large amount of chlorine or a non-chlorine shock to the water to break down combined chlorine. Regular Maintenance: Ensure your pool's pH and other chemical levels are properly balanced to optimize chlorine effectiveness and minimise chloramine formation. By managing these levels effectively, you can ensure a safer and more enjoyable swimming environment. pH Just Right: 7.2-7.8 – keeping pH in this range helps chlorine do its job efficiently. Imbalance Issues: Below 7.0 can lead to corrosion, and above 7.8 reduces the effectiveness of chlorine, leading to scaling and cloudiness. Alkalinity (TA) Balanced Base: 80-120 ppm – within this range stabilises pH and keeps your pool from mood swings. Extreme Levels: Under 80 ppm can cause erratic pH levels, while over 120 ppm locks pH in place, making it hard to adjust. An alkalinity level of 200 parts per million (ppm) in pool water is on the higher side but still within a range that is generally considered safe for swimming. However, there are a few considerations:
Impact on pH Stability High alkalinity can help stabilize pH levels, preventing them from fluctuating too much, which is beneficial. However, when alkalinity is too high, it can make adjusting the pH more difficult if changes are needed.
Potential for Scaling High alkalinity can lead to scaling, which is the buildup of calcium deposits on pool surfaces and equipment. This can affect the efficiency of your pool systems and the clarity of the water.
Comfort and Clarity While an alkalinity of 200 ppm isn't typically dangerous for swimmers, it can lead to cloudy water and might affect swimmer comfort over time, particularly in terms of water feel. Optimal Range: The ideal range for total alkalinity in pool water is usually cited as 80-120 ppm. Maintaining alkalinity within this range helps ensure effective pH balance, optimal sanitizer performance, and overall pool health. If your pool's alkalinity is consistently high, you might consider using a chemical reducer specifically designed to lower alkalinity without dramatically affecting pH levels. Regular testing and balancing of your pool's chemistry are key to maintaining a safe and pleasant swimming environment. Total Hardness Perfect Hardness: 200-400 ppm – it’s ideal for preventing corrosion and scaling. Off the Scale: Below 200 ppm can be corrosive, and above 400 ppm might lead to unwanted calcium deposits. Calcium hardness levels over 500 parts per million (ppm) in pool water are considered high and can pose some issues, but generally, they are still safe for swimming. Here are the primary concerns associated with high calcium hardness:
Scaling High levels of calcium can lead to scaling, which is the buildup of calcium deposits on the pool surfaces, fixtures, and within the plumbing. This can reduce the efficiency of your pool equipment and lead to potential damage.
Cloudy Water Excess calcium can cause the pool water to become cloudy, which reduces water clarity and can detract from the overall aesthetic and enjoyment of the pool.
Water Feel High calcium hardness can make the water feel harder, which some swimmers might find less pleasant compared to softer water. While these issues primarily affect the maintenance and appearance of the pool rather than posing direct safety risks to swimmers, they can indirectly impact swimmer comfort and increase maintenance costs and efforts. To address high calcium hardness: Dilution: One of the most straightforward methods to reduce calcium hardness is by partially draining the pool and refilling it with softer water, if available. Chemical Treatment: There are specific chemicals available that can help sequester or bind the calcium, preventing it from forming scale and keeping it in solution. Regular Maintenance: Keeping the pool’s pH and alkalinity within the recommended ranges can help manage problems associated with high calcium hardness. Regular testing and balancing of all pool chemicals are crucial to prevent scaling, maintain clear and healthy water, and ensure a pleasant swimming experience. Stabiliser (CYA) UV Shield: 20-40 ppm – this level protects chlorine from burning off under the sun. Efficiency Drop: Below 20 ppm, chlorine dissipates quickly, while above 40 ppm, chlorine’s effectiveness is dulled. A stabiliser level over 80 parts per million (ppm) in a pool, specifically referring to cyanuric acid (CYA), is generally considered too high but not immediately unsafe for swimming. However, excessive levels of stabilizer can lead to several issues that indirectly affect pool safety and maintenance:
Reduced Chlorine Effectiveness Cyanuric acid helps protect chlorine from being degraded by sunlight, extending its effectiveness in the water. However, when CYA levels are too high, it can overly stabilize the chlorine, making it less effective at sanitizing the pool. This means bacteria and algae may not be controlled adequately, which could lead to unhealthy swimming conditions.
Chemical Balance Challenges High levels of CYA can make it difficult to maintain balanced water chemistry. This imbalance can affect the effectiveness of other chemicals and the overall clarity and quality of the pool water.
Potential for Algae Growth With chlorine's effectiveness reduced, there's an increased risk of algae growth, which can make the pool unsafe for swimming if not properly controlled. Safety Measures and Recommendations: Water Dilution: The most straightforward method to reduce high CYA levels is to partially drain the pool and refill it with fresh water. This dilutes the concentration of CYA. Avoid Additional Stabilised Chlorine: If you need to add more chlorine, use non-stabilised chlorine until the CYA levels come down to the recommended range (usually 30-50 ppm for outdoor pools). Regular Testing: Keep a regular schedule for testing your pool water, not just for CYA but for all chemical levels, to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming environment. While swimming in a pool with a CYA level over 80 ppm isn't immediately hazardous in terms of acute toxicity, the reduced efficacy of chlorine and potential for uncontrolled algae and bacteria growth make it advisable to adjust the CYA level back to a safer range. This ensures that the pool remains both safe and pleasant for all swimmers. Copper Micro Amounts: 0-0.2 ppm – enough to prevent algae without staining or turning hair green. Excess Alert: Above 0.2 ppm might cause stains and a noticeable green tint in hair. Copper levels above 0.5 parts per million (ppm) in pool water are generally considered high and can lead to several undesirable effects, though they may not pose immediate health hazards for swimming. However, it's important to address high copper levels to avoid these issues:
Staining Copper levels above 0.5 ppm can cause significant staining of pool surfaces and equipment. This usually appears as green or blue-green stains that are difficult to remove.
Hair and Skin Discoloration Swimmers, particularly those with lighter-colored hair, might experience green tints in their hair after swimming in a pool with high copper levels. Additionally, prolonged exposure to high copper levels can cause skin discoloration and irritation.
Corrosion Elevated copper levels can also lead to the corrosion of metal components within the pool system, especially if the pool water's pH is not well-controlled.
Health Considerations While short-term exposure to high copper levels isn't typically dangerous, long-term exposure can potentially lead to health issues such as gastrointestinal distress or more severe conditions depending on the exposure level and individual sensitivity.
Actions to Take Identify the Source: Determine where the excess copper is coming from, which could be from corroded pool equipment (like heaters) or copper-based algaecides. Water Treatment: Use a metal sequestrant to bind the copper ions and prevent them from causing stains or discolouration. These treatments don't remove copper from the water but can help manage its effects. To permanently remove or reduce copper from the pool water, draining or part-draining is required. Pool Equipment Check: Inspect and possibly replace any corroding copper parts in your pool’s circulation system. Regular Testing and Maintenance: Continuously monitor your pool's copper levels, along with pH and alkalinity. Keeping the water chemistry balanced can help minimize the dissolution of copper into the water. Reducing copper levels below 0.5 ppm is advisable to maintain pool aesthetics, protect equipment, and ensure swimmer comfort and safety. Regular water testing and maintenance are key to achieving this. Copper levels above 0.5 ppm in pool water are considered very high and can lead to several serious issues that affect both the pool's condition and the safety of swimmers:
Staining Copper at this level will almost certainly cause staining on the pool's surfaces and equipment. These stains are typically green or blue-green and can be very difficult to remove.
Hair and Skin Discoloration Swimmers, particularly those with lighter-colored hair, are likely to experience green tints in their hair after swimming in a pool with such high copper levels. There can also be noticeable skin discoloration and irritation, especially after repeated exposure.
Corrosion High levels of copper can accelerate the corrosion of any metal components in the pool system, including heaters, ladders, and pumps. This can lead to expensive repairs and replacements.
Health Risks While brief exposure might not lead to immediate health problems, prolonged exposure to high levels of copper can be harmful. Possible health effects include nausea, vomiting, and long-term damage to the liver and kidneys. Taking immediate steps to reduce copper levels and prevent future accumulation will help ensure the safety of swimmers and the longevity of your pool infrastructure. Phosphates Low Key: 0-100 ppb – keeping phosphates low minimizes algae risks. Growth Trigger: High phosphate levels can turn your pool into an algae hotspot. Phosphates above 1000 parts per billion (ppb) in pool water are not immediately harmful to human health, but they can significantly impact the water quality and maintenance of your pool:
Algae Growth Phosphates are nutrients that promote algae growth. High levels of phosphates provide the ideal conditions for algae to thrive, which can lead to frequent and severe algae blooms. This not only affects the appearance and clarity of the pool water but can also create conditions that demand more intensive chemical treatment and cleaning.
Increased Maintenance To combat the algae growth fueled by high phosphate levels, you'll need to use more sanitizer and algaecide. This increases the chemical demand and ongoing maintenance costs of your pool.
Water Quality While phosphates themselves are not directly harmful to swimmers, the resulting algae blooms can decrease the overall quality of the pool water. Algae can make the water murky and slippery, potentially obscuring visibility and leading to a less safe swimming environment.
Steps to Manage High Phosphate Levels Test and Treat: Regular testing of phosphate levels can help you manage them more effectively. If levels are high, use a phosphate remover product specifically designed to reduce phosphates in pool water. Remove Debris: Keep your pool clean by regularly removing leaves, dirt, and other debris, as decomposing organic matter can contribute to phosphate levels. Maintain Proper Filtration: Ensure that your pool’s filtration system is working efficiently and is cleaned regularly to help remove phosphate sources from the water. Balance Pool Chemistry: Apart from focusing on phosphates, maintaining balanced pool chemistry with proper pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels will help prevent algae growth and keep the water clear. Routine Maintenance: Regular brushing and vacuuming of the pool can physically remove algae and reduce the likelihood of it taking hold, even in the presence of phosphates. While phosphates themselves do not make the water unsafe, their impact on algae growth can indirectly lead to a pool environment that requires more chemical treatment and maintenance. Managing phosphate levels is crucial for maintaining clear and healthy pool water and ensuring an enjoyable swimming experience. Salt Beach Feel: 2500-5500 ppm (depending on chlorinator model) – it makes your pool feel like a natural lagoon. Salinity Check: Too little salt can impair your chlorine generator; too much can be corrosive and leave your pool tasting like the sea and damage the chlorinator cell. Salt levels over 6000 parts per million (ppm) in a saltwater pool are considered high and may not be safe for swimming for several reasons:
Corrosion Risk High salt concentrations can lead to corrosion of metal components in and around the pool, such as ladders, pumps, heaters, and other hardware. This can reduce the lifespan of your pool equipment and fixtures.
Water Balance Issues Excessive salt can affect the overall balance of the pool water, making it more challenging to maintain proper pH and alkalinity levels.
Discomfort for Swimmers High salt levels might cause discomfort for swimmers, including eye irritation or a more pronounced salty taste, which could detract from the swimming experience.
Potential Damage to Pool Surfaces Prolonged exposure to high salt levels can also deteriorate pool surfaces, particularly if they are not designed or treated to handle high salinity. Optimal Salt Levels: For most saltwater pools, the ideal salt concentration is typically between 2500 and 5500 ppm. This range helps ensure that the saltwater chlorinator, which generates chlorine from the salt, operates efficiently without the negative effects of too much salt. What to Do: If your pool's salt level is over 6000 ppm, consider the following steps: Dilution: Partially drain the pool and add fresh water to dilute the salt concentration. This is often the most effective method to quickly reduce salt levels. Check Equipment Settings: Ensure that your saltwater chlorinator settings are adjusted correctly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Regular Testing and Maintenance: Continuously monitor your pool’s salt levels along with other chemical parameters to maintain a healthy, balanced, and safe swimming environment. Addressing high salt levels promptly will help maintain the integrity of your pool’s structure and equipment, while also ensuring a comfortable swimming environment. Keeping these chemical levels in check means you can enjoy a pristine pool that’s both fun and safe for everyone. Let’s keep those waters balanced and enjoyable!

PoolWater-Pro for Accurate Dosages

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With our PoolWater-Pro page, you can easily specify your pool characteristics, chlorinator type and specific testing requirements by selecting a few simple options from the drop-down menus. Once readings are input automatically through Computer Vision technologies (or manually entered), the “Calculate” button at the bottom of the page instantly displays exact quantities and costs of chemicals required to have your pool water perfectly balanced. Complicated algorithms in the background code compensate for the inter-relationship between pH-Alkalinity and Salt-Calcium readings for mineral pools. Our PoolWater-Pro results will enable you to instantly become a “water expert” and know exactly what is chemically required to have a healthy pool.

4-Pad & 6-Pad Test-Strip Reader

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Water Testing Problem Health departments internationally require public swimming pools to test chemicals multiple times each day with a photometer. A photometer is a device that converts the strength of colour from different chemicals into digital readings. For most homeowners to test their pool water this way is cost prohibitive, because photometers are expensive. Using test strips conventionally is not accurate, because you have to try match the different colours of the strip to a comparison chart and the results do not match photometer readings. Test Strip Solution The largest manufacturer of test strips for testing pool water make the brands Aquachek 7 and Aquachek 4-in-1. The pool industry‘s leader in photometers is Waterlink‘s Spin Disc. We’ve developed software utilising Computer Vision and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to analyse test strips from Aquachek 7 and Aquachek 4-in-1 and have calibrated the results against Waterlink’s Spin Disc readings. Extensive fine-tuning of ML algorithms has optimised our model’s accuracy. Our software now enables homeowners to have a photometer’s level of accuracy for their pool chemical readings… just from test strips! Ease of Use Simply take a photo of the test strip on your phone and our software recognises if the photo is a 6-pad or 4-pad strip. Readings are directly imported into our PoolWater to then display the precise quantities of chemicals needed to balance your pool water.

Green Pool Treatment

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If your pool has turned green, it can be a frustrating and time-consuming problem to resolve. PoolWater-Pro is here to help you through the process by providing a step-by-step guide to turn your pool water from green to crystal clear. By specifying the necessary chemical quantities and time intervals required to resolve the issue, you can avoid the guesswork and get your pool back to its blue and sparkling self. To get started, all you need to do is select the green color of your pool, along with your preferred chemicals to use (ie liquid or granular chlorine). PoolWater-Pro will then display a comprehensive treatment plan, including the specific amount of each chemical required and the time intervals that each treatment should be applied. Simply follow the plan, and you will be on your way to a crystal-clear pool in no time. If the green pool issue persists, there's no need to worry. Simply repeat the treatment can be repeated to ensure complete elimination of the algae. With the help of PoolWater-Pro's advanced technology, you can avoid costly trial-and-error methods, saving time and money in the process. By providing clear and concise instructions, PoolWater-Pro makes it easy for pool owners to resolve the issue of green water. With PoolWater-Pro's guidance, you can be confident that you have the necessary tools and knowledge to restore your pool back to its original pristine condition.

Black-Spot Algae Fix

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If you're dealing with a Black-Spot Algae outbreak in your pool, PoolWater-Pro will develop an effective treatment plan. Once you select the intensity of the Black-Spot and your preferred chemicals to use, PoolWater-Pro will display a customised treatment plan that's tailored to your pool's needs. This feature provides you with a convenient and hassle-free way to resolve the outbreak and get your pool back to its pristine state. In some cases, the Black-Spot Algae may persist even after following the initial treatment plan. In such instances, a modified treatment plan will need to be created based on the current outbreak status of your pool. This modified treatment plan could involve adjusting the concentration of chemicals used or increasing the frequency of treatment until the outbreak is under control. With PoolWater-Pro, you can easily modify your treatment plan as necessary to address any Black-Spot Algae outbreaks in your pool. The clear and concise instructions provided by PoolWater-Pro make it easy for you to know when to make modifications and what changes to make to your treatment plan. PoolWater-Pro is an effective tool that provides customised treatment plans and the ability to modify those plans as necessary. With PoolWater-Pro, you can address any pool maintenance issues without the need for professional assistance, saving you both time and money.

Drain Pool

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Setting-up drainage costs on PoolWater-Pro is not essential but doing so can provide more accurate maintenance schedules for your pool. If you choose to set-up drainage costs, any drainage maintenance will be automatically populated on your Calendar pages with more precise times. If you leave these settings as default, the maintenance task will remain the same, but the required time to complete the task may not be accurate. By default, PoolWater-Pro assumes the pH of your water source to be 6.8. If your water source pH is different or contains other chemicals, PoolWater-Pro allows you to enter these values and makes necessary allowances in calculations that display. This feature ensures that any chemicals added to your pool will have your water chemistry properly balanced. Not only does PoolWater-Pro allow you to set up drainage costs, adjust pH levels, and take into account other chemicals from your water source, but it also provides you with the ability to modify your maintenance schedule as needed. If you need to make any changes to your pool maintenance routine, you can easily edit or delete previous maintenance tasks on your Calendar pages. Overall, PoolWater-Pro provides an excellent tool for pool owners to maintain their pool in excellent condition. By taking into account specific pool details such as drainage costs, pH levels, and other chemicals in your water source, PoolWater-Pro ensures that your pool chemical dosages are accurate and tailored to your pool's specific needs.

Sand Filter Media Replacement

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To keep your pool filter in optimal condition, it is recommended to replace the sand in your filter every 5-6 years, or if glass media every 10-12 years. Glass media is the most common replacement option as it is capable of filtering particles as small as 3 micron, while sand media can only filter particles to around 20 micron. When replacing the filter media with glass, it is important to follow the correct installation process. The coarse glass should be placed into the filter first. Once the media replacement is completed, run the filter on the “Backwash” setting for two minutes, followed by the “Rinse” setting for 30 seconds. This will flush the finer particles of glass and save you from having to do a vacuum to waste to remove them. By replacing the filter media as recommended and following the correct installation process, you can ensure that your pool filter operates effectively and efficiently. A well-maintained pool filter will help to keep your pool water clean and clear, while reducing the need for additional chemical treatments. Replacing the filter media of your pool filter is an essential component of ongoing pool maintenance.

Pool Water Volume Verification

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Pools shapes are irregular because of curves, varying depths, unique designs or being man-made. Most pool owners don't know the exact volume of their pool in gallons or litres, which is necessary for adding precise chemical adjustments required to maintain a healthy pool. The way to determine the exact water volume of your pool is through a salinity test. This test involves measuring the salt levels in your pool beforehand and two weeks after adding salt of minerals to your pool. With this data input into PoolWater-Pro, the exact water volume of your pool will be determined. To determine the precise water volume of your pool is through a salinity test. This test involves measuring the salt levels in your pool both before and two weeks after adding salt or minerals. With this data input it into PoolWater-Pro, the exact water volume of your pool will be displayed. Knowing the exact volume of your pool and making the necessary updates into PoolWater-Pro, will ensure accurate dosages are specified in PoolWater-Pro that matches your pool size.

Water Loss PoolWater-Pro

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When a pool loses water it can cause significant stress for some home owners. It is important to determine the amount of water being lost in order to differentiate between natural evaporation and a possible leak. During the hot summer months, pools can lose a substantial amount of water each day due to evaporation. Our water loss PoolWater-Pro can provide assistance with this issue. By entering the amount of water lost each day on the first page of our Water Loss PoolWater-Pro and clicking the “Calculate” button, our PoolWater-Pro can help determine the exact amount of water being lost. The second page PoolWater-Pro's Water Loss PoolWater-Pro displays the amount of water lost per day, minute and hour. This information can be quite helpful for pool owners and maintenance professionals, as it can help to identify if the water loss is normal or if there's a leak in the pool system that needs to be addressed. If the water loss is more than evaporation, a bucket test can be done to confirm whether the water loss is more than evaporation and if a leak detection professional is required to find the cause. To do a bucket test, place a brick or rock in the bottom of a bucket and sit the bucket on the steps of your pool. Fill the water in the bucket to be the same level as your pool and clearly mark the water level in the bucket. For stability reasons, try to have the bucket 3/4 full and have the water in the bucket completely cover the brick or rock. Run your pool equipment normally and check one or two days later, if the water level in the bucket is higher than your pool there is a leak. If you do have a leak, repeat the test with the pump turned-off. This will help to isolate if the leak is coming from the pool shell itself, or from the pool equipment, fittings and plumbing.

Permissions & Access Level

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This particular page is where you can configure access privileges for users depending on their level of access. The options for access levels are low, medium or high. By assigning an access level to a user, you can grant or deny access to various parts of the site and this can be customised to suit your requirements for individual users. If a user is not granted access to a particular section of the site, any relevant links or data will be invisible to them. This feature ensures that confidential or sensitive information is protected and that users only have access to the areas that they are authorised to view. Customising access levels can be beneficial in various situations. For instance, it can be used to control access to sensitive data, such as chemistry target levels or chemical costs. It can also be used to ensure that certain functions or features of the site are only available to users with the appropriate level of expertise or experience. The ability to determine access levels ensures that each user has access only to the information and features that they need to perform their tasks.

Users

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This particular page is where you can configure access privileges for users depending on their level of access. The options for access levels are low, medium or high. By assigning an access level to a user, you can grant or deny access to various parts of the site and this can be customised to suit your requirements for individual users. If a user is not granted access to a particular section of the site, any relevant links or data will be invisible to them. This feature ensures that confidential or sensitive information is protected and that users only have access to the areas that they are authorised to view. Customising access levels can be beneficial in various situations. For instance, it can be used to control access to sensitive data, such as chemistry target levels or chemical costs. It can also be used to ensure that certain functions or features of the site are only available to users with the appropriate level of expertise or experience. The ability to determine access levels ensures that each user has access only to the information and features that they need to perform their tasks.

Pool Set-up

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The Pool Set-up area of the site is a crucial component of PoolWater-Pro, as it is where all the back-end parameters are configured. This area allows administrators to set a range of parameters related to pool maintenance, including the chemicals used, their costs, target levels, time requirements and unit of measurement. This area provides options for configuring more advanced settings such as drainage costs, green pool and black-spot algae calculations and other relevant settings. By customising these parameters, administrators can ensure that the site accurately reflects the details of their specific pool maintenance requirements. Any updates made to these parameters in the Pool Set-up area will be instantly reflected in the PoolWater-Pro pages. This ensures that the site is always up to date and that calculations are accurate and relevant to the latest settings. It is worth noting that the Pool Set-up area includes default settings as standard, which can be reinstated at any time. This feature provides a safety net for administrators, ensuring that the site can be easily restored to its default settings in the event of input errors or other issues that may arise. By providing this capability, administrators can make changes to the site with confidence, knowing that they can always revert back to the original settings if needed.

Chemistry Target Levels

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This area of the site allows for the customisation of chemistry target levels, which are set up with default settings. It is recommended that only individuals with high levels of experience or expertise in pool maintenance should alter default settings. This is important to ensure that the pool water remains safe for swimming and that any changes made do not compromise pool safety. The default settings ensure that the PoolWater-Pro accurately reflects the requirements for maintaining optimal pool chemistry. Altering these settings without the necessary knowledge and expertise can potentially result in inaccurate calculations and may compromise the safety of the pool. Before making any changes to default settings, it is important to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge and expertise to do so. This can include consulting with professional pool maintenance service companies or conducting research on best practices for pool chemistry maintenance. If an administrator has custom requirements, they can change these settings and save them as new default settings. Once these new settings are saved, they will be instantly reflected in PoolWater-Pro results. By customising the chemistry target levels, administrators can change OK- Levels, Target Levels, OK+ Levels and Drain Point. Any changes made to the settings can be reverted back to the original default settings. This ensures that the site can remain functional and effective in the event of input or other errors. This feature also provides a safety net for administrators, ensuring that they can easily restore default settings if customised settings are not working as expected.

Chemicals Used to Balance Water

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In this part of the site allows for the selection of specific chemicals for PoolWater-Pro to use in dosage calculations. This includes options for liquid chlorine, granular chlorine, muriatic or hydrochloric acid, dry acid and reducing calcium hardness either chemically or by part-draining. By being able to specify different chemicals, site administrators can ensure that PoolWater-Pro is using preferred chemicals for dosages required to balance the pool water. It is worth noting that the customisation of these chemicals requires a high level of knowledge and expertise in pool maintenance. It is recommended that only individuals with the necessary experience and knowledge should make changes to these settings. This can include consulting with professional pool maintenance services or conducting research on best practices for pool chemistry maintenance. The ability to specify the chemicals used in pool maintenance provides a range of benefits for administrators, including enhanced flexibility in the face of supply issues or changing preferences for chemicals to be used. By customising these settings, administrators can easily adjust the chemicals to be used in PoolWater-Pro to reflect changes in supply or preferences. As an example, if a particular chemical is no longer available or is in short supply, administrators can quickly adjust the settings to reflect the use of an alternative chemical. This helps to ensure that pool maintenance tasks can continue to be performed efficiently and effectively, even during supply constraints.

Chemical Costs

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Any changes to the cost of chemicals can be input here and the changes will instantly be reflected throughout PoolWater-Pro. One of the useful features of the PoolWater-Pro system is that it retains data for all chemicals purchased within the system. This means that administrators can generate reports that show not only the combined products used but also individual products used, along with the date that they were purchased and their costs. This feature provides a helpful tool for monitoring the use of chemicals in pool maintenance tasks. By analysing this data, administrators can identify trends in chemical usage that may indicate issues such as a leaking pool or other problems. This information can be particularly useful in identifying excessive usage trends that may be costing more than necessary. For example, if the data shows a sudden spike in the usage of salt or minerals, this may indicate that there is a leak in the pool that needs to be addressed. By identifying this issue early on, administrators can quickly take steps to address the problem, reducing costs and minimising the impact on the pool.

Salt & Mineral Pool Management

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The Salt & Mineral Pool Management section of the PoolWater-Pro system contains pages that allow administrators to input a range of important parameters related to manufacturer-recommended salt levels for the pool, as well as the "OK-" Level and "OK+" Level for salt concentration. This information is essential for the system to accurately calculate the amount of salt or minerals needed for pool maintenance. Additionally, if an ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) probe is installed in the pool, this can also be specified in the Salt & Mineral Pool Management section. ORP probes work by measuring the pool water's ability to oxidise contaminants effectively, which is a key indicator of sanitiser effectiveness. Another important parameter that can be customised here is the manufacturer-recommended Stabiliser (CYA) levels for the pool. The Stabiliser (CYA) level helps to prevent the breakdown of chlorine by sunlight, which is essential for maintaining optimal pool chemistry. Having an ORP probe usually means reducing the target level for CYA to 20 parts per million, instead of 40 parts per million (but check with your chlorinator manufacturer). The Salt & Mineral Pool Management section of the PoolWater-Pro provides important customisation options for managing both Salt & CYA (if an OPP probe is installed). Any changes in Stabiliser (CYA) set-points here will over-ride any set-up for Stabiliser (CYA) from the Chemistry Target Levels part of the site.

Water Test History

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The Water Test History pages within the PoolWater-Pro system provide a valuable tool for tracking the chemistry of your pool over time. By viewing previous tests and their results, administrators can gain valuable insights into the chemical composition of their pool and identify any problems that may be affecting water quality. This information can be helpful in identifying probelms such as chlorinator issues or leaks, which may be affecting the pool's chemistry. By tracking these changes over time, administrators can determine whether the pool is consistently maintaining optimal chemistry or whether there are underlying issues that need to be addressed. Another important feature of the Water Test History pages is the ability to view cost summaries for the pool's chemical usage. By tracking the costs associated with each testing, administrators can identify patterns in chemical usage and adjust their pool maintenance routine as necessary to improve efficiency. The Water Test History pages provide a valuable tool for tracking pool chemistry over time and identifying potential issues affecting water quality. By tracking previous tests and their results, administrators can gain valuable insights into the chemical composition of their pool for analysing consistency.

Inventory

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The Inventory section of PoolWater-Pro is a useful tool for keeping track of all the chemicals that you have in stock. When you first set up the system, you'll need to enter the initial quantities of the chemicals you have on hand and then update the inventory as you replenish your supplies over time. One of the key benefits of the Inventory section is that it allows you to enter the cost of purchases per litre or kilogram when you receive new supplies. By doing so, PoolWater-Pro can help you keep track of the cost of chemicals over time, enabling you to monitor your pool maintenance costs accurately. Whenever you add chemicals to your pool during maintenance, these quantities are verified and then deducted from the remaining quantities in your Inventory. This feature is designed to help you keep track of your chemical usage and ensure that you always have enough chemicals on hand for your pool maintenance tasks. It also provides a convenient way to track and manage your pool's chemical usage, enabling you to maintain optimal water quality and know the costs for maintaining your pool.

Reports

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The Reports section of PoolWater-Pro provides a convenient way to access and view past records of scheduled maintenance and purchases completed for your pool. This feature enables you to track and monitor your pool's history and performance, helping you to identify trends and patterns that may be affecting the water quality or efficiency of your maintenance routine. One of the key benefits of this feature is that the Reports section is fully customisable. You have the ability to separate reports by user and generate reports over specific time periods, giving you a more granular view of your pool maintenance activities. This enables you to tailor your reports to your exact needs and better understand how your pool is performing over time. For example, if you want to see how much money was spent on chemicals during the previous year, you can generate a custom report that details all chemical purchases made during that period. Alternatively, if you want to monitor a specific pool maintenance task, such as backwashing the pool filter, you can generate a report that tracks the frequency and effectiveness of this activity. The Reports section of PoolWater-Pro is a powerful tool for tracking and monitoring your pool's history and performance. By providing customisable reports, this feature allows you to tailor your reporting to your specific needs, giving you a more comprehensive understanding of your pool's maintenance activities. This information can help you to optimise your pool maintenance routine, ensuring optimal water quality and minimising costs over time.