Summer time is here and that means it’s time to get the pool ready for the warm weather. A-Affordable Pool and Spa is here to help you make the process of opening, cleaning and maintaining your pool easy and stress free. Here’s some of the services we have to offer in the Plano area:
Opening your pool for the season or get behind on upkeep? Let A-Affordable Pool and Spa clean it for you! Our experts know the ins and outs of what it takes to keep your pool crystal clear. With our pool cleaning services, we’ll make sure that the water is maintaining the proper chemical balance, free of debris and properly scrubbed down to make sure everything runs smoothly for the warm summer months.
Is your pool pump making a funny noise? Does something with the filter seem not quite right? A-Affordable Pool and Spa can help. We specialize in pool repair and have the familiarity with all makes and models of equipment to make sure your pool is running great no matter what. Our fast and friendly staff can help get your pool repaired in a timely matter so you can get back swimming and enjoying the summer
Was your pool damaged or cracked and in need of repair? Don’t fret! A-Affordable Pool and Spa has the equipment and knowledge to resurface the walls of your pool. Cracks can cause a much larger problem and it’s important to take care of the problem before it gets worse. We’ll make sure your pool is resurfaced, repaired and ready for you to enjoy the nice weather in.
A-Affordable Pool & Spa proudly services the Plano, Carrollton and Lewisville area with any pool repair and service needs that you have. Let us help you with what all of your pool service need! Call us today!]]>
EP Minerals has produced Celatom diatomite especially for use in diatomaceous earth (DE) swimming pool filters. To obtain the best water clarity in your pool or spa and the longest time between DE changes, please follow the steps below. Also, please read and follow the instructions provided by your filter manufacturer.
STEP 1: INSPECT THE FILTER
Before adding Celatom DE, visually inspect the screen-like filter elements inside your filter, to make sure they are clean and free from tears and gaps. Filter elements which are dirty or torn can cause problems with your water clarity and reduce the efficiency of the Celatom DE. If the elements are dirty, wash them thoroughly and re-assemble the filter unit. If they are torn, please consult your filter manufacturer's instructions for repair or replacement.
STEP 2: ADD THE CELATOM DE
To add Celatom DE to your filter, slurry the DE (see table) into a pail of water, and stir until the DE is well mixed. With your pool circulation pump operating in the normal filtering mode, pour the DE mixture into the pool skimmer.
When you add Celatom diatomaceous earth (DE) to your pool, the pump circulates it into your filter, where the DE forms a thin layer on the surface of the filter screens. This layer of DE does the actual filtering of impurities from your water. The screens are simply there to support the layer of DE. The recommended amount of DE is sufficient to trap the dirt and solids present in your pool. Using too much or too little DE could reduce your water clarity or reduce the time between flushing and re-charging the DE.
STEP 3: FILTRATION
After adding the DE, continue to operate your circulation pump using your normal cycle as recommended by the filter manufacturer or installer. As the pool water is circulated through the filter, solid particles and body oils are removed by the DE layer, and the crystal clear water circulates back to your pool. Over time, usually several weeks or months, the DE will become clogged with the impurities that have been removed. The filtration cycle is complete when you note a significant drop in the flow rate and an increase in the pressure, which can be seen on the filter pressure gauge. Please consult your filter equipment operating manual for more information.
The length of the filtration cycle will vary depending on the amount of solids and body oils that have been removed. An increase in the number of swimmers or debris in the pool will cause the filter pressure to build up more rapidly. If you expect an increase in the number of swimmers or dirt in the pool, you can extend the cycle length by adding a small amount of additional DE into the skimmer, mixing it first with a pail of water and pouring it into the skimmer as in Step 2. Do this just before the increased use occurs, if possible.
STEP 4: BACKWASH AND CLEANING
When the filtration cycle is complete, as indicated by high pressure on the filters pressure gauge the filter must be backwashed or cleaned to remove the used DE. Backwashing the filter involves reversing the water flow and/or hand washing (hosing) down the filter elements. Continue the backwashing or cleaning procedure until the waste water runs clear or the filter elements are visibly clean. Proper maintenance and thorough cleaning of your filter are necessary to obtaining clear water and long filtration cycles. Consult your filter manufacturer's operating instructions for complete backwashing and cleaning procedures.
The used DE and waste water can be pumped to the sanitary sewer, or the DE may be separated from the water, using separation tanks or filter socks, and disposed of in the garbage or spread in your lawn or garden and tilled into the soil. DE is commonly used as a soil amendment and is beneficial for most plants.
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A major California electrical provider has concluded that robotic pool cleaners can contribute significantly to energy efficiency and cost savings.
Pacific Gas & Electric spent two years studying the efficiency of automatic pool cleaners. In 2009, it evaluated suction and pressure-side cleaners, which operate off of the pool pump or use a separate booster pump.
Last year, it tested robotic cleaners, which operate off of a separate, low-voltage power supply.
Its conclusion? Operating for three hours per day, 365 days per year, robitic cleaners can save consumers more than $500 per year in energy costs compared to cleaners that operate off the pool's filtration pump and more than $800 per year compared to cleaners that use a separate booster pump.
The average robotic cleaner, PG&E found, consumes 0.18 kilowatts of energy for each hour it operates. At three hours per day, 365 days per year, the annual power consumption for a robotic cleaner is 197.1 kilowatts. At an average cost of 30 cents per kilowatt, the annual energy cost for a robotic cleaner is about $59.
For cleaners powered by the pool filter pump, the utility calculated energy consumption of 1.526 kilowatts per hour, or about 1,671 kw per year, at an annual cost of $501.
Booster-pump-powered cleaners consumed 2.73 kilowatts per hour, PG&E found, for a total of 2.989.35 kw per year at an annual cost of $897.
PG&E's report concluded that for pools with two-speed filtration pumps, pool cleaner power demand and energy use can be reduced using a robotic cleaner while operating the pool pump at low flow and speed for optimum filtration efficiency.
"Given the complexity and cost of setting up hydraulic cleaners to operate at maximum efficiency," the report stated "and the relative simplicity of adding a robotic cleaner while operating the pool pump for maximum filtration efficiency, it is recommended that consideration be given to the class of robotic cleaners, with selection for maximum cleaning performance in individual pools left to pool professionals."
Please contact A-Affordable Pool & Spa for more information about how to save money on cleaning and maintaining your pool with robotic cleaners.
This article appeared in Service Industry News, January 15, 2011.]]>
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