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Re: SWG pool - high chlorine levels

The liner was light blue but is now bleached to near white !
Am in Paris for a few days break, so don't want to think of this right now !:-)
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Re: SWG pool - high chlorine levels

Sorry to come in late to this discussion. Just found it.

Probably unwelcomed advice too, but if you are going to look after other peoples pools Halfblind, would it not be an idea to get a half decient pool water tester?

I only look after my own pool, but I have a LaMotte Clolor Q Pro7 tester shown here

http://www.lamotte.com/en/pool-spa/digital-testing/colorq/2057.html  .

The tablet version because it's more accurate than the drops that change  density with temprature. More expensive than yout little tube you chuck drops in and do an exact approximation with? But wouldn't it be worth it with customers health at stake?

We had our liner changed last June because the old one was leaking. Showing lots of wrinkles and after I had made a hole in one corner and pumped it out a few times and got peed off with trying to keep up with the changes to the water chemistry, we bit the bullet and got an armoured jobbie fotted. The rest of the summer was a treat with no water chemistry problems at all!

John.

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Re: SWG pool - high chlorine levels

 Jonzjob wrote:
Sorry to come in late to this discussion. Just found it.

Probably unwelcomed advice too, but if you are going to look after other peoples pools Halfblind, would it not be an idea to get a half decient pool water tester?

I only look after my own pool, but I have a LaMotte Clolor Q Pro7 tester shown here

http://www.lamotte.com/en/pool-spa/digital-testing/colorq/2057.html  .

The tablet version because it's more accurate than the drops that change  density with temprature. More expensive than yout little tube you chuck drops in and do an exact approximation with? But wouldn't it be worth it with customers health at stake?

We had our liner changed last June because the old one was leaking. Showing lots of wrinkles and after I had made a hole in one corner and pumped it out a few times and got peed off with trying to keep up with the changes to the water chemistry, we bit the bullet and got an armoured jobbie fotted. The rest of the summer was a treat with no water chemistry problems at all!

I am not looking after other peoples pools, was asked at last minute to open this pool.
I have looked after my own 2 pools for over 15yrs using just the simple pool testing for total chlorine and pH balance with no problems. A fancy tester is only going to tell you when you have dropped the ball and forgotten to carry out checks on a regular basis. I dont think your water chemistry problems were affected by a change of liner, just inattention in previous periods.

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Re: SWG pool - high chlorine levels

 halfblind wrote:

I have looked after my own 2 pools for over 15yrs using just the simple pool testing for total chlorine and pH balance with no problems. A fancy tester is only going to tell you when you have dropped the ball and forgotten to carry out checks on a regular basis. I dont think your water chemistry problems were affected by a change of liner, just inattention in previous periods.

Not strictly true about dropping the ball and regular checks. As you can only check two things you may exist in blissful ignorance of a problem. (reminds me of my old Mk1 Ford escort, not even a temperature gauge! so when it seized on the M4 through overheating I wasn't surprised)
One of my customers contacted me with their readings which showed an increase in combined chloramines, baring in mind this a is a large rental setup, if left unchecked this small issue would have become a big problem within days and leaves the rental site owners in a red faced dilemma, to close off the pool and possibly have to pay compensation to guests but we saw the issue develop and swiftly sorted it without further issue.

You can carry on for years and years because if the basics are in place and it's a low batherload pool they are easy to look after.  I make a living from visiting people with little or no test gear, sadly that income is slowly reducing because I have sold so many reasonable testers they just don't call me any more but sort out their problems themselves  when they do arise.

Why some are able to get by without better testing can often be luck of the draw where you live.  On the forums many non pool pro's speak of their pools and imagine that all the others in france have the same water and area conditions. Down in the Dordogne the water varies terrifically within an hours journey of two pools, these different situations call for different solutions.  Having a vinyl lined pool also makes the work of looking after the pool considerably easier but the liners do age, and do wrinkle and loose flexibility with age and an on going leak can cause the work of looking after a pool to change considerably if the top up water isn't within good range of the water in the pool.

I read you've chosen to walk away from this problem pool, probably a good decision, I take on problem pools and can sort them out but it depends on the owner and if they have the will or budget to put problems right.  Having witnessed the repairs from some of the major companies, frequently franchised and the costs to the customer, I just cannot believe the standard of some of the work.  One in the Charente Maritime required the liner re fitting (because they built the pool so badly in the first place) Hand on heart I could not have left that pool in the condition Magiline called finished, wrinkles everywhere, personal pride would have meant me staying to straighten it out properly even if it meant a day extra unpaid but in this case they grabbed their fee and left. Yet the owners still return to the shop for advice and products because they are a big business with a shop premiss?  Answers on a post card please, you just can't help them all.

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Re: SWG pool - high chlorine levels

It could have been my inattention of course, but not after I had got the chlor free, chlor total, PH, TA, cyanuric acid and calcium hardness all where they should be. It must have been complete coincidence that everything had cleared after the new liner was fitted. And it stayed that way too.

When I took the old liner out there was enough not very nice 'water' behind it to kill an elephant never mind unbalance a pool when it was leaking back into the pool water..

I think that for 'fancy' it could read 'accurate' me-thinks? Blink [blink] The automatic chlor/PH tester does the most of the testing, every 3 minutes the pump is running to be precise, and I test that all is well at least once a week on top of that and always have done. It's the only way to not drop anything and you should think before accusing anyone perhaps?

Hi TP, our replies crossed..

John.

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Re: SWG pool - high chlorine levels

Hi John, yes I agree with you, you have invested in a chemical dosing unit which does indeed take care of the main issue of chemical additions post rain fall etc which manual dosing simply doesn't unless the owner is really on top of the pool daily.  I appreciate everyone would like super low cost pool ownership and I have always striven to produce this and indeed have with the energy saving easily covering the costs of improvement and testers after a season or two.

I would also say that starting with a clean water fill will carry the pool for a couple of seasons with exceptionally easy maintenance in a lot of cases especially where low batherload is normal.

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