Sydney Water $200 Pool Cover Rebate

Who wouldn’t want a $200 rebate on a brand new swimming pool cover? It’s just what you need to keep the leaves and debris out of your pool at this time of year. Save up to $200 on the cost of a new pool cover by taking advantage of the Sydney Water Pool Cover Rebate.

There are many other benefits to using a pool cover including reducing water usage, less chance of water flow blockages, it keeps the heat in the pool, saves you money on pool heating and can help you extend your pool swimming season.

We have broken down the Terms & Conditions for the Sydney Water Pool Cover Rebate to make it easier for you to understand. You would be crazy not to take advantage of this offer if you live in the areas Sydney Water services. 

Here’s the official spiel from the Sydney Water website:

Buy an eligible pool cover now and get $200 back.

For a limited time, we’re offering customers a rebate of up to $200 as part of our Pool Cover Rebate pilot program. Provide your details and proof that you purchased an eligible pool cover – either Climate Care Certified or endorsed under the Smart Approved WaterMark program – between 21 April and 30 September 2022. To find out more and claim your cash-back, email us at poolcoverrebate@sydneywater.com.au.

The Sydney Water Pool Cover Rebate Explained Simply

Sydney Water Logo
  • Your new Pool Cover has to be ordered between April 21st, 2022 and September 30th, 2022.
  • The Pool Cover HAS TO BE ATTACHED TO A MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC POOL COVER ROLLER.
  • The Pool Cover has to cover at least 25 square metres to be eligible.
  • The rebate is only valid for qualifying pool covers that meet all of the requirements.
  • The Climate Care Certified Scheme must endorse the Pool Cover. 

The Rebate Deal

The rebate covers all qualifying pool covers purchased between April 21st, 2022 and September 30th, 2022.

If you’ve definitely purchased within that time frame, your pool cover is eligible for a rebate of up to $200.

We sell Daisy Ultradome, and Daisy Thermotech pool covers here at Best Pool Supplies through our online store. They’re both eligible for the Sydney Water rebate. Any questions? Contact us here, and we can help answer your questions. 

 

Pool Cover Rebate Terms & Conditions

Here’s the finer details of what you need to do to qualify for the rebate fully.

  • The pool cover must be new to qualify.
  • The pool cover has to be installed on a rolling or manual system. Photos need to be provided of the newly installed swimming pool blanket.
  • It has to be installed on a residential property that has a connection to a water main owned by the Sydney Water Corporation.
  • The person applying for the rebate must be the owner of the property where the pool cover will be installed.
  • The pool cover must be purchased and paid for within the validity period to be eligible.
  • You can’t have a pool cover installed already
  • Photos, the purchase receipt, and information, including the brand and exact model of the pool cover need to be attached to the fully completed Sydney Water rebate form.
  • You must sign a Letter of Authority. This states that you agree to the terms & conditions. This also ensures you agree to allow a Sydney Water Rep to inspect the cover at your home.
  • Pool roller purchases will definitely not be covered under the rebate; it only applies to actual pool covers.

How Easy It Is To Apply For The Sydney Water Pool Cover Rebate

1) Simply email them at poolcoverrebate@sydneywater.com.au to receive the application form.

2) Complete the application form with all of the info and send it back.

3) Wait to hear back from Sydney Water for the payment of your rebate. Payment of your rebate will be within 30 days of receipt of your application by Sydney Water. 

Any questions? Don’t be shy to ask us; our friendly customer service team will be more than happy to help.

Have a read of the Pool Rebate Q&A sheet here

Best Pool Supplies Pool Covers That Are Eligible For The Rebate:

Our whole range of Daisy Ultradome and Daisy Thermotech pool covers are eligible for the Pool Cover Rebate

The Daisy Ultradome has the Smart Approved Watermark certification as a water-wise product.

Also, both the Daisy Ultradome and Daisy Thermotech pool covers are Climate Care Certified by SPASA.

Be sure to order your new pool cover asap to ensure you are eligible for the rebate; the offer ends on September 30th. If you have any questions, just ask us. 

You Will Need A Pool Cover Roller For Your New Pool Cover

Your new pool cover must be installed on an automatic or manual roller system to be eligible for this rebate. 

We stock a large of Daisy Pool Cover Rollers that are designed to quickly roll the cover on and off the length of your pool with ease. We also stock a range of manually operated Poolcraft Pool Cover Rollers.

We have manual or automatic pool cover rollers; the automatic ones are solar powered, and some double as a bench seat at the end of your pool!

We are giving a 10% discount off all of our pool cover rollers as well. Add that to the $200 Sydney Water pool cover rebate and you have a very sweet deal.

Use coupon code: PCROLL10 at the checkout to get 10% off your pool cover roller of choice. 

Our Daisy and Poolcraft rollers are both included in this deal. If you have any questions, just ask our team.

Do You Still Need Help In Choosing A Swimming Pool Cover?

Are you unsure about which pool cover to buy for your pool? We wrote a handy guide recently about Solar Pool Covers, have a read of it, and then feel free to ask our customer support team any questions you still have. 

Our guide explains how they work, the benefits & how to choose one that’s right for your pool. 

If you are ready to take advantage of the pool cover rebate you can shop our pool covers by clicking he button below now. Our Daisy Ultradome and Daisy Thermotech covers are the only ones we stock that are eligible for this deal.

How To Bring Your Pool Back Online After A Flood

Dirty swimming pool after a flood.

Bringing your pool back to a usable condition after a flood can seem a daunting task, but it is essential to do so before you use it.

What needs to be done will depend on the extent of the flooding and may mean no more than testing your water and making some adjustments to the chemicals in your pool or may be a major undertaking involving the replacement of your pump or other equipment.

Here is a brief rundown of some of the things you should do to get your pool up and running again.

The first thing you need to check is the safety of the pool and it’s surrounds and your pool equipment

  • Check to make sure your pool fence is still sound and meets the requirements. This is particularly important if children have access to the general area. Please ensure the gate is fully functional and still closes automatically. Make sure the surrounds/deck areas have been cleaned of any debris and tools If needed, scrub and hose down to get rid of any mud or slippery build-up.

  • No matter what the extent of the flooding, it is essential that you check the electricity supply to your pool area. This is especially the case if the area and equipment was inundated and under water. If the breaker switch on your circuit board has ‘tripped’, it would be prudent to get a licensed electrician to check the circuits for you. The electrician will also be able to check your pump and other electrical equipment to ensure they still work or have been damaged and need replacing.

  • Whilst checking the safety of your pool, also check the shell of the pool itself to see if it has been damaged and needs repairs. If needed, make the appropriate arrangements with a pool technician or pool builder. Also check your pool tools to see if they are damaged and need replacing. Check the skimmer and basket as well.

  • Now to start on the water. There will be numerous contaminants in your pool water so it would be a good idea to ‘shock’ your pool using a shock agent or hypochlorite. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
Zodiac Pool Chlorine 10kg.
  • If your water turns clear or is only slightly cloudy, test your water and adjust the chemistry to get it into balance. The water will have phosphates in it. Phosphates are the result of organic matter breaking down and can lead to the water becoming cloudy.

    The first step is to get rid of the phosphates by adding a phosphate remover as directed. This will normally make the water even more cloudy You can treat this by adding a clarifier as per the directions. Follow the instructions on vacuuming to waste if needed.
  • If your water is full of large debris, remove by hand or scoop it out using a net.

  • If the water has mud or other debris in suspension, you will need to floc the pool. Please ensure you follow the instructions on how to use the Flocculant, these are detailed on the packaging.
Zodiac Granular Flocculant 2Kg.
  • For the best results of flocculant, the pH of the pool water should be 8.2. Use Soda Ash to raise pH levels if required
Zodiac Ph Up (Soda Ash) 2Kg.
  • After the sediment has settled, you will need to vacuum the waste. If you have a cartridge filter, remove the filter element. Make sure your pool has sufficient water in it as you will be pumping a large amount of water to waste.

  • You may need to repeat this process if not all debris in suspension was removed.

  • If the water ends up with a touch of green, it could be for two reasons.

    It could be that you have a touch of green algae, and this can be tackled by adding an algaecide as per directions. If you used an algaecide previously, it may contain copper, and this can oxidize in the water and turn it green. This can be fixed by adding an appropriate metal remover according to directions.

    If you used an algaecide previously, it may contain copper, and this can oxidize in the water and turn it green. This can be fixed by adding an appropriate metal remover according to directions.

  • You may need to repeat some of these steps to get the water clear.

  • Test your water again and make any appropriate adjustments to the chemistry.

  • It is essential you keep a close eye on your pool over the next few weeks. Keep a close eye on what the water looks like, test the water on a regular basis and take appropriate action as soon as you can to fix any anomalies.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our friendly team at Best Pool Supplies, we will be more than happy to provide advice.

Did you know you can save money by using our handy Chemical Pack Builder to put together an order with exactly what you need to keep your pool clean all year round?

Simply click the button below then you can add the chemicals you need and the savings will be calculated and displayed on the page. You can get free shipping and save up to 20%.

Solar Pool Covers – How They Work, The Benefits & How To Choose One

Solar Pool Cover

What is a solar pool cover?

Solar pool covers, often referred to as pool blankets, are large sheets of heavy-duty bubble wrap made from light, transparent plastic, like polyethylene or polypropylene. The air bubbles absorb heat from the sun and then transfer that heat to the water, thus heating up the pool water.

Types of solar covers. 

There are different grades of thickness for solar pool covers, ranging from 250 microns to 600 microns. One micron is one-millionth of a metre or one-thousandth (1/1000) of a millimetre.

The 250-micron pool cover material is 0.25 mm thick, and the 600-micron pool cover material is 0.6mm thick. Thicker covers are more costly, retain slightly more heat and last longer than thinner ones. They usually also come with longer warranties.

Solar pool covers also come in various colours: the most common being transparent, blue, and blue with silver. There’s a lot of discussion about which colour is better for heating and heat retention. Some pool owners think that darker colours absorb more heat than lighter ones, while others claim that transparent colours let more heat through.

We have found that our Daisy Titanium Blue covers are the most effective because they have a translucent top layer so the sunlight can pass through, but the bottom layer is silver-tinted, so it reflects the heat back into our pools.

If you live in a tropical area where warmer water isn’t desired, you can use a non-heating Solar Cover like Daisy Titanium Cool that will reflect the sun’s heat without absorbing it into the pool covering material, so it transited virtually zero sunlight and heat to the water maintaining the pool’s water at approximately the same temp as an uncovered pool.

Daisy Titanium Blue pool covers

The Benefits of Swimming Pool Covers.

Investing in a pool cover is one of the easiest ways to save money on the cost of your pool. Installing or using a pool cover is a simple yet highly effective way of keeping pools free of garden debris and insects. There are numerous reasons to cover your swimming pool when it isn’t in use. Pool covers are an essential accessory for any pool and will save you and your pool owner both time and money for pool maintenance.

Most pool owners only use their covers during the cooler months; however, there are plenty of benefits to using them throughout summer. Here are some of the best reasons why you should use a solar pool blanket:

Reduce water usage.

Your pool loses water at a greater rate during summer because of the extra heat. Evaporation is one of the main factors in water loss. Floating pool covers virtually eliminate evaporation if they’re left on when the pool isn’t in use. This can help reduce the amount of water you use by not having to refill your pool as frequently.

They keep water from evaporating by as much as 95%, which means that they are one of the best things to preserve your pool water. Keeping your pool water clean by using a pool cover reduces the number of times your swimming pool needs backwashing.

If the water level falls below the height of the skimmers because of evaporation and your pump sucks in air, you will quickly damage them. A cover prevents this from happening.

Keeps leaves and debris out of the water.

It can be a never-ending battle cleaning up leaves, bugs, and other debris from your pool each week. Algae may start growing if leaves and other debris are not removed from the water. In addition, leaves that fall onto the surface of the cover stay dry and may blow off again. The remaining leaves can be swept away or removed with a leaf blower

Less chance of water flow blockages.

When leaves stay on top of the cover, they don’t end up in your skimmer basket, where they can cause blockages if left unattended. Blockages in your filters and cleaners reduce their efficiency, which results in poorer quality water and increased chances of the pool turning green.

Blocked skimmers and pump strainer baskets can put extra strain on your pumps, which may lead to pump failures. Fewer leaves in the pool mean your leaf collector on your automatic vacuum cleaner needs emptying less frequently.

Keeps heat in the pool.

Keeping your pool covered helps reduce heat loss. The more direct sunlight you get for your pool, the more heat it can provide. When the temperature drops at night, it will usually lower the temperature of the pool’s water. The transparent pool cover allows maximum sunlight and heat into your pool.

Short wavelengths of light will pass through the bubbles of the cover to generate heat, just like a magnifying glass does. A pool cover will retain the sun’s heat and may even keep the water warm enough for swimming the next day, meaning that you will save money and energy by not using your heating system as often.

Save on pool heating costs.

A cover will save you up to 50% on heating costs because evaporation is the primary source of heat loss for pools, which occurs mainly during night-time when the air temperature drops below the pool water temperature.

Extend your swim season.

If you don’t have access to a pool heater, a pool cover will help extend your swimming season into autumn and spring, increasing the pool temperature up to 8°C in pools that get direct sunlight.

How much warmer?Summer*Spring*
 Pool Covers in Melbourne4-6 °C 3-4 °C
 Pool Covers in Sydney6-8 °C 4-6 °C
 Pool Covers in Brisbane6-8+ °C 4-6 °C
 Pool Covers in Perth6-8+ °C 3-6 °C

Reduce chemical usage.

Chemicals are used to restore your pool to a healthy state when leaves, debris, and even rain cause imbalances in your pool water. If you have a pool cover to protect your pool from debris, your pool will stay cleaner for a more extended time.

A pool cover doesn’t replace chemicals, but it can help cut down on the amount you’ll need to use to keep your pool clean. Chlorine is the most common water sanitiser, but it degrades when exposed to sunlight. Covers reduce the UV radiation hitting the water, so you don’t need to consume as much.

In addition, if you have a pool with a saltwater system, your chlorinator requires less electricity. If you add chlorine manually or by dosing pump, you will consume less chlorine, saving you time refilling and money buying chlorine.

Spend less time on maintenance.

Which would you rather do, keep your pool clean or enjoy relaxing in it? If there aren’t any leaves or other debris falling into the pool, you’ll have less cleaning to do, which means you’ll save money. Also, because there’s less water evaporating from the pool, you won’t have to add as many chemicals to the pool to keep it balanced.

If you’re interested in a pool cover but aren’t sure where to start, we can help you find the right one for your needs and budget. See our pool covers selection or give us a call today to learn more about our pool covers.

Solar Pool Cover Roller

The downsides of having a pool cover.

There are many benefits of having solar covers, but there are also some reasons why people don’t like them. Many people find them unattractive and don’t like the look of solar covers. A fully transparent cover like Daisy Illusion solves the problem by having the water show slightly through the cover and have a lesser visual impact.

They can be challenging to use. A spontaneous jump into the pool for a quick swim means doing extra work. For example, you need to roll the cover off your pool before your swim and replace the cover afterwards.

They’re difficult and impractical to use for irregularly shaped pools. They work best on square or rectangular pools. If your pool shape has curves or a kidney bean shape, it may not be possible for you to use a roller on the side of the pool.

You need to have room for the roller on your swimming pool deck to store the pool cover when it isn’t on the pool. Bubble covers should be covered so they don’t get too hot when they’re on the rollers. The bubbles act as magnifying glass and can cause damage to the layer of cover underneath it if not protected from the sunlight. If you’re keeping the cover off the swimming pool for any time on a sunny day, this is another chore.

Solar pool covers can increase the consumption of salt and other ‘non-chlorine’ chemicals. Saltwater pools don’t get rid of salt by themselves; the salt is removed by draining water out of them. By using a cover, you keep all of the rainwater, which means you need to drain the water from the pool along with salts and other chemicals.

Installing a pool cover.

To install a pool cover, first, take it out of the box and unfold it by the pool. Next, lay the bubbles facing down on to pool water. These bubbles filled with air will keep your pool cover floating and act like tiny magnifying glasses heating up your pool water.

Initially, the solar blanket will be probably much bigger than the pool. Cut the excess fabric with scissors so that the blanket fits inside your pool. You should leave the cover about two inches longer and wider on both sides to curve up the sides of the pool. It may take up to eight weeks for a new pool cover to sink in, and if the cover is cut to the exact size at the beginning, there may be a gap later on from the cover to the pool walls.

Leave 2 to 3 inches long flap at the skimmer location to tuck the flap of the cover under the skimmer’s edge. This allows you to brush debris into the skimmer before removing your blanket.

Using a solar pool cover.

If you have a big pool or frequently swim, removing the solar blanket can be quite a chore every time you want to enter the pool. A pool cover roller, aka a reel, is an easy solution to get the cover on and off the pool.

The pool cover roller is installed on one side of the pool, one edge of the pool cover is attached to the roller with small strings or straps. By turning the wheel or a handle, we can reel in the cover onto the roller, saving lot of hard labour.

Some pool cover rollers come with wheels or casters that allow them to be moved away when not in use. An option to attach them to the wall with mounting brackets is also available. Which works best usually depends on how much space you have in your pool area.

Installed Solar Pool Cover

Things to watch out for while using a solar pool cover.

Before you let anyone swim in the pool, it is important to remove the pool cover completely to ensure that no one gets trapped underneath it. This is especially true when it comes to pets and small children.

If you use a cover with a salt chlorinator, chlorine gas can build up underneath the cover and increase the chlorine level in the pool if it isn’t used for longer periods. It predominantly occurs during the coldest winter months when pools aren’t used, and chlorine demand isn’t high.

High chlorine levels can damage rubber parts of pool cleaners. Therefore, it is recommended to take off the cover in winter at least once every two weeks to let the chlorine gas out.

Solar Pool Covers: Frequently Asked Questions

Solar pool covers go bubbles facing up or down?

One of the most commonly asked question by solar pool cover buyers is if the bubbles of the cover face upward or downward. The bubbles also act as a magnifying glass to transfer the sun’s heat into the pool water effectively.

If the bubbles are pointing away from the water, then they won’t be able to transfer the sun’s energy into the water. In addition, if the bubbles are positioned incorrectly, the solar blanket will be damaged over time as the hot air trapped inside the bubbles will cause the bubbles to deteriorate, making the solar blanket unable to release the heat trapped inside them.

Should I leave my solar pool cover on during the day?

To get the most out of your solar pool cover, put it on whenever the pool isn’t being used. During the day, you’re most likely to get the most heat from your solar blanket. But it is also helpful to leave the solar blanket out during the night, as this will significantly decrease evaporation and heat loss.

How to ensure that the cover doesn’t blow off the pool?

Well-fitted solar pool covers are without any edges that ascend above the pool coping, they won’t blow off in the wind. Instead, the wind will generally blow down onto the cover, holding it in place. This statement is correct unless the solar blanket is cut too big and extends over the sides of the pool, or the blanket is cut too small and doesn’t align with the pool’s edges. An incorrectly fitted solar blanket allows air to pass underneath, and then the wind may lift it off the pool.

To get the most out of your solar pool cover, ensure that there are no gaps between the edge of the pool and the solar blanket’s edge, so the wind cannot lift any edges and blow underneath the solar blanket. A well-fitted blanket will also improve the overall effectiveness of your pool cover.

How long will the solar pool cover last?

A swimming pool with a too high chlorine level will shorten the lifespan of a pool cover and speed up the deterioration process. With UV radiation and pool chemicals like chlorine constantly attacking it, a bubble cover is subjected to a harsh environment.

Heat will also play a role in accelerating the effects of chlorine and UV radiation. As a result, a solar pool cover has a limited lifespan, mainly depending on the correct care. As a general rule, the 300-micron covers last up to five years and the 500-micron covers about eight to ten years.

How To Look After Your Salt Chlorinator Cell

Salt Chlorinator Cells

Although the cells provided by Best Pool Supplies are manufactured from high-quality materials with longevity in mind, over time the electrolysis will wear out the cell coating which will result in the electrodes stopping producing chlorine.

Here are some handy hints that help you to prolong the life span of your salt chlorinator cell:

  • Don’t overwork your salt cell – running the chlorinator at 100% output or longer than 8 hours a day will shorten its life.
  • Use Conditioner or Stabilizer to protect your chlorine from breaking up in the UV of the sun which will again prevent overworking your salt cell.
  • Keep proper pH balance. PH level below 7.2 will etch the salt cell, and if above 7.6 will reduce the chlorine’s effectiveness. To reduce the PH use pool acid or dry acid and raise the PH using soda ash.
  • Maintain proper salt level in the pool. Low salt levels will destroy the coating of the electrodes and high salt levels will overload the chlorinator.
  • Inspect the cell regularly and once you notice scale build-up on the electrodes clean it with an appropriate Salt Cell Cleaner.

Calcium deposit (formation of scale) is one of the main reasons for premature failure of the chlorinator electrode. The scale on the electrodes will reduce the chlorine production, restrict the flow of the water, and if not addressed it will put an unnecessary strain not only on the cell but also on the powerpack and can cause damage to both.

It is important to check the cell and clean the electrodes from the scale when it becomes necessary. How quickly calcium builds up on electrode(s) varies from pool to pool and depends on various factors:

  • Your geographic location – areas with hard water and when bore water is used the scale forms quite quickly.
  • The pool finish – calcium from the pool plaster (concrete pools) or grouts (tiled pools) can raise the calcium levels of the pool water.
  • Pool chemicals – super chlorinating with calcium hypochlorite affect pool water calcium content.
  • Unbalanced PH level of the water plays role in calcium build-up on the electrodes.
  • Incorrect salt level.

If your chlorinator is non-self-cleaning (does not reverse polarity) it is advisable to check the cell once a week (even more often during summer months). If the milky white substance starts to appear on the electrode(s) you know it is time to give the cell a clean.

These days most new chlorinators on the market are self-cleaning. These units avoid scale build-up on the electrodes by reversing the polarity between the electrodes, repelling mineral deposits, which are washed away by the pool water rushing through the cell housing before they can attach to the oppositely charged electrode.

Even if the chlorinator is self-cleaning, the cell still needs to be cleaned roughly once every 6 months (more often in hard water areas). Many of these intelligent units advise you when it is time to clean the cell and warn about the low salt level in the pool water as well.

To clean the salt chlorinator cell:

Switch off the chlorinator and remove the cell from the housing following manufacturer instructions.

  • If the scale layer is not very heavy the deposits can be washed away with a garden hose. (NB! Do not brush the electrodes or scrape with sharp objects.)
  • If the above does not help, it is needed to soak the cell in a suitable cleaning solution like Salt Chlorinator Cleaner or self-mixed acid solution. To prepare acid solution mix 1 part of Pool Acid (Hydrochloric Acid) with 5 parts of water in the bucket. Submerge the cell into the solution for 3-5 minutes. If it takes longer than 5 minutes to clean the cell it is an indication that the electrodes should be cleaned more frequently.
  • Put the cell back into cell housing.

NB! Always take extra care when handling chemicals and store them out of the reach of children.

How To Clean Your Pool Filter Cartridge In Six Easy Steps

Pool Filter Cartridge

Clean Your Pool Filter Cartridge

With a little bit of elbow grease, you could prolong the lifespan of your pool filter cartridge using this guide. Without minimal maintenance, your pool cartridge will develop a blockage in the element and strain your pump, reducing its lifespan.

But don’t worry, looking after your cartridge filter element is easy if you follow this step-by-step guide.

When should I clean my pool filter cartridge?

Like a car, you can get away with not maintaining your filter for a while, but eventually, it will catch up with you. One day, you might find your filter has stopped working and your water has gone filthy, forcing you to buy a replacement.

Therefore, we recommend cleaning your filter element every two weeks or a fortnight. If you want to throw caution to the wind when it comes to maintenance, then make sure you at least take action after the following scenarios:

After a party/gathering

When friends or family visit to enjoy your pool, your cartridge will be working overtime to keep conditions clean and safe. However, this also means excessive debris will be trapped, building up and affecting future use.

After algae treatment

As a pool owner, you will likely have to treat algae build up at least once in your lifetime. Typically, you will need a chemical like Zodiac Pool Algaecide to brush the algae away.

Some people don’t realise that the algae debris is being sucked into the pool filtration system and clogging up your element. For this reason, it is vital that you clean your cartridge as your final algae treatment job.

After excess operation pressure

Have a look at your filter canister housing and take note of the PSI. Now consult your filter owners manual for the regular operation pressure. If the PSI is 8 PSI above the normal operating pressure, you will need to clean your cartridge. Why? Because the filter element is blocked and increasing the water pressure in your set-up. Instead of manually checking for build-up constantly, this little trick will save you time and energy.

How to clean your filter

  1. Turn off your pump. For safety reasons, if you are using an automated system, turn off your pool at the mains power. If the pump suddenly turns on while your fingers are inside the filter component, you could get hurt. 
  2. Remove the filter element. This is located inside the filter housing – check the product manual for specific guidelines. 
  3. Clean the debris. Don’t rush this step – thoroughly rinse the filter inside and out between the pleats with a garden hose. Products like the Water Wand(see below) save time by cleaning between the crevasses of eight pleats at a time.
  4. Blow-dry the element. Once the element is dry, use compressed air to remove small dirt particles.
  5. Degrease. This step is the premium “car wash” option and is not necessary unless you want optimal performance from your pool filter. If you choose to use a degreaser every time you clean your cartridge, you will guarantee your filters effectiveness and lifespan. Soaking the cartridge in an approved cleaning solution will remove body fats, sunscreen, and other oils.
  6. Reassemble. Now that your filter components are nice and shiny, it’s time to return them inside the filter tank. This may require reassembling any attachments you previously dismantled. Firmly set the top portion of the filter tank back into place and tightly close the clamping mechanism. Turn the air release valve back to the closed position and turn on the pump to ensure the normal functioning of your pool filtration system. Bonus points – apply a silicon-based lubricant around the clamping mechanism to extend its life. 
Water Wand – Swimming Pool And Spa Cartridge Filter Cleaner

What to NOT to do while cleaning your cartridge

Dont use a stiff brush. Cleaning pleats with a hard material may permanently damage them. Use a soft-bristle or a purpose-made brush designed to gently remove debris found in the material folds.

Dont use a power washer. Filter cartridges are often made of paper or a fine material and are therefore sensitive. The intensity of a power washer can quickly erode the mesh material down, reducing its effectiveness. 

Don’t expect a white mesh. The most important sign of a clean filter is the absence of debris or excessive build-up that can block the filter system. Some discolouration is natural and it is unlikely you will achieve that factory white colour without buying a brand new filter cartridge.

How do I know when it is time to replace the filter element?

As we mentioned previously, filter elements are made from thin materials to catch fine debris. Therefore, they cannot last forever. The shelf life for a standard filter in a pool or spa is between 6 – 8 months. For this reason, we recommend replacing your filter element at least once a year. 

A good sign that your filter cartridge element is ready for replacement is when your operating pressure does not drop after cleaning the filter (see six easy steps above). This is because your filter has become too obscured to be effective, even when cleaned. 

If you heed the warning, you will begin to find excessive debris and cloudy or dirty pool water. Not very nice, especially if guests are visiting. The longer you go without replacing your filter element, the more contaminated water will be allowed to pass through your filtration system. So don’t keep your filter cartridges forever. 

Bonus points you have already opened up your filter assembly for a clean, why not do a visual inspection on the whole unit while you’re at it? Even small tears can be disastrous for water filtration efficiency. So, check for cracks in the plastic housing, tears in the pleats, or other signs of damage. Contact your manufacturers documentation for warranty information and a support phone number.

Zodiac MX6 Pool Cleaner Review

Zodiac MX6 Pool Cleaner

The Zodiac MX6

The Zodiac MX6 has garnered all the attention from its competitor counterparts in the market and users by the virtue of its high-suction power. Noted for its high-performance cleaning, thanks to its intuitively designed suction system, this futuristic unit is the cleaner that is distinctly ahead of the rest in the league.

Its built-in technology empowers the functions and performance of the machine that have together contributed to earning it a high TRP. If you are looking for a machine that is an efficient cleaning system, power-packed with the most updated line of technologies, then here it is.

Technical Substance

Zodiac MX6 is a model that delivers tailored cleaning jobs for both in-ground and above ground pools. Its unique selling point is the power-booster Cyclonic Suction technology that absorbs every particle it tracks above or under the water. However, what’s remarkable about the suction system is that it is distinguishably forceful and does not let the machine lose a single speck as it continually suck in dirt and debris.

The superb X-Drive technology gives the machine the ability to reach the expanse of the floor and the walls for a thorough cleaning. Added to that is the exemplary Flex-Power technology that capacitates the turbines to exert the maximum torque even when the flow of water is minimal. The flow regulator technology is the newest from the house of Zodiac, MX6 being one of the first few to be engineered with it.

Zodiac MX6 Features

Hi End Features

Some particularly functional features set the machine apart from the rest of the top-of-the-line models in the market. Listed here are a few that have sent the ratings of the machine shooting up for the stars:

  • The Flow Valve of MX6 controls the flow keeping it to a moderate speed so that the cleaner works for long.
  • The internal sensors give its maneuverability a boost by allowing it to reverse and turn with ease.
  • The pool coverage of the machine is outstanding, thanks to its X-Trax tires that have remarkable grip, speed, traction and maneuverability.
  • The cleaner can vertically move up the side walls while the strong turbines scrub out loose debris and trap all suspended materials effortlessly, leaving the walls sparkling clean.
  • Aside vertically ascending the walls, it can also access every tight and closed corner of the pool with remarkable ease with the help of its smartly-designed nozzles.
  • The machine has a 12 metre long hose that makes it easy to access all parts of the pool.
  • Finally, the unit is light-weight which makes it fast enough even for very large pools.
  • The unit is ideal for in-ground and above-ground pools.
  • It can clean surfaces such as tiles, quartzon, pebblecrete and fiberglass with maximum efficiency.

Zodiac MX6 launched with a boom in the market where highly efficient machines are few and far. If you’re looking for something that’s going to perform optimally for long without complaint, then bring home a MX6 today.

Salt Chlorinators And Chlorine Levels In The Pool Water

We get many inquiries from the pool owners about the chlorine levels in their pool after they install a new chlorinator or replacement cell. It is not uncommon to have different chlorine levels at different water tests. So what determines the chlorine levels in the pool and why can the chlorine levels be different when there is no change in the setup?

Salt levels: It is quite obvious that we need to have a proper salt level for the chlorinator to operate. If you have changed the chlorinator make sure that the salt levels are adjusted to the new unit. Different brands and models of salt chlorinators often work at different salinity levels.

Phosphates:  If the phosphate levels are high (together with warm weather and high pool use) the chlorine might be used up by fighting algae at the rate it is produced by the chlorinator. The pool does not have to be green. Phosphates are food that stimulates algae growth. The result is that you can be left with less than the desirable amount of chlorine in your pool. In other words – the algae are killed by produced chlorine but there is not much chlorine left afterward. Recommended phosphate levels in the pool water are below 200 ppb.

Stabiliser: The chlorine gets broken down fast by UV. The way to stop this is to use stabiliser which acts as a sunscreen for the pool water. Recommended stabiliser levels are 30 -50 ppm.

PH: Chlorine is more effective when the PH is low. For obvious reasons, we can not have the pool water lower than neutral, as low PH will be corrosive to equipment and cause skin irritation. The closer we keep PH levels to neutral the better chlorine disinfection we will get. For example, at 7.4 (neutral PH) chlorine is roughly 50% effective and at 8.0 it is only about 20% effective (see chart below). Meaning –  the higher the PH the more chlorine is being used in sanitation process and less of it is left in the water.

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Testing time: The chlorine readings in your pool water differ depending on the testing time.  For example, if you collected the test water in the morning when the chlorinator just stopped working the chlorine reading will be considerably higher than if you take the sample in the afternoon when the pool has been exposed to UV and bathers all day and all the chlorine has already been used before the chlorinator starts working again in the evening.

Test accuracy: If you test chlorine yourself at home make sure that the reagents are not expired and that they have been kept in dry cool place out of sunlight. Expired reagents can cause incorrect chlorine readings.

To determine whether the chlorinator works properly make sure that the salt levels are correct, balance total alkalinity and PH and assure that the phosphate levels are below 200 ppb. Then run the chlorinator overnight at 100% output and take the water sample in the morning. If you still read low or no chlorine levels, then there most likely is a problem with your chlorinator or the electrolytic cell.

Zodiac V4 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner Review

The new Zodiac V4 4WD is a smart cleaner engineered with the intelligence of cutting-edge technologies, coupled with a brilliant design. A machine of the new age, this model is surely a source of envy for the existing models in the market, chiefly because of its impeccable cleaning performance and speed-tasking that turns the dull job of pool cleaning a fun task to look up to. Ultra-efficient, the model exhibits a compact shell that encases futuristic technologies and great power. Designed to clean in-ground pools of all dimensions and finish, V4 4WD has turned pool cleaning into a weekend fun activity.

Technical Calibration

The unit is incorporated with Zodiac’s patented technology, the all new Lift System. The system pumps out water from the cleaner as soon as it is fished out of the water. With the help of its sticky wheels, it can crawl up the steep walls of the pool up to the water surface. The Vortex Vacuum is a cleaning technology that sucks in all sorts of water contaminations, right from large granules of concrete to floating dried branches to withered leaves. Its powerful suction cycle makes sure that all dirt senses have been consumed as long as it is turned on. The four-wheel drive with its robotic technology can leave your pool sparkling clean in no time.

Highlights

This machine has features that set it apart from the rest of the models effortlessly.

  • The unit has a 7 day timer that allows the users to set it as required within a period of a week.
  • Intensity settings enable the users to program it to a particular cleaning cycle, depending on the condition of the pool.
  • To make it more ergonomic, Zodiac has embedded it with a filter full indicator that blinks as soon as the canister inside gets optimally loaded with dirt deposits.
  • In order to make it an intelligently independent cleaner, the manufacturers have automated the pool shape settings so that it adapts itself to its playground without manual commandments.
  • Finally error indicators send up messages on the display if any functional misplay has occurred that needs attention.
  • This ultimate pool cleaner can be operated from distance within a range with the help of its kinetic remote control. You can simply sit by the pool and have the machine working on your command just by the click of a switch.
  • The filter canister of V4 4WD can be dislodged and emptied easily without you having to fish your hands into the wet slush.

Speed of Functions

The machine weighs 9.5Kgs, light-weight enough to whirl around the pool freely at a fast pace. Each cleaning cycle lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes that can be extended to 3 hours 30 minutes. Consuming 150 Watts of energy for every hour of scrubbing and cleaning, Zodiac V4 4WD robotic pool cleaner is a fast machine that performs optimally in pools sized 15×7 m and below.

Certified to comply with the Australian safety standards, the model is undoubtedly one of the most easy-to-use and performing machines to have rolled out of the brand.