THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
Your pool is an investment for your backyard, and like any other investment you have made you want to keep it functioning and around for as long as possible.
- On average, sand should be replaced every 3-5 years. This may be longer is the pool stays clear, or shorter if the filter runs all the times. The jagged edges of the sand wear down and become smooth as the sand ages. When this happens the sand can no longer trap debris particles and dirt can pass through the sand and back into the pool.
- As the sand ages, it may start to clump and the water flow can form channels in the sand, allowing the debris to pass through. Channeling is often seen when the pump horsepower is too large and wants to move too much water through the filter.
- If the pool is chemically balanced, the system is running the proper length of time and the bather load is normal, but the water will not clear, even using a flocculant or clarifier, then the sand needs changing.
SALT CELL CLEANING
- Check your cell once a month during the height of swimming season. The frequency of cleaning and maintenance schedule will be dependent on pool use, water hardness, pool chemistry and the age of your salt cell.
- Why? In time, layers of calcium scale build up across the electrolytic plates inside the generator cell, and the ability of the cell to generate chlorine decreases. As the scale grows, the salt cell has to work harder to keep up with chlorine production, which can in turn create future scale buildup and reduce the life of the cell.
DRAIN AND CLEAN
Roughly about every 3-5 years your pool should be drained and refilled. This helps keep the water clean and clear and prevent build-up of dirt or debris. By doing so, this will actually help to extend your pool's lifespan.