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July 29, 2014

Tips from the Pros at ACHTWOO Pool and Spa Professionals

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:32 pm, Fri Jun 13, 2014.

If you have a pool, ACHTWOO Pool and Spa Professionals can help you with any of your pool needs. 

ACHTWOO Pool and Spa Professionals, located in Galveston, has the expertise and the best prices to help make your backyard a water wonderland. Whether you need pool chemicals, or any pool equipment, ACHTWOO can assist you in making the best choice for your pool. 

Below are some tips from the professionals at ACHTWOO on how to keep your pool in the best possible condition!

The truth about “Salt Pools”

Myth: Converting to a salt pool eliminates chlorine from your water.

Fact: Converting to salt means you produce chlorine for your pool, from salt, rather than purchasing it.

Myth: Salt water will destroy your equipment.

Fact: Your pool water flows through PVC (plastic) piping, a plastic pump and a fiberglass/plastic filter — none of which are affected by the level of salt needed to produce chlorine. But, if you have a heater, there is a copper pipe (heat exchanger) in which the water flow through to be heated which can be affected by salt water. It’s best, in this circumstance, to have a manual bypass installed to bypass the heater, only moving the valves when you need to use the heater. 

Myth: Salt water will destroy my plaster (or other finish).

Fact: The salt level required to produce chlorine is not high enough to damage plaster (or any other pool coating for that matter). Although, if you have any natural stone around your pool (i.e. slate, sandstone or limestone) you should have this sealed with Dec-o-Shield because it WILL be damaged by the salt water. Note: If you have a Polaris you may want to purchase a tail weight to keep it from spraying salt water on your deck or windows. 

Myth: Converting to salt will make your pool maintenance-free.

Fact: There is no such thing as maintenance-free. Your pH will always be high as a result of the chlorine production process, so you will constantly be adding muriatic acid, and every three months you will have to inspect and clean the salt cell. It’s not maintenance-free, but it is a lot easier to maintain since you don’t have to worry about adding tablets to your chlorine feeder/floater.

Myth: Pool companies are no longer recommending converting to salt.

Fact: The pool companies that have retail stores are realizing that in a few years no one will be buying chlorine from their stores (which is their, and my, biggest sellers). So, to protect long-term profits, they stop selling/recommending them. The pool companies that do not have stores and still do not recommend them probably have owners that do not know how to work on the systems and prefer to not have to learn any new skills. 

My opinion: For the common pool owner who has little time and forgets to add chlorine a lot should definitely make the conversion because it will save money because they won’t have to repeatedly treat a green pool. For those who are testing and balancing their water on a regular basis, probably not.  

Industry killing tip: For those wanting to convert to salt just to be able to swim in “softer” water, just add enough salt to your pool to raise the level to 3000ppm (about 13 bags for a typical 20,000 gallon pool) and you will have the softer water you’ve been wanting without the added expense of a chlorine generator.

Please email me if you have any questions about (salt) chlorine generators at info@achtwoo.com.

 Santa is coming!

 This year ACHTWOO Pool & Spa Professionals will be offering a Christmas light installation service for the Island. We have been hanging lights for three years now at our Bridge City location and have decided to extend that service to Galveston this year.  Please book your installation early because our schedule fills up fast. Our prices include installation AND removal.  Let our professional staff take the work (and fear of falling) out of your holiday season this year.

Come see ACHTWOO Pool & Spa Professionals in person at 6622 Stewart Rd. (at 67th Street) or call 409-974-4133. They can also be reached by email at info@achtwoo.com. B.O.I. Winter hours (until March 1) are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.