Swimmer’s Hair. Ugh. Just the thought makes our skin crawl. We’re not sure what’s worse – Swimmer’s Hair or nails on a chalkboard. It’s that nasty, dried-out feeling left in your hair after a few dips in the pool. Nobody likes it. And, we’d never want it to be a reason for you to stay away from your pool or spa this Summer. Natural Chemistry is debuting a great new gentle solution called Hair Renew. Its natural formula contains organic aloe vera and panthenol, which are both ingredients that smooth damaged hair. If Swimmer’s Hair is a problem for your family, then your family’s hair will benefit from the moisturizing effect that Hair Renew offers. It needs Hair Renew’s TLC! This product will help you defeat Swimmer’s Hair by aiding in detangling and softening hair. Hair Renew’s effective formula quickly neutralizes the harsh chemicals often found in pool and spa water. And, there’s no need to rinse! So, renew your hair while renewing your resolution to get the most out of your pool or spa every day. Why not? Swimmer’s Hair is now just a distant memory, so you can focus on making real memories with your family for the remainder of the Summer.
Last week, we discussed, in depth, the three kinds of filters on the market, since we’re on a mission to help you make a well-informed filter decision. Based on effectiveness, it was easy to see that most people would probably go the DE filter route. Now let’s look at some other factors. Required routine maintenance is definitely something to consider when choosing a filter. After all, the point of your pool is to swim in it, not spend all your time baby-sitting it! It’s worth noting that as your filter fills with debris, it causes increased pressure and decreased flow rate. Many factors play into how quickly your filter fills up, but it’s always good to remember that clean filters decrease energy loss. In general, a filter should be backwashed when your pressure gauge reads 8-10 lbs. higher than the original clean startup reading. A sand filter requires backwashing every 1-2 weeks, but actually replacing the sand every 4-5 years or so. Since sand is so inexpensive, we can see why the sand filter is so common, despite its sad lack of effectiveness of actually cleaning your pool water. Cartridge filters require more hands-on, labor intensive maintenance. Read: If you want the dirt and debris off your filter, soak it, hose it down, scrub it and chlorinate it with good, old-fashioned elbow grease. And, inevitably, it will need to be replaced, depending on what kind of cartridge filter you’re using. This kind of maintenance can be something of a turn-off for some folk. If it were us, we’d rather spend the time practicing our cannon balls in the deep end of our pool! Onward to our favorite filter option. DE filters require the usual regular backwashing along with adding a specific amount of DE each time the filter is backwashed. Other than that, the nylon material coated grids need a thorough cleaning and inspection only once a year to keep things in tip-top shape. Not bad! Now you can get back to working on some serious pool recreation. Anyone up for a game of water volleyball?
Okay, after a few weeks hiatus we are back to the filters…..
Filters — How Do They Work?
First, there are three kinds of filters available on the market these days – sand, cartridge and DE. Sand filters work by moving the water into the filter and pressing it through the sand. The sand is the mechanism which catches and detains the offending microns. These filters tend to be larger than other filters. They filter up to 20-100 microns, which means your sand filter friend spewed some particles back into your pool water. Sigh. He may be the most popular filter out there, but he certainly isn’t the most effective. Cartridge filters function by moving the water through the filter medium, which can range from a pleated fiberglass mat or a sort of synthetic fiber (never paper!). Cartridge filters come in two different qualities – one being “disposable” and the other lasting much longer. You’ll find that cartridge filters do filter in the 10-15 microns range, meaning that fewer offending particles are getting back into your pool water. But, don’t shout hurray yet. In terms of effectiveness, there’s one more filter type worth noting. The DE filter uses a grid coated with nylon material. Diatomaceous earth is dumped into the filter and clings to the nylon material. This widely available and inexpensive powder known as “DE” is really tiny diatoms or exoskeletons which were fossilized and then mined from the ground. The DE that coated the nylon material covered grids acts like tiny sieves, laboring on your behalf. In essence, the delicate powder is really the most effective filter on the market, filtering in the 2-5 micron range. That’s far below what the naked eye can see! Gary Thull Pools says, “Hello DE filter, come help me keep my pool water beautiful and sanitary.”
Check back next week for installment #2 on filters….
As of today, Saturday, February 16th spring will officially arrive in 33 days. Everyone at Gary Thull Pools is working diligently to be ready. We have attended the International Pool Spa & Patio Expo,the Northeast Pool & Spa Expo, the World of Concrete Show and have taken numerous seminars and trainings. In future posts, we will be highlighting some new products, chemical problems and solutions, and other important subjects. We look forward to hearing from you. Have a great weekend!
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