EXPERIENCE & QUALITY
We work in the entertainment capital of the world,
We know our business.
Just because your pool or spa looks clean doesn’t mean it is.
-Our residential sanitizing criteria mirrors the strip hotels we service.
-We log our readings, so you can see them anytime
-We believe in orientating and informing our Clients
Wouldn’t you like that same peace of mind in your own back yard?
-Initial Filter Cleaning
-Skim water surface to remove all floating material
-Vacuuming and/or brushing all areas
-Clean tiles – excludes any calcium build up
-Empty skimmer and pump baskets and remove debris
-Test and adjust Water to maintain compliance with NAC 444.148 water quality
-Maintain normal system operating levels
-Maintain weekly chemical logbook
-When on property, inspect equipment to ensure that all is in working order.
-Clean all handrails on all bodies of water
-Backwash filter system
Quality One Pool Management will provide and disperse required chemicals to the pool and spa (as applicable) to maintain water bodies within prescribed limits.
Short Answer – A Free Chlorine level of 2-4 parts per million (ppm) is optimal. Chlorine should never be less than 1 ppm or more than 5 ppm with a maximum of 10 ppm unless it is being super-chlorinated or shocked.
Long Answer – Free Chlorine sanitizes and oxidizes (cleans) your pool. Without chlorine, pool/spa water is subject to the creation of harmful bacteria that can make you ill as well as turn your pool green. Chlorine in water may be present in two forms, free and combined. Free chlorine does the hard work of killing bacteria and oxidizing contaminants. When you add chlorine to water, you are actually adding free chlorine. When the free chlorine combines with contaminants, it becomes combined chlorine, or what are called chloramines. Chloramines are bad.
Short Answer – A Combined Chlorine level greater than .2 ppm indicates a problem because there are too many chloramines. Your pool service provider should always know what the combined chlorine level is in a pool. It should be checked at least once a week. If your pool smells like chlorine, then it is indicating a problem with chloramines.
Long Answer – Chloramines are formed continuously from contaminants in the water. Some of these contaminants or compounds are introduced into the water by swimmers and bathers in the form of skin and hair products, cosmetics, perspiration, urine, saliva, sputum and tiny amounts of fecal matter. An active swimmer sweats one pint per hour, while the average person sweats three pints per hour in a heated spa. Chloramines are those molecules mentioned above that have very little sanitizing power, smell bad (like chlorine), and make the eyes red. If you have ever been to a pool that smelled strongly of chlorine and was making your eyes hurt – you may have thought, there is too much chlorine in the pool. Actually, there is too much combined chlorine in the pool and the pool/spa needs to be chlorinated (shocked) to what is called a breakpoint. Breakpoint is a chlorine treatment that mitigates the chloramines.
Short Answer – The Optimum Cyanuric Acid (CYA) level, also known as conditioner, in a pool/spa is between 30-50 ppm. Too much is over 100 ppm.
Long Answer – CYA is a double edge sword. A pool/spa needs a certain amount of CYA to keep the pool/spa chlorine level stable from sunlight but, too much is a bad thing. In most cases, CYA comes from Trichlor tablets themselves. Part of the tablet is cyanuric acid and part of it is chlorine. As it breaks down CYA goes into the pool/spa.
Too much CYA and the pool/spa can lock up chemically, not allowing the chlorine to do its sanitizing and oxidizing work. Excessive amounts of CYA has also been found to have potentially adverse effects on expectant mothers. It is an unnecessary health risk. You cannot effectively treat a pool to reduce CYA. The only way to reduce it is to dilute it through the draining and refilling.
Short Answer – Filtration of your pool/spa water is key to pool health. Periodic cleaning is required to keep pool/spa system operating optimally. There are three different types of filters, e.g. Cartridge, Sand and Diatomaceous Earth. Cartridge filters should be cleaned at least quarterly and changed biannually or as needed. Sand Filters should be backwash at least weekly and the sand changed every five to seven years. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filters should be cleaned and inspected yearly. Their grids should be changed every 3-5 years.
Long Answer – Know when your filter should be cleaned. As a general guideline on any swimming pool filter – take a pressure reading when the filter is clean, then clean the pool filter when the pressure rises about 10 psi. As the filter (cartridge, sand or DE) becomes “clogged” with debris, two things happen:
Depending on the specific pool filter type – filtration occurs to a level between 5-20 micron. A micrometer, commonly known as micron is one millionth of a meter, one thousandth of a millimeter or one thousand nanometers or .00004 inches. There are about 25,000 microns in an inch. To give an idea of what is being filtered, a strand of human hair is about 100 microns wide and a red blood cell is approx. 8 microns in diameter.
Short Answer – For residential pools it is optimum once a year and no more than 3 years depending on usage and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).
Long Answer – A pool/spa should be drained whenever the water cannot be properly balanced, or some element of its chemical conditioning can no longer be controlled. Most pools should be drained whenever the TDS exceeds 3000 ppm. TDS includes everything that has been added or dissolved into your pool/spa.
Failure to periodically drain a pool/spa will result in the constant adverse chemical build-up of elements which can be averse to your health and the health of your pool.