Pool Filter Handle Settings

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Your sand filter dial head has the following positions. They are filter, backwash, rinse, winterize, whirlpool, and waste or drain. Filter position: Used when you are running your pool and you want your pool water to be filtered. (most common position) Backwash position: Used only when your filter is dirty and you want to clean the sand in your filter. … Read More

Summerizing Your Swimming Pool

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The cost to summerize your swimming pool can range from $200 to $350 in Winnipeg depending on what is included. You can save the service fee if you choose to do it yourself. Here is how. 1. Remove winter cover: Sounds easier than it is but with a few simple pointers it can be done in a clean fashion. Start by … Read More

Pool Closing Checklist

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1. Balance the pool water. You will want to circulate your pool for at least 4 hours after any chemicals are added. Your Ph should be between 7.2-7.6, Alkalinity 80-120 ppm Calcium hardness 180-220 ppm Chlorine no higher than 2ppm   You will also want to add algaecide instead of dousing with liquid chlorine. Chlorine is heavier than water and … Read More

How to Find a Leak in Your Pool Liner

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A leak in your pool liner can have serious effects and if left untended, it can also cost you. There are a few telling signs that your pool may have a leak. These signs include creases or wrinkles in your liner, as well as lumps or bumps underneath your liner. To find a leak in your pool liner you will need … Read More

Caring For Your Vinyl Pool Liner

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The most important factor that determines the life of your pool liner is water chemistry. Maintaining proper balance of ph allows the other chemicals to perform properly, while allowing chlorine to kill bacteria & algae. Winterizing is also important to prevent damage to your pool liner. View winterizing chemicals here. A test kit is needed to test for proper ph … Read More

Should You Fill In or Renovate Your Pool?

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The big question for a pool owner with a worn down pool is whether to renovate or fill it in. The answer really depends on the overall shape of the pool and what you are looking to get out of it. Investing in your pool can pay large dividends when it comes to selling your home. Currently swimming pools in … Read More

Why are my Pool Walls Caving In?

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Vinyl lined pools have steel galvanized pool walls 98% of the time. These steel pool walls are supported by “A” frames or “X” bracing at the back of the panels to support them and keep the straight. These types of pools are also designed to always be full of water which helps support the walls outward. The steel pool walls … Read More

Common Pool Liner Issues and Prevention

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Lumps under your pool liner are an indicator that something has shifted. Here in Manitoba, our winters make having a concrete pool very difficult. Hydraulic clay, silt, along with saturated soils makes frost heaving a force of Mother Nature. This is why vinyl lined pools are so popular in Winnipeg and Manitoba. Ground movement and shifting that would cause a … Read More

Pool Liner Coping and When to Repair

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Pool Coping has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. Almost every pool has some form of coping which finishes off the transition from the pool wall to the pool deck. Most transitions are at 90 degrees (with vertical pool walls and horizontal pool concrete deck) and coping helps to make that corner safe for all. In Manitoba … Read More

Solar Heat For Your Pool

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Having solar heat would be the best and cheapest option would it not? In an ideal world, it probably would be, however we live in Winnipeg and our climate varies a lot from season to season. Solar systems are prone to leaks from frost, roof damage from leaking water, cooling your pool down at night if the diverter valve is … Read More

New Pool Technologies for Easier Pool Maintenance

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Within the last few years pool technologies have exploded. New pool automation products that make pool maintenance much easier are being released almost monthly. With their ease of use and minimal input effort, it is easy to figure out why these products are here to stay. Pool Cleaning Robots Automatic pool cleaners have been around for a long time while … Read More

Chloramines and The Effects of Chlorine on Your Pool

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Chloramines also known as combined chlorines are formed when free chlorine combines with organic matter. They carry the distinct “chlorine” smell that you may smell on an indoor pool or when your pool cover is lifted. The organic matter can be anything from decomposing leaves to body oils or even sun tan lotion. Chloramines eat up your available “free chlorine” … Read More