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How A Pool Works

Pool water is strained, filtered, and chemically treated in its journey through the key equipment that conditions the water to clean, sparkling clarity.

  1. Water is drawn from

    your pool from the suction created by the pump. The pump generates pressure and returns the water to the pool, passing through

  2. a filter, and

  3. a heater,

  4. a chlorinator.

Gas Grill Maintenance

Weber Gas Grill.jpgParticularly when the weather is mild (and even sometimes when it’s not…), many of us are firing up our Weber gas grills almost every day of the week. And with all that action going on, it can be easy to forget some of the most important parts of grilling: cleaning and maintenance. Luckily, a simple monthly maintenance plan is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your beloved Weber gas grills in tip-top shape.

•    Wipe the outside of the grill lid with a paper towel and cleaner (glass cleaner for porcelain-coated lids and stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel lids). If your grill is stainless steel, you’ll get the best results by buffing with the grain, not against, using a microfiber towel.
•    Clean side tables with a microfiber towel and stainless steel cleaner. Again, make sure to buff with the grain. If your tables are made of theromset plastic, use a mild dish detergent and warm water instead.
•    Cleaning a cook box may seem tricky, but it’s actually extremely simple and can have a big impact on the way your grill performs. When your grill is completely cool, carefully remove your cooking grates and Flavorizer bars. Then, using a stainless steel grill brush, brush all excess grease and debris from inside the cook box into the bottom tray. From here, it will be easy to discard.
•    It’s a good practice to burn off any food residue left on your grill by turning all your burners to high for 15 minutes before and after grilling. Note: If you have cast iron grates, remove them before doing so. When your grill reaches these high temperatures, food debris will turn to ash, and will then be easy to brush off using a stainless steel bristle brush.

And that’s it. Pretty simple, really. Just follow these five steps and your grill will be cooking strong for many years to come.

Kingsley-Bate Teak Furniture

British craftsmen of the 18th-century discovered what tKingsley Bate blog.jpgheir Eastern counterparts had known for centuries, that teak has qualities unlike any other wood. Its abilities to withstand the rigors of adverse climate, yet weather attractively, make it the ideal choice for exterior furnishings. Kingsley-Bate uses only premium quality teak and precise mortise and tenon joinery in the construction of their furniture. And while their reputation was founded on teak, their furniture designs have expanded to incorporate the finest stainless steel and all-weather wicker as well. This combination of quality material and craftsmanship provides you with exterior furnishings of exceptional style and durability.

Frequently Asked Questions Involving Filters

DE Filters

Why does my filter pressure rise very quickly, even after backwashing?-  D.E. filters filter the water down to 1-3 microns, every time the DE Filter.jpgwater passes through the filter. Maintain a balanced clear pool and this will reduce incidents of rapid pressure rise. One possibility is that the filter grids or Flex tubes are clogged with minerals or oils. You should clean your grids once a year, or season, with a degreaser and if needed an acid bath. Minerals and oils embed themselves in the fabric of the filter and reduce the available surface area used for filtering.

How do I add DE and how often do I need to change my DE?- DE is added through the skimmer with the pump running. Each filter has a different requirement of DE. At initial start up or after a thorough cleaning, the filter will need to be pre-coated with DE. The filter label will state the amount of DE required.  Start the pump and once the pump is fully primed, measure the DE using a DE scoop, part # EC10SC. Slowly add the DE into the skimmer. The pump will draw in the DE and send it into the filter, where it coats the grids or Flex tubes. Once all the DE is added, take a reading of the filter’s pressure gauge. This is the clean starting pressure of the filter.

Sand Filters

Why is there sand at the bottom of my pool?-  The sand you are using could be too small.  Sand that is too small can travel through the laterals in the bottom of your filter and back to the pool.  #20 silica sand, .45-.55mm in size, is required.  This can be obtained at your local Hayward dealer.
 Prior to adding sand, remember to always remove a lateral (it unthreads) from the lateral assembly at the bottom of the filter.  Try putting some of the sand you are going to add inside the lateral.  Other than debris sand (fines), 99% of the sand should stay inside the lateral.  If most of the sand comes through the holes of the lateral, the sand is too small.Your pump may be too large or the sand level too high in the filter.  When the filter is backwashing the water flow can cause the sand to rise high enough and overflow into the standpipe, which will allow the sand back into the pool.Sand Filter.jpg

When do I need to replace my sand?- On average, sand should be replaced every 3-5 years. This may be longer if the pool stays clear, or shorter, if the filter runs all the time. The jagged edges of the sand wear down and become smooth as the sand ages. When this happens the sand can no longer trap debris particles and dirt can pass through the sand and back into the pool.
 If the pool is chemically balanced, the system is running the proper length of time and the bather load is normal, but the water will not clear, even using a flocculant or clarifier, then the sand needs changing.
 As the sand ages, it may start to clump and the water flow can form channels in the sand, allowing the debris to pass through. Channeling is often seen when the pump horsepower is too large and wants to move too much water through the filter.

Cartridge Filters

How do I clean my cartridges?- The cartridges should be cleaned once a season with a degreaser or acid bath.
 Body oils are the first thing to clog a cartridge element. A degreasing solution should be used to remove oils. If an acid bath is used to remove oils, it will embed these oils into the fabric and make the element less effective. You local Hayward dealer should have a cartridge cleaner or you can use a mixture of laundry detergent and water.
1-cup detergent to 5 gallons of water. Dissolve the detergent in a bucket of water and soak the element(s) for 24 hours. YOU MUST THOROUGHLY RINSE THE ELEMENTS PRIOR TO REINSTALLING THEM INTO THE FILTER. IF YOU DON’T THE POOL WILL FILL WITH SOAP BUBBCartridge Filter.jpgLES.
 An acid bath is for mineral deposits on the elements. If an acid bath is needed, do a degreasing wash first, then the acid treatment. Start off with a mixture of 1 part acid to 5 parts water in a bucket. ALWAYS add acid to water, never water to acid. If the mixture does not clean the elements effectively, increase the mixture to 2 parts acid to 5 parts water. Follow the proper disposal of the acid mixture, as per the acid manufacturer’s instructions.

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