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January 12, 2017

How To: Clean Zeobrite

Zeobrite turns any sand filter into a super filter. Using an all-natural zeolite mineral, Zeobrite provides many valuable advantages over ordinary sand. Best of all, Zeobrite lasts just as long as sand. And when it’s finally time for replacement, all natural Zeobrite can be mixed into your garden soil, planter boxes or spread over your lawn as a natural soil enhancer. Each bag of Zeobrite is 100% natural zeolite of the highest quality commercially available.

  1. Turn the filter pump off and move your multi-port valve to “Backwash”.
  2. Remove the clear cover from your leaf strainer located on your pump.
  3. Turn the filter pump on and pour BioGuard’s Strip Kwik into the pump, allowing the cleaner to be sucked into the filter.
  4. Turn the filter pump off, move the multi-port valve to the “Closed” position and place the clear lid back on the leaf strainer pot.
  5. Allow the cleaner to soak in the filter over night.
  6. Move the multi-port valve to the “Backwash” position and turn the filter pump on.
  7. Backwash the filter until the water runs clear.
  8. Turn the filter pump off and move the multi-port valve to the “Rinse” position.
  9. Run the Rinse cycle for about 30 seconds.
  10. Turn the filter pump off and move the multi-port valve to the “Filter” position.
  11. Turn the filter on and operate as normal.

January 11, 2017

Swimfun Retail: Help Wanted!

Located in Olathe, KS Swimfun is now hiring for Spring/Summer 2017. Retail and service helper positions available, weekends and evenings until 7:30 required.

If you are a self-motivated individual who is outing and enjoys customer service feel free to submit an application on our website. Prospects must have references and maintain a positive attitude and have a willingness to continually learn and improve with provided education.

Applicants must continually develop increased knowledge of chemicals, pools, spas and related products where customer satisfaction is a top priority. Training is provided, no experience is necessary but a desire to learn and work is required.

Applicant must have reliable transportation and be dependable, enjoy people, be able to stand 8+ hours per day, continually life up to 25 lb and 50 lb containers and bags, enjoy social media, have above average computer and iPad skills, and be able to pass a drug test.

Apply today on our website. Allow 7-10 days to be contacted for a personal interview.

Starting pay $9.00-12.00 per hour, depending on attitude and experience.

Apply online

January 11, 2017

Order Form: Spa Cover

Every so often you’ll need to replace your Spa Cover. Over time, the hot tub cover gradually gets heavier and you do not usually notice these small increases in weight until you go out to their hot tub one day and have difficulty opening it.  A good hot tub cover will normally weigh around 50 – 75 pounds depending on their size.  At this weight you should be able to lift it relatively easily. However, if you notice you are having difficulty lifting it or you need more than one person to help you, it is time to address the problem.

Problems caused by old Spa Covers

A heavy hot tub cover is a problem that you simply shouldn’t ignore as it can lead to several types of problems that will affect your ability to use your hot tub and can it can even cost you money as well.  Some of the most common problems that result from heavy covers are:

  • Skyrocketing Hydro Bills – A hot tub with a cover that is excessively heavy will cost more for you to run especially during the winter months.
  • Reduce Your Usage – Once your hot tub cover gets ridiculously heavy it could take more than one person just to open it. When that happens you will be far less likely to use it regularly keeping you from the enjoyment that a hot tub can bring.
  • Damage to the hot tub cover lifter – Some hot tubs come equipped with hot tub cover lifters to help you remove the cover when you are ready to use your hot tub. If the cover becomes too heavy, this lifter can break or be damaged under the stress of the extra weight.

What makes our spa covers the BEST?

Superior design and materials make our spa covers last longer
Super Strong Hinge Support, Mechanically Thermal Sealed Vapor Barriers, Super Tough Cover Straps & Handles,  Drain & Dry System, EPS Tapered Foam Cores, Enduratex Marine Vinyl, Full 4” Aluminum C-Channel Reinforcement

No Need to Measure
Simply choose your brand and spa model and you’ll be assured of an excellent fit.

Warranty
Our spa covers come with an up to Five Year Warranty because we stand behind the quality of our products.

ASTM Classified Safe
Our manufacturer is an ASTM Classified safety cover that’s approved by cities and municipalities. MANUAL SAFETY COVER IN ACCORDANCE WITH ASTM F 1346-91 6N48. All our spa covers come with adjustable lock down straps and new hardware.

Energy Saving Design
Our covers are designed to seal in heat and moisture to save you money on energy costs. Exceptionally high, industry-leading R-values are available.

Beautiful Designer Colors
Choose the color that best compliments your own sense of style.

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January 11, 2017

How to: DIY Leak Detection for In-Ground Pools

Here is a list of possible places you might be losing water. Remember, 1/4″ per day is normal for evaporation. More evaporation is normal if it is excessively hot or your pool has heavy bather loads. BioGuard’s Smart Shield will help with normal evaporation.

Bucket Test

Evaporation is dependent on a variety of environmental and pool related conditions, (wind, water temp, dew point, barometric pressure, etc). Because of this, the evaporation rate can vary greatly from day to day and even pool to pool. Before becoming too concerned about a leak you can do this simple swimming pool leak test to determine if water loss in your swimming pool is due to a leak or is just evaporation. This simple test is called the bucket test. Basically, the bucket test exposes water in a bucket to the same conditions as those affecting your swimming pool. By comparing the water loss in each, it is possible to determine if the pool is leaking or if supposed leaks are just the result of evaporation.

  1. Bring the pool water to its normal level
  2. Fill 5 gallon bucket with pool water to about one inch from the top of bucket. (By filling the bucket close to the top you are ensuring that air movement over the surface of the bucket will similar to that of the pool.)
  3. Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. (By placing the bucket in the pool water you are ensuring that the water temperature of each will be similar).
  4. Mark the water level inside the bucket.
  5. Mark the water level of the pool on the outside of the bucket.
  6. Allow the pool to run like normal.
  7. After 24 hours, compare the two levels. The inside loss is evaporation. The outside loss is evaporation plus any leaking.
  8. For even better results, run the bucket test with the pump off for 24 hours and see if that changes the results.
  9. Losing more than 1/4″ a day? Contact us for a Leak Detection!

Possible Causes

Hole in Liner:

Clean the pool and do a visual check of the entire liner. Usually a hole in the liner appears to be a leaf or piece of debris until examined closer. The pH liquid test kit reagent works well if you take it underwater near the suspected hole, squirt a little of the reagent and see if it immediately sucks back into the area. This would indicate water is being leaked in this area. We have inexpensive vinyl liner repair kits that work well underwater. If you don’t find the leak with a visual check, but are sure a hole in the liner, our service department has an electronic device that will find virtually any underwater hole in a liner.

Inlet Return Lines or Auto Cleaner Pressure Line:

These lines are best tested by plugging off and pressurizing them with a pressure gauge system to see if they hold pressure. Typically, if you have a leak in a pressure line, much more water is lost with the pump running than when the pump is off. If you are certain the leak is under the ground or decking we recommend a dedicated leak detection company who can pinpoint the leak for you.

Hydrostat in Main Drain Fitting: 

This fitting is located under the main drain cover plate. A new hydrostat fitting replacement is inexpensive, but requires a ton of time underwater. If you need help, our service department can do this for you!

Faceplates around Skimmer and Inlet Fittings:

These can be tightened with a heavy duty philips screwdriver if needed. If the water level drops just below the skimmer or other fitting and you have already tightened the faceplate, it may need to be removed so you can replace the gaskets.

Conduit behind Pool Light:

Occasionally the light cord conduit cracks and you will lose out the conduit. Our service department can repair this type of leak by draining the pool below the light fixture and removing the fixture to silicone the conduit.

Bad Filter Valve Spider Gasket:

This will cause water to leak out of the backwash hose or pipe. A visual check can usually determine if you are having this problem. It is a little harder if your backwash line is buried, but you can typically see water through the sight glass of the valve. This can be repaired by replacing the spider gasket and using Magic Lube. If this problems persists, the top portion of the valve should be replaced as well.

Crack in Skimmer Housing:

This leak can be found with a visual check and can be repaired with an epoxy product like Pool Putty.

Pump Shaft Seal:

If the pump leaks water between the pump basket housing and the motor, you probably have a bad shaft seal. This is usually a minor leak, but over time the chlorinated water will cause corrosion of the motor. Shaft seals are inexpensive but are difficult to install.

Note: Every time you separate shaft seals, they always need replaced. Never touch the ceramic (white) area of a shaft seal. This will cause it to never seal correctly. 

Main Drain Liner, Skimmer Line or Other Suction Line:

Test by running the pump with only the line you are testing open. If the pump cannot run without air bubbles, there may be a problem with this line. If pump is hard to prime anyway, another test if to get the pump running as you normally do, gradually open each line you are testing and then gradually closing off all other suction lines. It often helps to label each line with a permanent marker. Also check the PVC fittings and ball valves before the pump for air leaks.

Losing more than 1/4″ a day?

Contact us to schedule a vinyl liner leak detection!

January 11, 2017

How to: Clean a Pool Salt Cell

The environment within your cell can cause chalky white calcium-scale deposits to form on your cell’s walls over time, decreasing the chlorine output. BioGuard SaltScapes saltwater pool care Cell Cleaner is highly effective at removing calcium carbonate scale, calcium phosphate scale, and calcium sulfate scale. It works quickly in 15-30 minutes to remove build-up scale and can then conveniently be disposed of in your pool (unlike dangerous Muriatic Acid mixtures- DO NOT dispose of any Muriatic Mixture into your pool.).

Instructions

These instructions apply to SaltScapes Cell Cleaner only. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when handling SaltScales Cell Cleaner. One bottle = one cleaning.

  1. Turn off circulation system and remove cell according to manufactures instructions.
  2. Cap one cell end with a water tight cap. Place it (cap-side down) into a clean 5 gallon plastic bucket.
  3. Fill cell with SaltScales Cell Cleaner. NOTE: Excess product can be poured into the deepest end of the pool.
  4. Soak for 15-30 minutes. Usually when the bubble-fizz action stops. Then pour the contents into the deepest end of the pool.
  5. Rinse the cell with a garden hose, reinstall and restart your circulation system.
  6. Rinse any spilled solution out of the bucket and off of surrounding areas.

For best results clean the cell at least once a season. Regular use of SaltScapes Scale Defender will protect against damaging scale for efficient long-lasting cell performance.