Simple Pool and Spa Repair from Harvey at All Parts Pool and Spa

Tech Tips and Repair how-to for pool and spa owners

Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer

One of the ways to insure that your pool or spa is crystal clear is to use a clarifier to clump very small contaminating particles, including bacteria. By clumping them together you make it easier to remove them through normal filtration. Traditionally crystalline powders have been used that are difficult to distribute evenly throughout the water and to mix completely. Safe-N-Clean Pool Clarifier is a concentrated gel tablet that will effectively assist all filters to remove harmful bacteria, viral species, microscopic particles and odor causing oils that accumulate in your pool during general use. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly. One treatment will work for 30 days.

Stains and mineral build ups make your pool unsightly and unpleasant to enjoy fully. Safe-N-Clean Metal Sequester is designed to work synergistically with Safe-N-Clean Pool Clarifier to protect your pool from stain-causing metal (iron) ions and other minerals. It acts to prevent the build-up of calcium and magnesium inherent in many water sources either municipal or well. It works best when you start with a clean pool. It is nontoxic, biodegradable and eco-friendly. It is completely safe with all pool chemicals. One treatment will work for 30 days.

Oils from lotions and creams, ammonia and chloramines from the break-down products of the chemicals and body fluids from normal usage cause unpleasant smells and feel to the water in your pool. This is not pleasant to use or to even enjoy sitting around. Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer works in conjunction with Safe-N-Clear Pool Clarifier to counter nature’s elements. When used on a regular schedule, it will oxidize the organic material and eliminate the smell from chlorine off-gassing. It will decrease the burning effects of chlorine break-down products on eyes and skin. It works as a booster to your weekly sanitizer. One package will last for 30 days. It is eco-friendly, bio-degradable and non-toxic.

PROTECTS FROM ORGANIC METABOLITES. GEL-CAP DISSOLVES WITHIN 24 HOURS OF PUMP RUN TIME.

HOW IT WORKS: Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ begins its fast-acting process immediately after being placed in the strainer basket of your pump. It is a highly soluble, fast-acting gel that helps maintain pools, designed to act synergistically with Safe-N-Clean Pool Clarifier™ to counter nature’s elements. Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ protects pools from lotions, ammonia and chloramines. Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ is designed to give pools and spas a time-release oxidative gel distribution that acts as a bi-weekly complement or booster to the weekly application of chlorine sanitizer common to the industry.

It is important to start with a clean pool then use Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ to maintain your pool for you. Results after 1 package can be seen for up to 30 days. Pools larger than 30,000 gallons and/or extremely dirty pools may need a weekly application. If Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ is used continuously on a regular schedule, it will oxidize organic metabolites and eliminate chlorine off-gassing, as well as diminish burning effects of chlorine to the eyes and skin.

Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ is nontoxic, environmentally safe, biodegradable and completely safe for use with swimming spa chemical systems.

CAUTION: Safe-N-Clean Pool Oxidizer™ CANNOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH WATER OUTSIDE THE STRAINER BASKET. IF THE GEL-CAP BECOMES WET AND IS PLACED ON ANY SURFACE, IT WILL BECOME EXTREMELY SLIPPERY AND DANGEROUS FOR WALKING. IF THIS HAPPENS, WASH THE AREA WITH WATER UNTIL THE AREA IS NO LONGER SLIPPERY. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

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August 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm Comments (0)

Spa and Pool Cartridge Filters

As you are opening your pool and spa for the coming season, it is time to check that your cartridge filters are in good shape. In most cases to give you the best performance they probably should be replaced. If they are a year old they should be replaced. Over time the pores in the filter become clogged by material that is not removed when the filter is cleaned and the filtering capacity is reduced, often to the point that they are no longer doing their job at helping sanitize your pool and keep your family healthy.

On a spa you should always have 2 filters that you rotate in and out. You can put a clean filter in quickly when you need one and then clean the one that you removed and allow it to sit cleaned until you need to change the filter again. Allowing it to dry in between helps kill any pathogens that maybe on the filter since most can not survive long when dry. You also can clean it more thoroughly without rushing to get it back into the spa.
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August 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm Comments (0)

Does your pool have a pool heater?

Does your pool have a pool heater? Do you fill your pool with public water piped through old pipes? Do you fill your pool from a well with a high mineral content? Have your had to use a large amount of algaecide to treat your pool? Are your pool surfaces turning colors other than what your intended? All of these are reasons why you may want to test your pool water for the presence of copper

Copper in the water can not only turn your pool surfaces colors it is the leading cause of green hair in swimmers. Most people do not like green hair and nails, so it is best to prevent it. Test your water regularly for copper if you have any of the above factors to be safe.

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August 23, 2017 at 8:09 pm Comments (0)

Hot tubs use two different types of filters

Hot tubs use two different types of filters to help keep the water clean. A skimmer filter works by suction. The pump draws water and debris off of the top of the spa usually through a weir and basket to catch big debris before the filter. The water than travels through a filter to small impurities and into the pump to continue on in the circulation.

Like everything else skim filters sometimes break and need to be replaced. If you are replacing a skimmer filter it is important to match the new filter to the size of the hole in the tub.

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August 23, 2017 at 8:05 pm Comments (0)

Parts to make your blower better

Brushes: Instead of buying a new air blower for your pool and/or spa sometimes all you need to do is to take the blower apart and simply replace the brushes on the motor to make the blower work again. It will save you from buying a new blower.

Adapter Cords: These cords come in different lengths and different sizes. They are made to help you plug in your new blower without doing a lot of wiring. There are cords made to plug your blower directly into your pool or spa pack or controller.

Check Valves: Air check valves are very highly recommended for all pool and/or spa blowers. If the air blower is below the water level of the pool or spa, they help the water to stay out of the blower so you do not burn it out. There are different kinds of air check valves for different air blower plumbing, 1 ½ in. PVC, 2 in PVC, 2 ½ in PVC. There are slip to slip and some take male threads and have to be glued.

Cords: There are different cords for 110v or 220v. This gives the common power cords for installing a blower. There are cords for going directly into outlets (male) and cords (usually female) for going into a pack or controller to get power. These cords can also be used to power other pool and spa equipment, such as pumps, ozonators, etc.

Fittings: These fittings are not normally available in local hardware stores. They are specially made for the pool and spa industry. The sweep 90’s in particular are used to minimize the space that the blower is installed in such as under a spa. The U bends are usually used to act as traps. These fittings are also used to comply with local code requirements.

Motors: Instead of replacing your complete blower you can buy a motor combined with a new fan. Replacement is easy and requires no gluing. There are different styles and voltages (115v and 220v) and different horse power ranging from 1 ½ hp to 2 hp.

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July 23, 2017 at 11:21 am Comments (0)

Gecko alliance spa packs

Gecko Alliance makes spa packs for many spa manufacturers. We carry a large inventory of Gecko Alliance spa packs that can be used to replace yours when you need it. Gecko is a very reliable pack and is always a good choice for your new pack.

If you do not find the spa pack you need in stock on our website, please, give us a call or email. Gecko Alliance stock arrives regularly and what you may need may have just arrived and not be checked in yet or on its way and scheduled in within a day or two.

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July 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm Comments (0)

Why should you changes your cartridges for pool and spa

Filters are used to remove insoluble matter from your pool or spa. Cartridge filters are one of the types of filters used. Over time the accumulation of dirt on the filter cartridge results in the slow-down of the turnover rate making it unacceptable for keeping the pool water safe. The cartridge can be removed and cleaned to remove most of the dirt. Over a period of time the little bit of dirt not removed with each cleaning clogs the pores of the filter and the cartridge needs to be replaced.
If you have not replaced your cartridges in your pool in the past year or in your spa in the past 3-6 months, you should get yourself some new cartridges. Use the numbers from the old cartridge or measure the size of the old cartridge to find the one you need.

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July 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm Comments (0)

More bubbles for a spa

Air blowers are used to make lots of bubbles in your hot tub. They not only take air into the spa lines but they force it out of the jets to make the bubbly movement that most people associate with hot tubs. Without a blower you can have some bubbles and you still have water movement, but if you want real action add a blower to your spa.

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July 19, 2017 at 8:19 pm Comments (0)

Pool and Spa Cartridge filters

Filters are used to remove insoluble matter from your pool or spa. Cartridge filters are one of the types of filters used. Over time the accumulation of dirt on the filter cartridge results in the slow down of the turnover rate making it unacceptable for keeping the pool water safe. The cartridge can be removed and cleaned to remove most of the dirt. Over a period of time the little bit of dirt not removed with each cleaning clogs the pores of the filter and the cartridge needs to be replaced. Use the numbers from the old cartridge or measure the size of the old cartridge to find the one you need.

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July 6, 2017 at 11:49 am Comments (0)

Pool and Spa Pump motors

Motors for pumps come in more variety that most people are aware of. In choosing a motor for your pool or spa pump you need to know quite a bit of information. You need the know at least the voltage, the horse power, speed(s), and frame size.

On bracket mounted motors you can determine the frame size of the motor by measuring the distance between the thru bolts on the motor where it attaches to the wet end. If the distance is 3 5/8” it is a 48 frame. A 56 frame will measure 4 1/8” between the bolts.

In choosing a complete pump for your spa or pool you not only need to know all the information on the motor (i.e. voltage, horse power, etc.) but you need to know about the wet end of the pump. Minimum, you need to know the form (side or center discharge) and the plumbing size.

You can determine the size of the plumbing on a pump by measuring the O.D. of the wet end threads. With the pump unions removed measure the overall outside diameter of the threads.
If threads measure about 3”, the plumbing is 2.0”. 1 1/2” plumbing measures about 2 3/8” and 2 1/2” plumbing would be about 3 5/8”. Don’t forget to make sure all of the plumbing is the same size.

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