Pool & Spa Questions and Answers
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Swimming pool care faqs & tips for expert advice on how to care and maintain your swimming pool during every season in The Woodlands, Texas area.
Everyone knows that electricity and water are typically a bad mix! EVERY pool/spa should have a GFCI located between the breaker box and the service controller/switch. In the event the GFCI has to be RESET, there is a good chance it “popped” for a reason. Give us a call and we can come take a look at what’s going on. It could be as easy as changing out the bulb/gasket, but keep in mind, these days there are options such as low voltage lights (highly recommend) as well as color changing lights.
If you spa is draining over night while the pump has been off, its most likely the check valve that needs to be replaced. It is a common pool part that tends to fail after about 12-24 months.
In the event the filter pump (or any pump for that matter) won’t turn on, check to see if any of the other pumps turn on. Assuming they do, we suggest leaving any/all of those water feature pumps running continuously to assist in circulating the water until the main filter pump can be fixed/replaced. The actual “problem” could be a number of things of which will require a service technician to come out and check for voltage at various locations to determine what has failed.
Laws are changing in July of 2021 which in most cases will require an updated variable speed pool pump to be installed in replacement of you main filter pump. Give us a call and we can discuss the options on upgrading your pump and the savings that comes with it!
In the event we all need to prepare for a hurricane, we suggest worrying about your pool last! Getting supplies, having an exit plan, staying safe are all more important then worrying about your pool. The pool can be fixed, your life is more important. Leaving your pool running to keep up with all the rain is a good idea. DO NOT DRAIN your pool!
When the temperatures are going to be at or below freezing you should let the pumps run during the time the temperatures are at or below freezing. Most pools with automation have a built in freeze protector, and many pools with time clocks have a separate freeze protector that turns the pump on at a desired set temperature.
Green or algae filled pools are no fun to deal with! Typically they require lots of chemicals, brushing, vacuuming, filter clean(s) over several days and can become quite costly to get back to looking normal. If it’s beyond your control let us know and we would be happy to assist in getting your pool turned around and looking like Paradise.
When brushing, be sure to apply firm pressure against the pole, brushing steps and benches first, then walls and finally the floor from shallow to deep end.
This handy chart will help you balance your pool’s chemicals:
*Some salt systems accept higher levels.